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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best

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The Best Picture Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best
The 21st century is less than two decades old, but its first batch of Best Picture winners already paint an extraordinary portrait of a world in flux. From a massive historical epic to an intimate digital indies — from a musical that riffs on showbiz standards to period drama that reflects on present crises — these 17 films range from “problematic” to “perfect” and hit all points in between. More than that, they illustrate Hollywood’s evolving definition of greatness, and the relationship between the film industry and the times that forge it.

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Here are the 17 Best Picture winners of the 21st century, ranked from worst to best.

17. “Crash”

Brokeback Mountain” deserved better, but the Academy didn’t know it. Paul Haggis’ painfully obvious ensemble drama about racial prejudices in Los Angeles was a smug, one-note drama designed to make white liberals feel good about themselves. (It took a
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Daniel Day-Lewis Struggled With Draping On the Set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’

Daniel Day-Lewis Struggled With Draping On the Set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’
Daniel Day-Lewis is known to go to extreme lengths when preparing for his roles, staying in character on set and getting inside their mindsets. That seems to be the case for his alleged final performance, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” in which the soon-to-retire actor plays fictionalized couturier Reynolds Woodcock. According to longtime costume designer Mark Bridges, the mid-fifties period piece found Lewis learning how to drape in preparation for his performance — just not exactly the way he should have.

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The movie, a dark romantic drama that co-stars Lesley Manville as Reynolds’ sister and Vicky Krieps as the dressmaker’s lover, has yet to screen widely. However, Bridges revealed some details about the production process in an interview with IndieWire at the Key West Film Festival, where he received the Golden
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Luc Besson to direct James Patterson TV adaptation The French Detective

ABC has announced that Luc Besson (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) is set to make his TV directorial debut with The French Detective, a pilot based upon James Patterson’s Luc Moncrief book series, which will star Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist).

Written by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Assassin’s Creed) and Jonathan Collier (Bones), The French Detective will see Dujardin as Parisian detective Luc Moncrief, who joins the NYPD for a fresh start in New York City. However, someone wants to make his first big case his last.

Although The French Detective will mark Besson’s first directorial gig on TV, he did create the Taken TV series for NBC, based upon his hit action movie franchise. Besson will also executive produce the series alongside Patterson, Collage, Cooper and Collier.

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The French Detective: new series on the way from Luc Besson

Kirsten Howard Nov 16, 2017

Luc Besson is set to direct a television show for the first time with his new project The French Detective...

It looks like EuropaCorp's TV branch are angling for a safe bet to ease the company's financial losses in the new year. Their maestro Luc Besson will call the shots on a brand new series called The French Detective, starring Jean Dujardin (The Artist), in 2018.

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This adaptation of James Patterson’s Luc Moncrief novels will mark Besson's TV directorial debut, and Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Jonathan Collier will be on writing duties for the procedural show at ABC.

Via Dark Horizons, the series will follow "charming Parisian detective Luc Moncrief (Dujardin) who joins the NYPD to star a new life. Luc will try
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‘The French Detective’ Light Drama Starring Jean Dujardin From Luc Besson & James Patterson Set At ABC As Put Pilot

‘The French Detective’ Light Drama Starring Jean Dujardin From Luc Besson & James Patterson Set At ABC As Put Pilot
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to light drama The French Detective, based on James Patterson’s Luc Moncrief mysteries, from EuropaCorp TV Studios, with The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin attached to star and EuropaCorp founder and Taken creator Luc Besson set to direct in his TV directorial debut. Written by Assassin’s Creed scribes Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, and Jonathan Collier (Bones), The French Detective is a light procedural drama that centers on Luc Moncrief, a…
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Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’

Industry Players Weigh on Weinstein Company’s MIA Status at AFM: ‘Nobody Cares’
Kicking off less than a month after bombshell reports accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, this year’s Afm is the first in which the Weinstein Company will play no role — beyond fueling lively discussions of the scandal that brought down the disgraced mogul.

Local and foreign sales agents, producers, and financiers express elation, disappointment, and indifference over TWC’s troubles, depending on their experiences working with the 12-year-old company. Many note that TWC’s heyday had already appeared to be over by the time the scandal erupted, as the financially struggling company shrank its film slate in the last couple of years to focus on TV and animation.

“The absence of TWC will make almost no difference to Afm. For a few years now, the company has been scaling back as a film producer/seller. It has focused more on TV and on just a handful of prestige film titles for the Oscar race,” said
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Pablo Trapero's Melodrama La Quietud to Team Martina Gusmán and Bérénice Bejo

Pablo Trapero's bruising and intense Carancho (2010) remains high on my list of personal favorites, but he's also made Rolling Family (2004) and Lion's Den (2008) and, more recently, White Elephant and The Clan. Now his next film is ready to roll. Martina Gusmán (Lion's Den) and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) will star in Trapero's La Quietud, according to Variety. It's described as "an intimate family drama turning on two sisters' reencounter and attempt at closure on a common troubled past." The cast includes Edgar Ramirez, Graciela Borges and Joaquín Furriel. It's set to begin shooting next month in Buenos Aires. Visit Variety to read more about the story behind the film as well as Trapero's intentions....

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Pablo Trapero, Martina Gusmán, Bérénice Bejo, Wild Bunch Team for ‘La Quietud’ (Exclusive)

Pablo Trapero, Martina Gusmán, Bérénice Bejo, Wild Bunch Team for ‘La Quietud’ (Exclusive)
One of Latin America’s highest-profile filmmakers, Pablo Trapero, will direct Martina Gusmán (“Lion’s Den”) and Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) in “La Quietud,” an intimate family drama turning on two sisters’ reencounter and attempt at closure on a common troubled past.

Wild Bunch will handle international sales and looks set to introduce the new title to buyers at next week’s American Film Market.

Edgar Ramírez (“Carlos”) plays the older sister’s husband; Graciela Borges (“Chronicle of a Lady,” “The Swamp”), one of Argentina’s grand dames, is the sisters’ mother; Joaquín Furriel (“The Bronze Garden”) has also joined the cast.

Going into production in the week of Nov. 20, and shooting on a country estate in the province of Buenos Aires, “La Quietud” is set up at Trapero and Gusmán’s Buenos Aires production house Matanza Cine. Headed by Melita Toscan du Plantier and Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Paris-based Macassar Productions co-produces out of France. Viacom-owned free-to-air
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Antalya Film Festival’s New Chief Raises International Profile of Turkish Event

Antalya Film Festival’s New Chief Raises International Profile of Turkish Event
The Antalya Film Festival, which launched five decades ago to boost production of quality Turkish pics by showcasing them alongside global standouts, albeit separately, is undergoing a revamp and raising its international profile in an effort to counter the country’s current drift toward isolationism.

For its 54th edition Turkey’s most prominent film event has hired British producer and film industry expert Mike Downey as artistic director. His first move has been to merge the fest’s international and national competitions with the intention of forging greater cinematic ties with the rest of the world while also raising the overall bar.

“We are driven by three key buzzwords: global, quality and selectivity,” says Downey, who has long been active in the Balkans.

Accordingly, Antalya this year will open with the world premiere of Turkish-Bosnian co-production “Never Leave Me,” based on a true story about Syrian orphans living in a Turkish refugee camp, directed by Bosnian
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Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations
In this week’s missile of a The New York Times story about the many alleged indiscretions of Harvey Weinstein, one of his past colleagues, former Miramax Los Angeles president Mark Gill, describes Weinstein’s professional climb from indie producer to Hollywood titan. “From the outside, it seemed golden — the Oscars, the success, the remarkable cultural impact.” Yet Gill said the persistent whispers that Weinstein was mistreating women were in fact “the biggest mess of all.”

While The Weinstein Co. co-founder publicly championed women’s rights, his accusers say that he was a hypocrite, secretly propositioning them for massages, kisses and more. One month after Weinstein distributed “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about rapes on university campuses, he allegedly groped a college-aged woman in his office. Weinstein, 65, has a well-documented, on-the-record history of unflattering behavior, even against women (like in 2002, when he publicly berated director Julie Taymor at a screening of her film,
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Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With French Company Marvelous Productions (Exclusive)

Paris – Warner Bros. has signed a first-look deal with Marvelous Productions, the Paris-based outfit launched at Cannes by former top-level execs at Pathé, Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian and producer Marco Pacchioni.

Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have the opportunity to board any French-language project produced or co-produced by Marvelous Productions. The agreement underscores the Hollywood studio’s aim to increase its footprint in local production with strong partners.

“We have a deep respect for the talent and professionalism of the founders of Marvelous Productions, and we are convinced of their ability to deliver quality films that have a wide appeal,” said Iris Knobloch, president of Warner Bros. France.

Over the last few years, Warners Bros. has backed several French movies, most notably Michel Hazanavicius’s Oscar-winning film “The Artist” (pictured).

Le Grand and Aslanian were at the helm of Pathé for 19 years before exiting in 2016. Together, they produced and distributed many franchise-based French comedies
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The Rider trots off with top award at Deauville by Richard Mowe - 2017-09-10 12:12:00

Brady Jandreau plays himself in Chloe Zhao’s The Rider - winner of the Grand Prix Award at the 43rd Festival of American Cinema in Deauville The Rider took the top prize, the Grand Prix Award, at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema. The second feature by Chinese-American director Chloe Zhao, this cowboy drama has received many approving reviews and previously scooped the Art Cinema Award in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year.

The Rider deals with a young cowboy Brady whose promising future as a top rodeo rider is suddenly jeopardised by a dreadful head injury. The clan are played by real-life family members Brady, Tim and Lilly Jandreau. Zhao met Brady before his real-life accident and developed the story out of the aftermath.

The jury, headed by The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius whose Redoubtable (the true story of how 17-year-old Anne Wiazemsky
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Chloe Zhao's 'The Rider' Takes Top Prize in Deauville

Chloe Zhao's 'The Rider' Takes Top Prize in Deauville
Chloe Zhao’s The Rider took the top prize at the Deauville Film Festival, but it’s safe to say that A Ghost Story was the big winner.

Zhao’s cowboy film, which took the Directors’ Fortnight prize in Cannes, won the best film prize, despite jury president and The Artist Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius jokingly calling out La La Land.

“I fell in love with the heartland of America, which is a place that isn’t shown in the best light right now, which is unfair because these are some of the most amazing, kind and generous people I’ve ever met and I...
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‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘The Rider’ Win Prizes at 43rd Deauville American Film Festival

‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘The Rider’ Win Prizes at 43rd Deauville American Film Festival
David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” was the big winner of the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival, scooping three awards, including the Revelation prize, the Critics prize and the Special Jury Special (shared with Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe”).

Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider,” which world premiered at Cannes’s Directors Fortnight and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, won the Grand Prize from a jury presided by Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist,””Redoutable”).

Hazanavicius praised “The Rider” for his “humanity and poetry” as well as its “soft political reflection.”

When picking up his award from the Revelation jury president Emmanuelle Bercot, the French actress-turned-director, Lowery paid tribute to his wife and said their relationship served as inspiration for the film.

A Ghost Story” is supernatural drama reuniting Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. The pair starred in Lowery’s last film, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which had also competed at Deauville. “A Ghost Story
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Film News Roundup: Berenice Bejo-Alexander Fehling’s ‘Three Peaks’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Film News Roundup: Berenice Bejo-Alexander Fehling’s ‘Three Peaks’ Gets U.S. Distribution
In today’s film news roundup, “Three Peaks” finds distribution and “Euphoria” sells to major territories…

Distribution Deal

Veteran arthouse distributor Ed Arentz has formed Greenwich Entertainment in partnership with an investment fund run by Edmondo Schwartz and set the thriller “Three Peaks” as its first release.

Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) and Alexander Fehling (“Homeland”) star in “Three Peaks,” in which a recently divorced French woman, her 8-year-old son, and her new German boyfriend see their summer holiday in the Italian Dolomites goes from bucolic to harrowing. The film won the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno Film Festival and is having its North American premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Arentz was the co-founder and managing director of Music Box Films, where he acquired and released prominent foreign-language titles including “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “A Man Called Ove.” The deal for the North American rights to “Three Peaks” was concluded in
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Hazanavicius’s amour for American cinema by Richard Mowe - 2017-09-02 09:44:35

Deauville jury president Michel Hazanavicius: 'I’m a big fan of the ‘rebel’ cinema from the 1950s' Photo: Richard Mowe

With his affectionate homage to silent cinema The Artist as a reference there is no surprise that director Michel Hazanavicius should be a confirmed admirer of American cinema.

He said: “The period between 1921 and 1927 provided many masterpieces but the thrillers from the Thirties are amazing, the Westerns from the Forties gave the movies a whole new strand while I’m a big fan of the ‘rebel’ cinema from the 1950s.

“The big strength of American cinema is the fact that over the decades the blockbusters have always been accompanied by a strong independent sector - B movies or even Z movies.”

Who better then than Hazanavicius to head up as president the jury at the 43rd edition of Deauville’s Festival of American Cinema which opened last night with
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‘The Shape of Water’ Reviews Rave About Sally Hawkins’ ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Silent Performance

‘The Shape of Water’ Reviews Rave About Sally Hawkins’ ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Silent Performance
Sally Hawkins only has one Oscar nomination to her name (Best Supporting Actress for “Blue Jasmine”), but that could very well change come early next year. The English actress is front and center in Guillermo del Toro’s fairy tale “The Shape of Water,” and the unanimous raves out of the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival prove Hawkins could be a major contender in this year’s race for Best Actress.

Hawkins plays a mute custodial worker named Elisa, who works in a government laboratory during the Cold War and discovers an amphibious creature in a water tank. She forms a special relationship with the creature (played by Doug Jones) that blossoms into something magical and romantic. Critics have weighed in with nothing but raves for del Toro’s latest, and every review singles out Hawkins’ lead role as one of its biggest triumphs.

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‘After Love’ Review: Bérénice Bejo Delivers an Incredible Performance in Excruciatingly Perceptive Divorce Drama

‘After Love’ Review: Bérénice Bejo Delivers an Incredible Performance in Excruciatingly Perceptive Divorce Drama
More often than not, especially in the wealthier parts of this world, having a child is an act of hope. For married couples, it’s a very obvious, very expensive way of renewing their vows — a leap of faith. Some people might have a kid as a desperate means of suturing their relationship together, but nobody does it expecting to get divorced. That’s what makes it all the more devastating when they do.

As sharp and savage as any breakup drama this side of “A Separation,” Joachim Lafosse’s “After Love” is the story of two people who are forced to live in the rubble of their 15-year relationship. By the time the film begins, the affection between Marie Barrault (“The Artist” star Bérénice Bejo) and Boris Marker (“Wild Life” director Cédric Kahn) has already curdled into something toxic; whatever wounds they’ve inflicted on each other have already
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New ‘Le Redoubtable’ Trailer Provides Another Colorful Look At The Life Of Jean-Luc Godard

It takes a certain amount of brass ones to make a movie about a still living, and active, cinema legend. However, “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius had no fears taking on Jean-Luc Godard in “Le Redoubtable.” The film premiered earlier this year to mixed notices at Cannes (we thought it was a harmless bit of fun), and now it’s making way to theaters where cinephiles will certainly be intrigued.

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