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1,000 Times Goodnight | DVD Review

23 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Released for a two week autumn window stateside via the Film Movement folks, winner of three awards, including Best Film at the Amanda Awards (Norwegian Oscars), Erik Poppe’s English language directorial debut 1,000 Times Goodnight, was a noticeable item due the internationally renowned cast that’s headlined by a masterful performance from Juliette Binoche.

Basically a family melodrama hedged by topical issues, Poppe’s own experiences as a war photographer serve as the semi-autobiographical impetus for the film, which is perhaps why it’s presented with such nuance. Bolstering the importance of such a hazardous occupation, the film’s tense juxtaposition lies in how one reconciles working in such dangerous conditions while trying to raise a family. Obviously changing his own perspective to that of a mother ups the dramatic potential, and is met with a terrifically inspired performance from Binoche. A photojournalist that specializes in conflict zones, Rebecca (Binoche »

- Nicholas Bell

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New Nashville Season 3,Episode 10 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

3 December 2014 1:07 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Nashville" episode 10 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "First To Have A Second Chance," and it turns out that we'll see Rayna having a major issue about leaving her kids to go out on tour. Luke tries to keep a close eye on Layla, and more. In the new, 10th episode press release: "When Luke finally returns home after wrapping up his Moon or Shine Tour just days before he and Rayna tie the knot, Rayna will start to feel conflicted about leaving their kids to go out on the road again, especially after she discovers that Luke has been making parenting decisions without her. In the meantime, Will is going to invite Layla on tour in an effort to keep her close but when he sees her flirting with his boss at a party, he will begin to »

- Chris

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New Projects Launched on Indiegogo, including 'Foolhardy,' 'Ted Williams,' and 'The Keys'

1 December 2014 3:50 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Backstage's partnership with Indiegogo has helped raise over $1,082,000 for indie film, theater, and dance productions and web series. Will your project be next? Projects currently included on Backstage's Indiegogo Partner Showcase page include: "Foolhardy": a short film about a 25-year-old recovering addict and drug dealer, Chester, who is desperate to mend his relationship with his wife, while their six-year-old son is caught in the middle of their turmoil.  "A Second Chance with Ted Williams": a new TV series from Ted "Golden Voice" Williams, the once homeless man that was discovered on the streets, bringing his amazing vocal abilities to more than 50 million YouTube viewers.  "No Easy Days": a TV series being film across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, in which the President and his team dispatch Navy Seal Commandos to rescue the President's kidnapped daughter.  "Reynard Take Hollywood": Young South African actor Reynard "Choppie »

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Priyanka Chopra’s Got Talent; Benedict Cumberbatch Has Bifa: Global Showbiz Briefs

13 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is set to join Shah Rukh Khan as co-host of Got Talent World Stage Live, an extension of Simon Cowell’s Got Talent franchise. The show, to be shot in Mumbai, will feature performances by local and international artists and be broadcast on Colors TV. Chopra has starred in some of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time including Krrish 3, Don 2 and Ra.One. The latter two also starred Srk. According to Bollywood Hungama, the pair might perform together during the Mumbai show on December 6.

Scandinavian genre films remain high on international distributors’ lists as evidenced by activity at the just-wrapped Afm. After selling its Department Q trilogy of thrillers to Sundance Selects in North America, TrustNordisk says it also has closed a number of deals on upcoming fantasy adventure film The Shamer’s Daughter. Currently in post, the film is based on the book by Lene Kaaberbol, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Sundance Selects Acquires Trio Of Hot Danish ‘Department Q’ Thrillers

11 November 2014 2:19 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

With this Sundance Selects acquisition, North American moviegoers are poised to fully discover a series of films that has been thrilling audiences in Denmark over the past year. The distributor has picked up rights to hot Danish titles The Keeper Of Lost Causes and The Absent One, as well as the forthcoming A Conspiracy Of Faith. The films are all adaptations of the bestselling Department Q series of novels written by Jussi Adler-Olsen. The first two, directed by Mikkel Norgaard, have both been huge hits at the Danish box office. The Keeper Of Lost Causes sold more tickets than any other movie in the market in 2013 with 725K admissions and about $11M in receipts. Last month, The Absent One was released in local cinemas and shot to the top of the year’s chart with over $10M off 700K admissions. A Conspiracy Of Faith, which is currently in pre-production, is »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Les Arcs unveils 2014 film line-up

6 November 2014 8:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure to screen atop 3,200m high Aiguille Rouge Mountain at Alpine festival.

Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank and Gerard Johnson’s Hyena are among the titles set to compete at the sixth edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 13-20) in the heart of the French Alps.

Festival co-founders Pierre Emmanuel Fleurantin and Guillaume Calop said the event’s focus on Europe was more relevant than ever as its citizens posed questions about the future of the region amid the ongoing economic crisis.

We continue to believe in a united Europe where together we can safeguard our cultures and ways of life without renouncing progress,” they said in a joint statement.  “Across the new line-up, each country shows off the best of its cinema.”

The titles in the competition, selected by artistic director Frédéric Boyer, will compete for the festival’s top prize, the Crystal »

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‘Leviathan’ Scores Double Win At Abu Dhabi Film Fest

31 October 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev’s stinging satire “Leviathan,” about how messed up Russia is under Vladimir Putin, was the big winner at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival, taking the top Black Pearl Award, while its protag, Alexey Serebryakov, scored the best actor nod. The black social comedy’s win at Abu Dhabi comes after “Leviathan” recently emerged victorious at the London Film Festival.

Russia scored twice with Alexander Konstantinovich Kott’s “Test,” a silent love story set against the backdrop of Russia’s first hydrogen bomb tests, scooping the Special Jury nod. “Test” previously took the top prize at the Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi.

The best actress award went to Maria Bonnevie for her role as an emotionally fragile woman in Susanne Bier’s baby-snatching drama “A Second Chance.”

“Memories on Stone,” a drama about two childhood friends on a quest to make a movie about genocide in post-Saddam Kurdistan, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Leviathan wins in Abu Dhabi

31 October 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other double winners include Theeb, Sivas and In Her Place.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan followed up its recent victory at the London Film Festival by winning the Black Pearl Award at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

As well as claiming the festival’s top prize, actor Alexey Serebryakov won the best actor prize in the narrative competition.

The Russian film, which explores one man’s fight against corruption, debuted at Cannes where it won Best Screenplay.

This year’s Narrative Features jury was led by Mumbai-based actor Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox, Life of Pi)

The winner of the Black Pearl in the New Horizons category was Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders. The director had been due to attend Adff but had to cancel. Her sister, actress Alba Rohrwacher who plays the matriarch in The Wonders, was in attendance to accept the award.

The winner of the Black Pearl in the Documentary strand was Orlando Von Einsiedel’s [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Leviathan wins top Abu Dhabi award

31 October 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other double winners include Theeb and Sivas.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan followed up its recent victory at the London Film Festival by winning the Black Pearl Award at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

As well as claiming the festival’s top prize, actor Alexey Serebryakov won the best actor prize in the narrative competition.

The ceremony at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace, where the festival has been based for the past nine days, was followed by the 3D premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6, which received its world premiere (in 2D) at the recent Tokyo International Film Festival.

Narrative Competition Winners 2014

Black Pearl Award

Leviathan

directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Special Jury Awards

Test

directed by Alexander Kott

Best Actor

Alexey Serebryakov

from the film Leviathan directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Best Actress

Maria Bonnevie

from the film A Second Chance directed by Susanne Bier

Best Film from the Arab World

Memories On Stone

directed by [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Vertigo takes Moomins for UK

31 October 2014 12:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Indie Sales handles rights to Moomins On The Riviera; UK release planned for May 2015.

Vertigo has acquired UK rights to Moomins On The Riviera from Paris-based sales company Indie Sales.

The hand-drawn 2D animation feature, directed by Xavier Picard, recently played at the BFI London Film Festival and is already a huge box-office hit in its local Finland.

The film is adapted from Tove Jansson’s original comic strips, and tells the story of the Moomin clan on a journey to the glamorous Riviera where they meet a world of new people including would-be artists, film stars and playboys.

The creative team behind the movie includes Sophia Jansson, Tove’s niece, along with Finnish producer Hanna Hemila (Le Havre).

The voice cast for the English-language version of the film includes Russell Tovey as Moomin and Nathaniel Parker as Moominpappa.

Vertigo’s Rupert Preston and Nicolas Eschbach of Indie Sales negotiated the deal.

Eschbach said, “Moomins »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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1,000 Times Goodnight | Review

24 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Words and Pictures: Binoche Dominates Poppe’s Familial Drama

Norwegian director Erik Poppe makes his English language directorial debut with 1,000 Times Goodnight, featuring an internationally renowned cast that’s headlined by a masterful performance from Juliette Binoche. Basically a family melodrama hedged by topical issues, Poppe’s own experiences as a war photographer serve as the semi-autobiographical impetus for the film, which is perhaps why it’s presented with such nuance. Bolstering the importance of such a hazardous occupation, the film’s tense juxtaposition lies in how one reconciles working in such dangerous conditions while trying to raise a family. Obviously changing his own perspective to that of a mother ups the dramatic potential, and is met with a terrifically inspired performance from Binoche.

A photojournalist that specializes in conflict zones, Rebecca (Binoche) has been following a group of female militants in Kabul. We watch her take photos as »

- Nicholas Bell

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10 Newcastle Rejects Who Got A Second Chance

19 October 2014 5:24 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Scott Heppell/AP

They say you should never go back, and it seems that the mantra hangs high in Alan Pardew’s Newcastle office. Very rare are the moments when the manager admits fallibility, or sufficiently accepts blame, and even rarer are the times he changes his mind on any of the decisions he has made as manager.

Tactically as well as personally, he is a stubborn manager, and while commitment and fortitude can be applauded in successful managers, when things are going bad, there are inevitable calls for the  former West Ham boss to change his approach. To his credit, he has already given one written-off player a second chance this season, and fans will inevitably hope he does again.

As Pardew consciously ignores calls to give both Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa a second chance at the club and not let them join their loan clubs permanently, »

- Simon Gallagher

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: The Flash's Grant Gustin

11 October 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Grant Gustin

The Show | The Flash

The Episode | “Pilot“

The Airdate | October 7, 2014

The Performance | He may not have leapt a tall building in a single bound, but Gustin’s performance in the pilot episode of The CW’s The Flash was pretty darn close to super-powered.

Despite having the hefty weight of a DC Comics legacy on his back, Gustin made it look effortless as his geeky crime-scene investigator Barry Allen transformed into the fastest man alive after a snafu involving a lightning bolt (generated by S.T.A. »

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Exclusive Video Interview With Susanne Bier And Nikolaj Coster-Waldau On A Second Chance

8 October 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When you sit down to watch a Susanne Bier film, you know you’re in for a rough ride. The director’s latest, A Second Chance, is no different. Featuring another compelling moral dilemma for audiences to sift through, the flick premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and was met with a warm reception and much praise for both its director and leading man.

Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, A Second Chance tells the story of Andreas, a man faced with an impossible choice that throws his life into turmoil as he starts to blur the lines between what’s right and wrong. To say anymore would be spoiling what is truly an engaging film, but rest assured, Bier grips you right from the beginning with this one and doesn’t let go until the end credits roll.

Last month during the Toronto International Film Festival, I was fortunate »

- Matt Joseph

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‘The Absent One’ Breaks Danish Records; Sequel On The Case For Local Pics (Video)

7 October 2014 5:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The sequel to last year’s highest grossing local film has just set new records at the Danish box office. And that’s welcome news in an uncharacteristically soft year for homegrown titles thus far. The Absent One, the second installment in director Mikkel Norgaard’s adaptations of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series of novels, scored the best opening week ever for a local title (including previews) with 194,545 admissions after releasing October 2. Excluding previews, The Absent One (see trailer below) sold 131,480K tickets at the weekend, giving it the 3rd best opening frame ever for a Danish film. The biggest local movie at this point is comedy Klassefesten 2 – Begravelsen with about $9M in box office, but it is one of only two Danish movies in the Top 10. Last year, local pics sold 4M tickets with five sharing the Top 10 with Hollywood by the end. So far this year, Danish »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘The Absent One’ Breaks Danish B.O. Records

6 October 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– “The Absent One,” The Zentropa-produced film adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s bestselling book, has been breaking the Danish box office.

Released on Oct. 2 by Nordisk Film Distribution, the movie has sold over 131.000 admissions during its first weekend. TrustNordisk handles international sales.

 

So far it the film has sold 194.500 tickets including pre-screenings. It’s Denmark’s highest-grossing opening week for a local film ever.

 

The early performance of “The Absent One” even surpasses the score of “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” another film adaptation of a Jussi Adler-Olsen crime novel which was directed by Mikkel Nørgaard and lured 725.000 Danish moviegoers, topping the local box office in 2013.

 

Nørgaard has been lining up hits. His 2010 movie, “Klown — The Movie,” was also major B.O. success in Denmark.

 

“The Absent One” reunites Lie Kaas (“A Second Chance”) and Fares Fares (“Child 44″),  the duo of “The Keeper of Lost Causes.” The film »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Watch: Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper Face Off In First Clip From ‘Serena’

3 October 2014 5:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Reuniting “Silver Linings Playbook” leads Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier’s “Serena” seems to be a world away from that dramatic romantic comedy. You may have heard that the release of “Serena” has been delayed for the past two years, with Bier having completed two films in the interim ("Love Is All You Need," and "A Second Chance"). So what happened to "Serena"? It sounds like a mix of Bier being busy and trying to find the movie in the editing room. Once a project for Darren Aronofsky and Angelina Jolie back in the day (imagine that now?), “Serena” is about newlyweds running a timber business in 1930s North Carolina who run into problems when she can’t bear children. Here’s the official synopsis: North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. »

- Edward Davis

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Jeffrey Katzenberg to Headline London Film Festival Industry Program

1 October 2014 5:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, will headline the industry events program at the BFI London Film Festival in a keynote conversation with fest director Clare Stewart.

Another onstage interview in the program will be with director Stephen Frears, who will be joined by Scott Foundas, chief film critic of Variety, and one of the festival’s Official Competition jurors. They will discuss Frears’ career and approach to directing. The event is presented in association with Variety.

Other interviewees include Bruna Papandrea, producer of “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, and executive producer of David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” and British filmmaker Peter Strickland, who has two films in the festival, “Bjork Live: Biophilia” and “The Duke of Burgundy,” and will be joined by his “Biophilia” co-director Nick Fenton.

The festival will bring filmmakers and industry delegates together for a series of debates.

A roundtable session hosted by Ed Vaizey, minister »

- Leo Barraclough

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Screen, British Council to present Stars of Tomorrow at Lff

1 October 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International has teamed with BFI London Film Festival and British Council to present the UK Stars of Tomorrow – one of several industry events unveiled today.

The first Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff dinner is to be held on Oct 14 during the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

The event will bring together a selection of this year’s Stars of Tomorrow, including Aimee Ffion-Edwards and Phoebe Walller-Bridge, with casting directors, packaging agents, festival programmers, producers and financiers.

It will be preceded by a masterclass led by Us casting agent Deborah Aquila, whose credits include The Shawshank Redemption and TV series Dexter and The Shield.

The event is supported by British Council and Casting Society of America (Csa), and will be held in association with We Are UK Film.

The dinner is by invitation only and is not an open event.

Lff industry events

The 58th edition of the festival has restructured its industry »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Screen to present UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff

1 October 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen International has teamed with BFI London Film Festival and British Council to present the UK Stars of Tomorrow – one of several industry events unveiled today.

The first Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow at Lff dinner is to be held on Oct 14 during the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

The event will bring together a selection of this year’s Stars of Tomorrow, including Aimee Ffion-Edwards and Phoebe Walller-Bridge, with casting directors, packaging agents, festival programmers, producers and financiers.

It will be preceded by a masterclass led by Us casting agent Deborah Aquila, whose credits include The Shawshank Redemption and TV series Dexter and The Shield.

The event is supported by British Council and Casting Society of America (Csa), and will be held in association with We Are UK Film.

The dinner is by invitation only and is not an open event.

Lff industry events

The 58th edition of the festival has restructured its industry »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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