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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Studiocanal Rolls Out ‘Return of the Hero,’ with Jean Dujardin and Melanie Laurent, and ‘Jealous,’  with Karin Viard (Exclusive)

Paris — European film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal has rolled out robust sales on Laurent Tirard’s anticipated “Return of the Hero,” starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and nominee Melanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”), one of the most anticipated of market debuts at this week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris.

Also clinching international deals on “Jealous,” uniting Karin Viard, the most popular actress in France, and directors David and Stéphane Foenkinos (“Delicacy”), “Return of the Hero” and “Jealous” will screen in Paris as Studiocanal celebrates 2017 as its best year in over a decade at the French box office where it ranked No. 1 among French distributors – for only the third time in its history – and No. 4 overall – after Disney, Upi and Fox – punching 15.5 million admissions. The last time that Studiocanal topped French distributors charts was 2006. Studiocanal’s top three releases in 2017 are currently all French: “alibi.com,” (3.6 million), “Marry Me, Dude” (2.5 million) and “School of Life” (1.9 million).

Set in 1809, and
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Rights Available! 'Inglourious' Basterds' Meet 'Mean Girls' in New Ya Novel and a Timothy Leary Bio

Orphan Monster Spy (Viking Books for Young Readers, March 20) by Matt Killeen

Agency: Paradigm

Think Inglourious Basterds meets Mean Girls: A half-Jewish Aryan-looking orphan infiltrates a school for the children of Nazi elites to stop the development of the atomic bomb in this Ya debut with strong word-of-mouth buzz.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD (Twelve, Jan. 9 ) by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis 

Agency: Anonymous Content

Oscar bait for an actor: In 1970, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary, famous for his LSD experiments, was six months into...
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Quentin Tarantino's Manson Murders Movie Has Its Star: Leonardo DiCaprio

It's clear by now that Quentin Tarantino isn't afraid of diving into some pretty gory, gruesome stories, and his next project only further confirms it. In July, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Tarantino is reportedly in the early stages of putting together a film described as "a unique take on the Manson Family murders." Here are the scraps of information we've been able to pull together so far: The Production Team The drama, which would be his follow-up to 2015's The Hateful Eight, is still untitled, but a source confirmed that Tarantino has already penned the script for Sony and will direct. The movie is being produced by Tarantino, Harry Potter's David Heyman, and Shannon McIntosh, with Georgia Kacandes serving as executive producer. The Cast On the casting front, sources report Inglourious Basterds alum Brad Pitt is in talks to play the detective who ends up investigating the case,
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Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Movie

Yes, we know — Quentin Tarantino‘s Charles Manson movie, isn’t actually a Charles Manson movie. “It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969,” the director said about his Los Angeles-set movie, which is said to have a vibe somewhere along the same lines as “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds.” Big stars have been said to be under consideration for months, and now the first official name is on board.

Continue reading Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Movie at The Playlist.
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International Newswire: Nordic Noir Moves On

International Newswire: Nordic Noir Moves On
In today’s International Newswire, Nordic Noir shows it is still alive and kicking, Golden Globe winner and Oscar front-runner “In the Fade” vies for Germany’s Lola Awards, Alpe d’Huez fest puts the spotlight on France’s top comedies, and Argentina opens the door to quadplay.

Reports of the demise of Nordic Noir are exaggerated, as can be seen by the five nominations, announced Wednesday, for 2018’s Nordisk Film & TV Fund Prize for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series. Its winner will be announced at the Goteborg Festival’s TV Drama Vision forum on Jan. 31.

A high-profile candidate is “Borgen” show-runner Adam Price, up for the Studiocanal-sold and Dr Drama-produced “Ride Upon the Storm.” It stars Lars Mikkelsen (“Sherlock,” “House of Cards”), who turns in a tearaway performance as the patriarch of a family of priests whose faith in humanity is tested by the maelstrom of the modern world.

Beyond “Storm,
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Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous

Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous
Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero” and Philippe le Guay’s “Normandie Nue” feature at the 20th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which runs Jan. 18-22 in the lap-of-luxury at Paris’ InterContinental Le Grand Hotel.

“In all honesty, this looks like a good year in terms of quality of titles,” said Gilles Renouard, UniFrance co-deputy director.

On paper at least, that can be put down to two factors at least: the strength in depth and, crucially, breadth of France’s comedy offering at the Rendez-Vous, and a clutch of movies which showcase some of France’s finest actors: Vincent Lindon (“The Apparition”), Daniel Auteuil (“Le Brio”) and Karin Viard (“Jealous”) are just three. Following, 10 takes – and one big question raised – by this year’s edition:

1.Boon, But Much More

“The Rendez-Vous is a great place to catch comedies, which France does very well,” Renouard said. This
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Diane Kruger on Battling Nazis, Giving a Voice to Women, and the Aftermath of Terror

Even though she was born and raised in Germany, Diane Kruger had never shot a feature film in her native language until she did In the Fade. Fatih Akin’s explosive drama sees Kruger playing Katja Sekerci, a woman who loses her son and husband in a terrorist attack perpetrated by Neo-Nazis. Worried that the law won’t make them justice, Katja decides to take matters into her own hands. But this is no simple revenge thriller, rather it’s an exploration of grief that often feels like staring deep into the abyss. Kruger gives the most compelling performance of her career as a woman trying to make sense of a world that’s completely new to her. Watching her transformation from the lively woman we see in flashbacks and home videos, to the torn human being she’s become by the end is truly heartbreaking.

In recent years, Kruger
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10 Movie Moments Where Actors Weren’t Acting Part 2

<p>Movies are magic. From the effects to the stunts and performances, it’s all make believe right? Well as it turns out it’s not all fake.<br /> Sometimes, actors are genuinely reacting. Crazy right?<br /> We know that acting is a wonderful craft, and there are some wonderfully gifted actors out there who make us really believe the characters and moments they are living. But as we know, there are some moments that are genuinely happening and some of those great reactions you see on screen are actually real.<br /> Get ready fam, because today we are back with more movie moments where actors weren’t really acting.<br /> Just like in a couple of Tarantino’s films. Inglourious Basterds involved actress Diane Kruger getting choked out, for real. Django Unchained had Leonardo DiCaprio slamming his hand on the table and cutting it on the glass. It was all real and he kept
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‘The Crown’ Season 2: Episode 2 Tackles the Philip Problem Head-On and Proves His Story’s Relevancy — Spoilers

‘The Crown’ Season 2: Episode 2 Tackles the Philip Problem Head-On and Proves His Story’s Relevancy — Spoilers
Though serialized overall, “The Crown” is a notable Netflix series in that it regularly delivers impeccably strong episodic arcs. Episodes stand out on their own and often feel constructed as a time capsule for that specific story. Season 2 continues this tradition, and IndieWire will explore select episodes via individual reviews. After all, the best standalone episodes deserve standalone analyses. Below, we take a look at Episode 2, “A Company of Men.”

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Crown” Season 2.]

Just because a character is unlikable — or downright repugnant — doesn’t mean he’s a bad character. The soon-to-be Prince Philip, after the third episode of Season 2, is the epitome of this conundrum. Many viewers complained about Matt Smith’s character in the first season, though few were mad enough to fault the actor’s performance (and they shouldn’t, given how wholly Smith gives himself to the role). They just didn’t like him, especially compared to the vastly
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Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Film Will Be Released On the 50th Anniversary of the Tate Murders

Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Film Will Be Released On the 50th Anniversary of the Tate Murders
Quentin Tarantino will be returning to the summer movie season for the first time since “Inglourious Basterds” with his ninth movie. The untitled movie will open in theaters August 9, 2019, Variety reports. The date marks the 50th anniversary of the Tate murders, which is fitting since the film will involve in some capacity both Tate and Charles Manson.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling

The film is set in Los Angeles in 1969 and reportedly focuses on a male television actor who is looking to break big in Hollywood along with his sidekick stunt double. The murder of Tate and her four friends somehow factors into the plot, which has been teased as resembling the multi-narrative structure of “Pulp Fiction.”

Tarantino announced in November that Sony Pictures will be releasing his ninth feature. The director cut ties with his longtime studio,
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Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Era Film Scores Release Date (Exclusive)

Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Era Film Scores Release Date (Exclusive)
Quentin Tarantino’s still-untitled ninth film has a release date. The “Pulp Fiction” director’s latest will hit theaters on Aug. 9, 2019, Variety has learned. Opening on 50th anniversary of the day the Manson family committed the Labianca murders and the day after actress Sharon Tate was killed, the film will head off against “Artemis Fowl,” Disney’s adaptation of the popular sci-fi and fantasy series.

Sony is distributing Tarantino’s next picture. The studio beat out several bidders, including Warner Bros. and Paramount, for rights to the film. It’s being shrouded in secrecy, but is set in 1969 and is believed to involve Charles Manson and the Manson family murders. The director has told media outlets that it’s not a biopic, but is an ensemble film set during the tumultuous time period. It’s the first film that Tarantino is releasing without the Weinstein Company. The indie studio is on the verge of bankruptcy following sexual
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Sony Wins Quentin Tarantino’s New Film, Compared To ‘Pulp Fiction’ & ‘Inglourious Basterds’

What does it take to woo Quentin Tarantino and his new Charles Manson-era movie? Pretty much every studio in town rolled out the red carpet for the filmmaker, with the major studios going the distance. Warner Bros. filled out their parking lot with cars from the late 1960s, and placed their logo circa 1969 was on the marquee outside the studio. Sony took a different tack, presenting a more business oriented approach, touting their international box office strength.

Continue reading Sony Wins Quentin Tarantino’s New Film, Compared To ‘Pulp Fiction’ & ‘Inglourious Basterds’ at The Playlist.
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Quentin Tarantino Film About Manson Family Murders Lands at Sony

Quentin Tarantino Film About Manson Family Murders Lands at Sony
Sony Pictures has emerged victorious in its quest to land worldwide rights to Quentin Tarantino’s next film. The studio was one of three finalists for distribution rights to the picture, beating out Warner Bros. and Paramount to land one of the hottest titles on the market.

Studio chief Tom Rothman pushed aggressively for the project, working with his top deputy Sanford Panitch and marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein to court the “Pulp Fiction” director, and selling Tarantino on the studio’s ability to market the picture and roll it out internationally.

Tarantino drove a hard bargain, however, and some studios balked at his deal terms. The picture, set in 1969, involves the Charles Manson family murders. It is rumored to have a budget of nearly $100 million and Tarantino is demanding first dollar gross, meaning he gets a taste of the studio’s pre-tax revenues. He also receives final cut. That scared
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‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Paddington’ Producer Will Produce Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie

In somewhat surprising news ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Paddington’ series producer David Heyman has jumped aboard to produce Quentin Tarantino’s next film. Deadline reports that Heyman and Tarantino will produce the as yet untitled movie with Shannon McIntosh. The trade adds that ‘just about every studio in town except Disney is chasing, along with several financiers and mini-majors seeking domestic rights.’ More on Quentin Tarantino’s new movie below.

Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie Also Attracting Tom Cruise?

The film is set in Los Angeles in the late ’60s and early ’70s with a ‘script akin to Inglourious Basterds‘. It is thought that the Charles Manson murders are featured in the script but potentially not the key aspect of the story.

Related: Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film Could Be Based Around The Manson Murders

Today’s article over at Deadline says that a number of key actors have bee spoken
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Quentin Tarantino Film Bidding Heats Up: Three Finalists Emerge (Exclusive)

Three Hollywood studios are engaging in a heated courtship of Quentin Tarantino as they work to out-charm each other for the rights to the “Pulp Fiction” director’s upcoming movie set against the backdrop of the Charles Manson murders.

Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. have emerged as the three finalists for the project, Variety has learned. It’s possible, of course, that a dark horse candidate could still emerge. Each of the three studios heard Tarantino’s pitch, with Warners engaging in some splashy wooing in hopes of landing the film. When Tarantino arrived at the studio’s Burbank lot, he found the circular entrance in front of the administration building adorned with cars from the late 1960s. The Warner Bros. logo circa 1969 was on the marquee outside the studio, and the executive conference room was outfitted with vintage furniture from the era and mock posters for the movie. Much of Tarantino’s film unfolds in August
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Quentin Tarantino Talks About His New Film Saying "It’s Not Charles Manson, It’s 1969"

Quentin Tarantino is currently looking for a new home for his ninth movie. As you've probably heard, the director has removed himself from scandal-plagued patron Harvey Weinstein, who has backed his features since picking up 1992’s Reservoir Dogs.

According to Indiewire Tarantino has been making the rounds and just completed a series of pitch meetings last week with five studios (not including Disney) seeking to back his new project, which he finished writing about five months ago.

The story was initially rumored to be set in the late '60s-early 70s in Los Angeles and that it would follow the Manson family murders. The initial report described the film as centering "on Sharon Tate, the actress, and wife of director Roman Polanski who was murdered by Manson and his followers in 1969."

A more recent report goes on to say, "there has been a lot of press that the script focuses
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Quentin Tarantino wants Leonardo DiCaprio for his Charles Manson film

With Quentin Tarantino currently shopping his screenplay for his ninth film out to studios, The Playlist is reporting that the filmmaker could be set to reunite with his Django Unchained star Leonardo DiCaprio on the project, which is based upon the Manson Family murders.

Although details on the film are being kept tightly under wraps, we’ve already had several actors linked to roles, including Tarantino regular Samuel L. Jackson and Inglourious BasterdsBrad Pitt, as well as Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbit.

See Also: Leonardo DiCaprio producing Ulysses S. Grant biopic

The as-yet-untitled film will reportedly “explore the tragedy and cultural phenomenon of Manson, his followers and the famous victims of their cult violence.”
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Cate Blanchett Loved Wearing Lycra for Thor: Ragnarok in ‘My Deep Middle Age’

Cate Blanchett Loved Wearing Lycra for Thor: Ragnarok in ‘My Deep Middle Age’
Not all celebrities look forward to wearing unforgiving, full-body lycra, but Cate Blanchett welcomed the challenge for her villainous role as Hela Goddess of Death in Thor: Ragnarok.

“It was hugely enjoyable for me,” Blanchett told reporters recently in Los Angeles. “And apart from working with these guys , the chance to finally, in my deep middle age, to get fit and to wear that much lycra was really exciting for me.”

How did she pull it off?

“I worked with Chris trainer, Luke Zocchi, for 20 minutes a day, which doesn’t sound like much, but my god, it was intense.
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Lost in time by Anne-Katrin Titze

Hampton Fancher: "You know, I wrote Blade Runner for Robert Mitchum. The first draft was for him. And Robert Mulligan was going to direct it." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Hampton Fancher, co-screenwriter of Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, told me that he had Robert Mitchum in mind, not Harrison Ford, while writing his first draft of the Blade Runner screenplay when Robert Mulligan (To Kill A Mockingbird) was going to direct the film.

In our conversation at Lincoln Center, Hampton also saw Sam Shepard and Mitchum similarities, that Harry Dean Stanton had a Mitchum-like attitude, and expressed what Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and a Wallace Stevens poem can do to him.

Hampton Fancher, subject of Michael Almereyda's recent documentary Escapes and director of The Minus Man (starring Owen Wilson as a serial killer) starts out with coming to grips with evil and beauty.
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Diane Kruger "In The Fade"

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from director Fatih Akin's award-winning dramatic feature "In the Fade" (aka "Aus dem Nichts"), starring Diane Kruger ("Inglourious Basterds"):

"...'Katja', married to 'Nuri Sekerci' has a 5-year-old son, living in Hamburg, Germany.

"She first met Nuri when she was a student and bought hash from him, then marrying him when he was serving time in prison for drug trafficking.

"Studying while in prison, Nuri is released, to work at a translation and tax office.

"She drops their son off at her husband’s office in the afternoon. When Katja returns for him in the evening, she finds the road blocked. A policeman tells her that a man and a child have been killed in an attack, that they say is not terrorism, but revenge from drug traffickers.

"Katja is so despndent she sees no reason to continue living...until she decides on taking revenge.
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