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Weinstein Company Pulls War with Grandpa, Upside and Mary Magdaline

The Weinstein Company yanked its first three movies of 2018 from its calendar, pulling The War with Grandpa from its February 23 date, The Upside from its March 9 date and Mary Magdalene from its March 30 date. It is believed that these movies were pulled in anticipation of the company being sold off to new owners, in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. None of these films were given new dates as of now, listed as "unset 2018" at the moment. There is no indication yet as to who could be taking over The Weinstein Company, or when they may decide what to do with these films.

The War with Grandpa was set to face Paramount's thriller Annihilation, Orion Pictures' drama Every Day and Warner Bros.' action comedy Game Night, although now there is no indication on when it may open. The movie centers on Peter (Oakes Fegley), who
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Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous

Boon, Binoche, Dujardin, Laurent, Cluzet, Lindon, Viard, Auteuil Grace 2018’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous
Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero” and Philippe le Guay’s “Normandie Nue” feature at the 20th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, which runs Jan. 18-22 in the lap-of-luxury at Paris’ InterContinental Le Grand Hotel.

“In all honesty, this looks like a good year in terms of quality of titles,” said Gilles Renouard, UniFrance co-deputy director.

On paper at least, that can be put down to two factors at least: the strength in depth and, crucially, breadth of France’s comedy offering at the Rendez-Vous, and a clutch of movies which showcase some of France’s finest actors: Vincent Lindon (“The Apparition”), Daniel Auteuil (“Le Brio”) and Karin Viard (“Jealous”) are just three. Following, 10 takes – and one big question raised – by this year’s edition:

1.Boon, But Much More

“The Rendez-Vous is a great place to catch comedies, which France does very well,” Renouard said. This
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'BPM (Beats Per Minute),' 'Barbara' Top France's Lumiere Award Nominations

'BPM (Beats Per Minute),' 'Barbara' Top France's Lumiere Award Nominations
Robin Campillo’s AIDS activist drama BPM (Beats Per Minute) leads the pack with six nominations for this year’s Lumiere Awards, with nods in the best film, best director and best acting categories, among others.

The film is France’s entry in the Oscar best foreign-language film category and took home the Grand Prize in Cannes earlier this year.

Mathieu Almaric’s Barbara, which was given a special award for artistry in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes, and the comedy C’est la Vie, from Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, each scored four nominations.

The three will compete in the...
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International Newswire: ‘Fack ju Göhte 3’ Opens With $18 million in Germany

International Newswire: ‘Fack ju Göhte 3’ Opens With $18 million in Germany
In today’s International Newswire, German comedy “Fack ju Göhte 3” sets fire to the local box-office; French movies dominate the box-office at home with a mix of genres; Germany’s Tiberius acquires Sharon Stone comedy “A Little Something for Your Birthday”; and Finland’s “Little Wing” wins Nordic Council Film Prize, one of Scandinavia’s biggest awards.

Constantin Film’s high-school comedy “Fack ju Göhte 3” opened Oct. 26 in Germany to a stellar box-office revenue of more than €15.4 million ($18 million) – by far the best start of the year.

The third installment in the hugely successful franchise from writer-director Bora Dagtekin follows a cynical ex-con-turned-teacher (played by Elyas M’Barek) as he tries to make sure his rowdy students pass final exams while facing the possible closure of his school due to its catastrophic conditions.

While the film had the biggest October start of all time in Germany and the third best start ever for a German
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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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French Writers and Producers Guild Condemns Harvey Weinstein

French Writers and Producers Guild Condemns Harvey Weinstein
The heavyweights of the French film industry condemned Harvey Weinstein in a statement issued Monday, with The Artist director Michel Hazanvicius, Intouchables helmers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and veteran filmmakers Claude Lelouch and Costa Gavras signing a letter from Arp, the producers, directors and writers guild.

Titling it “Acts Unworthy,” the guild wrote: “The filmmakers of Arp join together in the unequivocal condemnation of Harvey Weinstein, after the revelations about him.”

The guild called the allegations of years of sexual harassment and assault “shameful and unacceptable.”

It continued: “We express our solidarity with the women assaulted and humiliated in...
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‘Flatliners’ is All Too Accurate: Why Remakes Are Some of the Riskiest Movies to Make

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‘Flatliners’ is All Too Accurate: Why Remakes Are Some of the Riskiest Movies to Make
This weekend brings the remake of “Flatliners,” Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller that starred Julia Roberts. Reviews are universally terrible for this retread of good-looking med-school students who put life-after-death on repeat, but it was a nail-biter for studio Sony Pictures from the outset: They took the risk of making an honest-to-god remake.

A remake sounds like the safest bet there is; isn’t original, untested IP the thing that studios fear most? However, in this market a true remake is what passes for a gamble. They’ve become a box-office rarity.

While none of this year’s top-grossing films are originals, there are very few genuine remakes. Yes, the year’s biggest movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” is a direct remake of the 1991 classic — but it went from animated to live action. (It was not a remake of the multiple live-action films and TV shows that preceded it, which stretch
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The Best Films at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

When a few hundred films stop by the Toronto International Film Festival, it’s certainly impossible to cover everything, but we were able to catch around 100 features — and, with that, it’s time to conclude our experience, following the festival’s own award winners. We’ve rounded up our favorite films seen during the festival, followed by a list of the complete coverage.

Stay tuned over the next months (or years) as we bring updates on films as they make their way to screens. One can also click here for a link to all of our coverage, including news, trailers, reviews, and much more. As always, thanks for reading, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below.

The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)

In the Taliban-controlled Afghan city of Kabul, Nora Twomey’s debut film as sole director (she co-helmed Oscar nominee The Secret of Kells
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Neil Burger On ‘The Upside’, Finding Common Ground Amidst Divided America – Toronto Studio

Neil Burger On ‘The Upside’, Finding Common Ground Amidst Divided America – Toronto Studio
Released in 2011, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledo's The Intouchables quickly became one of French cinema's biggest-ever hits. Telling the true story of a quadriplegic businessman who hires a black ex-con to be his live-in caregiver, the buddy movie was nominated for eight Césars—the French Oscars—in its homeland, winning one for Omar Sy, who played François Cluzet's helper, while not receiving quite the same rapturous reception in the outside world. Now, the film has been…
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Toronto: 'The Upside,' Starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, Could Be Golden Globes Contender

Toronto: 'The Upside,' Starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, Could Be Golden Globes Contender
Six years after The Intouchables, a French buddy comedy based on a true story, broke out and became a hit around the world, The Weinstein Co. unveiled its American remake at the Toronto International Film Festival. Neil Burger's The Upside, which pairs Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart as a paralyzed white billionaire and the black ex-con whom he hires to be his caretaker, had its world premiere last Sept. 8 at Roy Thomson Hall, and was greeted with a lot of laughs and a hearty ovation. 

The French version not only made a fortune, but also was France's entry in...
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'C'est La Vie' ('Le Sens de la fete'): Film Review | Tiff 2017

'C'est La Vie' ('Le Sens de la fete'): Film Review | Tiff 2017
A cantankerous French caterer has to try and create a fairytale wedding while relying on the most disorganized group of waiters, cooks, photographers and wedding singers in the history of holy matrimonies in C’est la Vie (Le Sens de la fete). This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, whose Intouchables became a monster hit a few years ago (that film was remade stateside this year as The Upside). The duo’s latest, which closes the Toronto Film Festival, is a sprawling and often hilarious ensemble comedy almost entirely shot at...
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C'est la Vie! review – underpowered party planner comedy that offers little to chew on

The new comedy from the makers of French hit Untouchable has fine cast, led by Jean-Pierre Bacri, but it just isn’t funny or exciting enough

Writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano had a hit in 2011 with their odd-couple heartwarmer Untouchable, starring François Cluzet as the quadriplegic wheelchair-user who hires Omar Sy as his nurse. (The Hollywood remake of it, The Upside, is also playing in Toronto.) Now they are back with something machine-tooled to be an undemanding feelgood comedy. It stars the always formidable and dyspeptic Jean-Pierre Bacri as Max, the chief of a hospitality company in Paris that provides food, booze, music and service for super-classy parties of all sorts. He is just about tolerant of all the idiots and assholes that he employs, and indeed the idiots and assholes who form his customer base; his patience is tested to destruction when he takes on a massive job,
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Tiff Review: ‘C’est la vie!’ is an Uproarious Comedy of Errors from ‘The Intouchables’ Duo

I went into Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s latest film C’est la vie! knowing nothing about it. My assumption from their two previous works, Intouchables and Samba, was that it would prove a charmingly funny dramedy tinged with relevant politics and racial complexity. Well, I was wrong. Whereas the latter film honed in on the former’s politics, this one strips them away completely to focus solely on the comedy. The result is an uproariously contemporary riff on Robert Altman’s underrated classic A Wedding. While it doesn’t spread out quite so large a net—focusing almost exclusively on wedding planner Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and his eccentric crew—it still wonderfully distills the fiscal and logistical absurdity of such formally traditional celebrations with biting satire, broad pratfalls, and expertly rendered caricature to its essence.

They don’t ease us in either as the tone immediately reveals itself.
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French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals

French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals
The French film industry finds itself in an improbable bind: as domestic box office grows, international receipts are falling, and sometimes for the very same reason.

For more than a decade, broad comedies have fueled the French box office, as significantly less-expensive homegrown productions have held their own against blockbuster imports. The public’s seemingly limitless appetite for comedy sketch shows and stand-up tours has bred several generations of polished comic performers, who in turn have been able to expand TV familiarity into movie star muscle. That strong roster has helped grow box office admissions over the past few years, including a 3% uptick in homemade productions.

Local funnyman Dany Boon — whose 2008 film “Welcome to the Sticks” remains the most successful film in French cinema history, and whose latest entry “Raid, Special Unit” is the year’s top domestic production — has emerged as the industry’s most reliably bankable director and star, while
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San Sebastian Film Festival adds 'The Disaster Artist'

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San Sebastian Film Festival adds 'The Disaster Artist'
Films from Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, Alexandros Avranas and Diego Lerman added to competition line-up.

Further competition titles for the 2017 San Sebastian Film Festival (22-30 September) have been announced, including The Disaster Artist.

Written, directed and starring James Franco, the project tells the story of Tommy Wiseau’s infamous cult film The Room. It will also appear at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Other titles competing for the Golden Shell include Diego Lerman’s A Sort Of Family (Una Especie De Familia); Love Me Not from Alexandros Avranas; Barbara Albert’s Mademoiselle Paradis; and The Lion Sleeps Tonight from Nobuhiro Suwa.

Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s C’est La Vie!, Ivana Mladenovic’s Soldiers. Story From Ferentari and Matt Porterfield’s Sollers Point have also been announced.

Alexandros Avranas won the best director Silver Lion at Venice for Miss Violence in 2013. Diego Lerman’s Suddenly won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Festival in 2002.

Nakache
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Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart's The Intouchables remake gets a new title

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Today, we've learned that the American remake of The Intouchables, a 2011 Golden Globe nominated French film directed by both Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, will be getting a title change. According to an announcement made by the Weinstein Company on Wednesday, the new film, which stars Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, will now be called The Upside. Hart has come aboard the film to... Read More...
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Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart’s ‘Intouchables’ Remake Titled ‘The Upside’

Bryan Cranston-Kevin Hart’s ‘Intouchables’ Remake Titled ‘The Upside’
The Weinstein Company has chosen “The Upside” as the title for its remake of “The Intouchables,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

Nicole Kidman also stars along with Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King. Producers are Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, and Harvey Weinstein.

Filming took place in Philadelphia and New York in March. Neil Burger directed from a script by Jon Hartmere.

“The Upside” will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September in the Gala Presentations and will hit theaters nationwide on March 9.

“The film is about two people giving life a second chance and learning to connect through small acts of respect and compassion,” Burger said. “We’re all very proud of the movie and especially the performances of these two brilliant actors who have amazing chemistry together. The whole team behind the film is incredibly eager for audiences to experience this very funny, heart-felt story.
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Toronto ‘17: Galas and Special Presentations

Toronto ‘17: Galas and Special Presentations
Of the 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 25 World Premieres, eight International Premieres, six North American Premieres, and eight Canadian Premieres, including works from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, Egypt, and Cambodia.

This year, Tiff offers a refreshed, more tightly curated Festival, with a renewed commitment to bold, director-driven programming, continued support of female filmmakers, and enough star power to fuel 400,000 festival-goers.

Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven starring Haile Berry

Today’s announcement cements that the future is female (and so is Tiff’s programming), with Gala films from emerging and established filmmakers that include Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, whose 2015 Festival feature Mustang earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film; Mary Shelley by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female Saudi director; Dee ReesMudbound, an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s novel about racial tensions
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Tiff 2017: 'Kings', 'Stronger', 'mother!' among line-up

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Tiff 2017: 'Kings', 'Stronger', 'mother!' among line-up
Update: Tiff unveils Galas, Special Presentations selections.

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang follow-up Kings (above), David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon drama Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and Darren Aronofsky’s mother! with Jenifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are among the initial wave of Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) picks announced on Tuesday.

Kings ia a world premiere, alongside many others (see below) including Hany Abu-Assad’s plane crash survivor drama The Mountain Between Us with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, Wim Wender’s romantic thriller Submergence with Alicia Wikander and James McAvoy, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s immigration drama A Season In France, and two from The Weinstein Company: The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, and Nicholas Hoult, and Neil Burger’s Intouchables remake starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and [link=nm
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Tiff 2017: 'Darkest Hour', 'Kings', 'mother!' among line-up

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Tiff 2017: 'Darkest Hour', 'Kings', 'mother!' among line-up
Update: Tiff unveils Galas, Special Presentations selections.

Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour (above) starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang follow-up Kings, and Darren Aronofsky’s mother! with Jenifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are among the initial wave of Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) picks announced on Tuesday.

Toronto promgrammers updated the premiere status of each film announced in Galas and Special Presentations on Tuesday morning. Darkest Hour is a Canadian premiere, suggesting Telluride and possibly Venice berths, while mother! is a North American premiere, which indicates a world premiere slot in Venice.

Kings ia a world premiere, alongside many others (see below) including Hany Abu-Assad’s plane crash survivor drama The Mountain Between Us with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon drama Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, Wim Wender’s romantic thriller Submergence with Alicia Wikander and James McAvoy, [link
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