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Milli Vanilli Biopic Producers Hope End of Ratner Deal Could Revive Long-Gestating Project

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The history of the “Untitled Milli Vanilli Movie” has been almost as much of a roller coaster ride as the duo’s infamous career. The latest roadblock for the biopic, which dates back to a 2007 screenplay by fan Jeff Nathanson, who wanted to direct the film himself, was the demise of Brett Ratner’s $450 million co-financing deal with Warner Bros. for his RatPac Entertainment, which the studio officially announced it wouldn’t renew on April 10. The company was responsible for some of the studio’s biggest hits last year, including “Wonder Woman,” “It,” “Dunkirk” and “The Lego Batman Movie.”

Ratner was set to take the director’s chair for the proposed $20-30 million production, helming his first project since 2014’s “Hercules.” Shooting was planned for both Berlin and Los Angeles, but once Ratner became the subject of sexual harassment accusations late last year, the momentum stopped.

Milli Vanilli’s epic
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'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dies aged 56

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'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dies aged 56
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, died on Tuesday (27) 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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'Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dies aged 56

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'Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dies aged 56
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, died on Tuesday (27) 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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Fajr International Film Festival Tehran 35th Anniversary As It Happened

Fajr International Film Festival Tehran 35th Anniversary As It Happened
You see “Iran” and think certain things. You go to Iran and see the people, the shops, street activity, the environment, its museums and you forget the two things about it which shape your emotional reaction to it: politics and history. Being one of two Americans attending the Fajr International Film Festival makes me feel responsible for sharing my best moments with a broader public.

The Fajr International Film Festival is a gala affair, small enough to meet and share time with the many participants, both filmmakers and invitees from countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Armenia, Turkey, Japan, Mongolia and Korea (and more!). I can only think of one other film event which offered such a luxurious array of experiences to go along with film watching (when Rosskino of Russia invited 25 U.S.distributors and us to Moscow and St. Petersburg and then repeated the event for Brics countries
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DVD Review: The Clan

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★★★★☆ From Argentine director Pablo Trapero, The Clan is the third South American-set drama of the last twelve months to inspect the devastating personal trauma caused by autocratic, prison-like communities. From a remote Chilean coastal village Pablo Larrain's The Club scythed through a suffocating cloak of hushed-up Catholic church abuse; with less gut-wrenching guile Florian Gallenberger exposed the sordid Pinochet era exploits of German tyrant Paul Schafer in The Colony. The Clan takes place in Trapero's homeland across the border and focuses on the outwardly normal, well-to-do Puccio family, who, in the early 1980s, kidnapped and murdered people for money.
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Emma Watson: A Retrospective

The Colony, a film starring Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl, is a nerve-jangling thriller that follows one woman’s efforts to rescue her lover from a brutal cult. Based upon true events this film is set to be released on Digital HD from the 19th August and also on Blu-ray & DVD come the 22nd August 2016 from Signature Entertainment.

Not only are Flickering Myth running a competition where you can win one of three copies of Florian Gallenberger’s The Colony on DVD, thanks to Signature Entertainment, but below is an Emma Watson Retrospective which takes a detailed look at some of her best roles to date.

Emma Watson Retrospective

Actress, feminist, Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and all-around fantastic human being, Emma Watson has certainly raised eyebrows with her challenging role in Florian Gallenberger’s gripping and unnerving film The Colony (Colonia); formed from the aftermath of horrifying true events.. Whilst
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Giveaway – Win The Colony starring Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl

In Florian Gallenberger’s The Colony, we watch one woman’s efforts to rescue her lover from a brutal cult, set to take her on a journey into the heart of darkness. This nerve-jangling thriller starring Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl is available to buy on Digital HD from the 19th August and on both Blu-ray & DVD come the 22nd August 2016, and thanks to Signature Entertainment we have three copies to give away on DVD.

See Also: Read our interview with The Colony Director Florian Gallenberger here

Set amidst the Chilean coup of 1973, The Colony begins by depicting the masses who are out on the street, protesting against General Pinochet. Amongst them are Daniel (Daniel BrühlRush, Captain America: Civil War) and Lena (Emma Watson – Harry Potter, The Bling Ring), a young couple who, like many others, get arrested by Pinochet’s secret police for producing propaganda against the regime.
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Emma Watson-Starring ‘The Colony’ Bombs Big-Time At UK Box Office

Emma Watson-Starring ‘The Colony’ Bombs Big-Time At UK Box Office
Emma Watson’s star power couldn’t help her latest film, “The Colony,” in the UK. According to figures released by the British Film Institute, the drama only made £47, or about $60, in its opening weekend. The numbers came from three cinemas that reported sales figures to the measurement agency Rentrak.

The Colony” tells the story of Lena (Watson), a young woman who infiltrates Colonia Dignidad, a religious compound that serves as a cult and torture prison for the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, in order to find her boyfriend (Daniel Brühl) who was kidnapped.

Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer: Emma Watson Might Be The One In Disney’s Live-Action Remake

According to The Telegraph, the thriller was released in just five cinemas operated by Reel Cinemas last Friday and was also available to stream on demand. The ticket prices for the theaters suggested that only seven people paid
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The Colony review – implausible exposé of Pinochet-era horrors

Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl star in this ropey drama about a sinister Chilean religious community founded by a Nazi émigré

Despite exploitative dodginess, plot-holes the size of Saturn’s rings and an ending pinched from Ben Affleck’s Argo, this movie deserves some points for addressing a little-known dysfunctional horror in Chile’s Pinochet era. Some time after the war, Chile had become home to the Colonia Dignidad, a spartan religious community founded by a German émigré: former Wehrmacht officer and Hitler Youth veteran Paul Schäfer. It was actually a prison camp with barbed wire fences and watchtowers enclosing a Teutonic cult-kingdom involving child abuse, which furthermore put itself enthusiastically at the service of the Pinochet regime, spiriting away its prisoners and torture victims – itself becoming part of the torture.

Florian Gallenberger’s well-meaning movie imagines a liberal German couple Lena (Emma Watson) and Daniel (Daniel Brühl) who get
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Movie Review – The Colony (2015)

The Colony, 2015.

Directed by Florian Gallenberger.

Starring Daniel Brühl, Emma Watson, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Michael Nyqvist, Jeanne Werner, Martin Wuttke and August Zirner.

Synopsis:

After the 1973 Chilean coup d’état against President Salvador Allende, a young German political activist is kidnapped, and deported to the sealed-off hamlet ‘Colonia Dignidad.’ His wife voluntarily enters the village to rescue her husband, and discover it’s a cult ruled by malevolent fanatics.

Any film proclaiming to be based on a true story had best to do a just service to those affected, or to produce a highly subjective piece for a more visceral experience. Besides a proclamation of this ilk the film will have aficionados questioning the films legitimacy – either on its facts or on its ability to translate factoids to the cinematic medium. In short, filmmakers are wise to do their research. In the case of The Colony, this reviewer is
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Interview – Director Florian Gallenberger talks The Colony

The Colony is an edge of your seat thriller set against the backdrop of the infamous Colonia Dignidad in Chile during the 1970’s (check out our review here). The atrocities surrounding the Colonia have been well-documented in the past, but thanks to director Florian Gallenberger’s film, new evidence has come to light which might just see some of those past wrongs finally being righted. With the Oscar-winning director in town for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, we managed to sit down with him to discuss his new film and the events that inspired it.

When did you first hear about the Colonia case and what inspired you to make a film about it?

I heard about it the first time I was in school when I was nine years old, in 1981, because we had a teacher who showed us a TV report on the Colonia Dignidad. I was a small boy,
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The Colony review: “Chilling, sinister, and enthralling.”

The Colony review: After a frosty reception elsewhere in the world and a name change for the UK, is this thriller really so bad?

The Colony review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

The Colony review

The Colony seems to come to our shores incognito after a frosty reception elsewhere under its original title of Colonia. Searching for any information on The Colony lands you with plenty of trailers, posters, and reviews for the 2013 film of the same name starring Laurence Fishburne. Such negative reception is a shame, as the film is a taut and unnerving horror, which may be too tense and entertaining for its own good considering its ‘Based on a true story’ origins.

Set in Chile during the military coup of 1973, photographer Daniel (Daniel Bruhl) and his flight attendant girlfriend Lena (Emma Watson), are caught in the middle of the violent protests. Daniel is soon taken by the secret
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Film Review: The Colony

  • CineVue
★★☆☆☆ European middleweights Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl and Michael Nygvist form a strong foundation on which to build a semi-political historical thriller. Though Florian Gallenberger's The Colony aims for the likes of Munich and Argo, it falls some distance short, an early warning sign coming in the form of an 'Inspired by real events' fast and loose disclaimer. Set in early 1970s Chile, and prefaced with archival footage of the final days of Salvador Allende's presidency, The Colony paddles indecisively in the unspeakable ills of the Pinochet era without ever really taking the plunge.
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The Colony Review

As Florian Gallenberger’s The Colony begins, it sets itself up as a political movie, studying the Pinochet regime in Chile and the implications it had on the people. But as we progress we take a dark turn, and a rapid change of pace and tone occurs, as we head in a completely different direction […]

The post The Colony Review appeared first on HeyUGuys.
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Edinburgh International Film Festival Review – The Colony (2016)

Colonia (a.k.a. The Colony), 2015.

Directed by Florian Gallenberger.

Starring Emma Watson, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Bruhl, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Jeanne Werner and Julian Ovenden.

Synopsis:

A young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.

Every true artist sets out to make an impact. Some are content to touch at least one life through their self-expression, whereas others have loftier aspirations and hope to change the world, even if it’s just a little bit at a time. With his new film The Colony, Oscar-winning director Florian Gallenberger has achieved the latter, and that is not hyperbole.

The Colony is set against the backdrop of the Colonia Dignidad in 1973, a Chilean military coup/cult sect led by German preacher Paul Schafer (Michael Nyqvist). The story centres around Lena (Emma Watson), a stewardess who
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Win tickets to a special screening of ‘The Colony’ starring Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl

Win a pair of tickets to a preview screening of Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl in new thriller, The Colony, in London (L to R) Daniel (Daniel BRÜHL) with Lena (Emma Watson) and protestors in “Colonia”.

Featuring Q&A from director Florian Gallenberger

Date: Thursday 23rd June

Location: Vue Piccadilly, 19 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4Lr

Start Time: 6:30pm |Q&A Time: 9pm |Finish: 9:30pm

We have three pairs of tickets to an exclusive preview screening of The Colony, which arrives in cinemas on July, 1st.

The Colony sees one woman’s efforts to rescue her lover from a brutal cult, set to take her on a journey into the heart of darkness in Florian Gallenberger’s nerve-jangling thriller.

Set amidst the Chilean coup of 1973, The Colony begins by depicting the masses who are out on the street, protesting against General Pinochet. Amongst them are Daniel (Daniel BrühlRush,
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Nazi-hunter thriller 'Fritz Bauer' tops German Film Awards nominations

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Nazi-hunter thriller 'Fritz Bauer' tops German Film Awards nominations
Lars Kraume’s drama has nine nominations, including Best Film and Best Director; Colonia, A Heavy Heart and Me & Kaminski score five nominations.

Lars Kraume’s Nazi hunter thriller The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) is the hot ticket for this year’s German Film Awards (aka Lolas) after garnering nine nominations.

The co-production between Berlin’s zero one film and Cologne-based Terz Film attracted nods in the categories for Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, Best Lead Actor (Burghart Klaußner), and Best Supporting Actor (Ronald Zehrfeld) as well for production design, costume design, make-up, and the film score.

Kraume’s film – which is being handled internationally by Beta Cinema - had its world premiere on Locarno’s Piazza Grande last August where it won the Audience Award, and was named by the Best German Film of 2015 by the German Film Critics Association at their annual awards ceremony during February’s Berlinale
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Nazi-hunter thriller 'Fritz Bauer' tops German Film Award nominations

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Nazi-hunter thriller 'Fritz Bauer' tops German Film Award nominations
Lars Kraume’s drama has nine nominations, including Best Film and Best Director; Colonia, A Heavy Heart and Me & Kaminski score five nominations.

Lars Kraume’s Nazi hunter thriller The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) is the hot ticket for this year’s German Film Awards (aka Lolas) after garnering nine nominations.

The co-production between Berlin’s zero one film and Cologne-based Terz Film attracted nods in the categories for Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, Best Lead Actor (Burghart Klaußner), and Best Supporting Actor (Ronald Zehrfeld) as well for production design, costume design, make-up, and the film score.

Kraume’s film – which is being handled internationally by Beta Cinema - had its world premiere on Locarno’s Piazza Grande last August where it won the Audience Award, and was named by the Best German Film of 2015 by the German Film Critics Association at their annual awards ceremony during February’s Berlinale
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Colonia Review

Colonia is a romance/thriller starring Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl as a young couple caught up in the 1973 Chilean military coup, when General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the democratically-elected but left-leaning Allende government. The event launched a period of harsh repression during which thousands of people were “disappeared,” and torture and murder of suspected dissidents was common, a time that still haunts Chileans today. One of the dictator’s favor places for those interrogations was a remote compound occupied a shadowy religious cult with reported neo-Nazi leanings, known as Colonia Dignidad (Dignity Colony), whose leader Paul Schafer was an influential supporter of Pinochet.

This is real history and it sounds like a great premise for a gripping historical/political drama but Colonia fails to capitalize on that potential. Instead, we get a fitful thriller that focuses more on a romance between the lead characters and less on the history. With
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New to Streaming: ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Krampus,’ ‘Belgica,’ ‘Jane Got a Gun,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Belgica (Felix van Groeningen)

Writer/director Felix van Groeningen based Belgica’s script on his father’s experiences running a nightclub in Ghent. How closely the story hews to the real events is anyone’s guess, though the boilerplate “though inspired by true events, all persons depicted are fictitious” title card which opens the film suggests that it might hit too close to home for more than a few real-life people.
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