19 items from 2013
‘Keeper Of Lost Causes’ Is No. 1 In Denmark Now in release for seven weeks, The Keeper Of Lost Causes keeps on climbing. The Danish film directed by Mikkel Nørgaard has become the No. 1 film of the year in Denmark with approximately $10M at the box office. It overtook Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Denmark’s Oscar entry, to land the top spot this week. This is a strong year for Danish movies with The Hunt having previously held the No. 1 position since January, and with local heist comedy All For Two and family film My African Adventure also outperforming Hollywood fare on the 2013 chart. Lost Causes is the first installment in Zentropa’s Department Q franchise that’s based on the best-sellling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It was penned by A Royal Affair‘s Nikolaj Arcel and focuses on chief detective Carl Mørck, who’s banished to a basement office »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Danish thesp Pilou Asbaek (“A Hijacking”) and Swedish actor David Dencik (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) have joined the cast of Mikkel Norgaard’s dark-edged crimer ”The Absent One,” the sequel to cold-case thriller “The Keeper of Lost Causes.”
“Absent” is the second installment based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s best-selling Scandinavian crime novels “Department Q,” which comprises four books. ”Causes” world preemed at Locarno to solid reviews and is set to bow in Scandinavia on Oct. 3.
TrustNordisk is kicking off pre-sales on “Absent” at Toronto fest, which begins today.
Another gritty cold thriller, “Absent” follows Copenhagen detective Carl Morck and his partner Assad as they investigate the brutal murder of two »
- Elsa Keslassy
Celebrated French film star Vincent Cassel is the latest actor to join Daniel Espinosa.s Safe House follow-up, Child 44. Between his smoldering turn as a sneering dance instructor in Black Swan and his Cesar-winning performance in the epic gangster biopic Mesrine: Killer Instinct/Public Enemy #1, Cassel.s inclusion in any thriller.s cast is good news, but what.s surprising here is that he.s been brought in to replace Academy Award-winning thespian Philip Seymour Hoffman - and with production in full swing no less! Deadline reports Cassel has joined the cast that already boasts Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke, Paddy Considine, and Fares Fares. Just as was the case when Hoffman was brought on board, no information has been released about this role Cassel.s taken over. Perhaps more frustrating, Deadline doesn.t give any hint to why the swap occurred so late »
Turing (Cumberbatch) was responsible for cracking the German 'Enigma Code' during World War II that helped the Allies stave off defeat, and who would later be prosecuted for being a homosexual. Leech plays a Scottish spy who worked with the Soviets to plot against Turing. [Source: Vulture]
In the story, Phelps makes hotshot lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) confront their prickly past when Scottie (Abigail Spencer) tries to land him as her first Pearson Specter client. [Source: The Live Feed]
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- Garth Franklin
FX's buzzy drama pilot Tyrant has enlisted a Zero Dark Thirty alum. Fares Fares, who played a CIA special activities division officer in the best picture Oscar nominee, has joined the cast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Story: 'Homeland' Producers Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff Sell Middle East Drama to FX Tyrant is the latest drama from Homeland's Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, as well as Six Feet Under's Craig Wright. The plot evolves around an unassuming American family -- Barry (Adam Rayner), Molly and their kids -- who are drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Lebanese-born Fares will play the role of
- Lesley Goldberg
Denmark continues to milk its newly earned reputation for twisted behavior with an adaptation of the international bestselling crime thriller “The Keeper of Lost Causes.” Whether life in lower Scandinavia is as full of brutality and murder as recent novels and pics suggest, there’s no debating the global appetite for a well-crafted suspenser, and director Mikkel Norgaard delivers a slickly made though utterly predictable entry in the genre that plays like a pilot for an inevitable series about a melancholy detective investigating cold cases. Yeah, there’s already “Cold Case,” but that hasn’t stopped this one from generating brisk sales in all territories.
Boffo biz along the lines of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is unlikely, even though the producers chose scripter Nikolaj Arcel, who adapted the first of the Stieg Larsson “Millennium” titles (he also wrote and directed “A Royal Affair”). Arcel’s screenplay of Jussi »
- Jay Weissberg
As though the cast of Daniel Espinosa's upcoming thriller Child 44 wasn't impressive enough - boasting names like Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine and Fares Fares - today we learn that the film has added yet another stellar, acclaimed star. Jason Clarke, the Australian actor best known for his performance in Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar winning feature Zero Dark Thirty, is the latest name to join the ranks of the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith, the film is set in the Soviet Union during the 1950s and centers on Tom Hardy as a military police officer named Leo Demidov. Performing his duties he is horrified to pick up a case involving a string of brutal child murders. He digs further into the case, as his government keeps an eye on every move he makes and »
We've seen the first teaser for Danish crime thriller The Keeper of Lost Causes, directed by Mikkel Norgaard (the insanely funny and rude Klovn), and now three new character posters featuring stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares have been released. Feast your eyes upon them, along with a couple of other previously-released images, in the gallery below. Here's the official synopsis: Starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Angels & Demons) and Fares Fares (Safe House and Zero Dark Thirty) The Keeper of Lost Causes tells the story of chief detective Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad who become involved in a five-year-old case concerning the mystery of politician Merete Lynggaard's disappearance - a journey that takes them deep into the undercurrent of abuse and malice that...
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Produced by Ridley Scott, the film will follow a “disgraced Mgb agent in the 1950s Soviet Union investigating a prolific child murderer who may have connections going to the very top of the party leadership.” No word yet on which role Hoffman will take but we’ll let you know when we hear more.
- Matt Joseph
So, just how kick ass is Philip Seymour Hoffman? Just a few weeks ago he was making headlines for checking himself back into rehab after a relapse into drug addiction led to him to snorting heroin. And today, dude is back at work like a boss and helping make an already great sounding project even better. Deadline reports that Hoffman is going to be joining Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine and Fares Fares in "Child 44." The poster for this pretty much designs itself. Getting a producer's touch by Ridley Scott, with "Safe House" helmer Daniel Espinosa behind the camera and a script by Richard Price ("The Wire," "Clockers"), the adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's novel follows a disgraced Mgb agent (Hardy) in the 1950s Soviet Union investigating a prolific child murderer who may have connections going to the very top of the party leadership. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
First they played with zombies, then they played cops and robbers, but now Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will be playing with nasty robots in the upcoming apocalyptic comedy, "The World's End." The newest trailer for Edgar Wright's film takes a look back on his previous collaborations with Pegg and Frost ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") before launching into their newest adventure, which involves five childhood friends returning to their hometown for a massive pub crawl. Also read: Paddy Considine and Fares Fares Join Tom Hardy Thriller 'Child 44' (Exclusive) Unfortunately, an army »
- Greg Gilman
As the red carpets are rolled up and the screening rooms shut for another year, a final few nuggets of casting news reach us from Cannes. First, via The Wrap, is some news on “Rosewater,” the film Jon Stewart is taking 12 weeks off "The Daily Show" this summer to shoot (don’t panic, John Oliver will be hosting in his absence). Despite Stewart’s comedic day job, "Rosewater" is a drama, based on a true story about Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was detained in Iran while covering the 2009 elections there. The news: Gael Garcia Bernal has just been cast as Bahari. It seems awfully close to the start of shooting to be casting your leading man, but nevertheless Bernal has strong dramatic and political chops (“Fidel”, “No”), so this seems like a good pick.Still in international thriller territory, The Wrap is also reporting the casting of Paddy Considine »
- Ben Brock
Hardy will play a Soviet policeman who becomes the target of his own government's suspicions as he investigates a series of child murders.
Fares will play one of Hardy's trusted associates, while Considine's role is yet to be revealed.
Swedish actor Fares featured in Zero Dark Thirty.
Child 44 is expected to arrive in 2014. »
Pounder plays Tyne Patterson, a San Joaquin district attorney who gets involved with bike gang Samcro. [Source: Digital Spy]
Set at the height of the first Cold War, Tom Hardy will play a Soviet policeman who becomes the target of his own government's suspicions as he investigates a series of child murders. Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman also star. [Source: Digital Spy]
- Garth Franklin
The major pieces are in place for director Daniel Espinosa.s adaptation of the Soviet-era novel Child 44. The Dark Knight Rises and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy co-stars Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman nabbed leading roles a while ago. Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is playing the female lead. And while it turns out that Joel Kinnaman will not participate as was rumored). now we.re hearing about character actors landing supporting roles, meaning the production is likely getting ready to kick into high gear. The Wrap says that Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur, The World.s End) and Swedish actor Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty) have been cast in the Child 44 ensemble. While it is being revealed that Fares will play one of Hardy.s allies in the picture, Considine.s role is being kept under wraps for the time being. The plot, based on Tom Rob Smith.s 2008 novel, follows »
Paddy Considine and Fares Fares ("Zero Dark Thirty") are in negotiations to join the international ensemble of Summit Entertainment's Soviet-era thriller "Child 44," TheWrap has learned. The duo will be joining Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman in the movie, which Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") is directing from a script by Richard Price, who adapted the bestselling novel by Tom Rob Smith. "The Killing" star Joel Kinnaman was previously reported to be in negotiations as well. Set during the 1950s, "Child 44" follows a member of the Soviet police (Hardy) who finds »
- Jeff Sneider
Good news for Paddy Considine fans: despite the success of directorial debut Tyrannosaur, he hasn’t disappeared behind the camera, as The World’s End is about to prove. And he’s scored another acting gig, signing on alongside Zero Dark Thirty’s Fares Fares for Child 44.Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is gearing up to make the film, which finds 1950s Soviet police officer Hardy investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. But as he digs deeper into the case, his own government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him. Rapace is set to play his conflicted wife and Gary Oldman joined up in March as the chief of police, who investigates Hardy.Fares (who worked for Espinosa with fellow Child 44 actor Joel Kinnaman in Easy Money, which pre-dates Safe House but only hits UK cinemas this week) is on as one of Hardy’s colleagues, »
The East, a new high-stakes, big-ideas eco-thriller starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, and Ellen Page, closed out the SXSW Film Festival on Saturday and EW was invited to join director Zal Batmanglij and the cast for the long night of celebration. The evening began at the Four Seasons lobby bar with Batmanglij, a vegan, sitting on a sofa covered in cow pelt. “I honor this animal,” he said with a laugh.
He first met Marling at Georgetown University, and the two, along with fellow filmmaker Mike Cahill, quickly became best friends and collaborators. In 2011 the trio revealed the potency of »
- Karen Valby
Zero Dark Thirty is up for five Academy Awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Jessica Chastain and Best Picture. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, James Gandolfini, Chris Pratt, Callan Mulvey, Fares Fares, Reda Kateb, Harold Perrineau and Stephen Dillane.
Sony will present Zero Dark Thirty on Blu-ray in 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio and 1.85:1 1080p video, with DVD and UltraViolet versions included. Bonus features include:
No Small Feat - Making Zero Dark Thirty The Compound - Tour the film's rebuilt compound Geared Up - Watch the cast train with authentic Seal gear Targeting Jessica Chastain - A look at the role of Maya
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19 items from 2013
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