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‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, Tawanda Manyimo, Anamaria Marinca | Written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, Ehren Kruger | Directed by Rupert Sanders

Based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell follows Major (Scarlett Johansson), a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who believes she was rescued from near death. The first of her kind, Major is a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight the war against cyber-crime. While investigating a dangerous criminal, Major makes a shocking discovery – the corporation that created her lied about her past life in order to control her. Unsure what to believe, Major will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery of her true identity and exact revenge against the corporation she was built to serve.

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Blu-ray Review: The Girl With All The Gifts (2017): A Zombie Movie with Few Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) Blu-ray Review, a movie starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close, Sennia Nanua, Dominique Tipper, and Anamaria Marinca. Release Date: April 25, 2017 Plot “Humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries.” Only a small group of children seems to be [...]

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Second Opinion – Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Ghost in the Shell, 2017.

Directed by Rupert Sanders.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Carmen Pitt, Peter Ferdinando, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Anamaria Marinca, and Chin Han.

Synopsis:

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Ghost in the Shell is a live-action Anime. Right about now you might be saying “No shit, Sherlock, it’s based on a revered Japanese Manga and popular 1995 Anime movie” and other such relevant information, but what I mean by my lede is that this is the first film that actually looks and feels like a successful transition from Japanese artistry to American Hollywood film. Everything from the visuals, to the appearances of individual characters, to the cyberpunk fantasy setting, all the way
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Rushes. "Moonlight" at the Oscars, Bill Paxton, Malick's Perfume, Bong & Fincher Teasers

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vGet in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSPoster for a Wordless Music performance of Moonlight. Design by Midnight Marauder.The Academy Awards on Sunday were mostly a by-the-books affair—notably with an increase in the number of black artists being recognized and awarded—...that is, until the ending when La La Land was mistakenly awarded Best Picture when in fact the far more deserving Moonlight actually won.American actor Bill Paxton, whose career ranged from beloved character (Aliens) actor to terrific lead (Big Love), died during complications due to heart surgery. Keyframe has gathered remembrances.Recommended VIEWINGThe influence of "high art" filmmakers like Stan Brakhage on popular culture is something few acknowledge, so it's particularly interesting to see this perfume ad starring Angelina Jolie that was directed by Terrence Malick. It feels at once utterly of the filmmaker's past work, but also almost entirely in the language of modern advertising.
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The Girl with All the Gifts Gives Them Out on Blu-ray and DVD

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced that it will release Colm McCarthy’s latest film, The Girl with All the Gifts, on home video this coming April 25. Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, and Anamaria Marinca star. Synopsis: Humanity… Continue Reading →

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National Geographic’s ‘Mars’ Series Headed to Blu-ray and DVD in April

Did you happen to catch the quite awesome Mars series on National Geographic late last year? If not then don't worry as Mars Season 1 is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on April 11th, 2017.

Mars stars Ben Cotton, Alberto Ammann, Anamaria Marinca, Clementine Poidatz, Jihae and Sammi Rotibi, and is an epic docudrama series set in the year 2033. It jumps between two timelines: the non-fictional present, where real-life game changing people like Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Petranek talk about their hopes for putting people on Mars; and a fictional future where colonization begins and attempts to grow in the harsh environment.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard executive produce Mars and it shows with visual effects befitting a Hollywood cinematic production. You almost expect Matt Damon to pop up and offer his expertise. A second season has already been ordered up by National Geographic.

Mars on Blu-ray and DVD
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The Weekend Warrior 2/24/17: Get Out, Collide, Rock Dog

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Presidents' Day weekend was an interesting one at the box office, and as with most holiday weekends, it was particularly difficult to figure out how things might fare, other than The Lego Batman Movie, which remained at #1 with almost $45 million over the four-day weekend. Fifty Shades Darker followed with $21.3 million, about a 50% drop. Last week, I thought that the Ice Cub comedy Fist Fight would beat The Great Wall, although it seemed like it could be a close race. Nope. Matt Damon’s action epic came in third place with $21.6 million, which is a couple million more than my original prediction, but The Fist Fight fell short of my prediction by almost $10 million, grossing $14.5 million in its first four days.
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The Girl With All The Gifts Trailer Teases A Different Breed Of Zombie Horror

Over the past few years, moviegoers have clocked eyes on girls with dragon tattoos and unassuming girls riding along on trains, but in 2017, director Colm McCarthy will introduce The Girl With All the Gifts,

Otherwise known as Melanie, in McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic thriller, Sennia Nanua’s gifted individual is at once our greatest threat and only hope. Forced to undergo a series of harrowing experiments at a military base in rural England, it’s here that Nanua’s youngster begins to display a handful of those special gifts, placing the likes of Miss Justineau and the gruff Sergeant Parks – Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, respectively – on red alert.

And though it may tout many of the tried-and-tested tropes of the zombie genre – the barren, bleak environments, the Messiah figure – The Girl With All the Gifts has been scoring positive reviews ahead of its bow later this month. M.R. Carey
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The Search for the Zombie Cure Commences in New Trailer for ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’

After Train to Busan helped re-ignite the zombie genre this summer, another promising flesh-eating flick will land next month. Director Colm McCarthy, who has helmed a batch of TV episodes, including Sherlock and Peaky Blinders, has made his feature debut with an adaptation of the best-selling novel by M.R. Carey, The Girl With All The Gifts. Ahead of a release in late February, the U.S. trailer has now arrived.

The story follows Melanie (newcomer Sennia Nanua), a young girl living a post-apocalyptic world who has a special bond to a woman (Gemma Arterton). Contained in an army base research facility with other children, Melanie is released when a revelation means she could be the ray of light the world needs.

We said in our review, “With the pedigree of a starry cast and acclaimed literary source material, it’s not unfair to read into The Girl with All the Gifts
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Nico, Cult Singer With Velvet Underground, Set for Biopic (Exclusive)

Nico, Cult Singer With Velvet Underground, Set for Biopic (Exclusive)
Rome — Nico, the late German chanteuse who was among Andy Warhol’s muses and sang with the Velvet Underground, is getting the biopic treatment. The 1960s cult pop culture figure will be played by Denmark’s Trine Dyrholm, winner of this year’s Berlin Silver Bear for best actress.

Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli, known on the festival circuit for her standout debut “Cosmonauta,” will start shooting Nov. 7 in Italy on the film, which is about Nico’s later years, titled “Nico, 1988.”

Besides Dyrholm, who took the Berlin statuette for her role as a wronged wife in Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” the film’s pan-European cast includes Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca (“4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 days”); Britain’s Karina Fernandez (“Happy Go Lucky”); Belgium’s Fabrizio Rongione, a regular in the Dardennes brothers’ films; France’s Sandor Funteck (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”); and promising young British stage actor Calvin Demba in his screen debut.
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Mipcom: Rising French Actress Clementine Poidatz on NatGeo’s ‘Mars’

Mipcom: Rising French Actress Clementine Poidatz on NatGeo’s ‘Mars’
Cannes, France — Up-and-coming French actress Clementine Poidatz is rolling off a breakthrough year with roles in Farren Blackburn’s “Shut In,” the thriller which opened at Venice, and “Mars,” Everardo Gout’s high-profile docudrama which world-premiered on Monday at Mipcom.

Mars” was directed by Gout, the Mexican helmer of “Days of Grace,” and produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia for National Geographic Channel, as part of the U.S. cabler’s push to attract more millennials with science-related premium content. The six-part one-hour series blends scripted drama with visual effects and documentary footage, including interviews with scientists and space technology innovators.

Poidatz stars as Amelie Durand, a flight surgeon and psychologist who embarks, along with a crew, on the first manned mission to Mars in 2033.

“When I first heard about the project I was so clueless about space and astronauts, and I thought it was science fiction. But
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Mars: National Geographic Previews Event Series

National Geographic is going to the Red Planet. This week, the network previewed their upcoming event series Mars.From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the hybrid scripted/documentary series "tells the inspiring story from the vantage point of a fictitious crewed mission to Mars in 2033." The cast includes Ben Cotton, Clementine Poidatz, Alberto Ammann, Sammi Rotibi, Jihae, Anamaria Marinca, and Olivier Martinez.Read More…
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TV News Roundup: National Geographic Channel Announces Premiere For ‘Mars’

TV News Roundup: National Geographic Channel Announces Premiere For ‘Mars’
In today’s TV news roundup, National Geographic Channel has set a premiere date for Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s miniseries “Mars,” plus the syndicated entrepreneurial show “Hatches” has made casting changes for Season 2.

Casting

Entrepreneurial series “Hatched” has set new judges and hosts for its second season, Variety has learned. The nationally syndicated show has cast Courtney and Carter Reum of investment and brand development company M13 to lead the panel. Other names joining Season 2 are Lance Bass, Dara Trujillo of the Home Shopping Network, plus investors Victor Green and Steve Seigel. “Hatched” Season 2 premieres Sept. 17.

Premieres

National Geographic Channel has set a premiere date for “Mars” — Monday, Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. The six-part series from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, which is set both in present day and the future, combines scripted drama and visual effects with documentary sequences to drive forward a cohesive story of mankind’s quest to colonize the Red Planet. “Mars
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Locarno Film Review: ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’

Why is it that good actors in career stasis so often wind up in zombie films? No one reading the outline for “The Girl With All the Gifts” could really have come away thinking, “This will break the mold,” though given the long list of executive producers, the script must have passed through plenty of hands. Colorlessly directed by Colm McCarthy in his feature debut, this overlong contribution to the genre is set in the not-too-distant future, when a fungus has turned most everyone into brain-dead “Hungries” feasting on flesh and blood. The film’s catch is that all attention is on a little girl Hungry whose brain somehow seems perfectly fine. Maybe it seemed marginally original at one time, but few outside teen audiences will think M.R. Carey’s adaptation of his own novel is anything more than another tired attempt to board the zombie bandwagon.

Don’t expect subtext or metaphor,
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Casting Europe at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival

It is often said that it takes talent and luck to land a role. Today, proactivity and grace are added to this list of skillsets. In contemporary times, recognition seems less of a far-fetched notion than before thanks to the state of the art technology and interconnectivity. However, film festivals of the likes of Berlin play a substantial role as the gridiron for the discovery of new European talent as well as the creation of new roles and new relations, prompted by the ever so popular and widespread practice of co-productions on European turf. Among these relations is the one between actors and casting directors.

European Shooting Stars

Every February, for the past 18 years, European Shooting Stars, a unique pan-European initiative, takes place at the Berlinale, shining a little light on Europe’s most prominent up-and-coming young actors and placing them at the top of the busy film program that unfolds year after year at the festival. These ten emerging acting talents, hailing from across the Old Continent, are selected by a jury of experts who hand-picks them among a long list of potential candidates nominated by the member organizations of the European Film Promotion (Efp).

During the craze of the festival’s first weekend, the Shooting Stars connect and network with casting directors, talent agents, directors and producers with the objective of broadening and strengthening industry alliances. They are involved in a wide range of activities that include presentations to the film industry and the press as well as one-on-one meetings with international casting directors, a reception and an Awards Ceremony at the Berlinale Palast.

The Shooting Stars program kicked off in 1998 during the Berlin International Film Festival. But, why the Berlinale? The project finds unique support in this particular festival. Moreover, its director, Dieter Kosslick is especially enthusiastic about the initiative as well as supporting young talent. According to Karin Dix, the project director of the European Shooting Stars, the Berlin International Film Festival “is an ideal platform for Shooting Stars,” pointing out that the Efp would not receive such exposure anywhere else.

Bridging Cultures Through Actors

Behind the glamour of film festivals, is a world, unknown to audiences, where films are made and discussed by the movers and shakers of the industry. Everyone sees the actors’ and directors’ work during the production of a film. But, very few people are aware that before the shooting even starts, casting directors have already dove deep into the script and spent hours, days and months researching the right people for a specific role. This demands intrinsic skills and gut instincts. The important work is felt behind the scenes, indeed, but when it comes to the public presentation it is often already forgotten.

Therefore, in 2005, the Efp acknowledged that the art, craft and business of casting should not only be incorporated in its activities but also better transmitted to the international industry. That is how and why the International Casting Directors Network (Icdn) was founded during the Berlinale, that year, by fifteen casting directors from seven countries. Today the network counts seventy-four casting directors from twenty-four countries world-wide. They meet annually on occasion of Shooting Stars in Berlin.

These casting directors come to the Berlin International Film Festival to “shop” for new talent, collaborate, and meet their fellows. Some will also meet the Shooting Stars who have already sent them tapes, like for instance María Valverde, for whom the human interaction is an important factor, “I think it’s a nice thing to just be yourself talking to them, not as a character in a certain role”, she remarks. On the other hand, for Londonderry Entertainment’s Sheila Wenzel, who works with top young female stars and holds a strong and well-respected deal-making reputation, “the world has gotten so much larger”. And, in that larger world, she is constantly looking for new talent anywhere.

In that regard, apart from offering support and publicity to these fresh faces of the big screen as they step from national fame into the international spotlight, the endeavor also highlights the vital role new actors can play in the marketing of European films. And, this year’s Shooting Stars are very well aware of that.

For Daphné Patakia, the Greek star of "Interruption" (Yorgos Zois), it is a “great opportunity to open in a European way and meet people from all over Europe,” adding she hopes to find work in different languages. The international cooperation and linguistic dimension of Shooting Stars are something that fellow Dutch Shooting Star Reinout Scholten van Aschat and former Shooting Star and this year’s jury member, Anamaria Marinca, also share, “…everyone is involved in co-productions so there is place for someone from Croatia or France or Spain in an international production spoken in English, or Spanish or another language and because they have these aptitudes and they can act in another language, not only speak it,” the latter observes. Scholten van Aschat, a fan of European film, and in particular the Danish film industry, is especially sensitive to the aforementioned aspects. Not only does he have great respect for casting directors but he also feels the need to improve his language skills (German and English) and believes that the Dutch still have to learn from the Danes, “and the way to do that, of course, is to work together,” he admits.

Impactful and Inimitable

With the recognition as a Shooting Star, the impact is often instantaneous. For Anamaria Marinca, it has given her the opportunity to meet French casting director Nicolas Ronchi who offered her her first French script, which led her to being represented by French talent agent Annabel Karouby, and thereby “facilitated a possible career in France”. Her time in Berlin as a Shooting Star “kind of started these other possible languages [she] could work in.” Former Shooting Stars include such talent as Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Alicia Vikander, Carey Mulligan, Daniel Brühl, Mélanie Laurent or this year’s Berlinale International Jury member Alba Rohrwacher.

What’s more, the Shooting Stars initiative is inimitable and unique. Indeed, many have tried to copy the concept but no one has the expertise of the Efp’s member organizations, according to Dix who also concedes that the fact that each country nominates one actor is a guarantee for the high quality of the selected actors and actresses from Europe.

On the European film market where co-productions are common practice today, familiar actors help the audience relate to a particular “foreign” film. As harsh as it sounds, bankability is the key of the film biz. In that, actors are the faces of the films. They move the audiences, create their enthusiasm and need for films and are the personalities that promote them. Casting directors stand right behind them and make it happen. They bridge the gaps between cultures and open new horizons and possibilities. They help actors speak the European language of film. They are its unsung heroes.
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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 2: #75-51

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Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 2 #75 through 51.

Click here for Part 1 (#100-76)!

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, including having films gross
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Shooting Stars unveils 2016 line-up

Shooting Stars unveils 2016 line-up
The young acting talent will be revealed during the opening weekend of next year’s Berlinale.

The European Film Promotion (Efp) has revealed the ten young actors that it has selected for the 2016 European Shooting Stars.

The list includes María Valverde, who had a role in Ridley Scott’s epic Exodus: Gods And Kings and has been cast in Asif Kapadia’s forthcoming romantic drama Ali And Nino.

Jella Hasse, who starred in Germany box office smash Fack Ju Göhte 2 and Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, who played a part in Rúnar Rúnarsson’s San Sebastian-winning Sparrows are also both on the list.

As is Kacey Mottet Klein, who plays the lead in Guillame Senez’s Keeper, which came away with the joint jury prize and best actress award at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday.

The selected group will be now be presented during the opening weekend of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (February
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2016 Berlin Shooting Stars announced by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-12-15 07:07:19

The 2016 shooting stars. Photo: Top row from left: Filip Van Roe, Ana Mihalic, Eric Guillemain, Janita Sassen, Debora Brune; Bottom row from left: Ruben Vega, Magnús Reynir Jónsson, Emanuele Pasquet, Sarah Robine, Laurine Mottet The European Film Promotion (Efp) has revealed the ten young actors selected as the 2016 European Shooting Stars, who will be presented to the film world during February's Berlin International Film Festival.

This year's stars are: Martha Canga Antonio (Belgium), Tihana Lazović (Croatia), Lou de Laâge (France), Jella Haase (Germany), Daphné Patakia (Greece), Atli Óskar Fjalarsson (Iceland), Sara Serraiocco (Italy), Reinout Scholten van Aschat (The Netherlands), María Valverde (Spain), Kacey Mottet Klein (Switzerland).

Jury member Anamaria Marinca - herself a Shooting Star in 2008 - said: “Being a Shooting Star was exhilarating. Little did I know how problematic it would be as a jury member to try to select just ten participants from the 24 nominees put forward by
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European Film Promotion Reveals European Shooting Stars

European Film Promotion Reveals European Shooting Stars
London — European Film Promotion has revealed the young actors selected as the 2016 European Shooting Stars. The 10 talented thesps, who were selected by a jury of industry experts, will be presented to the movie world during the opening weekend of the 66th Berlin Film Festival.

The Shooting Stars are Martha Canga Antonio (Belgium), Tihana Lazovic (Croatia), Lou de Laage (France), Jella Haase (Germany), Daphne Patakia (Greece), Atli Oskar Fjalarsson (Iceland), Sara Serraiocco (Italy), Reinout Scholten van Aschat (The Netherlands), Maria Valverde (Spain), and Kacey Mottet Klein (Switzerland).

Former Shooting Stars include Daniel Bruhl, Alicia Vikander and Maisie Williams.

The jury was composed of Romanian actor Anamaria Marinca, Italian producer Marta Donzelli, Greek film director Constantine Giannaris, German film editor and critic Tobias Kniebe, and Danish casting director Rie Hedegaard.

At the Berlinale, the 10 selected actresses and actors will take part in a weekend of profile-raising workshops and events alongside members of
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European Shooting Stars 2016 jury unveiled

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European Shooting Stars 2016 jury unveiled
Also… former Shooting Star joins Jan Forsström’s The Great Bear, pitched at this week’s Baltic Event.

Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) and Italy’s Marta Donzelli, producer of this year’s Berlinale competition film Sworn Virgin, are among the jury members selecting the line-up for the 18th edition of the European Shooting Stars showcase to be held at the 66th Berlinale in February.

The decision on the 10 aspiring acting talents from across Europe will also be taken by the Greek film director Constantine Giannaris (Man At Sea), German film critic Tobias Kniebe of Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Danish casting director Rie Hedegaard (Dancer In The Dark, Men and Chicken, Itsi Bitsi).

As in previous years, the European Shooting Stars will be introduced to the international industry and press in a whirlwind three days of workshops, roundtables, press meetings during the Berlinale’s first weekend, culminating in the presentation of the Shooting Stars Award
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