Charlotte Le Bon Talks THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY, Robert Zemeckis’ THE WALK, How She Got Into Acting, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish DayalOm Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Charlotte Le Bon.  She talked about how she got into acting, the experience of making The Hundred Foot Journey, the differences between an American set versus a French set, Lasse Hallström’s directing style, Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk (which used to be called To Reach the Clouds), her parents’ acting careers, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director Lasse Hallström and Producer Juliet Blake Talk THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, Stylistic Differences from CHOCOLAT, and More

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Lasse Hallström’s filmmaking style and sensibility are a perfect match for The Hundred-Foot Journey, a delightful story with a powerful message directed from a screenplay written by Steven Knight based on Richard C. Morais’ best-selling novel.  In a quaint village in the south of France, a heated battle erupts when a colorful new Indian restaurant opens directly across the street from a traditional establishment specializing in French haute cuisine.  Amidst a culture clash of epic proportions, everyone slowly discovers that they share a lot more in common than they realized if only they’re willing to step out of their comfort zone.  Opening August 8th, the film stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri.

At the film’s recent press day, Hallström and producer Juliet Blake talked about the appeal of the project, how the film differs stylistically from Chocolat, how the sensuality of the performances helped make the food come alive on screen, why they wanted to avoid the usual ways filmmakers show people enjoying food, the role food plays in bringing people and different cultures together, why D.P. Linus Sandgren convinced Hallström to use film, collaborating with composer A.R. Rahman, the decision to cast Mirren and Puri together, why shooting an extra take just for fun often led to the best performance, and what Mirren brought to the film.  Check out the interview after the jump. 

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Featurette: Producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey Discuss Fusing Two Opposite Cultures

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DreamWorks has released a new The Hundred-Foot Journey featurette for director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel of the same name.  The story centers the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef (Helen Mirren) reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy (Manish Dayal) whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Based on the trailer, the pic looks to be a nice, international story in the vein of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a bounty of food porn to boot—and I’m perfectly fine with that.  Not everything needs to be deadly serious or colorfully explosive, and as producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey explain in this featurette, the film also touches on the great gaps that surface between cultures and how there’s more that unites us than divides us.

Hit the jump to watch the Hundred-Foot Journey featurette, which is anchored by Spielberg and Winfrey discussing the pic.  The film also stars Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon and opens on August 8th.

New Posters for AFFLUENZA, DOLPHIN TALE 2, THE HUNDRED-FOOT-JOURNEY, UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY, and MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

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Take a look at the new posters from the following films:

  • Affluenza – Writer-director Kevin Asch’s drama starring Ben RosenfieldNicola PeltzGrant Gustin, and Gregg Sulkin debuts in theaters and on VOD July 11th.
  • Dolphin Tale 2 - Directed by Charles Martin Smith and starring Ashley JuddHarry Connick Jr.Morgan FreemanNathan GambleCozi ZuehlsdorffAustin Stowell, and Austin Highsmith, with Bethany HamiltonDolphin Tale 2 opens September 12th.
  • The Hundred-Foot JourneyLasse Hallström’s adaptation starring Helen MirrenManish DayalRohan ChandOm Puri, and Charlotte Lebon opens August 8th.
  • Under the Electric SkyDan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz’s musical documentary that goes behind the scenes of the Electric Daisy Carnival will be playing in a theater near you starting on June 27th.
  • Magic in the MoonlightWoody Allen’s latest film starring Colin FirthEmma StoneEileen AtkinsMarcia Gay HardenHamish LinklaterSimon McBurney, and Jacki Weaver opens in limited release July 25th.

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First Trailer, Poster, and Images for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Starring Helen Mirren and Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg

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DreamWorks has released the first trailer, poster, and images for the drama The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, and begin a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  If the film looks like it’s based on an Oprah-approved book, that’s because it is.  She’s producing the film along with Steven Spielberg, who previously worked with Winfrey on The Color Purple.  As for the film, it looks like it could be this year’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, i.e. a nice movie for older people.

Hit the jump to check out The Hundred-Foot Journey trailer, poster, and images.  The film opens August 8th, and also stars Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.

Writer/Director Steven Knight Talks LOCKE, Keeping a Film Set Entirely Inside a Car Engaging, Casting Tom Hardy, PAWN SACRIFICE, TABOO, and More

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Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.  On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan Locke (Hardy) receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job and soul even as he fights to salvage all that is important to him.  Opening April 25th, the film also features Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott.

In an exclusive interview, Knight spoke about wanting to direct a film where all the action takes place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, what Hardy brought to the unusual role, what inspires their continued collaboration, how the entire film was shot at night within a short two-week window, how he sustained the pace and kept it visually dynamic while the main character’s life was unraveling in real time, and his cool upcoming projects including The Hundred-Foot Journey with Helen Mirren, Pawn Sacrifice with Tobey Maguire, a second season of the Peaky Blinders gangster series, and Taboo, an 8-episode drama for the BBC executive produced by Ridley Scott.  Check out the full interview after the jump:

Production Begins on THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Starring Helen Mirren

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DreamWorks announced today that filming is now underway in southwest France on director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The film centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Helen Mirren is set to play the aforementioned chef, while Manish Dayal (90210) will play the Indian boy.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the script, and the film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake.  The cast also includes Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri, and the film is slated for release on August 8, 2014.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the official synopsis.

Helen Mirren Confirmed for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Manish Dayal to Co-Star

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Casting is firming up for DreamWorks’ adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The film centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  When we first reported that Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) was going to direct, we learned that Helen Mirren was circling the role of the French chef Madame Mallory.  Now Variety confirms that Mirren has indeed signed on to star in the pic, with Manish Dayal (90210, Switched at Birth) set to play the Indian boy.

Hallstrom is directing from a script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises), and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  DreamWorks recently dated the pic for release on August 8, 2014, so one expects filming should get underway either later this year or early next year.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

Disney Sets May 2016 and 2017 Release Dates for Untitled Marvel Films; INTO THE WOODS, ALEXANDER, PLANES 2, and More Dated

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Disney has announced a slew of release date debuts and shifts, along with a title for the Muppets sequel.  Briefly:

  • Two new untitled Marvel films have been set for release on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner has been set for release on October 10, 2014.
  • The star-studded musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, will open on December 25, 2014.
  • The Muppets sequel has been titled Muppets Most Wanted.
  • The bestseller adaptation The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Oprah Winfrey, opens on August 8, 2014.
  • A presumed animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue will hit theaters on July 18, 2014 in 3D.
  • Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, now opens in limited release on December 13th before expanding wide on December 20th.
  • Director Brad Bird’s mysterious new film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, has been moved up to December 12, 2014 from its previously announced December 19th date.

Hit the jump for more on Marvel’s newly announced projects.

Lasse Hallstrom to Direct THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Helen Mirren May Star

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Movies about chefs seem to be all the rage at the moment.  Bradley Cooper and Jon Favreau are currently prepping two separate films about professional cooks, both called Chef, and now Chocolat director Lasse Hallstrom has been tapped to direct an adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey for DreamWorks.  The story centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Casting has yet to be confirmed, but Deadline reports that Helen Mirren will be playing the French chef Madame Mallory.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the screenplay adaptation and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  Hallstrom most recently helmed the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, but the Cider House Rules filmmaker certainly knows his way around a touching dramedy.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

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