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Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, and starring an outstanding cast including; Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks (Forest Gump, Cast Away, Saving Private Ryan) as James Donovan, and BAFTA© winner Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl, Intimacy, Angels and Insects) as Rudolf Abel, Bridge Of Spies a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of the Cold War.

The film tells the story of Brooklyn based lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), as he is first recruited by the CIA to defend an arrested Soviet spy, Rudolf Abel in court, and then thrown head on into the centre of the conflict when they send him to Germany and task him with the near impossible mission of negotiating the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. However Donovan risks the anger of the agency and the Us Government when he decides to stake Abel’s return to
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Steven Spielberg Film The Bfg Casts Mark Rylance In Lead Role

DreamWorks Studios announced today that three-time Tony Award winner and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance has been cast as the title character in The Bfg.

Steven Spielberg will direct the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic children’s novel. Published in 1982, “The Bfg” tells the tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the Bfg, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.

“As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor,” said Steven Spielberg. “I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice and I’m honored he has chosen ‘The Bfg’ as his next big screen performance.”

Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary
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Steven Spielberg's 'Bfg' Casts Mark Rylance as the Giant

Steven Spielberg's 'Bfg' Casts Mark Rylance as the Giant
DreamWorks Studios announced today that three-time Tony Award winner and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance has been cast as the title character in The Bfg. Steven Spielberg will direct the adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved classic children's novel. Published in 1982, The Bfg tells the tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as The Bfg, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.

Here's what director Steven Spielberg had to say about the casting in a statement.

"As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor. I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice and I'm honored he has chosen The Bfg as his next big screen performance.
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"Alone in Berlin" and Back on Marquees

Few things gave greater pleasure last year than the reemergence of Emma Thompson on the film scene, shoe chucking, Annie-scripting, Mary Poppins writing, and all. I'm not sure who or what convinced Emma that it was time to reclaim her place in the cinema but I thank them profusely and ever so much.

While she didn't receive the expected Oscar nomination for Saving Mr Banks, despite carrying it on her very capable film-elevating shoulders, her next project looks super promising so we hope it picks up interest in the Cannes market.

If all goes according to plan she'll play one half of a married couple who defy Nazis in Alone in Berlin. The true story is based on the book "Alone in Berlin" by Hans Fallada. The plot premise goes like so...

Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants
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Kristin Scott Thomas Partly Retires

Kristin Scott Thomas, one of film's most acclaimed and prolific actresses, says that she's essentially retiring from screen acting after three decades and sixty five films.

In a lengthy interview with The Guardian, the 53-year-old actress says this decision came about suddenly in September: "I just suddenly thought, I cannot cope with another film. I realised I've done the things I know how to do so many times in different languages, and I just suddenly thought, I can't do it any more. I'm bored by it. So I'm stopping."

She goes on to say: "The kinds of films that I do are usually quite rapidly put together, and it always seems to be a little bit of a shambles. I like filming, but what I don't like is having to rearrange things and rewrite scenes. I just can't be bothered. I'm often asked to do something because I'm going to
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On my radar: Patsy Kensit's cultural highlights

The actor and singer on the enduring appeal of the Who, the unspoilt charm of Sicily – and why Singin' in the Rain was the happiest night out in London

Patsy Kensit is an actor, singer and author and was born in Hounslow, London. Her mother was a publicist and her father an associate of the Kray twins. Patsy began acting at the age of four, appearing in an advert for Birdseye frozen peas. In 1972 she had her first big screen role in For the Love of Ada. Two years later she appeared in The Great Gatsby alongside Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, whom she later portrayed in a biopic titled Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story. In her late teens she fronted the band Eighth Wonder, who had two top 20 hits. At the same time she starred in Absolute Beginners, Julien Temple's musical adaptation of Colin Macinnes's novel.
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Shia Labeouf implies he may perform real sex in Lars von Trier's next film

Shia Labeouf implies he may perform real sex in Lars von Trier's next film
Shia Labeouf already proved he’s not afraid to bare all for the sake of art when he recently went full-frontal for a Sigur Ros music video. So when he signed on two weeks ago for an unspecified role in Nymphomaniac — director Lars von Trier’s latest cinematic provocation about a sexually voracious woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg), which will reportedly be shot in two versions, both explicit and R-rated — eyebrows went up all over Hollywood. Did this mean the Transformers and Indiana Jones 4 star would be performing un-simulated sex on screen?

In a word: Probably. In an interview with MTV News
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DVD Release: Institute Benjamenta

DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012

Price: DVD $29.99

Studio: Zeitgeist

Alice Krige readies for her students as Institute Benjamenta.

Following more than a decade of creating animated short film, The Brothers Quay made feature film directorial debut with 1995’s cult drama Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life.

Offering the trademark fantastical feel that distinguishes the Quays’ well-known shorts, Institute Benjamenta concerns a dilapidated, moribund boarding school for the training of servants, whose curriculum consists of the endless repetition of a single lesson. Jakob (Mark Rylance, Angels and Insects) enrolls at the Institute, and becomes gradually embroiled in the world of the enigmatic siblings who run the school: the sadistic Johannes Benjamenta (Gottfried John, TV’s Berlin Alexanderplatz) and his sorrowful sister Lisa (Alice Krige, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). Johannes soon notes that trouble has been brewing ever since the arrival of Jakob. Could this new student be the cause…
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The Situation

PALM SPRINGS -- Part war drama, part political thriller, part romance -- and wholly uninvolving -- Philip Haas' "The Situation" might be among the first American features out of the gate to address the war in Iraq (as played by Morocco), but in the absence of a sufficient historical perspective, a far greater dramatic dynamic was required than what passes for international intrigue in this talky, stilted production.

The Shadow Distribution release was screened as part of the World Cinema Now section of this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Connie Nielsen plays an American journalist struggling to find fresh perspectives in her coverage of day-to-day life in Iraq, and an opportunity presents itself after a group of American soldiers in Samarra throw two curfew-violating Iraqi teens off a bridge, leading to the drowning death of one of them.

The aftermath sets off yet another chain reaction of violence involving corrupt Iraqi police officials and insurgents, taking Nielsen's Anna deep into the danger zone, at least when she is not embedded in a little triangular romantic intrigue between an out-of-his-depth American intelligence official (Damien Lewis) and an intrepid Iraqi photographer (Mido Hamada).

Haas, who worked from adaptations of novels by W. Somerset Maugham ("Up at the Villa"), Paul Auster ("The Music of Chance") and A.S. Byatt ("Angels and Insects") and was presumably going for a Graham Greene "Quiet American" vibe here, is ill-served by journalist Wendell Steavenson's first screenplay, based upon her experiences living and working in the war-torn country.

While Steavenson's script and Haas' direction convey a necessary sense of urgency and confusion, both falter when it comes to creating compelling characters or building dramatic tension.

Instead, there are an awful lot of dull, purposeful conversations rudely interrupted by the blast of insurgent bombs or mortar fire that never seems to be as unsettling as they are obviously intended.

Nielsen's tentative performance is another problem. Neither she nor the filmmakers let the audience in on the motivating forces or underlying passion that would propel her character directly into the line of fire.

Lewis, who was so convincingly raw in 2005's "Keane", also gets a bit lost here as the misguided CIA man. Only Hamada makes a real impact as the charismatic photographer who opens Nielsen's eyes to the various complexities that are deeply entwined in the ongoing chaos.

THE SITUATION

Shadow Distribution

Credits:

Director: Philip Haas

Screenwriter: Wendell Steavenson

Producers: Liaquet Ahamed, Michael Sternberg, Neda Armian

Director of photography: Sean Bobbit

Editor: Curtiss Clayton

Costume designer: Anita Yavich

Music: Jeff Beal

Cast:

Anna: Connie Nielsen

Dan: Damien Lewis

Zaid: Mido Hamada

Colonel Carrick: John Slattery

Major Hanks: Tom McCarthy

Duraid: Muhmoud El Lozy

Running time -- 106 minutes

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