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Directed by Rajesh M Selva
The Tamil can do it better than the French. At least, this time. The redoubtable famished-to-the-finish actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan’s insatiable hunger for new challenges now leads him into sin.
Kamal Haasan plays a grey, eminently corruptible cop who lands up in a mess when he tries to outsmart some very dangerous drug dealers who retaliate by kidnapping the cop’s young son. Interestingly the little kidnapped boy looks more bored as a hostage than frightened, probably because the boy knows if you have Kamal Haasan as a father there’s no way the baddies would beat you.
Not by a long shot.
Or maybe the boy has watched the French film Nuit Blanche while Dad’s been cruising the crime beat. We are told, in fleeting moments of domestic revelation, that the cop-hero Diwakar has not been a good husband (to Asha Sarath, »
- Subhash K Jha
Pulled out of the dark, rotting bowels of the internet, TwitchFilm proudly presents this extended narrative of undead carnage, 101 Zombie Kills, or in its far more elegant sounding French moniker, Cent Une Tueries de Zombies. Produced by film archivist and Tiff programmer Colin Geddes and directed/edited by Michael Lane for Toronto's Nuit Blanche in 2012, the montage brings together some of the greatest moments in the ever growing catalog of zombie carnage. Beyond a few festival appearances, this has not been seen by many until now. (And arrives just in time for Halloween.)Far more than just another YouTube 'super-cut', Lane (who also put together The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price) quickly establishes a story-telling rhythm, dividing the 40+ minutes of zombie mayhem into into escalating...
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Jamie Foxx has been curiously absent from the big screen following a turn in last year’s musical Annie. The Oscar-winner could be playing it safe though, after a string of roles in underperforming sequels like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Rio 2, and Horrible Bosses 2. Choosing to be selective over his upcoming projects during that period out of the spotlight, Foxx has zoned in on a potential return to his former glory, as Deadline reports that he’s currently engaged in talks to co-star in Baby Driver.
Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Ansel Elgort scored the titular role a while back as a music-obsessed getaway driver who assists a criminal kingpin on snatch-and-grab missions. If you hadn’t guessed, Foxx’s people are working to land him the role of Elgort’s mentor who encourages him to risk his life out on the streets. Together with Lily James »
- Gem Seddon
Read More: 8 Great Documentary Discoveries from Hot Docs 2015 Hot Docs has announced that Shane Smith will be the organization's new director of programming, starting on October 5. "Shane has built a well-earned reputation as a champion of original and visionary filmmakers, and his innovative programming reflects his own passion to inspire, inform and entertain filmgoers," said executive director Brett Hendrie. "His outstanding eye for great docs will help ensure that Hot Docs continues to bring the most outspoken and outstanding films to the festival every year. I can’t wait for our audiences to meet him." Smith previously worked at the Toronto International Film Festival as the director of special projects, where he oversaw initiatives and events like the Tiff Bell Lightbox, Tiff in the Park, Nuit Blanche, the digiPlaySpace traveling exhibition and Short Cuts programming for Tiff. Beforehand, he was the director of public programs at Tiff. As director »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Today marks the 104th birthday of Vincent Price. To celebrate, TwitchFilm offers* this magnificent short-film-fantasia which was produced in 2014 for Toronto's Nuit Blanche art exhibition by Tiff programmer and film archivist Colin Geddes (Midnight Madness, Vanguard programmes) whilst meticulously imagined and constructed by editor Mike Lane.This artfully unhinged alternate-world history of icon Vincent Price is fabricated completely though the editing of film clips, audio, television and other media for no other purpose than to further mythologize one of the most unique actors to ever grace movie screens of all varieties, from the cinema to the drive-in to the grindhouse. This is not the objective truth of the details of Price's life, this is the imaginative truth of our celluloid dreams. Gather 'round children and:see!!! ...the real...
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Gabrielle Union has joined the cast of Open Road Films' thriller, which stars Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan, and is titled "Sleepless Night," to be directed by Swiss filmmaker Baran Bo Odar. The project, which is a remake of the 2011 French film "Nuit Blanche," directed by Frédéric Jardin, centers on a character named Vincent Downs (played by Jamie Foxx), described as a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop, who races to save his son's life, when gangsters kidnap him for a shipment of cocaine Downs stole from them, all while Internal Affairs is investigating him. Monaghan plays an officer Jennifer Bryant, who is an Internal Affairs »
- Tambay A. Obenson
We learned in February that Jamie Foxx had taken the lead role in a new thriller called Sleepless Night. Gabrielle Union has now joined him in the film. Swiss director Baran bo Odar is aboard to make the movie, with Andrea Berloff adapting the 2011 French thriller Nuit Blanche for American audiences. Foxx is set to play a cop with connections to the criminal underworld that finds his family – specifically his son – in danger when he double-crosses some very bad people. The title refers to him scouring a nightclub and, presumably some of a city, to find his kidnapped child. Union is set as his ex-wife, who will have to help him if they’re to save the boy from the gangsters’ clutches. It’s not her only film scheduled for this year: the actress has also landed a main role in Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s film Keanu. The »
It’s going to be a very different season when CBC‘s Dragons’ Den returns, and adding to the new mix is Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran.
Fresh off the news that he is stepping down from Joe Fresh, the Dragons’ Den gets a new Dragon, and one that is sure to be an interesting addition.
The show, which for my money has more interesting pitches than Shark Tank, will be starting its 10th season, and with news that Arlene Dickinson won’t be returning, needed a Dragon that can keep hold of the show’s broad base.
The show returns in the fall. Catch all the info below.
Joe Fresh Founder Joe Mimran To Join CBC’S Dragons’ Den
CBC announced today that Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran will join the upcoming 10th season of Dragons’ Den. The new season of Dragons’ Den will air in fall 2015.
- Marc Eastman
Foxx would play a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop and Monaghan would play an internal affairs agent.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Jamie Foxx has signed up to star in a remake of Sleepless Night alongside Michelle Monaghan. Haven.t heard of Sleepless Night? Well maybe you might know it better as Nuit Blanche, the 2011 French-Belgian-Luxembourgian action-thriller. It.s all coming together quite quickly for Sleepless Night. Not only have Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan signed on the dotted line to star in the flick but Baran Bo Odar is officially going to direct too. According to Coming Soon.net, all of this information was announced earlier today by Tom Ortenberg, the CEO of Open Road Films. But what will Sleepless Night entail? Well, why ask me when you can just take a look at the trailer for Nuit Blanche below. Fingers crossed the mundane and turgid American voiceover isn.t an indication of the treatment that Sleepless Night is about to receive. But, if the American Sleepless Night can recreate the »
Open Road Films has today announced details of its forthcoming thriller, Sleepless Night, which is set to include The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Jamie Foxx and True Detective star Michelle Monaghan in leading roles. A loose re-telling of Frederic Jardin’s French film Nuit Blanche, the Americanized take will shift the focus to the shimmering deserts and illuminated sidewalks of Las Vegas.
At the helm is German filmmaker Baran Bo Odar, who will make his English language debut with this corrupt law enforcement caper. As previously mentioned, Sleepless Night will re-invent Jardin’s original film, and focus on Foxx’s shifty Las Vegas cop. He finds himself under the gun when a crew of gangsters kidnap his son for a hefty ransom… after he stole a cocaine shipment from them. Eager to retrieve his boy, he must contend with the mobsters who don’t know he’s actually lost the »
- Gem Seddon
Open Road Films announced this afternoon that Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan are attached to star in the company's thriller "Sleepless Night," which will be directed by Swiss filmmaker Baran Bo Odar. The project, which is a remake of the 2011 French film "Nuit Blanche," directed by Frédéric Jardin, centers on a character named Vincent Downs (played by Jamie Foxx), described as a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop, who races to save his son's life, when gangsters kidnap him for a shipment of cocaine Downs stole from them, all while Internal Affairs is investigating him. Monaghan plays an officer Jennifer Bryant, who is an Internal Affairs »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The title is a reinvention of Frédéric Jardin’s French thriller Nuit Blanche and kicks off the recently announced strategic deal whereby Glen Basner and his team will handle sales for the fledgling Open Road Films International.
“With a sharp script and a first rate team of talent in front of and behind the camera, we are proud to produce Sleepless Night and to make this project the inaugural film under our international distribution agreement with FilmNation,” said Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan are set to star in Sleepless Nights, an action-thriller remake of French film Nuit Blanche, distributor Open Road Films said Friday. Baran bo Odar (The Silence) is set to direct the film from a screenplay by Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton, World Trade Center). The film will be produced by Vertigo Entertainment, with worldwide rights acquired by Open Road Films. Nuit Blanche, directed by Frederic Jardin, was released in 2011. In September of that year, as THR reported at the time, Warner Bros. acquired remake rights to the title after it premiered as a
- Erik Hayden
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and Golden Globe nominee Michelle Monaghan will star in Open Road Films’ action thriller “Sleepless Night,” an English-language remake of the French film that will be directed by Baran Bo Odar, the company announced Friday.
“Sleepless Night” is the story of Vincent Downs (Foxx), a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop. When gangsters kidnap his son as ransom for a shipment of cocaine he stole, Downs races to save his son’s life without getting caught by Internal Affairs and before the mobsters discover that he’s actually lost the goods. Monaghan plays officer Jennifer Bryant, an »
- Jeff Sneider
Paris — Variety caught up with Nicolas Saada, a former French film journo at the prestigious mag Les Cahiers du Cinema and a screenwriter who made his directorial debut with “Spy (es).” For his sophomore outing, Saada is tackling the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack with “Taj Mahal,” a psychological thriller toplining “Nymphomaniac” star Stacy Martin as a young woman who was trapped in one of the suites of the hotel during the assault. Sold by Bac Films and produced by Patrick Sobelman at Agat Films, the $8 million film is based on the true story of one of the survivors, taking place over one night inside Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, which was seized by terrorists who took guests hostage.
Variety: What made you want to make a film about this terrorist attack in Mumbai?
When I was promoting “Spy (ies),” I lived the Mumbai attack minute by minute. And it happened »
- Elsa Keslassy
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