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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Movie Review

21 hours ago | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Director: Daniel Alfredson Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten People often take pride in all the hard work they put into garnering fame and fortune, particularly when their efforts provide much needed support for their families. But when their persistent work ethic fails to offer them enough money to efficiently provide for their loved ones, they’re often driven to take drastic measures to comfortably sustain them. That’s certainly the case in director Daniel Alfredson’s new action crime drama, ‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken,’ which is set to be released on Friday on iTunes and VOD and in theaters. The film, which is based on  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Avatar 2 Will See Sigourney Weaver Play A Brand New Character

23 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Last we heard of Avatar 2 and its pair of subsequent sequels, director James Cameron had opted to delay the upcoming installments due to a complex script. This is largely due to the fact that all three movies are set to be filmed simultaneously, leaving cast and crew with a lot of plates to keep spinning. However, despite the events of the first Avatar in 2009, one seemingly core member of the original film set to rejoin production is Sigourney Weaver, who may not play Grace Augustine upon her return.

That’s according to the actress herself, who recently appeared on The Jonathan Ross show to talk all-things-Chappie (with a spice of Blomkamp’s mysterious Alien sequel thrown in for good measure, no doubt). And during the course of the interview, Weaver was asked how she will be able to return to the mystical world of Pandora. Put simply, the »

- Michael Briers

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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Review

1 March 2015 9:01 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Yes, your first assumption is correct – Kidnapping Mr. Heineken details the imprisonment of Amsterdam’s most iconic beer entrepreneur, and even more shocking is that it’s based on a true crime. Back in 1983, Freddy Heineken and his driver Ab Doderer were kidnapped by local scoundrels and then released some three weeks later for 35 million Dutch guilders – the largest ransom ever paid for one individual. As an avid beer drinker and alcohol culture snob, my complete ignorance of the real event is surprising and shameful, but Daniel Alfredson does an amicable job of filling in the blanks. Peter R. de Vries’s source novelization serves as a proper jumping point for writer William Brookfield, as he and Alfredson find a tense balance between historical recreation and cinematic embellishment – either of which can easily sink a true story when handled clumsily.

This is typically the point where I explain a film’s central plot, »

- Matt Donato

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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Movie Review

1 March 2015 11:05 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Alchemy Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B Director:  Daniel Alfredson   Screenwriter:  William Brookfield, based on the journalistic reports of Peter de Vries Cast:  Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten Screened at:  Review 1, NYC, 2/5/15 Opens:  March 6, 2015 Did you ever wonder how rich guys have to be before they will hire bodyguards?  When Bill Gates is shown on TV, his bodyguards must be at a discreet distance away.  Surely he has a couple of them with him at all times, perhaps even more than President Obama enjoys.  Kidnapping becomes far too tempting for a rich or  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Avatar comes to Disney's Animal Kingdom: Go behind the scenes

26 February 2015 2:13 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney has unveiled a first-look preview of James Cameron's Avatar at its Florida theme park.

Pandora: The Land of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom will open in 2017 to coincide with the release of Cameron's Avatar sequel.

Attractions confirmed for The Land of Avatar include a Banshee flight simulator and a boat ride through the mystical Pandora.

Cameron can be seen in Disney's newly-released promotional video personally examining elements of The Land of Avatar, from wildlife to interactive displays.

Disney Imagineering chief Bruce Vaughn described Pandora: The Land of Avatar in a blog accompanying the promo as "one of the most dynamic and collaborative" attractions in the history of Disney parks.

Ground was broken for the construction of Pandora: The Land of Avatar in January 2014, three years after Disney signed an exclusive contract with the director.

Avatar 2 will be released on Christmas Day in 2017, with two more sequels to follow »

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James Cameron Visits 'Avatar' Land in Disney Parks Video

26 February 2015 1:03 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in January 2014, construction began on the Avatar Land theme park at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida, although we haven't heard any updates on this ambitious project since then. Today, the Disney Parks blog posted a new video where Avatar director James Cameron is shown several features that will be implemented in the park, including the bioluminescent forrest, while visiting Disney's Glendale, California offices. Here's what the director had to say about what he has seen so far of Avatar Land.

"I think one of the things that people loved about the movie is that they felt as if they had visited Pandora...Now, thanks to Disney's amazing Imagineers, people are going to truly experience Pandora firsthand. From the details in the plants to the production and design, extraordinary thought and care has gone into this entire world. The teams have really created something special, and it's not going to be like anything else. »

- MovieWeb

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James Cameron Visits 'Avatar' Land in Disney Parks Video

26 February 2015 1:03 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in January 2014, construction began on the Avatar Land theme park at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida, although we haven't heard any updates on this ambitious project since then. Today, the Disney Parks blog posted a new video where Avatar director James Cameron is shown several features that will be implemented in the park, including the bioluminescent forrest, while visiting Disney's Glendale, California offices. Here's what the director had to say about what he has seen so far of Avatar Land.

"I think one of the things that people loved about the movie is that they felt as if they had visited Pandora...Now, thanks to Disney's amazing Imagineers, people are going to truly experience Pandora firsthand. From the details in the plants to the production and design, extraordinary thought and care has gone into this entire world. The teams have really created something special, and it's not going to be like anything else. »

- MovieWeb

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10 Things Films Always Get Wrong About Guns

25 February 2015 11:37 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

New Line Cinema

Playing with guns is no sort of, erm, game. Despite the use of “play” in that sentence. It requires the steady hand of a seasoned professional to use effectively, and to prevent accidents. In reality, that means people who have been approved to own a firearm, and done the requisite training and practice in order to stay safe when wielding one. Safe for everyone not at the end of the barrel, anyways.

In the movies, that seasoned professional goes about things a little differently. In fact, all it appears to take to become a seasoned professional is somebody telling you that you have to squeeze the trigger instead of pulling it, and to make sure you don’t point it anybody you’re friendly with.

Which is just one of many differences between the way guns work in the real world versus the cinematic. Obviously you can »

- Tom Baker

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Blu-ray announced for Cake starring Jennifer Aniston

23 February 2015 6:31 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the film having just reached UK shores over the weekend, 20th Century Fox have announced the Us Blu-ray release of Cake, the new film from director Daniel Barnz (Beastly).

See Also: Read our review of Cake here

Cake stars Jennifer Aniston alongside Anna Kendrick (Into the Woods), Sam Worthington (Avatar), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica) and William H. Macy (Fargo), and is set to be released on April 21st.

Cake takes us into the darkly funny world of Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower (Sam Worthington) while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife (Anna Kendrick). With her feisty housekeeper-cum-caretaker (Adriana Barraza) ever at her side, Claire searches for human connection and self-forgiveness in this tale of personal redemption.

Special Features:

–The Many Layers of Cake: Learning to Live Again

–The Icing on the Cake: Meet the Cast

–Theatrical Trailer

 

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- Scott J. Davis

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Cake Starring Jennifer Aniston Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date and Details

20 February 2015 12:58 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Jennifer Aniston nabbed Golden Globe Award, Critics' Choice Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in the Best Actress category for her work as a woman fighting to redeem herself in the Cinelou Films production, Cake. Fox Home Entertainment have revealed their plans to make Cake available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, with the latter arriving on the scene earlier than its disc-based counterparts.

The Cake Digital release date is set for April 10, 2015. A couple weeks later is when the Cake Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release date falls, on April 21.

Cake's widest release was in 482 theaters during its opening weekend on January 23, 2015. It has since earned $1.95 million and continues to play in select locations. The film was directed by Daniel Barnz and co-stars Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick and Adriana Barraza.

A trio of bonus features are included on all versions of Cake and »

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Cake review – half-baked black comedy shares the pain

19 February 2015 3:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jennifer Aniston plays a Percocet-addicted antiheroine in this predictable piece of awards-bait

At first, this film certainly promises something difficult and challenging. But having struck variously angry or black-comic notes in its opening section, it morphs into a piece of indie-sentimental awards-bait for its producer-star Jennifer Aniston. She plays Claire, a Percocet addict who is in chronic pain, given to angry outbursts at her support group and left depressed and conflicted after the suicide of her counsellor, Nina (Anna Kendrick). Claire is drawn into a friendship with Nina’s widow, Roy (Sam Worthington), and remains impossibly difficult with her long-suffering maid and carer, Silvana (Adriana Barraza). Inevitably, the explanation for her condition is left for the third-act reveal, which we reach via the mandatory grieving, healing and self-forgiveness. The relationships and plot transitions feel forced, and the trope of the ironic hallucinatory ghost is glib and cliched (David Cronenberg carried »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Anthony Hopkins: "Kidnapping Mr. Heinekin"

19 February 2015 9:12 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ set footage from the upcoming action thriller, "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken", based on a true story, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington ("Avatar"), Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten:

"...in 1983, a group of stupid 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 (Hopkins).

"The shocking capture--by gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam...

"...resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken"...

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- Michael Stevens

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Cake review: Jennifer Aniston's grey cardigan performance

17 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Daniel Barnz; Screenwriter: Patrick Tobin; Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Felicity Huffman, Chris Messina; Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 15

Cake is a wry indie drama that hides a gooey centre beneath a brittle leading turn and Jennifer Aniston just about cracks it as a sufferer of chronic pain. This is a grey cardigan-clad performance with harsh lighting and no make-up which, arguably, isn't just a cry for help but a plea for awards attention. The Hollywood Foreign Press kindly obliged with a Golden Globe nomination and if Oscar wasn't that impressed, it may be because the film as a whole feels disingenuous.

Bitter sarcasm is one of the coping mechanisms that Claire (Aniston) depends on in the aftermath of a road accident, along with a pick 'n' mix of painkillers. Her Mexican maid Silvana (Adriana Barraza of Amores Perros) is also on hand to cook, clean »

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Cake Review

16 February 2015 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Daniel Barnz

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 102 minutes

Synopsis: Claire (Aniston) is a sufferer of Chronic Pain Syndrome who becomes obsessed with the suicide of fellow support group member Nina (Kendrick), whilst still trying to come to terms with a tragedy of her own.

Claire is a bitter and angry depressive who has succumbed to her pain; heavily reliant on drugs and booze she medicates to keep herself numb which is hindering her rehabilitation and life progression in the process. Her only supporter is Silvana, her heavily put-upon housekeeper. After the death of a woman in her pain support group, Claire finds herself drawn to the family of the deceased and finds herself re-evaluating her perspective on life.

It’s unfortunate that Aniston didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for her turn in Cake as it really »

- Kat Smith

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Havas: Hungarian film on the mend

13 February 2015 6:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Enhanced tax rebate has resulted in a mini-production boom.

After troubled times, Hungarian film is on the mend. That was the message from Hungarian Film Fund CEO Agnes Havas at this year’s European Film Market (Efm).

Local market share for Hungarian films is still low (precise figures for 2014 are not yet available) but the industry is enjoying a mini-production boom.

The enhanced 25% tax rebate is helping draw foreign production to the country. Ridley Scott has been in Budapest shooting his new sci-fi thriller The Martian for Twentieth Century Fox, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig.

Scripted by Drew Goddard, and adapted from the Andy Weir book, it is the story of an astronaut stranded on a Martian colony. Scott recently gave a film masterclass in Budapest.

Also shooting in Hungary are Pernilla August’s Serious Game, Jonathan Mostow’s Hunter’s Prayer starring Sam Worthington and Alan Ball’s new HBO pilot »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Film Review: ‘Paper Planes’

6 February 2015 10:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An energetic kids’ film that harnesses the interior logic of children’s minds to pleasing and inspiring effect, director Robert Connolly’s big-hearted “Paper Planes” is currently a solid box office hit Down Under and was selected to open the Generation Kplus section of the Berlinale. With its crowdpleasing tropes and clever use of the titular conveyance as an obvious yet effective metaphor for the simple values and pleasures in life, the pic should fly to fests and international markets that appreciate quality moppet fare.

In rural New South Wales — the film was actually shot in and around the Western Australia capital of Perth — 12-year-old Dylan Webber (Ed Oxenbould, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”) lives with his father, Jack (Sam Worthington). Having lost his mother in a car accident five months ago, Dylan must contend with Jack’s grief-induced listlessness, which seems to have forged »

- Eddie Cockrell

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Lara Bingle's Baby Bump Makes Its Debut—See the Pic!

28 January 2015 7:48 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Lara Bingle has yet to confirm her pregnancy, but it looks like she's just going to let her bump do the talking. Sam Worthington's ladylove resurfaced after spending some time away from the spotlight and had a very noticeable accessory with her—a growing baby bump! Ok! Australia published the photos of Bingle in their latest issue, which show the blond bombshell wearing a plain white T-shirt, sunhat and shades during an outing with her mother in Palm Springs, Calif., and she seemed to proudly flaunt her protruding belly for the first time since the pregnancy speculation began (and after teasing us with those underwater Ig pics). Reports about the duo expecting their first child together began »

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Watch: Trailer For ‘Kidnapping Mr Heineken’ With Anthony Hopkins & Sam Worthington

27 January 2015 1:07 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The famous Dutch brewer’s slogan may be ‘Open your World’ nowadays but back in 1983, it was much closer to open your wallet.

Based on the famous 1983 kidnapping case of Alfred ‘Freddy’ Heineken who was released on payment of the world’s highest paid ransom (about £34 million), Kidnapping Mr Heineken tells the story of five childhood friends who pulled off the crime of the century…until they got away with it.

Directed by Daniel Alfredson, the film stars Anthony Hopkins as Freddy Heineken, Sam Worthington as Willem Holleeder, Jim Sturgess as Cor Van Hout, Ryan Kwanten as Jan ‘Cat’ Boellard, Mark van Eeuwen as Frans ‘Spikes’ Meijer, and Thomas Cocquerel as Martin ‘Brakes’ Erkamps.

Although Kidnapping Mr Heineken opens in the Us on March 12th, there’s no word yet on a UK release date. Check out the film’s poster artwork and trailer below, then let us know what »

- Sacha Hall

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Sundance: Alchemy Buys Nicole Kidman’s ‘Strangerland’

27 January 2015 11:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alchemy has acquired all North American rights to director Kim Farrant’s drama “Strangerland,” starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving.

The film premiered in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition on Friday. Alchemy is planning a multiplatform release later this year.

The film centers on a couple that has recently transplanted to a remote Australian desert town. Their lives are flung into crisis when their two teenage kids mysteriously disappear as a massive dust storm hits.

Strangerland” is written by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons and based on a story by Seres. Producers are Macdara Kelleher and Naomi Wenck; executive producers are Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson, Adriana L. Randall, Andrew Mackie and Richard Payten.

It’s the second acquisition for Alchemy since it rebranded itself earlier this month and ditched the Millennium Entertainment label. On Jan. 13, Alchemy announced it had acquired the crime thriller “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Cake’ is a careless character study

26 January 2015 6:52 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cake

Written by Patrick Tobin

Directed by Daniel Barnz

USA, 2014

In Cake, it takes about fifteen minutes for director Daniel Barnz to establish the ground rules for this familiar portrait of grief and addiction, followed up by another ninety minutes or so of dramatic clumsiness and eye-rolling clichés. Whether it is drugs, sex, or booze, each brings a routine numbing quality to the table for Claire Bennett (Aniston), a seemingly darkly comedic and scathing woman who we first meet in a support group for chronic physical pain. The group is discussing the recent suicide of one of their members, while Claire draws appalling gasps due to her candid sarcasm on the matter. Sporting facial and body scars as well as weedy hair, Aniston’s return to drama screams “I’m ready for recognition!” but Cake does a horrible job of providing Aniston with much to work with.

Claire has driven most people away from her, »

- Ty Landis

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