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The commitment of Tom Hanks to the lead role had previously been announced, but it is now confirmed that he will be joined by Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Omar Elba (Intelligence), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty), and Tom Skerritt (Ted).
Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas) adapted the bestselling novel himself, which is a comedy-drama set within an up-and-coming Saudi Arabian city. In the film, American businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) mounts a final attempt to ward off bankruptcy, while simultaneously trying to finance his daughter’s college education and finally achieve something significant with his life. His desperate plan involves recouping his losses by travelling to Saudi Arabia and selling an idea to a wealthy and influential royal figure. »
- Sarah Myles
THR report that the director is in negotiations with Nu Image, who are shopping the action sequel to international buyers at the European Film Market.
Jason Statham is reprising his role as Arthur Bishop, the eponymous elite assassin with a talent for clean kills, often made to look like accidental deaths, and a strict code of conduct.
No word yet if Ben Foster will be reprising his role for the upcoming sequel, but Statham’s involvement alone will no doubt be enough to continue the success of the franchise.
Remaking the 1972 film of the same name, Simon West’s The Mechanic netted just over $50m. around the world, with its home entertainment release sure to have tipped the scales very nicely in the black, »
- Kenji Lloyd
London — Beta Cinema is gearing up for a busy Berlinale with the competition titles “Stations of the Cross” and “Jack,” the Panorama Special entry “Stereo,” and the market premiere of flagship production “The Physician,” which has proven to be a B.O. hit in Germany and Spain, as well as three other market premieres.
Dietrich Brueggemann’s “Stations of the Cross” is a story of radical faith, portraying a profoundly religious teenager who devotes her life to Jesus.
Edward Berger’s “Jack” is a stirring tale about a boy who learned early on to assume responsibility.
After having been seen by almost four million theater-goers in Germany and Spain to date, the box-office hit “The Physician” will be presented in »
- Leo Barraclough
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25
We head back a decade to look at a few films that deserve more attention. Here’s our list of 25 underappreciated movies of 2004...
Think back to 2004, and you might dredge up hazy memories of the computer-generated fairytale sequel Shrek 2, Alfonso’s Harry Potter installment, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, or maybe Mel Gibson’s phenomenally successful Passion Of The Christ.
It’s rather less likely that you’ll remember some of the films on this list. You’re probably aware of the drill by now: we’ve gone back into our distant, beer-addled memories to find 25 of the less commonly-lauded movies from the year 2004.
Some of them did reasonably well at the time, but appear to have been forgotten since (especially the one eclipsed by its own internet meme), while others were coolly received by the public or critics (and sometimes »
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