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Martin Scorsese Shares Storyboard From ‘Silence’ and Talks Translating the Mystery of the Novel

30 September 2015 5:38 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While we thought it could sneak into the end of the 2015 calendar, it looks like Paramount is holding off a release of Martin Scorsese‘s priest drama Silence until after its rumored Cannes premiere. As we wait for the first trailer, today brings a few updates on the adaptation of Shûsaku Endô‘s novel, which follows Andrew Garfield as Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church.

Ahead of the film’s release, earlier this year Approaching Silence was published (pick it up here), a novel which features a collection of essays looking back at the real-life background of Endô’s work. Perhaps most intriguing to our audience, it also features an afterword from Scorsese in which he describes bringing to life what “can’t be seen or described or named.” He references the “astonishing »

- Jordan Raup

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Andrew Scott, Ciaran Hinds wrap 'The Hope Rooms'

25 September 2015 2:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Starry short wraps for Bill Kenwright Films ahead of company’s feature push.

Pride star Andrew Scott and Munich actor Ciaran Hinds lead cast in recently wrapped short The Hope Rooms, the filmmaking debut of theatre director Sam Yates.

Daniel Konrad Cooper (Burn Burn Burn) produces for Bill Kenwright Films and under his own banner Rather Good Films. Screenplay is from David Watson.

The high-end short tells the story of estranged father, Eamonn, and his son, Sean, who meet up after 15 years in a café in London in order to heal old wounds.

The film also stars Polish actress Agnieszka Grochowska, who joined the film set straight from the premiere of Obce Niebo at the Gdansk Film Festival for which she collected the Best Actress award.

Director Yates is known for his work in theatre with recent productions including East Is East with Jane Horrocks and Ayub Khan Din and The El. Train with Golden »

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Zooey Deschanel in “The Driftless Area” at the Aruba International Film Festival: another spot for indie film

23 September 2015 1:56 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

There’s no way around it folks…it’s truly festival season! Between the recently concluded Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival as well as the currently gearing up New York Film Festival, Oscar hopefuls are finding places to screen everywhere. Not all fests are designed to be Academy Award contender showcases though, with some meant to highlight independent film. The Sundance Film Festival is the cream of that crop (with some titles there developing into awards players), with the Tribeca Film Festival another of them. Next month though, a smaller fest is screening an interesting flick that I wanted to mention quickly. It’s the Aruba International Film Festival and the opening screening is The Driftless Area. I saw it back at Tribeca and enjoyed the work from Zooey Deschanel there, so I wanted to give it a moment in the sun. The film is an indie »

- Joey Magidson

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Ewan McGregor’s Faith-Based ‘Last Days in the Desert’ Bought by Broad Green

8 September 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Broad Green Pictures has acquired Rodrigo Garcia’s “Last Days in the Desert,” starring Ewan McGregor in a dual role as Jesus and the Devil, for a 2016 release.

The film also stars Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer. Producers are Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Wicks Walker of Division Films.

Last Days in the Desert” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert, including a battle with the Devil over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis.

The cinematographer is Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, who has won the last two Oscars for best cinematography for “Birdman” and “Gravity.” Garcia worked with Lubezki on “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” which was awarded Un Certain Regard at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Broad Green Pictures will release the film through do-it-yourself distributor Tugg, »

- Dave McNary

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Broad Green Buys 'Last Days in the Desert' Starring Ewan McGregor

8 September 2015 2:17 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Rodrigo García's biblical tale "Last Days in the Desert" has finally been acquired for Us release, by Broad Green Pictures, following its Sundance premiere back in January 2015. Broad Green is adding the film to its quickly evolving 2016 slate, which already includes Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups." Read More: Meet Broad Green, Indie Film's New Kids on the Block Writer/director García moves from the tangled women's tales of his earlier films ("Nine Lives" and "Mother Child" among them) to this obviously male-driven, imagined chapter of Jesus' 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert, where he confronts the Devil. Ewan McGregor plays both roles in the drama shot in just five weeks by "Knight of Cups" cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who reunites here with "The Tree of Life"'s Tye Sheridan, costarring alongside McGregor and Ciaran Hinds. Broad Green will partner with crowdsourcing cinema-on-demand »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Ewan McGregor’s Jesus Movie ‘Last Days in the Desert’ Sells to Broad Green

8 September 2015 2:08 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Broad Green Pictures has added Rodrigo García’s “Last Days in the Desert,” which stars Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and the Devil, to its 2016 film slate. The film, which co-stars Tye Sheridan (“Mud”), Ciarán Hinds (“Game of Thrones”) and Ayelet Zurer (“Man of Steel”), was produced by Bonnie Curtis (“Saving Private Ryan”) and Julie Lynn (“Albert Nobbs”) of Mockingbird Pictures and Wicks Walker (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”). “Last Days in the Desert,” which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Kino Lorber swoops on 'Tikkun'

8 September 2015 9:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The arthouse distributor has acquired all Us rights to Avishai Sivan’s drama following its Us premiere in Telluride at the weekend. Separately, IFC Midnight has picked up Travis Z’s Cabin Fever and Broad Green and Tugg will partner on the release of Last Days In The Desert.

Tikkun earned the Locarno Silver Leopard (Special Jury Prize) and won best Israeli feature, screenplay and actor among others at the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival.

Kino Lorber plans a full theatrical, VOD and home media release in 2016 for the story of an ultra-Orthodox religious scholar wrestling with his faith.

Aharon Traitel stars with Khalifa Natour and Sivan produced with Ronen Ben Tal, Moshe Edry and Leon Edry.

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber brokered the deal with Bleiberg Entertainment head Ehud Bleiberg.

IFC Midnight has taken North American rights to Cabin Fever, a reboot of Eli Roth’s classic modern horror film that Roth himself has produced and co-wrote »

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Film Review: Hitman Agent 47

31 August 2015 12:53 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★☆☆☆☆ The second adaptation of the successful video game series, Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) is no good whatsoever. Everything about it feels tired and half-hearted, as if it exists purely for the studio to hold onto the rights and make as much money as possible with minimal effort. Living on the fringes of society, Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) is a hired assassin - a killing machine with no moral compass. His latest assignment is to track down Dr Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds), the man responsible for engineering the program that bore him. With the CIA and shady organisation 'The Syndicate' on his tail with plans to militarise the tech, he's forced to rely on Dr Litvenko's daughter Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware) for help.


- CineVue UK

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Hitman: Agent 47 review – another game that doesn’t translate to the big screen

29 August 2015 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Too much action and a senseless plot are the ingredients for a classic console-to-silver-screen turkey

Will a video game ever spawn a half-decent movie? Fingers are firmly crossed for Duncan Jones’s forthcoming Warcraft, but in the meantime this big-screen reboot of the Hitman series merely reminds us that in this genre Mortal Kombat and Silent Hill remain unremarkable high-water marks. Rupert Friend is the not-very-threatening eponymous bald man in a dodgy suit, born and bred to kill without conscience; Hannah Ware is the not-very-interesting heroine who must unravel the labyrinthine plot, which sees people constantly attempting to kill or kidnap her. That none of it makes any sense is not a problem, but the failure to raise the temperature despite endless shootouts, punch-ups, car chases et al is a fatal flaw. Zachary Quinto does some tight-jawed scenery chewing in the early stages and Ciarán Hinds keeps a straight face »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Hitman Agent 47 review: “Dull, unsatisfying and pointless”

28 August 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hitman Agent 47 review: A pointless addition to a movie series that shouldn’t have been revived. Dull and drab from the off. Hitman Agent 47 review

The Hitman video game series was created in the year 2000 by Danish company Io Interactive. Since its conception there have been eight different games released on various platforms, a bunch of Hitman novels and that memorable first film adaptation in 2007, which saw Timothy Olyphant in the lead role, alongside Olga Kurylenko and Dougray Scott. The film got a critical mauling but did well in terms of dollars taken around the world, and more than doubled its initial budget.

Fast-forward to 2015 and 20th Century Fox decided to give us another movie. Hitman: Agent 47 revolves around the same assassin, though is this time Rupert Friend appearing with the shaved cranium with a bar code tattooed on his bonce. His mission this time is to take down »

- Paul Heath

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Second Opinion – Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

28 August 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Hitman: Agent 47, 2015.

Directed by Aleksander Bach.

Starring Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Thomas Kretschmann, Ciaran Hinds and Zachary Quinto.


An Assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.

The mark of a good video game adaptation isn’t necessarily due to faithfulness to the source material, but using the characters found within to carve out a worthy slice of entertainment. That’s why when I initially saw the trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, featuring the titular Agent 47 straight-up using his Silver Ballers to rack up a body count instead of, you know, being a silent assassin as intended by the developers of the game franchise, I still held out hope that on some level it could potentially be a fun check your brain at the door action adventure flick.

And in some ways that goal is accomplished; there »

- Robert Kojder

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Aleksander Bach and Adrian Askarieh talk Hitman: Agent 47 and video game movies

27 August 2015 7:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Podcast picks up a controller…

Out in UK cinemas today, Flickering Myth Podcaster Scott Davis caught up with Hitman: Agent 47 director Aleksander Bach and Flickering Myth Deputy editor Luke Owen sat down with its producer Adrian Askarieh to talk about the film, video game movies and the chances of a sequel.

You can subscribe to the Flickering Myth Podcast via iTunes, update your RSS feed or listen via Sitcher or using the player below…

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See Also: Read our review of Hitman: Agent 47

See Also: There’s a fight in a hotel room in this new clip from Hitman: Agent 47

Hitman: Agent 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by »

- Luke Owen

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Critics Less Than Kind to Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' in London

26 August 2015 2:16 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Finally director Lyndsey Turner's experimental dressing-up of "Hamlet" at London's Barbican Theatre has arrived, after previews several weeks ago were plagued by photo-snapping Cumberbitches, and at least two London newspapers breaking review embargo. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Anastasia Hille, Sian Brooke, Leo Bill, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Jim Norton, and running through October 31, the production, according to Nyt, is but "avant-garde window dressing" with an intense but uneven performance from Cumberbatch, and too many literal visual interpretations of the Shakespeare text. The Guardian comes down especially hard on the play. But the stateside trades, however, are more kind. Herewith a smattering of reviews: The New York Times Why, for instance, after Hamlet announces he is going to put on “an antic disposition” (that is, feign madness), does he rummage through a trunk with his ditsy girlfriend, Ophelia (Sian Brooke), in search of a »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Hitman Agent 47 review: Game over. Another video game adaptation bites the dust

26 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

By now it's pretty much a done thing to walk into any movie based on a video game with rock-bottom hopes.

Hitman: Agent 47 delivers on those expectations, half-heartedly rebooting a franchise that didn't need to be revived in the first place (Timothy Olyphant's version came and went in 2007).

This time around Homeland's Rupert Friend gets a shaven head and barcode tattoo to play the eponymous assassin, who's tasked with tracking down the elusive Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware), a woman whose long-lost father holds the key to the genetic enhancement 'Agent' programme.

Hot on their heels is Zachary Quinto's John Smith, an agent for a shady organisation (dubbed Syndicate International and headed up by Thomas Kretschmann's Le Clerq) looking to get their hands on the Agent tech for their own nefarious gain.

Bullets and blood spray thick and fast across Hitman's slender 98 minutes, meaning »

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7 reasons Benedict Cumberbatch shouldn't fear the mixed reviews of Hamlet

26 August 2015 12:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Updated: Read the critics' verdicts on Benedict Cumberbatch's radical reinvention of Hamlet, post-press night

As Shakespeare himself might have exclaimed: "Huzzah!" Thanks to the presence of a certain film and TV megastar, the Barbican's latest production of Hamlet has eclipsed everything else in Theatreland ever since it was first announced back in March 2014.

And don't worry: despite a mixed response from the critics on - and before - press night, Digital Spy can confirm it's both extraordinary and unmissable. But more importantly, with Benedict Cumberbatch in it, along with elements linked to Game of Thrones and even The X Factor, it might just be the most DS-ish cultural event this year, seemingly laser-targeted to excite you. And here's why:

1. Benedict Cumberbatch is ace in it

Just in case you hadn't heard, Britain's foremost TV & film star is playing Hamlet himself - and whether you're a drooling fan or mere interested observer, »

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Friend's 'Hitman,' Eisenberg-Stewart 'Ultra' Bomb: Weekend Box Office Estimates

22 August 2015 8:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »

- Zac Gille

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New Hitman Agent 47 Movie Received Mostly Negative Reviews From Major Critics

21 August 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

20th Century Fox released their new action movie, "Hitman: Agent 47," into theaters today, August 21st, 2015, and all the reviews have been turned in from the top, major movie critics. It turns out that most of them weren't too fond of it at all, giving it just an overall 29 score out of a possible 100 at the The film stars: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds and Thomas Kretschmann. We've added blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Kyle Anderson over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a weak 58 grade, stating: "In this post-"Mad Max: Fury Road" action movie age, “occasionally bonkers” just doesn’t cut it anymore." Stephen Farber from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 grade, stating: "After a while, you give up trying to make sense of the plot and sit there gaping at the car crashes, fight scenes, and shootings. The problem »

- Chris

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 21; What Will You See?

21 August 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 21. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide American Ultra Director: Nima Nourizadeh Cast: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Walton Goggins, Teri Wyble, Connie Britton, Michael Papajohn, Monique Ganderton, Lavell Crawford, Nash Edgerton Synopsis: "A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out." Criticwire Grade Average: C (4 reviews) Hitman: Agent 47 Director: Aleksander Bach Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Emilio Rivera, Rolf Kanies, Thomas Kretschmann, Dan Bakkedahl, Ciarán Hinds, Mona Pirzad, Prince William E. Morris, Michaela Caspar, Jerry Hoffmann Synopsis: "An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the »

- Steve Greene

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Hitman: Agent 47 | Review

21 August 2015 7:10 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hanna and Her Sisters: The Art of the Persistently Insipid Video Game Reboot

A tip of the hat to 20th Century Fox as they valiantly try to re-launch their failed video-game based franchise with a new chapter of risible artifice, Hitman: Agent 47, which follows the 2007 film Hitman. Recapitulated for a ‘new generation,’ or so it constantly confirms for us, perhaps it would have been beneficial to hire someone other than returning screenwriter Skip Woods for the treatment (who went on to pen franchise material like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The A-Team, and A Good Day to Die Hard). Staunchly uninterested in providing even one moment of logical comprehension or stage anything resembling an original concept, this derivative slog of action sequences and B-movie tropes tiredly goes through the motions of narrative filmmaking but never quite reveals what the point seems to be.

Jumping immediately into a curdled stew of conventional Cold War espionage, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Hitman: Agent 47 – The Review

20 August 2015 5:51 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Review by Dana Jung

Back in 2007 (a long time ago in movie dog years), Hitman was a modestly successful adaptation of yet another video game. Starring Timothy Olyphant (later headlining the acclaimed TV series Justified) as the mysterious Agent 47 and future Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, the original Hitman was an exciting if mindless little action movie that for the most part stayed true to the spirit of the game. Now we have the sequel/reboot Hitman: Agent 47 with another look at the assassination game.

Rupert Friend (Young Victoria, TVs Homeland) takes on the role of Agent 47, an emotionless killing machine that we learn in the pre-credits sequence has been bio-engineered to be the perfect soldier as part of the Agent Program. At some point, certain factions in the Agent Program broke away from the pre-destined life that the corporations and governments had in store for them. Now Agent 47 is »

- Movie Geeks

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