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4 October 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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Win: Anti-Social On DVD

1 September 2015 6:07 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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To celebrate the upcoming release of Anti-Social on DVD, available to buy from 14th September, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a copy.

Inspired by the spate of smash and grab robberies that hit the news between 2012 and 2013, this action-packed gangland thriller is set amidst London’s sub-cultures, with Dee (Gregg Sulkin), an anarchic graffiti artist, confronting the system, and his brother Marcus (Josh Myers) a smash and grab robber, trying to make it rich with a jewellery store crime wave. For the pair being anti-social is a way of life.

As Dee finds acceptance with the city’s art scene, Marcus becomes a rising underworld face and his ambitions escalate. But when a savage gang war erupts, Dee is forced to remember who he is, as Police and rival criminals close in on the family and Marcus’ gang defiantly prepare to take down »

- Laura Holmes

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The Fantastic Four Film You Weren’t Meant To See

2 August 2015 2:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie about to arrive in cinemas, Neil Calloway looks at a doomed attempt to start the franchise…

The latest Fantastic Four film is the second attempt to reproduce the comic characters on the big screen; everyone knows about the film made in 2005 and its 2007 sequel, both of which did respectable, if not stratospheric business at the box office.

Less well-known is the 1994 film The Fantastic Four. The 1990s were an odd time for films based on Marvel Comics; 1990 saw the release of a Captain America movie starring the son of the guy who wrote The Catcher in the Rye. Marvel seemed to be concentrating more on animated television shows than big budget live action films, and those of you who watched the first episode of the Flickering Myth Movie Show will know that various Marvel properties were owned by different studios in the 1990s, before »

- Neil Calloway

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Icon appoints head of theatrical sales

23 July 2015 2:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Universal exec Dave Jarmain joins UK outfit Icon Film Distribution.

UK distributor Icon Film Distribution has named former Universal Pictures executive Dave Jarmain head of theatrical sales with immediate effect.

Starting at Universal in 2006, Jarmain most recently served as senior sales manager for the UK.

During his tenure at Universal he worked on titles including Jurassic World, Minions, the Fast & Furious franchise, Fifty Shades of Grey, Mamma Mia!, as well as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Asif Kapadia’s Senna

Prior to Universal Pictures, Jarmain worked for indie Momentum Pictures, working on titles including Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall.

Jarmain replaces Jeremy Baum who has joined StudioCanal.

Jarmain said: “At Universal I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work on such a varied and successful slate of films. Icon has an enviable line-up for the rest of 2015, into 2016 and beyond. It’s an exciting time to be joining them.”

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- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Film Review: '13 Minutes'

19 July 2015 2:58 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ The problem with Oliver Hirschbiegel's 13 Minutes (2015) is ultimately the weight of history. Where the knowledge of what is to transpire elevates every scene of his monumental Oscar-winning portrayal of Hitler's final days, Downfall (2004), in this tale of a failed assassination attempt it hamstrings the drama. Whenever a film opens with the chronological conclusion of its narrative thrust - usually a negative one - the aim is to capitalise on the eventual outcome for dramatic irony, or impending tragedy. Here, the story begins with the film's defining act and most accomplished sequence but, despite handsome execution, never hits those heights again in a plot where familiarity severely dampens the squib.


- CineVue UK

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13 Minutes (Elser) review – Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to familiar ground

19 July 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s drama centring on would-be Hitler assassin Georg Elser suffers from seen-it-all-before syndrome

Apparently chastised by the global raspberry that greeted Diana, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to home territory with another film about Hitler. This time his subject is Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) who attempted to assassinate the Führer by blowing up the Munich Bürgerbräukeller in November 1939. Violently interrogated, Georg flashes back to his days as a carpenter, his affair with Elsa (Katharina Schüttler), the Nazification of his hometown and the dawning of his solitary purpose.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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13 Minutes (aka Elser) movie review: the ultimate what-if

17 July 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This intense dramatization of the true story of a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in 1939 is an unpleasant experience but a provocative one. I’m “biast” (pro): love Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel (Diana) returns to the era of his brutal film Downfall — source of that now meme-fied scene in which an insane Adolf Hitler goes on an extended rant to an audience of terrified underlings — with an intense dramatization of the true story of a failed attempt to assassinate the Führer in 1939. Carpenter, metalworker, and halfhearted member of a local Communist group Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) is arrested shortly after the bomb he hid at a Munich rally of Nazi leadership detonates 13 minutes after Hitler had vacated the premises, and he endures savage interrogation and torture (mostly offscreen, though what »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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17 July 2015 12:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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13 Minutes review – a heartfelt study of a man who tried to Hitler

16 July 2015 2:29 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oliver Hirschbiegel delivers a confident account of the life of Georg Elser, who made a failed attempt to bomb Adolf Hitler in 1939

Oliver Hirschbiegel is the director who made Downfall (2004), the grippingly claustrophobic account of Hitler’s final days in the bunker – but also the notoriously clunking biopic Diana (2013), starring Naomi Watts. This film puts Hirschbiegel back on surer ground: a workmanlike true-life study of Georg Elser, the carpenter who made a failed attempt on the life of Hitler in Munich in 1939; his bomb went off too late and Elser was captured and finally executed in Dachau in 1945. (He is also the subject of a 1989 movie entitled Seven Minutes, directed by its star, Klaus Maria Brandauer.)

Related: Berlin 2015 review: 13 Minutes – would-be Hitler assassin who never burns the toast

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- Peter Bradshaw

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The first resistance by Amber Wilkinson

16 July 2015 3:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Hirschbiegel on Elser: 'He's the first serious resistance fighter. He has the vision - it's almost clairvoyant really - that if Hitler is not stopped, it will lead to catastrophe' Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to the subject of the Third Reich with his latest film 13 Minutes. Written by Léonie-Claire and Fred Breinersdorfer and starring Christian Friedel, it recounts the astonishing real-life story of Swabian Georg Elser, whose plan to assassinate Hitler in November 1939 failed by the narrowest of margins - the 13 minutes of the movie's title.

While German army officer and would-be Hitler assassin Claus von Stauffenberg's 1944 attempt has long been celebrated, Elser - notably, from much humbler origins - spent many years in the wilderness in terms of recognition. This lack of acknowledgement is something Hirschbiegel brands "a shameful, embarrassing black spot on our history - that's my interpretation".

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- Amber Wilkinson

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What went wrong with the Diana movie?

14 July 2015 11:04 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Oliver Hirschbiegel looks back on his Diana film and admits where the movie went wrong...

Director Oliver Hirschbiegel is the man behind the superb movie Downfall, and the less superb movie Diana. His new feature, 13 Minutes, is heading into cinemas very shortly, and as part of the promotion for that, he's been chatting with The Independent as to just what went wrong with his loudly-lambasted Diana project.

Diana was, of course, based on the life of Princess Diana, with Naomi Watts in the title role. And Hirschbiegel is keenly aware that it was not a well-liked film.

"When I read the script, I knew this was a very unusual story about Diana. It was a love story and I didn't know about the story with Hasnat [Dr Hasnat Khan]. I thought – I want to do it", he said. "Of course, you know you are taking quite a risk – it is Diana!", adding »

- simonbrew

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Dominic Cooper replaces Henry Cavill in ‘Stratton’

9 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Full cast for Gfm Films-produced action thriller to also include Harry Potter star Tom Felton and Whiplash’s Austin Stowell; SquareOne takes German rights.

Dominic Cooper has swooped in to replace Henry Cavill in Special Forces action thriller Stratton, after the Man Of Steel star quit the production just days before shooting was set to begin in June.

London-based production company Gfm Films has rescheduled principal photography to begin in Brindisi, Italy on July 15 before moving on to Rome, working together with Italian producers Eagle Pictures.  Production will then move from Rome to the UK for filming in London and surrounding locations.

Cooper, the British actor who plays a young Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is also known for roles in Need For Speed, Dracula Untold and Mamma Mia!. Upcoming projects include Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already, Nicholas Hytner’s The Lady In The Van and Duncan Jones’ fantasy epic Warcraft.

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- (Michael Rosser)

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'Downfall' director plans First World War drama

2 July 2015 6:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

After making two high profile movies set during the Hitler years, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is hatching plans for a new film that will unfold during the First World War.

The German filmmaker’s latest feature 13 Minutes dramatises the real-life story of small town carpenter Georg Elser who, in 1939, came close to assassinating Adolf Hitler with a homemade bomb.

The Oscar-nominated Downfall was set at the end of the Second World War, with the Nazi regime in its dying throes. Now, Hirschbiegel wants to turn his attention toward the ‘Great War’ of 1914-18.

“It is very much in the wake of Jean Renoir and of (Stanley) Kubrick,” the German director told ScreenDaily of the project, which is at a very early stage.

Two of its points of reference are Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937), the First World War classic about three French prisoners in German captivity, and Kubrick’s anti-war movie, Paths Of Glory (1957).

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Must Watch: First Trailer for '13 Minutes' from Oliver Hirschbiegel

15 June 2015 4:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

"We determine the truth." I really, really dug this film - my review from the Berlin Film Festival premiere. StudioCanal UK has debuted a trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's 13 Minutes, a fantastic film about the man who almost killed Hitler. In 1939, a lively carpenter from Germany named Georg Elser built a bomb from materials he could find and planted it at a venue Hitler was about to speak at. The event ended early, and Hitler left the building 13 minutes before the bomb went off, escaping narrowly. The film profiles Elser, played by Christian Friedel, and his time before the war, exploring his motives and desires for this plot. It's a nice trailer for a great film, and I hope it gets a Us release date soon. Because I want to see it again. Here's the first UK trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's 13 Minutes, found on YouTube (via The Film Stage »

- Alex Billington

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13 Minutes Trailer Arrives Online

15 June 2015 11:36 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Having won major attention – including an Oscar nomination – with his 2004 look at the latter days of Adolf Hitler in the meme-spawning Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel tried his hand at Hollywood with the unsuccessful likes of The Invasion and Diana. Now he’s back in a Hitler-adjacent story for World War II drama 13 Minutes, which has a trailer online. The film explores the compelling true-life story of Georg Elser (played here by Christian Friedel), a German carpenter who had spent most of his life largely eschewing politics. But, sickened by what he had seen of the Nazi regime and its treatment of his fellow countrymen and others, he swore to assassinate Hitler, carefully working on a bomb plot for a Nazi convention in Munich in 1939. We obviously – historical spoiler alert! – know that his attempt failed, but the drama’s real interest is in looking at why a man who had shown so »

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Watch: First Trailer For 'Downfall' Director Oliver Hirschbiegel's Hitler Assassination Thriller '13 Minutes'

15 June 2015 7:13 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Downfall" director Oliver Hirschbiegel returns to the setting of his greatest career achievement with the WWII set "13 Minutes." And once again, this is another story that revolves around Hitler, but this time, instead of focusing on the man, the tale revolves around someone else who nearly changed the course of history. Read More: Berlin Review: Oliver Hirschbiegel's '13 Minutes' Explores The Man Who Almost Killed Hitler  "13 Minutes" tells the true story of George Elser, played by "The White Ribbon" star Christian Friedel, a mild-mannered carpenter who carried out a bomb plot against Hitler at a Nazi convention in Munich 1939. It's a portrait of a man who was seemingly non-political and explores what drove him to take such drastic action. Premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, our critic had mixed feelings, but wrote in her review that as a "high-quality recreation of one of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Suffragette', 'Legend', 'Masterminds' and More in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

9 June 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today's ratings bulletin is a mixed bag beginning with an R-rating for Oliver Hirschbiegel's new movie 13 Minutes, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year and will be released by Sony Classics later this year. The pic, also known as Elser, seems to be getting much higher marks than the Downfall director's Hollywood outing, Invasion, way back in 2007 and the all-but-ignored Diana a couple years ago. Next is Legend which gets an R-rating as we would expect as Tom Hardy takes on the dual role of playing London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray. Two PG-13 ratings of note, one for Masterminds and the other for Suffragette. The first is a comedy, the other is an awards season contender. I've listed the two ensemble casts below... I'm pretty sure you'll be able to match them up appropriately: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, »

- Brad Brevet

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Karen Gillan on Edinburgh Film Fest jury

5 June 2015 4:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils juries and guests for 2015 edition.

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) (June 17-28) has revealed the juries that will judge its five award categories - The Michael Powell Award for Best British Film; Best Performance in a British Feature; Best International Feature; Best Documentary; and Best Short Film. 

Jurors include:

Karen Gillan, actressNatascha McElhone, actressKenneth Turan, film criticAmy Berg, directorArchie Panjabi, actressKyle Patrick Alvarez, directorJessica Hynes, actressDenis Lawson, actorJacqueline Lyanga, AFI film festival directorDolly Wells, actress.

Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy star Gillan will see her dirctorial debut - short film Coward - screened at the Festival.

Us director Berg’s films Prophet’s Prey and Every Secret Thing will screen at Eiff while Alverez will see his feature, The Stanford Prison Experiment, shown at the Festival.

Wells stars in Black Mountain Poets, 45 Years and Doll & Em 2, all showing at this year’s festival.

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- (Michael Rosser)

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Ganz's Memorable Hitler Has Become the Stuff That Parodies Are Made Of

9 May 2015 6:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Downfall' movie: Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, and a tendency to emphasize the more obvious aspects of the narrative. Several key performances – including Bruno Ganz's now iconic Adolf Hitler – help to lift Downfall above the level of myriad other World War II movies. Nazi Germany literally goes under In Downfall, which by the end of 2004 had been seen by more than 4.5 million German moviegoers, Nazi Germany is about to lose the war. In his underground bunker, Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) grows increasingly out of touch with reality as he sees his dream of Deutschland über alles go kaput. Some of those under his command are equally incapable of thinking coherently. »

- Andre Soares

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BBC orders Steve McQueen drama

30 March 2015 4:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Six-parter produced by Rainmark Films readied for spring 2016.

The BBC has formally commissioned its “epic” Steve McQueen drama about the experiences of a black community in west London.

The corporation and UK indie Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, are aiming to shoot the as-yet-untitled six-part series in spring 2016.

McQueen, the Oscar-winning director of 12 Years A Slave, will direct and co-write the drama, alongside writers including Debbie Tucker Green, who won a Bafta TV award in 2012 for Channel 4 single Random.

The series will chronicle the lives of a group of friends and their families living in west London between the 1960s and the present day. It has been in development since January 2014.

In a bid to secure the services of in-demand director McQueen, BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson took the unusual step of commissioning the series before reading a script. Lucy Richer ordered »

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