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11 items from 2017

China’s Hishow Snares ‘Hunter Killer,’ ‘Escobar’ from Nu Image/Millennium

12 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

China’s Hishow Entertainment has boarded a pair of upcoming movies from Nu Image/Millennium Films: “Hunter Killer” and “Escobar.” The deal is one of the biggest completed so far at the European Film Market, alongside the Berlin Film Festival, and also one of the biggest by a Chinese indie in recent months.

The Chinese distributor-investor has paid more than $10 million to buy into the two films. In both cases it is co-financing the movies and acquiring distribution rights for China. Nu Image/Millennium produces the “Expendables” series, which also has Chinese co-producers.

Directed by Donovan Marsh, “Hunter Killer” features Gerard Butler as an untested American captain who teams with Navy Seals for a mission to rescue the Russian president. Butler has significant name-recognition in China after the success there of “London Has Fallen.” Gary Oldman and Billy Bob Thornton also star in the action thriller, which was previously »

- Patrick Frater

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Goteborg: ‘An Education’s’ Lone Scherfig on ‘Their Finest,’ the U.K. Film Industry, Entering Other Worlds

4 February 2017 3:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Goteborg, Sweden — “Lone Scherfig is one of the very best Nordic filmmakers of her generation. Skillfully, with curiosity, she has experimented with different aesthetic expressions, but it is always with wit and sharpness she portrays the complexity, passion and darkness in people’s lives,” said Goteborg Fest artistic director Jonas Holmberg, presenting the 207 Nordic Honorary Dragon Award to the Danish writer-director.

The prize-winner was honored with a three-film howcase of three films: 2000 Danish breakthrough, “Italian for Beginners”; her 2014 U.K. drama-thriller “The Riot Club”; and the Swedish premiere of her latest U.K. romantic dramedy, “Their Finest,” starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, opening this spring.

A film student from Paris’ Sorbonne University and the University of Copenhagen, Scherfig graduated from Copenhagen’s Danish National Film School in 1984; her feature debut was the comedy, “The Birthday Trip” (1990). After several TV series and the children’s film “On Our Own »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Malia Obama Attends 'Girls' Final Season Premiere Party, Cast Reminiscences Over Last Day on Set

3 February 2017 10:25 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Former first daughter Malia Obama made a surprise appearance at the final season premiere party of Girls on Thursday night in New York.

Obama, who was an intern on the HBO series’ sixth season, bumped shoulders with the likes of Rita Wilson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, as well as Lena Dunham and the entire cast of the hit series, at the star-studded event.

Obama did not walk the red carpet at New York’s iconic Lincoln Center, but made her debut at the after-party hosted by HBO at Cipriani 42nd Street. Attendees jumped at the chance to meet the 18-year-old, who is currently taking a gap year before attending Harvard University in the fall of this year.

Dunham’s buzzy comedy about four young women in their early 20s (Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet) navigating post-grad life in the Big Apple has clearly opened more doors for Obama »

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Jackie review

24 January 2017 2:35 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Off the back of a wave of rave reviews, Jackie has landed in UK cinemas, with Natalie Portman in the lead. So: any good?

It was almost a little too on-the-nose for Entertainment One to release Jackie last Friday, given that it's a film about mourning for a political figure lost in the wake of a terrible tragedy as the peaceful transfer of power takes precedence over anyone's feelings. Then again, the film itself, which stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy, is so much a callback to a bygone age that any comparisons to current affairs are moot.

The film dramatises a pivotal Life magazine interview by reporter Theodore H. White (here represented by Billy Crudup as an unnamed character), which took place in the week following John F. Kennedy's assassination in November 1963. Mrs. Kennedy reserves strict editorial control over the cover story, but insists on fulfilling her duty »

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Jackie review: “A touching retelling of a wife’s heartbreak…”

19 January 2017 11:52 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jackie review: Natalie Portman creates an intimate portrait of the former first lady in Pablo Larrain’s stunning motion picture.

Read our Jackie review below.

Awards season is in full swing, so what better time to release a retelling of the assassination of JFK than just a few weeks before the Oscars. Well planned timing may help a film bag a nomination or two, but cast Black Swan star Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy…well, you’re bound to win something – and boy, does she deserve all the Best Actress noms this year. Not so much a biopic as a record of the aftermath of President John. F Kennedy’s murder, Jackie sees Portman step into the patent pumps of the seemingly quiet, unassuming Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Kennedy: First Lady, mother, and now widow. Known for her impeccable tailoring and iconic hairstyle, she’s aware that many see her as – as »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Movie Review – Jackie (2016)

18 January 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jackie, 2016.

Directed by Pablo Larrain.

Starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and John Hurt.


The assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, his funeral and the days immediately afterwards are related from the perspective of his wife, Jackie.

One of the most shocking moments in 20th century history, one that reverberated around the entire western world and further afield, happened in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd 1963.  Driving through the city in a cavalcade, wife Jackie at his side, Us President John F Kennedy was shot and, despite the efforts of staff at Parkland Memorial Hospital (as featured in Parkland in 2013), was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Pablo Larrain’s Jackie concentrates on the events of that day as seen through the eyes of the person agonisingly closest to what happened, the then First Lady, Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman).  It starts with her relating events to a journalist just days after the funeral, »

- Freda Cooper

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Zach Galifianakis Created a Gerrymandering Documentary Named ‘Democracy for Sale’ – Watch Clip

14 January 2017 3:44 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Zach Galifianakis’ documentary, “Democracy For Sale,” looks at how bad gerrymandering has gotten in his home state of North Carolina. The film was originally part of Epix’s original docuseries “America Divided,” produced by Common, Norman Lear and Shonda Rhimes, which premiered back in September. Now, according to the News Observer, the doc will be screened across North Carolina in January and February.

In the film, the actor discusses the state’s transformed politics and, per the project’s website, “how the money of a few has come to dominate our democracy.” 

A clip for the documentary shows Galifianakis talking with former Democratic North Carolina state senator Margaret Dickson about how the  state’s districts have been changed.

“People feel like they’ve lost control of the process and in some ways they have,” she says in the video. “The redistricting is being done my people far away…I wish »

- Liz Calvario

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David Goyer, Justin Rhodes to Write Script for Green Lantern Corps Movie

12 January 2017 9:52 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Warner Bros. has set David Goyer and Justin Rhodes to write the script for a Green Lantern Corps movie, TheWrap has learned. Goyer will produce while DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will executive produce, based on a treatment by Goyer and Johns. It remains unclear whether Ryan Reynolds — who appeared in 2011’s “Green Lantern” alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Blake Lively, Mark Strong and Angela Bassett — will be a part of this film. According to DC Comics lore, the Green Lantern Corps includes the green-clad, power-ring-wielding superhero as well as an intergalactic police force sent by the Guardians from. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Their Finest movie Trailer starring Gemma Arterton & Sam Claflin

12 January 2017 2:25 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: David Sztypuljak

World War 2 movie Their Finest has been playing at movie festivals around the globe for quite a while now. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy Jack Huston, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Jake Lacy, Rachael Stirling, Henry Goodman, Paul Ritter, Richard E. Grant and with Lone Scherfig at the directing helm, the movie tells the story of a British film crew who attempt to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. Their Finest is based on Lissa Evans’ novel, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war…

Gemma Arterton & Sam Claflin in Their Finest

We were fortunate enough to attend the press conference for the film at the London Film Festival in October last year which was attended by most of »

- David Sztypuljak

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Editing ‘Jackie’: How a Classical Biopic Became an Elliptical Ghost Story

4 January 2017 1:47 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sixteen minutes into “Jackie,” a reporter (Billy Crudup) asks the recently widowed First Lady (Natalie Portman), “What did the bullet sound like?”

A gunshot rings out on the soundtrack and the film cuts to a series of visceral shots of President Kennedy’s motorcade racing down the empty highway, the last of which gives the audience a brief glimpse of the recently shot President, dying or dead, on his wife’s lap.

Read More: Xavier Dolan on ‘Jackie’: ‘It Left Me Artistically Intimidated and Wonderstruck’

The film then makes a jarring cut to an extremely tight close up of a distraught Portman wiping blood off her face for close to a minute of screen time. Not until the film cuts to a wider reverse shot do we realize she’s on Air Force One with her husband’s corpse and the soon-to-be President Lyndon Johnson (John Carroll Lynch).

“You »

- Chris O'Falt

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13 of 2016's Memorable Movie Reunions

1 January 2017 9:46 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling may be getting attention for their big-screen reunion in Damien Chazelle's acclaimed musical. But the duo — who formerly shared the screen in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad — weren't the only onetime movie pair to reunite in a non-sequel or franchise-continuation film in 2016.

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg and Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman starred opposite each other for the third and fourth times in Cafe Society and Office Christmas Party, respectively. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard had a Garden State reunion, 12 years later, in Jackie. »

- Hilary Lewis

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