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Joshua Reviews Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One [Theatrical Review]

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The title Arabian Nights conjures up very specific images. Itself a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian tales best known for stories like Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and The Seven Voyages Of Sinbad The Sailor (all of which were not a part of the original versions but added in later translations), the tales have been fodder for visual arts ranging from centuries old paintings to the very earliest efforts from the fathers of cinema, like George Melies. The inspiration for musical pieces coming as early as 1800 and helping inspire literature icons like Marcel Proust and James Joyce, these stories have become some of the most recognizable folk tales in all of world history. And yet, few adaptations have been quite like the loose one (if by loose one means connected almost in name only) director Miguel Gomes has given the world.

Volume one of Gomes’ latest masterpiece,
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Shawn Levy to Direct ‘Forty Thieves’; Evan Peters or Liam Hemsworth Could Be the New Ali Baba

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Shawn Levy to Direct ‘Forty Thieves’; Evan Peters or Liam Hemsworth Could Be the New Ali Baba
With Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb almost in theaters, Shawn Levy is looking for his next project. And he may have found one in Forty Thieves, a retelling of the classic folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Casting is already underway, with Liam Hemsworth (above), Dan Stevens, and Evan Peters […]

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Boal Polishing 'Uncharted' Script, Mystique Hearts Magneto, Shyamalan's Next Goes to Uni & 'Creed' is Coming

Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his
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Casting: Peters, Hammer, Kendrick, Cardinelli

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Forty Thieves

Liam Hemsworth ("The Hunger Games"), Evan Peters ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") and Dan Stevens ("The Guest") are all reportedly testing for the lead role in Shawn Levy's "Forty Thieves" at 20th Century Fox.

The project is an adventure comedy take on the classic folk tale 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' with the trio of actors testing for the male lead 'Allen'. [Source: The Wrap]

The Birth of a Nation

Armie Hammer has joined the cast of actor/director Nate Parker’s "The Birth Of A Nation" about Nat Turner, an African-American slave turned revolutionary who led a bloody rebellion in Virginia in 1831.

Turner went down in history as one of the most controversial American figures preceding the Civil War. Hammer plays Samuel Turner, the son of Nat's first master Benjamin Turner. [Source: Deadline]

The Accountant

J.K. Simmons is in negotiations and Anna Kendrick is circling the cast of
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Movie News: 'Breaking Bad' Director Ready for 'Wonder Woman'; First Trailer for Adam Sandler's 'The Cobbler'

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Wonder Woman: Television veteran Michelle MacLaren, who has directed multiple stylish, memorable episodes of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, is in talks to helm Wonder Woman. Also on that list, according to THR, are Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter and The Babadook director Jennifer Kent. Gal Gadot is set to debut as the character in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with a stand-alone Wonder Woman adventure due in theaters in 2017. [Variety]   Forty Thieves: The ever-busy Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) will direct a new, comic version of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, titled simply Forty Thieves. Young actors Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Dan Stevens (The Guest) and Evan Peters (Kick-Ass) are testing to play the lead, a...

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Stars line up for Shawn Levy's Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Stars line up for Shawn Levy's Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Shawn Levy has signed on to direct Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past) are testing for the lead role, reports The Wrap.

The film will be based on the classic tale from The 1,001 Arabian Nights.

The project will have strong comedic tones and has been compared to Guardians of the Galaxy and Pirates of the Caribbean.

The tale centres around woodcutter Ali Baba, who discovers a secret horde hidden by a magical door that responds to the words 'open sesame'.

Levy's most recent projects include This Is Where I Leave You and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Levy will produce Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves through his 21 Laps banner.
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Shawn Levy to Direct Classic Tale of Ali Baba's 'Forty Thieves' at Fox

This year, director Shawn Levy has worked on two very different films. This Is Where I Leave You was a touching family drama with plenty of comedy, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is a big, fun family friendly adventure. Now it sounds like he's heading into epic territory at Fox as The Wrap reports Levy is set to direct Forty Thieves, a new adaptation of the classic tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, which most people are probably familiar with because of Disney's Aladdin franchise. However, this won't be a straight-up action epic as it's said to be an adventure movie with some "strong comedic undertones." The trade cites Guardians of the Galaxy and Pirates of the Caribbean as apt comparisons for the film. The original story follows a poor woodcutter who discovers the secret of a thieves' den, entered with the phrase "Open Sesame.
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Evan Peters & others testing for lead in Shawn Levy's 40 Thieves

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The Wrap is reporting Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Night At The Museum) will direct a new take on the Arabian Nights tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" for Fox called 40 Thieves. The project is being described as "an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones," similar to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Guardians Of The Galaxy. The site also has some information on who is being considered for the lead role Allen, who might be a stand-in for Ali Baba....
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Shawn Levy To Direct Forty Thieves; Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters And More Testing For Lead Role

TheWrap is reporting that director Shawn Levy is in talks with 20th Century Fox to helm a new take on the classic Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves story. Conveniently titled Forty Thieves, the film is said to be in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy and will be an “adventure film with strong comedic undertones.”

No lead has been set just yet, but the report states that several young candidates are in the running, and they include Liam Hemsworth, Dan Stevens and Evan Peters. While I’d love to see Peters get a bit more exposure, the fact that Levy just worked with Stevens on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb probably gives the former Downton Abbey star a bit of an edge. At this point, however, it’s anyone’s game as all three actors are still testing.

Unfortunately, we
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Shawn Levy To Direct "40 Thieves"

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"Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy is set to direct the adventure comedy "40 Thieves" for 20th Century Fox.

Described as a reimagining of the classic "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" story, the original 'Arabian Nights' tale follows a poor woodcutter who discovers treasure in a band of thieves' secret den after he gains access using the phrase "Open Sesame".

Adventure follows after the clan finds that their treasure has been uncovered and begin a pursuit of Baba. Jayson Rothwell penned the script with Bernie Goldman producing.

Fox aims to turn the project into a four-quadrant tentpole that aims to yield "Maleficent" or "Alice in Wonderland" style success.

Source: Variety
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'Forty Thieves' Short List Includes Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters

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'Forty Thieves' Short List Includes Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters
Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Evan Peters (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Dan Stevens (A Walk Among the Tombstones) are all testing for the lead role in 20th Century Fox's Forty Thieves, which Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) has signed on to direct.

The project is described as a new take on the classic folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, which is being crafted as "an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones," according to The Wrap. The aforementioned actors are all testing for the male lead Allen, who may be a stand-in for Ali Baba.

Dan Stevens is the only actor out of this trio who has worked with Shawn Levy before, playing Sir Lancelot in the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

It isn't known who is writing the screenplay at this time, or when shooting may begin,
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Shawn Levy to Direct Ali Baba Redo Forty Thieves; Liam Hemsworth, Evan Peters, and More Testing for Lead

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After making his first foray into drama to mostly successful results with This Is Where I Leave You, filmmaker Shawn Levy is lining up another large-scale picture. The Wrap reports that Levy will direct a new take on the folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves for 20th Century Fox called Forty Thieves. The project is described as being in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy (already this one’s a point of reference?), and is envisioned as “an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones.” Hit the jump to find out which actors have been testing for the lead role. Per The Wrap, The Hunger Games alum Liam Hemsworth, former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, and American Horror Story alum Evan Peters (who also played scene-stealer Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past) are testing for the role of Allen, the young male
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Shawn Levy Eyes ‘40 Thieves’ at Fox

Shawn Levy Eyes ‘40 Thieves’ at Fox
Night at the Museum” director Shawn Levy looks to have found his next big tentpole project, coming on board to direct “40 Thieves” for Fox.

Jayson Rothwell penned the script with Bernie Goldman producing.

Plot is described as a retelling of the classic tale of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” as an adventure film with strong comedic undertones. Fox hopes it turns into the type of four-quadrant tentpole that Levy has made a name for himself directing.

The original tale follows a poor woodcutter who discovers the treasure in a band of thieves’ secret den by saying “Open Sesame.” The adventure follows after the clan finds that their treasure has been uncovered and begin a pursuit of Baba.

Following the success of Disney and Joe Roth’s retellings of children stories like “Alice in Wonderland” and “Maleficent,” Fox hopes for similar returns with this reimagining.

Levy is in post on
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Warners Plans Seven Film "Arabian Nights" Saga

Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired a ninety-page "script-ment" from new scribe David Weil which lays out plans for a seven-film franchise based on the inter-connected stories in the famed folk tale collection "One Thousand and One Nights".

The plan is to re-imagine these classic (and in the public domain) stories as period-set big-budget CGI fantasy adventure tentpoles with modern themes. The 'script-ment' itself is essentially a bible for a potentially long-running franchise which 3 Arts will produce.

A compilation of numerous folks stories from ancient Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore, the famed work includes such stories as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp, The Fisherman and the Jinni and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.

It isn't known which of these stories the franchise will draw from, or if the framing story of the work involving Scheherazade reciting of the tales to Sultan Shahriyar to
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Warner Bros. Picks Up 'Arabian Nights' 7-Movie Franchise

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Warner Bros. has acquired a 90-page "script-ment" from new writer David Weil that lays out a massive seven-movie franchise based on the inter-connected stories from The Arabian Nights.

The writer's vision is to re-imagine these classic stories, which are in the public domain, as period tales that have modern themes for a big-budget CGI fantasy adventure tentpole. The "script-ment" is essentially a bible for what David Weil sees as a long-running franchise.

3 Arts, the production company run by producer Erwin Stoff, represents the writer and brought the project to Warner Bros., where they collaborated on numerous projects including the sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise.

The Arabian Nights, a.k.a. One Thousand and One Nights, dates back centuries ago, with the first English-language version published in 1706. The Arabian Nights is a compilation of numerous folks stories from ancient Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore.

The main
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Graham Stark obituary

Prolific comedy actor who worked with Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Hattie Jacques

The stony-faced, beaky comedy actor Graham Stark, who has died aged 91, is best remembered for his appearances alongside Peter Sellers, notably in the Pink Panther movies. His familiar face and voice, on television and radio, were part of the essential furniture in the sitting room of our popular culture for more than half a century. A stalwart in the national postwar comedy boom led by Sellers, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Dick Emery, Eric Sykes and Benny Hill, he worked with them all in a sort of unofficial supporting repertory company that also included Hattie Jacques, Deryck Guyler, Patricia Hayes and Arthur Mullard. He was also a man of surprising and various parts: child actor, trained dancer, film-maker, occasional writer, and dedicated and critically acclaimed photographer.

Like Gypsy Rose Lee, he had a resourceful and determined
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Graham Stark obituary

Prolific comedy actor who worked with Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Hattie Jacques

The stony-faced, beaky comedy actor Graham Stark, who has died aged 91, is best remembered for his appearances alongside Peter Sellers, notably in the Pink Panther movies. His familiar face and voice, on television and radio, were part of the essential furniture in the sitting room of our popular culture for more than half a century. A stalwart in the national postwar comedy boom led by Sellers, Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan, Dick Emery, Eric Sykes and Benny Hill, he worked with them all in a sort of unofficial supporting repertory company that also included Hattie Jacques, Deryck Guyler, Patricia Hayes and Arthur Mullard. He was also a man of surprising and various parts: child actor, trained dancer, film-maker, occasional writer, and dedicated and critically acclaimed photographer.

Like Gypsy Rose Lee, he had a resourceful and determined
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The birth of India's film industry: how the movies came to Mumbai

There is a fascinating but little-known prequel to Indian cinema that goes right back to silent films made in the 1890s

In October 1917, Hiralal Sen was sick, bankrupt and just a few days away from death when he received some cruel news. His brother's warehouse was on fire and, as it burned, Sen's career as a film-maker went up in flames. The warehouse contained the entire stock of the Royal Bioscope Company, the Sen brothers' firm, which showed and produced films in the Kolkata area in the early years of the 20th century. The blaze destroyed Sen's films, and with them much of the proof of India's early cinema history.

The centenary celebrations suggest that Indian film production began in 1913, but that is far from the truth. "The history of Indian cinema before 1913 is a fragmentary one, but it is no less interesting for that," says Luke McKernan, moving
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‘Arabian Nights,’ Hollywood’s escapist restructuring of a classic tale

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Arabian Nights

Directed by John Rawlins

Starring Jon Hall, Maria Montez, and Sabu

USA, 86 min – 1942.

Part of a series of exotic pictures released by Universal in the 1940s (the others of which include Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and White Savage), Arabian Nights places the Hollywood spin on the classic tale of Scheherazade and her murderous husband. The name of the source material’s heroine – Scheherazade – is kept the same, while others are changed. The tale is twisted, so that there seems to be very little of the original myth and of the original Scheherazade. What is left are some names, supposed exotic places (“Arabia”), a brother’s feud, and humorous references to the stories of Aladdin and Sinbad. Arabian Nights becomes a campy adventure film to take war-minded audiences away to a far off place, for a while. It works.

Universal’s Arabian Nights begins with a frame
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Turhan Bey obituary

Successful 1940s film actor whose exotic roles led fan magazines to dub him 'the Turkish Delight'

"Exotic" is the epithet most frequently used to describe the series of Technicolored escapist movies produced by Universal Pictures in the 1940s. These profitable films, often set in a North African or Arabian desert recreated on the studio backlot, featured the Dominican actor Maria Montez; Sabu, the Indian teenage boy; Jon Hall (son of a Swiss actor and a Tahitian princess); and Turhan Bey, who has died aged 90. Bey was often cast as wily, "foreign" villains, or romantic leads in thrillers and Arabian Nights fantasies, for which he was dubbed by fan magazines "the Turkish Delight".

Son of a Turkish diplomat father and a Czech industrialist mother, he was born Turhan Gilbert Selahattin Sahultavy in Vienna, but emigrated to the Us with his mother and grandmother shortly before Austria was annexed by Germany in 1938. In California,
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