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Stories set in Germany during the rise of the Nazi party appeal to dramatists for obvious reasons. In hindsight, the Nazi menace seems so blatant, yet something in what Adolf Hitler espoused persuaded a significant number of Germans, which makes any look back at the era into a study of mob mentality, and—if handled right—an insight into where we could be headed. In Good, Vicente Amorim directs John Wrathall's adaptation of C.P. Taylor's play about a meek literature professor (here played by Viggo Mortensen) who reluctantly joins the Nazi party in order to advance his career and placate his family. The Nazis are interested in a novel Mortensen wrote—partly inspired by the burden of dealing with his mother's dementia—that seems to argue for the concept of mercy killing. They ask him to draft a paper that will offer a moral justification for human extermination, »
- Noel Murray
By Aaron Hillis
Poet. Painter. Photographer. Political activist. Man of the world. Sure, the first sight of actor Viggo Mortensen's cleft chin may instantly recall a marauding horde of Orcs or a naked knifefight in a Russian bathhouse, but he's too smart and impassioned an artist to be written off as just another Hollywood leading man. His latest film is "Good," directed by Vicente Amorim and based on the C.P. Taylor play of the same name. Set in 1933 Germany, the film finds Mortensen plays liberal Berlin professor John Halder, a reasonable yet silent detractor of the upswing of national socialism, who finds himself unwittingly swept up by the Nazi party after writing a novel about assisted suicide that becomes a Führer fave. I sat down with Mortensen before the holidays to gab about the film, traveling and contemporary politics -- about which he has wonderfully fervent opinions.
"Good" is »
- Aaron Hillis
The banality of evil has met its match in the banality of "Good," a Holocaust parable that barely registers a pulse.
Viggo Mortensen plays a literature professor in Hitler's Germany who is offered a job writing a paper for the party. The Fuhrer is said to be a fan of the pro-euthanasia novel the prof wrote years ago and is looking for academic support for his ideas about weeding out the aged and infirm.
The Mortensen character, a weak-willed but good-hearted Proust fan who is cheating on his wife as »
- By KYLE SMITH
Alright ladies and gentlemen you nominated and voted and now the winners of part 1 of our New Moon Pick Your Dream Cast have been chosen. To refresh your memory Ive included the three nominees for each character as well as the winner that was chosen by Your votes!So without further ado here is part one of Your New Moon Dream Cast MarcusNominees Viggo Mortensen Bill Nighy Cillian MurphyWinnerViggo MortensenAroNominees Ian McKellen Johnny Depp Hugh JackmanWinnerJohnny DeppCaiusNominees Alan Rickman Paul Bettany Christopher LeeWinnerPaul BettanyJaneNominees Jodelle Ferland Dakota Fanning Ellen PageWinnerJodelle FerlandAlecNominees Freddie Highmore Haley Joel Osment Rory CulkinWinnerFreddie HighmoreDemetriNominees Ed Westwick Ben Barnes Tom WellingWinnerBen BarnesFelixNominees Jensen Ackles Channing Tatum James McAvoyWinnerJensen AcklesOkay! So this concludes part one of our New Moon Pick Your Dream Cast project. What do you think of the cast that was chosen? Do you have someone else in mind who would have fit a specific character better? »
Hollywood hasn't had to resort to any post-Christmas half-off sales.
Holiday releases -- ranging from warm puppy "Marley & Me" to kid-friendly "Bedtime Stories" to the luxe backward-running romance "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- attracted a stampede to the multiplex last weekend.
So the studios will ring out 2008 on the strength of their current year-end lineup as the industry heads toward another record-setting domestic gross.
With the coming New Year's holiday weekend serving as an opportunity for moviegoers to catch up with the film glut, including the awards-hopefuls still in limited release, no new wide openers will flood the already overcrowded theaters.
Instead, Paramount Vantage will launch exclusive runs of its World War II drama "Defiance" while ThinkFilm follows suit with its Nazi-era drama "Good."
- By Gregg Kilday
By Neil Pedley
After the feast of holiday offerings, there's but a meager smattering on offer for a New Year nibble. This week brings two brand spanking new holocaust movies for anyone who still has the stomach (after the other four released in past weeks) or as a tasty alternative you can enjoy some bloody murder in the former Soviet Union or some bloody murder right here in the good ol' U.S. of A. You decide.
Depending on your tolerance for ultra low-budget horror, writer/director Robert Stock's debut feature will either delight with its copious amounts of corn syrup-enhanced gore or look like someone had a camcorder out during an intense Halloween-themed session of Larp. Inspired by a supernatural encounter that spooked his infant son while idling on a lonely road one night, Stock was inspired to create this dark legend involving a young girl's spirit haunting the backwoods, »
- Neil Pedley
You have to wonder where Viggo Mortensen finds the time to act. In between gigs like the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and David Cronenberg's movies (most recently "Eastern Promises"), the 50-year-old star is also a photographer, poet, musician, painter, publisher, activist and avid traveler. He's fluent in Spanish, Danish, French and possibly Elvish.
When we caught up with him, though, he kindly stuck to English, and to the projects at hand: first, "Good," opening Wednesday, about a German professor who, through his passivity, unwittingly ends up a »
- By SARA STEWART
The "Children of Men" star is attached to "Cartagena," a story about an undercover agent amid Colombian drug cartels, for Cuban's 2929 Prods., overseen by veteran producer Marc Butan. Nick Wechsler and Management 360 also are producing.
"Cartagena" centers on an undercover agent who gets caught in a complex plot and must elude drug dealers and international agents if he hopes to survive. The project is named for a city on Colombia's northern coast that has a colorful history featuring wars, robust economic activity and tourist development.
Colombia, a hotbed of political intrigue and violent drug wars, has become fertile cinematic ground. Warner Bros. and Sony this year acquired projects about the »
- By Steven Zeitchik
Good is bound to be written off as "yet another Holocaust movie," coming out as it does this December, when seemingly half the movies are taking place at some point during World War II in Germany. But the movie, starring Viggo Mortensen and Jason Isaacs, largely takes place before the war, when Germans found both their spirits and the economy lifted by the rise of the Nazi party-- well, Germans who weren't Jewish, Catholic, or otherwise "undesirable" that is. Mortensen's character in the movie is an academic who is opposed to the Nazi party's beliefs, but becomes a member of their ranks thorugh a series of circumstances he never thinks will be important, until war breaks out. At a roundtable interview last week, both Mortensen and Isaacs, who plays a Jewish academic eventually put in a concentration camp, said they identified with Germans, like Mortensen's character, who turned a blind »
Viggo Mortensen in Good
Photo: THINKFilm Good, for all intents and purposes, is a well made film, but it unfortunately must deal with the fact that it is just one of several World War II films this year and the fact that it also bears a similar resemblance to a far more engaging feature hitting cinemas at the same time, The Reader, does not work in its favor. The film hides behind its title, which sticks with you throughout, telling the audience those with even the best intentions were not immune from becoming involved in the atrocities Adolf Hitler bestowed on the world prior to and during World War II. Set in the 1930s, the story centers on John Halder (Viggo Mortenson), a literary professor whose name has attracted the attention of Hitler after a work of fiction he penned four years earlier advocating compassionate euthanasia. The topic is something »
- Brad Brevet
Alright TAers the nominations are in! We got an overwhelming response to the first round of our New Moon Pick Your Dream Cast project and you guys had some great nominations.Below Ive posted the top three nominations for each character based on Your submissions. Dont know who someone is? Have no fear just click on their name where it will take you to their IMDb page and teach you everything you need to know what they look like how old they are what their former projects are and more.Marcus Viggo Mortensen Bill Nighy Cillian MurphyAro Ian McKellen Johnny Depp Hugh JackmanCaius Alan Rickman Paul Bettany Christopher LeeJane Jodelle Ferland Dakota Fanning Ellen PageAlec Freddie Highmore Haley Joel Osment Rory CulkinDemetri Ed Westwick Ben Barnes Tom WellingFelix Jensen Ackles Channing Tatum James McAvoySo whats the next step? Its simple Based on the nominations above pick out your 1 actor choice »
Photo: The Weinstein Co. The Reader is one of the films this awards season that has really stuck with me. I can't exactly put my finger on the reason why, but I can't seem to get it out of my head and I have a feeling it may ultimately end up on my year-end top ten. The film has undoubtedly the best performance by Kate Winslet this year and while it didn't fair very well with critics I have a feeling it is one of those films that will get better with age. Will people give it a second chance? Considering the movie world we live in nowadays, I don't think so. However, that doesn't make the story of its production any less interesting. I kept a story by Anne Thompson at Variety open in my browser for almost a week now »
- Brad Brevet
By Nick Schager
The Holocaust is a serious subject. And November and December is serious subject matter time in Hollywood. No surprise, then, that every awards season sees its fair share of dramas set in and around WWII concentration camps. But even in light of this predictable pattern, 2008 has, to put it diplomatically, lost its freakin' mind. In the last two months of this year, there will have been six -- Six?!? -- films released that, in one way or another, deal with Nazis. Part of the problem is simply quality, as all of these releases barely rise to the level of mediocre. Yet the issue of quantity seems just as troubling, as their basic, simultaneous existence calls into question not only the continuing viability of extracting drama from this most momentous (and, consequently, well-trod) of historical tragedies, but also, fundamentally, the growing absence of originality or ingenuity in mainstream cinema, »
- Nick Schager
Yes, we were teased with a few seconds of footage last week but at last we have the full length trailer for the new Terminator flick, and in a nutshell: it rocks. The movie opens on May 22.
This new trailer isn't impressing me any more than the last one. There's plenty of sci-fi fantasy kung foolery here if that's your kind of thing. Fans of the anime don't seem too thrilled with this adaptation, so I don't see a bright future for it. If you're so inclined, watch for this one on April 8.
Jessica Biel stripping and Forrest Whitaker committing suicide dressed like Santa are just two of interesting visuals on display here. Aside from a few words spoken at the end there is no dialogue and very little to go on as far as what the movie is about. Still the imagery is pretty gripping. »
- Matt Bradshaw
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Viggo Mortensen has revealed that he is not too keen on Germany. The actor, who plays a Nazi author in new movie Good, said that he has always held a slight prejudice against the nation, which he attributed to his family. "I've heard stories from my aunts and uncles and my dad had an attitude about Germans, a prejudice about them," WENN quotes him as saying. "I speak several languages and I'm interested in languages. I can read a German paper slowly and can (more) »
- By Michael Thornton
Many of the actor's relatives lived in German-occupied Denmark during the second world war, and he has always harboured resentment towards the nation.
He tells WENN, "I.ve heard stories from my aunts and uncles and my dad, I had an attitude about Germans, a prejudice about them.
"I speak several languages and I'm interested in languages. I can read a German paper slowly and can almost figure it out, yet I don.t speak German and I realise I don.t want to speak German. I don.t like the way it sounds and I don.t like being in Germany."
But Mortensen, who portrays a German who joins the Nazis to further his career as an author, admits making the film softened his feelings towards the country.
He adds, "By playing a German and trying to be honest about it I sort of got past that prejudice and judgment... Germans are people too!" »
'Tis not the season to be jolly at the movies - there are no fewer than six heart-wrenching, Holocaust-theme flicks coming to a theater near you.
In the days ahead, moviegoers will have their choice of "The Reader," with Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, and "Adam Resurrected," with Jeff Goldblum (both opening Friday), "Valkyrie," with Tom Cruise (Dec. 25), "Defiance," with Daniel Craig, and "Good," with Viggo Mortensen (both Dec. »
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has defended the glut of Holocaust films emerging from Hollywood - insisting the tragic events are a "wonderful" subject to study.
Six new movies released in December centre on the mass slaughter of Jews in 1940s Germany, including The Reader - starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes - Defiance, Tom Cruise's Valkyrie, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Some critics have argued that the story is too gloomy for the festive season - but Weinstein insists it's an important subject for filmmakers to tackle.
He tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "What a wonderful subject to explore in as many ways as possible. I hope our children get educated about the Holocaust, so it will be 'Never again'."
Movie fans want to see The Riddler and Harley Quinn in the next Batman film - and they want Depp and Jolie to play them, according to a new online survey.
Other top picks for the new film, according to the new poll from video and DVD rental firm Blockbuster, include Cat Woman, The Penguin and tough guy Bane.
And the most requested stars to play Batman villains are:
1. Johnny Depp
9. Kevin Spacey
10. Clive Owen »
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