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Apocalypse Wow: Hear James McAvoy in an Orson Welles take of Conrad's Heart of Darkness

22 October 2015 3:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Did you know that Orson Welles wrote a screenplay for Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in 1939?

Welles not only wanted to to direct, but wanted to star as both Marlow and Kurtz. The screenplay was that bit too much for Rko Studios who shelved the project.

The story of course was used as the basis of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, which shifted the action to the Vietnam War and starred Martin Sheen as Marlow (renamed Willard) and Marlon Brando as Kurtz.

Welles's screenplay has been adapted into a radio play, with the action returning to the original 1890s setting.

It stars James McAvoy as Marlow, who reunites with his Macbeth theatre director Jamie Lloyd on the project.

Unmade Movies: Orson Welles' Heart of Darkness gets its first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on October 24.

The screenplay has been written by Lloyd with producer Laurence Bowen, with music by Ben and Max Ringham. »

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Radio 4 turns lost Hollywood scripts into audio dramas for Unmade Movies series

13 October 2015 2:52 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

For every script that Hollywood turns into a movie, there are so many more that go unmade... until now.

Radio 4 has unearthed a load of "lost" scripts from the likes of Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Harold Pinter, and adapted them for the radio.

James McAvoy will be taking on the role of Charles Marlow from Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness. The original film script was adapted by Orson Wells, but it was thought to be too extravagant at the time.

The Blind Man, by Ernest Lehman and Alfred Hitchcock, has been directed by Mark Gatiss who made a very interesting casting decision.

"And in The Blind Man, Mark Gatiss, who directs, decided to cast the Narrator as Alfred Hitchcock. So we asked Peter Serafinowicz to read it as him. He does an uncanny impression!" producer Laurence Bowen told Wired.

Hugh Laurie, David Suchet, Tim Pigott-Smith, »

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Spear’

11 September 2015 4:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Charting a young indigenous man’s journey from metaphorical birth to the hard realities and saving cultural nourishment of urban Aboriginal life today, “Spear” is a unique experience in urgent storytelling through movement from first-time feature director and celebrated choreographer Stephen Page and his indigenous, Sydney-based Bangarra Dance Theatre. Audiences attuned to the film’s wavelength will respond fervidly, while distribs in search of something thematically unique and stylistically bold will take note. The film’s Toronto world preem should accomplish these tasks, gambolling the film to further fest play and beyond.

One challenge for international auds (but not an insurmountable one) is an understanding, or even awareness, of the long and often painful history of interaction between the indigenous population of Australia and the white Europeans sent in British prison ships to colonize the country. Suffice it to say the gulf between the two cultures has been fractious and wide, »

- Eddie Cockrell

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Cinema's Hidden Pearls -- Part II

29 June 2015 12:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part II

By Alex Simon

One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.

Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.

Here are a few more of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:

1. Massacre at Central High (1976)

Dutch director, and former cameraman for the legendary Russ Meyer, Rene Daalder was hired by producers to direct an exploitation »

- The Hollywood

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‘Sweet Smell of Success’ Blu-ray Review

30 March 2015 1:08 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Jeff Donnell, Sam Levene, Joe Frisco, Barbara Nichols, Emile Meyer, Edith Atwater | Written by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman | Directed by Alexander Mackendrick

When it comes to Arrow and the releases they output I’ll always be a fan of the Arrow Video line because of my love of everything cult and horror.  A close second though has to be their Arrow Academy range, whereas the name suggest they give more of an education based on films from the past which deserve our attention just as much as any modern movie does.  Sweet Smell of Success is the latest release and gives an insight into one of the more unique Hollywood movies not only of its times in the fifties, but still remains just as good today.

When J.J. Hensecker (Burt Lancaster) a powerful New York newspaper columnist decides to come »

- Paul Metcalf

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