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James McAvoy to Play Ian Fleming?

29 December 2009 9:10 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Last year, Leonardo DiCaprio became a producer on an Ian Fleming biopic that was announced. DiCaprio's film company Appian Way boarded the project, according to an La Times report. Co-producer Andrew Lazar championed the original idea. "It's going to be very different from the Bond films," he told the Times. "There are a lot of different ways to crack biopics, but we're not trying to emulate a Bond movie... The idea that this guy's life informed the James Bond character is pretty fascinating."

Today comes word from Pajiba — quoting a source — that Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films are developing an independently financed $40M biopic based on the life of Ian Fleming, and that James McAvoy is attached to star in the title role.

Currently using the working title, 'Ian Fleming', the movie will be about the man who gave birth to the character of James Bond, specifically focusing »

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'American Idol': Constantine Maroulis voted 'star of the year' on Broadway

29 December 2009 12:55 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Hugh Jackman? Nope. Angela Lansbury? No. Will Ferrell? Uh-uh.

None of those people were voted "Star of the Year" by readers of Broadway.com. That honor goes to former "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis.

Maroulis was the "overwhelming choice" of more than 25,000 voters in the year-end poll for his Tony-nominated performance in the '80s rock musical "Rock of Ages," the site says. He beat out Jackman and Daniel Craig ("A Steady Rain"), Lansbury ("Blithe Spirit" and "A Little Night Music"), Ferrell ("You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush"), Gavin Creel ("Hair"), Alice Ripley ("Next to Normal") and Geoffrey Rush ("Exit the King").

He also got to give an acceptance speech, which comes from a rather unglamorous spot but on the upside doesn't have anyone playing him off the stage after 30 seconds. Here it is.

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- editorial@zap2it.com

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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 9:37 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of 15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S., Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- kcasey

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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 8:46 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of  15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S.,  Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- Kieron Casey

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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Berlinale Generation names jury

17 December 2009 8:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Berlin -- Berlinale Generation, the Berlin International Film Festival sidebar for family and youth cinema, has picked its first titles and named its jury.

Picking the winners of the Generation Crystal Bears next year will be: Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf ("Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame"), France's Philippe Falardeau ("It's Not Me, I Swear!"), Australian helmer Kylie Du Fresne ("The Djarn Djarns"), along with Irish screenwriter and producer Rowan O'Neill ("The Race") and Margret Albers, the director of German children's media festival the Goldener Spatz.

Among the contenders will be "Boy," from Taika Waititi, aka Taika Cohen, the New Zealand director behind "Eagle vs. Shark" and several episodes of "Flight of the Conchords." The tragicomedy set among the Maori people will premiere in Sundance before heading to Berlin.

The Australian '60s period musical "Bran Nue Dae" from Rachel Perkins and starring Geoffrey Rush, has made the Generation cut, as has Dev Benegal's "Road, »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Sundance 2010 Spotlight: Sundance Showcases Cannes, Tiff and Venice

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Spotlight section (replacing the awkward Spectrum sidebar) is a place where the festival will showcase some great finds on the festival circuit. And let me tell you, there is some great stuff here especially with Tiff/Venice titles such as I am Love, Lourdes, Mother & Child, A Prophet and Women Without Men. - The Spotlight section (replacing the awkward Spectrum sidebar) is a place where the festival will showcase some great finds on the festival circuit. And let me tell you, there is some great stuff here especially with Tiff/Venice titles such as I am Love, Lourdes, Mother & Child, A Prophet and Women Without Men. The list includes some Cannes fair in Safdie Bros.' Daddy Longlegs (formerly known as Go Get Some Rosemary) and Noe's Enter the Void. Having already seen a good number of these pics, also means, less films for me to worry about. »

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Mauboy 'dreaded first kissing scene'

9 December 2009 12:26 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jessica Mauboy has revealed that she was nervous before filming a recent kissing scene. The singer, who stars in musical comedy Bran Nue Dae with fellow Aussie stars such as Geoffrey Rush, Missy Higgins and Magda Szubanski, said that she initially was not sure if she could handle the role. Mauboy told The Daily Telegraph: "I was like, 'Ahhh, you know I've done no acting in my life'. I was very nervous, especially with a couple of scenes I didn't know I was going to do, like the kissing scene. (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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Langella Continues Genre Work in Unknown White Male

8 December 2009 8:12 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I have always been a fan of Frank Langella.  He was in one of my guilty pleasures as a horror fan, Brainscan.  Go ahead, judge me.

From the Variety article:

Frank Langella has been set to star with Liam Neeson, January Jones and Diane Kruger in Unknown White Male, the Dark Castle thriller.

Neeson plays a man who awakens from a coma to find somebody else has assumed his identity. Langella plays Cole, who comes forward as the coma guy’s colleague and gets involved as he tries to reclaim his identity.

Shooting starts January in Berlin, with Warner Bros. distributing. Joel Silver produces with Leonard Goldberg and Andrew Rona. Steve Richards, Sarah Meyer and Peter McAleese are exec producers.

One thing that the article doesn’t mention is that Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan & House Of Wax) will be directing his third film for Dark Castle Films.

Dark Castle produced films »

- Andy

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Sundance 2010: Spotlight – Narrative

4 December 2009 12:48 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sundance 2010: Spotlight (Narrative) Sylvie Testud in Lourdes Film info from the Sundance press release. Bran Nue Dae / Australia (Director: Rachel Perkins; Screenwriters: Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins, and Jimmy Chi) — In the summer of 1965, a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome — fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl. Cast: Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Geoffrey Rush, Ernie Dingo. U.S. Premiere Daddy Longlegs / USA (Directors and Screenwriters: Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie) — A swan song to excuses and responsibilities, to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what it’s like to be truly torn between being a child and being an [...] »

- Michele Colbert

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Sundance 2010 Announced Out-of-Competition Lineup

3 December 2009 9:31 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We are 49 days out and counting down to Sundance 2010.  Yesterday, we unveiled the list of competition films for the upcoming festival.  Today, we have your list of out-of-competition films which include Premieres, Spotlight, New Frontier, and, my personal favorite, Park City at Midnight, which has featured past entries like Black Dynamite, The Descent, and Saw.

Check out next year’s lineup for the out-of-competition films:

Premieres

To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.

Abel / Mexico, USA (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza)–A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence. Cast: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. World Premiere

Cane Toads: »

- Kirk

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The 2010 Warner Bros. Preview Brings 'Sex,' 'Titans,' 'Potter' and Much More

3 December 2009 7:43 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Warner Bros. has debuted their 2010 picture preview giving us our first look at select films out of the 23 features they have set for the new year. I have added new images from the likes of The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington, Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson, our first look at Sex and the City 2, Kevin Smith's currently untitled new comedy with Tracey Morgan and Bruce Willis, Jonah Hex, Ben Affleck's The Town, and, of course, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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 23 upcoming films. Gallery links have been added for all films and remember, the links open in a new browser window so just close the new window to return to this article and continue the preview.

The Book Of Eli January 15 Photo: Warner Bros. »

- Brad Brevet

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2010 Sundance Film Festival Out-of-Competition Films: Spotlight

3 December 2009 6:27 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Yesterday we gave you a list of all the films playing in-competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  We now have the list of the films playing out-of-competition and they’re divided up into four categories: Premieres, Next, Spotlight, and Park City at Midnight. Since combining these lists would be a lot to read for just one article, we’ve broken it up to make it easier on your eyes.  You’re welcome.

Films in the Spotlight category include Louis C.K.: Hilarious; Rodrigo Garcia’s Mother & Child starring Naomi Watts, Annette Benning, and Kerry Washington; the great-sounding documentary Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks; and Enter the Void, the new film from Gaspar Noé (Irreversible).  Films in the Park City at Midnight category include High School starring Adrien Brody; and Buried starring Ryan Reynolds.

Hit the jump to check out synopses for all of the films playing in these categories. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Sundance 2010 Non-Competition Line-Up Looks Strong

3 December 2009 3:30 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yesterday we got the list for the films playing in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and today we get the rest of the films that will be featured and there are quite a few that make 2010 look much stronger based on pedigree alone than I have seen in quite some time. Variety has a big write-up detailing the categories and more on the festival right here, but I am just going to offer up the titles and let you sort it all out.

The titles already in the RopeofSilicon database are linked.

Premieres

All films are from the United States unless otherwise noted Abel (Mexico-u.S.), the directorial debut of actor Diego Luna, written by Luna and Agusto Mendoza, about a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence. With Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, »

- Brad Brevet

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Full Sundance line-up announced...and it's a doozy!

3 December 2009 2:08 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

In addition to the competition titles which were announced yesterday, Sundance has announced the remainder of their line-up and it includes some titles we’re already familiar with along with a huge number of premieres.

Also on the docket are two new series: Next which showcases low/no budget films and Spotlight which highlights films which festival programmers deem worthy of extra love including Enter the Void (review) and Lourdes (the trailer for which I really liked).

I’m particularly excited to see some of the titles in the New Frontier program but overall, the line-up is an impressive one but the Kristen Stewart fan in me is excited to see her turn as Joan Jett in The Runaways and I think it’s fair to say we’re all dying to see Vincenzo Natali’s hotly anticipated Splice (trailer).

In the Midnight section, Adam Green's Frozen is sounding mighty find, »

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Sundance 2010 Film Lineup *Updated*

3 December 2009 1:00 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Sundance released their slate for 2010. It includes:43 documentaries on the Middle East12 films about friends who 'discover' something33 movies about people you've never heard about1 comedyHopefully the lineup this year is strong but it doesn't look that way compared to last year. Last year we had Push (Precious), that Lil Wayne documentary that never went anywhere, Mystery Team which might make my top ten, Moon, Mike Tyson documentary, Cold Souls. Just so much last January that was excellent. I hope I don't go out therer and freeze my tail off just to see...I don't know, a documentary about a former Pakistani prime minister or something silly like that.Here's the lineup so far: Premieres To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. »

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Sundance reveals noncompetition lineup

3 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Sundance Film Festival's competition lineup for 2010, announced Wednesday, might demand that audiences wear their serious caps. But the out-of-competition selections allow programmers and viewers to cut loose a little.

The 53 films that populate this year's Premieres, Next, Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier sections run the gamut from the cosmically experimental to the star-studded and silly. There is indeed something for everyone at this year's event, which runs Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

As usual, Premieres collects work involving the industry's higher-profile talent, none more so than John Wells' feature directorial debut, "The Company Men," which stars Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper. Mexican actor Diego Luna's directorial debut, "Abel," will screen, as will Philip Seymour Hoffman's "Jack Goes Boating."

Michael Winterbottom has the rare distinction of having two films in »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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10 closest Oscar races in the past 20 years

23 November 2009 1:12 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

One of the shrewdest Oscarologists on the planet is Tariq Khan of Fox News, who often generously shares his views of current and past derbies with Gold Derby readers. Here he takes a nostalgic look  at the past two decades, offering his take on the most competitive derbies. Words below are Tariq's. Thanks, m'friend!

We’ve often discussed those Oscar races that seem just too close to call . . . where it’s clear (or at least seems clear) that the eventual winner will nab the Oscar with only a few more votes than his or her nearest competitor. While we can never really know for sure (unless we get one of those top jobs at the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers,) we do have some idea of what may have been the closest races in Oscar history. Allow me to present what I believe were the 10 closest acting races over the course of the past 20 years. »

- tomoneil

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