September 29th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Noomi Rapace is not really going to have an easy time in “Rupture”, as today’s released trailer for the claustrophobic horror film shows. Steven Shainberg, best known for directing the erotic thriller “Secretary”, is writing and directing this one, which sees Rapace play a young mother who finds herself unwittingly abducted into a mysterious laboratory. There, she is drugged and experimented on by seedy-looking captors (played by Peter Stormare and Michael Chiklis). And so the escape is on. Popping along right around Halloween, Rupture arrives in cinemas and on demand from 4 November. The trailer can be watched in the video archive. HD screencaptures from the trailer have been added to the photo gallery.

  September 29th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has acquired a movie rights package from German film production and sales company Splendid Film. The multi-year agreement of which financial details have not been disclosed covers the exclusive pay-TV, pay-per-view and video-on-demand (VOD) rights for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Part of the package is the Noomi Rapace starrer “What Happened to Monday?”, which has been sold to Netflix as well and will be likely have its US premiere on demand as well. For any release, no date has been confirmed yet.

  September 20th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

A bevy of Hollywood stars will be on hand to honor director Ridley Scott on Oct. 14 when the legendary director becomes the 30th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award. Actors from some of Scott’s most storied films will share tributes to the director, including Sigourney Weaver and Kristen Wiig, as well as Noomi Rapace and Katherine Waterston, who both star in Scott’s 2017 effort Alien: Covenant. American Cinematheque has honored a filmmaker each year since 1986, with the aim of celebrating an individual committed to making a significant contribution to the world of film. “To state it simply, Ridley Scott is one of the greatest directors in the history of the motion picture,” Rick Nicita, American Cinematheque chairman said in a statement announcing the participants in this year’s ceremony. “In a business where careers burn brightly and then flame out, the pure longevity of his permanent residence in the very top tier of directors is astonishing.” Hosting the evening is frequent Scott collaborator Russell Crowe, who has appeared in five films for the director, including Academy Award-winning best picture “Gladiator.” Matt Damon, who starred in Scott’s Oscar-nominated “The Martian,” will be responsible for presenting the award itself. The American Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala will be held at the Beverly Hilton.

  September 20th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Welcome to the new version of Noomi Rapace Online. The new layout is a much-needed change for the site, which has seemed to take a bit of a winter’s nap. Fans and frequent visitors might have noticed that not much is happening, although Noomi has completed a batch of projects. Unfortunately, the majority of them (Rupture, What Happened to Monday?, Unlocked) are still awaiting a theatrical release, and it looks more like any or all of these films will make their way to on-demand rentals instead of a theatrical release. “Unlocked”, for example, has been filmed 2 years ago, and even with a director of Michael Apted’s caliber and Rapace, Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom and Toni Collette’s star power, the film is yet awaiting any kind of release. Another project, “Callas” hasn’t moved an inch since its announcement in Cannes last year. Ditto the Amy Winehouse biopic, although at this stage I doubt it has been officially announced. So, the best way to to overcome this rather dry period is to stay positive and wait for news about the new projects being released. In the meantime, enjoy your stay and the new (and mobile-friendly) Noomi Rapace Online.

  September 14th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Netflix is in final negotiations to acquire “What Happened to Monday?” a sci-fi thriller starring Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close, Variety has learned. The deal will close in the mid-seven figure range for multiple territories, including the United States. The project sold out of the Toronto Film Festival. Although it wasn’t an official selection, “What Happened to Monday?” was screened to buyers at several private screenings, where it received favorable responses. CAA packaged and sold the movie. “Whatever Happened to Monday?” is directed by Tommy Wirkola (“Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters”) and co-stars Willem Dafoe. Rapace takes on six different roles in a story set in a post-apocalyptic world where families are forced to only have one child. Producers are Raffaella De Laurentiis, Philippe Rousselet and Fabrice Gianfermi. The film was written by Kerry Williamson (“Alex Cross”) and Max Botkin (“Robosapien: Rebooted”).

  August 31st, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Public appearances have been a rare treat for Noomi’s fans these past months. Yesterday, Noomi was spotted at the BFI Southbank Cinema on the South Bank in London for the premiere of “Anthropoid”. Based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the historical drama is set to hit UK theatres this week. Pictures from the premiere have been added to the photo gallery.

  August 18th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

While “Rupture” is still awaiting a theatrical release date (or an on-demand release), the film currently plays at film festivals throughout the United States. The overall consensus of these latest festival reviews promise a rather odd but well done b-movie, which seems to be still in the editing process. Here’s a compilation of its festival reviews:

Paste Magazine: Rupture is a film that can get easily muddled and complicated when trying to describe the plot. At its core is the transformative nature of fear. Noomi Rapace carries the film as a single mother, Renee, who is kidnapped by an alien enclave who insists they are helping her. According to these creatures, humans are capable of transcending their humanity by being exposed to their greatest fears, which causes them to “rupture” and essentially become post-humans.

The Hollywood Reporter: As a woman forced to be the guinea pig in icky science experiments, Noomi Rapace leads a cast with enough familiar names to attract attention; though this turns out to be more of a one-woman show than a roster boasting Michael Chiklis, Peter Stormare and Lesley Manville would suggest, the action suffices to entertain viewers who can get past a couple of oh-come-on-now plot contrivances. An enjoyable captivity thriller unconcerned with the occasional plot hole.

JoBlo.com: Rapace’s performance is good in spots, unexceptional in others. There are a handful of scenes where she really freaks out and they’re played with hysterical gusto. For some reason, however, Renee never really earned my sympathy, and maybe that’s just because she seemed less than natural in the film’s early scenes, which aren’t exactly authentic. I never bought Renee as a flesh and blood character, and part of that’s Rapace’s performance and part of that is we don’t really know much about her other than the broad strokes the screenplay (by Brian Nelson) gives us.

Screen Anarchy: Rupture is the latest film from writer-director Steven Shainberg (Secretary) and it had its world premiere at Fantasia. Shainberg often works with complex female characters and stories, and Rupture is no different. In the film, Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Prometheus) plays a mother who’s abrubtly abducted one day after dropping her son off at the ex’s house for the weekend. She’s drugged and wakes up in the back of a truck en route to a facility where she’s kept imprisioned for experiements in fear. She discovers that she’s not alone as she tries to escape her captors, who inject icky drugs into her and speak with hardly any emotion in frightening tale reminescent of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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