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Six Sales has acquired world sales rights to Shamim Sarif’s classically styled love story-cum-suspense thriller “Despite the Falling Snow,” a Cold War tale of betrayal starring Rebecca Ferguson — about to explode on the world as Tom Cruise’s co-star in Christopher McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”
Paramount Pictures bows the fifth “Mission Impossible” worldwide on July 5. Demonstrating range, Ferguson (“The White Queen”) will also star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins,” in which she plays Grant’s long-suffering wife.
Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman Nichols & Adler represents North American sales. Six Sales will screen “Snow” at the Cannes Film Market in its market premiere.
Produced by Hanan Kattan for London-based Enlightenment Productions and Sarif’s fourth feature, “Despite the Falling Snow” also stars Charles Dance, celebrated as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; Sam Reid (“Belle,” “Serena,” “The Railway Man »
- John Hopewell
Revealed at Las Vegas' CinemaCon are release date changes for upcoming films of the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy varieties, as Universal has pushed back the releases of Pacific Rim 2, The Mummy, and Warcraft. Sony and Screen Gems also recently made a change of their own by slightly bumping up the theatrical debut of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Initially scheduled to come out on February 19th, 2016, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is now slated to hit theaters a few weeks earlier on February 5th, 2016.
In the film, “the heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”
- Derek Anderson
A teaser trailer has arrived online for Syfy’s upcoming miniseries Childhood’s End, which is based on Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel of the same name. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Karellen (Dance), the ambassador for the Overlords, makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren. Karellen’s comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, beginning decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture. However, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent.
- Gary Collinson
Dirty Snow: Espinosa’s Ungainly Yet Enjoyable Soviet Era Mystery
Grazing lightly over the Soviet era politics of the period and featuring a handsome, gussied up cast that features a tad too many problematic instances of accented English, Swedish helmer Daniel Espinosa still manages to make an utterly watchable film out of Child 44, his second studio picture since breaking into Hollywood with 2012’s Safe House. A cadre of diverse actors from Sweden, Poland, France, Denmark, the UK, the Us, Switzerland, and more, portray period Soviets, some to better effect than others.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s novel, the first in a trilogy, Espinosa and screenwriter Richard Price have clearly tried to retain the source material’s sprawling scope, though the film sometimes gets tripped up in its own skirt layers. Considering the richness of the material, it’s too bad that our seemingly unwavering preference for shorter running »
- Nicholas Bell
The Russian accents in Daniel Espinosa's pitiless Soviet thriller adaptation Child 44 have already got more press than the film itself, which is both unfortunate and illustrative of a familiar problem with putting English dialogue in foreign characters' mouths. Adapted from the first novel in a trilogy by British writer Tom Rob Smith, the film is a pensive and bracingly brutal mystery which takes too long to become emotionally engaging.
Tom Hardy is characteristically compelling as Leo Demidov, a runaway orphan-turned-WW2 soldier transformed into a war hero by his role in the Battle of Berlin. Years after the war, Leo and his comrade-in-arms Alexei (Fares Fares) have taken jobs with the secret police in Moscow, under the command of Vincent Cassell's slippery Major Kuzmin.
"There is no murder in paradise, »
The Dutch historical epic, which topped the Netherlands’ box office when it was released in January under the title, has sold to the UK (Signature Entertainment), Germany (Lighthouse), Japan (Transformer), Turkey (Aqua Pinema), Vietnam (Galaxy) and the Middle East (Italia Films).
Set in the 17th Century, the film tells the story of Dutch naval hero Michiel de Ruyter and his battles against the English and other forces at a time when the Netherlands was on the verge of civil war.
“It’s very exciting to be selected for a gala event at the Beijing International Film Festival and have the opportunity to bring Admiral to a larger audience,” said Reine.
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 1: “The Wars to Come”
Directed by Michael Slovis
Written by David Benioff and Db Weiss
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on HBO
After four extraordinary seasons, we’ve come to expect great things from HBO’s flagship series – shocking betrayals, strategic realignments, reversals of fortune, impressive world-building, damsels in distress, femme fatales, epic battles, well choreographed action, blood, death, sex, black magic, dragons and lots of nudity in between the dirty politics. “The Wars to Come” (a line heard several times throughout the episode) was a solid, modest season opener, but as with every season premiere, there seems to be something lacking. The cast of Game of Thrones is comprised of some of the most talented actors on the small screen, and over the years we’ve been blessed with the likes of Charles Dance, Peter Dinklage, Diana Rigg and Sean Bean, to name »
“The future is shit, just like the past.”
Tyrion Lannister punctuates his brief thesis on the value of life by bending over to vomit. In an episode that begins with a young Cersei slogging through what looks like a mixture of mud and offal and ends with a man being burned alive after leading his people out of the frozen north, it’s a point that bears thinking on. The future isn’t better just because it’s new, and the past isn’t rosy just because it’s over. (Though no matter which set of sins he’s mired in remembering, Peter Dinklage can still crack a great one-liner).
Dwelling on the inherent crappiness of life isn’t exactly a guaranteed home run in terms of dramatic pacing, but “The Wars to Come” handles it without devolving into maudlin tears or too much domino-setting. That isn’t to say the episode crackles, »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
After an unbearably long wait, Game of Thrones finally returns with tonight's Season 5 premiere episode, "The Wars to Come". We'll be reviewing every Season 5 episode on Sunday nights from now until the season comes to an end, so be sure to check back for our thoughts on each week's episode. Be warned, if you haven't watched the Season 5 premiere, yet, there will be plenty of Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
The Season 4 finale ended with two pivotal characters characters leaving Westeros, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams). Tyrion fled across the Narrow Sea after he killed both his lover Shae (Sibel Kekilli) and his father Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). With the help of Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), Tyrion escaped to Pentos, and the Season 5 premiere finds the Imp discussing the future of the Realm with Varys, and what it's like to discard human »
Season premieres of "Game of Thrones" have the unenviable task of catching the audience up on all of the multitudinous characters and sprawling storylines. The best starts have had scripts with a uniting theme or literary device that could tie everything together. The first episode of season two, "The North Remembers", is a standout, using the red comet to act as a point of reference for all of the characters even as they spread out further and further geographically. Season five opens with "The Wars to Come" and with it comes a great theme. Early on, Cersei (Lena Headey) remarks that actions have consequences, usually unintended. This is a theme that comes up again and again as we check in with each main character. This is the perfect theme to explore after the dramatic shift in power and plot at the end of season four. Lannister: Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau »
- Michael Hindle
"Game of Thrones" is back for its fifth season. I published an overall review of the early episodes on Thursday, and I have thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as they revoke my nobility... "And thus began the chain of mistakes that led us here." -Varys "The Wars to Come" opens with a flashback to Cersei as a girl, asking a witch to tell her of the future. The witch is right on the money in so many of her predictions — including all of Robert's bastards and the three children she'll have with her brother — that it's easy to understand now why Cersei is so paranoid about her future daughter-in-law, whom she's been told will cast her down and take all she holds dear. Presenting a flashback is a departure for the series, which has often featured talk of the past but never outright shown it to us before. »
- Alan Sepinwall
When the biggest power player in Westeros dies, it opens up a realm of possibilities for everyone still standing in "Game of Thrones."
Sunday's Season 5 premiere of HBO's fantasy drama saw the vultures circling the Lannisters in King's Landing. Across the sea though, in between vomiting and gulping down wine, Tyrion listened as Varys attempted to woo him into having new hope ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Access Hollywood)
Clarke will play a waitress named Lou, a girl from a small town who is caught between dead-end jobs. She meets Will (Claflin), who is confined to a wheelchair after a motorbike accident.
After Lou loses her job, she is hired as a caretaker for the depressed Will and soon becomes determined to show him that life is worth living.
Game of Thrones' massive story is only getting bigger. New characters, new locations and new threats are all on the table when the HBO series returns at 9 p.m. Sunday. Before heading back to Westeros with the season five premiere, brush up on where the HBO series left its key players at the end of season four. Tyrion Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is on the run after murdering his father Tywin (Charles Dance) and former lover Shae (Sibel Kekilli). Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) helped his brother escape the cell, where he was being held after being wrongfully convicted of Joffrey's
- Aaron Couch
Game of Thrones Season 5 begins this Sunday 12th April for those in the States, and in the UK the night after. We’ve come a long way since first meeting the Starks (survival rate: 5 out of 8) all the way back in Winterfell, a place now reduced to embers in the shows Sim City opening credits. New characters have been introduced. Those new characters have gone onto die. A lot’s happened.
With multiple main storylines, many interweaving subplots and each character going by at least four different names, the show can be difficult to follow at times, especially after a nine month break after Season 4 first aired last year. Here’s a character-by-character summary of the main players.
We begin with those unlucky Starks:
- Oli Davis
It isn't easy being Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). The stakes couldn't be higher for the quick-tongued Lannister when Game of Thrones returns Sunday. After murdering his father Tywin (Charles Dance) and former lover Shae (Sibel Kekilli), he's escaped King's Landing with help from Varys (Conleth Hill). But it's not smooth sailing. Cersei (Lena Headey) not only wants Tyrion's head for her father's murder, but also for the poisoning death of her son Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), which Tyrion was wrongly convicted of. See more Game of Thrones': 20 Best Quotes "He's in a miserable state. Physically he escaped, but not mentally
- Aaron Couch
After having robust box office numbers this past weekend and being praised by both audiences and critics, Woman In Gold opens in wide release this Friday, April 10. In his review, Jim Batts says, “Woman In Gold concerns a celebrated work of art, but it’s also about two inspiring lives also worthy of celebration.” Read his review here.
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of »
- Michelle McCue
Only a week after the sufferings of Effie Gray, another “inspired by true events” drama set in the world of art (specifically paintings) makes its way to the multiplex. The two are quite different, though, with this new film set more than nearly 150 years after that romance gone sour. But this recent release has several flashback scenes some sixty years in the past, during the Second World War. And much of the dramatic highlights take place, not in lush estates, but in boardrooms and courtrooms. So, it’s a WWII thriller and a legal showdown pitting a plucky, feisty mature lady represented by an overwhelmed young lawyer versus an uncaring, unfeeling bureaucracy. Now with Helen Mirren as the lady and Ryan Reynolds as her aide, you know we’re in for a meaty drama indeed as they seek the return of that most celebrated Austrian artwork, the Woman In Gold. »
- Jim Batts
At times, Game of Thrones seems to have a unique relationship to the Law of Conservation of Mass: For every main character the show kills off, one new main character must appear the next season to take his or her place. To fill the spaces left behind by Jack Gleeson, Kate Dickey, and Charles Dance, Got is introducing a bunch of new characters for season five. Here's all you need to know about them ahead of Sunday night's premiere.The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)The Faith of the Seven is the Westeros equivalent of Catholicism, and its version of the Pope is called the High Septon. Like the Pope, the High Septon rules for life, which, since this is Game of Thrones, is often not very long. Our first High Septon got ripped to pieces during the riot in King's Landing, and his successor presided over Margaery and Joffrey's wedding. »
- Nate Jones
Looking back on any season of Game of Thrones is an exhausting proposition, largely because it reminds you of the sheer glut of storylines and characters that the show attempts to juggle with some semblance of clarity. To be fair, show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have proven increasingly deft at streamlining the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's unwieldy, frankly gigantic source materials, and from the episodes of season 5 that have been previewed, they're getting even tighter in their editing and visual storytelling. In fact, the first four episodes suggest that season 5 may be the most rewarding season of Game of Thones to date. With the Lannisters currently on the ropes, while also seeking out Tyrion's head, and Daenarys' role as the leader of Meereen growing all the more complex following the abolishment of slavery, season 5 looks to get complicated and crazy awfully quick and in anticipation of all the blood, »
- Chris Cabin
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