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Lotus Entertainment/ROAR Boards ‘French Touch’ With French Singer David Hallyday (EXCLUSIVE)

Lotus Entertainment and ROAR have boarded “French Touch,” a music-filled coming-of-age movie set in New York, starring French singer-songwriter David Hallyday and his real-life daughter Emma Smet.

The film will be directed by Shirley Monsarrat, who most recently helmed season 7 of the French teen hit series “Skam.” Jay Froberg at ROAR and Jeremie Guiraud at Lotus Entertainment are producing, alongside Otto Eckstein, who also penned the original screenplay.

“French Touch” takes place in 2007 in Brooklyn, and follows Elle Leclerq (Smet) who clashes with her father Matthieu (Hallyday), a Parisian DJ and 70’s disco icon, as she discovers French house music and experiences an epic summer of musical exploration, parties and romance.

“We are thrilled to have David and Emma play father and daughter in ‘French Touch,'” said Eckstein. “Music is essential to the film and is a world David and Emma are certainly familiar with,” added the writer-producer. Eckstein also said the film would be “an ode to disco and its influence on French Touch.”

Lenny Beckerman, Rachel Lauder and Barry Lederman will executive produce “French Touch.” Filming is slated to begin early 2022 in Brooklyn.

Hallyday, who is the son of the late French rock star Johnny Hallyday, will next be seen in Lamberto Bava’s “Twins” alongside Gerard Depardieu, while Smet stars in the hit daily series “Tomorrow Is Ours” on TF1. Eckstein is currently developing a TV series based on a modern reimagining of Dorian Gray for producers Bryan Zuriff and Ivey Hardin (“Ray Donovan”).

Hallyday is represented by Central Artists and AS Talents; Smet is represented by Agents Associés; Eckstein is represented by ROAR; Monsarrat is represented by Time-Art.

Source: Lotus Entertainment/ROAR Boards ‘French Touch’ With French Singer David Hallyday (EXCLUSIVE)

This week’s home entertainment: from The Underground Railroad to Fargo

Moonlight film-maker Barry Jenkins brings this highly anticipated TV adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer prize-winning 2016 novel, telling the story of escaped slaves making their way north in the early 19th-century US. Thuso Mbedu stars as the escaped slave Cora Randall; Joel Edgerton is the menacing slave catcher Ridgeway.Friday 14 May, Amazon Prime Video

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This true-crime doc provides candid access to the people who knew Britain’s most infamous gangsters, Ronnie and Reggie Kray. It also uncovers never-before-seen artefacts, including personal photographs, audio recordings from prison and their lengthy MI5 files.Thursday 13 May, BritBox

Volume two of this NSFW animated anthology series – co-produced by David Fincher – features shorts helmed by the likes of the Deadpool director Tim Miller and Kung Fu Panda 2’s Jennifer Yuh Nelson. Expect tales of desolate planets, loners, and one scary Christmas story.Friday 14 May, Netflix

Partners in crime … Emily Beecham and Lily James in The Pursuit of Love. Photograph: Robert Viglasky

Lily James, Dominic West and Andrew Scott star in this period comedy-drama, set in the 1920s and 30s and adapted by Emily Mortimer from Nancy Mitford’s classic novel of the same name. James plays the love-obsessed wild child Linda Radlett, who sweeps up her cousin and best friend Fanny Logan (Emily Beecham) in her scandalous adventures.Sunday 9 May, 9pm, BBC One

Kasia Smutniak plays Livia Drusilla, ancient Rome’s most powerful empress, in this big-budget historical epic. Over eight episodes we chart Livia’s rise from naive young girl, battling up through the ranks in a brutal society via conspiracy, seduction and murder.Friday 14 May, 9pm, Sky Atlantic

Co-created by John Singleton, this fourth season of the hit LA-based drugs drama follows dealer Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) as he looks to expand his empire. He soon encounters problems as the CIA closes in and his new territories meet fierce opposition from a rival gang.Sunday 9 May, 11pm, BBC Two

Primary scholars … Motherland. Photograph: Scott Kershaw

Sharon Horgan and co’s cringe-inducing comedy about permanently harangued mums returns for a third series. The recently divorced Amanda has to deal with a difficult Mother’s Day, while Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin) learns that her’s needs somewhere to live.Monday 10 May, 9pm, BBC Two

The darkly comic anthology series, created by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, is back and weirder than ever. Expect a mixture of slapstick and psychological intrigue, featuring guest stars including Sian Clifford, Adrian Dunbar and Derek Jacobi.Monday 10 May, 9.30pm, BBC Two

Accused of war crimes in Iraq, young soldier Brian Wood (Anthony Boyle) faces determined human rights lawyer Phil Shiner (Toby Jones) in this feature-length drama based on the highly publicised al-Sweady inquiry. Pauline Turner and Alex Ferns co-star.Wednesday 12 May, 9pm, BBC Two

Rock in a hard place … Chris Rock in Fargo. Photograph: Elizabeth Morris

Set in the same fictional universe as the 1996 Coen brothers film, this series written by Noah Hawley has proved a slow-burn hit. Now in its fourth season and transplanted to a new era – the 1950s – with a new set of characters, it stars Chris Rock as the head of a Kansas City crime syndicate, warring with local Italian mafiosos.Sunday 9 May, 10pm, Channel 4


This ambitious 12-part series charts an audio collaboration with more than 100 participants – including writers, comics, journalists and scientists – to artistically make sense of our rapidly changing world. Hosted by Remona Aly, Desiree Burch, Sophie Duker, Terry Gilliam, Nish Kumar and Chris McCausland, episode one features the spoken-word artist Testament.Weekly, widely available

Outspoken comic Paul Chowdhry takes the helm of this pod, analysing his route into comedy and the career choices of his guests, including fellow comics such as Russell Howard and London Hughes and drum’n’bass pioneer Goldie, who talks through his difficult relationship with his own past.Weekly, widely available

The short-lived plan for a European Super League has sparked something of a reckoning among football fans and their teams’ billionaire owners, and Max Rushden is reliably on hand with his roster of pundits to analyse the fallout. Recent episodes have also included discussions on the joy of watching football with friends, and the effects of Brexit.Weekly, the Guardian

Gearing up to reintegrate into society again? For some carefully constructed perspectives to palm-off as your own look no further: with straight-talking journalist Jane Coaston at the helm, this opinion podcast analyses the big, newsworthy topics, from cancel culture to vaccine passports. More chardonnay, anyone?Weekly, widely available

Journalist Alexander Provan and artist Nikita Gale host this brainy new pod exploring how we understand ourselves (and others) through listening. In episode one, they touch on the revelation of the communal experience of arena concerts and how the demand to be heard manifests itself in protests. They also listen to MC Hammer.Weekly, widely available

Forget me not … Jack O’Connell in Little Fish Film

(15) (Chad Hartigan) 101 minsA disease akin to early-onset Alzheimer’s starts stripping away the memories of a swath of the US populace, including photographer Jude (Jack O’Connell), in this poignant, melancholy drama. In what plays like a less quirky Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, his wife, vet Emma (Olivia Cooke), faces up to him losing touch with their romantic history.On digital, out Mon

(15) (Agnieszka Holland) 118 minsAbsorbing biopic of 20th-century Czech herbalist and healer Jan Mikolášek, who diagnosed via urine samples and, seemingly, native instinct. Father and son Ivan and Josef Trojan play the medic in different eras, as he hides his sexuality and treats rich and poor, Nazis and Communists alike.On digital

(12A) (Christos Nikou) 91 minsA plague of amnesia is the focus of this comedy-drama about forgetting and wishing to forget, suffused with a typically Greek strain of deadpan surrealism. An ordinary man (Aris Servetalis) suddenly loses his memory and is put on a recovery programme that involves a series of peculiar tasks.Curzon Home Cinema

Ashes to ashes … Logar Lerman and John Hawkes in End of Sentence. Photograph: Allstar

(15) (Elfar Adalsteins) 96 minsMild-mannered Frank (John Hawkes) drags his estranged, recently freed convict son Sean (Logan Lerman) over to Ireland to scatter his dead wife’s ashes in this formulaic but finely worked road movie, which sidesteps any Emerald Isle shtick.On digital, out Mon

(15) (Anna Kerrigan) 86 minsIssues are unpacked, if not in great depth, in this modern-day western. The engaging Steve Zahn plays the bipolar dad of 11-year-old trans son Joe (Sasha Knight), with the two fleeing into the Rockies after Joe’s mum (Jillian Bell) fails to accept the boy for who he is.On digital

Gary Oldman is an incorrigible, vital presence in Stephen Frears’s 1987 biopic – penned by Alan Bennett – of Joe Orton, the writer of riotous 1960s stage farces Entertaining Mr Sloane and Loot. Alfred Molina is his equal as his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, whose resentment of Orton’s success and roguish behaviour leads to murder.Sunday, 10pm, Talking Pictures TV

Source: This week’s home entertainment: from The Underground Railroad to Fargo

South Milwaukee will offer 19 weeks of outdoor musical entertainment at its Downtown Market starting June 3

a group of people standing on a stage: The Madtown Mannish Boys are scheduled to perform Sept. 9 as part of South Milwaukee's Music at the Market series, which will run for 19 weeks starting June 3. © Submitted The Madtown Mannish Boys are scheduled to perform Sept. 9 as part of South Milwaukee's Music at the Market series, which will run for 19 weeks starting June 3.

Starting June 3, South Milwaukee’s Downtown Market will feed not just the body but the soul with a full lineup of musical acts.

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center partnered with the downtown market to offer the summer’s Music at the Market series from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, for 19 weeks.

“It’s a terrific collection of artists that will lift up the market, our city center and our city every week starting in June,” Mayor Erik Brooks said on his blog.

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Brian Morrison, music director for the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, said despite the first portion of last year’s schedule getting canceled because of the pandemic, it was still popular.

“Last year was one of the biggest years for attendance,” he said. “That helped this year blow up with more sponsors and supporters.”

Budget and location

Morrison, a musician himself, has been in charge of the event for four years and said it has grown quite a bit. That growth has, in turn, increased the budget for the event.

“Being a musician, I felt kind of bad asking people to almost play for nothing,” Morrison said. Since he started, the budget has nearly tripled to, on average, $300 per week.

The lineup has multiple financial sponsors including Cousins Subs, DB Tax & Wealth, Moran’s Pub, Eberhardy & Eberhardy LLP, Classic Cargo International Inc., South Milwaukee Downtown Market, Molthen-Bell & Son Funeral Home and Brian Morrison.

There is no cover charge to attend the concerts at the market near Milwaukee and 11th avenues.

The Downtown Market  features fruits, vegetables, flowers, jewelry, art and more. More details can be found at

The market space is currently under consideration for a large plaza-like development to further allow residents to enjoy music and other amenities. Morrison said he sees himself and those involved with the music series as “pioneers” to further use the space.

“I personally love the fact they’re going to invest in a community space,” Morrison said.

Booking talent

Morrison said he tries to book a variety of acts starting in February for the summer series. Some of the acts he is most looking forward to are The MilBillies, a new group to the event; the Madtown Mannish Boys, a Madison group sponsored by the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center; and the Sweet Sheiks, which Morrison described as “kind of bluegrass, kind of pop.”

“I try to book at least four, if not more, new acts each year,” Morrison said, adding that interested acts can reach out through the Downtown Market Facebook page.

Morrison said everyone he contacted was interested to sign up. Acts will perform toward the back of the raised stage with their own mic and equipment as a pandemic precaution.

“They’re completely separated from the crowd,” he said.

The full schedule

June 3: Prof. Pinkerton’s Irrelevant Quartet

June 10: The Bluegrass All Stars

June 17: Sweet Sheiks

June 24: Blues Addiction

July 1: Rohn Larson

July 8: The Shuga Blu Band

July 15: Jack Reed Group

July 22: Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

July 29: The MilBillies

Aug. 5: Sarah Day

Aug. 12: The Hungry Williams

Aug. 19: Siempre Flamenco

Aug. 26: Tom Sorce Band with Carol Hanzel

Sept. 2: Soulfoot Mombits

Sept. 9: Madtown Mannish Boys

Sept. 16: Matthew Davies

Sept. 23: Extra Crispy Brass Band

Sept. 30: She’s Right, I’m Left

Oct. 7: Val Sigal

Contact Erik S. Hanley at (262) 875-9467 or Follow him on Twitter at @ES_Hanley.

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