HAPPY NEW YEAR
TOP TEN – 2014
IT’S GONNA BE A GOOD YEAR
To get you in the mood, here’s our
TOP TEN THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2014:
It was a close call, but with France’s 3-2 aggregate victory over Ukraine in November, the Bleus are heading to Brazil for the World Cup. France is sitting at 7th place in the odds at 20 to 1, and at the top of their group, it should be exciting to see them advance.
Toucher du bois! (Knock on wood in French!)
Another high-action film this year from the prolific Luc Besson, Lucy stars Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule living in Taiwan who accidentally ingests her product.
Side-effects include telekinesis, super-human intelligence, and immunity to pain.
According to Besson’s production company, EuropaCorp, Lucy will have the largest budget in the company’s history.
A former home to Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway, dined at by Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole in How to Steal a Million, and featured in Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, the Hôtel Ritz has been well used by Paris. So it’s understandable that it had to finally close its doors for renovations in August 2012. The Ritz will reopen this July and we are very excited to see what they’ve done with the place.
Despite the creepy movie poster, Yves Saint Laurent looks pretty dang good. Praised by Paris Match and Elle Magazine, the film recounts the life of Saint Laurent from 1957, his debut as assistant to Christian Dior, to 1976, the year of his Collection Opéra-Ballets Russes.
Playing in cinemas now!
9. 33 DIAS
33 Dias, starring Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso, tells the story of the emotional 33 days Picasso spent painting his famous anti-war mural Guernica.
Guernica was created in response to bombings by German and Italian forces supporting the nationalists during the Spanish civil war. It’s unveiling at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris helped bring attention to the conflict.
While there’s no date confirmed for Amélie the musical, we’re really keeping our fingers crossed that 2014 will be its year. Adapted for the stage by two-time Tony Award nominated playwright Craig Lucas, and scored by Brooklyn-based indie musician and composer Dan Messe, it is sure to be good. Right? However, director of Amélie the film, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, said in an interview with a French radio station last August that the idea of a musical adaptation “disgusts me.”