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Streaming services are really making their mark on the cinematic world. Between Amazon and Netflix, the film festival circuit has seen some big time buys from these would be studios. Netflix has gone a step further, funding some huge projects. One such movie is War Machine, a hugely baity satire that the service forked over heavy money to produce. Starring Brad Pitt and hitting on timely material, this really seemed like it would be an opportunity for the service to contend for some Oscars. Sadly, it isn’t up to snuff in that regard. Still, audiences might be interested in seeing Pitt don the fatigues once again. The film is a satire about military bureaucracy. Initially positioned to be about General Stanley McChrystal since it’s an adaptation of the non fiction book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, which is about the General. »
- Joey Magidson
Everyone has a different idea of what’s funny, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being amused by “War Machine,” a colossally miscalculated satire about a U.S. general who thought he could “win” the war in Afghanistan at precisely the moment President Obama announced he would be pulling troops out of the country. A costly flop from Netflix’s newish “Originals” division, “War Machine” stars a cockeyed Brad Pitt — who spends the entire film with his left brow cartoonishly arched and his right eye squinched half-shut — in the sort of role that really ought to have gone to John Goodman, or some comparably gifted character actor.
But bless their hearts, the execs at Netflix still believe in stars, which is sort of a radical notion in an era when the old-school studios have consistently hyped visual effects ahead of the interchangeably handsome hunks selected to play Spartan warriors, »
- Peter Debruge
That Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s anticipated art-world satire “The Square” is in competition this year is just latest indication that the Scandinavian industry is upping its international game, venturing beyond “Scandi noirs” and becoming a hotbed of innovation at the forefront of the pack in Europe.
“The Square,” Ostlund’s English-language follow up to “Force Majeure,” which scooped Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in 2014, is the first Swedish film in the Cannes competition in 17 years. It stars Danish actor Claes Bang (“The Bridge”) and Elisabeth Moss, in a mighty mix of Nordic and U.S. talents that sees the already hot auteur “elevating himself into a new sphere,” according to Swedish Film Institute chief exec Anna Serner.
The same can be said for the entire film and TV industry in the Nordics, which comprises five countries: Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway.
There is a slew of buzzy »
- Nick Vivarelli
A movie called “War Machine” may not sound like a workplace satire, but that’s the savviest element in David Michod’s tone-shifting character study, in which Brad Pitt plays a naive army strategist lost in the fog of a conflict with no end in sight. As U.S. General Glen McMahon, Brad Pitt plays an overconfident military man tasked with winding down the war in Afghanistan, only to get trapped by hubris and vanity that have nothing to do with the mission. His greatest enemy is the job itself.
This might sound familiar. Set in 2012 in the midst of an election campaign, “War Machine” draws from Michael Hastings’ nonfiction “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” which recounts the pileup of dysfunctions surrounding his travels with General Stanley McChrystal, whose vocal opposition to the Obama Administration’s desire to wind down the »
- Eric Kohn
Brad Pitt is headed to Netflix with the new film “War Machine”. He not only stars in the movie, but he also acts as a producer. On Thursday, Netflix dropped a new Nsfw clip for the highly-anticipated David Michod film, which co-stars Tilda Swinton, Will Poulter, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall and Sir Ben Kingsley. The […] »
Variety is reporting that Ben Kingsley has signed on to star in director Daniel Alfredson’s Death of an Author, the first instalment of a feature film adaptation of Hakan Nesser’s upcoming Intrigo trilogy of novels. Kingsley will star alongside Benno Furmann (North Face) and Tuva Novotny (Borg/McEnroe).
“Hakan Nesser has fascinated millions of readers all over the world with his thrilling intrigues taking place in Maardam,” said producer Rick Dugdale. “With our trilogy of feature films we have chosen a unique and extraordinary concept to bring this mysterious world to the big screen.”
The Intrigo novels are set for publication next year and “are set in an undefined country in northern Europe” and “deal with the problems of escape, and the concepts of guilt, revenge, and atonement.”
Death of an Author is set to begin production this week, followed by Samaria and Dear Agnes. All three films »
- Gary Collinson
Leading independent British exhibitor Curzon has confirmed that Netflix’s Cannes competitor “Okja” and Brad Pitt comedy drama “War Machine” will receive exclusive theatrical screenings in its cinemas day-and-date with their Netflix debuts.
Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” (pictured), which has been the subject of controversy after it was announced it would receive its world premiere in the official competition lineup at Cannes, is scheduled for U.K. release on June 23. It tells the story of a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a massive animal named Okja.
“War Machine,” from “Animal Kingdom” director David Michod, will arrive in U.K. cinemas and on Netflix on May 26. The satire features an ensemble cast including Topher Grace, Alan Ruck, Will Poulter, R.J. Cyler and Ben Kingsley. Pitt stars as a charismatic four-star general commanding Nato forces in Afghanistan who is taken down »
- Robert Mitchell
Studios are hitting the Croisette armed with checkbooks, hoping to snap up the next big commercial hit or Oscar darling. Here are 12 packages that seem destined to result in bidding wars.
Director: Gideon Raff
Why Buyers are Circling: The “Captain America” actor will play an Israeli spy tasked with rescuing thousands of refugees trapped in 1970s Sudan.
(Covert Media, worldwide)
Director: Claire McCarthy
Why Buyers Are Circling: It’s “Hamlet” told from the tragic
(Lionsgate, international; Wme, domestic)
Director: Drew Pearce
Why Buyers are Circling: This thriller casts Foster as the nurse at a hospital for dangerous criminals.
Director: Bill Holderman
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Author: Scott Davis
1, 2, 3 – wrestle! Netflix has debuted some images and a new trailer for their eagerly-anticipated new original series Glow – set for release in June – all of which you can view below.
Netflix are a busy bunch right now with a slew of new and old shows (and films) set to debut in the next month: as well as Glow: this month sees the return of House of Cards (starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) for its fifth season; following that at the beginning of June is another returning show, Orange is the New Black, which also begins its fifth series.
Also in May sees the debut of War Machine, the new film from acclaimed director David Michod (The Rover, Animal Kingdom) and stars Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Will Poulter, Emory Cohen, Topher Grace and Sir Ben Kingsley.
But Glow is the next big show from the subscription service »
- Scott Davis
Fox International Production to distribute in German-speaking territories.
Ben Kingsley, Benno Furmann and Tuva Novotny will star in the first instalment of Daniel Alfredson’s adaptation of the upcoming Nordic Noir Intrigo trilogy from Enderby Entertainment and The Amazing Film Company.
Munich-based The Amazing Film Company will co-produce and finance the three English-language films along with Los Angeles-based Enderby and European production group Umedia, while Silver Reel is co-financing.
The Intrigo trilogy is based on bestselling Swedish author Hakan Nesser’s upcoming books Death Of An Author, Dear Agnes and Samaria, set to be published in 2018.
The stories take place in an unspecified northern European country and centre on the themes of escape, guilt, revenge and atonement.
The three adaptations will shoot consecutively in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Belgium. Production on Death Of An Author begins this week and the producers anticipate wrapping principal photography on all three by August, in time to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ben Kingsley is set to star in “Death of an Author,” the first adaptation of the upcoming planned “Intrigo” trilogy of novels by international best-selling Swedish author Hakan Nesser. Benno Fürmann (“North Face”) and Tuva Novotny (“Jalla, Jalla”) will co-star alongside Kingsley in the first of three films that will be helmed by “The Girl Who Played with Fire” director Daniel Alfredson.
The titles of the three films will be “Death of an Author,” “Samaria” and “Dear Agnes.” They will be set in an undefined country somewhere in northern Europe, where many of Nesser’s stories have been set. The three films will share the same psychology and narrative structure, with plots that include some sort of escape with dark hidden secrets destined to surface, as well as guilt, revenge and atonement.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Enderby announced in December it had signed Daniel Alfredson to direct three movies based on Hakan Nesser’s upcoming “Intrigo” trilogy of novels.
Germany’s The Amazing Film Company will co-produce and finance the three films along with Enderby and Umedia, with Silver Reel also on board to co-finance. The movies will be produced by Enderby’s Rick Dugdale and Thomas Peter Friedl, and Uwe Schott from The Amazing Film Company. Claudia Bluemhuber is senior exec producer and Ian Hutchinson from Silver Reel is the executive producer.
Fox International Production has picked up all rights for German-speaking territories.
“Hakan Nesser has fascinated millions of readers all over the world with his thrilling intrigues taking place in Maardam,” Dugdale said. “With our trilogy »
- Dave McNary
Ben Kingsley, Benno Furmann and Tuva Novotny have been set to star in Death Of An Author, the first movie in a planned trilogy based on Swedish writer Hakan Nesser’s Intrigo thriller novels. Daniel Alfredson is directing the pic, and The Amazing Film Company is co-producing financing the three films with Enderby and Umedia, with Silver Reel also coming on board to co-finance. Production on Death Of An Author begins this week in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Belgium. The… »
Oscar-winner signs on to Second World War escape drama that Fortitude International will introduce to Cannes buyers.
Pat O’Connor, who worked with Firth on the Un Certain Regard entry A Month In The County, will direct and production is expected to start this autumn.
Benjamin’s Crossing is based on Jay Parini and Devon Jersild’s adaptation of Parini’s novel of the same name.
Benjamin fled his home in Paris and met Lisa Fittko who agreed to help the ailing man escape over the mountains to Spain.
Fortitude International, co-founded by de Barros and Barnum, is financing the project and will begin pre-sales »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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Ben Kingsley will star in an adaptation of the book trilogy Intrigo for Enderby Entertainment and The Amazing Film Co.
The books, individually titled Death of an Author, Dear Agnes and Samaria are set in an undefined country somewhere in northern Europe, where Nesser has set many of his stories. The three films share the same psychology and narrative structure, dealing with dark, hidden secrets destined to surface and with the concepts of guilt, »
- Tatiana Siegel
Some years, it feels like all of the Academy Award contenders are fresh faces. The hopefuls for Oscar nominations and wins are on the scene for the first time and vying to join the club. Other times, it’s a mix between old and new. Still other times, it seems like a disproportionately large amount of would be nominees and prospective winners have been there before. 2017 seems like it’s going to be one of those years. We don’t fully know how it’s going to shape up just yet, but there’s a whole host of golden statue owners who might end up thinking about making room on their mantle for more this time around. If nothing else, this is just a primer to keep in mind when the fall and winter months come calling. Here is the list of all former winners who have something in contention this year. »
- Joey Magidson
Movies about modern military conflicts, whether action, drama, or comedy are tough nuts to crack. For every epic war film like Black Hawk Down, American Sniper, or Zero Dark Thirty there are clunkers like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Jarhead, or The Delta Force. Part of the problem, speaking as an Army veteran, is that it's very hard to capture the nuances and idiosyncrasies of the military and how our troops interact on-duty/off-duty.
Each branch of the military is a culture unto itself, heavy with jargon, rivalries, and living conditions that are difficult to translate on-screen and generally opaque to the general public. Try explaining the mutual dislike between the Army and the Marines to someone who's never served, it's one of those "you'd have to be there" kind of things to explain.
Military comedies, are perhaps the most challenging sub-genre to get right. »
- David Kozlowski
Exclusive: Fortitude International to launch sales in Cannes.
The Medusa stars Eisenberg as Theodore Gericault, the early 19th century pioneer of the French Romantic movement whose masterpiece The Raft Of The Medusa was inspired by the sinking of a French frigate.
Survivors of the wreck spoke of incompetence and cannibalism and the painting stirred anti-royalist sentiment at the time of King Louis Xviii’s rule.
Brosnan will portray Gericault’s uncle Caruel, the artist’s nemesis who is hell-bent on ruining him, while Redgrave plays the painter’s anti-royalist innkeeper.
Sophia Al-Maria adapted the screenplay from Jonathan Miles’s book The Wreck Of The Medusa.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In July of 2010, an article appeared in Rolling Stone that effectively ended the military career of United States Army General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general in Afghanistan. The article found McChrystal and his staff critical of then President Barack Obama and caused a media frenzy for a solid week as pundits debated whether or not McChrystal acted unprofessionally. McChrystal tendered his resignation one day after the article was released online, the author of the article — the late Michael Hastings — expanded it into a book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, and the rest is history. And now it’s entertainment, too.
Netflix, who may or may not make real movies depending on who you ask at Cannes, will release War Machine later this month. Animal Kingdom director David Michôd helms this satire, presented as fictionalized take on McChrystal and his unconventional tactics. »
- The Film Stage
Netflix have debuted a new War Machine trailer and poster. The Brad Pitt-led film arrives on the streaming service later this month where the screen legend plays hot-shot General McMahon, a veteran who endeavours to cut through the politics of war only to be reminded, time and time again, that this is one machine that can’t be stopped.
Here’s the new poster followed by the official synopsis:
In a film for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an anti-establishment, pro-soldier exploration in the form of an absurdist war story of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, »
- Paul Heath
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