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Louis, by Vilmos Zsigmond with Wynton Marsalis

Louis is directed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, starring Jackie Earle Haley, Shanti Lowry and Anthony Coleman. The film is “an homage to Louis Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, beautiful women and the birth of American music”. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Wynton Marsalis and Cecile Licad. About Louis, A Silent Film (more here): Louis, a silent film directed by Dan Pritzker and starring Jackie Earle ...


Jacques Tati’s ‘The Illusionist’ by Sylvain Chomet

Sylvain Chomet‘s new animation film ‘The Illusionist’ is based on a 1956 unmade, deeply personal script by French cinema legend Jacques Tati. The hand drawn, 2D animation feature film from the director of ‘The Triplets of Belleville’ is about a dying breed of stage performer, who is believed to be a version of Tati himself. Chomet chose to mimic Tati‘s visual style and fans will love it. The film is now out in theaters ...


Dennis Hopper dies at age 74

Actor, director and artist Dennis Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles beach community of Venice, surrounded by family and friends, after cancer battle. Many will remember him in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘Hoosiers’. But Hopper was not only an actor and a director, he most of all was an artist. In 2008, Dennis Hopper was be the ...


Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec

If you live in France, there is no way you could not know Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec opens today. Louise Bourgoin (playing Adèle Blanc-Sec) and Luc Besson are on every channel, promoting the film. Even Max Dana posted about it on her Blog; so we had to add our small contribution to the buzz for our dear Sama Readers living abroad and who may not already know about the last movie produced by EuropaCorp. The plot (from IMDb): ...


Twitter Sunday: Favorites Tweets @ebertchicago

If you are a movie fan, then you know  the long-running syndicated film-review show ‘At the movies’. Even some of us, living in France, we at least heard  the name of the movie review program once, even though we couldn’t watch it on television over here (hopefully, we have Youtube!). The show has been cancelled this week so we decided it was time to follow Roger Ebert on Twitter @ebertchicago, a ‘Film critic since time ...


‘Mission: Impossible’ actor Peter Graves dead at 83

 Peter Graveswas great actor. Many of us knew him best for his role of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in TV’s “Mission: Impossible“. Some others also remember him staring in”Fury“, Billy Wilder’s “Stalag 17“, Charles Laughton’s “The Night of the Hunter“, Otto Preminger’s “The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell” and ...


‘Rendezvous’: Claude Lelouch’s insane sprint across Paris

Today is Friday, some of us have already left the office and when we read Max Dana‘s latest post published on her blog yesterday, we thought it would make a perfect Friday update. Max talks about a great short movie directed by Claude Lelouch in 1976. And we agree, if you have never seen it before, go buy or rent the DVD!   “How did I forget to mention ‘Rendezvous’? I enjoy gun scenes in movies (From Scarface to Smokin’ Aces: the art ...


Up In The Air: not Copenhagen-friendly!

I recently saw the comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman: Up In The Air. I was said it was a dry comedy with George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman and Vera Farmiga. So I came for a lot of fun and I left a little disappointed. See, I am really into the environment stuff so I was a bit disturbed when I realized the character played by Clooney, Ryan Bingham, was a businessman on the verge of reaching five million frequent flyer miles. Imagine: ...


The Oprah Winfrey Show will end in 2011

“The Oprah Winfrey Show” will end on September 9, 2011.  The hallucinating numbers: 42 million viewers a week in the United States, broadcasted to 145 countries, highest-rated talk show for 23 consecutive seasons. Oprah Winfrey is rich and powerful and she decided to end her show. Check her webiste and wait for the official announcement, by Oprah herself. Many people will miss her show; who would be able to do better? Nobody…


Coco Before Chanel by designer Catherine Leterrier

“Coco Before Chanel”, the biopic of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, hit theaters last month in the U.S. Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Da Vinci Code) stars as legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in this biopic penned by director Anne Fontaine, and based on the Chanel biography L’Irrégulière (The Nonconformist) by author Edmonde Charles-Roux. This is the story of a poor girl who transformed into a legendary fashion designer… We ...






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