Gaumont’s ‘The Emperor of Paris’ Pre-Sells to International Markets (EXCLUSIVE)

Jean-Francois Richet’s crime thriller “The Emperor of Paris” has been pre-sold by Gaumont to major territories. The crime thriller stars Vincent Cassel as Francois Vidocq, a real-life ex-convict who became a police detective during Na…

Jean-Francois Richet’s crime thriller “The Emperor of Paris” has been pre-sold by Gaumont to major territories. The crime thriller stars Vincent Cassel as Francois Vidocq, a real-life ex-convict who became a police detective during Napoleon’s reign. The cast includes Olga Kurylenko, August Diehl, Freya Mavor, Fabrice Luchini and James Thierée. Gaumont, which is hosting screenings […]

Olga Kurylenko To Star In UK Action-Thriller ‘The Courier’ For ‘Final Score’ Outfit Signature Films — AFM

Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) is set to star in female-led action-thriller The Courier from Signature Films, the production arm of UK distributor Signature Entertainment, and new UK outfit Rollercoaster Angel Productions.
Kurylenko will play a London couri…

Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) is set to star in female-led action-thriller The Courier from Signature Films, the production arm of UK distributor Signature Entertainment, and new UK outfit Rollercoaster Angel Productions. Kurylenko will play a London courier whose daily deliveries are interrupted when she discovers that her latest package is a gas bomb aimed at the witness of a crime lord's murder. Director will be Zackary Adler (The Rise Of The Krays). Capstone Group spinoff…

‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Film Review: Rowan Atkinson’s Third 007 Spoof is Shaky, Not Stirring

Despite the halfhearted mystery propelling its plot, the primary question that floats above “Johnny English Strikes Again” is … “Why?”

It is true that its two predecessors — “Johnny English” and “Johnny English Reborn” — did remarkably well overseas. (Americans remained flatly immune.) So clearly, there are still loyal Rowan Atkinson fans out there. But if you’re determined to recycle one of his characters over and over, wouldn’t the beloved Mr. Bean or Blackadder make more sense than a James Bond parody made up for British credit card ads? At the very least, doesn’t he, and don’t his fans, deserve better material?

What’s particularly disappointing about this effort is the amount of talent wasted. In addition to the always-game Atkinson, we’ve got accomplished BBC comedy director David Kerr (“That Mitchell and Webb Look”) and screenwriter William Davies (“How to Train Your Dragon”). And also, rather curiously, Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon. The invaluable Thompson is, it must be said, an absolute delight as the frazzled British prime minister. New to the job, she’s just learned that a hacker plans to bring London to a standstill during an upcoming international summit.

Watch Video: Rowan Atkinson Struggles With VR Headset in New ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ Trailer

Moreover, he’s exposed all of her secret agents before they can track him down. What to do? First, bring the best out of retirement. And when that plan fails (Gambon, we hardly knew you), there’s always Johnny English (Atkinson). The former M17 spy is as inept as ever, but at least he’s got a loyal aide in Bough (Ben Miller, “Paddington 2”). While the minister enlists the help of a Silicon Valley billionaire (Jake Lacy), English and Bough trace the hack to the South of France, where a dangerous double agent (Olga Kurylenko, “Quantum of Solace”) is lying in wait.

And what’s waiting for us? Linguistic mix-ups, exploding pens, pratfalls involving a suit of armor, and Black Eyed Peas punchlines. When Johnny proclaims, “We’re doing this mission old-school,” he means it.

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There is humor to be mined from Atkinson’s fish-out-of-water persona, particularly since the traditional Bond formula feels so dated itself now. The 80s soundtrack (Wham!, Bananarama, Frankie Goes to Hollywood) plays up this approach, as do jokes about floppy disks and the ecological impracticality of an Aston Martin. The best gag is an extended scene in which an astounded English experiences virtual reality for the first time, allowing Atkinson to exploit his rubber-limbed lunacy.

Mostly, though, it’s the movie itself that feels dusty. Davies and Kerr settle, more often than not, for the easy joke rather than the smart one. When Johnny stubbornly refuses to fill the Aston Martin’s gas tank before a chase, can you guess what will happen next? When he’s given sleeping pills and adrenaline pills, which will he take at just the wrong time? And when all else fails, will you be remotely surprised by the appearance of his bare bum?

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In fairness, more than a few kids giggled at that part during a recent screening. And adults may appreciate Atkinson’s earnest commitment, particularly considering how much Daniel Craig appears to dread each subsequent Bond installment. But as Craig knows, there comes a time when every man has to hang up his tux. When the suspenders snap, that time has arrived.



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Despite the halfhearted mystery propelling its plot, the primary question that floats above “Johnny English Strikes Again” is … “Why?”

It is true that its two predecessors — “Johnny English” and “Johnny English Reborn” — did remarkably well overseas. (Americans remained flatly immune.) So clearly, there are still loyal Rowan Atkinson fans out there. But if you’re determined to recycle one of his characters over and over, wouldn’t the beloved Mr. Bean or Blackadder make more sense than a James Bond parody made up for British credit card ads? At the very least, doesn’t he, and don’t his fans, deserve better material?

What’s particularly disappointing about this effort is the amount of talent wasted. In addition to the always-game Atkinson, we’ve got accomplished BBC comedy director David Kerr (“That Mitchell and Webb Look”) and screenwriter William Davies (“How to Train Your Dragon”). And also, rather curiously, Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon. The invaluable Thompson is, it must be said, an absolute delight as the frazzled British prime minister. New to the job, she’s just learned that a hacker plans to bring London to a standstill during an upcoming international summit.

Moreover, he’s exposed all of her secret agents before they can track him down. What to do? First, bring the best out of retirement. And when that plan fails (Gambon, we hardly knew you), there’s always Johnny English (Atkinson). The former M17 spy is as inept as ever, but at least he’s got a loyal aide in Bough (Ben Miller, “Paddington 2”). While the minister enlists the help of a Silicon Valley billionaire (Jake Lacy), English and Bough trace the hack to the South of France, where a dangerous double agent (Olga Kurylenko, “Quantum of Solace”) is lying in wait.

And what’s waiting for us? Linguistic mix-ups, exploding pens, pratfalls involving a suit of armor, and Black Eyed Peas punchlines. When Johnny proclaims, “We’re doing this mission old-school,” he means it.

There is humor to be mined from Atkinson’s fish-out-of-water persona, particularly since the traditional Bond formula feels so dated itself now. The 80s soundtrack (Wham!, Bananarama, Frankie Goes to Hollywood) plays up this approach, as do jokes about floppy disks and the ecological impracticality of an Aston Martin. The best gag is an extended scene in which an astounded English experiences virtual reality for the first time, allowing Atkinson to exploit his rubber-limbed lunacy.

Mostly, though, it’s the movie itself that feels dusty. Davies and Kerr settle, more often than not, for the easy joke rather than the smart one. When Johnny stubbornly refuses to fill the Aston Martin’s gas tank before a chase, can you guess what will happen next? When he’s given sleeping pills and adrenaline pills, which will he take at just the wrong time? And when all else fails, will you be remotely surprised by the appearance of his bare bum?

In fairness, more than a few kids giggled at that part during a recent screening. And adults may appreciate Atkinson’s earnest commitment, particularly considering how much Daniel Craig appears to dread each subsequent Bond installment. But as Craig knows, there comes a time when every man has to hang up his tux. When the suspenders snap, that time has arrived.

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James Corden Clowns Around as Pennywise in 'It' Spoof (Video)

Film Review: ‘Mara’

“Mara” opens with some dubious statistics fudged to imply that about one-third of the world’s population thinks they’ve been “attacked by a demonic entity.” That, unfortunately, sets the tone for a generically conceived horror thriller distinguished on…

“Mara” opens with some dubious statistics fudged to imply that about one-third of the world’s population thinks they’ve been “attacked by a demonic entity.” That, unfortunately, sets the tone for a generically conceived horror thriller distinguished only by its belief that more hysteria equals a more frightening movie. There’s certainly a lot of yelling and […]

French Thriller ‘Just A Breath Away’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures Ahead Of Fantasia Fest Bow

EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to Just a Breath Away (Dans la brume), the French-language apocalyptic thriller directed by Daniel Roby and starring Romain Duris and Olga Kurylenko.
The deal was struck just ahead of its North Amer…

EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to Just a Breath Away (Dans la brume), the French-language apocalyptic thriller directed by Daniel Roby and starring Romain Duris and Olga Kurylenko. The deal was struck just ahead of its North American debut later tonight as the opening film of the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and a 2019 theatrical release is in the works. Duris and Kurylenko play parents who are desperately trying to save their daughter from a…

Once-Powerful Indie Player Wild Bunch Seeks a White Knight

Wild Bunch is teetering on the financial brink as it tries to restructure its debt, raise capital, deal with an exodus of high-level executives and shore up its once-promising TV unit and flailing distribution activities, multiple sources say. Over the past couple years, the flamboyant European powerhouse has been able to weather a growing financial […]

Wild Bunch is teetering on the financial brink as it tries to restructure its debt, raise capital, deal with an exodus of high-level executives and shore up its once-promising TV unit and flailing distribution activities, multiple sources say. Over the past couple years, the flamboyant European powerhouse has been able to weather a growing financial […]

James Bond Actress Olga Kurylenko Inks With UTA

EXCLUSIVE: Olga Kurylenko, who co-starred in Sony/MGM’s 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace opposite Daniel Craig, has moved from WME to UTA for agency representation.
Kurylenko’s upcoming film slate that includes the Terry Gilliam-directed film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, with Adam Driver and Stellan Skarsgård, and Universal Pictures’ Johnny English 3, opposite Rowan Atkinson
Other credits include in IFC Films’ The Death of Stalin, Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder

EXCLUSIVE: Olga Kurylenko, who co-starred in Sony/MGM’s 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace opposite Daniel Craig, has moved from WME to UTA for agency representation. Kurylenko’s upcoming film slate that includes the Terry Gilliam-directed film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, with Adam Driver and Stellan Skarsgård, and Universal Pictures' Johnny English 3, opposite Rowan Atkinson Other credits include in IFC Films' The Death of Stalin, Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder

Film Review: ‘Gun Shy’

As overbearing as a Black Sabbath golden oldie but not half as funny, “Gun Shy” is the sort of leaden misfire in which actors labor mightily to transform themselves into cartoon caricatures in a desperate (and largely unsuccessful) attempt to make viewers think, despite all evidence to the contrary, they are watching a comedy. Credit… Read more »

As overbearing as a Black Sabbath golden oldie but not half as funny, “Gun Shy” is the sort of leaden misfire in which actors labor mightily to transform themselves into cartoon caricatures in a desperate (and largely unsuccessful) attempt to make viewers think, despite all evidence to the contrary, they are watching a comedy. Credit... Read more »

Olga Kurylenko Starring in Crime Thriller ‘Jane Millen’

Olga Kurylenko will star as the title character in the independent crime thriller “Jane Millen,” with production set for April. 13 Films is structuring the finance and packaging the film as well as handling worldwide sales.  The company will introduce “Jane Millen” to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 2. Producers are… Read more »

Olga Kurylenko will star as the title character in the independent crime thriller “Jane Millen,” with production set for April. 13 Films is structuring the finance and packaging the film as well as handling worldwide sales.  The company will introduce “Jane Millen” to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 2. Producers are... Read more »

Olga Kurylenko Set As Star In Cop Thriller ‘Jane Millen’, 13 Films To Handle Sales — AFM

Olga Kurylenko has been tapped as the title character in the crime thriller Jane Millen, from writer/director Cynthia Mort. 13 Films is producing, financing and handling sales for the pic, which the company will present to buyers at AFM. Production is said to begin April 2017 on the film about a seasoned cop battling her own demons.
It centers on Jane who, as her family life spins out of control, focuses on her job as a police detective in order to gain a sense of…

Olga Kurylenko has been tapped as the title character in the crime thriller Jane Millen, from writer/director Cynthia Mort. 13 Films is producing, financing and handling sales for the pic, which the company will present to buyers at AFM. Production is said to begin April 2017 on the film about a seasoned cop battling her own demons. It centers on Jane who, as her family life spins out of control, focuses on her job as a police detective in order to gain a sense of…