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Exclusive image: 'March Of The Pengiuns 2'

Exclusive image: 'March Of The Pengiuns 2'
Morgan Freeman-narrated original won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2006.

Paris-based Bonne Pioche has released first images of Luc Jacquet’s March Of The Penguin 2 – The Call, the sequel to the Oscar-winning documentary that made $127.4m at the box office following its release in 2005.

Jacquet spent two months shooting mainly in 4K in Antarctica last winter using submarines and drones.

The narrator has yet to be confirmed. Morgan Freeman did the voiceover for the the original documentary.

This new story follows a young penguin about to embark on his first journey, driven by the mysterious instinctual call that pushes every penguin when winter comes to leave for an unknown destination.

Bonne Pioche – which produced March Of The Penguins, The Fox And The Child, Once Upon A Forest – is lead producing with Paprika Films in association with Wild Touch and Disney France.

Wild Bunch has launched sales in Cannes and handles all world rights apart from France and the
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Mickey Rourke bio-doc 'Guapo Siempre' heads to Cannes with Versatile

Documentary revolves around actor’s 2014 return to the boxing ring in Moscow.

Paris-based sales company Versatile has acquired world sales rights to French photographer and director Richard Aujard’s bio-doc Guapo Siempre, a portrait of Mickey Rourke’s return to the boxing ring in Moscow in 2014.

The film, which is in post-production, follows actor and retired boxer Rourke as he prepares at the age of 62 to take on a fighter half his age in a special boxing exhibition in the Russian capital, after a 20-year absence from the ring.

A few days before the fight, Rourke’s beloved dog Guapo dies, plunging the boxer into a mystical state for his comeback fight.

Aujard, who is a long-time acquaintance of Rourke, captures the actor-boxer as he looks back over his life and career.

“The film will be ready for this summer,” said Versatile co-chief Pape Boye. “It’s very cinematic but one of the things that makes it particularly
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Exploring science by Anne-Katrin Titze

Marion Cotillard on how she met Luc Jacquet: "I wanted to make a movie on the forest. Luc heard about it. It's called Il Était Une Forêt, Once Upon A Forest…" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In my conversation with Luc Jacquet on Wild-Touch and his documentary Ice And The Sky about the work of glaciologist Claude Lorius, which had its World Premiere as the closing film of the Cannes Film Festival, he mentioned a director who first encouraged him to make films. His name is Hans-Ulrich Schlumpf, the director of Der Kongress der Pinguine.

It was good advice for Luc, who became the director of March Of The Penguins (La Marche De L'Empereur), The Fox And The Child (Le Renard Et L'Enfant), narrated by Kate Winslet, and Il Était Une Forêt (Once Upon A Forest) on botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé.

Marion Cotillard at the launch of Ice & Sky: "I've
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Global warming doc 'Ice and the Sky' to close Cannes Film Festival

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Global warming doc 'Ice and the Sky' to close Cannes Film Festival
Eco documentary is from the Oscar-winning director of March of the Penguins.

The 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24) is to close with documentary Ice and the Sky, from Luc Jacquet, director of the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins.

The film explores the scientific discoveries of Claude Lorius, who traveled to study the Antarctic ice in 1957 and was the first to be concerned by global warming and its consequences for the planet in 1965.

Jacquet said its selection presented “a huge opportunity” for the eco message of the film. “Showing this film at the world’s largest film festival is contributing to the huge challenge facing humanity, which has to act as quickly as possible to secure its future and the future of the planet,” said the director.

Jacquet’s films have all focussed on the environment and nature issues from March of the Penguins, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2006, to The Fox and the Child (2007) and
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The Best Movies On TV This Christmas

The Best Movies On TV This Christmas
Devour the turkeys and gobble up the crackers with our guide to the best films showing on the television over the 2010 festive period. Stock up on the popcorn now, or else it'll be leftover sprouts to munch on...

Christmas Eve - Friday, 24 December Kick off the magical day with a very special and entrancing movie for all the family in the shape of The Fox And The Child (10am, BBC2) - but have a few tissues on standby! The same could apply to any anti-monarchists who encounter the beguiling charms of Helen Mirren as The Queen (3pm, ITV1), a dramatic tour de force that also features Michael Sheen in familiar guise as Tony Blair. If solid Christmassy fare is needed, then check out the classic Alastair Sim version of Scrooge (4pm, Channel 5). Or if you don't want any young relatives 'bah humbugging' for the rest of the day, then plonk
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No Longer a Dream, Corbiau Brings Unfinished Orson Welles Project to Life

After a mention that an unproduced Kubrick project was going to see the light of day, another filmmaking legend might be making a comeback from the dead. After a mostly dormant film career over the past two decades, Gérard Corbiau, best known for 1994's Farinelli, is according to Production Weekly, going to direct Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen & Cliff Curtis in The Dreamers (expect a title change) - which is according to recent legend, Orson Welles' unfinished last project. - After a mention that an unproduced Kubrick project was going to see the light of day, another filmmaking legend might be making a comeback from the dead. After a mostly dormant film career over the past two decades, Gérard Corbiau, best known for 1994's Farinelli, is according to Production Weekly, going to direct Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen & Cliff Curtis in The Dreamers (expect a title change) -
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No Longer a Dream, Corbiau Brings Unfinished Orson Welles Project to Life

After a mention that an unproduced Kubrick project was going to see the light of day, another filmmaking legend might be making a comeback from the dead. After a mostly dormant film career over the past two decades, Gérard Corbiau, best known for 1994's Farinelli, is according to Production Weekly, going to direct Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen & Cliff Curtis in The Dreamers (expect a title change) - which is according to recent legend, Orson Welles' unfinished last project. - After a mention that an unproduced Kubrick project was going to see the light of day, another filmmaking legend might be making a comeback from the dead. After a mostly dormant film career over the past two decades, Gérard Corbiau, best known for 1994's Farinelli, is according to Production Weekly, going to direct Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen & Cliff Curtis in The Dreamers (expect a title change) - which is according to recent legend,
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The Fox and the Child is foxy, but not so childish

Beneath the saccharine surface of this summer's kiddie-pleaser lurks a darkly subversive message

These days, U-certificated celluloid is hard to come by. As the school holidays drag on, the local multiplex offers all too little succour to harassed mums desperate for something to do with their broods on rainy afternoons. To them, The Fox and the Child must look like a godsend indeed.

Here be no naughty words, scantily-clad trollops or grinning posthumous Oscar candidates menacingly extolling knife crime. A freckly little girl makes friends with a foxy-woxy, amidst fairytale Eurocountryside. Oh, how happily they play together, for what seems like more than a lifetime. Eventually, however, a moral surfaces. As long as Beauty confines herself to merely toying with the Beast's savage affections, all is well. But, once she (literally) hugs it to her bosom and (literally) invites it into her bedroom, chaos breaks out, and near-tragedy ensues. Wildness,
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