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Film News Roundup: ‘Vikings’ Actress Katheryn Winnick Joins Liam Neeson Thriller

In today’s film news roundup, Katheryn Winnick and Juan Pablo Raba get cast, Bruce Springsteen’s documentary gets a release; Kinepolis buys a Michigan movie chain; and Beyond Fest sets its lineup.Castings“Vikings” actress Katheryn Winnick and Juan Pablo Raba (“Narcos”) have joined Liam Neeson in the action-thriller “The Minutemen.”The movie will begin shooting on Sept. 9 […]

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‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke Signs on for Queer Viking Adventure ‘Heathen’

Twilight and Red Riding Hood director Catherine Hardwicke will return to the world of fantasy and action-adventure with a new project she’s recently signed on for. That project? A live-action adaptation of the Vault Comics series Heathen, which mixes Norse mythology, Vikings, and a dash of queer heroism into one epic story. Per Deadline’s report, […]

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Sean Penn to Direct, Star in ‘Flag Day’ With Daughter Dylan Penn

Sean Penn is set to direct and star in the conman drama “Flag Day” alongside his daughter Dylan Penn, his son Hopper Penn, Josh Brolin and Miles Teller.The cast includes two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (“Fosse/Verdon”), Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan, Bailey Noble, and Katheryn Winnick (“Vikings”).Jez Butterworth (“Edge of Tomorrow”) wrote the screenplay, […]

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3,’ Despite Flaws, Is Escapism With An Emotional Wallop [Review]

There’s always been a patient and underlying feeling of melancholy in the Dean DeBlois-directed “How to Train Your Dragon” series as its employed dragons and Vikings as a Trojan horse to explore the pains and thrills of growing up. Where “How to Train Your Dragon” examined expectations of youth and kinship amongst misfits and its […]

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Henckel von Donnersmarck Puts ‘Thorgal’ TV Series at Top of His List

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, at the Venice Film Festival for the premiere of his historical drama “Never Look Away,” Germany’s entry for the foreign-language film Oscar, is turning his sights to the small screen with a number of English-language series projects, including an adaptation of Belgian fantasy comic “Thorgal.”The German director announced plans to adapt […]

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Protagonist boards Toronto-bound ‘Rosie’ from Element Pictures (exclusive)

Paddy Breathnach directs drama set for Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema strand.Protagonist Pictures has bolstered its sales slate ahead of Tiff with the acquisition of Rosie, the Irish drama from director Paddy Breathnach (Viva) and Element Pictures.The film will have its premiere in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema section. It stars Tony Award-nominee Sarah Greene (Burnt) as […]

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Georges Blagden on ‘Versailles’ Season 3, Louis Xiv’s ‘Extraordinary’ Madame de Maintenon

If anybody wants to explain the extensive, intricate and French governmental aid system for cinema and TV, they could do worse than watch “Versailles,” an English-language Canal Plus Creation Originale and one of the French pay TV operators’s most ambitious series ever, whose third and final season opens Canneseries April 4, before premiering on Canal […]

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Scorsese to team up with British writer for epic take on the Romans

Us director Martin Scorsese and British writer Michael Hirst will focus on youth and vitality of ancient Rome’s rulersHis epic saga Vikings has become one of the world’s most popular television shows, even boosting tourism in Scandinavia. The Tudors enjoyed similar success. Now Michael Hirst, the British screenwriter, is joining forces with Hollywood director Martin […]

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