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.
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 Laurentlooks 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.
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.”