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Defiance

31 December 2008 7:52 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The presence of the Daniel Craig as a badass Jew invites unflattering comparisons between Edward Zwick's Defiance and Steven Spielberg's Munich, another fact-based historical drama about a band of Jewish warriors battling the enemies of their people. But where Spielberg used Israel's quest to hunt down and kill the people responsible for the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre as a springboard to thoughtfully, trenchantly explore how the lust for revenge poisons and corrupts, Zwick uses the true story of Jewish outlaws who fought the Nazis in the forests of Poland largely as a vehicle for false uplift and a steady stream of big Oscar moments. Craig and his band of outlaws rob and kill in their war with the Nazis, but unlike the conflicted heroes of Munich, their hands never get dirty; they're protected from moral ambiguity by the righteousness of their cause. Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, and »

- Nathan Rabin

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Resists Nazis, Not Cliches

31 December 2008 7:22 AM, PST | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

I really wanted to love "Defiance," which is based on the little-known but fascinating true story of the Bielski brothers, Jewish resistance fighters who created a refuge for 1,200 fleeing the Holocaust in the forests of Byelorussia.

It's got a solid cast and three or four powerful scenes, but in the uncertain hands of director Edward Zwick ("Blood Diamond"), this promising premise is turned into basically an overgrown TV movie.

There's mechanical plotting, war-movie clichés and pedestrian dialogue (credited to Zwick and Clayton Frohman).

Daniel Craig takes time out from James Bonding to play Tuvia, »

- By LOU LUMENICK

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Studios happy with Christmas presence

30 December 2008 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

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."

Directed by Ed Zwick, who also penned the screenplay with Clayton Frohman, the R-rated "Defiance" is as much action picture as it is art house offering. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Meltdown-free Island

29 December 2008 9:49 PM, PST | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

St. Barts doesn't seem to be hit by the recession. "People are still drinking magnums of Domaines Ott and spending 500 euros for lunch," our spy on the former French colony reports. Nikki Beach Club, Isle de France and Taiwana are the hot lunch spots. Larry Gagosian had a party that included 007 Daniel Craig. Also spotted on the island are Eddie Murphy, Giorgio Armani, Jon Bon Jovi, Russell Simmons, Stephen Dorff, Tony Shafrazi, Roger Waters, Peter Brant and Stephanie Seymour. »

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Opening This Week: Two more Holocaust dramas

29 December 2008 7:32 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

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.

"Angel's Blade"

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

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Daniel Soaks Up the Sun Shirtless With His Bikini Babe

29 December 2008 5:00 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Daniel Craig and his girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell joined friends over the weekend for a relaxing trip to St. Barths. Their group fueled up for hikes and swims with a few bags of potato chips, though Daniel and Satsuki were also able to fit in some alone time for seaside PDAs when they weren't playing with a pal's baby. We love to see Daniel all dressed up in a tuxedo at his many Bond premieres, but it's also a nice sight to see one of our favorite British guys dressed down to chill at the beach shirtless. To see lots more photos of Daniel and Satsuki just read more. Splash News Online and Flynet »

- PopSugar

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Defiance Movie Review -- Jews kicking ass. Brian says the boys of Knocked Up would adore this movie

29 December 2008 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Jews kicking ass. The boys of "Knocked Up" would adore this movie. Actually, "Defiance" has a little more on its plate than simple heroics, but the violence, the sheer aggression, is one of the lone qualities that separate this Edward Zwick film from the average television movie. A respectable shot at a Holocaust story with uplifting qualities and plump moral questioning, "Defiance" is a handsome production, just not an especially inspiring one. In the midst of World War II, while the Nazis sweep across Poland, brothers Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Live Schreiber), and Asael Beilski (Jamie Bell) escape the slaughter, taking refuge in the nearby forests they've grown up in. Stumbling upon other refugees, the brothers set up a camp of sorts, helping to protect and feed the wide range of personalities and temperaments assembled. When word »

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Top Ten Movies of 2008

28 December 2008 11:39 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Top 10 Movies of 2008 Trying to figure out my personal list of favorite, top ten, exceptional, "best" movies of 2008 was not an easy task. 2008 was an odd year for film. So many have gone on record saying it was a down year, but I don't entirely agree with that. While 2008 didn't have very many "great" films it had A Lot of good films. Of course, this is where making a top ten list gets difficult. So often you have one clear cut favorite and anywhere from 10-15 movies behind it that you simply need to figure out where they fall in the grand scheme of things. This year, my top five films are almost interchangeable and the bottom five and my Honorable Mentions could all compete for the final five spots, this just so happens to be where they all fell when I typed this list up. This year I saw »

- Brad Brevet

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Daniel Craig Interview, Defiance

27 December 2008 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Daniel Craig is best known for his acclaimed, gritty portrayal of 007 in the latest incarnations of the beloved Bond franchise, but he has also given a wide range of intense, critically-acclaimed performances in such films as “Layer Cake” and “Munich.” It was the breadth of his abilities that attracted director Ed Zwick to cast him in his new film, “Defiance,” an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation based on Nechama Tec’s non-fiction book of the same name MoviesOnline sat down with Daniel Craig to talk about “Defiance,” whic »

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Bond Role Was Kurylenko's Xmas Present

24 December 2008 8:05 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Friends of actress Olga Kurylenko will be hard-pressed to top the star's last Christmas present - her role as a Bond girl in Quantum Of Solace.

The sexy star was enjoying a traditional turkey meal when she received a phone call from her agent telling her she'd won the role of Camille Montes in the Daniel Craig-starring film.

She recalls, "I was stunned. I was in the middle of a Christmas dinner!" »

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Clive Owen Heads South Of The Border

23 December 2008 9:12 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's common knowledge that Clive Owen was very much in the running to be the new James Bond, and was passed over for that hunk of man Daniel Craig. So now Owen seems intent on proving that he's just as much international man of mystery as the next guy. He's already starring in the upcoming thriller The International, and now he's on board for Catagena, an adventure about an undercover drug agent investigating Colombian cartels. THR says Turistas writer Michael Ross will handle the screenplay, which tells us... well, nothing. What can the possible connection between these stories? Either way, Clive Owen will be involved, which means people like me will be seeing it pretty much no matter what. I wish Owen didn't feel he had so much to prove in terms of badassery, and would take on roles that were just a bit more varied. But still, Clive Owen »

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Craig's Russian Block

23 December 2008 8:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

James Bond star Daniel Craig had difficulties learning Russian for his new film - and nearly gave up because he found it so difficult.

The British actor had to learn the language for his role in upcoming World War II movie Defiance, in which he plays one of four Polish brothers who help save Jews from the Nazis.

And Craig admits that it was one of his hardest jobs to date, because he couldn't get to grips with Russian words.

He says, "It was a nightmare for me because I'm just the worst student in the world - I left school at 16. I had to do it phonetically, learn it and understand it." »

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Clive Owen Following Daniel Craig to South America

23 December 2008 5:46 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

British thespian and perpetual "next big thing" Clive Owen spent a better part of the early 2000's hounded by rumors that he'd been tabbed to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, largely because the bulk of his star-making turn in 1998's Croupier involved cruising around a casino while wearing a tux. Of course, the role eventually went to the beefier, blonder Daniel Craig, whose two stints as 007 have together earned over a billion dollars worldwide. Owen's films, as you might guess, have earned considerably less.

We'll never know the extent to which Owen lobbied for the Bond role -- or if he ever desired it at all -- but his recent career choices are telling. Next year, he's set to play an Interpol agent in Tom Tykwer's thriller The International and an MI6 agent-turned-corporate spy in Tony Gilroy's thriller Duplicity. And just today, Owen signed on to star in the thriller Cartagena. »

- Thomas Leupp

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Defiance – 4 Movie Clips and the Trailer -- Starring Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell in a Edward Zwick film

20 December 2008 | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Opening on December 31st and expanding on January 16th is “Defiance”. The movie is based on the extraordinary true story of a group of Jews that banded together to survive in a forest in Eastern Europe during WW2. The film was directed by Edward Zwick and it stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell as the three Jewish brothers that made it all happen. Here’s the synopsis: The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by »

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Cage fighter named 'Zoo's coolest man'

19 December 2008 11:42 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mixed martial artist Michael Bisping has beaten off competition from Lewis Hamilton and Noel Gallagher to top a 100 Coolest British Men Of The Year poll. The Clitheroe-born Ultimate Fighting Championship (Ufc) star ranked first in a survey of around 50,000 Zoo magazine readers. F1 champion Hamilton finished second, followed by Oasis singer Gallagher. "I am totally shocked, but honoured to be voted the coolest man in the UK by Zoo readers," said Bisping. Actors Jason Statham and Daniel Craig came fourth and fifth respectively, with boxer Joe Calzaghe (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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Mid-Week Movie News Wrap Up - Dec. 18, 2008

18 December 2008 11:54 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

One week to Christmas and to take your mind off all the shopping that you haven’t done is the Mid Week Movie News Wrap Up.

This week:

Adam Shankman sails Sinbad; Sam Worthington may be The Phantom; Barry Sonnenfeld reads The How-To Guide for Saving the World and Rachel McAdams has Morning Glory.

1. Adam Shankman is in negotiations to direct a new Sinbad film for Sony Pictures. The film was originally going to star Keanu Reeves and Rob Cohen was set to direct, however the plug was pulled following the cinematic travesty that was Stealth. According to Variety:

“The story centers on Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China and embark on a quest to find the lamp of Aladdin.”

I just can’t see this being any good.

Source: Variety

2. The Phantom Legacy witer Tim Boyle is reportedly hoping that he will be »

- Niall Browne

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"Defiance" - new clips and interview videos!

18 December 2008 12:57 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie Jungle has clips and interviews including with Daniel Craig and Clayton Frohman from Paramount Vantage's war drama "Defiance." Edward Zwick ("The Last Samurai") directs the film as well as writing the screenplay alongside Frohman based on the book "Defiance: the Bielski Partisans" written by Nechama Tec. Paramount Vantage distributes the Bedford Falls Company, Pistachio Pictures and Grosvenor Park Productions release. »

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"Defiance" - new clips and interview videos!

18 December 2008 12:57 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie Jungle has clips and interviews including with Daniel Craig and Clayton Frohman from Paramount Vantage's war drama "Defiance." Edward Zwick ("The Last Samurai") directs the film as well as writing the screenplay alongside Frohman based on the book "Defiance: the Bielski Partisans" written by Nechama Tec. Paramount Vantage distributes the Bedford Falls Company, Pistachio Pictures and Grosvenor Park Productions release. »

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"Defiance" - new clips and interview videos!

18 December 2008 12:57 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie Jungle has clips and interviews including with Daniel Craig and Clayton Frohman from Paramount Vantage's war drama "Defiance." Edward Zwick ("The Last Samurai") directs the film as well as writing the screenplay alongside Frohman based on the book "Defiance: the Bielski Partisans" written by Nechama Tec. Paramount Vantage distributes the Bedford Falls Company, Pistachio Pictures and Grosvenor Park Productions release. What's it about? Based on an extraordinary true story, Defiance is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential »

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"Defiance" - new clips and interview videos!

18 December 2008 12:57 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie Jungle has clips and interviews including with Daniel Craig and Clayton Frohman from Paramount Vantage's war drama "Defiance." Edward Zwick ("The Last Samurai") directs the film as well as writing the screenplay alongside Frohman based on the book "Defiance: the Bielski Partisans" written by Nechama Tec. Paramount Vantage distributes the Bedford Falls Company, Pistachio Pictures and Grosvenor Park Productions release. »

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