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Editor's Note: We're nearing the end of our individually chosen Fyc's for various longshots in the Oscar race. Here's Amir on "A Most Wanted Man".
Anton Corbijn’s latest film, A Most Wanted Man, is one of the year’s best American films. It’s the type of work that is elevated above the trappings of its overly familiar genre with superb performances and intelligent observations on the real world conditions that give birth to its story. It is arguably the smartest film made about America’s increasingly troubled relationship with, and its definition of, terrorism. Yet, it is surprising to compare the film's screenplay, penned by Andrew Bovell, to its original source, the 2008 novel of the same name by John le Carré, and notice the dramatic improvement that the adaptation has made to the text.
With densely plotted novels, particularly in the espionage genre, one of the biggest challenges »
- Amir S.
The exclusions emerged Tuesday as the WGA sent out ballots to its members, with 60 eligible scripts in the original category and 48 in the adapted classification.
The guild’s restrictions are far more rigorous than those of SAG-aftra or the Directors Guild of America. Most exclusions stem from the requirement that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K.
Additionally, members who have resigned from the guild are ineligible for WGA awards consideration — as was the case this year when John Ridley’s script for “12 Years a Slave” was ineligible at the WGA and went on to win the Oscar for adapted screenplay.
Ridley resigned from the WGA during the bitter 2007-08 strike. So »
- Dave McNary
Every year there is an interesting list of ineligible contenders for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards. Sometimes it's because the film's production company was not a guild signatory (though these things can often be amended retroactively, if there is a will to do so). Other times it's because the writer is not a WGA member. Whatever the case, it's their rules, and they're not that unreasonable, so no reason to get too bent out of shape about it. HitFix has obtained a copy of the official WGA ballot for this year's awards, so let's see what didn't make the cut this year… In the original screenplay category, which features 60 eligible contenders, the biggest Oscar player not on the list is Ava DuVernay and Paul Webb's "Selma." That would have been a nice bump during the guild phase for a film that could be on track for big things at the Academy Awards, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Written for the screen by Andrew Bovell
Directed by Anton Corbijn
In Anton Corbijn’s foreign espionage thriller A Most Wanted Man, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman lends his take on an unconventional looking German intelligence agent, one without the usual dashing attributes associated with cinematic spies. Although sprinkled with cerebral-minded intrigue and conducting its atmospheric tension in methodical fashion, A Most Wanted Man feels relentlessly sluggish in its execution to live up to its labored political-coated drama. This low-energy, plodding spy showcase has its isolated highlights in sleek suspense, but fails to drive home any genuine revelations about its touchy subject matter regarding counter-intelligence suspicion and terrorist paranoia. Despite solid and committed performances, it’s a slow burn of a thriller that simply lingers without fortifying any convincing punch.
Corbijn’s intelligence operative narrative is based upon a John le Carré novel. »
- Frank Ochieng
Screen Nsw development and production executive Justin Donoghue is joining Screen Australia.
Donoghue has been appointed development executive, replacing Jo Dillon, who departed in August to become head of production and development at Screen Queensland.
At Screen Nsw he has focussed primarily on feature development as well as TV and interactive projects and he managed the Aurora development program.
He worked on the development of Amiel Courtin-Wilson.s Ruin and Simon Stone.s The Daughter and with Jennifer Kent, Cate Shortland, Andrew Bovell and John Collee. A graduate of the UK National Film & Television School in script development, he had 15 years experience in Europe, South Africa and the UK in development, production and distribution, working on projects for Hallmark Entertainment, Film Four, Channel Five, Downtown Pictures and Kudos Film and Television.
Screen Australia head of production Sally Caplan said, .I am delighted to have Justin bring in his range of skills and experience, »
- Don Groves
Had a film the caliber of A Most Wanted Man been made in the late '60s or early '70s, with a name such as Jean-Pierre Melville or Alan J. Pakula, directing it would already be a part of the Criterion Collection, celebrated for the last 40 years as a classic. Whether it will stand so tall 40 years from now is a mystery, but digging into a film of this nature in the midst of today's modern cinematic age is pure joy for cinema lovers, and it's the third film in a row from director Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) deserving of such lofty praise. Adapted from John le Carre's novel of the same name by screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), A Most Wanted Man is a slow burn, spy thriller examining a post 9/11 world wherein the idea of friend or foe is a blurry, political mess and the »
- Brad Brevet
A Most Wanted Man, 2014.
Directed by Anton Corbijn.
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
Sodden, dishevelled and alone a young man (Grigoriy Dobrygin) pulls himself from the River Elbe. In the grey dawn of a Hamburg morning Gunther Bachmann (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) sits across from his colleague Irna Frey (Nina Hoss). A cramped office divided neatly down the centre, piles of papers, reminders pinned across the walls and a comfortable silence between them.
Soon CCTV footage featuring this very same young man (Grigoriy Dobrygin) in conversation will cause a domino effect. Bachmann (Seymour Hoffman) and his team will become embroiled with CIA operative Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright), banker Tommy Brue (Willem Dafoe) and human rights lawyer Anna Richter (Rachel McAdams »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Anton Corbijn; Screenwriter: Andrew Bovell; Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Daniel Brühl; Running time: 122 mins; Certificate: 15
Philip Seymour Hoffman's still has two more appearances in The Hunger Games finale Mockingjay before he's gone from our screens forever, but his last starring role is this John le Carré adaptation about a German intelligence agent tracking a Chechen illegal immigrant in the port city of Hamburg.
Hoffman's Günther Bachmann is a man operating in the shadows and, like George Smiley (played superbly by Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), he can be low-key to the point of anonymity. Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) is the refugee who arrives through the city docks and into the crosshairs of Bachmann, who believes he could be a terror threat.
Of course, this being a le Carré yarn, the web of intrigue spins out far and wide, »
Political thriller The Code took the major Awgie award as well as the trophy for best original miniseries at the Australian Writers. Guild awards on Friday night.
The six-hour series, which premieres on ABC on September 21, is written by Blake Ayshford, Shelley Birse and Justin Monjo and produced by Playmaker Media. The major Awgie recognises the best of the night's winners across stage, screen, new media and radio.
The feature film award went to Adelaide writer Matthew Cormack for his first debut feature 52 Tuesdays, the gender-bending drama hailed as .bold and structurally adventurous..
Winner of the best documentary prize was Sally McKenzie for A Woman.s Journey Into Sex.
Andrew Knight was rewarded for his script for Essential Media and Entertainment.s telemovie The Broken Shore, adapted from the Peter Temple novel. Writer/director Peter Duncan won best TV series script for Essential.s Rake.
- Don Groves
Scarlett Johansson and Marvel.s comic book heroes gave the Australian B.O. a hefty one-two punch last weekend.
Nationwide, takings improved by 7% to $14.2 million, according to Rentrak's estimates,. but business fell away sharply beneath the top two titles. Johansson.s turn as a drug mule who develops superhuman mental powers worked a treat in Luc Besson.s Lucy, which raked in $4.6 million. Pro-rata, that.s even better than the sci-fi thriller.s $US43.9 million debut in the Us the prior weekend.
- Don Groves
Written for the screen by Andrew Bovell
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Throughout the beginning of Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, it is hard to ignore that there are only a handful of upcoming performances left from Philip Seymour Hoffman in this world. The actor’s untimely death earlier this year left a hole in the world of cinema, one that will not be filled anytime soon. Hoffman was a character actor who managed to become an A-lister, without ever losing his chameleon-like ability to channel whatever or whomever he wanted.
Günther Bachmann is more down-to-earth than other prototypical spy genre leading men, likely to flash a quick grin after a disparaging comment rather than take down an army of terrorists single-handedly. As Bachmann, Hoffman affects a German accent and an unwillingness to look anyone in the eye. Whether this gesture is »
- Colin Biggs
As we've learned from countless novels, movies, and TV shows over the years, the great spies glean information by distracting their marks with one narrative, all the while subtly weaving a separate, hidden agenda. That's a concept that works for screenwriter Andrew Bovell (“Lantana,” “Head On”) and director Anton Corbijn (“The American,” “Control”) in their big-screen adaptation of John le Carré's “A Most Wanted Man.” There are a lot of characters and events for the audience to process and digest, but all the while it's the film's theme that sneaks up and overtakes the plot, making for a powerful climax. »
- Alonso Duralde
A Most Wanted Man director Anton Corbijn on Philip Seymour Hoffman getting it right: "When we had done a take and he wasn't sure he didn't want to look at the monitor, he would just listen." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, with a script by Andrew Bovell, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Nina Hoss (star of Christian Petzold's Barbara) and Grigoriy Dobrygin. Anton and I spoke about his supporting cast: Bernhard Schütz, terrific in Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld, Martin Wuttke, Adolf Hitler in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and Herbert Grönemeyer, who played Ian Curtis's doctor in Corbijn's debut feature Control and is the composer for The American and Anton's latest. Homayoun Ershadi, known for his work with Abbas Kiarostami rounds out the superb cast. We also discussed Wim Wenders' The American Friend and the character of Hamburg. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
A Most Wanted Man Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: A- Director: Anton Corbijn Screenplay: Andrew Bovell, from John le Carré’s novel Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 7/10/14 Opens: July 25, 2014 What is it like to be a spy? Some cynics say that it’s a game indulged by its proponents; that our spies know their spies and vice versa, and the groups, however hostile their countries to each other, simply exchange information freely, thereby keeping their jobs. Others, less cynical and more naive, think that spies are like 007, licensed to [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
The actor - who died in February - plays the leader of a German anti-terrorism unit that is tasked with the capture of a Chechen (Grigoriy Dobrygin) who has shown up in Hamburg.
Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman) is aided by his loyal crew, but the true motives of the Chechen and an attorney (Rachel McAdams) who is protecting him become increasingly unclear.
Hoffman's final screen appearances will be in the upcoming Hunger Games sequels Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2.
A Most Wanted Man opens on July 25 in the Us and on September 5 in the UK. »
It's truly tragic to think that audiences only have two more Philip Seymour Hoffman performances to look forward to following the upsetting death of the actor earlier this year. He'll return as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I this fall, but next month everyone should go see A Most Wanted Man. This quiet, understated thriller features a stirring performance from a grizzled and perpetually smoking Hoffman as he leads a covert German intelligence organization tasked with hunting spies. It's the perfect slow-burning spy thriller, and a new trailer from across the pond has arrived. Watch! Here's the new UK trailer for Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man from eOne UK: A Most Wanted Man is directed by Anton Corbijn (The American) and written by Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), based on John Le Carre's novel of the same name. German spy Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman »
- Ethan Anderton
Director: Anton Corbijn; Screenwriter: Andrew Bovell; Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl; Running time: 121 mins; Certificate: Tbc
The tragic loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman resonates through Anton Corbijn's challenging but ultimately rewarding thriller. He delivers a complex and fascinating performance that overpowers the movie's flaws and propels John le Carré's tale to a formidable conclusion.
The late actor's ability to inhabit a character (rather than simply play them) is embodied in his portrayal of Hamburg-based anti-terrorist agent Gunter Bachmann, a man under intense pressure to find out whether battered and bedraggled 26-year-old immigrant Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) is a militant jihadist or an innocent victim of brutality. The stakes are very high given that Mohammed Atta used the German port city to plot his horrific 9/11 attacks.
Hoffman takes you under Gunther's sweaty, nicotine-stained skin to reveal a man governed by »
Following a premiere at Sundance in January, the spy thriller A Most Wanted Man is heading to theaters this summer, marking one of the final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is an understated and reserved thriller in the vein of Michael Clayton and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with Hoffman anchoring the film with one hell of a grizzled performance (read my review from Sundance here). The film also stars Rachel McAdams (whose German accent needs some work), Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Robin Wright. It's a spectacular slow burn that is undoubtedly worth seeing. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, originally from Yahoo: A Most Wanted Man is directed by Anton Corbijn (The American) and written by Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), based on John Le Carre's novel of the same name. German spy Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is tracking down Issa, »
- Ethan Anderton
Director: Anton Corbijn
Writer: Andrew Bovell
U.S. Distributor: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions
Among Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last on-screen portrayals, word is that his perf is on par with much of the rest of his body of work and while this John le Carré doesn’t measure up to The Constant Gardener or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for thrill-seeking elements, it is nonetheless a satisfying adult divertissement in Anton Corbijn’s young filmography.
Gist: When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill gotten fortune, both German and Us security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most »
- Eric Lavallee
The first clip has arrived for Roadside Attractions' A Most Wanted Man based on the John Le Carre best-selling novel. Anton Corbijn directs from the script by Andrew Bovell. The film had its World Premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and will be released later this year. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright star. The first clip has arrived, and we've updated the photo gallery for Roadside Attractions' A Most Wanted Man based on the John Le Carre best-selling novel. Anton Corbijn directs »
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