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‘The Sisters Brothers’ First Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal Plan a 19th Century Assassination

‘The Sisters Brothers’ First Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal Plan a 19th Century Assassination
With Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, and Riz Ahmed in front of the camera, “The Sisters Brothers” is easily one of the most star-studded offerings of the fall movie season. The dark comedy, based on Patrick Dewitt’s 2011 novel of the same name, marks the English-language debut of French director Jacques Audiard. The filmmaker is best known for “A Prophet,” “Rust and Bone,” and “Dheepan,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2015.

The Sisters Brothers” is set in 1851 and stars Phoenix and Reilly as sibling assassins who are tasked with traveling from Oregon City to San Francisco to murder a chemist (Ahmed) who has stolen from their boss. The brothers work with a prospector (Gyllenhaal) to track the chemist down, but their plan gets turned upside down when everyone discovers what the chemist is really cooking. Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, and Rebecca Root co-star.

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Matthias Schoenaerts, Garrett Hedlund, Scoot McNairy board 'The Sound Of Philadelphia'

Protagonist boards project from Killer Films.

Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust And Bone), Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) are lining up for The Sound Of Philadelphia, Jérémie Guez’s crime story set in the violent world of the Philadelphia mob.

Protagonist Pictures has boarded international sales ahead of Cannes. Endeavor Content is representing North America.

French writer-director Guez is plotting the project hot off the heels of his debut feature as a director, the thriller A Bluebird In My Heart, premiering at this year’s SXSW festival in Texas. He is most known as a crime novelist and screenwriter of films including Ares and Carnivores.
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Beta Film Boards Period Drama ‘Victor Hugo – Enemy of the State’ (Exclusive)

Beta Film has scored a major deal ahead of MipTV, scooping international rights to high-end period drama “Victor HugoEnemy of the State,” which it will bring to the market.

The limited series hails from Quad, the production company behind box office hit “The Intouchables.” The French production will be on France 2 domestically. Production is underway in Paris, northern France, and the Dordogne, and will continue until mid-May. Beta Film will kick off the pre-sales effort in earnest at MipTV.

The four-part drama will tell the story of Hugo, the author of “Les Misérables,” which is itself being remade as a miniseries for the BBC.
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Zoe and the Astronaut's Ian Reddington goes West

Ian Reddington, who stars in Eke Chukwu's Zoe and the Astronaut, will be starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in this years upcoming Western: The Sisters Brothers, directed by BAFTA Award Winning Director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet). The indie feature is based on Patrick deWitt’s novel of the same name and follows the story of two brothers — Eli and Charlie Sisters — who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. The story takes place in Oregon in 1851. "The Sisters Brothers" is Audiard’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan,” which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The Noir Western will be Audiard's first film shot completely in English and also stars...

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Amber Heard to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Run Away With Me’ (Exclusive)

Amber Heard to Star in Romantic Thriller ‘Run Away With Me’ (Exclusive)
Amber Heard has been cast as the lead in Sentinel Pictures and XYZ Films’ romantic thriller “Run Away With Me.”

Fred Grivois is directing with Matthew Ian Cirulnick penning the script. Adam Brawer and David Beitchman of Sentinel Pictures will produce with Nate Bolotin, Aram Tertzakian, and Raphaël Rocher exec producing.

The pic is scheduled for production later this year with XYZ handling worldwide sales at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Sentinel Pictures acquired the film as an original pitch by Cirulnick, and they developed it together.

The story is centered on Tom and Kimberly (Heard), two star-crossed lovers escaping the dark criminal underbelly of the European modeling industry. Tom, an American visiting Paris for his best friend’s bachelor party, falls for the beautiful, mysterious Kimberly. When Tom learns a surprising truth about her, his trip takes a lethal turn; the two embark on a riveting journey through Paris streets to start a new life
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Hey, James Franco: See who else has been snubbed at Oscars despite Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice nominations

This year, 15 performers reaped bids at all three key precursor prizes — the SAG, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards. Such recognition certainly warrants getting up early on Oscar nominations mornings. But as James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) and Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) found out, reaping bids for that triple crown still didn’t make them sure things in the Oscars derby. They became the most recent of the 21 performers to stumble at the last hurdle and suffer an Oscar snub since the Critics’ Choice Awards introduced nominations in 2001.

Franco should take comfort from the case of Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won an Oscar two years ago for “The Revenant” after four losses. There were two instances when he didn’t even reap an Oscar nomination despite having done well in the run-up awards. He was spurned by the actors branch of the academy for his leading performance in “J. Edgar” (2011) and
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‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Review: Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos Bring Chemistry to Average Heist Movie — Tiff

‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Review: Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos Bring Chemistry to Average Heist Movie — Tiff
Racer and the Jailbird” has all the makings of an elegant, old-school heist movie: fast cars, romance, high stakes, and beautiful people. The third feature from Belgian genre director Michael Roskum (“Bullhead,” “The Drop”) shows a strong eye for emulating those traditions, while co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Matthias Schoenaerts bring a palpable sexual chemistry to the tragic relationship at its center. Yet no matter the sleek direction and skillful performances towing it along, “Racer and the Jailbird” struggles to make much out of its scenario that isn’t already evident from the opening act.

Nevertheless, the movie’s accessible drama holds water for some time, competently establishing the central couple as an appealing cinematic pair. Petite speed racer Bénédicte (Exarchopoulos) wows crowds at a local race track where the beefy Gino (Schoenaerts) finds her after one rousing triumph. He leaves an impression, the way the hyper-masculine Schoenaerts usually does, making
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Invisible Worlds by Anne-Katrin Titze

Sâm Mirhosseini and Jérémie Renier in Clément Cogitore's Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre)

Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre) director Clément Cogitore spoke with me on the role his producer Jean-Christophe Reymond played in the collaboration with Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain, who also has screenwriter credits for Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Jacques Audiard's Rust And Bone, A Prophet and Cannes Palme d'Or winner Dheepan, and Michaël R Roskam's Racer And The Jailbird (Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos) which will have its world première at the Venice International Film Festival.

Bax's (Clément Bresson) tattooed back in Neither Heaven Nor Earth

Clément went into the invisible worlds of his debut feature (starring Jérémie Renier with Kévin Azaïs, Swann Arlaud, Finnegan Oldfield, Clément Bresson, Marc Robert, Hamid Reza Javdan, Edouard Court, Steve Tientcheu, Aria Faghih Habib, Stéphane Boissel, and the voice
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Logan’s James Mangold to direct Disorder remake

Fresh off the critical and commercial success of the X-Men movie Logan, director James Mangold has found his next project, with Deadline reporting that he is set to helm an English-language remake of Alice Winocour’s Fresh-Belgian thriller Disorder, which starred Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds).

The remake has been penned by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) and is said to be seen as a potential franchise starter. Sheridan is going to do another pass on the script with Mangold’s input, and Sony and producers Escape Artists are looking to fast track the project into production.

The synopsis for the original Disorder reads: “Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan, is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder. He is hired to ensure the security of Jessie, the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman at their luxurious villa, “Maryland”. As
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Cannes: First Image from André Téchiné’s ‘Golden Years’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: First Image from André Téchiné’s ‘Golden Years’ (Exclusive)
Variety has been given the exclusive first image from André Téchiné’s “Golden Years” (Nos années folles), which world premieres as a Screening Gala at the Cannes Film Festival’s tribute to the veteran French director. Celluloid Dreams is handling world sales, and the film will be released in France by Arp Selection.

Téchiné, whose credits include “Rendez-Vous,” “My Favorite Season,” “Wild Reeds” and 2016 Berlinale Competition title “Being Seventeen,” describes the film as both “an odyssey of sexual identity” and “an extraordinary love story.” He co-wrote the script with Cédric Anger, based on the book “La Garçonne et l’assassin” by Fabrice Virgili and Danièle Voldman.

The story centers on Paul and Louise, who get married on the eve of World War I. After two years on the front, Paul injures himself and decides to desert, risking execution. Louise dresses him up as a woman to hide him and he becomes “Suzanne,
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Jake Gyllenhaal Joins Joaquin Phoenix in ‘The Sisters Brothers,’ Oscar Isaac Will Run ‘The Garbo Network’ & More

With four films likely premiering (or already set for a release) this year, Jake Gyllenhaal has now found his next role. The Enemy star is set to join Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly for The Sisters Brothers, according to Variety. The latest film from Palme d’Or-winner Jacques Audiard (Dheepan, A Prophet, Rust and Bone), the neo-noir western is an adaptation of the novel by the same name from Patrick DeWitt, which centers on two brothers (Riley and Phoenix) who are hired to kill a man. This will be Audiard’s first full English-language film and as for Gyllenhaal, following last fall’s Nocturnal Animals, he’ll have Life, Stronger, Wildlife, and Okja all arriving this year.

Meanwhile, another top Hollywood star, Oscar Isaac, has joined the cast of a new World War II thriller titled The Garbo Network. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the espionage tale penned by
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Celluloid boards Andre Téchiné's identity drama 'Golden Years'

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Celluloid boards Andre Téchiné's identity drama 'Golden Years'
Exclusive: Film stars Pierre Deladonchamps and Céline Sallette

Celluloid Dreams has boarded international sales for André Téchiné’s new feature Golden Years (Nos Annees Folles).

The film stars Pierre Deladonchamps (Stranger By The Lake) in the true story of Frenchman Paul Grappe, a First World War deserter who spent a decade disguised as a woman. When he is finally granted amnesty, he tries to live as a man again. His supportive wife Louise is played by Céline Sallette (Rust And Bone, Les Revenants).

The $8m film is set for completion this spring. “I am stunned by the modernity and the lyricism of the film. This is pure cinema, daring and moving. Absolute love is timeless and gender identity more then ever at the heart of our societies. I’m proud to bring this masterful movie out to the world,” said Hengameh Panahi, founder and CEO of Celluloid Dreams.

Téchiné, whose credits include Rendez-Vous, My Favorite
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Berlinale: Mister Smith Entertainment Takes International Sales on Terrence Malick’s ‘Radegund’

Berlinale: Mister Smith Entertainment Takes International Sales on Terrence Malick’s ‘Radegund’
London-based Mister Smith Entertainment has acquired international sales rights to Terrence Malick’s “Radegund,” picking up what is sure to be one of the high-profile movies at next month’s European Film Market alongside the Berlin Film Festival.

Marking Malick’s return to World War II two decades after “The Thin Red Line,” “Radegund” tells the true story of Franz Jaegerstaetter, an Austrian farmer who, after Germany annexed Austria in 1938, refused to fight for the Third Reich. Written by Malick, the story is told through a series of real wartime letters between Jaegerstaetter and his wife, with Jaegerstaetter’s opposition to the Third Reich placing the couple at odds with members of their town, church and government.

August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”) plays Jaegerstaetter; Valerie Pachner (“Egon SchieleDeath and the Maiden”) plays his wife, Fani; and Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone”) plays Captain Herder.

Malick’s longterm production partner Grant Hill (“The Tree of Life,
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Genre, Thrillers Stage A Comeback in France

Genre, Thrillers Stage A Comeback in France
Paris – Daouda Coulibaly’s Mali-set “Wulu,” Sebastian Marnier’s “Faultless”and Thomas Kruithof’s “The Eavesdropper” form part of a gaggle of crime thrillers and sci-fi/fantasy movies unspooling at the 19th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, France’s annual national film showcase.

In volume, they do not represent the most numerous film type at that market; that crown belongs to comedies, accounting for 32 of the 76 movies screening there. But some of the crime thrillers are among the best-reviewed films at Rendez-Vous.

“Who doesn’t love a good sociopath? In novelist-director Sébastien Marnier’s feature debut “Faultless,” he conjures up a doozy,” Variety wrote, calling “The Eavesdropper” (aka “Scribe”) “a timely political thriller told with flair” and “Wulu” “an auspicious debut.”

These suspense titles are joined at the Rendez-Vous by “Seuls” (“Alone”), a bold departure for French cinema, a fantasy teen survival thriller from “It Boy” director David Moreau, and “Toril,
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Watch the UK trailer for Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’

Elle UK trailer lands: The film, starring an Oscar-worth Isabelle Huppert, is the latest film from controversial filmmaker Paul Verhoeven.

Watch the Elle UK trailer below.

Paul Verhoeven is getting some huge praise for his latest film Elle, which stars French actress Isabelle Huppert, and rightly so as it’s simply superb.

After debuting at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and then Toronto and then London, the film opens across UK cinemas on March 10th, 2017 from Picturehouse Entertainment.

Huppert is Michèle LeBlanc; founder and CEO of a successful video game company, who is attacked in her own home. Taking what appears to be a desire to shrug off the terrifying incident, she locks the door after her attacker and refuses to tell the police. Upending our expectations, Michèle begins to track down her assailant, and soon they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game, one that at
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Christmas 2016: our DVD and Blu-ray gift guide

Rob Leane Nov 15, 2016

Which films are coming to disc this festive season? What on Earth do I buy for [insert friend’s name here]? We’ve got the answers...

Christmas comes this time each year, and, purely by coincidence, a lot of DVDs and Blu-rays just so happen to be released at the same sort of time. They fit rather well in stockings, don’t they? How convenient!

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If, like me, you’ve a tendency to give and/or receive a few discs each yuletide, read on for our run-through of all the new goodies coming to home release formats this winter...

Out now Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders

One of the surprise treats of this year, Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders
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Will ‘Allied’ Be the Next Film on Marion Cotillard’s Flawless Résumé?

Marion Cotillard (Courtesy: Rob Kim/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Marion Cotillard has been in the business since the age of 18 and, within the more than two decades of churning out more than 50 feature movies, has rarely — if ever — turned in a bad performance no matter which role she inhabits. And now, with Allied set to hit theaters on November 23, the French-born actress is expected to wow us once more.

Allied, which is directed by Robert Zemeckis, stars Cotillard as a French Resistance fighter named Marianne Beausejour and Brad Pitt as an intelligence officer in North Africa named Max Vatan who begin a relationship while behind enemy lines. The two decide to take their romance to London — where they marry — but their love is tested by the pressures of World War II.

While moviegoers have yet to see anything beyond the teasers and trailers for the Paramount flick,
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Edward Norton On Why Method Acting Is Misunderstood — Hamptons Film Festival

Edward Norton On Why Method Acting Is Misunderstood — Hamptons Film Festival
Anyone watching movies for the last 20-plus years knows the work of Edward Norton: Whether it’s his Oscar-nominated turns in “American History X” and “Birdman,” his iconic turn in “Fight Club,” or fan favorites “The Illusionist” and “The 25th Hour,” Norton’s ubiquity has made him a fixture in American cinema.

Needless to say, the actor has spent the last two decades building up one hell of a resume, which is exactly why he was honored for a career achievement award at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival. Luckily for everyone at the festival, Norton made some time to talk with storied New York film critic David Edelstein to a crowd of 500 or so people, where he dug into some of his influences and brought up some academic criticisms of acting as an art form today.

Read More: Edward Norton Discusses the Collaborative Process in Highlights from
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‘Elle’ review [Lff 2016]

Elle review: Paul Verhoeven returns for an extreme revenge thriller/ black comedy that plays as a deeply dark comedy. The glorious Isabelle Huppert stars.

Elle review by Paul Heath, Lff 2016.

Paul Verhoeven steps behind the camera for the first time in a decade for this twisted Cannes favourite which make its UK debut at the London Film Festival.

Isabelle Huppert stars as Michele Leblanc in this sexually-charged thriller laced with tons of black humour which is extremely violent from the outset. Leblanc is the head/ owner of of a video games company in Paris who is brutally attacked and raped in her home in the film’s opening frames. Her initial reaction following the brutality is simply brush herself off, take a bath and carry on with her daily routines, failing to report the incident to the police or, at first, tell any of her friends. Over the course of
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“Jackie,” Starring Natalie Portman Enters Oscar Race

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired Us rights to Jackie, directed by Pablo Larraín (No; Neruda) and written by Noah Oppenheim, from Ld Entertainment. The film stars Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Academy Award nominee John Hurt, and Peter Sarsgaard. Jackie is produced by Juan De Dios Larraín, Darren Aronofsky, Mickey Liddell, Scott Franklin, and Ari Handel. The filmmaking team includes cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine (Rust And Bone), editor Sebastián Sepúlveda (The Club), production designer Jean Rabasse (The Dreamers), costume designer Madeline Fontaine (Amelie) and music by Mica Levi (Under The Skin). The film is scheduled to open on December 9, 2016. Oppenheim?s original script won Best Screenplay at this year?s Venice International Film Festival. “Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” is a daring, one-of-a-kind cinematic portrayal of a beloved icon. Led by an indelible performance from Natalie Portman
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