Four years ago, Korean director Pak Chan-wook persuaded Charlize Theron to star in the Hollywood remake of his drama "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance", but since then the project got stuck in development. Now the company Annapurna Pictures decided to finance the picture, the script written by the author of "The Departed," William Monahan.
"Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" - the final part of "Revenge trilogy" Chan-wook, which includes "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Oldboy." The heroine of the third picture, a young girl Gam-Ja, goes to prison for the kidnapping and murder. But the accusation is false, and being in prison, the heroine bears revenge. At the same time she won the hearts of prisoners, dubbed Merciful. After serving 13 years, Gam-Ja goes in search of man, because that was in jail.
Korean director this year finished work on his English-language debut, "Stoker" and continue to work in Hollywood. The plan of Chan-wook is crime drama "Corsica 72".
Charlize Theron will not only star in the title role, but produce remake of "Lady Vengeance" - the actress has company Denver & Delilah Productions.
Annapurna Pictures has been actively supports independent projects in Hollywood. Company is headed by Megan Ellison, daughter of billionaire Larry Ellison, president of Oracle Corporation. Among the projects that have provided financial support to Annapurna, is "Casino Robbery" by Andrew Dominik, "Master" Paul Thomas Anderson, "American nonsense" David O. Russell. Ellison invests in American cinema and authors sometimes criticized by other producers, as tapes of Annapurna Pictures do not pay off at the box office.
William Monahan says about the project: "It is very American, and very unexpected. Pak - a genius, and a remake of "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" was for me a real Everest adaptations. "
Among recent works of Monahan is a script for the sequel to "Sin City" by Robert Rodriguez, as well as a remake of the crime drama "The Gambler" for studio Paramount. Directorial debut of screenwriter did not become a hit. The painting "The Bodyguard" has earned a worldwide box office of $ 4.6 million. In spite of this unfortunate fact, Monahan will continue to exercise direction and is preparing to shoot the thriller "Mojave."
Charlize Theron is currently shooting in the post-apocalyptic action film "Mad Max 4", for which shaved her head. Among plans of Theron is a detective comedy "Murder Mystery" from the director "Shakespeare in Love" John Madden, as well as biography military journalist Marie Colvin.
The second season of the show BBC / Cinemax “Hunted” will see the light after the BBC One decided not to renew a spy drama. But working with Cinemax series creator Frank Spotnittsem on a new version of the spy series, Sam Hunter (Melissa George). "We are discussing with executive producer Frank Spotnittsem and Melissa George plans to create a new chapter in the mythology of Sam Hunter, - president of programming Cinemax Carey Antolis. - We are very pleased with the image of the Hunted helped Cinemax, and we look forward to continuing. "
Because of the method of production series (BBC initially ordered eight episodes of the British company Kudos Film and Television before Cinemax joined the production as producer), the continuation of the series in its current form is not possible. In this regard, Cinemax is looking another way to continue the story of the character Sam Hunter, with receiving more influence on the creative process. In complex industrial cooperation as the Hunted for each of the partners is difficult to realize his vision of the show, and therefore often have to make compromises. In addition, working with the BBC have to impose some restrictions on the content of the show.
On Cinemax Hunted demonstrated decent ratings, the series premiere attracted 250,000 viewers. Even though it is smaller than the first and second seasons of the show another Cinemax Strike Back (567,000 and 390,000 viewers respectively), Hunted adds significantly to repeat. The first two episodes so far collected 1.7 million viewers each.
As for the BBC, has decided to close the show, sources say that the ratings of the show dropped from 4.5 million viewers in premieres to 2.6 million viewers in the last episode at the moment, while noting that the show could not "engage the audience." However, as in the U.S., the show performing well on the replays, up 40%.
August 28 in Germany begin shooting erotic movie of Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac." On the eve of the start of production of the picture, its ensemble cast is filled by two persons. On supporting actor have signed Briton Jamie Bell and Dane Connie Nielsen.
As a result, the actors have joined the Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, and attached to the tape shortly before Shaie LaBeouf. Previously cruised rumors that participate in the project could be Nicole Kidman, who starred in von Trier's "Dogville" and Willem Dafoe, who worked with the director of the controversial "Antichrist", but this information has not been confirmed.
Recall that the plot of "Nymphomaniac" is about one winter evening an elderly bachelor Seligman finds the battered woman in the street, Joe, which he offered his home and then listened to a detailed story of her eventful life. The official synopsis of the Danish drama director called poetic tale of erotic journey of women.
Rent a movie, whose shooting will last eleven weeks, will be released in two versions - with ratings R and NC-17. Producer of "Nymphomaniac" Peter Jensen Olbek hoped that Lars von Trier has time to complete the ribbon to launch the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. However, given the situation with the ad director persona non grata, it is unknown what the probability of getting a picture in the program of the prestigious European viewing.
Jamie Bell in this year can be seen in the blockbuster "On the Verge" Asger Summer. Among the immediate projects is listed actor of "Dirt" by John C. Baird, employing, besides him, James McAvoy.
The most recent work was Connie Nielsen TV film "Hemingway and Gellhorn," starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, shown out of competition at Cannes.
Studio Lionsgate offered Swedish director Daniel Espinosa, whose Hollywood debut of "Safe House” was released in this year, to take up the film adaptation of the first novel formulation of Tom Rob Smith's "Child 44”, based on a story of serial killer Andrei Chikatilo.
Adaptation of the text books for the big screen carried Richard Price, author of "The Color of Money" and "Sea of Love." The picture is scheduled to start production early next year, but according to insiders, the company Summit is in thoughts about the film.
In 2007, a year before the publication of the book by English writer, the rights to the film version first acquired Fox 2000, in the expectation that the project director will be Ridley Scott and his company Scott Free will take over the production. Subsequently, the creator of "Alien" removed himself from the management of the picture, but with his office, he is still listed in the producer.
The central figure of the novel from Tom Rob Smith is Leo Demidov, a law enforcement officer. The hero has a beautiful wife, he lives in Moscow in the relative plenty, even allowing himself to ensure his parents apartment. His only desire - to serve the Motherland. Suddenly, however, the hero finds himself in disgrace and losing previous office. To exonerate himself, he has to continue the seemingly hopeless investigation of violent deaths of children.
The plot of the book is the story of Andrei Chikatilo, who was executed for more than fifty murders. Rostov Ripper's identity has already been described in other overseas projects. Thus, in 1995, a year after the death of a maniac, left television movie "Citizen X", starring Max von Sydow and Donald Sutherland, and Jeffrey has played Demanov Chikatilo. In 2004, was released thriller "Evilenko", also based on the events related to the most famous Soviet assassin. The film embodies the image of Malcolm McDowell teachers committing terrible crimes.
Daniel Espinosa after his “Safe House” has become much more in demand in Hollywood. In addition to "Child 44", with respect to which the director is in the early stages of negotiations with the studio, the director is also considering the adaptation of “A Million Little Pieces” by James Freya.
When: September 27 on CBS
Who: Robert Doherty is known to us for quite a failed TV series «Ringer» and good «Medium». Expect his brilliant scenes (he also writers on the show), perhaps this one series would be naive. But exactly the conceptual story he can tell.
Casting: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy, Aidan Quinn
About: Sherlock Holmes. Now in the United States. He helps the police detective work. He is intelligent and has a cute scarf. All.
What we know:
Angered Steven Moffat (the creator of the English version) is glad, what a wonderful and "original" idea came to the creators of the series.
Outraged same audience also disliked the show and pre-labeled clones.
Lucy Lew seems very steep Watson and good ideas.
Obvious love story creators have promised not to do.
What to expect: The most controversial new season. Probably the most popular and sought after detective, good actors and the ability to look at Sherlock's almost every week, instead of every two years. And with a clear idea of secondary, not enough stars in the sky and the creator of the "channel for pensioners" (according to statistics CBS has the most mature audiences).
When: September 27 on ABC
Who: producer, writer and mastermind series listed Shawn Ryan, creator of the magnificent «The Shield», as well as the curious, but quickly shut down project - «The Chicago Code» and «Terriers».
Casting: Andre Brauer, Autumn Reeser, Scott Spidmen, Daisy Betts, Daniel Lissing, Sar Ngoy
About ahat: American submarine receives backup link order - a nuclear strike on Pakistan. When doubting the report commander refuses to shoot without orders, submarine attacks, and it gets a hole. It manages to swim to the nearest island. There, the team learns that they are declared enemies of the country. And Pakistan was blown.
What we know:
Pilot is directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern).
Somewhere, hidden in the depths of casting, is Robert Patrick.
The main action will take place on the island, we missed palms.
What to expect: The most daring episode of the new season. Global conflict, a world on the brink of the third world, conspiracies and steep set of possible conflicts and story arcs. Plenty of room is huge, so that it is because it can be lost in the series as soon as possible. Interest the viewer concept, not to sink to the commonplace, to withstand the intensity of the drama. Very complex requirements. Nevertheless, it was the show and intriguing.
Cillian Murphy, who plays psychic-debunker fraud in a thriller Rodrigo Cortes “Red Lights”, screened at the Festival Sundance Film Festival, in an interview resource CraveOnLine talked about his work on the film and about possible involvement in the final part of "The Dark Knight 2: The Legend Continues" .
- Since then, as the "Red Lights" were shown at festivals, has the film undergone any changes?
I think it slightly corrected.
- Had you reshoot some scenes in?
No changes were mounting.
- If the end has undergone a change, did not work out so that your role in the film and the game now look different?
No, because the essence of the finale remains the same - just get a compressed version of it. In any case, better to ask this question, Rodrigo, as he is the man who has decided to amend.
- "Red Lights" an excellent drama about the supernatural, but even if we assume that similar phenomena - reality, the film still has no definite answer to this question.
Yes, for me personally, the question of paranormal phenomena is reduced to two points of view expressed are those who believe in the supernatural, and the skeptics. In this film, I was repelled by the image of my hero: his energy, his obsession and, finally, his way to take himself - that's what worried me. I see two main driving factors: the world around us and the paranormal, which I either accept or not. It is with this deal and Tom Buckley.
- How is to play a major role in the film with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver on the sidelines?
(Laughs) Yeah, this fact does not meet in my head. It's kind of ridiculous and will never become commonplace. It will always be extraordinary, because these guys - my heroes, they are a legend. I think it's a tribute to the quality of work they wanted execute the project. Rodrigo acquired those actors who wanted from the very beginning.
You know, these people are in a separate category. When the camera turns and you're shooting a scene, there are just two actors under the floodlights, and when the light goes off, you immediately think, "Wow, I just co-starred with Robert De Niro, it's unbelievable."
- Are you still doing tests for the movies?
If there is such a need. Good movie, really good, very few and rare, and everyone wants to get them. So, if that is what you want, you do the sample. I always thought that the actors and listen to sample - part of the work. Of course, very pleased when a large part of your job becomes your calling card, but I do not have anything against trials.
- The last sample you did for the movie ...?
Do not even remember now. Thing is that you often meet with the same people. First you are working with someone for the first time, after a while they invite you again, because you have learned in the case and then you get the role of thumb.
- 2005 brought many changes to you, is not it?
I do not know what happened in 2005?
- "Night Flight" and "Batman Begins."
Exactly. Probably the two biggest of the project. I think that the film "28 Days Later" became for me a kind of tipping point, because the first time I played the lead role, but the picture had a resonance in the states, while other films in which I was occupying, were largely independent Irish films, which, except in Europe, nobody was interested in. So, the "28 Days Later" - is a watershed.
- You had the chance to appear in "Dark Knight 2: The Legend Continues"?
It will rolled out in July, is not it? Then all of us, including the eager journalists have not long to wait (laughs).
- But if you were not there, you can simply say "no"?
Well, is not it great just to go to the movie and enjoy it? We're all obsessed with spoilers. Why? Let's enjoy the movie. I know now, the era of the Internet, but there is something chaste to look forward to viewing, not reading script, or without thinking, what the actors you see there.
- You are right, and I do not expect that you will answer my question.
I just think that all I have now asked about the same.
- In the "Throne: The Legacy" You had an interesting role. You are going to participate in future film of franchise?
It is not anticipated that my character back. Since I am a big fan of the original film, I did my best to get into the movie. I satisfied my craving, so I do not think I shall appear in these films.
- Already written the script for the third film.
- So you really have not heard anything.
No, not heard.
- Have you changed your acting skills since you started acting?
Yes, when I first started acting, especially in films, I've never practiced. I never intended to become an actor, so sometimes I felt like I was interfering in the affairs of others. I think with age you gain experience and confidence. You learn patience. I am sure that you change with age. It is said to be an actor, it takes 30 years, so I have created an even 15.
After waiting nearly all the summer blockbusters, more active begins to behave Pixar "Braveheart." Animated film has collected 19.1 million dollars in 5378 to 30 venues across the territories conquered in the course of the week one hundred millionth milestone of international taxes (123,800,000). The main premiere weekend took place in France (1st place with $ 6.5 million in 690 theaters) and Germany (third place with 3.26 million in 579 theaters). The first result was perceived quite positively, but this is the second order of disappointing German film industry. The third Mexican and Brazilian weekend cartoon gave respectively 1.85 and 1.52 million (of 18.5 and 14.7 million).
Regional hire in Scotland and Ireland, "Braveheart" made its debut on British screens. A full launch will take place next week, until the same cartoon in a national chart of the sixth with 1.28 million dollars in 143 theaters.
Several new animated prime rent collected 17.4 million dollars in 3067 cinemas in 42 territories, "Madagascar 3" (total 314 million). Animation from DreamWorks Animation unexpectedly debut in Japan, having mastered 2.24 million dollars in 540 cinemas over the weekend, and 4.89 million in the first five days of release. This is the best start of any recent project in the Japanese animation studio. Premieres were held in Poland (the best start, with 2.16 million dollars in 227 cinemas), Norway (1.57 million in 142 cinemas), Sweden (1.39 million in 181 cinemas) and Hong Kong (1.34 million in 37 cinemas).
Excellent results again showed the Korean crime thriller "Robbers." During the second weekend it was able to earn 13.2 million dollars with 2% addition of fees (a total of 44.1 million within 11 days of hire).
8.65 million dollars, too, in the second weekend on screens collected going to the cinema in 1704 to 20 territories, "Step Up 4" (17.9 million total). Dance film started from third place in Australia with 1.93 million dollars in 370 theaters and obtained passing 1.56 million in the fall of 43% of Russia's second weekend (4th place, just 5.83 million).
Very unexpected guest in the top ten international chart was already half-forgotten thriller "The Mechanic". After a year and a half after the American premiere of a movie with Jason Statham starring got to China, showing there's just a sensational result. During the first four days of "The Mechanic" has earned 7.92 million dollars, which was enough for eighth place in the international chart weekend. Released in China a week earlier thriller "The Chase" with Taylor Lautner starring got 4.08 million with a common fund of 7.81 million dollars.
6.6 million dollars in 6070 cinemas in the sixth international weekend earned the "New Spider-Man." Given this amount in the bank now reboot 427.7 million dollars of international fees and 678 million worldwide.
Premieres at 12 territories began rolling collected 6.17 million dollars in 1217 cinemas remake "Total Recall". Major developments have occurred in Asia, where the best in terms of revenue from the 1.25 million dollars was Taiwan. Further, with very similar results to follow Malaysia (944 thousand in 141 cinema), Singapore (899 thousand in 49 cinemas), Thailand (899 thousand in 132 cinemas) and Indonesia (895 million).
An animated sequel "Sammy's avonturen 2" brilliantly began its rental with South Korea. Belgian cartoon for the first four days of great cash brought in 3.86 million dollars in 425 cinemas. In French-speaking countries.
In the five areas with 2.61 million dollars in 696 cinemas debuted a family comedy "Diary of a weakling 3." Nearly all the cash she gave the British premiere in third place with 2.39 million dollars in 463 theaters.
Director of horror film "The Possession" Ole Bornedal in an interview resource ShockTillYouDrop spoke about his project.
- Please tell us in a few words about the story, "The possession".
This is a story about divorced couple, the parents are Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. Over a broken family is always hovers the spirit of sadness. They have two daughters - Natasha Calis and Madison Davenport - who, as all children, feel the blame for the divorce of their parents. One of them buys box on the local market and it turns out that this is - box Dibbuk. According to Jewish tradition, the box is imprisoned exiled evil demon or spirit. Part of the film is based on real events: in 2002 one of these boxes was sold on eBay and virtually destroyed the family. So, in the hands of a little girl enters a dangerous thing, from which it is necessary to stay away, and the child becomes possessed by a demon.
- Usually you shoot movies, which you write the script. "The Possession" scenario has already been written. What's in someone else's script made you to make a movie?
Humanist story and the character of the story resonated in my soul. I needed to bring to the studio and producers, that the main focus of "Possession” is based on the relationship between a divorced couple and children affected by parental break. I saw the story more as an allegory, the symbol of divorce, rather than as a typical horror film. I wanted to tell the true story of a mentally sadness, sadness that the family was going through, but on the background of all this starting to happen, crazy things. So I bribed the script very beautiful and sad story of the family.
- Have you made any changes to the script?
No, but we made many modifications. I think we paid more attention to the relationship between parents and the psychology of the characters. I do not like horror movies as a genre, not very much. I find many of them ugly or too gory or tasteless, or deprived of real heroes. For me, regardless of genre, the main hero is on the first place. If you can not give this film the characters, the film does not succeed. I was very lucky to work with such wonderful actors who were engaged in our project. They managed to catch and convey the feelings and emotions of their characters.
- Is there a lot of violence in the film?
I do not think that the film is so full of violence and horror. That's what I'm trying to work, more concerned silence and noise. Silly old-fashioned cliché to assume that sounds are terrible. In fact, the opposite is true. I think that silence is terrible. If you're sitting in a big dark house, you're not afraid of the noise. You scared the absence of noise. More viewers will be forced to reflect on the lack of sound, the better. Then I start to cry to their fantasies, inner demons, and neurotic disorders. In my opinion, this is the psychology of a true horror movie.
I think they will have a chance to experience a deeper horror, because some aspects are beyond the movie special effects or crazy, bleeding, maniac. You will see the real people who are hurting something invisible, something shocking, what makes an innocent little girl into a monster. Fans of the genre can look forward to new, more profound experience.
- Had you made some sacrifices to keep the rating PG-13?
Yes, there were several casualties. As a director, you do not want to humiliate yourself by cutting scenes that you think is extremely good. I do not understand the American Motion Picture Association, and who knows? On the other hand, watching a movie, I knew its secret. I know served as some of the scenes.
- Perhaps we will see the director's or any additional material later on?
I do not know. Maybe.
Rejecting the further shootings in films like "Transformers," Shia LaBeouf continues to prove that he was a serious actor. Recently, LaBeouf began talks with Lars von Trier about participation in the project of maestro "Nymphomaniac."
Shooting of "Nymphomaniac" begins in September, so in recent years are reinforced talks about the casting. Nicole Kidman said that will play a small role of von Trier, but official confirmation of this has not happened. Work on the painting will take place in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the director was filming "Antichrist."
LaBeouf has become a frequent visitor to the European film festivals. He came to Cannes with a film of Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is represented in Cannes “Lawless”, and in September of this year will be in Venice with the movie "Dirty Game", which is shown out of competition.
"Nymphomaniac" will be released in two parts and two versions - a soft, rolled to a relatively wide audience and the other - is a hardcore, pornographic. Charlotte Gainsbourg plays a woman for the erotic of formation of which would see the picture.
Who can play Shia LaBeouf, has not been announced. "Nymphomaniac" will be the fourth independent movie after western actor John Hillcoat "Lawless" Robert Redford's drama "Dirty Game" and the thriller "The inevitable death of Charlie Countryman," whose capture ended recently.
By the way, the sex scenes should not be confused LaBeouf after the shooting of the clip Sigur Ros.
Producer of "Nymphomaniac" Peter Olbek Jensen believes that Lars will have time to finish the film in time for the 66th Cannes Film Festival, which will be held from 15 to 26 May 2013. But mindful of the incident, after which von Trier was named persona non grata of the festival, his participation in the famous European film festival is open to question.
Most of the actresses who worked with Lars von Trier, in the future refuse to cooperate with the director under the pretext. The most ambitious so far was listed Charlotte Gainsbourg, which was withdrawn in the third film, "Enfant terrible" of European director.
In company with Charlotte in the project "The Nymphomaniac" may play Nicole Kidman, which von Trier filmed in "Dogville."
According to interview, Kidman admitted that she look in a couple of days to Lars on the set of "Nymphomaniac." Does this mean that the work with von Trier on "Dogville" is not turned into a full-torture, as journalists like to talk? Recall that the director had planned to shoot a trilogy about America, touts Nicole in "Manderlay", but she refused, so her place was taken by Bryce Dallas Howard.
The official synopsis of the film reads: "The Nymphomaniac"- bright and poetic story of woman’s erotic ways, starting with birth and ending with the fiftieth anniversary, told by self-proclaimed nymphomaniac Joe. A cold winter evening, an elderly bachelor, Seligman found in an alley beaten unconscious Joe. He brings her to his home, caring for her, trying to understand how she could bring herself to such a state, and listens to her multi-faceted eventful history".
Shooting will begin in August and will be held in Germany. Planned to film two parts, as well as two versions: one for wide release, the other - half pornographic. In addition to Charlotte Gainsbourg in the film is busy Stellan Skarsgard. Premiere can take place at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
Nicole Kidman recently starred in rather unusual role in the crime drama of Lee Daniels “Paperboy”. The actress is attached to the project, "Grace of Monaco", which will play Grace Kelly, and next year she will be seen in horror, "Stoker" and drama "The Railway Man".