2011’s The Artist, the black-and-white paean to the silent film era, doesn’t hold much of a place in the film conversations of today. But the movie certainly struck a chord with Oscar voters the next year, winning Best Actor for Jean Dujardin, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, and ultimately winning Best Picture.
Now, the filmmaker behind that cinematic anomaly has set his sights on a remake of the low-budget Japanese horror comedy One Cut of the Dead, which is about a film crew that encounters real zombies while making a zombie movie – or at least that’s how it appears at first. You really, really should watch it. The new film, which is being shot in Hazanavicius’s native France, is called Final Cut, and it will star one of the leads of The Artist.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get a Fantastic Fest EXCLUSIVE, go to Egypt to witness the resurrection of Michael Jackson (sorta), get unnerved by a beach house filled with bad juju, get inside the mind and heart of an eight-year-old girl, and catch up with the director for The Artist. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
Bob the Musical has been in development for over ten years at this point, with everyone from the Lego Movie directors to the Frozen composers linked at various points. But the latest incarnation seems to be picking up steam, with a high-profile team on board.
Tom Cruise has been circling the Disney movie since April, Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is attached to direct. Now award-winning music composer Bret McKenzie (The Muppets) and screenwriter Michael Chabon (John Carter) have joined the party as well. More on the Bob the Musical Bret McKenzie and Michael Chabon news after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Tom Cruise could follow up his string of action movies with something completely different. The A-lister is reportedly circling the title role in Bob the Musical, a Disney comedy about a guy whose life turns into a musical after he receives a blow to his head. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to direct. More about the possible Tom Cruise Bob the Musical deal after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
2012 Best Picture winner The Artist was a lighthearted and joyous celebration of cinema. But for their next project together, The Artist director Michel Hazanavicus and star Bérénice Bejo are foraying into much heavier, grimmer territory.
The Search is a remake of the 1948 film of the same title, with the setting changed from post-WWII Berlin to the Second Chechen War. At the center of the story are a young boy (Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev) and his older sister (Zukhra Duishvili), who try to find each other amidst the destruction.
Bejo plays an NGO worker who tries to help him out, and Annette Bening an orphanage director. Maksim Emelyanov rounds out the main cast as a young Russian Army recruit. Watch the first The Search trailer after the jump.
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For a movie with such an impressive list of names attached, it’s insane that Will has not been made yet. The script was written by comedian Demetri Martin and landed on the 2007 Black List. Three years later, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis were attached to star. The former would play the title character, a man on Earth, and the latter would play the lead, a guardian angel whose job it is to write the man’s life from above. A few years later, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay came on as producers but still the film wasn’t ready.
A final piece has now been added to the puzzle that might, finally, get this film made. Oscar-winning director of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, says he’ll likely make the comedy his next film. Read More »
Briefly: Recent best director Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius, who won for The Artist, is directing The Artist star Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening in his upcoming film The Search. The film, which Hazanavicus wrote based on the 1948 film of the same name, is about “an NGO worker who forms a special relationship with a young boy in warn-torn Chechnya.” The original film was set in Berlin, after the end of WWII.
The film is shooting now in Georgia (the country, not the state), and Hazanavicus has his producer Thomas Langmann on board, along with crew from The Artist. [Deadline]
Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s not remotely fair to call a film Oscar bait when it’s not even close to shooting, but when a project combines an Oscar-winning director, two Oscar-winning stars, and a World War II premise, it’s tough not to wonder whether little gold men are in its future.
The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius has entered talks for In the Garden of Beasts, based on a book by Devil in the White City author Erik Larson. Tom Hanks has been attached to star and produce since last year, but the project’s only now picking up steam as Hanks has been tied up in other projects. That means casting is now underway as well, and producers currently have their eye on Natalie Portman to play Hanks’ daughter. More after the jump.
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Meryl Streep prevented the cast and crew of The Artist from a total sweep of the major categories at this year’s British Academy Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and commonly called the BAFTAs. Streep won Best Actress for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and The Artist took Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Costume Design.
There were a few good winners for categories in between all those, and we’ve got the full rundown after the break. Read More »
There is a very good chance that The Artist will soon be crowned Best Picture. If nothing else, you’re going to hear more and more about the silent Cannes fave in the weeks leading up to the Oscars.
We’ve seen a featurette that talked about the creation of the film, which is set in 1927 as silent films are giving way to talkies, and features an actor (Jean Dujardin) who isn’t quite able to keep up with the shift. Now a blooper reel has shown up, proving that the comedy didn’t always come together in the breezy, seemingly effortless manner seen in the final edit. Read More »