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Famke Janssen added to cast of ‘The Postcard Killings; First Look Image arrives

X-Men’s Famke Janssen has been added to the cast of Danis Tanovic’s ‘The Postcard Killings’ alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The film is a chilling crime story, following Jacob Kanon (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a hardened New York Detective, in search of the person responsible for the murder of his only daughter. Across Europe, newlywed couples are being targeted in a string of bizarre homicides that leave the young victims’ bodies looking like they have been staged.

Janssen takes on the role of Valerie Kanon, the mother of their now deceased daughter.

Joining Janssen and Morgan on the cast are Denis O’Hare, Naomi Battrick (Jamestown, A Very English Scandal), Ruairi O’Connor and Cush Jumbo.

The film’s cross-country focus is also highlighted by an extended cast that includes Sallie Harmsen, Eva Röse and Joachim Król.

Also in news – Josh Gad to lead ‘Honey I Shrunk The
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Famke Janssen Joins Jeffrey Dean Morgan in ‘The Postcard Killings,’ First Look Image (Exclusive)

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Famke Janssen Joins Jeffrey Dean Morgan in ‘The Postcard Killings,’ First Look Image (Exclusive)
Famke Janssen has joined Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the cast of crime thriller “The Postcard Killings.” Variety has been given the first-look image from the movie.

Morgan plays Jacob Kanon, the New York detective intent on capturing his daughter’s murderer. Janssen plays Valerie Kanon, the mother of their now deceased daughter.

Across Europe, newlywed couples are being targeted in a string of bizarre killings that leave the young victims’ bodies looking like the murders have been staged.

Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic, who won an Oscar for “No Man’s Land,” and Berlin Grand Jury winner “Death in Sarajevo,” directs the pic.

The film is an adaptation of James Patterson and Liza Marklund bestselling novel. It is produced by Good Films Collective, and is being sold in Cannes by Christian Mercuri’s Capstone.

As well as Morgan and Janssen, the film features Denis O’Hare, Naomi Battrick, Ruairi O’Connor and Cush Jumbo.
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Principal Photography Has Kicked Off On ‘The Postcard Killings’ With Jeffrey Dean Morgan

We’ve just received word that principal photography commenced has kicked off this week on The Postcard Killings, based on the James Patterson and Liza Marklund bestseller, The Postcard Killers. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Connie Nielsen will star alongside Denis O’Hare, Naomi Battrick, Ruairi O’Connor and Cush Jumbo. The production will shoot on location across London, Norway and Stockholm.

The Postcard Killings is a chilling crime story, following Jacob Kanon (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a hardened New York Detective, in search of the person responsible for the murder of his only daughter. Across Europe, newlywed couples are being targeted in a string of bizarre homicides that leave the young victims’ bodies looking like copies of great works of art.

The film will be produced by Good FilmsMiriam Segal alongside Paul Brennan, Peter Calvin Nelson, and Leopoldo Gout, and directed by Academy Award winner Danis Tanovic whose first feature film,
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Menemsha Films targets fifth $1m Jewish-themed hit with '1945' (exclusive)

Wartime drama wins best foreign film at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.

Us-based specialty distributor Menemsha Films is targeting its fifth $1m-plus Jewish-themed release as Hungarian black and white drama 1945 cruised past $800,000 last week.

The wartime drama, which just beat Oscar winner A Fantastic Woman and The Square to win the Best Foreign Fiction Film Founders Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan (pictured), will join an elite club that includes Menemsha titles Gloomy Sunday, The Rape Of Europa, Dough starring Jonathan Pryce, and Israeli hit The Women’s Balcony.

Ferenc Torok directed 1945, which
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Steve's Favorite New Jazz Albums of 2016

Okay, it's time for me to stop trying to listen to more 2016 albums and just wrap up this list. In the past I would split my jazz list into a new releases part dedicated to current recordings and a historical part combining first releases of archival material with reissues. This year I'm skipping reissues, partly because some projects were so gargantuan that little guys like me weren't serviced with them, partly because the vinyl renaissance means everything is being reissued at once, and partly because so much stuff is just rehashing the same material in new packaging, with or without a gimmick or a little additional material added. So first releases of archival material are lumped in here. Maybe that's not entirely fair to the current guys, but on the other hand I don't include many archival items on my list.

1. Matthew Shipp & Bobby Kapp: Cactus (Northern Spy)

Two generations
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How Diane Kruger Went From Ballet Dancer to Actress And Found Herself Along the Way

How Diane Kruger Went From Ballet Dancer to Actress And Found Herself Along the Way
“How are you not a big damn star?” This was the question I most itching to ask German actress Diane Kruger when we sat down to discuss her curious career and her latest lauded film, Alice Winocour’s surreal thriller “Disorder.”

A striking beauty with regal cheekbones, the tri-lingual Kruger has been awing audiences for years, thanks to turns in French prestige pictures like Benoît Jacquot’s “Farewell, My Queen” and bold American movies like Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Yet somehow, Kruger’s path has not led her to A-list status. Retracing her steps from ballerina to model to internationally acclaimed thespian, we explored the whys and why bother of it all.

Read More: Watch: New Trailer For Thriller ‘Disorder’ Starring Matthias Schoenaerts And Diane Kruger

Kruger’s earliest artistic ambition was ballet, which she studied at the Royal Academy in London. “I didn’t know it then,” she told IndieWire,
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New Europe scores 'United States Of Love', 'Aloys' sales

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New Europe scores 'United States Of Love', 'Aloys' sales
Exclusive: Both titles debuted at Berlinale where United States of Love won a Silver Bear.

Polish drama United States Of Love (Zjednoczone stany miłości) has been snapped up by a further three territories following its world premiere in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won director/writer Tomasz Wasilewski the Silver Bear for best script.

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales company New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to Denmark (Angel), Hungary (Vertigo) and Romania (Transilvania Film) with further offers pending from German-speaking Europe.

It follows previous sales across Europe and Asia including the UK, France and South Korea during the Efm. Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.

New Europe has also scored deals for Tobias Nölle’s Aloys, which won the
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Berlin: 'Aloys' sold to Taiwan, Benelux

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Berlin: 'Aloys' sold to Taiwan, Benelux
Exclusive: Swiss drama received world premiere at Berlinale.

Tobias Nölle’s Aloys, which received its world premiere in Berlinale’s Panorama strand on Saturday (Feb 13), has scored a brace of distribution deals.

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to Taiwan (Flash Forward) and Benelux (Contact). The Swiss distributor is Outside the Box.

Austria’s Georg Friedrich (The Piano Player, Faust) stars as a lonely private investigator who is contacted by a mysterious woman. She pulls him into a mind game known as ‘telephone walking’. Fascinated by her voice, he discovers an imaginary universe that allows him to break out of his isolation.

Cast also includes Tilde von Overbeck, Kamil Krejci, Yufei Lee and Koi Lee.

First-time director Nölle, who studied film at NYC’s School of Visual Arts, previously completed the award winning short Rene in 2008, which won multiple awards on the international festival circuit including a Golden Leopard
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Five Potential Horrors For Next Season of 'American Horror Story'

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Five Potential Horrors For Next Season of 'American Horror Story'
Now that Miss Robichaux’s Academy is closed for business after a season which played out like the bastard offspring of Dennis Wheatley and Jacqueline Susann, American Horror Story fanatics are already filled with a giddy sense of anticipation at what demented devilry the show’s creators will serve up when the fourth season rolls around in the fall.

The kind of creative risks and innovative storytelling displayed in American Horror Story might well have proven the kiss of death for a show in less capable hands. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk cunningly side-stepped this by utilizing an anything-goes format and taking a familiar core concept (i.e. haunted house, institution, witches coven) in a refreshingly bold direction where nothing is outside the realm of possibility (and in many instances: of plausibility) and absolutely nothing is sacred.

So it begs the question: where will they go next? We know that
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6 German Films That Positively Wallow In Gloom

I am not saying that all German films are gloomy – there are a lot of very successful and beloved comedies emerging from the German film industry, but whenever German cinema does doom and gloom, they are very very good at it and do not hold back in portraying the dark side of life. I will never deny that I love gloomy films. They paradoxically cheer me up whereas rom-coms make me yearn for a razor blade.

I am a self confessed Teutonophile. I studied German formally for nine years. I find everything German fascinating. I think that a lot of the depression in German films can be related to the country’s troubled past – Nazism, the Holocaust, partition, reunification. I think Germany has really struggled with unpleasant memories – they seem burned onto the national consciousness. This has affected the German film industry’s world view and how they handle different subjects.

'Bunheads' Finale: Michelle Sneaks Off For A Secret Audition

'Bunheads' Finale: Michelle Sneaks Off For A Secret Audition
Michelle took off again during the season final of "Bunheads." The last time she did that after macing the dance class and the girls feared they may never see her again. So it was no surprise that they followed her this time. Where they found her was in an audition for a Broadway show.

The girls had a lot of fun sneaking around the church where the auditions were being held -- barely escaping getting caught on several occasions -- and even slipped in for some rehearsal time with the auditioning dancers. But mostly they held their breath and wished the best for Michelle. Even though they loved her and she was their teacher, they knew this would make her happy.

Unfortunately, the auditions turned out to be a sham. The piano player, Seth, explained it all to Michelle. "This choreographer hires the same girls no matter what," he said.
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"Smash" Recap 114: “That Girl Is Poison(ed)!”

We open this week with a lovely tracking shot up the length of Dev's naked body, glowing in the early morning light as he sleeps off the rest of last night's drunk.

He opens his eyes and, after a moment's confusion at his surroundings, clearly thinks to himself, “What the hell did I get myself into last night?” He rolls over and spots just what the hell he got himself into last night. Mornin' Ivy!

Cut to Karen backstage walking with Jessica, who is incredulous upon learning that Derek had sex with Rebecca. Cut to Derek, who waves good morning. Back to the ladies, where Karen frets about her fight with Dev. She's been texting and texting and he hasn't responded. Oh Karen, what's the worst that could have happened?

Jessica asks to borrow Karen's phone to call Ivy, who isn't yet at rehearsal. She dials and one of two
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Hurts – Live at O2 Academy Brixton Review – 4 November 2011

On arriving at a party on New Year’s Eve 2010, it rapidly became apparent that I had been the only person not to receive the ‘fancy dress’ memo. I felt like the kid in school uniform on non-uniform day. None too pleasant. That was until my friend Jack handed me a lifeline – “Have you come as the lead singer of Hurts?”- my immediate response being “who?” – but a few taps on the iPhone, and lo, Google could declare that yes, I had, somewhat inadvertently, arrived as Theo Hutchcraft. Ignorance Is bliss.

So having used this well dressed fellow’s name to blag my way through what could have been an otherwise awkward evening, I felt obliged to download their debut album (legally) and give them a listen. And I am not ashamed to say, step aside Neil Tennant, Theo is my new electro-pop hero. Yes the album’s glossy.
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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 5)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...

“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys [2000] is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood,
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Movies Edgar Wright has Never Seen - Help him decide what to watch on the big screen

Below you will find a list of movie that Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright has never seen. Not long ago Wright went out and asked his friends and fans to recommend some movies they thought he may have missed over the last thirty years of his life. He got recommendations from Quentin Tarantino, Daniel Waters, Bill Hader, John Landis, Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Greg Mottola, Schwartzman, Doug Benson, Rian Johnson, Larry Karaszeski, Josh Olson, Harry Knowles and hundreds of fans on this blog.

From these recommendations, Wright created a master list of recommended films that were frequently mentioned. The director now wants the fans to choose which of the films on the list he should watch on the big screen.

Wright is holding a film event at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles called Films Edgar Has Never Seen.
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Edgar Wright Has Never Seen These Movies, Pair Them Up For Four Nights In Los Angeles

Edgar Wright Has Never Seen These Movies, Pair Them Up For Four Nights In Los Angeles
Edgar Wright's latest epic project [1] has him partnering with Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Bill Hader, Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, Greg Mottola, Harry Knowles, Rian Johnson and, probably, several of you. Like all of us, Wright has a bunch of classic and cult films he's never seen. Unlike all of us, he has the means to see them for the first time on the big screen and will do just that in December [2] at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles during Films Edgar Has Never Seen. The director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World asked both his famous friends (some of which are listed above) and fans to send in their personal must see lists and, from those titles, Wright came up with one mega list from which he'll pick a few movies to watch December 9-16. After the jump check
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Mumbai to host first European film festival

The city of dreams is set to host a month-long European Films Festival, where works of greats like French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard and Swiss master Daniel Schmid will be showcased. The event starting Friday is curated by Taj Enlighten Film Society and supported by the Consulate of Switzerland. 'The exhibition of masters like Godard to an Indian audience places these works out of their 'Art House' comfort zone and instead engages with a cinema of experienced time,' Pranav Ashar, chairman, Taj Enlighten, said in a statement. 'Bed & Board', 'Army of Shadows', 'Le Petit Soldat', 'Oh Woe is Me' and 'Shoot The Piano Player', among others, will be showcased at the festival which will go on till June 26. Bollywood filmmaker Amole Gupte, who will inaugurate the festival, said: 'European films stand for the superior-most quality, both in terms of both narrative as well as detailing.
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Cannes Film Festival: A new year, a new provocation from 'Michael,' the Pedophile Movie

Cannes wouldn’t be Cannes without movies built to shock. Usually there’s (yawn) sex involved — bonjour, Brown Bunny! Antichrist-like degradation is also nice and will suffice. This year, for his first feature, Austrian casting director-turned filmmaker Markus Schleinzer methodically, balefully observes a 35-year-old pedophile (Michael Fuith) who gives the movie its title, and Michael’s victim, 10-year-old Wolfgang (David Rauschenberger), imprisoned in Michael’s basement. This is no Silence of the Lambs voluptuous horror show; it’s a matter-of-fact, daily-life horror show of “normality.” Michael goes to his regular job at an insurance company, interacts with colleagues, comes home to a tidy house,
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Netflix Now Boasts More Subscribers Than Showtime, Starz, HBO Next?

One of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' favorite films is Gloomy Sunday, a dark and melancholic movie about the fragility of life and love, set in 1930s Budapest. But at Netflix headquarters in sunny Los Gatos, California, on Wednesday, the atmosphere and mood was anything but gloomy and depressed.

The streaming company trumped Wall Street fears, with quarterly profit rising 52% to $47.1 million, and revenue increasing by 34% to $595.9 million. Most impressively, Netflix added 3.1 million subscriptions during the quarter, and boasts more than 20 million subscribers--more than the total subscribers of premium channels Starz and Showtime, which have 17.3 million and 18.2 million subscribers, respectively.

Is HBO next on Netflix's radar?

The streaming and DVD-by-mail service estimates it will expand to as many as 22.8 million subscribers in the coming quarter, a possible uptick of 14%. Meanwhile, the subscriber base for HBO, which ended its last quarter with 28.55 million subscribers, fell to its lowest levels in four years,
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Sound On Sight Radio Rewind: Episode#161 – Director Lars Von Trier

Perhaps, in the early 1980s, while still in film school, Danish director Lars von Trier saw one of the Us’ highest grossing feel-good comedies, like Risky Business or Mr. Mom. And then decided to make exact opposite of that film for the rest of his life. If such a thing did happen, he’s kept his promise, churning out movies that are best accompanied by a barbiturate overdose while Gloomy Sunday plays on a phonograph. His latest project, Antichrist, is no exception. It tells the story of a couple who, after losing their son, travel to a secluded cabin, where the wife deals with her grief and guilt by masturbating in front of Satanic Bambi extras and mutilating her husband’s crotch. Tonight, Sound and Sight takes a look at von Trier’s controversial new film, as well as 1984’s The Element of Crime, the director’s debut feature.

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