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As Leos Carax’s Adam Driver Musical ‘Annette’ Finally Starts Shooting, What Took So Long?

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As Leos Carax’s Adam Driver Musical ‘Annette’ Finally Starts Shooting, What Took So Long?
As announced this month, French director Leos Carax’s “Annette” is finally in production after years of stops and starts. Carax’s first feature since 2012’s “Holy Motors” and his first full-on English-language film, “Annette” is a musical set in Los Angeles that will feature original music from the ’70s rock band Sparks and tells a love story between a stand-up comic (Adam Driver) and an opera star (Marion Cotillard). Also joining the cast is Simon Helberg (“The Big Bang Theory”) in a role mysteriously dubbed “The Conductor.”

Both actors do their own singing. And Cotillard brought tragic singer Edith Piaf lovingly back to life for 2007’s “La Vie En Rose,” which earned her a Best Actress Academy Award. Adding to the intrigue, music producer Marius de Vries — known for his work on “La La Land,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “Cats” — will collaborate with Sparks.

Amazon Studios has the U.S.
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Juliette Binoche: The Woman with a Thousand Faces

Mubi's retrospective, Juliette Binoche: The Woman with a Thousand Faces, is showing July 14 – September 23, 2019 in the United Kingdom.Les amants du Pont NeufA newly reformed Michèle, played by Juliette Binoche, meets her estranged lover (Denis Lavant) on the Pont Neuf, where years ago the two lived as vagabonds, drinking bum wine into the night, falling asleep nestled into the curves of the bridge’s arced barriers. Once a raggedy drifter, with mangy hair and gooey, dull eyes falling gradually into disrepair, her vision is restored in their conclusive reunion, and we observe a more familiar Binoche donning a clean, boyish bob. Once again, she is the woman of our dreams, a mercurial presence whose eyes—wide-set and a conjuring warm brown—give her tender alabaster beauty a poignant intelligence. She launches into a dirty joke about a group of men discussing how often they have sex. The happiest
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‘Annette’: Leos Carax’s Oft-Delayed Adam Driver Musical to Start Shooting This Summer

Four years after first being announced, two and a half years since Amazon came on board to distribute the feature, and nearly two years since it reportedly got its third starry leading lady, Leos Carax’s long-gestating and oft-delayed romantic musical “Annette” appears to finally be coming to fruition. Variety reports that the Adam Driver-starring feature is being officially revived and is eyeing a summer start date.

The film will now be produced by Charles Gilbert’s CG Cinema — best known stateside for Olivier AssayasKristen Stewart-starring “Personal Shopper” — and will start shooting this August. Amazon is still expected to release the film in the U.S.

The film is billed as a musical drama about a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He finds himself alone with his two-year-old daughter who has a surprising gift. While there’s no word yet who will fill the film’s key female lead,
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Adam Driver-Starrer ‘Annette’ Revived, With Leos Carax Directing (Exclusive)

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Adam Driver-Starrer ‘Annette’ Revived, With Leos Carax Directing (Exclusive)
The Adam Driver-starrer “Annette,” Leos Carax’s long-gestating English-language romantic musical, is being revived. Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema, whose credits include Kristen Stewart-starrer “Personal Shopper,” has come on board to help revive the on-again-off-again project, which will start shooting in mid-August. Amazon will release the film in the U.S.

Tracing the rise and fall of two star-crossed Hollywood lovers and the exceptional destiny of their daughter, “Annette” will bring together the rock band Sparks, which is composing original songs, and celebrated music producer Marius de Vries, who is known for his work on “La La Land,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Cats.”

CG Cinema will be producing “Annette” with Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu at Tribus P Films. Co-producers include the French-German channel Arte, with Kenzo Horikoshi from Japan’s Eurospace, Fabian Gasmia from Germany’s Detail Film, and Geneviève Lemal and Benoît Roland from Belgium’s Scope Picture & Wrong Men.
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The 7 Best Juliette Binoche Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

Last weekend saw the release of Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In,” starring one of the only famous actors in the world *not* to appear in “Infinity War:” The great Juliette Binoche. From her indelible work with legendary auteurs like Jean-Luc Godard, Abbas Kiarostami, and Hou Hsiao-hsien, to her standout performances in more traditional fare like “The English Patient” and “Chocolate,” very few people in the film world have built such a dynamic and impressive body of work.

This week’s question: What is Juliette Binoche’s best performance?

Max Weiss (@maxthegirl), Baltimore Magazine

Holy smokes, Juliette Binoche has great taste in material! She also doesn’t give bad performances—and mostly gives great ones—so this was a toughie. I seriously considered her sexy and enigmatic performance in Abbas Kiarostami’s
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Word play by Anne-Katrin Titze

Denis Lavant rotates the Alamo cube on Astor Place in New York: "Chaplin, burlesque, Buster Keaton, masque, Commedia dell'arte - it's the same." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Denis Lavant, Leos Carax's M Merde in Tokyo! and so much more in Holy Motors (with Edith Scob as Céline), Alex in Carax's debut film Boy Meets Girl, and opposite Juliette Binoche in Mauvais Sang (Bad Blood) and The Lovers On The Bridge (Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf), speaks about the creation of his most famous character and time with cinematographer Caroline Champetier in Paris before going to Tokyo. He gives background on the role he plays in Emmanuel Bourdieu's Louis-Ferdinand Céline and tries to come to grips with his relationship to tourist guest cats back home.

Denis Lavant goes into his special language that has become one of the most unforgettable personas in cinema when I ask him where M Merde came
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Artistic relations by Anne-Katrin Titze

Denis Lavant shoots the beaver at the Astor Place subway station in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Famed actor Denis Lavant, the longtime Leos Carax collaborator (Holy Motors, The Lovers On The Bridge, Mauvais Sang, Boy Meets Girl, and "Merde" in Tokyo!), Emmanuel Bourdieu's Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and Claire Denis's Galoup in Beau Travail, arrived in New York after filming upstate on Rick Alverson's The Mountain, starring Jeff Goldblum and Tye Sheridan with Hannah Gross (Michael Almereyda's Marjorie Prime). Samuel Beckett was on Denis Lavant's mind when I spoke with him on his work in Tokyo with cinematographer Caroline Champetier. He said that for him his relationship with Carax is "an artistic relation" and "beyond friendship".

Denis Lavant on filming Tokyo!: "It was a very small French crew but it was a big Japanese crew. It created a solidarity, of course." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anne-Katrin
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Michelle Williams in Talks to Replace Rooney Mara in Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’

Michelle Williams in Talks to Replace Rooney Mara in Leos Carax’s ‘Annette’
Michelle Williams may soon be joining French filmmaker Leos Carax’s upcoming English-language drama “Annette,” taking a role that had originally gone to Rooney Mara before the actress dropped out. Williams’ deal is still being negotiated, despite reports to the contrary, so it’s too early to say whether she and Carax will get to collaborate for the first time, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Adam Driver will star in the lead role.

Read More: Rihanna Will Not Star in Leos Carax Pop Star Drama ‘Annette’; Was It Too Good to Be True?

Annette” marks Carax’s English-language debut and his first film since 2012’s “Holy Motors,” which has been named by IndieWire as one of the best films of the century so far. The film is a musical drama about a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He finds himself alone with his
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The Originals Recap: Party Monsters

The Originals Recap: Party Monsters
Ain’t no party like a Mikaelson party, ‘cuz a Mikaelson party… literally always ends with someone’s bloody corpse being thrown off a balcony.

RelatedThe CW Sets Finale Dates for The Originals, The Flash and 8 Others

To be fair, we all knew that Klaus’ shindig on Friday’s episode of The Originals was doomed from the moment he announced that it was for “New Orleans’ most influential creatures.” (Like, how is that not going to end in bloodshed?) Not to mention, as Hayley astutely pointed out, it was a fake party to celebrate a fake truce with Marcel, the event’s special guest,
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Adam Driver and Rihanna to star in Amazon’s Annette

Amazon has purchased the Us distribution rights to the film Annette which will star actor Adam Driver and singer Rihanna.

Annette recently had actress Rooney Mara attached, only for her to leave the project because of other commitments. The search is on for a new female lead but has managed to acquire the services of Star WarsAdam Driver and global pop star Rihanna.

Variety has learned that Amazon has acquired the United States distribution rights for the movie, which is to be a music filled drama by French director Leos Carax. Annette will be Carax’s English language debut.

Annette will begin filming this spring in Los Angeles and is being produced by Bruno Pesery via his Paris-based production company Arena Films.

Director Carax’s credits Boy Meet Girl, Mauvais Sang, Les Amants du Pont Neuf, and Holy Motors.
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Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo | Review

The Night is Young: Ducastel & Martineau’s Procedural Queer Romance

For their seventh theatrical feature, Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (also known for its more thoughtful French language title, which translates to Theo and Hugo in the Same Boat), Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau offer a vibrant portrait of young love between two twentysomething men who meet in the midst of orgiastic pleasure at a bathhouse and spend the wee hours of the morning perambulating around Paris.

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Newswire: Adam Driver, Rooney Mara, and possibly Rihanna join insane-sounding musical

The enigmatic French filmmaker Leos Carax started young, unveiling his idiosyncratic, imaginative debut, Boy Meets Girl, when he was all of 23. But in three decades since, he’s only completed four more features: the romanticized noir riff Mauvais Sang; The Lovers On The Bridge, which was at one point the most expensive film ever made in France; the dark Herman Melville adaptation Pola X; and the unclassifiable meta-whatsit Holy Motors. Fans have learned long ago not to trust reports on new projects.

Partly that’s because Carax movies (even the ones that get made) often sound too good to be true. Case in point: Annette, the English-language musical that director has been readying for the last couple of years, with a song by the art-pop duo Sparks. But as noted by The Playlist and confirmed by Variety, the project is now ready to go, with Adam Driver and Rooney ...
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Rooney Mara and Adam Driver Will Star in ‘Holy Motors’ Director’s Music Drama

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Rooney Mara and Adam Driver Will Star in ‘Holy Motors’ Director’s Music Drama
Acclaimed French director Leos Carax’s last film “Holy Motors” is one of the most acclaimed films of the young century. It premiered at Cannes in 2012 and won the Award of the Youth, and garnered universally positive notices upon release in the United States. It most recently placed at number 16 on the BBC’s recent list of the 21st century’s greatest films with Drew McWeeny writing that it’s “an act of grief designed as an expression of love.” Now, Carax returns with “Annette,” a new music drama starring Rooney Mara (“Carol”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”).

Read More: New Classic: Leos Carax’s ‘Holy Motors

According to Variety, the film follows the rise and fall of a love affair and will reunite the “Holy Motors” crew. It will be Carax’s first English-language debut, and will be produced by Paris-based Arena Films, Swiss company Vega, Japan’s Eurospace and Belgium’s Wrong Men.
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The Search for Family in ‘There Will Be Blood,’ Harmony Korine’s New Ad, Music of ‘Twin Peaks’ & More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Edward Yang’s little-seen The Terrorizers will get its first theatrical run at BAMcinematek from October 21 through 27.

Watch a video essay on the search for family in There Will Be Blood:

Little White LiesNick Chen on how Brian De Palma influenced the films of Noah Baumbach:

If Hitchcock is a language, then De Palma has been fluent in it for decades: Obsession is Vertigo, Body Double is Rear Window, and so on. “I was the one practitioner that took up the things he pioneered,” De Palma asserts in Baumbach’s film. Alternatively, there’s Blow Out – often deemed the most representative of his aesthetic – which
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Big Gigantic Is Finishing Up A New Album

Over the weekend, Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic took to Twitter to announce that a new album from the group is in the final stages of completion, revealing that it should be done in just a few weeks’ time. 2016 has seen the duo releasing a lot of new material, such as their collab with GRiZ on “C’Mon” and “The Little Things” with Angela McCluskey, though it’s unknown if these songs will make it onto the album.

Got just a couple weeks left to finish the new @BigGigantic album!! Everything coming along So Gooooood can’t wait to share it with You!!

— Dom (Big Gigantic) (@DominicLalli) July 1, 2016

Following up on their last full length effort in 2014 with The Night Is Young, the upcoming effort will be Big Gigantic’s sixth studio album, though a title and release date have yet to be announced. A number of collaborators have already been hinted at though,
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Edinburgh announces retrospectives by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-04-15 00:02:37

Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced this year’s two retrospectives will be Look Again: A Celebration of Cinéma Du Look, exploring the wave of 1980s and early 1990s French filmmaking, and Pow!!! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptations: The First Generation, delving into the evolution of the live-action comic strip adaptation in cinema.

Artistic director Mark Adams said: “The Cinéma du Look retrospective marks 30 years since Eiff opened with the UK premiere of Jean Jaques Beineix’s iconic Betty Blue, so it is a real thrill to be able to screen this selection of iconic films.”

Focusing on the work of Jean Jaques Beineix, Luc Besson, and Leos Carax, the directors around whom the Cinéma Du Look revolved, titles will include Betty Blue and Beineix’s Diva (1981), Besson’s Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988) and La Femme Nikita (1990) and Carax’s Mauvais Sang (1986) and...
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Direction without Destination: Close-Up on Leos Carax

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Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Mauvais sang is playing April 2 - May 1 and Mr. X, a Vision of Leos Carax April 3 - May 3, 2016 in the United States.When lighting cigarettes, characters in Mauvais sang (1986) never shield the flame from wind. The smoke doesn't dissipate, but slithers away in tendrils. The air hangs, heated by an overpassing Halley's Comet that turns the cobblestone streets into a fire-walk. The male characters conduct their business shirtless, sometimes wrestling with a homoeroticism more Greek than closeted. A city-wide suicide spree, exacerbated but maybe not caused by the AIDS-like retrovirus "Stbo", leaves alive only thieves, fare-hoppers, vandals, gangsters. They inhabit Jean-Pierre Melville's exsanguinated Paris, designed as a hermetic MGM backlot. Red leaks down the walls. Holed up in an old butcher's shop, three thieves plan their last big score: stealing a serum to Stbo. The money will allow
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Everybody Runs: An Interview with Louis Garrel

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Two FriendsThough known primarily as an actor, Louis Garrel has been conducting appreciable efforts behind the camera as well. After directing three short films, including a César-nominated Petit tailleur, and most recently La règle de trois, Louis Garrel expands upon his fascination of threes with his first feature length film, Two Friends (Les deux amis), in which he also stars. Based loosely on the French play The Moods of Marianne, Garrel's film finds professional movie extra Vincent (Vincent Macaigne) in frenzied love with Mona (Goldshifteh Farahani), who cannot and will not give in to his romantic advances due in part to her restrictive situation, which she keeps secret. She works behind a pastry counter by day, but every evening must return to prison for curfew, not unlike an incarcerated Cinderella. Vincent enlists his best friend, the caddish Abel (Louis Garrel), to help win her over or at least understand her cooling passion.
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Video Essay. The Semantics of Adventureland’s Mixtape

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The eleventh entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. Greg Mottola's Adventureland (2009) is now playing in the United States through February 29.Few subjects divide people more sharply and ferociously than respective tastes in music. We build our identities, our system of values, even our world-views, through the music we choose to love and cultivate, whether as players or listeners—and we project our musical distastes onto a screen (or a variety of screens) constituting those monstrous Others from which we differentiate and dissociate ourselves.Popular movies have a lot to do with propagating this fascinating but treacherous and unstable cultural process. Especially teen movies, which involve themselves with the vagaries of pop, rock, and other musical styles more extensively and intimately than most genres—particularly at the level of ‘sampling,’ of the selection of pre-existing tracks for the film soundtrack (and,
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5 times David Bowie’s music made the scene

From starring roles in films such as The Man Who Fell to Earth and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence to smaller parts in the likes of The Last Temptation of Christ and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Bowie made as much a mark on the world of film as it did on music and fashion. But it wasn’t just his acting that left an impression on movie-going audiences; numerous films have made use of his music to powerful effect. In honor of his recent passing, here are a few of our favorite appearances of David Bowie songs in the movies. We’ll miss you, starman.

Cat People (Putting Out Fire),” Inglourious Basterds (2009)

I’m not much of a fan of Quentin Tarantino or his movies, but I still love this scene from 2009’s World War II fantasy Inglourious Basterds. Not only does “Cat People,” which Bowie originally penned
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