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Exclusive: Canadian financier puts Ukrainian plight on agenda with Spotlight Pictures drama; other investments possible.
Ihnatowycz, whose parents fled post-war Ukraine, commissioned Richard Bachynsky-Hoover and director Mendeluk to write the passion project.
The president and CEO of Toronto-based private investment firm First Generation Capital formerly founded investment firm Acuity, which in 2011 was sold for $340m ($7.6bn, including client assets).
“This is a period of history that is virtually unknown in the west,” private investment executive Ihnatowycz told Screen.
“I wanted to make this story understood more widely so making it English language with a known cast will hopefully help make it more appealing to a western »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Spotlight Pictures has released several new images from upcoming war epic Bitter Harvest, which follows Max Irons (The Riot Club) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) as a pair of young lovers in famine-struck Ukraine during the interwar period.
Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, Bitter Harvest is the first major dramatic film to convey the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by Joseph Stalin that killed millions in Ukraine.
The screenplay was developed and written by Richard Bachynsky-Hoover and George Mendeluk. Shot in authentic locations, using a principally Ukrainian crew, the film displays a powerful tale of love, honour, rebellion and survival at a time when Ukraine was forced to adjust to the horrifying territorial ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union. Seen through the eyes of two young lovers, it powerfully captures one of the most dramatic genocides in the history of 20th Century Europe. »
- Tom Beasley
The Los Angeles-based sales company will introduce international buyers to Andamar Entertainment’s $21m drama at the Santa Monica market next week.
The story of the 1932-33 famine engineered by Joseph Stalin that is believed to have killed upwards of 2.5million Ukrainians is told through the eyes of two young lovers.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Inspired by a real-life dig, Tutankhamun will chronicle the rise, fall and redemption of archaeologist Howard Carter (Irons).
The disgraced Carter's career is saved when he's hired by an eccentric aristocrat Lord Carnarvon (Neill) to search for the famous tomb in the 1920s.
ITV is set to begin filming on writer Guy Burt's scripts later this year in South Africa.
Starting from 1905, Carter (Irons) was an eminent British archaeologist in his twenties whose license is revoked by Cairo's Antiquities Service.
After years spent broke and ostracised, a chance meeting with the dashing British aristocrat Lord Carnarvon (Neill) begins an unlikely friendship. The pair ultimately discover the last resting place of the boy-king in 1921 against all odds and at great personal expense.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Max Irons and Sam Neill have boarded the cast of the ITV’s event series Tutankhamun. Acclaimed directer Peter Webber (Emperor) will be at the helm for the whole series, which follows the epic story of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt's forgotten pharaohs, the boy-king Tutankhamun. Irons (Woman In Gold) will play Carter. Sam Neill will play Lord Carnarvon, who sponsored Carter’s expeditions. Guy Burt (Jekyll And Hyde, The Borgias)… »
The Superman actor told the Daily Mail how his horse fell on him during his last day of filming in Ukraine.
"My horse had a habit, when I brought it to a stop, of lifting its front legs up," Stamp said. "On my last day, I brought it to a stop but slid off the back.
"I looked up and saw that this horse, which weighed half a ton, had lost its balance and was going to fall directly on me."
He continued: "I always imagined that my last thoughts would be somehow profound, but what went through my mind was, 'distinguished actor killed by horse's arse'.
"It fell on my chest and pelvis. If it had landed any further up, it would have killed me."
Following the incident, »
'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice A little Being Julia movie background: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway star who, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, falls prey to the youthful, ambitious wannabe Eve Harrington: sweet, soft-spoken Anne Baxter on the outside; ruthless, poisonous gargoyle on the inside.* More than a decade earlier, in 1937 to be exact, W. Somerset Maugham had written Theatre, a novel about West End diva Julia Lambert. In Maugham's tale, Julia, despite her talent, wit, and some forty-odd years on this planet, succumbs to her vanity when she falls madly in love with Tom Fennel, a handsome – and deceptively innocent-looking – American half her age. Through Tom's "special friendship" with the renowned Julia, an ambitious young actress, »
- Andre Soares
Woman in Gold, 2015.
Directed by Simon Curtis.
Based on the true story of Maria Altmann (Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey), an Austrian Jewish immigrant and niece of the famous ‘Woman in Gold’ of Klimt’s painting who, with the help of Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds, The Voices), began a lengthy court battle with the Austrian government to reclaim the artwork which the Nazis stole from her family.
There is a place, one can argue, for average sentimental true stories one can safely take their grandmother to. Grannies need movies too. It’s just a shame when the concept for a film lends itself to so much potential, only to peter out in a patchy narrative.
The year is 1998. Ryan Reynolds is hilariously miscast as a timid lawyer, as if sticking a pair of glasses on him »
- Kat Kourbeti
A deeply moving and very satisfying piece of entertainment that knits up seemingly disparate elements in a tapestry of family pain and pride. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Maria Altmann just wants back that portrait of her aunt, the pretty one that used to hang in her family’s home when she was a child, and which reminds her of her aunt, who died far too young. Problem is, that home was in Vienna in the 1930s, and when the Nazis swooped in, they confiscated the painting and all her family’s other belongings. And despite Austria’s new spirit of reconciliation in the late 90s, including efforts toward art restitution, this painting is different. It’s Gustav Klimt’s famous “Woman in Gold” — now known as “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” — and it »
- MaryAnn Johanson
After having robust box office numbers this past weekend and being praised by both audiences and critics, Woman In Gold opens in wide release this Friday, April 10. In his review, Jim Batts says, “Woman In Gold concerns a celebrated work of art, but it’s also about two inspiring lives also worthy of celebration.” Read his review here.
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of »
- Michelle McCue
Only a week after the sufferings of Effie Gray, another “inspired by true events” drama set in the world of art (specifically paintings) makes its way to the multiplex. The two are quite different, though, with this new film set more than nearly 150 years after that romance gone sour. But this recent release has several flashback scenes some sixty years in the past, during the Second World War. And much of the dramatic highlights take place, not in lush estates, but in boardrooms and courtrooms. So, it’s a WWII thriller and a legal showdown pitting a plucky, feisty mature lady represented by an overwhelmed young lawyer versus an uncaring, unfeeling bureaucracy. Now with Helen Mirren as the lady and Ryan Reynolds as her aide, you know we’re in for a meaty drama indeed as they seek the return of that most celebrated Austrian artwork, the Woman In Gold. »
- Jim Batts
If you are of a certain age (and Thn is definitely of a certain age), five years before teen movie history was made by Mean Girls, a geeky girl’s transformation from ugly to beautiful in ninety minutes was the video you watched at every sleepover possible. Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) was the ultimate big screen heartthrob – he was the most popular boy in school And he had a thoughtful side to boot, brought out by soon-to-be-beautiful Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook). The storyline had universal appeal, the cast was full of future stars (seriously, check out IMDb for the full list but Paul Walker, Matthew Lillard, Anna Paquin, Kieran Culkin, Gabrielle Union…), the soundtrack instantly memorable and the script witty and on point.
Fast forward to 2015 and the death of original filmmaking ideas means that production company Miramax, who released the original in 1999, are teaming up with The »
- Victoria Bull
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 3. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Furious 7 Director: James Wan Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Lucas Black, Michelle Rodriguez, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky, Jordana Brewster, Ronda Rousey, Djimon Hounsou, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iggy Azalea, Tony Jaa, Bow Wow, Chris Bridges Synopsis: "Ian Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his crew for the death of his brother." Criticwire Grade Average: B (6 reviews) Woman in Gold Director: Simon Curtis Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Tatiana Maslany, Tatiana Maslany, Katie Holmes, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth McGovern Synopsis: "Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family." Criticwire Grade Average: B (10 reviews) Limited 5 to »
Woman in Gold follows the true-to-life story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, and her attempts to win back the famous Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, which was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War II. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), an American lawyer with Viennese roots, helps Maria navigate the rough waters of legal procedure during the “Republic of Austria v. Altmann” trial that would reunite Maria with her aunt’s likeness.
Yeah, that’s an entire country’s government against one eight-seven-year-old woman. Maria Altmann is now our favourite person.
Woman in Gold, which hits theatres Friday, also stars Katie Holmes, Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”), and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil).
- Sasha James
In just a couple months, school will be out for the summer, but for the moment, class is in session with "The Riot Club." The latest from "An Education" director Lone Scherfig recently went into limited release, and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Starring Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Natalie Dormer, Ben Schnetzer, and Jessica Brown Findlay, and adapted from Laura Wade's acclaimed 2010 play, “Posh” (she also wrote the screenplay), the film takes viewers inside the rotten inner-workings of The Riot Club at Oxford University. It's here where the wealthy, privileged, upper crust youth let their hair down in some truly noxious ways. And in this clip, you see them assembled, drinking with enthusiasm, and singing "God Save The Queen." "The Riot Club" is now playing in limited release and is available on VOD. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Max Irons, a co-star of “Woman in Gold,” said he got his role in the Nazi drama starring Helen Mirren after studio head Harvey Weinstein summoned him to his office. “Can you speak German?” Weinstein asked the actor. Irons couldn’t. “I had to do an audition in 24 hours with a page of solid text,” Irons recalled. “I panicked, drank a lot of coffee, used Google and YouTube and cobbled together what I’m sure was terrible German. But I managed to somehow get the part.”
Irons told Variety this story on Monday night at the red carpet MoMA premiere of “Woman in Gold.” It was an uncharacteristically muted evening for the Weinstein Co. Earlier in the day, media reports surfaced that Weinstein had been questioned by the NYPD over the weekend for allegedly groping a 22-year-old Italian model at his Tribeca offices. No charges have been filed and an investigation is ongoing, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Those of us who lead hapless lives know how frightening getting up in the morning can be. Instead of rising and embracing the daylight with an ardent cuddle and a zealous "Yahoo!" we see grey clouds overhead and wonder aloud, "What now?" Another egg carton with broken shells? A second bedbug infestation within twelve months? Still no replies to our Christian Mingles ad even though we've noted we can recite the Book of Revelation by heart in Latin?
Ah, if only we were born into a family of elites. The ultra-rich. Aristocrats with an enviable gene pool.
But instead we're impoverished and pear-shaped with squinty eyes and in need of Proactiv+.
On top of these misfortunes, we really know the gods are against us if while fingering the remote, we accidentally come across Joshua Jackson in The Skulls (2000), and begin to watch it out of inertia. This incapacitating thriller was inspired by Yale's secretive society, »
- Brandon Judell
One of Gustav Klimt's most famous paintings was stolen right off the walls of a Jewish family's home in Vienna by the Nazis. That's the all-too-true story behind "Woman in Gold," which stars Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann, the Jewish woman from Vienna who took the Austrian government to court for ownership of Klimt's portrait of Altmann's beloved aunt.
Ryan Reynolds co-stars as the young lawyer who finds a new meaning in his work and his life by taking on Altmann's cause, which became a landmark case for the Supreme Court before proceeding to Austria. "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" wasn't the only work of art the Nazis stole from her family, or even the only Klimt, but "Woman in Gold" held particular value for Altmann because of the portrait's subject, her beloved Aunt Adele.
Daniel Bruhl plays the late Hubertus Czernin, an Austrian journalist who works to help Altmann »
- Jenni Miller
When The Riot Club debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last September, I predicted it would be your next favorite pretty-boys flick. Think The History Boys meets Skulls, but with satirical commentary on the English class system and a cast straight out of British GQ. Based on Laura Wade’s play Posh, the film follows a club of hedonistic wankers, including The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin, Jupiter Ascending’s Douglas Booth, and The Host’s Max Irons. But no cast member has more to chew on than Claflin, whose character Alastair has spent his life living in the shadow of his older brother, and [spoiler] who actually stands on a table during a debauched formal dinner and makes a speech about how much he hates poor people. Claflin, for the record, grew up very much not posh in Ipswich, Suffolk. Vulture spoke to him by phone about playing the bad guy for once, »
- Jada Yuan
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