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Saban Films Acquires Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman – Watch The Making-Of Featurette

Haim Saban announced today that after launching Saban Films last week the company has acquired North American distribution rights to Academy Award winner Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman, starring Jones and Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, with a supporting cast featuring Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Academy Award winner Meryl Streep.

The story centers around a claim jumper and a pioneer woman who team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.

In his Cannes review, Todd McCarthy’s (THR) writes: “In what’s probably her best big screen role since Million Dollar Baby, Swank is obliged to keep Mary Bee’s emotions in tight check, but the pain her valiant character bottles up emerges in piercing flashes to lasting effect. Jones’ scalawag is a man on the run from everything he’s ever done in his life, and
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Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' Goes to Saban Films

Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' Goes to Saban Films
Haim Saban announced today that after launching Saban Films last week the company has acquired North American distribution rights to Academy Award&#174 winner Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman, starring Jones and Academy Award&#174 winner Hilary Swank, with a supporting cast featuring Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Academy Award&#174 nominee Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Academy Award&#174 winner Meryl Streep.

The new venture, which is headed by President Bill Bromiley, came to Cannes with an aggressive acquisitions strategy and targeted the highly-regarded competition title, finalizing negotiations with majority owner of the North American rights, Brian Kennedy. EuropaCorp is the international distributor of the picture. This is the first acquisition for Saban Films and the second collaboration between Bromiley, Tommy Lee Jones and Michael FitzGerald following 2008's In the Electric Mist.

The Homesman, which premiered Sunday, May 18th in competition in Cannes, is a Tommy Lee Jones/ Michael FitzGerald production,
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If You Haven't Heard of French Director Bertrand Tavernier, Here's a Good Place to Start

If You Haven't Heard of French Director Bertrand Tavernier, Here's a Good Place to Start
Bertrand Tavernier’s "The French Minister" reaches America this Friday 40 years after his feature debut, 1974's "The Clockmaker." At 72, Tavernier shows no signs of slowing his eclectic experimentation: the film marks his first attempt at straight-up comedy and opened strong in France, though cumulative admissions at home didn’t eclipse 2010's vigorous medieval adventure "The Princess Of Montpensier" or 2008's New Orleans-set, Tommy Lee Jones-starring mystery "In The Electric Mist," three films that are a representative sampling of Tavernier’s genre-sampling career. The original title for "The French Minister" is "Quai D'Orsay," the Paris wharf where the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located. Enter cautiously idealistic Arthur Vlaminck (Raphaël Personnaz), hired as speechwriter to minister Alexandre Taillard de Vorms (Thierry Lhermitte). Taillard is a nearly-literal whirlwind, whose door-slamming entries and exits send papers flying into brief tornadic spirals within a...
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Health Nut: Kino Lorber Grabs Levon Helm Docu

Music video accidental docu-helmer Jacob Hatley will get to see his debut film, Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm make the leap from the film fest circuit into theaters thanks to the folks at Kino Lorber. Originally assigned to make the music video for 2010′s Electric Dirt, Hatley ended up befriending the artist staying with the artist for the better part of three roller-coaster years. Here’s a SXSW interview with the filmmaker who describes just that process. An early/mid 2013 release is planned.

Gist: Hatley’s docu focuses on Helm, the founding member of The Band, after his 2007 resurgence following the release of his Grammy-winning “Dirt Farmer” folk album as he works on his new record at home in Woodstock, NY, amid financial and health problems. Helm died of cancer in April of 2012.

Worth Noting: Obviously his debut to the big screen began with The Last Waltz,
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Daily Briefing. Cinema Scope 50

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Yesterday was all about the Cannes lineup, so we've got quite a bit of news to catch up with today. First and foremost, Cinema Scope has relaunched its site with a healthy selection of pieces from Issue 50, which cinephiles lucky enough to be holding a print copy have been talking about for weeks now. Editor Mark Peranson: "So to commemorate 50 issues, I came up with the silly (not stupid) idea of deciding on the best 50 filmmakers currently working under the age of 50 (or the top, or the greatest — I've spent far too much time pondering this silly adjective). I'm anticipating heaps of criticism for this in the blogosphere, but I hope this leads to a little discussion outside of the pages of this magazine, and provides a snapshot of where cinema finds itself today."

20 of those 50 pieces are online. You'll find, for example, Raya Martin on Carlos Reygadas (and
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Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong to star in Closer to the Moon

Vera Farmiga (Source Code, Up in the Air, The Departed) and Mark Strong (Robin Hood, Kick-Ass, Sherlock Holmes) are reportedly set to star in period drama Closer to the Moon. Romanian writer-director Nae Caranfil’s film, which is set in his home country, will be produced by Michael Fitzgerald (In the Electric Mist, The Pledge).

Mark Strong will play Max Rosenthal, the former head of a Bucharest police criminal investigation unit. He is found guilty of robbing a bank with three others, while assuring nearby crowds they were filming a movie. Tried and sentenced to death, they are first forced by the communist government to re-enact their crime for a propaganda film. Vera Farmiga will play Max's former lover and the mother of his child, who returns from her studies in Moscow as the events unfold. Production on Closer to the Moon is due to start in Bucharest in early Autumn.
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Bertrand Tavernier: The Hollywood Interview

Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.

Bertrand Tavernier: Taking Rabbits Out Of Hats

By Alex Simon

Bertrand Tavernier was bitten by the cinema bug at a tender age, falling in love with a diverse slate of films and filmmakers like Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang and Buster Keaton. Born in Lyon in 1941, Tavernier abandoned his law studies to write for the now-legendary French cinema magazine Cahiers du Cinema, which also launched auteurs like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. Making his directing debut with The Clockmaker of Saint-Paul in 1974, Tavernier’s career has been a prolific one, with 35 films to his credit, and dozens of awards, including the Best Director prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival for A Sunday in the Country.

Tavernier’s latest film is the sweeping epic The Princess of Montpensier, an adaptation of a 1662 novel which was published anonymously, but later credited to French noblewoman Madame de La Fayette. Set
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James Gammon obituary

American character actor known for his tough-guy roles in westerns and on television

With a voice that sounded as if it were strained through gravel chipped from his craggy face, James Gammon, who has died of cancer aged 70, had a memorable presence as a character actor in crime films, rural dramas and especially westerns, from A Man Called Horse (1970) to Urban Cowboy (1980), Silverado (1985), Wyatt Earp (1994), Wild Bill (1995) and Appaloosa (2008). Ed Harris, who directed and starred in Appaloosa, said of Gammon: "If he'd been born 20 years earlier he'd have been in every other western ever made."

Gammon had a perpetual squint that could be interpreted as crazy or wise – or both. His best-known role was as the unflappable baseball manager Lou Brown in the comedy Major League (1989). On television, he played Don Johnson's father in the series Nash Bridges from 1996 to 2001. Gammon's ability to reveal an essential weakness, and the
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Cannes Movie Review: La Princesse de Montpensier (2010)

Melanie Thierry and Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet in La Princesse de Montpensier

Photo: Studio Canal French helmer Bertrand Tavernier's work is a mystery to me. I didn't see 2009's In the Electric Mist starring Tommy Lee Jones, which would have served as an introduction, instead his 2010 Cannes Film Festival entry La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) has the honor. Unfortunately, this wasn't the welcoming I wished for. It's repetitive treacle based on Madame de La Fayette 1662 short story in which the characters make the same mistakes over and over again until the very end where they have no choice but to zig when all they'd done to that point was zag.

Set in France, 1562, The Princess of Montpensier stars Melanie Thierry as Marie de Mezieres and sets out to tell a love story with the religious war of the Protestants versus the Catholics serving as the backdrop. Marie is
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Cannes 2010: Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess Of Montpensier “Mildly Booed”

Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier: Florence Thomassin, Mélanie Thierry (top); Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet (bottom) Bertrand Tavernier’s La princesse de Montpensier / The Princess of Montpensier is in the running for the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The period drama set during the reign of Charles IX, when followers of different Christian sects (Catholics and Protestants) were at one another’s throats, stars Mélanie Thierry, Gaspard Ulliel, Lambert Wilson, and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet. According to the film’s notes, Tavernier decided to adapt Madame de la Fayette’s 17th-century novel because he wanted to make a "love story that was both lyrical and epic in nature," adding that after filming In the Electric Mist in the United States he felt "the visceral [...]
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Cannes 2010: Bertrand Tavernier’s La Princesse de Montpensier

As you all know, from May 12 through 23, 12 feature films produced or co-produced by France will be showcased in the Official Selection of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.

One movie that will be shown In Competition is La Princesse de Montpensier, directed by Bertrand Tavernier.

Little history repeating for this director, since he’s taking a break from thrillers. Let’s see how things at Cannes Festival will work out for him…

If you are familiar with Tavernier’s work, than you know he already had huge success with In The Electric Mist. But this time, looks like he has started working on a European history title about 16th century French aristocracy.

This is the story about the passions and tragic fate of a princess in the French kingdom of 1562. but if you’re interested in official synopsis part check this out: “Based on a short story by Madame de La Fayette
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Smith And Jones Confirmed For MIB 3-D

Smith And Jones Confirmed For MIB 3-D
Barry Sonnenfeld has confirmed to Roger Friedman that Will Smith and, after months of speculation, Tommy Lee Jones will star in Men In Black 3. Smith has been on board Sony’s threequel for some time, but Jones’ involvement was less clear, with Josh Brolin mooted as a replacement, while the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen had also been in the casting frame. However, Jones has been concentrating on smaller dramas, like In The Electric Mist and The Company Men, for some time, so the chance to exercise those blockbuster muscles (and pay for a new conservatory) was probably too good to pass up.At the moment, little is known about the plot of the movie, which Sony will be aiming to get into cinemas by Memorial Day 2011 (that’s May 30, 2011 to the rest of us), but we imagine it’ll involve Agent Jay (Smith) and Kay (Jones) getting in
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Jason Solomons's Trailer Trash | Film

Jason Solomons reports on a new film score from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, anger from Bertrand Tavernier and Ian Dury getting a Stateside outing

Are you listening, Academy?

Having had his last score disqualified for the Oscars, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood moves on undeterred. His potent music for There Will Be Blood should easily have earned an Oscar nomination, but the Academy's composers objected when they found out it was based on one of Greenwood's previous works (called Popcorn Superhet Receiver, actually).

However, after a recent BBC concert premiere of a new piece called Doghouse, Jonny revealed that it would form the basis of a new film score, this time for one of my favourite film-makers, the Vietnamese-born director Anh Hung Tran (The Scent of Green Papaya, At the Height of Summer). They're collaborating on an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's 1987 book Norwegian Wood, about a man whose reminiscences of
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15th Lumiere Awards: Welcome and A Prophet Grab Most Noms

Similar to the Golden Globes because it is a foreign group of film journalists who conduct the voting (though I'm sure they have no mandate to prefer films loaded in stars), this year's the 15th Lumiere Awards has a pair of films in the top tier that recently that duked it out for the Louis Delluc award. Philippe Lioret's Welcome (which just got picked up by Film Movement this week) and Jacques Audiard's A Prophet (a Spc release next February) received five and four noms respectively. - Similar to the Golden Globes because it is a foreign group of film journalists who conduct the voting (though I'm sure they have no mandate to prefer films loaded in stars), this year's the 15th Lumière Awards has a pair of films in the top tier that recently that duked it out for the Louis Delluc award. Philippe Lioret
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Tavernier's Fate includes 'La Princesse de Montpensier'

[/link] anywhere close to swampy Cajun backwoods (In the Electric Mist) or for that matter, return to the thriller format, instead his next pic is set in 1562 and includes matters of the heart. Set to begin production later this month, La Princesse de Montpensier will see Mélanie Thierry in the lead with Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel, Louis Garrel and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet also joining the pic. Paradis Films' Eric Heuman and Marc Silam are producing. Based on a short story by Madame de La Fayette (published in 1662), co-scripted by Tavernier and Jean Cosmos, La Princesse de Montpensier is a tale of the passions and tragic fate of a princess, a rich heiress of a French kingdom under threat in the wars of religion of 1562. The focal point of La Fayette’s work is the love Mlle de Mézières feels for the duke de Guise
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This Week on DVD: Australia, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Ace Ventura Jr.

Man... you know it's a dry week for new DVDs when Ace Ventura Jr. is one of the most noteworthy releases. There are only a couple of new titles that are probably worth anyone's time, such as Baz Luhrman's epic western Australia, Philippe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long, and Wong Kar Wai's Ashes of Time Redux, but even these aren't movies I'm going to rush out to buy. Also out this week: Disney's inimitable Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Real Time starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel, and In The Electric Mist starring Tommy Lee Jones. Comic book fans might want to check out Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic or DC's Wonder Woman animated feature, but I think your safest bet ...
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Spring Preview: Anywhere But a Movie Theater

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Film releases certainly aren't limited to theaters these days -- here's a rundown of titles making their way to you via alternative pathways.

On Demand

Our sister company IFC Films made a splash at this year's Sundance with the announcement of a partnership with the SXSW Film Festival to premiere four of the festival's picks concurrent with their debut in Austin. Joe Swanberg's latest, "Alexander the Last," headlines the group making their on demand debut on March 14, along with Australian comedy "Three Blind Mice," Bulgarian noir "Zift" and SXSW '08 alums "Medicine for Melancholy" and "Paper Covers Rock."

On DVD

It's a sign of the times that a serviceable Tommy Lee Jones thriller can sit alongside the latest from Steven Seagal at your local Blockbuster, but "In the Electric Mist" is far more interesting than the actor's paycheck output of the late '90s, even if it is missing
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Image Ent. sees clearly through the 'Mist'

  • I’m not sure if the alarmist print media are truly taking notice, but for the past couple of months, a whole bunch of home video distributors are coming out of the woodworks and joining the theatrical release game. With the majors closing down shops, Variety reports that a company like Image EntertainmentImage Entertainment
[/link] will test the theater exhibition business with the Afm deal that gives them the rights to Bertrand Tavernier's serial killer thriller that features a Tommy Lee Jones in the swampy backwoods. This past summer, Image released Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World, and they will release Tavernier’s In the Electric Mist sometime in spring 2009. I’ve got a fairly complete synopsis from our preview page: scripted by Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski and Jones, this is an adaptation of James Lee Burke’s novel, which centers on Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2008: #100 In the Electric Mist

[/link] Director: Bertrand Tavernier (A Sunday in the Country) Screenwriters: Tommy Lee Jones, Jerzy and Mary-Olson Kromolowski Producers: Frédéric Bourboulon (Holy Lola) and Michael Fitzgerald (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) Distributor: Currently Seeking Distribution The Gist: Scripted by Jerzy and Mary Olson-Kromolowski and Jones, this is an adaptation of James Lee Burke’s novel, which centers on Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux. New Iberia Lt. Dave Robicheaux is trying to link the murder of a local hooker to New Orleans mobster Julie (Baby Feet) Balboni–back in his home parish as co- producer of Hollywood director Michael Goldman’s Civil War film–when sozzled/psychic movie-star Elrod Sykes, pulled over for drunk driving, starts babbling about a corpse he found in the Atchafalaya Swamp–the corpse of a black man Dave had seen murdered 35 years before. Fact: This is veteran French director's English-language debut. See It:
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