Jean-Jacques Beineix won acclaim for his 1981 debut as a writer, director, "Diva," the story of a music-loving letter carrier who bootlegs the tapes of an opera star only to have them mixed up with ta...
A prominent French filmmaker has called on his colleagues in Europe and
Asia to come together to resist Hollywood's "industrial machine."
Speaking to the French news agency Agence France Presse in Bangkok,
where he attended the recently concluded Bangkok Film Festival, director
Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva, Betty Blue) charged: "In its search
for instant profit, Hollywood has created such an irritation among the
public that the time has come for European and Asian cinema to take
The wire service report did not disclose what action Beineix
advocates against Hollywood. Instead, he simply urged that Asian and
European filmmakers define a "common goal...because Hollywood, in its
pursuit of instant gratification, has gone too far."
Never underestimate Julia Roberts' clout.
Daily Variety reports that the actress is showing interest in the action-comedy "The Mexican" and is considering taking the female lead. The pretty woman's possible involvement in the $10 million dollar project is indelibly breathing renewed life into the formerly lackluster project, which saw the joint departure of "Fight Club" helmer David Fincher and megastar Brad Pitt early in its pre-production phrase.
The effect of Robert's decision goes far beyond than just one star billing for the flick. Variety reports that many Hollywood insiders predict that Roberts' move might very well reignite Pitt's interest in recommitting to the male lead.
The flick is about a seasoned criminal who hunts down a legendary cursed pistol in Mexico while being pressured to change his evil ways by his girlfriend.
J.H. Wyman will script the film and "Mouse Hunt" Gore Verbinski director will take the helm.
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A DIVA: Whitney Houston's diva status is about to be forever immortalized on the silver screen.
Trade papers report today that Overbrook Entertainment and Brownhouse Production -- companies owned by Will Smith and Houston, respectively -- have acquired the remake rights to Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1981 French thriller "Diva." Houston is reportedly playing the title role of opera singer.
Houston and Smith seized the rights to "Diva" earlier this week. Ex-Supremes legend Diana Ross, no slouch in the diva department herself, previously had an option on the property, but it lapsed a year and a half ago.
The moody thriller follows a young postal delivery boy whose obsession with an opera diva ends up embroiling him in a web of murder and mystery.
DEUCE'S WILD: Ever wonder what "West Side Story" would be like without the songs and dances?
For those of you who answered: "'Romeo & Juliet,'" stifle it, smarty-pantses. The Hollywood Reporter reports today that MGM has bought the North American rights to the late-1950s street-gang flick "Deuce's Wild," described as a "West Side Story"-esque story -- except without the, yes, songs and dances.
Fairuza Balk ("The Craft") is currently in final negotiations to stake the female lead. Possible male stars include Stephen Dorff and Josh Hartnett ("The Faculty").
Set to be the sophomore directorial effort of Scott Kalvert ("The Basketball Diaries"), the flick is set to roll in front of the camera in mid-April.
Returned to feature filmmaking with "Mortel transfert/Mortal Transfer", starring Jean-Hugues Anglade
Last produced feature for almost a decade, "IP 5", featuring Yves Montand
Directed documentary on Japanese male, "Otakua"
Feature directing and writing debut, "Diva"
Before directing first feature worked as assistant to Claude Berri, Claude Zidi and others
Directed first short film, "Le Chien de Monsieur Michel"
"37.2 le matin"/"Betty Blue" nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award
Announced plans to direct first English-language project, a vampire tale tentatively titled "Deal of the Millennium"; project not produced
Jean-Jacques Beineix won acclaim for his 1981 debut as a writer, director, "Diva," the story of a music-loving letter carrier who bootlegs the tapes of an opera star only to have them mixed up with tapes that will incriminate mobsters. Few other of his works have been so well received internationally. Beineix began as an assistant director, working for Claude Zidi on "L'Animal" (1977), and to the American Willard Huyck on "French Postcards" (1979), among others. He made his first short film in 1977, "Le Chien de Monsieur Marcel," which won first prize at the Trouville Festival. Beineix' "Betty Blue" (1986) was nominated for the best foreign language Oscar, although the 192-minute story of a jack-of-all-trades traveling and having sex with an mentally unsound woman while they both wait for her to crack up, was edited for theatres and is available in its full version only on video.
In 1989, Beineix directed, wrote and produced "Roselyne et les lions," about two young lovers who want to be lion tamers. That same year, he produced and appeared in "Le Grand cirque," a documentary about the making of the film. His 1992 "IP5" is more recalled as Yves Montand's last film -- he died while making it and playing an old man who takes a young African-descent boy and a graffiti artist under his wing. Beineix returned to documentaries in 1994 with "Otakua," a look at the Japanese urban male.