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in Hollywood / 15.05.2019

Gunpowder Milkshake: Full cast revealed

StudioCanal is proud to present the explosive cast and crew of Gunpowder Milkshake, the action thriller that will hit theaters in 2020.

Explosive action and bold humour collide in this crowd-pleasing and fiercely entertaining high-octane thriller that will reinvent the female assassin genre.

StudioCanal is thrilled to announce that Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh and Paul Giamatti will be joining Karen Gillan and Lena Headey in Gunpowder Milkshake - an explosive cocktail that will blow your mind!

From acclaimed director Navot Papushado and the Producers of Non Stop and The Commuter.

The first-class crew includes Director of Photography Michael Seresin (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes), Costume Designer Luise Frogley (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Lucy in the Sky), and Production Designer David Scheunemann (Fast & Furious presents Hobbs and Shaw, Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde).

Prorom has acquired the rights for Gunpowder Milkshake in the following territories: Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia.




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in Interviews / 13.05.2019

Interview with actor and director Philippe Lacheau: “Nicky Larson was one of my favorite animated series”

Philippe Lacheau was born on June 25, 1980 in Fontenay-sous-Bois, Val-de-Marne, France. He is an actor, writer and director, known for Babysitting (2014), Babysitting 2 (2015) and Alibi.com (2017).

Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (Nicky Larson and Cupid's Perfume) is a name of the latest French action comedy directed by Philippe Lacheau who also co-wrote the screenplay with Julien Arruti and Pierre Lacheau.

It is an adaptation of the Japanese manga and anime series City Hunter (known as Nicky Larson in France) by Tsukasa Hojo.

The film features Philippe Lacheau, Élodie Fontan, Tarek Boudali and Julien Arruti in lead roles, along with Didier Bourdon, Kamel Guenfoud, Sophie Mousel, Hélène Lamberti and Pamela Anderson in supporting roles.

Nicky Larson is the best bodyguard, an outstanding private investigator. He is called for a high-risk mission: to recover the Perfume of Cupid, a perfume that would make irresistible the one who uses it.

This weekend, in Romania, Prorom and Ro Image will release the comedy Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon and we invite you to read an interview with the actor and director Philippe Lacheau.

How did you come up with the idea of adapting Nicky Larson for the cinema?
I belong to the club generation Club Dorothée and Nicky Larson, who landed on French television in the 90s, was one of my favorite animated series because it was a real comedy. There was also action, police investigations, love stories, but it was especially funny. Nicky, beyond making me laugh, is the best in everything he undertakes: it's both a detective, a bodyguard, a lovelace... the James Bond of comedy in short. Unconsciously, it was therefore a kid's dream to embody the hero of my childhood in the cinema.

Have you acquired the rights easily?
Not at all! It was a very long process. We got some help from Stephane Huard, CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment France, who through their American and Japanese studio affiliates has allowed us to meet manga creator Tsukasa Hojo. Prior to granting our rights, the Japanese author asked for a right to read the script. After eighteen months of writing, I went to meet him, with my manuscript under my arm, full of fears. After 48 hours, the verdict came: he liked it! I was very happy because he found that the script was loyal to his manga creations, and he made the most beautiful compliment I could ever get from him -- that he would have himself invented this original story.


How was the writing process?
In order to perfectly absorb the universe of Nicky Larson, Julien Arruti, my brother, Pierre Lacheau, Pierre Dudan and myself (the same team from Babysitting) we analyzed 144 episodes of the animated series that were broadcast in France and reread 37 numbers of manga. But I also saw the various adaptations that have been made abroad, including a Chinese movie with Jackie Chan. It was important to see everything to refresh our memories, we had to recover the tone to write. The most important thing was to keep the universe and the characters.
So I found the idea of a quest around Cupid's perfume, a perfume that has the power to make you irresistible. But the real challenge was to attract all the new generation that follows us from Babysitting, but who does not know Nicky Larson. This required a lot of rewriting.

Why is this movie a very personal one?
He sends me back to my childhood. Maybe that's why this is the movie that I'm the most proud of, because everything that comes to this moment of my life is sacred. I was fortunate enough to enjoy the moments when Dorothee (the one who made the Club Dorothee show in France in the '90s) was on our movie set, and I watched her with a child's eyes, reminding me of the show we enjoyed in our youth. It was as if I had met a friend I had not seen for many years. Moreover, it is personal because it brings together my friends, my parents, who appear in the movie, and the names of the characters are sometimes borrowed from relatives.

How did you prepare to become Nicky Larson?
I was so motivated that I exercise for eight months with diets and training, and  I put 8 kg of muscle. In parallel, I worked diligently for choreography of the action scenes, I learned how to shoot with a Magnum gun, machine guns and other heavy weapons, then I dyed my hair. I remember the day the costume handed me Nicky's outfit: seeing me in his blue coat, his red shirt and his black pants made me feel very excited.

Was it from the beginning the idea to work with the same team again?
This is a question I cannot answer. It was an incredible opportunity to work with my friends and, as long as the public follows us, we will continue. This is an incredible luxury and it's great to see that from one movie to another some actors such as Didier Bourdon, Chantal Ladesou and Gérard Jugnot follow us and the “band” grows.

Newcomers immediately joined Nicky Larson's world?
It was interesting because, unlike some "special guests" like Audrey Lamy, Raphaël Personnaz or Jarry, who knew the animated series, the others had not heard of him. But they immediately found him funny, and they followed me with the same enthusiasm. It is fortunate that all these actors have joined us for one or two days because the scenes in which they appear have a size much higher than the scenario indicated. For them it may not have been a lot, but to me it was a lot.

Did you direct your actors as in your other movies?
With my friends I did not change my way of doing things. But I was very afraid, for example, to give directorial directions to Pamela Anderson! When we created the character, we thought it would be great to have her in the movie, because like Nicky Larson, it was a representative image of the 1990s. It was a real surprise that he accepted! And suddenly I woke up under pressure: I speak English very badly, and I did not know how to direct an American star on a shooting set. Would she do all I ask? Would she have extravagant demands? Does he ask for anything in return? Soon I got answers to my questions because the meeting was great! He did not refuse anything, because he was amused to play with his glamorous image.

Where did you shoot?
A little in the South, a little in the Paris region. The original manga is happening in Tokyo, but the filming would have been too expensive and it would have been strange, because the characters speak all French. So we decided to move it to us, but without marking the place. Like Gotham City in Batman, Nicky lives in a city that does not exist, and cannot be located. We filmed in Paris in La Defense, Beaugrenelle, but we added 3D buildings, and we removed the Eiffel Tower from some pictures... The only place mentioned is Monaco.

What were your sources of inspiration?
In the pure comedy, I have a true French culture, because my models have always been Francis Veber - my absolute master - Alain Chabat, Les Nuls, Les Inconnus and Le Splendid.
Among the French comedies of recent years, the series of Taxi movies were probably the most successful. But let's not forget Belmondo, including Le Magnifique, by Philippe de Broca. But this time I have to confess that I was more inspired by the American comedies, because they are very bold. The first time that I saw There’s Something About Mary, by the Farrelly Brothers, was a real shock. And I grew up with American Pie, these genres of movies that pushed the limits! This is an example for me.


The budget was important. Did you have any extra pressure?
When we pictured such a movie, we were scared at first. But to be credible, it was necessary to have money. I did not have the means for a Mission: Impossible kind of movie, but when the idea is to make a James Bond with accent on comedy, the bar is up. That's why we wanted the budget to be appropriate. So we used the best professionals, technicians who worked with Luc Besson and who did a great job in scenes that needed explosions, chasings and very realistic fights.

In the end, the movie is like you want it to be?
I am very happy, yes, because my purpose was to make the most funny movie and to mix it with action and feelings. And, thanks to my great editor, I have the feeling that I have succeeded.

Interview by Clara Géliot.




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in Hollywood / 26.04.2019

Angela Bassett Joins Lena Headey & Karen Gillan in Gunpowder Milkshake

Angela Bassett will join Lena Headey and Karen Gillan in the upcoming action thriller Gunpowder Milkshake from StudioCanal and The Picture Company.

According to Deadline and ComingSoon.net, the film is said to be a high-concept female-centric assassin thriller that spans multiple generations.

Angela Basset (9-1-1, Black Panther, Bumblebee, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, American Horror Story) will play Anna May, one of the unassuming leaders of a massive armory.

The film will be directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who also helmed the 2014 Israeli hit film Big Bad Wolves and the horror Rabies (2010). The two also wrote the screenplay along with Ehud Lavski.

Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman of The Picture Company will produce as part of their overall deal with StudioCanal.

Details of the actual plot aren’t known just yet, but Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver are considered the film’s “touchstones,” which will mix stylized action with violence.

Gunpowder Milkshake is planning on filming in Berlin this Spring.

Prorom has acquired the rights for Gunpowder Milkshake in the following territories: Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ex-Yugoslavia.




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in Events / 24.04.2019

After: # 1 in Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic

Last weekend, Prorom released After in Romania and Bulgaria, and in both countries the much-anticipated adaptation of bestselling novels by Anna Todd took the weekend's top spot.

In Romania, After (released by Prorom and Ro Image) generated 48,120 admissions and took $ 215,980.

In Bulgaria, After (released by Prorom and BTV) was seen by 16,672 spectators and grossed $ 70,154.

Also, in the Czech Republic and Slovakia After had a great success at the box office: so far, it has been seen by 104,115 spectators. In Czech Republic, After took the # 1 spot this weekend - a really extraordinary performance - since last week premiered on third place. In Slovakia, After is currently ranked second. The total box office in these territories is $ 372,842.

In Hungary - After (released by Big Bang Media - a Prorom company), the first two weekend runs comprised over 61,047 admissions, after the 29.991 spectators had seen the film in the first weekend. Total revenue in Hungary is $ 301,089.

Worldwide, After brought in an estimated $ 48.6 million ($ 11,1 Domestic and $ 37,5 Internationally). The Buget was around $14 million.

In After, a young woman (Josephine Langford) falls for a guy (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin) with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship.




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in Trailers / 09.04.2019

Ron Howard’s Pavarotti takes center stage with an official trailer

The first trailer for Pavarotti is here! An emotional documentary on the late opera singer Luciano Pavarotti from director Ron Howard, which chronicles his struggles with life and fame - both on and off stage.

Howard will reunite with Nigel Sinclair, Brian Grazer and Michael Rosenberg, his team of producers from The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, in addition to Jeanne Elfant Festa, for the documentary.

Pavarotti is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Howard, an Oscar-winning director, puts audiences front row center for an exploration of the Voice, the Man, the Legend.

Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world, and this cinematic event features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage and cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology.

The film will give audiences around the world a stunningly intimate portrait of the most beloved opera singer of all time. The Documentary also features testimonies from his fellow Three Tenors members José Carreras and Plácido Domingo, as well as U2’s Bono.

As the trailer shows, the singer dedicated a large portion of his life to a series of benefit concerts titled Pavarotti & Friends, giving proceeds to humanitarian causes, for which he raised more money than any other individual.

Legendary musicians and celebrities from all over the world joined him, like Princess Diana, Elton John and Mariah Carey.

During his international farewell tour in 2006, Pavarotti was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died at his home in Modesta, Italy, in September 2007. CNN aired the funeral in its entirety.

Pavarotti is a Imagine Entertainment, Polygram Entertainment, StudioCanal and White Horse Pictures Production, distributed by CBS Films in select theaters on June 7 in the US.

Prorom has acquired the rights for Pavarotti in the following territories: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia.




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in First Look / 07.04.2019

Benoit Poelvoorde and Valerie Bonneton star in the comedy Venice Calling

The writer, screenwriter and director Ivan Calbérac will bring his bestselling book adaptation Venise n'est pas en Italie to the big screen in May 2019.

The novel Venise n'est pas en Italie (Venice is Not in Italy or Venice Calling) by Ivan Calbérac, was published in France by Flammarion in 2015 and soon became an international success.

Benoît Poelvoorde and Valérie Bonneton are the parents of a 15 year old teenager, in this comedy telling six weeks of his life.

Emile is fifteen. He lives in Montargis, between a sweet-crazy father and a mother who has always dyed his hair blond, because, it seems, he is more beautiful like that. When the girl who pleases him more than anything invites him to Venice for the holidays, he is overjoyed.

But there is one problem - his parents decide to accompany him! This is the story of a teenager born into an unclassifiable family, the story of a first love, miraculous and fragile.

This is the story of an initiatory and incredible journey where life often takes unawares, but where Venice, it will be at the rendezvous.

In Venice Calling will star Benoît Poelvoorde, Valérie Bonneton, Helie Thonnat, Eugène Marcuse, Coline D'Inca and Luna Lou.
The Film is produced by Eric et Nicolas Altmayer (Mandarin Films), and distributed by StudioCanal.

Prorom has acquired the rights for Venice Calling in the following territories: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia.




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