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Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet & Jesse Plemons Join Stephen Fears' Lance Armstrong Biopic With Ben Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 1:13 PM
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Ben Foster, Lance Armstrong Movie
Sorry, J.J. Abrams and Scott Z. Burns and Jay Roach, while you guys might be cooking up your films about disgraced cyclist and former American hero Lance Armstrong, Stephen Frears has beaten you to the front of the pack. Earlier this year he lined up Ben Foster to play the lead in his film, and now the director has put together a very promising supporting crew to go along with it.

Casting: Milla Jovovich Is A 'Survivor,' Lake Bell Scores A 'Coup,' John Magaro Is 'Unbroken' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 11:19 AM
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While James McTeigue for a moment seemed like the next great blockbuster hopeful following "V For Vendetta," the diminishing returns of "Ninja Assassin" and "The Raven" have found him directing his leanest movie yet. Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson and Angela Bassett will star in "Survivor," a thriller that'll shoot in January.

Watch: Trailer & Poster For Gritty '70s Crime Epic 'Blood Ties' With Clive Owen, Mila Kunis & Marion Cotillard

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2013 8:30 AM
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We'd been a little worried that something was up with "Blood Ties." The promise of a team-up of Guillaume Canet and James Gray was terrific, especially on an epic crime 70s-set crime saga, and Canet had assembled a hugely impressive cast for his English-language debut, including Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mila Kunis, James Caan and Noah Emmerich. But despite Gray's status as a Cannes favorite, the film was being shown out of competition at the festival, and disappointingly, it seems that there was a reason for that; reaction to the film, including our own review, have been rather lukewarm.

Cannes Review: Sprawling, Uneven Crime Saga 'Blood Ties' Falls Short Of Epic Scope

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2013 2:27 PM
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If there is any movie this year at Cannes that is absolutely brimming with promise on paper, it's Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties." With an extended cast featuring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Zoe Saldana, James Caan, Marion Cotillard, Noah Emmerich and Lili Taylor among others along with a script co-written by James Gray, one wonders how it could go wrong. And while "Blood Ties" isn't a disaster, it's certainly a mess, a sprawling crime saga that endeavours to evoke the great character-driven movies of the 1970s, but never quite lives up to its epic scope.

Review: 'War Of The Buttons' Feels Like An Early '90s Miramax Reject

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 21, 2012 9:59 AM
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It’s World War II, and France faces a hostile Nazi occupation. You wouldn’t know it from the children, however, as “War of the Buttons” uses the war as a macro-micro contrast with the tale of a group of youths protecting their territory from a group of would-be mini-hooligans. The troops may be coping with casualties on all sides, and regular French citizens deal with day-to-day bullying by Gestapo strongmen attempting to suss out Jewish citizens in hiding, but none seem aware of the War of the Buttons.

Mads Mikkelsen To 'Move On' With Asger Leth, Agyness Deyn & Peter Mullan Lead Terence Davies' 'Sunset Song' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2012 10:39 AM
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Versatile Danish thesp Mads Mikkelsen is set to team with "Man On A Ledge" helmer Asger Leth for road film "Move On." Developed by Matt Greenhalgh (screenwriter of "Control" and "Nowhere Boy"), the story begins with a flawed hero, stepping off a boat in Rotterdam before traveling across Europe to deliver a mysterious silver suitcase. Lensing will take the production across eight different countries in a hectic 30-day chronological shoot, and will unusually involve the participation of film fans from 11 countries in areas such as casting, location and props. More details can be found at the film's website, but each country's shoot will make up a 5-8 minute segment of the movie, with a shoot commencing this summer before a September unveiling. [ScreenDaily]

Mark Wahlberg, Marion Cotillard & Zoe Saldana Eye Guillaume Canet/James Gray Project 'Blood Ties'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 2, 2011 2:20 AM
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James Gray's 'Low Life' With Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner & Marion Cotillard Aims To Start Shooting In January 2012Given the Hollywood-friendly slickness of his directorial efforts to date, it was only a matter of time before French actor Guillaume Canet made a film in the U.S. The star of "The Beach" and "Love Me If You Dare," among many others, stepped behind the camera to much acclaim with 2002's Cesar-nominated "Mon Idole," the 2007 thriller "Tell No One" (which Ben Affleck is planning to remake), and followed it up with 2010's "Little White Lies," all of which showed an international sensibility.

'The Artist' Duo Jean Dujardin & Michel Hazanavicius Work Together Again On Omnibus 'The Players'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 2:08 AM
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"The Artist" actor Jean Dujardin is to director Michel Hazanavicius what Ryan Gosling is to Nicolas Winding Refn. With the former's silent movie sensation winning over audiences and poised to become a Best Picture nominee at the Oscars, it marks their third film together following the two very popular French-language spy spoof 'OSS 177' films, and what do you know, the pair have already collaborated on another project that is gearing up for release next spring in France.

Guillaume Canet & Daniel Auteuil To Star In Olympic Equestrian Drama 'Jappeloup'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2011 9:00 AM
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The cinema world in France is fairly close knit and so it comes as a bit of a surprise that veteran Daniel Auteuil has never worked with Guillaume Canet, a vanguard of the new breed. But that situation has now been rectified as the duo are pairing up for an Olympic equestrian drama "Jappeloup" --- and no, you're reading that wrong.

Review: Shallow Infidelity Drama ‘Last Night’ With Keira Knightley Lacks Heat Or Chemistry

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 5, 2011 6:00 AM
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This review originally ran during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

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