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MyFrenchFilmFestival: Tristan Lhomme on ‘Lazare,’ France’s Antonin Peretjatko

PARIS — Jacques and the eponymous Lazare are roommates and uber-dorks. Jacques sets up Lazare for a date but doesn’t tell him that he texted the girl suggesting Lazare is into bondage. Lazare is a horn-dog, but so embarrassed by the physical presence of a girl in the very same room that he has to […]

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MyFrenchFilmFestival: Denis Walgenwitz, Vincent Paronnaud on ‘The Death, Dad & Son’

Featuring at UniFrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, cartoon short “The Death, Dad & Son” marks a new collaboration between Vincent Paronnaud  –a.k.a. Winshluss– and Denis Walgenwitz. Paronnaud leapt to fame as co-director, with Marjane Satrapi, of 2007 Cannes Jury Prize winner “Persepolis.” Walgenwitz served as assistant director on the film. It bows on the online festival as Paronnaud […]

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MyFrenchFilmFestival: ‘The Summer Movie’s’ Emmanuel Marre on Roadtrips, Depression, Male Sensibility

Having won at IndieLisboa, the Clermont-Ferrand and Fribourg, “The Summer Movie” presents a simple story, the brief encounter between a man who has lost his way in life and a boy on a road-trip through the south of France. The set-up might seem simple but slowly the the story fades into the background of its […]

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‘The Shape of Water’ Wins Producers Guild Award for Best Feature

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama  “The Shape of Water” has won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as top feature film for del Toro and J. Miles Dale. A pair of first-season series — “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” — and “Black Mirror” took the top TV awards in […]

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Sundance: ‘Studio 54’ Director Matt Tyrnauer on the Cultural Power of the Infamous Club

Decades after it closed its doors, Studio 54 is still synonymous with sex, drugs, and disco. The nightclub burned the candle at both ends, its heyday lasted a mere 33 months and was cut short by the imprisonment of founders Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell in a multi-million tax scam. Yet it remains in the […]

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Amy Pascal on Sony Ouster: ‘I Should Have Gotten Fired Much Sooner’

Amid awards season recognition as a producer, Amy Pascal has admitted that her 2015 dismissal as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment was probably merited. Pascal made the remark Saturday at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills at the Producers Guild of America’s panel discussion featuring the nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award. Pascal is […]

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Terry Crews on Time’s Up Movement: ‘Until You Hold Everyone Accountable Every Time, Nothing Will Change’

Terry Crews has to wonder whether the time is really up. “For everyone saying time is up, is it really up?” he asked at the Variety Studio at the Sundance Film Festival. “[Adam Venit]’s working. There’s no repercussions.” Crews’s film “Sorry to Bother You” is premiering at the festival, and when he sat down with […]

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Sundance: First Look at Poster for M.I.A. Documentary

“Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.,” the long-awaited documentary about the controversial pop star, debuts at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. The film should be a hit with fans of the “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls” singer. It promises to draw on a treasure trove of tapes shot by M.I.A. and her closest confidants over more than 20 years, […]

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