7 items from 2016
Lead-produced by Said Ben Said’s Sbs Productions, a company which has a strong line in films from some of Europe and America’s biggest name directors – one of its largest successes was Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” — “Elle” stars Huppert as the head of a top European video games company, a woman who seems indestructible, has it all, is always in control, is ruthless in business and is in love.
One night, as she lets the cat in, a masked man in a ski suit bursts into her home, and rapes her.
The attack changes Michele’s life forever. She reacts, resolutely, learns to fire a gun, sleeps with a hammer on her pillow, begins to suspect the assailant may be one of her employees, »
- John Hopewell
ABC has released a synopsis and batch of promotional images for next week’s fourth episode of Agent Carter season 2, entitled ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, which features a guest appearance from Kurtwood Smith (RoboCop) as Vernon Masters. Check them out here…
Agent Carter and the Ssr learn there’s more than just a pretty face behind Hollywood star Whitney Frost, Peggy’s most dangerous foe yet.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Agent Peggy Carter, James D’Arcy (“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”) as Edwin Jarvis, Enver Gjokaj (“Dollhouse”) as Chief Daniel Sousa, Wynn Everett (“The Newsroom,” “Charlie Wilson’s War”) as Whitney Frost, Reggie Austin (“Life Unexpected,” “Devious Maids”) as Jason Wilkes, and Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill,” “A Cinderella Story”) as Chief Jack Thompson.
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- Gary Collinson
The future of law enforcement. We are happy to premiere this new screen print being sold by Grey Matter Art. Gma is working with MGM to distribute this officially-licensed print for Paul Verhoeven's classic uber-violent 1987 sci-fi RoboCop, with artwork designed by Kilian Eng. This fantastic 24" x 36" print will be available in limited quantities starting Wednesday (January 27th), and also has a variant version (both seen below). Eng is a fan-favorite artist in the poster community, and has created a few great designs over the years (like this vinyl art for Oblivion). Big fans of the original RoboCop should be very interested in this. Here's the art by Kilian Eng (@dwdsgn) for RoboCop. Hand-numbered screen prints printed by VGKids. From Grey Matter Art: "Kilian's style perfectly portrays the violence and grittiness of the film." There will be 220 copies of the regular edition, selling for $45 each. And there will be 110 copies of the variant edition, »
- Alex Billington
Did you know Paul Verhoeven's got a new psycho-sexual thriller starring Isabelle Huppert coming in 2016? The cat-and-mouse style revenger with a great cast looks to be a promising return for the Dutch director.
For some reason Verhoeven fell off my radar after his World War II thriller Black Book. I don't even remember hearing about his 2012 film Tricked, but I'm glad this one caught my eye.
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Mich&egra [Continued ...] »
Critically acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall) is returning to the director’s chair for the French-speaking thriller Elle. A new poster and international trailer have both recently been released and can be viewed below…
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
Elle will be released in France on September 21st, meanwhile there is no word on a Us or UK release date yet.
- Robert Kojder
In the late 1980s/early ‘90s, Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven was everything. "RoboCop," "Total Recall," and "Basic Instinct” is about as perfect a run as you can get, and these films made a huge pop cultural mark that will likely never be erased. But like Joe Eszterhas, the hot screenwriter paid exorbitant sums of money for his scripts, Verhoeven tumbled rather hard with the Eszerhas-penned “Showgirls.” His next film, “Starship Troopers,” was a bit of a critical reclamation, but it didn’t quite light up the box office. From there it was diminishing returns until the filmmaker took a long break from Hollywood. Read More: Interview: Paul Verhoeven On 'Tricked' & What's Next Including 'Rogue,' 'Hidden Force' & 'Jesus Of Nazareth’ Verhoeven roared back with the excellent and critically acclaimed “Black Book” in 2006, but his 2012 follow-up, the experimental “Tricked,” which used mobile apps and tied into a user-generated TV show, »
- Edward Davis
Returning to his more genre-based roots for the first time in nearly two decades, Paul Verhoeven is finally back this year. Teaming with one of the finest actresses in cinema, Isabelle Huppert, Elle follows a successful businesswoman who is attacked and then enacts revenge in a cat-and-mouse game. While it won’t get a release in France until September, and currently has no U.S. distribution, today brings the first trailer.
“I had a strong feeling with this one that I was doing something that I’d never done before, which applied when I made RoboCop,” the director said last year. He added that it’s “a mystery story. Part of the film consists in Isabelle Huppert’s character finding out if the rapist is somebody she knows. But there are other elements in the story, about her mother and father, her son, her lover, her best friend.”
- Jordan Raup
7 items from 2016
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