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New James Bond Movie ‘Spectre’ Expected To Spend More Than $60 Million On Rome Shoot

12 December 2014 6:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — With cameras rolling in London on “Spectre,” Rome is now preparing to host the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise for five weeks of shooting due to start in the Italian capital in mid-February 2015 and expected to bring a local windfall of roughly Euros 50 million ($62 million).

That is a substantial chunk of MGM’s reported more than $300 million budget for “Spectre,” according to hacked Sony emails. The sum, reported by Rome daily La Repubblica, will go for complicated car chases, parachute drops and helicopter scenes, set in different parts of the Eternal City. A large stretch of one of Rome’s main avenues, the Via Nomentana, will be closed to traffic for several nights and lit up night-for-day.

Rome/Lazio Film Commission topper Luciano Sovena told La Repubblica that “Spectre” will cause limited disruption to the lives of regular Romans because most of the shooting will take place at night. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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A Most Wanted Man movie review: intelligence afterscape

6 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A smart, classy, slow-burn thriller made up of the stuff of authentic spy work and plenty of bitter irony about modern geopolitics. I’m “biast” (pro): love Philip Seymour Hoffman (and the rest of the fab cast)

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Oh. For some reason I thought this tale of weary intelligence officers was set in East Berlin in the 1970s. Maybe it was the profusion of cheap suits and the grimy colors of the trailer. Maybe it was the fact that it’s based on a John le Carré novel. (I always associate him with Cold War spies, but this book was published in 2008.) Anyway, though director Anton Corbijn’s (The American) production does feel — in a deliciously thrilling way — more like one of those slow-burn spy dramas set decades ago, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'A Most Wanted Man' (2014) Movie Review

28 October 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Had a film the caliber of A Most Wanted Man been made in the late '60s or early '70s, with a name such as Jean-Pierre Melville or Alan J. Pakula, directing it would already be a part of the Criterion Collection, celebrated for the last 40 years as a classic. Whether it will stand so tall 40 years from now is a mystery, but digging into a film of this nature in the midst of today's modern cinematic age is pure joy for cinema lovers, and it's the third film in a row from director Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) deserving of such lofty praise. Adapted from John le Carre's novel of the same name by screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), A Most Wanted Man is a slow burn, spy thriller examining a post 9/11 world wherein the idea of friend or foe is a blurry, political mess and the »

- Brad Brevet

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's First Wedding Pictures Revealed—See the Stunning Shots!

30 September 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

What a beautiful bride and groom! George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got married on Sept. 27 in Venice, Italy. They sold the rights to the wedding photos, which are being published by People in the United States and Hello! internationally. The American magazine features three photos on its cover, giving fans of the newlyweds the first look at the 36-year-old bride wearing her custom Oscar de la Renta French lace wedding gown, which featured hand-embroidered pearl and diamanté accents, an off-the-shoulder neckline and a full circular train. "He's such an elegant designer and such an elegant man," the attorney raves. George looked sharp, too, wearing a black tuxedo in ultra-fine wool/cashmere from Giorgio »

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A Most Wanted Man Review

12 September 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Based on John La Carré's novel of the same name, A Most Wanted Man sees Anton Corbijn (The American, Control) craft a slick and engrossing espionage thriller, tackling the War on Terror with a deft and cynical touch. Hamburg is our setting, and the story kicks off when Issa Karpov (Grigory Dobrygin), a Chechen refugee sneaks into the city illegally, immediately coming to the attention of a covert anti-terror group, led by Gunther Bachman (Philip Seymour Hoffman). With Issa believed to be a dangerous terrorist, Bachman's investigates, leading him to believe the young refugee can lead him to a bigger threat. A Most Wanted Man unspools slowly, ratcheting up the tension from the opening frame. The movie is a wonderful slow burn, and the bleak atmosphere envelops you completely as the story takes its time with setting up all the characters and motivations. It plays fast and loose with your expectations, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Top 10 “One Last Job” Scenes

11 September 2014 4:02 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With November Man out, excitement for Pierce Bosnan’s return to spying is at an all-time high for many James Bond fans. November Man, based on the seventh installment of Bill Granger’s book series called There Are No Spies, is about ex- CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Bosnan). While living a quiet life in Switzerland, Devereaux is ejected out of retirement for one last mission. Although the concept of the “one last mission/job” is not a new concept for Hollywood, it definitely has its place in cinema history, branching out to a wide range of reasons why our beloved characters are being pulled back into their past lives. From a retiree’s last gig, to the bad-boy-gone-good-and-then-bad-again mission, to the revenge premise, mythology of the ex-professional can surely delight and excite us to champion our heroes for one last fight. Here are scenes from ten incredible “one last job” films, »

- Christopher Clemente

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Movie Review – A Most Wanted Man (2014)

9 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

 A Most Wanted Man, 2014.

Directed by Anton Corbijn.

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Robin Wright, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Derya Alabora and Nina Hoss.

Synopsis:

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

Sodden, dishevelled and alone a young man (Grigoriy Dobrygin) pulls himself from the River Elbe. In the grey dawn of a Hamburg morning Gunther Bachmann (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) sits across from his colleague Irna Frey (Nina Hoss). A cramped office divided neatly down the centre, piles of papers, reminders pinned across the walls and a comfortable silence between them.

Soon CCTV footage featuring this very same young man (Grigoriy Dobrygin) in conversation will cause a domino effect. Bachmann (Seymour Hoffman) and his team will become embroiled with CIA operative Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright), banker Tommy Brue (Willem Dafoe) and human rights lawyer Anna Richter (Rachel McAdams »

- Gary Collinson

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Before I Go to Sleep movie review: memento worry

5 September 2014 5:47 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

When it finally collapses under the weight of its own preposterousness, this would-be elegant thriller becomes a cheap retrograde melodrama. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

And here I was all excited about an stylish and elegant thriller with a woman at its center, with a vaguely science-fictional conceit that works as a potent metaphor for some women’s unpleasant romantic experience. Except that was only the first half of the movie. And then Before I Go to Sleep had to throw that all away.

Ten years ago, 40ish Christine (Nicole Kidman: Grace of Monaco, The Railway Man) had an accident that left her with a weird form of amnesia: she can only remember stuff that happened today. Every morning when she wakes up, her »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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'Mr. Holmes' Starring Ian McKellan Lands at Miramax

3 September 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).

The film, based on the novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin and adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova, Stage Beauty), is currently in post-production.

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.

"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »

- MovieWeb

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Toronto: Ian McKellen’s ‘Mr. Holmes’ Finds U.S. Distribution

3 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a pre-Toronto move, Miramax has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Ian McKellen’s “Mr. Holmes” and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution.

The film, currently in post-production following a seven-week shoot in England, re-teams McKellen with director Bill Condon, a decade and a half after their collaboration on “Gods and Monsters.” Laura Linney also stars.

The film is based on the novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” by Mitch Cullin and adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher.

Producers are Anne Carey (“The American”) of Archer Gray Productions and “The King’s Speech” producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Executive producers are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Christine Langan on behalf of BBC Films, which is also co-financing, and Amy Nauiokas for Archer Gray.

The film is set in 1947 when an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from Japan, »

- Dave McNary

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Toronto: Fortissimo Shoots Hal Hartley’s ‘Ned Rifle,’ ‘Theeb’

15 August 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has picked up international sales rights to Hal Hartley’s comedy drama “Ned Rifle” and to Middle Eastern action film “Theeb.”

Ned Rifle,” is the final installment in Hartley’s dysfunctional family trilogy which started with “Henry Fool” and “Fay Grim.” It sees a son emerge from the witness protection program with the sole aim of killing his father.

The film, which has its world premiere in Toronto’s Special Presentation section, stars Liam Aiken, Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak. Fortissimo has all rights outside North America.

Appearing in Toronto, but premiering in Venice, is recent Fortissimo pickup “Theeb,” the story of a desert trek by a Bedouin youngster and a mysterious British army officer. It was shot by first-time director Naji Abu Nowar in some of the same locations as “Lawrence of Arabia.” Fortissimo handles rights outside the Middle East, »

- Patrick Frater

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‘A Most Wanted Man’ features a superb Hoffman performance

26 July 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A Most Wanted Man

Written for the screen by Andrew Bovell

Directed by Anton Corbijn

USA/UK/Germany, 2014

Throughout the beginning of Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, it is hard to ignore that there are only a handful of upcoming performances left from Philip Seymour Hoffman in this world. The actor’s untimely death earlier this year left a hole in the world of cinema, one that will not be filled anytime soon. Hoffman was a character actor who managed to become an A-lister, without ever losing his chameleon-like ability to channel whatever or whomever he wanted.

Günther Bachmann is more down-to-earth than other prototypical spy genre leading men, likely to flash a quick grin after a disparaging comment rather than take down an army of terrorists single-handedly. As Bachmann, Hoffman affects a German accent and an unwillingness to look anyone in the eye. Whether this gesture is »

- Colin Biggs

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New Before I Go To Sleep trailer features Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth

25 July 2014 6:04 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Earlier this month a trailer hit for the Rowan Joffe thriller Before I Go To Sleep. Joffe was responsible for writing the restrained character study The American, starring George Clooney, and I really dug the deliberate pace of that story. This material is based on a book by S.J. Watson, but it seems to be in the same stylistic vein. This new trailer also gives us a bit of a different vibe as well. Take a look: Oddly enough, I really dig the first trailer a lot more. That one felt »

- Sean Wist

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A Most Wanted Man – The Review

24 July 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

John LeCarre’s A Most Wanted Man has the author’s usual trademarks: unique characters conveyed with shades of gray, an intricate and creative plot, and an appreciation for the complexities of international politics. The last LeCarre film adaption Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with its meticulous Cold War details and labyrinthine cloak-and-dagger plot, required the viewer to maneuver a dense story through many twists and knots. A Most Wanted Man is more straightforward, yet no less engrossing and it’s anchored by a powerful performance from Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his last role.

The setting is Hamburg Germany – where some of the 9-11 hijackers had planned their attacks. Here’s where Issa Dobrygin (Grigori Dobrygin), a young, sickly, frightened Muslim from Chechnya (or is he?) washes up on shore seeking refuge after escaping from Russia. He enlists the help of mother and son Muslim émigrés from Turkey who, in turn »

- Tom Stockman

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‘A Most Wanted Man’ Review: Philip Seymour Hoffman Bends the Spy Game Rules

24 July 2014 1:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

As we've learned from countless novels, movies, and TV shows over the years, the great spies glean information by distracting their marks with one narrative, all the while subtly weaving a separate, hidden agenda. That's a concept that works for screenwriter Andrew Bovell (“Lantana,” “Head On”) and director Anton Corbijn (“The American,” “Control”) in their big-screen adaptation of John le Carré's “A Most Wanted Man.” There are a lot of characters and events for the audience to process and digest, but all the while it's the film's theme that sneaks up and overtakes the plot, making for a powerful climax. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's 12 Best Performances

24 July 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This Friday should have been a cause for celebration: the release of "A Most Wanted Man," an adaptation of John Le Carre's novel by one of our favorite working filmmakers, Anton Corbijn ("Control," "The American"), and starring one of our finest working actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Instead, it's a bittersweet occasion: as we all know, Hoffman heartbreakingly passed away in February, only a few weeks after the film premiered at Sundance (as well as "God's Pocket," which was released a few months back). It was the last film that Hoffman saw to completion: he was in production on what will turn out to be his very final pictures, the two-part finale to "The Hunger Games" series, when he passed. It's all too easy to get choked about one of our final opportunities to see Hoffman do what he did best—Lord knows, every time we've caught a trailer or similar, »

- The Playlist Staff

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Interview with Anton Corbijn about A Most Wanted Man

24 July 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A Most Wanted Man director Anton Corbijn on Philip Seymour Hoffman getting it right: "When we had done a take and he wasn't sure he didn't want to look at the monitor, he would just listen." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, with a script by Andrew Bovell, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Nina Hoss (star of Christian Petzold's Barbara) and Grigoriy Dobrygin. Anton and I spoke about his supporting cast: Bernhard Schütz, terrific in Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld, Martin Wuttke, Adolf Hitler in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and Herbert Grönemeyer, who played Ian Curtis's doctor in Corbijn's debut feature Control and is the composer for The American and Anton's latest. Homayoun Ershadi, known for his work with Abbas Kiarostami rounds out the superb cast. We also discussed Wim Wenders' The American Friend and the character of Hamburg. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘Before I Go To Sleep’ Remembers To Release A Poster

24 July 2014 2:24 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Based on the best selling debut novel from Steve Watson, Before I Go To Sleep, takes that classic plot device of amnesia in order to deliver a thriller at our door. Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong, the film sees Kidman having to put the pieces of her life back together but soon realises her life may all be a lie. Although not the most original selling point, the strong cast ensures that we’ll be seeing some great performances. Rowan Joffe, the screenwriter behind 28 Weeks Later and The American, steps up to direct his second feature film after 2010′s Brighton Rock. Can this do for him what Memento did for Nolan and what 51 First Dates did for Peter Segal? Who knows?

The poster captures the idea of looking at things from different perspectives, as well as suggesting that not everyone is who they seem. No doubt readers »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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John le Carré on Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man

20 July 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This Friday sees the opening of director A Most Wanted Man starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final role.

Directed by Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn (Control, The American), the film is based on on the best-selling 2008 novel of the same name by John le Carré.

The author wrote a story on the Oscar winning actor for the NY Times which you can read Here.

“He seemed to kiss his lines rather than speak them. Then gradually he did what only the greatest actors can do. He made his voice the only authentic one, the lonely one, the odd one out, the one you depended on amid all the others. And every time it left the stage, like the great man himself, you waited for its return with impatience and mounting unease.”

“We shall wait a long time for another Philip.”

During the film’s production, Le Carré himself visited the set several times, »

- Michelle McCue

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First Image of Ian McKellen in Bill Condon’s ‘Mr. Holmes,’ Further Cast Revealed

10 July 2014 6:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes” has started to shoot, with additional cast announced, and the first image released of Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes at the age of 93.

The movie, which will shoot for seven weeks on location in London and on the south coast of England, also stars Laura Linney as Holmes’ housekeeper, Mrs. Munro.

Additional cast announced Thursday includes Hattie Morahan (“The Golden Compass,” “The Bank Job”), Patrick Kennedy (“War Horse,” “Atonement”), Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine,” “47 Ronin”), Roger Allam (“Tamara Drewe,” “The Book Thief”), Phil Davis (“Vera Drake,” “Notes on a Scandal”), Frances de la Tour (“The History Boys,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), and Milo Parker (“Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails”), who plays Mrs. Munro’s son.

“Mr. Holmes,” which was formerly known as “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” is based on the novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” by Mitch Cullin. It has »

- Leo Barraclough

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