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8 items from 2012

The films of Roman Polanski

28 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A world of cruelty, where men are cold-blooded and women cold-hearted … The BFI begins a Roman Polanski retrospective – with extended runs of Repulsion and Chinatown – that showcases the director's fascinating pathology

Any hopes that the BFI's forthcoming retrospective – its second in less than a decade – will turn attention away from the glum key terms of Roman Polanski's life (the Kraków ghetto, Manson, statutory rape) back to the riches of his work are based on false reasoning and certain to be dashed. To watch Polanski's films is to be reminded of what produced their dazed brutality, those early experiences of the oppression of the weak that stole his innocence and distorted his sense of things. If ever there was a body of work on intimate terms with cruelty and domination, and steeped in a vision of men as cold-blooded and women as cold-hearted, this is it.

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- Leo Robson

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Sam Riley to star in adaptation of 'Ivanhoe'

22 July 2012 2:07 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sam Riley has reportedly signed on to star in an upcoming adaptation of the Sir Walter Scott novel Ivanhoe. According to Screen Daily, Riley will play the title character in the movie, following the adventures of Wilfred Ivanhoe in 12th century England. Ian Softley, director of K-Pax and Inkheart, is set to helm the project. He has reportedly opted to shoot the movie in 65mm, in a bid to (more) »

- By Zeba Blay

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Sam Riley Will Lead Medieval Tale ‘Ivanhoe’ for Director Iain Softley

22 July 2012 1:11 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While I do think it’s really coming, the “breakout” phase of Sam Riley‘s career has taken a little while to actually commence — a great performance notwithstanding, I’m afraid biopics of Ian Curtis just don’t have the widest appeal — though, for his own good, the right people are taking attention. 2012 alone will bring Walter SallesOn the Road and (most likely) Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium; plus, in a couple of years, he’ll be seen alongside Angelina Jolie in Maleficent. All are bound to reach a wider audience than Control, Brighton Rock, or that silly 13 Tzameti remake.

Now, ScreenDaily tell us Riley is signed and ready to lead an adaptation of Sir Walter Scott‘s classic novel, Ivanhoe, for which he’ll collaborate with director Iain Softley (K-Pax, Backbeat). Unless they’ve decided to deviate from the esteemed source novel — which, of course, the “esteemed” aspect has »

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Sam Riley On For Ivanhoe

22 July 2012 10:32 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Sir Walter Scott’s classic medieval novel Ivanhoe has been adapted for both the big and small screens and the stage several times through the years, most famously in 1952 by Richard Thorpe, whose film nabbed three Oscar nominations. Now Iain Softley is set to make a new version, with Sam Riley on board for the title role.Ivanhoe takes place in 1194, shortly after the failure of the Third Crusade, with King Richard a prisoner and Prince John on the throne. Wilfred of Ivanhoe is out of favour with his father, Cedric of Rotherwood, for his allegiance to Richard and his love for Cedric’s ward, Lady Rowena. Out on his own, he becomes allied with Robin Of Locksley – Aka Robin Hood – and must fight to restore himself through a series of jousts and dangerous missions.Sylvia writer John Brownlow scripted the latest adaptation, which Softley intends to shoot in 65mm for a truly epic scope. »

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Sam Riley To Star In Ian Softley's Adaptation Of Sir Walter Scott's 'Ivanhoe'; Will Be Shot In 65mm

22 July 2012 7:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever since transitioning from a music career with indie band 10,000 Things, Brit actor Sam Riley has carved out a fairly interesting CV which originated with an outstanding debut in Anton Corbijn's acclaimed Ian Curtis biography "Control" that lead to a run of flops that included sci-fier "Franklyn," action remake "13" and literary adaptation "Brighton Rock." He appears to be heading back in the right direction this year, though, starring as Sal Paradise in Walter Salles' long developing "On The Road" as well as working with Neil Jordan on mother-daughter vampire tale "Byzantium" and starring opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney's "Maleficent." Riley has now also lined up an upcoming teaming with Iain Softley ("Backbeat," "K-pax") for an adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's classic historical novel "Ivanhoe," in which he'll play the titular character. »

- Simon Dang

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Casting: Haley, Riley, Ward, Perry

20 July 2012 9:11 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


Jackie Earle Haley is signing on while Jay Baruchel is circling Jose Padilha's "Robocop" remake at MGM.

Haley will play Maddox, the man who dispenses the military training to Robocop (Joel Kinnaman). Gary Oldman, Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson and Abbie Cornish are also set. [Source: Deadline]


British actor Sam Riley ("Control," "On the Road") will play the title role in Iain Softley’s adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s epic "Ivanhoe" at Morena Films and Egoli Tossell Film New GmbH. The project is being shot on 65mm with a script adapted by John Brownlow and James Jacks.

Set in 1194 after the failure of the Third Crusade, the action follows Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a Saxon who is out of favor with his father for his allegiance to the Norman king Richard I of England (aka Richard the Lionheart). What follows is a complicated story with many intersecting character arcs and subplots. »

- Garth Franklin

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Simon Hoggart's week: War Horse's stable closes its doors

2 March 2012 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Twickenham Film Studios' sad end, gunfight at a vacant lot near the Ok Corral and Joely Richardson's family semaphore habit

✒ Round where we live we're very sad indeed about the likely closure of Twickenham Film Studios. Many great British and foreign films have been made there, including the Beatles movies, Alfie, The Italian Job, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A Fish Called Wanda, Blade Runner and more recently My Week with Marilyn and War Horse. The studio, which occasionally brought a faint dusting of star glamour to our suburb, has been on the site for 99 years. Now there's a petition to save it, signed by among others Steven Spielberg, Colin Firth and John Landis.

There is some puzzlement about why it has gone into administration. Someone who works there told me this week that it had been badly managed for years. Now comes the horrible news that Taylor »

- Simon Hoggart

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Joan Fontaine on TCM: Jane Eyre, Suspicion, The Constant Nymph

30 January 2012 5:04 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joan Fontaine in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion Joan Fontaine, who turned 94 last October 22, shines on Turner Classic Movies' tonight. TCM will be showing five Fontaine movies: Jane Eyre (1944), The Constant Nymph (1943), Born to Be Bad (1950), Suspicion (1941), and Ivanhoe (1952). I've yet to check out The Constant Nymph, which had been unavailable for decades until TCM presented it a few months ago. In the film, 26-year-old Fontaine plays a 14-year-old infatuated with a composer (Charles Boyer) married to her older cousin (Alexis Smith). Edmund Goulding directed. Enough members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must have found Fontaine quite believable as a lovestruck teen, for The Constant Nymph earned her her third (and final) Best Actress nomination. Jane Eyre has been made and remade about a zillion times in the last century or so. Fontaine's version, directed by Robert Stevenson (later of Mary Poppins fame) and co-starring Orson Welles as Rochester, »

- Andre Soares

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