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  • A sneak peak at new movies during the holidays

    NOV. 5 Interstellar As mankind's time on Earth comes to an end, astronauts travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. With Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. Written by Jonathan Nolan and...
  • CANNES: Zeitgeist Films Picks up U.S. Rights To Volker Schlondorff's 'Diplomacy' (EXCLUSIVE)

    CANNES- New York-based distributor Zeitgeist Films has acquired U.S. rights to Volker Schlondorff's historical drama "Diplomacy" from Gaumont. Taking place on the day Paris was liberated by the Allies, "Diplomacy" chronicles the tense confrontation...
  • Variety Critics Pick Their Oscar Nominees

    Film critics, we're often told, don't vote for the Oscars -- but if they did, here's what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/...
  • Berlin Film Festival Unveils Berlinale Special Lineup

    LONDON -- The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled its Berlinale Special program, which contains 18 pics, including nine world premieres. As previously announced, the selection includes the world premiere of comedy "A Long Way Down," directed by Pascal...
  • Gaumont Sells Berlinale Special Gala Player 'Diplomacy' (Exclusive)

    PARIS- French major Gaumont has closed key sales deals on "Diplomacy," Volker Schlondorff's WWII drama that's set to open in the Berlinale's Special Gala section. In the run up to Berlin, "Diplomacy," which centers on the real-life story of a German...
  • REVIEW: 'The French Minister' ★★★ 1/2

    REVIEW: 'The French Minister' ★★&#9733 1/2
    A government office that functions much like "The Office" is the setting of "The French Minister" (released as "Quai d'Orsay" in France), a sparkling and savvy comedy of political manners from the unlikely hand of veteran French auteur Bertrand Tavernier....
  • Cesar Film Awards Spread The Wealth Wide With Adele Exarchopoulos, Guillaume Gallienne Among The Winners

    PARIS- The 39th Cesar film awards spread the wealth wide, reflecting the breadth and diversity of Gaul's film production landscape. Scarlett Johansson was on hand to pick up a honorary award from the hands of Quentin Tarantino, whom she thanked for...
  • Berlin Film Review: 'Diplomacy'

    The time is August 1944, and as the Allies march towards Paris, the city's artistic and architectural riches lie in danger of Nazi dynamiting. No, it isn't "Return of the Monuments Men," but rather Volker Schlondorff's "Diplomacy," another movie set at...
  • 2013 foreign-language films that revealed new worlds to audiences

    2013 foreign-language films that revealed new worlds to audiences
    It's been many years since I interviewed the late producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, then the president of Unifrance, the key promoter of French films overseas, but I always remember a comment he made. Toscan, as everyone called him, was talking about...
  • Movie gangsters so bad they're good

    Movie gangsters so bad they're good
    One hundred and one years ago, D.W. Griffith gave us "The Musketeers of Pig Alley," often credited as the first gangster film, and once sound came in, nothing hooked movie audiences during the early 1930s more reliably than Edward G. Robinson or James...
  • 'The Big Picture': Camera-shy photographer a man with a secret ★★★

    'The Big Picture': Camera-shy photographer a man with a secret ★★★
    Hiding inside the identity of someone else — someone recently disappeared, or murdered, for example — is a theme running through all sorts of crime fiction (Patricia Highsmith's Ripley mysteries) as well as cinematic variations on that theme...