Ewan McGregor leads the cast of the John Le Carre thriller, which will start shooting before summer. StudioCanal is handling international sales and distributing in the UK, France, Germany and Australia.
McGregor will star in the international spy thriller as one half of a couple who gets mixed up with a Russian oligarch and major money launderer. Caught up in his plans to defect, they are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service.
StudioCanal previously had a hit with another Le Carreadaptation, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Skarsgard has also »
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Oldman, who was born in London, has been living in California for a number of years.
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, he said: "I have lived in America for so long, my kids are American and that's what I hear around me every day.
"So I have little things that slip in that I don't notice so I had a voice coach. I had to brush up my English.
"You'd be Smiley then all of a sudden you'd hear a hard R or something, a weird sound would come out. I needed to have English lessons."
The actor recently teased a possible Tinker Tailor sequel, suggesting that it could be based on the book Smiley's People.
However, despite telling Norton that it would be "nice to play Smiley again »
Interview Ryan Lambie 7 Feb 2014 - 06:09
Gary Oldman: quite possibly the finest actor of his generation. A charismatic force of nature, capable of blazing through the screen as a central villain (like killer cop Norman Stansfield in Leon), or even in relatively small roles, like the bizarre Drexl Spivey in True Romance. Then there are the stunning character portrayals, like Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, or Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, or the troubled Jackie Flannery in the little-seen but wonderful State Of Grace.
Typecast for a time, at least in Hollywood, as the go-to villain type - see Air Force One, The Fifth Element or Lost In Space to name three - Oldman has since, as he puts it, "turned the ship around", and »
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Helmed by Justin Kurzel (“Snowtown”), “Macbeth” co-stars Paddy Considine (“The Bourne Ultimatum”), David Thewlis (“Harry Potter”), Sean Harris (“Prometheus”), Jack Reynor (“What Richard Did”), and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”). It will shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England.
Though offering a partly classic interpretation of Shakespeare’s play – “Macbeth,” a fearless warrior, is brought low by ambition – Kurzel’s big-screen adapration offers at least two newer elements. Another of Macbeth’s fatal flaws in Kurzel’s movie – not explored by Shakespeare – is all-consuming passion.
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Last summer it seemed Gary Oldman would finally end the long wait for his sophomore directorial outing in a grand fashion with his “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes all lined up for roles in the Eadweard Muybridge biopic “Flying Horse.” Despite the talent lined up, however, the film appears to be at an impasse. In an interview with Absolutely Magazine (via Bleeding Cool), Oldman reveals that even a film starring Voldemort, Khan and Commissioner Gordon — and now including Amanda Seyfried — cannot muster enough funding. “The script doesn’t fit their model,” “The Dark Knight” actor explained, before adding: “You need someone who will actually be a risk taker. It’s set in San Francisco but you could save yourself $100k if you do three weeks in Romania and then you get a tax subsidy if you do a week in Ireland. It’s fucking eye-crossing! »
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When Anton Corbijn’s latest film opened with dour visuals and Phillip Seymour Hoffman deadpanning his dialogue through a wobbly German accent, I was a little concerned. Fortunately, this concern turned out to be mostly misplaced as A Most Wanted Man proved to be a brooding, slow-paced thriller that managed to hold my attention without resorting to bombast. Chances are if you enjoyed Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, then this latest Le Carré adaptation will be right up your (grey filtered) street.
Hoffman takes on the role of Günther Bachmann, the head of a shady Hamburg-based anti-terror unit reduced to playing dirty when Issa Karpov, a former Al Qaeda member, appears from the blue and lays claim to his father’s fortune. The narrative is bounced between Bachman’s investigation and Karpov’s increasingly desperate attempts to evade his clutches (aided by Rachel McAdams’ spiky lawyer), with the »
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Swedish director, producer and journalist Tarik Saleh got his start in the early 1990s as one of his country’s most prominent graffiti artists. Since then, Saleh has gone on to co-direct documentaries including 2001’s “Sacrificio – Who Betrayed Che Guevara” and “Gitmo – The New Rules of War” in 2005. “Metropia,” the animated feature Saleh directed in 2009, premiered as the opening film at the critic week in Venice. Saleh is also a co-founder of the Swedish production company Atmo. His current thriller, “Tommy,” starring Ola Rapace and Lykke Li, switches gears as Saleh transitions from the docu format to fiction. Based on actual events, “Tommy” tells the story of a robbery at an airport and offers a more in-depth portrayal of the women in Sweden’s crime world. The flick will close the Goteborg Int’l film festival and bows in Swedish theaters in March. Variety talked to Saleh during the festival. »
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Now that Damian Lewis is Nick Brody no more, the former "Homeland" star is heading to "Wolf Hall." The PBS-bbc drama is a six-part TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels, "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies." Lewis is in talks to star as Henry VIII. Fine Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance is already on board, playing the King's ruthless counselor Thomas Cromwell. Meanwhile, Peter Kominsky ("White Oleander," 1992's "Wuthering Heights") is helming the series, while Peter Straughan (one half of the Oscar-nominated writing duo of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") is penning. Lewis also has Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman as writer-archaeologist Gertrude Bell and Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence, in the works, shooting in Morocco. »
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Erstwhile Homeland star Damian Lewis could step into the role of King Henry VIII in BBC Two and Masterpiece‘s major adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning historical fiction novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. Mark Rylance is playing Thomas Cromwell in the six-part serial and Deadline has confirmed that Lewis is in talks for the role of the Tudor King. A deal is not yet closed. The Daily Mail first reported word of the “complex negotiations.” Lewis is currently filming Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert with Nicole Kidman. The Wolf Hall project is due to start shooting in the spring. It follows Cromwell’s rise from the lowly son of a blacksmith to becoming Henry’s closest advisor. BAFTA-winning helmer Peter Kosminsky is directing from a script by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Peter Straughan. Wolf Hall is a co-production from Company Pictures, »
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Set in New York in 1981, an immigrant and his family try to grow their heating oil business and their ambition collides with the crime wave that swept the city that year. Brooks will play Isaacs’ character’s attorney. [Source: Deadline]
Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson have joined the cast of Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman's "Ten Thousand Saints". Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld also star in the film which just began filming in New York.
An adaptation of the Eleanor Henderson novel, the story is set on New York's Lower East Side in the 1980s and is a coming-of-age story that follows three screwed-up young people and their equally screwed-up parents. »
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Deadline reports that the distributor has acquired North American rights to the film, and will be eyeing a release this summer.
The first clip from the film surfaced just ahead of its bow out in Park City, giving an ingenious little taste of the film.
Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara. Frank’s uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating…and because he wears a giant fake head. After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band members, and they »
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Exclusive: Anna Karenina star in talks to play lead in Rotterdam CineMart project.
Alicia Vikander, the Swedish star of Anna Karenina and A Royal Affair, is in talks to play the female lead in Iffr CineMart project Alina, to be directed by Björne Larson and expected to shoot later this year.
The film is produced by Helena Danielsson of Hepp Film International Ab
David Dencik, the Swedish-Danish actor who co-starred in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is also in the frame to appear in the film, which will be executive produced by Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Child 44).
Alina is a thriller in the mould of The Godfather. It is based on the play The Fourth Month by Björn Boström. Mogens Rukov (Festen) is the script consultant on the film which is co-scripted by Larson.
The $3m drama is about a young man forced to to choose between his love for his for his sister and the deadly »
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After premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, two films have been acquired for theatrical release.
Sony Pictures Classics announced Friday that they have acquired all North American, German, and Scandinavian rights to Ira Sachs’ feature Love Is Strange starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a longtime couple who lose their New York City home shortly after getting married and, as a result, must live apart, relying on friends and family to make ends meet. ”Filmmaker Ira Sachs, one of our most acute observers of humanity in modern times, has made his most accomplished film featuring two of the greatest »
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Magnolia Pictures has picked up the North American rights to Frank, the dark and weird comedy that features Michael Fassbender in a headmask throughtout the movie. Magnolia is eyeing a summer 2014 theatrical release. The movie premiered at Sundance and was directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did). Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) wrote the script. The movie follows Domhnall Gleeson as a wannabe musician who ends up in a fringe rock band led by the strange Frank (Fassbender), a musical genius who hides inside a fake head. Among the
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Variety calls it a "weird and wonderful musical comedy" and the Daily Telegraph says Frank is "off-beat and punk-spirited," and Magnolia Pictures was impressed enough with its debut at Sundance that they picked up the North American distribution rights. Frank was directed by Lenny Abrahamson from a script by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and stars Michael Fassbender in a huge papier-mache head.
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Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to the offbeat Sundance comedy “Frank,” which stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the title character, the company announced Friday. Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”) directed from a script by Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare At Goats”) and Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”). Magnolia is eyeing a summer 2014 theatrical release for the film. Sundance: Sundance: ‘Happy Christmas’ With Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham Picked Up by Magnolia, Paramount Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by. »
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[Press Release] Park City, Ut (January 24, 2014) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Frank, an offbeat comedy that just had its world premiere to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Garage, Adam & Paul), the film was written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Frank stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant fake head at all times. Frank was produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee, and executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams. »
- Pietro Filipponi
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Frank , an offbeat comedy that just had its world premiere to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson ( What Richard Did , Garage , Adam & Paul ), the film was written by Jon Ronson ( The Men Who Stare at Goats ) and Peter Straughan ( Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ). Frank stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant fake head at all times. Frank was produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee, and executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams. Frank is an Element »
Amir here to kick off We Can’t Wait!, a week-long series by Team Experience on our most anticipated films of 2014. The title is pretty much self-explanatory. We voted as a group and, starting tomorrow, each of us will cover one of the films that ended up on our top ten 14 list. Before that, however, let’s take a quick look at some of the films that were placed highly on our individual ballots but failed to make the final list. You may remember that I posted my own personal list of most anticipated films in this space previously. Let’s hear from the rest of the Team…
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Noah Baumbach’s upcoming Untitled Public School Project, starring and co-written with his diligent muse and recurring collaborator Greta Gerwig, sounded to me like Greta-and-Noah’s Up the Down Staircase, a little-remembered 1968 drama in which Sandy Dennis stars as a fresh-faced, »
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John Le Carré adaptations can be hit-and-miss affairs: not all of them can be Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But we have faith in Anton Corbijn, the man behind Control and The American, who has directed A Most Wanted Man. The first clip from the film, which premiered in Sundance at the weekend, is now online. A Most Wanted Man finds Philip Seymour Hoffman playing rogue German counter-terrorism expert Gunter Bachmann. He’s trying to track down half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), who may or may not be part a militant jihadist group in post-9/11 Hamburg. Issa has access to a very private bank account containing a legacy of dubious origin and it's not long before British, German and American intelligence agencies are paying close attention.To try to find his man, Gunter interrogates human rights lawyer Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams), and things just get more complicated from there. »
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