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Mark Strong on Sherlock Holmes, Peter Weir’s The Way Back, The Guard and Eagle Of The Ninth

22 December 2009 10:11 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

About a week ago, I got to speak to an actor whose work I really admire: Mark Strong (IMDb resume).  While many of you might not know his name, if you ever saw Body of Lies, he played a character named Hani Salaam and he was the best performance in the film.  Since then, Strong has booked a ton of very high profile gigs in some of Hollywood’s biggest movies.  Clearly people noticed his work and as a fan, I’m excited to see him in more movies.

Anyway, the reason I got to speak with him is he plays the villainous Lord Blackwood in director Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.  During out conversation we discussed the promotional process for Sherlock Holmes and what he’s had to do, working for Guy Ritchie again, what he did to prepare for the role, and so much more.

And for fans of Peter Weir, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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John Madden Directing My Fair Lady?

1 December 2009 3:25 AM, PST | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

After we dispelled the rumours that Joe Wright was set to direct a remake of George Cukor's masterpiece My Fair Lady - the one with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison - all has been quiet for a month or so, but now we hear from Variety that the Shakespeare in Love director John Madden is closing in on the project.

According to the trade daily, seasoned producer Duncan Kenworthy (Love Actually, Notting Hill etc. etc.) and stage impressario Cameron Mackintosh are producing the project which will retain the 1963 score but go back to the original source (Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw) for a little bit of fresh drama.

To be honest, the less we think about this project the better - especially considering that Keira Knightley's name is still connected with the main role. We love the original and genuinely think that some things should remain sacred... what do you think? »

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Fan Encounter: Fan Hangs with the Cast & Crew of Channing Tatum's 'The Eagle of the Ninth'

12 November 2009 8:02 PM, PST | Channing Tatum Unwrapped | See recent Channing Tatum Unwrapped news »

Filming began on Channing Tatum's Roman drama 'Eagle of the Ninth' in Hungary on August 24th and moved to Scotland a few weeks ago.

Ted from the fan site All Things Foe recently posted an exclusive report with photos from a fan named Julie who lives in the area where 'Eagle' is filming. You can read all about her encounter at the set and at a dance (called a Ceilidh) the town held for the cast and crew (including both Chan and his wife Jenna Dewan) below...

"On Saturday, 10th October, we decided to walk up to Fox Point to look at the set. The weather was great when we had left home and was still dry as we walked up the hill. Due to filming we had to wait for a while and once the all terrain vehicles started to move we were able to continue towards the set. »

- Blog Expert

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Focus Features Passes $1 Billion Mark, Announces 2010 Slate -- and it's Exciting!

12 November 2009 6:40 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Focus Features, the little engine that could, has passed $1 billion mark in domestic box-office!

Focus Features CEO James Schamus said, .Next year.s Focus slate follows one of the company.s best years ever . our eighth profitable year in a row since our inception, and the year in which we passed the $1 billion mark in cumulative domestic box office alone.

.Our 2010 lineup is as audacious as any in our history, ranging from American indies like Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.s It.s Kind of a Funny Story to big international productions like Anton Corbijn.s The American..

I love Focus Features and its stance on quality filmmaking! This year, the studio delighted us with "Away We Go," "Coraline," "Taking Woodstock," "9," "A Serious Man," and "Pirate Radio."

Next year, the studio is set to delight us more! Check out their upcoming releases:

Opening in select cities on Friday, March 12th will be "Greenberg, »

- Manny

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Focus Features Announces Their 2010 Release Slate

12 November 2009 4:50 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Focus Features CEO James Schamus today announced the company's domestic theatrical release slate for 2010, with six confirmed movies to date.

Schamus said, "Next year's Focus slate follows one of the company's best years ever - our eighth profitable year in a row since our inception, and the year in which we passed the $1 billion mark in cumulative domestic box office alone.

"Our 2010 lineup is as audacious as any in our history, ranging from American indies like Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck's It's Kind of a Funny Story to big international productions like Anton Corbijn's The American.

Focus president Andrew Karpen noted, "This month's tremendous showing at the American Film Market once again proves the resiliency and flexibility of Focus' global approach to the business. The breadth, depth, and nuance we bring to the international release of each film on our slate - and our ability domestically to manage every kind of release, »

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Focus Features Sets 2010 Release Dates for Six Films

12 November 2009 4:04 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The other day we premiered the first images and official synopses from Focus Features Greenberg, The Eagle of the Ninth, and Somewhere.  Now, thanks to Focus sending out a press release, we have an idea when some of them are getting released.

On March 12th, director Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg will hit theaters for a limited release. The film stars Ben Stiller.  After that we’re getting Thomas Balmes Babies on April 16th and director Anton Corbijn’s The American on September. 1st.  That’s the George Clooney assassin film.  Sometime in the third quarter will be Kevin Macdonald’s Roman adventure The Eagle of the Ninth, and in November It’s Kind of a Funny Story gets released.  The big question mark is Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, which still doesn’t have a release date.

The thing to remember is release dates change all the time, so before you »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Is Keira Knightley My Fair Lady?

26 October 2009 3:43 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Just you wait Henry Higgins, just you wait. Joe Wright, director of Pride And Prejudice and Atonement, is to remake the 1960's eight-time Oscar winning film My Fair Lady. After the cancellation of Indian Summer due to budget and plot conflicts, Wright is now free to take on the family favourite that originally starred Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.

Additionally, it is looking more and more likely that Keira Knightley will play cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle after producer Duncan Kenworthy was cited saying "I think Keira would be absolutely fabulous in it". Knightley was allegedly in competition with the musically minded Scarlett Johansson.

So Knightley is looking more and more like the obvious choice for the role -a London girl, cheekbones galore and with a few singing lessons under her belt. If the casting goes ahead, let's just hope she can deliver a successful remake of a George Cukor classic. »

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Keira Knightley to Dance All Night in 'My Fair Lady' Remake

25 October 2009 9:30 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Producer Duncan Kenworthy has confirmed that Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean) has beaten Scarlett Johansson for the part of Eliza Doolittle in a new film adaptation of 'My Fair Lady', reports the UK's Telegraph.

Joe Wright will helm the remake and chose Knightly partially on account of their successful collaboration on Pride and Prejudice, which Wright also directed.

"Joe and Keira are looking forward to working together again immensely," a friend of Wright's was quoted by the Telegraph as saying.

Knightley had previously confirmed that she'd auditioned for the role last year and and already begun singing lessons.

Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) has been mentioned as a possible Professor Henry Higgins.

The script is being penned by Emma Thompson.

'My Fair Lady' is a musical based upon George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" and with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. »

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Keira Knightley Said Beating Scarlett Johansson for Role in 'My Fair Lady'

25 October 2009 8:59 PM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

After playing Elizabeth Swann in "Pirates of the Carribean" film series, Keira Knightley has been reported to play Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady". According to U.K.'s Telegraph, she has beaten Scarlett Johansson, who has previously been rumored competing with the British beauty for the role.

Moreover, the site reported that Keira will team up once again with director Joe Wright, with whom she worked together on "Pride and Prejudice". "Joe and Keira are looking forward to working together again immensely," a friend of the helmer said.

In 2008, Keira Knightley confirmed that she has been auditioned for the role in "My Fair Lady" and begun singing lessons. Then, in early October this year, one of the producers for the upcoming movie, Duncan Kenworthy, expressed his desire to see the 24-year-old actress being involved in the film, stating "I think Keira would be absolutely fabulous in it."

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- celebrity-mania.com

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Keira Knightley and Director Joe Wright Confirmed For The Remake of My Fair Lady

25 October 2009 12:31 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From the annals of remakes we don’t really care about: Actress Keira Knightley, who has been informally attached to the remake of 1964’s classic musical “My Fair Lady” for nearly two years, is now formally attached along with her “Atonement” director Joe Wright who will helm the project. The coveted role of Eliza Doolittle, made famous in George Cukor’s film by the great Audrey Hepburn, will go to Knightley despite rumors that Scarlett Johansson was being considered for the part by the film’s producers.  Details after the jump.

Back in June of 2008 we told you that producers Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Duncan Kenworthy were in the process of remaking “My Fair Lady” and that Keira Knightley was already polishing up on her cockney accent to play the lead in the film.  The plan was to make a faithful adaptation of the award-winning 1964 version - songs, score and »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Tahar Rahim Joins The Eagle of the Ninth

19 October 2009 7:04 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tahar Rahim, the star of one of this year's most acclaimed films, Un Proph&#232te (A Prophet), has joined the cast of the Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth, currently being directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. The film is co-financed by Film4 with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights excluding U.K. free-tv.

Heading the cast are Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the upcoming Dear John), Jamie Bell (Defiance, Jumper), two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood). Mr. Macdonald is reunited on the new film with Jeremy Brock, BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter of his 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, who has adapted the screenplay of The Eagle of the Ninth from Rosemary Sutcliff's classic novel of the same name.

The Eagle of the Ninth is set in »

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Tahar Rahim Joins The Eagle of the Ninth

19 October 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Tahar Rahim, the star of one of this year's most acclaimed films, A Prophet , has joined the cast of the Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth , currently being directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. The film is co-financed by Film4 with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights excluding U.K. free-tv. Heading the cast are Channing Tatum ( G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra , the upcoming Dear John ), Jamie Bell ( Defiance , Jumper ), two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood ). Macdonald is reunited on the new film with Jeremy Brock, BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter of his 2006 film The Last King of Scotland , who has adapted the screenplay of The Eagle of »

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Duncan Kenworthy named BAFTA vice president

29 September 2009 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- U.K. producer Duncan Kenworthy has been appointed vice president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the organization said Tuesday.

Kenworthy joins fellow vice chair Michael Grade at the organization and is tasked with repping film. Grade looks after television for BAFTA.

Kenworthy and Grade, as BAFTA vps, will formally share the duty of chairing the BAFTA Council and supporting the Academy's president Richard Attenborough.

Kenworthy has been BAFTA chairman and is credited with pulling the organization into the 21st century, overseeing a revamp of the headquarters and ringing the changes at the film awards.

Kenworthy said: "I'm delighted to be able to continue my longstanding commitment to the Academy in this way, and frankly honored to be asked." »

- By Stuart Kemp

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News Flash: Channing Tatum’s ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ Starts Filming in Hungary

28 August 2009 12:40 AM, PDT | Channing Tatum Unwrapped | See recent Channing Tatum Unwrapped news »

As I previously mentioned, Channing Tatum left for Hungary on August 9th to prepare for his upcoming film, 'The Eagle of the Ninth', after wrapping up the 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra' press tour. I even had a surprised Hungarian fan send me an email to let me know she may have spotted Chan running (his favorite exercise routine) on a bridge in Budapest. I don't know if it was actually him on that bridge or not, but I can confirm that filming began yesterday for the Roman epic that has been called a "'Braveheart' for a new generation".

There's a lot of fire power behind this movie...The film is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Duncan Kenworthy ('Four Weddings and a Funeral). In addition to Chan, 'The Eagle of the Ninth' will also star Jamie Bell ('Defiance', »

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'Eagle of the Ninth' adds cast

25 August 2009 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong are all strapping on their swords and sandals for Kevin Macdonald's "The Eagle of the Ninth."

The quartet have signed to star in the Duncan Kenworthy-produced Roman epic co-financed by Focus Features and the U.K. broadcaster Channel Four's filmmaking arm Film4.

Currently shooting on location in Hungary before moving to Scotland, the script is penned by Jeremy Brock, who last worked with Macdonald on "The Last King of Scotland."

Set in second century Britain, the movie follows the story of young centurion Marcus Aquila (played by Tatum) who arrives from Rome to solve the mystery of the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland and to restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth.

Kenworthy will produce with Caroline Hewitt taking on co-producer duties.

Focus Features European production svp Teresa Moneo -- who, »

- By Stuart Kemp

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Channing Tatums Eagle of the Ninth Begins Shooting

24 August 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Filming begins today on the Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Shooting entirely on location in Hungary and Scotland, the film is co-financed by Film4 with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights excluding U.K. free-tv. The cast is headed by Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the upcoming Dear John), Jamie Bell (Defiance, Jumper), two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood). Mr. Macdonald is reunited on the new film »

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Shooting starts on Kevin MacDonald's The Eagle of the Ninth

24 August 2009 2:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Shooting has commenced on the Kevin MacDonald film The Eagle Of The Ninth today. Shooting entirely on location in Hungary and Scotland, the film is co-financed by Film4 with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights excluding U.K. free-tv.

The cast is headed by Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the upcoming Dear John), Jamie Bell (Defiance, Jumper), two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood). Mr. Macdonald is reunited on the new film with Jeremy Brock, BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter of his 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, who has adapted the screenplay of The Eagle of the Ninth from Rosemary Sutcliff's classic novel of the same name. Duncan Kenworthy, an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee for Four Weddings and a Funeral, developed and is producing The Eagle of the Ninth through his Toledo Productions. »

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The Eagle of the Ninth Begins Shooting in Hungary

24 August 2009 6:48 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Eagle of the Ninth began shooting today in Hungary. This Roman epic adventure is being directed by Kevin Macdonald and stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong. Here is the official press release:

Filming begins today on the Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Shooting entirely on location in Hungary and Scotland, the film is co-financed by Film4 with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights excluding U.K. free-tv.

The cast is headed by Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the upcoming Dear John), Jamie Bell (Defiance, Jumper), two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood). Mr. Macdonald is reunited on the new film with Jeremy Brock, BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter of his 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, who has »

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The Eagle of the Ninth Starts Principal Photography

24 August 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Filming begins today on the Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth , directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Shooting entirely on location in Hungary and Scotland, the film is co-financed by Film4 with Focus Features, which holds worldwide rights excluding U.K. free-tv. The cast is headed by Channing Tatum ( G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra , the upcoming Dear John ), Jamie Bell ( Defiance , Jumper ), two-time Golden Globe Award winner Donald Sutherland, and Mark Strong (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood ). Macdonald is reunited on the new film with Jeremy Brock, BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter of his 2006 film The Last King of Scotland , who has adapted the screenplay of The Eagle of the Ninth from Rosemary Sutcliff's »

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Producer Duncan Kenworthy Donates $1m to Nfts

9 June 2009 2:37 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Screen Daily, June 9, 2009

British film producer Duncan Kenworthy OBE has donated $1 million to the National Film and Television School (Nfts) for its new teaching building. The building will be opened on June 11 by a group of British film directors including Terence Davies, Stephen Frears, Sir Alan Parker Cbe and Mike Figgis. At Kenworthy’s request, the building will be named after 93-year-old British cinematographer Oswald Morris OBE. Morris started in the industry in 1932 as an unpaid sixteen year old clapper boy for director Michael Powell, and went on to become an Academy Award- winning cinematographer.

The donation comes at a challenging time for the Nfts, as some of its broadcaster-funders have cut their support. The Chairman of the School, Michael Kuhn, said: “This magnificent one-off donation coincides with us urgently seeking to establish a more sustainable funding model with the government. The government has singled out the creative industries as »

- Sydney@SydneysBuzz.com (Sydney)

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