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Dolph Lundgren action thriller 'Acceleration' speeds on to CineTel Afm slate (exclusive)

Veteran plays crime boss who kidnaps boy of woman who betrayed him.

Los Angeles-based CineTel Films has acquired worldwide rights to the action feature Acceleration to star Dolph Lundgren and Natalie Burn from Expendables 3.

Lundgren will play a crime lord who is betrayed by someone close to him and kidnaps her son in revenge, only to discover the boy may be his. Samy Naceri also stars, and Michael Merino directs from his screenplay.

“Acceleration is an extraordinarily compelling action film that boasts a stellar cast headlined by Dolph Lundgren, the renowned Swedish actor and martial artist who first came to
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French mid-year box office report: admissions down amid heatwave and World Cup

Preliminary figures show admissions were down 1.9% for first six months of 2018.

A heatwave and World Cup fever, as the French team secured its place in the semi-finals of the World Cup, taking place in Russia throughout June and July, have dented France’s box office for the first half of 2018.

Preliminary figures released by the Cnc on July 6 showed admissions were down 1.9% for first six months of the year, coming in at 103m entries against 105m in the same period for 2017. On a sliding year basis, admissions for the 12-month period to end-June stood at 207.4m against 211m for the period in the previous year,
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Blu-ray Review – Taxi (1998)

Taxi, 1998.

Directed by Gérard Pirès.

Starring Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary and Bernard Farcy.

Synopsis:

A former pizza delivery man begins a new career as a taxi driver and gets embroiled in a police war against German bank robbers by helping a police officer who cannot drive.

Making its Blu-ray debut thanks to Second Sight Films, Taxi is a 1998 car chase thriller written by Luc Besson (The Transporter/Taken) and featuring some spectacular motor action filmed on the streets of Marseille. In it, Samy Naceri plays Daniel Morales, a celebrated pizza delivery moped rider who holds the company records for delivery times and knows how to handle a vehicle. Daniel quits his job at Pizza Joe’s and becomes a taxi driver, his souped-up Peugeot, cheeky banter and heavy gas pedal foot making his new venture a success.

In the meantime, underperforming cop Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec (Frédéric Diefenthal
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‘Taxi’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary, Emma Sjöberg, Bernard Farcy, Georges Neri, Dan Herzberg, Sébastien Thiery, Philippe du Janerand | Written by Luc Besson | Directed by Gérard Pirès

Classic high-octane car chase thriller Taxi, created by renowned writer/director/producer Luc Besson, is cult action comedy about a speed freak taxi driver who is forced to make a deal with the police or lose his licence. The film has spawned three sequels, an American remake and a TV series which has sadly not found a UK broadcaster as yet. Now the original film, which introduced the world to high speed car chases and gallic action, hits Blu-ray courtesy of Second Sight, in a new high-def transfer that makes the film look as fresh and exciting today as it did on its debut in 1998.

Like a lot of more modern Besson movies, the plot of Taxi is relatively simple:
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Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career

Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career
French-Algerian filmmaker and producer Rachid Bouchareb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, talked extensively about his career at a special ‘in conversation’ event.

Born to Algerian parents who moved to Paris just after the Second World War, twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb recounted how he was originally destined to work in manufacturing like his father.

“I was sitting at work one day when I decided to call the offices of a local broadcaster. I got through to a receptionist who I asked ‘how do people get into cinema’. She had more important things to do than talk to me but she gave me some names of schools nonetheless,” said Bouchareb, who would go onto make his first feature Bâton Rouge in 1985 with the support of the late producer Humbert Balsan.

The director, whose best known credits include Oscar-nominated Days of Glory and Outside the Law as well as
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Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career

Bouchareb receives Adff honour, talks career
French-Algerian filmmaker and producer Rachid Bouchareb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, talked extensively about his career at a special ‘in conversation’ event.

Born to Algerian parents who moved to Paris just after the Second World War, twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb recounted how he was originally destined to work in manufacturing like his father.

“I was sitting at work one day when I decided to call the offices of a local broadcaster. I got through to a receptionist who I asked ‘how do people get into cinema’. She had more important things to do than talk to me but she gave me some names of schools nonetheless,” said Bouchareb, who would go onto make his first feature Bâton Rouge in 1985 with the support of the late producer Humbert Balsan.

The director, whose best known credits include Oscar-nominated Days of Glory and Outside the Law as well as
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Bouchereb receives Adff honour, talks career

Bouchereb receives Adff honour, talks career
French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchereb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this year, talked extensively about his career at a special ‘in conversation’ event.

The director, whose credits include Oscar-nominated Days of Glory and Outside the Law as well as the more recent Two Men in Town starring Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel, revealed his love of cinema had unusual origins.

Referring to his childhood in the run-down Parisian suburb of Bobigny, Bouchareb recounted how he and his friends used to sneak into the local cinema for free.

“It was a game for us to see if we could get in… we’d get in through the toilet,” said Bouchareb. “We saw a lot of films without paying but it meant I never saw the beginning.”

Much of Bouchareb’s early filmography, capturing the experiences of immigrants in France and beyond, was inspired by his own experiences as the
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Cannes 2013: Tip Top - first look review

Bill James's crime thriller is sexed-up and transplanted to France, with Isabelle Huppert in the lead. But the odd mix of bloody murder and comedy couplings means the movie belies its title

Tip Top – based on a crime thriller by British novelist Bill James – is a topsy-turvy sex comedy tarted up as cop drama. It's silly and wacky and rude and glib. A Punch and Judy show playing out on the set of Silent Witness.

Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain play Esther Lafarge and Sally Marinelli, two internal affairs investigators parachuted into the police department in Villeneuve, Lille to uncover the mole who caused the death of an Algerian informant. They're joined by the snitch's handler, Inspector Mendes (François Damiens) - who's keen to shift the focus of the investigation from his shady dealings with his new shill (Aymen Saïdi) towards his chances of hopping in the sack with one or both women.
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The Adventures Of Tintin in France: Day One No.23, Between Taxi 3, New Moon: Box Office

Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock), Jamie Bell (Tintin), The Adventures of Tintin Peter Jackson will direct the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. We'll see if Jackson gets to beat the solid (early) box-office results of Steven Spielberg's first film in the planned trilogy. Partly assisted by costlier 3D tickets, The Adventures of Tintin earned $8.6 million in Belgium, France and the UK, where it opened on Wednesday (Oct. 26), following previews on Monday and Tuesday. In France, The Adventures of Tintin fared better than Toy Story 3 and the Shrek movies, and as per The Hollywood Reporter is expected to surpass $18 million by next Monday — reportedly placing its debut behind only James Cameron's Avatar among non-sequels. Perhaps — if one chooses to ignore inflation and higher 3D ticket prices. For in terms of ticket sales in France, Tintin is trailing no less than 22 movies according to Cbo-Box office (via excessif.
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French actor Samy Naceri arrested at Cannes

French actor Samy Naceri arrested at Cannes
French star Samy Naceri was arrested at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday after baring his bottom in front of tourists, it has been reported. On the final day of the historic festival, the 49-year-old actor - who is best known for starring in the Taxi film series - was approached by a group of autograph seekers as he walked along the Promenade de la Croisette. According to French newspaper Nice Matin, Naceri declined the fans' request for his signature and then exposed his backside. He was later taken (more)
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French Actor Naceri Arrested In Cannes

French Actor Naceri Arrested In Cannes
French actor Samy Naceri has been arrested on suspicion of baring his bottom to a group of fans in Cannes, France.

The Taxi star was detained on Sunday - the final day of the famous Cannes Film Festival - over allegations he dropped his trousers in front of a group of tourists who asked him for his autograph, according to the local Nice Matin newspaper.

The 49 year old was reportedly taken into custody on suspicion of "displaying an intimate part of his anatomy" in public.

Naceri, who was last month convicted of a 2009 knife attack in France, previously won a Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in 2006 movie Days of Glory (Indigenes).

What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #42

Just a heads up to everyone that follows these articles each Sunday. I will be in France for the Cannes Film Festival for the next two Sundays and I have no way of predicting just how exactly this article will turn out for the next two weeks. I will certainly post something wo you have a place to post, share and discuss what you watched, but my contribution may be limited.

I may just post links to the coverage of the Festival to that point as I hope to be reviewing and watching a lot of movies, but perhaps a couple of those won't get their own article and will wind up here. Nevertheless, just a heads up so you know what to expect. Now for this week's movies...

Burnt by the Sun (1995) Quick Thoughts: I paid $10 for this one from Amazon.com's Video On Demand service thanks to a
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Naceri Charged Over Paris Stabbing

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Naceri Charged Over Paris Stabbing
French actor Samy Naceri has been charged with assault over the stabbing of a man in a Paris bar.

Naceri, 47, was charged on Sunday with assault causing physical injury, escaping the more serious charge of attempted homicide, judicial officials said.

The Indigenes (Days of Glory) star was at the central Paris bar to meet his ex-girlfriend and her pal when a heated argument broke out between Naceri and the two women. They retreated to the toilets, where they called in help from an unnamed male friend.

The actor is accused of pulling a switchblade on the man after being confronted about the altercation.

Naceri, a self-confessed alcoholic, returned home to his apartment after the incident, but was arrested by police on Thursday evening and held in custody at a Paris hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for liver problems.

The stabbing victim suffered a sliced vein and is reportedly recovering from his injury.

Naceri has been detained and is pending trial.

Naceri Arrested Over Paris Stabbing

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French actor Samy Naceri is facing a charge of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a man in a Paris bar.

The Indigenes (Days of Glory) star was at the central Paris bar to meet his ex-girlfriend and her pal. But a heated argument broke out between Naceri and the two women, and they retreated to the toilets where they called in help from the unnamed male friend.

The actor is accused of pulling a knife on the man after being confronted about the earlier altercation.

Naceri, 47, returned home to his apartment after the incident, but was arrested by police on Thursday evening and held in custody at a Paris hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for liver problems.

The stabbing victim is recovering from his injury.

According to reports, Naceri, who is a self-confessed alcoholic, is due to appear in court next week (begs12Jan09) to be formally charged with the crime.

French Actor Naceri Sentenced In Driving Case

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French Actor Naceri Sentenced In Driving Case
French actor Samy Naceri has been sentenced to six months in jail after he was found guilty of causing involuntary injury while driving without a licence.

Naceri, 47, was accused of knocking over a female policewoman with his car in the accident, which occurred earlier this month.

According to police, Naceri was driving without a licence and tried to pass himself off as his brother when stopped.

The Taxi action movie star holds previous convictions for drink driving, speeding and assault.

He was also fined $9,600 (GBP6,016) by a Paris court on Wednesday.

Naceri did not attend the court hearing in a bid to avoid a media "circus", according to his lawyer Francoise Cotta. He added the actor was "sincerely, deeply sorry" for the incident.

The Nest

A group of five criminals break into a warehouse at night and tie up the two watchmen so they can steal a truck load of laptop computers. Meanwhile the notorious head of an Albanian crime group is being transported to Strasburg on charges including the slavery and forced prostitution of young girls and women. When the security forces transporting him are ambushed and most are killed by members of his Albanian mob, the remaining members make a break for it and hold up in the same warehouse which is the scene of the heist. Surrounded by psychopathic gang members intent on freeing their boss those inside the warehouse must set aside their differences and unite if they are to have any chance at all of surviving the night.

The nest is the second feature film directed by Florent Emilio Siri who has since gone on to direct Bruce Willis in the Hollywood blockbuster Hostage.
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Naceri Held Over Attempted Murder

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Actor Samy Naceri is being held by French police on suspicion of attempted murder. The French star of Luc Besson's Taxi movie series was arrested on Tuesday night in Aix-en-Provence after getting into a violent fight outside a night club in the area, and is now in police custody. According to police officials, a drunk Naceri drew a knife on a doorman after he was refused entry to the club. The star was later treated in hospital for an injured jaw and broken teeth. Naceri was also arrested a day earlier on New Year's Day for driving without a license in Marseille. It is the latest series of run-ins with the law for the 45-year-old actor, who was sentenced to six months in prison for racially abusing a policeman in December. Naceri has been convicted four times since 2000 for assault, drink-driving and speeding.

Loach and Cruz Win at Cannes

Loach and Cruz Win at Cannes
British director Ken Loach and Spanish star Penelope Cruz were among the big winners at the climax of the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera on Sunday. The film-maker's drama The Wind That Shakes The Barley, which stars Cillian Murphy as an Irish medical student who joins the guerrilla war against British forces, picked up the Palme D'Or - the highest award of the festival. Accepting the trophy, Loach said, "We live in extraordinary times and that has made people political in a way they maybe weren't in the previous four, five, six years. The wars that we have seen, the occupations that we see throughout the world - people finally cannot turn away from that. It's very exciting to be able to deal with this in films, and not just be a complement to the popcorn." Cruz shared the Best Actress prize with her Volver castmates Carmen Maura, Yohana Cobo and Lola Duenas, while French Indigenes stars Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri and Sami Bouajila were joint winners of the Best Actor prize. In her acceptance speech, Cruz paid tribute to Volver director Pedro Almodovar, saying, "This prize really belongs to Pedro. You are the greatest, the bravest. You put so much magic into our lives. Thanks for what you do for women all over the world." Meanwhile, Mexican film-maker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu picked up the Best Director prize for Babel, a multi-cultural film starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The Grand Prix - the runners up prize - was awarded to French director Bruno Dumont's Flandres, while British film-maker Andrea Arnold accepted the Jury Prize - the 2nd runners up trophy - for her CCTV-inspired movie Red Road. The nine member jury was headed by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai and included Samuel L. Jackson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Monica Bellucci and Ziyi Zhang.

Cannes film festival Winners

  •  Well the Palmes are given out and it seems political correctness has won again. Everybody got something with the big prizes going to small films The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)The Wind That Shakes The Barley
[/link], and Flanders that would have otherwise died at the box office. Volver got two Palmes for directing and acting but should have gotten the Golden one. Also "Babel" got the directing one which I knew it would get but it will collect many awards later this year along with "Volver".As Ken Loach said we live in political times and it didn't escape the jury, specially with China banning the controversial "Summer Place". Next year will be the 60th year of the festival and you can be sure, it will be a nice anniversary. A bientot.The AwardsPalme d'Or: "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" by Ken LoachGrand Prix (runner-up): "Flanders" by Bruno DumontPrix de la Mise
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