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"Jane Neighbor"

15 July 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

This Week's Must Read

"Behold Your Newest Silver-Screen Sex Goddess, Jane Neighbor"

Absolutely genius send-up of that controversial Vanity Fair profile of Margot Robbie we discussed. Or as the author herself described it on twitter, 'I wrote this profile of a female celebrity who is definitely real & not a projection of desires.' The Male Gaze just got punched in the eyeballs. 

Neighbor is twenty-eight and twenty-two, at once. She is a kind of gorgeous that can only be found in or very near rivers. She is blonde but also blond, depending on the spelling. She is tall when she is on a ladder, and medium-­tall when she is halfway up the ladder. Her eyelashes spell “glory.” Her naked hands can open wet jars, with just the strength of her slender fingers. She can be sexy and pointy and things that aren’t even adjectives, like glossary, or aren’t even words, »


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'The Night of' Star on Fan Theories: 'You're Wrong'

14 July 2016 10:09 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A bookish, 22-year-old Pakistani-American named Nasir Khan from working-class Queens steals his father's cab to go joyriding in Manhattan and hit up a party. While en route to meet his friend, he unwittingly picks up a mysterious female passenger and ends up at her place. They drink. They snort drugs. They have sex. When Khan wakes up, he finds the woman has been brutally murdered and is arrested for the crime. But what actually happened?

After only two episodes, HBO's new crime drama The Night Of has garnered the type »

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Mary Magdalene Movie Eyes Chiwetel Ejiofor For Peter The Apostle

13 July 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Casting is once again beginning to heat up on the set of Garth DavisMary Magdalene biopic, with Deadline reporting today that Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 12 Years a Slave and The Martian, has opened talks to nab the role of Peter the Apostle.

A fisherman and key member of Jesus’ band of disciples, Peter famously denied Christ three times during his arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Soon thereafter, it’s believed that Peter was himself crucified at the hands of Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar, requesting for his cross to be turned upside down because he no longer considered himself worthy to be associated with Jesus Christ.

Though negotiations are still ongoing, it has all the makings of a meaty role for Ejiofor, who has turned in one intense, scene-stealing role after another in recent years.

As things stands, Mary Magdalene currently boasts a cast that comprises Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, »

- Michael Briers

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The Night Of is the TV Crime Drama We Need Right Now

11 July 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Drawing influences from The Wire, this HBO show boldly tackles race in the face of the criminal justice system.

After a string of disappointments and a lot of drama, HBO can finally rest easy with its promising summer murder mystery series The Night Of. Based on the BBC show Criminal Justice, The Night Of follows Nasir “Nas” Khan (Riz Ahmed), a smart young Pakistani American who finds himself at the center of a police investigation after a night on the town goes horribly wrong. The show recalls the procedural aspects of Law and Order and True Detective, but operates more like The Wire in its examination of race and the criminal justice system through the eyes of the investigators and the accused. The show’s first episode, titled “The Beach,” breaks down the events of “the night of” as Nas remembers it, and then some. In true procedural fashion, we get to play detective and guess what »

- Paola Mardo

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Exclusive Poster For In Order Of Disappearance Sees Stellan Skarsgård Taking Aim

6 July 2016 6:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Scandinavia has long proven to be fertile ground for brooding thrillers across all types of media – be that books, movies or television. Perhaps it’s the sparse population and ensuing isolation that allows authors and creative thinkers to dream up dark scenarios for projects, but whatever the case, it’s served up the likes of Headhunters and Stieg Larsson’s beloved Millennium series – the same one the features The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – to name but a few.

When it comes to In Order Of Disappearance, though, Hans Petter Moland’s action flick takes the road less travelled, gunning down the route of black comedy as opposed to a chilling murder mystery. Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz, Pål Sverre Hagen, Jakob Oftebro, and Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju have all booked their place in Moland’s bloody romp, and below you’ll find an exclusive poster that we’re happy to be debuting, »

- Michael Briers

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Idris Elba is The Gunslinger in "The Dark Tower"

3 July 2016 6:11 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Dark Tower, based on Stephen King's novel series (though not apparently a direct adaptation of any particular one of them) is currently filming for an early 2017 release. Here's Idris Elba in costume as The Gunslinger. [More Photos here]

Nice to see his face again after all those computer generated pixels or alien prosthetics (Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Star Trek Beyond). Matthew McConaughey is the villain 'the Man in Black' (set photos). The post apocalyptic drama also features Abbey Lee (The Neon Demon) in the principle female role, Whedonite and nerd-hottie Fran Kranz as the villain's henchmen. Plus: Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick, and Claudia Kim.

The costumes are by stylish Trish Summerville. Her work is always so pleasingly modern. She previously did David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Chilling First Trailer For Fortitude Season 2 Emerges Online

27 June 2016 2:26 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

An enviable cast of acting heavyweights and a bitter, ice-cold setting wasn’t enough to salvage the inaugural season of Fortitude, Sky Atlantic’s Icelandic thriller that had Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston et al. peeling back the layers of a chilling mystery in the Arctic Circle.

As confirmed by Empire, Dennis Quaid enters the fray in season 2 in the part of Michael Lennox, and today’s first teaser tees up another confounding conundrum peppered with breathtaking environment shots and some supernatural elements tossed in for good measure. Cut off from the rest of society, the isolated town of Fortitude makes for a chilling breeding ground for all manner of psychological horror. 

With Tucci, Gambon and Eccleston all on board once more, Fortitude also makes room for Jessica Raine, Richard Dormer, Sofie Gråbøl and Johnny Harris.

Hatched by writer-actor Simon Donald, Fortitude simply oozes atmosphere, drawing inspiration from the »

- Michael Briers

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Watch: “David Fincher: From a Distance”

14 June 2016 12:24 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

In his latest video, Jacob T. Swinney inspects David Fincher’s approach to the long shot. Clips from Fight Club, Zodiac and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, among others, serve as examples of the filmmaker’s use of distance. Supplementally, you can also watch Swinney’s previous video, David Fincher’s Extreme Close-Ups. »

- Marc Nemcik

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13 great modern thriller directors

14 June 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




They’ve made some of the best thrillers of the past six years. We list some of the best modern thriller directors currently working...

Director Guillermo del Toro once described suspense as being about the withholding of information: either a character knows something the audience doesn’t know, or the audience knows something the character doesn’t. That’s a deliciously simple way of describing something that some filmmakers often find difficult to achieve: keeping viewers on the edges of their seats.

The best thrillers leave us scanning the screen with anticipation. They invite us to guess what happens next, but then delight in thwarting expectations. We can all name the great thriller filmmakers of the past - Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, Brian De Palma - but what about the current crop of directors? Here’s our pick of the filmmakers who’ve made some great modern thrillers over the past six years - that is, between the year 2010 and the present.

Jeremy Saulnier - Blue Ruin, Green Room

To think there was once a time when Jeremy Saulnier was seriously quitting the film business.

“To be honest," Saulner told us back in 2014, “Macon and I had really given up on our quest to break into the industry and become legitimate filmmakers. So what we were trying to do with Blue Ruin was archive our 20 year arc and bring it to a close. Really just revisit our stomping grounds and use locations that were near and dear to us and build a narrative out of that.”

Maybe this personal touch explains at least partly why Blue Ruin wound up getting so much attention in Cannes in 2013, signalling not the end of Saulnier and his star Macon Blair’s career, but a brand new chapter. But then again, there’s more than just hand-crafted intimacy in Saulnier’s revenge tale; there’s also its lean, minimal storytelling and the brilliance of its characterisation. Blue Ruin is such an effective thriller because its protagonist is so atypical: sad-eyed, inexperienced with guns, somewhat soft around the edges, Macon Blair’s central character is far from your typical righteous avenger.

Green Room, which emerged in the UK this year, explores a similar clash between very ordinary people and extraordinary violence. A young punk band shout about anarchy and aggression on stage, but they quickly find themselves out of their depth when they’re cornered by a group of bloodthirsty neo-Nazis. In Saulnier’s films, grubby, unseemly locations are matched by often beautiful locked-off shots. Familiar thriller trappings are contrasted by twists of fortune that are often shocking.

Denis Villeneuve - Sicario, Prisoners

Here’s one of those directors who can pack an overwhelming sense of dread in a single image: in Sicario, his searing drug-war thriller from last year, it was the sight of tiny specks of dust falling in the light scything through a window. That single shot proved to be the calm before the storm, as Villeneuve unleashed a salvo of blood-curdling events: an attempted FBI raid on a building gone horribly awry. And this, I think, is the brilliance of Villeneuve’s direction, and why he’s so good at directing thrillers like Sicario or 2013’s superb Prisoners - he understands the rhythm of storytelling, and how scenes of quiet can generate almost unbearable tension.

Another case in point: the highway sequence in Sicario, where Emily Blunt’s FBI agent is stuck in a traffic jam outside one of the most violent cities in the world. Villeneueve makes us feel the stifling heat and the claustrophobia; something nasty’s going to happen, we know that - but it’s the sense of anticipation which makes for such an unforgettable scene.

Prisoners hews closely to the template of a modern mystery thriller, but it’s once again enriched by Villeneuve’s expert pacing and the performances he gets out of his actors. Hugh Jackman’s seldom been better as a father on the hunt for his missing child, while Jake Gyllenhaal mesmerises as a cop scarred by his own private traumas.

Lynne Ramsay - We Need To Talk About Kevin

Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin may be the most effective psychological thriller of recent years. About the difficult relationship between a mother (Tilda Swinton) and her distant, possibly sociopathic son (Ezra Miller), Ramsay’s film is masterfully told from beginning to end - which is impressive, given that the source novel by Lionel Shriver is told via a series of letters. Ramsay takes the raw material from the book and crafts something cinematic and highly disturbing: a study of guilt, sorrow and recrimination. Tension bubbles even in casual conversations around the dinner table. Miller is an eerie, cold-eyed blank. Swinton is peerless. One scene, in which Swinton’s mother comes home in the dead of night, is unforgettable. Here’s hoping Ramsay returns with another feature film very soon.

Morten Tyldum - Headhunters

All kinds of thrillers have emerged from Scandinavia over the past few years, whether on the large or small screen or in book form. Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters is among the very best of them. The fast-paced and deliriously funny story of an art thief who steals a painting from the wrong guy, Headhunters launched Tyldum on an international stage - Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game followed, and the Sony sci-fi film Passengers is up next. It isn’t hard to see why, either: Headhunters shows off Tyldum’s mastery of pace and tone, as his pulp tale hurtles from intense chase scenes to laugh-out-loud black comedy.

Joel Edgerton - The Gift

Granted, Joel Edgerton’s better known as an actor, having turned in some superb performances in the likes of Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty and Warror. But with a single film - The Gift, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in - Edgerton established himself as a thriller filmmaker of real promise. About a successful, happily married couple whose lives are greatly affected by an old face from the husband’s past, The Gift is an engrossing, unsettling movie with superb performances from Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as well as Edgerton.

A riff on the ‘killer in our midst’ thrillers of the 80s and 90s - The Stepfather, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and so on - The Gift is all the more effective because of its restraint. We’re never quite sure who the villain of the piece is, at least at first - and Edgerton’s use of the camera leaves us wrong-footed at every turn. The world arguably needs more thrillers from Joel Edgerton.

If you haven’t seen The Gift yet, we’d urge you to track it down.

David Michod - Animal Kingdom

The criminals at play in this true-life crime thriller are all the more chilling because they’re so mundane - a bunch of low-level thieves, murderers and gangsters who prowl around the rougher parts of Melbourne, Australia. Writer-director David Michod spent years developing Animal Kingdom, and it was worth the effort: it’s an intense, engrossing film, for sure, but it’s also a believable glimpse of the worst of human nature. Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver play villains of different kinds; the latter a manipulative grandmother who looks over her brood of criminals, the former a spiteful thief. Crafting moments of incredible tension from simple exchanges, Michod launched himself as a formidable talent with this feature debut.

Ben Affleck - The Town, Argo

Affleck’s period drama-thriller Argo won all kinds of awards, but we’d argue his earlier thrillers were equally well made. Gone Baby Gone was a confident debut and an economical adaptation of Dennis LeHane’s novel. The Town, released in 2010, was a heist thriller that made the most of its Boston setting. One of its key scenes - a bank robbery in which the thieves wear a range of bizarre outfits, including a nun’s habit - is masterfully staged. With Affleck capable of teasing out great performances from his actors and staging effective set-pieces, it’s hardly surprising he’s so heavily involved in making at least one Batman movie for Warner - as well as playing the hero behind the mask.

Anton Corbijn - The American, A Most Wanted Man

The quiet, almost meditative tone of Anton Corbijn’s movies mean they aren’t necessarily to everyone’s taste, but they’re visually arresting and almost seductive in their rhythm and attention to detail. Already a celebrated photographer, Corbijn successfully crossed over into filmmaking with Control, an exquisitely-made drama about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. Corbijn took a markedly different direction with The American, a thriller about an ageing contract killer (George Clooney) who hides out in a small Italian town west of Rome. Inevitably, trouble eventually comes calling.

Corbijn’s direction remains gripping because he doesn’t give us huge action scenes to puncture the tension. We can sense the capacity for violence coiled up beneath the hitman’s calm exterior, and Corbijn makes sure we only see rare flashes of that toughness - right up until the superbly-staged climax.

A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel by John le Carre, is a similarly astute study of an isolated yet fascinating character - in this instance, the world-weary German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann, brilliantly played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tragically, the film proved to be one of the last before Hoffman’s death in 2014.

Paul Greengrass - Green Zone, Captain Phillips

Mention Greengrass’ name, and the director’s frequent use of handheld cameras might immediately spring to mind. But time and again, Greengrass has proved a master of his own personal approach - you only have to look at the muddled, migraine-inducing films of his imitators to see how good a director Greengrass is. Part of the filmmakers’ visual language rather than a gimmick, Greengrass’ camera placement puts the viewer in the middle of the story, whether it’s an amnesiac agent on the run (his Bourne films) or on a hijacked aircraft (the harrowing United 93). While not a huge hit, Green Zone was an intense and intelligent thriller set in occupied Iraq. The acclaimed Captain Phillips, meanwhile, was a perfect showcase for Greengrass’ ability to fuse realism and suspense; the true story of a merchant vessel hijacked by Somali pirates, it is, to quote Greengrass himself, “a contemporary crime story.”

John Hillcoat - Lawless, Triple 9

We can’t help thinking that, with a better marketing push behind it, Triple 9 could have been a much bigger hit when it appeared in cinemas earlier this year. It has a great cast - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie and Aaron Paul as a group of seasoned thieves, Kate Winslet cast against type as a gangland boss - and its heist plot rattles along like an express train.

Hillcoat seems to have the western genre pulsing through his veins, and he excels at creating worlds that are desolate and all-enveloping, whether his subjects are period pieces (The Proposition, Lawless) or post-apocalyptic dramas (The Road). Triple 9 sees Hillcoat make an urban western that is both classic noir and entirely contemporary; his use of real cops and residents around the film’s Atlanta location give his heightened story a grounding that is believable in the moment. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the scene in which Casey Affleck’s cop breaches a building while hunkered down behind a bullet-proof shield. Hillcoat places us right there in the scene with Affleck and the cops sneaking into the building behind him; we sense the claustrophobia and vulnerability.

Hillcoat explained to us in February that this sequence wasn’t initially written this way in the original script; it changed when the director and his team discovered how real-world cops protect themselves in real-world situations. In Triple 9, research and great filmmaking combine to make an unforgettably intense thriller.

Jim Mickel - Cold In July

Seemingly inspired by such neo-Noir thrillers as Red Rock West and Blood Simple, 2014‘s Cold In July is a genre gem from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are). Michael C Hall plays an ordinary guy in 80s America who shoots an intruder who breaks into his home, and becomes drawn into a moody conspiracy that takes in crooked cops, porn and a private eye (who's also keen pig-rearer) played by Don Johnson. Constantly shifting between tones, Mickel’s thriller refuses to stick to genre expectations. In one scene, after Hall shoots the burglar dead, Mickel’s camera lingers over the protagonist as he cleans up the blood and glass. It’s touches like these that make Cold In July far more than a typical thriller.

Mickel’s teaming up with Sylvester Stallone next; we’re intrigued to see what that partnership produces.

Martin Scorsese - Shutter Island

As a filmmaker, Scorsese needs no introduction. As a director of thrillers, he’s in a class of his own: from Taxi Driver via the febrile remake of Cape Fear to the sorely underrated Bringing Out The Dead, his films are full of suspense and the threat of violence. Shutter Island, based on the Dennis LeHane novel of the same name, saw Scorsese plunge eagerly into neo-noir territory. A murder mystery set in a mental institution on the titular Shutter Island, its atmosphere is thick with menace. Like a combination of Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man and Adrian Lyne’s cult classic Jacob’s Ladder, Shutter Island’s one of those stories where we never know who we can trust - even the protagonist, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

David Fincher - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl

After the trial by fire that was Alien 3, David Fincher found his footing in the 90s with such hits as Seven and The Game. In an era where thrillers were in much greater abundance, from the middling to the very good, Seven in particular stood out as a genre classic: smartly written, disturbing, repulsive and yet captivating to look at all at once. Fincher’s affinity for weaving atmospheric thrillers continued into the 2010s, first with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, a superb retelling of Stieg Larsson’s book which didn’t quite find the appreciative audience deserved, and Gone Girl, an even better movie which - thankfully - became a hit.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel (and adapted by the author herself), Gone Girl is both a gripping thriller and a thoroughly twisted relationship drama. Fincher’s mastery of the genre is all here: his millimetre-perfect composition, seamless touches of CGI and subtle yet effective uses of colour and shadow. While not a straight-up masterpiece like the period thriller Zodiac, Gone Girl is still a glossy, smart and blackly funny yarn in the Hitchcock tradition. If there’s one master of the modern thriller currently working, it has to be Fincher.

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New Trailer For HBO’s ‘The Night Of’ With John Turturro & Riz Ahmed Says Don’t Talk To Anybody

13 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Law and order has always made for compelling drama, and HBO has snared two of the best in the game for their upcoming miniseries “The Night Of.” Directed by Steve Zaillian (“Moneyball,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “Gangs Of New York“) who co-wrote the drama along with Richard Price (“The Wire,” “Clockers“) and Peter […]

The post New Trailer For HBO’s ‘The Night Of’ With John Turturro & Riz Ahmed Says Don’t Talk To Anybody appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sydney Opera House Movie in the Works With ‘Kon-Tiki’ Writer

6 June 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A movie about the building of the iconic Sydney Opera House is in development as a Danish/Swedish/Australian co-production.

Petter Skavlan, who wrote the Oscar-nominated 2012 film “Kon-Tiki,” is on board to script.

The film will center on Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who won the international competition in 1957 to design an opera house on Sydney’s Bennelong Point with its revolutionary shell-shaped exteriors. Due to budget constraints and political infighting, Utzon resigned in 1966, seven years before the building was completed and opened.

The project is currently titled “Utzon, the Man Behind the Opera House.” Producers are Swedish-Australian producer Jan Marnell from Right2Screen and Australian producers Marian Macgowan from Macgowan Films and Peter Herbert. Executive producers are Denmark’s Ole Søndberg from Good Company Films and Sweden’s Lars Weiss, also from Right2Screen.

Sondberg was an exec producer on David Fincher’s 2011 thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. »

- Dave McNary

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Jørn Utzon's battle to build the Sydney Opera House set for the big screen

5 June 2016 10:18 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jørn Utzon in Sydney.

The story of the Sydney Opera House's creation is set to be turned into a film in a co-production between Australia, Denmark and Sweden.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the film's working title is Utzon: The Man Behind The Opera House.

The film will be exec produced by Ole Sondberg (the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Right 2Know.s Lars Weiss alongside Swedish-Australian producer Jann Marnell from Right2Know and Aussie producers Marion Macgowan (South Solitary) and Peter Herbert.

The film will focus on Danish architect Utzon.s battles with the Nsw government which eventually led to his resignation from the project.

Petter Skavlan, the writer of Kon-Tiki, is writing the script, and said "the battle between the architect and the corrupt Askin government" was "perfect movie material.".

Producer Marnell said the story encompassed "creativity versus bureaucracy and political manoeuvring ranging from friend to foe. »

- Staff Writer

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5 Book Series to Read If You Like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

1 June 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

I'll admit it, I'm a crime show and mystery book junkie. And some of my most beloved thrillers happen to be Scandinavian. Like many others, my gateway drug into this specific genre was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. There's just something about that desolate, icy setting and the equally chilling plots birthed there that have me hooked. Not that they necessarily have to hail from Norway or Sweden to be dark and twisty, it just helps. So here are a handful of my favorite (mostly Scandinavian) crime thriller series that have a similar sinister edge to Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. I couldn't put them down, and you won't either. »

- Tara Block

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Showtime Lands Daniel Craig-Starring Adaptation of Franzen's Purity Novel

1 June 2016 10:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Consider Showtime and Daniel Craig “bonded.” The cable network has nabbed the hot property Purity, a limited series based on Jonathan Franzen’s bestseller of the same name, starring and exec-produced by the erstwhile 007.

RelatedIdris Elba to Headline 6-Episode Showtime Drama Series Guerrilla, From American Crime Ep John Ridley

Netflix, FX and several other outlets were also in contention to land the buzzy project, which was seeking — and received — a 20-episode order. Besides Ep-ing along with Craig, Scott Rudin (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen, Todd Field (Little Children) will direct each installment, »

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Update: Daniel Craig Is Done With Bond As He Turns Down Big Deal, Will Tom Hiddleston Be The New 007?

19 May 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »


According to BBC News UK Daniel Craig hasn’t yet decided on whether he wants to do another Bond movie. Separate, authoritative Bond sources have independently confirmed to BBC News that Craig hasn’t made any decision about his future as 007, they said:

“No decision is likely to be made for a while” Original story below reports that actor Daniel Craig will not reprise his role as secret agent James Bond in the next feature film. The British actor reportedly turned down a £68 million ($100 Mil Us) paycheck from MGM studios. Sources say Craig told executives he was done playing Bond after starring in four films: “Casino Royale”, “Quantum Of Solace”, “Skyfall”, and last years “Spectre.”

One Los Angeles source said:

“Daniel is done – pure and simple – he told top brass at MGM after Spectre. They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn’t what he wanted. »

- J.B. Casas

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Nevision Teams With ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Producer Ole Sondberg on ‘Midnights’

19 May 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — U.K. production company Nevision has partnered with Ole Sondberg, a producers on “Wallander” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” to co-develop 10-part political thriller “Midnights.”

The show, created by Anna Reeves, is being produced by Danish production company Good Company Films, which is headed by Sondberg and Anni Faurbye Fernandez.

Midnights,” which will be produced by Stinna Lassen and Vibeke Windelov, with Sondberg and Fernandez executive producing, is set in a present-day world that is both familiar and strange, about Nordic Immortals who discover that they are dying amid the emerging Cold War in the Arctic.

Laurent Boissel’s About Premium Content, which is financially backed by Nevision, will handle international distribution for the series, outside Scandinavia.

Sondberg set up Yellow Bird Films, which produced the Swedish and English versions of the “Wallander” television series, and the Swedish and U.S. versions of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman could finally be on its way

7 May 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures is reportedly closing on a deal that could finally see Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating project The Irishman go before the cameras.

A deal is close for the film with Paramount, who are in control of the project, set to finalise details to sell the international rights to Fabrica de Cine before the Cannes Film Festival starts next week. The deal is 50/50 according the site, with a projected budget for the film of around $100 million the possible sticking point.

The Irishman has been mooted for a few years now as a reunion project for Scorsese and actors Robert de Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The project is based on author Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, which tells “the deathbed story from mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran about the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa” and has been scripted by »

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Amy Schumer Releases the Cover of Her Upcoming Book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

7 May 2016 10:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Amy Schumer fans will soon be able to consume the comedian's signature raunchy wit in yet another medium - in her upcoming book of essays, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Schumer shared the book's cover (a spoof, along with the book's title, on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) on both Twitter and Instagram on Saturday, captioning the topless photo with, "My book cover" and a ghost emoji. A photo posted by @amyschumer on May 7, 2016 at 8:12am Pdt The Inside Amy Schumer creator, 34, revealed in September that she was working on a memoir. "Believe it or not, »

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