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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’

Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’
Kicking off less than a month after bombshell reports accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, this year’s Afm is the first in which the Weinstein Company will play no role — beyond fueling lively discussions of the scandal that brought down the disgraced mogul.

Local and foreign sales agents, producers, and financiers express elation, disappointment, and indifference over TWC’s troubles, depending on their experiences working with the 12-year-old company. Many note that TWC’s heyday had already appeared to be over by the time the scandal erupted, as the financially struggling company shrank its film slate in the last couple of years to focus on TV and animation.

“The absence of TWC will make almost no difference to Afm. For a few years now, the company has been scaling back as a film producer/seller. It has focused more on TV and on just a handful of prestige film titles for the Oscar race,” said
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Locarno Festival 2017 Lineup: The Best Summer Movie Counterprogramming You Could Ask For

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Locarno Festival 2017 Lineup: The Best Summer Movie Counterprogramming You Could Ask For
The summer movie season may start winding down by early August, but for cinephiles, that’s when the real fun begins. While the fall season festivals — epitomized by the trio of awards season influencers Telluride, Toronto and New York — are a massive platform for major prestige titles at the end of the year, the Locarno Film Festival has the jump on all of them, and provides the most diverse range of cinema you’ll see anywhere in the world.

The 70th edition, announced this week, provides the latest example. No festival embodies the “something for everyone” philosophy better than Locarno, which complements its cinephile-oriented sections with another one exclusively designed for wider audiences. That would be the Piazza Grande, where 16 features screen outdoors for an audience of 8,000 people. But rather than simply showcasing the same summer blockbusters that have dominated the box office, the Piazza features international efforts well suited to pleasing massive crowds,
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Watch the UK trailer for Jacques Cousteau biopic ‘The Odyssey’

Altitude have released the UK trailer for the upcoming Jacques Cousteau biopic The Odyssey, which is being directed by Jérôme Salle (Zulu, Anthony Zimmer) and starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code), Lambert Wilson (Ernest & Celestine, Of Gods and Men) and César Award winning actor Pierre Niney (Frantz, Yves Saint Laurent). The film is set to open in the UK and Ireland on 18 August 2017.

The film examines the life of ocean-explorer and adventurer Jacques Cousteau, one of the iconic figures of the 1960s. Here’s the official synopsis:

Jacques Cousteau, his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. But all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world. And he is willing
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How 'Wonder Woman's' Island Home Was Created

How 'Wonder Woman's' Island Home Was Created
Wonder Woman — which just completed its second weekend atop the domestic box office — begins on Themyscira, the breathtaking island that Diana calls home and also one of the most challenging aspects of the film's production design.

“We talked about creating a beautiful island, but not being too close to the Greek islands, which is the obvious inspiration,” explains two-time Oscar nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement). “We wanted a beautiful, natural environment that the Amazons protect as the environment protects them. It’s lush, green.

“I designed troglodyte architecture for its organic shape,” she continues. “Using...
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Why Ridley Scott Needs to Stop Making Alien Movies

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Why Ridley Scott Needs to Stop Making Alien Movies
Upon first glance at the title it might seem like some "click-bait" article trying to get read. And perhaps, no matter what you read here, that is how you're going to see it. However, once you finish reading this opinion piece (and remember, this is simply my opinion), you may very well agree that Ridley Scott is no longer the man to handle the Alien franchise. Especially after watching this weekend's less than stellar Alien: Covenant.

When the first Alien movie landed in theaters in 1979, it was groundbreaking. It featured incredible special effects, a plausible look at the space program in the future, and a scene of such amazingly grotesque proportions (the alien exploding out of a crew mate's stomach), it still shocks people to this day. The film was smart, it featured a female kicking ass, and in many ways, the first Alien movie directed by Ridley Scott is still ahead of it's time.
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Supernatural? Perhaps. Baloney? Perhaps Not: Dark Shadows (2012)

Five years ago this weekend Tim Burton’s updating of Dark Shadows, the gothic/horror-themed soap opera which ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC and was a seminal influence on a generation of budding horror fans (including Burton), was released on American movie screens, one weekend after Marvel’s The Avengers was still dictating the imaginations (and the wallets) of moviegoers everywhere. Given Burton’s track record with horror comedies (Beetlejuice being the primary example) and collaborations with Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands), a surprisingly low number of ticket-buyers seemed ultimately to care—the movie, which cost $150 million to make, and undoubtedly a hefty chunk of change more than that to market, would earn back only slightly more than half of that in the United States, though its final take globally came in at around $235 million. There were a few takers among critics, notably
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Alien: The Best & The Worst Sequels, Prequels and Spin-offs

Ben Robins ranks every single sequel, prequel and spin-off from the Alien series, ahead of the latest addition, Alien: Covenant.

With the long-awaited Alien prequel/sequel Covenant very nearly upon us, it’s time to once again dig up one of sci-fi’s longest-running franchises, to finally, and definitively, separate the classic, from the garbage. Few expected a further forty years of movies when Ridley Scott first birthed H.R. Giger’s Xenomorph way back in 1979, let alone the idea that the very last filmmaker to take a stab at the decade-spanning nightmare fuel, would be Scott himself.

Yet here we are, no less than three direct sequels, two spin-offs and now a further two prequels later, with the original creator’s name at the helm once more. Not all are great, some are barely watchable, but among the trash and garbage that the series at some point became, there’s
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Movie Posters In the Age of the Internet

With the release of new ‘Free Fire’ and ‘Baby Driver’ posters, we ask: what role does a movie’s poster play in the digital age?Character posters for ‘Free Fire’ (Ben Wheatley, 2017).

Recently, Ben Wheatley, the director of the shoot-off thriller Free Fire, described the role of film posters in relation to the ‘whole package’ of cinema (i.e. from the film itself to its marketing strategy) and how this has changed in the digital age. At Creative Review, which showcased ten character posters created by Empire Designs to promote Free Fire, Wheatley said of this part of the package that:

“It’s interesting, over the last few years with the posters, the kind of received wisdom [was] you wanted an integrated campaign which was just one poster and you just hammer home that image. But the net has changed all that. So, certainly with High-Rise and now with Free Fire, there
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Alain Chabat, Gaumont Team on ‘Santa & Cie’ With Audrey Tautou, Golshifteh Farahani (Exclusive)

Alain Chabat, Gaumont Team on ‘Santa & Cie’ With Audrey Tautou, Golshifteh Farahani (Exclusive)
Paris – Popular French actor-director Alain Chabat (“Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami”) is teaming with Gaumont for his next directorial effort, “Santa & Cie,” a $28 million family comedy.

Golshifteh Farahani (“Paterson”), Audrey Tautou (“Amelie Poulain”) and Pio Marmai (“The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”) star in the film.

Legende, the outfit behind Marion Cotillard starrer “La vie en rose” is producing the film with Gaumont, which is also handling sales and will be distributing in France on Dec. 6.

The fantasy-filled comedy, which started shooting Tuesday, boasts a strong key crew, notably Bryan Jones, whose credits include “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

The movie follows the journey of Santa Claus when he is forced to travel to Earth to find a cure for his sick elves a few days before Christmas. He comes across a young Parisian family who help him complete his mission, including delivering all the gifts.
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Federation Entertainment Seals More Deals on French Spy Thriller ‘The Bureau’ (Exclusive)

Paris – Federation Entertainment has closed a raft of deals on “The Bureau,” Canal Plus’ contemporary spy thriller created by Eric Rochant (“Mafiosa”).

Sundance Now in the U.S. and Rialto Channel in New Zealand pre-bought season three of “The Bureau” from Federation Entertainment, which also signed deals with Russia’s Channel One and Spain’s Movistar Plus for the first two seasons. Movistar Plus also picked up season three, while the U.K.’s Arrow Film nabbed video rights to the first two seasons.

Commissioned by Canal Plus’ creation originale label, the series was produced by Alex Berger and Rochant for The Oligarchs Productions in association with Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment. It stars Mathieu Kassovitz (“Amelie,” “Munich”) as a member of a clandestine branch of the French Secret Service who returns to his home base after a six-year mission in Damascus and eventually becomes a double agent working for the CIA. The
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Omar Sy Starrer ‘Dr. Knock’ Sells Widely for TF1 Studio (Exclusive)

TF1 Studio has closed a bevy of pre-sales to key territories on Lorraine Levy’s “Dr. Knock,” a French film starring Omar Sy as a hustler-turned-doctor.

The film, which is now in production, has sold to Germany, Austria (Wild Bunch), Switzerland (Pathe), Spain (Filmax), Greece (Seven Group), Portugal (Lusomundo), Russia (Top Film), Israel (New Guys), Middle East (Empire), Latin America (California Filmes), Hungary (Vertigo).

The film, based on Jules Romains’ 1923 satirical play “Knock ou le Triomphe de la médecine,” follows a charming man who travels to a small mountain village in the 1950s, determined to make his fortune as a doctor. He starts diagnosing everyone he sees with an illness, real or imaginary. Because of his charisma, Knock becomes popular and successful in the village, subsequently provoking jealousy from some folks, including a someone reminding him of his shady past.

Comparing it with Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie,” Sabine Chemaly, who
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23 Days Until Oscar - Your Vote For Costume Design?

This year's costume design lineup is a mix of three two time nominees (Johnston, previously nominated for Lincoln, Boyle, previously nominated for The Queen, and Zophres, previously nominated for True Grit), one of Oscar's all time favorites (three time winner Atwood), and the new-to-Oscar  Madeline Fontaine from France who designed the costumes of Jackie and was previously best known for costuming French pictures like Amelie and Yves Saint Laurent.

Who would you vote for and who do you think might win?

This category doesn't feel entirely easy to predict this year. La La Land will surely win at least a handful of Oscars but will Costume Design be one of them?  Zophres does simplicity beautifully but Oscar voters tend to prefer Most to Best. Johnston probably wins the "most beautiful costumes" prize for the very Old Hollywood stylish Allied but she's the only nominee whose film has no support from
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‘Raw’ Director Reminds That Cannibals Are People: “We Label Them As Inhuman” – Sundance Studio

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‘Raw’ Director Reminds That Cannibals Are People: “We Label Them As Inhuman” – Sundance Studio
Leave it to the French to blow up a genre and redefine it whether it’s Luc Besson with the female action sphere with La Femme Nikita or Jean-Pierre Jeunet with the romantic comedy and Amelie. Meet filmmaker Julia Ducournau whose Raw gobbles up the horror genre and digests into something mindblowing. “I don’t consider my movie a horror movie,” asserts Ducournau about her genre-bending, “I wanted to make people uneasy, that’s for sure.” Talk about a high concept: A young…
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Palm Springs Film Review: ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’

Palm Springs Film Review: ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’
There are no puppies, kittens or baby bunnies in “This Beautiful Fantastic.” That said, however, any restraint before the altar of adorableness is abandoned in writer-director Simon Aboud’s sophomore feature. Its heroine is so Amelie-like that she’s clad and coiffed like that pixie queen’s separated-at-birth English Rose twin. This winsome comedy may lack Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s high cinematic style, but it does hit the same general mark — which is to say, a sweet spot for some viewers that might induce sugar shock in others. Those seeking twee will get their fill when Samuel Goldwyn distributes the film Stateside, presumably later this year.

A foundling dumped as a babe in a banana crate — like Moses, but wackier! — on a Hyde Park orphanage stoop, Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay of “Downton Abbey”) grows up “the oddest of the odd,” a misfit whose threadbare social skills and peculiar habits
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‘Amélie: A New Musical’ Review: A Cheery Stage Adaptation That Loses Some of the Magic of the Original

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‘Amélie: A New Musical’ Review: A Cheery Stage Adaptation That Loses Some of the Magic of the Original
Fifteen years after “Amélie” first charmed moviegoers around the world, the achievements of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and writer Guillaume Laurant are still remarkable. A sumptuous modern love story, the film was filled with enough cross-city chasing and dramatic camera movements to make a viewer feel like they’d had a full exercise during the two-hour running time.

In contrast, “Amélie: A New Musical,” which saw its Los Angeles premiere last week, is a relative stroll through Paris that’s still colorful fun without quite the same degree of satisfaction. However, what this stage version lacks in drive, it supplants with a breezy, pared-down version of plot and atmosphere more in line with the tastes of a casual theatergoing American audience.

Craig Lucas’ book sticks fairly close to the film’s basic skeleton: Amélie Poulain, a comfortably single and romantic-at-heart café waitress, makes a fateful discovery in her apartment. Stumbling on
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'Amelie' Musical Plans Broadway Debut

'Amelie' Musical Plans Broadway Debut
A musical adaptation of Amélie is set to debut on Broadway next April at the Walter Kerr Theater, according to Variety. The lead role of Amelie will be played by Tony Award-nominated Hamilton actress Phillipa Soo.

Amélie was originally a film released in 2001, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starred Audrey Tautou. The quirky romantic comedy, about a Parisian waitress who decides to do good deeds, earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. In France, Amélie took home four César awards.

The
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Catherine Deneuve Finds Unusual Love in U.S. Trailer for ‘The Brand New Testament’

After the wildly ambitious sci-fi feature Mr. Nobody (which we named one of the best of the century thus far), director Jaco Van Dormael is back with The Brand New Testament, a comedy which imagines what would happen if God exists on Earth, and he’s not exactly what you might assume he would be. Having premiered at Cannes last year and earning a Golden Globe nomination as well as nearly making the final Oscar cut, it’ll finally arrive next month in the United States and now Music Box Films have released a new trailer.

We said in our positive review, “If you were to take the charm and playful visual language of Jean-Pierre Jenuet’s Amelie and pair it with a blistering satire of religious dogma, the end result would look something like The Brand New Testament, a new film from Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael. His previous feature,
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Mipcom: Rising French Actress Clementine Poidatz on NatGeo’s ‘Mars’

Mipcom: Rising French Actress Clementine Poidatz on NatGeo’s ‘Mars’
Cannes, France — Up-and-coming French actress Clementine Poidatz is rolling off a breakthrough year with roles in Farren Blackburn’s “Shut In,” the thriller which opened at Venice, and “Mars,” Everardo Gout’s high-profile docudrama which world-premiered on Monday at Mipcom.

Mars” was directed by Gout, the Mexican helmer of “Days of Grace,” and produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia for National Geographic Channel, as part of the U.S. cabler’s push to attract more millennials with science-related premium content. The six-part one-hour series blends scripted drama with visual effects and documentary footage, including interviews with scientists and space technology innovators.

Poidatz stars as Amelie Durand, a flight surgeon and psychologist who embarks, along with a crew, on the first manned mission to Mars in 2033.

“When I first heard about the project I was so clueless about space and astronauts, and I thought it was science fiction. But
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‘A Woman’s Life’ review [Lff 2016]

A Woman’s Life review: (Une vie) tells the story of one young woman’s struggle in 19th-century France.

A Woman’s Life review, Jazmine Sky Bradley, Lff 2016.

A step away from director Stéphane Brizé‘s typical feature film style and content, A Woman’s Life (Une vie) tells the story of one young woman’s struggle in 19th-century France.

Adapted from Guy de Maupassant‘s novel, Judith Chemla stars as Jeanne Le Perthuis des Vauds, a quiet, shy young lady happily whiling away her days with her parents, pottering around the garden and tending to her mother (Amelie‘s Yolande Moreau). As a single woman, Jeanne expects to be married off, which are her parents’ intentions when the attractive Julien de Lamare (Swann Arland) arrives to stay. Although clearly uncomfortable with Julien’s attention towards her, Jeanne agrees to the arrangement, and quickly becomes pregnant. As with any pregnancy,
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