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I'm amazed at Hollywood's inability to see how lame their own actors look as certain historical figures.
Look - he's got a Raven on his arm! Just like in real life - Poe had a pet raven named "Cadwallader" who used to follow him around and help him solve mysteries. What? You didn't know Poe was a superhero detective? He also had a sidekick named Mrs. Bigsby, who hid behind the demeanor of a housekeeper, but was actually a weapons scientist hired by the Us Government to keep Poe in the latest military-grade weapons. She had a weapons lab in the basement! She did! And his arch-nemesis, a serial killer named Lord Hughbert Graves, was, like, really evil and Poe was the only one smart enough to catch him! Graves was also a gentleman and an amateur magician, so he »
Here’s our first official look at John Cusack as American writer, cosmologist and cryptographer Edgar Allen Poe in James McTeigue’s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) revisionist supernatural detective thriller The Raven.
In this highly theatrical fictional version of his final days, Poe, the author of so many gruesome murder mysteries, becomes involved in his own macabre case and is in pursuit of a killer who mirrors many that he himself has written about.
Alice Eve plays Poe’s kidnapped fiancee, and Luke Evans is the detective who partners up with Poe. There’s lots of potential here… Poe is a rather mysterious figure of 19th century Gothic literature and in many ways he was Sherlock Holmes before Sherlock Holmes existed but then V For Vendetta had limitless promise also »
- Matt Holmes
John Cusack in The Raven The Huffington Post offers up the above image of John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in V for Vendetta helmer, James McTeigue's The Raven, and this time it's a more official look than the previous set shot in which Poe was sporting a nice pair of Nike Shox.
The Raven was penned by Ben Livingston (Bruce Almighty) and Hannah Shakespeare (Loverboy) and is described as a fictionalized account of the final five "mysterious" days of Edgar Allan Poe's life. The story will follow the famous writer as he joins the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his stories. "It's like the poem, 'The Raven,' itself, crossed with Se7en. It should be pretty cool. The script is really good and everyone responds to it really well. I'm in the middle of casting," said McTeigue. »
- Brad Brevet
Gawker got hold of this sexy shot of John Cusack in full Edgar Allen Poe regalia, shooting The Raven in Budapest. Great costume, but I wonder if Poe really wore sneakers. He always seemed like a sandal guy to me. In The Raven, directed by V for Vendetta's James McTeigue, Poe spends his five final days searching for a murderer who is mimicking crimes from his books. The film, described as "The Raven" (the poem) crossed with Se7en, was written by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston, and costars Alice Eve and Lucas Evans. Color me (guardedly) stoked.
But will it top this?
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- Benny Gammerman
As Poe, Cusack teams up with a detective hunting a serial killer who dispatches his victims in ways which echo the famous Baltimore horror writer’s stories. Cusack was apparently walking around the set (with a very Poe-ish look on his face) when someone snapped the picture.
- Anthony Vieira
What would happen if a serial killer challenged poet Edgar Allan Poe to solve a series of killings inspired by his own stories?
And very soon, because the project begins shooting in late October. Today, more casting updates on this one!
“Evans character, a detective who partners with Poe (Cusack) to search for a serial killer who has kidnapped the author’s fiancee (Eve) and gone on a murder spree that mimics the author’s work.”
The Raven is »
The script, by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston, is a fictional take on the mystery surrounding the last drunken, delirious days of Poe (Cusack) in October 1849 before he died at the age of 40. When a serial killer begins to mimic Poe’s work in his grisly murders, a young detective (Evans) enlists the help of the gothic poet to hunt down the killer and rescue Poe’s fiance (Eve), reports the Hollywood Reporter.
Jeremy Renner was originally in negotiations to play the detective, but his deal fell through. The Hurt Locker actor is suddenly flush with offers after his Oscar-nominated turn and recently opted to co-star in Mission: Impossible 4 with Tom Cruise.
But this gives Evans another high-profile project in his meteoric rise to stardom. »
- Jeff Leins
Robin Hood and Tamara Drewe star Luke Evans is to star alongside John Cusack in the drama The Raven. The 31-year-old rising Brit actor will play a detective who teams with up legendary poet Edgar Allen Poe (Cusack) to track down a serial killer who's kidnapped Poe's fiancee. Directed by V for Vendetta's James McTeigue and written by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston, the revisionist drama is also set to star Sex and the City 2's Alice Eve. »
Luke Evans has been set to star alongside John Cusack in The Raven, the drama that will be directed by V for Vendetta’s James McTeigue. Production starts later this year in Eastern Europe. Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe in stylized revisionist take of the last week of the poet's life, written by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston. Evans will play a detective who teams with the poet to track down a serial killer who’s kidnapped Poe’s fiancée. I'm hearing Alice Eve is likely to play the female lead. Evans is an up and comer who played Apollo in Clash of the Titans, plays Zeus in the upcoming Tarsem-directed The Immortals, and is in production playing Aramis in the Paul Ws Anderson-directed 3D The Three Musketeers. Evans also stars in the Stephen Frears-directed Tamara Drewe. The coproduction between Intrepid and FilmNation will be produced by Trevor Macy, »
- MIKE FLEMING
The script, by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston, plays on the mystery surrounding Poe’s last drunken, delirious days in October 1849 before he died at the age of 40. The suspect uses Poe’s published work to stage grisly murders, such as a sophisticated swinging blade mechanism connected to “The Pit and the Pendulum,” an elaborate costume ball that mirrors his “The Masque of the Red Death” and, of course, “The Raven.”
Cusack, 44, skipped the formalities of publicists and press releases by announcing his official hiring on his busy Twitter account last month. It has been over a year since McTeigue, best known for V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin, signed to direct the period film and said he was in the midst of casting.
- Jeff Leins
The Raven is the upcoming thriller, or if you prefer, fictional story about “what would happen if a serial killer challenged poet Edgar Allan Poe to solve a series of killings inspired by his own stories.”
The Raven is based on a Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston script and documents the last five days of Poe’s life, when a serial killer is running around Baltimore using Poe’s stories as the backdrops to his killings.
Poe and a young detective have a ticking clock to outsmart the killer before he kills again.
Director McTeigue previously stated:
“It’s sort of ‘Se7en’ meets a series of Poe stories. It’s set in 1850s Baltimore, »
- John Cusack will be channeling Edgar Allen Poe in director James McTeigue's iteration of The Raven, not rivals Jeremy Renner or Ewan McGregor. Based on a fictional script from Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston, The Raven follows Poe's final five days, when a serial killer uses Poe's stories as inspiration for his killing spree. McTeigue tells Variety the movie is a cross between the incantatory 1845 poem ("The Raven") and Se7en. Here's a taste of the poem: And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming, And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And »
"officiali- will play edgar allen poe in fall-a-film called the raven, send any poe- gold - my way as i begin this journey into the abyss" says the tweet.
At last report, James McTeigue ("V for Vendetta") would direct the project which re-imagines the author as something of a mid-19th century profiler who joins the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his stories.
The film's setting takes place during the final week leading up to Poe's death in 1849, during which the author essentially vanished for several days with no account of his whereabouts. He was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in great distress and repeating the name Reynolds before dying several days later in hospital.
- Garth Franklin
Photo: ComingSoon.net Just above is your first look at Mads Mikkelsen as Rochefort on the Bamberg, Germany set of director Paul W.S. Anderons's The Three Musketeers courtesy of ComingSoon.net. The site also has a look at Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) as D'Artagnan. Anderson most recently directed the upcoming Resident Evil: Afterlife, which was shot in 3D just as will be The Three Musketeers. The film is set to hit theaters on April 15, 2011 and co-stars Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Matthew MacFadyen, Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom and Juno Temple.
John Cusack announced via Twitter update that he would be taking on the role of Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven, to be directed by James McTeigue (V For Vendetta). The original script by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston is a fictionalized account »
- Kevin Blumeyer
John Cusack's Tweets are infamous for being somewhat hard to decipher (or, some would say, grammatically incorrect and full of typos, but these people need to chill a little), but they're always pretty entertaining and occasionally political. Now we can turn to them for breaking news as well. Earlier yesterday he confirmed he will be joining the film The Raven: "officiali- will play edgar allen poe in fall-a-film called the raven, send any poe- gold - my way as i begin this journey into the abyss".
That would be James McTeigue's The Raven; the director began discussing his film during press for last summer's Ninja Assassin. At the time, he told Cinematical that it "is about the fictionalized last five days of Edgar Allen Poe. There's a serial killer loose in 1850s Baltimore who's killing people in the manner Poe kills people in his stories. And it's »
- Jenni Miller
“officiali- will play edgar allen poe in fall-a-film called the raven, send any poe- gold – my way as i begin this journey into the abyss” [sic]
Past casting rumors for the film included Jeremy Renner and Ewan McGregor. IMDb still has both listed for the film, but has no roles defined. McGregor is also listed for the new Terry Gilliam adventure The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which is currently casting and seeking funding. (Film fans may remember Gilliam tried to make a Don Quixote movie once before. The ill-fated and plagued production of the project is documented in Lost in La Mancha.) Renner of course has a series of big projects lined up including The Avengers and Mission Impossible 4. So, we’ll »
- Kristy Puchko
John Cusack blurted out on Twitter that he'll play Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven. Since I can't clear my throat in less than 140 characters, I'll spend the extra verbiage describing the film. Based on an original script by Hannah Shakespeare (I kid you not) and Ben Livingston, the drama is set in the last five days of Poe's life, when a serial killer is running around Baltimore using Poe's stories as the backdrops for his killings. Poe and a young detective have a ticking clock to outsmart the killer before he strikes again. V For Vendetta's James McTeigue will direct, and production will begin late fall in Serbia. The film is a co-production between Intrepid Pictures and FilmNation. It will be produced by Intrepid's Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans, and FilmNation's Aaron Ryder, who brought the script to Intrepid. FilmNation's Glen Basner will sell international rights, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Welcome to your Tuesday morning television briefing. Steve Carell has confirmed that he will leave NBC comedy The Office following the conclusion of next season, the series' seventh. "I just think it's time," Carell told E! Online's Kristina Guerrero while promoting his new film Despicable Me. "I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go... It doesn't certainly mean the end of the show. I think it's just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually. Add some new life and some new energy... I see it as a positive in general for the show." Carell pointed to the series' ensemble cast and the strength of the writers and didn't seem to feel that his departure would negatively affect The Office at all. »
Sissy Spacek is trading in "Big Love" and taking up a lead role in a new John Wells doctor drama. Fresh off the HBO stint, the Oscar-nominated actress has been tapped for the CBS pilot, backed by Warner Bros., penned by Hannah Shakespeare and to be directed by Christopher Chulack. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spacek plays a doctor in charge of a mobile, volunteer medical team that travels nationally and internationally. Her character itself is plighted by cancer and also struggles with her own daughter being on the team. Originally scripted for a man, the lead character Adrian was changed »
- HitFix Staff
· Yesterday, Sissy Spacek became the second Oscar-winning actress to be cast in a drama pilot this season as a lead character who was originally conceived as a man. Spacek has agreed to make the Untitled John Wells Medical Drama at CBS her first regular series gig. The project, written by Hannah Shakespeare (Loverboy) and to be directed by Christopher Chulack (Southland), will focus on a mobile team of volunteer doctors led by a driven visionary (Spacek) that travels the world and the U.S. helping those in need. Earlier this month, Kathy Bates was cast as the lead of David E. Kelley's Kindreds, a legal drama that was created with a male lead in mind. [THR]
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