Film Movement Classics Acquires Seven Movies Including John Woo, Viggo Mortensen, Maggie Cheung Pics

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Exclusive: U.S. arthouse buyer Film Movement has picked up North American rights to seven movies for its classics label, including John Woo’s first contemporary action film Heroes Shed No Tears (1984) and Viggo Mortensen starrer The Reflecting Skin (1990) by Philip Ridley (U.S. rights only).

Also new to the label are King Hu’s martial arts film The Fate Of Lee Khan (1973); Stanley Kwan’s Hong Kong New Wave drama Center Stage (1991), starring Maggie Cheung; biopic Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1995) about the charismatic and influential anti-colonial writer and theorist; Véra Belmont’s baroque dramedy Marquise (1997), featuring Sophie Marceau in one of her first starring roles; and Gérard Corbiau’s Oscar-nominated lavish costume drama, Farinelli (1994).

Shed No Tears, Center Stage and The Fate Of Lee Khan were licensed from Fortune Star Media. Farinelli and Marquise came from Screenbound Pictures while The Reflecting Skin was picked up from
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William Nicholson’s ‘Hope Gap’, With Annette Bening, Bill Nighy & Josh O’Connor, Inks Key Deals For Protagonist

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Exclusive: William Nicholson’s (Gladiator) drama Hope Gap, starring Annette Bening (American Beauty), Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and Josh O’Connor (God’s Own Country), has sold into key markets for UK sales firm Protagonist Pictures.

Deals have closed in Germany/Austria (Tobis), Spain (A Contracorriente), Italy (Cloud 9), Australia and New Zealand (Transmission), Scandinavia and Iceland (Sf Studios), China (Dd Dream), Japan (Kino Films), Latin America (California Filmes), Poland (M2), Former Yugoslavia (McF), Middle East (Front Row), Israel (Forum Films), Hungary (Cinetel) and Airlines/Ships (Eim). CAA co-reps North America.

Hope Gap, currently in final post-production, is Nicholson’s second feature as a director after 1997’s Firelight starring Sophie Marceau and Stephen Dillane. The acclaimed writer was Oscar-nominated for his screenplays for Gladiator and Shadowlands and further writing credits include Les Miserables, Breathe and Everest.

Hope Gap charts the unraveling of a marriage after 29 years and the impact on a family unit.
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‘Gladiator’ & ‘Shadowlands’ Writer Bill Nicholson On “Hope Gap”, His “Most Intense And Loving” Movie Yet — Afm

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‘Gladiator’ & ‘Shadowlands’ Writer Bill Nicholson On “Hope Gap”, His “Most Intense And Loving” Movie Yet — Afm
Hope Gape is a cove on the south-east of the UK. “It’s where I went as a child,” Shadowlands, Gladiator and Les Miserables scribe William ‘Bill’ Nicholson tells me. “It was a place to be alone. “When the waves recede it leaves a vast expanse like the surface of the moon. It was like a secret world where you’re like a giant or a god. It was a place of escape, otherness.”

Hope Gap is also the name and location of Nicholson’s second feature as a writer-director. Bill Nighy, Annette Bening and Josh O’Connor star in the UK drama about the unraveling of a family unit after a father tells his son he plans on leaving his mother. Producers are Sarada McDermott (Fighting With My Family) and David M. Thompson (Woman In Gold).

Currently in post-production, the feature is a deeply personal one for the two-time Oscar nominated screenwriter.
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First Look: Josh O'Connor, Annette Bening and Bill Nighy in 'Hope Gap' (exclusive)

First Look: Josh O'Connor, Annette Bening and Bill Nighy in 'Hope Gap' (exclusive)
Project wrapped UK shoot earlier this month.

Screen can reveal the first look at Josh O’Connor, Annette Bening and Bill Nighy in William Nicholson’s family drama Hope Gap for Origin Pictures.

Principal photography wrapped on the project earlier this month after shooting for five weeks in the eponymous Hope Gap in Seaford, Sussex as well as in Leeds and Doncaster.

Hope Gap is Nicholson’s second feature as a director after 1997’s Firelight with Sophie Marceau. He was Oscar-nominated for his screenplays for Gladiator and Shadowlands and his further writing credits include Breathe and Everest.

O’Connor, whose
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James Bond 25: the geek essentials

Paul Bradshaw Sep 20, 2018

James Bond 25 news - cast, plot, director, rumours and all the latest on 007's next mission

Bond by numbers: 66 years after Ian Fleming first created him, 007 is coming back for his 25th film. Now the longest continually running movie series of all time, the Bond films have grossed over $7.04 billion, making it the fourth highest grossing series in history.

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With Bond 25 providing Daniel Craig with his last outing as 007 – as well as bringing the series total to a milestone number – the new film has taken some interesting twists and has one hell of a reputation to live up to.

Check back here for regular updates on all the latest Bond 25 news and rumours, as we get them, for your eyes only…
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Whatever Happened to Sophie Marceau?

There was a point and time when Sophie Marceau seemed like she was going to be a breakout star and explode onto the scene in a burst of wonder and elegant fashion, but while she did make her way onto the big screen and managed to remain there for a while it seems pertinent to state that only a few people could possibly name that many films in which they’ve seen her. Yes there are fans that would obviously be able to name more than the two films listed below, but given that these two films really stood the chance

Whatever Happened to Sophie Marceau?
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Eye Haïdara to attend Eiff by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-06-02 11:02:51

Eye Haïdara and Jean-Pierre Bacri ans Max and Adèle discuss tactics in C’est La Vie! Photo: Courtesy of Cinefile French rising star Eye Haïdara will present the British premiere of French comedy C’est La Vie! (Le Sens De La Fête) at Edinburgh International Film Festival and participate in a post-screening question and answer session.

Cesar newcomer nominee Eye Haïdara Haïdara was nominated for Most Promising Female Newcomer in the César Awards earlier this year for her role as Adèle, the feisty wedding planner assistant to maestro Jean-Pierre Bacri in the film, which charts the chaotic run-up to a country wedding. She also received the Lumière Prize - the French equivalent of the Golden Globes - for Best Female Newcomer for the role.

The 35-year-old had her first screen role in Audrey Estrougo’s Regarde-moi, charting a romantic triangle, followed by Jean-Luc Godard’s Film Socialisme and Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s Jimmy Rivière.
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'God's Own Country' star Josh O’Connor joins 'Hope Gap' (exclusive)

'God's Own Country' star Josh O’Connor joins 'Hope Gap' (exclusive)
Annette Bening, Bill Nighy co-star in William Nicholson’s family drama.

God’s Own Country star Josh O’Connor has joined Annette Bening and Bill Nighy in the cast of Hope Gap.

William Nicholson, the Oscar-nominated writer of Breathe, Everest, Gladiator, Shadowlands, writes and directs the family drama, which is currently in pre-production and will shoot in summer 2018. It is his second feature as a director after 1997’s Firelight with Sophie Marceau.

O’Connor, nominated for a Bafta and winner of a Bifa for his breakout role in God’s Own Country, will play Jamie, the son of married couple Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy). When Jamie comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. Hope Gap tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, anger and resolution.

David M Thompson (Woman In Gold) of Origin Pictures produces. Protagonist is handling
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'The Odyssey' to close San Sebastian

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Biopic based on the life of Jacques Cousteau.

The 64th San Sebastian Festival (Sept 14-24) is to close with the world premiere of The Odyssey, a film based on the life of Jacques Cousteau, written and directed by Jérôme Salle.

The €35m film looks at the challenging relationship between the underwater exploration pioneer and his son Philippe. The screenplay is based on the books Mon père, le Commandant Jacques-Yves Cousteau, by Jean Michel Cousteau, and Capitaine de la Calypso, by Albert Falco.

Salle is perhaps best known for writing action romance The Tourist, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, and directing both Cannes 2013 closer Zulu and César-nominated Anthony Zimmer, which starred Sophie Marceau.

The Odyssey stars Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney and Audrey Tautou in the parts of Cousteau, his son Philippe and his wife, respectively.

Wilson’s, known for performances in Xabier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men and André Téchiné’s Rendez-vous, will make his
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Power and Resistance: Andrzej Żuławski’s "On the Silver Globe"

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“There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless.”—The Republic, Book IX 572bWhat’s the best way to describe the mania of an Andrzej Żuławski film? William Grimes, eulogizing Żuławski for The New York Times chose “emotionally savage.” J. Hoberman used “hyperkinetic,” “frenzied,” and “‘awful’ in its root sense of inspiring dread. Daniel Bird, writing about the most recent Lincoln Center screenings in New York, chose “deeply disturbing.” These descriptors make perfect sense after experiencing a Żuławski film, but I’ve never been able to sell his films to a newcomer this way. How could I? They’re much too primal for adjectives in our delicate English language, crafted to communicate Enlightenment-era ideas in a pleasing series of vibrations. The intensity of this director’s films could only be described in some sort of ancient Lovecraftian squelching,
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Harker’s Hits: new on DVD/Blu-ray!

Harker’s Hits: new on DVD/Blu-ray!
This week delivers up a wealth of joy. Cannibal Women! Zombies! Curses! Sinful Dwarfs! Doctor Who! So let’s dive in and see just how we’re going to spend our week!

Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death

With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and
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Daily | Andrzej Zulawski, 1940 – 2016

Le Monde is among the many French papers reporting today that Polish director and novelist Andrzej Zulawski passed away last night, succumbing at the age of 75 to his battle with cancer. Just yesterday, news broke that Kino Lorber would be bringing Cosmos, Zulawski's first feature in 15 years, which premiered last year in Locarno, where it won the best director award, and has just screened in Berlin's Critics' Week, to the Us. During his years in France, Zulawski worked with the likes of Romy Schneider, Isabelle Adjani and Sophie Marceau. J. Hoberman in the New York Times: "His movies are seldom more than a step from some flaming abyss, with his actors (and audience) trembling on the edge." » - David Hudson
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Daily | Andrzej Zulawski, 1940 – 2016

Le Monde is among the many French papers reporting today that Polish director and novelist Andrzej Zulawski passed away last night, succumbing at the age of 75 to his battle with cancer. Just yesterday, news broke that Kino Lorber would be bringing Cosmos, Zulawski's first feature in 15 years, which premiered last year in Locarno, where it won the best director award, and has just screened in Berlin's Critics' Week, to the Us. During his years in France, Zulawski worked with the likes of Romy Schneider, Isabelle Adjani and Sophie Marceau. J. Hoberman in the New York Times: "His movies are seldom more than a step from some flaming abyss, with his actors (and audience) trembling on the edge." » - David Hudson
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Emir Kusturica to head Shanghai fest jury

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Emir Kusturica to head Shanghai fest jury
Ian McKellen will attend the festival on behalf of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film programme.

Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica will head the jury for the Golden Goblet Award at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff), which will run June 11-19.

Kusturica has won the Cannes Palme d’Or twice, for When Father Was Away On Business in 1985 and Underground in 1995.

This year’s Siff will also present a special Shakespeare on Film programme with the British Film Institute and British Council. Ian McKellen will attend Siff and take part in an event on June 12 to discuss his 1995 film Richard III, directed by Richard Loncraine.

Siff will also build on its collaborations with the Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) and Busan International Film Festival (Biff). In 2015, Siff recommended three Chinese features to Tiff – Young Love Lost, which was selected for Tiff’s Asian Future section, and River and
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Afm: Elle Driver signs films from Bouchareb, Grau, Cleven, Dana

Exclusive: Oscar-nominated Bouchareb explores plight of parents who lose children to Isis.Elle Driver has boarded Jorge Michael Grau’s earthquake drama 7.19 am and Rachid Bouchareb’s Road to Istanbul [pictured], about a mother who goes in pursuit of her Isis recruit daughter, ahead of the American Film Market (Afm). The company also start pre-sales on Audrey Dana’s comedy If I Were a Boy, in which she stars as a woman who wakes up with a penis, and Harry Cleven’s fantasy romance Angel. Franco-Algerian Bouchareb’s Road to Istanbul stars Belgian actress Astrid Whettnall as a single mother on a quest to find her 18-year-old daughter after she leaves Belgium to join the Islamic State with a Jihadist boyfriend. “My goal is to film the incomprehension of a mother totally caught off guard by the changes in her daughter on reaching legal age… Alone, divorced and abandoned by the authorities, she must try
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Spotlight on the films of Women Horror Directors

Although relatively scarce, horror movies directed by women are out there. You may have to turn over a few rocks to know who they are and their material might be a little more difficult to get your hands on, but these directors deserve just as much attention and scrutiny as their male counterparts, who have long dominated the genre. The following discusses selections of female directors’ forays into the business of terror. (This post contains spoilers)

Antonia Bird

The late director Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a bizarre amalgamation of humor and horror that explores cannibalism with warped nuance. The strangely cacophonous score builds up tension as craven outcasts face a glutinous and depraved attacker whose strength seems fortified by his consumption of human flesh. Set during America’s westward expansion, the metaphor of humanity’s insatiable appetite for power is plain to see, but its execution indulges in such
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Countdown to Spectre – The World Is Not Enough Review

Ricky Church continues his countdown to Spectre with a review of The World Is Not Enough

Over the years The World Is Not Enough, James Bond’s 19th adventure, has proven to be a rather divisive film. Some fans love it for its somewhat grounded plot and strong female roles while others hate it for the few crazy elements and nearly goofy villains. While perhaps not the best in Pierce Brosnan’s time as Bond, it is certainly not the worst of his films or of the franchise.

After playing an unwitting part in the assassination of an oil baron, MI6 assigns Bond to protect Elektra King, the late man’s daughter, from the terrorist Renard. This leads him into a conspiracy to destroy her family’s pipeline, but Bond soon discovers things are much murkier than they appear, especially in Elektra’s case.

Brosnan does a better job this
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Dsm: Oettinger stresses special case for film industry

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Dsm: Oettinger stresses special case for film industry
The principle of territoriality should be preserved for the European film industry in the European Commission’s (EC) plans for a Digital Single Market (Dsm) strategy, according to Günter Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Speaking at this year’s Munich Media Days conference, Oettinger argued that “if one is striving for a digital single market and has a digital vision of Europe, then, as a general rule, national boundaries should no longer be observed because they were created by Napoleon” and then re-drawn at international conferences in Vienna, Versailles, Potsdam and Yalta after the Napoleonic, First and Second World Wars, respectively.

“Napoleon knew little about digital services and communication or about electronic media,” he observed. “National boundaries may be important for culture, language, economic policy and education, but I regard national and regional boundaries to be increasingly irrelevant in the digital sector.”

Turning to the case of the film industry in Europe, he pointed
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Jessica Chastain wants to play a Bond villain, and we want her to too

Jessica Chastain wants to play a Bond villain, and we want her to too
Jessica Chastain would like to play a Bond villain, and the more we think about it, the more we want her to play a Bond villain too.

The award-winning Crimson Peak, Interstellar and Zero Dark Thirty veteran would make a fantastic antagonist to 007, so don't go suggesting any Bond Girl roles.

"One of my goals is to play a villain in a Bond film," Chastain told W Magazine.

"People ask me if I want to be a Bond girl, and I say, 'No, I want to be the villain'. I'm waiting for that call!"

She's previously alluded to her Bond bad guy desires back in 2013, when she told The Playlist: "Enough of the graceful characters, I want to get my hands dirty."

Previous female villain roles in the Bond canon include Octopussy's, um, Octopussy (Maud Adams), A View to a Kill's May Day (Grace Jones) and The World Is Not Enough
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8 Worst Bond Girls Of All Time

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The part may not appeal to students of Stanislavski’s system, but there’s more to being a Bond girl than the ability to pout on demand. Nobody’s going to accuse Diana Rigg, Sophie Marceau or Eva Green of coasting on their looks, and it’s worth noting that neither actress made it to the end credits in their respective films. Action, romance and tragedy – sounds like a good role.

That said, there are also actresses who, for one reason or another, just didn’t work out. They were appearing in a bad film, they didn’t possess “It” or maybe their character was a joke that didn’t come off.

For instance, if you attempt to kid the audience that the buxom female lead, who wears shorts and a tight top, is also a nuclear physicist, you may be underestimating the intelligence of your audience a tad.
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