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Pilou Asbaek Goes To "A War"

Memorize this face as you'll be seeing a lot of it.

This is Pilou Asbaek, who appears to be the love child of Michael Shannon and Leonardo DiCaprio, but whose acting is surprisingly subtle given that visual prompt. Now picture him shaggier and with a sword as he'll be joining Game of Thrones for Season 6 to play Euron Greyjoy. GoT has become to Scandinavian and Northern European stars what Law & Order once was to NYC stage actors or Harry Potter was to older British thespians; the place they all end up in some capacity large or small! You'll also soon see him as Pontious Pilate in the Ben-Hur remake and then reunited with Scarlett Johansson (he played her cowboy hat wearing boyfriend in the first scenes of Lucy) for Ghost in the Shell  a couple of years from now. In other words, he's suddenly in demand.

But for now he's
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Film Movement Falls for Threeway Melodrama; Diane Kurys’ “For a Woman” Gets 2014 Release

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Arguably the ultimate end result of war is…love. This is of course true after factoring in tremendous amount of destruction. Film Movement have picked up For a Woman, a melodrama via Diane Kurys who pilfered through some of her own family tree history to pick up an unlikely WWII tale contextually resembles the dynamic found in Susanne Bier’s Brødre. A box office hit in France, the pic will receive a spring release in ’14.

Gist: This is a semi-biographical take on Kurys’s own family history. On the death of her mother, Anne makes an unsettling discovery: an old photo will cast doubt on her very origins, as she uncovers a mysterious uncle her parents welcomed into their lives after World War II. In revealing a family secret, Anne ultimately unravels the story of her mother’s great love.

Worth Noting: Kurys directed Magimel (alongside Juliette Binoche) in 1999′s The Children of the Century.
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Lucky One,’ ‘Chimpanzee’ & ‘Marley’ Alternatives

  • The Film Stage
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to The Lucky One, Chimpanzee & Marley.

Zac Efron fronts this Nicholas Sparks’ drama about a Marine who, upon returning from his tour of duty in Iraq, goes in search of the unknown woman he believes was his lucky charm. Taylor Schilling co-stars; Scott Hicks directs.

Craving more veteran-centered dramas:

A Marine Story (2010) Dreya Weber stars as a Marine forced to make sense of civilian life after being abruptly discharged. Initially lost, she finds new purpose mentoring a troubled teen girl with aims to enlist. Paris P. Pickard co-stars; Ned Farr directs.

The Messenger (2009) In this acclaimed indie drama Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster play a pair of vets assigned the emotionally devastating duty of informing military family’s of a soldier’s death.
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Relativity and Alliance Renew Distribution Partnership; Limitless, Haywire and Immortals Up Next

Relativity Media and Canadian Alliance Films have renewed their output deal through 2015. Alliance Films president Charles Layton says Relativity "consists of great guys, partners and entrepreneurs. We look forward to helping them build Relativity in the coming years.” Each of Relativity's single-picture productions and acquisitions will be handled by Alliance in Canada and Momentum Pictures in the UK. Relativity and Alliance's 2008 three-year deal yielded The Fighter, Season of the Witch, Dear John and Brothers (the remake of Susanne Bier's Danish Brødre). Upcoming are the films Limitless, which stars Bradley Copper, Abbie Cornish and Robert De Niro, Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, and Immortals (starring new Superman Henry Cavill) .
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Promo Trailer for The Whistleblower Starring Rachel Weisz

Collider reader Freddy turned us on to a new promo trailer for The Whistleblower. The film stars Rachel Weisz as a female cop from Nebraska who serves as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia but ends up exposing a United Nations cover-up of a sex trafficking scandal. I ragged on the premise a bit when we reported Weisz’ casting in May 2009, but looking at this trailer, the film looks good. There will be comparisons to Weisz’s role in The Constant Gardener (a role for which she earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), but she’s a fantastic actress and knows how to deliver. The film’s also got a strong supporting cast including David Strathairn, Monica Bellucci, Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Brødre), and Vanessa Redgrave. It will be interesting to see what co-writer/director Larysa Kondracki pulls off with her first feature-length film.

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Sony Pictures Classics believe 'In a Better World'

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American distribution rights to "In a Better World." Director Susanne Bier co-wrote the film which focuses on two Danish families alongside Anders Thomas Jensen. Bier's 2004 drama "Brødre" was adapted into last year's English-language "Brothers" starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. As of yet, there's no set release date. Film is produced by Sisse Graum Jorgensen of Zentropa Entertainments as well as Memfis Film International, Dr, Svt, Film i Vast and Trollhattan Film, with support from the Danish Film Institute, Film Fyn, Nordic Film and TV Fond, the Swedish Film Institute and the Media program of the EU. Bier is also the director of the critically acclaimed 2007 film "Things We Lost in the Fire" starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro.
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Susanne Bier to helm Bergman biopic

Danish director Susanne Bier ("Brødre," "Things We Lost In the Fire") will direct a four-part mini about the life of Swedish wirter/director/actor Ingmar Bergman for Sveriges Television (SvT) and the series will also be made into a feature film for theatrical release. Shooting starts in fall of 2011. SvT will produce. Gunnar Carlsson will serve as an executive producer and Christian Wikander as producer. Pic is budgeted at $12 million and is one of the most expensive projects SvT has ever taken part in. According to Variety, the mini is written by Swedish author Henning Mankell (married to Bergman's daughter Eva) and the first completed the first two episodes. The first is "Frenzy" and the second "Sawdust and Tinsel" - named after Bergman films.
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Film review: Brothers

The Hollywood remake of the Danish love triangle psychodrama has its moments, but is too mainstream by half

When Susanne Bier's Danish film Brødre, or Brothers, came out in 2004 (starring Ulrich Thomsen from the Dogme incest movie Festen) it looked like painful arthouse drama with a weird dollop of mainstream Hollywood. Now it's been remade by Jim Sheridan, and looks like mainstream Hollywood with a weird dollop of painful arthouse drama. The plot is broadly the same. A career army officer gets captured in Afghanistan, and while he's ­missing ­presumed killed, the black-sheep brother back home feels psychologically liberated. Released from his sibling's shadow, he begins to blossom into the reliable one and gets rather too close to the presumed widow. Transposed now to a classic American setting, the film certainly does look intriguingly ­different from the usual template. The very idea of a Us marine committing atrocities while imprisoned,
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Film Weekly on Jim Sheridan's Brothers and Blur's No Distance Left to Run

This week's podcast goes to the heart of the family, talking to director Jim Sheridan about his Iraq-war sibling drama Brothers, reviewing the Clive Owen Dad-under-pressure movie The Boys Are Back (as well as Jacques Audiard's Cannes-impressing A Prophet), and discovers how a band of musical brothers landed their dream job of documenting Blur's reunion last year.

Jim Sheridan, who made his name with the Christy Brown biopic My Left Foot, tells Jason Solomons why he decided to remake Danish director Susanne Bier's critically acclaimed 2004 drama Brødre as a war-torn love triangle with a gold-plated Hollywood cast of Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman.

Next, Xan Brooks joins in to review the week's key releases: Brothers (which both critics liked), The Boys Are Back (which they're split on) and the hotly anticipated A Prophet, which took the top prize at this year's London film festival and was
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37 projects set for Berlin co-prod'n market

Cologne, Germany -- The directorial debuts of Danish star Ulrich Thomsen ("Brothers," "Celebration") and Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass ("The Visitor," "Lemon Tree,") are among the projects picked for the seventh Berlinale co-production market, which runs Feb.14-16 during the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 11-21).

Thomsen's "In Embryo" is being set up as a German production between Berlin-based cine plus -- whose credits include Matthias Glasner's "This Is Love" starring fellow Dane Jens Albinus -- and Munich's Royal Pony Film.

Hiam Abbass' directorial debut, titled "The Inheritance," will be pitched as an Israeli/French co-pro between Alma and Mozer Films of Israel and France's Agat Films.

The two projects are among 37 picked for this year's market. All will be in Berlin looking for financing and production partners to go from paper to screen.

Other high-profile titles shilling at the 2010 co-production market include "Elena" from Russia's Non-Stop Production,
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Favorite 100 Movies of the Decade (#75-51)

We're doing this a little different than we did the male and female performances... but we're still skipping the 2009 films -- we'll get to those soon

the list #100-76, #75-51, #50-31, #30-16 and #15-1.

Awards for 2009 begin tomorrow or thereabouts.

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75 The Fountain dir. Darren Aronofsky (2006)

Who needs drugs when you can snort Aronofsky movies?

74 thirteen dir Catherine Hardwicke (2003)

I still maintain that this was a stunning debut, deeply felt and ferociously performed. I'm still confused about what followed with Hardwicke.

73 Monsoon Wedding dir. Mira Nair (2001, released 2002)

For its color, energy and beauty and for one of my all-time favorite portraits of extended family love. Naseeruddin Shah and Shefali Shetty jerk my tears every time. Plus a great soundtrack.

72 Kings and Queen (Kings and Queen) dir. Arnaud Desplechin (2004, released in 2005)

Anchored by two of the most important French actors of the decade (Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos
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Decade in Review: 2005 Top Ten

2009 is almost over and so many magazines and websites have already offered up their best of the year And decade that I'm afraid y'all will get sick of the retrospectives before The Film Experience has chimed on. Remember: the tortoise wins! 2005's top ten list (in its original form) follows. New comments in red.

Public Favorites (Box Office): Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, War of the Worlds, King Kong, Wedding Crashers, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Batman Begins, Madagascar and Mr & Mrs Smith

Oscar Favorites: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck and Munich

My Vote For UnderAppreciated: In Her Shoes, Happy Endings and The White Countess

Top Ten Runners Up (11-15): The Squid and the Whale, Match Point, The New World, Junebug and The Beat That My Heart Skipped.
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Film: Review:Brothers

Fun fact: Five years separate Susanne Bier’s Danish film Brødre and the English-language remake, yet the defining trauma of both melodramas remains the war in Afghanistan. (And should the Danish want to remake the remake again in a few years, the script likely won’t need a rewrite.) Scripted by 25th Hour writer David Benioff and helmed by In The Name Of The Father director Jim Sheridan, the new Brothers more or less transcribes Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen’s love triangle between a military professional, his wife, and his screw-up brother—a dynamic that shifts radically before ...
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Blue Skies and Black Metal

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Blue Skies and Black Metal
This week's slate gathers together so many big name stars in one place you'd think it was Oscar night already.

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"Across The Hall"

A stripped-down neo-noir with a twist, this feature debut for filmmaker Alex Merkin began as a 2005 short (starring Adrian Grenier, which can be found online here). Grenier didn't return, but Mike Vogel takes his place as Julian, a young man who races to a seedy hotel where his best friend's wayward fiancée (Brittany Murphy) and another man have aroused the suspicions of his pal, who's holed up "across the hall" with a bottle of whiskey and a gun.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles.

"Armored"

Having garnered a great deal of attention with his grungy murder mystery debut "Kontroll," American-born Hungarian helmer Nimród Antal first made his mark in Hollywood
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Brothers vs. Brothers

Brothers vs. Brothers
Beware the cross-cultural remake. David Benioff is a gifted writer (The 25th Hour). Jim Sheridan is a gifted director (In America). Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman are gifted actors. So what went wrong on the road to Relativity and Lionsgate’s American adaptation of Danish writer-director Susanne Bier’s extraordinary 2004 movie Brothers? It’s the risk you take when you try to transplant something that was organic to one culture to another. The original Danish script (by Bier and frequent collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen) dug into the dynamics of two brothers. When the upbeat, upstanding family man, a career soldier (Ulrich Thomsen), is lost in a …
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Brothers - Fresh film clips, interview clips and behind-the-scenes look at the Jim Sheridan film. 24 total clips.

We have new clips in from the Jim Sheridan-directed "Brothers" which Lionsgate is sending to theatres on December 4th. The Relativity Media, Palomar Pictures and Michael De Luca Productions film is written by David Benioff based on the story by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen (motion picture "Brødre"). There are a total of 24 videos available including interviews with Jim Sheridan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Bailee Madison, Mare Winningham, Sam Shepard, Taylor Geare as well as screenwriter David Benioff, production designer Tony Fanning, cinematographer Frederick Elmes.
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New Portman, Gyllenaal thriller 'Brothers' a remake of Danish thriller 'Brødre" by Susanne Bier

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Lionsgate will release Brothers, a new thriller about a returning war veteran starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey MaGuire, and Natalie Portman nationwide in the United States on December 4, 2009.

But did you know it is a remake of a Danish film, Brødre, from 2004 written and directed by Susanne Bier?

“In our part of the world, we’re dealing with an abstract war, a war we can’t see that we’re in, which is a very strange thing,” Bier told journalist Jessica Winter in 2004 when the film was released during the London Film Festival, not long before Bush started pulling out all the stops in Fallujah. “It’s not tangible, but it’s there, and that must be really terrifying for most people...”

Bier's film was terrifying and emotionally devastating. Hopefully the remake will have as much of an impact and not skimp on the violence or consequences of war and mental instability.
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'Brothers' Gets a Trailer

We know better than to expect standard melodrama from Jim Sheridan, the director behind In America, In the Name of the Father, and My Left Foot. Known for making films that feature gut-wrenching performances, he’s got one heck of a vehicle for eliciting powerful emotions in Brothers, a tale of family, love and loyalty set against the backdrop of military operations in Afghanistan.

The film is a remake of Susanne Bier's Danish war film Brødre (Brothers), and you can check out the trailer using the below player.

Brothers revolves around siblings and polar opposites Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) and Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal). When Sam goes missing and is presumed dead, Tommy, who is an ex-con and drifter, tries to fill the void left behind by taking responsibility for his brother’s wife Grace (Natalie Portman) and two young daughters. As Tommy tries to turn his life around,
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Us remake “Brothers” gets a trailer.

The trailer for the Us remake of the Danish film “Brødre”, simply called “Brothers”, has popped up online. There is no shortage of big stars in this one, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman (yes please) and Tobey Maguire and the thing is being directed by Jim Sheridan of My Left Foot and Get Rich or Die Trying fame. The story is revolves around when a woman finds out that her husband (Maguire) has apparently died in Iraq and his brother (Gyllenhaal) comes over to help her out, seeing that she has two kids to take care of and all. Time passes and the two start falling in love but then they find out that the dead husband and brother isn’t really dead after all (oops). This clearly puts a damper on the relationship between them but the “dead” brother is a changed man when he returns and seems to be craving human blood and flesh.
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Bier's Brothers-remake find its siblings in Maguire & Gyllenhaal

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  • Add another shell shocked/war drama to the batch, the English language remake of Susanne BierSusanne Bier
[/link]'s Brødre is getting the big screen big name treatment - and Variety reports that the Kirsten Dunst dreamteam of Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal are in negotiations to star in the pic. Based on the Susanne Bier-directed original, Brothers (remake) centers on a man (Tobey Maguire) who is sent to fight in Afghanistan while his black-sheep brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) cares for his wife and child. I particularly liked the Dane version - only because Bier tends to go into places where many do not care to visit - it may be interesting to see how lighter or darker director Jim Sheridan goes with this version. An important role to cast is the Connie Nielsen character - who is perhaps more shell shocked than the two siblings, but casting wise Jake and
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