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Reader reports, audience reviews… meh. Sure you can keep tabs on that “coverage,” but posting about that stuff specifically can be hurtful or irresponsible to a film if the “reviews” are early and especially if they’re negative (hell, on the Internet they’re pretty easy to fabricate in either direction too). Finding out “early buzz” on a movie through test screenings isn’t hard if you’re looking for it. So that said, we’d been hearing a few whispers about “Child 44” and perhaps today’s news jibes with it. It's got a strong pedigree around it: it's directed by Daniel Espinosa ("Easy Money" and "Safe House") and it stars Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Jason Clarke of “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes,” Paddy Considine and Dev Patel one of the stars of “Slumdog Millionaire.” That’s a pretty fantastic cast in anyone’s book, »
- Edward Davis
London — Entertainment One is well-placed to retain its position as the U.K.’s top independent distributor after a strong first half of the year, and a muscular slate for the remaining months. But, as Alex Hamilton, managing director, eOne Films U.K., tells Variety, the company has aspirations to be considered on a par with the Hollywood majors.
EOne has been the top indie in the U.K. for three of the past four years, and last year finished ahead of two studios, Sony and Paramount, with its box office totaling more than £100 million ($171 million) for the first time.
- Leo Barraclough
Summit announced last night Child 44, the new film from Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel, will hit theaters on April 17, 2015. Hope you weren't counting on it being a major Oscar contender. Mark Neveldine (Crank) has revealed his new film, The Vatican Tapes will hit theaters on February 27, 2015. Starring Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson and Olivia Dudley the horror film follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by Dudley, an ordinary girl who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close to her, causing serious injury and death. The local priest, Father Lozano (Pena), examines Holmes and believes she is possessed, but when Vicar Imani (Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Andersson) are called from the Vatican to exorcise the demon, it proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined. »
- Brad Brevet
“We can compete with some of the studios,” says MD of eOne UK, which is aiming to release around 35 films per year.
eOne UK is aiming to release around 35 films per year going forward as it looks to cement its position as one of the top five distributors in the UK.
Upcoming films on the slate include The Rover (August 15), A Walk Amongst the Tombstones (September 19), The Homesman (October), Mr Turner (October 31), Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey? (November), Foxcatcher (January 9) and The Water Diviner (January).
Also on the impressive roster are Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg (July 22, 2016), J.A Bayona’s A Monster Calls, Denis Villeneuve’s A Story Of Your Life, Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, Gavin Hood’s Eye in the Sky, Jay Roach’s Trumbo, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine, Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, court-room drama The Whole Truth and franchise sequel Insurgent.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
We've only gotten a couple first look photos from the period drama Child 44 starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and while it was thought that the film might make a worthy awards season release this year, Summit Entertainment is holding onto the film until next year. However, it's not getting a prime release in awards season like Martin Scorsese's Silence and Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's The Revenant. Instead, the studio has announced the film will arrive on April 17th, 2015, just before blockbuster summer hits. We're not sure if that's a vote of confidence or lack thereof, but we're hopeful with Hardy on board. For those unaware, the film from Safe House director Daniel Espinosa follows Hardy as a security guard and former war hero in Stalinist Russia, investigating a series of child murders and catching the attention of the government that is trying to hide them for some reason. »
- Ethan Anderton
Anyone who read and enjoyed Tom Rob Smith’s period thriller novel Child 44, set in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union, was likely thrilled when Locke star Tom Hardy landed the lead role of disgraced Mgb agent Leo Demidov, who investigates a long string of grisly child murders. Physically, it was pretty damn perfect casting, and it also fueled fans’ hopes that director Daniel Espinosa wouldn’t be toning down the book’s violent, disturbing content. After all, Hardy has built his career playing complex, disturbed individuals (see his stellar work in Bronson).
Now, we finally know when we’ll find out whether Hardy nailed the role – and more importantly, whether the other main storytelling strengths of Child 44 have survived the trip to the big screen, as Summit has just set the thriller to open on April 17th, 2015.
- Isaac Feldberg
What does it signify that Lionsgate and Summit are slotting director Daniel Espinosa's "Child 44" for spring release (April 17, 2015)? Given that Tom Hardy--probably the most exciting young actor working today--is not yet a guaranteed box office draw (see "Warriors," "Locke"), Lionsgate may have wanted to use the award season as a springboard for a complex World War II period thriller set in Stalinist Russia that is by no means a guaranteed commercial hit. (What is these days?) In the foreign-financed film, adapted by Richard Price from Tom Rob Smith's 2008 bestseller, Hardy plays hard-ass Mgb agent Leo Domidov, who's tough on traitors (one is played byJason Clarke), at least until he and his wife (Noomi Rapace) fall under suspicion by his boss (Vincent Cassel) and careerist colleague (Joel Kinnaman). Meanwhile Domidov convinces a reluctant rural cop (Gary Oldman) to help investigate an actual serial child killer--who is of no. »
- Anne Thompson
Wow, if this were another kind of website, that headline would have made one juicy piece of celebrity gossip. No, The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy is not having a 44th child with Prometheus‘ Noomi Rapace. The two are, however, starring in Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, about a Russian secret police officer framed for treason in 1950.
The officer, played by Hardy, is sent to a remote outpost, where he uncovers a series of muders tied to a government conspiracy. The film also stars Joel Kinnaman (Robocop, The Killing), Gary Oldman and his Dawn of the Planet of the Apes co-star Jason Clarke, and Black Swan‘s Vincet Cassel.
According to Deadline, the film has been given an April 17, 2015 release date from 20th Century Fox. For those keeping track at home, that places it two weeks after Fast & Furious 7 and the same day as Paul Blart Mall »
- James Garcia
Tom Rob Smith's acclaimed and popular novel Child 44 has long since been picked up for a movie adaptation. So long, in fact, that production has now wrapped on the project, with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel all in the cast.
The film is in post-production now, with director Daniel Espinosa - he of Safe House fame - shaping his final cut. And now we know when we can expect the movie. Summit Entertainment has given Child 44 a release date of April 17th 2015 in the Us. No UK date has thus far been announced.
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Two new release dates were announced today: Summit scheduled Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman for release on April 17, 2015. Director Mark Neveldine (Crank) announced his next feature The Vatican Tapes opens February 27, 2015. More on both projects after the jump. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) directed the adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel, Child 44. Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke, Josef Altin, Sam Spruell, Ned Dennehy, Dev Patel, and Nikolaj Lie Kaas co-star. Here's the official synopsis: Based on the first novel in author Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling trilogy, Child 44 tells the story of a man fighting to reclaim his humanity from a system that requires him to sacrifice it in order to survive. Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori, Cas Anvar, and Alex Sparrow star in The Vatican Tapes. The story centers »
- Brendan Bettinger
It has taken them some time to select one, but Summit Entertainment has finally announced an April 17th 2015 release date for Daniel Espinosa's much anticipated adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's novel "Child 44".
Set in Stalinst Russia in the 1950s, where the official decree of the state is that "there is no crime," Tom Hardy plays a disgraced Mgb agent investigating a series of child murders. He soon finds himself the target of his own government when he learns the elusive killer may have connections to the highest levels of the party.
Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman, and Vincent Cassel also star in the film which Richard Price wrote and which Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan produced. Shot late Summer last year, there was hope the film might get a late 2014 release.
Source: Summit Entertainment »
- Garth Franklin
“Child 44,” the movie thriller starring Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy, was set for an April 17, 2015, release by Summit Entertainment on Monday. Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”) directs “Child 44,” which is based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith and adapted by Richard Price. Jason Clarke (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Vincent Cassel co-star in the suspense drama from Scott Free Productions and Worldview Entertainment. Also read: Why ‘Dawn of Planet of Apes’ Reviews Mattered — and ‘Transformers’ Didn't at Box Office (Video) “Child 44” is set in Stalinist Russia. It tells the tale of a. »
- Todd Cunningham
Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel also star in the thriller, directed by Daniel Espinosa from a script by Richard Price. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Greg Shapiro produced.
The story, set in Stalinist Russia, centers on a senior member of the secret police framed by a colleague for treason and exiled to a remote outpost, where he unearths a series of mysterious murders and vows to catch the elusive killer.
“Child 44″ opens against Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ and Focus’ sci-fier “Selfless.”
- Dave McNary
Summit has set an April 17, 2015 release date for Child 44, the thriller from Swedish director Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Safe House) starring Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, a Russian secret police officer in 1950s Stalinist Russia who’s framed for treason and sent to a remote outpost, where he uncovers a series of mysterious murders tied to a government conspiracy. Swedish thesps turned Hollywood stars Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman also star along with Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Vincent Cassel. Script is adapted by Richard Price from the novel by Tom Rob Smith. The Scott Free and Worldview […] »
Child 44 will arrive on April 17 2015 in wide release.
Daniel Espinosa directed the Scott Free Productions and Worldview Entertainment film, which takes place in Stalinist Russia as an exiled member of the secret police defies government forces as he probes a series of murders and seeks to clear his name.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Lionsgate has issued an April 17, 2015 release date for the upcoming thriller Child 44.
Tom Hardy stars as Leo Demidov, a member of the secret police in Stalinist Russia who is framed by a colleague and sent to a remote outpost. He discovers a string of grisly and mysterious murders as he vows to stop a dangerous serial killer. Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke and Paddy Considine round out the supporting cast.
Exclusive: Beverly Hills-based management company Magnolia Entertainment has promoted a trio of managers and locked in $100 million in production funding with Shanghai-based Kylin-Mandarin Enterprises. The expansion into production funding comes as Magnolia promoted managers Ari Zudkewich, Jared Ceizler, and Kauveh Khozein and given them supervisory capacities. Two other managers have left the firm. Zudkewich will focus on the company’s literary division, which includes such clients as Daniel Espinosa, David Caspe, Scott Kosar, Kieran Darcy Smith, Fedor Bondarchuk and Matt Greenberg. Ceizler will focus on servicing Magnolia’s talent division, which includes such actors as Rachel McAdams, Rosamund Pike, Tatiana Maslany, […] »
Czech film bizzers are reporting a healthy jump in foreign productions and a new “more business-like” approach to the country’s production incentives, which have been boosted by 300 million korunas ($14.8 million) annually for the next two years. Foreign pics that have shot in the country include Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” which screens at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival on Friday.
The Audiovisual Producers Assn., the main Czech industry org, reported at the Karlovy Vary festival that international shoots spent more than $140 million last year, a significant jump from the 2012 total of $87.7 million. The numbers have been arcing up steadily and increasingly since the incentives law was passed in 2010.
Now, with the Czech parliament’s approval of the higher annual cap on the 20% cash-back incentives of $39.6 million, it’s looking like the political deadlock that has jammed progress has been broken, according to Apa managing director Katerina Weissova.
The greatest »
- Will Tizard
Exclusive: A major shakeup has gone down at Worldview Entertainment, and CEO Christopher Woodrow has exited abruptly amidst allegations of personal misconduct. I don’t have much more than that at this moment, but COO Molly Conners has taken the reins as acting CEO of the New York-based financing and production company. She and recently appointed Motion Picture Group president Clifford Werber will continue to oversee Worldview films that are in production and release, as well as future films. Those changes were made with the support of lead investors and the board and management team at Worldview. This is a shocker. With Woodrow at its helm, Worldview has quickly emerged as an up and coming backer of taste-maker fare, and they were very visible and busy at the Cannes Film Festival. The company just made a five-year co-fi deal with The Weinstein Company, and the projects Worldview is involved in are major. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Call Gudrun Giddings the Scandinavia film whisperer. Ever since “Let the Right One In” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” delivered box office that headed straight north, Hollywood has been mining Nordic noir that’s fresh, dark and edgy from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Among the filmmakers in demand for overseas gigs: Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”), Jalmari Helander (“Rare Exports”), Baltasar Kormakur (“2 Guns”), Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow”), Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (“Kon-Tiki”), Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) and Andre Ovredal (“Troll Hunter”). To help deal with the language barrier, L.A.-based Giddings has become key in linking Scandinavian and Hollywood production companies, agencies and studios with talent, projects and financing.
Backstory: Giddings studied to be a lawyer, and learned the ropes of the film biz at Samuel and Victor Hadida’s Davis Films and Metropolitan Filmexport (“Domino,” “Silent Hill”), and later Paradox Entertainment (“Conan the Barbarian »
- Marc Graser
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