Today, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), which will take place between October 12 to 23. Here's the complete line-up of feature films according to the press release we received.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Space, a Canadian cable network dedicated to sci-fi and fantasy, ordered a new original TV series Primeval: New World. This show is the Canadian remake of the British TV series Primeval. Production on the show will begin this winter and the premiere date has yet to be announced.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), which will be held from October 12 to 23, revealed to day its line-up of Canadian films. These films will be part of the Focus Québec/Canada category. The latter will be opened by the documentary Surviving Progress, by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, on October 13.
This documentary is based on the bestselling book A Short History of Progress, by Ronald Wright. It questions the bright side and the perils of progress through interviews with people such as David Suzuki, Margaret Atwood or even Stephen Hawking.
The film will also be accompanied by another documentary called Fortunate Son, which was directed by Montreal-based documentarist Tony Asimakopoulos. This documentary is an auto-biography about how a drug-addict almost destroyed his family.
As for feature films, the FNC will screen some films that were at the Toronto International Film Festival. Among them is Amy George, a teen drama by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas. There is also Ingrid Veninger's I am a good person, I am a bad person; Simon Lavoie et Mathieu Denis' social drama Laurentie; and Ivan Grbovic's Roméo Onze.
The FNC will also screen The Girl in the White Coat, a film directed by Darrell Wa loosely based on Nicolai Gogol's short story, and Yassaman Ameri's Marginal Road.
Finally, the FNC will unveil its complete line-up of films on September 27.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Although I'm not a fan of biopic, I'm a little bit fascinated by how Sigmund Freud developed his own brand of psychology. Besides, any film directed by David Cronenberg, one of Canada's finest, is an event. Add to this the wonderful cast made of Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. Date of release: December 23.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Yesterday, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) revealed that while the French film La guerre est déclarée will open the event, it will be up to the Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar to close the FNC.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held between September 8 and 18, announced that another Canadian film called Winnie will be added to the TIFF's 2011 line-up.
Monday, August 15, 2011
The premiere date of the Canadian version of the British TV series Being Human has yet to be announced by Space and SyFy, respectively a Canadian and an American cable network dedicated to science-fiction. Nonetheless, the first season of the Canadian version will be available on DVD in November 15.
André Forcier's Coteau Rouge will open the upcoming Festival des films du monde de Montréal on August 18. Moreover, The Cultural Post learned that the film will hit Quebec's theatres on September 9.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Movie Network, a Canadian premium cable network, announced yesterday that production has begun on its new original series Transporter. Obviously, this TV series is based on the film franchise The Transporter starring Jason Statham.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
What happens Bollywood meets the biggest icon of Canadian culture, that is hockey? Find it out on September 30 when the comedy Breakaway hits Canadian theatres.
Friday, July 29, 2011
No order of preference. I'm talking about films who didn't deserve to be nominated or be awarded the Oscar for Best Motion Picture.
Paul Haggis's Crash certainly deserved a nomination for the Oscar of Best Motion Picture. Unfortunately, the Oscar for Best Motion Picture should have been awarded to Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain in 2006. In fact, Lee's film gives a more humane face to homosexuality by having a lead character (played by Heath Ledger) who can reconcile his manhood with his homosexuality. Although Brokeback Mountain is important for its depiction of gay in films, it's not just a "gay" film. It's a story about trying to break free when society tells you its expectations.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Philippe Claudel's Tous les soleils has a good concept of comedy: the colash of two generations embodied by a single father and his teenager daughter. Unfortunately, the film loses some momentum as we get into its story's second half.
Friday, July 22, 2011
No order of preference, really. Moreover, cars are not included.
A stun gun of 20,000 Volt that can shock unauthorized users, a fingerprint scanner, a lock pick and a "flip-open" remote control to control a bad-ass car. The perfect weapon for a spy!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
No order of preference, really.
Although I'm not a fan of Tony Jaa, I believe he's a great fighter. This is why I once decided to rent this film at my local library, because I saw Jaa's name right on the top part of the DVD cover. Unfortunately, while the film lasts for 105 minutes, Jaa only makes a cameo appearance for about five minutes in a fight scene. Pathetic.
Chinese director Tsui Hark finally got back in good shape. His latest film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame is by no definition Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Nevertheless, his film provides a somehow solid and entertaining story.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Yann Samuell's L'âge de raison is just what you'd expect from a summer film. Although it's not worthy of an award, L'âge de raison is fun to watch thanks to its lead actress Sophie Marceau (The World Is Not Enough).
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Les Films Christal, a branch of the Canadian film distributor Entertainment One, has released the trailer of Jean-Philippe Pearson's Le bonheur des autres. The film will come out in Quebec's theatres on October 7.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The reality show America's Got Talent, a show in which you must prove to three judges you possess a talent worth $1 million, will have a cousin up North. CityTV, a Canadian TV network, ordered a new reality show called Canada's Got Talent.
History Television, a Canadian cable network, will broadcast an investigative documentary on Christianity. Forget what you already know about this religion and be prepared to learn new things about it, says the cable network.
Former politician Mario Dumont has been hosting since almost two years a commentary show called Dumont on V, a French Canadian TV network. His fellow commentator Éric Duhaime and him showed intellectual dishonesty while talking about Amir Khadir. This is the recent conclusion of Quebec's Press Council (QPC) after it studied a complaint from a citizen.
During a show on December 16, 2010, Mario Dumont and Éric Duhaime "blatantly" distorted the thoughts of Amir Khadir as they were quoted in an article of La Presse from June 7, 2006 titled "Amir Khadir n'écarte pas la théorie du complot" (Amir Khadir doesn't exclude the conspiracy theory), believes that citizen.
Dumont and Duhaime said that in Khadir's opinion, the bombings of September 9, 2001, is a conspiracy. Duhaime even added this remark: "For him (Khadir), it's (the bombings) a conspiracy from the CIA."
According to the decision of the QPC, Dumont and Duhaime clearly misunderstood Amir Khadir's remarks as they were quoted by La Presse's journalist Katia Gagnon.
In her article, Khadir was quoted saying this: "[...] the official version on 9-11 (Osama Bin Laden being behind the bombings) makes sense, but given the American government's record in manipulation, one must have doubts and an independent inquiry is necessary."
Mark Sorella, V's lawyer, said that Khadir openly favours the conspiracy theory when it comes to explaining 9-11. Moreover, added Sorella, a journalist of Radio-Canada, a French Canadian TV network, named Florent Daudens even quoted Khadir saying "it's reasonable to believe that there might be a conspiracy."
However, this same Daudens noted that Khadir added: "[...] if a huge inquiry was conducted, it would surely concluded that Osama Bin Laden is actually the mastermind of the bombings." This is a very "important nuance", according to the QPC.
In short, V and its show Dumont were blamed by the QPC for factual inaccuracy. Nevertheless, the QPC believes that Dumont and Duhaime were not being partial because they both host "an opinion show".
The elimination process narrowed the competition down to 22 contestants on the reality show So You Think You Can Dance Canada, which just entered in its fourth season. However, Winnipeg's Moses Leyco (photo) had to ice himself following an injury.
During yesterday's show in which the Top 22 had to perform, 26-year-old Leyco revealed that he had sustained a shoulder ligament injury from the rehearsals to the performance show.
This is why the first Manitoban contestant in So You Think You Can Dance Canada's history will be replaced by Adam Asselin-Rioux (photo), a 21-year-old contemporary dancer from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC.
This decision was made, because of all the eliminated contestants so far, Adam Asselin-Rioux came close to being in the Top 22.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Former cabinet minister of the Conservative Party, Stockwell Day, will be a political commentator on CBC News Network (CBCNN), a Canadian continuing news network. This is what confirmed Kristine Stewart, the executive vice-president of the TV network CBC, on Twitter.
Stockwell Day will take part in the news show Power and Politics with Evan Solomon, which is broadcasted on CBCNN on week days from 5 to 7 PM.
CBCNN hasn't confirmed when Day will start in his new job. Let's recall that Day, who's a very vocal social conservative, announced in March 12 he didn't seek re-election in the Canadian 2011 federal election (May 2). At that time, he was finishing his mandate as the President of Treasury Board.
Kristine Stewart wrote on her Twitter page that Day will appear on Power and Politics on a weekly basis.
CTV, a Canadian TV network, just revealed that its original procedural series Flashpoint debuted on Friday, July 8, with 1.4 million viewers in Canada.
Moreover, Flashpoint's season four premiere and also the follow-up of the third season's cliffhanger attracted 6.23 million viewers in the USA on CBS, a TV network.
In Canada, these numbers make Flashpoint the most watched show during the night of Friday, July 8. The show Flashpoint won the demographics of adults aged between 18 and 49 years old. The series follows a team of the tactical unit of Toronto's police department.
In the premiere, Ed Lane (Hugh Dillon), one of the members of that tactical team, survive five gun shots while on duty and is rushed to the hospital. He risks everything to be with his wife, who is about to deliver their baby. Meanwhile, Ed's team is chasing his shooter in the streets of Toronto.
Among the regular cast members, Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson, Sergio Di Zio, David Paetkau and Michael Cram reprise their role. Moreover, Clé Bennett (Barney's Version) will join the regular cast as a rookie in the team.
In the next episode, on Friday, July 15 at 8 PM, the team will have to escort a police officer (Max Martini, Castle) from the courthouse after he's been declared innocent in the shooting of an unarmed black student (Ashley Brown). The crowd of angry protesters, led by the student’s father (Julian D. Christopher, Human Target), becomes a full-fledged riot under the sway of violent Black Bloc Anarchists targeting the police. During the melee, the officer is abducted and the tactical team must race to rescue him from a vengeful and unexpected assailant.
The second season of Canadian TV series Being Human just began production in Montreal. The show will return on SyFy and Space, respectively an American and Canadian cable network dedicated to science-fiction. This is by the way the Canadian remake of the hit British TV series Being Human.
The TV series follows three persons who try to look like human beings, something that they're definitely not. Aidan (Sam Witwer), Sally (Megan Rath) and Josh (Sam Huntington) are respectively a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf who appear to be in their twenties.
Together, they rent a house in Boston. They also try to blend in their neighbourhood and the society without raising suspicions.
The premiere date hasn't been announced, but it will probably be during the next winter. There are new things to be expected. The first one being that Australian actress Dichen Lachman will join the show's regular cast. She'll play Izumi, a reclusive, centuries-old vampire who turns the world upside down when she returns to Boston's vampire millieu.
Below is a trailer of the first season.
The South Korean film Oldboy will have an American remake. In fact, Mandate Picture, an American production company, has just announced that Spike Lee will direct that American remake called Old Boy.
Just like in the South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook (Thirst), the American remake will centre on a man who gets abducted on the birthday of his daughter. He's then held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. When this man is released, he prepares his vengeance.
The expectations for the American remake are thus, really high. This is because the original South Korean version won the Grand Prize of the Jury during the Cannes International Film Festival in 2004.
This news confirms that American director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan) will not be involved in the U.S. remake. In fact, back in 2008, Spielberg and actor Will Smith (I Am Legend) were seeking to get their hands on the remake rights of Oldboy through Spielberg's company Dreamworks.
For the moment, no actors have been hired to star in the American Oldboy. According to IMDB.com, Old Boy will be released in the USA in 2012.
For a second week-end in a row, Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon is still leading Quebec's box-office. Quebecker film Le sens de l'humour followed Michael Bay's action film at the box-office, which is a good performance.
During its third week in Quebec, Transformers: Dark of the Moon made $534,138 between Friday, July 8 and 10. In total, this American film got $3,296,312 at the Quebecker box-office.
Number one comedy
As for the close-runner, which is Quebec's Le sens de l'humour, it made during this week-end $463,324. However, given that this film starring Michel Côté, Louis-José Houde and Benoît Brière came out on Wednesday, July 6, it got $711,176 during its first week.
Given that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is an action film, this performance from Le sens de l'humour at the Quebecker box-office makes it the number one comedy in Quebec.
As a matter of fact, some films who found their place in last week's Quebecker box-office are comedies hailing from the USA. The film Horrible Bosses is in third place with $206,998. The animation film Cars 2 is in fourth position with $187,531.
The flick Zookeeper, which is a comedy starring Kevin James, debuted in Quebec at the fifth place with $179,429. Other comedies who made the cut are Bad Teacher, Monte Carlo, Larry Crowne and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
Another comedy coming
Moreover, let's note that on Friday, July 29, Starbuck, a Quebecker comedy starring Patrick Huard, will hit Quebec's theatres. Expectations for this film are high given that it was written and directed by acclaimed director Ken Scott.
|Rank||Title||Week-end gross (CDN $)||Cumulative gross (CDN $)||# Weeks|
|1||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||534,138||3,296,312||3|
|2||Le sens de l'humour||463,324||711,176||2|
|10||Midnight in Paris||27,073||900,031||6|
The trailer of Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is now online. The film will hit theatres on December 23 in Canada.
This animation film will be shown in 3D as well as in a conventional way.
The film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which is produced by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings), is based on three comic books by Belgian writer Georges "Hergé" Rémi: The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure.
Tintin (Jamie Bell) comes across Captain Archibald Haddock (Andy Serkis) for the first time after he finds a clue leading to the Unicorn, a pirate vessel. This vessel happened to be under the command of Sir Francis Haddock, the ancestor of Archibald Haddock. Tintin and Haddock will also be helped by Detectives Thompson and Thomson, who are played by Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
The film also stars Tony Curran, Gad Elmaleh, Kim Stengel and Daniel Craig.
|Release date by territory for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn|
Five Canadian films went to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. However, only three won some awards.
In total, Canada got four awards. The film with the most, which means two, is Martin Donovan's Collaborator. It won the Award of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI), which is a non-statutory award, and a Best Actor Award thanks to the performance of David Morse (John Adams, Treme).
In the Forum of independents, a group for indie films, Aaron Houston's mockumentary Sunflower Hour won the Independent Camera Award.
Moreover, Ivan Grbovic's Roméo Onze won the Special Mention award. Let's mention that producer Paul Barbeau, Ali Ammar and Joseph Bou Nassar, two actors of the film, went on the stage to take the award.
Finally, the theatrical release of these films in Canada have yet to be announced.
Friday, July 8, 2011
No order of preference, really.
If you had, like me, the luck to see the 6-episode miniseries (not the films), you'll see that she doesn't back down, can uses any weapon near her and even knows how to deal with a psychopath who suffers of congenital insensitivity to pain.
An independent woman who knows how to deal with men. Nonetheless, she also knows which man is worthy of her love. That's why she's such a sympathetic character.
If you're looking for trouble, stay away from her!
Even if I had an army at my disposal, I wouldn't even mess with her. When she seeks vengeance, the result is not going to be pretty!
Any person who can knock you out before getting close to you in order to kill you with his/her short-range pistol scares the hell out of me.
French director Djamel Bensalah has a new comedy in store. In fact, his next film Beur sur la ville will come out in theatres in France on October 12.
The film takes place in a poor suburb of Paris. Khalid Belkacem (Booder) failed his Diplôme national du brevet at 15 years old, his driving exam, his BAFA and even his baccalauréat général (BCG).
In a nutshell, he's a complete failure by French standards. However, by a stroke of luck, he becomes the first French cop hired by "affirmative action".
The film also stars Issa Doumbia, Steve Tran, Sandrine Kiberlain, Josiane Balasko, Gérard Jugnot, Roland Giraud and François-Xavier Demaison.
No Canadian release date has been announced.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
The second season of Lost Girl is currently in production in Toronto. The series was supposed to have 13 episodes. However, Showcase, a Canadian cable network, ordered nine more episodes for Lost Girl's second season.
The Canadian TV series Lost Girl will come back on Sunday, September 4 at 9 PM on Showcase. Showcase explained that Lost Girl premiered in September 2010 by breaking a record in terms of ratings. In addition to that, Lost Girl ranked number one on Showcase for adults aged between 25 and 54 years old. Moreover, Lost Girl led scripted series across all specialty channels in Canada.
The story is centred on Bo (Anna Silk). She's been raised by humans all her life. She discovers that she's in actuality a creature, a fae, who passes off for a human being and who can feed off them. While she tries to discover her origin, Bo will do her best to protect human beings.
In the USA
In May, SyFy, an American cable network, acquired season one and two of Lost Girl. An American premiere date for the first season has yet to be announced.
Besides, on July 22, Lost Girl's lead actress, Anna Silk, and Emmanuelle Vaugier, who plays the villain, will lead a panel discussion at Comic-Con. Silk and Vaugier will be joined by Jay Firestone, Lost Girl's producer, and Michelle Lovretta, the creator.
During the Comic-Con, a limited-edition comic book of Lost Girl will be given to those who will attend the panel discussion. This book happens to be the prequel of Lost Girl's season one.
The first pictures of actress Vanessa Paradis on the set of Jean-Marc Vallée's Café de Flore has now surfaced online. On these pictures, you see her shooting the film in Paris. Moreover, the film will come out in Canada in September 23.
The film's story takes place in the Paris of the 1960s and nowadays' Montreal. The fate of Jacquelines (Vanessa Paradis), a single Parisian woman raising one kid on her own, and Antoine, a DJ from Montreal, is obviously different. However, their odissey have on thing in common: the search for love.
The film also stars Evelyne Brochu, Hélène Florent, Marin Gerrier, Alice Dubois, Evelyne de la Chenelière and Michel Dumont.
Finally, the film's release date in France has yet to be announced.