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"Excalibur": Behold The Sword Of Power

22 December 2009 9:05 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Director Bryan "Superman Returns" Singer is attached to remake director John Boorman's 1981 fantasy feature "Excalibur" retelling the legend of 'King Arthur'.

The original "Excalibur" screenplay was written by Rospo Pallenberg and Boorman, as an adaptation of Malory's "Morte d'Arthur" (1469-70), with 'Arthur' presented as a 'wounded king', whose realm becomes a wasteland, then reborn thanks to the 'Grail'.

"The film has to do with mythical truth, not historical truth," Boorman said. "The coming of Christian man and the disappearance of the old religions which are represented by 'Merlin'. The forces of superstition and magic are swallowed up into the unconscious."

Several new elements were added to the film's story including 'King Uther' wielding the 'sword of power' before the birth of Arthur and and the concept of the world as 'the dragon'.

Music soundtrack is by Trevor Jones, including works from Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" played during battle sequences. »

- Michael Stevens

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"Last Of The Mohicans": I Will Find You...

5 December 2009 8:32 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

"The Last of the Mohicans" written/directed by Michael "Miami Vice" Mann in 1992, is a historical feature set in 1757 during the French and Indian War, based on author James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel.

Cast includes Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe, with Russell Means, Wes Studi, Eric Schweig and Jodhi May.

The soundtrack, featuring music by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman, featured the haunting song "I Will Find You" by Clannad.

"Last Of The Mohicans" won an Academy Award for Best Sound.

Mann's film, like the novel is a romance, set against a turbulent era, with authentic wardobe and weaponry of the period.

"Last Of The Mohicans" opened in North America, September 25, 1992. By the end of its domestic run, the film earned $75,505,856.

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- Michael Stevens

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In My Opinion: Ranking the Films of Michael Mann

29 June 2009 4:54 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The films of Michael Mann

Photo: Universal Pictures Ranking the Films of Michael Mann In advance of this Wednesday's release of Public Enemies I thought it was only fitting to take a look back at the films from director Michael Mann and see how they would sort themselves out in a quick ranking session and what a wild last few days it has been. On Thursday, last week, I saw Public Enemies, later that night I watched Manhunter, the next day I watched Thief and The Last of the Mohicans -- then the weekend arrived. In a matter of 48 hours I watched Heat, The Insider, Ali, Miami Vice and Collateral all in an attempt to make sure my mind was completely refreshed and ready to sort things out. You will notice I am only ranking nine films since I have never seen The Keep (1983) and it wasn't available through Netflix »

- Brad Brevet

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No Bollywood movie role for Ipl Miss Bollywood winner

15 May 2009 12:06 AM, PDT | | See recent BollywoodWorld news »

Johannesburg, There will be no Bollywood movie role with Shah Rukh Khan or in fact in any Bollywood movie for the winner of the Miss Bollywood Ipl 2009 contest being run by the Indian Premier League (Ipl). But she will get a chance to visit India. Commentators interviewing winners at each game had been asking finalists how they would feel about a role with Shah Rukh and as late as Monday, press releases issued on behalf of the Ipl were still saying that 'the winner would receive a role in a Bollywood movie, 50,000 rands in cash, a business class trip to India and other prizes'. But Ipl spokesperson Trevor Jones, who initially denied that this had ever been said, confirmed to Ians that there had been some confusion around the Bollywood movie role: "The launch press »

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