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Light emerging from the shadows: Sos staff members share their thoughts on noir

Film noir. What is it? What are its defining characteristics? What films best express its qualities? Sex appeal, violence, cynicism, anti-heroes, femmes fatales, bleak commentary on modern society, maddening twists of fate that perpetuate one’s misery, running away from danger yet never making any ground…noir is and represents a wide variety of things, so much so that film experts do not even agree on whether it is a genre unto itself. (Two of the leading voices, James Ursini and Alain Silver, agree that it represents a movement rather than a definable genre.) For well over two years now, Sound on Sight has hosted the Friday Noir column which, on a near-weekly basis, has covered a great many noir entries of the commonly recognized classic period (1941 to 1959) as well as sizable portion of neo-noirs. Slowly and steadily, the column has explored the extremely exhaustive catalogue of titles with still many to come.
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Exclusive The Next Three Days Video Clip

Russell Crowe is back with his best movie in years. And we've got an exclusive clip from The Next Three Days to prove it. Paul Haggis' modern remake of 2007 French thriller Pour Elle teams Crowe with Elizabeth Banks in a story that finds Crowe's loving husband John Brennan becoming obsessed with attempting to break his wife (Banks) out of prison for a crime she says she never committed.
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New Police Academy – Yes, Another Completely Unnecessary Remake

When I say: “Hey, dirtbags!” – that means you! You people are going to hate my guts for the rest of your lives, because I’m here to report that Police Academy remake is, unfortunately, moving forward. I say unfortunately because I know, I just know that they will ruin the whole thing. But no, New [...]

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Martin Campbell and Paul Haggis Teaming for Conspiracy Thriller Umbra

Casino Royale director Martin Campbell and award-winning writer Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) have been brought onboard the thriller called Umbra for Endgame Entertainment. The film centers on a business man who finds a mysterious package in the mail and gets caught up in a secret government agency conspiracy. Haggis has been hired to [...]

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Watch: 2 Clips From 'The Artist' Duo Jean Dujardin & Michel Hazanavicius' Sex Comedy 'The Players'

So much for the classiness of a bygone era. "The Artist" star Jean Dujardin and director Michel Hazanavicus are back together next year in the omnibus sex-com "The Players" (or "Les infidèles") and just as their silent movie was of a certain time and place, so too is this film. The French film is very much in the current vein of contemporary relationship/sex comedies, and is going to be just as crude and outrageous as anything cooked up by Judd Apatow if these two clips are anything to go by. The omnibus comedy -- described as a mix of "Viva Italia!," "The Hangover," "Desperate Housewives" and "Sex And The City" -- was penned by Dujardin along with Gilles Lellouche (both pictured above) and will present seven sketches, each helmed by a different director, riffing on the theme of infidelity. The directors getting behind the camera are Hazanavicius, Dujardin, Lellouche,
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Man sues makers of Russell Crowe film over use of his image

Bilal Ahmed of Oregon files lawsuit against film-makers for using his likeness in scene showing wanted terrorists

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.
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‘Point Blank’ Aims for a View of Paris Tourists Never See

‘Point Blank’ Aims for a View of Paris Tourists Never See
Evertt Gilles Lellouche in “Point Blank

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,
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Weekly Film Music Roundup (July 29, 2011)

Three new movies are opening wide this weekend:

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,
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Review: 'Point Blank' Is An Energetic, But Utterly Pointless French Thriller

"French thriller" is one of those phrases, like "German chocolate" and "Swedish pop record," that inspires enthusiastic excitement even when, perhaps, it shouldn't. Take, for example, this week's "Point Blank," directed by Fred Cavayé (whose "Pour Elle" was remade as Paul Haggis' pitiable "The Next Three Days"), which from the outset seemed to carry with it all the trademarks of a great French thriller – energetic, stylish, edgy. It's being marketed as the next "Tell No One," Guillaume Canet's massive crossover hit. But unlike that film, "Point Blank" isn't based on a best selling American novel and also, it's just…
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Ben Affleck to Direct Us Version of Tell No One

Time for another Hollywood remake of a successful French thriller from the last few years back, you say?

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,
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Point Blank – review

From opening chase to brilliant climax, Fred Cavayé's gripping follow-up to Pour elle is well worth travelling for

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
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This week's new film

Kaboom (15)

(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.

Mother's Day (18)

(Darren Lynn Bousman,
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Exclusive: Point Blank Clip

French director Fred Cavayé has been on Hollywood's radar for a while now. His new thriller Point Blank offers plenty of the same ingredients as his last, Pour Elle: a damsel in distress, a race against time and a man increasingly out of depth. That one was remade with Russell Crowe as The Last Three Days and nobody would be surprised to see this go the same way. This new clip sets the movie up neatly. Hospital nurse Samuel (Tell No One's Gilles Lellouche) has woken up to discover that his pregnant wife has been kidnapped by some shady underworld types. They'll only spare her life if he hands over a patient in his care (Roschdy Zem), and not because they want to tend back to full health. All in three hours. Zut alors.If this was Liam Neeson, we'd expect a lot more by way of gravelly threats
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Black Swan; Biutiful; The Next Three Days; Benda Bilili!; The Ward; Gulliver's Travels

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
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Trailer for French Action Thriller ‘Point Blank’

Point Blank, the French action thriller, was one of the best films I saw at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Exciting and well-crafted, I said in my review that it more or less does right what so many recent American action films have been doing wrong. It’s difficult to describe why that’s the case, but it provides a lot of what you want from an entry into the genre. It’s directed by Fred Cavayé, who helmed Pour elle, which was remade into Paul HaggisThe Next Three Days starring Russell Crowe.

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
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UK Trailer For French Thriller “Point Blank”

Source: FilmShaft - UK Trailer For French Thriller “Point Blank

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.

Synopsis:

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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Point Blank Trailer Online

Point Blank Trailer Online
If you're still feeling a bit sleepy after the weekend, here's something to wake you up: a trailer for French action/thriller Point Blank (aka À bout portant in its original tongue). Coming from director and screenwriter Fred Cavayé, who previously got his thriller on with Pour Elle (aka Anything For Her), it's another race against time for a man in love.This time the star is Gilles Lellouche as Samuel, who's a male nurse charged with treating a man run over by a motorbike (Roschdy Zem). Unluckily for him, his patient is a thief and underworld figures kidnap Samuel's pregnant wife (Anaya) and order him to hand over his charge in order to get her back. Oh, and he only has three hours. Cue a lot of running and quite a smattering of violence.Point Blank is out on June 10 here in the UK. See it before the probably inevitable remake.
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Jason Solomons's Trailer Trash

Werner Herzog gets the Simpsons treatment, while French director Fred Cavayé experiences a feeling of deja vu

Herzog and Homer

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,
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Film Weekly podcast: A rendezvous with France

Jason Solomons attends the Rendez-vous French cinema event at the Ciné lumière in London to consider the state of French cinema and whether it's really better than British.

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.

Jason SolomonsJason Phipps
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DVD Review: Russell Crowe Shines in Taut Remake ‘The Next Three Days’

Chicago – Two equally ignored Oscar bait contenders from 2010 centered on the same basic question: to what extent would you go to free your beloved from prison? Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction” and Paul Haggis’s “The Next Three Days,” are less interested in the characters behind bars than they are about those on the outside looking (and breaking) in. While neither film is Best Picture material, both are certainly worth a look.

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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