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The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) who, as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East. As an educated young woman, for whom no suitable husband can be found in England, she journeys to Tehran. After a tragic love affair with diplomat and inveterate gambler Henry Cadogan, she decides to give up on her private life and discover the region as an explorer. Before the backdrop of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire she learns languages, translates literature, meets with Muslim dignitaries in Cairo, Basra and Baghdad and earns their trust through her pluck and respect. »
- Gary Collinson
Nicole Kidman is featured in all her glory as Gertrude Bell in a new trailer for Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” a sweeping film about the early 20th century explorer who helped redraw the map of the Middle East following World War I. The emphasis in this clip is on sweep. Robert Pattinson plays Lawrence, Damian Lewis plays Charles Doughty-Wylie and James Franco plays Henry Cadogan. ...Read More »
Atlas Distribution plans a September 2015 release for Werner Herzog's portrait of British Intelligence officer and cartographer Gertrude Bell "Queen of the Desert." But don't expect an awards candidate here. Despite kudos for Nicole Kidman's performance as Bell, the romantic drama opened grimly at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Kidman stars as Bell opposite Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) and James Franco as British army officer Henry Cadogan. Kidman's buddy Naomi Watts was reportedly originally cast in the role of Bell before it went to fellow Aussie Kidman. Damian Lewis costars. Herzog penned and directed the $36 million epic, which wrapped in Spring 2014 (around the time when we hoped to see the film at his Telluride stomping grounds) and was shot in Morocco, Jordan and London. This is Herzog's first narrative feature since 2009's hilarious, acid entertainment "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" starring. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The gender gap in Hollywood may be something that is only now being openly discussed, but it has never really been much of a secret. While progress can be seen, slowly creeping into many genres, it is perhaps the biopic that seems to be desperately clinging on to an unconscious love of white men. Every year, we are bombarded with tales of heroic, interesting and complex men – towering historical figures that have shaped and influenced the world we live in. In fact, if you drew your information from cinema only, you could be forgiven for believing that women have contributed very little – such is the extent of erasure on display. You might even get quite excited about the latest film from writer-director Werner Herzog, titled Queen Of The Desert.
Starring Nicole Kidman, the film tells the story of Gertrude Bell, and her fascinating life spent travelling and working as a »
- Sarah Myles
"It is something that you in your world would never understand..." Atlas Distribution has debuted a new Us trailer for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman as the legendary Gertrude Bell, who was an important figure in Middle East relations in the early 1900s. This isn't the first trailer we've featured, however the other trailer was an international version, this new one has a much more epic, Lawrence of Arabia-esque feel. Which is what they're really selling it like, with Robert Pattinson playing T.E. Lawrence and everything, but it's really a story about Bell's life. The cast includes James Franco, Damian Lewis and Jenny Agutter. This trailer does really give everything its got to try and sell tickets. Here's the official Us trailer for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, found on Atlas' YouTube: The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) who, »
- Alex Billington
Similar to today's movies, even the trailers for them are getting too long as domestic distributor Atlas Distribution has released a three-plus minute trailer for Werner Herzog's new movie Queen of the Desert starring Nicole Kidman as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, Gertrude Bell, who played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East. Along with Kidman, the film co-stars Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis and James Franco and as of right now does not have a planned release date as I expect Atlas will try and screen it at a couple of the upcoming Fall festivals before deciding where to ultimately place it. Give the trailer a watch below. sb id="1540441" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
There's no date yet for the U.S. release of Werner Herzog's "Queen Of The Desert," but with the domestic distributor Atlas unveiling an epic, 3-minute-plus new trailer, we imagine one is just around the corner. This promo is the best look yet at the sweeping period piece from the filmmaker, which is something different than we're used to from the auteur. Read More: Review: Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' Starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, And Robert Pattinson Nicole Kidman leads the film as Gertrude Bell, a British explorer, traveler, archaeologist, and political officer who made her influence known in the Middle East during the 1920s, helping to shape its future. She's joined by James Franco, Damian Lewis, and Robert Pattinson in the historical drama and this lengthy synopsis have everything you need to know about the flick: A true story of the life of British explorer and adventurer, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amazon has inked a pact to bring PBS Masterpiece series new and old exclusively to its Prime streaming service. New Masterpiece series taht will come to Prime include '50s detective drama "Grantchester" starring James Norton and Robson Green, post-Revolutionary War romantic saga "Poldark," critically applauded Hilary Mantel adaptation "Wolf Hall" starring Damian Lewis — which completed its PBS run on May 10 — and an intriguing new drama on the birth of modern India called "Indian Summers." Prime members already have access to all five seasons of "Downton Abbey," as well as fan faves "Mr. Selfridge" and "The Escape Artist" and, in addition, PBS Nova titles, Ken Burns documentaries, kids' programming and more. Read More: How 'Wolf Hall' Captured the Dark Magic of Hilary Mantel's Award-Winning Novels »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Amazon has inked an expanded licensing pact with PBS to bring drama “Wolf Hall” and other series from the pubcaster’s “Masterpiece” franchise exclusively to Prime Instant Video members.
Under the new multiyear deal, Prime Instant Video will be the exclusive streaming outlet for select current and upcoming “Masterpiece” programming, including “Wolf Hall” — the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” starring Damian Lewis as Henry VIII — as well as 1950s detective drama “Grantchester”; romantic saga “Poldark”; and “Indian Summers,” a drama about the decline of the British Empire and birth of modern India.
The series will become available on Amazon’s service shortly after they air on PBS. Currently, none of those four “Masterpiece” series is on Prime Instant Video. Miniseries “Wolf Hall” concluded its six-episode run on PBS May 10.
In addition, the deal will bring kids’ series “Odd Squad” to Amazon Prime »
- Todd Spangler
Tom Holland is the name on every comic book fan's tongue today (June 23), following the announcement that he'll play Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having won the role over well-known contenders Asa Butterfield, Nat Wolff and Freddie Highmore, all eyes are firmly on the 19-year-old from Kingston upon Thames in the UK.
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But who exactly is Tom Holland? In spite of his young age, he's actually a highly accomplished actor who has trod the boards in the West End, played a Tudor wunderkind on television and had an award-winning performance in a critically-acclaimed disaster movie. We get you up to speed on Tom Holland's career so far below:
1. Stage breakthrough
The first major break in young Tom's career came back in 2008 when »
Hello again, dear readers. I’m guessing a lot of you got out to see Jurassic World this past weekend, considering how much money it made, and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did. And as the summer movie season continues, the Trailer Trashin’ column is back from its recent absence, with a look at the international trailer for director Werner Herzog’s new film Queen of the Desert.
Premise: A chronicle of the life of Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman), an English traveler, writer, archeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
My take: German filmmaker Werner Herzog is a fascinating figure in every sense of the word. He has directed dozens of films, both fictional stories and documentaries, and established a style unlike that of anyone else in cinema. In the process, he has gone all »
- Timothy Monforton
Following the Cannes Film Festival, the Cannes President laid down the law about critics on their cell phones before, during, and after screenings, saying that Twitter was hurting film criticism. We invited Sound on Sight Editor in Chief Ricky D (first ever guest!) to discuss whether the social media platform is a good or bad thing for the industry. Plus, we’re really excited for the Sicario trailer, and we’re not so crazy about Carolina Panthers tackle Michael Oher in our Wtf of the Week. Unless we’ve decided Twitter is a bad thing, be sure to follow us @zdennis24 and @brianwelk, and subscribe to Sos This Week on iTunes.
Watch the trailer for Sicario, Cannes favorite from Denis Villeneuve Horror filmmaker Rob Zombie to direct Groucho Marx biopic Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt team up for sci-fi Passengers Week in Review: Tom Hanks to play hero »
- Brian Welk
We first reported on Clint Eastwood taking on the story of Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger last week, an adaptation of Captain Sully’s book accounting for how he emergency landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River after a flock of geese caused an engine accident.
Eastwood was a natural to take on the story, but it didn’t yet have a star attached. And while John Slattery might be a dead ringer for the pilot, and Eastwood himself could’ve done it despite his age, you don’t get a better everyman, hero type than Tom Hanks. According to Deadline, Hanks is currently in negotiations with Warner Bros. He’s really stretching himself here, don’t you think? Eastwood has never worked with Hanks, so the timing could not be better. The film is still without a title.
In another piece of curious potential casting news, a UK newspaper »
- Brian Welk
Homeland star Damian Lewis might be stepping into the shoes of Britain's most famous undercover agent, James Bond, if UK bookies odds are to be trusted. William Hill revealed earlier this week that they had dramatically slashed their odds of 25/1 to 6/4 after speculation (and large bets) arose, pushing Lewis' name into the mix as the man who will become the next 007. As rumors swirled that Spectre could be current Bond star Daniel Craig's last foray as the suave double agent, red-haired Lewis, 44, emerged as [...] »
A U.K. bookmaker has dramatically slashed Homeland badass Damian Lewis's odds of becoming the next James Bond, according to reports. A spokesperson from William Hill revealed this week that Lewis's price had gone from 25:1 to 3:1 to 6:4, making him a bettors' darling as well as the king of the castle. "This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 [$312] on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond," the spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "This could well be significant and might herald the end of Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous spy." The Guardian notes that Craig could be signed on for one more Bond pic after Spectre, but he might duck out early if this latest film goes big like Skyfall. In terms of replacement speculation, the inexplicable surge of large bets has catapulted Lewis »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Amid speculation that Daniel Craig will retire his license to kill following his fourth outing as James Bond in Spectre, it seems there’s been a flurry of betting on Homeland star Damian Lewis succeeding Craig in the role of 007, so much so that the bookmakers have slashed odds on Lewis from 25/1 to 3/1.
“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond. This might well be significant,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams tells the Telegraph, with a Betfair spokesperson adding that: “Damian Lewis hadn’t seen any interest in the betting until this weekend, but an absolute landslide in bets has forced us to cut the odds. Idris Elba looked like a foregone conclusion but Damian Lewis has now thrown a huge spanner in the works.”
- Gary Collinson
On Monday, UK bookmaker William Hill tipped the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning ginger as a sudden favorite to succeed Daniel Craig as 007, just behind "Luther" star Idris Elba. The news comes as a surprise to Bond fans long intent on seeing Elba step into the role, but with Lewis' odds surging to 3:1 it looks like that shaken martini could be headed his way.
William Hill told The Telegraph that the lineup shift is a shock, even to them.
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English actor Rupert Friend has played CIA operative Peter Quinn in the spy drama "Homeland" since season two, but "if he's not taking out terrorists, he's looking through the bottom of a fifth of scotch. There's a part of me that is very worried about him," says the actor. "I'd like to take him for a beer, but I don't know how that would end up." (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Mandy Patinkin on how 'Homeland' rekindles 'optimism for humanity' [Exclusive Video] Quinn was first introduced as a member of the team investigating war hero-turned-terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), but over the course of his three seasons we've gotten to know Quinn better, from his strong moral code to his intense anger issues, but "the flaws are where it gets interesting with human beings," says Friend of what appeals to him about the role. "We're none of us perfect, and Quinn de. »
I know, I know – bear with me for a minute. This is far from official in any sense of the word, but the U.K.’s William Hill, a company that takes financially backed bets on events at agreed-upon odds, has out-of-nowhere jacked up Lewis’ odds of playing 007 from an outsider 25/1 to a very high up 3/1, putting the Emmy winner just behind the long-rumored Idris Elba (5/2) but ahead of more obvious candidates like Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1) and Michael Fassbender (7/1).
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What gives? This is really just a financially backed wishlist, but that the people gambling on this believe Lewis has a serious shot could say something about in-studio rumblings. A spokesperson for William Hill said:
“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no »
- Isaac Feldberg
London — Rumors that Damian Lewis could become the next James Bond have forced U.K. bookmakers to slash their odds on him taking the role. Meanwhile, 007 production company Eon Productions has released behind-the-scenes footage of the opening sequence of the latest Bond film, “Spectre.”
Odds on the former “Homeland” star stepping into Daniel Craig’s shoes have tightened from 25/1 to 3/1, according to Britain’s biggest bookmaker William Hill. The bookie’s favorite remains former “The Wire” and “Luther” star Idris Elba, who is 5/2. Other actors in the running include Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1), Michael Fassbender (7/1) and Orlando Bloom (12/1). The odds that “Spectre” will be Craig’s last appearance as Bond are 10/1.
“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 ($312) on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond. This could well be significant and might herald the end of Daniel Craig »
- Leo Barraclough
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