10 items from 2015
Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Nordic disaster movie “The Wave” on the eve of its screening at the Toronto Film Festival.
“The Wave,” directed by Norwegian Roar Uthaug, is Norway’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award this year.
The film is based on the 1934 real-life tsunami in Norway’s Tafjord, which left 40 people dead. “The Wave” opened last month’s Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund and posted the third-best opening in Norway for a local film during the final weekend of August.
The screenplay, written by John Kåre Raake and Harald Rosenløw Eeg, is set at Geiranger Fjord, one of Norway’s top tourist attractions. It takes place in contemporary Norway and centers around a geologist who realizes the inferno is about to hit.
- Dave McNary
A new Spectre featurette has just been released from the production of the 24th James Bond adventure. The 2-minute promo features a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which is still shooting under the direction of Sam Mendes.
The Mexico set action sequence will have the country’s Day Of The Dead festival as a back drop, and will feature as the elaborate opening scene of the new movie, which opens in the UK and the Us in early November this year.
Sam Mendes said: “I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It’s the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look there’s colour and detail and life. »
- Paul Heath
About Last Knight: Kiriya’s Culture Club Reimagining of the Feudal System
It’s unclear for who or for what reason Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya decided to undertake his English language debut, Last Knights, a convoluted pseudo-revenge flick that plays like some very watered down version of the classic 47 Ronin mythos but reconstituted within a parallel universe’s sci-fi inspired Crusades tale. A gig is a gig, so we can’t blame the poo poo platter of multicultural actors portraying peoples we’re supposed to believe all resided in the same place (not to mention, fought for the same cause), each with varying degrees of accented and/or broken English. Incredibly flaccid and late staged action sequences following a baffling revenge plot don’t help matters, except maybe to say that even if the world had known an age of such incredible diversity we still wouldn’t be able to all just get along. »
- Nicholas Bell
“Spectre” has cast another Bond girl.
No plot details have been released yet. “Spectre” is set to bow on Nov. 6.
Sigman’s casting marks the first Mexican Bond girl to be featured in the franchise’s 50 year history.
- Justin Kroll
Daniel Craig’s 007 is one lucky guy. In this November’s Spectre, the British spy will be trying out his terrible yet seductive one-liners on the likes of Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux, but today brings news that a third Bond girl has entered the picture: Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman.
The star, who previously toplined Mexico’s 2011 Oscars foreign language submission, Miss Bala, and Norwegian thriller Pioneer, was announced to be playing the role of Estrella via the James Bond 007 Facebook page.
Though Sigman, who’ll appear in Netflix’s upcoming Narcos and also had a role of FX’s departed The Bridge, is on the rise, she’s still less known than Bellucci or Seydoux, leading to speculation that her character is a dead woman walking. One Facebook commenter was quick to question whether she’ll be a “sacrificial lamb,” in the spirit of Shirley Easton’s Jill Masterston »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sam Mendes is currently filming Spectre with stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz Monica Belluci and Dave Bautista, but apparently the director still had one more role left to cast. It's been announced that Miss Bala and Pioneer actress Stephanie Sigman has joined the 24th Bond movie. Sigman will be playing Estrella in the movie, but unfortunately there aren't any other details about her character. Spectre will be in theaters on November 6, 2015. We are pleased to announce »
- Jesse Giroux
While production continues in Rome on the new James Bond adventure Spectre, another cast member has been added, with Stephanie Sigman signing on to play Bond Girl Estrella. Unfortunately, no further details were given regarding this mysterious character, and it isn't known how large of a role she will have in Spectre. The actress is best known for her role as Eva on FX's The Bridge and she also starred in films such as Miss Bala and Pioneer. She also stars in the upcoming Netflix series Narcos.
Stephanie Sigman joins a cast that includes Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Christoph Waltz (Oberhauser), Dave Bautista (Hinx), Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Andrew Scott (Denbigh) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner). The plot centers on a cryptic message from Bond's past that sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. »
I’m a huge fan of Insomnia, both the Erik Skjoldbjærg-directed 1997 original version and the Christopher Nolan directed remake in 2002.It was a solid story, and a mystery that really kept you guessing throughout the entire film, a talent that Skjoldbjærg has been able to carry over into his subsequent films following that great mystery thriller. With the newly released Pioneer, Skjoldbjærg tells a very gripping and enthralling tragic tale of an accident that happens to divers trying to complete an oil tunnel underwater.
Following Petter, a commercial diver who, along with his brother Knut, joins a team mixed with both Norwegians and Americans, working together to dive deep into the ocean (deeper than ever attempted) to build a tunnel that will serve as a gas pipe, bringing oil through it and making people rich. There’s an instant disconnect between the Norwegian and American teams (Wes Bentley does a great job as Mike, »
- Jerry Smith
The film sees a cryptic message from Bond’s past sending him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth.
Source: Eon »
- Garth Franklin
The Hunger Games star Wes Bentley has joined the cast of Disney's Pete's Dragon remake. No details were given regarding his character, but he joins a cast that includes Oakes Fegley, Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Oona Laurence. David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks.
The original Pete's Dragon hit theaters in 1977, a live-action/animation hybrid that followed the adventures of a young New England orphan named Pete (Sean Marshall), who escapes from his abusive adoptive parents and encounters a dragon named Elliot. The duo make their way to Passamaquoddy, Maine, where they find refuge with a lighthouse keeper named Nora (Helen Reddy) and her father Lampie (Mickey Rooney). The remake is said to remove all of the musical elements of the original, setting this new story in a logging village, instead of a fishing village. The story follows Pete, »
10 items from 2015
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