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Nirav Modi created three layers of dummy companies in UAE, Hong Kong, British Virgin Islands, USA, Barbados and few other places using consultants from UAE and secret servers were created for communicating secretly with each other. The illegal proceeds from fraudulently obtained letters of undertaking (LoUs) from Punjab National Bank were circulated into a maze of companies and trusts which belonged to Nirav Modi, his sister Purvi Mehta, father Deepak Modi and wife Ami Modi.

In 2017, Nirav Modi purchased immovable property in the US for USD 25 million. The property was purchased in the name of The Ithaca Trust which was settled by Nirav’s sister Purvi Mehta and the beneficiaries of this trust were Nirav’s children.

The funds for purchasing this property were transferred from the fiduciary account of The Commonwealth Trust Company, USA. This fiduciary account, in turn, received funds from the accounts of Purvi Mehta maintained in the Bank of Singapore.

This account in Bank of Singapore was credited with money from the account of Ami Modi maintained in HSBC Bank, USA. The funds in the accounts of Ami Modi were credited from accounts of Purvi Mehta maintained in Amcorp Bank and Trust Barbados. This Amcorp account got most of the funds from the account of Fineclassic FZE, a Dubai-based dummy company of Purvi Mehta which were obtained from fraudulent LOUs. Fineclassic FZE, received funds from Dubai and Hong Kong-based dummy companies of Nirav Modi which were recipients of fraudulent LoUs obtained illegally from PNB.

Similarly, funds of around USD 171 million were transferred to Deepak Modi’s accounts in the name of a company named Pacific Diamonds, Radhashir Jewellery Company Pvt Ltd, Solar Exports, Stellar Diamonds, Diamond R US, Firestar International Pvt, Firestar Diamond International Pvt Ltd, Nirav Modi Trust Trustee, Firestone Trading Pvt Ltd, Mak Business Enterprises Ltd and Bentley Properties Pvt Ltd.were also named. Deepak Modi, father of Nirav, a beneficiary of Link High International and Twin Square companies, in which the funds of around $50-55 million were transferred from Nirav Modi group dummy companies. In Hong Kong; Auragem Company Ltd, Sino Traders Ltd, Sunshine Gems Ltd, Fancy Creations Ltd, Brilliant Diamonds Ltd and Eternal Diamond Corporation Ltd. Nine dummy companies of Modi in UAE; Pacific Diamonds, Tri Colour Gems, Diagems FZC, Unity Trading Company, Universal Fine Jewellery, Himalayan Traders FZE – AJMAN, Hamilton Precious Traders, Unique Diamond and Jewellery FZC – Ajman and Vista Jewllery RZE – Furjairah. Six dummy companies in Dubai transferred $50 million to a British Virgin Island (BVI) company called Lili Mountain Investments Company, whose director is Purvi Mehta. From there, the funds were directly paid to one Enterprise Emerging Market Funds (EEMF), located in BVI. EEMF is a fiduciary fund which acts as per instructions of investors.

From EEMF, the funds were transferred into two companies, Forecom Worldwide Investment ($30million) and Jade Bridge Holdings Ltd ($20 million). The same amount was then used to invest in Firestar International Private Limited (FIPL) back in India via Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) route. “Thus, the amount was diverted to FIPL from Hong Kong after layering of funds through various overseas dummy companies,

UK police have arrested India’s billionaire diamond dealer Nirav Modi in London. Modi and officials at the bank allegedly issued fraudulent Letters of Undertakings to overseas banks to obtain buyer’s credit, according to India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s second-largest state-run bank, accuses Mr Modi of being one of the main suspects in a scam which defrauded it of $2bn. Mr Modi is one of India’s richest men, worth an estimated $1.75bn, according to Forbes.

SWIFT is the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications. The state-owned bank’s employees had allegedly manipulated SWIFT in favour of Nirav Modi. For cross-border fund transfers, most lenders now use SWIFT technology, which is similar to a messaging system that uses encrypted channels for safety.

Over a period of seven years, a handful of PNB employees manipulated SWIFT and letters of undertaking (LoUs). LoUs, or bank guarantees based on which overseas lenders grant loans, were issued by PNB via its SWIFT system in favour of Modi. It is believed that PNB employees shared the SWIFT password with Modi’s aide, which allowed them to conduct fraudulent transactions using the system. Gokulnath Shetty, former deputy manager of Punjab National Bank, has admitted to have unauthorised access to Level-5 password which is the key for the SWIFT software that is used to issue Letters of Undertaking (LoUs).

Nirav Modi created three layers of dummy companies in UAE, Hong Kong, British Virgin Islands, USA, Barbados and few other places using consultants from UAE and secret servers were created for communicating secretly with each other. Communication regarding functioning of these dummy companies was done on ‘panemail’ only between Kurian Mathews, Saju Poulose, Aditya Nanawati, Nirav Modi, Mihir Bhansali, Shyam Wadhwa and Shukla, etc.” All dummy directors/owners/managers were having their accounts on panemail. Later on, this system was closed and migrated to new email system called “cricket”.

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Tuan Huynh, is European investment chief at Deutsche Bank, who was the bank’s investment chief in Asia-Pacific, wealth investment boss Christian Nolting said
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$12 billion of proceeds from the Disney deal are set to be distributed to his six children — Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, James, Grace Helen and Chloe,    21st Century Fox has officially announced the completion of the distribution ahead of Disney officially taking over the company March 20.

The company confirmed it finished issuing all outstanding shares of Fox Corporation common stock to 21CF stockholders as of today. 21CF and FOX are now each a standalone, publicly traded company, wit 21CF set to be acquired by The Walt Disney Company as of 12:02 AM, Wednesday, March 20.

[September 10  2018 Wendi Deng sparkles at U.S. Open   ]

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[January 16 Wendi Deng Murdoch a spy? Oh no! ]

Wendi Deng Murdoch is the ex-wife of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch. And this report comes to us via The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by News Corp. Also, somehow this involves former British rime minister Tony Blair and a 70-foot-tall Chinese spy tower in D.C.

[February 5 2017 Wendi and the Donald? ]

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[April 4 Wendi photographed on Roman’s maxi-yacht, Vladi next?]

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it is the motor cruiser of Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner’s yacht, not the £25m one he is said to have gifted to Putin.   Wendi Deng has been seen frolicking in the tropical waves of St Barts amid claims that she is in a ‘serious’ relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.   What seems increasingly clear is that Murdoch and Deng are now involved in a romantic arms race.   Three weeks after the media mogul married Jerry Hall, his ex is spotted holidaying in the Caribbean on a Russian yacht.    The rumor circulating around the corridors of power — from Washington, D.C., to Europe and Asia — is that Vladimir Putin and Wendi Deng are dating.

[March 19 Wendi photographed with Charlie, Rupert with Jerry ]

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Wendi Deng and Charlie Siem

Charlie Siem, son of a Norwegian shipping magnate, meanwhile

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Chloe and Grace

Wendi and Rupert’s children as flower girls

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[February 1 Rupert Murdoch announced engagement on eve of ex-wife’s premiere ]

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Wendi Murdoch is producer on Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, a striking biographical art documentary selected to open this year’s Sundance Film Festival, January 21. Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang opened up the World Cinema Documentary Competition, Sky Ladder premiered to warm acclaim, telling the story of one of China’s most celebrated art world darlings with intimate interviews and awe-inspiring scenes of Cai’s explosive award-winning installations. At the film’s premiere, Murdoch stood side by side with Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), Oscar-winning fellow producer Fisher Stevens, and the artist himself, celebrating the two-year project she spearheaded a dozen years after first meeting Cai.
Variety:It’s no spoiler to note that, after years of repeated delays due to bad weather and wildfire risks, the audience finally gets to see this hugely ambitious and expensive project get off the ground, and Macdonald (“Touching the Void,” “Life in a Day”) does full justice to this majestically fleeting spectacle. Most notable about the climactic unveiling, however, are the specifics of where it takes place and who is watching. “Sky Ladder” may not fully penetrate the mystery of Cai’s artistic identity, but it ends with the poignant suggestion that the most significant accomplishments often stem from the simplest, most personal impulse.

[January 12 Rupert Murdoch to marry model ]
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Jerry Hall Jagger and fiancé The Jagger marriage and the marriage ceremony were later declared invalid by the High Court of England and Wales in London in 1999

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Four floors enough at One Madison?

The five bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom perch also offers uninterrupted, ‘cinematic,’ river-to-river views of Manhattan from the World Trade Center to the northern tip of Madison Avenue.
It was purchased in ‘raw condition,’ which means Murdoch will be supplying all of the furnishings, fixtures and other accoutrements.

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[June 26 2013 Rupert Murdoch now has money for divorce from Wendi]

Wendi Deng Murdoch and husband

Wendi Deng Murdoch and husband

Rupert Murdoch has not really had the money to divorce Wendi. His cash is tied up in News Corp voting shares, which he is always loathe to sell. But the death of this mother, six months ago, passes her 10% interest in the Murdoch family trust to him – potentially freeing up a few hundred million dollars. It is one way that Murdoch has had for resolving the stormy issues of his life.
[June 14]
Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire chairman of News Corp, has filed for divorce from his third wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch.more tony Blair wendi
Deng and Murdoch’s prenuptial agreement was ratified by Jacqueline Silverman, head of the matrimonial division of the New York Supreme Court. Subsequent written agreements followed the birth of their two children, Chloe and Grace, in October 2002 and June 2004. (Though she was an employee of News Corp.’s subsidiary Star TV in Hong Kong when she met Murdoch, Deng has never sat on the company’s board unlike his previous wife.)

It is probably safe to say filing for divorce was a business decision, Ken Auletta
If the 1999 prenuptial agreement had a seven-year sunset and was renewed, then it would be up again now. Deng reportedly twice signed amendments to her original prenuptial agreement.

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[11 April 2018 Daryl Hannah weds Neil Young ]

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Daryl Hannah and Neil Young outside a San Francisco courthouse where they were supporting a man with cancer who was suing Monsanto.

 

 

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Neil Young and actor Daryl Hannah are said to have married on Young’s yacht near the San Juan islands to the north of Puget Sound in Washington state, adjacent to Canada’s Vancouver Island.Auburn Stone

[October 31 2017   on Harvey Weinstein   ]

Daryl Hannah on Harvey Weinstein trying to get in.

[June 26  The Slider 2017 release; “Sense8” cancelled ]

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“Sense8” an edgy sci-fi drama is gone after two seasons, “Sense8” Created by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (of the “The Matrix” fame) followed a small group of people around the world who were hunted by a mysterious organization because they shared a mental connection that allowed them to tap into one another’s thoughts and skills.

[June 20 2015 stars in Sicilian Vampire ]

Sicilian Vampire (2015), Thriller | 10 September 2015 release(Canada)

[June 9 Daryl Hannah: Sense8 downloaded by pirates, left-handed praise]

Daryl Hannah “persecution, bigotry and fear.”

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“Eight people. Eight cities. One mind.” in a schoolyard premise that holds enough intrigue to call viewers back, has been downloaded by pirates more than half a million times less than three days after its release.

[January 26 Daryl Hannah stars in Death Squad [ 2047 – Sights of Death (2014)]]

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Daryl Hannah in Death Squad. Death Squad [ 2047 – Sights of Death (2014)] perhaps 2047 Sights of Death isn’t really designed for theatrical release.

[September 9 2014 Daryl Hannah signs for Sense8]
The state of California filed a $62,622,tax lien against Daryl Hannah on March 24th with the EL Lay County CA Recorder of Deeds, said to get cleaned up.

On August 25, Daryl Hannah joined the film Michael to play Deborah, who runs a Colorado Buddhist retreat where Michael goes to find solace.

[Jun 29]

Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill”)joins the international cast. of the upcoming 10-episode Netflix sci-fi series “Sense8” . Sense8 will follow a group of people who are somehow physically linked and find themselves on the run from an unknown force because of their “unique gift,” which is an “evolutionary leap, which was caused by technology.” Major themes of the series will reportedly be “persecution, bigotry and fear.” The cast has signed for all 5 Seasons of the show (should they be made).


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Daryl Hannah in Rome January 2014

Daryl Hannah in Rome January 2014

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Principal photography will commence this month in Rome on the action thriller in which Major Anderson (Daryl Hannah) and some unscrupulous mercenaries led by Lobo (Michael Madsen), do the dirty — both just out of “Skin Traffik” where they did the same in Britain.

AMBI Pictures, the Italy-based film development, finance and production company run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, today announced that Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon” series, “Saw” “The Color Purple”), Daryl Hannah (“Kill Bill” “Blade Runner” “Splash”), Rutger Hauer (“Blade Runner” “Sin City” “Batman Begins”), Stephen Baldwin (“The Usual Suspects” “Born on the 4th of July”) and Michael Madsen (“Reservoir Dogs” “Kill Bill” “Donnie Brasco”) have signed on to star in the action thriller “Sights of Death” / “S.O.D,” which will be directed by Alessandro Capone (“L’amore nascosto” “Superstition 2”).
Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi,”
is the widow of drinks magnate Lord Luis Bacardi. The pair set up AMBI Pictures late last year.

[February 19]


Director Ara Bradley Paiaya: his debut ‘Hollywood’ feature film is ‘Skin Traffik’ . Rugby League player Keith Mason is set to appear on screens in just a few months’ time alongside Mickey Rourke and Daryl Hannah in Skin Traffik, directed by Ara Paiaya (The Suppressor, Maximum Impact). The film is a dark tale set in the world of human trafficking, with a jaded hit man regaining his humanity amidst a brutal underworld, in which daily survival is not so much a skill, but an instinct. The cast is headed by British action star, Gary Daniels and sees Michael Madsen, Mickey Rourke and Darryl Hannah all popping up to phone in performances. Skin Traffik is due out in the UK at the end of Summer 2014, maybe.

Leaked documents indicate that at least 700 million euros — part of it from suspicious transfers — ended up in accounts held in Nordea banking group, and that some 200 million was transferred to accounts in Finland. Nordea’s customers also included hundreds of sham companies whose real owners are almost impossible to identify. The Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian operations of Norway’s largest bank DNB were merged in 2017 with Nordea’s business in the region to form Luminor, the third-largest Baltic bank. Nordea and DNB agreed to sell a 60 percent stake in Luminor to a Blackstone private equity consortium for 1 billion euros in September and said the deal was expected to close during the first half of 2019.

At least 40 billion Swedish crowns ($4.25 billion) had moved between Swedbank and Danske accounts between 2007 and 2015.  Swedbank AB allegedly handled $176 million connected to the death of Sergei Magnitsky.  Swedbank provided services to Russian oligarchs and deposed Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych it is charged.

77 Swedbank Baltic accounts received $18 million from 13 Danske Estonian accounts
The biggest share of the $176 million in transactions was tied to Ukio Bank, a Lithuanian bank that was declared bankrupt in 2013
590 Swedbank accounts in the Baltics and Sweden received $158 million from 102 Ukio accounts
50 Swedbank accounts in Sweden received around $2.4 million from 31 Ukio accounts opened by shell companies located in Belize and the British Virgin Islands.
The money flowed in both directions: 91 Swedbank accounts held by individuals and businesses sent $92 million to 46 Ukio accounts

[February 21 2019    enter SEC, Estonia arrests 10   ]

Estonia has arrested 10 former employees of the local branch of Danske Bank as part of an international investigation into alleged money laundering.”The suspects are the so-called first line of defence, client managers whose job was to make sure money laundering does not happen,” prosecutor-general Lavly Perling said.

The 10 people have not been charged, but under Estonian law can be held for 48 hours without formal charges.
“The information disclosed by (Swedish TV) is very serious and together with our Estonian colleagues we will thoroughly investigate the matter to make a comprehensive and in-depth assessment,” the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority’s Director General Erik Thedeen said in a statement.

[February 20 2019]

Allegations are linking Swedbank to suspicious transactions in the country involving Danske Bank, Estonia’s state prosecutor said: at least 40 billion Swedish crowns ($4.30 billion) had been transferred between accounts at Swedbank and Danske in the Baltics between 2007 and 2015. “This does not automatically mean (or exclude) that a bank receiving payments in a possible money laundering operation has committed a crime or has breached the bank’s requirement to know its client and identify suspicious circumstances,”

50 of Swedbank’s customers that show several risk indicators of suspected money laundering have funneled a total of USD 5.8 billion through the bank.

[January 7 2019]

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In the case of Danske Bank, the names of the original individuals and organizations believed to have engineered the illicit flows of cash from Russia and Azerbaijan are still unknown. So, too, are the beneficial owners of the UK-based companies registered in various Caribbean islands that accepted the funds. Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), were created under the British Criminal Act of 2017 and have been effective since the start of 2018.

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. What is clear is that the Danske Bank scandal has underscored that Russia’s economic revival and gradual integration into the global economy hang in the balance.   Two hundred billion euros is a substantial sum of money, but only a fraction of the estimated $800 billion held offshore by rich Russians. To put this number in perspective, it is equal to the current wealth of all Russian households

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Jacob Aarup-Andersen, 40, the Danske board’s choice to take over the helm of Denmark’s biggest bank, was rejected by the country’s financial regulator on the grounds that he wasn’t experienced enough.“This can’t be interpreted as anything other than a slap in the face,” said Per Hansen, economist at investment firm Nordnet.
The Danske Bank Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg According to the report, two of the main perpetrators were the Russian and Azerbaijani “Laundromat” operations.

The Russian and Azerbaijani Laundromats were central to the fraud taking place at Danske Bank’s Estonian branch. The Laundromats were criminal financial vehicles that helped to launder money worldwide through shell companies by using fraud, the rigging of state contracts, and customs and tax evasion. The Russian Laundromat worked between 2011 and 2014 by creating 21 “core” companies in the United Kingdom, Cyprus, and New Zealand.

These companies generated fake debt, then obtained a Moldovan court order that required 19 Russian companies pay these debts to Moldova-based Moldindconbank and Latvia-based Trasta Komercbanka. Once out of Russia, the money was transferred all around the world, accounting for 26,746 payments totaling $20.8 billion to 5,140 companies with accounts at 732 banks in 96 countries. At Danske Bank, 177 customers received payments from these core companies.

Similarly, the Azerbaijani Laundromat used a series of shell companies to disguise the origin of $2.9 billion that is suspected to come from the family of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. This Laundromat worked as a slush fund to pay off politicians, siphon off private funding, and launder money. While much of this scheme is still under investigation, 75 customers of Danske Bank are implicated, and the Estonian branch handled the accounts of all four major companies involved in the Azerbaijani Laundromat.

[October 11 2018   Andrei Kozlov murdered for informing to Danes ?   ]

Andrei Kozlov, the first deputy chairman of the Russian Central Bank traveled to Estonia in the summer of 2006 to warn the authorities that a money-laundering scheme had been established in the tiny Baltic financial sector: the $200 billion Danske Bank scandal. Sept. 13, 2006, three strangers approached Kozlov at the Spartak Moscow sports complex in northeast Moscow. They fired a volley of shots that struck Kozlov and his driver.
Kozlov became the third dead Russian who can be linked to the Danske scandal after Alexander Perepilichnyy, whose company used the bank’s Estonia branch, died in suspicious circumstances in Britain, and Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was investigating the theft of $230 million when he died in Russian custody. It is claimed that the vast majority of the proceeds of that theft were laundered through Danske Bank.

[ October 6 2018  Lantana Trade had Putin family as beneficial owners   ]

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Howard Wilkinson laid out how a UK-based limited liability partnership (LLP) called Lantana Trade “apparently” had beneficial owners that included “the Putin family and the FSB”, the Russian intelligence services.

Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO) said in a statement it had “received requests for information from the US Department of Justice in connection with a criminal investigation relating to the bank’s Estonian branch conducted by the DoJ,” and was cooperating.   News of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation has caused panic. The bank’s shares were dumped and some bondholders are even wondering whether Danske might start having trouble making interest payments on its riskiest debt.The scale of the bank’s Estonian money laundering scandal has shocked the world. Over a nine-year period, about $235 billion flowed through a tiny unit in the Baltic country, much of it suspicious, Danske said last month. Besides the U.S. probe, Danske is being investigated in Denmark, Estonia, Switzerland and the U.K. Separate investigations will examine the extent to which the bank’s regulators and auditors acted appropriately.
It said of the approximately 6,200 accounts it had examined so far that most were linked to clients registered in Russia, Britain and the British Virgin Islands and “the vast majority of these customers have been deemed suspicious”.

[September 20 2018   Russians warned Danes about laundered billions in 2007   ]

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Danske Bank’s (DANSKE.CO) chief executive Thomas Borgen quit on Wednesday, September 19, following an investigation into payments totaling some 200 billion euros ($234 billion) through its Estonian branch, many of which the Danish bank said were suspicious.   Denmark wanted to avoid a scenario like the one in Latvia where ABLV was accused by U.S. authorities of covering up money laundering, leading to the bank being denied U.S. dollar funding and collapsing.

– I’m sorry for that. Although the external attorney’s opinion concludes that I have lived up to my legal obligations, I think the right thing for all parties is that I retire, Thomas F. Borgen writes in the announcement. In 2017 Thomas Borgen received a total salary of NOK 17.4 million. 11.5 million were pay, pension amounted to 2.2 million kroner, while bonuses in the form of cash and shares amounted to 3.7 million kroner.

According to the details of the contract, Thomas Borgen can leave the bank with at least NOK 13.7 million, which is the basic salary.

At the same time, Thomas Borgen will be able to keep his shares and the shares he has received as part of his incentive program.

At the end of 2017, Thomas Borgen had 18,121 shares in his incentive program and owned 40,902 shares. At Wednesday’s rate, it is worth a total of NOK 9.6 million.

Born: March 27, 1964, Sarpsborg, Norway

Thomas Borgen is a Bachelor of Business Organization from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and holds an MBA from Syracuse University in New York.
The bank is being investigated by the Danish bakers’ police, Estonia and allegedly also the US authorities.

In June 2007, Danish Financial Supervisory Authority received a letter in which the Russian Central Bank expressed concern about so-called non-resident customers in Sampo Bank Estonia, purchased by Danske Bank in the same year. The letter states that customers in Sampo Bank participated in ‘financial transactions of dubious origin’ for ‘billions of rubles monthly’.

“The transactions mentioned may be aimed at tax and customs evasion when importing goods,” the Russian Central Bank wrote in the warning and continued:

“Or they can be associated with criminal activity in their purest form, including money laundering.”

Thus, Danske Bank missed “this first clear opportunity” to respond, concludes law firm Bruun Hjejle, who has prepared the survey.

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Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)   The true story detailed in Michael Soussan’s memoir of the same name. The movie co-stars Jacqueline Bisset and Sir Ben Kingsley as Sullivan’s corrupt boss.   A pacy, borderline noirish thriller — available via DirecTV a month before its April 27 theatrical release…U.N. rival Christine Du Pre (a steely Jacqueline Bisset) “Backstabbing for Beginners” is Bisset’s 81st film in a career that has spanned six decades.   “I don’t call people in advance to let them know I’m coming so I can be surprised when the photographer turns up. I’m able to have a pretty reasonable life.”   Video Release: April 24th, 2018 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment   Distributed by: A24, DirecTV Cinema

[Jily 24 2017    “l’amant double”   ]

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Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (competing), May 25, 2017
It practically goes without saying that the French have different standards when it comes to kink. As Chloe’s affair with Louis heats up, she’s compelled to dig deeper into Paul’s personal history, which brings her face-to-face with a classic sex symbol, Jacqueline Bisset, who plays an important character from his past — or is it hers?

[May 24 2015 The Last Film Festival. a Kickstarter project ]

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Jacqueline Bisset in The Last Film Festival

The Last Film Festival: Jacqueline Bisset and  Dennis Hopper

The Last Film Festival: Jacqueline Bisset and Dennis Hopper

The budget was a few hundred thousand at most, the actors were paid under a SAG Ultra Low Budget contract.

All that exists of this movie is a few various edits, a poorly maintained Facebook page and website. I doubt it will ever see the light of day, though i do encourage the filmmakers to release it onto the internet to honor the work of Dennis Hopper and the others who put their time, energy and talent into the movie
kickstarter.com The Last Film Festival: Dennis Hopper’s Unseen Final Film 506 backers pledged $109,202 to help bring this project to life.
The making of The Last Film Festival was a group effort by cast and crew. Everyone had busy schedules and the only way we could do it was if we all got together and worked for little, well actually at times, no money at all.

We were able to recruit a very talented cast including Jacqueline Bisset, Joseph Cross, JoBeth Williams, Donnell Rawlings, Chris Kattan, Katrina Bowden and Leelee Sobieski and the film just took off!

[March 27 Welcome to New York released by IFC Films in US]

Wild Bunch, the film’s global distributor, has created an edited version of the movie for release in the U.S. and other countries around the world

Wild Bunch, the film’s global distributor has created an edited version of the movie for release in the U.S. and other countries around the world

On March 27th, on VOD and in select theaters a version of Welcome to New York will be released by IFC Films. Abel Ferrara is alleging that his right to final cut has been violated by Wild Bunch, the film’s global distributor, which has created an edited version of the movie for release in the U.S. and other countries around the world. For its part, Wild Bunch contends that Ferrara was contractually obligated to provide Wild Bunch, which helped finance the film, an R-rated version. “It was something he accepted originally in order to finance the film,” said Wild Bunch head Vincent Maraval. Maraval also said that Wild Bunch offered to let Ferrara make the changes to the film himself, but that Ferrara refused and so Wild Bunch went ahead and created its own R-rated version.
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Jacqueline Bisset in Peter and John

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[May 18 2014 Jacqueline Bisset in Cannes for the premiere of “Welcome to New York”]

British actress Jacqueline Bisset leaves the set of the French tv channel Canal Plus on the sidelines of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2014.

British actress Jacqueline Bisset leaves the set of the French tv channel Canal Plus on the sidelines of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 17, 2014.

Gérard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset Saturday night May 17 in Cannes for the premiere of “Welcome to New York”, the film by Abel Ferrara thrown out selection

Industry, press and public watched the picture at the Star cinema as well as in a makeshift theatre on the Carlton’s Nikki Beach, before heading to party where guests were frisked by fake NYPD cops on entering and goodie bags stuffed with white bath robes, whips, masks and handcuffs were handed out.

Simultaneously, the film also went up live on a dozen VOD sites in France, including Wild Bunch’s platform FilmoTV, as well as in Germany, Spain and Italy.

[May 12]
Bisset plays Simone/Sinclair with the inner sadness of a woman whose marriage is based on some combination of genuine affection and social strategizing, who has too long stood by idly while her s.o. has sabotaged her plans (for both him and herself), and who can no longer recognize what she ever loved or cared for in this great, sagging hulk of a man. And at the center of it all is Depardieu, who gives the sort of performance that calls to mind Jean-Luc Godard’s famous observation that every fiction film is also a documentary of its actors. New York rolls out digitally in France and other select territories on May 17th, alongside a special market screening organized in Cannes (from whose Official Selection the film is conspicuously absent). A U.S. release by IFC is likely.
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[April 29]

Location crew out on the Nantucket Moors

Location crew out on the Nantucket Moors. “Peter and John,” is a feature film collaboration by 20 professionals and 30 students starring Jacqueline Bisset

Golden Globe winner Jacqueline Bisset has joined the cast of Jay Craven’s new film, “Peter and John,” which is now in production around Nantucket Island, Massachusetts.
Peter and John tells the story of Peter Roland, a sensitive and sober town doctor in his early 30s. Peter takes pleasure from a cozy relationship with his striking mother, Louise.

“Peter and John,” is a feature film collaboration by 20 professionals and 30 students starring Jacqueline Bisset and Christian Coulson. Peter and John is slated for production from April 3rd to May 7th. This project will only be funded if at least $55,500 is pledged by Thu, May 1 2014 8:00 PM EDT.

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[January 13]

Dancing on the Edge (2013)

Golden Globe Nomination, Best Supporting: Dancing on the Edge (2013)

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series, or TV movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge

And veteran Jacqueline Bisset earned her first Globe, winning the best supporting actress trophy for the miniseries “Dancing on the Edge.”
[May 2]

Smack

Gérard Depardieu with co-star Jacqueline Bisset in Tribeca. NYC

Gérard Depardieu with co-star Jacqueline Bisset in Tribeca. NYC

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Gerard Depardieu vehicle about Dominique Strauss-Kahn finishes principal photography in New York City

Gerard Depardieu vehicle about Dominique Strauss-Kahn finishes principal photography in New York City

[April 23]

[May 11]

Gerard Depardieu starts filming DSK docudrama

Gerard Depardieu starts filming DSK docudrama

Tweetpic of film set

[April 15]

Gerard Depardieu and daughter Roxanne

Gerard Depardieu and daughter Roxanne

Gerard Depardieu and his 20-year old daughter return to U.S. and stroll about on April 13. The DSK film is not ready to shoot but he has other projects. Le Père Noël est africain , Release date unknown, Directed by Karine Silla With Gérard Depardieu, Vincent Perez; Affaires étrangères (2013), Thriller, Director: Ziad Doueiri, stars: Gérard Depardieu; F2013, Director: Frédéric Auburtin, stars: Gérard Depardieu, etc.
[April 11]

Depardieu with daughter Roxanne in New York April 5 2013

Depardieu with daughter Roxanne in New York April 5 2013

Roxane's mother with younger Depardieu

Roxanne’s mother Karine Silla with younger Depardieu

Gerard Depardieu’s hearing before a court in Paris for causing a motorcycle accident while drunk driving last November was delayed Friday until May 24, because the controversial French actor is in New York shooting a film about Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Star punishable by law 4500 euro fine and a sentence of up to two years in prison, Gerard Depardieu’s hearing before a court in Paris for causing a motorcycle accident while drunk driving last November was delayed Friday until May 24, because the controversial French actor is in New York shooting a film about Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Asked about the presence of the actor in court on May 24, his lawyer said he would present “if it corresponds to his work schedule.”
[April 6]
In the streets of New York, recently naturalized Russian star has indeed been spotted strolling with his ​​daughter Roxane (20 years). Glasses on his nose and jacket tracksuit, Gérard Depardieu seemed in great shape and had a great accord with the young woman, laughing repeatedly. Like real New Yorkers, the actor and his daughter even took a taxi to go out to eat Korean Kunjip. Roxane was born of the past relationship with Gérard Depardieu director Karine Silla . Apparently he is due back in France and was seen entering a limo with baggage.

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was granted Russian citizenship

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was granted Russian citizenship

Gerard Depardieu has failed to show up in a French court to face charges of drink-driving because he was filming a movie in New York. It was the second time Depardieu had not appeared for the case, after failing to answer a previous summons in January. If convicted Depardieu could face up to two years in prison and a €4,500 ($3,800) fine, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.

The 64-year-old actor, who is in the US to make a film about the life of scandal-hit former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has recently threatened to renounce his French citizenship, becoming a Russian citizen and taking up residency a few hundred metres from the French border in Belgium – a move that the local mayor said was aimed to avoid paying rising French taxes.

Depardieu months ago got into a public war of words with Socialist prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who called the actor pathetic. Depardieu responded in an open letter in mid-December, saying the country he loved was no longer his home.
A fire broke out at a five-star hotel in the capital of Chechnya on Wednesday, damaging nearly every floor of the 35-story building—including an apartment owned by French tax-dodger Gerard Depardieu. Russian tabloids are reporting that one of the apartments on the 27th floor of the Grozny skyscraper belongs to the actor, who was granted”honorable resident” status (and a Russian passport) after fleeing France to avoid higher taxes.

[January 8]
Gerard Depardieu failed to turn up in court yesterday to face a drink driving charge because he was preparing to play the role of a French public figure even more controversial than himself.
According to his lawyer, Eric de Caumont, the actor was too busy to come to Paris because he was in Montenegro holding “urgent” talks about his next film — an account of the disgrace of the former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
[January 6]
French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, has arrived in Kyiv.
He is expected to attend the French Phoenix circus show and a private party. The actor has recently visited a winery in Kherson region.
Depardieu had recently announced he would give up his French passport after the government had decided to impose 75% super-tax on annual earnings above one million euros. Putin signed the decree granting Russian citizenship to Depardieu on January 3. Depardieu to play DSK in new film

[December 19]

With Obamas while heading up IMF in Washington, D.C.

With Obamas while heading up IMF in Washington, D.C.

Carlton Lille: Justice confirms indictment of DSK
Counsel for the former IMF chief took note of the decision of the investigating chamber and will form an appeal. Other lawyers indicted in the case refused to speak as they did not read the judgment.

In this case, nine people were indicted for aggravated pimping organized gang, and for some, for fraud, misuse of corporate assets and the misuse of corporate assets. DSK said he was unaware that women present at the parties in which he participated, particularly in Paris and Washington, were prostitutes.
One of the Belgian sex workers, known as Marion, who was allegedly paid €2,300 to travel to the U.S. for sex parties with the former IMF chief, claimed, according to leaks reported by French media, that she had sex once with Strauss-Kahn after dinner in a suite she shared with her colleague Estelle. But Marion reportedly claims that she said no to a second round of relations with Strauss-Kahn to no avail.
“I tried to free myself, but it was complicated, because he was on top of me, and he is very heavy,” Marion claimed, according the French daily Le Monde. “I kept saying that I didn’t want to … I didn’t yell, but I said it clearly … several times out loud … I tried to get away … But Dominique Strauss-Kahn held me with his weight,” she claimed, according to the heavily truncated leaked testimony published by Le Monde Monday. Marion allegedly testified that a Strauss-Kahn associate—who, according to the same reports, told police he had consumed champagne, Red Bull, and half a tablet of Viagra after aperitifs and wine over dinner—held the woman’s wrists while encouraging Strauss-Kahn to continue.
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[December 18]
what is striking is that of 8 indicted, 6 are Freemasons.
The case of Carlton Lille soon closed? Dominique Strauss-Kahn will know December 19 if the French part of his legal saga may be closed and his indictment lifted in the case of pandering after the end of the proceedings against him in the United States.
The investigating chamber of the Court of Appeal of Douai (Nord), which was originally scheduled to make its decision on November 28 , decides on requests for annulment filed by lawyers for the former head of the IMF and other protagonists of this file.
[Decemcer 10]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn settles in New York, prior to December 19 French hearing

Dominique Strauss-Kahn settles in New York, prior to December 19 French hearing

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have agreed to settle her lawsuit stemming from their sexual encounter, a judge said on December 10.
The settlement, whose terms were not disclosed, was announced at a hearing in State Supreme Court in the Bronx,.
Justice Douglas E. McKeon entered the courtroom at 2:15 p.m., and said a deal had been finalized in his presence about 10 minutes earlier. Both sides agreed that the settlement would be confidential. Still active is a proceeding before the investigating chamber of the Court of Appeal of Douai

[December 5]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, recent candidate for President of France

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, recent candidate for President of France

A hearing in the civil case of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been set for December 10, after reports he will settle with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault.

“If the case is settled, this will be announced in open court on that day,” Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon anounced December 3

The hearing is set for 2:00 p.m. McKeon said he expects the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, to be present, and for Strauss-Kahn to skip the proceedings.

[November 30]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The investigating chamber of the Court of Appeal of Douai postponed to December 19 its decision on the motion to dismiss filed by the lawyers of Dominique Strauss-Kahn and others indicted for procuring in “the Carlton Affair,” said the prosecutor’s office, Nov. 28.
Advocates of the former IMF chief and others called for the dismissal of the whole procedure, including the cancellation of indictments for aggravated pimping their customers in organized parties with prostitutes. They question the impartiality of judges, whom they accuse of not having submitted all the documents.

At the end of September, the Prosecutor General of Douai dismissed these motions, noting that the indictments were “justified” by “serious indications or consistent behavior” . He described as “inadmissible” because of a deadline, another motion to quash filed by the former public relations officer of the hotel Carlton Lille , René Kojfer.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn said he was unaware that the women present at the parties in which he participated, in Paris and Washington, were prostitutes.

[November 30]
Lawyers for Strauss-Kahn and the housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, made an as-yet-unsigned agreement within recent days, with Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon facilitating that and a separate agreement to end another lawsuit Diallo filed against the New York Post,

[August 23,’11]
A state judge dismissed criminal sexual-assault charges against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday, ending a case that damaged his political aspirations. The appellate division’s ruling was expected to set the stage for Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s eventual return to France, where he is a leading figure in the Socialist Party and had been considered a top candidate for the French presidency. Update, 1:46 EDT: A state appellate court has denied Diallo’s request to appoint a special prosecutor. DSK’s total liberation now appears imminent.
The last page of the medical report includes a diagram of the vaginal area of ​​the victim, a standard forms of this type.The lower part of the vagina of the patient, the “finger post” is shaded in pencil to mark the site of trauma. Right on the page, the practitioner has entered the red pen “on the red range.” . Between “5 and 7 o’clock,” as the face of a clock.The rest of the sheet is occupied by a “checklist” of the vaginal area of ​​Nafissatou Diallo, required for all rape victims. Single line devoted to the “finger post” has a comment: “Trauma” (trauma).

“Diagnosis: aggression. Cause of injury: assault. Rape.”
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mary-magdalene
Mary Magdalene Original Soundtrack
by HILDUR & JOHANN JOHANNSSON GUONADOTTIR | 2018

U.K. film release: Guardian “What we’re left with is a platonic apostlemance.”

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: n/a 0.0%
+ Foreign: $11,585,369 100.0%
= Worldwide: $11,585,369

Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara has sold her celeb-pedigreed mid-century residence above L.A.’s Bronson Canyon for almost $3.6 million, a notable bit above its final asking price of $3.45 million. JUNE 12, 2018

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Rooney Mara, Los Angeles, March 4, 2019

[December 2 2019   The Girl in the Spider’s Web: critic misses Rooney   ]

Domestic Total as of Nov. 29, 2018: Production Budget: $43 million
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $14,578,647 46.4%
+ Foreign: $16,844,522 53.6%
= Worldwide: $31,423,169

now, your friendly neighborhood “Spider” pan.

A disappointing follow-up to 2011’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is a slow trudge devoid of suspense and adrenaline.

Without Oscar-nominated star Rooney Mara and director David Fincher of “Dragon,” the new movie doesn’t feel like a sequel, but rather a reboot that nobody asked for.

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[ October 1 2018  Lisbeth is Claire Foy   ]

Claire Foy

The English-language remake of the Swedish film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo starred Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.   For fans of the 2011 film, Mara was the perfect Lisbeth — so the announcement in 2017 that the series would be recast with The Crown’s Claire Foy was met with some puzzlement. The Girl in the Spider’s Web, based on the 2015 novel by David Lagercrantz that continued the series after Larsson died.   The new film has an entirely new team, which also meant recasting the leads. The Girl in the Spider’s Web/Release date November 9, 2018 USA
MY WISHFUL-THINKING NOMINEE LIST 2018
Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Best Actress
Cynthia Nixon, “A Quiet Passion”
Haley Lu Richardson, “Columbus”
Rooney Mara, “A Ghost Story”
Kim Min-hee, “On the Beach at Night Alone”
Daniela Vega, “A Fantastic Woman”

[ February 13 2018  Mary Magdalene stars Rooney Mara but TWC U.S. release in limbo   ]

Mary Magdalene   Distributor: Weinstein Company Release Date: TBD
Genre: Drama Runtime: 2 hrs. 0 min.
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated Production Budget: N/A

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: n/a 0.0%
+ Foreign: $11,576,194 100.0%
= Worldwide: $11,576,194

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival will see two-time Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara (Best Actress for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Best Supporting Actress for Carol) in Dublin to walk the red-carpet for her new movie, Mary Magdalene, opening there February 28. The Weinstein Company is now in the process of being sold — rival bidders are already debating what to do with the company and its assets — so it remains to be seen what Mary Magdalene’s North American fate will be.

[July 26 2017  Rooney Mara in GoPro “Song to Song” ]

Song to Song

Malick is employing the same audiovisual vocabulary as in his previous three films (with a few refinements, including the widespread use of tiny GoPro cameras), and he’s dealing with a lot of tried-and-true Malickian themes and situations. [Ebert]

[June 4 ‘Una” gets U.S. distribution ]

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Rooney Mara-Ben Mendelsohn Pic ‘Una’ Lands At Swen As Company Launches U.S. Arm
20 January 2017 7:51 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »
Exclusive: Swen, already an established distributor in Latin America, is launching its U.S. arm in a big way, snagging rights to Una, the drama that stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed based on David Harrower’s provocative Olivier-winning play Blackbird.

 [October 16 2016 “Una” screened October 9 at London FF]

Rooney Mara-Ben Mendelsohn Pic ‘Una’ Lands At Swen As Company Launches U.S. Arm

20 January 2017 7:51 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Swen, already an established distributor in Latin America, is launching its U.S. arm in a big way, snagging rights to Una, the drama that stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed based on David Harrower’s provocative Olivier-winning play Blackbird.

Though it may push boundaries too far for some audiences, it boldly ventures into unexplored territory to address uncomfortable topics and reveal a complexity of character not often attempted on the big screen.
Una does not have a UK release date yet.

September 12 “Una,” Rooney Mara,  Canadian Premiere ]

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Rooney Mara in Una

‘Una’ Review: Mara and Mendelsohn Are Captivating in Sexual Abuse Drama | TIFF 2016
BY MATT GOLDBERG While the film doesn’t always succeed in playing against expectations (especially near the end as the story seems as lost as Una with how to proceed), it forces the audience to sit with tough questions even when we think we already know the answers.

Rating: B+

Una does not currently have a U.S. release date.

[September 8]

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UNA, starring Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara (Carol) and Ben Mendelsohn (upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation.on September 11, 2016.
Directed by multi-award winning stage director Benedict Andrews, UNA is the cinematic adaptation of the Olivier Award-winning play ‘Blackbird’ (staged in Broadway early 2016), written by David Harrower, who also adapted the script with Benedict Andrews.
This official still of the film features Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn. The film also stars Riz Ahmed (Jason Bourne).
When a young woman (Mara) unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace (Mendelsohn), looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel the new life he has created for himself. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires. It will shake them both to the core.
The film’s crew includes The Lobster DoP Thimios Bakatakis, Macbeth composer Jed Kurzel, Macbeth production designer Fiona Crombie, The Selfish Giant editor Nick Fenton as well as costume designer Steven Noble and hair and make¬up designer Jan Sewell, who both worked on The Theory of Everything.

The film is produced by Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly alongside WestEnd Films. It is backed by Creative Scotland, Film4 and WestEnd Films, which is also handling world sales.
Robbie Allen, Senior Screen Executive at Creative Scotland, said: “We’re really pleased that Una will premier at Toronto. It provides the ideal platform to launch the international screenwriting career of David Harrower, one of Scotland’s most celebrated playwrights. We’re proud to support David with this film adaptation of his award-winning and acclaimed stage-play, Blackbird.’

[June 13 Blackbird/Una: Michelle Williams and Rooney Mara choose the same rôle ]

http://www.westendfilms.com/films/current/una-aka-blackbird

http://www.playbill.com/article/blackbird-starring-jeff-daniels-and-michelle-williams-ends-broadway-run

Lead actress in a play: Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”. Lange beat out Laurie Metcalf in Misery, Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed, Sophie Okonedo in The Crucible, and Michelle Williams in Blackbird.

[April 25 ]
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Grosses – Week Ending 4/24/2016
Show  BLACKBIRD This Week Gross  $371,241 Last Week Gross  $414,556 Diff $  $-43,315
Potential Gross  $892,260 Gross % Potential  41.6% This Week  64.0% Last Week  62.4%

[March 24]

Blackbird is bringing in less than half of its gross potential each week.  In the last reported week of box office figures, the week ending March 13, 2016, Blackbird brought in $411,984, which represents 46.55% of its gross potential.  With a top ticket price of $248.00, the average paid admission was $63.20, and the audience was filled up to an average of 80.4%.   Ben Brantley from The New York Times was lukewarm in his response to Blackbird, declaring that the work itself is immensely powerful but that this production only occasionally reaches its full potential.  He called the production “fitful” and compared to acting to an earthquake “seismometer,” calling the satisfaction level of watching the performances “low.”

[March 16 ]

Rooney Mara gets second nomination for Best Actress Oscar

Rooney Mara gets second nomination for Best Actress Oscar

Mochelle & Jeff

Watching Williams work is like seeing a figure from a documentary perform a fictional reënactment of her own life. She shifts between the two realities—what’s true in the world and what’s true onstage—without ever losing sight of her partner. She has control and, even more interesting, no control over where the role carries her. –New Yorker

Review: Michelle Williams soars with Jeff Daniels in Broadway’s disturbing ‘Blackbird’ –NY Daily News

As played with devastating rawness by Williams, she is alternately viperish, vengeful, sarcastic, bizarre, and desperate to reconnect. …Williams’s transparency is such that you take in both images, and many others, as a kind of flickering of the soul: terrifying, hard to square, but inarguably true. –Vulture

Williams is more stylized in her delivery, but there’s no doubt that she is fully experiencing her character’s anguish. Her performance calls attention to itself, but never in a gratuitous way. –LATimes
Her performance as Una is mannered to the point of distraction. It’s as if the sexual abuse her character suffered 15 years ago has caused not only a speech impediment but uncontrollable physical spasms that now affect her walk, gestures, and facial expressions.
As a film actress, Williams can be subtle and nuanced. On stage, she’s the opposite: showy and contrived. The result is an imbalance in performances that seriously undermines the drama between an unrepentant offender and his lost victim. -The Wrap
Williams has been nominated for Academy Awards three times, including one for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in My Weekend With Marilyn [Won Golden Globe]

[February 10]
Blackbird, David Harrower’s hard-hitting two-hander, began previews in Blackbird on February 5, with two shows at the Belasco. The wrenching drama may prove a hard sell to Broadway audiences, but it also stars two bonafide film stars in Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, who will probably aid its fortunes. It performed well out of the gate, filling 91 percent of the seats and taking in 66 percent of its potential box office. Average ticket price was $84.14.
[January 15]
Three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams will play Una in David Harrower’s scorching play ‘Blackbird’ about an encounter between Ray, a male business executive, and Una, the woman he seduced 15 years earlier, when she was 12 years old, opening on Broadway in the spring.
Jeff Daniels will re-create the role he played in the 2007 Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of the 90-minute drama. Also revisiting the play is director Joe Mantello, who staged the earlier production. Michelle Williams recently appeared on Broadway opposite Alan Cumming in Cabaret.

Blackbird will play an 18-week limited engagement at the Belasco Theatre beginning February 5, with opening set for March 10.

Spring also has been mentioned as the release date for the Benedict Andrews-helmed film of the play, also adapted by Harrower and starring Rooney Mara (Carol) and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline). The film is being produced by Jean Doumanian, a frequent Rudin co-producer. Eager to keep the critical momentum from Carol trucking along – for which she won the coveted actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in May – Rooney Mara’s next picture is for Benedict Andrews’ “intense, unflinching” love drama, Una. Previously titled Blackbird up until a recent switcheroo, the film marks the directorial debut for Andrews, who has carved out a career working on stage drama up until this point.
In the film, Mara – known for eye-catching turns in David Fincher’s The Social Network and English-language Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – stars opposite Ben Mendelsohn as a young, wide-eyed woman. Attracting the attention of Mendelsohn’s Ray, Mara’s humble protagonist shows up into his life unannounced, digging up past memories that he believed to have been long buried in the sand. What follows is a passionate, yet illicit affair, one which leaves Ray in jail and Mara’s Una on the search for answers.

[March 10 Michelle Williams’s Suite Francaise opens in U.K.[

handsomely crafted, sincerely performed wartime weeper.

Entertainment One releases “Suite francaise”in the U.K on March 13; 2015 in the U.S

[November 7 2014 Is Michelle Williams’s Suite Francaise coming out this year?]

Michelle Williams’ World War II romance “Suite Francaise” had a “world premiere” at the American Film Market along with 90 other movies, November 5-11.

[August 28]

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Roundabout
We are pleased to announce that 3-time Academy Award nominee & Golden Globe winner, Michelle Williams has extended her acclaimed run as “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret on Broadway through November 9, 2014.
Posted on: August 20th, 2014 by Roundabout
We are thrilled to announce celebrated film star & Golden Globe nominee Emma Stone will join the cast of the Tony Award-winning Cabaret and make her Broadway debut starring as “Sally Bowles” from November 11, 2014 through February 1, 2015.

May 19, 2013 The Weinstein Company has pre-bought the U.S. rights to the Michelle Williams-starrer Suite Francaise, which starts shooting in June. 27 June, 2013    TF1, Entertainment One, the Weinstein Company and BBC Films have announced the start of principal photography on $20m (€15m) feature Suite Française, which is being shot in Brussels and Paris.
July 23, 2014 I also hear that Suite Française with Michelle Williams [a fictional account of the German occupation of France] will not be boarding a vaporetto. There’s been speculation surrounding Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong project. The director has a long track record in Venice with The Queen and Philomena big hits, but it looks like it’s not ready.    Was Suite Francaise one of the films that was confirmed as being moved to 2015 or is that still us speculating?   The Weinstein Company has settled on release dates for a number of their films going into the fall.   Saul Dibb’s “Suite Francaise” is likely out of the running for 2014.   August 7, 2014  Do we even know if Michelle Williams’s Suite Francaise is coming out this year? There’s been absolutely zero talk about that film. It may be a dud.

The Berlin Film Festival, will be held from Feb. 5 through 15, 2015.

[June 22 Shia LaBeouf had to be put in a face mask because he kept spitting at the show Cabaret]

Shia LaBeouf was charged by police with criminal trespass and two counts of disorderly conduct, and apparently threatened police and other guests at the show Cabaret during intermission. He allegedly told police officers at the Midtown precinct, “Fuck you. I’ll fuck you up.” Police also apparently had to put him in a face mask because he kept spitting.
LaBeouf in a ripped shirt a block away from the theater, was chasing after a man who appeared to be homeless. LaBeouf was stumbling inside the theater in the bar, and feeding a woman a strawberry from her own plate. Shia LaBeouf is an American actor and director who has a net worth of $25 million. The show is an in place, right?

[June 11]

CABARET
(STUDIO 54) 06/08/2014

This Week’s Gross $762,132
Last Week’s $765,328
GrossDiff $-3,196
$Potential Gross $984,920
% of Potential 77.38%

CABARET
(STUDIO 54)
Gross week of May 11: $783,761
Gross last week $628,491
Difference $155,270
Gross potential $977,240
Difference 80.20%

[April 25]

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

NYT The most conspicuous difference in this production is the bright blond actress portraying Sally, a role imperishably created for the Roundabout by Natasha Richardson. The promiscuous, hard-partying Sally is now embodied by a very brave Michelle Williams, who doesn’t look all that happy to be there. I’m assuming that’s more a matter of character interpretation than of personal discomfort, but it does put sort of a damper on the festivities.
Since Ms. Williams’s Broadway debut is the biggest news in this revival of Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s oft-reprised 1966 musical, let’s linger on her. As you probably know, she’s a fine screen actress, and very good onstage, too, as I can testify, having seen her in productions of “The Cherry Orchard” and Mike Leigh’s “Smelling a Rat.”
Given that she played Marilyn Monroe in the 2011 film “My Week With Marilyn,” for which she received an Oscar nomination, Ms. Williams obviously knows about wrestling with the ghosts of sexy performances past. But for some reason, she has chosen to tamp down any evidence of spontaneous sensuality.
With a lockjaw Mayfair accent that sometimes has her talking literally out of the side of her mouth and a sustained air of high tension, Ms. Williams’s Sally brings to mind more an anxiously slumming heiress out of Evelyn Waugh than the exuberantly hedonistic Sally of Christopher Isherwood’s “The Berlin Stories,” on which “Cabaret” is based (along with John Van Druten’s play “I Am a Camera”).    Mr. Mendes sees Sally as a quicksilver upper-middle-class Chelsea girl, happily escaping her past below    Though never previously known as a singer or dancer, Ms. Williams does just fine with her musical chores here. (And don’t forget that even though she was played by a top-form Liza Minnelli in the 1972 screen version of “Cabaret,” Sally was never meant to be very talented.)

Leading the Kit Kat girls in nightclub production numbers like “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Mein Herr” with a shiny, metallic vibrato, Ms. Williams comes closer to evoking the musical style of the Depression than any Sally I’ve seen. And for her climactic performance of the show’s title song, she has the shouty power and shell-shocked stare of someone who’s seen the future and knows that it’s terrifying.
But this Cassandra-like aspect is implicit in her performance from the beginning. That means that it’s harder than usual to credit her seduction of the cautious, bisexual Clifford Bradshaw (Bill Heck), who falls for her and the town of Berlin because they’re so much damned fun.

Lee Radziwill & daughter-in-law Carole. Lee’s son Tony married journalist Carole in 1994 and he died of a rare form of cancer five years later

[March 29]

Mendes then

Mr. Mendes sees Sally as a quicksilver upper-middle-class Chelsea girl, happily escaping her past, not the madcap, belt-it-all-out American that Ms. Minnelli brought to life. ”I wanted somebody English, I wanted somebody mercurial, and fair, and effervescent,” said Mr. Mendes, who is co-directing the show with the American choreographer Rob Marshall. ”She believes in her potted dreams of stardom but, most important, she is not a successful singing star. She cannot control her voice. It always seemed odd to me that Liza should be singing in a little dive. She’s a Broadway star.”

Mendes now

[March 25]

Preview Date: March 21, 2014

Preview Date: March 21, 2014

Alan Cumming reprises his Tony Award-winning turn as the Emcee in this new staging of Sam Mendes’ revival of Kander and Ebb’s musical, featuring. three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (‘My Week with Marilyn,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’), making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, ‘Cabaret’ takes audiences to Germany in 1929, to the decadent world of the Kit Kat Klub, where an American writer meets the free-spirited English cabaret singer, as the Nazi movement is on the rise around them.Venue: Studio 54
Cast: Alan Cumming as the Emcee, Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles, Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider, Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, Bill Heck as Cliff, Aaron Krohn as Ernst, Gayle Rankin as Fraulein Kost, Benjamin Eakeley as Herman, Leeds Hill as Bobby, Dylan Paul as Victor, Evan D. Siegel as Hans, Kaleigh Cronin as Lulu, Andrea Goss as Frenchie, Kristin Olness as Helga, Jessica Pariseau as Texas and Jane Pfitsch as Rosie; Also Will Carlyon, Caleb Damschroder, Kelly Paredes and Stacey Sipowicz

[September 10 2013]

Starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts, “Suite Francaise” tells the story of a romance that blooms between a French villager and a German soldier during the German occupation in France in the 1940s.
The film was directed and written by Saul Dibb, best known for his work on “The Duchess,” and also stars Kristen Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruyth Wilson, Margot Robbie, Alexandra Maria Lara and Eileen Atkins. Alexandre Desplat wrote the score, while Xavier Marchand produced the movie on behalf of eOne alongside Romain Brémond from TF1 DA. Michael Kuhn and Andrea Cornwell also served as producers from Qwerty Films, while Harvey Weinstein served as an executive producer alongside BBC Films’ Christine Langan.

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Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony-winning production of Cabaret. Three-time Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, Brokeback Mountain, , 33. September 9, 2013 ) will be making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles.
The venue was the last home of the show, which ran for more than 2,000 performances from 1998 to 2004. It won the Tony Award in 1998 for best musical revival.