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Blu-ray Review: 2013 Hollywood Disaster ‘47 Ronin’ Rescued by Mediocrity

9 April 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a director and a producer, let “47 Ronin” explain how the hierarchy of creativity hinders the evolution of even the most straightforward-sounding pitches. “47 Ronin” is the type of samurai movie set in Japan that features native actors speaking only English, while Keanu Reeves stars as an outsider clearly plunked into the picture for stateside star power.

Co-written by Chris Morgan (the writer behind the “Fast & Furious” renaissance) and Hossein Amini (who wrote “Drive”), the film is directed by first-time helmer Carl Rinsch, whose popular science-fiction short “The Gift” is available for a look on Youtube. And even with the hands of Amini, Morgan, and Rinsch, the film’s vision is lost in a desperate appeal to fit different pieces that do not work together.

Better taken in the vacant mindset of a late night viewing, if at all, “47 Ronin” is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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8 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes From 47 Ronin

5 April 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors. As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity. 47 Ronin was directed by Carl Rinsch, from a screenplay written by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini. The cast includes: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi and Ko Shibasaki. The film will be released on December 25, 2013. Merry Christmas, dude! »

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'47 Ronin' Blu-ray Review

3 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I debated whether I should watch 47 Ronin or not. It seemed to me the page view alternative was embarrassing myself by posting fan altered pictures from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaser trailer so I opted for Ronin. Suffice to say, the result wasn't going to be pretty either way. Originally scheduled to hit theaters November 2012 before finally hitting theaters December 2013, the final reported budget for this retelling of the classic Japanese tale was $175 million. Throughout the course of production there was talk of just how bad things had gotten and, at the time, the budget was said to have ballooned to over $225 million. After watching all 118 minutes of this film (ten of which are the closing credits) it would appear the money was spent on crummy visual effects, but mostly production design as several massive sets, aided by CGI, were created only to eventually present a picture that never feels authentic, »

- Brad Brevet

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47 Ronin review: they’re not having much fun storming the castle

1 April 2014 6:02 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can’t quite decide how fantastical it wants to be. I’m “biast” (pro): like Keanu Reeves more than most

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This umpteenth iteration of the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin, or masterless samurai warriors, has its fair share of problems, but not as many as you’ve heard, and not as many as the presence of poor Keanu Reeves — who has unfairly become a cinematic punchline — may have led you to believe. Stolid, stoic Reeves (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Street Kings) is well-cast as the half-Japanese, half-British Kai, whose status as an outcast in xenophobic 18th-century Japan means he has to keep his eyes down and his mouth shut, and the actor maintains a modest presence throughout, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 5 ‘47 Ronin’ Blu-ray Combo Packs with Keanu Reeves

30 March 2014 4:12 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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“47 Ronin,” which is rated “PG-13” and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 1, 2014, also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Jin Akanishi, Masayoshi Haneda and Hiroshi Sogabe from director Carl Rinsch and writers Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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San Francisco International Film Fest Selects Opening and Closing Night Films

26 March 2014 5:36 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Now in its 57th year, the storied San Francisco International Film Festival has selected its Opening and Closing Night films. On April 24, the fest will kick off with Opening Night film "The Two Faces of January," Hossein Amini's Patricia Highsmith adaptation starring Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. Centered on a con artist, his wife and a mysterious ex-pat tour guide as they attempt to flee Greece following a violent incident that interlocks the trio, the 60s-set film premiered at the 2014 Berlinale where it picked up solid reviews.  This is Amini's debut feature as a director. He wrote the slick, tightly crafted screenplay for Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 "Drive," and was among the many scribes on both "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "47 Ronin." Amini's 1997 Henry James adaptation "The Wings of the Dove" nabbed him a Oscar nomination. Magnolia Pictures will distribute "Two Faces of January" later this year. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'January' and 'Venice' To Bookend 2014 San Francisco Film Festival

26 March 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The San Francisco International Film Festival has announced its opening and closing night films with the Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst-starring "The Two Faces of January" kicking things off April 24th. "Alex of Venice," from director Chris Messina, will close the fest on May 8th. "We are delighted to offer these exceptional films by first-time directors who are best known for their work in other areas of the film world,” said San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Noah Cowan. "Championing talented artists who aren't afraid of taking risks is at the heart of the Film Society's mission and our ongoing support of filmmakers around the world. I can't think of a better pair of films to kick off and wrap up what is going to be an amazing festival." "The Two Faces of January" is the directorial debut of Hossein Amini, perhaps best known for writing "Drive." The film »

- Ben Travers

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San Francisco Film Fest Selects Opening and Closing Night Films

26 March 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 57th annual San Francisco International Film Festival has chosen its opening and closing night films.

The fest will open with a presentation of Hossein Amini’s Patricia Highsmith adaptation “The Two Faces of January,” which stars Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. The two-week festival will close with Chris Messina’s “Alex of Venice.” The drama features Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson and Messina.

“We are delighted to offer these exceptional films by first-time directors who are best known for their work in other areas of the film world,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan. “Championing talented artists who aren’t afraid of taking risks is at the heart of the Film Society’s mission and our ongoing support of filmmakers around the world. I can’t think of a better pair of films to kick off and wrap up what is going to be an amazing festival. »

- Francesca Bacardi

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Damian Lewis Set To Join Ewan McGregor For ‘Our Kind Of Traitor’

26 March 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fellow Homeland lovers, you’ll probably get a little amusement out of the title for Damian Lewis’ new film – Was he turned or did he choose to be a traitor? The new big-screen adaption of John le Carre’s novel is that Our Kind Of Traitor is a spy thriller being directed by Susanna White, famous for directing the BBC’s Bleak House and Parade’s End.

This time Lewis is sticking to his British accent as he’ll play a member of our UK intelligence, alongside roles for Ewan McGregorNaomie Harris and Stellan Skarsgard. The novel focuses on an English couple in Antigua who are on some form of holiday, when they’re lured in by a member of the Russian mafia things start to get awry, the British Secret Service get involved and the tension begins to build!

If you loved Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, then you »

- Dan Bullock

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Two Faces, Alex bookend Sfiff

26 March 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The North American premiere of Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces Of January will open and Chris Messina’s directorial debut Alex of Venice will close the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Amini’s debut and Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces Of January (pictured) stars Oscar Issac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst in the story of a wealthy couple on holiday in Greece who are plunged into danger alongside a local tour guide.

Alex Of Venice stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Messina and Don Johnson and tells of an environmental lawyer whose stay-at-home husband rebels.

“We are delighted to offer these exceptional films by first-time directors who are best known for their work in other areas of the film world,” said newly installed San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan.

“Championing talented artists who aren’t afraid of taking risks is at the heart of the Film Society’s mission and our ongoing support of filmmakers »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Damian Lewis joins cast of John le Carré film Our Kind of Traitor

25 March 2014 7:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Homeland actor cast as member of British intelligence for adaptation which also stars Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris

Homeland star Damian Lewis has joined the cast for the big-screen adaptation of Our Kind of Traitor, a John le Carré novel.

Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris have already been cast in the film, playing an English couple on holiday in Marrakech.

Lewis will play a member of British intelligence in the Susanna White-directed film, which will also feature Stellan Skarsgard and Jeremy Northam. Shooting will begin in London on Wednesday.

The novel was first published in 2010 and the screenplay has been penned by Iranian-British writer Hossein Amini.

Lewis, who starred as Nicholas Brody in Fox Entertainment's Homeland, is also tipped to play Henry VIII in a new TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's bestselling novels. And he has been cast opposite Nicole Kidman in Queen of the Desert, a film about the life of archaeologist, »

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Damian Lewis joins cast of John le Carré film Our Kind of Traitor

25 March 2014 7:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Homeland actor cast as member of British intelligence for adaptation which also stars Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris

Homeland star Damian Lewis has joined the cast for the big-screen adaptation of Our Kind of Traitor, a John le Carré novel.

Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris have already been cast in the film, playing an English couple on holiday in Marrakech.

Lewis will play a member of British intelligence in the Susanna White-directed film, which will also feature Stellan Skarsgard and Jeremy Northam. Shooting will begin in London on Wednesday.

The novel was first published in 2010 and the screenplay has been penned by Iranian-British writer Hossein Amini.

Lewis, who starred as Nicholas Brody in Fox Entertainment's Homeland, is also tipped to play Henry VIII in a new TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's bestselling novels. And he has been cast opposite Nicole Kidman in Queen of the Desert, a film about the life of archaeologist, »

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Photography Starts On Our Kind Of Traitor; Stars Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris And Jeremy Northam

25 March 2014 6:20 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Studiocanal, Film4 and The Ink Factory, in association with Potboiler Productions, have announced the start of shooting in London of Our Kind Of Traitor.

Susanna White directs this adaptation of John le Carré’s novel from a script by Hossein Amini, with a cast headed by Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, and Jeremy Northam.

An English couple, Perry (McGregor) and Gail (Harris), are taking a holiday in Marrakech. By chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima (Skarsgard) who owns a villa and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis.

What else he wants propels the couple on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain’s Intelligence Establishment.

Our Kind Of Traitor is »

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Casting Net: Meryl Streep attached to Diablo Cody, Jonathan Demme pic; Plus, Corey Stoll, Chris Pratt, more

25 March 2014 4:24 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Meryl Streep is reportedly attached to star in Ricky and the Flash about a woman trying to repair her broken relationships with the family she abandoned to be a rock star decades earlier. Diablo Cody (Juno) penned the script and Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) is attached to direct. All are Oscar winners. According to the report, Universal and Fox 200 are interested in the movie. [The Wrap]

Corey Stoll (House of Cards) is reportedly in early talks to join Marvel’s Ant-Man. The Edgar Wright-directed pic stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas and is set for a July 31, 2015, release. No »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Our Kind Of Traitor ready to roll

25 March 2014 11:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film4 and The Ink Factory in association with Potboiler Productions announced (25) that shooting on the spy thriller is set to begin in London on March 26. StudioCanal handles international sales.

Susanna White directs Hossein Amini’s adaptation of the John le Carré novel and Ewan McGregor leads the cast alongside Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris and Jeremy Northam

Production will take place in London and the Home Counties, Finland, Bern, Paris, the French Alps and Marrakech for 10 weeks through the end of May.

Our Kind Of Traitor tells of an English couple on holiday in Morocco who encounter a mysterious Russian millionaire.

Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell of The Ink Factory produce with Gail Egan of Potboiler. The companies recently collaborated on Sundance world premiere A Most Wanted Man, while Potboiler produced The Constant Gardener.

StudioCanal, Film4, Seadune Developments, Potboiler and The Ink Factory developed the script. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Homeland' Star Damian Lewis Joins 'Our Kind of Traitor' Spy Thriller

25 March 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his espionage drama series "Homeland" on Showtime, British actor Damian Lewis is getting into the spy thriller game back in his home country. THR reports Lewis has just landed a role in Our Kind of Traitor, the adaptation of John Le Carre's novel of the same name with Ewan McGregor in the lead. The story follows an English couple vacationing in Antigua who become entangled in the dealings of a Russian mobster desperate to defect. That's when the British Secret Service gets involved and the real suspense begins. Lewis will be playing a member of British Intelligence. Lewis joins a cast that also includes Stellan Skarsgard (Thor) and Naomie Harris (Skyfall), so it's an impressive assembly of talent for the film from director Susanna White("Parade's End") and writer Hossein Amini (Drive). Hopefully Lewis can make good use of his acclaimed »

- Ethan Anderton

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Damian Lewis And Jeremy Northam Join Cast Of Spy Thriller ‘Our Kind of Traitor’

25 March 2014 5:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) and Jeremy Northam have joined the cast of Susanna White’s contempo spy suspenser “Our Kind of Traitor.”

Produced by Studiocanal,Film4 and The Ink Factory, in association with Potboiler Productions, the elevated thriller also toplines Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris. Studiocanal handles international sales.

The script of “Traitor” was penned by Hossein Amini, adapted from John le Carre’s novel. It centers on an English couple, Perry (McGregor) and Gail (Harris) taking a holiday in Marrakech. The pair get embroiled with a Russian oligarch called Dima (Skarsgard), who lead them onto a tortuous journey through Paris, the Swiss Alps and London.

Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell at The Ink Factory produced with Gail Egan at Potboiler.The two companies recently teamed on the adaptation of le Carre’s “A Most Wanted Man,” which world-premiered at Sundance.

Potboiler’s credits also include the Oscar-winning »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Lewis, Northam join Our Kind of Traitor

25 March 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Susanna White’s adaptation of John le Carré’s novel starts shooting tomorrow [April 26].

Damian Lewis and Jeremy Northam have boarded Our Kind of Traitor.

Susanna White’s adaptation of John le Carré’s novel, from a script by Hossein Amini, starts shooting tomorrow in London and the Home Counties, Finland, Bern, Paris, the French Alps and Marrakech for ten weeks, until the end of May.

Lewis and Northam join a cast that already included Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris.

Set around an English couple on holiday in Marrakech who encounter a Russian millionaire, Our Kind of Traitor is produced by Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell of The Ink Factory, and Gail Egan of Potboiler.

The two companies recently collaborated on Sundance premiere A Most Wanted Man.

StudioCanal, Film4, Seadune Developments, Potboiler and The Ink Factory developed the script. »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Naomie Harris And Damien Lewis Join Our Kind Of Traitor

25 March 2014 4:18 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Last we heard, a year or so ago, Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen were in talks for the John Le Carre adaptation Our Kind Of Traitor. But while Susanna White's spy thriller may have lost an M and a Le Chiffre along the way, it's now gained a Moneypenny. In a flurry of casting news, Naomie Harris has signed up, along with Damien Lewis and Stellan Skarsgard, to join the already-attached Ewan McGregor.Le Carre's 2010 novel involves an Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend holidaying on a Caribbean island. There they encounter a money launderer fleeing the Russian mafia with juicy intelligence on the banking sector and a plan to claim asylum in the UK. The ensuing globetrotting shenanigans take in Paris, Switzerland, London, Russia and Antigua.McGregor and Harris are set to play the couple – Perry and Gail – with Skarsgard the ex-mobster Dima. Lewis will show up as »

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Damian Lewis Is Our Kind Of Traitor

24 March 2014 7:43 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With an Emmy and Golden Globe now under his belt thanks to some excellent work on Homeland, Damian Lewis is looking to beef up his film resume. Taking a step in the right direction, the actor has just joined Our Kind of Traitor, which Susanna White is set to helm.

Already set to star Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris, the Hossein Amini (Drive) scripted project is an adaptation of John le Carre’s novel of the same name. It follows an “English couple vacationing in Antigua who become entangled in the dealings of a Russian mobster desperate to defect.” Though no specifics were given on Lewis’ role, we do know that he’ll be playing a member of the British Intelligence.

Given how superbly the results were the last few times that Hollywood adapted one of le Carre’s novels (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the upcoming A »

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