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‘Close To The Enemy’ BBC2 Drama Announcement

March 31st, 2015

Wonderful news! A new six episode drama series from BBC2 starring Jim in the lead role was announced today.

A brief production summary from Variety:

Director-writer Stephen Poliakoff has started to shoot period drama series “Close to the Enemy,” which has been commissioned by the BBC and will be distributed by All3Media Intl.

Jim Sturgess (“One Day”) heads the cast that includes Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”), Charlotte Riley (“Peaky Blinders”), Phoebe Fox (“Woman in Black 2”) and August Diehl (“Inglourious Basterds”).

The six-part series, which is produced by Little Island Prods. in association with Endor Prods., is mainly set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War II.

The series is written and directed by Poliakoff, who most recently helmed and wrote “Dancing on the Edge” for the BBC and Starz. It is produced by Helen Flint, and exec produced by Flint and Hilary Bevan Jones.

It will film in and around Liverpool and London until summer 2015 and will air in 2016.

The BBC Press Release includes the following plot information:

Close To The Enemy follows intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson (Sturgess), whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter (Diehl), starts working for the British RAF on urgently developing the jet engine. With the background of the emerging Cold War, it is clear to all that it’s crucial for British national security that cutting-edge technology is made available to the armed forces as quickly as possible. Callum uses unorthodox methods in his attempt to convince Dieter to work with the British and eventually a friendship develops between the two men, but soon tensions arise as all is not as it seems.

Over the course of the series, Callum encounters a number of other characters whose stories all intertwine. These characters include Victor (Highmore), Callum’s younger brother, struggling to deal with psychological trauma caused by his experience in the fighting; Harold (Molina), a Foreign Office official who reveals some startling truths about the outbreak of the war; Rachel (Riley), an enchanting Anglophile American engaged to his best friend; and Kathy (Fox), a tough young woman working for the War Crimes Unit, fighting to bring war criminals who escaped prosecution to justice. All these characters are trying to rebuild and move their lives forward in the aftermath of the war, a war that scarred them all so deeply.

Producer Helen Flint, a long-time collaborator with Poliakoff on productions such as Shooting The Past and Perfect Strangers, says: “Close To The Enemy is set in the transitional period of 1946 - the brutal second World War is finally over but the destruction of families and cities permeates everyone’s lives. As the Cold War takes its hold in Europe and the public realisation that the atom bomb could be used by any government, our hero Callum (Jim Sturgess) passionately believes that to safeguard the future you mustn’t heed the past regardless of how terrible it has been. However, as the story unfolds, he finds that he is compelled to look backwards and eventually realises that you have to judge (for good or ill) those voluntarily or involuntarily involved in order to actually have a safer world.”

‘Icon’ Magazine - David Bailey Photoshoot

March 27th, 2015

The March issue of the Italian fashion magazine Icon has a wonderful feature on Jim. This is especially exciting considering renowned British photographer David Bailey did the photoshoot. Thinking back over all the the images we have of Jim, I think it is safe to say that this would be one of the most prestigious of all. Do a quick google seach on Bailey and you’ll probably recognize some of his work - most notably that 1965 session with Lennon & McCartney. Exciting times for us! Sadly, this magazine is too big to fit on my scanner. Hopefully we can find digital copies of the images soon. As you can see, there are two pages of text, but everything is in Italian! There seems to be a lot of talk about music in the beginning, and then some discussion on London Fields at the end, but several films and even Ennio Morricone are mentioned. If you are able to translate, please contact us! I highly recommend that you grab a physical copy of this for yourself - I purchased mine on eBay. The cover features Matthew McConaughey.

There are good things happening here lately, as we have the UK release of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken and the US release of Electric Slide both in April. I also have another fashion magazine on the way featuring Jim called Fault. Stay in touch!


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‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken’ UK Trailer - Super Ticket Info - Stills

March 24th, 2015

Thanks to our friends heyuguys.com we have the UK trailer, along with some information from them regarding the Super Ticket option:

The release of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken marks the first time a film has been released in the UK using a Super Ticket. This is widely used for US releases, and means that if you buy a ticket to see the film at Empire Cinemas, you automatically receive a code to download the film for free from Wuaki.TV.

There are more details at the end of the trailer - head on over to heyuguys.com to view it! Remember that the film releases on April 3rd in the UK!

Meanwhile, here are some more stills. I have found stills from footage that didn’t make it into the film, plus there are bits in various video we have seen so far that was also cut. Once you see the film, enjoy spotting the extras! I have also read that the DVD release will include B-roll footage, so that will be a treat for us all. More details on DVD/Blu-Ray releases to come!

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‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken’ Opens Today!

March 6th, 2015

Today is the day! Kidnapping Mr. Heineken releases in the United States and other areas. Check your local theater listings and all major video on demand outlets. In the meantime, here are a couple of clips and a special photo to whet your appetite!!

First, from comingsoon.net - the beginnings of the plan:

From Coming Soon ‘There will be blood’ - a clip showing some tension between the kidnappers. Click the image to view.

‘ELECTRIC SLIDE’ POSTER AND STILLS

February 22nd, 2015

Thanks to moviepilot and screenrelish, we have all sorts of new Electric Slide goodies to share with you! A new synopsis, poster, and stills come from Screenrelish, along with additional stills from Moviepilot.

The film has an official twitter and facebook - so get ready for that April 3rd release in the United States!!

Film Synopsis:

Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe, 21, One Day) plays Eddie Dodson, a Melrose Avenue antiques dealer who decided to become a bank robber. Dodson drove to the banks in a black ’63 Ford Galaxy LTD. He dressed up like an elegant criminal. He made mix tapes to listen to on his getaways. And in only nine months, Eddie robbed 64 banks – more than anyone has robbed before or since.

Taking its aesthetic cues from Eddie Dodson and the unique moment he occupied in L.A.’s countercultural history, director Tristan Patterson has forgone the style of straight-ahead biopics to create a New Wave dream of a romantic outlaw seeking self-reinvention and immortality in paradise.

A Polaroid snapshot of 1983 Los Angeles and a love letter to a man who decided to quit reality to live full-time in the Hollywood movie of his dreams, the film features an appropriate and electric mix of tunes from the likes of Iggy Pop, Magazine and the Psychedelic Furs.

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There are more new stills in the gallery

KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN - “FRIENDS OR MONEY” CLIP

February 21st, 2015

We have our first clip from Kidnapping Mr. Heineken thanks to IGN. This is a great clip featuring Jim as kidnapper Cor Van Hout, and Anthony Hopkins as Freddy Heineken. Check it out!

‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken’ UK Release, More Stills

February 15th, 2015

We have cool new artwork for the release of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken in the UK (opens April 3), along with some new stills! Check out our gallery for all the latest stills from the film.


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Here are some websites related to the film:

US Official Facebook

Australia / New Zealand

freeheineken.com
Official Facebook

Starting The Year Out Right! Photoshoots, Stills, etc.

February 1st, 2015

January started our year out with a bang here at JSO! Lots of new goodies from Kidnapping Mr. Heineken including a new trailer for the US release and lots of stills. We’ve just added two more stills to the gallery! Plus we had photoshoot images from Sarah Dunn and Chris Lopez.

New Kidnapping Mr. Heineken stills - click to enlarge

New image from photographer Chris Lopez - click to enlarge

BAFTA is auctioning off a print of Jim and Gemma Arterton taken by Sarah Dunn. From the official auction site….

On Friday 30 January, BiddART and Bonhams will host a Live Auction of 24 images. For the opportunity to attend this exclusive event at BAFTA’s Princess Anne Theatre from 3pm that day, please email info@biddart.com

The Exhibition is accompanied by an online auction which permits bids to be placed on 72 of the images from 20 January 2015

On Monday 9 February at 16:00 GMT the auction will close and the winning bids will secure ownership of a first edition of a strictly limited edition of 10 prints, which will be accompanied by a specially created BAFTA Hologram attached to the print, Certifcate of Authenticity and artist’s signature.


Gemma Arterton and Jim Sturgess photographed using a 1960’s Widelux camera as part of a photo essay in a collaboration with The Mail on Sunday Event Magazine for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2013. Shot on film.

New ‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken’ US Trailer

January 20th, 2015

A new trailer for the United States release of Kidnapping Mr. Heineken has been released by Yahoo Movies. This trailer is entirely different from the Australian trailer, which was basically a shorter cut of the sales reel that was leaked from Cannes. The film releases in the United States on March 6th in theaters and VOD.

‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken’ Australian Poster & Stills

January 19th, 2015

Thanks to distributor Becker Film Group, we have a new poster for the release of Kidnapping Mr. Heineken in Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, we have added several stills to the gallery featuring our dashing blonde Englishman with Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Mark Van Eeuwen, Thomas Cocquerel, and Jemima West.

View more new stills in the gallery.

The film releases in Australia and New Zealand on March 12th, and in the United States on March 6th.


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