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COLCOA French Film Festival to open with the thriller 'A Perfect Man'

The 19th COLCOA French Film Festival, which will take place April 20-28 at the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard, is expanding from eight to nine days to showcase a record 68 films including three world premieres, seven international premieres and 16 West Coast premieres, as well as 20 new shorts.

And for the first time in the festival’s history, COLCOA is shining the spotlight on films produced for French TV.

COLCOA executive producer and artistic director Francois Truffart said the festival felt it was necessary to add television to the mix because a “big part of the production, exactly like in the U.S., is dedicated to programs for the small screen. We won’t reduce the cinema side of it. It’s the biggest lineup ever."

The festival is set to open with the North American premiere of  “A Perfect Man,” co-written and directed by Yann Gozlan. “It’s a psychological thriller that just opened in France,” said Truffart. “The cast is really amazing. The main character is played...

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Mark Wahlberg, CBS making Boston Marathon bombing film 'Patriots' Day'

Mark Wahlberg and CBS Films are teaming to make "Patriots' Day," a feature film chronicling the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt for the perpetrators, the studio announced Tuesday.

The film will be based on the firsthand account of former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, with a screenplay by Matt Charman, writer of the upcoming Steven Spielberg Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies."

Wahlberg will produce the film with Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky. A proud Boston native, 43-year-old Wahlberg is also eyeing a role in the film, The Times has confirmed. A director has yet to be named.

"Patriots' Day" will recount how Davis, working with federal, state and local authorities, responded to the April 2013 attack that killed three and injured more than 260. In the aftermath, Boston was locked down as law enforcement officers rushed to apprehend suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The former was killed in a shootout with...

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'Woman in Gold' brings Klimt legal battle to the big screen

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren may get top billing for the new drama "Woman in Gold," but she's not the one the title refers to — that would be Adele Bloch-Bauer I, the subject of a 1907 Gustav Klimt masterpiece that sparked a two-continent legal battle nearly a century after it was painted.

Directed by Simon Curtis ("My Week With Marilyn"), "Woman" dramatizes the efforts of Bloch-Bauer's niece, Maria Altmann (Mirren), and Los Angeles lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to recover the Klimt painting and four others stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The film opens Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Altmann's seemingly unwinnable court battle over the eye-catching, gold-leafed painting — officially "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," renamed "Woman in Gold" by the Nazis — lasted from 1999 and 2006, bouncing between Austria and the U.S., where it went all the way to the Supreme Court.


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'Get Hard's (sort of) loftier intentions

The reasonable success of "Get Hard" this past weekend was a triumph in a genre that's badly needed some hits.

The R-rated comedy had looked dead and buried for several years (if you didn’t see ”The Change-Up,” trust me, and consider yourself lucky). But the category has now been on a bit of an upswing.

Last year saw the funny “Neighbors” hit the magic $150-million box office number. “Let’s Be Cops” got surprisingly close to $100 million for a low-budget August afterthought. And even “Tammy,” one of the lesser offerings in the Melissa McCarthy raunch oeuvre, didn’t do as badly as you think. Now comes the first R-rated comedy of 2015, and it's a solid performer.

But the success of "Get Hard" also marks something more notable. It's one of the few movies in the R-rated comedy genre to tackle socially relevant issues. True, it tackled them in a broad, arguably easy (and inarguably crass) way -- you don’t earn your stripes as an R-rated comedy, apparently, without extended riffs on prison...

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Kevin Hart to receive Comedic Genius honor at MTV Movie Awards

It's official: Kevin Hart is a genius.

The 35-year-old comedian and actor will be honored with the Comedic Genius Award at this year's MTV Movie Awards, the network announced Monday evening.

Known for his bombastic yet self-deprecating style, motormouthed quips, diminutive stature and tireless work ethic, Hart can currently be seen in the big-screen comedy "Get Hard" opposite Will Ferrell, the first recipient of the Comedic Genius Award.

Hart's other movie credits include "Ride Along," "Think Like a Man" and its sequel, "About Last Night," and "The Wedding Ringer."

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will present the award, which MTV said is intended to "honor Hart for his bold and irreverent comedic style that has captivated audiences from his movies and sitcoms, to stand-up specials, award show performances and in front of packed arenas of fans."

Also set to receive kudos at the show is "Insurgent" star Shailene Woodley, this year's recipient of the Trailblazer Award.

In the competitive...

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Sexual assault complaint filed against film exec Harvey Weinstein

A sexual assault complaint has been filed against film executive Harvey Weinstein, a New York City Police Department spokesman said Monday.

The spokesman said that the allegation was being investigated and that Weinstein had been questioned. Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus Vance Jr. had no immediate comment.

A Weinstein Co. spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Weinstein's PR company, Sunshine Sachs, later sent out a statement: “We are cooperating fully with the authorities, and are confident that we will be fully vindicated," it read. "We will have no further comment.”

The New York Daily News, which first reported the complaint, said the alleged victim was a 22-year-old Italian-born model. The paper said that the woman, whose name was not given, alleged that Weinstein had groped her at the Tribeca Film Center on Friday after she had attended a meeting with him there. The Tribeca Film Center is a downtown Manhattan building where the film company has offices and...

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