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Big Game Review | Tiff 2014

12 September 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A good thirty minutes into Jalmari Helander’s Big Game, a thought arises that never ceases to fade: “Shouldn’t I be having more fun considering the goofy premise?”  It’s a kid in the wilderness who’s forced to protect the President of the United States.  Then you cast Samuel L. Jackson—a man whose ubiquity and longevity in spite of some seriously questionable choice in projects is a testament to his enduring popularity—as the President. Unfortunately, while Helander and co-writer Petri Jokiranta have a promising set-up, they’re never certain if they should let the comedy come from playing it straight or if they should go broad and silly, so the film ends up falling into bland ambivalence. Oskari (Onni Tommila) is a 13-year-old Finnish boy who must go into the woods and kill an animal as a right of passage into his community.  It’s particularly »

- Matt Goldberg

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Big Game’

12 September 2014 12:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Imagine a movie of the “Only one man can save the President” ilk, change that to “Only one boy…” and you’ve got the gist of “Big Game.” This , where he has only a local 13-year-old to keep him alive — and one step ahead of his assassins. Where writer-helmet Jalmari Helander’s prior Xmas nightmare, “Rare Exports,” was a distinctively Finnish product (albeit one with high gloss), this sophomore feature is very much in the style of a big, bombastic Hollywood action pic. Whether it will be swallowed by the wider offshore audience desired is uncertain, since despite a tongue at least partly in cheek, it may well seem too ridiculous for subtitle-averse mainstream viewers.

On his 13th birthday, Oskari (“Export’s” Onni Tommila) is taken by his famed-hunter father (Jorma Tomilla) high into the mountains. There he’ill undergo a traditional rite of passage by spending 24 hours in the wilderness alone, »

- Dennis Harvey

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Big Bang, Bones, Good Wife, Arrow, Supernatural, Soa, Once, NCIS and More

10 September 2014 7:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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Question: It’s been too long since you’ve had anything on Bones. With the show about to return, what can you tease about it? —Cassidy

Ausiello: Booth and Brennan are going incognito again, and the setting for their covert mission sounds Lol hilarious. “They are going to be undercover at a crossword puzzle tournament,” reveals exec producer Stephen Nathan, who hints that they will be taking on new aliases this time around. “That remains to be seen, »

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Chris Rock's 'Top Five,' other Toronto films land distribution deals (Updated)

10 September 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Big Game Review [Tiff 2014]

9 September 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Big Game may be the most unlikely film to earn a premiere berth at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Fortunately, its inclusion – as part of the Midnight Madness programme – is not a total waste. The sophomore feature from Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander is just not your typical film festival fare. It is a farfetched, sub-90 minute, action-packed adventure, smothered with cheese and featuring some of the most gleefully lunatic dialogue you can expect from a title where Samuel L. Jackson plays the President of the United States. Despite its silliness and reliance on genre tropes, you can’t deny that it is unabashed fun from the first frame.

Jackson plays President William Moore, who is considered a “lame duck” by the presses and has such little notoriety that a bunch of Finnish hunters don’t even recognize him. He is en route to Helsinki for a pre-G »

- Jordan Adler

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Toronto: Samuel L. Jackson’s Action Movie ‘Big Game’ Gets U.S. Distribution

9 September 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has acquired U.S. rights to action-adventure “Big Game,” starring Samuel L. Jackson as the president of the United States.

EuropaCorp paid $4 million for the rights to “Big Game,” which premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival.

Big Game,” set in Finland, centers on a 13-year-old (Onni Tommila) who embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, when he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the battered and bruised president of the United States following a terrorist attack.

Big Game” is directed by Jalmari Helander. Production companies are Subzero Film Entertainment, Altitude Film Entertainment Ltd. and Egoli Tossell Film GmbH. Producers are Petri Jokiranta, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Jens Meurer.

EuropaCorp announced in February that it was forming the Red joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity. »

- Dave McNary and Elsa Keslassy

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EuropaCorp Nearing Deal for Samuel L. Jackson Action Movie ‘Big Game’

9 September 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

EuropaCorp is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Jalmari Helander's action movie “Big Game,” which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Onni Tommila as the teenage protagonist. Jackson plays the President of the United States, who is targeted for assassination once Air Force One crashes in the middle of a forest in Finland. Tommila must use his survival skills as a young hunter in order to protect him. Also read: Kevin Smith's ‘Tusk’ Is Getting Its Own Strains of Weed The film, which is being sold by Wme Global, co-stars Victor Garber, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Toronto: EuropaCorp Jumps Into ‘Big Game’ With Sam Jackson

9 September 2014 5:26 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Another long night of deal-making will lead to a big $4 million EuropaCorp deal for Big Game, the Jalmari Helander-directed and -scripted film that stars Samuel L. Jackson as the President of the United States, who finds himself in the most unusual position. When Air Force One is downed by terrorists, the fate of the most powerful man on the planet lies in the hands of a 13-year-old boy. EuropaCorp makes this its first big acquisition since joint-venturing in the distribution pipeline Red, as Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert plan to control the release and marketing of its prolific volume of action films.

The deal is for U.S. rights, and it comes days after the film premiered to high praise in the Midnight Madness section. Multiple suitors have been chasing the film since its premiere, and EuropaCorp was particularly aggressive. The intriguing thing is that unlike most of Jackson’s films, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Tiff 2014 Review – Big Game (2014)

6 September 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Big Game, 2014.

Directed by Jalmari Helander.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Mehmet Kurtulus, Victor Garber, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, and Jim Broadbent.


Trapped in the wilderness after Air Force One is forced down by a terrorist attack, the President of the United States must rely on the survival skills of a 13-year-old woodsman.

Upon the arrival of his 13th birthday, a Finnish boy embarks on coming-of-age ceremony where he hunts alone on a mountain and is expected to bring back his killed prize which will mark his passage into manhood.  While this is taking place the President of the United States is aboard Air Force One heading for a conference being held in Finland.  The stories become entwined when a terrorist shoots down the presidential aircraft and the world’s most powerful man has to rely on a youth who is armed with a bow and arrows for his survival. »

- Trevor Hogg

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Review: Sam Jackson and a Finnish boy fight terrorists in the preposterously fun 'Big Game'

6 September 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When I saw "Super" at the Toronto Film Festival's Midnight Madness presentation, I really liked it. I wrote an enthusiastic review for it. I'm not sure I would have predicted, though, that the director of that film would have the biggest movie of the year for 2014, though. It is much easier for me to confidently predict that within the next few years, Jalmari Helander is going to be writing and directing giant Hollywood movies, and that he's going to be very, very good at it. His first film, "Rare Exports," felt like the sort of movie that Joe Dante would have made in the 1980s, a film that takes this left-of-center approach to some high concept idea, a film that would have a passionate cult fan base. His new film, which premiered at tonight's Midnight Madness, is an action movie called "Big Game," and it feels more like the sort »

- Drew McWeeny

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Toronto Hot Film Acquisition Titles: Will Seller’s Market Continue Into Fall?

5 September 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

If the acquisitions frenzy and precedent-setting deals struck in Berlin and Cannes is going to continue, it will surprise many of the sellers who’ve come to the Toronto Film Festival to fill slots in their 2015 slates. Maybe it’s because there were so many spectacular deals this year, of perhaps it’s because Toronto 2014 is so stocked with studio films that star the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Bill Murray and Denzel Washington. Whatever the reason, acquisition titles seem to be lower key than last year, when Can A Song Save Your Life and Bad Words prompted overnight auctions and $7 million deals, and just about every movie that played here found distribution.

The deal action got underway yesterday and today with Relativity’s acquisition of The Woman In Black 2 and Saban Entertainment’s deal for fest title Tracers. All the ingredients for a continued buying surge seem to be there, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Samuel L. Jackson Is A Stranded President In First Trailer For Big Game

5 September 2014 5:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When watching the trailer for Big Game, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had accidentally and unknowingly wandered over onto the Funny Or Die website. Surely, this can’t be a real movie trailer, can it? I mean, just listen to that dialogue! But, this is a real movie trailer. It’s a very real movie trailer featuring Samuel L. Jackson – doing his best Samuel L. Jackson parody – as the President of the United States, trapped in what can only be described as a chest freezer, in the woods.

Cast your eye over the official synopsis:

“Oskari, a timid 13 year old, anxiously awaits his fate. Tradition dictates that, like his forefathers before him, the boy’s time has come to spend one day and one night alone in the wilderness. Armed with a bow and arrow, he must return with a prize to prove himself to be a man. »

- Sarah Myles

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See the first clip of Samuel L. Jackson in Tiff feature 'Big Game'

4 September 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Finnish writer and director Jalmari Helander made a big splash with 2010’s Rare Exports, the tale of a giant, monstrous Santa Claus. How do you follow that? The answer arrives at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival in the form of Big Game, which makes its world premiere at the event tomorrow night when it kicks off Tiff’s Midnight Madness strand.

Samuel L. Jackson stars in the film as an American president who, following an attack on Air Force One, is pursued through the Scandinavian wilderness by a band of killers. The only person who can help him survive: a 13-year-old boy, »

- Clark Collis

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Reese Witherspoon Delivers 'Legally Blonde' Message for #TeamWill

30 August 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Reese Witherspoon earns her angel wings this weekend, climbing into one of her old pink Elle Woods costumes from Legally Blonde to deliver a special video message to Will, a 4-year-old boy putting up a very tough fight against cancer. A little over a week ago, Reese was forwarded an email from Will's mom Julie. You can read it here:

Legally Blonde is on the hospital TV and Will has been watching it, like four times a day. When he feels good enough to want something, he wants Legos and "The Pink Girl". He finds comfort in it and loves the Pink Lady. So, if anyone knows Reese Witherspoon, and she would be willing to take a picture of herself holding a note that says "TeamWill", or any other shout out that she can dream up, she would give a little four year old boy fighting cancer (and even more »

- MovieWeb

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Once, Grey's, Sons of Anarchy, Hawaii Five-0, Castle, NCIS: La, Scandal and More

19 August 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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Question: Anything at all on the final season of Sons of Anarchy? —Jennifer

Ausiello: Tara’s spirit will loom large throughout the final 13 episodes, but Maggie Siff won’t be embodying that spirit. Asked if the actress might appear in a recreated flashback or as a vision to her widowed hubby, series creator Kurt Sutter tells me, “I’ve never done flashbacks or dream sequences on this show. They tend to pull me out of the reality of a show like this. »

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Wamg Giveaway – Win the I’LL Follow You Down Blu-ray – Time Travel Drama

10 August 2014 7:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Academy Award nominee Haley Joel Osment (Best Supporting Actor, The Sixth Sense, 1999), Emmy Award winner Gillian Anderson (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “The X Files,” 1993), Rufus Sewell (Dark City) and Victor Garber (TV’s “Alias”) star in the sci-fi drama I’LL Follow You Down, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD Aug. 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Written and directed by Richie Mehta (Siddharth), the film is a sci-fi exploration of wormholes, parallel universes, love, and the possibility of starting over. After the disappearance of an accomplished physicist (Rufus Sewell), his son Erol (Haley Joel Osment) and wife Marika (Gillian Anderson) struggle to cope.  Years later, now a young scientist himself, Erol discovers a formula that could kill him, throw him into the unknown … or bring his family back together. Bonus materials include a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes.


An accomplished physicist (Rufus Sewell) mysteriously disappears on a business trip. »

- Tom Stockman

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Jonah Hill Isn't the Only Surprising Celebrity Officiant

22 July 2014 3:04 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Want to get married by a famous face? Many stars have played the important role of wedding officiant, including Emma Stone, Jason Segel, and Victor Garber, who presided over Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's marriage ceremony. This weekend, a new star got added to the famous officiants list when Jonah Hill presided over Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo's nuptials. Keep reading to see more famous officiants. Source: Getty / Noel Vasquez »

- Meghan Rooney

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Web Therapy: Season Four Starts October 22nd

24 June 2014 7:36 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Showtime has announced that the fourth season of Web Therapy will kick off on Wednesday, October 22nd.

The 10 new episodes will feature guest appearances by performers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Hamm, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matthew Perry, Allison Janney, Lauren Graham, Craig Ferguson, Calista Flockhart, Dax Shephard, Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin, Rashida Jones, Victor Garber, Julie Claire, Jennifer Elise Cox, and Tim Bagley.

Showtime® Schedules More ‘Therapy’ Sessions

Season 4 Of “Web Therapy” To Premiere Wednesday, October 22nd at 11 P.M. Et/Pt

Major Celebrity Guest Stars Including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Hamm, Matthew Perry, Allison Janney, And Many More To Be Featured

Los Angeles, CA (June 24, 2014) – Everyone’s favorite online therapist, played by Emmy Award winner Lisa Kudrow, will dole out more horrible advice on the fourth season of Web Therapy, premiering on »


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Three Series Where Directors Excelled This TV Season

16 June 2014 8:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Masters of Sex’: Carrying a Cinematic Sensibility to the Small Screen

Michael Apted first found fame in 1964 as the director of “Seven Up,” a groundbreaking television documentary charting the lives of British children that has since spawned a veritable institution, each film revisiting the subjects seven years later (2012’s “56 Up” was the latest

So it’s a befitting progression that Apted, who also helmed the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” and the Jodie Foster starrer “Nell,” would find himself back in TV at this juncture in his career, this time directing episodes of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” a series about pioneering physician William Masters and his research partner Virginia

While Apted’s return to TV is pragmatic in part — “The sort of movies I grew up doing are not made anymore and it’s difficult to find a project that I want to do” — he »

- Variety Staff

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‘I’ll Follow You Down’ Review: The Sins of the Father and All That

6 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Erol was just a boy when his father, Gabe (Rufus Sewell), left for a conference at Princeton and was never seen again. His ID and cell phone were found in his hotel room, but no evidence of his whereabouts was ever found. Twelve years later the now adult Erol (Haley Joel Osment) has followed in his father’s footsteps with an interest in theoretical physics, but his mother’s (Gillian Anderson) fragile state leads him to turn down overtures from far-away universities like M.I.T. He’s afraid to leave her behind as the pain and mystery of his father’s disappearance has already led her to two suicide attempts. Erol’s grandfather Sal (Victor Garber) meanwhile has dealt with the loss by burying himself in his work as a professor but also by digging into his son-in-law’s left behind research. It seems Gabe was working on a time travel experiment before his disappearance. Sal »

- Rob Hunter

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