In 2007, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi made a splash with their acclaimed feature debut Persepolis, an adaptation of Satrapi’s autobiographical comic. For their new follow-up Chicken With Plums, the pair have drawn upon another of Satrapi’s tomes, this one the true-ish tale of Satrapi’s renowned musician uncle.

Superficially, the two projects seem like opposites. Where Persepolis was animated in stark black and white, their sophomore effort is (mostly) live-action and bursting with vivid color. What hasn’t changed, however, is Paronnaud and Satrapi’s proclivity for producing bold visuals and mixing serious emotion with playful humor.

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In the wake of Inglourious Basterds, Daniel Brühl hasn’t been nearly as speedy in booking new roles as other breakouts like Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender. That might be in part because those two actors overshadowed him slightly, but Brühl’s turn as a German sniper hero was certainly impressive, and a linchpin of the film.

Now he’s got two new projects booked. Details on those, plus tales of four great actors vying for the lead in The Sweeney, after the break. Read More »