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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Other Angle Pictures Boards ‘In and Out,’ ‘Grounded,’ ‘Just Divorced’ (Exclusive)

In a classic division of labor between a Hollywood studio and independent sales company, Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, France’s biggest comedy export specialist, has boarded three new French titles to be distributed in France by Universal Pictures International France: “In and Out,” “Grounded,” and “Just Divorced.”

Headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, Other Angle Pictures will take up the three comedies with buyers at next week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris. It is also representing two titles from Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Production, which is positioning itself as the Working Title of France, producing upscale mainstream comedies with higher-profile casts and significant production values. “The Belier Family,” Vendome’s biggest hit to date, grossed about $64 million in France; Omar Sy-starrer “Two Is a Family” has earned over $15 million so far since its Dec. 12 bow.

In and Out” is the first pickup made by Xavier Albert,
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Arte Bows European Online Artekino Festival

Paris– Franco-German net Arte, one of the main financiers of world cinema, has teamed up with the digital service Festival Scope to launch Artekino, a European online festival whose competition lineup will comprise 10 features who have recently premiered at high-profile festivals and markets.

Spanning 44 countries and spearheaded by Arte France Cinema boss Olivier Pere, the festival’s first edition will showcase Ulrich Seidl’s Africa-set trophy hunting documentary “Safari,” Alessandro Comodin’s first fictional feature “Happy Times Will Come Soon,” Nicolette Krebitz’s “Wild,” Albert Serra’s historical drama “La Mort de Louis Xiv,” Joao Nicolau’s Portuguese coming-of-age drama “John From,” Mirjana Karanovic’s “A Good Wife,” Sebastien Laudenbach’s animated tale “La Jeune fille sans mains,” Makis Papadimitriou’s Greek dramedy “Suntan” and Philippe Faucon’s Cesar-winning immigration drama “Fatima.”

“Artekino has chosen 10 films which illustrate the eclecticism and audacity of Europe’s contemporary film production,” said Pere,
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Paris Images: High-flying Gallic TV Dramas Boosts France’s Epinay Studios Biz

Paris Images: High-flying Gallic TV Dramas Boosts France’s Epinay Studios Biz
Paris — Founded in 1907 by film lab and production company Eclair, Epinay Studios is France’s oldest studio complex, used by greats such as Marcel Carne, Jean Renoir, Milos Forman and Bertrand Blier. Epinay has four studios, including its famous 16,145 sq. ft. “F” stage, plus two 8,600 sq. ft. stages and one 2,150 sq. ft. stage.

Last year was a strong one for the studio, according to sales executive Eric Moreau. Productions included a major primetime comedy TV series, “PEPs” (a French acronym for “parents, students and teachers”), which has been lensing at Epinay for the past three years, occupying the two 8,600 sq. ft.stages. It has just completed its final season.

Moreau explains that there is increasing demand for studio space to film TV fiction, but that it’s important to reserve space for cinema production. For example, in 2015, Olivier Baroux’s comedy “Entre Amis,” starring Daniel Auteuil, wanted to film at Epinay,
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Christian Carion’s ‘Come What May’ Rolls Out Sales (Exclusive)

Christian Carion’s ‘Come What May’ Rolls Out Sales (Exclusive)
Paris – Acquired by Cohen Media Group for the U.S., the Pathe Intl.-sold “Come What May,” directed by France’s Christian Carion, (Oscar-nominated “Merry Christmas,” “Farewell”), one of France’s most ambitious historical filmmakers, has closed pre-sales and early sales.

Sales unveil comes as Pathe has announced a highlight of the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous, the French cinema showcase kicking off Jan. 14: A private visit on Jan. 15 of the Cezanne collection at Paris’ Orsay Museum to set in context “Cezanne et Moi,” directed by Daniele Thompson (). Starring Guillaume Gallienne (“Yves Saint Laurent,” “Me, Myself and Mum””) as Cezanne and Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One,” “Jappeloup”) as Emile Zola, his lifelong friend from the age of 13, “Cezanne et moi” is shaping up as one of Pathé’s big 2016 late summer big fest bets.

A father-son love story set against the Fall of France, when from May 1940 about eight million French
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Christian Carion’s ‘Come What May’ Rolls Out Sales

Christian Carion’s ‘Come What May’ Rolls Out Sales
Paris – Acquired by Cohen Media Group for the U.S., the Pathe Intl.-sold “Come What May,” directed by France’s Christian Carion, (Oscar-nominated “Merry Christmas,” “Farewell”), one of France’s most ambitious historical filmmakers, has closed pre-sales and early sales.

Sales unveil comes as Pathe has announced a highlight of the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous, the French cinema showcase kicking off Jan. 14: A private visit on Jan. 15 of the Cezanne collection at Paris’ Orsay Museum to set in context “Cezanne et Moi,” directed by Daniele Thompson (). Starring Guillaume Gallienne (“Yves Saint Laurent,” “Me, Myself and Mum””) as Cezanne and Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One,” “Jappeloup”) as Emile Zola, his lifelong friend from the age of 13, “Cezanne et moi” is shaping up as one of Pathé’s big 2016 late summer big fest bets.

A father-son love story set against the Fall of France, when from May 1940 about eight million French
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Venice Film Festival: Johnny Depp’s ‘Black Mass’ And New Works From Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov Expected At 72nd Edition

Venice Film Festival: Johnny Depp’s ‘Black Mass’ And New Works From Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov Expected At 72nd Edition
Rome – With less than ten days to go before the Venice Film festival reveals its lineup, several high-profile U.S. studio/specialty titles appear to be secured, including Scott Cooper-directed Johnny Depp gangster drama “Black Mass,” from Warner Bros., and Luca Guadagnino’s Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton-starrer “A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight is releasing stateside.

Also likely to be Lido-bound are Charlie Kaufman’s stop motion animation “Anomalisa” and new works from international heavyweight auteurs Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, and Marco Bellocchio, as well as younger directors like Argentinian Pablo Trapero’s hot crimer “The Clan,” which Fox will release in Latin America.

Word on what pics will surface at Venice is more muted than usual this year, with artistic director Alberto Barbera believed to be making down to the wire decisions and several potential contenders, including Sean Penn-directed Liberia-set romance “The Last Face,” thought instead not to be ready.
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The Nightmare of 'Jaws': 10 on-set disasters that plagued Spielberg's 1975 classic

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The Nightmare of 'Jaws': 10 on-set disasters that plagued Spielberg's 1975 classic
"When I think of 'Jaws' I think about courage and stupidity. And I think of both of those things existing underwater." That's a quote from Steven Spielberg on his time directing the 1975 horror classic, which turns 40 this Saturday. Proving that sometimes greatness can spring from unimaginable misery, the film was famously a nightmare to shoot, with numerous production problems including the frequent malfunctioning of "Bruce," the collective name given to the film's trio of animatronic sharks. But don't take my word for it. Below are ten hellish behind-the-scenes straight from the mouths of those involved that will make you wonder how they managed to finish the film at all. 1. This is what happens when you hire a stuntman with no diving experience When husband-and-wife shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor were commissioned to get footage of actual Great Whites attacking a cage (for the famous Richard Dreyfuss underwater sequence), the
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John Osborne on Film: The Entertainer

Part I. Anger, Suez and Archie Rice

“There they are,” George Devine told John Osborne, surveying The Entertainer‘s opening night audience. “All waiting for you…Same old pack of c***s, fashionable assholes. Just more of them than usual.” The Royal Court had arrived: no longer outcasts, they were London’s main attraction.

Look Back in Anger vindicated Devine’s model of a writer’s-based theater. Osborne’s success attracted a host of dramatists to Sloane Square. There’s Shelagh Delaney, whose A Taste of Honey featured a working-class girl pregnant from an interracial dalliance; Harold Pinter’s The Room, a bizarre “comedy of menace”; and John Arden’s Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, which aimed a Gatling gun at its audience. Devine encouraged them, however bold or experimental. “You always knew he was on the writer’s side,” Osborne said.

Peter O’Toole called the Royal Court actors “an
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Beyond Narrative: The Future of the Feature Film

Editor's Note: RogerEbert.com is proud to reprint Roger Ebert's 1978 entry from the Encyclopedia Britannica publication "The Great Ideas Today," part of "The Great Books of the Western World." Reprinted with permission from The Great Ideas Today ©1978 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

It's a measure of how completely the Internet has transformed communication that I need to explain, for the benefit of some younger readers, what encyclopedias were: bound editions summing up all available knowledge, delivered to one's home in handsome bound editions. The "Great Books" series zeroed in on books about history, poetry, natural science, math and other fields of study; the "Great Ideas" series was meant to tie all the ideas together, and that was the mission given to Roger when he undertook this piece about film.

Given the venue he was writing for, it's probably wisest to look at Roger's long, wide-ranging piece as a snapshot of the
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'How to Train Your Dragon 2' DVD and Blu-ray Releases November 11

Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014's highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation's critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray and DVD November 11.

How to Train Your Dragon 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award nominated film released in 2010, is "sensational...an instant animated classic,
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Film4 unveils diverse Cannes slate

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Upcoming features starring Michael Fassbender and Jude Law will be taken to market alongside a wave of titles that include first time filmmakers, documentaries and shorts.

Film4 is heading into Cannes with a slate that highlights its ongoing commitment to a range of UK talent, from first time directors to established auteurs.

Giving Screen a first look at the showreel it will be taking to the Cannes market next week, outgoing Film4 head Tessa Ross said the line-up “showcases a host of filmmakers, both new and established, with a unique vision and a breadth of brilliant storytelling”.

New titles in development include documentary Forgiveness, from Searching For Sugar Man producer Nicole Stott and executive producer John Battsek.

The feature debut of Elizabeth Stopford explores the ideals of a community put to the test in the wake of two inexplicable shooting sprees. The film weaves stylized dramatic reconstructions of the murders in the past with the ongoing journeys
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Giveaway – Win Shrek The Musical on DVD

The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life as never before in DreamWorks’ Shrek The Musical, the highly acclaimed Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie.

You can bring the magic of Broadway to your home and get the best seat in the house when the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ and DVD arrives Today – October 15th.

Called a “triumph of comic imagination” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today) that “never stints on spectacle or laughs” (David Rooney, Variety), Shrek The Musical received eight 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley) and received a Grammy Award® nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

Featuring a fantasic score of 17 all-new songs, Shrek The Musical was filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance and stars an amazing celebrated cast including Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord
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Win Passes To Shrek The Musical In St. Louis

The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life as never before in DreamWorks’ Shrek The Musical, the highly acclaimed Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie. Called a “triumph of comic imagination” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today) that “never stints on spectacle or laughs” (David Rooney, Variety), Shrek The Musical received eight 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley) and received a Grammy Award® nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

Featuring a fantasic score of 17 all-new songs, Shrek The Musical was filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance and stars an amazing celebrated cast including Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio). The film was shot live on Broadway with 10 cameras and directed by Michael Warren.

Wamg is offering you the chance to see it on
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DreamWorks, Fox Bring ‘Shrek the Musical’ to the Living Room

Stage and touring events may be a big and growing side business for studios, but DreamWorks Animation is looking to generate even more coin from its theatrical biz, with “Shrek the Musical” set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 15, and earlier on most digital platforms on Sept. 17.

The release is unique since most theatrical productions aren’t released on homevideo — producers worry that doing so would keep audiences at home rather than fill theater seats to see the shows.

In the past, Universal has released a 2012 performance of “The Phantom of the Opera” at London’s Royal Albert Hall; and a 2011 staging of “Les Miserables” filmed at London’s O2 Arena. But those were special productions, not the original stage version. The “Phantom” sequel “Love Never Dies,” also from Andrew Lloyd Webber, was released on homevideo.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release “Shrek the Musical” on
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Shrek The Musical Coming To Blu-ray October 15

The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life as never before in DreamWorks’ Shrek The Musical, the highly acclaimed Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie. Called a “triumph of comic imagination” (Elysa Gardner, USA Today) that “never stints on spectacle or laughs” (David Rooney, Variety), Shrek The Musical received eight 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley) and received a Grammy Award® nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

Featuring a fantasic score of 17 all-new songs, Shrek The Musical was filmed on stage to capture the magic of a Broadway performance and stars an amazing celebrated cast including Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio). The film was shot live on Broadway with 10 cameras and directed by Michael Warren. Now you can bring the magic of Broadway to your
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Rebecca’

Alfred Hitchcock’s name is synonymous with the words thriller, suspense, and intrigue. Films like Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and The Birds, are a few of the many famous titles that the director became world renowned for; even though he never won a single Academy Award during his lifetime for his direction. Yet, just as there are so many films that are talked about by the British director, there are just as many films that are almost considered hidden treasures by him. Rebecca is by no means a little known film by Hitch. In fact, it went on to win the an Academy Award for Best Picture. However, compared to the endless nods, jokes, and homages made over the years referencing Psycho, Strangers on a Train, and Rear Window, this 1940 film seems to be almost lost in comparison. It’s a film that I had always read about – since
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Review: A Trio from Hitchcock — “Notorious”, “Spellbound”, and “Rebecca”

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Alfred Hitchcock is today best known for his work in the 1950s and 1960s, thanks to Universal and Warner Bros. steady stream of restored re-releases on Blu-ray but recently, 20th Century Home Entertainment reminded us that the master director wasn’t exactly idle in the years before. A trio of his 1940s works – Notorious, Spellbound, and Rebecca – are now out on Blu-ray for the first time and it begs a fresh look at his black and white thrillers.

Hitchcock began his stormy relationship with MGM producer David O. Selznick with 1940’s Rebecca, a psychological drama which is noteworthy as the director’s first American film. Adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s bestseller, it featured Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and Judith Anderson. Being a gothic tale of loss, while gently questioning whether or not Olivier killed his first wife, it was a good fit for Hitchcock, introducing him to the American
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Blu-ray Review: Classic Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Woody Allen Finally in HD

Chicago – I’ve long said that one of the main reasons that Blu-ray didn’t take off as quickly as people thought it would is because too many of movie lover’s favorite movies weren’t available on the format. It took years to get “Alien,” “Star Wars,” and even “Back to the Future.” “Jaws” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” still aren’t in HD. Well, a wave of catalog releases last week that included some of my personal favorite films ever made should help the format overall. With several Oscar winners and some of the most influential filmmaking of all time, this is an amazing catalog wave. Buy all six.

Blu-ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

Where to start? How about a competition as to which of these films is the most influential — “Rebecca,” “Annie Hall,” or “The Apartment”? All three amazing works of art just hit Blu-ray for the first time,
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‘Project Runway,’ Season 9, Episode 9, ‘Sew 70s’: TV Recap

‘Project Runway,’ Season 9, Episode 9, ‘Sew 70s’: TV Recap
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Last week, Sheepdogs, this week, Earth, Wind & Fire on this week’s Project Runway. The seven remaining designers have to create something inspired by the 1970s. They have some rocking platform shoes as inspiration.

Specifically a sophisticated 70s, which just makes us chortle. And let us just say, buh-bye Olivier, you whiny, self-important fragile flower. May the rest of your life be filled only with mannequin-sized people.

Anya is doing 70s… in Jamaica. I’m confused. Laura is doing
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Key Players in the 2011 Cannes Market: Pathe International

Pathe have Main Comp titles in Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be the Place and Alain Cavalier's Pater on their product list, but the sale agent might find both titles a difficult sell until they are unveiled to the film critic mass. I'd bet that Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady with Meryl Steep is the most desired item on their inventory list. The Iron Lady by Phyllida Lloyd - Completed This Must Be The Place by Paolo Sorrentino - Completed Monsieur Papa by Kad Merad - Completed My Worst Nightmare by Anne Fontaine - Post-Production Pater by Alain Cavalier - Completed Switch by Frederic Schoendoerffer - Completed The Tuche Family (Les Tuche) by Olivier Baroux - Completed The Well-digger's Daughter (La Fille Du Puisatier) by Daniel Auteuil - Completed Titeuf, The Film (Titeuf, Le Film) by Zep - Completed Zarafa by Jean-Christophe Lie - Post-Production Africa United by
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