11 items from 2017
Situated as it is in the dank tail-end of a cold German winter, the Berlinale never attracts as much attention from awards-watchers as its fellow European majors Cannes and Venice: The former, after all, takes place in sunny spring climes, when everyone has recovered sufficiently from the last awards season to contemplate the next one, while the latter glamorously kicks off the gilded fall festivals, handing the baton to Telluride and Toronto. Berlin’s programming, meanwhile, is arguably the most proudly esoteric of the three, with an emphasis on newer filmmakers and underexposed filmmaking regions and demographics.
None of that, needless to say, is exactly music to Oscar pundits’ ears, but for the keen-eyed observer, Berlin annually turns up a few contenders that stay the course all the way to the following February. It’s rare for a Berlinale premiere to make quite as big a splash as Wes Anderson »
- Guy Lodge
Coinciding with the New York Toy Fair, Funko has unveiled its upcoming Pop! Vinyl figures for the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy epic The Dark Tower, featuring miniature Pop! versions of The Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey); take a look below…
The Dark Tower is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and stars Idris Elba (Luther) as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar) as the Man in Black, Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster) as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana, Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Richard Sayre, Michael Barbieri (Little Men) as Timmy, Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Arra Champignon and Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) in an as-yet-unrevealed role. It is set for release on July 28th. »
- Amie Cranswick
‘The Salesman’ (Courtesy: Amazon Studios and Cohen Media Group)
By: Carson Blackwelder
The one chance for the entire world to get involved with the Academy Awards has always been the best foreign language film category. Since any country can submit a film each year, though, that means the competition is intense. Let’s take a look at the countries that have snagged nominations this year and see how they’ve performed in the past in the hopes of shedding some light on what might happen come February 26.
This year the five nominees for best foreign language film are Land of Mine from Denmark, A Man Called Ove from Sweden, The Salesman from Iran, Tanna from Australia, and Toni Erdmann from Germany. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg lists The Salesman as the frontrunner in this category — obviously due to the film’s merits and also potentially due to its director, »
- Carson Blackwelder
BAFTA’s 2017 Ee British Academy Film Awards are taking place in London tonight, and Flickering Myth’s Sean Wilson is braving the cold to bring you coverage of the red carpet. Keep refreshing this post for updates…
See Also: Full list of nominations for the 2017 Ee British Academy Film Awards
See Also: Is It Time To Say Bye To The BAFTAs?
Here’s George McKay, Ee Rising Star nominee…
Luke Evans posing for a pic…
Bryce Dallas Howard looking a little chilly…
Daisy Ridley is all smiles…
Mel Brooks, BAFTA Fellowship recipient…
Tom Ford looking dapper…
Jamie Dornan sporting a beard…
Nicole Kidman greeting fans…
A Royal affair with Wills and Kate… »
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-pro is currently shooting in Croatia and Denmark.
Ambi Distribution has acquired worldwide sales rights (Scandinavia, Iceland and former Yugoslavia) to thriller The Guardian Angel, now shooting.
Writer-director Arto Halonen [pictured] is currently filming the Finnish-Danish-Croatian co-production on location in Croatia and Denmark.
The English-language film is based on the true story of Copenhagen’s Hypnosis Murders of 1951; a police investigation discovers that one man used manipulation and hypnosis to turn another man into a robber and a murderer.
“The story holds great interest for us today, not only as proof of the external power of controlling the human mind but also as it focuses on the visible and invisible manipulations acting upon us and affecting us as human beings,” said Halonen. “Focused on a single, fascinating case of an actual hypnosis crime, [link »
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Sneak Peek leaked set images from the new "Tomb Raider" feature, directed by Roar Uthaug, starring Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") as 'Lara Croft', based on the 2013 video game by Crystal Dynamics, opening March 16, 2018:
Vikander trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the School of American Ballet in New York.
She began her professional acting career appearing in Swedish television series, gaining recognition for her role as 'Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt' in the TV drama "Andra Avenyn" (2008–10).
Vikander made her feature film debut in "Pure" (2010), winning the 'Guldbagge Award' for 'Best Actress'.
...followed by the role of 'Queen Caroline Mathilde' in the Danish film "A Royal Affair", receiving a 'BAFTA Rising Star Award' nomination.
She then starred in the 2013 Swedish drama "Hotell" and in »
- Michael Stevens
ZDFneo, the German broadcaster Zdf’s digital channel aimed at viewers aged 25 to 49, has boarded crime-thriller series “Below the Surface” as a co-production partner with Sam Productions. The series will feature in the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Special Series on Feb. 15.
The eight-part series centers on a subway train beneath Copenhagen where 15 people are taken hostage by three masked, armed men. A terror taskforce, led by Philip Norgaard (Johannes Lassen) and Louise Falck (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen), is dispatched to rescue them, while reporter Naja Toft (Paprika Steen) acts as a go-between with the police as the captors bait the press with information about each hostage’s past. “For eight days the tense standoff grips Denmark, as those trapped underground lose all hope for survival,” according to a statement.
The series was originally commissioned by Discovery Networks for Denmark’s Kanal 5, where the series will debut in the spring. The »
- Leo Barraclough
Hulu reached a new multiyear output-licensing agreement with indie film distributor Magnolia Pictures, under which Hulu will obtain pay-tv window streaming rights to films to future releases starting in the second half of 2017.
The deal comes after Netflix’s output deal with Magnolia recently expired after three years. Under Hulu’s pact with Magnolia, films will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu following their theatrical run; the companies did not say how long the agreement will run.
“As we continue investing in the most valued and sought-after content, films are essential to that mix,” Craig Erwich, Hulu’s senior VP and head of content, said in a statement. “Magnolia Pictures continuously releases thought-provoking and award winning titles that we know our viewers will love.”
- Todd Spangler
Vikander trained as a ballet dancer at the 'Royal Swedish Ballet School' in Stockholm and the 'School of American Ballet' in New York. She appeared in Swedish short films and TV series, gaining recognition in Northern Europe for her role as 'Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt' in the TV drama series "Andra Avenyn" (2008–10).
Vikander made her feature film debut in "Pure" (2010), played 'Princess Kitty' in "Anna Karenina" and 'Queen Caroline Mathilde' in the Danish feature "A Royal Affair", earning a 'BAFTA Rising Star Award' nomination. She then starred in the Swedish drama "Hotell" (2013) and appeared in "The Fifth Estate" (2013).
- Michael Stevens
Dubois Records, in cooperation with Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece will release the Victoria – Original Soundtrack digitally on all music streaming platforms to coincide with the Us release of the television series on PBS this coming weekend. The album features the limited series’ original score by multi-bafta and Ivor Novello winning composer Martin Phipps (Woman In Gold, The Keeping Room) and Ruth Barrett (City Of Tiny Lights, Whitechapel) with vocals from the Mediaeval Baebes. Victoria was first aired on ITV in the UK on August 28, 2016.
Phipps says: “The idea was to give Victoria a dynamic voice, an explosive theme through which we could rejoice in her strength & courage. The Mediaeval Baebes were the perfect sound for this. With one foot in the classical world & one in the commercial, they gave Victoria the mixture of refinement & attitude I was after.”
Barrett says: “I started composing from episode 2, weaving in some of Martin »
- Michelle McCue
By: Carson Blackwelder
The greatest thing about the best foreign-language film category is the recognition of works from all around the world. Throughout the years, movies made outside the United States of America have gotten the recognition they deserve thanks to the implementation of this specific award. With the 2017 Oscars right around the corner, let’s take a look back at the distribution of nominations and wins across the seven continents that make up this big world we inhabit.
This year’s best foreign-language film contenders are: Toni Erdmann (Germany), The Salesman (Iran), Land of Mine (Denmark), A Man Called Ove (Sweden), Paradise (Russia), The King’s Choice (Norway), My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland), It’s Only the End of the World (Canada), and Tanna (Australia). This site’s namesake, The Hollywood’s Scott Feinberg, lists the first five of those as frontrunners and the other four as major threats. »
- Carson Blackwelder
11 items from 2017
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