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Abbolita Films has ramped up its nascent distribution partnership with Xyz Films, acquiring multiterritory rights to “Green Room,” “Brain on Fire,” “’71” and “Pilgrimage,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Abbolita and Xyz launched the alliance at Cannes, involving acquisition and distribution of films in Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
“Green Room,” which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, is directed by Jeremy Saulnier and stars Patrick Stewart as the leader of a white supremacist gang along with Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots. The film was acquired from WestEnd, and will be the opening night film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.
“Brain on Fire” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann and Jenny Slate and is currently in production in Vancouver. The film will be released in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, which will distribute it in the U. »
- Dave McNary
As the ending to one of the best films ever says, "Nobody's perfect", and the same goes for cinema, as these 12 great movies with bad endings prove.
Spoiler avoiders, beware, however: there will be in-depth discussion of several twisty movies below, so if you're of a nervous moviegoing disposition, click away now.
What went right: There's a lot to love in Jedi: one of the best lightsaber battles in the series, the Jabba's palace break-out sequence, top notch SFX – the speeder bikes alone – and finally, victory for the good guys. And yes, Princess Leia's bikini, if you're into that sort of thing.
What went wrong: George Lucas. In fiddling with the ending again and again, it's hard to work out what is the "definitive" version is, but however it officially ends – goodbye old Darth Vader, hello young Darth Vader – the final minutes »
Olivier Award–winning British actor Mark Strong — square of jaw, piercing of gaze — is known Stateside for playing elegant, slightly sinister supporting characters, but he’ll be center stage in his Broadway debut this November, as Red Hook longshoreman Eddie Carbone in the Young Vic’s production of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge. He spoke about finding Eddie, working with suddenly-everywhere director Ivo van Hove, and the British tradition of being a bad guy.This is a potentially odd match: a British cast, an experimental Belgian director, and a quintessentially American play. What convinced you to get involved? I was at home reading movie scripts, and in the pile was A View From the Bridge. It was head and shoulders above everything else. I realized what a fascinating character Eddie is and just thought, I have to do this. When I was told it was with a »
- Rebecca Milzoff
'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like remark upon the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at the North American box office. That's when the dinosaurs of Jurassic World smashed Hulk and his fellow Halloween-costumed Marvel superheroes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. And smashed them good: $636.73 million vs. $457.52 million. (See also: 'Jurassic World' beating 'The Avengers' worldwide and domestically?) At least in part for sentimental (or just downright morbid) reasons – Paul Walker's death in a car accident in late 2013 – Furious 7 has become by far the highest-grossing The Fast and the Furious movie in the U.S. and Canada: $351.03 million. (Shades of Heath Ledger's unexpected death »
- Zac Gille
UK, international, Israeli and documentary titles revealed.
The UK Jewish Film Festival (Nov 7-22) has revealed its line-up for the 19th edition, which will take place across London and cities in England and Scotland.
A screening of Suffragette, from British-Jewish director Sarah Gavron, will follow the film’s European premiere as the opening film of the BFI London Film Festival on Oct 7. The period drama about women’s fight for the vote stars Carey Mulligan.
The programme also includes László Nemes’ Holocaust drama Son Of Saul, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in May.
Other international titles set to play at the festival include Sarah Silverman starrer I Smile Back, Sundance title Experimenter with Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard, and Romanian production Closer to the Moon, starring Mark Strong and Vera Farmiga.
Set during a period of interplanetary colonization, the film is Abbess. follow-up to Infini, which has been sold to every major market and was released on digital platforms by eOne in Australia and by Vertical Entertainment in the Us.
It.s shooting for nine weeks in Sydney, the outskirts of Sydney and outback South Australia.
.This is a bigger film with a lot more action than Infini,. says Eclectik Vision.s Brett Thornquest, who is producing with Abbess and Sidonie Abbene.s Storm Alley Entertainment and Matthew Graham.s Phonetic Images.
Lutz (The Expendables 3, Hercules 3D, The Twilight Saga) plays Sy, a mysterious »
- Don Groves
On May 5, 1980 an Sas squad abseiled down the side of the Iranian Embassy in London's Princes Gate to rescue the 26 hostages trapped inside. 6 Days, a new action thriller, tells the full story behind that raid and the nerve-knotting days leading up to it. These three new stills give a flavour of what to expect.Although character details are still underwraps, Jamie Bell is looking like he's either leading a special forces team or there's a bit where he goes on the world's most elaborate paintballing outing. Judging by the pic below, Mark Strong will be helping out in a hostage negotiation capacity.Shot partly in New Zealand and now underway near the notorious incident's actual epicentre, 6 Days is the latest from Kiwi director Toa Fraser (The Dead Lands, Dean Spanley). He's teamed up again with his Dead Lands writer Glenn Standring, with several former Sas members helping bring realism to »
6 Days, an action thriller based on the true events of April 1980 when armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in London and took 26 people hostage, has begun the London portion of its shoot.
The New Zealand-uk co-production recently completed its New Zealand shoot and will continue this month in London.
The film traces the six days of tense stand-off that ensued as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain’s Special Air Service (Sas) prepared to raid the Iranian Embassy at London’s Princes Gate.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
In April 1980 armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain’s Sas (Special Air Service) prepared for an audacious spectacular raid the world had never seen the likes of.
‘6 Days’ is a gripping and authentic retelling of the one of the most audacious special forces raids of all time, developed with detailed input from survivors of the real-life events.
- Gary Collinson
EW has our first look at Jamie Bell in full Sas kit in Toa Fraser's Six Days, his follow up to last year's Tiff entry The Dead Lands. Directed by Toa Fraser (The Dead Lands), the film concerns the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege in which armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in London and took 26 people hostage. Bell plays Rusty Firmin, a member of the elite unit of the British army called the Sas that became famous for its involvement in the incident.There are also a couple images of Mark Strong in the gallery as well. The film is still in production. Xyz Films is producing 6 Days along with General Film Corporation. TwitchFilm founder and editor Todd Brown is a partner at Xyz Films. ...
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One of the last Enigma coding machines that the Nazis used to send encrypted messages during the Second World War has sold at auction.
The device was valued between £50,000 and £70,000 but sold for a whooping £149,000, Sotheby's told BBC News.
It's thought that the recent Imitation Game movie helped boost the Enigma's value, although it doesn't beat the $269,000 (£172,350) paid for another model in April.
The Nazis believed the Enigma machines were impossible to crack with 159,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible settings.
However, British scientist Alan Turing developed a machine of his own, the Bombe, to decipher the codes.
During the war, around 100,000 Engimas were in use but the Nazis destroyed most of them as they retreated.
About four years ago, Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong was released in theaters, marking the studio’s first concerted effort at making a DC Comics movie outside of its comfort zone with Batman and Superman. Fans were hopeful, as trailers looked promising and it seemed like it was going to be ambitious. When it was ultimately released, though, the nearly universal reaction was one of disappointment. On the critics’ side of things, they felt there was very little that set it apart from the most generic of superhero fair. On the fans’ side of things, many felt there were too many cooks in the kitchen, and that they didn’t understand what made the recent Green Lantern comics by the likes of Geoff...
- Chris Clow
Today, we're pleased to debut some exclusive animated artwork for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service designed to educate you the ways of the gentleman spy. As Colin Firth's Harry Hart tutors Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in the manners and principles of the Kingsman, so these "bespoke" lessons teach you Murderous Mixology, Keeping Clean While Getting Your Hands Dirty, and Dressing to Kill (including how to kick the shit out of someone with only your belt for a weapon). Basically, how to be a completely lethal badass without ever losing your refined edge. The clips don't have a whole lot to do with the film itself, but they're a fun bit of in-world marketing that capture the film's odd juxtaposition of brutal violence and dapper manners. Check out the new Kingsman art below. Kingsman: The Secret Service is now available on blu-ray. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Could Matthew Vaughn break his streak and actually follow one of his films with a sequel?
It seems like that could happen, according to an interview he did with Yahoo on Thursday. Vaughn told the site that he is working on a script for a sequel to his hit spy film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, with directing being a possibility.
“I’m writing it next door at the moment. If I think I can get the script good enough, then we are making it,” he said. “We are doing our damndest to make that happen.”
Kingsman was a bonafide hit to the tune of $403 million worldwide and a sequel was assumed once the movie went over so well with audiences. The first film starred Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, and introduced Taron Edgerton to the public and was a homage to the spy movies of the 70s and 80s. »
- Zach Dennis
Earlier this year Kingsman: The Secret Service, director Matthew Vaughn's very R-rated spy movie sendup, became a surprise hit at the box office, playing well opening weekend and bleeding slowly each weekend thereafter on its way to earning $128.2 million in North America and an astonishing $403.7 million at the worldwide box office. Just over a month ago we found out the studio was hoping to duplicate that success with a sequel, and now Vaughn has confirmed plans for a followup that could include adding an American agent to the very British Kingsman roster. Well, the good news is that I'm writing it next door at the moment," Vaughn told Yahoo Movies during a visit to his house to talk about the film's home video release (read Sean's review here). "If I think I can get the script good enough, then we are making it. »
- Jordan Benesh
The screenwriter and director told Yahoo! Movies that the planned film would be made if he can get the script good enough.
"The good news is that I'm writing it next door at the moment," Vaughn said.
"If I think I can get the script good enough, then we are making it. Again, stay tuned, but we're doing our damnedest to make that happen."
Asked who he would pick for an American Kingsman agent, he replied: "All I can say is you'll find out in two years in the sequel, so I'm not going to give it away now."
Vaughan previously said that Firth could return in a sequel and Eggsy (Egerton) would remain a key character. »
When you make a movie as rip-roaringly good as Kingsman: The Secret Service, there’s understandably an immediate and deafening call for an encore – and director Matthew Vaughn’s ears are still ringing from that commotion, he admits. Luckily, 20th Century Fox agrees with the fans whole-heartedly and has been pushing ahead with a follow-up, but it was unclear until today whether Vaughn would be involved. Now, talking with Yahoo! UK, the helmer has revealed that he’s personally at work on a script for Kingsman 2.
Vaughn had previously discussed the myriad directions in which a Kingsman follow-up could go, some taking the action stateside and some moving backward to incorporate Colin Firth’s fan favorite character Harry Hart. The helmer now says:
“The good news is I’m writing it next door at the moment, and if I think I can get the script good enough, then we’ll make it. »
- Isaac Feldberg
With the release of the Melissa McCarthy vehicle Spy garnering praise recently, I can't help but draw a comparison to Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service considering both have a unique, R-rated take on the spy genre, which has become a little dry in recent years. In one of the six featurettes on the Blu-ray release, Vaughn discusses his inspiration for adapting the graphic novel of the same name, explaining that though he admires new age of James Bond, and how Casino Royale was a good film but not a great origin story, he misses the old age of spy thrillers where they were "only as good as their villains" and where the plot was so convoluted it was nothing but a good time. This voice is clearly heard throughout the film. Whereas Spy is a parody of the spy genre, Kingsman is an homage that rivals that of Quentin Tarantino's visual homages. »
- Sean Cordy
Actor Mark Strong is to narrate a new ITV documentary commemorating the ten year anniversary of the London July 7 bombings.
The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors' Stories will focus on the events of 2005, which saw 52 people killed and 750 injured following a terrorist attack.
Those who experienced the attacks will share their side of the story on the 60-minute programme.
The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors' Stories will air next month with no advert breaks.
ITV's controller of factual Jo Clinton-Davis and ITV's director of factual Richard Klein commissioned the documentary from Stv Productions.
Clinton-Davis said: "As we reach the tenth anniversary of a date that has become a dark landmark in our history, by hearing from those directly involved this film aims to provide an insight into the truth of the human impact of this tragedy; how individual lives were changed forever that London morning and continue to be profoundly affected a decade on."
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Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish star in 6 Days, which General Film Corporation finances in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, Lip Sync Productions and the Ingenious Senior Film Fund.
The story is set in London in April 1980 as the Sas prepares to rescue 26 hostages during the Iranian Embassy siege.
The New Zealand-uk co-production is scheduled to finish the New Zealand portion of the shoot in late July prior to relocating to London in August.
Producer Matthew Metcalfe of General Film Corporation reunites with Fraser and screenwriter Glenn Standring following their collaboration on the 2015 New Zealand foreign-language Oscar submission The Dead Lands.
The parties also worked with Xyz Films, whose Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian serve as executive producers on 6 Days alongside Gavin Poolman and Andrea Scarso from Ingenious Senior Film Fund, Ian Dawson and [link »
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