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New ‘Kingdom’ Trailer: Kim Seong-Hun’s Korean Medieval Zombie Netflix Series Looks Awesome

Let’s recap: South Korean cinema is terrific because these forward-thinking filmmakers— directors like Park Chan-Wook (“The Handmaiden”), Kim Ki-Duk (“Pietà”), Lee Chang-dong (“Burning”), Bong Joon Ho (“The Host”), Kim Ji-woon (“I Saw the Devil”) to name just a few — are masters of tone deftly flying through moods of hilarious dark humor, tragic pathos and back again while riding horseback and doing backflips through myriad genres; their deftness is a thing of beauty to behold.

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Film Review: Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018) by Kim Yong-hwa

Following the epic success of part one, the vast majority of the team returns in yet another action-packed installment in the celebrated webcomic adaptation which shared much of the success of the original. Expanding the mythos of the story while enhancing the action and spectacle, writer/director Kim Yong-hwa’s celebrated sequel arrives on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital from WellGO USA on December 11.

Attempting to settle the turmoil, Gang-lim decides to put the other guardians Hae Won-maek and I Dong-chun on trial in order to achieve full reincarnation. While he becomes tasked with preparing a trial for the rogue spirit, they arrive in the real world to deal with an insolent human, protected by the special spirit Seong-ju who are looking after the man and his grandson. As the two sides carry out a plan in both worlds in order to return to the Afterlife realm together,
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See Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon Talk ‘Little Drummer Girl,’ Filming at Acropolis

See Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon Talk ‘Little Drummer Girl,’ Filming at Acropolis
Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon, stars of AMC’s latest John le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl, talked about the six-hour miniseries, director Park Chan-wook and the still-ongoing Middle East crisis in this exclusive video interview with Rolling Stone.

The Little Drummer Girl marks the first U.S. television directorial debut for Park, the filmmaker behind Oldboy and The Handmaiden. “His visual language is very unique, it’s very poetic and it’s quite different from how I’m used to working,” Skarsgård said of Park.

The 1983 le Carré
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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Review: Ignore the Plot, Admire the Beauty of Le Carré Thriller

‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Review: Ignore the Plot, Admire the Beauty of Le Carré Thriller
Charmian “Charlie” Ross (Florence Pugh), the title character of The Little Drummer Girl, is an actress who is recruited to be a spy and possibly a terrorist. But what AMC’s adaptation of the 1983 John Le Carré novel presupposes is… maybe all three of those are the same thing?

Little Drummer Girl (it debuts Monday; I’ve seen all six episodes) is fascinated by the blurred lines between Charlie’s chosen profession and the one she’s press-ganged into by pugnacious Israeli spy Martin Kurtz (Michael Shannon) and his stoic
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“Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days” Debuts on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD December 11

Following the blockbuster success of “Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds”, writer/directed Kim Yong-hwa (“Take Off”) returns to bring back the characters based on a wildly popular webcomic in “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days”. With an all-star cast, including Ha Jung-woo (“The Handmaiden”), Ju Ji-hoon (“Asura: The City of Madness”), Kim Hyang-gi (“Thread of Lies”) and Lee Jung-jae (“Assassination”) “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days” debuts on Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD December 11. The bonus materials include behind-the-scenes footage and character intros.

Synopsis:

The fantasy epic that smashed box office records in Korea reaches its thrilling climax in “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days”. As the deceased soul Su-hong and his three afterlife guardians face the remaining trials to obtain their reincarnation, the guardians come face to face with the buried truth of their tragic time on earth a thousand years ago,
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Trailers for Upcoming Korean Movie “Take Point” by Kim Byung-woo

Ha Jung-woo, one of South Korea’s most bankable superstars, has had a good run in the past few years. While the two “Along With the Gods” films were among the most successful Korean films of all time, his performances in “1987: When the Day Comes”, “The Tunnel” and “The Handmaiden” were universally praised. It’s been a while since he has been in action mode though, but that changes with his next film “Take Point” (called “Pmc” domestically) by director Kim Byung-woo.

Synopsis

Under the tense situation between South Korea and North Korea, hired Pmc (Private Military Company) attempt a daring rescue within an underground bunker.

While the synopsis may seem meagre, the trailers are interesting for their use of mostly English dialogue as well as for their gritty-looking action set-pieces. Director Kim Byung-woo reteams with Ha Jung-woo for his first film since 2013’s “The Terror Live”. “Take Point
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Dev Patel to Make Directorial Debut With Action Film ‘Monkey Man’

  • The Wrap
Dev Patel to Make Directorial Debut With Action Film ‘Monkey Man’
Dev Patel is set to make his directorial debut in the action revenge film, “Monkey Man,” in which the “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion” actor will also star.

Endeavor Content is handling worldwide sales and will present the project to buyers at the American Film Market.

Patel developed the script with S’ya Concept, and he co-wrote with Paul Angunawela and John Collee, who also worked on Patel’s upcoming “Hotel Mumbai.” Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road is producing along with Xeitgeist’s Joe Thomas, Samarth Sahni and Patel.

Also Read: Dev Patel and 'The Wedding Guest' Co-Star Radhika Apte Feel Fortunate for Diversity Shift in Hollywood (Video)

Production will begin in spring of 2019 in Mumbai.

Steeped in mythology but set in a vibrant modern India, “Monkey Man” follows the Kid (Patel), who emerges from prison to take on a world enmeshed in corporate greed and eroding spiritual values.

“‘Monkey Man’ is a vibrant,
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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Opens With 5M Viewers On BBC One

  • Deadline
‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Opens With 5M Viewers On BBC One
The Little Drummer Girl, the latest John Le Carré spy adaptation, launched last night on BBC One in the UK with just over 5M viewers.

The ratings for the AMC co-pro couldn’t match the launch of the BBC’s previous Le Carré remake, The Night Manager, which opened in February 2016 with 6.1M overnight viewers. It also didn’t match the numbers that watched the opening of Bodyguard, which became the BBC’s biggest new drama in years with 6.7M initially tuning in, or Jenna Coleman’s The Cry, which began with 5.7M viewers.

Starring Big Little LiesAlexander Skarsgård, The Shape of Water’s Michael Shannon and Lady Macbeth’s Florence Pugh, the late 1970s-set thriller weaves a story of espionage and international intrigue; of love and betrayal. Young actress Charlie (Pugh) strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger while on vacation in Greece, but it rapidly becomes
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‘The Woman in White’ on PBS Review: The BBC Turns a Familiar Mystery Into an Enraging Feminist Indictment

The BBC-produced “The Woman in White,” premiering on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” turns the oft-adapted Wilkie Collins novel into a five-hour miniseries and creates the most feminist version to date. Set in Victorian England, the gothic tale examines the twisted circumstances surrounding the arranged marriage between young heiress Laura Fairlie (Olivia Vinall) and the much older Sir Percival Glyde (Dougray Scott). She and her half-sister Marian Halcombe (Jessie Buckley) become embroiled in a grand conspiracy that also involves a mentally ill woman dressed in white. Despite its period setting, the dangerous consequences of gender inequality make this story disturbingly relevant.

The update comes from writer Fiona Seres, who reteams with “Masterpiece” after adapting “The Lady Vanishes” in 2013 from the Ethel Lina White novel that also produced Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1938 film. Like that project, “The Woman in White” explores the frustrations of a society that doesn’t listen to women or believe in their peril.
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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ previews first two episodes at London Film Festival

‘The Little Drummer Girl’ previews first two episodes at London Film Festival
The London Film Festival isn’t strictly all about films, apparently. In between the slew of movies, Lff managed to sneak in two episodes of a brand new television series: “The Little Drummer Girl.” At the helm is Chan-wook Park, the acclaimed South Korean filmmaker who did well with various critics groups with “The Handmaiden” several awards seasons ago.

This BBC/AMC miniseries is described in the official program thus: In 1979, Charlie Ross (Florence Pugh), an idealistic young actress meets a mysterious stranger called Becker (Alexander Skarsgård) while on holiday in Greece. She is offered a role in the ‘theatre of the real’, quickly becoming dangerously immersed in a complex plot masterminded by Kurtz (Michael Shannon), an Israeli spymaster.

This follows on the success of “The Night Manager,” another spy thriller adapted from a John Le Carre novel. That show, which was also a BBC/AMC co-production, extremely well with
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Endeavor Content Inks Flurry of Deals on Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

  • Variety
Endeavor Content has secured a raft of deals for Park Chan-Wook’s “The Little Drummer Girl,” the anticipated international thriller series based on John le Carré’s bestselling novel.

The Little Drummer Girl” has sold to Canal Plus (France), Starzplay, BeTV (French Belgium), Npo (Holland) and Movistar + (Spain), TV4, Stod 2 (Iceland), Hot (Israel), Kan 11 (Israel second window), BBC First (Australia), Sbs (Australia second window), and Tvnz (New Zealand).

Commissioned by BBC and AMC, the six-part mini-series is financed and produced by The Ink Factory, the banner behind the critically acclaimed mini-series “The Night Manager,” in partnership with 127 Wall. BBC and AMC also co-produced the show.

The Little Drummer Girl” is headlined by a strong cast including Emmy- and Golden Globe- winner Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”), Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water”) and BAFTA-nominated Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”).

A story of espionage and high-stakes international intrigue, “The Little Drummer Girl
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Secret Cinema chief talks future plans and global expansion

Cirque du Soleil-esque model is eyed for forthcoming Us launch of popular UK immersive cinema event company.

Secret Cinema – the wildly popular immersive cinema event company in the UK – is heading into new territories both geographically and in terms of ambition.

“The future of Secret Cinema is to grow it around the world,” founder and chief creative officer Fabien Riggall said during a keynote at Connext, the Flanders Image industry event in Ghent.

For the Us expansion, he said, “Secret Cinema we’ll be starting in New York and La and then there can be touring shows as well as static shows,
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Rushes. Twin Peaks Vr, Google & Terrence Malick, Barry Jenkins Profile

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSFrieze reports that David Lynch, in collaboration with Showtime and Collider games, is set to create a Twin Peaks virtual reality experience: "Twin Peaks Vr will allow players to explore locations from the original series (1990–1991) as well as Twin Peaks: The Return".We're four years removed from Gone Girl and still without a new David Fincher movie—thankfully /Film reports that, despite the radio silence, David Fincher is still set to direct "World War Z 2", which is set to shoot Summer 2019.Recommended VIEWINGClint Eastwood returns both behind and in front of the camera—this time hunted by his protégée Bradley Cooper—in what looks to be a remarkable thriller about lifetimes, borders, and family. The first trailer for The Mule is here:Here is the official trailer for Joseph Kahn's battle-rap comedy Bodied,
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First Look At BBC/AMC TV Series ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ With Michael Shannon

The BBC has released the first look trailer at the upcoming TV series The Little Drummer Girl, which is coming to screens in November following a debut at this month’s BFI London Film Festival. Michael Shannon, Alexander Skarsgard and Florence Pugh lead the cast. Park Chan-wook directs the three two-hour episodes, which are from the same team as The Night Manager. The series is based on the book by John le Carre’s best-selling spy novel of the same name.

Here’s the official synopsis from the source material:

Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young English actress, is seduced by Israeli intelligence officer Joseph. But this duplicitous liaison will, in fact, lead her to her most dangerous role yet.

Forced to play decoy in a mission to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist, Charlie must lead him into a delicate trap, at the risk of falling in it herself. . .

The Little Drummer Girl
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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Trailer: Park Chan-wook’s TV Debut Assembles Stellar Cast and Rainbow of Color for ’70s Spy Thriller

‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Trailer: Park Chan-wook’s TV Debut Assembles Stellar Cast and Rainbow of Color for ’70s Spy Thriller
The Little Drummer Girl,” filmmaker Park Chan-wook’s first thing for television, certainly looks great. A pop of color and some shadows on Greek architecture certainly seems like a fresh spin on John le Carré.

Add in Florence Pugh, star of “Lady Macbeth,” Michael Shannon trying on a new accent, and Alexander Skarsgård in his biggest post-“Big Little Lies” role, and AMC has the makings of another fascinating limited series spy story.

The Little Drummer Girl” follows Charlie (Pugh), an actress whose vacation misadventures walk her right into a global intelligence role that forces her to take on a literal deadly role. Skarsgård co-stars as Becker, an Israeli agent tasked with bringing her into the international plot, and Shannon as Becker’s dangerous boss Kurtz.

It’s the second le Carré adaptation in three years for AMC, which also co-produced “The Night Manager” back in 2016. Susanne Bier won an
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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Trailer: First Look At Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Shannon & Florence Pugh In John le Carré’s AMC Miniseries

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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Trailer: First Look At Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Shannon & Florence Pugh In John le Carré’s AMC Miniseries
“You cannot stop the devil. Only the man performing his work.” So begins the teaser trailer for The Little Drummer Girl, a six-part miniseries based on John le Carré’s best-selling spy novel, released Monday by AMC, along with the series’ key art (below).

Starring Emmy- and Golden Globe winner Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies), twice Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon and BAFTA-nominated Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), the late 1070s-set The Little Drummer Girl weaves an explosive story of espionage and international intrigue; of love and betrayal. Brilliant young actress Charlie (Pugh) strikes up an acquaintance with an intriguing stranger while on vacation in Greece, but it rapidly becomes apparent that his intentions are far from romantic. The man is Becker (Skarsgård), an Israeli intelligence officer, who entangles her in a complex and high stakes plot orchestrated by Spymaster, Kurtz (Shannon).

The Little Drummer Girl comes
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UK box office preview: 'A Star Is Born' to battle 'Johnny English', 'Venom'

UK box office preview: 'A Star Is Born' to battle 'Johnny English', 'Venom'
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in Warner Bros remake A Star Is Born.

It’s a busy weekend at the UK box office, with several big titles looking to make a splash.

Warner Bros will have high hopes for A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper’s remake of the famous Hollywood property in which he stars alongside Lady Gaga, one of the musician’s first acting roles.

The film went down a storm at this year’s Venice Film Festival where it played out of competition. The story sees Cooper playing a musician who helps a young singer find
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‘Burning’ Official Trailer: Lee Chang-dong’s Cannes Darling Fights to Be South Korea’s First Foreign-Language Oscar Nominee

‘Burning’ Official Trailer: Lee Chang-dong’s Cannes Darling Fights to Be South Korea’s First Foreign-Language Oscar Nominee
Despite a recent string of international hits like Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden” or Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja,” not to mention a rich cinematic tradition long before, South Korea has never produced a nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film. South Korean film fans are hoping that may change this year with the release of Lee Chang-don’s “Burning,” which was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. With the film’s official U.S. trailer, “Burning” gears up for a U.S. release on October 26 — a prime awards season spot.

In his A- review of the film out of Cannes, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called it “a haunting, beautiful tone poem.” According to the synopsis: “Jongsu, a part-time worker, bumps into Haemi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Haemi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa.
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Movie Review – The Little Stranger (2018)

The Little Stranger, 2018.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling and Liv Hill.

Synopsis:

A doctor provides care for the eccentric family who live in a crumbling 18th century mansion during the postwar years, only for mysterious and dark events to take place within its walls.

A few weeks ago, The Nun cast a chill through UK cinemas – more because it was utterly terrible than because it was scary. It did, however, mark the return of pure gothic horror to UK cinema screens and to the top of the box office, a few years after Guillermo del Toro’s delightfully lurid Crimson Peak failed to make any sort of impression on critics or audiences. Immediately in the wake of Corin Hardy’s Conjuring movie comes something equally gothic, but very different, in the shape of The Little Stranger – Lenny Abrahamson’s first movie since
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“Believer” Arrives On Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD October 30

“… a wild and boisterous crime drama …” ~ David Ehrlich, Indiewire

“… solid two hours of action and suspense that’s muscularly directed by Lee and stylishly shot …” ~ Richard Kuipers, Variety

Directed by Lee Hae-Young (“The Silenced”), “Believer”, the stylish, action-packed remake of Johnnie To’s Drug War, hits digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD October 30 from Well Go USA Entertainment. While technically a remake, Cary Darling of The Houston Chronicle notes that “Lee Hae-Yeong’s gripping retelling … stands on its own and is different enough from the original to make it less a clone and more of a genuflection.” The story follows an investigator who, in an effort to bring down the boss of Asia’s biggest drug cartel, conspires with a lowly member of the gang seeking revenge against the boss. “Believer”, stars Cho Jin-woong (“The Handmaiden”), Ryu Jun-yeol (“A Taxi Driver”), Kim Joo-hyuck (“The Servant”), Kim Sung-ryoung (“The Target”), Park
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