Here’s a brief look at new Blu-rays hitting shelves this week:
Hit the jump for special features details for the aforementioned new releases.
Moves are being made on The Weinstein Company’s English-language remake of the smash hit French film The Intouchables. The story follows a wealthy white aristocrat who suffers a tragic paragliding accident that leaves him a quadriplegic. After cycling through a number of caretakers, the man bonds with a young, troubled immigrant caregiver. The original pic was a massive hit overseas, taking in over $420 million against a budget of just $9 million, and so TWC has been working hard to get the English-language remake together.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) was at one point in talks to direct and Colin Firth has been circling the lead role for some time, and now it looks as though prolific comedy director Tom Shadyac is looking to make his big Hollywood comeback with the film. Hit the jump for more.
Omar Sy is an award-winning French actor, comedian, comic writer and television personality, who is already starting to make a name for himself in America. Honored for his performance as Driss, a young man from the projects who becomes a caretaker for a quadriplegic in The Intouchables, Sy was presented with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actor had to say during the Q&A.
While there, Omar Sy talked about why directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache had faith in his abilities when he didn’t even consider himself an actor, getting bigger roles each of the four times they’ve collaborated together, working with co-star François Cluzet, who he beat out for the César Award for Best Actor, and how he’s ready to work in English, but that he needs to work on it a bit more first. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
It’s January 1, 2013, which means that 2012 is now officially in the rear-view mirror. Quality-wise, it was a stellar year in film, and with over a month to go before the Oscars there’s still an exciting air of unpredictability surrounding the awards contenders. 2012 wasn’t so shabby box office-wise either, and we thought today would be a nice time to take a look back at the year’s highest grossing films, lowest grossing films, and everything in between. This year saw a few comedy surprises, the highest grossing Steven Spielberg drama in a long time, a couple of superhero megahits, and the glorious disaster that was Oogieloves. Hit the jump to take a look at 2012’s Box Office in Review.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have reduced the number of eligible foreign films to nine. For those who don’t know how the Best Foreign Language Film category works, every foreign country can submit one movie for consideration. That list has now been whittled down to nine movies, and five of these nine will get Oscar nominations. The films on the shortlist are Amour (Austria), War Witch (Canada), No (Chile), A Royal Affair (Denmark), The Intouchables (France), The Deep (Iceland), Kon-Tiki (Norway), Beyond the Hills (Romania), and Sister (Switzerland).
Amour is the frontrunner for the win based on critical acclaim, but I’ll put my money on The Intouchables since I think the Academy will go with the feel-good caretaker movie as opposed to the remind-us-of-our-fragile-mortality caretaker movie.
We’re continuing on with our weeklong preview of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards, and after running down both acting categories it’s time to take look at some of the other races. Today we’ll be looking at the Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay categories in depth, and I’ll also make some way-too-early quick picks in the technical categories. The fun begins after the jump.
The Intouchables has been a huge hit overseas, raking in $395 million internationally. The French film has piled up $9 million domestically in limited release, but it’s total gross is enough to get The Weinstein Company interested in an English-language remake. In March, we reported that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig was in talks to helm the flick (re-titled “Untouchables“) which is based on the true story of the friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic (François Cluzet) and a street-smart guy (Omar Sy) who stumbles into the job of the millionaire’s caretaker. It’s a nice movie albeit it a tad on the sappy side. Colin Firth was reportedly circling the Cluzet role, and now it looks like Chris Tucker may co-star in the Sy role.
Hit the jump for more.
Director Paul Feig has rightly been inundated with a number of offers following the smashing success of last summer’s Bridesmaids, and it appears he may be soon be taking on a drama. Variety reports that Feig is in early negotiations to helm Untouchable, The Weinstein Company’s English-language remake of the French film The Intouchables. If landing a prestige picture wasn’t enough, Oscar-winner Colin Firth is also in early talks to take on the lead role in the film. Based on a true story, Untouchable follows “a wealthy white aristocrat who suffers a tragic paragliding accident that leaves him a quadriplegic.” After cycling through a number of caretakers, the man bonds with a young, troubled immigrant caregiver.
Hit the jump for more, including how this project fits in with Feig’s other upcoming films.