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The Cannes Film Festival have announced that ‘Party Girl,’ a first film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been chosen to open the Official Selection of Un Certain Regard. ‘Party Girl’ will be screened on May 15th. The full programme for Un Certain Regard will be announced, together with the full category of Official Selection, on April 17th.
‘Party Girl’ shows the life of Angélique, a 60 year-old night club hostess who still loves men and enjoys partying, but now as the senior member on staff, feels she has reached the end of the line. On an impulse, she agrees to marry her regular client, Michel. The film is a portrait of a free woman who has chosen to live on the margins of conventional society, and delves deep into a France that is often underrepresented. With total realism, the lead role is played by the real-life Angélique.
New Trailer For Scott Derickson’s Horror/Thriller ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ – Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn…
Sony Pictures has unveiled this new international trailer for ‘Deliver us from Evil,’ which comes from ‘Sinister’ and ‘Exorcism of Emily Rose’ writer-director Scott Derickson. Formerly known under the title ‘Beware the Night,’ the film stars the likes of Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris and Joel McHale. ‘Deliver us from Evil’ is the story of a New York cop (Bana) who meets a renegade priest (Ramírez) when he is pulled into a case which the priest convinces him, against the officer’s religious beliefs, is demonic related. Together they work to solve the case and combat the paranormal forces working against them. The film opens on July 2nd.
In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Inspired by the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ producers opened up about some of the characters 20th Century Fox are considering spin-off films for (Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is the only character so far to step out on his own). Given the enormous success that Marvel has had with ‘The Avengers’ and its roster (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man), and the fact that Sony Pictures are now expanding the Spider-Man universe with Venom of Sinister Six movies, it seems long overdue that the ‘X-Men’ gang will be getting their own solo films. “There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it,” says producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who’s produced all of the X-Men films. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & More In ‘Half Of Yellow Sun’ UK Premiere Images
With ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’ opening in the UK this Friday, here’s a bunch of images from the UK premiere of the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel of the same name. For me, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is one the most compelling novels of the last decade (her latest novel ‘Americanah’ is fantastic too!). The Orange Prize-winning story follows the intertwining lives of several characters before and during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970. The story is told through three different points of view: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old boy from a small village who becomes a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the warm, progressive and beautiful daughter of well-to-do city-dwellers; and Richard, a white ex-patriot originally from England, who falls in love with Olanna’s twin sister.
Thandie Newton takes on the role of Olanna, with Anika Noni Rose as her sister Kainene. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of revolutionary professor Odenigbo, with John Boyega as his houseboy Ugwu. Joseph Mawle plays the English writer Richard. ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is directed and adapted for the big-screen by theatre director, playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele. The film opens on April 11th in the UK, April 25th in Nigeria, and May 16th in the US. Check out Facebook.com/HalfOfAYellowSunMovie for more.
From Sony Pictures comes this first new red band trailer for ’22 Jump Street,’ the upcoming sequel to the 2012 action-comedy blockbuster ’21 Jump Street.’ ’22 Jump Street’ reunites Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they return to their roles as undercover cops Schmidt and Jenko; they are also re-teaming with ’21 Jump Street’ directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ ‘The LEGO Movie’). Alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, Ice Cube reprises his role as Captain Dickson.
In the action-comedy, after making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. Opening on June 13th, the film also stars Nick Offerman, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, and Craig Roberts.
To date, there’s still been no official casting announcements for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Over the last few weeks it has been reported that Oscar-winning ’12 Years A Slave‘ actress Lupita Nyong’o has been reading for a ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ role. Additionally, Ed Speleers (Downtown Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher are said to be among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead male role. Adam Driver is also said to be in final negotiations to play a undisclosed villain character in the movie. Original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher also are said to be reprising their roles, as is Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. And story wise, all we know is that the sequel will be set 30 years after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi,’ and will follow ”a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.”
THR now have a new name linked to the film, newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Several sources tell the outlet that she is in line to nab an undisclosed and possibly major role in the high-profile Disney/Lucasfilm production, which is in the middle of an extended casting search in London in advance of a May production start date. One of the roles yet to be filled is that of a young black or mixed-race woman who may be a descendent of Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi. In the film, the character would cross paths with the children of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.