Movie News in 60 Seconds: French Sex Scandal May Head to Big Screen (Eventually), American ‘War Horse’ Impresses, French Art House Protest

Movie News in 60 Seconds: French Sex Scandal May Head to Big Screen (Eventually), American ‘War Horse’ Impresses, French Art House Protest

Dec 27, 2011

 

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French Sex Scandal: Call this wishful thinking, but a movie about sexual addiction from director Abel Ferrara, potentially starring Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani, would be worth wishing for, right? Ferrara is working on a script with occasional collaborator Christ Zois that may “include elements inspired by the lives of other politicians like Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi along with [Dominique] Strauss-Kahn; Depardieu and Adjani (who first appeared together in 1976's Barocco, above) have talked with the director about working together. (Deadline)

Holiday Box Office Estimates: Steven Spielberg’s War Horse broke out of the gate with two days of impressive estimated earnings, taking in more than $15 million. As expected, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol topped the chart with $78.6 million, easily outdistancing Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows ($31.8 million) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked ($20 million). (Box Office Mojo)

Only in France: The owner of an independent movie theater in Paris has shut down for one week to protest the the lack of “access to art-house movies with a following." Jean-Jacques Schpoliansky says that major theater chains have cherry-picked the more popular art films, including David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, leaving him with “nothing to show.” (Los Angeles Times)

The Passing of a Popular Actor: Pedro Armendáriz Jr., 71, has died. The popular actor worked steadily as a character actor in U.S. films starting in the late 1960s, playing notable roles in The Mark of Zorro and Amistad, among many others, though he was far better known for his work in movies and on television in his native Mexico. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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