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‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa on the ‘Green Screen Disease’ and Long Takes [Interview]

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‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa on the ‘Green Screen Disease’ and Long Takes [Interview]
Daniel Espinosa made his directorial debut with Easy Money, originally called Snabba Cash. His Scorsese-presented gangster pic has an aggressive atmosphere, and it ultimately helped him land his second feature and first studio gig, Safe House. Since then, he’s directed Child 44 – a movie that reportedly had some difficulties – and his latest film, Life. Espinosa’s sci-fi horror thriller, which […]

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Life: Director Daniel Espinosa On The Outer Space Thriller

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Swedish director Daniel Espinosa might have been another foreign filmmaker working in obscurity until his film Snabba Cash (Easy Money) caught the attention of Hollywood, and he was hired to helm Safe House, an action-thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington that became a huge hit over here. (Espinosa’s next movie, the psychological thriller Child 44, failed to find much of an audience, more due to poor marketing than anything else.)

Now, Espinosa is back with Life, an outer space thriller starring Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and more, which looks at what it might be like if life was discovered on Mars, and what might happen if that life turns out to be hostile. For the astronauts of the Iss (International Space Station), it becomes a life or death situation as a single cell organism starts growing and becoming stronger and smarter, as they have to figure out
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Interview: Joel Kinnaman on Edge Of Winter and Why He's Drawn to Flawed Characters

In the taut wilderness thriller Edge of Winter, Joel Kinnaman plays an unemployed, single dad with seething personal issues and more than a bit of a mean streak. It's another complex character in an increasingly long line of layered performances by Kinnaman, who always manages to bring humanity to his roles, no matter how flawed the characters may be.   After his breakout role in the Swedish crime thriller Easy Money (aka Snabba Cash), Kinnaman came to widespread attention for his portrayal of detective Holder in AMC's The Killing. Now, like many actors these days, he seems comfortable sliding between Hollywood tentpoles like Robocop and Suicide Squad, independent productions like Edge of Winter and even television with roles on House of Cards and the streaming service's upcoming cyberpunk show...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Scandi Major Svensk Rebrands to Expand International Scope (Exclusive)

Paris — With the Nordic film and TV industry gaining more clout abroad, Scandi powerhouse Svensk Filmindustri is set to rebrand as Sf Studios as part of a move to leverage its worldwide ties and dive deeper into international production.

The banner, which has output deal with MGM, Fox, Warner, Stx and Studiocanal, will also be launching a U.K. office by the end of the year with soon-to-be-announced high-profile U.K. execs.

“The U.K. boasts a strong pool of creators and producers. Especially in London where there’s a cluster of talent. For Sf Studios, London is a very strategic base to develop and co-produce upscale English-language thrillers and work with local exec producers, producers and renown sales agents,” the company CEO Jonas Fors told Variety, adding that Sf Studios will gather all of the group’s sub brands and businesses.

One of the first drama series that will
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Harry Styles and More Join Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’; Christoph Waltz Joins Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

If I had to name the film that’s causing agents the greatest amount of stress about their young, male British clients’ future — I don’t know why I have to name that film, but let’s just go with this for a second — it would be Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk, an IMAX-shot World War II actioner that Warner Bros. have given a prime summer spot on their 2017 slate. Although it already may have leads in the form of Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and Tom Hardy, its large ensemble will primarily consist of unknowns — which is to say, “multiple opportunities for young, male British actors.”

And so Deadline has an update on its casting process, first telling us Jack Lowden (’71) has been eyed for one of two lead roles while Aneurin Barnard (with whom Lowden co-starred in the recent War & Peace miniseries adaptation) is also in talks. Then there’s
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Jake Gyllenhaal Joins Sci-Fi Thriller Life, Which Has A Stellar Cast

When you release the biggest movie of the year (at least up to this point), one that could possibly revamp the way studios approach superhero movies (the R-rated option is being discussed far more than a few months ago), what do you do for an encore? Well, if you.re Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, you pen the sci-fi thriller Life. The project has already attracted some top shelf talent, but it just added another in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal. Daniel Espinosa, the man behind Snabba Cash and Safe House, will direct Life, and Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal has just joined the science fiction party. And he.s only the latest big name to sign up, as Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has agreed to reteam with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Mission: Impossible.Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson has also been cast in a
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Jake Gyllenhaal Joins Ryan Reynolds & Rebecca Ferguson In Sci-Fi 'Life' From 'Deadpool' Writers

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“If with 'Deadpool' the goal was to make you laugh, with ‘Life’ the goal is to make you sweat,” co-writer Rhett Reese recently told us about the movie he penned with Paul Wernick. The duo, who are still basking in the smash success of "Deadpool," move in a totally different direction with their upcoming sci-fi flick, and it just got a whole lot more interesting with this latest cast addition. Read More: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Star Rebecca Ferguson To Lead Sci-Fi 'Life' From 'Deadpool' Writers Jake Gyllenhaal is joining Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson in the project. Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House") is directing "Life," which centers on the crew of an international space station who come across life from Mars that is more intelligent than expected. Judging by what Reese teases, what they find perhaps won't be too friendly. It's a heckuva trio for this one,
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Watch: 34-Minute Talk With 'Deadpool' Writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds Reteams With Pair For 'Life'

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If you've got a good thing going, don't rock the boat. Anyone would with an eye on the bottom line understands that sentiment, and everyone involved with the massive success of "Deadpool" this weekend is eager to get rolling on the next movie. Ryan Reynolds in particular has writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to thank for crafting him a great role, not to mention reviving his career, so it makes sense he'll star in another movie written by the pair. Read More: 'Deadpool' Starrring Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein And Gina Carino Deadline reports that Reynolds has joined the cast for the sci-fi project "Life," for which Rebecca Ferguson is slated to star. Set to be directed by Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House"), the Wernick- and Reese- penned story centers on the crew of an international space station who come across life on Mars.
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'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' Star Rebecca Ferguson To Lead Sci-Fi 'Life' From 'Deadpool' Writers

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The future keeps getting brighter for "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" star Rebecca Ferguson. She's currently filming "The Snowman" with Michael Fassbender, and later this year will appear in the already anticipated thriller "The Girl On The Train," not to mention she already has "Florence Foster Jenkins" with Meryl Streep in the can. But now the rising actress is getting her first major lead role. Read More: The 20 Best Breakthrough Performances Of 2015 Variety reports she'll star in the sci-fi feature "Life" for director Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House"). Penned by "Deadpool" scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the story centers on the crew of an international space station who come across life from Mars that is more intelligent than expected. Presumably it leads to some unexpected consequences. No word yet on when production will begin, but it's an intriguing premise. And...
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Vincent Piazza and Patricia Arquette Rob the Mob In Trailer for Scorsese-Backed ‘The Wannabe’

It’s hardly uncommon for New Hollywood figureheads to support (often in the executive producer position) a project by young, up-and-coming filmmakers that recalls their own work. If only that list – which includes the Transformers series, Super 8 (Spielberg both), Willow (George Lucas), the Jeepers Creepers series (Francis Ford Coppola), and Snabba Cash (Martin Scorsese) – was a little better. (Our favorite example? Last year’s The Better Angels, which has Terrence Malick’s stamp of approval.) But the endorsement should count for something. Should.

It’s Scorsese’s executive producer credit that’s compelling us to share this trailer for The Wannabe, a New York-set, Gotti-era mob movie that features his (relatively speaking) Boardwalk Empire stars Vincent Piazza and Patricia Arquette. Reviews from its Tribeca showing have been respectful at best and shrugging at worst, which is, in some sense, perceivable from this preview — a bit of work that almost seems
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Child 44 Review

It’s hard to dislike Tom Hardy as an actor. Whatever cinematic challenge he takes on, from atypically brainy blockbusters like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises to taut dramas like Bronson and Locke, he always gives it his all, digging under his character’s skins with a diligence and canniness that elevates him above possibly any other actor of his generation. Along the way, he’s found particular success in embodying strong, silent types, the kinds of men who more resemble wild animals than well-mannered gentlemen. Hardy’s characters are like caged wolves – as much as you want to reach in and pet them, you might lose your hand if you do.

In Child 44, the actor is up to his usual tricks. As Leo Demidov, a dedicated security officer tasked with cracking down on traitors in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hardy plays another hardened man’s man,
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Child 44 review

  • Den of Geek
Tom Rob Smith's acclaimed novel Child 44 comes to the movies with Tom Hardy in the lead. Here's our review...

How does a state where 'there is no crime' handle an act like murder when it occurs not once but dozens of times? The answer is that the state – in this case, post-World War II Stalinist Russia – creates an 'official' story and buries the truth as capitalist propaganda.

That’s what happens in Child 44, the new political thriller based on the first in a trilogy of novels by Tom Rob Smith. Tom Hardy stars as Mgb agent Leo Demidov, who is busy at his job of routing out political dissidents when two major challenges come into his life: he is asked to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor, and also stumbles upon a series of grisly child killings that seem to stretch across 20 years
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Directors: Colin Trevorrow Opens 'Book Of Henry,' Armando Ianucci Tackles 'David Copperfield,' And More

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Until now, Daniel Espinosa has generally been known for gritty genre fare ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House," the upcoming "Child 44"), but for his next jaunt he's boldly going to outer space. The director is in talks to helm "Morningstar" for Warner Bros. The plot details of the script by David Birke ("Gacy," "13 Sins") are being kept under wraps, but it is said to have the vibe of a Cold War thriller and involve "world building." So basically, it sounds like it's an opportunity for Espinosa to expand the wheelhouse he's already in. [The Wrap] While yet another take on "David Copperfield" hardly sounds exciting, our interest is certainly piqued with Armando Ianucci ("Veep," "The Thick Of It") behind the camera. He'll helm a new take on the Charles Dickens classic with BBC Films honcho Christine Langan saying Ianucci's “sensibility usually runs very clearly through all his work. This won’t...
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Daniel Espinosa Lights The Morningstar

Daniel Espinosa Lights The Morningstar
He flirted with the Assassin's Creed movie for a while, but Daniel Espinosa's desire to move off real-world thrillers and into something with a bit of a sci-fi tinge has ultimately led him in a different direction. He's in talks to direct Warner Bros.' top secret Morningstar project, from a screenplay by David Birke (13 Sins).Espinosa previously made the international hit Snabba Cash, followed by his mainstream debut Safe House, with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. Most recently he's been at work on Child 44, based on Tom Rob Smith's novel and sporting the pitch-hitting cast of Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Vincent Cassel. Ridley Scott is among the producers.In short, his is becoming an increasingly safe pair of hands where real-world thrillers are concerned, so something fantastical that calls for "world building" is a surprising tangent. While nothing is known about Morningstar's story,
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Paradigm Talent Agency Signs Icelandic Helmer Baldvin Z (Exclusive)

Paradigm Talent Agency Signs Icelandic Helmer Baldvin Z (Exclusive)
Paris — Underscoring its ambition to tap into the growing Nordic filmmakers pool, Paradigm talent agency has signed Baldvin Z, an up-and-coming Nordic helmer whose sophomore feature “Life in a Fishbowl” repped Iceland in the foreign-language Oscar race.

On top of becoming Iceland’s highest-grossing local movie in 2014, “Life in a Fishbowl” won a record 12 Edda Awards (Iceland’s top film honor). The movie even surpassed Baltasar Kormákur’s “The Deep,” which won 11 Edda nods in 2013, and outearned all Hollywood movies, including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” at the Icelandic box office.

Set in pre-recession Iceland, the multilayered drama follows three characters leading double lives: a struggling single mother, an ex-footballer fast-tracking in the banking world and a troubled writer who has turned into a full-time drunk.

“Life in a Fishbowl” has already sparked interest to remake it a “True Detective”-inspired series that would introduce a new cast each season.

Baldvin
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Paradigm Talent Agency Signs Icelandic Helmer Baldvin Z (Exclusive)

Paradigm Talent Agency Signs Icelandic Helmer Baldvin Z (Exclusive)
Paris — Underscoring its ambition to tap into the growing Nordic filmmakers pool, Paradigm talent agency has signed Baldvin Z, an up-and-coming Nordic helmer whose sophomore feature “Life in a Fishbowl” repped Iceland in the foreign-language Oscar race.

On top of becoming Iceland’s highest-grossing local movie in 2014, “Life in a Fishbowl” won a record 12 Edda Awards (Iceland’s top film honor). The movie even surpassed Baltasar Kormákur’s “The Deep,” which won 11 Edda nods in 2013, and outearned all Hollywood movies, including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” at the Icelandic box office.

Set in pre-recession Iceland, the multilayered drama follows three characters leading double lives: a struggling single mother, an ex-footballer fast-tracking in the banking world and a troubled writer who has turned into a full-time drunk.

“Life in a Fishbowl” has already sparked interest to remake it a “True Detective”-inspired series that would introduce a new cast each season.

Baldvin
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Tyrese Gibson to Lead 'Desert Eagle' Action Flick at Universal Next

Just after we learned that Fast & Furious franchise star Tyrese Gibson was trying really hard to land the lead role in the eventual reboot of Green Lantern at Warner Bros. Pictures, the actor is heading to the studio that made the first adaptation of the DC Comics superhero for his next project. Deadline has word that Gibson is attached to star in Desert Eagle, an action spec script that the actor/rapper wrote with Mike Le. The story follows two border patrol agents sent to investigate a drug cartel being operated out of a Native American reservation casino. That sounds kind of like an old school thriller premise from the 90s. The script will now be rewritten by Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell (they also wrote the remake of Snabba Cash in development) with Ted 2 producer Scott Stuber on board as well, but the original script should be a
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Universal Revs Action Script ‘Desert Eagle’ For ‘Furious 7’s Tyrese Gibson

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Universal Revs Action Script ‘Desert Eagle’ For ‘Furious 7’s Tyrese Gibson
Exclusive: Looking to get more mileage out of its relationship with Furious 7 star Tyrese Gibson, Universal Pictures has optioned Desert Eagle, an action spec scripted by Gibson and Mike Le. The plan is for it to serve as a star vehicle for the actor-musician. They’ve hired Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell to rewrite the script. Ted 2‘s Scott Stuber will produce via his Bluegrass Films banner. Gibson will be exec producer through his Voltron Filmz.

In Desert Eagle, a pair of border patrol agents investigate a drug cartel being operated out of a Native American reservation casino. Gibson last starred in 2013’s Fast & Furious 6, which grossed $788 million worldwide, as well as Fox Searchlight’s Black Nativity. Aside from reprising his Roman Pierce role in Furious 7, he co-stars with Jake Gyllenhaal in the Antoine Fuqua-directed Southpaw and opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in the
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'Child 44' Trailer Starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman

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'Child 44' Trailer Starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman
Don't be too disappointed that you won't see Tom Hardy in the DC Comics movie Suicide Squad. He has plenty of upcoming projects to get excited about, including the new crime thriller Child 44, which finds him on the hunt for an elusive killer. Summit Entertainment has released the first trailer for this taut drama, which is hitting theaters this April.

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia,Child 44&#160chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo's psychopathic rival Vasili
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Watch: Tom Hardy & Gary Oldman Face Off In The First Trailer For Thriller ‘Child 44’

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We're still waiting for Swedish-raised filmmaker Daniel Espinosa to make good on the promise of his 2010 thriller "Snabba Cash" (aka "Easy Money"). The movie launched the international career of Joel Kinnaman (2013’s “RoboCop”) and made Espinosa a much in-demand filmmaker for Hollywood studios —after juggling several offers, he directed “Safe,” starring Denzel Washington. But will Espinosa become of those acclaimed foreign filmmakers who devolve into the anonymous Hollywood hackwork (like, ahem, Baltasar Kormákur)? Maybe Espinosa will fare a little bit better with his upcoming film “Child 44.” Based on the first novel in author Tom Rob Smith’s trilogy featuring disgraced Mgb Agent Leo Demidov investigating a series of gruesome child murders in Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union, the movie stars Tom Hardy as Demidov and co-stars Noomi Rapace, Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Vincent Cassel. Here's the official synopsis: A politically-charged serial killer...
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