Kate Winslet to Play Famed WWII Correspondent Lee Miller

Kate Winslet to Play Famed WWII Correspondent Lee Miller
Kate Winslet is joining a growing cohort of British actresses set to play noted war correspondents.

The Oscar winner is set to star as Lee Miller in an as-yet-untitled biopic about the famed American photographer, model, artist and correspondent who was a leading figure in documenting WWII for Vogue magazine, bringing images of the Nazi concentration camps and the atrocities that were committed to the attention of the world.

The film – being fully financed by eOne, which will also distribute in its own territories – will be produced by Troy Lum and Andrew Mason of Hopscotch Features alongside Winslet herself,...
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10 aborted comic book movies: Superman Lives, Batman Year One, more

10 aborted comic book movies: Superman Lives, Batman Year One, more
Hollywood's love affair with comic books took decades to blossom, but there are few hotter properties than superheroes in modern day cinema. In the last year alone, we've seen The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises topple box office records the world over.

The runaway success of such films has paved the way for dozens of future projects, but not every filmmaker has enjoyed the same fortunes as Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon when they delved into the world of powers and spandex.

Tim Burton's Superman Lives, James Cameron's Spider-Man and George Miller's Justice League are but a few examples of comic book projects that died an early death. Wondering what might have been, Digital Spy takes a look at 10 aborted superhero movies.

Tim Burton's Superman Lives

Superman Lives is perhaps the most infamous comic book movie ever proposed. With Tim Burton at the helm, Kevin Smith
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First clip from Neil Jordan's vampire pic Byzantium starring Saoirse Ronan

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Director Neil Jordan has tackled vampires before with the adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire, but now he's taking a different approach to the bloodsuckers with Byzantium, a much smaller-scale story that focuses on a mother-daughter vampire team on the run.  Starring Saoirse Ronan, Johnny Lee Miller, Gemma Arterton, Warren Brown, and Sam Riley, the film is about to premiere at Tiff, but today we have our first clip from the gothic pic. Have a taste:...
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First Clip from Neil Jordan's Horror Film Byzantium Starring Saoirse Ronan

From irector Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins )comes a new fantasy thriller about a mother and daughter vampire duo. Byzantium is scheduled to premiere this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Caleb Landry-Jones, Johnny Lee Miller, and Daniel Mays, Byzantium is scheduled to be released in 2013.
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Morning Meme: PETA Slams Lady Gaga Again, "The New Normal" Finds a New Home In Salt Lake, and James Franco Rocks Dreads

Just a note that today is Labor Day in the U.S., so we will have a very limited schedule. Just this Meme, our TV on Tap column, and a Briefs this afternoon. Also, there's our Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney to check out. The second round of voting is opened over the weekend. We'll be back full strength tomorrow!

PETA is slamming Rihanna and Lady Gaga over their wearing of fur and animal skins. “Wearing reptile skin is creepy and callous, and it makes her look even more out of touch. She and Lady Gaga seem so desperate to be freaks instead of recognized for their talents that you have to wonder if they realize that they are being laughed at.” Oh, PETA, I think you continue to mistake where that laughter is directed.

You have 11 lives. Use them well.

Possession led a weak holiday box office with $20 million, followed by Lawless with $12 million.
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Weekend Meme: Gareth Thomas Strips Down, an Extended Look At "Partners," and Ashley Hamilton Joins "Iron Man 3"

Obviously the BBC is planning a huge event for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and most expect that multiple generations of The Doctor will appear. One that won't is Christopher Eccleston, who left quickly after reviving the franchise. "I know what went on and the people who were involved know what went on. That's good enough for me. My conscience is completely clear."

The UConn hockey team has become the latest to join the You Can Play program from Brian Burke, welcoming Glbt players to their team if they can help the team win. Coach Bruce Marshall says that the videos weren't done to be “a nice beacon for the university.’’ They were the players' idea, and he told them they better be willing to back up their words. They realize that they may get some ribbing over it, but team captain Sean Ambrosie says if they become known
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CBS Releases Sneak Peek Trailers for ‘Elementary’ & ‘Vegas’

During the network’s upfront presentation, CBS president Les Moonves offered a behind the scenes look at Elementary, the somewhat contentious Sherlock Holmes modernization starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, as well as the promising period drama Vegas with Dennis Quaid making his first foray into a regular television series.

For the past several years, CBS has ruled the airwaves with a powerful combination of sitcoms and procedural dramas revolving around various facets of the law as they crack down on a variety of criminal scum determined to get away with murder. It was a great formula that took CBS to the top of the broadcast food chain and also served to make the Eye Network synonymous with cop dramas. However, as news came recently that one of the network’s long-time earners, CSI: Miami, would be getting the axe, the ...

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Shona McGinty wants EastEnders break

CBS is commissioning a full series of Johnny Lee Miller's 'Elementary'. The 39-year-old actor plays the role of Sherlock Holmes in the reimagining of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, while 'Charlie's Angels' beauty Lucy Liu plays a new feminine version of sidekick Dr. Watson. The new series is set in New York as opposed to London and also stars Aidan Quinn. Johnny previously admitted he could understand why there was comparisons between the new show and BBC series 'Sherlock' - starring Benedict Cumberbatch - but believed there were enough differences to make a successful show. He said: ''You obviously
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Dark Shadows Giveaway

With director Tim Burton's Dark Shadows opening this weekend, we've been given some movie related swag to giveaway to some of our readers. Starring Johnny Depp, and based on the 1970s TV series, the film is filled with Burton and Depp’s signature offbeat comedy, has eye-popping visuals and is set in the 1970s with a contemporary feel. In addition to Depp, Dark Shadows stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote. Hit the jump to see what you can win and how to enter. You can also read our recent interview with Depp and Burton here. In order to enter the contest, email with your name and address, with Dark Shadows Giveaway in the subject line. The giveaway will be open until May 19th. Only one entry per person. Once the giveaway ends,
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New Featurettes for The Avengers and Dark Shadows

I don't know if there's any footage left to squeeze out of The Avengers, but the Marvel Marketing Machine (which could be the villain in a presumed sequel) is still cranking out propaganda, which you can get caught up on here. We posted a new TV spot for the heroic assembly movie earlier today, but a new featurette has debuted as well. Luckily, Dark Shadows has decided to release their own featurette which focuses on the Collins' family. The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders opens May 4th. Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfieffer, Eva Green, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Johnny Lee Miller and Helena Bonham Carter opens a week later on May 11th. Hit the jumps to check out the new featurettes.
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Guardian Books podcast: Dracula's literary legacy

To mark the centenary of Bram Stoker's death, we joined a conference at Keats House in London's Hampstead where the great and the ghouls of vampire scholarship joined up for two days of talks.

Stoker's great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker and the scholar Elizabeth Miller introduced their new book based on the discovery of a set of journals written by Stoker in his early years. Christopher Frayling explains why he regrets vampires becoming mainstream, and writers Kevin Jackson and Marcus Sedgewick exchange little-known vampire facts. We pay a visit to the columbarium at Golders Green Crematorium where Stoker's ashes are kept. Plus, we talk to the film critic and novelist Kim Newman about the reissue of his cult series Anno Dracula.

Reading list

The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker edited by Dacre Stoker and Elizabeth Miller

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Bite by Kevin Jackson

Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Check Out This New Dark Shadows Featurette!

Barnabas Collins, the vampire played by Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows, has been buried in the ground for 200 years, which is almost the same amount of time since Tim Burton made a decent movie. However, from the trailer the film does looks relatively amusing (though it could just be clever editing), and despite burned fingers, let’s give hairy weirdo Burton the benefit of the doubt (again).

The film will follow Barnabas’ resurrection and efforts to assimilate back into 1970s society, a stark contrast to the world he once knew. Not only that, he must contend with his descendents and try to resist the advances of Angelique Boucard (Eva Green), the witch who placed the vampire curse upon him to begin with…

Check out this new Dark Shadows featurette, which looks at ‘reluctant vampire’ Barnabas – part Bela Lugosi, part Max Shreck, all Depp. Also look out for some footage of
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Benedict Cumberbatch is “Desperate” For BBC’s Sherlock To Be Us Success

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch is “desperate” for the contemporary BBC detective drama to be a massive hit in the United States.

The actor has revealed to The New York Times that he believes Sherlock, whose second series finally airs on Sunday, May 6 on PBS, is just a “cult thing” and has yet to become the mainstream success that it is in the UK.

The 35-year-old actor told The New York Times;

“I’m desperate for America to really take to this… It has taken it into its heart as a cult thing, but I’d love it to hit the mainstream this time. Because I just think it’s of that quality, and it belongs there.”

Cumberbatch’s comments come just as CBS are plotting an Americanised version of the BBC show with “Elementary”, which is not strictly a remake but is definitely an influence as the Us show takes
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My Vampires Never Sparkled: A Halloween Guest Blog By Tony Lee

Halloween Week kicks off here on Splash Page with the first in our series of guest columns from comic book creators known for their work with vampires, werewolves, ghosts and all manner of terrifying subject matter. First up is writer Tony Lee, who's currently hard at work on the comic book adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," as well as the webcomic "Where Evils Dare" and his original graphic novel "From The Pages Of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula': Harker," a sequel to the classic 1897 novel. Keep it locked to Splash Page all week for more Halloween-themed guest columns, features and exclusive previews!

I was never much of a horror fan as a kid. Growing up in the '70s and '80s, I was too young for movies like "The Exorcist," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Shining" and "The Omen," only finding them later in my life. No, I
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