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Sergei Bodrov to Direct ‘White Rajah’ Based on James Brooke’s Adventures (Exclusive)

Sergei Bodrov to Direct ‘White Rajah’ Based on James Brooke’s Adventures (Exclusive)
Sergei Bodrov, who earned Oscar nominations for best foreign-language films for “Mongol” and “Prisoner of the Mountains,” is set to direct “White Rajah” for Margate House Films.

The movie is based on the true adventures of Sir James Brooke in 1840s Borneo.

The real-life inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” and Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim,” Brooke was an English adventurer who sailed to Borneo in 1839 and earned the title of “White Rajah” after defeating pirates in Sarawak. Brooke fell in love with the beauty, wildlife, and people of Borneo and embarked on a lifelong crusade against slavery, piracy, and headhunting. Queen Victoria knighted him for bravery. Brooke resisted British imperialism, so Parliament put him on trial for murder and piracy. Brooke fought back, founding a dynasty of Brooke Rajahs, who ruled a jungle kingdom larger than England for 100 years, until the eve of WWII.
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Sergei Bodrov To Direct ‘Samson And Delilah’ – Afm

Sergei Bodrov To Direct ‘Samson And Delilah’ – Afm
Exclusive: Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment Group, Skady Lis' Getaway Pictures and United Channel Movies have greenlit the epic adventure film Samson and Delilah based on the best-selling novel from Ze'ev Jabotinsky. Director Sergei Bodrov, whose Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan was up for a 2007 foreign language Oscar, is helming from a screenplay he wrote with Carolyn Cavallero. The picture, which is fully financed by the three companies, is scheduled to go into…
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Euro execs launch co-production group

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Exclusive: Ctb, A-One Films, former K5 exec launch company at Efm; among first titles is next project from Target [pictured] writer-director Alexander Zeldovich.

Daniel Goroshko, Sergey Selyanov, Rodolphe Sanzé and Laurent Fumeron have joined forces to launch new European co-production outlet The Project.

The company launches at the Efm in Berlin where the founders will be discussing projects with potential production partners and backers.

The collective, which will develop projects in house initially but will also look to partner on third-party-developed projects with commercial potential, has its eye on opening additional European offices at a later date.

Among the first titles on the slate are Target writer-director Alexander Zeldovich’s next project Sweet Life and Andrew Desmond’s (Entity) The Sonata.

Ctb CEO Selyanov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) and producer-distributor Goroshko, founder of Russian distributor A-One Films, will operate out of Russia while former K5 and Imagina sales exec Sanzé and producer Fumeron will spearhead a Paris
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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of Seventh Son in St. Louis

Wamg has your passes to see Universal PicturesSeventh Son early!

In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.

Academy Award nominee Sergei Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan, Nomad: The Warrior) directs Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt (upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, upcoming Warcraft) and Steven Knight (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Closed Circuit) and a screen story by Matt Greenberg (Reign of Fire).

Joining director Bodrov behind the screen is a stellar crew led
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New Trailer for Jeff Bridges' Seventh Son Fantasy Film

Warner Bros just unveiled an international trailer for its "Seventh Son" fantasy adventure, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore. Check it out below. Plot: In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. The new movie directed by Sergey Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) and is based on Joseph Delaney's novel series. It's set to hit theaters on February 6th, 2015. Trailer:
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Russia Set to Toughen Up Anti-Piracy Laws

St. Petersburg, Russia — Russian lawmakers are set to toughen up anti-piracy laws by the end of the year. Websites that are repeat offenders when it comes to hosting illegally sourced films and TV shows will be shut down.

Sergey Semenov, legal counsel to the Russian Film and TV Producers’ Assn., told delegates at the St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum Monday that the government believed that “those websites that habitually broke the law should be closed.” Existing anti-piracy legislation, which only obliges websites to remove illegal content, was like “shooting sparrows with a cannon,” he said. It was not “menacing enough,” and his org would work with legislators in the Duma to amend the law, which should come into force by the end of the year.

Semenov, speaking at a session on fighting piracy, said his association backed moves by the Hollywood studios to persuade intermediaries in the distribution of content
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New Trailer for Jeff Bridges' Seventh Son Fantasy Film

Warner Bros just unveiled a new trailer and poster for its "Seventh Son" fantasy adventure, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore. Check it out below. Plot: In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. The new movie directed by Sergey Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) and is based on Joseph Delaney's novel series. It's set to hit theaters on February 6th, 2015. Trailer: Poster: (click to enlarge)
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Picture Tree Acquires Paulo Coelho Biopic ‘The Pilgrim’ (Exclusive)

London — Berlin-based international sales and production outfit Picture Tree Intl. has secured the global distribution rights for the Paulo Coelho biopic “The Pilgrim — the Best Story of Paulo Coelho” from Brazilian production house Cuatro Dama Filmes.

Coelho’s 30 novels — including “The Alchemist” and “Adultery” — have been translated into 80 languages, distributed in 224 countries and sold more than 165 million copies.

“The Pilgrim” retraces Coelho’s own story, which was the chief inspiration for his work. He flirted with death, escaped madness, experimented with drugs, overcame torture, made rock-and-roll history in Brazil, and found fame as a writer.

Julio Andrade (“Serra Pelada,” “Gonzaga de Pai Para Filho”) shares the role of the writer with his younger brother, newcomer Ravel Andrade. The cast also features Fabiana Gugli (“Blindness”) and Lucci Ferreira in the role of Coelho’s music partner Raul Seixas. Nancho Novo (“Lovers of the Arctic Circle”) and Paz Vega (“Spanglish,” “Sex and Lucia”) complete the cast.
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what’s on Netflix UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, blinkbox, BBC iPlayer (from May 05)

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

new to stream

Aliens of the Deep: James Cameron’s undersea science documentary introduces you to scientists whose enthusiasm is infectious and immerses you in its exotic environment in a way that makes you wish it would never end [my review] [at Netflix] Camp 14: Total Control Zone: the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean re-education camp reveals some 1984-level shit, except it’s worse, because it’s not fiction [my review] [at Netflix] Rabbit Hole: devastating drama about the impact on a couple after their young son is killed; excellent performances from Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart [at Netflix]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

12 Years a Slave: more horror story than historical drama, terrifyingly and heartbreakingly straightforward in the real-life nightmare it depicts; Oscar’s Best Picture for 2013 [at Amazon UK Instant Video]

new to stream

The Railway Man
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Camerimage unveils competition juries

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Hunger Games DoP Tom Stern and 12 Years a Slave cinematographer Sean Bobbitt among those chosen for jury duty.

The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Jury members of the main competition jury are:

Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition

Jost Vacano, the cinematographer behind several Paul Verhoeven films including Total Recall, RoboCop and [link
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Does Seventh Son relate to the books?

Hollywood has worked its magic on Joseph Delaney's source material, infusing its Lancashire setting with swords-and-sorcery glitz. Diehard fans are reading t' riot act

With Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy already set to equal the box-office success of the Kiwi film-maker's Lord of the Rings triptych and Game of Thrones storming the small screen, it ought to be a golden age for swords and sorcery. In reality, Hollywood tends to throw us the occasional fantasy flop (2006's Eragon, 2011's inferior Conan the Barbarian remake) and the odd attempt to push fairytale fare through a high-fantasy filter (last year's Snow White and the Huntsman or this year's Jack the Giant Slayer).

Sergei Bodrov's Seventh Son, for which the first trailer dropped earlier this week, at least looks like an attempt to revisit traditional 80s-style swords-and-sorcery fantasy in the style of Willow or Dragonslayer. The film's sumptuous cast features the
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Trailer: Jeff Bridges saves the world in Seventh Son

Trailer Simon Brew 12 Jul 2013 - 07:08

If you need an exorcist to save the world, why wouldn't you call Jeff Bridges? Here's the trailer for Seventh Son...

This looks like it could be fun. A fantasy action adventure that gives a lead role to Jeff Bridges, Seventh Son - based on The Wardstone Chronicles novels from author Joseph Delaney - comes from director Sergei Bodrov, who has Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan already on his CD. Bridges, who stars alongside Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, plays an exorcist who - along with Barnes' apprentice - goes head to head against Moore's evil queen.

The movie has shifted to a January 2014 release slot, and the first trailer for it has appeared. Take a look at this and see what you reckon...

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Trailer: Jeff Bridges saves the world in Seventh Son

Trailer Simon Brew 12 Jul 2013 - 07:08

If you need an exorcist to save the world, why wouldn't you call Jeff Bridges? Here's the trailer for Seventh Son...

This looks like it could be fun. A fantasy action adventure that gives a lead role to Jeff Bridges, Seventh Son - based on The Wardstone Chronicles novels from author Joseph Delaney - comes from director Sergei Bodrov, who has Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan already on his CD. Bridges, who stars alongside Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes, plays an exorcist who - along with Barnes' apprentice - goes head to head against Moore's evil queen.

The movie has shifted to a January 2014 release slot, and the first trailer for it has appeared. Take a look at this and see what you reckon...

Follow our Twitter feed for faster news and bad jokes right here. And be our Facebook chum here.

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Seventh Son New Trailer Features Jeff Bridges And Julianne Moore

Opening January 17th, here’s the first trailer for Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou and Julianne Moore. Based on the book series The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, get ready for all sorts of creatures, witches and beasties.

In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago.

But she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.

In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. He has only until the
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First trailer for the fantasy flick Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Ben Barnes

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The first trailer for Seventh Son, the new fantasy/action pic based on The Wardstone Chronicles series of books by author Joseph Delaney, has arrived. Starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Williams, Kit Harington, and Man Of Steel's Antje Traue, the pic is helmed by Russian filmmaker Sergey Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan) and looks to be like a cooler version of The Sorcerer's Apprentice with Bridges in the Nicolas Cage role and...
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Genghis Khan Is One of His Heroes and He May Co-Direct Stripper Movie Sequel

Channing Tatum to direct Magic Mike 2? Channing Tatum, whose White House Down opens this evening in North America, may co-direct the sequel to his 2012 sleeper domestic hit Magic Mike. Unlike the original film, directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) and loosely based on Tatum’s own experiences as a stripper, the star of The Vow and 21 Jump Street told The Hollywood Reporter that the aptly titled (at least for now) Magic Mike 2 "will be a road-trip movie, and it will essentially be the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be: crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama. The first one, we had to make not so cheesy and campy; this one we are going to swing for the fences." (Photo: Channing Tatum in a rare non-shirtless moment in Magic Mike.) Channing Tatum adds that either he and producing partner Reid Carolin
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Top 10 Best High Fantasy Movies

"If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. You have my sword."

Fans of high fantasy — fantasy that takes place on an epic scale in an imaginary world in which otherwise supernatural creatures and forces are simply a part of the natural environment — were all but left out in the cold in 2012, while superheroes, aliens and secret agents were free to run amok on the big screen. Where were all of the wizards, dragons and elves? Except for animated movies and the pair of Snow White adaptations, high fantasy movies have been noticeably absent from the Cineplex of late.

Thankfully, fans of the fantasy sub-genre will not have to wait much longer with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opening in only a matter of days and Russian director Sergei Bodrov's (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) new fantasy adventure, Seventh Son — that's a begrizzled Jeff Bridges
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First Look At ‘The Seventh Son’

The versatile Jeff Bridges, after playing roles ranging from cowboy to tech wiz, will now under go a different change of clothes: wizard.

The first images of “The Seventh Son” have been released. The movie adaptation is based on the novel “The Spook’s Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. Bridges will play brusque sorcerer John Gregory who is in the wintertime of his years as he tries to find an apprentice to carry on his work. The problem is all his former assistants have died and he will need the seventh son of a seventh son in order to have someone permanent.

Unfortunately, this all gets complicated further when Bridges’ nemesis played by Julianne Moore escapes from her supernatural prison. “In real life, she’s gorgeous, and she’s gorgeously grotesque,” say Bridges on her role, “She’s really something to behold in this.”

To delve into his role Bridges has
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RZA to direct Genghis Khan biopic

Wu-Tang Clan leader turned actor to helm film about life of Mongol emperor, based on a script by John Milius

RZA is to follow his directing debut The Man with the Iron Fists with a biopic of the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The rapper, producer and actor will be working from a screenplay by John Milius, the writer and director of 1982 fantasy epic Conan the Barbarian (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger), who is also known for his work on Apocalypse Now and Dirty Harry. Milius, a colourful Hollywood character who was the inspiration for John Goodman's unhinged Vietnam veteran Walter Sobchak in the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski, has been trying to get the project off the ground for several years and was at one point lined up to direct.

Khan's empire lasted a century and a half and eventually covered nearly a quarter of the Earth.
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Russia's Aquaman getting film adaptation in Amphibian Man

I don't know if it's going to be exciting as it sounds, but this $8 mill movie (which already had one make in 1963) is being adapted from Alexander Belyayev's novel by Sergei Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan). The story is based around a man basically stuck to his ocean environment due to a transplant of a set of shark gills. Story boards, further info, and 1962 trailer below.

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