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The Little Drummer Girl: Alexander Skarsgard joins the cast

Tony Sokol Kirsten Howard Nov 21, 2017

True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard will sink his teeth into the adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel The Little Drummer Girl...

Alexander Skarsgard, who made sure the entertainment was bloody good at the Fangtasia vampire bar on HBO's True Blood, will scope out new dramatic talent for something a little different in his next role as Becker, who Deadline reports will be "an intriguing stranger with whom [Florence] Pugh’s brilliant young actress Charlie strikes up an acquaintance while on holiday in Greece" in AMC's new The Little Drummer Girl adaptation.

"But it rapidly becomes apparent that Becker’s intentions are far from romantic," the entertainment news outlet went on to reveal. "He’s an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot which unfolds as she takes on the role of a lifetime in the ‘theatre of the real.
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Park Chan-wook to Direct John le Carré Adaptation ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Starring Florence Pugh

With his sumptuous erotic crime thriller The Handmaiden striking a chord not only in his native nation of South Korea where it amassed an impressive nearly $32 million, but also the United States, where it picked up over $2 million, Park Chan-wook has now settled on his next project. It’ll find him returning to the English language, but unlike Stoker, it will be for television.

He will direct a six-part adaptation of the John le Carré novel The Little Drummer Girl for BBC TV and AMC, according The Daily Mail. The Oldboy director has also already found his star in Florence Pugh, who gave a stellar breakout performance in this summer’s Lady Macbeth. The late-70s, early-80s story finds Pugh’s character playing an actress who is recruited by an Israeli spy to become a double agent and take out a leader of a Palestinian terrorist group.

Production will begin early next year,
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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today

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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today
The gravitational pull that exists between great directors and great cinematographers is natural. Many of the best pairings throughout film history have been project based, with the director or producer picking a cinematographer to achieve a specific look for a particular film. There’s a difference between providing a talented cinematographer with the perfect platform to apply their skills and a director-cinematographer collaboration that elevates the work of both artists, regardless of material.

This list is less about identifying the best looking films of the era – although many are here – and more about celebrating collaborations that have allowed many of the best filmmakers working today to fully express themselves on the big screen.

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, Dp: Robert Elswit

The first time Paul Thomas Anderson did not work with Elswitt – “The Master,” shot by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – the results were (thankfully) great, but it’s fascinating that the director
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Vice Media Backing Mia Wasikowska in ‘Judy and Punch’

Vice Media Backing Mia Wasikowska in ‘Judy and Punch’
Mia Wasikowska will star in “Judy and Punch,” a reimagining of the classic puppet show, that marks the directorial debut of Australian actress and writer Mirrah Foulkes (“Animal House”). The picture is produced by Vice Media Australia and Nash Edgerton’s Blue Tongue Films.

Principal finance is from Vice Media (USA), and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria. Cornerstone Films is attached for international sales.

Set in the fictional town of Seaside, the film follows two puppeteers – the vain but charismatic Punch and his resilient and talented wife Judy (Wasikowska). They attempt to resurrect their show as a means of escaping their decrepit town. Punch and Judy is a puppet play traditionally told with marionettes. The feature project originated with Vice Media’s chief commercial & creative officer Tom Punch and his sister Lucy Punch. It will begin filming in the Australian state of Victoria in April 2018.

Australian-born Wasikowska has credits including “Stoker,” “Tracks,” “[link
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Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” what is Nicole Kidman’s greatest performance?

Vadim Rizov (@VRizov), Filmmaker Magazine

I don’t know about “best” — I haven’t seen an embarrassing chunk of what are considered her most significant roles, and I’m weak on understanding acting — but the performance that sticks most in my mind (quite possibly because I saw it at impressionable high school age) is “Dogville.” Kidman is spookily withdrawn, like an observer alien in a human body dropped into a moral wasteland which she attempts to navigate with understanding and decorum until finally it’s just too much. As in “Birth,
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Horror Highlights: Ithaca Fantastik Festival 2017, Bram Stoker Busts, Terror At Station 13, Shortwave, 2-headed Shark Attack, Prodigy

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Ithaca Fantastik Festival 2017 returns this November in Ithaca, New York, and we have details on what will be screening at the festival, including the new horror comedy Tragedy Girls. Also in today's Highlights: Bram Stoker busts, details on the short film Terror at Station 13, a look at a new teaser trailer for Shortwave, information on 2-Headed Shark Attack screenings, and a new Prodigy teaser trailer.

Ithaca Fantastik Festival 2017 Lineup Announced: Press Release: "Ithaca, NY, September 19, 2017 - The Ithaca Fantastik (If) festival returns to Ithaca, New York, November 3-12, 2017 with a carefully curated selection of new and classic genre films. With less than a month and a half to go, If is announcing exciting changes, its first wave of titles, and a truly inspired retrospective!

Returning audiences will notice an expanded schedule as the festival grows from half a week to a full nine days. The festival’s two weekends will
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Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode Will Star in “A Discovery of Witches”

Way back in 2011, we learned that Warner Bros. was attempting to turn Deborah Harkness’s novel A Discovery of Witches into a film franchise, but nothing ever came from that planned project. Now, the novel is heading to the small screen. Tracking Board reports today that Teresa Palmer (Lights Out) and Matthew Goode (Stoker) will star in […]
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‘The Handmaiden’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Tae-ri Kim, Min-hee Kim, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong | Written by Chung Seo-kyung, Park Chan-wook | Directed by Park Chan-wook

Based on Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel, Fingersmith, Park Chan-wook’s first feature since 2013’s Stoker is a ravishing feminist fable, full of fantastically cruel twists. It’s sensual, funny, nasty, brilliantly acted, beautifully shot and exquisitely edited.

The setting is 1930s colonial Korea, slap bang in the middle of Japanese rule. Nam Sook-hee (Tae-ri Kim), a young pickpocket, is approached by smooth conman “Count Fujiwara” (Ha Jung-woo), who intends to swindle money from a wealthy Korean aristocrat known as Uncle Kouzuki (Cho Jin-woong). The plan is for Fujiwara to seduce Kouzuki’s niece, Izumi Hideko (Min-hee Kim), and steal away with her uncle’s cash. Sook-hee will act as Hideko’s handmaiden, and help manipulate Hideko into Fujiwara’s arms.

But then an intimate relationship blooms between Hideko and Sook-hee. It seems
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The Crown returns as Netflix debut first look & air date at the brand new series

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Author: Scott Davis

Stay calm everyone – just like Stranger Things sent the internet into meltdown a few weeks ago after the new trailer for the second season debuted, the same is set to happen this week as Netflix have unveiled the first look at the second season of their hit show The Crown which is set to arrive back on Netflix on December 8th.

Check out our interviews from The Crown Premiere Here

After the success of the first series, the follow-up jumps forward in time a little and tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign (Award Winner Claire Foy) as she deals with the break up of the social order after World War II. Season Two sees new talent arrive in the form of Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as John F. Kennedy, Matthew Goode (Stoker) as Antony Armstrong-Jones and Jodi Balfour (Quarry) as Jackie Kennedy.

The Crown
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Beyond ‘Baby Driver’: 4 Action Genres Every Diehard Fan Must Know

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Beyond ‘Baby Driver’: 4 Action Genres Every Diehard Fan Must Know
When Anthony Bourdain took issue with “Baby Driver” in a blunt tweet a few days after the movie’s release, the celebrity chef was advocating for another kind of action movie experience. He followed up his initial outburst by singling out “The Raid,” the bloody Indonesian martial arts film, as a superior movie. Whether or not the comparison is fair, Bourdain did hit on two crucial factors with respect to the action genre — it is big, and it is global. No discerning viewer can truly claim complete knowledge of the genre before at least getting familiar with the range of possibilities around the world.

Here are the four essential subgenres every diehard fan should know. If Bourdain traveled the world going to film festivals in search of authentic regional action films, instead of food, these are the sorts of kickass flavors likely to entice him.

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The Greatest Monster Movies of All-Time

The monster movie represents one of the most enduring genres in cinema, a versatile formula for exploring the horrors of the unknown. Whatever it is that scares us, there’s always a monster to represent that fear as a metaphor in the flesh. Most monsters are misunderstood creatures, victims of a terrible fate seeking redemption and, in some cases, vengeance.

Alien: Covenant, now playing in theaters, returns director Ridley Scott to a beloved franchise, following the mixed and controversial reception to Prometheus. The plot follows the crew of a deep-space colony ship, which lands on what appears to be an undiscovered paradise. This new planet holds many secrets for its new inhabitants, including David (Michael Fassbender) the surviving robotic companion of the Prometheus crew. Sadly, the series isn’t always consistent in quality (Alien: Resurrection was a definite low) but movie fans will always welcome a return visit to this classic monster movie territory.
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‘Okja’s Bong Joon-Ho: Why Creative Control Is A Director’s Best Protection – Deadline Disruptors

‘Okja’s Bong Joon-Ho: Why Creative Control Is A Director’s Best Protection – Deadline Disruptors
In 2013, three of South Korea's most famous and influential directors went to work for Hollywood. Park Chan-wook made the stylized Gothic thriller Stoker at Fox, Kim Jee-woon went to Lionsgate for the Arnold Schwarzenegger shoot-'em-up The Last Stand, and, in the most publicized instance of them all, Bong Joon-ho teamed up with The Weinstein Company for his sci-fi graphic novel adaptation Snowpiercer. They were all in for a shock; treated as royalty in their homeland, the…
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Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ is Now Available on Amazon Prime Video

From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst and Stoker, comes a ravishing new crime drama inspired by the novel ‘Fingersmith’ by British author Sarah Waters.

Having transposed the story to 1930s-era colonial Korea and Japan, Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman’s plot to defraud her of her large inheritance.

Powered by remarkable performances from Kim Min-hee (Right Now, Wrong Then) as Lady Hideko, Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) as the conman who calls himself the Count and sensational debut actress Kim Tae-ri as the maid Sookee, The Handmaiden borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with Park Chan-wook’s singular vision and energy to create an unforgettable viewing experience.
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Movie Review – The Handmaiden (2016)

The Handmaiden, 2016.

Directed by Park Chan-wook

Starring Min-hee Kim, Tae-ri Kim, Jung-woo Ha, and Jin-woong Jo.

Synopsis:

Japanese heiress Hideko employs a new handmaiden, Sook-hee, but what she doesn’t know is that the girl is a pickpocket. She’s been recruited by a con artist who aims to marry her mistress and swindle her out of her fortune. The plot seems to be going according to plan, until Hideko starts to fall for her maid.

For Victorian England, read Korea under Japanese occupation in the 1930s. Oldboy director Park Chan-wook has taken Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith and changed its location and timing, turning it into luxurious thriller with more twists and turns than the writhing octopus that one of the characters keeps crammed into an all-too-small tank. The result is The Handmaiden, the director’s first Korean film after Stoker.

Sook-hee (Tae-ri Kim) comes from poverty, the daughter of a notorious pickpocket.
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Park Chan-wook interview: The Handmaiden, film critics

Ryan Lambie Apr 14, 2017

Eminent director Park Chan-wook talks to us about the themes in his new film, The Handmaiden, and lots and more...

One day, science will finally deliver us the electronic equivalent of a Babel fish: a little device you can put in your ear that will interpret and translate your words as they're spoken. That way, people from opposing planet will be able to hold fluid conversations despite speaking completely different languages.

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This sprang to mind as we sat down with Park Chan-wook, the Korean director of films as Oldboy, Stoker and I'm A Cyborg, But That's Ok. Despite the stunning mental agility of a translator, who renders my mumblings in to Korean and Director Park's responses into English, the back-and-forth is painfully slow. All of this explains why the interview below, despite lasting 20 minutes, only contains a
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The Handmaiden review

Oldboy director Park Chan-wook returns with The Handmaiden - an erotic thriller that is downright unmissable...

There’s a lush, operatic quality to Park Chan-wook’s movies, whether they’re dealing with vampires (2009's Thirst) or bitter tales of revenge (Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, Oldboy). The director brings his unwavering eye for minute detail to The Handmaiden, a deliciously lurid thriller which takes Sarah Waters' British novel, Fingersmith, and moves it to 1940s Korea.

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At first, it looks as though we’re in for an intimate little chamber piece about a demure handmaiden, her wealthy young Japanese mistress and the latter’s suitor, a handsome nobleman who teaches her how to draw and paint. A passionate love triangle develops between them; Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee) and Count Fujiwara (Ha Jung-woo) are engaged to marry, yet a frisson of sexual chemistry
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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch

Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Nicole Kidman, who’s having something of a renaissance moment.

Bottom Line: Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses. She’s an Oscar perennial who constantly chases challenging material, edginess be damned. Yes, her most recent nomination stemmed from a very mild-mannered role as Dev Patel’s mother in the true-life Australian drama “Lion,” but for Kidman’s career it’s her exceptions that prove the rule.

She broadened her fanbase by producing, with Reese Witherspoon, the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” in which she co-starred as Celeste Wright, an elegant Monterey mom trapped in a sadomasochistic power struggle of spousal abuse with her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Critics’ raves and audience reaction will likely push Kidman to
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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch

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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Nicole Kidman, who’s having something of a renaissance moment.

Bottom Line: Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses. She’s an Oscar perennial who constantly chases challenging material, edginess be damned. Yes, her most recent nomination stemmed from a very mild-mannered role as Dev Patel’s mother in the true-life Australian drama “Lion,” but for Kidman’s career it’s her exceptions that prove the rule.

She broadened her fanbase by producing, with Reese Witherspoon, the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” in which she co-starred as Celeste Wright, an elegant Monterey mom trapped in a sadomasochistic power struggle of spousal abuse with her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Critics’ raves and audience reaction will likely push Kidman to
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Exclusive: Park Chan-wook on The Handmaiden, getting in touch with his feminine side & criticising the male gaze

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Author: Stefan Pape

Renowned primarily for his contemporary classic Oldboy, Park Chan-wook has just crafted one of his very best yet, with the sumptuous, electric thriller The Handmaiden. When the film played at the London Film Festival we were fortunate enough to be granted some time with this ingenious auteur, to discuss this indelible piece of cinema, which owes a lot to the success of the filmmaker’s seminal piece – which helped establish South Korea as a shining light in world cinema.

Sat down next to his translator, Park took a somewhat more modest view, claiming it’s the work of other directors from his homeland which have allowed for the industry to flourish, and see budgets for films such as The Handmaiden now be available to filmmakers.

“I may have been somewhat responsible for Korean films being discovered outside of Korea, but in terms of filmmakers who impacted the
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Which Film Won as Nicole Kidman’s Best Performance in the ‘Kidman World Cup’?

Which Film Won as Nicole Kidman’s Best Performance in the ‘Kidman World Cup’?
To be a Nicole Kidman fan hasn’t always been easy. The Australian star may consistently turn in strong, challenging work in a diverse range of arthouse and commercial fare, but inconsistent box-office returns and ongoing tabloid scrutiny of her personal life makes for a fair amount of pushback. She may have won an Oscar and starred in a number of critical darlings, but she somehow inspires snarkier commentary — whether about her choice in roles, or her taste in men — than such comparably gifted peers as Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore. As BuzzFeed’s Anne Helen Petersen wrote in an appreciation earlier this week: “No woman with as much talent as Kidman should be forced to re-argue, over and over again, that she is a force to be taken seriously.”

2017, however, has been a pretty great year for the Kidman faithful. In January, she scored another Oscar nomination — her fourth
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