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Paramount Pictures has just unveiled their 2009 preview and in rather lackluster form I may say as new images from anticipated features such as Martin Scorese's Shutter Island, Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and Star Trek were nowhere to be found. Fanboy favorites such as G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen also saw zilch in the updated imagery department. We do, however, have new pics from Eddie Murphy's next kid flick, the previously titled Nowhereland, now labeled as Imagine That and to be honest that is about as exciting as it gets in the updates department. All the cast, director and synopsis information is listed over the course of the next few pages as well as all the release dates for 15 new features. Surprisingly enough, only one of them is actual a Paramount Pictures solo release as the majority of these belong to their previous partner DreamWorks. »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – Ubisoft’s “Prince of Persia” does more than just take the opportunity to update a last-generation classic franchise on the next-generation format, just in time for the movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, and Alfred Molina to start building buzz for its Memorial Day 2010 release. “Prince of Persia” is that rare game that’s good enough that fans will still be playing it when the Gyllenhaal movie version hits theaters in seventeen months.
In his debut on the PS3 and XBox 360, the Prince is caught in a battle between ultimate light, represented by the God Ormazd, and pure evil, represented by Ormazd’s nasty brother Ahriman. The game opens with a chase, in which the Prince encounters Elika, a magical princess who will accompany him on his journey to save his Persian kingdom from complete evil. In the opening, the Tree of Life is destroyed and a »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
As part of Back Stage's ongoing 'Evening With…' series, acting veteran Dennis Hopper spoke to a packed audience following a screening of Isabel Coixet's new film, 'Elegy'. The drama, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films in August, was recently nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. It stars Ben Kingsley as a commitment-phobic professor who falls in love with one of his former students, played by Penélope Cruz. Hopper portrays Pulitzer-winning poet George O'Hearn, the womanizing best friend of Kingsley's character. Best known for playing nervy, slightly unhinged characters in films such as Speed, Apocalypse Now, and Easy Rider, Hopper loved that his supporting role in Elegy had a distinct beginning, middle, and end. "I think that if you’re going to take a small part, it's very nice if that part has its own life within the movie," said Hopper, who »
- Cassie Carpenter
"Slumdog" received six nominations, including the Attenborough Award for British film of the year, director of the year and British actor of the year for Dev Patel.
Competing for director of the year are Clint Eastwood ("Changeling"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler") and David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").
- By Stuart Kemp
For years she was thought of as a starlet, but suddenly something has changed for Penélope Cruz, who is getting the best reviews of her career — for roles in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Isabel Coixet's Elegy, and Pedro Almodóvar's Volver, for which she became the first Spanish actor to receive an Oscar nomination. She points to her role as a destitute Albanian woman who has an affair with a married doctor in the little-seen Italian film Don't Move as the turning point."That was the year before Volver, and that movie meant a lot for me because it was a completely different character from everything that I had tried before," Cruz says. "You depend so much as an actor on a director's trust and imagination to realize that you can do something that is far away from what you have done before." In Elegy, written by »
- Cassie Carpenter
Every time he does a play in New York, Hunter Foster has reservations about it. You just never know how it will be received, he says, pointing to the recent abrupt Broadway closing of American Buffalo despite its starry cast. And commercial plays Off-Broadway may be even more iffy, adds Richard Masur. They have neither the financial backing of a Broadway show nor the guaranteed run of a subscription-based nonprofit production. But that didn't stop the two actors from signing on for Dust, a new play by Billy Goda, now running commercially Off-Broadway. Masur, whose credits include some 50 films and recurring roles on such TV hits as Picket Fences, Rhoda, and One Day at a Time, plays Martin, a middle-aged control-freak executive. Foster, best known for his work on Broadway in Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Producers, plays Zeke, an ex-con, recovering drug addict, and custodian at the »
- Simi Horwitz
The horrific attack in Mumbai sent shock waves throughout India’s Bollywood film industry, a majority of it located in that city which was once known as Bombay. Many film productions shut down as well as the Bollywood.com website, saying, “No one is in the mood to return to work. Bollywood is in no mood to forgive, forget and move on.” Ironically, the attacks concluded on the day a British film, which takes place in Mumbai, won the top prize at the British Independent Film Awards. Slumdog Millionaire won for best director (Danny Boyle) and best newcomer (Dev Patel). Actor Sir Ben Kingsley, known for his Oscar-winning role as Indian leader [...] »
Movie award season kicked off last night in NYC with the 2008 Gotham Awards. We should get used to seeing some of these winners names and some of these familiar faces when the New Year comes along and Award Season really gets rolling, but for now the group took the red carpet to start honoring each other. While Frozen River took home the top honors, Michelle Williams and Penelope Cruz both had reasons to smile. Rachel Weisz came out to support her husband's movie The Wrestler. Michelle's Synecdoche, New York won the Robert Altman Award for best director, casting and ensemble while Vicky Cristina Barcelona also won an award for best ensemble cast. Check out the full list of winners here. To see more of the Gotham Awards including Amy Adams, Ben Kingsley, Jeff Goldblum, Jennifer Esposito, Mickey Rourke and others just read more. Images include: Amy Adams, Ben Kingsley, Debra Winger, »
Sienna Miller met up with Balthazar Getty in London on Thursday, shopped on Friday and got dressed up to walk the red carpet with Keira Knightley at the 2008 British Independent Film Awards last night. Even though Sienna recently said she was happy being single it looks like she's back with Balthazar. They were spotted holding hands around the city, and since Balthazar missed out on spending Thanksgiving with his kids it seems like he might be serious about giving it another try with Sienna. Given her history with men it isn't surprising her relationship with the actor is on-again, although it probably doesn't help her career or please her fans. To see more of Sienna and Balthazar as well as Keira, James McAvoy, Ben Kingsley and others at the British Independent Film Awards read more. Images include: Sienna Miller, Balthazar Getty, Keira Knightley, Ben Kingsley, James McAvoy, Rupert Everett, Ralph Fiennes, »
Here's something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving-- I got the opportunity to interview Dennis Hopper, one of Hollywood's most famous Republicans, on the day he voted for Barack Obama. When we spoke on November 4 neither of us knew how the election would turn out, but of course, we had bigger things to discuss-- like Hopper's role in Elegy, the melancholy, lovely drama that came out over the summer starring Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, and Hopper. In a movie about male libido, desires and fears of aging, Hopper's character embodies all three-- a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who believes in infidelity, pleasure and instant gratification. He encourages his friend (Kingsley) to pursue a relationship with a much younger woman (Cruz), but that relationship only serves to highlight doubts that both men have about aging. Hopper doesn't seem to have any of those doubts -- at 72, he's happily married to a woman »
Release Date: October 2nd, 2009
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenwriters: Laeta Kalogridis
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Plot: Shutter Island is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island. »
Chicago – After the first image of extras surfaced on Oct. 15, 2008 for the movie adaptation “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” we now have the first video footage thanks to Entertainment Tonight’s willingness to go all the way to Morocco to get it.
“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” star Jake Gyllenhaal has some decidedly modest and sarcastic fun in his interview with Entertainment Tonight’s Thea Andrews while the camera reveals to us the first live-action shots from the film. You can watch the video segment below now.
“I guess I’ve gotten buff,” Gyllenhaal told Entertainment Tonight. “There’s a lot acrobatics in the movie – a lot of running up walls and jumping on things. It requires muscularity, but it requires a lot of aerobic ability, too.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Marvel has done well in their second turn in keeping their next big superhero in the news cycle as news screenwriting duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have been brought aboard to pen the script for First Avenger: Captain America based on the 1941 Jack Kirby and Joe Simon created comicbook superhero. Markus and McFeely both contributed to the first two Narnia films as well as the Ben Kingsley 2007 starrer You Kill Me. The news comes 9 days after director Joe Johnston was named as the film's helmer, but there still remains no word on who is being considered for the lead role of Steve Rogers a man deemed too frail to enter the Army, but through a secret 'Super-Soldier Serum' he becomes a perfect specimen. Following his transformation he sets out as Captain America in a war against evil. Captain America is also the leader of the superhero group knows as the Avengers, »
- Brad Brevet
Ben Kingsley – sorry, Sir Ben Kingsley – is shaping up to be a very busy man.The actor has lined up no fewer than five films through his production company, Sbk Films (wonder what that stands for?), with firm commitments to star in at least three. First up is naval drama Jutland 1916, about an epic sea battle that took place during World War I. Sir Ben will play Admiral John Jellicoe, while Nick Willing will adapt the screenplay from the book by Peter Hart. Then there’s Duncan, a romantic fantasy written by Barton Randall about a woman who – swear to God – reconnects with her childhood elephant toy. Kingsley will voice the toy. The 64 year old actor/producer will also star as Charles Curtis, the only part-Native American to serve as Us Vice-President in Whispers Like Thunder, a tale about three Native-American sisters and their 65-year legal battle to protect a »
In many ways Transsiberian is Brad Andersons quiet little break into the mainstream. Too bad not many people noticed. Anyone wondering if this is just another forgettable suspense thriller I would suggest a peak back at both The Machinist and Session 9. This is a movie with scads to say and was easily one of the better more complex thrillers out this year and as different as it is it clearly springs from the same fertile morally vested imagination. Like all of Andersons films the basic building block of the story lies in the unfolding of secrets and the tragedies that are rooted in them. Supporting Andersons great screenplay are Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer as a couple returning home from a short term mission who find themselves befriended by a dubious young couple and pursued by Ben Kingsley who may or may not be a Russian Police Officer. The »
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Though some of the celebrity voices were useless, Jack Black is great, and the film itself is pleasant, good-natured, and respectful of Asian culture. Available in at least seven editions, including widescreen, full-screen, Spanish, a Christmas gift set, with and without Secrets of the Furious Five (a 20-minute short), and on Blu-ray; oddly, this doesn't release until Sunday. Buy it.
Traveling by train in the dead of winter from Beijing to Moscow should be much more restful than what happens to Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer in this adventure / suspense / thriller; Ben Kingsley plays a menacing Russian detective. I'm recommending this one sight unseen because Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist) directed. »
- Peter Martin
The big-screen remake of Get Smart, starring Office funnyman Steve Carell in the role of comically inept secret agent Maxwell Smart, leads this week's batch of new DVD releases*. Also debuting today on DVD: Machinist director Brad Anderson's indie thriller Transsiberian, starring Woody Harrelson and Ben Kingsley; the animated holiday special Shrek the Halls; the straight-to-dvd animated comedy Futurama: Bender's Game ; and yet another completely unnecessary pair of Star Wars box sets.
(*This week's other major release, the Dreamworks animated hit Kung Fu Panda, arrives on DVD Sunday, November 9. More on that later.)
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- Thomas Leupp
London -- Indie distributor Metrodome Distribution has snared U.K. and Irish distribution rights to Kari Skogland's "Fifty Dead Men Walking" in a deal with co-producer and sales banner HandMade Films International.
The deal, announced Thursday, was signed by HandMade's Guy Collins and Metrodome's Peter Urie after negotiations that started following its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
HandMade also said it has sold the film to a host of countries including Australia (Village Roadshow), Scandinavia (Svenske), Germany and Austria (Ard Degeto), Spain (Festival Films), Russia (Paradise) and Benelux (Efp).
HandMade is working with William Morris to close a U.S. rights deal.
Co-produced by Handmade, Future Films and Canada's Brightlight Pictures with backing from Northern Ireland Screen and Telefilm Canada, "Fifty Dead Men Walking" was also written by Skogland.
- By Stuart Kemp
To mark the release of Sony Pictures Classics' "Synecdoche, New York," we've assembed a list of our favorite shrinks in film. The Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Likely Story production is helmed and written by Charlie Kaufman. The powerful cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Hope Davis, Samantha Morton, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, Diane Wiest among many other talented performers. Kaufman's original style has carved out a dedicated fan base with films including "Human Nature," "Adaptation," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." Check out the trailer here for "Synecdoche, New York." Without further ado though, we present you with Our list of our favorite shrinks ever in film: 1. Richard Jenkins in "There's Something About Mary" Ted Stroehmann (Ben Stiller) is spilling guts to his psychiatrist (Jenkins) with his back turned. However, the doc's grown weary of hearing the same yada yada »
Photos from the set of the Guy Ritchie directed Sherlock Holmes has hit the internet. Just Jared scored the big scoop, posting photos that reveal actors Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson, respectively.
"Clearly, I'm going to do it better than it's ever been done," Downey Jr. jokes of his role as the famous detective. "The more I read about it the more overwhelmed I was by the weight of it and the amount of people who will be watching to see if it's gotten right."
Ritchie himself has expressed concerns about the film, reportedly worrying about whether or not Downey could handle an English accent. Those fears have been asuaged for the director, who reports that "Robert Downey has the best English accent I've ever heard." This should be no surprise to anyone whose seen Tropic Thunder, who can attest to »
- Josh Wigler
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