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There is much black humour and people getting hit with stuffed animals in this macabre comedy from the writer of In a Better World
Anders Thomas Jensen is the Danish film-maker and screenwriter best known for his script collaborations with Susanne Bier on movies such as In a Better World, The Brothers and Love Is All You Need – he also co-wrote Kristian Levring’s western The Salvation. Here is his latest credit as writer-director: a gamey, tangy and strange gothic horror comedy carried off in a deadpan macabre style.
There is something distinctly nasty in the woodshed. Mads Mikkelsen and David Dencik star as Elias and Gabriel, two middle-aged half-brothers with weird mannerisms and what can charitably be described as undiagnosed learning difficulties. From a videotaped message left to them by their late father, they discover that they are adopted, and are the progeny of an elderly geneticist living on a remote Danish island. »
- Peter Bradshaw
A version of this story on “The Night Manager” first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s Miniseries/Movies Emmy Issue. Susanne Bier, the Danish director of the AMC miniseries “The Night Manager,” has made films that have been nominated for two Oscars, including the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film winner, “In a Better World.” But when the celebrated filmmaker was offered the television adaptation of the John Le Carré spy novel, she found she could not say no. “I have been attracted to television for a while now because there is just so much going right in television, »
- Joe Otterson
James Bond 25: Susanne Bier, who directed the Academy Award winning In a Better World (above), is on the short list of candidates to direct the next installment in the James Bond spy series. She recently directed the acclaimed spy miniseries The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, who is reportedly in talks to play James Bond. Bier also worked with Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre) on her 2007 movie Things We Lost in the Fire (below). [RadioTimes] Friday the 13th: Last we heard, Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) was hired to write a new script for a planned reboot of the Friday the 13th horror movie series. Now producer Brad Fuller says that the script features "an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela’s there, but it’s a little bit...
- Peter Martin
Now that Daniel Craig has all but bowed out of the title role, with director Sam Mendes following his fellow Englishman out the exit door, a flurry of rumors have swirled around MGM’s as-yet-untitled Bond 25 and, specifically, the talent that will steer the latest installment in the prestigious spy franchise into production.
Over the weekend, news emerged that The Avengers and High-Rise star Tom Hiddleston had reportedly opened talks to supplant Craig as 007, while Jamie Bell of the Fantastic Four was also tipped as one of the frontrunners. But according to the Radio Times, it is the former actor who is much closer to sealing the deal, potentially reuniting with Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) in the process.
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Should a deal fall into place – the outlet cautions that Bier is one of a “handful” of filmmakers being considered for the plum gig by »
- Michael Briers
James Bond 25: Susanne Bier (above), who directed the Academy Award-winning In a Better World, is on the short list of candidates to direct the next installment in the James Bond spy series. She recently directed the acclaimed spy miniseries The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, who is reportedly in talks to play James Bond. Bier also worked with Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre) on her 2007 movie Things We Lost in the Fire. [RadioTimes] Friday the 13th: Last we heard, Aaron...
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The hottest trend in Hollywood lately? Actresses saying they wanna be the next James Bond. Gillian Anderson, Priyanka Chopra, and Emilia Clarke have all made headlines in the past week or so with their interest in playing the British Secret Service Agent. A woman taking on the role of 007 doesn’t seem likely. But what’s more likely is a woman’s name on the director’s chair on the next James Bond set. Susanne Bier is reportedly on the shortlist for the directing gig for the follow-up to Spectre. Radio Times is reporting that Bier is among a “handful” of names being considered for the job by longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. It’s early yet in the process of finding the director who will inherit the franchise from Sam Mendes. “Shortlist” though it may be called, Broccoli and co. are probably considering lots of names right now. When »
- Emily Rome
Adding fuel to all the Tom Hiddleston as James Bond fire comes word that acclaimed Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier ("After the Wedding," "In a Better World") has made the shortlist as one of the leading contenders to direct the next entry in the 007 franchise.
RadioTimes broke the news, saying Bier is among a 'handful' of names making up producer Barbara Broccoli’s shortlist to inherit the directing gig from Sam Mendes who directed the last two and made it clear this week he's done with the franchise for now - much like its star Daniel Craig.
If Bier gets the job it would make her the first woman ever to helm a James Bond movie. Bier has just come off helming BBC1's acclaimed espionage drama series "The Night Manager" which starred Hiddleston in a mini-series which has frequently been dubbed as the actor's "audition for Bond" in numerous reviews. »
- Garth Franklin
Introducing the “worst man in the world.” That dubious honorific is bestowed on Hugh Laurie in AMC’s new six-part limited series “The Night Manager,” as he masterfully embodies Richard Onslow Roper, a charming yet cunningly ruthless international businessman.
Lifted straight from the 1993 John Le Carré novel on which the spy thriller is based, that line “is the sort of thing a child might say,” concedes executive producer Stephen Garrett. “With the people around the world we read about in newspapers on a daily basis, that’s quite a high bar.”
Yet perhaps even more daunting was the idea of adapting a 20-year-old spy thriller for modern audiences. Two previous efforts at translating the novel to the screen had failed. But this time out, Le Carré’s sons, Simon and Stephen Cornwell, with the help of screenwriter David Farr, tried a new approach: updating the Cold War action to the present day. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Cheep cheep cheep: Jensen’s Bizarre Family Reunion
Known for his incredibly prolific career as a screenwriter, penning several of Susanne Bier’s most internationally renowned films (including In a Better World, Brothers, and After the Wedding), Anders Thomas Jensen returns with the spectacularly weird Men and Chicken, the director’s first stint behind the camera since 2005’s Adam’s Apples (a black comedy about a priest interacting with a neo-Nazi sentenced to community service).
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- Nicholas Bell
Read More: Exclusive First Look: AMC's 'The Night Manager' Poster Reveals That Nothing Is Random AMC has released a new trailer for its six-part miniseries, "The Night Manager," starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. The show — the first TV adaptation of a John le Carré novel in more than two decades — stars Hiddleston in the title role, which you can be sure is a less unassuming job title than it sounds like. Also in the cast are Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. All six episodes will be directed by Susanne Bier, whose "In a Better World" won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film five years ago. Hiddleston plays Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier recruited by an intelligence officer (Colman) to infiltrate the arms trade run by a businessman who almost certainly claims to be perfectly legitimate (Laurie). The new footage hints at a game »
- Michael Nordine
Susanne Bier, director of the upcoming AMC miniseries “The Night Manager,” has slammed the sexism in the movie industry in an interview with BBC’s HARDtalk, criticizing Hollywood for excluding “talented women.”
“If film continues to not reflect the diversity of society, movies as an art form will die out,” said the director of the Oscar-winning Danish drama “In a Better World.”
Bier also announced her interest in joining the women-focused production company We Do It Together, which was set up with the aim of supporting work that challenges female stereotypes. Other backers include Jessica Chastain, Queen Latifah, Juliette Binoche, Freida Pinto and Amma Asante.
She suggested in a recent column for the Guardian that the Oscars should add a category for best female director.
“At its most cynical, this would reward the choices made by studios who consider the work of women filmmakers, while shaming those who do not, »
- Jacob Bryant
Scoring stellar reviews and strong ratings out of the United Kingdom, and set to launch on AMC in the U.S. on April 19th, the $28.7 million six-episode first season was helmed by Susanne Bier ("In a Better world") and penned by David Farr.
An adaptation of John Le Carre's novel, Hiddleston plays a former British Soldier who infiltrates the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) to uncover Roper’s unholy alliance with the West’s intelligence community.
The series aired on BBC One to eight million viewers - beating out rival ITV's "Doctor Thorne" series launch. Talks with the lead producers, Le Carre's sons Simon and Stephen Cornwell, for another six-episode season have reportedly reached "an advanced stage".
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
London — The producers of BBC-amc spy thriller “The Night Manager,” starring Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hugh Laurie, are in talks with the U.K. broadcaster to greenlight a second season after stellar ratings in the U.K. for the new show.
The £20 million ($28.7 million) six-episode first season, which launches in the U.S. on AMC on April 19, has been attracting up to 8 million viewers to its Sunday evening slot on flagship channel BBC One. The adaptation of John Le Carré’s novel even beat the latest drama series from “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, “Doctor Thorne.” Now it appears the public broadcaster wants more.
Talks with the lead producers, Le Carré’s sons Simon and Stephen Cornwell, for another six-episode season have reached “an advanced stage,” according to reports.
“The Night Manager” is the first television project to be produced by the Cornwells’ company, The Ink Factory, which was »
- Leo Barraclough
Variety speaks to former Kudos founder Stephen Garrett, whose credits include “Spooks” (known as “Mi-5” in the U.S.), “Hustle” and “Life on Mars,” about his partnerships involving novelist John le Carré and “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer.
On Sunday, Le Carré adaptation “The Night Manager,” which stars “Thor” thesp Tom Hiddleston and “House’s” Hugh Laurie, starts its run on the BBC, following a screening of its first episode on Thursday at the Berlin Film Festival. The six-part miniseries, which airs on AMC in the U.S. from April 19, is the product of a creative collaboration between Garrett and Le Carré’s sons, Simon and Stephen Cornwell.
Garrett explains that when his departure from Kudos was announced in 2014, the Cornwells got in touch right away to ask him to assist with “The Night Manager,” which is produced by their company The Ink Factory. Hiddleston and Laurie were already on board, »
- Leo Barraclough
Here’s the first trailer for The Night Manager, a six-part mini-series produced alongside BBC One and The Ink Factory and having its premiere on April 19 at 10 Pm Et/Pt. An update of John le Carré's spies-and-gangsters drama with a screenplay by e.p. David Farr and helmed by e.p. and Oscar winner Susanne Bier (In A Better World), it promises to bring together “love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality,” per AMC. The series follows former British… »
How could it have gone so wrong? That was the question many were asking about "Serena." From any perspective, it looked like a no-brainer success, with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper taking the lead roles in a Depression-era drama based on the best-selling book by Ron Rash. However, it seems from the moment cameras rolled in 2012, something was off. The buzz on the picture was not good; there were rumblings of behind-the-scenes turmoil; and two years later, the movie quietly premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, and the reviews were not kind. Director Susanne Bier ("After The Wedding," "In A Better World") survived the production, and is at the helm of highly anticipated upcoming series "The Night Manager" starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. But when asked about "Serena" by Variety, the filmmaker was candid about what led to the film's failure. Read More: BFI London Film Festival Review: Susanne Bier's. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of Scandinavia’s top directors, Susanne Bier was on hand at the Goteborg Film Festival to receive the Dragon Honorary Award. The helmer, who earned an Oscar nom for “After the Wedding” and won an Oscar for “In a Better World,” is now making her TV debut with the British-American spy series “The Night Manager,” which is based on John le Carré’s novel and stars Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman. The upbeat Danish-born director has been working in the Nordics and in the U.S. throughout her career, making character-driven, often heart-wrenching movies that explore themes such as grief and family disruption. Bier has made a few English-language pics with A-listers, such as “Things We Lost in the Fire” with Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro, and most recently “Serena,” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
How does it feel to receive this lifetime achievement now, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Goteborg — The 39th Goteborg Film Festival, Scandinavia’s biggest film fest, opened Friday Jan. 29 on a political note with the world premiere of “The Yard” during a ceremony attended by Sweden’s Culture Minister, Alice Bah Kuhnke.
Based on Kristian Lundberg’s autobiographical novel, “The Yards” turns on a financially-struggling writer who starts working at the Malmö docks along with low-wage laborers.
Jonas Holmberg, the artistic director of Göteborg, said the festival will play 450 films from 84 countries, representing a multitude of “individual voices that speak of the beauty, absurdity and horror of this world.”
“People may be building walls and borders right now but looking ahead at all the films that will play here during the next 11 days, it »
- Elsa Keslassy
London — Season two of “Better Call Saul,” “Love, Nina,” written by Nick Hornby, and Susanne Bier’s “The Night Manager,” based on John le Carre’s novel, are among the TV series selected for the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Special Series program.
In the second season of “Better Call Saul,” Jimmy McGill perfects his idiosyncratic interpretation of the law, bringing him even more in sync with the simpatico, albeit shady character from “Breaking Bad.”
“Love, Nina” explores 1980s London through the eyes of a young woman. “It’s a subtle look back at a society clinging doggedly to its traditional class divisions,” the fest said. Faye Marsay and Helena Bonham Carter star.
The Australian/New Zealand series “Cleverman, »
- Leo Barraclough
Six series from Denmark, Britain, Israel, Australia and the Us populate the line-up.
The six titles that will be shown in the 2016 Berlinale Special Series, the television offshoot of the Berlin Film Festival’s (Feb 11-21) Specials programme, have been revealed.
Amongst the line-up is Susanne Bier’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy thriller The Night Manager [pictured], which stars Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki and Tom Hollander and will be broadcast by the BBC in the UK and AMC in the USA.
Sj Clarkson’s Love, Nina, which has a script from Nick Hornby, is also on the list. The comedic miniseries stars Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Watkins, Joshua McGuire and 2015 Screen Star of Tomorrow Faye Marsay. The BBC will broadcast the series in the UK.
Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will have the international premiere of its second series at the festival.
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