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The Mind’S Eye Acquired by Rlj Entertainment

Almost Human writer/director Joe Begos’ latest film, The Mind’s Eye, has been acquired for North American distribution by Rlj Entertainment:

Press Release: Los Angeles, April 12, 2016 – Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) has acquired all North American rights to the thriller, The Mind’S Eye. Written and directed by Joe Begos, the film reunites him with his Almost Human film star Graham Skipper, along with cast members Lauren Ashley Carter (Premium Rush, The Woman), John Speredakos (The House of the Devil), and Noah Segan (Some Kind of Hate, Looper). Rlje plans to release The Mind’S Eye in theaters and On Demand later this year. Mark Ward, Rlj Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, made the announcement today.

The Mind’S Eye made its world premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and won the award for Best Director, Horror Feature at the 2015 Fantastic Fest.

“Joe has an amazing
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Acorn TV Huddles With ‘The Secret Agent’ In U.S. Rights Deal – Miptv

Content Television has sold upcoming BBC drama The Secret Agent to Rlj Entertainment's Acorn in the U.S. The four-part period series is due to air on BBC One later this year and will stream in the U.S via Acorn TV, a major purveyor of British drama which last year scored its first-ever Emmy nomination with Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case. From Line Of Duty and Bletchley Circle producers, World Productions, The Secret Agent is the adaptation of Joseph…
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Rowan Atkinson on ITV's Maigret: 'I really wasn’t sure I could do it'

The Mr Bean star on the challenge of playing an ordinary man, why pipe smoking is vital to the role – and whether he was asked to join Top Gear

He has created some of television’s most memorable characters, with millions of fans around the world, but Rowan Atkinson initially turned down his latest role as pipe-smoking French detective Jules Maigret because of the challenge of playing an “ordinary man”.

Atkinson is returning to television this Easter in his first major primetime role for almost two decades but has revealed he said no at first to the ITV show – which some think could fill the vacancy left by the retirement of David Suchet’s Poirot.

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Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders Review

I love murder mysteries. All the twists, turns, and tensions of a great whodunit always make for captivating storytelling. And when it comes to writers of gripping crime fiction, none is more well known than Agatha Christie. The best-selling novelist of all time, Christie penned stories that have had readers on the edge of their seats for the better part of a century. There is surely no better source material, therefore, to use as the basis for a mystery adventure game. It’s for these reasons that I was very excited to play Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders this week, an adventure and investigation game developed by Artefact Studio and based on Christie’s novel of the same name.

The game turns out to be a very faithful adaptation of the original story. Belgian detective and crime-solving genius Hercule Poirot, who is perhaps only second to Sherlock Holmes in the ranking of fictional detectives,
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New Protagonists Glimpsed In Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders Screens

As the release date for the investigation game Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders draws ever closer, some fresh screenshots have been revealed for your detective consideration. The developers of the game claim that the new screens feature important players for the investigations in the game, so you may want to take a close look at them.

Stumped yet? Well, so are we, but fear not; it’s not as if key clues were just going to be willingly given up in before release, is it? While the shots may apparently contain some important folk, you’ll probably have to check the game out if you want to find out why they are so important.

So whether you want to scan them meticulously and memorise every potentially crucial morsel of information or you’re just keen to see what Poirot’s adventure is going to look like, you can check out
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Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders Gets Its First Full-Length Trailer

The plot thickens in Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders with the launch of a brand new trailer. This first full-length preview for the point-and-click mystery adventure game shows events turning a little bit darker, and bloodier, than what we have seen in previously released footage.

Based on the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, The ABC Murders follows Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he attempts to solve the titular case. It appears that developer Artefacts Studio and publisher Microïds have created a solid mix of puzzle-solving and storytelling, capturing the spirit of Christie’s classic mystery novels and successfully emulating the mind of its quick-witted protagonist.

Having previewed the game earlier in the month, I must say that this trailer, with its flash cuts and blood-splattered titles, makes the game’s tone seem a lot more serious than I found it to be while playing the first hour. You
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Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders Hands-On Preview

Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders, developed by Artefact Studio, is a game that piqued my interest as soon as I heard it was in development. As a fan of both classic detective stories and puzzle-based adventure games, this point-and-click mystery based on one of Agatha Christie’s most famous novels appears to be a match made in heaven. I was delighted, therefore, to be able to get my hands on the demo of The ABC Murders this past week.

The game stars Hercule Poirot, one of the crime author’s most famous creations, who is known for his sharp wit and intelligence. The demo drops you off at the beginning of the mystery where the sweet, old tobacco shop owner, Mrs. Ascher, has been murdered on her own shop floor. Naturally, things aren’t as clear-cut as they initially appear, and the presence of an ABC railway guide at the
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‘The Hateful Eight’: How Agatha Christie Is It? (An Investigation)

‘The Hateful Eight’: How Agatha Christie Is It? (An Investigation)
(Spoiler Alert: This column gives away major plot details from “The Hateful Eight” and may ruin your enjoyment of several Agatha Christie mysteries, particularly “And Then There Were None” and “Murder on the Orient Express.” You’ve been warned.)

I couldn’t help feeling a twinge of skepticism when I first heard “The Hateful Eight” described as Quentin Tarantino’s spin on an Agatha Christie whodunit. That’s not all it is, of course: It’s Sergio Leone crossed with Harold Pinter, “Stagecoach” by way of “The Thing,” and a grimly funny three-hour soak in the lingering tensions and anxieties of postbellum America (the takeaway is less “The butler did it” than “Benjamin Butler did it”). But Tarantino has invoked Christie directly in interviews, and before I saw the film, I feared he would regard the author’s legacy in much the same way as those who’ve never bothered to read her — as convenient,
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BBC’s And Then There Were None puts a darker spin on Agatha Christie

Screenwriter Sarah Phelps on why her tougher take on murder works as festive fare – and how it differs from Midsomer Murders or Poirot

If you are expecting to settle down on the sofa to watch a cosy Agatha Christie whodunnit when And Then There Were None begins on BBC1 on Boxing Day, then think again. As Sarah Phelps, who has adapted the gripping novel about justice, points out, “this book is genuinely terrifying ... nobody is coming to save you ... no dapper Belgian detective, no twinkly-eyed and steely spinster is going to arrive and unravel it.”

While the cast, which includes Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance and Aidan Turner, might lull viewers into thinking this is just another star-studded murder mystery, Phelps says they should be prepared for something much darker “that gets that little vulnerable spot in your brain and goes ...” (she mimes turning something).

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Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders Gets A Release Date And New Behind-The-Scenes Look

French developer Artefact Studio is going to be bringing a good old-fashioned mystery story to gamers in February with the release of Agatha Christie – The ABC Murders. The game will roughly follow the plot of Christie’s novel of the same name, in which an inspector must track down a murderer who has a demented fascination with the alphabet. A video showing a quick glimpse behind the scenes, which can be viewed above, was revealed today along with a release date.

The story’s central protagonist, Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot, is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous creations, starring in many of the Queen of Crime’s most successful works. He has also been portrayed in television and film by several highly regarded actors, including Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, and perhaps most notably, David Suchet. The ABC Murders won’t be the first time the character has made the leap into the gaming world,
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Kenneth Branagh boards Murder on the Orient Express as director and star

20th Century Fox has found its director for the upcoming remake of the classic Agatha Christie mystery Murder on the Orient Express, with Kenneth Branagh signing on to direct, produce and star in the project as the detective Hercule Poirot. The script is being penned by Michael Green, who has most recently written the screenplay for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel.

Published in 1934, the story sees Poirot attempting to solve the murder of a passenger as he travels from Istanbul to London on the famous train. The book was adapted for the big screen in 1974 with Albert Finney portraying Poirot, while Alfred Molina portrayed the character in a 2001 TV movie, as did David Suchet in ITV’s 2010 TV adaptation.
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Kenneth Branagh Will Helm And Star In Murder On The Orient Express Remake

20th Century Fox announced today that they’ll be bringing in Kenneth Branagh to both helm and star in their adaptation of Agatha Christie’s iconic Murder On The Orient Express.

The director will produce alongside Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon and is said to be talking on the role of Detective Hercule Poirot, who gets tangled up in a murder mystery aboard the titular train during a snowstorm. Michael Green, who is currently penning Blade Runner 2, will write the script, and Steve Asbell will oversee the project, which itself is a remake of the classic 1974 film.

Though he’s most well known for his Shakespeare work, Branagh is a talented director who’s shown that he has a style all to his own, as he’s given us impressive work in recent years with efforts like Thor and Cinderella. His Jack Ryan reboot may have fallen a bit short,
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Kenneth Branagh to Direct and Star in Murder on the Orient Express in a Rare Case of the Obvious Suspect Doing It

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Kenneth Branagh to Direct and Star in Murder on the Orient Express in a Rare Case of the Obvious Suspect Doing It
Think of a British detective novel. Now think of a British actor-director. If you guessed Murder on the Orient Express and Kenneth Branagh, so did Fox. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Branagh, known for such British things as starring in Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing and having a name like Kenneth Branagh, will direct the studio's new adaptation of Agatha Christie's famous novel Murder on the Orient Express, which will have a script by Michael Green (The Green Latern, Ridley Scott's upcoming Blade Runner project — no, we don't get it either). Branagh will also star as Christie's hero, the fastidious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Branagh faces some stiff competition, as Sydney Lumet's 1974 adaptation of the novel earned an Oscar nomination for Albert Finney (as Poirot) and David Suchet's portrayal of the detective has been on British TV for more than 20 years (he even a did
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Kenneth Branagh Set to Direct & Star as Hercule Poirot In 'Murder on the Orient Express'

Five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh will direct for 20th Century Fox a new feature film adaptation of Agatha Christies’ acclaimed mystery Murder on the Orient Express, it was announced today by Tcf president Emma Watts.

Ridley Scott (The Martian), Simon Kinberg (The Martian, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) and Branagh will produce the film. Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2) is writing the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. It revolves around a murder onboard the famous train, and Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case – but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer. In addition to directing the film, Branagh will star as detective Poirot.

Branagh’s directing credits include the Oscar®-nominated Henry V,
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Kenneth Branagh to Direct and Star in Agatha Christie Reboot ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

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Kenneth Branagh to Direct and Star in Agatha Christie Reboot ‘Murder on the Orient Express’
Five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh will star as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s beloved mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” for 20th Century Fox. He had already been attached to direct the film, as TheWrap exclusively reported in June, from a script by Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”). In Christie’s 1934 novel, Poirot is called upon to solve a murder on board the famous train — choosing from a wide array of suspicious passengers. Also Read: Kenneth Branagh in Talks to Direct Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express' (Exclusive) Steve Asbell will oversee the production.
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Kenneth Branagh To Star In & Direct Fox’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ Remake

Kenneth Branagh To Star In & Direct Fox’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ Remake
At Tfc today, 20th Century Fox announced it is bringing forth a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s definitive mystery novel, tapping Kenneth Branagh to direct and star as Hercule Poirot in Murder On The Orient Express. Branagh also will produce along with Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg and Mark Gordon. Famous for its labyrinthine plot and unconventional solution, the story first published in 1934 sees Christie’s detective Poirot stranded on the famous train during a…
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Kenneth Branagh to Direct, Star in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake

Kenneth Branagh to Direct, Star in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake
Kenneth Branagh will star as Hercule Poirot and direct Fox’s reboot of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Producers are Ridley Scott, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon and Branagh. Michael Schaefer and Aditya Sood will also produce in some capacity.

Michael Green (“Blade Runner 2”) is writing the screenplay, with Steve Asbell overseeing the production for Fox.

Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around a murder onboard the famous train and Belgian detective Poirot solving the case – in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.

Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project for a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, which starred Albert Finney as the genius detective investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

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Branagh To Direct, Play Poirot In "Orient Express"

Kenneth Branagh is set to both direct and star as Hercule Poirot in the newest adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic 1934 novel "Murder on the Orient Express" for 20th Century Fox.

The story revolves around a murder onboard the famous train of a rather nasty American tycoon. Belgian detective Poirot must figure out who is responsible before the train, currently stuck in the snow, is freed and allows for the potential suspects to disembark. The answer, which ties back to a famous child abduction case, is more complicated than he could have ever thought.

A large ensemble of A-lst stars are expected to be a part of the cast. The work was previous adapted onto a multiple Oscar-nominated film in 1974 with Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

It was adapted again in 2004 as part of the long-running David Suchet-led TV series.
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10 Great Performances from Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman’s oeuvre contains few performances that aren’t of note. Such is her power that, if a tear rolls down her cheek, you feel it. The release of Stig Björkman‘s new documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words has prompted us to look back through the great actress’s filmography.

In our search for the essential Bergman roles, the performances which cemented her as a legend of cinema, there’s certainly a number of dazzling and iconic pictures to search through. Acclaimed examples such as Elena and Her Men, Joan of Arc, and Anastasia — the lattermost of which earned her a second Academy Award — narrowly and tragically found their way off the list.

Before checking out Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, take a trip with us back through the career of one of the greatest talents to ever grace the silver screen. Enjoy the
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Christmas Delights From Acorn Media

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It’s that time of year of again when we start scouring the internet for gift ideas. Luckily, Acorn media have served up another platter of top notch dramas for you to acquire this holiday season.

BBC One’s brilliantly clever 2013 drama Mayday comes to Acorn DVD on the 23 November. Starring Aiden Gillen (Batman: The Dark Knight Rises) it is full of more twists and turns than the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. The five part drama is based around a straightforward topic – the murder of a young woman. The events thereafter are handled in a rather unusual manner. There are four primary suspects but in the absence of a Marple or Poirot figure the audience are left to do the investigative work themselves.

Each of the suspects has an accuser but as the show progresses you began to wonder if the real villains are the accused or their accusers. Mi
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