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in Interviews / 06.11.2019

Interview with Chantal Ladesou: “I reserve my extravagance for the stage, which is the only place I allow myself to do nearly anything”

On the occasion of the premiere of the comedy Who's that Granny we publish an interview with the actress Chantal Ladesou (grandmother Aurore in the movie) and we invite you to the cinemas from November 8th to see the comedy in which she plays the main role!

In Who’s that Granny, the team behind the success We are Family is back for a new comic adventure!

After two years of living together as a happy family in their own apartment, the patchwork bunch of seven half-sisters and half-brothers are forced to split up and move out.

They reluctantly go their separate ways for summer vacation. But when little Gulliver gets sent alone to his eccentric Grandma Aurore, known for her penchant to party and zero parenting skills, the kids take matters into their own hands: they all show up at her house for the summer!

Life with Granny Aurore is anything but ordinary. She doesn’t cook, she goes out clubbing every night and never gets up before 2:00 pm. Looks like they’ve got to teach Aurore how to be a real grandmother. It’s a tough mission to take on, because Granny Aurore is a real tornado of energy and extravagance. But honestly, a grandma who can also be your best friend, doesn’t that sound like a dream?

In We are Family, the children were the ones who called all the shots. Did you expect the sequel to hand over that role to their "granny", meaning you?  
Chantal Ladesou:  I was totally surprised. Gaby (the director, Gabriel Julien-Laferrière) hinted to me that my role would be bigger this time, but not to the point of becoming the film's main character and having the honor of being in the title! When he had me read his new script, of course I was wildly happy about it! Not because "Granny" had snatched the star role from the kids, but because I got to play her again, and this time with the opportunity of fully exploring her imagination and complexity. And I also have to admit, it was the first time anyone offered me the lead role in a film. After about thirty films playing supporting roles, my little acting ego got a great boost!

Did the responsibility of taking on the title role of a movie frighten you?
If I had parachuted from out of nowhere, into totally foreign territory, I probably would have really flipped out. But in this case, since I already knew the crew and my character, everything was smooth and easy. I took being promoted to this "granny" as a stroke of luck. I don't get to have that much fun with a character in a movie very often.   

Why did you say yes to being in the first film of this adventure?  
I loved the story of this separated and remixed family. At first sight, everyone blended together in a pretty random way, as emotional impulses surfaced. The screenplay was well-structured, and at the same time funny, looney, empathetic and warm, just like a lot of "Benetton" families I know! What I also liked about it is the way it turned the world upside down:  faced with the adolescent immaturity of their parents, the children were the ones who took control and decided to live together in the same apartment. In the middle of that joyful bazaar, my eccentric granny character delighted me. The part wasn't very big, but I liked its craziness and freedom. Acting-wise, it was as great as it promised to be.  

Besides your role, what made you so thrilled about the sequel?
First, the script. Even if it doesn't have the same structure as the first film - which is actually a good thing! - I also thought it was well-constructed. At first, with all those little scenes about these blended families going to various places on vacation with their children, it seems scattered, like a patchwork, multicolored and cool. And then it gets tighter, brings together its little group and closes up like an umbrella. That "centrifugal" construction seemed to be smart as well as charming. Besides that, I was happy to get back together with that "family" of actors, adults and children alike. The adults because in addition to being "aces" on set, they are all exquisite and funny human beings. The kids because each one is endearing in their own way.

They say that acting with children can turn into a nightmare.  
It's true that it can be a hellish exercise:  children get tired fast, their powers of concentration can be short-lived, they don't always respect the "blocking" and acting can bore them quite quickly. It's very hard to get a kid motivated again when he's lagging or doesn't want to do another take.  

So it was pretty logical that when I imagined myself faced with seven kids of all different ages, no matter how much I wanted to do it, I was a little uneasy about shooting We are Family. My fears soon disappeared. All seven behaved like real pros. Gaby had done a good job getting them ready. He'd taken them all out to the countryside. Not to rehearse, just so they could get to know each other and become friends. Between the water fights, pillow fights and all the rest of the tomfoolery, night and day, it made for a pretty raucous weekend. But the seven of them had bonded. On set, coached and managed by Karin Catala, a woman who is gentle, yet energetic and motherly, not only were they extremely disciplined, they also really worked together and were very respectful of everyone. Some of them even came and asked us for bits of advice, which they followed so carefully it was touching. After shooting the first film, which had gone smoothly for the whole team, the little troop kept in touch, so getting back together for Who's That Granny?! was a real joy. The only difference was that the kids had grown up and Gulliver (Sadio Diallo) and I had been promoted!

Do you still identify with the granny you left behind two years ago?
Yes, her personality hasn't changed a bit. She is just as extravagant and independent as ever. But now that she's front and center, she progresses in plain view. Beneath her eccentricity and lifestyle, which seems so rebellious, you discover an amazingly powerful woman. Besides succeeding in bringing everyone together, she has her own special way of taking the children under her wing, helping them to break out of their cocoons and overcome their fears, which fuels that really symbolic sequence I love so much, jumping into the water from the top of the cliff. In the second film, it's not the granny who's changed, it's the children who have grown up and become even more reasonable, as well as the parents, who have become more mature as they have aged and now take their educational role more seriously.

What do you, Chantal Ladesou, have in common with this "granny"?  
A lot of things:  exuberance, joy, sarcasm, a touch of madness, the absolute necessity of feeling free, and also being sensitive and affectionate to the point of not being able to express it sometimes. The only thing we don't have in common is her promiscuity. Not only am I very prude in that respect, but I've been married for 47 years to a very jealous man who wouldn't tolerate me even lifting a finger! And that's mutual, actually! (laughs) But to get back to my granny, I'm probably a little more traditional in my daily life than she is. I dress more conservatively and my behavior is less eccentric. I reserve my extravagance for the stage, which is the only place I allow myself to do nearly anything.

Are you also the kind of actress who sticks to the script?   
In the theater, especially in my "solo shows", I like to indulge in little verbal digressions. But in films, even if I let myself go sometimes, I generally stay on track with the script, especially if the dialogue is good. For this film, as well as the previous one, I was lucky:  Gaby had tailored my dialogue for me. I had some fabulous lines, like "Don't call me granny, it gives me wrinkles!" When you have lines like that to deliver, you don't change a single comma. The comic impact they have is equivalent to a rocket ship!

For you, what's the difference between acting for theater and film?
In theater, there is immediacy. You can't go back, so too bad if you screw up! But you can pace around freely - for example, leave the stage and join the audience. It's a lot of adrenaline, but it's also a source of stimulation that I have a hard time doing without for very long. Movies give you a different feeling. Lighting, timing, blocking - everything has to be spot-on. You project your voice less, the acting is more internal, you look for precision. I like the discipline, it makes me focus. The only thing that annoys me is when we have to redo takes. I feel like I'm losing simplicity and spontaneity.

Who do you think Who's That Granny?! was made for?  
For everyone. It's a bright, energetic family comedy that gives some good advice for life and brings along lots of wonderful values, such as mutual respect and accepting differences. My husband really liked it, and so did my daughter, which proves that it's intergenerational. Of course, they're not in the least bit biased!

Are you, Chantal Ladesou, a granny in real life?  
Yes, but my grandchildren aren't as old as my character's grandkids are. My grandson is three and my granddaughter is only one. It's too bad, I'll have to wait a while before showing them the movie!




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in Events / 14.08.2019

After Movie wins three Teen Choice Awards 2019

There were plenty of surfboards to go around to celebrate the 2019 Teen Choice Awards, and blockbuster After got three of them!

For weeks, fans voted both online and via social media for their favorite celebrities, movies, TV shows, songs and more to win.

On Sunday, the results were presented, for the first time ever, at Hermosa Beach, California, to honor those that came out on top.

Pretty Little LiarsLucy Hale and YouTuber David Dobrik co-hosted the live show, which included performances from OneRepublic, Mabel and Jordan McGraw and Sarah Hyland.

After Movie won three awards:

Choice Drama Movie – After
Choice Drama Movie Actor – Hero Fiennes Tiffin for After
Choice Drama Movie Actress – Josephine Langford for After

The 2019 Teen Choice Awards aired live on Fox.

Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Josephine Langford filmed a special thank you message for all their fans, following their wins at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards.

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This fandom is the absolute best and we are soooo blown away by winning THREE #TeenChoiceAwards,” they captioned with a video from the set of the sequel.

Josephine and Hero added, “Thank you so much for your support on the first movie and we can’t wait for you to see what we’re doing with After We Collided. Love you all so much!”.

You can watch the video here: Prorom Instagram.




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in Events / 06.08.2019

Roger Kumble will direct After We Collided

We finally have a “captain” at the helm of After We Collided - the second, much anticipated sequel to After movie.

Director Roger Kumble will be taking the lead behind the camera, and his resume is something of cult classic movie magic!

Kumble made his feature-film-directorial debut with 1999’s Sony Pictures box-office hit, Cruel Intentions, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair. His screenplay transposed the French novel Dangerous Liaisons to modern New York.

He followed with the Sony Pictures comedy The Sweetest Thing, starring Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Jason Bateman and Thomas Jane, and New Line Cinema’s Just Friends, starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and Amy Smart.

He also directed Martin Lawrence, Raven-Symoné and Donny Osmond in Disney’s successful family-comedy College Road Trip.

Most recently, he has directed episodes of the television series Entourage, Suits, Pretty Little Liars, Revenge and Ringer starring Cruel Intentions actors Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Thomas.

After We Collided, the sequel to blockbuster After will start shooting soon, and the cast include Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Josephine Langford, Selma Blair.

Prorom will release After We Collided in 2020 in the following territories: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia.




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in Interviews / 15.04.2019

Exclusive interview with Anna Todd: “If you like to be entertained, go see After!”

Here is an exclusive interview with the bestselling author of After series, Anna Todd. Anna visited Bucharest, Romania in october 2018 and we talked about the After movie that is going to be released in cinemas this weekend.

Hi Anna, nice to meet you! Because you’re an author I have to ask you.. You prefer read the book and then see the movie or vice-versa?
Anna Todd: Definitely the book first. Because I've always been a reader my whole life. So I rather read the book and then see the movie.

What was the inspiration for the After book besides the One Direction thing that everyone knows? Is there a specific book? Or a specific movie?
Anna: Yes there are a lot of different ones, honestly. For the book was mostly like Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Hemingway… When you read the After series you can see that the characters talk a lot about literature, so there a lot or parallels between those stories and mine. I was also inspired by the movies like 10 Things I Hate about You, She’s All that… because of the ending. Is kind of the same. Like it’s a deal kind of… the girls been tricked it in that situation. Also I got inspiration from Vampire Diaries… The character Hardin is not the typical romance hero. In my books he is more harsh than most…

I’m glad you mention 10 Things I Hate About You… I think is one of the greatest comedies of the ’90. They also made a sequel, but it didn’t have anything in common with the first one…

Anna: Yes… I hate when they do that! They do that with the Cruel Intentions… I loved that movie. Cruel Intentions is like After 2, you will see. But they do this with the second Cruel Intentions – and I was like “What was this??”. Like… I did not want that!

But you think that this first movie – After could be the beginning of a franchise? Or is just a standalone movie?
Anna: The After movie is the adaptation of the first book.  And even some of material from the first book we save it for… hopefully After 2. Because the first book is soooo long. It was impossible to fit it all.

You were involved in the production of the movie - you also worked at the screenplay?
Anna: Yeah, I got really lucky because we sold it to a smaller studio first, so I had a lot of control… I was at every casting, I chose the cast… I’m also a producer on the movie, I was on set every single day. So I was very involved. So I know exactly every scene.

So the Movie is a lot like you imagined to be…
Anna: Yes. Honestly it was a lot like this. I got to help choose some of the locations… if the bedroom didn’t look right or something in the room didn’t seem right we will move it. So I had a lot of control (laughing). We were really lucky.

Yes, you were! Not a lot of authors can do that…
Anna: Yes. Most of them can’t. So I got really lucky.

So when they choose the actors, you have some control?
Anna: Yes. Basically everyone that I want got the roles. But not just because of me, because we were all grup voting. But with Hero, specially… Hith him basically was “I will quit if you don’t hire him like… Now”. Because I knew it’s him. We met so many… and he wasn’t my favourite in the beginning, until I met him in person. And then I just knew… and everyone agreed with me. And then on the set they all said “Thank you”. Because he is perfect for this role. He is a Fiennes. Ralph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes are his uncles. So he came from this business, he knows how to work hard and he is not like “lazy” or “millennial”… is really great!

How was with the director of the movie?
Anna: I got to meet a couple different choices. And she and I hit if off, and It was great. So I had some meetings with her before we started pre-production, and I worked a lot with the script… Some parts of the script I actually wrote myself. So it was a really collaborate effort.  A lot of times when the studios will buy adaptations they say “We want to keep closes to the book”… but they don’t. With mine, they didn’t have a choice, because I was always there (laughing).

The director read the book first?
Anna: Yes, she did. And also a big part of the cast, they read the whole series. So it was really good to have this people who really want to make it closes is possible. Of course, there are some things that we need it to change because of timing, but it was really good.

In the movie some things differ from the books...
Anna: Yes it’s a different medium. And I tried to tell my readers.. it’s never gonna be exactly the same, and for me it doesn’t bother me if the people say “the book is better”… because I made the book! (laughing). So I’m like… thank you!


How was the experience in Romania?
Anna: Amazing. Everyone was so nice, and the readers…. Last night were so many people… We didn’t know there will be so many people. Some people came because they told me online, but it was amazing.

You didn’t get tired of this fan meetings?
Anna: No. At the signings actually is great. I don’t know if it’s because the people have some much energy, but every time, even if during the day… no matter where I am I’ll be tired… and then immediately when I meet them I’m fine. Because they are really excited to see me and I feel it will be kind of unfair to be indifferent. Because they waited in this crowded book store for me. They paid for my books with their money that they earned.

You go also to the conventions? You go to Comic Con? You have a TV Show that you prefer?
Anna: I went to Vampire Diaries Convention, because it’s my favourite series ever. Also The Originals, I like Supernatural also. I was at the New York Comic Con, so I’m a fan girl! (laughing).

I know what you say! I’m also fan of the conventions – I was many times at London Film & Comic Con, and my dream it’s to go to San Diego Comic Con – because it’s the biggest convention in the world.
Anna: Yes! I was there twice with my publisher. And I was like… please schedule me for this, and for that!… Because I wanted to go to many panels. And they were like “You are here to work” and me… “Yeah, yeah, yeah… but I want to see this and that…”. So It was like work and pleasure. Mostly pleasure (laughing).

I think it’s interesting because this conventions gives you the chance to meet your idols.
Anna: Yes. It’s really cool. And also to be in a place where everyone loves the same stuff. At the Comic Con they had a Game of Thrones costume party. And it’s incredible, because there are 1000 people all dressed in characters from Game of Thrones. And it’s so cool! It’s the coolest thing to see all this people happy and they are with other people that loved the same stuff. It’s a special experience.

You are a collector? Do you collect something? You have a passion?
Anna: My favourite author is Cassandra Clare. I have tattoos from her books, I collect different editions of her books from every country that I go to. So I always buy this one… is called Clockwork Princess. It’s my favourite one, and I always buy it from every country. And then sometimes readers will bring it, because they know I collect it… So I have like 10 copies in Russian (laughing). So in my house I have a lot of bookshelves, obviously. And one of this bookshelves is full with Cassandra Claire books.  And every time that she comes with a new edition… I buy it. In one of the editions they just change the spine, and I bought them all again. So this is what I collect.

So you will need also the Romanian edition.
Anna: Yes, I will look for it.

How important is for you the opinion of the fans in the future evolution of the stories that you will write?
Anna: Mostly is their emotions that I take in consideration. When they tell me on Wattpad “I can’t believe this happened” or “I want this to happen”. I don’t really listen of their specific plot things. Because in my mind, whatever I write, that’s the story. But I like to push things, to play with them emotions, I’m like like a puppet master with my characters.

What it’s your opinion on social media? In your case that helped you a lot, but it seems that the technology nowadays is trying to separate us from the emotions… everyone has a telephone and is addicted to it.
Anna: I have a mixed of opinion about that. I think one because my whole career started this way. If It'd never been read online, It would never have been published. But I do connect with so many people from around the world… I talk with girls from Romania, Japan, Australia, US, Hungary… all this places that I never had contact with them before. So in that way, I love it. On my Facebook are 15.000 people, and there from around the world, and they are all friends now, they Skype each other, they talk about their problems, and they feel they have friends, even if in their life are shy.
But I see also the other side -- we can not talk with people anymore… and for young people is so much pressure on social media… Because on Instagram and Facebook everyone’s lives look so perfect. So basically I love the connection that you can have with people from all over the world, but I also hate the way that threats young people.

If you were in my place, what question would you asked yourself?
Anna: No one really asked me what is the first thing that I think in the whole book. Because for me I have a very speciffic start. And it’s never the first page. It’s always this one scene that is always like in my head and then I build the beginning and the end of this one thing. Everyone is asking where is starts the book, no one asks how does the book become a book. Like in the scene from The Brightest Star… the guy has a problem with his leg. And is starts building the story from there. I asked myself why is he in this situation, what got him to be this way, or that way… and so one...

It’s like a screenplay of a movie. Because when they shoot a film they don’t film in the order of the sequences.
Anna: Yes, exactly. Is like a puzzle. I never write in order, it’s weird. Sometime I have to fill it all the blanks between sequences. I never now where the story ends, when I start writing. Even with this story (The Brightest Star). I now the story in the second one, because I’m almost finished with it. But with the third one… i have no idea. With the second one I got them so far apart, I have no clue how I will keep them together. It’s fun to write that way, because it feels like… exciting and anything could happen.

What can you tell me about the Together1Heart organization that you support?
Anna: I have this friend, the actress AnnaLynne McCord – she is the president of this foundation. What they do… they save girls – mostly in Cambodia,  from sex slavery. They have saved over 150 girls in the last four years. And some cases are unbelievable!  It’s crazy that people are doing this! It’s crazy that people lived this way, and people want to hurt their children, and use their body for money. But are doing all over the world, not only in Cambodia. But AnnaLynne is doing some much with this organization, she spends Christmas with this girls, she goes to Cambodia for times a year. So this organization literally saved so many girls.

Can you tell me a few words about this new novel, The Brightest Star?
Anna: The guy in this book is an ex-military and he has a lot of trauma from there, and she is a therapist. And they live in Georgia. This book deals with a lot of political things and racism. The main character is a black men and the girl is white, which in romance is really hard to find, honestly. There are always both white. In the U.S. at least. Or is a book written by a black author – and then are both black. My husband is black, and even before I was married, I never really dated people of my own race. So I remember as a reader “Why can’t I find stories about white women and black men?”. And if there is one is extremely erotic, or very stereotypical. I just wanna to be able to pick up a love story and it didn’t matther what race is was. And so with this one story I kind of did that. You don’t know that he is black until many pages in the book. I don’t put any people on my covers, no matter what the country. So you don’t know what they look like.

In the end, you have a message for your fans in Romania?
Anna: Thank you for your support and I’m happy to be here, and go see After in cinemas from April 19. And I hope you love it.

And for someone who did’t read the book and want to see the movie?
If you like family dramas – because it’s not just romance, even if you don’t like romance – there is a lot about the family in it. So if you like family dramas, and you like to be entertained, go see After!

Thank you very much!
Anna: Thank you!

Interview by Emanuel Lăzărescu. Many thanks to Teodora Ivan from Trei Publishing House.




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in Hollywood / 05.03.2019

Frank Grillo Joins Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in Hitman’s Wife's Bodyguard

According to Variety, Frank Grillo has been tapped to join the star-studded cast of Lionsgate’s forthcoming action comedy sequel Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.

Grillo will be portraying the role of an Interpol agent who will enlist the help of Michael (Ryan Reynolds), Darius (Samuel L. Jackson) and Sonia (Salma Hayek) to stop a cyber attack in Europe.

Grillo will be joining the returning cast members Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, who are all set to reprise their roles from the first movie.

The original movie, released in the summer of 2017, grossed $75.5 million in the U.S. and more than $180 million globally. His production budget was $30 million.

In the first film, the world’s top protection agent (Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. Hayek played the role of Sonia Kincaid, the hitman’s wife.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard will again be directed by Patrick Hughes with Tom O’Connor to serve as the film’s scriptwriter.

Millenium Media’s Matt O’Toole and Campbell Grobman Film’s Les Weldon are producing the sequel. Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman of Campbell Grobman along with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Jeffrey Greenstein and Jonathan Yunger of Millennium are all set to executive produce.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is expected to begin its production in March. The release date is set for 2020.

Frank Grillo will soon be seen in cinemas this year in the action thriller Boss Level alongside Mel Gibson and Michelle Yeoh.




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