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Michael Nyqvist, ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Star, Dies at 56

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Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films alongside Noomi Rapace, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, his representative confirmed. He was 56.

“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” said his rep in a statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Though best known for his role in the Swedish “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, Nyqvist also broke into American film. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol »


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‘Deadpool 2’ Production Kicks Off, Ryan Reynolds Shares First Photo From Set

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Ryan Reynolds announced the first day of production for “Deadpool 2” with a photo on his Instagram account.

“The sun sets on day 1. Feels good to be back. This dog can hunt,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds will return in the sequel as the foul-mouthed superhero with Josh Brolin signed on as Cable. »


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Lizzy Caplan, Rick Okon board Sky’s $28m ‘Das Boot’ Sequel (Exclusive)

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Rick Okon (“Tatort”) will captain the U-612 U-boat in the upcoming “Das Boot” series, with Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), and August Wittgenstein (“The Crown”) also cast in the €25 million drama.

A 104-day shoot for the high-end series starts at end-August and will take in La Rochelle, Prague, Malta and Munich. Billed as a sequel to the 1981 film and Lothar-Günther Buchheim novel, the show will go out on Sky’s pay TV channels in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

Other cast members include Vicky Krieps (“Colonia Dignidad”), Jonathan Zaccaϊ (“Robin Hood”), Leonard Scheicher (“Finsterworld”), Robert Stadlober (“Summer Storm”), Franz Dinda (“The Cloud”), and Stefan Konarske (“The Young Karl Marx”). German filmmaker Andreas Prochaska (“The Dark Valley”) will direct the eight-part series, which launches on Sky next fall.

Sonar Entertainment, Sky, and Bavaria Fernsehproduktion are making the series. Moritz Polter and Oliver Vogel, are the executive producers for Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, and »


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Sorry Fanboys, Joss Whedon Is Not Attending Comic-Con 2017

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Sorry fanboys, but don’t expect Joss Whedon to appear during DC films Hall H presentation next month down in San Diego, California, as the director is not attending this year’s Comic-Con. Over the weekend, London based film critic Mark Searby ran into Whedon on the street and told him he was looking forward to seeing what he would be bringing to Comic-Con next month. However, Whedon replied: “I won’t be there. Only the second time in 20 years I won’t make it.” Just met @joss pic.twitter.com/Pc6CbZ4LPA — Mark Searby (@Mark_Searby) June 25, 2017 The »


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‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script

26 June 2017 1:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand.

New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran.

The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps. As with the first two “Conjuring” films, which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal researchers Lorraine and Ed Warren, the story will be taken from the Warrens’ case files.

Johnson wrote “The Conjuring 2,” which went on to gross $320 million worldwide. The news comes two weeks after New Line launched development on “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2” in the the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”

The two “Conjuring” films and 2014’s “Annabelle” have combined to gross $897 million in box office worldwide. “Annabelle: Creation »


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'War for the Planet of the Apes': What the Critics Are Saying

26 June 2017 2:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Step aside, Wonder Woman; there's a new beloved blockbuster of the summer — and War for the Planet of the Apes has a level of critical praise that would make even the first lady of superhero movies jealous. Simply put, it's getting reviews that summer tentpoles just don't traditionally receive.

To wit, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy raves about the movie, praising its visuals ("the sheer beauty of the film is intense," he writes, noting that cinematographer Michael Seresin "intoxicatingly" captures the world around the apes), score and a story that dares to be morally complex instead of reductive »


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Oceanside Media boards 'The Blood Spoon Council'

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Exclusive: The Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy makes directing return.

Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.

The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.

When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.

Duffy directed 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (pictured), the sequel to his 1999 crime thriller The Boondock Saints.

In addition to Blood Spoon, the filmmaker has several projects in development including action feature Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em and comedy Black Ghost, which he is writing in collaboration with Cedrick The Entertainer. 

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Troy Duffy to direct 'The Blood Spoon Council'

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Exclusive: Oceanside Media producing and fully financing project by The Boondock Saints director.

Producer Scott Clayton and his Oceanside Media has signed on to produce and fully finance The Blood Spoon Council, Troy Duffy’s return to the director’s chair since The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2009.

The psychological thriller centres on the eponymous vigilante group that hunts down and executes serial killers in the Us.

When the FBI commissions a rogue profiler to get inside the head of the group’s elusive leader, the investigation is derailed when the whizzkid engages in a game of cat-and-mouse with a formidable mastermind.

Duffy directed 2009’s The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, the sequel to his 1999 crime thriller The Boondock Saints.

In addition to Blood Spoon, the filmmaker has several projects in development including action feature Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em and comedy Black Ghost, which he is writing in collaboration with Cedrick The Entertainer. 

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'Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dies aged 56

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Swedish star made several high-profile forays into Hollywood.

Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish star who found international fame with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

Nyqvist’s Us-based representatives issued a statement on Tuesday that read: “On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer. Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Nyqvist will be most famous to non-Scandinavian audiences for his role as investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 adaptation »


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Michael Nyqvist, star of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo', dies aged 56

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Swedish star made several high-profile forays into Hollywood.

The Swedish star who found international fame with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

Nyqvist will be most famous to non-Scandinavian audiences for his role as investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev’s 2009 adaptation of the late Stieg Larsson’s smash Millennium book series that also turned Noomi Rapace into a global star.

He reprised his role as Blomkvist in The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. Daniel Craig played Blomkvist in the English-language version that Sony distributed in the Us and other territories in 2011.

Nyqvist, who had acted in Sweden for decades before The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, also made a number of high-profile forays into Hollywood, appearing opposite Keanu Reeves in 2014’s John Wick, and alongside »


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Gwendoline Christie Joins Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis’ Drama

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Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie has joined the cast of the untitled Robert Zemeckis project opposite Steve Carell.

Diane Kruger, Leslie Mann and Janelle Monae are also starring in the movie. Carell will star as a man who builds a miniature World War II village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Christie will be his caretaker.

the story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

Christie is well known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones and stars opposite Nicole Kidman and Elizabeth Moss in “Top of the Lake.” She appeared as Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will return for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Zemeckis directs and produces from a screenplay he wrote with Caroline Thompson. Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner also produce, alongside »


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Gail Mancuso Directing Road Trip Comedy ‘Besties’ for DreamWorks

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Veteran television director Gail Mancuso will direct the road trip comedy “Besties” for DreamWorks Pictures.

The project has been in the works since last year when DreamWorks picked up the film rights to the script written by Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic. Ivan Reitman and Ali Bell are producing with Tom Pollock as executive producer.

The story follows a woman embarks on an epic road trip with her best friends to break up the wedding of her childhood crush after discovering a long-lost love note.

Universal would distribute. The project is eyeing late 2017 start.

Mancuso is a back-to-back Emmy winner for “Modern Family” in 2013 and 2014. She has directed over 300 television episodes, including “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Friends” and “Roseanne.” Mancuso also has received three DGA nominations for directorial achievement in a comedy series.

She is represented by ICM Partners and law firm Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher.

Related storiesFox and Paramount Forge Unique Distribution Partnership in ItalyUniversal Dates »


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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’-Themed Protesters Shame Republicans on Behalf of Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood held a demonstration inspired by Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, with demonstrators dressed in red cloaks and white bonnets to protest the Senate’s proposed health care legislation. Republicans on Tuesday delayed a vote for the bill, which would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and prevent women from using federal tax credits to buy insurance plans covering abortion services.

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Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid’s Tale” revolves around a woman named Offred (Elisabeth Moss), one of the few fertile women left in Gilead, a dystopia where the birth rate is dangerously low and women no longer have rights. Offred is therefore a “vessel” for the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife (Yvonne Strahovski), but clings to her past, when she was »


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Mena Massoud Joins ‘Strange But True’ Jessica Allain Boards ‘Vengeance’; Hassie Harrison In ‘The Iron Orchard’

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Mena Massoud has come aboard Strange But True, directed by Rowan Athale. He joins Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley and Connor Jessup in the film about a young woman who suddenly finds herself pregnant five years after the death of her boyfriend. When she confronts his family with the idea that this child could be his, the truth begins to unravel. La La Land producer Fred Berger is producing the film, which was written by Eric Garcia based on the… »


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New ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Set Photo Teases Big Stunt Sequence

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Production continues on Mission: Impossible 6, filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie continues sharing teases on social media, and I continue to highly anticipate this next sequel. McQuarrie marks the first director in the Mission franchise to repeat, having written and directed the exemplary Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. He knows the stakes, and he’s made clear that he’s working to make Mission: Impossible 6 distinct from Rogue Nation in a number of ways—including visually, with Rob Hardy (Ex Machina) serving as cinematographer. But one thing we’ve been looking forward to in Mission: Impossible 6 is a big stunt sequence. … »

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Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, of Dragon Tattoo and John Wick, dies at 56

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The actor, who appeared as Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish adaptations of the Stieg Larsson novels, has died of lung cancer

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist has died at the age of 56. He had been battling lung cancer.

The Stockholm-born actor was best known for his role as Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish Dragon Tattoo trilogy, which included The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

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Ansel Elgort to Portray John F. Kennedy in World War II Drama ‘Mayday 109’

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Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort has signed on to play John F. Kennedy in the drama “Mayday 109,” based on the 1943 sinking of Kennedy’s Pt boat during World War II.

The project has been in development since 2015, when Beau Flynn and Basil Iwanyk acquired a script by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore. Kent Kubena and Taylor Zea will oversee for Thunder Road and Scott Sheldon will oversee for Flynn Picture Co. No director is yet attached.

Kennedy was the commander of patrol torpedo boat Pt 109 in the South Pacific when it was rammed by a Japanese destroyer Amagin, killing two crewmen. With the crew presumed dead by allies, Kennedy led the 11 survivors in swimming to a deserted island, where the crew had to hide from passing Japanese barges.

Kennedy swam over two miles to two other islands in search of help and food, then led his men to Olasana Island, which »


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Lizzy Caplan Joins ‘Das Boot’ TV Sequel

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Well over a year ago, it was announced that an 8-hour, TV sequel to Wolfgang Petersen‘s 1981 WWII German U-boat drama classic “Das Boot” was in the works. It was interesting news, and it made us curious, but as with anything else that happened eighteen months ago, we totally forgot about. Well, the project is headed to sea with some interesting developments.

Masters Of Sex” and “Party Down” star Lizzy Caplan is the lone Hollywood name boarding the project, that has lined up an ensemble which includes August WittgensteinVicky Krieps, Jonathan Zaccaϊ, Leonard Scheicher, Robert Stadlober, Franz Dinda, and Stefan Konarske

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Michael Nyqvist Dies: ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ & ‘M:i – Ghost Protocol’ Star Was 56

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Michael Nyqvist, who starred as investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish versions of The  Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequel and went on to appear in a number of Hollywood films, died today of cancer. He was 56. His family confirmed the news to Swedish media. The actor also starred alongside Tom Cruise as lead villain Kurt Hendricks in 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and opposite Keanu Reeves as the leader of the Russian mob in John Wick… »


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China’s Box Office Fraud: How Phony Ticket Sales Hurt the Film Industry

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Hollywood and China are finally working together to crack down on box office cheats. The Motion Picture Association of America recently hired an accounting firm to audit China’s box office data, the first time the country has allowed the lobbying group to inspect its numbers, Bloomberg reports.

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Fraudulent activity in China’s film industry has been suspected for years, but only recently has the country begun cracking down on companies that have cooked the books. Last November, China’s National People’s Congress established new fines for companies that misreport box office sales, ranging from roughly $7,000 to $74,000, Voa News reported. In 2015, the makers of the Chinese film “Monster Hunt” admitted to giving moviegoers 40 million free tickets in order to boost its numbers and beat out Universal Pictures’ “Furious 7” for the distinction of highest-grossing title in mainland China. »


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