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Susanne Bier’s Danish Baby Snatching Drama ‘A Second Chance’ Gets Theatrical Bow In U.S. With Rock Salt Releasing

Susanne Bier’s Danish Baby Snatching Drama ‘A Second Chance’ Gets Theatrical Bow In U.S. With Rock Salt Releasing
Exclusive: Susanne Bier’s baby snatching drama A Second Chance is finally coming to the United States after Rock Salt Releasing picked up the feature film, which stars Game of ThronesNikolaj Coster-Waldau.

The film, which is produced by Zentropa, FilmFyn and Film I Vast, initially premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014 before being released in Denmark in 2015. However, with the issues surrounding children being separated from their parents front page news in the States, thanks to Donald Trump’s immigration policy, it’s getting a long-awaited theatrical bow in the U.S.

Rock Salt Releasing, the auteur-driven sales and distribution banner set up earlier this year by TriCoast Worldwide, struck the deal with Trustnordisk and it will get its first theatrical run in La in July as well as other selected theaters.

“I was shocked to see such a moving story hadn’t reached the U.S., and
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Agents of Shield, Ep. 2.04, “A Hen in the Wolfhouse”: Enter the Mockingbird

Agents of Shield, Season 2, Episode 5: “A Hen in the Wolfhouse”

Written by Brent Fletcher

Directed by Holly Dale

Airs Tuesdays at 9pm Et on ABC

“A Hen in the Wolfhouse” dials back the amount of action from “Face My Enemy”, but makes up for it with more Kyle MacLachlan, Simmons’ undercover work at Hydra, and the reveal of Mockingbird. The writers also squeeze in Skye discovering Coulson’s two big secrets, Fitz and Simmons reuniting, and another Skye-Ward interrogation scene. With so much going on, “A Hen in the Wolfhouse” should feel rushed and over-stuffed, but everything dovetails so neatly that none of the action or plot points feel forced.

At the center of the episode’s action is Simmons’ undercover work at Hydra. She is getting more information about the Obelisk and how Hydra plans to weaponize it, but when Hydra catches word that there is a mole in their midst,
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Tom Hanks, Ron Howard's ‘Inferno’ Moves Off ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Release Date

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Tom Hanks, Ron Howard's ‘Inferno’ Moves Off ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Release Date
Looking to avoid “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Sony has pushed back the release of its Dan Brown adaptation “Inferno,” which will find Tom Hanks reprising his role as Robert Langdon. After directing “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” Ron Howard is returning for “Inferno,” which Sony will now release on Oct. 14, 2016. “Inferno” had been scheduled to go head-to-head with “Star Wars: Episode VII” on Dec. 18, 2015. Now, only the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “The Nest” will have that distinct pleasure, though it could prove to be a savvy counter programming decision. Heading into production next spring in Italy,
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Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are both back for Dan Brown's 'Inferno' for 2015

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Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are both back for Dan Brown's 'Inferno' for 2015
I am not remotely surprised that they're skipping "The Last Symbol" completely. Actually, maybe I am a little surprised. After all, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard both made mountains of cash for the first two Robert Langdon films, "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons," despite the fact that very few people seemed to genuinely like either of the films. Dan Brown's books are pop culture juggernauts, and that combination of talent combined with the omnipresence of the books made the movies as close to a can't miss proposition as you can get in modern Hollywood. "The Last Symbol," though, tarnished...
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Tom Hanks and Ron Howard confirmed for Dan Brown’s Inferno

Tom Hanks and Ron Howard confirmed for Dan Brown’s Inferno
Having enjoyed box office success with The Da Vinci Code and Angels And Demons Sony has announced plans for its latest Dan Brown adaptation, but it’s probably not the title you were expecting the studio to tackle next… Rather than following the series as published by moving on to The Lost Symbol, Sony is moving forward with a movie version of Inferno, the most recent of Brown’s well-loved page-turners. Tom Hanks has signed on to return as intrepid protagonist Robert Langdon, while Ron Howard will also be in the director’s chair once...

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The working titles of Hollywood blockbuster movies

What do you do if you want to keep your film’s production a secret, or if you haven’t thought of a title yet? Choose a working title…

Thanks to the perpetually churning rumour mill that is the Internet, it’s extremely difficult to keep a secret for long – particularly if you happen to be one of the most respected mainstream directors currently working, and your latest film is a $150 million sci-fi thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Back in 2009, the secretive Christopher Nolan began filming something called Oliver’s Arrow, and actors on the movie's production were wandering around with ‘sides’ in their hand (the miniature scripts which contain the scenes they’ll be working on that day) bearing that title. It didn’t take long, however, for people to work out that Oliver’s Arrow was, in fact, Inception, Nolan’s much-anticipated movie set in “architecture of the mind.
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'Star Trek,' 'Transformers 2' and 'Avatar' battling for Visual Effects Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 15 semi-finalists for the Achievement in Visual Effects for the 82nd Academy Awards today. The contenders are as follows: “Angels & Demons” “Avatar” “Coraline” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” “District 9” “G-Force” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Sherlock Holmes” “Star Trek” “Terminator Salvation” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” “2012” “Watchmen” “Where the Wild Things Are” According to the Academy, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven early next monty. At that point,...
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Tom Hanks Is Game To Play Robert Langdon In 'The Lost Symbol'

Tom Hanks Is Game To Play Robert Langdon In 'The Lost Symbol'
That didn't take too long. Dan Brown's new thriller, "The Lost Symbol," hit bookshelves in mid-September and Tom Hanks—busy Oscar-winner that he is—has already finished reading it. Of course, Hanks had a little extra motivation going in, seeing as he's twice played Brown's hero Robert Langdon on the big screen (in little pictures called "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons").

"I just finished it last week," Hanks told MTV News on the "Where the Wild Things Are" red carpet. "Page-turner. Dan Brown knows how to weave a tale. I was exhausted by the end of it."

With the book behind him— and its tale of Langdon chasing Freemasons in Washington. D.C.—does Hanks see himself once again portraying the Harvard-educated symbologist? "I'd love to if they're going to do it," he said. "I'm not going to walk away from that.... If they make it again,
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Vatican Praises Latest Harry Potter Film

The Roman Catholic Church has praised the latest instalment of the Harry Potter franchise - for highlighting the "sacrifice" needed for good to triumph over evil.

The Vatican's own newspaper L'Osservatore Romano lauded Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, insisting it is the best adaptation of J.K. Rowling's hugely successful books so far.

And it even insisted the teenage love scenes - with the main characters all kissing in the film - achieved the "correct balance" in creating a credible story for the audience.

The Vatican added that the movie was positive as it showed that to overcome evil, it "sometimes requires costs and sacrifice".

However, the paper doesn't always offer up such kingly reviews of blockbusters - the publication slammed Tom Hanks' Angels and Demons in May, insisting the Vatican could "not approve" the religious-themed movie.

Weekend Report: Lush 'Hangover,' 'Up' Linger Over Typical 'Taking'

The good times continued to roll for The Hangover and Up, though not so much for the new movies and the box office as a whole. Hangover kept its buzz going with $32.8 million, while Up maintained its slow descent with $30.8 million. While those pictures were bustling, overall business was down 24 percent from the same weekend last year and had the lowest attendance for the timeframe in over a decade. Imbibing an exceptional $104.8 million in ten days, The Hangover saw the smallest dip among nationwide releases, down 27 percent. The ribald comedy held better than Knocked Up at the same point, but not quite as well as Wedding Crashers. Regardless of the percentage drops, though, it's grossed significantly more than those pictures at the ten-day mark, even when adjusted for ticket price inflation, and has flown way above genre norms. Up eased 30 percent and its tally climbed to $187.4 million in 17 days, the
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Twilight Lands 12 Teen Choice Nominations

Twilight Lands 12 Teen Choice Nominations
Vampire love story Twilight is leading the charge for the 2009 Teen Choice Awards' nominations with an impressive 12 nods.

The blood-sucking film has been named in the Choice Movie: Romance and Choice Movie: Drama categories, where it will face stiff competition from Tom Hanks' Angels & Demons, Brad Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Beyonce Knowles' Obsessed and Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire.

And its stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart - who are at work on the franchise's second installment New Moon - have earned recognition for their own efforts, in categories for Choice Movie Actor and Actress in a Drama.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is in close competition with 10 nods in categories including Choice Movie: Music/Dance, while its stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are up for Choice Movie Actor and Actress in a Music/Dance film.

The teen musical ties with singer/actress Miley Cyrus and hit teen TV drama Gossip Girl, whose star Blake Lively will face off against Cyrus in the Choice Female Hottie category, battling it out with Megan Fox, Beyonce Knowles and Vanessa Hudgens for the title. Teen fans will have a bevy of Hollywood hunks to choose from in the male category, including Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford, Zac Efron, Taylor Kitsch, Robert Pattinson and The Jonas Brothers.

The musical trio has landed nine nominees, including Choice Movie: Music/Dance, Choice TV Actor: Comedy, Choice TV: Breakout Show and Choice Music: Love Song, among others.

The Jonas Brothers will host the ceremony, which will air live on U.S. TV on 10 August. Teenage fans have been asked to vote for their favourites online.

Hanks Gets Fit After Williams' Heart Operation

Hanks Gets Fit After Williams' Heart Operation
Hollywood star Tom Hanks has been scared into shape by pal Robin Williams' recent heart scare, and he's hired a new chef to help him stay trim.

Williams was forced to undergo heart surgery to replace a valve in March after falling ill on a comedy tour.

Sources claim the scare shook Hanks into getting a check-up himself, and his doctor warned him that yo-yoing dieting for film roles was damaging his health.

An insider tells the National Enquirer, "Tom's new chef travelled with him on the Angels & Demons press junket. Robin's heart surgery really drove home the point to Tom that if he wants to enjoy middle age, he'd better start taking care of himself.

"At home and on the road, his full-time meal maestro cooks steamed or broiled chicken, fish and lots of vegetables. Tom's favourite cookie-dough ice cream is now a no no."

Skarsgard Not A Fan Of Da Vinci Code Dan

Skarsgard Not A Fan Of Da Vinci Code Dan
Mamma Mia! star Stellan Skarsgard has sent producers of his new blockbuster Angels & Demons reeling after revealing he's not a fan of the author behind the Da Vinci Code books.

The Scandinavian star called Dan Brown a "bad writer" during a recent appearance on a Swedish news show, and revealed he only agreed to appear in Angels & Demons after reading the script based on the book.

He says, "I think Dan Brown is a terribly bad writer, but he has cliffhangers after every chapter which makes you continue reading.

"It's like eating peanuts at a bar. You don't like them, but you keep on eating them anyway."

Skarsgard, who plays a Vatican guard in the blockbuster, admits he would never have signed up for the film had it not been for director Ron Howard's reworked script: "The story is more simple and straightforward but just as dramatic."

Hanks Plans Payback On Howard

Hanks Plans Payback On Howard
Tom Hanks is determined to get his revenge on moviemaker Ron Howard for forcing him to suffer on film sets.

The pair has a long working relationship together, dating from the 1984 romantic comedy Splash to the more recent The Da Vinci Code and this year's sequel Angels & Demons.

Howard has made the 52 year old suffer for his art, putting him through a number of gruelling stunts - and Hanks is eager to one day turn the tables on the director/producer.

Hanks says, "Ron has had me cold and miserable and air sick: 'Do it again, back in the water, stop! You're no good. We're not leaving until you get this.' I would love to be able to turn the tables."

But the actor admits it's not all doom and gloom at work with Howard: "We have had a lot of grand adventures and sometimes we look at each other and say, 'Can you believe we get to shoot here at three in the morning?'"

McGregor's Holy Costume

McGregor's Holy Costume
Ewan McGregor felt a special link to the Catholic Church while shooting controversial new movie Angels & Demons in the Vatican City - his costume was made by the pope's own tailor.

McGregor plays a priest alongside Tom Hanks in the film, a prequel to controversial 2006 drama The Da Vinci Code.

The feature was expected to upset Catholic scholars in the Vatican because it's storyline deals with a brotherhood within the Catholic Church whose members commit murder to 'protect' Jesus Christ's lineage.

Reviewers at The Vatican's newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, who attended a special screening earlier this month, dubbed the film inaccurate but "harmless".

And McGregor has revealed the project got an early boost, when Pope Benedict XVI's tailor agreed to make his character's cassock.

He says, "It was so beautiful because it was made by the Pope's tailor. I don't know that the Pope knows that. I don't know that he'd be too pleased. The Vatican weren't very happy about The Da Vinci Code and as a hangover to that weren't too thrilled about Angels & Demons. But there's no anti-Catholicism or anti-Christianity in the movie - otherwise I wouldn't have made it. But his tailor made me my cassock, yeah."

Hanks' Sex Scenes Cut

Hanks' Sex Scenes Cut
Tom Hanks was forced to omit sex scenes his new movie Angels & Demons - because there just wasn't any time for "smooching" in the action-packed film.

Hanks stars as Harvard professor Robert Langdon who investigates the murder of a physicist and a terrorist act against the Vatican by a secret brotherhood.

But moviemakers had to downplay the blossoming romance between Hanks' character and his female companion, played by Ayelet Zurer. And the actor is disappointed he didn't get to kiss his pretty co-star.

He tells Parade magazine, "We really don't have time to make out or go to bed when Cardinals are being killed on the hour. We tried to work it into the screenplay over and over again. We were like, 'Isn't there a bigger car with a bigger backseat?'

"But we were stuck with an Alfa Romeo so we didn't have an opportunity to grab some smooching on the way to the Pantheon or the Piazza Del Poppolo. It's my loss, but I think it did make it easier for Ayelet."

Catholic Reviewers Poke Fun At 'Harmless' Angels & Demons

Catholic Reviewers Poke Fun At 'Harmless' Angels & Demons
Catholic scholars in Rome, Italy have given Tom Hanks' new movie Angels & Demons a pass after sitting through a preview screening of the controversial film.

Reviewers at The Vatican’s newspaper have called the Da Vinci Code prequel inaccurate, but "harmless".

L’Osservatore Romano ran a review and an editorial in Wednesday’s edition, critiquing the movie based on Dan Brown's bestseller.

Film experts expected the reviewers to slate the film for daring to suggest a secret, sinister brotherhood within the Catholic Church was responsible for protecting Jesus Christ's lineage, killing anyone who got too close to the truth or threatened the religious icon's descendants.

Instead, L’Osservatore Romano's critics have called Ron Howard's film a "gigantic and smart commercial operation," branding the film's reconstruction of locations like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel "magnificent".

But the reviewers had to poke fun at the film's mistakes, suggesting moviegoers should try to spot the historical inaccuracies.

They write, "(The film is) more than two hours of harmless entertainment, which hardly affects the genius and mystery of Christianity... (It’s) a videogame that first of all sparks curiosity and is also, maybe, a bit of fun."

The film, which opens later this month, had its world premiere in Italy earlier this week (beg04May09).

Hanks Thrilled By Red Carpet Baby News

Hanks Thrilled By Red Carpet Baby News
The couple whose June 2008 wedding day was made extra special by Tom Hanks stunned the movie star on the red carpet at the Rome, Italy world premiere of his new movie Angels & Demons on Monday - with some baby news.

When filming on location threatened to halt Andrew and Natalie Dearnley's big day, Hanks appealed for a time-out on the set.

The actor then agreed to escort the bride and her father through the cast, crew and cameras outside the Pantheon in the Italian capital - so the wedding ceremony could go ahead without a hitch.

And now the couple he helped stage the perfect nuptials - complete with a Hollywood star - is expecting a child.

The pair showed up to the world premiere to thank Hanks for giving their big day a celebrity boost - and to reveal the happy news.

On the red carpet a thrilled Hanks said, "Two things were required - we needed to get our shot and she needed to get to the altar."

Pointing at the glowing mum-to-be's belly, Hanks added, "Not only did she get to the altar, I'd say the end result is speaking for itself."

Hindus Support Catholics Over Angels & Demons Fuss

Hindus Support Catholics Over Angels & Demons Fuss
Hindu scholars have joined Catholics around the world by condemning the filmmakers of Da Vinci Code prequel Angels & Demons for "playing with the sentiments of the faithful for mercantile greed".

Universal Society of Hinduism officials in America have voted to censure the film, starring Tom Hanks, because they claim director Ron Howard and his producers have failed to acknowledge how their film could damage Catholic faith.

The film explores the concept that a secret brotherhood slays and murders those who get too close to revealing the truth behind the myth that Jesus Christ fathered a child and his lineage lives on.

Ush spokesman and Hindu statesman Rajan Zed says, "Faith is something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurts the devotees. Filmmakers should be more sensitive and careful while handling faith-related subjects because cinema is a very powerful medium.

"The U.S. Confederation of Catholic Bishops supported us when we attempted to boycott Mike Myers' The Love Guru last year - when that film trivialised Hinduism - and we support them now.

"Despite our seriously different traditions, we are all fellow seekers of the ultimate reality, and we were all headed in the same direction. So, we should help each other on our journey towards truth and have some sort of trust and mutual loyalty.

"We believe films should entertain and make everybody smile; they should not come at the expense of ridiculing others’ faith and spreading disinformation. Movies like this bring more confusion and create stereotypes in the minds of some audiences."

Zed's comments come just days after Hanks defended the film against Catholic attacks, insisting there is "nothing sacrilegious" about the murder mystery.

He told the New York Daily News, "People will see there's nothing sacrilegious about it at all. Yes, we had a few things go on that are completely fictionalised; but there's no reason to have a big hurly-burly over what is essentially a whodunit (murder mystery)."

Howard Blasts Vatican Over Movie Shoot

Howard Blasts Vatican Over Movie Shoot
Director Ron Howard has accused Vatican officials of deliberately sabotaging filming of his upcoming movie Angels & Demons.

The film, based on author Dan Brown's book of the same name, stars Tom Hanks as a Harvard professor who investigates the murder of a physicist and a terrorist act against the Vatican by a secret brotherhood.

The movie is a prequel to 2006's The Da Vinci Code, and both have come under fire from Catholic leaders who claim the films attack the core beliefs of their faith.

Howard alleges diocese staff in Rome used "back channels" to prevent shooting near several churches key to the movie's plot - and blasts them for vetoing a special screening of Angels & Demons in Rome.

Speaking at a recent press conference, he said, "When you come to film in Rome, the official statement to you is that the Vatican has no influence. Everything progressed very smoothly, but unofficially a couple of days before we were to start filming in several of our locations, it was explained to us that through back channels and so forth, the Vatican had exerted some influence.

"There was supposed to be a reception or screening here in Rome that had been approved and I suppose that the Vatican had some influence over that."

However, a Vatican spokesman has brushed off the comments, insisting Howard is merely trying to drum up publicity for the film ahead of its release later this month.
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