Mark Wahlberg commits to remake of Icelandic thriller: movie news recap

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In the movie news recap for Tuesday, October 6: Mark Wahlberg commits to US remake of Iceland's Best Foreign Language Oscar submission, Reykjavic-Rotterdam; Chris Rock stars in Oprah Winfrey production, Will You Be My Black Friend?; and China allows Michael Jackson's This Is It to screen October 28.

Mark Wahlberg commits to remake of Icelandic thriller
American actor Mark Wahlberg will star in a remake of the 2008 Icelandic thriller Reykjavic-Rotterdam, according to entertainment trade magazine Variety. Directed by Icelandic filmmaker Óskar Jónasson, the film won five Edda Awards (the Iceland equivalent of the Oscars) in November 2008. Wahlberg will portray an alcohol smuggler involved in a double-cross. Reykjavic-Rotterdam was recently chosen as Iceland's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2010 Academy Awards.

Chris Rock, Oprah Winfrey bring GQ magazine article to life
Lionsgate and American media mogul Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films are currently developing an article from American men's fashion magazine GQ into a film entitled Will You Be My Black Friend?, starring American comedic actor Chris Rock, according to entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter. The subject of the article, by American GQ correspondent Devin Friedman, involved the white writer's attempt to add a black friend to his social circle via the online classified ads service Craigslist.

China chooses October 28 air date for Michael Jackson's This Is It
China Film Group, which only imports 20 foreign movies per year, selected the American concert documentary M ichael Jackson's This Is It to screen in the country on October 28, according to Sony Pictures. The film cleared Chinese censors last week, and promoters will create as many prints of the movie as possible before the air date. Though only 20 non-Chinese films are permitted into the country per year, the nation's two most recent all-time box office records were created by American movies: this year's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and 1997's Titanic.

MONDAY'S NEWS

Director Michael Mann to shoot Robert Capa biopic
American director Michael Mann has partnered with Columbia Pictures to film a biopic on celebrated Austrian-Hungarian war photographer Robert Capa, according to entertainment trade publication Variety. Focusing on Capa's two-year romance with renowned Jewish German war photojournalist Gerda Taro during the Spanish Civil War, Waiting for Robert Capa will be adapted from the 2009 novel Esperando a Robert Capa, by Spanish writer Susana Fortes. Mann will reportedly produce and direct the film for a low budget. Public Enemies, directed by Mann this year, grossed over $194 million worldwide.

Bangladesh selects Britter Bairey for 2010 Oscar candidacy
The Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies announced its nomination of Bangladeshi director Golam Rabbani Biplob's political fable Britter Bairey ( Beyond the Circle) to represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2010 Academy Awards. The film deals with a rural flute player (Bangladeshi actor Jayanto Chattopadhyay) getting sucked into the market economy of Dhaka. Announcements are scheduled to take place for the Best Foreign Language nominees on February 2, 2010. The Academy Awards ceremony takes place March 7 in Los Angeles, California.

Liam Neeson begins filming The Next Three Days opposite Russell Crowe
Irish actor Liam Neeson has joined the cast of The Next Three Days, an American adaptation of the 2008 French romantic thriller Pour Elle, according to entertainment trade publication Variety. Canadian-American director Paul Haggis is directing The Next Three Days, and Neeson stars opposite Australian actor Russell Crowe. The plot involves a high school teacher hatching a daring plan to spring his wrongly incarcerated wife from prison. Production began Friday, October 2, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is scheduled to wrap up December 12.

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