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BBC America Co-Producing ‘London Spy’ Miniseries with Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent

17 October 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC America will co-produce a five-part miniseries, “London Spy,” starring Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Edward Holcroft, the cabler announced Friday.

Co-produced by BBC Two and produced by Working Title Television, “London Spy” centers around a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess. Danny (Whishaw) — gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift — falls for the anti-social, enigmatic and brilliant Alex (Holcroft). Just as the two of them realize that they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.

The series was created by “Child 44″ author Tom Rob Smith and is directed by Jakob Verbruggen. “’London Spy’ has gathered an exceptional cast and a visionary director. »

- Laura Prudom

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Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling join BBC Two thriller London Spy

16 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling are to star in London Spy.

The pair will appear alongside Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in the new BBC Two espionage thriller.

The five-part series - from Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith - will begin filming in London next month.

Whishaw will play Danny, described as an "innocent, young romantic" who gets caught up in a world of espionage and conspiracy.

The series will be set on a London street that houses the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of the gay clubbing scene on the other.

Whishaw's Danny falls for the antisocial Alex after a chance encounter, but when Alex suddenly disappears he must decide whether he has what it takes to find out what happened to him.

Author Smith said: "Ben Whishaw is quite simply one of the best actors in the country. It's an extraordinary privilege, »

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Ex-Worldview CEO sues company

15 October 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The former CEO has struck back in an escalating war and filed a $55m lawsuit against Worldview and its principals, citing breach of fiduciary duty and defamation and seeking to liquidate the company.

The move comes on the eve of the release of Worldview-backed Birdman and follows Worldview’s own suit lodged last week against Woodrow, claiming he embezzled funds and defrauded the company to the point where it was left “impoverished and imperiled.”

Woodrow’s lawyers filed papers in New York on October 15 that cite as defendants Worldview Entertainment, Worldview COO Molly Conners, Worldview backers Maria Cestone and Sarah Johnson, as well as Worldview investors Prospect Point Capital and Roseland Ventures.

The legal action seeks damages for defamation and breach of fiduciary duty and requests the recovery of personal property confiscated on the day Woodrow was barred from entering the corporate offices leading to his “wrongful suspension as CEO” in May 2014.

The claim also seeks the reinstatement »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Chris Woodrow sues Worldview

15 October 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The former CEO has struck back in an escalating war and filed a $55m lawsuit against Worldview and its principals, citing breach of fiduciary duty and defamation and seeking to liquidate the company.

The move comes on the eve of the release of Worldview-backed Birdman and follows Worldview’s own suit lodged last week against Woodrow, claiming he embezzled funds and defrauded the company to the point where it was left “impoverished and imperiled.”

Woodrow’s lawyers filed papers in New York on October 15 that cite as defendants Worldview Entertainment, Worldview COO Molly Conners, Worldview backers Maria Cestone and Sarah Johnson, as well as Worldview investors Prospect Point Capital and Roseland Ventures.

The legal action seeks damages for defamation and breach of fiduciary duty and requests the recovery of personal property confiscated on the day Woodrow was barred from entering the corporate offices leading to his “wrongful suspension as CEO” in May 2014.

The claim also seeks the reinstatement »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘The Absent One’ Breaks Danish Records; Sequel On The Case For Local Pics (Video)

7 October 2014 5:16 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The sequel to last year’s highest grossing local film has just set new records at the Danish box office. And that’s welcome news in an uncharacteristically soft year for homegrown titles thus far. The Absent One, the second installment in director Mikkel Norgaard’s adaptations of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series of novels, scored the best opening week ever for a local title (including previews) with 194,545 admissions after releasing October 2. Excluding previews, The Absent One (see trailer below) sold 131,480K tickets at the weekend, giving it the 3rd best opening frame ever for a Danish film. The biggest local movie at this point is comedy Klassefesten 2 – Begravelsen with about $9M in box office, but it is one of only two Danish movies in the Top 10. Last year, local pics sold 4M tickets with five sharing the Top 10 with Hollywood by the end. So far this year, Danish »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘The Absent One’ Breaks Danish B.O. Records

6 October 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– “The Absent One,” The Zentropa-produced film adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s bestselling book, has been breaking the Danish box office.

Released on Oct. 2 by Nordisk Film Distribution, the movie has sold over 131.000 admissions during its first weekend. TrustNordisk handles international sales.

 

So far it the film has sold 194.500 tickets including pre-screenings. It’s Denmark’s highest-grossing opening week for a local film ever.

 

The early performance of “The Absent One” even surpasses the score of “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” another film adaptation of a Jussi Adler-Olsen crime novel which was directed by Mikkel Nørgaard and lured 725.000 Danish moviegoers, topping the local box office in 2013.

 

Nørgaard has been lining up hits. His 2010 movie, “Klown — The Movie,” was also major B.O. success in Denmark.

 

“The Absent One” reunites Lie Kaas (“A Second Chance”) and Fares Fares (“Child 44″),  the duo of “The Keeper of Lost Causes.” The film »

- Elsa Keslassy

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The top 25 must-see movies of 2015

2 October 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…

Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein. 

What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »

- ryanlambie

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TrustNordisk Sells Susanne Bier’s “A Second Chance” to France, U.K.

25 September 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

TrustNordisk has closed major European sales on Susanne Bier’s “A Second Chance” following its European premiere at San Sebastian.

The Zentropa-produced drama, which opened at Toronto, was acquired for France (Kmbo) and the U.K. (Vertigo).

Pic, which was penned by Anders Thomas Jensen, has now sold nearly worldwide.

“The universal themes in Susanne Bier’s films connect with distributors and audiences all over the world and ‘A Second Chance’ is no exception. With the above sales and ongoing negotiations in Us, we are close to sold out on this extraordinary film,” said TrustNordisk CEO Rikke Ennis.

Starring Nikolaj Coster Waldau (“Games of Thrones”), Ulrich Thomsen (“Banshee”), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (“Child 44″) and Maria Bonnevie (“The Shamer’s Daughter”).

Sisse Graum Jørgensen produced for Zentropa Entertainments34, in co-production with Zentropa International Sweden, FilmFyn and Film i Väst.

Nordisk Film Distribution will release the movie on Jan. 15 in Scandinavia. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Bifa Joint Directors Stepping Down; Ben Whishaw Toplines ‘London Spy'; More

23 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Long-standing and admired directors of the British Independent Film Awards, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, will jointly step down from their posts at the end of this year. The org announced the surprising news today; their departures will follow the 17th awards ceremony to be held on December 7. The BIFAs were founded by Raindance in 1998 and run under the Raindance umbrella until 2006, when Collinson and von Fishcer became joint directors. They have produced the show since 2001. The awards now will  return to Raindance, and the new structure is to be defined later in the year. The BIFAs are akin to the Indie Spirit Awards and have become an important feature on the awards season trail in the UK. “It has been a tough decision to move on from Bifa, but we are ready to take on new challenges and excited about embarking on a fresh chapter in our careers, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Casting: Whishaw, Connolly, Reiser, Fugit, Mackie

19 September 2014 2:32 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

London Spy

Ben Whishaw ("Cloud Atlas," "Skyfall") has been cast as the lead in the upcoming five-episode drama "London Spy" for BBC Two and Working Title Television. "Child 44" author Tom Rob Smith is penning the series.

Whishaw plays Danny, a hedonistic romantic who gets drawn into the dangerous world of British espionage. He falls for the anti-social Alex who suddenly disappears.

Fantasly Life

Kevin Connolly ("Entourage") is attached to star in the office comedy "Fantasy Life" which Fox has given a put-pilot commitment. The potential series is an adaption of Espn analyst Matthew Berry's best-selling book of the same name.

Connolly would play a regular guy who lands his ultimate dream job working in the fantasy sports department at a major sports network.

Untitled Concussion Movie

Paul Reiser has signed on for a role in the Peter Landesman-directed, Will Smith-led untitled football concussion movie at Scott Free and Sony Pictures. »

- Garth Franklin

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Ben Whishaw to star in BBC Two’s London Spy

19 September 2014 12:24 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Skyfall’s Q Ben Whishaw will show off his own secret agent skills in London Spy…

Ben Whishaw is probably best known nowadays as the man who sat in the National Gallery with James Bond and disappointed him with a ‘hardly Christmas’ offering of a gun and a radio.

He has tackled lots of other interesting roles though, including several central parts in Cloud Atlas and a recurring role in BBC drama The Hour. He has also just finished a run with Judi Dench on the West End and has recently replaced Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear.

Now, the BBC want him back, and have offered him a chance to use a few guns and radios of his own in their new five-part BBC Two drama London Spy.

Whishaw will play the eponymous London spy, real-name Danny, described as "a gregarious, hedonistic romantic who gets drawn into »

- rleane

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Tom Hardy Says His Romcom Days Are Firmly Behind Him

12 September 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether it’s fighting prison guards butt naked in Bronson or engaging in a phone conversation for an entire 90 minutes in Stephen Knight’s atypical thriller, Locke, it’s fair to say that Tom Hardy’s acting resume is as diverse as they come. However, looking to the future, it seems as though the British actor’s time in the romantic comedy genre are irrefutably over.

After his role in McG’s critically-derided This Means War — which pitted Hardy against fellow spy Chris Pine for the attention of Reese Witherspoon…yes, really —  it appears his involvement in the 2012 flop was his first and last flirtation with the romcom in general.

Speaking with USA Today, the versatile actor spoke candidly about his mindset going forward:

“I love to do things I hadn’t done before,” said Hardy, before describing his experience making “This Means War.” “I didn’t understand how you »

- Michael Briers

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Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy on 'The Drop' and Their Unusual Bond

12 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy like each other. They really, really like each other.

That's never more apparent than in "The Drop," a gangster crime thriller starring the two intense young actors, as well as the late James Gandolfini (his last film). Rapace and Hardy ooze chemistry on-screen, and apparently it translates into real life as well.

Moviefone Canada spoke to them at the Toronto Film Festival, where they revealed that they actually look for movies starring each other. Hardy also talked about working with Gandolfini, and the two buddies reminisced about being on-set of "The Drop" together.

(Hardy was a bit late to the party -- but he showed up about 10 minutes into the interview.)

Moviefone Canada: Let's talk about that blonde hair. Is that for a movie role? [Noomi's hair is platinum blonde with pink streaks]

Noomi Rapace: [Laughs] I went dirty blonde for "Child 44," which I also did with Tom [Hardy] as well; I played a Russian. »

- Chris Jancelewicz

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Tom Hardy swears off romantic comedies after This Means War

12 September 2014 2:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hardy will not do another romantic comedy after This Means War.

The actor said that the McG-directed 2012 film put him off the genre.

"I love to do things I hadn't done before," Hardy told USA Today.

"I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won't do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?"

He starred with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine in This Means War, which centred around two spy friends vying over the same woman.

Hardy will next be seen in The Drop.

He will star in Mad Max: Fury Road and Child 44 next summer.

Watch a trailer for This Means War below: »

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Oscar-Winner Michael Douglas & Orlando Bloom Join Noomi Rapace In Michael Apted’s Unlocked

7 September 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas (Ant-Man, The Reach, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street) and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit franchise; the Lord of the Rings franchise; the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will join star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, Prometheus) in Unlocked, with Lorenzo Dibonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Salt, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) producing alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam.

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom will handle international sales on the new thriller directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.

Silver Reel (Under The Skin, The Railway Man, The Host) will finance and produce alongside Dibonaventura. Bloom is introducing the film to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival.

With principal photography beginning on November 3, Unlocked tells the story of a »

- Michelle McCue

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Gary Oldman Set For Man Down

4 September 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He might not think he’s famous any more, but infamous paper bag wearer Shia Labeouf is clearly not ready to give up the acting lark any time soon. He’s just part of the cast for the new thriller Man Down, which stars Gary Oldman and Kate Mara.A Guide To Recognising Your Saints' Dito Montiel is set to kick off shooting the film next month in New Orleans, using a script by Adam Simon. Man Down is set in a post-apocalyptic Us and focuses on a haunted Afghanistan war veteran searching for his family. It doesn’t exactly scream comedy sensation of the year, so we’re going for taut, affecting drama instead.Oldman, who was last seen battling intelligent simians in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, will next be part of Russia-set thriller Child 44, opposite Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. Labeouf, who also appeared in Montiel's aforementioned Saints, »

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Nikolaj Lie Kaas on The Keeper of Lost Causes

29 August 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Danish crime thriller The Keeper of Lost Causes, we had the pleasure of speaking to the film’s leading star, Nikolaj Lie Kaas. He discussed with us his own appreciation for the aforementioned genre, and how pleased he is to currently be part of a flourishing, Danish film industry. He also tells us why he loves his craft, and about his forthcoming endeavour, the star-studded drama Child 44.

Of course The Keeper of Lost Causes is based on a Jussi Adler-Olsen novel – was it one you were familiar with before signing up to the project?

No I hadn’t read anything by him before this, I came in to this by accident. But as I became connected to the project I read his books. Though there’s nothing wrong having your own image of how to portray someone, and when I saw the script there »

- Stefan Pape

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Sony In Talks To Adapt Richard Price’s The Whites

25 August 2014 5:56 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Over the years, American novelist and screenwriter Richard Price has seen many of his works make smooth transitions from the page to the screen. His book The Wanderers was adapted by Philip Kaufman into a now-iconic coming-of-age film, and Spike Lee’s take on Clockers earned strong reviews. Additionally, Price’s work as a screenwriter has been highly successful – among his accolades are an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay (for The Color of Money) and a Writers Guild of America Award (for HBO’s The Wire, on which he served as a writer). Now, Sony is betting on Price’s ability to deliver another strong drama by entering talks to adapt his upcoming work The Whites.

If a deal is made, super-producer Scott Rudin (Captain Phillips) will produce a film adaptation of the crime drama, the first written by Price under the pen name Harry Brandt. Set in New York City, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘The Killing’s’ Joel Kinnaman Signs With Wme

21 August 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joel Kinnaman has inked with Wme for representation.

He first broke out in the “Snabba Cash” film series before he was cast in his star-making role on the TV series “The Killing.”

The actor can be seen in the fourth season of “The Killing,” which is streaming on Netflix. He starred earlier this year in Sony and MGM’s “RoboCop.”

He has several films set to bow in the next year, including Summit’s “Child 44″ opposite Tom Hardy and “Run All Night” opposite Liam Neeson.

He continues to be managed by Shelly Browning of Magnolia and attorney Hansen Jacobson.

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- Justin Kroll

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Wme Signs Joel Kinnaman

21 August 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Wme has signed The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, the agency said in a wide announcement. The Stockholm-bred thesp crossed over stateside as the street-tough Detective Holder on AMC’s cop show and starred in MGM and Sony’s RoboCop reboot earlier this year. The Killing was revived for a fourth season on Netflix this month. Kinnaman, previously with CAA, stars opposite Liam Neeson in WB’s 2015 crime actioner Run All Night and has Summit/Lionsgate’s Child 44 with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace opening in April. The fast-ascending actor first broke out in his native Sweden thanks to roles in the Johan Falk film series and Daniel Espinosa’s Snabba Cash (Easy Money) trilogy. He also appeared in Espinosa’s English-language crime pic Safe House, Lola Versus, and David Fincher’s The Girl With THe Dragon Tattoo. Kinnaman continues to be repped by manager Shelley Browning at Magnolia and attorney Hansen Jacobson. »

- Jen Yamato

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