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Netflix Picks Up Noomi Rapace Action-Thriller 'Close'

Netflix Picks Up Noomi Rapace Action-Thriller 'Close'
Close, the Noomi Rapace action-thriller that was first announced in Cannes last year by The Hollywood Reporter, has been picked up by Netflix in a multi-territory deal that includes the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

The film is inspired by the life of bodyguard Jacquie Davis and sees the Prometheus star play a counterterrorism expert who takes on what should be a babysitting job protecting a rich teenage heiress. But a violent attempted kidnapping forces the two to go on the run, and then they've got to take some lives — or lose theirs. Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief), Eoin...
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Netflix Swoops In on Female-Led Action Thriller ‘Close’ With Noomi Rapace (Exclusive)

Netflix Swoops In on Female-Led Action Thriller ‘Close’ With Noomi Rapace (Exclusive)
Netflix has marked World Women’s Day with the pickup of “Close,” a female-led, adrenaline-charged action-thriller starring Noomi Rapace. The streamer has sealed a multi-territory deal for the film that includes the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

Netflix picked up “Close” from WestEnd Films, which had it under the banner of its female-skewed WeLove brand, which is aimed at developing and producing female-specific content and promoting female talent.

Inspired by the life of bodyguard Jacquie Davis, the film stars Swedish actress Rapace (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) in the lead role. Sophie Nelisse (“The Book Thief”), Eoin Macken (“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”), and Indira Varma (“Game of Thrones”) also star.

Davis built a formidable career in the male-dominated world of professional bodyguards. She was a consultant on the film and helped visualize and develop the action sequences.

In the movie, which was shot in Morocco and the U.K., bodyguard and counter-terrorism expert Sam (Rapace) takes a job protecting Zoe (Nelisse), a rich young heiress. Neither party is keen on the arrangement, but when a violent kidnap attempt goes wrong, the pair are forced to work together and go on the run. Together they need to unravel who was behind the kidnap and hunt them down.
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Netflix Picks Up Noomi Rapace Action/Thriller Close

Netflix has picked up Close, a female-led action-thriller headed up by Bright and Prometheus actress Noomi RapaceWestEnd Films developed Close under its WeLove banner, which aims at producing and promoting female-centered projects. Close also stars Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief), Eoin Macken (Resident Evil: The Final Chapter) and Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand on Game of Thrones).

In Close, Noomi Rapace is a counter-intelligence expert who takes a job guarding a bratty young heiress (Nelisse).
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‘Messiah’: Tomer Sisley & Mehdi Dehbi Cast In Mark Burnett’s Netflix Drama Series

Tomer Sisley (We’re The Millers) and Mehdi Dehbi (London Has Fallen) have been cast in Netflix's drama series Messiah, from writer Michael Petroni (The Book Thief) and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Created by Petroni, the 10-episode Messiah explores the lines among religion, faith and politics. It chronicles the modern world's reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Is he…
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‘Messiah’: John Ortiz Cast In Netflix Drama Series From Mark Burnett & Roma Downey

John Ortiz has been cast in Netflix’s drama series Messiah, from writer Michael Petroni (The Book Thief) and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Created by Petroni, the 10-episode Messiah explores the lines among religion, faith and politics. It chronicles the modern world's reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Is he sent from God or is he a dangerous fraud bent on dismantling…
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No guts no glory Oscar predictions: Go ahead & laugh at me for picking ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Valerian,’ and …

No guts no glory Oscar predictions: Go ahead & laugh at me for picking ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Valerian,’ and …
I tend to be a fairly conservative Oscar pundit. I don’t go out on many limbs or rely on gut instinct. I try to do the math as objectively as possible based on the most reliable awards season precursors, which is why my predictions accuracy is 100% every year — trust me, no need to fact-check that. But occasionally I will still follow a hunch or two — or five. The following are my top seven biggest hunches that, according to our racetrack odds, I’m completely wrong about.

Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Best Supporting Actor — The controversial film has been surging, most recently winning top honors at the SAG Awards. Harrelson didn’t make many appearances on the awards scene for this performance early on, but he got in where it counts: at SAG and the BAFTAs. Those awards are bestowed by the same kinds of industry professionals who voted on the Oscars,
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Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires Yan England’s ‘1:54’ For U.S. Theatrical Release

Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires Yan England’s ‘1:54’ For U.S. Theatrical Release
Exclusive: Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to distribute Oscar-nominated writer-director Yan England's (Henry) psychological thriller 1:54. The film held its world premiere at the Angouleme French-Language Film Festival where it walked away with the Best Actor and the Student's Jury prize. The film stars Antoine Olivier Pilon (Mommy) as a shy 16 year-old natural athlete Tim and Sophie Nélisse (Professor Lazhar, The Book Thief). The story follows the…
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Netflix is Developing a Series That Explores What Would Happen if Christ Showed Up in the Modern Day World

Netflix is developing a new series called Messiah, which tells a story of Jesus Christ and what it would be like if he showed up in the modern day world. It's certainly an interesting concept. It will explore how society would react to a person who mysteriously appears in the Middle East claiming to be the Messiah and savior of the world.

The 10-episode series is described as a “suspenseful drama exploring the lines among religion, faith and politics", and this is the synopsis that was released:

Messiah will chronicle the modern world’s reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Is he sent from God or is he a dangerous fraud bent on dismantling the world’s geopolitical order? In ten hour-long episodes, the story unfolds from multiple points of view, including a young CIA agent,
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‘Messiah’: Netflix Orders Religious Drama Series From Mark Burnett & Roma Downey

Netflix has made it official. The Internet entertainment service has ordered Messiah, a present-day Jesus drama series from writer Michael Petroni (The Book Thief) and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Deadline previously reported the series was in the works. In addition, Sense 8 and V for Vendetta helmer James McTeigue has signed on as a director and executive producer. Netflix is slated to premiere the series worldwide in 2019. Created by Petroni who also wrote…
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Sliff 2017 Review – The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus screens as part of the 26th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival on Sunday, November 5 at 1 Pm at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre. Click Here for ticket information. It also screens there on Sunday, November 12 at 9:15 Pm. Click Here for ticket information for that day.

From across the pond comes a pitch black comedy set amongst the veddy, veddy upper classes. Proving that Larry David doesn’t have a monopoly in the Us as an ill-tempered cranky curmudgeon, celebrated actor/ writer Stephen Fry gives us a most unlikely screen hero, middle-aged failed poet, reviled theatre critic, and “boozehound” Ted Wallace. He’s played with swaggering bravado by Roger Allam, an actor known for his deep baritone, who has amassed a long list of supporting roles (The Queen, The Book Thief) and now proves that he’s more than ready for a leading role. After being canned from
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Afm First Look: Noomi Rapace as Elite Bodyguard in ‘Close’ (Exclusive)

The first image of Noomi Rapace in “Close” shows the star of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” in action as Sam, the world’s leading female bodyguard and counter-terrorism expert.

Shooting wrapped on the movie in September, and it is currently in post. WestEnd Films is handling worldwide sales and is at Afm this week with a “Close” promo.

The film follows Rapace’s character as as she takes on a job looking after a rich heiress. After a violent kidnap attempt, the pair have to go on the run to save their lives.

The cast includes Sophie Nélisse (“The Book Thief”), Eoin Macken (“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”) and Indira Varma (“Game of Thrones”).

Rupert Whitaker produces and co-wrote the script with Vicky Jewson and Jason Newmark. Jewson is the director. Braden Aftergood (“Wind River”), Sarah Radclyffe (“Les Misérables”) and Dennis Davidson (“Bitter Harvest”) executive produce.

London-based WestEnd acquired “Close” under the banner of their
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Noomi Rapace and Director Vicky Jewson Team Up for Female Bodyguard Flick

Noomi Rapace in “What Happened to Monday”

BAFTA-nominated actress Noomi Rapace is no stranger to fast-paced thrillers. The star has appeared in everything from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” franchise to “Prometheus” to “Rupture.” Next, Rapace is set to star in a female-helmed action flick: Vicky Jewson’s “Close.” Deadline confirms that principle photography kicked off earlier this week.

Jewson’s film, according to its official synopsis, follows a battlefield-experienced bodyguard named Sam who has “fought her way to the top in a man’s world.” Her current client, Zoe — an heiress to a billion dollar company (Sophie Nélisse, “The Book Thief”) — isn’t exactly the career payoff she had in mind. But when the two are forced on the run after a kidnapping attack, Sam must work together with both Zoe and her ex-partner (Eoin Macken, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”) to clear her name and take down the true criminals.

Close,” which was sold at the Cannes market in May, is loosely based on the career of one of the world’s leading female bodyguards, Jacqui Davis. Her past clients have included J.K. Rowling and Liza Minnelli.

Co-writer and director Jenson told Variety she is “driven by telling the stories of strong, real female protagonists, and [someone like Davis] has had a fascinating career in a male-dominated profession.” Davis herself will serve as a consultant for the film so that “the action will be as realistic as possible.”

Close” is backed by WestEnd Film’s new female-focused brand. WeLove, which launched last summer aims to develop and produce female-driven content and talent. WeLove’s other projects include Agnieszka Holland’s “Sylvia” and actress Alexis Zegerman’s directorial debut “All Inclusive.”

Jewson previously helmed “Lady Godiva,” a romantic comedy starring Phoebe Thomas and Matthew Chambers, and “Born of War,” an action drama led by Sofia Black-d’Elia. Her latest television series, “Crumbs,” is in post-production.

You can catch Rapace playing seven identical sisters in the Netflix film “What Happened to Monday,” which is streaming now. She also stars as a disgraced CIA analyst trying to stop a biological war in “Unlocked,” in theaters September 1.

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Armie Hammer & Geoffrey Rush Shine In First ‘Final Portrait’ UK Trailer

Vertigo Films have delivered the very first UK trailer for their upcoming release Final Portrait. Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush lead the cast of the upcoming film, which is written and directed by Stanley Tucci.

In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees.

So begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process. Final Portrait is a bewitching portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is
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HeyUGuys interview Geoffrey Rush, Ron Howard, Emily Watson and Gigi Pritzker on National Geographic’s Genius

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

National Geographic’s first scripted drama series Genius charts the incredible life of theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. As well as his scientific endeavours, the story tells of the icon’s rise from modest beginnings, his struggle to be taken seriously by his establishment and peers as an intellectual radical during a time of global unrest.

Genius also tells of Einstein’s tumultuous love affairs, his anti-Semitic battles in Europe and problems he faced as a husband and father which made for an exhilarating, challenging life. HeyUGuys met with first episode Director and Executive Producer Ron Howard, Exec Producer Gigi Pritzker, Geoffrey Rush (Einstein) and Emily Watson (Elsa Einstein) to discuss the series, its origins and process of bringing such remarkable characters back to life…

Gigi Pritzker (Exec Producer): “We spent a number of years with numerous writers, trying to work Einstein’s story into a three
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Celebrate National Canadian Film Day with six essential Canadian films

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Celebrate National Canadian Film Day with six essential Canadian filmsCelebrate National Canadian Film Day with six essential Canadian filmsAdriana Floridia4/19/2017 11:42:00 Am

Today is National Canadian Film Day and there's no better way to celebrate than by watching Canadian movies!

Canadian films are largely underrated, but there are tons of filmmakers, both new and old, that are resurrecting the Canadian film scene. While Quebec has always had a strong presence in the film-making world, with directors like Xavier Dolan, Denis Villeneuve and Jean Marc Vallee constantly doing us proud, there's also a lot of great efforts from the English-speaking Canadian film realm, that we often forget about. Legends like David Cronenberg, Deepa Mehta and Guy Maddin have always made distinct, challenging work, and there's a new emerging scene--from the more established filmmakers like Jason Reitman and Sarah Polley, to a new crop of directors like Matt Johnson and Andrew Cividino.
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Celebrate National Canadian Film Day with six essential Canadian films

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Celebrate National Canadian Film Day with six essential Canadian filmsCelebrate National Canadian Film Day with six essential Canadian filmsAdriana Floridia4/19/2017 11:42:00 Am

Today is National Canadian Film Day and there's no better way to celebrate than by watching Canadian movies!

Canadian films are largely underrated, but there are tons of filmmakers, both new and old, that are resurrecting the Canadian film scene. While Quebec has always had a strong presence in the film-making world, with directors like Xavier Dolan, Denis Villeneuve and Jean Marc Vallee constantly doing us proud, there's also a lot of great efforts from the English-speaking Canadian film realm, that we often forget about. Legends like David Cronenberg, Deepa Mehta and Guy Maddin have always made distinct, challenging work, and there's a new emerging scene--from the more established filmmakers like Jason Reitman and Sarah Polley, to a new crop of directors like Matt Johnson and Andrew Cividino.
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Netflix to explore the second coming of Jesus with Messiah series

Deadline is reporting that Netflix is set to explore the second coming of Christ with a present-day Jesus drama series entitled Messiah, which is being produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (The Bible), with Michael Petroni (The Book Thief) scripting.

The series is currently in the development stage, and will chronicle the modern world’s reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East and seems to be performing miracles. Filming is expected to take place in Los Angeles.

Messiah is the latest faith-based project from Burnett and Downey, whose previous efforts include The Bible and its sequel A.D.: The Bible Continues. They have also recently launched Light TV, a 24-hour faith and family entertainment network in partnership with MGM and Fox.
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Netflix Eyes Second Coming Of Jesus Drama Series ‘Messiah’ From Mark Burnett & Roma Downey

Netflix has in the works Messiah, a present-day Jesus drama series from writer Michael Petroni (The Book Thief) and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the duo behind History’s hit miniseries The Bible. The project, part of Burnett and Downey’s faith-based programming efforts, landed in the spotlight last week when it was approved for a big, $7.514 million California tax credit in the new series category. Messiah was one of only five projects to get a credit in the…
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'The Zookeeper's Wife': Film Review

'The Zookeeper's Wife': Film Review
Uncomfortable as it is to admit, there have been so many mediocre Holocaust movies post-Schindler's List that a certain fatigue has set in.

Exceptions exist, of course — films like Roman Polanski's The Pianist or Lajos Koltai's Fateless, which, through their clarity of vision and lack of sentimentality, force us to see the horror with fresh eyes. But most screen depictions of this defining 20th-century atrocity, no matter their angle, rely on predictable emotional, visual and musical cues to coax the audience toward weepy catharsis (see: Life is Beautiful, Jakob the Liar, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Book Thief, Woman in...
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‘Mean Dreams’ Review: Bill Paxton Relishes Being Evil in One of His Final Roles

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‘Mean Dreams’ Review: Bill Paxton Relishes Being Evil in One of His Final Roles
Domestic violence and puppy love aren’t exactly as natural a cinematic pairing as, say, odd couples and wacky misunderstandings. Yet these two elements, along with hard drinkin’ and corruption, constitute the whole of director Nathan Morlando’s “Mean Dreams,” the recently deceased Bill Paxton’s penultimate film. Paxton plays Wayne Caraway, a police officer and father of 15-year-old Casey (Sophie Nélisse, “The Book Thief”). At the beginning of the film, they’ve just moved to a rural part of Canada for reasons unrevealed. Casey immediately meets their neighbor’s teen son, Jonas (Josh Wiggins, “Max”), when her dog wanders off in the woods,
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