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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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The Jane Got a Gun story keeps getting more complicated.

The outline of the story, as we know it, is that the indie western produced by and starring Natalie Portman was set to begin shooting this past Monday, but that Ramsay didn’t turn up to direct on the day. Producer/financier Scott Steindorff spoke out via Deadline, saying he was “shocked” at the director’s behavior. He quickly hired Gavin O’Connor (of Warrior, which also starred Jane Got a Gun cast member Joel Edgerton) as a replacement director. Now Steindorff is looking for an actor to replace Jude Law, who had recently been hired for the film, but dropped out following Ramsay’s departure.

But the bigger story about the film is still in between the lines. Suggestions are emerging that Ramsay had actually quit the weekend prior to production start; if that is the case, then the big statements and assumptions made this week have to be re-evaluated. In the meantime, however, there is a new casting effort to report. Read More »

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 »

I’m still haunted by Lynne Ramsay‘s last film, We Need to Talk About Kevin, which I believe is one of the best horror films of the last few years. And so “We Need to Talk About Moby Dick in Space” is a great title for the announcement that Ramsay now has financial backing for Mobius, the film in which she’ll launch a version of Herman Melville‘s novel Moby Dick into space. But BAD already took that one, so we’ll go with something more basic.

Regardless, Ramsay and Kevin co-writer Rory Kinnear may now get to make their “psychological action thriller set in deep space.” With many other directors on board, that might sound like a pretty routine effort, but from Ramsay Mobius could become one of the films I’m most excited to see in the next few years. Read More »

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