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Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series — featuring the $1.2 billion collective earning of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”— is a go again, with director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer at the helm. In the latest installment, “Inferno," Tom Hanks is back to star, and some new players are joining him. Written by David Koepp (“Mortdecai”), and based on the book by Dan Brown, it will begin principal photography at the end of April. Newly announced members of the cast include Irrfan Khan (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi,” and “The Lunchbox”) who takes the role of Harry Sims, also known as The Provost. French actor Omar Sy (“The Intouchables,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Jurassic World”) will play Christoph Bruder. And perhaps most excitingly is Sidse Babett Knudsen of "Borgen" and "The Duke Of Burgundy" fame taking the part of Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. »
- Edward Davis
Columbia Pictures officially announced the full cast of its upcoming "Inferno" film, which is the third installment in the "Da Vinci Code" franchise, which stars Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. In the new movie, Hanks will reprise his role and he'll be joined by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as Dr. Sienna Brooks, Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) as Harry Sims/Provost, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Christoph Bruder and Sidse Babatt Knudsen ("Borgen") as Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Heath Organization. Ron Howard will return to direct. "For this film, I wanted Tom Hanks to be surrounded by an international cast of actors whose energy will underscore Robert Langdon's life-or-death peril, the high-stakes action he takes, and the global threat that he's trying to prevent," he explained. "Felicity, Irrfan, Omar, and Sidse have all broken through with recognition here in America as well »
The film will see Tom Hanks reprising the role of Robert Langdon for the third time - following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, neither of which were much cop - with Ron Howard again directing.
As had been previously reported, Felicity Jones (Oscar nominated for her work in The Theory Of Everything) is on board, and she's going to be playing Dr Sienna Brooks. Irrfan Khan meanwhile - who has Life Of Pi and Jurassic World »
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures‘ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.
The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.
I’m excited to exclusively announce the cast of #InfernoMovie! Check them out here: http://t.co/sx6gTueRe2
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 17, 2015
Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a »
- Michelle McCue
Back in December, the lovely Oscar-nominated Felicity Jones was revealed to join Tom Hanks for Inferno, an adaptation of another Dan Brown-penned adventure featuring symbologist Robert Langdon from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Now the rest of the supporting cast has been filled out with an array of international actors as Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have just revealed that Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Lunchbox), Omar Sy (The Intouchables, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Sidse Babett Knudsen ("Borgen") have all taken roles with more other stars from around the world in talks. Read on! In case you're not familiar with these names, here's the images to accompany the announcement: No specifics were mentioned as to the other actors who might join the film, but we'll find out soon enough. As you can see from the images, Khan is playing Harry Sims, also known as The Provost, »
- Ethan Anderton
I didn't particularly enjoyed either of the two previous Dan Brown novel adaptations, not The Da Vinci Code (a book that was so bad I had to stop reading it) or Angels and Demons (a book I actually enjoyed and a movie that was even worse than Da Vinci). Next up is Inferno, with Tom Hanks back to star as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and Ron Howard back to direct. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) was already announced as a co-star and today Sony announced three more names joining the cast and they are, in fact, reason to possibly get interested. First off, Jones will star opposite Hanks as Dr. Sienna Brooks, a doctor tending to Langdon at the beginning of the story after he's grazed by a bullet and eventually becomes mixed in his latest mystery drawing from Dante's dark epic poem. amz asin="B00AXIZ4TQ" size »
- Brad Brevet
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world's most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures' Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.
The project's executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David B. Householter. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist's adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's Inferno.
In this latest installment, Langdon finds himself in a hospital room in Venice as well as the target of a manhunt. With the help of Sienna, a nurse, and his knowledge of symbology, he will try to escape while they have to solve the most intricate riddle Langdon has ever faced.
David Koepp adapted the script. The pic is set to bow on Oct. 14, 2016.
“We’re thrilled to be making a third Robert Langdon film with Ron, Tom and Brian,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. “’Inferno’ will deliver all of the excitement, intrigue and »
- Justin Kroll
Production on Inferno is set to begin at the end of April ahead of an October 14 2016 release.
Hanks reprises his lead role in the $1.2bn global franchise as the Harvard symbologist who this time awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia and must team up with a doctor to thwart a madman’s dastardly plot to unleash a plague.
The previously announced Jones, a lead actress Oscar nominee this year for The Theory Of Everything, will play Dr Sienna Brooks, while Khan assumes the role of Harry Sims aka The Provost. Sy (pictured »
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Berlin — On Monday, Variety teamed up with MoDrei to host a European Film Market party at uber-cool club Anita Berber on Gerichtstraße in Berlin.
For those not acquainted with the night-spot, they may have thought they had been lured to their doom at the murky end of a parking lot, but instead they found a warm and good-spirited gathering of some of the nicest people at the Berlin market dancing to music by DJ Flo Motion.
Moritz Hemminger, one of the partners behind MoDrei and an executive at Arri Worldsales, said they came up with the idea of the Berlin party “mainly to have a fun evening with our friends from the industry. We wanted to create an event that is more casual than the many more official Berlinale receptions taking place these days. And now with Variety on board we have the perfect partner for the MoDrei venue,” Hemminger said. »
- Leo Barraclough
Pic follows the chance encounter of six solitary people, which gives rise to surprising moments of compassion and intimacy.
“‘Macadam Stories” touched us because it’s truly a humanist film; it shows the specificity of mankind, its capacity of going towards one another, enriching each others,” said Sabine Chemaly, head of international sales at TF1 Intl.
TF1 Intl. is reteaming with “Serial Bad Weddings” producer Rojtman on “Serial Teachers 2″ (Les Profs 2), the sequel of the French comedy blockbuster “Les Profs” (pictured above) directed by Pierre-Francois Martin-Laval. The first opus of the comic book-based laffer turned out to be Gaul’s biggest local B.O. hit of 2013 with a $32 million gross. »
- Elsa Keslassy
In one of the widest-open Cesar races in recent years, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” will face off for best picture with Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and talked-up newcomer Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight” at France’s 2015 Cesar Awards.
“Timbuktu,” which world premiered at Cannes, earned eight Cesar nominations and will also compete foreign-language Oscar next month.
The Cesar race is dominated by “Saint Laurent” with 10 noms. Coming second is “Love at First Fight,” a performance-driven romantic comedy that proves to be yet another gem discovered by Directors’ Fortnight topper Edouard Waintrop (following last year’s “Me, Myself and Mom,” which ended up winning five Cesar kudos).
Also making the best picture cut, in a nomination line-up underscoring France’s wide production range: Robin Campillo’s “Eastern Boys,” French dramedy blockbuster “La Famille Belier,” helmed by Eric Lartigau, and Thomas Lilti’s admired medical drama “Hippocrates. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
The first edition of the San Cristóbal De Las Casas festival has reached its end. It was a nice way to begin the year and a second edition seems to be a given, as pretty much each and every screening I attended was packed. The official press release indicates there were 13,000 people attending the festival during eight days. On Friday, January 24, the fest screened as closing film Samba, the latest from The Intouchables' Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, and announced the award winners. Check them out below: Short Film Competition Jury: Javier Solórzano, Eduardo Trías and José Ramos Winner: Esclava (dir. Amat Escalante, Mexico) Special Mention: Slikebal (dir. Bernardino López, Mexico) and Outono (dir. Marco Amaral, Portugal) Documentary Feature Competition Jury: Imunga Ivanga,...
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For the occasion, “Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson recorded a video introduced by Unifrance’s managing director Isabelle Giordano during a packed press conference, attended by not only Besson but also Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” producer Sylvie Pialat, France’s minister of culture Fleur Pellerin, Cnc president Frederique Bredin, and helmers Michel Gondry, Joachim Lafosse and Nadav Lapid, among many others.
“The qualities that really drew me to work with Luc Besson — and is a huge part of the success of ‘Lucy’ — is his passion to achieve greatness. Luc is a perfectionist, and he has a certain idea of what he wants and won’t stop at anything to get it, and that’s what inspires everyone to strive for their greatest, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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