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Lionsgate Slots Tom Hardy Russia Thriller for Spring

What does it signify that Lionsgate and Summit are slotting director Daniel Espinosa's "Child 44" for spring release (April 17, 2015)? Given that Tom Hardy--probably the most exciting young actor working today--is not yet a guaranteed box office draw (see "Warriors," "Locke"), Lionsgate may have wanted to use the award season as a springboard for a complex World War II period thriller set in Stalinist Russia that is by no means a guaranteed commercial hit. (What is these days?)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 15, 2014 8:00 AM
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Brian De Palma Q & A: 'Passion,' McAdams vs. Rapace, Sex Tools UPDATED (New Trailer)

Brian De Palma's "Passion," which played the 2012 fall festival circuit and stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace caught up in psychosexual mind games, hits theaters August 30. Our TOH! interview with De Palma is below, along with the newly released trailer for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2013 9:36 AM
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Interview: How Noomi Rapace Became a Global Movie Star, from 'Dragon Tattoo' to Ridley Scott, Brian De Palma and 'Dead Man Down'

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace never wanted to go Hollywood. As far as she's concerned, she hasn't changed her preference for complicated, compelling roles. Look at the range of what she's done since "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series catapulted her into a bankable global marquee name. She played a happily married woman facing her estranged, once-abusive mother in Pernilla August's Swedish family drama "Beyond." Rapace brought strength and spirituality to her role as a space-trekking scientist in Ridley Scott's summer epic "Prometheus." And she didn't play another pretty sidekick in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," which led to her co-starring opposite Rachel McAdams again in Brian De Palma's kinky Eurothriller "Passion," which comes out in June.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2013 6:00 AM
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FIRST LOOK: Oplev's 'Dragon Tattoo' Follow-Up 'Dead Man Down' Stars Noomi Rapace and Colin Farrell (TRAILER)

English-language "Dead Man Down," from "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev, stars his leading lady Noomi Rapace, Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard (FilmDistrict, March 8). The trailer showcases this uber-stylish thriller packed with one-liners (the script is by "Fringe" exec producer J.H. Wyman) and dazzling Arri Alexa cinematography from Paul Cameron, ASC ("Man on Fire").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 5, 2013 2:49 PM
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Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace May Marry for 'Child 44'

Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are in negotiations for "Child 44," set up at Ridley Scott's Scott Free banner and to be directed by Daniel Espinosa. The script, penned by Richard Price from Tom Rob Smith's novel, is a thriller set in the 1950s centering on a member of the Soviet police...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2013 4:20 PM
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TIFF Brody Diary Day Four: The Delightful 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Sexual and Stylized 'Passion' & 'Secret Disco'

Today I choose David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” to be released in November, over Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” which does not yet have a distributor. (And over a number of other screenings which either don’t grab me, or don’t grab me enough, or which I’ve already seen elsewhere.) I must really want to see it...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 11, 2012 3:00 PM
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Casting Watch: Mortensen Offered Dracula; Cast Joins Kutcher for Steve Jobs Biopic; Casting Johanna in 'Catching Fire'

Viggo Mortensen has been offered the role of Dracula in Neil Marshall's ("The Descent") "The Last Voyage of the Demeter," which follows the vampire's famous plague-carrying seabound voyage from Transylvania to England...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 3:02 PM
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Review Round-Up and Featurette: Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" Promises Serious Eye-Candy

Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" premieres in the U.S. on June 8, but after overseas debuts in France, Russia, and England critics have inked their responses and some spoiler-heavy ones at that. The handful of critics who published early reviews agree that the film's visuals are stunning and Ridley Scott is right at home in the "world creation" part of his fantasy films. The new featurette on the space ship Prometheus posted below is irrefutable evidence of stunning visuals. It's still up for debate whether the movie provides substance to the heady questions of morality and existence.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 30, 2012 11:40 AM
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'Prometheus' Stars Theron & Rapace Sing Praises For Non-Objectifying Ridley Scott

EW's cover story on "Prometheus" (May 18) helps to highlight why so many of us are looking forward to the Ridley Scott film. Not only does "Prometheus" signal Scott's return to his "Alien" roots (he tells EW he was "marginally hurt" that he was never asked to direct the sequels) with a to-die-for cast, it injects the macho summer box office with strong women.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 10, 2012 1:10 PM
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Ridley Scott is Charlize Theron's Fantasy Director: See Why in 'Prometheus' Featurette

June 8 is fast approaching, which means the "Prometheus" marketing is amping up to make the wait unbearable. Check out this new making-of featurette, with Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Guy Pearce singing the praises of director Ridley Scott and his vision:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 26, 2012 1:25 PM
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