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Lionsgate Nabs Eddie Redmayne's 'Early Man' for U.S.

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Lionsgate has picked up the U.S. rights to the prehistoric caveman animation film Early Man, voiced by Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams, among other Hollywood stars.

Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit director Nick Park's long-awaited return to the big screen will be released by the studio's Summit Entertainment label. A Feb. 16, 2018 release in the U.S. is planned, to follow Studiocanal’s European release nearly a month earlier on Jan. 18.

Timothy Spall and Richard Ayoade also voice the upcoming comedy adventure from Aardman Animations and StudioCanal. Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall »

- Etan Vlessing

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'Djam': Film Review | Cannes 2017

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Algerian-born French writer-director Tony Gatlif has carved a unique niche making quasi-documentary dramas rooted in underclass folk music and the marginalized migrant groups who perform it. A former Best Director prize-winner, Gatlif's fifth Cannes premiere Djam revolves around the subculture of "rebetiko", an emotionally charged storytelling style that spread from poor urban communities in Greece and Turkey to the islands of the Aegean. The plot loosely mirrors key themes in the songs, which are steeped in exile and loss, but still lusty and defiant.

Djam is very much in Gatlif's signature style, with flavorsome musical set-pieces taking precedence over scrappy »

- Stephen Dalton

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'Jean Douchet: Restless Child' ('Jean Douchet, L'Enfant agite'): Film Review | Cannes 2017

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Of the many critics and cineastes to emerge from the French New Wave, 88-year-old Jean Douchet is probably one of the best known in his homeland, but also one of the least read or watched.

That's because, after joining the Cahiers du Cinema during its heyday in the late 1950s, and then serving as deputy editor-in-chief alongside Eric Rohmer until 1963, Douchet would more or less devote the next fifty-odd years of his life to teaching – not teaching in the traditional sense of a classroom or textbook, but presenting movies at cine-clubs, cinematheques and film schools across France, engaging »

- Jordan Mintzer

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