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Check out the latest casting news below: Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) will star in his first French-language role in writer-director David Oelhoffen’s Loin des hommes (Far From Men). Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) will star in Hop Frog, a revenge thriller based on the Edgar Allan Poe story that will be directed by Mark Palansky (Penelope). Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) has landed the lead of Greta Garbo in a biopic for the Swedish screen legend. Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf) is reportedly in talks to lead Glimmer, a sci-fi thriller about a group of teens discovering a portal through time and directed by Ringan Ledwidge (Gone). Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. Variety reports that Mortensen will star in Far from Men, a film inspired by the short story “The Host,” one of six in French-Algerian philosopher Albert Camus’ book, Exile and the Kingdom. »
- Dave Trumbore
The story is inspired by Albert Camus' short story "The Host," Mortensen plays a French teacher in a small Algerian village in 1957 during the war of independence from France.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The film is inspired by “The Host,” one of six short stories in French-Algerian philosopher Albert Camus’ book, “Exile and the Kingdom.”
Mortensen stars as a French teacher in a small Algerian village in 1957 during Algeria’s war of independence from France. He is ordered to take a dissident to the authorities to turn him in but the two men unexpectedly bond.
The ¤6 million ($7.7 million) “Kingdom” is produced by Marc du Pontavice and Matthew Gledhill at Paris-based One World Films. “Viggo is a big fan of Albert Camus’ work and committed to star in the film very quickly after he read the script,” du Pontavice said. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Pickup continues the international expansion of Mexico’s Mantarraya Prods., a production-distribution-sales house.
Mostly shot in Denmark and Argentina, and ready for delivery next spring “Untitled” follows a Danish man (Mortensen) who moves to Argentina. Pic was produced by Alonso’s 4L in Buenos Aires.
But Ndm always intended to spread the net further, Romandia said Wednesday in Cannes.
With its sales and acquisitions head Fiorella Moretti now relocating to Paris, while Ndm retains offices in Mexico City, shingle will sell four-to-six foreign and English-language movies a year from any part of the world, including third-party pickups not produced by Mantarraya, Romandia said. »
- Whitney Friedlander
We at Thn have gathered together another poster round up for you.
First up is the latest poster for Dreamworks Animation’s Turbo. The film is led by Ryan Reynolds, who voices the title character garden snail suffering a freak accident that might just help him achieve his dream of being fastest snail on the planet. This one races into Us cinemas 17th July and the UK 18th October.
We’ve another animated offering showcased in this one-sheet from the sequel Despicable Me 2. Steve Carell returns as Gru, who is this time recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. It hits UK cinemas 28th June and the Us from the 3rd July.
- Craig Hunter
Second poster for Ana Piterbarg's crime drama Everybody Has a Plan starring Viggo Mortensen. Taglined with "The Past Will Hunt You Down," this intriguing film which marks the feature-length directorial debut of Piterbarg (TV's Champions of Life), follows Mortensen's character who assumes the identity of his deceased twin in Argentina. Also known as Todos tenemos un plan, Everybody Has a Plan includes Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino, Sofia Gala and Oscar Alegre. The film was nominated for three awards by 2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina. Mariela Busuievski, Vanessa Ragone and Mortensen produce. »
We’ve been given the first look at the poster for Viggo Mortensen’s latest movie Everybody had a Plan which hits UK cinemas 31st May. It’s directed by Ana Piterbarg and co-stars Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego and Javier Godino.
Everybody Has A Plan tells the story of Agustín (Mortensen), a man desperate to abandon what for him has become, after years of living a frustrating existence in Buenos Aires. After the death of his twin brother, Pedro, Agustín decides to start a new life, adopting the identity of his brother and returning to the mysterious region of the Delta, in the Tigre, where they lived when they were boys. However, shortly after his return, Agustín will find himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.
As is ever the case, anything that stars Viggo Mortensen is worth watching and »
- David Sztypuljak
Twenty years ago, when I first started reading credits of movies I loved to see who'd written the screenplay, one name leapt out at me: Eric Red. In the space of three years in the late 1980s he wrote the terrifying Rutger Hauer road movie The Hitcher and two brilliant genre movies for a young director called Kathryn Bigelow: the trailer-trash vampire movie Near Dark, and Blue Steel, a feminist cop movie with Jamie Lee Curtis as a rookie up against an amorous serial killer. The first two of those have gone on to become bona fide cult classics. But Red remains little known – as does the film of his I really loved, one he wrote and directed in 1988, Cohen and Tate. »
Good old London town is the greatest city on Earth. I realise that many of you out there will immediately disagree with me, but I don’t care. I don’t want to alienate you from these pages, but this is a fact. I’ve lived in a small town in the northern part of the Cotswolds in the UK for a large part of my life, and five years ago this summer, this big beautiful place became my home. Since living here however, I’ve often thought that there was something seriously lacking, and now after sitting through a screening of the glorious Fast And Furious 6, is that ‘that thing that be lacking’ is a kick-ass $200 million action movie. I’ve been thinking to myself since viewing this fantastic piece of modern filmmaking (review coming soon); why have we not had many kick-ass action movies set in our big beautiful city? »
- Paul Heath
Robert Mitchum had them in Night of the Hunter. Elwood Blues had them in The Blues Brothers. Now Paul Giamatti is the latest intimidating dude to dabble in knuckle tattoos, as revealed in this first look at him playing The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. As with nearly every tidbit we've gotten from the set, this photo comes from director Marc Webb's Twitter feed, with the message "Say hello to Aleksei Sytsevich." That, of course, is the real name of The Rhino, a thug for hire coming from the former Soviet Union who gets involve in an experiment that makes his skin super strong and resilient. Those tattoos on Giamatti look like exactly what you'd expect from a Russian thug-- think Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises-- and the barbed wire forehead tattoo is especially intense. Of course, we got a tease about these tattoos not long ago-- back »
Among circumstances that are devastating for you and awesome for everyone else, having a hot mom ranks near the top.
If it's you with the hot mom, there's nothing positive about it. You are the kid with the hot mom. Your friends could be asexual boy scouts and they'll still talk about how hot your mom is with relative frequency.
If it's your friend with the hot mom? A+! Congratulations! What a life bonus!
The children of the following ten movie characters have had to deal with a lot. Their (fictional) moms are incredibly sexy. Let's discuss.
The thing that's unique about Coolidge and why she receives the honor of batting leadoff on this list is that she's not exactly "classically" Milf-hot in the sense of "Overall hot woman who also happens to have children" Milf-hot (yes, there are categories of Milf-hotness as of right now). Instead, »
- Nick Blake
What do Left Behind, Little Nicky, Mister Frost, and Hellboy all have in common? They all feature the devil in either a starring or cameo role. Satan or Lucifer has long been a fascinating figure ever since John Milton’s Paradise Lost immortalized him. Not surprising in a bit of homage Al Pacino as Satan in The Devil’s Advocate call himself “John Milton.” But treatments of the devil have varied greatly. In The Devil Rides Out (1968), Christopher Lee faces off against a Satan cult but Satan himself only appears for a few brief moments.
Tim Curry’s devil in Legend, on the other hand, takes center stage in perhaps the wildest interpretation yet with his devil sporting huge cloven hooves and horns. But in the 1990s, the devil became more and more cynical and laid back. Gabriel Byrne in the End of Days plays him as a normal man »
Hey everyone. I was relaxing last night, enjoying Scream Factory’s great release of Ted Nicolaou’s 1986 monster film Terrorvison, when I thought that it would be fun to go over my five favorite films that Charles Band’s Empire International Pictures had released during their very impressive run. Sure, they went on to form Full Moon after Empire’s end, but I’ve always been more inclined to revisit the Empire days, as I felt like those films were more ambitious and were approached better. So, here they are: My five favorite Empire movies. Read on!
*Not in any particular order*
Based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator isn’t just one of the best films made by Empire, it’s one the best movies made by anyone. It’s a perfect blend of humor, gore and everything that Gordon’s films are known for, »
This was the film that landed the director, Renny Harlin, the job for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. I personally haven’t seen the film so I won’t bullshit you and tell you it is a lost gem but I hear it is exceptionally well shot and a tense little film. Not to mention that it has special effects by John Carl Buechler. I think I might even bite at this price! To name drop some more, Jeff Zornow – from Fright Rags fame – created the cover art as well!
Let us know what you think of the film, which prior to this release could only be viewed via VHS and DVD bootlegs!
- Andy Triefenbach
I have massive love for John Cusack thanks to his roles in Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything and the brilliant black comedy, Grosse Point Blank. He’s now signed on for two very different projects, the first being David Croneneberg’s celebrity-obssessed thriller Map To The Stars, which will co-star Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon and Julianne Moore. It’s rumoured to be a very dark (no change for Cronenberg) take on the similar subject matter to Sofia Coppola upcoming The Bling Ring. Cusack’s taken the role Viggo Mortensen was unable to commit to.
Meanwhile, the actor will also appear as The Beach Boys troubled singer/songwriter Brian Wilson in Oren Moverman’s biopic, Love & Mercy. The film also has Paul Dano lined up to play a musical genius in his younger days and will look at Wilson’s long battle with mental illness, which was not helped by his drug addiction. »
- Craig Hunter
A film which lost financing five years ago and has had rumours aplenty surrounding it has finally seen the light at the end of the developmental tunnel. David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars has been in development since 2006 and today Variety have announced that a wedge of Hollywood talent have signed on to star. John Cusack, Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson and Sara Gadon have all been confirmed to jump aboard the director’s first film following last year’s Cosmopolis.
A tale in sync with the director’s unique blend of the monstrous side of humanity, Maps To The Stars, penned by Wild Palms scribe Bruce Wagner, tells the story of two child actors ruined by Hollywood’s depravity. The film has undergone plenty of changes during its development, namely that it has shifted from a drama to a ghost story thrill ride exposing the grotesque side of celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles. »
- Gem Seddon
The cast for the upcoming thriller Maps to the Stars from award-winning director David Cronenberg includes Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method) . Turns out that despite Rachel Weisz dropped out last month and Viggo Mortensen is no longer attached, a haunting ghost project is moving full steam ahead. Patrice Théroux from Canadian giant Entertainment One Films (‘eOne’) said: We’re thrilled to secure worldwide sales rights for Maps to the Stars and add it to the lineup in four of our core territories. David is a visionary who continues to attract top talent with his unique style and the...
- Nick Martin
Ja from Mnpp here, checking in with some movie news while Nathaniel heads off to fair Nashville - have you been following the progress of David Cronenberg's next film, the one called Map to the Stars? He's been speaking of making this movie, apparently a Hollywood satire of some sort, since way back in 2006. His then-muse Viggo Mortensen was going to star; as time passed it looked like it would be Viggo alongside Cronenberg's now-muse Robert Pattinson, with Rachel Weisz as the female lead. About a month ago Weisz dropped out and we were worried that the movie might not be happening (especially since Cronenberg's trying acting again in Luca Guadagnino's next flick)...
The cast is finally coming together for director David Cronenberg’s next film. Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson has long been attached to appear in Maps to the Stars, and now THR reports that Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method) are set to round out the cast. Written by Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms), the film is described as a ghost story that “offers a critique of celebrity-obsessed society in Los Angeles,” the latter of which is quite a popular topic in film culture at the moment with Sofia Coppola’s similarly-themed film The Bling Ring set to hit theaters this summer. There’s no word on the characters that the aforementioned actors will play, but production is set to begin in July in Toronto and Los Angeles with Entertainment One Films onboard to finance and distribute the indie. Cronenberg previously stated that he was hoping »
- Adam Chitwood
We have to admit, we were kinda worried. Last month, Rachel Weisz dropped out of David Cronenberg's brewing "Maps To The Stars," the project that would reteam him with his "Cosmopolis" lead Robert Pattinson. The plan was to shoot the movie next month, but with Cronenberg recently taking a role in "I Am Love" helmer Luca Guadagnino's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel "The Body Artist," lensing this summer, we wondered about the status of 'Maps.' Turns out, we have nothing to worry about. Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Sarah Gadon are all now joining the picture, which seems to be moving full steam ahead. Plot details on the movie, penned by Bruce Wagner, have been scarce, except that it will be a trenchant look at Hollywood and celebrity culture. But Deadline adds that it's also a "ghost story," which certainly raises an intrigued eyebrow. The cast »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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