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Paris– The 39th Cesar film awards spread the wealth wide at the ceremony emceed with panache by Belgian actress Cecile de France at the Chatelet Theater in Paris on Friday.
Discovered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, Gaumont’s “Me, Myself and Mum,” the directorial debut of Comedie Francaise-trained actor Guillaume Gallienne, led the race, winning five awards: best film, actor, first film, adapted screenplay and editing.
Gallienne’s pic – produced by Jean-Baptiste Dupont and Cyril Colbeau-Justin at Lgm and Edouard Weil at Rectangle – has already won two prizes at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and broke out to a more than 2 million ticket sales at the French box office, making it one of France’s only considerable hits of last year.
The bigscreen makeover of Gallienne’s eponymous stage show, “Mum” portrays the director’s childhood overshadowed by a cherished mother who assumes that he’s gay. Gallienne plays himself as a child »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris — Quentin Tarantino, who considerably expanded his Gallic fan base since declaring “Cinema is my religion and France is the Vatican” in October, will be delivering the honorary Cesar to Scarlett Johansson at the Feb. 28 awards ceremony in Paris.
- Elsa Keslassy
The Lego Movie sequel has a release date. The followup to Warner Bros. smash hit will land on May 26 2017! Warner Bros. made the announcement today after the film crossed 200 million dollars worldwide! The studio have drafted in Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan on screenwriting duties. Right now it's unknown whether Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt will return on voice duties alongside Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman. What do you think? Does The Lego Movie need (or deserve) a second installment? Sign off your thoughts in the usual place! An ordinary guy named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken as being the Master Builder, the one who can save the universe. With the aid of an old mystic Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a tough young lady named Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (Will Arnett), Emmet will fight to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is »
Morgan Freeman: Chris Pratt: An ordinary guy named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken as being the Master Builder, the one who can save the universe. With the aid of an old mystic Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a tough young lady named Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (Will Arnett), Emmet will fight to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is bent on destroying the universe by gluing it together. The Lego Movie features: Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowski Will Ferrell as Lord Business/The Man Upstairs Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle/Lucy Will Arnett as Batman Nick Offerman as Metal Beard Alison Brie as Uni-Kitty Charlie Day as Benny Liam Neeson as Bad Cop/Good Cop/Pa Cop Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius Channing Tatum as Superman Jonah Hill as Green Lantern Cobie Smulders as Wonder Woman Anthony Daniels as C-3Po Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian Keith Ferguson »
Some 100 locations agencies attended the Ile de France Film Commission’s location expo in Paris last week.
In spite of the recent alarm bells over French film production levels for the coming year, the mood at the Ile de France Film Commission’s annual location salon last week was quietly optimistic.
Some one hundred exhibitors attended the event unfolding over two days (Feb 13-14) at the City of Fashion and Design on the banks of the River Seine in Eastern Paris.
They ranged from historic sites such as the Chateau de Neuville, backdrop to classics such as Cyrano de Bergerac and Dangerous Liaisons, to the region of the Nord Pas de Calais, which hosted the shoots of Adele; Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) and the TV series The Tunnel.
Although French productions levels are expected to fall in 2014, the impact of changes to tax incentives for local productions and improvements to the Tax Rebate for International »
Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.
Correction: A lot of assembly.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch »
- Hillary Busis
Out of 75 entries for this year’s original song nominations, the music branch chose five. And then the Board of Governors narrowed the field to four when it disqualified “Alone Yet Not Alone” for running afoul of campaigning rules.
The remaining entries include songs from two animated features and a curious tune sung by a voice-operated system to a human being.
In Disney’s “Frozen,” queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) has fled her kingdom and comes to terms with who she is and what she’s capable of. Songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez penned “Let It Go,” an empowerment anthem that takes the standard Disney-princess song farther than ever before (“it’s time to see what I can do / to test the limits and break through / no right, no wrong, no rules for me”).
“It was one of the first things they wrote when I came on,” says co-director Jennifer Lee. »
- Jon Burlingame
Scarlett Johansson will receive this year's honorary Cesar Award.
The actress has been named for the honour from the French equivalent of the Oscars.
The award is traditionally given to a foreign actor.
Other high profile pics already greenlit by the revamped Trip tax rebate scheme include NBC’s mini-series “Rosemary’s Baby” and Bill Mechanic-produced “The Moon and the Sun.”
Cnc topper Frederique Bredin expects 2014 to be a record year in terms of international productions. “It’s still very early to tell, because decisions on location shooting are taken in a very short timeframe, and projects are kept confidential,” she explains. “But I can already tell you that 5 international productions, recently approved by the Trip scheme, will generate 100 days of filming in 2014, which is a very good start for the year.”
Since the scheme was introduced in 2009, more than 70 foreign productions from 14 countries have benefited from Trip.
In 2013 Trip-qualified foreign shoot spend in France exceeded $136.7 million – 7% of global French production spend.
A total spend of $497 million has been »
- Martin Dale
In recent years, the honorary Cesar has been awarded to such Hollywood stars as Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet and last year’s Kevin Costner. The 29-year old star could be the youngest star to receive this award.
The Cesar ceremony will take place on Feb. 24 in Paris.
More to come.
- Elsa Keslassy
The film had its debut out at Telluride last year, before heading to Venice – you can read our review here – earning very promising early reviews on the festival circuit, with further stop-offs at Tiff, the BFI London Film Festival, and also the upcoming Glasgow Film Festival in March.
And with its release on both sides of the Atlantic on the horizon, StudioCanal has launched a very eerie new teaser trailer, giving us more footage of a lingerie-clad Johansson leading the film as an alien seductress.
Glazer (Sexy Beast) directs »
- Kenji Lloyd
Warner Bros. Pictures have released this new Superman-themed (as voiced by Channing Tatum) video for The Lego Movie, which features Hans Zimmer’s score from Man of Steel. The films, which is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) from their own original screenplay, is set for a February 7th release in the Us and a February 14th in the UK.
The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Emmet (Chris Pratt) is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
- Phil Wheat
Fresh off working with Scarlett Johansson on Luc Besson’s action movie “Lucy,” Analeigh Tipton has signed on to join Ryan Reynolds in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s drama “Mississippi Grind,” TheWrap has learned. Fleck and Boden will direct from their own original screenplay. The filmmakers previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed dramas “Half Nelson” and “Sugar,” as well as “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Reynolds stars as Curtis, a charismatic drifter who sets off with a down-on-his-luck poker player named Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) on a road trip through the South, where the duo plan to win back what they’ve already. »
- Jeff Sneider
Paris – Comparisons are odious. But even judged by average receipts abroad over the last 10 years, French films punched a lame year outside France in 2013, bereft of blockbusters and plagued by long-term structural problems shared by much of Europe’s movie production.
Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones, Luc Besson’s retired goodfella action-comedy “Malavita” (pictured) exec produced by Martin Scorsese, scored €47.4 million ($64.5 million) outside France.
Box office from a Cannes Palme d’Or winner and the first movie to come out of a Relativity-EuropaCorp three-pic co-production pact were not enough to save France’s overall 2013 figures.
Total Gallic pic tix sold abroad slumped to 50 million admissions, worth €280 million ($380.8 million) in box office gross, 65% below 2012’s banner best-ever-on-record of 144.1 million tix sales, but »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Wedding bells just might ring in another hilarious episode of Modern Family! Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen, aka Gloria and Claire, looked like the modern-day version of Lucy and Ethel while filming a high-energy scene in La this week. Julie was decked out in a wedding gown, complete with a white veil and tennis shoes, as Sofia guided her through what looks like a mall. In other great on-set pictures, Scarlett Johansson jumped back into her role as Black Widow for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson amped up the romance during production of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Meanwhile, Jon Hamm was smoking in more ways than one as Mad Men headed to the West Coast for its upcoming season, and the boys of Entourage reunited on the golf course. Check out all that and more in this week's epic pictures! View Slideshow »
- Nick Maslow
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first TV Spot for The Lego Movie.
The Lego Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical Lego® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, opens in theaters February 7, 2014. It stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.
The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.
Chris Pratt (“Moneyball”) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (“The Campaign”) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination »
- Kellvin Chavez
We saw snippets of footage from The Lego Movie at last year’s San Diego Comic Con, some of which have filtered through onto the internet in the months that have passed since. The film arrives in cinemas on the 7th of February in the Us, and on the 14th February in the UK, and we cannot wait!
A brand new poster featuring on the many characters from the movie has just flown in, and it features a very recognisable Superman, who is voiced by none other than Channing Tatum. Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman also lend their vocal talents.
Here it is, followed by a lengthy synopsis.
“The Lego® Movie,” the first-ever, full-length theatrical Lego® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, opens in theaters February 7, 2014. It stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, »
- Paul Heath
17 items from 2014
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