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Movie Review – Anna (2019)

Anna, 2019.

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, Lera Abova and Eric Godon.

Synopsis:

A Russian woman escapes her abusive home when she is offered a chance at a new life if she agrees to work for the Kgb.

It’s fair to say that, if you’ve seen a female-led action movie in the last decade or two, you’ve basically already seen Anna – the new film from Luc Besson. This is a two-hour confection of standard, glossy thrills, peppered with energetic action sequences. And though that’s not particularly exciting, it is basically fine.

Sasha Luss is the titular Kgb hired muscle, plucked from an abusive partner by experienced operative Alex (Luke Evans) and given the opportunity to impress spy chief Olga (Helen Mirren). She’s soon on a mission in Paris where she infiltrates a modelling agency in order to get
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‘Anna’ Film Review: Luc Besson Repurposes His Own ‘La Femme Nikita,’ But Hey, the Wigs Look Great

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‘Anna’ Film Review: Luc Besson Repurposes His Own ‘La Femme Nikita,’ But Hey, the Wigs Look Great
“Anna,” the new thriller about a supermodel who’s also a Russian assassin, is a film with many, many wigs. Long wigs, short wigs, red wigs, silver wigs. The film’s star, Sasha Luss, wears so many wigs throughout this movie that you may very well delight in counting them all. It’s probably the most entertainment you’ll get out of this flimsy “La Femme Nikita” knockoff.

Writer-director Luc Besson, who also wrote and directed “La Femme Nikita” almost 30 years ago, once again tells the story of a troubled young woman, addicted to drugs and incredibly violent, who gets pulled into the world of espionage after a robbery gone wrong, by an agent with whom she forms a romantic attraction. Once again, her first assignment is a dangerous hit that takes place in a crowded restaurant, which goes completely awry on purpose, and once again, she discovers that the
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Film Review: Luc Besson’s ‘Anna’

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Film Review: Luc Besson’s ‘Anna’
Luc Besson’s “Anna” wrapped photography in December 2017. Less than three months later, Fox released “Red Sparrow,” an extra-icy Cold War thriller about a Russian ballerina (played by Jennifer Lawrence) recruited by Soviet foreign intelligence to become an assassin and spy, trained to use her sex appeal as a weapon while leveraging her intelligence to outwit her handlers.

The day “Red Sparrow” opened must have been a very bad one for Besson, since that movie is basically the smarter, more sophisticated version of the story he’d imagined for “Anna,” which stars model-turned-actress Sasha Luss as a Russian assassin turned model who dispatches Kgb targets between fashion shoots. You get the picture. Except that even “Red Sparrow” was a rehash of sorts.

A year earlier, Charlize Theron had appeared in “Atomic Blonde,” an intense triple-crossing, Iron Curtain action movie, which gave the Oscar-winning glamour queen the opportunity to demonstrate that
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New Trailer For Submarine Thriller ‘Kursk’ With Colin Firth

Signature Entertainment has released a brand new trailer for the incoming Colin Firth-starring submarine thriller Kursk. I caught this film – based on a remarkable true story – at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and I can totally recommend it.

Signature Entertainment

The film is based on the Kursk submarine tragedy of 2000 in which 118 men lost their lives, Kursk: The Last Mission, to give it its new full title, is a tense submarine thriller from critically-acclaimed director Thomas Vinterberg.

Here’s the official synopsis:

When a Russian naval exercise goes horribly wrong, the Kursk submarine erupts in flame killing most of the men onboard and sending the trapped survivors to the bottom of sea. Time is running out for Russian Captain Mikhail Averin (Matthias Schoenaerts) and his crew, as fire engulfs the vessel starving them of oxygen.

Ignoring the advice of their own people, the Russian government refuses the
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Britain Fears Jennifer Lawrence Sex Spy as ‘Red Sparrow’ Is Named Most Complained About Film of 2018

Britain Fears Jennifer Lawrence Sex Spy as ‘Red Sparrow’ Is Named Most Complained About Film of 2018
Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow” featured the Oscar-winning actor in one of her most provocative roles to date, and apparently that’s one of the reasons the movie was named by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) as the most complained about film of 2018. As reported by The Independent, the BBFC received 64 complaints about Lawrence and director Francis Lawrence’s Russian spy thriller. All of the complains against the movie argued that its 15 rating in the UK was too low due to the level of violence.

Red Sparrow” cast Lawrence as a ballerina who is brainwashed into becoming a ruthless spy by the Russian government. The film received an R rating in North America for “strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.” American moviegoers under the age of 18 needed parental guidance to see the move in theaters, but in the UK the age minimum was lowered
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Mary-Louise Parker Sets Broadway Return In Adam Rapp’s ‘The Sound Inside’

Mary-Louise Parker Sets Broadway Return In Adam Rapp’s ‘The Sound Inside’
Mary-Louise Parker will return to Broadway this September in Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside, directed by The Band’s Visit‘s David Cromer.

Parker will reprise her critically acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival performance from last summer as the play’s Bella Baird, a Yale professor and novelist who has just received a very grim cancer diagnosis.

The Sound Inside, which also will feature Will Hochman in his Broadway debut reprising his role as Bella’s student Christopher, will begin performances at Studio 54 on September 14, with an official opening night set for October 17.

The play will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Lincoln Center Theater and Rebecca Gold. Though Studio 54 is a Broadway venue of the Roundabout Theatre Company, The Sound Inside is not a Roundabout production. Last summer’s world premiere staging was developed and produced by Williamstown Theatre Festival, and commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater.
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The Long-Awaited Animated Adaptation of The Goon is Going Back Into Development

For over ten years an animated adaptation of Eric Powell’s Dark Horse comic book series The Goon has been in and out of development. There has been radio silence on the project for about seven years. The last we heard a Kickstarter campaign was launched and succeeded so that they could create an animated story board with voice actors, sound effects and music to help sell the film to potential investors.

Well, that Kickstarted recently gave the exciting update that The Goon is officially back in production at Blur Studios and 20th Century Fox, which as you know, is now Disney owned. Deadpool director Tim Miller is a producer on the project as is David Fincher. Here’s the announcement:

As loyal fans, we wanted you folks to be the first to know… The Goon feature is officially in development at 20th Century Fox! And we owe a huge debt of thanks to you,
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Jennifer Lawrence A24 Film Story Involves Ptsd; Brian Tyree Henry Might Co-Star

Jennifer Lawrence A24 Film Story Involves Ptsd; Brian Tyree Henry Might Co-Star
Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t played the lead in a movie since the trashy spy thriller Red Sparrow, but she’s ready to return to a starring role with a new A24 movie. Word of the project surfaced last week, but specifics were unknown at the time. Now, the first plot details have surfaced, revealing that the Jennifer Lawrence […]

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Brian Tyree Henry Circling Jennifer Lawrence’s A24 Film, First Plot Details Revealed

Brian Tyree Henry Circling Jennifer Lawrence’s A24 Film, First Plot Details Revealed
Little is known of Jennifer Lawrence’s secretive A24 project, but at least we now know a little more. Collider reports that Brian Tyree Henry, fresh off a breakthrough year that saw him steal scenes in “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Widows,” has been offered the lead role opposite Lawrence. In addition, a few plot details are now available: The untitled film, written by first-time scribe Elizabeth Sanders and helmed by theater director Lila Neugebauer, will focus on a veteran of the Afghanistan War struggling to recover from a traumatic brain injury after returning home.

Lawrence will play said soldier, ending the sabbatical she took after last year’s “Red Sparrow.” An Oscar winner for her leading role in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” she also received nominations for “Winter’s Bone,” “American Hustle,” and “Joy.” According to the Collider report, Lawrence “has been intrigued by the
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Joel Edgerton Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘Underground Railroad’ Amazon Series (Exclusive)

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Joel Edgerton Joins Barry Jenkins’ ‘Underground Railroad’ Amazon Series (Exclusive)
Joel Edgerton has signed on for a role in the Barry JenkinsAmazon series “The Underground Railroad,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Edgerton will play the part of Ridgeway, a slavecatcher. He joins previously announced cast members Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, and Aaron Pierre.

The role will mark Edgerton’s first regular TV role in some time. He previously starred in the series “The Secret Life of Us” in his native Australia early in his career in addition to a handful of other TV roles. Nowadays, Edgerton is known for his film work. He most recently starred in, wrote, and directed the film “Boy Erased,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. He made his feature directorial debut in 2015 with the Stx thriller “The Gift,” in which he also starred and wrote. His other film roles include “Loving,” “Red Sparrow,” “Bright,” “Jane Got a Gun,” and “Midnight Special.
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Jennifer Lawrence to make a comeback

Actress Jennifer Lawrence is set to return to the silver screen. According to The Wrap, the actress, 28, will headline a motion picture for Iac Films and A24 with Lila Neugebauer at the helm for the project for her first feature, with Elizabeth Sanders writing the script, reports a UK news portal.

The Oscar-winning star is a producer on the project along with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Justine Polsky. Principal photography is set to commence on the film in New Orleans in about two months.

Lawrence's last theatrical release was 2018's Red Sparrow. She is slated to appear in Dark Phoenix alongside Sophie Turner, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

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Jennifer Lawrence Announces Next Movie After Taking Short Acting Break

Jennifer Lawrence Announces Next Movie After Taking Short Acting Break
Perhaps you were too busy waiting for Avengers: Endgame to notice that we haven't seen much of Jennifer Lawrence lately. Sure, she was spotted getting killed off by Jean Grey in the latest trailer for the long awaited Dark Phoenix, but the actress has been on a short sabbatical. She has returned to announce her next movie, though. And it sounds like it should be pretty good.

The Untitled Jennifer Lawrence A24 Movie movie has brought in acclaimed and very in-demand New York stage director Lila Neugebauer, who will be making her feature film directorial debut with Jennifer Lawrence's next swing at bat. First time screenwriter Elizabeth Sanders is responsible for the script, with seasoned producers Scott Rudin and Eli Bush rounding out the team.

Jennifer Lawrence decided to take a year off back in 2018. Her vacation is over, and she's found a group of talented newcomers to help launch
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Jennifer Lawrence Sets Next Feature With Lila Neugebauer’s Untitled Drama

  • The Wrap
Jennifer Lawrence Sets Next Feature With Lila Neugebauer’s Untitled Drama
Jennifer Lawrence has set her next feature: She will star in an untitled drama for theater director Lila Neugebauer, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Elizabeth Sanders is writing the script. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing, alongside Lawrence and Justine Polsky through their newly formed production company Excellent Cadaver. Iac Films and A24 are distributing.

Details are being kept under wraps, but principal photography is set to begin in June in New Orleans.

Also Read: Jennifer Lawrence Exits CAA

Neugebauer made her Broadway debut last year with the reboot of Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery” starring Elaine May and Lucas Hedges. Her additional credits include Tracy Letts’ “Mary Page Marlowe,” Edward Albee’s “At Home at the Zoo/The Zoo Story,” Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves” and Annie Baker’s “The Antipodes.”

Lawrence most recently starred in “Mother!” and “Red Sparrow” and will next
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Jennifer Lawrence Returns From Year-Long Acting Hiatus With Secret A24 Movie

Jennifer Lawrence Returns From Year-Long Acting Hiatus With Secret A24 Movie
Jennifer Lawrence is officially returning to the big screen and, in a surprise move, has decided to end her year-long acting hiatus not with a major Hollywood studio but by returning to her indie roots. The Oscar winner is set to star in a secret new film from A24 and Iac Films. The project is being set up as the feature filmmaking debut of Lila Neugebauer, an acclaimed theater director who most recently revived Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery” on Broadway. The production starred Elaine May and Lucas Hedges and was produced by Eli Bush and Scott Rudin, both of whom will produce the Lawrence movie.

Getting a massive international star like Lawrence is a huge gain for A24. The studio is releasing buzzy Sundance titles “The Farewell,” “The Souvenir,” and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” in theaters this summer, plus Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” follow-up “Midsommar.
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Jennifer Lawrence Sets Big-Screen Return Aligned With Theater Director Lila Neugebauer, A24 & Iac Films

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Jennifer Lawrence Sets Big-Screen Return Aligned With Theater Director Lila Neugebauer, A24 & Iac Films
In her first screen-starring role since announcing a year-long sabbatical, Jennifer Lawrence will star in an untitled film that will mark the feature directorial debut of acclaimed theater helmer Lila Neugebauer. Plot is under wraps, and the film is backed by Iac Films and A24. Script was written by first-time screenwriter Elizabeth Sanders.

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing with Lawrence and Justine Polsky. A mid-June production start is set in New Orleans.

Lawrence has the X-Men: First Class sequel Dark Phoenix coming June 7 through Fox, and she took a break after making the films Red Sparrow and Mother! She won the Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook and got three other noms for Joy, American Hustle and Winter’s Bone, the latter a breakout turn that led to The Hunger Games and global stardom.

One of the standout young stage directors, Neugebauer made her Broadway debut last year with
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Peter Bart: Industry’s Gender-Equality Movement Making Strides On Its Complex Path

Women dominated the box office last weekend, if not news coverage in general — reminding us that the movement, as it unfolds, continues to teach us, please us and occasionally confuse us. Each week brings us new heroines and villains, as well as new expressions: Consider “gender fatigue,” “microsensitivity” or “the new separatism.” Even book titles reflect a new lexicon: How to Date Men When You Hate Men is Blythe Roberson’s latest entry.

Brie Larson has turned out to be a convincing superhero in Captain Marvel, but the road to true gender equality still carries its perils. Even the #MeToo numbers deliver mixed messages: There were more female Oscar nominees this year than ever before (59 of 212), but none for directing and only two for writing. Some 200 prominent men lost their jobs last year due to harassment issues and nearly half were succeeded by women, according to a report from the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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‘The Mustang’ Review: A Man, A Horse and A Shot at Redemption

‘The Mustang’ Review: A Man, A Horse and A Shot at Redemption
It’s rare when a young female filmmaker scores a breakout like Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre did when she unleashed The Mustang at Sundance 2019. Now audiences can see what all the shouting is about. The ticking time bomb of male rage — dangerous if you get too close — may seem like an unlikely topic for a French actress to tackle in her feature debut as a director. But don’t expect this firebrand to stay corraled by sexist preconceptions. Clermont-Tonnerre comes from a place of defiance, and her fearless instincts surge through every frame.
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Rumour: Joel Edgerton wanted for Kano in Mortal Kombat movie

With screenwriter Greg Russo revealing last week that the long-gestating movie reboot of Mortal Kombat is now ready to go if and when it receives the green light from Warner Bros., That Hashtag Show is reporting that Joel Edgerton is wanted for a role in the film.

According to the site, Egderton is being eyed for the role of Kano, one of the video game series’ original characters, who appeared in the very first game back in 1992. A mercenary, criminal, and international fugitive, Kano is pursued to the Mortal Kombat tournament by Special Forces officer and nemesis Sonya Blade, Kano later becomes a general of Outworld emperor Shao Kahn’s forces.

See Also: Rumour: Mortal Kombat animated movie in development at Warner Bros.

The Mortal Kombat reboot has been in development at Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema since 2011 and, last we heard, has Australian commercials director Simon Mcquoid attached
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Matthias Schoenaerts on ‘The Mustang’ and Re-Humanizing Humans through Animals

It's about time Matthias Schoenaerts becomes more widely known as a leading man. You might have caught some of his supporting performances in wide releases like Red Sparrow and The Danish Girl, but his latest project, The Mustang, is further proof that Schoenaerts is a true headliner because he delivers an unforgettable and wildly impressive performance in the film. He leads The Mustang as Roman Coleman, a convict who just got out of solitary confinement at a maximum security prison and is reentering the general population, a move that includes getting a job assignment. Roman is sent to the …

The post Matthias Schoenaerts on ‘The Mustang’ and Re-Humanizing Humans through Animals appeared first on Collider.
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From First Loves to Her Engagement: All About Jennifer Lawrence's Dating History

From First Loves to Her Engagement: All About Jennifer Lawrence's Dating History
Jennifer Lawrence‘s love life has been as diverse as her film career.

The Oscar-winner, 28, is engaged to art gallery director Cooke Maroney after nearly a year of dating, a rep for the actress confirmed to People on Tuesday.

From dating an art dealer, a rock star, an actor and a director, Lawrence has had a wide range of real-life love interests.

Though the Red Sparrow star has previously joked about the lack of romance in her life — “What dating life?” she said in 2016 — here’s a look back at her dating history, including what she’s previously said about finding love.
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