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Video-game adaptations are a dime a dozen, but it’s rare that any of them are worth even a cursory glance. The Resident Evil franchise, BloodRayne and Silent Hill are just a few of many that have fallen completely flat in their attempts to replicate the thrills of their source material on the big screen. However, based on casting alone, 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Hitman remake Agent 47 may actually be worth checking out.
With Homeland actor Rupert Friend stepping into the title role (replacing the late Paul Walker), and Zachary Quinto set to play the main villain, Agent 47 already has more going for it than most video-game adaptations. Now, it looks like the film will boast more than one baddie, with news that Thomas Kretschmann has signed on to play Le Clerq, the chairman of an nefarious organization called Syndicate International, which schemes to build its own army of assassins. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Scandi sales outfit TrustNordisk has closed further deals on Hans Petter Moland’s “In Order of Disappearance” following its Feb.10 unspooling in competition at the Berlinale.
New deals were closed for Italy (Teodora Film), Switzerland (Xenix Filmdistribution GmbH), Hong Kong (First distributors Ltd.) , Iran (Irib Media Trade) and Taiwan (Filmware International Co. Ltd.).
Pic, which is now set to travel to over 40 territories, is an action-comedy turning on Nils (Stellan Skarsgard) who drives a snow blower and has a carefree life in snow covered Norway, until his son’s death suddenly puts him in the middle of a drug war between the Norwegian mafia and Serbian criminals.
Skarsgard stars opposite Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”), Pal Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki), Birgitte Hjort Sorensen (“Borgen”), Kristoffer Hivju (“Game of Thrones”) and one of this year’s Berlin Shooting Stars Jakob Oftebro (“Kon-Tiki”).
Moland competed in Berlin in 2004 with “The Beautiful Country” and in 2010 with “A Somewhat Gentleman. »
- Elsa Keslassy
• More on Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Bennett Miller
Entertainment grade: A–
History grade: C–
Truman Capote's In Cold Blood was a "non-fiction novel" about the murders of a farming family in Kansas in 1959. Bennett Miller's film Capote tells the story of the book's genesis. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman won his only Academy Award for Best Actor for his astonishing performance in the title role.
Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his friend Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) travel from the literary salons of New York City to the wilds of Kansas to investigate the murders. According to Capote's biographer and friend Gerald Clarke, on whose book this film is based, Hoffman was more like Capote on screen than Capote himself. »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Berlin– A raft of buyers have checked into Hans Petter Moland’s Berlin competition contender “In Order Of Disappearance.”
Sold by TrustNordisk, “Disappearance” has been acquired for France and Andorra (Chrysalis Films), Benelux (Wildbunch), Turkey and Cyprus (Umut Sanat Filmcilik), Hungary (Vertigo), Poland (M2 Films), Romania (Independenta Film ´97), Estonia (Estin Film).
Previously announced deals include Germany and Austria (Neue Visionen), UK (Metrodome), Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (Continental Film), Czech and Slovakia (Film Europe) and South Korea (Atnine).
“The high demand for Hans Petter Moland’s “In Order of Disappearance” underlines his position as a star director. This film proves again that Moland is a masterful filmmaker who excels in creating quirky and dark Nordic comedies with great sales potential both locally and internationally,” says TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis.
Pic is an action-comedy turning on Nils (Stellan Skarsgard) who drives a snow blower and has a carefree life in snow covered Norway, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Sometimes it seems like every "Arrow" fan ships "Olicity" -- the pairing of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). But Adolf Hitler? It takes a parody video from the "Hitler Reacts" meme to make that one happen.
If you're not familiar with this particular meme, the explanation is simple. For several years now, YouTube users have hijacked a scene from "Downfall," in which Hitler (played by Bruno Ganz) reacts badly to some news from his generals. Subtitles referencing any and every upsetting event change the scene into a ridiculous reaction from der Fuhrer.
The "Arrow" version of "Hitler Reacts" is a particularly good example of this. First posted shortly after episode 6 of Season 2 ("Keep Your Enemies Closer") -- that infamous episode when the team went to Russia and then Oliver slept with Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) -- the video shows that Hitler is indeed an Olicity shipper. »
London — Global Screen, which has five market premieres at the European Film Market in Berlin, has added “Auf das Leben!” (To Life!) to its sales slate.
Pic is a “Harold and Maude”-like story of two people who are very different yet give each other a reason to live. It is helmed by Uwe Janson, who was BAFTA nommed for miniseries “The Sinking of the Laconia,” and penned by Thorsten Wettcke.
The film, which shot late last year, centers on aging cabaret singer Ruth, played by Hannelore Elsner (“No Place to Go”). She is sarcastic yet warm-hearted, and, despite a traumatic childhood, stands with both feet planted firmly in the midst of life. It is only when her apartment is sold to finance a move to a senior citizens’ home that her flame begins to flicker.
- Leo Barraclough
Films such as Lincoln revitalised the genre by focusing on short periods, but are too many made, too soon?
For a genre that's been dismissed so many times, the biopic is in impertinently rude health. In the past six months in the UK – and only counting the ones about major public figures – we've had Behind the Candelabra, Renoir, Lovelace, Rush, Diana, Hannah Arendt, The Fifth Estate, One Chance, Saving Mr Banks, Kill Your Darlings, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The next few weeks alone will grant us audiences with Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave), Charles Dickens (The Invisible Woman) and Grace of Monaco.
Somewhere down the line, though, the biopic tightened up its act. The Mandela picture's cradle-to-the-grave trudge looks positively old-fashioned now; even 12 Years a Slave is a bit copperplate. The new-school, high-definition biopic goes for the essence, rather than a chronicle of events, focusing on a galvanising »
- Phil Hoad
Berlinale Paula and Perspektive prizes confirmed.
Berlin’s European Film Market (Efm) is expanding its number of screening venues by setting up shop at the recently refurbished Zoo Palast [pictured] cinema complex.
Exhibitors will be able to choose from five exclusive screening facilities with state-of-the-art projection technology, ranging from Cinemas 3-5 (with seating for 159, 161 and 157, respectively) to Club A and B with seating for 36 and 39.
Two of the cinemas can project 3D DCPs and one of the Club cinemas has its own bar, while all of the venues are kitted out with comfortable armchairs and extra space between the rows.
The Efm will be organising a free bus shuttle service from outside of the Gropius Mirror Restaurant and the Marriott Hotel to the Zoo Palast, but an alternative would be take the U2 underground which stops right outside of the cinema.
The Zoo Palast cinemas replace the screening venues at the Cubix cinema near Alexanderplatz, which had also »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
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 »
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to "The Notebook," Hungary's entry for Best Foreign Language Film (not the Ryan Gosling-starring weepie). The film, directed by Janos Szasz ("The Witman Boys"), won the top prize at the 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where it world premiered. "The Notebook" is one of the nine selected foreign films vying for an Oscar nomination. Here's the synopsis per Sony: Set on the onset of WWII, "The Notebook," which stars Ulrich Thomsen ("The Celebration") and Ulrich Matthes ("Downfall"), tells the story of thirteen year old twins abandoned by their parents and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border. Studying the evil surrounding them, the twins learn to rely on their loyalty to one another, ultimately surviving in the face of challenging circumstances. Sony Pictures Classics stated, "We have wanted to buy this film following its successful showings at the Toronto Film. »
- Nigel M Smith
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the North American rights to The Notebook, the Hungarian entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is directed by János Szász (Woyzeck, The Witman Boys), shot by Academy Award nominated Christian Berger (The White Ribbon, Cache) and is produced by Intuit Pictures, in co-production with Hunnia Filmstudio, Amour Fou and Dolce Vita Films.
Here's what János Szász had to say in a brief statement.
"To make this movie was a wonderful and a painful journey for me, like a time machine, took me back into the war time. The jungle of fear and immorality."
Sony Pictures Classics issued their own statement.
"We have wanted to buy this film following its successful showings at the Toronto Film Festival. We have never really seen a movie quite like this. Based on a famous European novel, The Notebook portrays »
As expected, frequent foreign Oscar distributor Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to World War II drama "The Notebook," the shortlisted Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. The film is directed by Janos Szasz ("Woyzech") and shot by Christian Berger (nominated for Michael Haneke's "White Ribbon"). "To make this movie was a wonderful and a painful journey for me, like a time machine, took me back into the war time," said Director Janos Szasz. "The jungle of fear and immorality." The official synopsis is below. Set on the onset of WWII, The Notebook, which stars Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration) and Ulrich Matthes (Downfall), tells the story of thirteen year old twins abandoned by their parents and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border. Studying the evil surrounding them, the twins learn to rely on their loyalty to one another, »
- Anne Thompson
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