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 As Hollywood has gone 3D crazy, some filmmakers are embracing an entirely different experience -- IMAX. Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, in theaters now, features 23-minutes shot with 15-perf 70mm IMAX cameras. The much anticipated The Dark Knight Rises will feature nearly 50 minutes of full IMAX footage. There is no denying that the IMAX shot footage looks breathtaking, and having the image expand to the full IMAX screen results in an experience unlike anything else. So the question is: Do you know where to experience these films in full 70mm IMAX? Or have you been watching Digital IMAX, known to most film geeks as "LIEmax"? Because the difference can be Everything. We will explain the difference, chronicle the history, and answer the question in this week's edition of Q&A! A Brief History of 70mm Feature Films You might recall that classic movies like Lawrence of Arabia »
- Peter Sciretta
A treasure trove of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia went under the hammer at an auction in Los Angeles on Friday, and two signed photos sent the bidding wild.
The Profiles in History Icons of Hollywood sale produced many big surprises as items went for much more than their expected price and Monroe's booty was a prize pick-up.
Camera negatives from the film Some Like It Hot sold for $1,500 (£937) - five times their expected sales price - and rare shots of Monroe and Clark Gable on the set of The Misfits went under the hammer for $2,000 (£1,250) - over three times what they were expected to fetch.
Highlights of the Monroe lots also included an autographed letter signed by the 18-year-old 'Norma Jeane' ($52,500/£32,800); a personal Monroe photograph signed by Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart and Gary Cooper ($60,000/£37,500); a portrait of a young Marilyn wearing a sheer lace trim, signed ($37,500/£23,400), and Monroe's invitation to a John F. Kennedy birthday celebration ($40,000/£25,000).
Other big items going under the hammer during Friday afternoon's auction session included the screen-used prop vellum treasure map from 1934 film Treasure Island ($60,000/£37,500); the Mattel hoverboard from Back to the Future II ($22,500/£14,000); Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly Clint Eastwood hat from Back to the Future III ($19,000/£11,900); Anthony Quinn's Auda Abu Tayi costume from Lawrence of Arabia ($22,500/£14,000); Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher’s marriage license from their Las Vegas wedding ($7,000/£4,400), and the Roman costume worn by Christopher Plummer as Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire ($15,000/£9,400). »
While accepting a Lifetime Achievement award at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival, Werner Herzog gave an update on his biopic about Gertrude Bell, the turn-of-the-century English writer, traveler and archeologist he calls "the female Lawrence of Arabia." No doubt delighting his Middle Eastern hosts, the German auteur declared his ambition to shoot at least part of "Queen of the Desert" – which has Naomi Watts provisionally attached to star – in Dubai. Still lining up the financing, Herzog revealed that at least part of the film will be shot in Jordan. Asked about the prospect of shooting in the U.A.E., Herzog said he was impressed by the »
Ralph Fiennes's trailer sits on a patch of wasteland beside the river and near the airport, in a neck of east London that's barely London. The cabbie can't find it and keeps driving in circles, his irritation rising as the planes rumble overhead. Either the satnav is scrambled or the address does not exist. "It's meant to be here but there's nothing there," he grumbles. "It's not a place, it's off the map."
It's only later, safely arrived, that it strikes me that the non-place may well be the best place to meet Ralph Fiennes, an actor who does not so much inhabit his roles as hide out in them and a man who approaches press interviews with »
- Xan Brooks
A new poster has been released for Jean-Jacques Annaud’s upcoming action epic Black Gold, with Tahar Rahim and Antonio Banderas channelling the spirit of Lawrence Of Arabia. Adapted from Hans Reusch novel The Great Thirst, the film is set in the Arab states of the early ’30s, at the dawn of the region’s oil boom. Tahar Rahim plays a young prince whose loyalties are torn between his father (Mark Strong) and his powerful father-in-law (Antonio Banderas), when he marries Frieda Pinto’s beautiful princess. You can take a...
- George Wales
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
On December 8-11 and 29-30, the Aero and Egyptian Theaters in Santa Monica and Hollywood will present a 70mm film festival. Titles to be screened are:
For details click here »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
"Damn you, Spielberg, for getting me choked up with your Au Hasard Blockbuztar," tweets Aaron Hillis. Search for "War Horse" on Twitter and you could spend quite a while combing through the results before you'll find one that doesn't mention tears, weeping or outright blubbering. Though it doesn't open until Christmas Day, Steven Spielberg's War Horse is being shown to the media and industry now because, suggests Anne Thompson, the New York Film Critics Circle, like a state eager to draw early attention to its Republican primary, has moved its day of voting to this Tuesday. In other words, the Nyfcc will be announcing its awards for the best film of the year, performances and so on, with a full month of 2011 yet to go.
But at Deadline, Pete Hammond suggests that the "unusual strategy" Dreamworks and distributor Disney are pursuing isn't hinging on a single band of critics. »
When undertaking the task of translating the life of a famous historical figure for the purpose of cinema, discounting adventurous "left field" attempts such as Todd Haynes's Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, there are basically two approaches to take: the micro and the macro.
The micro approach selects a defining moment in the said protagonist's life and puts it under close scrutiny, so that we may get a better understanding of the man (or woman) through their actions in some crucial period of their life. The macro approach seeks to find an all encompassing view of the human being by tracing their origins (either from birth or some adolescent period), all significant relationships and events in their life, and the legacy left after their death, fashioning an underlying theme to tie together the hero's existence like a pretty ribbon atop a Christmas present.
A great illustration of the »
- Christopher Lominac
Tarak Ben Ammar Presents... Wait, who? Our friends at IMPAwards recently found and posted an official poster for Jean-Jacques Annaud's Black Gold, and it definitely has a Lawrence of Arabia meets There Will Be Blood feeling to it, that's for sure. It's a stunning poster and makes me even more excited for this, which we featured an official international trailer for just a few months ago. The film stars Tahar Rahim, Mark Strong, Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto, all four of whom can be seen below (as floating heads) in the rising black smoke from a burning oil well. Even more impressive this wasn't made by Hollywood at all. Click the image below to see the full-size, high res version of this stunning Black Gold poster. Thoughts? Black Gold, originally Black Thirst (also Or Noir in French seen above), is directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (of Quest for Fire, Seven »
- Alex Billington
Uncharted 2 ranks as one of my all-time favourite games Ever, so when news hit of a further sequel, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, I couldn’t help but be a little worried that developers Naughty Dog were heading back to the creative well once too often, after all a good three-quel only comes along once in a blue moon – Super Mario Bros. 3, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Grand Theft Auto III and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – luckily Uncharted 3 can be added to that list thanks to a game that once again places our hero Nathan Drake in a fantastic, yet perilous, movie-style adventure which takes place all across the globe.
Ok, so admitting that I’m a huge fan of the Uncharted games will probably make this review a little biased right? Probably, but a good game is a good game and Uncharted 3 is Superb. »
Dune Re-read, Part 10
We are almost to the end! From here on out the ratio of favorite scenes to pages is pretty close. I don’t know if there is anyone out there reading Dune for the first time but take your time with these last few chapters. You will want to rush through them because everything is Finally happening but go slowly. Savor the landscape descriptions and the quiet conversations. Some of the reasons this book is one of my all time favorites ever lie in these last few chapters.
There is something comforting about the team you root for winning. It’s right. It makes you feel good. There’s also something cunning and wonderful about the good guys being a little bad, a little morally suspect. This is a war after all, a war with devious players and a protagonist who is quite happy with manipulating an »
- Rachel Parker
We just reported that Ridley Scott and Gerard Butler were going to develop a fact-based thriller based on a British Officer named Simon Mann. Now we are reporting that Scott might also end up working with Angelina Jolie on a separate biopic film project based on the life of Iraq pioneer Gerttrude Bell. Jolie is officially attached to the role and Scott circling the project as something he might come on board to direct.
Jolie would obviously take on the lead role of Gertrude Bell who has "been described as the female Lawrence of Arabia for the impact the English woman had in the Middle East and her work in establishing what would become the modern framework for Jordan and Iraq. With a passion for archeology and languages, she wrote about her adventures in the Ottoman Empire and desert kingdoms, traveling in not only a predominantly male world but one »
 Even as Ridley Scott mulls over helming the "female Lawrence of Arabia" biopic  Gertrude Bell with star Angelina Jolie, the filmmaker has signed on to direct and produce yet another project through his Scott Free banner -- this one a fact-based thriller starring Gerard Butler. The 300 star would play Simon Mann, a former British army officer who attempted in 2004 to stage a coup against the president of Equatorial Guinea. If you're not up on your world events, here's a bit of a spoiler alert: Things don't go exactly as planned. More on the project after the jump. Mann led a group of mercenaries in the coup, but was caught in Zimbabwe, where he'd gone to obtain weapons. He was put in prison for five years there, and then was extradited to Equatorial Guinea where he received a sentence for another 34 years. In 2009, however, he was saved by a presidential pardon »
- Angie Han
Recently, when we lobbied for quality biopics (in the wake of Clint Eastwood.s J. Edgar), none of us went with Gertrude Bell, an explorer and archaeologist who pioneered the formation of the Middle East alongside the legendary T.E. Lawrence. Yet now that Angelina Jolie.s expressing interest in playing Bell, expect the project to rush through the pipeline and land in theaters sooner rather than later. The Hollywood Reporter says Jolie .is taking steps. toward playing Bell in a feature being developed by Ridley Scott (with the possibility that he.d direct). As the trade mentions, Bell was known as the .Female Lawrence of Arabia,. tearing down stereotypes as she helped establish national borders in the male-dominated Ottoman Empire in the early 20th Century. Jolie sounds like the ideal choice to play this headstrong historical figure. Wouldn.t you rather see her as Bell in a Scott biopic »
What's Ridley Scott to do when his next film doesn't have a male lead for Russell Crowe to take? Well, look elsewhere, and in his search he's found that Angelina Jolie would best fit the titular role of Gertrude Bell. Scott is producing the film, and is circling the director's chair. The movie tells the story of a woman known as the "female Lawrence of Arabia" who had a large role in establishing Jordan and Iraq in the early 20th century. There's actually a rival project about »
- Paul Tassi
The "Tourist" beauty is contemplating taking the title role of "Gertrude Bell," a biopic about "the female Lawrence of Arabia," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
With a passion for archeology and languages, Gertrude Bell wrote about her adventures in the Ottoman Empire and desert kingdoms, traveling in not only a predominantly male world but one whose culture and religion was very alien to the British Empire.
During World War I, Bell worked for British Intelligence and was a key asset to England's dismantling of the Ottoman Empire and founding of Iraq.
"Gertrude" is currently set up at Scott Free Productions, with Ridley Scott mulling over directing the film himself -- it's one of three potential projects he's looking to tackle after he wraps his sci-fi epic, "Prometheus," which opens June 8, 2012.
Angelina Jolie is »
- Bryan Enk
Angelina Jolie is set to play another strong female role in her next project. THR reports that Jolie has signed on to star in Gertrude Bell, a biopic of a pioneering figure in the Middle East in the early 20th Century. Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions is producing, and Scott may direct. The project is on his list of possible films to direct after Prometheus arrives in June. The screenplay is currently being penned by Jeffrey Caine. As of now, the project does not have a studio behind it, but that will likely change soon.
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Bell is described as the female Lawrence of Arabia for the impact the English woman had in the Middle East and her work in establishing what would become the modern framework for Jordan and Iraq. With a passion for archeology and languages, she wrote about her »
On the heels of yesterday’s renewed confirmation that Angelina Jolie is on tap to play Cleopatra comes news that the actress is looking to play yet another strong female leader in a fact-based film. Jolie is now attached to star in Gertrude Bell, a biopic about the “female Lawrence of Arabia” who had a huge stake in crafting the “modern framework” of both Jordan and Iraq. While Bell is not a widely-known name, she was an essential part of the restructuring of the former Ottoman Empire, and her life story is rich enough and deserving enough of a big-scale biopic. Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions is producing the film, and Scott himself is reportedly considering the film as a directorial outing as well. The director is, however, quite busy, and is considering two other projects for directing aside from Gertrude Bell. Those projects include Gucci, based on the fashion family in their 70s and 80s »
- Kate Erbland
 Angelina Jolie's last live-action acting job was the disappointing The Tourist, but the actress-filmmaker is now poised to star in a new project that sounds much more intriguing. Titled Gertrude Bell, the biopic centers around the woman who's been described as "the female Lawrence of Arabia" for her role in helping to establish the modern states of Jordan and Iraq in the early 20th century. Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions is developing the picture, announced in March , with Scott himself still eyeing the director's chair. More details after the jump. The script comes from The Constant Gardener scribe Jeffrey Caine, who is currently fashioning it as a star vehicle for Jolie. The film is actually one of two currently in development about Bell. Werner Herzog has been working on his own take, called Queen of the Desert, for the past few years, with Naomi Watts negotiating the lead  earlier this year. »
- Angie Han
Angelina Jolie is set to premiere her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey next month, but the actress is also looking towards future acting gigs. Fresh off the Bosnian War-set Honey, Jolie is eyeing another socially conscious pic: a biopic of Gertrude Bell. Jolie has attached herself to the project, titled Gertrude Bell, which centers on the early 20th century pioneer. Described as the female Lawrence of Arabia, Bell worked extensively in the middle east and was responsible for establishing what would become the modern framework for Jordan and Iraq. She worked for British Intelligence during World War I, and was key in the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire and subsequent founding of Iraq. Hit the jump for more, including Ridley Scott’s involvement and what projects the director is considering for his next film. Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardner) is writing the screenplay for Gertrude Bell »
- Adam Chitwood
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