Anything for Her (2008)
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An Oregon man is suing the makers of the Russell Crowe thriller The Next Three Days claiming they used his image in a scene showing wanted terrorists.
Bilal Ahmed says he has been forced to change his hairstyle and cut his facial hair following the release of the film, which was directed by the Oscar-winning film-maker and screenwriter Paul Haggis. He fears he may struggle to find future work and is claiming more than $300,000 for "impairment to future earning capacity, damage to reputation, mental anguish and suffering, humiliation and embarrassment".
In his suit, filed at Los Angeles superior court last week, Ahmed states that he was "depicted as a wanted fugitive along with other known or alleged terrorists or fugitives, including Osama Bin Laden". Nothing, he says, could be further from the truth.
French director Fred Cavayé’s newest film “Point Blank” is set in Paris. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a single shot of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine or the Arc de Triomphe.
Instead, Cavayé shot a gritty, street-level view of the outer arrondisements of the French capital, giving his film a sense of reality that a thriller set on the Champs Elysee just wouldn’t have.
“I avoided the shots of postcard Paris,
Opening in most theaters is the sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens directed by Jon Favreau, produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano and Sam Rockwell. The film’s music is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams. A soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score is now available to download on iTunes and will be released on CD on August 16. To check out the details of the album, visit our soundtrack announcement.
Also opening wide is the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, written by Dan Fogelman and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei. Christophe Beck and Nick Urata composed the movie’s score. A soundtrack album featuring twelve songs from the film has been released on Watertower Music. To listen to audio clips and learn more about the soundtrack,
Early this year saw the 2008 French film Pour Elle (Anything for Her) remodelled for an Us audience and retitled The Next Three Days. Starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks, the film did extremely modest business in the States and over here, but that hasn’t stopped Warner Bros and Universal Pictures from acquiring the rights to the novel which was the source material for another hit French mainstream drama/thriller, Tell No One.
To be fair, the book was written by popular Us mystery writer Harlan Coben before being sculpted into a rather cracking foreign-language film in 2006, and The Hollywood Reporter claims that the book was originally set up at Sony as far back as 2002.
To further ease any worries, Hollywood’s newly rechristened golden child, Ben Affleck, is attached to direct,
One of Time Out's movie critics, David Jenkins, began a piece last week by asking: "How far would you travel to see a film?" In his case, the answer was a day trip to Lille to see The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winner. Owing to some dispute over distribution rights, it wasn't being shown in Britain, and the Calais multiplex was only screening a French-dubbed version. Fortunately, the rights problem has been resolved and the picture opens here on 8 July.
Well, I'm just off on holiday to a remote corner of Värmland, a Swedish province largely denuded of cinemas. Torsby, Sven-Göran Eriksson's hometown to the north of where I'll be, has a main street called Biografgatan but no longer has a biograph. So I was ready
(Gregg Araki, 2010, Us) Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida. 86 mins
This could be the best teen movie of the year, or at least the horniest, surely. Set on a sunny Californian college campus with a "beautiful people only" admissions policy, it's a poppy pick'n'mix of uninhibited bi-curious couplings (and triplings), hallucinogenic drug experiences and strange, supernatural events, but none of this is treated as in any way edgy or shocking. Instead, it's warm, witty and guilt-free, even as it gets increasingly, apocalyptically bonkers – prime cult material!
Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)
(Jennifer Yuh, 2011, Us) Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman. 90 mins
Does the sequel do what you'd expect? Do pandas defecate in the bamboo forest? Actually they don't in this anthropomorphised action animation, but it's a fun and lively tribute to old-school martial arts movies with some darker shadings than its predecessor.
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(Darren Lynn Bousman,
It's hard to keep up with the genetic origins and influences of Darren Aronofsky's Oscar-winning Black Swan (2010, Fox, 15), a full-blooded psychodrama in which Natalie Portman's uptight "sweet girl" must embrace her dark side to play the dual lead in Swan Lake. Early scenes owe a debt to the choreographed ordeals of A Chorus Line, giving way gradually to the ghosts of Powell and Pressburger's dance of death The Red Shoes. Barbara Hershey seems to be channelling the spirit of Joan Crawford as the ballerina's suffocating mother, while Cronenberg's The Fly looms large as Portman's nails crumble and her shoulders sprout feathers, hotly pursued by the fractured personality riffs from Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
But by far the strongest DNA strain comes from Italian giallo maestro Dario Argento, specifically Suspiria and Terror and the Opera, which
Now, there’s a trailer up at HeyUGuys, which manages to show off some of the better moments throughout the film. And while it gives off almost no idea of what the film is about, it (thankfully) manages to not spoil too much in terms of thrills. In fact, I’d say that just seeing
Pour Elle was recently made into a fine thriller by Paul Haggis as The Next Three Days and we're wondering how long it'll take Hollywood to remake director Fred Cavayé new flick Point Blank. The new UK trailer has been sent over to us and it looks pretty cool stuff indeed.
So if you're a fan of French cinema and cracking thrillers with twisting-turning plots, this one's definitely pour vous!
Take a gander at the new UK trailer below and go and see it when it opens from 10th June.
Everything is going well for Samuel (Gilles Lellouche; Tell Know One/ Sherlock Holmes/ Mesrine/ Little White Lies) and Nadia (Elana Anaya; The Skin I Live In/ Sex and Lucia/ Van Helsing/ Talk to Her/ Mesrine), his beautiful wife. He is studying to become a registered nurse and she is expecting their first child.
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After driving Christian Bale and Klaus Kinski to distraction and tangling with Nicolas Cage, Werner Herzog has finally made it. The Bavarian film-maker has become a character on The Simpsons. Visiting London for the premiere of his latest poem/documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Herzog told me he'd never seen a single episode of the show before but was very impressed when he went for a live read-through of his episode with the rest of the cast. In "The Scorpion's Tale", Herzog voices a demented German pharmaceutical executive taking an unhealthy interest in Grampa. "It was a very amusing experience and a very professional one," he told me over dinner in Brixton. "I very much like to use my voice for performing and although I at first wanted to play myself,
He meets some of the leading figures in French film, including directors Bertrand Tavernier, Luc Besson and François Ozon to discuss similarities and differences in cinematic culture and both nations' sometimes fraught link to Hollywood.
Some representatives of the new generation of French acting and directing talent are also on hand. We meet Fred Cavayé, the director of Pour Elle (Anything For Her), which was remade for Hollywood as The Next Three Days, starring Russell Crowe. Tahar Rahim, the star of Jacques Audiard's A Prophet and currently appearing in The Eagle, also pops in to chat.
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Goldwyn and Haggis collaborated on 2006’s “The Last Kiss,” and it’s interesting to note the similarities in their most recent projects. “Conviction” and “Days” center on protagonists who are absolutely convinced of their loved one’s innocence, despite evidence to the contrary. Almost no information is revealed about the crime itself, and very few scenes take place in a courtroom. The plot focuses solely on the protagonist’s single-minded, self-sacrificing pursuit of justice, regardless of the personal toll.
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