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Mélanie Laurent, Audrey Tautou & Bérénice Bejo To Star In Tran Anh Hung's 'Eternity'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 10:17 AM
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Mélanie Laurent, Audrey Tautou & Bérénice Bejo Tran Anh Hung
Like the French cinematic equivalent of Voltron, three of the country's most famed actresses are joining forces for a project that has us sold on name recognition alone. That the material is promising is a nice bonus.

Berlin Review: Claudia Llosa’s ‘Aloft’ Starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy & Melanie Laurent

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 13, 2014 11:05 AM
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Aloft, Jennifer Connelly
Forgiveness, faith and falconry are among the motifs that run through Peruvian director Claudia Llosa’s first English-language film “Aloft,” which premieres at the Berlin Film Festival this week. Like her previous two features—debut “Madeinusa” and Golden Bear-winning follow-up “The Milk Of Sorrow”—“Aloft” boasts Llosa’s exceptionally lyrical eye for cinematography and her unassailable ability to create a haunted, slightly otherworldly atmosphere even out of banal events. But “Aloft” and its icy landscapes and feel of gently dropping barometric pressure can only distract so far from what is essentially an overwrought melodrama that here and there tips over into heavy-handedness despite the restrained beauty of its images. In fact, the lingering mood and the committed performances almost act as a smokescreen: it may not be until you’re out the door and across the road thinking back on what you’ve just watched that you realize how, well, daft it all is.

Review: 'Now You See Me' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher & Mark Ruffalo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 5:02 PM
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David Copperfield once famously quipped to Johnny Carson, that the difference between a trick and an illusion is "about $40,000." And certainly, in recent years magic has gone from something defined by either birthday party tricksters or arena selling professionals, into a piece of slick entertainment that also includes legitimate street performers, reality show stars and much more. (In fact, one of the best in the world right now might be a guy you never heard of named Apollo Robbins). And it's against this new face of the industry where "Now You See Me" starts (as partially seen in the opening four minutes that dropped online), with a group of random performers -- ranging from the skyscraper theatrics of J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) to the mentalism hustle of Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) -- individually and mysteriously brought together by a shadowy figure for what becomes the ultimate illusion.

Unlock The Magic With New Pics & Poster From Louis Leterrier's 'Now You See Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 5:04 PM
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...and just when we thought we had put away our magic puns for a while with the release of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," another movie set in the Las Vegas world of magic is coming. Although, this looks like it will be much, much better. Louis Letterier could have one of the summer's sleeper surprises on his hands with "Now You See Me" and some new promo material has arrived to try to weave a spell on you.

Interview: Mélanie Laurent On Advice From Luc Besson, Gerard Depardieu, 'Night Train To Lisbon' & Her Singing Career

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 23, 2013 4:37 PM
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It can be hard to remember that Mélanie Laurent had actually been acting for a decade, albeit largely in French-language productions, before breaking out internationally by killing Hitler in “Inglourious Basterds.” Of course the one-two punch of the Quentin Tarantino movie and Mike Mills’ well-received “Beginners” is a relatively recent phenomenon for the actress, but in person, too, Laurent has an engaging freshness about her and a genuine excitement about where she is and what she’s is doing that makes her seem more like an ingenue than a seasoned pro. Or so we found when we got to meet her at the Berlin Film Festival where her latest film, Bille August’s “Night Train to Lisbon."

Berlin Review: 'Night Train To Lisbon' Chugs And Clanks Along In Old-Fashioned, Uninspired Style

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 17, 2013 10:43 AM
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In the very finest tradition of europudding, director Bille August's "Night Train To Lisbon" adapts an international bestselling book, takes place against the picturesque backdrop of a European capital, is half-told in flashback through a turbulent and dramatic period of history, and stacks the cast with notable European thesps. These include, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Tom Courtenay representing the U.K.; from Germany, Martina Gedeck and August Diehl; Bruno Ganz of Switzerland; Lena Olin of Sweden; and representing France is Mélanie Laurent. However, bar Irons, this Babel tower of actors all play Portuguese nationals, and so while the films is told through English, they all speak with Portuguese accents.

Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy & Melanie Laurent Will 'Cry/Fly' Together

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 2, 2012 1:18 PM
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After breaking onto the international scene with her sophomore feature, “The Milk of Sorrow,” Peruvian director Claudia Llosa will be making her English-language debut with “Cry/Fly,” and she’s landed a trio of talented actors for her first North American-set film.

Melanie Laurent To Star In New Adaptation Of 'Letter From An Unknown Woman' By Christian Carion

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 6, 2012 11:22 AM
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"Inglourious Basterds" and "Beginners" made her a star stateside, but it looks like French thespian Melanie Laurent is returning home for her next project. The actress has signed on to Christian Carion's new adaptation of Stefan Zweig's "Letter From An Unknown Woman," a novel that was adapted once before with acclaim by Max Ophuls.

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