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La French, aka The Connection for international festival audiences, jumps off from the same ’60s and ’70s drug-trafficking patterns that inspired The French Connection. Jean Dujardin stars as a young magistrate thrust into an attempt to corral international heroin smuggling, and follows his “violent six-year campaign to bring down the kingpin of a major narcotics ring.”

A French-language trailer (no subs, sorry) has arrived just in advance of the film’s world premiere at TIFF. Shot on 35mm, this one has a great look, and Dujardin seems to be in a particularly energetic mode. Cédric Jimenez directed the film, which also stars Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, and Benoît Magimel. Check out The Connection trailer below. (Update: there’s an English-subbed trailer now, too!)

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Jean Dujardin had a solid career in France before his work in the 2011 film The Artist earned him a Best Oscar statue in 2012. And that win probably helped him land supporting gigs in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Monuments Men. But he’s got a couple other films in the can, too, both of which are quietly hitting the US in the next couple weeks. The sex comedy The Players hit France just after The Artist, and then the thriller Möbius did festival rounds last year. See trailers for the upcoming US releases below. Read More »

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Here’s a cheeky sales pitch for George Clooney‘s new film The Monuments Men, which features Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman as a crew of art guys and their associates who seek to rescue priceless cultural artifacts from Hitler’s war machine. The ads we’ve seen so far were the conventional sort. Now there’s an ad in the old newsreel style (well, very vaguely in the style), which along with the website SupportTheMonumentsMen.com tells you a bit about the film and the people that inspired it. Read More »

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Here’s the first trailer from The Monuments Men, the new film from director George Clooney. It’s based on a true story, and features Clooney and Matt Damon as two members of a team that ran through the battlefields of World War II trying to save art from destruction by various war machines. As Clooney’s character says in the trailer, ”if you destroy an entire generation of people’s culture, it’s as if they never existed.”

It’s a noble purpose, and since these guys weren’t soldiers — they were museum directors, curators, and art historians — there’s some opportunity for comedy, too. That’s why the rest of the cast includes actors like John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and Hugh Bonneville.

Check out the footage below.

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The subtitles here are in French, so this trailer won’t give you many of the core plot details of the French thriller Mobius, but you’ll definitely be able to latch on to the film’s tone and catch a glimpse of the cast at work. The big draw here for some will be Jean Dujardin, last seen in his Oscar-winning turn in The Artist. But for me, it’s Cécile de France, who has been brutal in Haute Tension and simultaneously tough and tender in The Kid With a Bike.

Mobius was both written and directed by French filmmaker Eric Rochant (Love Without Pity, Long Live the Republic) and looks like a straight-up thriller with a potentially good mix of modern look and classic tone. Read More »

At the end of 2011 Jean Dujardin became a bigger global star than he may have ever expected to be, thanks to the success of the film The Artist. The actor took home one of the film’s five Oscars, and also found awards success and popular acclaim in many other countries.

Soon he’ll be back on screens in a very different film: writer/director Eric Rochant‘s Möbius, a thriller that blends post-Cold War spies and high-stakes criminal activity. A teaser trailer is online, and it works hard to build an air of tightly-wound tension. Check out the footage below. Read More »

Dreck like He’s Just Not That Into You and New Year’s Eve are proof that a star-studded ensemble isn’t everything — sometimes, it just means the studio was willing to cut sizable checks to A-listers for not very much work. But when a more promising picture books a bevy of top-shelf talent, it can’t help but add to the film’s allure.

Last week, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray were the first stars announced as being attached to The Monuments Men, and now director/star George Clooney is beefing up his cast with even more recognizable names: Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban. Eat your heart out, Argo. More details after the jump.

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Hugo director Martin Scorsese and The Artist star Jean Dujardin were probably rooting against each other at this year’s Oscars, when both of their films were up for Best Picture. But they could find themselves on the same side for the 2014 ceremonies.

The French actor has just entered talks for The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese’s adaptation of Jordan Belfort‘s memoir about living it up as a hard-partying broker in the ’80s. Dujardin joins Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s set for the lead, along with Jonah Hill and Kyle Chandler. More details after the jump.

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