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Noomi Rapace joins Ezra Miller on Afm-bound thriller 'The Mourner' (exclusive)

Mike Marcus of Echo Lake Entertainment producing with director Kaz Kiriya.

Swedish star Noomi Rapace has joined Ezra Miller in The Mourner, further boosting the appeal of Echo Lake Entertainment’s spiritual thriller that Paradigm and CAA represent for the world and will take to Afm next week.

The project is based on the bestselling Japanese novel of the same name by Arata Tendo and will see Rapace play a world-weary homicide detective on the trail of sex traffickers.

The investigator finds spiritual meaning in her life when she comes across a mystical young man (Miller) who mourns those dead
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Sam Hazeldine to star in First World War drama '100 Feet Below Hell' for Amp international (exclusive)

Sam Hazeldine to star in First World War drama '100 Feet Below Hell' for Amp international (exclusive)
Tom Goodman Hill, Anna Maguire, Sonny Ashbourne Serkis also among cast.

Peaky Blinders actor Sam Hazeldine will lead the cast of 100 Feet Below Hell, Jp Watts’s First World War drama which starts shooting in the UK this week.

The film will tell the true story of ‘Hellfire’ Jack Norton Griffiths who conceived of a plan to dig a tunnel under no man’s land and plant a bomb to break the deadly stalemate of the Battle of Messines. With tens of thousands already dead from the battle, the mission falls to a group of civilian miners with no military training.
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Joe Cole Recruited to Sky and Cinemax’s ‘Gangs of London’

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Joe Cole Recruited to Sky and Cinemax’s ‘Gangs of London’
Fresh from winning best actor for his performance in “A Prayer Before Dawn” at the BIFAs, Joe Cole has joined Pulse Films’ upcoming drama “Gangs of London.” Sope Dirisu (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”) has also signed up to the series, which will be on Sky in the U.K. and Cinemax in the U.S.

Production is underway on the show, which hails from writer-director Gareth Evans (“The Raid”) and is being produced by Pulse Films in association with Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures. The thriller follows the power struggle that ensues when a criminal kingpin is assassinated, creating a power vacuum, and international gangs battle for control of London’s underworld.

Evans created the show with Matt Flannery and will direct most of the 10 episodes, which will feature his hallmark complex, choreographed, fight scenes. Corin Hardy, fresh off the success of “The Nun,” will also direct several installments
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Ron Moore’s Apple Sci-Fi Series Casts Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones

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Ron Moore’s upcoming Apple series is filling out its main cast.

Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, and Sarah Jones have all been cast in the series, which takes place in a world where global space race never ended. Kinnaman will play Edward Baldwin, one of the top Nasa astronauts. Dorman and Jones have been cast as Gordo and Tracy Stevens, a prominent Nasa couple.

The role keeps Kinnaman in the TV sci-fi space, with the actor recently starring in the first season of the Netflix series “Altered Carbon.” He is also attached to the Amazon series adaptation of the film “Hanna” in a lead role. He is also known for his roles on the shows “House of Cards” and “The Killing.” On the film side, he starred in “Suicide Squad,” “Child 44,” and the “RoboCop” reboot. He is repped by Wme and Magnolia Entertainment.

Dorman currently stars in the Amazon series “Patriot,
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Jared Leto, Daniel Espinosa Team For Sony’s ‘Morbius’ Spider-Man Spinoff

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Jared Leto, Daniel Espinosa Team For Sony’s ‘Morbius’ Spider-Man Spinoff
Breaking: Jared Leto and director Daniel Espinosa are being set by Sony for Morbius, a Spider-Man Universe spinoff based on the Marvel Comics antihero Morbius the Living Vampire. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, creators of Netflix’s Lost in Space, wrote the script.

Leto, who played the iconic character The Joker in DC’s Suicide Squad and has been mentioned for a bunch of potential Joker-centric spinoffs, here will play Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who in an attempt to cure a fatal blood disease injects himself with a treatment serum derived from bats. He becomes the anti-hero Morbius. He has all the qualities of a vampire, including a taste for human blood. The character originated in the ’70s Marvel Comics as a Spider-Man nemesis in The Amazing Spider-Man #101, but he evolved into his own freestanding comic hero as the decades unfolded.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster.
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Tim Robbins to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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Tim Robbins to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the leading movie event in Central and Eastern Europe, will honor Tim Robbins with its award for outstanding contribution to world cinema, the fest announced Tuesday, and the actor will screen two pics he directed and wrote, the acerbic polemic “Bob Roberts” and the tribute to pre-wwii music and politics “Cradle Will Rock.”

Robbins, who also wrote music for several of his films, including “Bob Roberts” with brother David, will perform with The Rogues Gallery Band. Terry Gilliam will also roll into the Czech Republic spa town for the fest, running June 29 to July 7, to screen “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” his disaster-prone take on the Cervantes classic that took 18 years to complete and premiered in Cannes.

Anna Paquin will also be feted, screening the family grief road movie “The Parting Glass” along with the film’s director, her husband Stephen Moyer, screenwriter and
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Richard Gere Confirmed for First Major TV Role in 'MotherFatherSon'

Richard Gere Confirmed for First Major TV Role in 'MotherFatherSon'
Richard Gere is officially confirmed for his first major TV role in MotherFatherSon.

The eight-part original drama, which is being made by BBC Studios Drama London for BBC Two, will also star Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, Harry Potter) and Billy Howle (Witness for the Prosecution, On Chesil Beach) and was written and created by Tom Rob Smith, whose credits include Child 44, London Spy and FX's recent hit The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

"It’s been almost 30 years since I worked in television," Gere said Tuesday in a statement. "I’m so pleased to be ...
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‘Testament Of Youth’ Director James Kent Joins Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’, Richard Gere In Talks For First Major TV Role

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‘Testament Of Youth’ Director James Kent Joins Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’, Richard Gere In Talks For First Major TV Role
Exclusive: Testament Of Youth director James Kent is on board to direct the first two episodes of upcoming BBC2 drama MotherFatherSon, which Richard Gere and rising UK actor Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach) are in talks to join. Filming is being lined up for May on the series which comes from The Assassination Of Gianni Versace writer Tom Rob Smith.

Should Golden Globe-winner Gere confirm for the drama it would mark his first major role in a TV drama series. The character earmarked for the U.S. star is that of a tough media tycoon and the series will in part explore the dynamic between him, his aristocratic former wife and their free spirited 30-year old son. The latter would be played by Howle who recently starred opposite Saoirse Ronan in Dominic Cooke’s Toronto drama On Chesil Beach. The role of Kathryn has yet to be cast, but is expected to be confirmed shortly.
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Darkest Hour movie review: a surrender to open-and-shut history

MaryAnn’s quick take… A feature-length Oscar clip, two hours of Gary Oldman stomping around in a Winston Churchill suit. There’s too little drama and too much inevitability in what amounts to a reanimated Madame Tussaud’s waxwork scene. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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Like a feature-length Oscar clip, Darkest Hour is two hours of Gary Oldman (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Child 44) stomping around in a Winston Churchill suit. Cigars are chomped, put-upon secretaries are shouted at with studied histrionics, and less iconic politicians are smote verbally. It’s all fine as impersonations go, I guess, but there’s not much drama in what amounts to a Madame Tussaud’s waxwork scene that’s somehow been magically animated.

We should feel the
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Max Minghella directorial debut 'Teen Spirit' begins UK shoot

Max Minghella directorial debut 'Teen Spirit' begins UK shoot
Eight actors confirmed to join Elle Fanning in the cast of pop music drama.

Principal photography is underway today (July 11) on Max Minghella’s directorial debut Teen Spirit.

The film, which stars Elle Fanning as an aspiring pop star, shoots on location in London through July and August.

Eight new actors have also joined the cast. They are Zlatko Buric (Pusher), Agnieszka Grochowska (Child 44), Clara Rugaard (Mother), Millie Brady (Last Kingdom), Olivia Gray (EastEnders), Ruairi O’Connor (Handsome Devil), Archie Madewke (Legacy) and Jordan Stephens (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

On the start of shoot, Minghella (pictured), said: “I’m so grateful to the incredible cast and crew who have made Teen Spirit a reality. In the words of Lizzie McGuire… ‘This is what dreams are made of’.”

The plot sees Fanning plays Violet, who escapes a traumatic life in her small English town and enters a singing competition with dreams of becoming a pop star
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Enjoyably Overstuffed Czech/Slovak Crime Noir ‘The Red Captain’ [Transilvania Fest Review]

Lying somewhere on the spectrum between the recent boom in so-called Scandi-noir and Tom Robb Smith‘s spy novel “Child 44” (which was also adapted into a film), Michal Kollár‘s gritty, occasionally gruesome “The Red Captain” makes a convincing case for a prestige TV series set in the fascinating period during Czechoslovakia’s post-communist dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. That also means, however, that the Transilvania International Film Festival title never quite coheres as a feature film, trying to cram far too much plot and texture into two hours, and potentially leaving viewers floundering, especially those of us less well-versed in the complexities of the religious, social, ideological and cultural divides that beset the nascent nations.

Continue reading Enjoyably Overstuffed Czech/Slovak Crime Noir ‘The Red Captain’ [Transilvania Fest Review] at The Playlist.
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Unlocked movie review: the spy who broke the female mold

MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s stuff in this spy thriller that’s fresh, and lots that’s familiar, but Noomi Rapace using her brains and brawn to fight bad guys is a genuine thrill. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories women; love a good spy movie

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Is “unlock” genuine spook-speak, like the way it’s used in Unlocked: to get useful information out of a suspect during an interrogation? It makes sense, but who knows. Does the CIA actually have agents working as “community embeds,” as Noomi Rapace’s Alice Racine is as Unlocked opens? Cuz that would be authentically insidious: she seems to be a kindly public advocate in a poor London neighborhood, the sort of person you might go to if you were having trouble with your landlord or something,
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The Girl With All The Gifts Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD April 25th

Starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, The Girl With All The Gifts, arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available On Demand.

Step into a future dystopia when the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, The Girl with All the Gifts, arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Six-time Academy Award® nominee* Glenn Close stars alongside Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in this story of society’s breakdown after the outbreak of an unprecedented plague. Hailed as “an effective, scary, and emotional zombie movie” by, it was shown during Midnight Madness at the2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Based on the critically acclaimed, Edgar Award-winning short story, “Iphigenia in Aulis“ by M.
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Q&A: Supervising Sound Editor Per Hallberg Discusses Working on Life, Ghost In The Shell & More

Sounds are often just as vital as visuals in establishing cinematic worlds that we can escape into as moviegoers. This is especially the case in the recent films Life and Ghost in the Shell, and with both movies now out in theaters, we caught up with supervising sound editor Per Hallberg (of Formosa Group) for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his crucial audio work on both films, as well as highlights from his amazing career in cinema.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Per. How did you initially get involved with Daniel Espinosa’s Life?

Per Hallberg: I met Daniel quite a few years ago in Sweden, and when he came to La to do his first film here, Safe House, he called me to get involved in that project with him. Since then, I’ve worked with him on Child 44.
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‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa on the ‘Green Screen Disease’ and Long Takes [Interview]

‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa on the ‘Green Screen Disease’ and Long Takes [Interview]
Daniel Espinosa made his directorial debut with Easy Money, originally called Snabba Cash. His Scorsese-presented gangster pic has an aggressive atmosphere, and it ultimately helped him land his second feature and first studio gig, Safe House. Since then, he’s directed Child 44 – a movie that reportedly had some difficulties – and his latest film, Life. Espinosa’s sci-fi horror thriller, which […]

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Second Opinion – Life (2017)

Life, 2017.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya, and Ariyon Bakare.


A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first; no, Life is not the Venom origin story many fans are hoping it will be. It’s also inextricably indebted to Ridley Scott’s Alien throughout, which while denting much prospect of originality, does little to impact its integrity as a tripwire-tense, sharply-acted sci-fi horror romp, serving as a welcome tonic amid the recent annual onset of blockbuster bombast.

A six-member crew aboard the International Space Station (Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and
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When "Life" Goes Wrong...

by Nathaniel R

Stop me if you've heard this one before: a group of scientists are tasked with bringing samples of life back from outer space. Soon they are trapped in a nightmarish monster movie, as the alien life force picks them off one by one.

Life, the latest monster movie set in space, does a lot of things right despite its familiarity. Let's give credit where it's due. It hired capable involving actors in all the underwritten roles including Jake Gyllenhaal who we'll follow anywhere, even into deep space for a Alien ripoff. It's very handsomely lensed by prestigious cinematographer Seamus McGarvey. The direction by Daniel Espinosa (Child 44, Safe House) makes repeated smart use of the zero gravity setting, with well staged setpieces and even some unexpectedly beautiful compositions; the earliest casualty among the crew prompts the movie's eeriest morbidly pretty image. Apart from one confusing action sequence near the climax,
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Akira Rumor: Life Director Daniel Espinosa Is Frontrunner To Helm Manga Adaptation?

There are three anime and manga properties that have pretty much been in development on some level or another for pretty much the past decade. Those films are Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and Death Note. This year will see the release of two of those films after a lifetime in development hell, and that leaves one last adaptation left on the table from the main trio that Hollywood has been circling. If you thought that they had given up on adapting the beloved manga (and even more beloved anime) Akira, then you are sadly mistaken. Yes, like many projects in the business, it seems like it took a bit of a reprieve, but it is by no means dead.

In a recent episode of Meet the Movie Press, The Tracking Board editor-in-chief Jeff Sneider mentioned that Warner Bros was searching for a new director for the manga adaptation, there
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Life Duo Jake Gyllenhaal And Daniel Espinosa Reteam For The Anarchists Vs. Isis

Life is only now launching into theaters and already, creative duo Jake Gyllenhaal and Daniel Espinosa are beginning to formulate their next project.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, revealing that Gyllenhaal and Espinosa have signed on to star in and direct The Anarchists Vs. Isis, a big-screen adaptation of the eponymous Rolling Stone article by Seth Harp. Gyllenhaal is also attached to produce via his production company Nine Stories.

First published last month, Harp’s long-form piece chronicles the real-life story of a group of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts who join forces with the Kurdish militia, the People’s Protection Units (Aka the Ypg), to fight Isis in Syria. Their mission? To establish an anarchist collective in the war-torn region. It’s compelling, timely stuff, and a marked step up for Daniel Espinosa, who has so far dabbled in relatively palatable genre material in the vein of Safe House,
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EW Review: Life Keeps the Audience on Edge Until the Last Scene — but It’s No Alien

EW Review: Life Keeps the Audience on Edge Until the Last Scene — but It’s No Alien
As much as it wants to be, the new deep-space thriller Life is no Alien. Then again, what is? What could be? When Ridley Scott directed his 1979 no one-can-hear-you-scream masterpiece, there were still rules to break and boundaries to push. He giddily broke and pushed all of them, combining what were dismissed as two distinct and disreputable gutter genres (science fiction and horror) and fusing them into one glorious chest-bursting hybrid. You could be intelligent and graphically gooey at the same time. Who knew? In fact, it was possible that by doing so you could even approach something like art.
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