Jean Dujardin, Melanie Griffith set for new films, plus more movie buzz

Jean Dujardin arrives before the 84th Academy Awards Jean Dujardin arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Photo Credit: AP / Matt Sayles

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WHO Jean Dujardin

THE MOVIE "La French"

THE DEAL The Oscar-winning French star of "The Artist" is heading toward American screens again, Deadline.com reports. "La French" is based on the true story of a judge who tried to stop the French Connection, one of the world's most powerful drug cartels, during the 1970s. The period crime thriller, which was picked up for a U.S. release by the edgy Drafthouse Films imprint, will be screened in theaters on 35-mm film with a selection of vintage crime-flick trailers. It also will be made available in a limited-edition VHS release as well as DVD, Bluray and digital formats.

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WHO Melanie Griffith

THE MOVIE "Facing the Wind"

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THE DEAL The actress has joined the cast of a true-life drama about Bob Rowe, a New York lawyer searching for redemption after killing his wife and three children in 1978. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie features Alessandro Nivola ("American Hustle"), Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air") and Evan Rachel Wood ("Thirteen") and is directed by Joe Berlinger, a documentary filmmaker ("Paradise Lost") making a rare foray into the narrative feature format.

 

THE EVENT John Hubley Animation Centennial

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THE DEAL The late animator and his wife, Faith, often were spoken of as serious artists, but an upcoming retrospective will focus on their more accessible, family-friendly shorts. Along with the innovative visuals, you'll hear the voices of Dizzy Gillespie, Dudley Moore and the Hubleys' kids, Ray and Emily, who will attend the screening, who will attend the screening.

INFO Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $15, or $5 for children younger than 12. 800-838-3006, cinemaartscentre.org

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