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In a push to bolster the Icelandic film and TV industry, “Everest” director Baltasar Kormákur is set to launch a 20,000 square-meter media village housing a big-scale film studio and a flurry of entertainment companies in Reykjavik.
The site, dubbed “film land” and acquired by Koramkur for 2.6 million Euros, is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital, by the ocean. Another piece of land regrouping industrial building will be added to the site, said Kormakur.
“The idea is to create a hub for the creative industries and bring together film, TV, music and gaming companies,” Kormakur told Variety. Secondly, said Kormakur, the goal is to attract more local and international productions. The national film school will also move to Film Land, said the helmer, whose directorial credits include Hollywood and Icelandic movies such as “Everest,” “The Deep” and “Two Guns.”
Iceland is already a popular destination for film and »
- Elsa Keslassy
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month. »
- Edward Douglas
Iceland's Baltasar Kormakur maintains something of a split personality ... at home he's the acclaimed director of a string of arthouse dramas and thrillers acclaimed around the globe while in Hollywood he aims for bigger, blockbuster fare like Contraband, Two Guns and Everest. So which impulse takes over when he takes to the small screen?Kormakur made an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September, premiering the debut episode of his Icelandic crime series Trapped. Taking some cues from the Nordic Noir wave this one is also clearly meant to play to an international audience as it plays in a mix of languages meaning we get a little bit of all of Kormakur's influences here, though those longing for a return to his...
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3 items from 2016
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