September 18, 2013 |
It appears there will be no Miel de Boo-Boo . But if the French version of Honey Boo Boo will never happen, the reason for it is actually pretty stunning, even to those of us who have managed to avoid the original version: The French government is moving toward a ban on beauty pageants for little girls. Let's stipulate that most of us are sickened by the sight of padded bras and thongs (we're not talking about the flip-flops banned in two San Juan Capistrano parks)
September 14, 2013 |
American culture was more than a fascination for Jean-Pierre Melville; it was a defining component of the French director's persona and life's work. There was the surname he adopted, the Stetson hats he favored, the Cadillac he piloted through the streets of Paris. Above all, there was the hard-boiled sensibility of gangster movies from the 1930s and '40s, an attitude he polished into a new cinematic minimalism, bone-cold and bittersweet. Melville got to exercise his vision stateside only twice.
September 12, 2013 |
Gilles Legrand's harrowing psychological drama "You Will Be My Son," which opened Wednesday, is a study in contrasts. Set in a lush French vineyard estate in Saint-Émilion near Bordeaux, the film captures the beauty and bouquet of the legendary wine region. But behind the walls of the estate lurks a dark ugliness: Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup), the passionate, brilliant winemaker with the heart of a monster who treats his mild-mannered grown son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) like a dog. Though his son has tried all his life to please his widower father, Paul doesn't think Martin has what it takes to take over the family business.
September 12, 2013 |
The fallout over Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics has begun. So to speak. A satirical French newspaper called Le Canard enchaine has published cartoons that reference both the Games and radioactive leaks at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. One cartoon shows a pair of sumo wrestlers with extra arms and legs. They are wrestling in front of the plant while a commentator says: "Thanks to Fukushima, sumo wrestling is now an Olympic sport. " Another cartoon shows two people in protective gear inspecting an Olympic pool with their Geiger counter.
September 5, 2013 |
The less seriously the genial French comedy "Populaire" takes itself, the more amusing it is. Fortunately, with small exceptions, this film doesn't take itself very seriously at all. Nominated for five Cesars and a box-office hit in France, "Populaire" is, for the most part, the fluffiest of French light comedies, though its accomplished stars, Romain Duris and Déborah François, have previously made strong impressions in serious roles: Duris in...
September 4, 2013 |
PARIS -- French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told the National Assembly on Wednesday that France must take action in the face of Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons. Opening a parliamentary debate on the possibility of military intervention in Syria, where the government of President Bashar Assad is suspected of launching a chemical weapons strike on civilians last month, Ayrault said he hoped France's position would be supported by other European countries and those in the Middle East, including members of the Arab League.
September 2, 2013 |
If your heat-baked brain is already contemplating ski season, you might consider a pass that's good at European ski areas as well as Colorado, Utah and California resorts. The 2013-14 Epic Season Pass from Vail Resorts recently added five free days of skiing and riding at Les 3 Vallees in France, an area that includes resorts at Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle. It's also good for five days at Verbier , Switzerland, and Arlberg, Austria.
September 1, 2013 |
PARIS -- In France, lawmakers seized on President Obama's decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria as an argument for holding their own vote on a potential armed intervention. French President Francois Hollande has said his country would join the U.S. in punishing Bashar Assad's regime for allegedly ordering a chemical attack that killed hundreds of people. But opposition parties in France warned Hollande not to make any “hasty decisions” and demanded a vote in the National Assembly, even though Hollande is obliged neither to call nor to heed such a vote.
August 30, 2013 |
With the sleekly trashy misfire "Passion," Brian De Palma turns his gift for artfully decadent imitation into a kind of regrettably soulless greatest-hits packaging. Frenchman Alain Corneau's venal 2010 thriller "Love Crime" is the skeleton, its story only slightly reworked by the man behind "Dressed to Kill. " It's now Rachel McAdams as the cold-blooded corporate executive with manipulative boardroom and bedroom designs on her seemingly mousy creative underling, played here by Noomi Rapace.
August 27, 2013 |
Forget the old-fashioned hamburger with a side of fries. This fall, Burger King is offering a burger with the fries built right in. On Sept. 1, the fast-food chain will introduce the French Fry Burger, a standard hamburger with four French fries inserted between the beef patty and the bun, the Associated Press reports. The French Fry Burger may not be a complicated culinary offering, but it is cheap: The burger and four fries between a bun will cost you just $1 from Sept. 1 through the end of the fall, according to the AP report. And if the four French fries in the burger curb your craving for a side of fries, you will save on calories: The French Fry Burger has 390 calories, while a burger and a medium side of fries will run you 650 calories, according to information on the fast-food chain's website.