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Toronto: Norway’s Oscar Entry ‘The Wave’ Sold to Magnolia for U.S.

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.

Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro and Fritjof Saheim star in Uthaug’s fourth feature, which
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Spectre featurette – Video blog shows Mexico City footage

Spectre featurette: A new video blog shows behind the scenes footage from the shooting of the opening sequence at the Day Of The Dead festival in Mexico City. Spectre featurette

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.
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Last Knights | Review

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.
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Stephanie Sigman Joins James Bond Film ‘Spectre’

Stephanie Sigman Joins James Bond Film ‘Spectre’
Spectre” has cast another Bond girl.

Stephanie Sigman has joined Daniel Craig in the upcoming James Bond film. She joins fellow Bond girls Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, as well as Christoph Waltz and David Bautista.

The pic is currently filming in Europe with Sam Mendes directing. John Logan penned the script.

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.

Sigman’s past credits include “Miss Bala” and he was also recently seen in “Pioneer.” Other credits include appearances on FX’s “The Bridge” as well as the Netflix series “Narcos.”
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Miss Bala’s Stephanie Sigman Is Spectre’s Third Bond Girl

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
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Casting News: Spectre adds Stephanie Sigman & Sam Strike to play Leatherface

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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...
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'Spectre' Gets New Bond Girl, More Set Videos Arrive

'Spectre' Gets New Bond Girl, More Set Videos Arrive
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), L&#233a 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.
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Beyond Fright Review: Pioneer

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,
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"Spectre" Gets An Extra Bond Girl

Though filming has been underway on the new James Bond film for some time, one more name has joined the cast of Sam Mendes' "Spectre" which opens this Fall.

Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced that Stephanie Sigman has signed on to play a mysterious character currently known only as 'Estrella'.

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.

Sigman is known for her roles in films such as "Miss Bala" and "Pioneer," along with FX's U.S. remake of "The Bridge," and is part of the cast of the upcoming series "Narcos".

Source: Eon
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'Pete's Dragon' Adds 'Hunger Games' Star Wes Bentley

'Pete's Dragon' Adds 'Hunger Games' Star Wes Bentley
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,
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The Fear Monger: Friday The 13th May Bring Back This Iconic Character

Good day, horror fans. The scariest thing about this week might just be the complete lack of big horror releases in theaters. Arguably the biggest debut is Gregory Levasseur.s Egypt-set supernatural horror The Pyramid, but it wasn.t even given that wide of a berth. (It isn.t playing where I live, which may or may not be inside of a haunted pyramid.) There.s also Erik Skjoldbjærg.s Norwegian thriller Pioneer, but that.s got an even smaller release window. On the VOD front, December 5th saw the release of the thriller Poker Night, which stars Ron Perlman, Titus Welliver, Giancarlo Esposito and Ron Eldard. (Go watch The Babadook if you haven.t yet.) In smaller news, Uwe Boll has taken to Indiegogo to try and fund the presumably violent sequel Rampage 3: No Mercy. (Why?) The highly anticipated sci-fi thriller Z for Zachariah, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and
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Exclusive Pioneer Clip From Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Deep Sea Diving Thriller Starring Wes Bentley

After a gripping trailer that more than justifies not only your interest, but also the interest of George Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov (who are venturing out to remake this film), we've got an exclusive clip from Pioneer to share with you. Written and directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg, the film is set in the 1970s at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. The film stars Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang and Aksel Hennie and hits theaters and OnDemand today, December 5th. Which means you can technically watch it right now (iTunes link). Hit the jump for the new Pioneer clip. It's pretty intense if you're at all afraid of tight spaces (or dying). [complextv contentid="R2eWQ0cjrFMU7FDGH_pl1ujGkoaeU-Nr" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Here's the synopsis for Pioneer: Inspired by real events, Pioneer’s story starts in the 1970s at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North
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Weekend Movies & TV: 'Wild,' 'Black Mirror,' 'American Horror Story,' & More (Video)

This weekend, Reese Witherspoon looks for salvation on a 1000-mile hike in the docudrama "Wild," a snake expert will be eaten alive -- and fished out in one piece (hopefully) -- on "Eaten Alive" Sunday night at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel, the British sci-fi series "Black Mirror" examines the dark side of technology on Netflix, and "American Horror Story: Coven," the third season of the popular series, will be available to stream on Netflix, too, beginning this weekend.

Also in theaters this weekend: "The Pyramid" follows an archaeological team hunted by an insidious creature after attempting to unlock the secrets of a lost pyramid. In "Zero Motivation," a unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. "Pioneer" follows a diver (Wes Bentley) at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom
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Pioneer Review

Marking my second cinematic foray of 2014 into the lonesome world of deep sea diving (the first being James Cameron’s documentary Deepsea Challenge 3D), filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjærg transports us back to the “Norwegian Oil Boom of the 1980s” – a time in history where nations were battling for a slice of Norway’s blackest riches.

Pioneer is a story filled with greedy corporations, wide-eyed politicians, diving records, and conspiracies most foul, uncovering secrets buried below the murky sea floor for years without much notice. It’s a recognizable story of people becoming cogs in a dangerous machine running solely on the promise of tremendous payoffs, and the lengths some cogs will go for their due justice, but you’re right to question the intensity of this deep-sea-detective-case. Norway’s historical significance may be staggering, but facts don’t immediately translate into a suspenseful underwater mystery without a little help.

Petter (Aksel Hennie
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'Pioneer' TV Spot Starring Wes Bentley | Exclusive

'Pioneer' TV Spot Starring Wes Bentley | Exclusive
We have an exclusive TV spot for writer director Erik Skjoldbj&#230rg's conspiracy thriller Pioneer, starring Wes Bentley. Set in the 1970s at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom, a professional diver is on a mission in the Norwegian Sea when a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Pioneer will be released in theaters and OnDemand this Friday, December 5.

Inspired by real events, Pioneer's story starts in the 70s, as enormous oil and gas deposits are being discovered in the North Sea. Authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline over 1600 feet deep. Petter (Aksel Hennie), a professional diver, is obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. Along with his brother Knut (Andr&#233 Eriksen), he has the discipline, strength and courage to take on one of the world's most dangerous missions.

A sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where
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Interview: Wes Bentley Talks Pioneer (Exclusive)

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Interview: Wes Bentley Talks Pioneer (Exclusive)
Often times, the most exhilarating way to effectively tell an intriguing story that’s set against captivating stunts is to feature an enthralling protagonist who’s relentlessly searching for a truth, which threatens their ability to understand their actual reality. That chilling fine line between the hero completely giving into their paranoia, and their ability to discover the true conspiracy, is also often highlighted in their interactions with a number of potential antagonists. The protagonist’s persistent quest to uncover the true moral and ethical dilemmas during the Norwegian Oil Boom 30 years ago is intriguingly presented in Norwegian co-writer-director Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s new thriller, ‘Pioneer.’ The filmmaker worked with Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie, [ Read More ]

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A Riveting Thriller, Pioneer Will Make You Feel the Paranoia

A Riveting Thriller, Pioneer Will Make You Feel the Paranoia
Director Erik Skjoldbjærg never met a migraine he didn’t love. Whether his protagonists’ headaches, dizzy spells, and hallucinations are caused by the Norwegian midnight sun (Insomnia) or, as in the riveting new thriller Pioneer, deep-sea diving, their cranial torture becomes ours, flooding the screen. So does their mounting paranoia.

Petter (Aksel Hennie), a diver hired by a Norwegian-American crew to help build an underwater oil pipeline, has plenty of reasons to be paranoid. During a 500-meter plunge, he passes out and — according to his superiors — inadvertently causes the death of his brother and partner. As he struggles to clear his name, he discovers that a surveillance tape of the dive has been stolen, and that debilitating gas ...
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Pioneer | Review

Oil!: Skjoldbjaerg’s Latest an Icy Conspiracy Thriller

Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjaerg has remained a hard director to peg ever since his celebrated 1997 debut, Insomnia, which predated the Nordic Noir craze that seems to have dominated the output of cinema from that region of the world for the better half of the last decade. A well intentioned English language debut followed with an adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s memoir, Prozac Nation, which received a maligned theatrical release, while his next two features (including an Ibsen update) never received Us distribution. Luckily his latest endeavor, Pioneer, which revisits real events from the early 80s Norwegian oil boom, will give him a bit more international attention. A mixture of native and American cast members, Skjoldbjaerg throws the events into a tangled web of conspiracy that sometimes seems to get a bit ahead of itself. But without a doubt, it’s an
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‘Pioneer’ and ‘Poker Night’ Both Start With ‘P’ and Open This Friday, But Are They Thrillers Worth Seeing?

Two new thrillers hit VOD and iTunes this week, but while they couldn’t be more different in story they share two things beyond their first letter and inclusion under the same genre umbrella. They’re attractive visually and feature some solid performances. But is that enough to make either of them worth watching? Pioneer is a ’70s -set Norwegian thriller about the decade’s oil boom in the North Sea and follows a deep-sea diver intent on investigating the supposedly accidental death of his brother. His quest for the truth reveals a possible conspiracy involving Norwegian & U.S. interests and the billions of dollars at stake. Poker Night is far smaller in scale and focuses on a rookie cop forced to use lessons learned at the poker table with senior detectives when he’s abducted by a psychopath with a grudge. Pioneer It’s the 1970’s, and the oil and gas boom is lighting up the
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Richard Lormand at the Toronto Film Festival 2014

After a couple of years’ absence publicist/ producer, Richard Lormand is returning to Toronto with a satchel full of films. Check these out because when he chooses films, he chooses them well.


Christian Petzold

Disfigured Holocaust survivor Nina, now unrecognizable after facial reconstruction, returns to find out if her husband really loves her or actually betrayed her...

Starring "Barbara" leads Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld. Romance and reconstruction in post World War II Germany from the critically

acclaimed director of "Barbara" (Berlinale 2012 Best Director) and "Yella" (Berlinale 2007 Best Actress – Nina Hoss)

Present: Christian Petzold (director), Nina Hoss (actress), Florian Koerner von Gustorf (producer)

World Sales: The Match Factory

Fri 5 – 18:00 (Public 1 – Elgin/Visa Screening Room)

Sat 6 – 11:30 (Public 2 – Elgin/Visa Screening Room)

Sat 6 – 12:30 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 2)

Tue 9 - 14:00 (Press/Industry 2 - Scotiabank 14)

Fri 12 - 14:15 (Press/Industry 3 - Scotiabank 7

"Itsi Bitsi"

Ole Christian Madsen

In the soul-searching psychedelic 60s, a rebellious young man desperately tries to win a beautiful woman’s love by transforming from poet to writer, nomad to junkie and eventually rock star...

The new film by Ole Christian Madsen, acclaimed director of "Superclásico," "Flame and Citron" and "Prague."

Present: Ole Christian Madsen (director), Joachim Fjelstrup (actor), Marie Tourell Søderberg (actress), Lars Lars Bredo Rahbek (producer)

World Sales: The Match Factory

Sat 6 – 8:30 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 9)

Sat 6 – 17:15 (Public 1 – Scotiabank 4)

Sun 7 – 9:30 (Public 2 – Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)

Tue 9 - 17:30 (Press/Industry 2 - Scotiabank 7)

Fri 12 – 17:00 (Public 3 – Isabel Bader)

"1001 Grams"

Bent Hamer

Urbane urbanite Marie is a thirty-something scientist whose life is rigorously controlled. When she attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. As she explores her new possibilities, everything seems to unfurl magically, beautiful.

Featuring Ane Dahl Torp (Pioneer, Cold Lunch) in a charmingly offbeat comedy from Norwegian master Bent Hamer ("Kitchen Stories," "O'Horten"). A co-production: Norway (BulBul), France (Slot Machine), Germany (Pandora)

Present: Bent Hamer (director), Ane Dahl Torp (actress), Marianne Slot (producer)

World Sales: Les Films du Losangne

Fri 5 – 14:00 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 3)

Sun 7 – 19:15 (Public 1 – Tiff Bell Lightbox 1)

Tue 9 - 9:30 (Press/Industry 2 - Scotiabank 4)

Tue 9 – 14:45 (Public 2 – Scotiabank 2)

Sun 14 – 19:00 (Public 3 – Tiff Bell Lightbox 1)


Danis Tanovic

Devastated when he discovers the effects of the infant formula he’s peddling, a young salesman takes on a multinational corporation, in this based-on-fact drama from Academy Award-winning director Danis Tanovic ("No Man's Land").

Featuring Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi ("Once Upon a Time in Mumbai"). A co-production: India (Cinemorphic Pvt Ltd & Sikhya Entertainment), France (Asap Films)

Present: Danis Tanovic (director), Emraan Hashmi (actor), Geetanjali (actress), Khalid Abdalla (actor), Prashita Chaudhary (producer), Guneet Monga (producer), Cédomir Kolar (producer), Andy Paterson (producer, co-writer), Achin Jain (executive producer)

World Sales: The Match Factory

Sun 7 – 14:00 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 10)

Mon 8 – 21:45 (Public 1 – Scotiabank 1)

Wed 10 - 21:15 (Press/Industry 2 - Scotiabank 7)

Wed 10 – 21:30 (Public 2 – Scotiabank 3)

Sat 13 – 17:00 (Public 3 – Tiff Bell Lightbox 1

"Natural Resistance"

Jonathan Nossiter

Four Italian winegrowers of a rapidly spreading European natural wine revolution have encountered fierce resistance. Not everyone believes in their struggle for an ecologically progressive, economically just and historically rich expression of Italian


10 years after "Mondovino" world acclaimed director Jonathan Nossiter offers a model of charmed and joyous ecological and cinematic resistance against the new world economic order.

Present: Jonathan Nossiter (director)

Sat 6 – 11:15 (Press/Industry 1 – Scotiabank 7),

Mon 8 – 19:00 (Public 1 – Tiff Bell Lightbox 3)

Tue 9 – 19:00 (Public 2 – Jackman Hall)

Thu 11 – 17:45 (Public 3 – Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
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