7 items from 2015
Third time, charmed. In her first major film in six years, Renee Zellweger will return to the big screen as her endearingly hapless character for the third installation of the series, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Universal Pictures announced via Twitter on Friday, Oct. 2. Zellweger’s last box-office flick was 2009’s thriller Case 39, opposite Bradley Cooper. It’s been 11 years since the 46-year-old actress first reprised her role in 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and 14 years since she first stepped into the well-worn heels in [...] »
“Regression” is a risky choice of title from a director whose most recent work has fallen short of past glories, setting up all-too-obvious critical punchlines in the event of further decline. So it’s disheartening that Alejandro Amenabar’s sixth feature — and his first since 2009’s nobly overreaching folly “Agora” — is his least characterful and least ambitious to date. Returning the Spanish helmer to the shadowy psychothriller territory of his earlier work, this allegedly fact-based tale of Satanic suspicions in small-town Minnesota is potboiler material at best, threatening far twistier terrors than those it predictably delivers. Though performed with some perspiring conviction by Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke — as a confessed victim of cult abuse and the agnostic cop investigating her case — the pic is neither disquieting enough to take seriously, nor lurid enough for fright-night indulgence. “Regression” may rep a commercial advance on Amenabar’s difficult last outing, but »
- Guy Lodge
Madigan was previously a staff producer with Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She was a producer on “Winter’s Bone,” which featured a breakout Oscar-nominated performance by Jennifer Lawrence.
Madigan also produced “Laggies,” “White Bird in a Blizzard,” “May in the Summer” and “The Automatic Hate,” directed by Justin Lerner and set for release in 2016. She also worked on “Smiley Face,” “Married Life,” “Cleaner,” “Your Friends and Neighbors,” “Case 39” and “Girl Most Likely.”
Year-old Broad Green, founded by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, has been active in building a slate of adult-themed dramas such as “99 Homes,” “A Walk in the Woods,” “Infiltrator” and “Learning to Drive,” as well as Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender. »
- Dave McNary
The film, in which Schweiger plays a tough cop in a race against time to save his teenage daughter from the Russian mafia, will be directed by genre expert Christian Alvart (“Antibodies,” “Case 39,” “Pandorum”) and will feature a high-speed, high-stakes chase from Hamburg via Istanbul to Moscow. The stunts in the film will be delivered by Action Concept, multiple winner of the Taurus World Stunt Awards.
- Leo Barraclough
The new royal baby is finally here - but our minds keep turning to the monster children we're glad will never sit on the throne.
Will and Kate will be thanking their lucky stars that they won't be parents to any of these little on-screen monsters, all waiting to make you shudder on Netflix now (Warning: Contains spoilers):
If inexplicable deaths seem to follow your child around from an early age, then you might begin to wonder if your baby was swapped for the offspring of Satan and a jackal.
Of course, it's too late by then. Luckily a 24-hour watch on the new baby seems inevitable at this point, so the chances of an exchange being made seem slim to none.
Though such films have had a traditionally tough time in Teuton, Rheon, who plays the psychopathic Ramsay Bolton on “Game of Thrones,” is a star among genre auds, and therefore, Alvart feels, an ideal choice for Christian Pasquariello’s debut feature “Sum1,” about a young soldier stationed in a desolate forest while the remnants of humanity hide underground from alien invaders.
“I had him on my radar as someone to really go after whenever possible, and this was the first opportunity,” says Alvart, who is producing the apocalyptic thriller via his Berlin-based Syrreal Entertainment. He adds that he’s been a fan of the Welsh actor since seeing him in the 2009 British sci-fi series “Misfits.”
- Ed Meza
The collaboration will start with the English-language sci-fi thriller “SUM1,” directed by Christian Pasquariello. Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones,” “Misfits,” “The Liberator”) will be starring in the lead role as a young soldier, placed on a desolate watchtower high above a forest on a 100-day assignment. His mission is to defend the outpost against eerie, powerful alien creatures in a strange world.
“SUM1″ is produced by Alvart (“Antibodies,” “Case 39,” “Pandorum”), Sigi Kamml (“1 1⁄2 Brothers,” “Banklady”) and Susa Kusche (“Run Boy Run,” “Shahada”). Director of photography is Hagen Bogdanski (“The Lives of Others,” “The Young Victoria”).
Principal photography is starting on Feb 9. Global Screen will start selling the title at the European Film Market in Berlin.
- Leo Barraclough
7 items from 2015
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