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6 items from 2012


Game Of Thrones Director To Helm Jar City Remake

24 September 2012 6:47 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Having helmed key episodes of such heralded TV dramas as Dexter, Luther, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, Brian Kirk is a hotly sought director in both television and film. Within the past year he's been a contender for the director's chair on Thor 2 and then for a fresh adaptation of Robert Ludlum's The Osterman Weekend as well as a possible Tom Cruise vehicle titled Paper Wings. Talk on the latter two has subsided, and Thor: The Dark World ultimately went to another Game of Thrones director, Alan Taylor, but Kirk is poised to finally make a follow-up to his film debut, 2006's Middleton, with Universal's English-language remake of the Icelandic crime drama Jar City. The La Times calls Jar City a "cold-case-in-a-cold-place tale" in the vein of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Based on Arnaldur Indriðason's best-selling novel, the film focused on a detective who »

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Brian Kirk Will Direct Jar City Remake

21 September 2012 10:05 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk has a new job. This time, he will bring us a remake of the Icelandic crime drama titled Jar City. Originally directed by Baltasar Kormakur in 2006, this movie definitely has it all, and by all I mean – a detective, an unsolved rape and a new murder. You know, the usual criminal stuff…

Actually, the original movie centered on a world-weary cop who believes that a recent murder of an elderly man is linked to a case of rape three decades earlier. He must try to solve that puzzle and put the pieces together, and that, my friends, is not an easy job for our detective.

The whole thing is based on an Icelandic bestseller Mýrin, which is a novel written by Arnaldur Indriðason.

And, just in case this already sounds familiar to you, I will just remind you that Jar City remake has already »

- Jeanne Standal

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 5 ‘Contraband’ Blu-rays With Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale

19 April 2012 8:12 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest action/crime edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Blu-ray, we have 5 Blu-rays up for grabs for the highly anticipated home entertainment release of “Contraband” starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale! Universal Pictures is bringing “Contraband” to Blu-ray and DVD on April 24, 2012.

Contraband” also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, J.K. Simmons, Diego Luna, Robert Wahlberg, Lukas Haas, Jaqueline Fleming, Caleb Landry Jones, William Lucking, Monica Acosta, Michael Beasley, James Rawlings and Connor Hill from director Baltasar Kormákur and writers Aaron Guzikowski and Arnaldur Indriðason.

To win your free “Contraband” Blu-ray courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! Directions to enter this Hookup and win are below.

Contraband” with Mark Wahlberg comes to Blu-ray and DVD on April 24, 2012.

Image credit: Universal Pictures

Here is the synopsis for “Contraband”:

Mark Wahlberg leads the cast of “Contraband”: a white-knuckled action »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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DVD Review: Reykjavik-Rotterdam

3 March 2012 12:17 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Reykjavik Rotterdam

Stars: Baltasar Kormákur, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir | Written by Óskar Jónasson, Arnaldur Indriðason | Directed by Óskar Jónasson

The funny thing about reviewing films not in the English language is that it can be all too easy to assume that just because you’re reading subtitles, you’re watching a work of major artistic quality. This can simply be because somewhere in your mind you make the equation ‘subtitles = clever’, or in slightly more complex terms, why would distributors bother releasing a film in a foreign territory if there wasn’t something special about it that will attract an audience?

Reykjavík-Rotterdam is an Icelandic thriller about a former smuggler who takes on ‘one last job’ when faced with considerable financial difficulties. The thing is, whilst it’s a fairly competent film in its own right, it’s not really clear what makes it stands out from your »

- Jack Kirby

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Film Review: Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Contraband’ Steals Half Justice From Icelandic Conquest

14 January 2012 12:46 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One way to craft an unforgettable, undeniably adept film is to make a new one. Hollywood views that as financially risky, though, and it often doesn’t happen without being based on a book with a built-in audience or a film that’s already an international box-office success.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Just like the Swedish smash hit “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” was recently remade for U.S. audiences by David Fincher of “The Social Network” fame, producer and star Mark Wahlberg found financial worth – and he’d sell you on artistic, too – in the international remake route. He’s hoping he’d earn U.S. assurance from what recently worked in Iceland.

While U.S. audiences were well aware of Fincher’s hijacking from Sweden, “Contraband” being a U.S. remake of Iceland’s “Reykjavík-Rotterdam” is lesser known. That film most Americans can’t pronounce is one of the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Contraband’ With Mark Wahlberg

8 January 2012 1:00 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest action/crime edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new film “Contraband” starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale!

Contraband” also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, J.K. Simmons, Diego Luna, Robert Wahlberg, Lukas Haas, Jaqueline Fleming, Caleb Landry Jones, William Lucking, Monica Acosta, Michael Beasley, James Rawlings and Connor Hill from director Baltasar Kormákur and writers Aaron Guzikowski and Arnaldur Indriðason.

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The movie poster for “Contraband” with Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.

Image credit: Universal Pictures

Here is the synopsis for “Contraband”: »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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