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Posted By Maria   January 21st, 2017  News/Rumors,TV: SS-GB

New films from Stanley Tucci, Martin Provost and China’s Liu Jian complete the Berlinale’s competition lineup and will see their world premieres at the next month’s festival

The festival also announced the Berlinale Special, which will once again present a selection of television series as part of the official program. It marks the third time TV programming has featured at Berlin, with screenings of the first two episodes of each series.

This year’s selected series includes TNT’s “4 Blocks” from Germany, directed by Marvin Kren; German-Danish co-production “Below The Surface,” from Kanal 5 and Discovery Network Denmark; France 2’s French-Belgian co-production “Black Spot;” ZDF’s German-Czech co-production “The Same Sky,” directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel; Amazon Prime’s “Patriot,” a U.S.-Czech co-production created by Steve Conrad; and the BBC’s “SS-GB,” starring Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth.

Berlinale Special Series:

“4 Blocks,” Marvin Kren (Germany)
“Below The Surface,” Kasper Barfoed (Denmark/Germany)
“Black Spot,” Mathieu Missoffe, Thierry Poiraud, Julien Despaux (France/Belgium)
“Patriot,” Steve Conrad (U.S./Czech Republic)
“The Same Sky,” Paula Milne, Oliver Hirschbiegel (Germany/Czech Republic)
“SS-GB,” Philipp Kadelbach (U.K.)


Posted By Maria   March 29th, 2016  Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,News/Rumors

Based on the best-selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen, PRIDE + PREJUDICE + ZOMBIES debuts on digital May 10 and on Blu-ray, DVD, and next-generation 4K Ultra HD May 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In this reimagining of the classic tale, the Bennet sisters and Mr. Darcy must unite to fight a zombie outbreak that has taken over 19th century England. Lily James (Cinderella) leads an ensemble cast featuring Sam Riley (Maleficent), Jack Huston (The Longest Ride), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Jupiter Ascending), Matt Smith (“Dr. Who”), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), and Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”).

Bonus content on the PRIDE + PREJUDICE + ZOMBIES Blu-ray, DVD, and digital formats includes the featurettes “Courtship, Class and Carnage: Meet the Cast” and “From Austen to Zombies: Adapting a Classic.” Exclusive content on the Blu-ray and digital editions include deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a Mr. Collins Line-o-rama, which features Mr. Collins’ most memorable moments. Also included are the featurettes “The Badass Bennet Sisters,” which goes behind the scenes as the ladies prepare for battle, and “Creating the Unmentionables,” where the design teams explain how they created the 19th Century zombies.

4K Ultra HD features four times the resolution of high definition, high dynamic range (HDR)–which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colors, and greater contrast on compatible displays–and Dolby Atmos audio, remixed specifically for the home theater environment, delivering captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Written and directed by Burr Steers and based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, PRIDE + PREJUDICE + ZOMBIES is produced by Marc Butan, Sean McKittrick, Brian Oliver, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Allison Shearmur, and Tyler Thompson. Stephen Meinen served as co-producer with Sue Baden-Powell, Kimberly Fox, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Phil Hunt, Nick Meyer, Compton Ross, and Lauren Selig as executive producers.

A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry, and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.

4K Ultra HD:

  • Feature film in 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR)
  • Dolby Atmos soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible)
  • Also includes the film and special features on high-def Blu-ray

DVD Extras Include:

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Posted By Maria   March 10th, 2016  Movies: Free Fire,News/Rumors

A24 has acquired the U.S. rights to Free Fire, the thriller starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer.

High-Rise helmer Ben Wheatley directed the film, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The thriller centers on an arms deal between two Irish gangs that goes very wrong.

Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Jack Reynor also stars in the film that was co-written by Wheatley and Amy Jump.

Andrew Starke produced the project, while Sikelia’s Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Reno Antoniades, David Kosse, Sam Lavender, Ben Roberts and Lizzie Francke executive produced the film alongside Scorsese.

“We’re thrilled to be working on Free Fire — Ben Wheatley is one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers out there, and we have no doubt he will brilliantly orchestrate this story’s electrifying mayhem,” said A24. “This promises to be both one of the most accomplished and one of the most fun movies of the next year, and we’re excited to bring it to a wide audience.”

WME Global negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures is handling International Sales.


Posted By Maria   November 19th, 2015  News/Rumors

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Riley is in early talks to star in DreamWorks’ Ghost In The Shellopposite Scarlett Johansson. No deal has been set yet and the situation is still fluid, but there is a desire from both sides for one to get made. Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) is directing with Paramount on board to co-finance the film, which is based on the bestselling Japanese sci-fi franchise.

The story follows a female special ops cyborg (Johansson) who leads a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization called Public Security Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. The unit is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man (Riley) who will stop at nothing to destroy Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology. Johansson’s Lucy co-star Pilou Asbæk is also on-board to co-star.

Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing from a script by Jonathan Herman. Michael Costigan, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsu Fujimura and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa are exec producing.

Riley is currently set to star in SS:GB, the Len Deighton adaptation that James Bond scribes Neil Purvis and Robert Wade have written.  German director Philipp Kadelbach, who won plaudits and awards including the International Emmy for German World War II miniseries Generation War, is set to direct. The project, which is being exec produced by Sid Gentle’s Sally Woodward Gentle and produced by Patrick Schweitzer (Doctor Who), is set up at the BBC.

Riley is repped by Tavistock Wood Management and WME. He next stars in Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, which Martin Scorsese is exec producing and stars Brie Larson; and Burr Steers’ Pride And Prejudice And Zombies opposite Lily James.


Posted By Maria   November 19th, 2015  Movies: Free Fire,News/Rumors

Alchemy has bought the U.S. distribution rights to the upcoming thriller “Free Fire,” starring Brie Larsonand Armie Hammer.

The deal was closed on Wednesday, the final day of the American Film Market. Martin Scorsese is exec producing.

Ben Wheatley is directing “Free Fire” from a script he co-wrote with Amy Jump.  Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor,  Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley, Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay also star.

The story is set in Boston in the late 1970s. Larson will portray a woman who has brokered a meeting in a warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and two gang members (Hammer and Copley) who are selling guns.

Andy Starke and Wheatley are producing through their Rook Films banner. Film4 and BFI have co-financed the film, with Protagonist handing international sales and co-representing the domestic sale with WME.

StudioCanal has acquired U.K. rights and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has bought Australia/New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia and Spain.

British director Wheatley’s credits include “High Rise” and “A Field in England.”

News was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.


Posted By Maria   October 22nd, 2015  Interviews,News/Rumors,Photos: Magazine Scans,Photos: Photoshoots

Sam and his wife Alexandra Maria Lara are featuring in the October issue of Icon magazine in Germany. I have added to the gallery gorgeous outtakes and a magazine scan of their interview. Sadly, it’s in German so it is difficult to translate. Be sure to check out the pictures and hopefully will update with better quality ones. Enjoy!

EDIT: Below you can find the interview translated in English by the lovely Azra from Riley Keough Network.

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Alexandra Maria Lara and Sam Riley are actors – and also a couple. They present fashion to us, where Germany visibly overcame the division 25 years ago: At the Glienicker bridge, which connects Berlin and Potsdam

The most beautiful about this place is that it once was a place where all these monstrosities happened, and today it is only a scenery for pictures. ———

——— An Englishman meets a German woman while filming in Nottingham. “Control”, the movie about the band Joy Division was the breakthrough for Sam Riley. For Alexandra Maria Lara it was a exciting role – but for the German star it was the begin of her great love. She was the reason why Sam Riley came to Berlin. Since 10 years lives the Brit in the German capital. Whether he misses Great Britain? “I am more than enough there. Just this morning did I come back from filming in Brighton and that’s why I am a little bit tired.” Riley’s sightseeing started with his wife by his side on a simple stroll. “Alexandra was walking beside me with her head down, and I was thinking: Why is she making herself small?” The reason followed shorty – the first ones turned around for the actress, and “one walked into a post”, says Riley in a mixture of German and English. That was the first time when he realized that he had a star by his side. But that’s not how Alexandra Maria Lara sees herself: “What fascinates me about our work is firstly not to be in the spotlight and everything that comes with it. I am mostly excited about the filming, the creative co workers and the time spend on set. But when we are at premieres or events, it is always fun to meet friends.”

To have fun. The keyword. Also if it is about fashion. Alexandra Maria Lara is all in in most things, but with one thing she is strictly: “For me fashion also has something to do with identity. If you are feeling comfortable in your clothes, you also can wear them confidently.” You could say: Alexandra Maria Lara is precise, not only about what regards her career. Even for the selection of her wardrobe is she the one who decides, if the to be photographed dress, suites her. A Prada outfit made of heavy Bouclé exerts a strong power of attraction toward her. Wearing it, the two piece (skirt and top) fails: “I think we don’t belong together!”

Sam Riley outs himself as a suit lover – his wife is thrilled about him in the Burberry-Trenchcoat above his Slimline suit. Whether on which location, the cameras love both of them.

Would be a modeling career an option for you?

Both laughing. One assumes that a Brit gets irony. With Germans itself pre-supposes a lack of humour. “And I am the one who sometimes likes to tell bad jokes”, says Alexandra Maria Lara grinning in a pile of outfits. Prada, Hermès – huge brands.

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Posted By Maria   October 16th, 2015  News/Rumors,TV: SS-GB

Residents living near Highgate Cemetery have been told not to be alarmed at the presence of Nazi stormtroopers filming a new BBC drama in the area.

Producers of five-part series SS-GB sent letters telling people living in the nearby Holly Ledge estate not to worry about hearing explosives or seeing people wearing military uniforms in the cemetery over the next few weeks.

The letter said: “We plan to film a non-audible explosion, meaning you may hear actors react in a distressed manner for short moments at a time during takes.

“There will be actors dressed in German Army, SS and Russian military uniform, some will be armed – please do not be alarmed.”

The drama stars Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth and imagines what would happen if Germany had won the Second World War.

Set in London, it is based on the novel by Len Deighton and follows Archer, a Scotland Yard detective.

“Archer is a detective working under the SS facing the dilemma of whether to effectively collaborate or join the resistance,” according to the BBC’s description of the show. “[It’s] an “explosive thriller that will ask: What would you do, faced with stakes as high as this?“

Visitors to the famous cemetery, which contains the tombs of Karl Marx, novelist George Eliot and punk manager Malcolm McLaren, have also been warned about the use of fake firearms used in filming, but have been reassured there will be a police officer present when those are deployed.

The series is due to air on BBC One next year.


Sam will play Detective Douglas Archer, who finds himself working under the brutal SS regime. When investigating what appears to be a simple black market murder, he meets American journalist, Barbara Barga (played by Bosworth), and both find themselves dragged into London’s murky underworld.

The actor said: “Archer is a compelling and complex character. He is a good guy struggling to reconcile his job as a policeman within the repressive Nazi machine. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have written a gripping screenplay that pays homage to Len Deighton’s novel. I am very much looking forward to working with this talented team.”

The ambitious series will be directed by the multi award-winning director Philipp Kadelbach. An established and highly-acclaimed German director, SS-GB marks Kadelbach’s first move into English-language TV series.


Posted By Maria   August 18th, 2015  News/Rumors

More great news for Sam. After wrapping ‘Free Fire’, Sam is in talks to star in a World War II movie. Read below for more information.

EXCLUSIVE– Sam Riley is in talks to star in SS:GB, the Len Deighton adaptation that James Bond scribes Neil Purvis and Robert Wade are writing.  No deal has been set yet but this is a plum role in what is fast gearing up to be a prestige project. German director Philipp Kadelbach, who won plaudits and numerous awards including the International Emmy for German World War 2 mini-series Generation War, is attached to direct. The project, which is being exec produced by Sid Gentle’sSally Woodward Gentle and produced by Patrick Schweitzer (Doctor Who), is set up at the BBC.

SS:GB is set in a UK conquered and occupied by Germany during World War II. The title refers to the branch of the Nazi SS that controls Britain.  Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer, a British homicide detective assigned to Scotland Yard, is called in to investigate a murder of a well-dressed man. To his surprise, the case draws the attention of the highest levels of the German government. Archer soon finds himself in the middle of a struggle between powerful forces.  Filming is set to begin in the fall.


Posted By Maria   July 15th, 2015  News/Rumors

20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank have narrowed down their villain search to four rising stars with accents

Now that 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank have their “Fantastic Four” in place, they’ve turned their attention to the movie’s villain — Dr. Doom.

Four rising stars remain on the short-list, all of whom have accents and are 30-34 years old. A fifth contender, Jack Huston, was rumored to be up for Dr. Doom several weeks ago, though it’s unclear whether he remains in the mix.

One of them is expected to antagonize superheroes Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller), the Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), the Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) and the Thing (Jamie Bell).

20th Century Fox, which declined comment, will release “Fantastic Four” in June 2015.

To find out which actors are being considered for the coveted role, watch the video.


Posted By Maria   June 24th, 2015  Movies: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,News/Rumors

Screen Gems will premiere footage and introduce cast members from “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Patient Zero” during its July 11 panel at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The event will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross.

The “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” panel will include cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith, along with director Burr Steers and the book’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith. The film opens Feb. 6, 2016.


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