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Variety reported in July that Focus had acquired the remake rights and launched development.
The story involves the titular Harry claiming to be a high school classmate of a less-than-happily married man and insinuating himself into his life. After Harry gives his new friend a taste of a life he’s missed out on, things take a sinister turn.
- Dave McNary
3Rd Update, 9:02 Pm Pt: International box office was even with last weekend across the Top 10 studio releases with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes the big gorilla thanks to a strong China opening. Lucy was also in on the action again this frame with a cumulative $31.2M in Universal and EuropaCorp territories. Compared to last year, the session was up 39%. Players at that time included Elysium, One Direction: This Is Us and The Conjuring, with Monsters University adding another $10M in China.
Along with Apes this weekend in China, How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a strong performer and is expected to take the No. 2 spot with $6.3M in frame 3. After a period that saw a focus on boosting local movies, the market is now getting a steady influx of Hollywood titles – Expendables 3 opens there tomorrow (Monday) and Into The Storm blows in on Sept 12. Also in Asia, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Having all but disappeared from view after starring in the four-season run of Prison Break – the Resident Evil franchise notwithstanding – Wentworth Miller is now re-emerging into the spotlight as a talent with many strings to his bow. The most intriguing of those strings is screenwriting, which he will next demonstrate with the adaptation of the French thriller, With A Friend Like Harry – originally titled Harry, He’s Here To Help for its French release.
The original film – released in 2000 – was written and directed by Dominick Moll, with Gilles Marchand as co-writer, and Laurent Lucas, Sergi Lopez and Mathilde Seigner in the lead roles. The story – as will be presented in this Us remake – sees a man named Harry approach a put-upon man at a rest-stop, claiming to be his former high-school classmate. He gives convincing detail and information to support his story but, over time, his fixation with the man takes a sinister turn, »
- Sarah Myles
The story centers on the titular Harry, who approaches a henpecked husband at a rest stop bathroom, claims to be a high school classmate, recites his teenage poetry and gives him a taste of a life he’s missed out on. Things take a sinister turn when Harry offers to remove the obstacles that prevent his new friend from being successful.
Rattray, Styler and Krumm set up the project in 2012 with Kimberly Peirce directing. Peirce is no longer attached.
- Dave McNary
The 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27) has revealed the three Spanish titles that will compete for the Golden Shell at this year’s event.
Filmmaker Alberto Rodríguez will screen Marshland (La isla mínima), a thriller set in post-Franco Spain about the disappearance of two teenage girls that combines dark thriller elements with the trauma of a country freshly out of a dictatorship. José Antonio Félez (Cousinhood, Family United) produces.
His second feature, Magical Girl, is more mainstream and tells the story of an unemployed father who will do anything to buy his daughter her dream dress. Legendary actor José Sacristán is cast in the film, which deals with the current economic crisis impacting Spain.
A surprise came with the selection of Loreak - the Basque »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Juan Sarda)
Madrid — Alberto Rodriguez’s “Marshland,” Carlos Vermut’s “Magical Girl” and “Loreak,” from Jose Mari Goenaga and Jon Garano, will face off in competition at the 62nd San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world.
With a special screening of Iciar Bollain’s “En tierra extrana” also in the mix, the three titles lead a muscular, multifarious Spanish presence at San Sebastian that has rapidly become a trademark under energetic Jose Luis Rebordinos, gearing up for his fourth edition as San Sebastian director.
Some trends: A welcome reconsideration of Spain’s recent past, often from a more sophisticated or comedic viewpoint; the multi-presence of Spain’s crisis in various titles; a fore-fronting of films from the Basque Country which play in most of the festival’s main sections, as well as receiving a dedicated Zinemira showcase.
Unveiled Thursday in Madrid to a packed Spanish industry crowd, the Spanish presence, »
- John Hopewell
Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013) Film Review, a movie directed by Arnaud des Pallieres, and starring Mads Mikkelsen, Melusine Mayance, David Kross, Bruno Ganz, Denis Lavant, Roxane Duran, David Bennent, Sergi Lopez, Amira Casar, Jacques Nolot The slow, steady beat of drums pounds against the pitch-black background, which slowly opens up to a march of horses across the [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Age Of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas (2013) »
- Drew Stelter
These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings. Happy viewing! Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, May 30th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas Director: Arnaud des PallièresCast: Mads Mikkelsen, Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz, Denis Lavant, Roxane Duran, Paul Bartel, David Bennent, Swann Arlaud, Sergi Lopez, Amira Casar, Jacques Nolot, Christian Chaussex, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Laurent Delbecque, Guillaume DelaunaySynopsis: "With the age of feudalism in decline, Europe rests at a tense crossroads between the old world and the new. Respected, well-to-do horse merchant Michael »
- Steve Greene
Studiocanal has brought two new, high-profile films onto the market at Cannes. Both pics say much about the strategic choices that Studiocanal, which handles the biggest movie production budget of any company in Europe, is now taking.
James Watkins (“Woman in Black”) will direct “Bastille Day,” a Paris-set action thriller starring Idris Elba, above, (“Luther”) and Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”). Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Pictures (“Source Code”) will produce along with Steve Golin’s Anonymous Content (“Babel,” “True Detective”).
Unveiling a promo-reel on May 14 at Cannes, Studiocanal also confirmed that Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone”) will topline the first English-language fiction feature from Italy’s Luca Guadagnino (“I Am Love”). Former Sony and Scott Free exec Michael Costigan will produce.
Written by Dave Kajanich, and set on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, south of Guadagnino’s native Sicily, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Little Indi That a London film festival celebrating Spanish cinema mainly screens at the Institut Français is perhaps evidence that 'Europe' can function beyond Eurovision. The 4th edition of Lsff's Spring Weekend - running from May 16-18, with a special event on May 15 - gives a taster of what Spanish cinema has had to offer in the past year and whets the appetite for the festival proper in the autumn, which will see them celebrate their 10th anniversary.
In addition to mainstream releases that received awards recognition in Spain - Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, Wounded, 15 Years And One Day and All The Women were all nominated for Goya Awards this year - the festival also looks back at the careers of Carlos Saura and Sergi López, and looks to future directions for Spanish cinema in the form of Jonás Trueba's The Wishful Thinkers.
The line-up is below:
- Rebecca Naughten
Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, Giant Ants, Fascists, and rarely seen ‘Musty Stuffer’: Eclectic Packard Theater movies in May 2014 (photo: ‘Godzilla’) Godzilla 1954, Mickey Rooney, military fascists, deadly giant ants, racing car drivers, and The Mishaps of Musty Suffer, a super-rare slapstick comedy series from the 1910s, are a few of the highlights at the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus Theater in May 2014. Godzilla 1954 and fellow movie monsters Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla 2014, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston, opens on May 16 in much of the world. On May 8 at the Packard Theater, you’ll get the chance to check out Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla 1954 aka Gojira — in the original, Toho-released, Japanese-language version (i.e., without Raymond Burr). As part of its Godzilla double bill, the Packard Theater will also present Motoyoshi Oda’s Gigantis, the Fire Monster aka Godzilla Raids Again (1955). Besides Godzilla, the Packard Theater will »
- Andre Soares
Between winning best actor at Cannes in 2012 for "The Hunt" and becoming America's favorite psychiatrist/cannibal in "Hannibal," Mads Mikkelsen is now at the point where whatever he does, it will likely be interesting and potentially awesome. And certainly, our hopes were raised for "Michael Kohlhaas" when we saw it last spring on the Croisette. But even the greats sometimes stumble. Renamed, rather dramatically, as "Age of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas," the movie hits U.K. theaters today and a trailer has arrived to give you a sneak peek, though you'll have to endure an almost hilariously over the top voiceover. Directed by Arnaud des Pallieres and featuring a pretty decent supporting cast with Denis Lavant, Bruno Ganz, David Kross and Sergi Lopez, the story centers on a 16th century horse dealer who rebels against the establishment when two of his animals are illegally confiscated. And unfortunately, the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
12 items from 2014
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