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WTFilms launches doc strand

WTFilms launches doc strand
New non-fiction slate from the genre specialist also features Korea by Yann Moix and Why Horror?.

French genre specialist WTFilms has picked up sales on documentary La Bare, which goes behind the scenes at the famous male stripper club La Bare in Dallas, as part of a move into non-fiction.

WTFilms co-founders Dimitri Stephanides and Gregory Chamet say the move is a natural one for their Paris-based company, which has built up a strong reputation for its genre-based fiction slate in recent years.

“We love genre but want to tackle every aspect of its wide range”, said Stephanides

“Great films like Jodorowsky’s Dune and Room 237 have inspired us. Our name means we want to sell intense, rock ’n’ roll movies, and that is valid for documentaries as well.”

La Bare was written and directed by Joe Manganiello, who played Big Dick Richie in Magic Mike. The film, which premiered at Slamdance in January, will be released
See full article at ScreenDaily »

WTFilms launches doc strand with La Bare

WTFilms launches doc strand with La Bare
New non-fiction slate from the genre specialist also features Korea by Yann Moix and Why Horror?.

French genre specialist WTFilms has picked up sales on documentary La Bare, which goes behind the scenes at the famous male stripper club La Bare in Dallas, as part of a move into non-fiction.

WTFilms co-founders Dimitri Stephanides and Gregory Chamet say the move is a natural one for their Paris-based company, which has built up a strong reputation for its genre-based fiction slate in recent years.

“We love genre but want to tackle every aspect of its wide range”, said Stephanides

“Great films like Jodorowsky’s Dune and Room 237 have inspired us. Our name means we want to sell intense, rock ’n’ roll movies, and that is valid for documentaries as well.”

La Bare was written and directed by Joe Manganiello, who played Big Dick Richie in Magic Mike. The film, which premiered at Slamdance in January, will be released
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Glitter! Jérémie Rénier Lands Pop Star Biopic 'Cloclo'

After last year's elegant Gainsbourg from Joan Sfar, France is giving us yet another musical biopic of a vintage pop star. The upcoming Cloclo, about pop singer Claude François, started shooting on Monday, for a planned 2012 release. In the 60s Claude François turned France upside down with his love for glitter, insane outfits and catchy tunes that made him one of the most successful French singers of all time, even after his sudden death in 1978, at the age of 39. Gist: A former student of Eric Rohmer's, helmet Florient Emilio Siri actually started his career shooting glossy music videos for France's finest hip hop artists before turning to action-packed flicks such as The Nest (2002) and Hostages (2005) starring Bruce Willis. Cloclo will be his sixth directorial effort and mark a definite turn in his career. The biopic will follow the kitsch song-writer as he rises to fame against his father's hopes
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Delon to play Caesar in 'Asterix 3'

Delon to play Caesar in 'Asterix 3'
PARIS -- Alain Delon will play Caesar in the third installment of the lucrative Gallic comic strip franchise Asterix, which is due to go into production next spring, the film's producers said Wednesday. Asterix at the Olympic Games will also star Benoit Poelvoorde (Podium) as Brutus, while Gerard Depardieu will reprise his role as the corpulent Gallic warrior Obelix. But Christian Clavier will not return to play the title character for the third time and casting is still underway for the role, according to the film's publicists.

France admits dropped 11% in early 2005

PARIS -- French cinema attendance dipped in the first three months of the year, an 11% drop on figures for the same period last year, Gallic exhibition body the Federation Nationale des Cinemas Francais said Thursday. The FNCF blamed the shortfall of almost 6 million tickets on the movies unspooling during the period. During the first three months of 2004, the top 10 new releases included newcomer Yann Moix's debut hit Podium, which drew in 3.5 million viewers, and the Walt Disney Co.'s Brother Bear, pulling in 3.4 million. French Jackass-style caper The 11 Commandments and Tom Cruise starrer The Last Samurai saw ticket sales of 2.9 million and 2.2 million, respectively. This year, the only film to sell more than 2 million tickets in the first three months was local comedy Iznogood, which tipped 2.5 million by the end of March.

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