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'Little White Lies 2' ('Nous finirons ensemble'): Film Review

'Little White Lies 2' ('Nous finirons ensemble'): Film Review
The ensemble drama Little White Lies, helmed by French actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet, was an unexpected monster hit when it was released in France in 2010, with 5.2 million admissions in a country where even superheroes consider themselves satisfied with around 3 million butts in seats. So it's something of a surprise that it has taken almost 10 years for Canet and his merry band of actors — including his partner, Marion Cotillard, Intouchables’ François Cluzet and local stars Gilles Lellouche, Laurent Lafitte and Benoît Magimel — to make a follow-up to what essentially boiled ...
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Pierre Niney hit 'Through The Fire' draws buyers for WTFilms (exclusive)

Fireman drama has drawn 1m spectators at the French box office since release late November release.

WTFilms is reporting strong buyer interest in French director Fréderic Tellier’s breakout hit Through The Fire (Sauver ou Périr), starring Pierre Niney as a hero fireman who is badly disfigured while rescuing colleagues from a burning building.

The film has sold to China (Lemon Tree), Canada (A-z Films), Latin America (California Filmes), Hong Kong (Edko), Taiwan (MovieCloud), Korea (EnterMode), Belgium (Athena Films) and Greece (Odeon). Encore has picked it up for airlines.

Paris-based sales company WTFilms is expecting to seal further deals at
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The Upside review – Bryan Cranston heads up horrific odd-couple disability drama

This sentimental remake of French heartwarmer The Untouchables pairs a quadriplegic businessman with a black carer Kevin Hart to give unfunny echoes of Trading Places

There’s a downside to this horrific film as steep as the drop from Beachy Head. Theoretically, it’s a remake of Les Untouchables, the French heartwarmer smash from 2011 taken from a true story, starring François Cluzet as a lonely, angry quadriplegic multimillionaire and the redemptive odd-couple friendship he strikes up with his irreverent ex-con carer, played by Omar Sy. The film suggested a matching caste equivalence in their respective disadvantages: physical and socioeconomic.

This version has Bryan Cranston as the wheelchair user, Phillip, a mega-rich business guru and art collector who suffered a catastrophic hang-glider accident. (His single status is moreover explained by having his wife’s cancer death perfunctorily remembered in flashback.) Kevin Hart plays Dell, the fast-talking guy on parole who somehow
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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Posts $101M Loss As Features Struggle Theatrically In U.S.

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Posts $101M Loss As Features Struggle Theatrically In U.S.
EuropaCorp posted a loss of €89M ($101M) for the last six months as a result of the poor theatrical performance of a number of its films in the U.S.

Luc Besson’s company’s struggle comes after the disappointing performance of titles including Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The company posted revenues of €81.4M ($91M) in the six months ending September 30, compared to €140.2 ($158M) for the six months to the end of September 2017.

It also took a €9.8M loss on Helen Mirren-fronted feature Anna, which it said was greenlighted in 2016 but was not yet released.

It’s been a tough few months for Besson and his firm; last month The Fifth Element director was accused of sexual harassment by a further five women – taking the total number of women accusing him of inappropriate behavior to nine.

Earlier this month, EuropaCorp made a distribution deal with
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Sony Pictures TV Clinches Expands Multi-Territory Deal on ‘Inseparable’ (Exclusive)

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Buenos Aires — In another Hollywood studio deal unveiled at Ventana Sur, Sony Pictures Television has expanded its multi-territory deal on Marcos Carnevale’s “Inseparables” (Inseparable) to take in four new major territories: France, Germany, South Korea and Japan.

Sony Pictures Television already holds all TV/VOD rights for Latin America and all rights for México, Chile and Colombia on “Inseparable,” an Argentine remake of the Gaumont-sold French box office colossus “The Intouchables.” An odd couple, across-the-tracks friendship dreamed directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache and starring Omar Sy, “The Intuchables” grossed $427 million worldwide, including $166 million in Franceand, almost as remarkable, $79 million in Germany.

Produced by Luis Alberto Scalella’s Argentina Sono Film and soon to be Viacom-owned Argentine TV network Telefe, “Inseparable” is directed by Marco Carnevale whose credits include big Argentine hits such as “Elsa & Fred” and “Heart of a Lion.” Premiered at the 2016 Venice Festival,
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EuropaCorp Sets French Output Deal With Pathé

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EuropaCorp has made a distribution deal with Pathé Films in France that will see the latter company release three films from Luc Besson’s company over a three-year period. The news Friday comes as reports surfaced earlier this week that EuropaCorp was shuttering its domestic distribution business amid continued financial strain.

The Pathé deal begins with Guillaume Canet’s Nous finirons ensemble, a sequel to his 2010 pic Little White Lies that stars François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard and Gilles Lellouche. The other film noted in today’s announcement is Anna, the EuropaCorp-Lionsgate co-production written and directed by Besson and starring Helen Mirren, Sasha Luss, Luke Evans and Cillian Murphy. That pic is still undated in the U.S.

The two films had been pushed back on the release calendar by EuropaCorp, which has struggled since Besson’s $200 million sci-fi feature Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets failed to score at the box office,
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Bryan Cranston takes pity on a broke Kevin Hart in trailer for The Upside

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Stx Entertainment has released the first trailer for their English-language remake of The Intouchables, The Upside.

Based on a true story, the story follows an ex-con (Kevin Hart) as he takes on a job to care for a paralysed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) striking up the unlikeliest of friendships.

The Untouchables was released in 2011 and was directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy. The film has received several award nominations. In France, the film won the César Award for Best Actor for Omar Sy, and garnered seven further nominations for the César Awards, including the César Award for Best Film, which it lost to the Best Picture winner The Artist.

Directed by The Illusionist and Limitless filmmaker, Neil Burger, the film also stars Nicole Kidman.

Also in trailers – Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne are far from the perfect foster parents in trailer for Instant Family
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Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s ‘The Upside’ Gets Long-Awaited First Trailer (Video)

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Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s ‘The Upside’ Gets Long-Awaited First Trailer (Video)
Coming off the success of his new movie “Night School,” which became the No. 1 comedy at the box office since last year’s “Girls Trip,” Kevin Hart is ready to show his more dramatic side.

STXFilms, on Wednesday, released the first trailer for dramedy “The Upside,” in which Hart plays an unemployed, down-on-his-luck man with a criminal record who goes to work as a caretaker for a wealthy paraplegic (Bryan Cranston).

The trailer for “The Upside” teases a tender and deep relationship between the unlikely pair, which is sure to pull at audiences’ heartstrings. Hart will offer some levity and comedy as well.

Also Read: STXFilms Lands Global Rights to Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston Film 'The Upside' From Lantern Entertainment

STXFilms Chairman Adam Fogelson said in announcing the studio had acquired the film, that: “This is a hilariously funny and emotionally affecting film. It evokes elements of films
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One Wild Moment Movie Review

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One Wild Moment Movie Review
One Wild Moment (Un moment d’égarement) Under the Milky Way Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Jean-François Richet Screenwriter: Claude Berri, Lisa Azuelos, Lisa Azuelos Cast: Vincent Cassel, François Cluzet, Lola Le Lann, Alice Isaaz, Louka Meliava, Noémie Merlant Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 9/7/18 Opens: September 25, 2018 on VOD When you see a guy […]

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Reports $95M Loss, Reiterates Focus On Action/Sci-Fi

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Reports $95M Loss, Reiterates Focus On Action/Sci-Fi
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp saw a spike in Paris trading Thursday morning after reporting reduced losses in its consolidated results for the year ended March 31, 2018. The producer and distributor saw a net loss of 82.5M euros ($95.4M) for the year, down from the record 119.9M euros ($136M) loss it suffered in the comparable 2016/2017 period.

The company also increased cash flow to 105M euros. Although it was a costly gamble that severely under-performed, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets was largely responsible for the uptick, as were the beginnings of a restructure as Europa shifts focus to action and sci-fi properties that have historically made up its core.

Last year at this time, Europa was getting ready to release Valerian, a $200M opus, having screened portions of it at the CineEurope exhibition conference in mid-June (execs did not attend this year). The film then went on to gross about $226M worldwide.
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EuropaCorp confirms new content strategy as it posts $95m loss

EuropaCorp confirms new content strategy as it posts $95m loss
Company to re-focus on Besson’s signature action and sci-fi films.

Luc Besson’s struggling Paris-based film empire EuropaCorp has released a set of final results for the 2017-18 year that suggest the heavily indebted company is turning a corner.

According to the figures released after the close of the Paris Bourse on Wednesday evening, the company posted a $95m (€82.5m) net loss for the year ending March 31, 2018, against the record $135.8m (€119.9m) loss of last year.

As previously announced in preliminary results published in May, EuropaCorp’s overall turnover rose 49% to $261.7m (€226.5m), from $175.3m (€151.7m) in 2016-2017 bolstered
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French comedy 'C'est la Vie!' lands UK deal ahead of Eiff berth (exclusive)

French comedy 'C'est la Vie!' lands UK deal ahead of Eiff berth (exclusive)
Film comes from The Intouchables directors.

C’est La Vie! (Le Sens De La Fête), the French comedy starring Jean-Pierre Bacri and Gilles Lelouche, has been acquired for UK and Ireland release by Cinéfile.

The film comes from writer-director duo Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, the Bafta-nominated pair behind the mega-hit comedy The Intouchables, which starred Omar Sy and François Cluzet and grossed more than $400m worldwide before being remade as The Upside starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

Gaumont handles sales on the title, which unfolds against the background of a chateau wedding erupting into a nightmare for the party’s cantankerous planner.
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Review: "Blame It On Rio" (1984) Starring Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna And Michelle Johnson; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

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The 1980s were a decade of many cultural phenomenon such as the teen angst film, the splatter horror film, the zombie films, and of course the teen sex comedy. Bob Clark’s Porky’s (1981) was a huge success both financially and artistically. To this day it’s still one of the funniest movies ever made. Many of today’s best-known actors cut their teeth in such fare: Tom Hanks attended an out-of-control Bachelor Party (1984) and even Johnny Depp and Rob Morrow checked into a Private Resort (1985). Stanley Donen, best known for directing Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Funny Face (1957), Charade (1963), and Arabesque (1966), followed up the boring and disastrous Saturn 3 (1980) with Blame It on Rio, a peculiar entry in his otherwise illustrious career. Jennifer (Michelle Johnson) is a pulchritudinous seventeen-year-old who lusts after her father Victor’s (Joseph Bologna) best friend
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Jean Becker’s Wwi drama 'The Red Collar' to open 20th Unifrance Rendez-vous, first-look (exclusive)

Some 40 French companies will participate in Paris showcase.

Source: Alain Guizard

The Red Collar

Jean Becker’s WW1 drama The Red Collar will open Unifrance’s 20th Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, running Jan 18-22, 2018, its international sales agent FranceTV Distribution (Ftd) has announced.

The Wwi drama, adapted from the 2014 novel by Jean-Christophe Rufin, resolves around the interrogation of a decorated war hero who has fallen from grace after staging a strange, anti-war protest using his medal.

Nicolas Duvauchelle plays the disgraced soldier opposite François Cluzet as a corrupt judge who is charged with the task of interrogating the young man. French-Belgian actress Sophie Verbeek plays the fallen hero’s lover. Above and below, Screen can reveal the two first look images from the film.

The production is one of the first titles to be completed on the slate of FranceTV Distribution’s new feature film division following its launch at the 2017 Paris Rendez-vous.

Other upcoming titles
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Jean Becker’s Wwi drama 'The Red Collar' to open 20th Unifrance Rendez-vous, first-look (exclusive)

Some 40 French companies will participate in Paris showcase.

Source: Alain Guizard

The Red Collar

Jean Becker’s WW1 drama The Red Collar will open Unifrance’s 20th Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, running Jan 18-22, 2018, its international sales agent FranceTV Distribution (Ftd) has announced.

The Wwi drama, adapted from the 2014 novel by Jean-Christophe Rufin, resolves around the interrogation of a decorated war hero who has fallen from grace after staging a strange, anti-war protest using his medal.

Nicolas Duvauchelle plays the disgraced soldier opposite François Cluzet as a corrupt judge who is charged with the task of interrogating the young man. French-Belgian actress Sophie Verbeek plays the fallen hero’s lover. Above and below, Screen can reveal the two first look images from the film.

The production is one of the first titles to be completed on the slate of FranceTV Distribution’s new feature film division following its launch at the 2017 Paris Rendez-vous.
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Jean Becker’s Wwi drama 'The Red Collar' to open 20th Unifrance Rendez-vous (exclusive)

Some 40 French companies will participate in Paris showcase.

Source: Alain Guizard

The Red Collar

Jean Becker’s WW1 drama The Red Collar will open Unifrance’s 20th Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, running Jan 18-22, 2018, its international sales agent FranceTV Distribution (Ftd) has announced.

The Wwi drama, adapted from the 2014 novel by Jean-Christophe Rufin, resolves around the interrogation of a decorated war hero who has fallen from grace after staging a strange, anti-war protest using his medal.

Nicolas Duvauchelle plays the disgraced soldier opposite François Cluzet as a corrupt judge who is charged with the task of interrogating the young man. French-Belgian actress Sophie Verbeek plays the fallen hero’s lover.

The production is one of the first titles to be completed on the slate of FranceTV Distribution’s new feature film division following its launch at the 2017 Paris Rendez-vous.

Other upcoming titles on its slate include Xabi Molia’s Comme Des Rois,
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Jean Becker’s Wwi drama 'The Red Collar' to open 20th Unifrance Rendez-vous (exclusive)

Some 40 French companies will participate in Paris showcase.

Source: Alain Guizard

The Red Collar

Jean Becker’s WW1 drama The Red Collar will open Unifrance’s 20th Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, running Jan 18-22, 2018, its international sales agent FranceTV Distribution (Ftd) has announced.

The Wwi drama, adapted from the 2014 novel by Jean-Christophe Rufin, resolves around the interrogation of a decorated war hero who has fallen from grace after staging a strange, anti-war protest using his medal.

Nicolas Duvauchelle plays the disgraced soldier opposite François Cluzet as a corrupt judge who is charged with the task of interrogating the young man. French-Belgian actress Sophie Verbeek plays the fallen hero’s lover.

The production is one of the first titles to be completed on the slate of FranceTV Distribution’s new feature film division following its launch at the 2017 Paris Rendez-vous.

Other upcoming titles on its slate include Xabi Molia’s Comme Des Rois, starring Kad Merad as a con
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Neil Burger On ‘The Upside’, Finding Common Ground Amidst Divided America – Toronto Studio

Neil Burger On ‘The Upside’, Finding Common Ground Amidst Divided America – Toronto Studio
Released in 2011, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledo's The Intouchables quickly became one of French cinema's biggest-ever hits. Telling the true story of a quadriplegic businessman who hires a black ex-con to be his live-in caregiver, the buddy movie was nominated for eight Césars—the French Oscars—in its homeland, winning one for Omar Sy, who played François Cluzet's helper, while not receiving quite the same rapturous reception in the outside world. Now, the film has been…
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C'est la Vie! review – underpowered party planner comedy that offers little to chew on

The new comedy from the makers of French hit Untouchable has fine cast, led by Jean-Pierre Bacri, but it just isn’t funny or exciting enough

Writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano had a hit in 2011 with their odd-couple heartwarmer Untouchable, starring François Cluzet as the quadriplegic wheelchair-user who hires Omar Sy as his nurse. (The Hollywood remake of it, The Upside, is also playing in Toronto.) Now they are back with something machine-tooled to be an undemanding feelgood comedy. It stars the always formidable and dyspeptic Jean-Pierre Bacri as Max, the chief of a hospitality company in Paris that provides food, booze, music and service for super-classy parties of all sorts. He is just about tolerant of all the idiots and assholes that he employs, and indeed the idiots and assholes who form his customer base; his patience is tested to destruction when he takes on a massive job,
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Scribe review – tense but overcomplicated thriller

Its murky world of surveillance casts a pall over this French drama

Shades of The Conversation and The Lives of Others colour this French thriller from Thomas Kruithof, about a man (François Cluzet) who is offered a job transcribing surveillance recordings. The ominous chill of the sound design and decent work from an impressive cast help to create an atmosphere that sucks the very oxygen from the cinema as the tension mounts. Unfortunately, too many layers of convoluted double-crossing, and motives as murky as the grim production design, rob the film of a satisfying sign-off.

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