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Pradal shooting Benoit Brisefer film

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Pradal shooting Benoit Brisefer film
Cast includes Jean Reno and Gerard Jugnot.

Shooting started last month on French production Benoit Brisefer: The Red Taxis, an adaptation of the classic comic strip created in 1960.

The cast includes Jean Reno, Gerard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte, Evelyne Buyle and Hippolyte Girardot.

The story is about a 10 year old boy who has secret powers to fight evil, but loses them when he catches a cold. Newcomer Leopold Huet play the title role.

Manuel Pradal directs.

Walt Disney will release in France on Oct 22 2014.
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Rome Film Festival Adds Two Out of Competition Titles; Jury Includes Nichols, Bekmambetov & Hatami

Rome Film Festival Adds Two Out of Competition Titles; Jury Includes Nichols, Bekmambetov & Hatami
The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) announces its jury members for the 2012 edition of the festival, including writer-director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter," "Mud"), director Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer") and Iranian actress Leila Hatami (2012's Foreign-Language Oscar winner "A Separation"). Also on the jury are Italian actress Valentina Cervi, American film critic and fest director Chris Fujiwara, Australian director P.J. Hogan and Argentine writer-director Edgardo Cozarinsky. The group of seven will hand out Golden Marc'Aurelio Awards for Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress, Jury Prize, Screenplay, Technical Contribution and Emerging Actor or Actress. Additionally, the festival has added two out-of-competition films to its lineup -- Francesco Castellani's refugee football drama "Black Star," and Manuel Pradal's Peter Pan-update "Tom le Cancre." Check out the rest of...
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'Gossip Girl': Roxane Mesquida Is Blair's New Nemesis

It looks like Blair has to get through more rough patches before she can walk down the aisle. The Waldorf girl will get a new enemy who is threatening to derail her royal wedding on "Gossip Girl", and the threat comes from no other than her future sister-in-law.

The CW spokesperson has confirmed it to The Hollywood Reporter that French actress and model Roxane Mesquida has been cast as the meddling sister of Blair's fiancee, Prince Louis, in season 5. Mesquida's character reportedly is not happy with Prince Louis and Blair's impending nuptials, and she will do anything to sabotage it.

Mesquida was discovered at the age of 13 by director Manuel Pradal. She later took part in the shooting for his movie "Marie Baie des Anges". The 29-year-old beauty is best known for playing in renowned French director Benoit Jacquot's film, "L'Ecole de la chair". She recently appeared in "Kaboom" and
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When Silents Are Golden: Chaplin, Keaton, "Metropolis" and More New DVDs

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When Silents Are Golden: Chaplin, Keaton,
A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Modern Times"

Directed by Charlie Chaplin

Released by Criterion Collection

Granted, Warner Brothers released an extensive two-disc collection of arguably Charlie Chaplin's finest film back in 2003, but Criterion Collection is bringing the silent comedian to Blu-ray for the first time with a newly remastered edition of the Depression-era classic with an array of special features including the Dardenne brothers' 2003 tribute to the film, the 1916 two-reeler "The Rink," the Alistair Cooke home movie with Chaplin and Pauline Goddard, "All at Sea," two deleted sequences from the film, a new featurette on the film's special effects with Ben Burtt and Craig Barron and much more.

"Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition"

Directed by James Cameron

Released by Fox Home Entertainment

After a bare bones edition was released in April, James Cameron's box office world-beater receives a three-disc set with all the bells and
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Debut features dominate Deauville Film Fest

Debut features dominate Deauville Film Fest
Paris -- This year's Deauville American Film Festival will be a fete of first films with seven of 11 titles in the Competition debut features, organizers said Thursday.

The Sundance fest will shine down on Deauville this year as Diego Luna's "Abel," Rodrigo Cortes' "Buried," Kevin Asch's "Holy Rollers," Ryan Piers Williams' "The Dry Land," Jay and Mark Duplass' "Cyrus," Jack Scott's "Welcome to the Rileys" and that festival's big winner Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone" host their French premieres in the Gallic seaside town after runs in Park City.

David Robert Mitchell's "The Myth of the American Sleepover" will also follow screenings at SXSW and the Festival de Cannes Critics Week sidebar with a Deauville slot.

Cannes Director's Fortnight title Alistair Banks Griffin's "Two Gates of Sleep" will also reopen its eyes to screen in Competition in Deauville. Derrick Borte's "The Joneses
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Unifrance prepares for 12th annual confab

Unifrance prepares for 12th annual confab
Paris -- European distributors, French sales agents and international press will break bread and cheese Wednesday as state film promotion organization Unifrance's 12th annual's Rendez-Vous with French cinema kicks off in Paris.

But don't expect to hear any American accents.

More than 400 film distribution execs and 120 journalists from 26 countries will join French sales reps, directors and talent for a five-day sampling of the best of Gallic cinema. U.S. buyers, however, will have to wait until Unifrance's stand-alone event in March in New York in order to sample the latest in Gallic big screen fare due to the Paris event's impossible timing.

"Were it not for Sundance running concurrently with the Paris Rdv and Berlin just a few weeks later, we're sure more American buyers would come. From talking with them, we get the strong impression they'd like to -- they're certainly welcome!" Unifrance's stateside executive director John Kochman said in an interview.
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Cannes 2009 Producer's Patch: Wild Bunch

[/link] are the masters of their domain – we can forget about the horrible way Che fell victim to a bad market by remembering the success story of The Wrestler. They come to Cannes as usual with a ton of items in competition and a slate of films that gives buyers way too many options. I'll be checking out Cristian Mungiu's Tales From the Golden Age, Gabe Ibanez's Hierro, Looking for Eric by Ken Loach, the probably banned from filmmaking in China again director Lou Ye's Spring Fever, the already controversial (will it be ready on time?) Enter the Void by Gasper Noe and I will hope to fit in Marina De Van's thriller Don't Look Back and Un Certain Regard selected No One Knows About Persan Cats from Iranian filmmaker Bahmann Ghobadi. Wild Bunch also have some savoury titles in post production which I expect
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