18 items from 2014
The Stockholm Festival’s Rising Star Award nominees have tackled some of the most challenging film roles in Scandinavian cinema. Actors such as Alicia Vikander (“A Royal Affair”) and Nermina Lukac (“Eat Sleep Die”) have previously been presented the award at Stockholm Film Festival.
Here’s a brief look at the six nominees:
Becker, born in 1998, made a sensational acting debut in Ester Martin Bergsmarks “Something Must Break,” a film that won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam earlier this year, pictured above. Becker was praised by critics for her interpretation of Sebastian/Ellie and his/her search of transgender identity.
After appearances in Mikael Marcimain’s “Call Girl” and Lisa Langseth’s “Hotel,” Fukamachi-Regnfors, born in 1984, plays the unreliable narrator Klas in the adaptation of Klas Ostergren’s “Gentlemen,” directed by Marcimain. Fukamachi-Regnfors was educated at the Academy of Music and Drama in Goteborg, and has »
- Jon Asp
Unlocked tells the story of a female CIA interrogator, who is tricked into providing a terrorist with important information. She is dragged into a plot to plan a biological attack in London. Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom's characters have not been revealed.
"I am delighted to introduce this fresh, smart European thriller to buyers in Toronto. With three major studio movies in production, Noomi Rapace is becoming one of the hottest female international stars working today. When you add Michael Apted, Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom, you have a commercial package that I am confident will draw strong interest.
Mikael Håfström is directing from a script by Peter O'Brien. Production »
The 2009 film, directed by Yoon Jae-goo, centers on a homicide detective in Seoul who finds incriminating evidence that may implicate his wife at a murder scene, forcing him to unravel the mystery before everyone else.
Stodel, a former exec at New Line and Paramount Vantage, has producing credits on the remake of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind Rewind.” Cj Entertainment produced “Snowpiercer,” Bong Joon-ho’s English-language debut.
O’Brien wrote the game story for “Halo: Reach” and adapted Linwood Barclay’s novel “Trust Your Eyes” for Dan Lin and Todd Phillips to produce. He also penned the Black List script “Unlocked” for Warner Bros., which »
- Dave McNary
Escape Plan, 2013
Directed by Mikael Håfström.
When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.
It’s fair to say that Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen has been somewhat anti-climactic. Despite it being great to see “Arnie” back on the big screen, the movie-going public just aren’t buying into it and The Last Stand and Sabotage have shown that he just doesn’t have the box office drawing power he once had. Conversely, Sylvester Stallone always seems to do well for himself but, like Schwarzenegger, isn’t proving to be the hit with audiences the way he did in the 1980s and 90s. »
- Luke Owen
There are three moments a script on Hollywood's infamous "Black List" is guaranteed to experience. The first is when it actually makes the list, drawing the attention of script readers all over town. The second is when a studio eventually bites the bullet and options the script, because the next big thing is always just a step away. The third, and this is the make-or-break part for the script's lifespan, is whether the film is either dropped into turn around or put in front of the cameras. In the case of the terrorism thriller, Unlocked, the project is entering turn three, and according to Deadline, a steadily rising star is looking to join in on the fun. Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Prometheus) is at the bargaining table with producer Lorenzo Dibonaventura (of the G.I. Joe franchise) and director Mikael Hafstrom (of 1408 and most recently Escape Plan »
Written by Peter O'Brien, the film's screenplay made the 2008 Black List of the best unfilmed scripts in Hollywood. The plot revolves around a female CIA interrogator who becomes unwillingly involved in a devastating biological attack on London after being tricked into allowing a terrorist to divulge key information to the wrong side.
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- Ben Child
Over the past few years, Prometheus star Noomie Rapace has found some unique thrillers to sink her teeth into on the big screen. Dead Man Down was a refreshing, quiet thriller, while Passion was erotic and sensual, and coming up later this year she has Child 44 and The Drop, both films with Tom Hardy. Now Deadline has word on a new thriller called Unlocked being set up as an indie project. The story will see the actress playing a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side, thrusting her into the middle of a plan for a devastating biological attack in London. Read on! Mikael Hafstrom, who helmed last year's silly prison escape thriller Escape Plan with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone will direct Unlocked, and we just hope it's better than previous efforts like The Rite and 1408. Hafstrom isn't a terrible filmmaker, »
- Ethan Anderton
Deadline is reporting that Noomi Rapace is in negotiations to star in an upcoming spy thriller titled Unlocked. Directed by Mikael Håfström, the film was written by Peter O’Brien and showed up on the 2008 Black List. It follows a female CIA interrogator, the role Rapace would play, who’s tricked “into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side. This puts her at the center of a plot to launch a biological attack in London.”
After breaking out in the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Rapace started impressing audiences on this side of the pond with performances in films like Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Passion. She also has several very exciting upcoming projects, like The Drop, Child 44 and of course, Prometheus 2, to look forward to.
As for Håfström, American audiences will likely know him for films such as Escape Plan, »
- Matt Joseph
Peter O'Brien Black List script has Rapace as a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side. It puts her at the center of a plot to launch a biological attack in London. [Source: Deadline]
Fassbender plays an Irish outlaw looking to escape his life of crime. The other two play members of his family. The film also boasts an original score from The Chemical Brothers. [Source: The Film Stage]
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- Garth Franklin
We first reported on the project back in September 2010, when Warner Bros.' picked up the screenplay by Peter O'Brien, which landed on The Black List in 2008. The story follows a CIA interrogator (Noomi Rapace) who is tricked into getting a terrorist to divulge critical information to the wrong side. She becomes ensnared in a plot to launch a biological attack on London. Warner Bros. is no longer involved with the project, which is now being produced as an indie film.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing, although it isn't clear when shooting is scheduled to begin.
• The original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace, will star as a CIA Agent in Unlocked. Mikael Hafstrom (Escape Plan) is set to direct the thriller, in which Rapace’s character gets tricked into supplying info to the wrong side and ends up at the center of a potentially devastating biological attack on London. Peter O’Brien’s 2008 Black List script was recently let go from Warner Bros. (which picked it up in 2010) and is being produced as an indie. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Exclusive: Noomi Rapace is in negotiations to join director Mikael Hafstrom in Unlocked, the spy thriller produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam. The Peter O’Brien-scripted thriller made the Black List, and Rapace would play a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side. It puts her at the center of a plot to launch a biological attack in London. It was originally set at Warner Bros, but the studio let it go and it’s being mounted as an indie film. Rapace, who broke through in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, last starred in the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus, and next stars with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke in the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44 for Summit Entertainment. She is repped by CAA and Shelley Browning at Magnolia Entertainment. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is set to headline Escape Plan director Mikael Hafstrom's Unlocked , Deadline reports. Peter O'Brien's script for the project landed on the 2008 "Black List" of unproduced screenplays in 2008 with the following official logline: A female CIA interrogator is duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side, thrusting her into the middle of a plot to plan a devastating biological attack in London. Rapace starred last year in Dead Man Down . She can be seen coming up in The Drop and Child 44 . Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing Unlocked with plans to develop the feature independently. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
Escape Plan, 2013.
Directed by Mikael Håfström.
When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.
Over the last few years both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have tried hard to revamp their careers. Stallone has done fairly well with his Expendables franchise and Schwarzenegger had cameos in both films, however on their own neither have found much success. Last year we saw The Last Stand with Schwarzenegger, which was decent, and Bullet to the Head with Stallone, which was not so great, and neither of those fared too well. Despite that, both actors tried once more, this time together in Escape Plan. It's safe to say that »
- Gary Collinson
Schwarzenegger revealed that they were "trying to do a movie for decades together" before they united on the first Expendables film.
"Sly and I were very competitive in the early days - it was always a competition," he explained. "Who has the most cuts? Who has the best muscle separation? Who has the leanest bodyweight? Who has the least amount of body fat? Who shoots with the biggest guns?
"Who has killed the most people on-screen with their bare hands versus a knife versus a gun? All of this competition was continuously always on."
Stallone added: "We went through »
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Running Time: 115 minutes
Synopsis: Escape artist Ray Breslin (Stallone) makes a living out of testing the security of prisons by going in and getting out. But when he finds himself betrayed and left for dead in an impossibly complex facility, he must team up with the mysterious Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to form… An Escape Plan.
“You look like a man who finds things interesting,” says Arnie to Sly. I honestly don’t know if that’s a really good line or a really bad line. This is indicative of the whole film which finds itself falling between two big, meaty stools, if you can imagine such a thing. On one hand it is forgettable, incredibly cliched, predictable, forgettable, poorly acted and not very memorable. On the other hand it is an »
- John Sharp
Now available on Blu-ray is director Mikael Håfström's action-thriller, Escape Plan. The story centers on Ray Beslin (Sylvester Stallone), a security expert who specializes in breaking out of prisons. When he signs on for a new job, Breslin finds himself incarcerated in the most inescapable jail he's ever faced, one that's run by a sadistic warden (Jim Caviezel) and designed to trump all of Breslin's tricks of the trade. In order to make it out alive, he'll need help from his friends on the outside, as well as a new ally on the inside (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Also starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Amy Ryan, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neill, and Faran Tahir, Escape Plan is a fun throwback action film that uses the stars' brains over brawn to come out on top. Fans of Stallone and Schwarzenegger may be pleasantly surprised to find the duo puzzling their way out »
- Dave Trumbore
While there is a likely Oscar-winner, a massive box set from HBO, and some true crowd-pleasers in this week’s What to Watch, it’s a bit of a downer compared to some more recent jam-packed weeks of Blu-ray and streaming greatness. We also couldn’t find an On Demand title this week worth mentioning, although Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, hits DirecTV On Demand this Thursday and you can bet we’ll be there to check it out before a March theatrical release. Until then, rent or buy something below.
Treme: The Complete Series
Photo credit: HBO
“Treme: The Complete Series”
HBO’s “Treme” never became the cultural touchstone that “The Wire” turned into over the year but it does have a loyal, devoted following who will be overwhelmed by the ability to own it all in one box set. One also gets the feeling that “Treme, »
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18 items from 2014
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