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'Borgen' star joins 'The Eternal Road'

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'Borgen' star joins 'The Eternal Road'
Sidse Babett Knudsen joins cast of Finnish-Swedish-Estonian drama.

Borgen and The Duke Of Burgundy star Sidse Babett Knudsen has joined the cast of The Eternal Road (Ikitie), the Finnish-Swedish-Estonian drama directed by Aj Annila that begins shooting in Estonia today (June 20).

Ilkka Matila produces for Helsinki-based Mrp Matila Rohr Productions while co-producers are Martin Person from Sweden’s Person Anagram and Kristian Taska from Estonia’s Taska Film.

The film, which will shoot for about six weeks between now and January 2017, is based on Antti Tuuri’s bestselling book of the same name; Tuuri has written the screenplay alongside the director.

Tommi Korpela (A Man’s Job) plays Jussi Ketola, an American who returns to his Finnish homeland during the Great Depression. He is abducted by right wing thugs and flees to establish a new life in the Soviet Union where American immigrants take part in building a worker’s paradise until Stalin’s government turns against
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Manborg and Priest of Evil Firing Their Way to Home Video

Too weird little flicks, Manborg and Priest of Evil, are on their way to DVD, and we've got the skinny on each of their releases served up hot and fresh right here. Oh, and a special shout-out to the glory of Manborg's cover art!

Shout! Factory has announced the May 28 release of Priest of Evil on DVD.

Starring Peter Franzén ("True Blood") and Irina Björklund (The American), Priest of Evil is a riveting psychological thriller where nothing is as it seems and trusting the wrong intuition could get you killed.

Special Features

Detective Sergeant Timo Harjunpää of the Helsinki Violent Crimes Unit is an honest and conscientious cop, one of the city’s very best, who loses his daughter in tragic circumstances. Despite the support he receives from his colleague, Constable Onerva Nykänen, Timo is unable to recover from his loss. He takes on a case involving strange deaths at Helsinki’s metro stations,
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The American – Blu-ray Review

The Film:

The American should have been called, The Pragmatic American. Jack in the USA/Edward abroad (George Clooney) is well-paid assassin on the run from some Swedes, who have attempted to kill him. Do not be late for this feature’s opening: Jack kills his attackers nonchalantly during the first scene in the film. Then he flees to Italy where much of the film was shot to meet up with Larry, his contact. As Edward, he speaks poor Italian and walks down ancient cobblestone streets in the village of Abruzzo (interestingly enough and surely not by accident, Hemingway uses Abuzzo as the setting for his Wwi novel A Farewell to Arms). While on the run, he continues to work by constructing a rifle out of mostly auto parts for another contract killer Mathilde (Thelka Reuten). A craftsman, Edward works with precision; he is fun to watch as he snaps pieces into a compact rifle.
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Thoughts on... The American (2010)

The American, 2010.

Directed by Anton Corbijn.

Starring George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Irina Björklund and Johan Leysen.

Synopsis:

Lucky to be alive after his most recent job goes sour, an assassin retreats to a small town in Italy to lie low. Befriending a priest and pursuing a relationship with a local woman, he starts to build a new life for himself but soon discovers it's not that easy to escape his violent past.

The American’s opening scenes are engaging mostly because of Jack’s (George Clooney) distraction. His eyes are constantly staring into some off-screen space: troubled and alert, like a wounded, resigned beast. It must be impossible to hold a conversation with the man. He evidently has more pressing things to think about. Perhaps he left his iron on.

It isn’t long before his quiet paranoia is given a reason. An echoing gunshot interrupts
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Competition: The American – Prize Giveaway

This is a competition for The American, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Irina Björklund, Björn Granath, Johan Leysen, Filippo Timi and Samuli Vauramo. Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller, filmed on location in Italy. Alone among assassins, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell.
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Review: The American

This is the Pure Movies review for The American, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Irina Björklund, Björn Granath, Johan Leysen, Filippo Timi and Samuli Vauramo. Written by Dan Higgins. This is a literary adaptation of Martin Booth’s A Very Private Gentleman and, as the title suggests, Clooney plays a character that is both enigmatic and elusive. In fact, he hardly talks. He has no women in his life and, from the opening scene, it is easy to see why this is the case. A priest attempts to befriend Jack (who now goes by Edward), while he finds company, solace and sex with a local prostitute called Clara. It is evident though that he is being tracked and his past seemingly instructs him to trust nobody and be suspicious of everyone, including people that he starts relationships with.
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Daily News – Day 4

This is the daily news vodcast from the London Film Festival on Pure Movies covering the gala premiere of The American, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Irina Björklund, Björn Granath, Johan Leysen, Filippo Timi and Samuli Vauramo. This is a literary adaptation of Martin Booth’s A Very Private Gentleman and, as the title suggests, Clooney plays a character that is both enigmatic and elusive. In fact, he hardly talks. He has no women in his life and, from the opening scene, it is easy to see why this is the case. A priest attempts to befriend Jack (who now goes by Edward), while he finds company, solace and sex with a local prostitute called Clara. It is evident though that he is being tracked and his past seemingly instructs him to trust nobody and be suspicious of everyone, including people that he starts relationships with.
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The American Review

The American Review
Movie Review: “The American”; Cast: George Clooney, Irina Björklund, Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Gobbi; Director: Anton Corbijn; Rating: **** – a sculpture in time.

Cinema, as Andrei Tarkovsky has elucidated, is a temporal medium, by which he meant that a filmmaker sculpts time through images to evoke emotions in the viewer. It is heartening to see a filmmaker get it right in his first attempt. “The American” is a film of quiet restraint meant to be watched for the beauty of its aesthetics.

Cinematic tension is not necessary in a fast-paced story and “The American” shows why. Jack (Clooney) is an assassin, who after a bid on his life, hides in a small town in Italy and.
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Box Office Predictions: Will Resident Evil: Afterlife Infect Audiences This Weekend?

Predicted Weekend Box Office

1Resident Evil: Afterlife$30.1 million2The American$9.3 million3Takers$6.7 million4Machete$6.5 million5The Expendables$4.8 million6Going the Distance$3.6 million7The Last Exorcism$3.4 million8The Other Guys$3.2 million9Inception$2.9 million10Eat, Pray, Love$2.7 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

There were some big surprises at the box office last weekend as the George Clooney thriller The American did better than expected and beat out both Robert Rodriguez's Machete and the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Going the Distance for the number one spot on the charts. But with the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the popular Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife opening this weekend, Clooney and company may have their hands full defending their number one position.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is in fact the long awaited fourth chapter of the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil: Afterlife, based on the popular video game. Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element
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Box Office Beat Down: The American Assassinates the Box Office Holiday Weekend

Holiday Weekend Box Office

1The American$16.1 million2Machete$14.7 million3Takers$14.5 million4The Last Exorcism$9.5 million5Going the Distance$8.5 million6The Expendables$8.2 million7The Other Guys$6.6 million8Eat, Pray, Love$6.5 million9Inception$6 million10Nanny McPhee Returns$5 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

Last week's box office race came down to the wire with Takers and The Last Exorcism both fighting it out for number one. On Sunday it looked like the Eli Roth produced horror film had come out on top but by Monday morning the hip-hop heist film had won the weekend. Now with three highly anticipated new movies opening this Labor Day weekend, including director Robert Rodriguez's Machete, Going the Distance starring Drew Barrymore, and The American with Oscar winner George Clooney, it was inevitable that we would have a new box office champ.

Debuting at number one this week and doing better than expected is the new international espionage thriller starring Oscar
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Movie Review: The American

In the middle of the wintry landscape of a snow-covered cabin in the middle of Sweden, George Clooney contemplates with a lovely and vivacious companion (Irina Björklund). Having just spent the night together with only their bodies and a log fire to keep them warm, the two set off to a remote locale for a hike to let their lungs catch up to their hearts. Suddenly, they are ambushed, and Clooney’s character must reveal his deadly talents. He’s been found, and needs to take out the men sent to kill him. Worse yet, he realizes he has to disappear and leave behind what life he’s made. Clooney plays Jack in The American, a throwback film made for the cineastes, about a professional killer and know-it-all extraordinaire, assigned to do one last job while he hides from the Swedes in small countryside of Italy. Jack’s point man,
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Box Office Predictions: Can Machete Take a Slice Out of the Box Office This Weekend?

Predicted Weekend Box Office

1Machete$21.5 million2The American$19.1 million3Going the Distance$17.6 million4Takers$15.7 million5The Last Exorcism$12.1 million6The Expendables$7.3 million7Eat, Pray, Love$5.1 million8The Other Guys$4.9 million9Inception$4.1 million10Vampires Suck$2.1 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10

It was a race to the finish line last week, as two new movies fought it out for number one at the box office. Sunday afternoon early predictions had the new horror film The Last Exorcism taking the number one spot with $20.3 million. But as of Monday morning, the clear winner for the weekend was the action-filled drama Takers, which earned $20.5 million. Both films will have their work cut out for them this weekend with three more new movies entering the box office charts, including director Robert Rodriguez's Machete, Going the Distance starring Drew Barrymore, and The American with Oscar winner George Clooney.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the long-awaited
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The American Earns $1.6 Million on Wednesday

The American starring George Clooney and Irina Björklund opened early on Wednesday with $1.6 million in ticket sales. The performance was good enough to eek out a win against incumbent champ Takers and its box office nemesis, The Last Exorcism.

Joining The American at the North American box office this weekend is Going the Distance with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, and Robert Rodriguez' Grindhouse inspired Machete starring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez.

You can predict what these films will make for a chance at Blu-ray prizes in our Weekend Box Office Prophet Game. Hurry up as the current round closes at midnight Est tonight.
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The American

A sublime thriller, “The American” opens quietly among the snow-covered forests of Sweden. Jack, a bearded, salt-and-pepper-haired George Clooney, and his lover Ingrid (beautiful Finnish actress Irina Björklund) enjoyed an idyllic existence, broken by the appearance of assassins.

Following Ingrid's death, Jack, a killer-for-hire himself as well as a master weapons maker, flees to Italy and accepts one final assignment from his contact Larry: the construction of a special rifle for the mysterious Belgian woman Mathilde (Thekla Reuten). While holed up in a small town, Jack surprises himself by seeking out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursuing romance with a local prostitute Clara (Violante Placido).

Rife with predictable plot elements, director Anton Corbijn (“Control”) smartly relies on fantastic acting to drive the low-key film. The understated Clooney expertly creates an air of gravitas. Veteran character actor Bonacelli (“Mission: Impossible III”) successfully elevates the clichéd role of Father Benedetto.
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Exclusive 'The American' Behind-the-Scenes Look

Here is our exclusive look behind the scenes of Anton Corbijn's upcoming thriller "The American," which stars George Clooney, Irina Björklund and Thekla Reuten. The film opens Sept. 1, 2010. Watch it below.

Clooney plays Jack, a master assassin. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry that his next assignment will be his very last.

Jack reports to the Italy, where he holes up in a town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed.
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Brand New TV Spots For The American

2 brand new TV Spots are now online for Focus Features' upcoming spy thriller "The American" starring George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Irina Björklund, and Bruce Altman.The movie is due out in theaters on September 1, 2010.Check out both new TV Spots below.Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller, filmed on location in Italy. Alone among assassins, Jack (played by Mr. Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten of "In Bruges"), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed.
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New The American Clip Shoots First

Sometimes, no matter where you travel, your work comes with you. That's the premise behind the upcoming thriller, The American, which sees George Clooney as an assassin traveling in Italy who finds himself a potential target when he falls for a beautiful woman (Violante Placido). The latest clip shows Clooney taking a wintery stroll with his friend Ingrid (Irina Björklund) when Clooney runs into "work trouble," a job that Ingrid wasn't aware of.

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George Clooney | Irina Björklund | The American
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'The American' Clip Presents George Clooney As A Bearded Badass

'The American' Clip Presents George Clooney As A Bearded Badass
The lesson in today's clip from "The American" is simple: don't f--k with George Clooney. The Anton Corbijn-directed thriller stars the popular actor as a retiring assassin who just wants to finish his last mission and be done with the life. Too bad for him, the life won't let go so easily.

In the below clip, Clooney is out for a snowy stroll with his new friend Ingrid (Irina Björklund). She doesn't know what his background is, but she's about to get a taste of it. The clip ends before he has to explain himself; my guess is he takes the "that dude made fun of 'Batman & Robin'" defense.

I sure do like the look of this movie. It's out on September 1, next Wednesday, to kick off the post-summer season of Oscar bait contenders. Will this be one of them? Who knows, but I'm sure curious to see it!
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Watch a brand new clip from George Clooney’s next, The American

The folks over at Yahoo! Movies have posted a brand new clip from the superb-looking new George Clooney movie The American, which is hitting cinemas later this year. Bruce Altman, Thekla Reuten, Irina Björklund and Filippo Timi also star in the flick, which is released on November 26th.

Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows,
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A Brand New Clip from George Clooney’s The American

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Yahoo have released a brand new clip from George Clooney’s new movie, The American which is scheduled for release 26th November this year. The American also stars Bruce Altman, Thekla Reuten, Irina Björklund and Filippo Timi.

Synopsis: Alone among assassins, Jack is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde, is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

Have a look at the new clip embedded below.
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