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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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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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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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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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'Prometheus': Blow by Blow on London's Footage Screening and Q & A with Scott, Theron, Fassbender, Rapace

This morning in London, Twentieth Century Fox held the world’s first screening of 3-D footage from “Prometheus,” treating an early-morning crowd to three scenes and thirteen minutes followed by a Q&A session with director Ridley Scott (“Please stop calling me Sir Ridley”) and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 10, 2012 12:46 PM
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Trailer Watch: Action-Packed 58-Second Teaser for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

In case you missed this, check out Ridley Scott's "Alien"-inspired "Prometheus" whirlwind of a 58-second teaser trailer. Fox's teaser adds new material to shots from the first trailer, while retaining a shroud of mystery.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2012 2:02 PM
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Sixty-three Films Eligible for Foreign Language Oscar, Leading Contenders

Of the final sixty-three countries that have submitted their official Oscar entries in the Foreign Language Film category, many have been seen on the festival circuit. Screenings will soon be scheduled for various foreign language committees, which will eventually narrow the list to the final five to be announced on January 24. The first committees see groups of films and must see a certain percentage to vote; branch chief Mark Johnson chooses an uber-committee to add three films to an initial list of six and then vote on the final five nominations. Thus high-brow movies that may not play to the bigger group can be added. The prime contenders based on previous nominations or and/or critical response so far are:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2011 8:48 AM
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Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Extended Edition Released November 22

Music Box will be releasing the Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition on November 22.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2011 8:22 AM
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