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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Snowman In St. Louis

Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) leads an all-star cast that includes Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), CHLOË Sevigny (American Horror Story), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), based on Jo NESBØ’s global bestseller.

For Detective Harry Hole (Fassbender), the murder of a young woman on the first snow of the winter feels like anything but a routine homicide case in his district. From the start of the investigation, The Snowman has personally targeted him with taunts—ones that continue to accompany each new vicious murder.

Fearing an elusive serial killer long-thought dead may be active again, the detective enlists brilliant recruit Katrine Bratt (Ferguson), to help him connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new ones. Succeed, and they will
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #11. Benoit Jacquot’s Eva

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Eva

Director: Benoit Jacquot

Writer: Benoit Jacquot, Gilles Taurand

Several months after premiering his Don DeLillo adaptation Never Ever out of competition in Venice last September, the prolific Benoit Jacquot returns to work with Isabelle Huppert (with whom he has collaborated five times prior, including The Wings of the Dove, The School of Flesh, False Servant, Keep it Quiet, and Villa Amalia) for a remake of Joseph Losey’s 1962 film Eva, which starred Jeanne Moreau (Jacquot recently remade Bunuel’s The Diary of a Chambermaid, which also starred Moreau).

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'Carol' costume designer Sandy Powell on being inspired by director Todd Haynes [Podcast]

'Carol' costume designer Sandy Powell on being inspired by director Todd Haynes [Podcast]
Costume designer Sandy Powell is no stranger to Oscar. She’s one of the most rewarded veterans in her field, having won three statuettes for her work on “Shakespeare in Love” (1998), “The Aviator” (2004) and “The Young Victoria” (2009). And she has reaped bids for “Orlando” (1992), “The Wings of the Dove” (1997), “Velvet Goldmine” (1998), “Gangs of New York” (2002), “Mrs. Henderson Presents” (2005), “The Tempest” (2010) and “Hugo” (2011). She’s back in the running this year with Todd Haynes’s period romance “Carol,” and spoke about her work in our exclusive audio chat. Listen to our podcast below. -Break- Predict Best Costume Design Oscar: Sandy Powell could win for dressing Cate Blanchett in 'Cinderella' or 'Carol' Set in 1952, “Carol” tells the story of a shopgirl, Th...
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’45 Years’: Charlotte Rampling’s Near Brushes With Oscar

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

British actress Charlotte Rampling has been appearing on film for five decades. Over the course of her 50-year career, Rampling has solidified her iconic status, yet the 69-year-old actress has never been nominated for an Oscar. This year, however, she may have her best shot in the romantic drama 45 Years.

Rampling’s performance as a wife whose 45th wedding anniversary is disrupted by a potential life-changing letter from an unexpected sender earned her the Silver Bear award for best actress at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Rampling’s costar, Tom Courtenay, also won the Silver Bear and the film itself was nominated for the Golden Bear.

This is far from Rampling’s first appearance in a film that has received love from critics and awards voters, as the star’s career features several occasions in which her films garnered Oscar attention but Rampling herself was left out.
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BBC Commissions Organizes Crime Tale ‘McMafia’

London — U.K. broadcaster BBC has commissioned drama series “McMafia,” which focuses on the international world of organized crime. The story, which is centered around a Russian family living in exile in London, is inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book “McMafia.”

The series was created and is written by screenwriter and film director Hossein Amini (“Drive,” “The Wings of the Dove,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and James Watkins (“The Woman in Black,” “Eden Lake,” “Bastille Day”), and is produced by Nick Marston’s Cuba Pictures. The writing team led by Amini and Watkins includes David Farr, Peter Harness and Laurence Coriat.

Glenny said: “I am a huge fan of ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and, more recently, ‘Narcos.’ Hoss and James’s brilliant reworking of ‘McMafia’ takes this tradition onto a global canvas by revealing the immense possibilities open to an ambitious Russian crime family in an interconnected world.”

Amini said: “The lines between gangsters,
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Weinstein's 'Shanghai' Surprise: Movie Gets Release After Seven Years

Weinstein's 'Shanghai' Surprise: Movie Gets Release After Seven Years
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Why is a movie made seven years ago finally getting to U.S. theaters now? The Weinstein Co. won't say why it has set an Oct. 2 release on about 100 screens for Mikael Hafstrom's Shanghai, starring John Cusack. That's a long road for a film that cost a bundle ($50 million) and boasts a lineup of Oscar nominees including Swedish helmer Hafstrom (Evil), writer Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove), producer Mike Medavoy (Black Swan)

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Film Review: ‘Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism’

Film Review:  ‘Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism’
It’s a hard-knock life for the urchins of Hardwick House Orphanage — and no spring picnic for the rest of us, either — in “Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism,” a chintzy children’s fantasy that summons the powers of suggestion, but falls well short of mesmeric. From the Potter-ized tweaking of the title — which replaces the possessive of Georgia Byng’s 2002 source novel, “Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism,” with a conjunction more suitable to J.K. Rowling acolytes — the film attempts to bestow Chosen One status on another British misfit with special powers. But the stakes are as low as the production values in co-writer/director Christopher N. Rowley’s adaptation, which opens simultaneously in limited release and VOD on Aug. 14, but seems destined for home viewing on only the rainiest of afternoons.

Bearing the slogan “Chin Up. Work Hard. Be Useful.,” Hardwick House is one of
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Mister Fincher and Monsieur Dreyer

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"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture,
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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane,
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Cary Fukunaga to Direct Series Based on Caleb Carr’s ‘The Alienist’

Cary Fukunaga will direct and executive produce a drama series based on the Caleb Carr thriller “The Alienist” with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content producing, Variety has learned.

Eric Roth and Hossein Amini are also exec producing. Amini, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for writing the script for “The Wings of the Dove,” wrote the pilot and will write the series.

Set in Gilded Age New York, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers.

“‘The Alienist’ is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully evocative of the unrivaled Gilded Age of New York City,” said Paramount Television President Amy Powell. “Cary Fukunaga’s unique vision and ability to render compelling, distinctive and superbly atmospheric
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Five Film Composers that Hollywood Needs Back

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Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.

Elliot Goldenthal

One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s,
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Helena Bonham Carter, Rebecca Hall to Star in HBO's Steve McQueen Drama

Helena Bonham Carter, Rebecca Hall to Star in HBO's Steve McQueen Drama
HBO's Steve McQueendrama pilot is bringing in some big names to round out the cast. Codes of Conduct is described as a provocative exploration of young African-American Beverly Snow's (Devon Terrell) experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems. Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech, The Wings of the Dove) will co-star as Esther Kaufmann, a woman born into a prominent Jewish family in Manhattan who is an author and psychiatrist. The divorced mother of two grown boys, she is now living life on her own terms — terms

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Interview: Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January)

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Continuing in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith’s set of globetrotters and vacationing daytrippers who dip their toes not only in foreign backdrops, but in tend to find themselves in the most inconvenient of situations, it is the American novelist’s 1964 novel that finds a suitor in British-Iranian writer (and now turned director in his own right) Hossein Amini.

Working with players such as Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst, Amini, whose long list of creds include Michael Winterbottom’s Jude, Iain Softley’s The Wings of the Dove, Shekar Kapur’s The Four Feathers, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and the upcoming Our Kind of Traitor, takes a stab at the thriller-genre with the sun-drenched Greece and Turkey as the conniving backdrop with The Two Faces of January, which opened August 28th and is still running in its limited engagement. Here is my interview with Amini which took
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The 31 Best Chick Flicks on Netflix Right Now

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Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)

1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)

Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?

2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)

The classic romantic weepie (as referenced in "Sleepless in Seattle"), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as lovers whom fate cruelly tears apart.

3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)

Audrey Hepburn was never lovelier (or naughtier) than as Holly Golightly, a trendy New Yorker with a complicated love life and a cat called, well, Cat.

4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)

The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex
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'Fight Club' Facts: 15 Things You Didn't Know About the David Fincher Classic

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Let's break the first rule of "Fight Club" and talk about "Fight Club." In fact, people haven't stopped talking about it since it was released 15 years ago this week, on October 15, 1999.

David Fincher's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's satirical novel, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, continues to fascinate with its portrayal of masculinity in crisis, its cathartic bare-knuckle violence, its anarchic critique of capitalism (and its humanist critique of that critique), and its mind-bending third-act plot twist that throws Norton's entire narration into doubt. It's a movie that makes you feel the same rush the characters feel, then makes you question yourself for enjoying that rush.

Despite endless analysis and late-night dorm-room bull sessions, there's still plenty about "Fight Club" that you may not know, from who almost played Tyler Durden to how they gave Meat Loaf his "bitch tits." Read on, and share these items with your single-serving friends.
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Viggo Mortensen explains rooting for the bad guy in 'The Two Faces of January'

Viggo Mortensen explains rooting for the bad guy in 'The Two Faces of January'
In The Two Faces of January—a sumptuous adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel of the same name that opens Friday—Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst portray Chester and Colette MacFarland, a golden couple embarked on a whistle-stop tour of southern Europe’s most glittering capitals.

Exuding wealth, privilege, and a uniquely American post-war pluck, the immaculately turned-out jet-setters’ fortunes grind to an abrupt halt in Athens where they meet an American tour guide named Rydal (Oscar Isaac)—an expat grifter with a straw fedora and palpable lust for Colette.

An accidental murder sets the three on the run together
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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’, ‘Pride’, More

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Specialty Box Office Preview: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’, ‘Pride’, More
Music is at the core of two new Specialty features making their theatrical bows this weekend, albeit from rather different ends of the spectrum. XLrator Media will open Jimi: All Is By My Side focusing on the artist’s life in London in nearly three dozen theaters, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow faith-centered The Song in over 300 theaters, the biggest number of runs for a limited release newcomer this week. Magnolia Pictures will take thriller The Two Faces Of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac to an initial half-dozen locations in the wake of its VOD release late last month and CBS Films is targeting the same number of runs for its Cannes ’14 feature Pride. Factory 25 is opening its art meets goth-rap thriller Hellaware and Cinema Libre will debut a former Swiss foreign-language Oscar contender The Little Bedroom in exclusive New York runs. The weekend is
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Oscar Isaac talks Patricia Highsmith thriller and 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Oscar Isaac talks Patricia Highsmith thriller and 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Oscar Isaac is having a pretty good year. The Juilliard-trained actor has been on a bit of a roll since being cast as the lead in Inside Llewyn Davis; the Coen brothers’ ’60s folk noir may not have gotten the awards traction that could have made Isaac’s breakout a truly golden ride, but it’s not like the lack of an Oscar nomination dimmed his prospects either. Not only did he score a choice role opposite Jessica Chastain in director J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which recently received an awards-season friendly 2014 release date—he was also cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.
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The Two Faces Of January New York première by Anne-Katrin Titze

Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, director of The Two Faces of January, Hossein Amini, with Magnolia Pictures co-president Eamonn Bowles at the New York premiere Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The New York première of Hossein Amini's debut feature The Two Faces Of January based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, starring Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, and Kirsten Dunst at the Sunshine Landmark Cinema was hosted by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte with Derek Blasberg, Editor-at-Large of Harper's Bazaar.

The Two Faces of January director Hossein Amini: "I always think Vertigo is the film that talked to me." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Amini was the screenwriter of Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, and Iain Softley's The Wings Of The Dove which starred Helena Bonham Carter, Charlotte Rampling, Elizabeth McGovern and Michael Gambon.

Among those attending were Magnolia Pictures co-founder Eamonn Bowles,
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Watch: Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst's Holiday Goes Haywire in Trailer for 'The Two Faces of January'

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Watch: Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst's Holiday Goes Haywire in Trailer for 'The Two Faces of January'
The official trailer for "The Two Faces of January," the directorial debut of predominant screenwriter Hossein Amini ("Drive,"The Wings of the Dove") starring Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst, has made its way online. It will be released by Magnolia Pictures on iTunes/OnDemand August 28, and in theaters September 26. A suspense thriller, based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, "The Two Faces of January" follows an American couple, Chester (Mortensen) and Colette (Dunst), on a European vacation that goes deadly. Check out the trailer below:
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