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About as appealing as day-old beer littered with cigarette butts, the abysmal caper drama “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken” is one of those international co-productions produced for all the right tax-credit reasons and none of the right artistic ones — the sort of movie one tends to find advertised in the back pages of a Cannes market guide, but hopes never to actually see. And yet, here it is: a slapped-together, wholly unconvincing account of the botched 1983 abduction of beer magnate Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, made from an incoherent script, with a cast of Anglo and Australian pretty boys not even trying to seem remotely Dutch, and one Oscar-winning star scraping career bottom. A most inauspicious English-language filmmaking debut for Daniel (brother of Tomas) Alfredson, “Kidnapping” will hold a handful of cinemas hostage beginning this weekend en route to the VOD slag heap.
The Heineken kidnapping was a major news story of its day in the Netherlands, »
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The ten-part second series will be set in 1935, three years after the events of the current series.
Series creator Paul Ruman said that he was pleased with the response to the show, and was thrilled to be able to reunite the cast.
"Our story moves forward three years, to a Viceroy's last summer, a political gamble to stifle Independence and a great reckoning for Ralph, Alice and Aafrin," he continued.
"I am so grateful to Channel 4 for trusting us to continue our journey through the last years of the British Raj. I feel like the luckiest writer in the world."
The period drama is set in the backdrop of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India. It follows the decline of the British Empire and the beginnings of modern India, told from both sides.
The French aren't afraid of a little nudity -- so trust us, you don't want to watch this strange new clip at work, which is Nsfw from minute one. Set in a Parisian brothel circa 1871, the preview shows (from a variety of angles) a young woman and her client, a decidedly older gentlemen who appears to be a General, making passionate love. We are then led into a bustling brothel teeming with guests and prostitutes. A young man is pulled into the fray by his father, who requires his son to "prove his manhood." The reluctant boy is a poet, and more interested in looking at paintings on the wall than at the women themselves; but as one of the hookers assures them, "the girls love a poet." Originally a drama on Canal Plus that premiered in 2010, in 2012 HBO picked up the remake rights to "Maison Close," which follows three »
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It was the perfect crime...Until they got away with it. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken tells the inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual. Alchemy has released the first trailer, starring Anthony Hopkins.
In 1983, a group of childhood friends pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the heir of the Heineken beer empire (Anthony Hopkins). The shocking capture, by gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam, resulted in a huge payout for the criminals, one they couldn't even believe themselves. It was truly the perfect crime...until they got away with it.
The crime thriller is the first acquisition to be announced by the company formerly known as Millennium Entertainment.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is based on real events and takes place in the 1980s when a gang abducted the beer magnate, resulting in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.
William Brookfield adapted the screenplay from the book by Peter R de Vries.
“Judy Cairo and Michael A Simpson have a taste level and track record that exemplify the kind of producers Alchemy is cultivating creative partnerships with,” said Alchemy CEO Bill Lee “In Kidnapping Mr. Heineken they bring us an elevated caper film that’s »
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Informant Media’s true-tale thriller Kidnapping Mr. Heineken has been acquired by Alchemy, the company formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, which has set a March release in theaters and on VOD. Anthony Hopkins stars as the titular beer baron Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, who was kidnapped in Amsterdam in 1983 by five boyhood friends, resulting in the largest ransom ever paid.
Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Mark van Eeuwen, Tom Cocquerel and Jemima West also star in the Daniel Alfredson-directed film, adapted by William Brookfield from the best-selling book by Peter R. de Vries.
Alchemy will release the film March 6.
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