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Entebbe review – real-life thriller deflated by contemporary dance

José Padilha’s take on a 1970s hijack and rescue mission undercuts the tension with some strange decisions

The 1976 hijack of an Air France flight by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two German members of the Revolutionary Cells: it is material that would seem ideally suited to the muscular, if thunderously unsubtle directing style of Brazilian director José Padilha.

But although this bullish drama culminates in what has been described as one of the most daring rescue attempt missions in history, the third act tips over from bombastic to bonkers. Padilha decides that a nail-biting rescue attempt by Israel’s Idf forces isn’t enough on its own. What the climax needs is to be carved up and intercut with a contemporary dance performance. It’s both inexplicable and intensely irritating. Padhila repeatedly yanks us out of the drama, deflating the tension each time.
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Review: 7 Days In Entebbe, Sympathy for the Terrorist(s)

Recognizable actors always help a film to secure financing and may increase the interest of potential audiences, but they often work against the aims of a film based on real-life events. That may be especially true for films that endeavor to dramatize events that took place more than 40 years ago, as in 7 Days in Entebbe, which is based on a hijacking and subsequent rescue attempt in the summer of 1976. Directed by José Padilha, known for action thrillers like Elite Squad (2007) and RoboCop (2014), as well as the startling Bus 174 (2002), the film effectively recreates the insane rush of the hijacking and the building tension that surely must have swamped the terrorists and their victims as the real-life drama played out...

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New Trailer: From The Director Or ‘Narcos’ & ‘Elite Squad’ Comes Netflix’s ‘The Mechanism’

Netflix has debuted the latest trailer for their upcoming series The Mechanism, which comes to the screen from Elite Squad, Narcos, and upcoming Entebbe director José Padilha.

Padilha teams with prolific screenwriter Elena Soarez (Filhos do Carnaval, Eu tu Eles, Casa de Areia) for a thrilling, character-driven original series inspired by real events in Brazil that propelled the biggest corruption scandal of all time.This fictionalized story explores how a small group of dogged investigators comes to discover the inner workings of a monstrous corruption scheme and the impact their pursuit has on everyone involved – including themselves. The Mechanism is the latest Netflix original series to be produced in Brazil and premieres globally Friday, March 23, 2018.

The series stars Selton Mello (Ligações Perigosas, Meu Nome Não é Johnny, O Palhaço) as Marco Ruffo, a retired federal police deputy obsessed with the case at hand; Caroline Abras (Avenida Brasil, Se nada mais der certo,
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Berlin Film Review: ‘7 Days in Entebbe’

Berlin Film Review: ‘7 Days in Entebbe’
The word “fascist” is bandied around a lot in José Padilha’s recreation of the 1976 hijacking of Air France flight 139 from Tel Aviv to Paris. Two of the hijackers are German revolutionaries, and they know that they’ll be seen as fascists on a par with Nazis, for holding a planeload of Jewish people at gunpoint. But they in turn accuse the Israeli regime of being the “real” fascists, for their treatment of the Palestinians to whose cause they have rallied. And they don’t spare the F-word in relation to their own government either: “It’s the same people still in power now,” says Wilfrid Böse (Daniel Brühl), “the same fascists!” Like any word, no matter how loaded, that is repeated too often, it soon starts to sound meaningless — an accurate reflection of the dulling effect of the curiously unthrilling “7 Days in Entebbe.”

The low-boil drama begins when Wilfrid and fellow Revolutionary Cell member Brigitte ([link
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7 Days in Entebbe review – Rosamund Pike hostage drama never gets off ground

Sluggish account of the 1976 plane hijacking fails to capitalise on strong cast and script, and José Padilha at the helm

It was one of the most audacious undertakings of the age: the Israeli mission to Uganda to rescue the passengers of a hijacked Air France plane in July 1976. And Brazilian director José Padilha should have been just the audacious director to tell the story: recently at the helm of the Netflix series Narcos, he made his name with Rio hostage documentary Bus 174 and galvanised the Berlin film festival with his thunderous 2008 Golden Bear winner, the favela police drama Elite Squad. But he’s unlikely to set the Berlinale competition on fire with this ponderous, sometimes ludicrous, number that goes through all the docudrama motions to pretty flat effect.

Apart from Padilha, 7 Days in Entebbe has promising credentials: a strong cast headed by Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike as the
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Eduardo Costantini’s Kabinett Launches Streaming Platform (Exclusive)

Eduardo Costantini’s Kabinett Launches Streaming Platform (Exclusive)
New York-based Kabinett — the new tech start-up of producer (“Elite Squad”) and Mubi co-founder Eduardo Costantini Jr. — has launched a global streaming platform.

Focusing on exclusive short-form films, video art and music vids, Kabinett will license content from record labels, art institutions and artists themselves and also produce original content. It looks set to become an emerging talent hub for the movie industry’s arthouse sector.

Kabinett’s key strategy is less is more. Its central feature, The Screening Room, showcases just 16 video pieces, some as short as nine minutes, such as Daniel Krugilev’s music vid of Sean Lennon’s jungle-set allegory “Moth to a Flame.”

It will release on average just one new work every week. More interactive, but still curated, a second Kabinett feature, The Journal, allows end-users to upload unique content and dialog on other works.

“We want to discover talent and emerging artists from anywhere in this world; hence the curatorial approach
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Jose Padilha on His Real-Life Hijacking Drama '7 Days in Entebbe'

Jose Padilha on His Real-Life Hijacking Drama '7 Days in Entebbe'
Ten years after he won the Golden Bear with his violent crime thriller about Rio de Janeiro’s deadly anti-dope unit, Elite Squad, Jose Padilha, who has since sparked something of a drugs renaissance on the small screen thanks to Netflix’s Narcos (he exec produces and directed the first two episodes), returns to Berlin with another drama based on real life. 7 Days in Entebbe, starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl, chronicles the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv by pro-Palestinian militants and the successful rescue mission by the Israeli Defence Forces after the plane, and its...
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Selton Mello Announces U.S. Directorial Debut, ‘Cathedral City’ (Exclusive)

Selton Mello Announces U.S. Directorial Debut, ‘Cathedral City’ (Exclusive)
Selton Mello, one of Brazil’s most marketable talents both behind and in front of the camera, is making his U.S. directorial debut with the upcoming musically charged drama “Cathedral City.”

Mello made his name on screen in Brazil in films like “Lisbela and the Prisoner” and “To the Left of the Father,” and then moved into writing, directing and producing his own projects. His second directorial feature, “The Clown,” Brazil’s Oscar submission, earned one of highest grosses for an art film in recent years in Brazil. His third directorial outing, the well-reviewed “The Movie of My Life,” starred “Black Swan’s” Vincent Cassel.

His U.S. debut will be behind the camera, for a story he says he fell in love with on his first read, more than four years ago. “Cathedral City,” penned by John Newman is about a musician who discovers his late father’s secret life. It will be
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7 Days in Entebbe gets a new poster

After unveiling a trailer last month [watch it here], Focus Features has now unveiled the first poster for director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, Narcos) upcoming thriller 7 Days in Entebbe, which details the real life hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris and the daring rescue that followed.

From the director of Narcos, Entebbe is based on the 1976 true story of four hijackers who took a plane hostage and forced it to land in Entebbe, Uganda, while they demanded the release of dozens of Palestinian terrorists. The ticking-clock thriller follows the hijackers and hostages as well as the political leaders trying to decide whether to negotiate or send an elite special forces unit on a dramatic rescue mission to free the hostages.

7 Days to Entebbe features a cast that includes Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi and Denis Ménochet, and is set for release on March 16th.
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‘The Mechanism’ Trailer: Netflix Gets Another ‘Narcos’-Style Crime Drama

‘The Mechanism’ Trailer: Netflix Gets Another ‘Narcos’-Style Crime Drama
Director Jose Padilha may not be a household name yet, but action movie junkies will recognize him as the filmmaker behind Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, and Netflix aficionados may recall that he a director and producer of the streaming service’s true life cartel show, Narcos. Now Netflix has teamed with Padilha for an intense […]

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‘The Mechanism’ Trailer Reveals New Netflix Series from the Creator of ‘Narcos’

Netflix has unveiled the first trailer and images from the upcoming thriller series The Mechanism. Created by José Padilha (Elite Squad, Narcos) and screenwriter Elena Soarez (Filhos do Carnaval), the show is inspired by one of the biggest corruption scandals in Brazil’s history. This fictionalized version chronicles how a small group of investigators comes to discover the inner workings of a massive corruption scheme, and how it impacts everyone involved. Narcos is lowkey one of Netflix’s most popular shows, which we know not because they’ve released ratings data, but because we’ve seen the streaming service pour …
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Smt: The Takie Awards and More

It’s time for 2018’s first awards show, The Takie Awards! Smt Heads, may we have the envelope please? It’s good to be first, so pop the popcorn and call the neighbors and get the low down on the first hardware of Awards Season.

Check out The Takie Awards here:

The Takie Award Winners:

Best Indie Breakthrough (film): “Get Out

Best Indie Director: Jordan Peele

Best Screenplay: “Get Out

Weirdest Indie Film Mashup: “Snake Outta Compton

Best Breakthrough Performance (male): Eric Ruffin: “The Transfiguration

Best Breakthrough Performance (female) : Aubrey Plaza: ‘Legion

Genre TV Show of the Year : ‘The Exorcist’ Season II

Best Sequel, All Media: ‘Stranger Things II‘

Worst Sequel, All Media: “Justice League

Worst “Good” Movie: “Blade Runner 2049

Best “Bad” Movie: “Justice League

Best Troll Moment, All Media: “The Last Jedi“

Best ‘Duh’ Moment, All Media “Wonder Woman

Biggest Sloppy Kiss
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‘White Gold’ to Shine at Fox Premium, Brazil

‘White Gold’ to Shine at Fox Premium, Brazil
The growing demand for high-end TV series in Latin America is paving the way for more diversity and pan-regional content. Case in point is the Sao Paolo-based Barry Company’s “White Gold” (“Ouro Branco”) for pay TV channel Fox Premium, which will air the series in Brazil and the rest of Latin America next year under a multi-season pact.

Currently shooting on location in Rio de Janeiro and Uruguay, the 10-episode series is directed by Barry Co. co-founder René Sampaio (“Brazilian Western”) and Tomás Portella (“Special Operations”).

Set in 1990s Brazil, “White Gold” showcases top Brazilian talent Raphael Logam (“Last Stop 174”) and Rui Ricardo Dias (“Lula, the Son of Brazil) who play the leads, as well as Fernanda Machado (“Elite Squad”), Leandro Firmino (“City of God”) and Sérgio Malheiros (“Hopefuls”).

The rest of the Latin American cast includes Uruguayan actor César Troncoso (“Clandestine Childhood”) and Argentine thesps Julieta Zylberberg (“Wild Tales”), Jean Pierre Noher (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) and
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‘RoboCop’ Director Jose Padilha Boards Art Heist Movie ‘Master Thieves’

‘RoboCop’ Director Jose Padilha Boards Art Heist Movie ‘Master Thieves’
Brazilian director Jose Padilha has come on board to develop the art heist drama “Master Thieves” as a possible feature film for Sony.

Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl are producing the project, and David Beaubaire is overseeing the development for the studio.

The screenplay is by Wayne Lemon, based on the true story of the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in Boston when guards admitted two men posing as police officers. Once inside, the men tied up the guards and stole 13 pieces of art in an hour. It’s the biggest property crime in the history of the United States, with more than $500 million worth of art stolen, and it remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries to this day. The art and culprits have never been found.

Padilha broke out for directing the Brazilian hits “Elite Squad” and “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” along with the 2014 remake of “RoboCop.” He won the
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Smt Thursday Trailers: ‘Devil’s Gate’ ‘Victory Crowley’ Blu-Ray and More

(Aotn)- Smt Heads, the Holidays may have found us, but that doesn’t mean you need to be jolly. IFC Midnight’s “Devil’S Gate” promises to keep something special under the tree.. Amanda Schull, Milo Ventimiglia and Jonathan Frakes (!!) make our Yuletide glee complete.

Trailer is Here:

Devil’S Gate: Directed by: Clay Staub Starring: Amanda Schull, Milo Ventimiglia, Shawn Ashmore, Bridget Regan, Jonathan Frakes Set in the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota, the film examines the disappearance of a local woman (Regan) and her young son. Schull plays an FBI agent who helps the local sheriff (Frakes) search for answers. Partnering with a deputy (Ashmore), they track down the missing woman’s husband (Ventimiglia) and find that nothing is as it seems.

Opening in theaters January 5th

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Entebbe : first trailer for new film from Narcos director

Simon Brew Dec 8, 2017

A historical plane hijacking serves as the inspiration for Entebbe, which stars Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike.

Arriving in cinemas in the spring of 2018 is Entebbe, a new film from director Jose Padilha. Padilha has most recently been directing the TV show Narcos, but is also known too for the likes of the brilliant Elite Squad, and the RoboCop reboot.

Entebbe, known as 7 Days In Entebbe in the Us, heads into cinemas in March, and boasts a cast that includes Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, and Denis Ménochet .

The plot is inspired by the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight on the way from Tel Aviv to Paris, and tells the story of the rescue mission that followed.

The first trailer for the movie – penned by ’71 writer Gregory Burke – has now landed. And it looks like this…

More on the movie as we hear it…
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First trailer for hijack thriller 7 Days in Entebbe starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl

The first poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming thriller 7 Days in Entebbe (titled Entebbe in the UK). Directed by Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, Narcos), the films is based on the true events of the hijacking of a flight from Tel Aviv to Paris in 1976 and stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, and Denis Ménochet; take a look below, along with a batch of images…

From the director of Narcos, Entebbe is based on the 1976 true story of four hijackers who took a plane hostage and forced it to land in Entebbe, Uganda, while they demanded the release of dozens of Palestinian terrorists. The ticking-clock thriller follows the hijackers and hostages as well as the political leaders trying to decide whether to negotiate or send an elite special forces unit on a dramatic rescue mission to free the hostages.

7 Days in Entebbe is
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‘7 Days in Entebbe’ Trailer Finds Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike Leading a Hijacking

Focus Features has released the first trailer for the upcoming thriller 7 Days in Entebbe. Directed by Elite Squad and RoboCop (2014) filmmaker José Padilha, the film is inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris, which was hijacked and diverted to Entebbe, Uganda where the hijackers held the passengers hostage for one week. Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike lead the cast as two of the hijackers, but the film also looks to be chronicling the rescue mission planned by the Israeli government, digging into the Israel/Palestine …
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Focus Features Releases First Trailer For 7 Days In Entebbe

Credit : Liam Daniel / Focus Features

Daniel Brühl stars as “Wilfred Brose” and Rosamond Pike stars as “Brigitte Kuhlman” in this first trailer for José Padilha’s 7 Days In Entebbe.

Focus Features will release the film in select theaters on March 16, 2018.

A gripping thriller inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, the film depicts the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

There have been two TV movies about the rescue.

Raid On Entebbe (1976) starred Peter Finch, Charles Bronson, Yaphet Kotto and was directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back). It won the Golden Globe for “Best Motion Picture Made for Television.” Victory At Entebbe was helmed by Marvin J. Chomsky (Tank) and starred Elizabeth Taylor, Linda Blair, Helen Hayes, Richard Dreyfuss and Burt Lancaster.

The 2017 film is from director José Padilha (“Narcos,” “Elite Squad”) and written
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‘7 Days In Entebbe’ Trailer: Daniel Brühl & Rosamund Pike Fly High In Hijacking Drama

Jose Padilha earned his reputation for his gritty, intense urban action dramas like “Elite Squad” and “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within.” Now he’s back with “7 Days In Entebbe” starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl in the true story of four hijackers, who in 1976, diverted a plane to Uganda, and demanded the freedom of Palestinian prisoners.

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