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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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$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]

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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

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[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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March 29 2019 marks the release of writer-director Julia Hart’s “Fast Color.” Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Writing with her producer husband, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Julia Hart has fashioned Fast Color, a tale of matriarchal inheritance.
Opening Night (May 4) guests Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, A Wrinkle in Time) and producer/co-writer Jordan Horowitz (La La Land) with their film Fast Color. It’s a favorite from the SXSW Film Festival, about a woman whose superhero powers send her on the run.

[March 28 2019 Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Bruce Willis star in Motherless Brooklyn (2019) ]

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Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna. Norton also is listed as director and writer. Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin are also in the cast. Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna.

“Motherless Brooklyn,” the film being shot in the Harlem building, 773 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10031, that caught fire Thursday night, March 22, has been a passion project for Edward Norton, who spent nearly 20 years trying to get the film off the ground.

The film is an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s acclaimed 1999 novel about a detective with Tourette syndrome living in 1950s Brooklyn. In addition to playing the lead role, Norton also wrote the script and serves as producer and director — only his second time behind the camera after the 2000 comedy “Keeping the Faith.” Norton first began trying to adapt Lethem’s novel the year it was published and had announced the project as a go in 2014.

The film, which also stars Bobby Cannavale,  Cherry Jones, began shooting in New York City in February. It also touched down at two Long Island locations — Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage and, earlier this week, the Wantagh State Parkway near Jones Beach.

Norton went on to say in his Instagram message that media reports stating the fire “started on the set” of his movie are incorrect.

St. Nick’s Jazz Pub closed its doors in 2011, but Edward Norton chose to use the Harlem locale as a set for his upcoming movie Motherless Brooklyn.

“It appears to have started in the basement cellar of the building we were working in. We were filming in a bar and an apartment within the building and our crew noticed smoke rising up into where we were working,”

Many of you know that the crew of our film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ experienced a dramatic and ultimately tragic event on Thursday night, in which a fire engulfed the building we were working in and an FDNY firefighter died fighting the blaze. Thanks to the many, many people who have written to us supportively. Our team’s formal statement on the event is here in the slideshow. It has been reported in some news outlets that the fire ‘started on the set’. This is incorrect. It appears to have started in the basement cellar of the building we were working in. We were filming in a bar and an apartment within the building and our crew noticed smoke rising up into where we were working. It has been reported that I was the one who smelled smoke and raised an alarm. This is incorrect. I was outside setting up a shot outside the building. Our fantastic 1st AD was the first to notice the smell of smoke before anyone even saw it and it was he and others on the crew who acted decisively and quickly to try to locate the source of the smoke, evacuate cast and crew, call the fire department and then rapidly move our equipment and vehicles away so that the FDNY had clear access. I cannot praise the professionalism of our crew highly enough. Had our team not noticed the situation and responded and alerted the fire department with the speed they did, I believe the residents of the building above would have perished. And though we described what we saw the FDNY do in our statement and articulated our feelings, it’s worth doubling down. I have never witnessed firsthand that kind of bravery. I’m in awe of that kind of selfless courage. It’s devastating to contemplate that one of the men we watched charging in there lost his life. Please send a prayer of thanks for the spirit and courage of Michael Davidson. Our team is committed to honoring him and assisting his family and, in due course, when we can determine with his family what form they’d like that to take, I’ll pass along any information I have about a verified way people can contribute.

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[March 6 2018 Elisabeth Shue in Death Wish, “really about family” ]

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Elisabeth Shue “Death Wish” (2018)

“I wanted to really make it about family, and stick to the central issue of what would you do if this happened to your family,” director Eli Roth said. “The movie for me really is about family and protecting your family and what do you do when you can’t get justice for your family?”
Death Wish (MGM), 2,847 theaters / $4.2m Fri (includes $650K previews)/$5.2M Sat/ $3.5M Sun/3-day: $$13,025,000 /Wk 1(+23% on Saturday)

Domestic Total as of Mar. 21, 2018: $31,104,759

Domestic Total as of Mar. 16, 2018: $27,533,685

Domestic Total as of Mar. 11, 2018: $23,856,431

Domestic Total as of Mar. 9, 2018: $19,012,301
Elisabeth Shue gets killed off early in the film. “I get shot in the head, they have special effects to stop your eyes and to stop your breathing,” she says of the film, which centers on a man avenging the brutal murder of his wife. Willis’s last official movie, “Extraction,” made $16,775 domestic so “Death Wish” can only go up from there.

Donald Trump cited the 1974 vigilante film ‘Death Wish’ to defend the Second Amendment at a Nashville rally, October 3, 2015. Trump encouraged the Nashville crowd to repeatedly chant “Death Wish!” before alerting them, “Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct.”

Death Wish given MGM’s TV deals is in the black after ancillaries.

Based on early Friday, March 2 returns, Death Wish is projected to open in the $12 million-$13 million range from 2,847 theaters after earning $650,000 in previews.   The movie, cost a reported $30 million to produce after tax rebates and incentives.

[March 3 Elisabeth Shue stars in Splat Pack remake of Death Wish, March 2 ]

Releases March 2 (Friday)
Death Wish
Red Sparrow
Foxtrot (Limited)
Souvenir (Limited)
Submission (Limited)
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (Limited)

Death Wish is MGM’s first self-distributed title in a while, complete with roaring Lion logo and credits. eOne is handling Canada with this $30M production booked at 2,750 locations with Thursday previews at 7PM counting 2,000 locations.

Elisabeth Shue is cast opposite Bruce Willis in Death Wish{2018). In June 2017, it was announced Annapurna Pictures would distribute the film on behalf of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and release it on November 22, 2017. However, in October 2017, it was announced it was being delayed until March 2, 2018 “in order to evacuate the crowded Thanksgiving season”.

[June 27 2017 Was scheduled to open November 22 ]

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The Wife in Death Wish

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures distribution operation has set MGM’s “Death Wish” reboot for a Nov. 22 launch.   The new “Death Wish” stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kimberly Elise, Mike Epps, and Elisabeth Shue. It will open against Disney-Pixar’s animated family comedy “Coco” and Broad Green’s comedy “Villa Capri,” starring Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo.

Hulu and Annapurna Pictures have an output-licensing agreement that grants Hulu pay-one window streaming rights following their theatrical release.

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Bruce Willis will play the role originated by the late Charles Bronson. He will star alongside Elisabeth Shue and Vincent D’Onofrio.
In Chicago,Eli “Hostel” Roth has directed the filming of some action sequences in the Loop and in the Pilsen neighborhood. Most of the picture is being shot in cost-effective and versatile Montreal. Originally released in 1974, the Michael Winner-directed picture relaunched then-53-year-old Charles Bronson’s career and drove the vigilante craze during the ’70s and ’80s. Death Wish spawned four sequels and a reboot has circled Hollywood since Sylvester Stallone expressed interest in the series back in 2006. The first major efforts, though, crystallized in 2012, when a script from Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski was optioned, with Joe Carnahan to direct. However, after several sets of directors, the MGM/Paramount remake’s future still remained questionable.

Now that Roth is attached, he’ll likely bring his own sensibilities to the reboot. Known for hyperstylized elements similar to those of pop-auteur Quentin Tarantino (a clear influence, citing his NYU student film, Restaurant Dogs), Roth brings his own bloody aesthetic – which got him named as a member of the modern horror influencers, known as the Splat Pack – to Death Wish. Beyond his gruesome methods, though, the filmmaker clearly has a deep appreciation for gritty, grindhouse-style films of the era.

[March 29 2012 House at the End of the Street: releasing after Hunger Games, natch ]

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Jennifer Lawrence & Elisabeth Shue

A mother [Elizabeth Shue[and daughter [Jennifer Lawrence] move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over. House at the End of the Street, which just released its first trailer. (Days after Hungers Games’ record-breaking opening weekend. Coincidence? We think not.)

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Liberia’s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

A report has looked into the alleged disappearance of more than $100m worth of newly printed Liberian banknotes. “Kroll had limited confidence in the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by the CBL in respect of total disbursements.”

Charles Sirleaf, the son of Liberia’s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has been arrested in relation to the illegal printing of more than $104m (£78m) worth of local banknotes.