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Audrey Tautou on Reality Behind Michel Gondry’s Surreal ‘Mood Indigo’

Audrey Tautou on Reality Behind Michel Gondry’s Surreal ‘Mood Indigo’

Image good_morning_indigo.jpgAs one might expect from Michel Gondry, his new film Mood Indigo features surreal scenes, set pieces and sight gags that one wouldn’t expect to see in reality.But almost all of the inventive creations seen in the film really existed on set, star Audrey Tautou tells The Hollywood Reporter.“I never shot in front of a green screen or a blue screen,” the actress says, explaining that she and co-star Romain Duris really took a magical ride over Paris in a floating vehicle designed to resemble a cloud and danced with giant jazz legs, as shown in the movie. A device called a pianocktail, which creates drinks based on the notes played on a piano, really existed as well.PHOTOS THR’s Berlin Directors RoundtableThe dramatic changes that Duris’ character’s apartment goes through, designed to mimic the development of his relationship with Tautou’s Chloe, were replicated on the set, too, with Tautou explaining that all of the apartment scenes were shot in the order they occur in the movie.“Everything was real so they had to succeed because they didn’t have a second chance,” the actress says.Mood Indigo, also known as L’Ecume des jours, was adapted from Boris Vian’s experimental post-World War II novel, which itself features numerous absurd elements. But Tautou, who said she was a fan of the novel when she was younger, says she now can’t remember which surreal components were in the book and which were created by Gondry.“I think he was the right director to adapt this novel and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he finally did it because all of his inventions just fit perfectly in the movie,” she says.PHOTOS 7 Music to Movie Directors: Michael Bay, David Fincher, Spike JonzeAlthough Tautou said she mostly signed on to the film, which opened in France last year and got a stateside release on Friday, to work with Gondry, the experience was different than any film she’d made.“Working with him was like being in the middle of a storm of ideas, and it was like a big mess because he had so many ideas and there were all these lively accessories and all these amazing decorations on the set,” she said. “I couldn’t much relate it to my previous experiences. He was filming [all the] time and we didn’t even know when we were filming.”In light of Gondry’s technique, Tautou explained that she had to let go of some of her efforts to control how she played her character and just go with the flow.LIST Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Films“Usually in the movies, when I’m acting, I like to be precise and I like to create a character and compose it and sometimes I like to do little tiny things that maybe nobody can see but I know that I put it in…but in this movie, it was impossible to do that. I accepted to be surprised,” she explained. “It was not a controlled type of acting…[it was more like] forget the camera and feel free.”Mood Indigo opened in New York and L.A. on Friday. In partnership with distributor Drafthouse Films, BitTorrent also released a package of additional content for download online, including exclusive videos, storyboards, music and a curated photo collection.

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One Third of Middle East Audiences Find Hollywood Content Morally Harmful

One Third of Middle East Audiences Find Hollywood Content Morally Harmful

Image abdulaziz_al_khater_-_p_2012.jpgContinued: A survey conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar in partnership with Doha Film Institute, the first of its kind in the region, indicates that 68 percent would support banning offensive materials.read more

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Japan’s Studio Ghibli Producing Its First Film With a Theme Song in English

Japan’s Studio Ghibli Producing Its First Film With a Theme Song in English

Image mf.gifRead article here: American singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn is writing the theme for “When Marnie Was There,” which will also feature two female leads — another first for the anime hit factory. read more

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‘Gone Girl’: 8 Big Clues From the First Trailer

‘Gone Girl’: 8 Big Clues From the First Trailer

Image gonegirl.jpgView the original here: THR analyzes the first footage from the David Fincher-directed adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 bestseller starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. read more

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Boston Marathon bombing victims honoured at special ceremonies

Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed came together Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with solemn ceremonies.Boston Marathon bombing 1 year later. Dramatic video recounts five days of fear
“This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong,” former Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people gathered at the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the marathon finish line where three people died and more than 260 others were wounded a year ago.In Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama planned to observe the anniversary with a private moment of silence at the White House.”Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy,” Obama said in a statement. “And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on — perseverance, freedom and love.”Obama said this year’s race, scheduled for Monday, will “show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.”U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in Boston for the ceremony, and he said the courage shown by survivors and those who lost loved ones is an inspiration for other Americans dealing with loss and tragedy. He praised four survivors who spoke before he did and said that though he’s not a Boston sports fan, Boston is an incredible city.”We are Boston. We are America. We respond. We endure. We overcome. And we own the finish line,” he concluded, to loud applause.Survivors have formed their own communityEarlier in the day, a wreath-laying ceremony drew the families of the three people killed — Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi — as well as relatives of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the aftermath of the blasts.Boston Marathon bombing survivor Erika Brannock, a pre-school teacher from the Baltimore area, crosses the finish line with her mother during a special Tuesday ceremony. (Elise Amendola/AP)Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley were among those who attended the morning ceremony held in a light rain as bagpipes played. O’Malley offered a prayer.The victims were also honored at the Hynes center, where the survivors who spoke included newlywed Patrick Downes and dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, both of whom lost their lower left legs in the bombings.”We should have never met this way, but we are so grateful for each other,” Downes said, describing the sense of community that has developed among the survivors.Carlos Arredondo, the cowboy hat-wearing spectator who was hailed as a hero for helping the wounded after the bombings, said he came to the tribute ceremony to support survivors and their families. Biden also mentioned him.”You can see how the whole community gathered together to support them and remember,” Arredondo told reporters before the program began.Boston police Commissioner Williams Evans said the anniversary is an emotional day and brings back “some terrible memories.””Hopefully, today brings the city and the families some sense of comfort and some healing,” he said before ceremonies began.Moment of silence at finish lineAt 2:49 p.m., a moment of silence was held at the marathon finish line, to mark the time and place where two bombs exploded last April 15. It was followed by a flag-raising by officer Richard Donohue, who was badly wounded in a shootout with the bombing suspects.The family of bombing victim Martin Richard place their hands over their hearts alongside former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino during the sombre ceremony. (Charles Krupa/AP)Authorities say two brothers planned and orchestrated the attack and later shot and killed Collier during an attempt to steal his gun. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a shootout with police days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is awaiting trial. He faces the possibility of the death penalty.The Tsarnaevs, ethnic Chechens who lived in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Dagestan region of Russia, settled outside Boston in Cambridge more than a decade ago after moving to the U.S. as children with their family.Prosecutors have said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a hand-scrawled confession condemning U.S. actions in Muslim countries on the inside wall of a boat he was found hiding in following the police shootout.

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Oscar Pistorius trial: Sprinter grilled on moments before shooting

Oscar Pistorius trial: Sprinter grilled on moments before shooting

The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial in Pretoria accused him today of tailoring his testimony and using his emotional state to hide frustration at an “improbable” version of events from the night his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was killed.Pistorius broke down several times during his testimony. The star runner stood by his story that the Feb. 14, 2013, shooting was accidental, but said “I blame myself for taking Reeva’s life.”Gerrie Nel, chief prosecutor, opened the fourth day of cross-examination by alleging that Pistorius had “concocted” his account of the shooting.On mobile? Watch the court proceedings LIVE here
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“You’re tailoring your version as you’re sitting there,” Nel said. Later, he accused Pistorius of being a stickler for detail on some matters, in contrast to his frequent statements on the witness stand that he could not remember aspects of his testimony.Pistorius stood by his defence that he thought there was an intruder in the house. After a long pause after the question, he said he screamed, using an expletive, for the purported intruder to get out of his house.”I was terrified,” Pistorius said when asked about the moments before the shooting.As he testified, Pistorius began to wail and Judge Thokozile Masipa called an adjournment.Nel — who has been nicknamed “pitbull” by local media — resumed attacking Pistorius’s account of the shooting after the adjournment.Nel asked Pistorius about how he approached the door and how he held his gun. Pistorius said in the moments before he fired, he was leaning against the wall, trying to keep his balance on the slippery floor. He held the gun out in front of him, but Pistorius refused to say he was aiming the gun.“I was trying to stay put, so I could make sense of the situation,” Pistorius said.He said he fired when the door appeared to move and he thought someone was going to come out and attack him.“I didn’t have time to think,” Pistorius said.Nel argued forcefully against that notion, claiming Pistorius was thinking as he approached the door. Nel said Pistorius knew who he was firing at.“It’s not true,” Pistorius wimpered.“Why are you getting emotional now?” Nel said, launching into his version of events again before being cut off by Pistorius.“I did not fire at Reeva,” Pistorius said, his voice raising into a wail.Nel moved for court to adjourn immediately after that, as Pistorius was too emotional to continue with questioning.During a final session of questioning, Nel attacked Pistorius’s actions after the athlete fired four shots into the toilet door. Pistorius said his ears were ringing from the gunfire as he went back into the bedroom to look for Steenkamp. When he didn’t find her on the bed, or hiding behind curtains, Pistorius said he immediately feared she was in the toilet.Nel called that “improbable,” and asked Pistorius repeatedly why he didn’t think Steenkamp could have fled from the bedroom altogether. Checking the bathroom when there could have still been an intruder in there, Nel argued, wasn’t normal.”Nothing was normal about that night,” Pistorius responded.Pistorius began crying again as he described approaching the toilet for a second time, his gun still cocked, with the concern Steenkamp was inside.“Why are you getting emotional now?” Nel asked.”You’re getting frustrated because your version is improbable … you’re not using your emotional state as an escape, are you Mr. Pistorius?”Monday is Pistorius’s fourth day being cross-examined by Nel, who has questioned the athlete about his ego and accused him of “adapting” his story.Pistorius is the defence’s second witness. The defence is expected to call more than a dozen witnesses.Masipa alone will determine Pistorius’s fate as South Africa does not have trial by jury.If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison.INTERACTIVE | The state vs. Pistorius: how the accounts differ
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MTV Movie Awards: Mark Wahlberg Retraces Career in Swear-Filled Acceptance Speech (Video)

MTV Movie Awards: Mark Wahlberg Retraces Career in Swear-Filled Acceptance Speech (Video)

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MTV Movie Awards: Describe the Perfect On-Screen Kiss?
We ask the guests of the MTV Movie Awards including Snoop Lion, Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Alan Ritchson, Alexandra Daddario and more to describe the perfect on-screen kiss.
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Habs, Lightning highlight Hockey Night in Canada 1st-round schedule


Stanley Cup playoffs: Hockey Night’s 1st-round schedule
CBC Sports Posted: Apr 13, 2014 6:41 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 14, 2014 7:15 AM ETCarey Price, left, and his Montreal Canadiens teammates will open up the Stanley Cup playoffs against Steven Stamkos, right, and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Hockey Night in Canada on Wednesday. (CBCSports.ca/Getty Images)Related StoriesStanley Cup playoffs: 1st round matchups set
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Hockey Night in Canada is your Canadian destination for the Stanley Cup playoffs, with complete coverage of the first-round series between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning.Playoff coverage begins Wednesday with Hockey Tonight (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 6:30 p.m. ET), our half-hour playoff pre-game show hosted by Ron MacLean.Hockey Night also has the conference quarter-final between the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners of the Metropolitan Division, and the Columbus Blue Jackets, who secured the first wild card.In the Western Conference, fans of Hockey Night will see the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks battle the St. Louis Blues, as well as the California battle between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings.Games will be broadcast live on CBC Television and streamed online at CBCSports.ca:(* denotes if necessary)Tampa Bay vs. MontrealGAME
DATE & LOCATION
TIME
1
Wednesday, April 16 (@TB)
7 p.m. ET
2
Friday, April 18 (@TB)
7 p.m. ET
3
Sunday, April 20 (@MTL)
7 p.m. ET
4
Tuesday, April 22 (@MTL)
7 p.m. ET
5*
Thursday, April 24 (@TB)
7 p.m. ET
6*
Sunday, April 27 (@MTL)
TBD
7*
Tuesday, April 29 (@TB)
TBD
Pittsburgh vs. ColumbusGAME
DATE & LOCATION
TIME
1
Wednesday, April 16 (@PIT)
7:30 p.m. ET
2
Saturday, April 19 (@PIT)
7 p.m. ET
3
Monday, April 21 (@CLB)
7 p.m. ET
4
Wednesday, April 23 (@CLB)
7 p.m. ET
5*
Saturday, April 26 (@PIT)
TBD
6*
Monday, April 28 (@CLB)
TBD
7*
Wednesday, April 30 (@PIT)
TBD
St. Louis vs. ChicagoGAME
DATE & LOCATION
TIME
1
Thursday, April 17 (@STL)
8 p.m. ET
2
Saturday, April 19 (@STL)
3 p.m. ET
3
Monday, April 21 (@CHI)
8:30 p.m. ET
4
Wednesday, April 23 (@CHI)
9:30 p.m. ET
5*
Friday, April 25 (@STL)
8 p.m. ET
6*
Sunday, April 27 (@CHI)
3 p.m. ET
7*
Tuesday, April 29 (@STL)
TBD
San Jose vs. Los AngelesGAME
DATE & LOCATION
TIME
1
Thursday, April 17 (@SJ)
10:30 p.m. ET
2
Sunday, April 20 (@SJ)
10 p.m. ET
3
Tuesday, April 22 (@LA)
10 p.m. ET
4
Thursday, April 24 (@LA)
10:30 p.m. ET
5*
Saturday, April 26(@SJ)
TBD
6*
Monday, April 28 (@LA)
TBD
7*
Wednesday, April 30 (@SJ)
TBD

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Lynn Stalmaster, Pioneering Casting Director, Now in Spotlight at 86

Lynn Stalmaster, Pioneering Casting Director, Now in Spotlight at 86

Image lynn_stalmaster_headshot.jpgSee more here: Stalmaster, who helped to bring to light everyone from William Shatner to Christopher Reeve to John Travolta, is an honored guest at this weekend’s TCM Classic Film Festival.read more

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The Masters: Jordan Spieth tied with Bubba Watson for lead

The Masters: Jordan Spieth tied with Bubba Watson for lead

Young and old. Even without Tiger Woods, this Masters has a little bit of everything.Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth is making quite a bid to become golf’s youngest major champion in more than 80 years with three straight sub-par rounds in his Augusta National debut.He’ll have to fend off 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez and 54-year-old Fred Couples, both hoping to become the sport’s oldest major champion.And let’s not forget Bubba Watson, who stumbled a bit on moving day but will go for his second green jacket in three years from the final group.Spieth, who last year became the youngest PGA tour winner since the Depression at age 19, shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with Watson.”This is the place I’ve always dreamt about,” said Spieth, who was 5 under for the tournament. “I thought it was a good fit for my game. So far, so good.”He has a shot at becoming the youngest major winner since Tom Creavey, just a few months younger when he won the PGA Championship in 1931.Watson had four bogeys on the front side Saturday — twice as many as he had in the first two rounds combined — and slid back to an emboldened group of challengers with a 74.He’ll go out in the last group with Spieth on Sunday.”We’re pretty good friends,” Watson said. “It’s going to be fun. It will be interesting, but be fun. Hopefully one of us wins, if not me hopefully him.”Matt Kuchar (68) and Jonax Blixt (71) were one shot back at 212. Jimenez (66) and Ricky Fowler (67) were another shot behind.Watson, the 2012 Masters champion, posted two rounds in the 60s to start the tournament, giving him a three-stroke lead and the largest 36-hole edge since Chad Campbell in 2006.By the time he made the turn in front of the historic clubhouse and that big oak tree, the edge was gone. He got it back with a birdie at the 10th, but a three-putt par at the par-5 13th kept things close, another par at the par-5 15th was a disappointment, and a bogey at the 16th left him staggering to the finish.It shaped up to be a wide-open Sunday with Woods on the sideline for the first time in his career, recovering from back surgery.Lee Westwood (70), Jim Furyk (72) and Thomas Bjorn (73) were all in the mix. And Couples did enough to hang around, managing a 73 that kept him within five strokes of the lead.Watson bogeyed the first hole, then struck a brilliant approach shot that rolled up about 5 feet from the flag to set up an eagle 3 at the second. That would be one of his few highlights.Jimenez posted the best round of the tournament thus far and matched the lowest score ever for a senior golfer at Augusta National. Ben Hogan was 54 when he shot 66 during the third round of the 1967 tournament, and Couples matched it at age 50 during the opening round in 2010.The Spaniard known as “The Mechanic” finished up with a par at the 18th about the time Watson was teeing off at the adjacent first hole, having sliced into a 10-shot deficit by taking advantage of warm, sunny conditions. There was barely a hint of the swirling breezes that can make Augusta so treacherous.Jimenez has never won a major championship but he’s been a perennial contender, capturing a new generation of fans with his unique stretching routine before each round, his red ponytail, and his fondness for wine and cigars.”Just because you are 50 does not mean you cannot play golf,” said Jimenez, one of six 50-and-older golfers to make the Masters cut. “I’m still flexible. I hit the ball longer than ever.”His wasn’t the only new entry in the Masters record book.Gary Woodland matched the lowest score ever on the front nine with a 6-under 30, and actually got his score to 7 under with another birdie at the 10th. But the 29-year-old American couldn’t keep it going through Amen Corner, where a bogey at the 11th and a double bogey on 12 stifled his momentum.Woodland struggled down the stretch and settled for a 69, which left him at 216.Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ont., also struggled to a 79 and was well back at 8-over-par 224.Defending champion Adam Scott couldn’t get anything going, his chances of becoming only the fourth back-to-back winner in Masters history fading away with an ugly 40 on the front side. He faced a six-stroke deficit heading to Sunday, a daunting challenge with so many players in between him and the lead.But plenty of others were ready to seize the spotlight.

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