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‘One Cut of the Dead’ is Getting a French Remake From the Director of ‘The Artist’

2011’s The Artist, the black-and-white paean to the silent film era, doesn’t hold much of a place in the film conversations of today. But the movie certainly struck a chord with Oscar voters the next year, winning Best Actor for Jean Dujardin, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, and ultimately winning Best Picture. Now, the filmmaker […]

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Why the Writers Guild Awards Never Nominate Quentin Tarantino

One way the Writers Guild of America leverages clout is by withholding non-signatories from being part of the WGA Awards. That’s why unlike other guilds, a clump of indie, British, and animated movies find themselves excluded every year. A WGA nomination isn’t essential for Oscar nomination; exceptions include American indie “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” […]

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Locarno Film Review: ‘I Feel Good’

It’s been six years since Jean Dujardin improbably charmed his way to an Oscar for a sparkling star turn in “The Artist,” and since then, even the French film industry has struggled to make optimum use of the funnyman’s outsize, old-school screen presence. Drug thriller “The Connection” was a solid enough play-it-straight vehicle, but by […]

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Weinstein Company Bankruptcy: Lantern Capital Partners Projected As Studio’s New Owner

An anticipated bankruptcy auction to decide the fate of The Weinstein Company is no longer necessary, according to Deadline and the Los Angeles Times. Sources told the outlets that Lantern Capital Partners — the Dallas private equity fund that tested the market with its $425 million stalking-horse bid — went unchallenged when attempting to acquire […]

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Michel Hazanavicius Set to Direct ‘The Lost Prince’ with Omar Sy, Berenice Bejo, Francois Damiens

Michel Hazanavicius, the Oscar-winning director of “The Artist” whose latest film “Redoutable” competed at Cannes Film Festival last year, is set to direct “The Lost Prince,” a fantasy-filled family comedy which will star Omar Sy (“Intouchables), François Damiens (“Heartbreaker”) and Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”).“The Lost Prince” is produced by Philippe Rousselet and Jonathan Blumental. Pathé, […]

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Cannes Board Member Michel Hazanavicius on Lars von Trier and Godard: ‘You Can Be a Jerk in Your Personal Life and a Great Artist’

Filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius knows about extreme reactions. His film “The Artist” was a sensation at the Cannes Film Festival, and with the support of The Weinstein Company, swept the 2012 Academy Awards. Two years later, his remake of the Fred Zinneman’s classic 1948 film “The Search” was trashed by the press at Cannes and barely […]

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Playtime Acquires Un Certain Regard Drama ‘Angel Face,’ With Marion Cotillard

Playtime has acquired international sales to Vanessa Filho’s feature debut “Angel Face,” which will world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.The film stars Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard as Marlene, a single mother who lives with her 8-year-old daughter, Elli, in a small town near the French Riviera. One day, Marlene suddenly […]

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Watch Exclusive International Trailer to Pablo Trapero’s ‘La Quietud’

Cannes — A first international trailer of Pablo Trapero’s “La Quietud,” his awaited follow-up to Venice best director winner “The Clan.”Starring Martina Gusmán (“Lion’s Den”) and Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”), “La Quietud” marks a change of register for Trapero, an intense drama with thriller elements set in Argentina’s upper-class in a country whose dark past […]

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Harvey Weinstein’s Downfall Made the Independent Spirit Awards Better Than Ever

The Independent Spirit Awards always have a party vibe, but this time they really had something to celebrate. Even before Spirit Awards co-host John Mulaney joked that Harvey Weinstein’s would be buried under “Xxl Unmarked Grave,” it was clear that the disgraced mogul’s downfall provided an excuse to peer beyond the dark cloud of #MeToo […]

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Spirit Awards: ‘Change’ in the Air as ‘Get Out’ Aims for Oscars

Win on Saturday, lose on Sunday? That was the industry maxim that evolved over much of the three decades the independent cinema celebration the Spirit Awards and the annual Academy Awards stood as season-ending foils to one another. But six short years ago, that went out the window as one Spirit winner after another began […]

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