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Film Review: ‘Real Love’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Real Love’
“All my life is loving you,” is a line of dialogue that, on the page, looks worn thin with familiarity, a little like the trite English title of Claire Burger’s solo directorial debut, “Real Love.” But to reveal that the words are spoken not by a pining lover during the dash-to-the-airport climax of a romantic comedy, but by a father unwittingly tripping on ecstasy, to his two teenage daughters and his estranged wife, is to hint at the nature of this gorgeous film’s gentle miracle, which is to take its well-worn, soapy setup and rinse it of cliché, so it comes up new and shining. For any father who ever loved his child, or any child who ever loved their father, “Real Love” brings real joy.

Floodlit by a superlatively sympathetic performance by Belgian actor Bouli Lanners, Burger’s partly autobiographical film, which she also wrote, starts in the aftermath of a departure.
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‘Power’ Spinoff ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Starring Mary J Blige in Preproduction at Starz

  • The Wrap
Starz revealed the first spinoff to its hit series “Power” on Friday, revealing on stage at the Television Critics Association press tour that Mary J. Blige has signed on to star in “Power Book II: Ghost.”

“We have alluded previously to various spin-offs, prequels and other expansions of the ‘Power’ Universe,” series creator Courtney A. Kemp said on stage during the show’s panel. “Today we are pleased to announce that we are in pre-production on the first of what we know will be a collection of series inspired by the dynamic world of ‘Power.'”

According to Kemp, the follow-up will “continue the journey of some of ‘Power’s’ most controversial characters” in addition to introducing new characters, including the one played by Blige.

Also Read: 50 Cent on 'Power' Emmy Snubs: Awards Voters 'Not Necessarily Cool People'

“And no, this is not the Ghost in question, although we talked about it,
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See Mary J. Blige Perform Career-Spanning Medley at Bet Awards

See Mary J. Blige Perform Career-Spanning Medley at Bet Awards
Mary J. Blige delivered a 20-minute medley packed with hits and guests Method Man and Lil Kim during the 2019 Bet Awards, where the singer received the ceremony’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Blige’s medley spanned hits like “Real Love,” “You Remind Me,” My Life” and more, while Lil Kim and Method Man dropped in for their guest verses on “I Can Love You” and “You’re All I Need,” respectively. Blige closed out the career-spanning performance with her “Just Fine.”

Rihanna presented Blige with the Lifetime Achievement Award, with the “Umbrella” singer praising the honoree.
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Carly Rae Jepsen Pines For Haunting Love in New Song ‘Julien’

Carly Rae Jepsen Pines For Haunting Love in New Song ‘Julien’
Carly Rae Jepsen pines for a lover that haunts her on her new single, “Julien.” The song is slated to appear on Dedicated, which will be released on May 17th via School Boy/Interscope.

As a glitchy groove unfolds, Jepsen relays a day waking up in a funk about a lover who elicits her to whisper his name and is “the last breath that I breathe.” The obsession can’t be quelled by distraction, either. “I tried another/to keep me satisfied,” she confesses. “But all your colors are still dancing in my mind.
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Interview: Claire Burger – Real Love (C’est ça l’amour) | 2018 Marrakech Intl. Film Festival

She broke out big as part of a trio of filmmakers with the Camera d’Or winning Party Girl (a film that opened the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes 2014) and for a first solo project in Real Love (C’est ça l’amour), Claire Burger looks how the notion love is expressed in a creative, therapeutic and pragmatic manner. The film swooned Venice’s Giornate Degli Autori section jurors landing her the Director’s Award. I met up with the filmmaker in Marrakech and discussed some of the film’s core themes, subjects and the DNA behind some of the memorable sequences along with where she might be headed next for her third feature.…
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Ariana Grande Is Heading Back to Number One and She’s Bringing ‘NSync With Her

Ariana Grande Is Heading Back to Number One and She’s Bringing ‘NSync With Her
Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next album is all but guaranteed to debut at Number One. When it does, it will be another in a long string of commercial slam-dunks for Grande.

More surprising, the album’s success also represents a return to the charts for ‘NSync and Wendy Rene. That’s because “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” interpolates a verse from ‘NSync’s jittery “It Makes Me Ill,” while “Fake Smile” borrows from Rene’s “After Laughter (Comes Tears),” a Sixties soul record that has been
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Singer-actress Mary J. Blige to star in this movie

Singer-actress Mary J. Blige has joined the ensemble cast of Kerem Sanga directorial The Violent Heart.

She has joined the film's cast, which also includes actors Lukas Haas, Grace Van Patten, Jovan Adepo and Cory Scott Allen, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

The "Real love" hitmaker will play Nina, a mother who manages to hold her family together after the murder of her daughter while her husband, a marine, is on deployment in Afghanistan.

The Violent Heart follows Cassie (Van Patten), a college-bound senior on the cusp of graduation, and her budding relationship with a local mechanic named Daniel (Adepo), who dreams of becoming a Marine.?

As they fall for each other, the details surrounding Daniel's tragic and violent past inevitably catch up with them.

Blige, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in Mudbound, will also be seen in the web series "The Umbrella Academy" and horror thriller "Body Cam
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Katt Williams and Tiffany Haddish Squash Their Beef at the Emmys

  • TMZ
Katt Williams and Tiffany Haddish Squash Their Beef at the Emmys
Katt Williams didn't want any real smoke with Tiffany Haddish after dissing her badly on a radio show last week ... 'cause he was kneeling for the comedy queen at the Emmys. Tiffany posted a series of photos Monday at the award show which show Katt taking a knee before her in deference ... and then the two of them posing together happily. It appears the two comedians are good now after Katt questioned Tiffany's comedy chops this past Friday.
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Venice: Claire Burger’s ‘Real Love’ Wins Top Giornate Degli Autori Prize

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Venice: Claire Burger’s ‘Real Love’ Wins Top Giornate Degli Autori Prize
French director Claire Burger’s drama “Real Love,” about the struggle with parenthood of a separated father of two daughters in a village on the Franco-German border, has won the Giornate Degli Autori Director’s Award, the top nod in Venice’s independently run section formerly known as Venice Days.

In Burger’s first solo feature — following 2014’s Caméra d’Or-winning “Party Girl,” which she co-directed —Belgian actor Bouli Lanners (“Rust and Bone”) plays a bearded low-level government administrator forced into intensive single fatherhood when his wife takes off to thinks things over.

The jury in a statement described “Love” as “an extremely engaging story about the difficult situations in which life can put us, whether it’s a marriage ending, or our heart being broken for the first time.” They chose film “for its tenderness and for the extraordinary technical mastery that the director displays.”

The award comes with
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Indie Sales Scoops Toronto-Bound Russian Drama ‘Core of the World’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Paris-based Indie Sales has scooped up international sales rights to Natalia Meschaninova’s Russian drama “Core of the World,” which will make its international premiere at Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

Written by Meshchaninova, Boris Khlebnikov and Stepan Devonin (who also stars), “Core of the World” centers on Egor, a lonely veterinarian who works in a remote farm in rural Russia and at a hunting dog special training center using domesticated foxes. Egor, who has endured a violent relationship with his mother, only wants to care for the animals and feel part of the close-knit family he works for; but his world begins to unravel when animal rights activists come into play.

The film is produced by Ctb Film Company and Just a Moment.

Nicolas Eschbach, Indie Sales CEO and co-founder, pointed out his company previously teamed up with Ctb Film Company twice before on internationally-driven, successful Russian films: “Salyut-7” and “Arrhythmia,
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Lifetime Sets Two More ‘Married At First Sight’ Spinoffs, Adds ‘Women On Patrol’ Episodes – TCA

  • Deadline
Lifetime is adding two more spinoffs from its popular Married at First Sight franchise this fall and adding more episodes of Live Pd Presents: Women on Patrol as the net expands its unscripted slate.

The A+E Networks-owned cable channel said at TCA today that it has ordered Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island and Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After to join the Real Love block on Tuesdays in fall. Honeymoon Island brings back unmatched candidates from past seasons of the franchise for another shot of love at first sight. Happily Ever After focuses on three couples from past seasons as cameras continue to follow their stories. No premiere date is set for the pair of spinoffs produced by Kinetic Entertainment. Both will get eight-episode rookie seasons.

Lifetime also has ordered 20 additional episodes of Live Pd Presents: Women on Patrol for its Justice for Women with Gretchen Carlson block on Mondays.
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Venice 2018. Lineup

Non-FictionThe programme for the 2018 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Tsai Ming-liang, Frederick Wiseman, Sergei Loznitsa, Olivier Assayas, the Coen Brothers, and many more.COMPETITIONFirst Man (Damien Chazelle)The Mountain (Rick Alverson)Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)The Ballad of Buster ScruggsVox Lux (Brady Corbet)Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)22 July (Paul Greengrass)Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)Werk ohne autor (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)Peterloo (Mike Leigh)Capri-revolution (Mario Martone)What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? (Roberto Minervini)Sunset (László Nemes)Frères ennemis (David Oeloffen)Where Life is Born (Carlos Reygadas)At Eternity's Gate (Julian Schnabel)Acusada (Gonzalo Tobal)Killing (Shinya Tsukamoto)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesThe Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (Morgan Neville)L'amica geniale (Saverio Costanzo)Il diario di angela - noi
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How David Bowie’s Biggest ‘Disappointment’ Became a Posthumous, Reworked Album

How David Bowie’s Biggest ‘Disappointment’ Became a Posthumous, Reworked Album
David Bowie‘s five-decade career went through so many extreme highs and bizarre lows that pinpointing his single worst album may seem like a difficult task. To the singer himself, though, it was quite easy. “My nadir was Never Let Me Down,” he said in 1995. “It was such an awful album. … I really shouldn’t have even bothered going into the studio to record it. In fact, when I play it, I wonder if I did sometimes.”

The 1987 record, packed with cheesy drum machines and synths that would sound painfully
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Venice Days 2018 line-up showcases female directors

Venice Days 2018 line-up showcases female directors
Six of the 12 films in the main programme are by women

Six of the 12 features in Venice Days are directed by women for the first time in the event’s 15-year history.

They include Real Love (C’est Ca L’Amour), the second feature from French filmmaker Claire Burger, who co-directed Party Girl, which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2014. Real Love is a semi-autobiographical drama starring Belgian actor and director Bouli Lanners as Mario, a man left to bring up his two turbulent teenager daughters on his own after his wife walks out on the family. Indie Sales has international rights.
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Strong Female Presence Marks Venice Days Lineup; Opener Is ‘Graves Without a Name’

  • Variety
Strong Female Presence Marks Venice Days Lineup; Opener Is ‘Graves Without a Name’
The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled its lineup of 11 competition entries, all world premieres, marked by a particularly strong presence of female directors.

The section will open with “Graves Without a Name” (pictured), a new documentary on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era by revered Cambodian-born director Rithy Panh, producer of Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father.” The lineup mixes promising entries from both well-known auteurs and newcomers. The out-of competition closer is suicide-themed comedy “Emma Peeters” from young Belgian director Nicole Palo.

Venice Days artistic director Giorgio Gosetti noted that six out of 12 titles in the official selection are directed by women and said that “female characters play a crucial role in all the films.” But he also said his choice was unconstrained by gender considerations. “We sought the best that we could find and
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Gretchen Carlson to Host Lifetime’s ‘Justice for Women’ Monday Night Block (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Gretchen Carlson to Host Lifetime’s ‘Justice for Women’ Monday Night Block (Exclusive)
Gretchen Carlson has signed on to host Lifetime’s new “Justice for Women” Monday night programming block, which bows June 18.

The two-hour showcase will open at 8 p.m. with the debut of “Live Pd: Women on Patrol,” a spinoff of the “Live Pd” ride-along police reality series that has been a success for Lifetime sibling A&E Network. Carlson will also narrate the show, which will weave together live feeds of female law enforcement officers on the job in Jackson, Wyo., Wilmington, N.C., Stockton, Calif., among other cities. Lifetime has ordered 20 half-hour episodes.

The fourth season of “Escaping Polygamy,” the docu series about three sisters who leave a polygamist group in Salt Lake City, will follow at 9 p.m.

The aim of the new themed night is to present shows featuring women who pursue justice and display courage as a routine part of their work. Carlson will serve as host
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