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Colcoa Announces French Classics and Focus on a Filmmaker Programs

Colcoa French Film Festival, "9 Days of Film Premieres in Hollywood," and its producer, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, have  announced the Focus on a Filmmaker program as well as an exclusive line up of predominantly digitally restored French Classics, presented as World, International or U.S. Premieres. All screenings will take place at the Directors Guild of America.

The Colcoa Classics Series will be shown from Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 and on Monday April 25 as part of the 20th anniversary program.

Focus on a Filmmaker: Academy Award0 Nominee Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Colcoa will honor Academy Award-nominated writer-director Jean-Paul Rappeneau on Thursday, April 21 with the World Premiere of new digitally restored "A Matter of Resistance"  (1965), starring Catherine Deneuve and Philippe Noiret, as well as the U.S. Premiere of his new film "Families.," which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. Rappeneau joins previous honorees, writer-directors Michel Hazanavicius, Cédric Klapisch, Bertrand Blier, Costa Gavras, Florent Siri, Julie Delpy and Alain Resnais, whose key bodies of work have been cited in past festivals.

Jean-Paul Rappeneau will make a rare personal appearance as well as meeting audience members for a Happy Hour Talk panel dedicated to his work. (Colcoa Classics + Panel +Premiere of "Families"). This focus is presented with the support of TF1 International.

International Premiere of Digitally Restored "More"

Writer-director Barbet Schroeder, feted at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, will have a Colcoa-presented International Premiere of his digitally restored masterpiece, "More" (1969), in association with Les Films du Losange and Janus Films. Initially banned in France, Schroeder's debut feature cast the myth of Icarus as a cautionary tale of free love and drug addiction in the shadow of the May '68 Paris, illustrated by an original score by The Pink Floyd. (Colcoa Classics)

45th Anniversary of "Delusions of Grandeur"

The digitally restored version of writer-director Gérard Oury's hit comedy, "Delusions of Grandeur" (1971), will have its U.S. Premiere at the festival. Co-written with his daughter, Danièle Thompson, and Marcel Jullian, this historical spoof of the Victor Hugo play,Ruy Blasfeatures a first -time collaboration of two French giants, Louis de Funès and Yves Montand ."Delusions of Grandeur" will be presented in association with French studio Gaumont (celebrating its own 120th anniversary). (Colcoa Classics)

- International Premeire of Digitally Restored "Marius"

Colcoa will present the digitally restored version of "Marius" (1931), the first part of the famous trilogy taking place in Marseille, created by novelist Marcel Pagnol and writer director Alexander Korda. It stars Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin , Raimu and Orane Demazis. This exclusive presentation in the U.S. is made possible by the Franco American Cultural Fund (Facf), which supported the restoration, La Cinémathèque Française and Les Films Marcel Pagnol. (Colcoa Classics)

- Internatonal Premiere of the Digitally Restored "They Were Five"

A special 80th anniversary screening of digitally restored "They Were Five" (La belle équipe) (1936) will be offered to the Colcoa audience just weeks after its French release. Thus, the festival will pay tribute to writer-director Julien Duvivier (born 120 years ago) who was the first filmmaker to cast two French stars Jean Gabin and Charles Vanel in this classic, popular, social comedy (presented with the support of Pathé International - (Colcoa Classics)

- World Premiere of Digitally Restored Colcoa Hit: "On Guard"  

Romance and revenge are the main ingredients in this sweeping swashbuckler set in a lavish 17th century backdrop. "On Guard,"   which premiered 19 years ago at Colcoa, stars Daniel Auteuil, Philippe Noiret, Fabrice Luchini, three of the multi-star cast and co-written and directed by Philippe de Broca. The festival will present the World Premiere of the restored version for its U.S. release by The Cohen Media Group (Colcoa Classics)

From April 18 to April 26, 2016, filmgoers will celebrate the 20th edition of Colcoa French Film Festival  at the Directors Guild of America.

The full line-up of films in competition for the Colcoa Cinema and Television Awards, will be announced before March 29 .
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American Cinematheque Has Dreamy 35mm Slate for July, From Pasolini to Fincher

American Cinematheque Has Dreamy 35mm Slate for July, From Pasolini to Fincher
Celluloid is alive and kicking at the American Cinematheque this month, where a heavenly program of 35mm films will be presented across the various series happening at the Aero and Egyptian theaters. Friday launches the slate with the unlikely double bill of Pasolini's revelry of human suffering "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom' and Russ Meyer's exploitation classic "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Throughout the month you can brush up on your Jacques Tati with film prints of "M. Hulot's Holiday," "Mon Oncle," "Traffic" and "Playtime," which looks gorgeous on a big screen. There's also a David Fincher double feature, with "Seven" and "Panic Room," as well as Antonioni's often maligned but visually dazzling "Zabriskie Point," featuring that epic Pink Floyd soundtrack. Read More: Quentin Tarantino Spoils La Cinephiles with New Beverly's June Program Here's the full list of 35mm prints...
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Season Finale Anthems: Memorable Tunes From Person of Interest, Revenge, Jane the Virgin and More

Season Finale Anthems: Memorable Tunes From Person of Interest, Revenge, Jane the Virgin and More
There’s only you and me and an all new TVLine Mixtape!

This time we’ve compiled a series of songs from recent season finales, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.

Related‘Transitory’ Orphan, New Girl‘s ‘Slow Southern Style’ and More TV Tunes
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Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC’s ‘Big School’; Tom Stoppard’s ‘Dark Side’; Thai Man Jailed Over Documentary

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Catherine Tate Set For ‘Big School’ The Office’s Catherine Tate is set to star in a new BBC One sitcom created by David Walliams, who’ll also star. Big School is a six-part comedy set in a secondary school about a dysfunctional staff room, unrequited love and interactive white boards. Walliams will play a chemistry teacher who has taught at Greybridge School for years, Tate plays the school’s enthusiastic new recruit, who despite being a French teacher has never actually been to France. Also starring are Life On MarsPhilip Glenister, The History BoysFrances de la Tour, The Thick Of It’s Joanna Scanlan and Cemetery Junction’s Steve Speirs. Big School is a BBC Production in association with Bert Productions. Jo Sargent is producing and Mark Freeland is exec producer. Ka-Ching: Tom Stoppard Pens Radio Play Based On Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon
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Big Honor For Simon & Garfunkel; Is A Reunion In The Cards?

Washington — A popular tune by Simon and Garfunkel written after John F. Kennedy's assassination and Chubby Checker's 1960s dance hit "The Twist" will be among 25 recordings selected for preservation at the Library of Congress.

These are just a few sounds of the 20th century being added to the National Recording Registry on Thursday for long-term preservation due to their cultural, artistic and historic importance. The library said Checker's rendition of "The Twist" became a symbol for the energy and excitement of the early 60s after "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark chose Checker to record a new version of the song.

Later, the 1966 album "Sounds of Silence" by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel was a hit in its day but not before the duo struggled and split early on. Their song "The Sound of Silence" from the aftermath of President Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago this year had initially flopped
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Dick Clark Dead at 82

Dick Clark, who is best known for hosting the classic musical variety show "American Bandstand" for more than three decades and ringing in the New Year on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," died today in Los Angeles after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 82 years old. Under Clark's influence, "Bandstand" became one of the most successful and longest-running musical programs, featuring artists including Chuck Berry, the Doors, the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, and Smokey Robinson. Sonny and Cher, The Jackson 5, Prince, and Aerosmith were among the influential artists and bands that made their TV debuts on "Bandstand," which is also credited with helping to make America more accepting of rock 'n roll. Clark has received several notable awards including four Emmy Awards, the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, and the Peabody Award in 1999. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976, The Radio
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Dick Clark: The Man Who Changed TV

Clark's influence endures today with such stars as Ryan Seacrest.

By Gil Kaufman

Dick Clark on the set of "American Bandstand"

Photo: Getty Images

Without Dick Clark, there would be no Ryan Seacrest. Hell, without "America's Oldest Teenager" there would be no "Trl," and maybe no MTV.

Clark, who died at age 82 on Wednesday (April 18) after suffering a heart attack, never sang a note or released an album. He wasn't the inventor of a dance craze or a label boss or even a particularly hip guy. What he was, though, was a visionary.

And as much as any hotshot who played a guitar, figured out how to mix two turntables and a microphone, wiggled his hips or invented the next big sound in music, Clark was instrumental in making pop music pop.

Photos: The life and career of Dick Clark

He brought rock and roll into America's living rooms in the 1950s,
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Meet Noel Fielding's new cast of Luxury Comedy characters

Psychedelic chefs, a manta ray music producer, and 'Tron Quixote': all in a day's weird work for the team behind Noel Fielding's new E4 show

Tony Reason

Tony Reason is a manta ray, animated in the style of The Moon from The Mighty Boosh. He's a respected music producer who lives in an underwater studio beneath my jungle hut. He seems to have worked with everyone from Bon Jovi to Enya. His voice is loosely based on George Martin and all of Pink Floyd; he's the vocal cousin to Richmond in The It Crowd.

Sergeant Raymond Boombox

He's a cop with a huge moustache and a perm, and skin the colour of a New York cab. The sketch is influenced by everything from Dirty Harry and Serpico to cop shows like Columbo, The Rockford Files and Miami Vice. Boombox is a regular in the series, and my joint favourite
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Shatner Covers Black Sabbath

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Shatner Covers Black Sabbath
Actor William Shatner has recorded a cover version of Black Sabbath's heavy metal track Iron Man for his new concept album.

The Star Trek icon is working on his third musical release, Searching for Major Tom, which features Shatner channelling David Bowie's Space Oddity character for his own take on a variety of space-themed songs, including tracks by The Police (Walking on the Moon), Frank Sinatra (Lost in the Stars) and Pink Floyd (Learning to Fly).

And Shatner's version of Black Sabbath's 1970 hit has been given the thumbs up from Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne's former guitarist, who added a little credibility by collaborating with the veteran TV star on the track.

Wylde says, "He's super cool. We had an awesome time working together."

Searching for Major Tom is due for release later this month.

Space Shuttle Launch Has Us On Interstellar Overdrive: An Atlantis Playlist

Space, it really is the final frontier. And with the Space Shuttle Atlantis due to blast off for the last-ever shuttle mission into the heavens on Friday morning (unless Mother Nature gets in the way), we were feeling all nostalgic about songs that glorify the deepness of the cosmos.

When they're not focused on penning songs about their sexual conquests, cars or whatever "Bohemian Rhapsody" is about, rock stars have often looked to the heavens for inspiration. Some have returned to that topic over and over again to great effect, including the original cosmic cowboy, David Bowie, who has written some of the best galaxy tunes of all time with "Space Oddity," "Ashes to Ashes," "Five Years," "Life on Mars" and "Starman."

And while deep space was long the go-to topic of choice for classic rockers (Rush' "Countdown," Elton John's "Rocket Man," Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive," Deep Purple's "Space Truckin',
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Doctor Who Recap, "The Rebel Flesh"

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"Oh, Rory. Rory! Always with the Rory!"

On Earth in the 22nd century, Jennifer, Buzzer, and Jimmy wear heavy protective gear and proceed down a dark hallway to a room, where they investigate the status of a vat of acid. Jennifer playfully nudges Buzzer, who falls into the acid. The three of them - including the dying Buzzer - calmly dismiss this as falling under the cost of doing business, with the annoyance of a destroyed costly suit and the accompanying paperwork. Back in the hallway, another Buzzer reappears, even as his other form dissolves away in the vat.

On the Tardis, The Doctor continues to worry over Amy and her paradoxical pregnancy status. He is intent on dropping Rory and her off for fish and chips while he tends to a brief solo mission, presumably related to solving the mystery of Amy's womb. However, a disruptive solar storm interrupts
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William Shatner Recording Heavy Metal Album

William Shatner Recording Heavy Metal Album
Captain Kirk is headed back to space.

William Shatner, the Emmy winning TV icon, announced the track listing and details for his new space-inspired cover album, Searching For Major Tom. The album will feature a large number of heavy metal covers, as well as songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd.

Shatner has had a storied music career, producing confusing, parodied yet somehow enlightening song covers and original bits over the past 40+ years. His first album, The Transformed Man, raised eyebrows with its bizarre covers, which, in what would become his trademark style, boasted dramatic readings of lyrics over music. HIs best known track was a recording of Sonny & Cher's "Mr. Tambourine Man." Check out Urlesque's ranking of his ten best cover songs here.

Shatner announced the album via Twitter back in February.

Here's the track list:

Space Trucking Originally By Deep Purple - Deep Purple Drummer
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William Shatner's new album: 'Searching for Major Tom'

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William Shatner, 80, is not done rocking out. Later this year -- no specific date has been set, but don't worry, we'll keep you updated -- the actor-singer-spoken word artist plans to release a new album, "Searching for Major Tom." It's a cornucopia of corny covers all orbiting around one central theme: space.

But unlike Shatner's live one-man performance classics, the Shat has enlisted some big time help. Bootsy Collins lends a hand on Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science." Brad Paisley sings along on Steve Miller's "Space Cowboy," Peter Frampton sits in on "Spirit in the Sky," and even Toots of Toots and the Maytals is adding his vocals to The Police's "Walking on the Moon."

The full track listing:

"Space Trucking" (Deep Purple)

"She Blinded Me With Science" (Thomas Dolby)

"In a Little While" (U2)

"Empty Glass" (The Tea Party)

"Lost in the Stars" (Frank Sinatra
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Exclusive: The Beatles Head To Comics For Graphic Novel Bio—Here's The Cover!

With "The Beatles: Rock Band" hitting shelves Tuesday, September 9, everyone's been talking about the Fab Four these days. That means it's the perfect time to bring you some exclusive news involving John, Paul, George and Ringo—as well as a host of other music icons.

Bluewater Productions, who previously published "Tribute: Michael Jackson, King of Pop," has revealed to Splash Page that the early-'90s biography comic book series "Rock 'N Roll Comics" will be collected in a new line of graphic novels published by Bluewater. As part of the partnership with the publishers of "Rock 'N Roll Comics," Revolutionary Comics, the line will be released as 10 bi-monthly graphic novels (150-300 pages), each focusing on a particular band, musical era or style.

The first volume, "Hard Rock Heroes," will arrive in December and feature bios of Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Poison, Van Halen,
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Party Favors: Simon Hunter & The Mutant Chronicles

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London - The Mutant Chronicles unleashes cannibalistic humanoids into a steam punk World War I world. The movie features Thomas Jane (Hung), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Devon Aoki (Sin City), Sean Pertwee (Doomsday) and John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich) as the only defense against these ungodly creatures in the CGI enhanced environment. Can Aoki cut them all down with her cool sword?

Director Simon Hunter took nearly two years to adapt the role playing game into a cinematic universe. You can get great sense of what he undertook for his first major motion picture on the Two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD and the Blu-ray recently released by Magnolia Home Entertainment. I had a chance to swap questions via email with Hunter. Here’s the Q&A action:

Joe Corey: Have you played the game?

Simon Hunter: Yes I have played the game and enjoyed it very much - the
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Cornell: 'My new LP is like Pink Floyd'

Chris Cornell has said his third solo record sounds like Pink Floyd and Queen. The American singer, who fronted Soundgarden and Audioslave, claimed producer Timbaland had brought psychedelic elements to his music. "Tim lent a lot to what I describe as sort of the psychedelic aspect of this album," he told Music Radar. "Kind of a Pink Floyd on Dark Side Of The Moon or almost like a Queen Night (more)
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Jolie To Wed In France?

Jolie To Wed In France?
Speculation suggesting Angelina Jolie will become a new mum and a new bride this summer has grown following the discovery that the French wine estate she and Brad Pitt have rented out has its own chapel.

The super-secret couple has taken over the exclusive Chateau Miraval in Provence, and Jolie plans to give birth to her twins there later this summer.

But there could be two big events on the grounds of the estate!

Pitt and Jolie, who are staying at the 35-room chateau near Brignoles with their four children and assistants, have often insisted they have no plans to become man and wife, but the fact there's a tiny chapel yards away from where the family sleeps must offer a daily temptation for the pair.

And insider, who knows the private retreat well, tells In Touch magazine, "It's simplistic yet romantic and intimate. There are stained-glass windows at the front and back, 10 wooden pews and an old wood floor. There's also a rustic wooden altar with beautiful ivory candles."

And the publication claims Pitt actually tried to buy the property, complete with its chapel, but owner Tom Bove refused to sell up.

A source reveals, "Brad did everything he could to change his mind - he took him to dinner five times before he (Bove) would even agree to lease it for six months."

Reports suggest Pitt fell for Miraval while surveying properties in France by helicopter.

The idyllic retreat features a recording studio which has been used by Pink Floyd and Sting, among others, extensive woodlands, an olive grove, gardens, ponds and fountains. The estate is also surrounded by a moat.

The property's impressive wine cellars were reportedly built by Joseph Lombot, who invented reinforced concrete.

Mason: 'Pink Floyd Will Play Together Again'

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Rock veterans Pink Floyd will reunite again - but only for charity, according to drummer Nick Mason.

The British star claims the band, which regrouped for a one-off reunion for 2005's Live8 gig, is currently trying to source a good charity to support before it sets any more concert dates.

Mason says, "I'm pretty sure we'll play together again. We're not at each others throats now."

The Live8 performance marked the end of a 20-year feud between Dave Gilmour and former frontman Roger Waters.

Pink Floyd Producer Norman Smith Dies

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Legendary Pink Floyd producer Norman Smith has died. He was 85.

Smith, who was also an engineer on every The Beatles recording session between 1962 and 1965, passed away on 3 March.

He is best known for his work producing three of Pink Floyd's first four studio albums, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets and Ummagumma.

Born in London on 22 February, 1923, Smith started working for record label Emi in 1959 and went on to take charge of The Beatles' first Abbey Road recording session in June 1962.

Smith also released his own music under the name Hurricane Smith - in 1971 he had a U.K. hit single with Don't Let It Die, before scoring a trans-Atlantic smash with Oh Babe, What Would You Say? the following year.

McCartney To Marry Girlfriend

McCartney To Marry Girlfriend
Paul McCartney and his lady love Heather Mills joyfully announced their engagement at a secret showbiz party on Saturday. Sir Paul proposed to the blonde stunner during a romantic holiday in Malibu, California, last week, and couldn't wait to reveal the good news at the bash at his St. John's Wood, London, mansion. Guests at the star-studded gathering included The Pretenders songstress Chrissie Hynde, Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd and 60s model Twiggy. Paul, 59, was devastated when his wife Linda died from breast cancer three years ago. But now he's found joy again, as a pal of the pair confirms, "Everyone is so happy for them. They are so deeply in love."

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