In the News with Passions…

Before the Flood

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet.

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Watch it now and take action!

“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”

 BAN KI-MOON

Secretary General, United Nations

 

 

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China’s Alibaba takes a walk with Spielberg’s Amblin

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A PRIVATE CLUB FOR MOVIE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.

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Located in a magnificent 19th century Palace in the heart of Cannes, the Villa Ratapoil opens daily from 9 am to 2 am for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and later for private events. The Villa Ratapoil is a Private Club, that caters exclusively to movie industry professionals.

VILLA RATAPOIL PARTNERS 

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For more: http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/article/62135.html

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March 26, 2016

Cannes Wish List: 44 Films We Hope Make the Festival’s 2016 Lineup

With the official 2016 Cannes Film Festival announcement a little under a month away, Indiewire offers its annual Cannes wish list.

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La Villa Ratapoil – Private Club: The place to be during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival!

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Join the Club in Cannes!

The Villa Ratapoil (named after the famous Parisian restaurant) is a Private Club, that caters exclusively to movie industry professionals, and is one of the official partners of the Cannes Film Market.

Located in a small 19th century castle right behind the Grand Hotel, with an easy access from the Palais des Festivals,  The Villa Ratapoil opens daily from 9 am to 2 am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its piano-bar welcomes guests late into the night.

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The Villa Ratapoil features a permanent open bar for members, a home cinema/screening room, meeting rooms, etc. It is an ideal venue for business meetings during the day, and cocktail parties or large private events at night.

A private 25 square meter lounge and its 40 square meter terrace are also available for interviews and press junkets.

For more: info@passionsproductions.com

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March 12, 2016

How UK and European companies can tap into the China boom

Working with China is not easy but a year on from its much-vaunted treaty, UK producers are learning fast. Melanie Goodfellow looks at the increasing collaboration between the two countries.

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by Melanie Goodfellow for screendaily

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March 5, 2016

Studio-by-Studio Profitability Report: Who’s Up, Who’s Down

Stormtroopers helped Disney deliver another record-setting year in 2015 as Time Warner squeaks to No. 2 on the back of 24 Warner Bros. films while Viacom sinks to the basement in THR’s annual breakdown of money at the major studios.

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by Paul Bond and Georg Szala for Unknown

 

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May Your Holiday Season Be Filled With 

LOVE ♥ LAUGHTER ♥ LUCK

and above all

PASSI♥NS

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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In the News with Passions…

November 13, 2015

Woody Allen’s Annie Hall voted funniest screenplay ever written

Director’s 1977 comedy about neurotic New York couple tops Writers Guild of America’s list of 101 funniest scripts

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November 2, 2015

‘China Drafts New Film Industry Law’

China has moved forward with a new film industry law intended to boost the sector and help Chinese companies compete in the internationally.

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October 24, 2015

‘The Revenant’ Poster Reminds Us That the Film is Based On True Events — So What’s The Real Story?

“Revenant: Noun. One who has returned, as if from the dead” — or so the new teaser poster for 20th Century Fox’s The Revenant boasts. Leonardo DiCaprio plays 19th-century frontiersman Hugh Glass in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s newest film.

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By  for BUSTLE

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October 10, 2015

‘Steve Jobs’ film is a ‘painting, not a photograph,’ moviemakers say

At an advance screening of the movie in San Francisco, writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle defend why they stretched the truth about the Apple co-founder’s life.

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September 30, 2015

New York Film Festival: Five Questions for Nanni Moretti

The Italian director, writer and actor Nanni Moretti came to theNew York Film Festival this week with his latest movie, “Mia Madre,” a semiautobiographical film about a director (Margherita Buy) dealing with the ailing health of her mother while making her latest film.

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September 23, 2015

China’s Huace Signs Deal With Michael Uslan, $300 Million Pact With Arclight

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Huace Group, one of China’s leading studios, has struck a pact with Los Angeles- and Sydney-based Arclight Films to produce a slate of films through a new joint venture company.

Separately, Huace has signed a four film development deal with Hollywood producer Michael Uslan (“Batman”).

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September 17, 2015

Luc Besson Plans Taken TV Prequel

How Bryan got his skill set

As anyone who has watched one of the Taken films will know, Bryan Mills, played in the series by Liam Neeson, is most famous for his particular set of skills. If you ever wondered how he got them – and didn’t immediately answer, “he was an army ranger and in special forces, so he probably picked them up there?” – you’ll be overjoyed to learn that Luc Besson intends to produce a prequel TV show about that very topic.

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by James White – Source: Empire Online &  The Hollywood Reporter

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9/11 – We will #NeverForget @NYPDnews on Twitter

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Photo credit: @camilleschaer on Instagram

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September 11, 2015

Film festival season madness continues in Toronto — here’s what to expect

For morehttp://www.scpr.org/programs/the-frame/2015/09/11/44448/film-festival-season-madness-continues-in-toronto/

by John Horn , Darby Maloney, and Robert Garrova for  THE FRAME

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September 10, 2015

SND boards Omar Sy-starrer ‘Two Is A Family.’ Latest production from the team behind ‘La Famille Bélier.’

For morehttp://www.screendaily.com/news/snd-boards-omar-sy-starrer-two-is-a-family/5092870.article?blocktitle=LATEST-FILM-NEWS-HEADLINES&contentID=42422

by Melanie Goodfellow for screendaily

 

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September 9, 2015

At Toronto International Film Festival, a Very Early Peep at ‘Demolition’

For morehttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/movies/at-toronto-international-film-festival-a-very-early-peep-at-demolition.html?_r=2

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September 8, 2015

Warner Bros. will release an untitled Christopher Nolan movie on July 21, 2017.

For more: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/christopher-nolans-next-movie-coming-in-2017-1201588444/

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Joel & Ethan Coen – Presidents
(Directors, Writers, Producers – United States)

Rossy de Palma (Actress – Spain)

Sophie Marceau
(Actress, Director – France)

Sienna Miller (Actress – United Kingdom)

Rokia Traoré (Composer, Singer-songwriter – Mali)

Guillermo del Toro (Director, Writer, Producer – Mexico)

Xavier Dolan (Director, Writer, Producer, Actor – Canada)

Jake Gyllenhaal (Actor – United States)

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IN COMPETITION

Opening Film
Emmanuelle BERCOT LA TÊTE HAUTE (STANDING TALL) Out of Competition 2h00
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Jacques AUDIARD DHEEPAN (TEMPORARY TITLE) 1h49
Stéphane BRIZÉ LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (THE MEASURE OF A MAN )  1h32
Valérie DONZELLI MARGUERITE ET JULIEN (MARGUERITE AND JULIEN) 1h50
Matteo GARRONE IL RACCONTO DEI RACCONTI (TALE OF TALES) 2h05
Todd HAYNES CAROL 1h58
HOU Hsiao Hsien NIE YINNIANG (THE ASSASSIN) 2h00
JIA Zhang-Ke SHAN HE GU REN (MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART) 2h00
KORE-EDA Hirokazu UMIMACHI DIARY (OUR LITTLE SISTER) 2h08
Justin KURZEL MACBETH 1h53
Yorgos LANTHIMOS THE LOBSTER 1h58
MAÏWENN MON ROI 2h10
Nanni MORETTI MIA MADRE 1h42
László NEMES SAUL FIA (SON OF SAUL) 1st film   1h47
Paolo SORRENTINO YOUTH 1h58
Joachim TRIER LOUDER THAN BOMBS 1h45
Gus VAN SANT THE SEA OF TREES 1h50
 Denis VILLENEUVE SICARIO  2h01

 

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Neeraj GHAYWAN MASAAN 1st film 1h43
Grímur HÁKONARSON HRÚTAR (RAMS) 1h30
KUROSAWA Kiyoshi KISHIBE NO TABI (JOURNEY TO THE SHORE) 2h08
Laurent LARIVIÈRE JE SUIS UN SOLDAT (I AM A SOLDIER) 1st film 1h36
Dalibor MATANIC ZVIZDAN (THE HIGH SUN) 2h03
Roberto MINERVINI THE OTHER SIDE 1h30
Radu MUNTEAN UN ETAJ MAI JOS (ONE FLOOR BELOW) 1h33
OH Seung-Uk MU-ROE-HAN (THE SHAMELESS) 1h58
David PABLOS LAS ELEGIDAS (THE CHOSEN ONES) 1h45
Ida PANAHANDEH NAHID 1h44
Corneliu PORUMBOIU COMOARA (THE TREASURE) 1h30
Gurvinder SINGH CHAUTHI KOOT (THE FOURTH DIRECTION) 1h55
SHIN Suwon MADONNA 2h01
Alice WINOCOUR MARYLAND 1h40

 

 

OUT OF COMPETITION

 

Woody ALLEN IRRATIONAL MAN   1h36
Pete DOCTER Ronaldo DEL CARMEN INSIDE OUT   1h42
George MILLER MAD MAX : FURY ROAD   2h00
Mark OSBORNE THE LITTLE PRINCE   1h48

 

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

 

HONG Won-Chan O PISEU (OFFICE) 1st film   1h49
Asif KAPADIA  AMY   2h07

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

 

Samuel BENCHETRIT ASPHALTE 1h40
Souleymane CISSE OKA  1h50
Elad KEIDAN HAYORED LEMA’ALA 1st film  1h45
Natalie PORTMAN SIPUR AL AHAVA VE CHOSHECH (A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS) 1st film  1h35
Barbet SCHROEDER AMNESIA  1h36
Pavle VUCKOVIC PANAMA 1st film  1h45

 

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EYES ON LA experiences Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions and Beyond!

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.41.55 AM   French, passions, glamour and glitz… who else than the one and only Jackie Watson – The French Reporter to cover this event in exclusivity! More to come on Passions TV.    _________________________________________________  

Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions and Beyond!

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2014 GEORGES DUBOEUF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 

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Experience the Flavors of France, toast the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau vintage, sample delicious French products and fine cuisine, and enjoy a medley of live performers who will take you on a journey to the country of world elegance, glamor, and refinement.

imagesThis event is an offspring of the traditional Beaujolais Passions event with a wider approach. It will be a unique and enjoyable way for attendees to network with influencing decision-makers while wandering through the ‘Market Place’ featuring tastings of French culinary delicacies, exhibitors, live performers, a great DJ, and a host of surprises. 

The Castaway Restaurant, appropriately nicknamed “The Jewel on the Hill,” is located in theBurbank hills overlooking the De Bell Golf Course. It offers one of the more breathtaking views of the city, and an award winning menu.    

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PERFORMERS

MASTER OF CEREMONY – FRANCK AMIACK
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French actor Franck Amiack has been working in Hollywood since 2012.  Franck’s astonishing truthfulness and spicy humor led him to work with academy award winning directors and actors: Gérard Depardieu, Juliette Binoche… He stared in “Orchestra Seats” (2007 Oscar Nominee for France) and played the lead, Mr Bovee, in National Geographic’s “Seconds from Disaster”. Franck also produced and acted in the Roberto Athayde’s ‘Miss Margarida’s Way”, touring France and the US for more than 4 years.
Lately, Franck appeared in the feature film “Asteroid vs Earth” and the web-series “Oh la la Hollywood Speaks French”. He also started Improv comedy on the Hollywood scene. Franck will be “Gauthier” in the feature film “Drifting” as well as the french voice of “Walter” in “Muppets most wanted,” and “Antonio Banderas” in “Expendables 3.”
PatjePATjE performs an acoustic set in French with his guitar player Yannis. Influenced by the growth of singer songwriters from all kinds of genre, he builds his own style from soul, funk and Brazilian rhythms. PATjE’s last album, ‘Pasaporte,’ was a favorite of Latinos DJs.
Among other songs, he will interpret his version of ‘La Vie en Rose’ live at the event. PATjE’s new album will be launched early 2015 in Europe.  www.patje.net

 

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PARIS CHANSONS - Julia & Jacob are the main singers in the Paris Chansons band.  They also perform (primarily in French) as a duo. They bring beautiful harmonies and guitar playing. In addition, Jacob uses looping and effects pedals on a number of the songs to create a richer and more dynamic sound.  And he does this ‘live’ which makes it even more exciting! Julia is fluent in French and they’re both also fluent in Russian.  So, if you would like a Russian twist to your event, they can add that into the mix as well. www.parischansons.com
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YESTERYEARS DANCERS is an authentically-costumed historical dance troupe that reenacts French court and ballroom dances from the eras of Louis XV le Bien-Aimé, Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie, La Belle Époque and more; they also encourage the audience to join in an easy Can-Can Mixer!
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JPMonscheJEAN-PAUL MONSCHÉ is an accomplished musician who has been performing at numerous venues in Los Angeles, from the Disney Concert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, or the Greek Theater. Based in LA, Jean-Paul has toured nationally and internationally, and also played numerous festivals, such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux, and more recently the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Over the years, he has led music ensembles for private and public events hosted by government officials and celebrities alike. President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, British prime minister Gordon Brown, First Lady Laura Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, LA former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and also Bridget Fonda, Dustin Hoffman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, or Helen Hunt are among the VIPs on Jean-Paul clients’ roster.
Jean-Paul will be the French strolling accordionist at “Flavors of France, Beaujolais Passions & Beyond!”
 
 
 
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Charles Aznavour The “Legend” Returns To Los Angeles

Celebrating his 90th Birthday today, legendary French singer Charles Aznavour, considered to be one of the greatest singer songwriters of all time, will appear for one night only at the

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Tickets now onsale through

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The Greek Theatre Box Office

Like our Passions Productions Inc. FaceBook page to enter the Passions’ contest and win a pair of tickets!

 

新年快乐

Happy Chinese New Year!

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As the night falls on 2013,

May the dawning of this New Year fill your hearts

with Peace and Happiness,

New hopes and promises of brighter tomorrows.

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Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season,

and a New Year filled with Prosperity and Success.

 

Remember to live your Life with Passions!

 

 

 

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BASTILLE DAY LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL 2013

Highlights in Pictures on FRENCH A L.A CARTE!

photo credits: Henry Edward Hall

Pix in The Box with Ivonne Maria Photography

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STORYVILLE - Written by Jeff Corbin & Tony Maddox

Before there was Vegas there was New Orleans’ red-light district; a place where money, secrets, fantasies and lies were plentiful!

STORYVILLE takes viewers back to the risqué, something-for-everyone, 1915 red-light district of New Orleans.

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