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Adam Sandler's MURDER MYSTERY 2 Adds Eight New Cast Members Including Mark Strong and Mélanie Laurent

Netflix’s sequel Murder Mystery 2 has added eight new cast members to join Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in solving a new whodunnit. Mark Strong (1917, Shazam!), Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds), Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim), Kuhoo Verma (The Big Sick), Enrique Arce (Money Heist), Tony Goldwyn (King Richard), Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), and Zurin Villanueva (Mother’s Milk) have signed on for the second installment, with Adeel Akhtar’s Maharajah and John Kani’s Colonel Ulenga returning.
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‘Murder Mystery 2’ Adds Mark Strong, Mélanie Laurent, Jodie Turner-Smith, Tony Goldwyn and Enrique Arce

As Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston get embroiled in another international caper for “Murder Mystery 2,” the Netflix sequel has rounded out its ensemble cast. Mark Strong, Mélanie Laurent, Jodie Turner-Smith, Kuhoo Verma, Enrique Arce, Tony Goldwyn, Annie Mumolo and Zurin Villanueva have signed on for second installment, with Adeel Akhtar’s Maharajah and John Kani’s Colonel Ulenga returning. “Murder Mystery” was a massive hit for Netflix, breaking viewership records upon its 2019 debut with the streamer reporting close to 30.9 million households tuned in over the first 3 days of release. “Murder Mystery 2” will be directed by Jeremy Garelick from a...
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Mark Strong, Mélanie Laurent, Jodie Turner-Smith & More Join ‘Murder Mystery 2’; Adeel Akhtar, John Kani To Return For Netflix Sequel

Mark Strong (Cruella, 1917), Mélanie Laurent (6 Underground, Inglorious Basterds), Jodie Turner-Smith (After Yang, Queen & Slim), Kuhoo Verma (Plan B, The Big Sick), Enrique Arce (Money Heist, Terminator: Dark Fate), Tony Goldwyn (The Hot Zone: Anthrax, King Richard), Annie Mumolo (Queenpins, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar) and Zurin Villanueva (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Detroit) have joined the cast of Murder Mystery 2, with Adeel Akhtar (The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Sweet Tooth) and John Kani (The Lion King, Black Panther) set to reprise their respective roles as The Maharajah and Colonel Ulenga. The actors will star alongside Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, who...
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Mélanie Laurent on Directing ‘The Mad Women’s Ball,’ What Happened With ‘The Nightingale,’ and What She Stole From Other Directors

One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was The Mad Women’s Ball. Written, directed by, and starring Mélanie Laurent, the film is based on the novel Le bal des folles by Victoria Mas and it’s about a woman (Lou de Laâge) unfairly institutionalized in a Paris asylum during the late 19th century and what happens while there. Laurent plays the head nurse and forms a strong bond with de Laâge’s character. While I don’t want to reveal more of the story, I’ll say Laurent does an excellent job adapting the material for the screen and bringing out great performances from the entire cast. In addition, the film shines a light on the mistreatment of women and how little control they had over their lives during that time period. The film also stars Emmanuelle Bercot, Benjamin Voisin, Cédric Khan, Christophe Montenez, Lomane De Dietrich and Grégoire Bonnet.
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Mélanie Laurent on the Undercurrent of ‘Revolution’ in Amazon’s ‘The Mad Women’s Ball’

Mélanie Laurent, one of France’s most accomplished actresses-turned-filmmakers, is in the midst of another standout year in Hollywood. After starring in Alexandre Aja’s claustrophobic sci-fi thriller Oxygen and serving on Spike Lee’s jury at the Cannes Film Festival, Laurent — who rose to fame internationally in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 war film Inglourious Basterds — has debuted her latest directorial effort on Prime Video, making it the streaming service’s first French original film.
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"I was really shocked": Mélanie Laurent on "Mad Women's Ball" and how "problem" women are controlled

Mélanie Laurent has been skillfully directing films for a decade now (and acting in them for twice as long). She has a real talent behind the camera, as she illustrated with the drama "Galveston," a flinty noir, and "Breathe," about two moody French classmates. Her latest film, "The Mad Women's Ball," adapted from Victoria Mas' historical novel, is equally superb.
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TIFF Review: The Mad Women’s Ball is an Emotionally Shattering Period Piece From Mélanie Laurent

With the TIFF world premiere The Mad Women’s Ball (Le Bal des folles), Mélanie Laurent proves again to be an equal force in front of and behind the camera. There are the deeply memorable performances in Inglourious Basterds, Le Concert, Beginners, Enemy, and Alexandre Aja’s Oxygen. (The latter, a Netflix picture, was essentially a one-person show.) She also released a lovely album, En t’attendant, in 2011; the title track features one of the most positively glorious screams ever recorded. In the last decade, Laurent has directed six films—2011’s The Adopted, 2014’s Breathe, 2015’s Tomorrow (co-helmed with Cyril Dion), 2017’s Diving, 2018’s Galveston, and now The Mad Women’s Ball. Her latest is without question her most ambitious, finest film.
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‘The Mad Women’s Ball’ Director Melanie Laurent on Why She Set Out to Make a Period Piece From a Female Perspective

The actress-writer-director discusses her latest drama 'Le Bal des Folles', which marks Amazon's first original French feature. Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds was French actress Melanie Laurent’s breakout role in Hollywood, and she followed that up with starring roles in Now You See Me and 6 Underground. But Laurent also has...
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‘The Mad Women’s Ball’ (‘Le Bal des folles’): Film Review | TIFF 2021. Mélanie Laurent directs and stars in this French thriller about a woman unjustly institutionalized by her family. ‘The Mad Women’s Ball’ Director Melanie Laurent on Why She Set Out to Make a Period Piece From a Female...
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Fest Trailer for 'The Mad Women's Ball' Directed by Mélanie Laurent

"Is it true that you communicate with the dead, Mademoiselle?" An early trailer is out for the French drama The Mad Women's Ball, which is premiering at the upcoming 2021 Toronto Film Festival soon before debuting on Amazon Prime Video. From TIFF: The latest from writer-director-actor Mélanie Laurent is a chilling tale of spectral visions and institutional abuse set in 19th-century France. The film stars Mélanie Laurent, who also wrote & directed it; she's also joined by César Domboy, Lou de Laâge, Benjamin Voisin, Emmanuelle Bercot, Cédric Kahn, Coralie Russier, plus Martine Chevallier. A woman who is unfairly institutionalized at Paris asylum plots to escape with the help of one of its nurses. Based on the novel "Le bal des folles" by Victoria Mas, out now in hardcover for those interested in also reading this "darkly sumptuous tale of wicked spectacle, wild injustice and the insuppressible strength of women." This plays like a first look teaser more than a full trailer - expect to see more before it debuts later in September.
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