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Claude Lelouch on influencing Terrence Malick: "I'm happy that you say so." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

When I spoke with Claude Lelouch at his hotel in New York less than two years ago, he believed that The Best Years Of A Life (Les Plus Belles Années D'Une Vie), starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimée, and Monica Bellucci would be his last.

Now he has La Vertu Des Impondérables with Elsa Zylberstein (Un + une with Jean Dujardin and Christopher Lambert), Marianne Denicourt, Ary Abittan, and Stéphane De Groodt (Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady) in the works.

Claude Lelouch: "In Un Homme Et Une Femme (A Man And A Woman), when Anouk Aimée arrives at the end on the train platform, she didn't know Jean-Louis Trintignant would be there."

In 1966, Un Homme Et Une Femme won the Cannes Palme d'Or, and in 1967 won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and Claude Lelouch took Best Writing,
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Cohen Media Group Goes Beyond Distribution With Restoration, Svod

  • Variety
Since its launch in 2008, Cohen Media Group has become a much-admired producer and distributor of independent and arthouse films.

It’s the largest distributor of French films in the U.S. Its offerings have also racked up kudos, including a 2016 Oscar win for “The Salesman,” and 2017 Acad nominations for “Faces Places” and “The Insult.”

In addition, its specialty home entertainment label, the Cohen Film Collection, releases restored and re-mastered editions of classics on digital platforms, Blu-ray and DVD.

“We distribute about 10 new films a year,” says executive VP Gary Rubin, who heads up the L.A. office and notes that distribution is just one arm of a four-part business model. “We also have the library, which we’re constantly adding to; the production group, which is run by [senior VP of production] Erica Steinberg and which is producing bigger films; and then the theaters. We have several in the U.S., and Charles [Cohen, chairman-ceo] just bought La Pagode in Paris.
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Screenwriter And Playwright Israel Horovitz Sexually Assaulted Women Who Worked For Him: Report

Update with more information. Nine women have provided explicit, on-the-record accounts of being molested or assaulted by Israel Horovitz, a screenwriter whose credits include My Old Lady, Author! Author! and Sunshine, as well as some of the most produced plays in the American canon, including The Indian Wants The Bronx, the 1968 off-Broadway hit that launched the career of Al Pacino. The New York Times reported this morning that the nine women came forward in light of…
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Why Billionaire Charles Cohen Believes He Can Save the Riskiest Indie Films

Why Billionaire Charles Cohen Believes He Can Save the Riskiest Indie Films
In the annals of rich men who look to Hollywood to build a secondary empire, real estate billionaire Charles S. Cohen (Forbes net worth: $2.2 billion) is their Don Quixote. His Cohen Media Group is staking its claim in spaces renowned for their allergies to profit: He’s restoring classic films, releasing foreign-language titles, and moving into specialty exhibition.

One Oscar campaigner calls Cohen’s taste “older middle-of-the-road arthouse,” and that’s exactly the audience he wants. Three of Cohen’s French imports — “Outside the Law” (2010), “Timbuktu” (2014) and “Mustang” (2015) — received foreign-language Academy Award nominations. This year, Cohen (with partner Amazon Studios) took Iranian Cannes-prize-winner Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” all the way to the Oscar, much to the chagrin of established competitors Sony Pictures Classics (“Toni Erdmann”) and Music Box (“A Man Called Ove”).

However, where other billionaire businessmen have wanted to be studio moguls, or Harvey Weinstein, what Cohen really
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Why Billionaire Charles Cohen Believes He Can Save the Riskiest Indie Films

Why Billionaire Charles Cohen Believes He Can Save the Riskiest Indie Films
In the annals of rich men who look to Hollywood to build a secondary empire, real estate billionaire Charles S. Cohen (Forbes net worth: $2.2 billion) is their Don Quixote. His Cohen Media Group is staking its claim in spaces renowned for their allergies to profit: He’s restoring classic films, releasing foreign-language titles, and moving into specialty exhibition.

One Oscar campaigner calls Cohen’s taste “older middle-of-the-road arthouse,” and that’s exactly the audience he wants. Three of Cohen’s French imports — “Outside the Law” (2010), “Timbuktu” (2014) and “Mustang” (2015) — received foreign-language Academy Award nominations. This year, Cohen (with partner Amazon Studios) took Iranian Cannes-prize-winner Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” all the way to the Oscar, much to the chagrin of established competitors Sony Pictures Classics (“Toni Erdmann”) and Music Box (“A Man Called Ove”).

However, where other billionaire businessmen have wanted to be studio moguls, or Harvey Weinstein, what Cohen really
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Beauty and the Beast (2017) movie review: ever just the same, never a surprise

MaryAnn’s quick take… Like a theme-park mounting of the 1991 cartoon, or the blandified pop version of an enchanting signature character tune. A watered-down pastiche of itself. I’m “biast” (pro): love the 1991 film…

I’m “biast” (con): …and saw no need for a remake

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

First there was Disney’s 1991 animated feature Beauty and the Beast, which is one of the most perfect movies ever and helped kickstart the Disney renaissance and completely holds up even now, a quarter of a century later. But the other thing it helped kickstart was Princess Madness, the license to print money that Disney stumbled upon back then. So in 2002 we got a cashing-in IMAX version of Beauty and the Beast, and it was still glorious in spite of the mercenary motive. And in 2012 we got a cashing-in 3D version of Beauty and the Beast,
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Photo Coverage: Estelle Parsons & Cast of Off-Broadway's Out Of The Mouths Of Babes Meets the Press

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes -- a new comedy by Israel Horovitz My Old Lady, with a cast starring Oscar winner and 5-time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons, two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey, along with Angelina Fiordellisi Zorba on Broadway oppositeAnthony Quinn and Francesca Choy-kee Disgraced - begins rehearsals May 12 prior to the start of previews June 7 and opening June 19, in a world-premiere production by Cherry Lane Theatre 38 Commerce St. in Greenwich Village. The play is directed by Barnet Kellman. The company just met the press, and BroadwayWorld was on hand - check out photo coverage below
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Tiff Trailer: Academy Award Winner Maggie Smith Is 'The Lady In The Van'

Listen, I'll be the first to admit, on paper, "Lady In The Van" is not my bag. It looks like the kind of movie I'd recommend to my Mom, which is fine, she'd probably enjoy it more than I would. That being said, it is playing the Toronto International Film Festival and does have some pedigree behind it, so maybe it'll be a little surprise. I'm willing to keep an open mind. Read More: Review: 'My Old Lady' Starring Kevin Kline And Maggie Smith Anyway, the film stars Maggie Smith in the unlikely true story that happened to writer Alan Bennett (who penned the screenplay based on his own memoir) about a woman who parked her camper van in his driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Here's the official synopsis:  Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked
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First poster and trailer for Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep

The first poster and trailer for Ricki and the Flash, the new film starring Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia), have arrived online and we have them both for you right here…

Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in Ricki and the Flash. In an original and electrifying film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki’s ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline’s new wife.

Directed by
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Suite Française movie review: enemy mine to love

An immediate and intimate tale of forbidden romance and other complex emotions and contradictory obligations. This ain’t history but a very human now. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; I’m a sucker for movies about WWII

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The story of how Irène Némirovsky’s novel Suite Française became known to the world is amazing. She wrote it as contemporary fiction inspired by the events she was living through — the defeat of France by the Nazis in 1940, and the subsequent German occupation — but then it was lost, packed away unread, until the 1990s, and finally published only in 2004. Némirovsky died before the end of the war, in Auschwitz in 1942, so she never knew how it would all end, and indeed her writing
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"My Old Lady" on Blu-ray and DVD

  • SneakPeek
From D Films, Sneak Peek footage from director Israel Horovitz' dramatic feature "My Old Lady", starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas and Dominique Pinon, now available on Blu-ray and DVD:

"...'Mathias Gold' (Kline), a down-and-out New Yorker, travels to Paris to liquidate a huge and valuable apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. 

"When he reaches his apartment he finds 'Mathilde Girard' (Smith), a refined old lady living in the apartment with her daughter, 'Chloe' (Thomas).

"He then discovers the romantic history between Mathilde and his father, a romance that lasted over half a century..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "My Old Lady"...
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Oscar Nominees Groove On The Gray At Aarp ‘Movies For Grownups’ Awards Gala

Oscar Nominees Groove On The Gray At Aarp ‘Movies For Grownups’ Awards Gala
Monday was a very busy day for Oscar nominees. Aside from the main event that I covered in detail yesterday, the Oscar Nominees luncheon, a couple of trade sites poached the Academy’s large turnout for nighttime parties offering yet more photo ops. The bigger names usually walk down the carpets at those things, head through the door, grab a piece of pizza and head to the exit. Anything to keep your name out front and your face in front of voters at a crucial time. And since there are lots of nominees who come into town just for the luncheon, their handlers make them available for one last late-night talk show appearance before voting starts.

That’s why you saw Michael Keaton and Jimmy Fallon (who brought his Tonight Show to Hollywood for the week) doing readings of Birdman scripts as submitted by 6-year-olds. And that’s why you
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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: 'Nightcrawler' Sneaks Home Two Weeks Before Disc

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Fury (WWII-set action-drama; Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena; rated R) Gone Girl (twisty thriller directed by David Fincher; Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris; rated R) The Judge (drama; Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton; rated R) Low Down (drama; John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Glenn Close; rated R) My Old Lady (drama; Kevin Kline...

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'Fury', 'The Judge', 'Book of Life' and More on DVD & Blu-ray This Week

Fury Last night I popped this Blu-ray in to check out the deleted scenes and I made it through about ten minutes worth before I just couldn't stay awake any longer. There are about 50 minutes of deleted and extended scenes on this thing and from those first ten minutes it seems like the cuts were a very good decision. For starters, they add nothing to the movie, particularly an extended introduction to Logan Lerman's character where Jon Bernthal acts even more like an animal toward him, plus the editing is quite bad as David Ayer clearly didn't have the coverage he needed to cut the scenes together with the extended material. Nevertheless, I find this to be a solid movie, and one I do intend on rewatching and I'm going to dig a little deeper into those deleted scenes and if there's more to say I'll probably write up a full review.
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Bohemia Group Invades New Zealand; ‘Timbuktu’ To Screen In Paris Suburb After All

Bohemia Group Invades New Zealand; ‘Timbuktu’ To Screen In Paris Suburb After All
Bohemia Group is expanding into New Zealand. The Hollywood-based international management firm has consolidated its yearlong collaboration with Gail Cowan of Gail Cowan Management, who will spearhead the new offices for Bohemia Australasia. Cowan, a longtime talent manager based in Auckland, will bring to the agency a pool of high-profile New Zealand actors, many of whom have had roles in the Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings franchises. CEO Susan Ferris says: “I would like to think that we are leading the charge with this global way of doing business in management, and that you really don’t have to be trapped by geography anymore. Even though we are continuously building and expanding Bohemia, we will always keep our actors’ feet firmly planted on the ground, while they keep their heads in the clouds. Now we can do it without borders.” Ferris also has brought in two new La-based managers: Zach James,
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‘Mr. Turner’ Paints A Solid Box-Office Bow; ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Imitation Game’ Take Top PTAs

Sony Classics’ Mr. Turner had a near masterpiece of a theatrical debut in limited release, creating director Mike Leigh‘s highest per-theater average for any of his titles opening on multiple screens. But holdovers Inherent Vice from Warner Bros and TWC’s The Imitation Game took the highest and second-highest averages this weekend, while Whiplash, Citizenfour and Force Majeure all passed notable milestones in their on-screen runs.

Mr. Turner, starring Timothy Spall, grossed $108,638 for a $21,728 average in five theaters.

“This is the perfect alternative to the big Hollywood blockbuster,” said Spc co-president Michael Barker. “This movie is really going to cross over. The reason we wanted to become involved with this film years ago is that Turner is the first modern painter. He bridged the gap between the classical and the modern, and his fans range in all ages. Young people are also very interested in seeing this film.”

The
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Alan Rickman Directs Kate Winslet In Engaging Trailer For ‘A Little Chaos’

Although upon hearing the title, I didn’t expect A Little Chaos to be harking back to the Merchant Ivory genre with Alan Rickman directing but interestingly, it feels somewhat refreshing in days of constant big-screen explosions and warring superheroes. It’s also important not to forget of the differing audiences across the board especially after the low-key success of Mr Turner and My Old Lady.

This isn’t to say the style doesn’t cover all audiences, especially with a good premise and great cast that includes Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman and more. Focusing around the life of Madame Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), she’s an unlikely candidate for a landscape architect of the still?to-be-completed Palace of Versailles. She has little time for the classical, ordered designs of the man who hires her, the famous architect Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts). However, as she works, she
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Nicole Kidman and beloved bear not so loved

The combination of Nicole Kidman and an iconic talking bear wasn.t so magical as Paddington opened in fourth spot in Australian cinemas last weekend.

The British comedy.s $1.4 million haul wasn.t terrible, and the total including previews and group bookings was an even more respectable $1.6 million.

But some exhibitors had higher expectations for the film which co-stars Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi and Ben Whishaw as the title character.s voice, given Nicole's publicity visit, positive reviews, the popularity of Michael Bond's books and the pedigree of the producer, Harry Potter's David Heyman.

In the battle for kids and family audiences Paddington is going head to head with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The Disney comedy, which stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Ed Oxenbould, scored $1 million in its second frame (easing by just 13%) , propelling its total to $3.3 million.
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Top 10 Films of 2014

Contributed by Tom Stockman, Jim Batts, Melissa Howland, Travis Keune, Michael Haffner, Melissa Thompson and Michelle McCue

Going to the cinemas in 2014 was part emotional, part uproarious, and part interstellar thrill ride – there were a lot of movies to see this past year.

The everlasting bond between a parent and a child, courageous real life heroes, superheroes – past, present and future and their gripping stories of bravery graced the silver screen as well as our year ends lists. As a collective audience, we cried with them, we laughed with them and we cheered for them.

With the 323 films eligible for Best Picture at the upcoming 87th Academy Awards, have a look back at the movie-going experiences that was 2014.

We Are Movie Geeks presents our Top 10 films of 2014.

Let us know your favorites by adding your top 10 films in our comments section below.

Honorable Mention – Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler imparts a healthy amount
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‘Inherent Vice’ Virtuous In Opening Atop Specialty Box Office

‘Inherent Vice’ Virtuous In Opening Atop Specialty Box Office
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice debuted amid much anticipation and easily grossed the weekend’s highest per-theater averages among all limited-release titles. But that didn’t mean it could match the stratospheric numbers of The Imitation Game, Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel, which had the year’s biggest opening weekends.

In fact, Vice didn’t even match the PTAs of P.T.A.’s previous three films, though word of mouth may give it a great high before its theatrical run is done. Among returning films, Wild covered a lot more ground in a sizable expansion that paid off with solid box office results, as did The Imitation Game, which continues to expand and thrive. And Birdman has soared past $20M in its 9th weekend, goosed by strong showings in several year-end critics polls.

Warner Bros. opened Vice in five New York and Los Angeles theaters Friday, grossing $330K.
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