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As Ethan Hawke storms into a bank, gun blazing and bad wig flying, it’s easy to understand the origins of the term “Stockholm syndrome.” The phrase, which refers to captives developing an irrational sympathy for their captors, was first coined in 1973 after four hostages acted sympathetically with their captors during a bank robbery in Sweden. The upcoming dark comedy Stockholm is based on that story. Watch the first Stockholm trailer below.

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alien 4k blu-ray

Alien has been released on Blu-ray approximately 400 times, but here comes a new one anyway! To mark the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott‘s horror/sci-fi classic, an Alien 4K Blu-ray will find its way to shelves in April. Even if you already own one of the many previous releases, it might be worth upgrading for the new 4K transfer.

And that’s not all the Alien related news we have! Thanks to creature designer Carlos Huantes, we now know that Noomi Rapace‘s character had a much bigger part in early drafts of Alien: Covenant.

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close trailer

Swedish actor Noomi Rapace went international when the original Swedish productions of the Girl WIth The Dragon Tattoo trilogy caught on around the world. Now she’s been in Hollywood productions like Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and three films for Netflix, including this week’s Close.

In Close, Rapace plays Sam, a bodyguard for Zoe (Sophie Nelisse), the daughter of a mining company CEO. After saving Zoe from a kidnapping attempt, Sam takes her on the run to protect her from the forces who are still trying to take her. Sam is inspired by real life bodyguard Jacquie Davis, though Close is a fictional tale.

Rapace spoke with /Film by phone out of New York. After Close, Rapace joins the cast of Jack Ryan for season 2. Close hits Netflix on Friday, January 18.

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Netflix seems to be getting into the bodyguard business, with the BBC series Bodyguard becoming a small phenomenon and international star Noomi Rapace starring in the upcoming feature film about a female bodyguard, Close. Watch the Close trailer below.

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Jack Ryan Season 2

Jack Ryan season 1 hasn’t even debuted yet, but Amazon is so excited about the show they went ahead and gave it a second season already. It’ll be a while before we see season 2, but casting has already commenced. Michael Kelly, who plays murderous White House Chief of Staff Doug Stamper on House of Cards, will join Jack Ryan season 2 as CIA agent Mike November, while Noomi Rapace will play German intelligence agent Harriet “Harry” Baumann.

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Amazon casting

Here’s some interesting Amazon casting news from the studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con International: Frances McDormand, who just won an Oscar for her fiery performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, will provide the voice of God in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens.

Plus, Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) has joined the cast of Jack Ryan, the action-packed Tom Clancy adaptation that has John Krasinski in the lead role. Read More »

stockholm review

Stockholm syndrome has inherently horrifying roots: Victims of kidnappings, hostage situations, and other dangerous situations somehow develop feelings of sympathy, maybe even affection, for their captors. But that doesn’t mean that a feature film adaptation of the 1973 bank robbery that originated the term can’t be outright hilarious.

Stockholm, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, feels like such an irreverent black comedy that you wouldn’t expect it to be based on real-life events. But its stranger-than-fiction premise only serves to heighten everything — the emotions, the absurdity, and the sympathy for its central robber played with a zany, unhinged verve by the scene-stealing Ethan Hawke.

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Saturday Night Live - Will Ferrell - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch Will Ferrell‘s auditioning tape when he was just a comedian trying out for a spot on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Plus, learn about the art of production design from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and see how visual effects were employed to make multiple versions of Noomi Rapace in the sci-fi film What Happened to Monday?. Read More »

bright featurette 2

Bright has already set records at Netflix, shooting to the top of the streaming platform’s highest-viewed movies, and quickly getting picked up for a sequel. But that doesn’t mean Netflix’s promotional train is stopping any time soon.

A new featurette for Bright takes you behind-the-scenes of David Ayer‘s urban fantasy starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton as the human/orc cop partners who discover a powerful wand, leading them on a whirlwind chase across Los Angeles.

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bright featurette

You can’t have a Will Smith movie without blowing up a few buildings and David Ayer‘s Bright promises to do just that.

The new Netflix film has been touted as a gritty urban fantasy, where humans and orcs are entangled in a bitter species war on the streets of Los Angeles. Clunky race metaphors aside, Bright promises to be another explosive, adrenaline-pumping Will Smith cop movie — with some magic wands and creepy costume design thrown in. A new Bright featurette explores all of the above.

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