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Broad Green to adapt 'Orphan Train'

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Broad Green to adapt 'Orphan Train'
Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Productions will produce the feature based on Christina Baker Kline’s bestselling novel.

Christopher Monger, whose credits include Temple Grandin and The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, will adapt the screenplay.

Orphan Train was published in 2013 and is inspired by real events, telling the story of two women from different generations who form a bond in Maine when they realise they share a common past.

The orphan trains placed abandoned children from the East Coast in homes with Midwest farmland families and ran from 1854-1929.

Asher Goldstein and Shary Shirazi will oversee the project for Broad Green Pictures.
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Broad Green Will Turn Bestseller 'Orphan Train' Into Movie

Broad Green Will Turn Bestseller 'Orphan Train' Into Movie
Broad Green Pictures will adapt Christina Baker Kline’s novel "Orphan Train" into a movie. Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Productions will produce with screenwriter Christopher Monger ("Temple Grandin," "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain"). Published in 2013, "Orphan Train" has sold more than 2 million copies in 35 countries and has spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, including five weeks at #1. Between 1854 and 1929, "orphan trains" ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children to an unknown fate. "Orphan Train" weaves together the stories of Vivian Daly, a 91-year-old Irish immigrant who as a child was shipped from New York City to Minnesota and Molly Ayer, a 17-year-old who is on the verge of aging out of the foster care system in present-day Maine. A friendship develops...
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Film Review: “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”

Film Review: “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”
Like “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain” and “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Felix Herngren’s “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” sees the whimsical potential in a haiku-like title. And yet, the film that this irreverent and frequently outrageous Swedish serio-comedy most resembles is Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump,” being the decades-spanning account of a not-altogether-there centenarian whose exploits put him at the center of world events. Since its December 2013 domestic release, the film has sold more than a million tickets in its native Sweden, where lead actor Robert Gustafsson was already a beloved star, and it has gone on to delight young and old around the world under various twee titles. Arriving late to American shores, the kooky pic should be a welcome arthouse counter-programmer for those wary of heavier foreign imports, including Music Box’s own “Ida.
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The Rewrite Trailer: A Reminder of That Time Hugh Grant Won an Oscar (He Never Won an Oscar)

One thing is for sure: I can’t wait for Geoff and Scott to review The Rewrite on the Broken Projector podcast. This upcoming rom-com is about an Oscar-winning screenwriter who is no longer a hotshot and so desperately has to take a job teaching the craft jadedly to college students. The irony is that the screenplay for The Rewrite itself seems awfully bland. The movie comes from Marc Lawrence, who previously wrote such generic non-classics as Miss Congeniality and Forces of Nature and wrote and directed Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics and Did You Hear About the Morgans? The Rewrite is his fourth movie to star Hugh Grant, who plays another unlikable guy who is presumably changed by the love of a woman, a role this time filled by Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. At the start of the new trailer for the movie, we see a YouTube clip of Grant in his floppy-haired days winning
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Deception & Comedy In ‘The Grand Seduction’ Trailer Starring Brendan Gleeson

It’s been a while since we saw such a darling little comedy as this one. Set in a tiny village, the townsfolk must convince a new doctor to stay in order for a business contract to go through. What follows is a series of comedic attempts to help the doctor feel welcome which will ultimately end up in more jobs for the village. The whole idea of a town getting together in order to deceive reminds me of the likes of Waking Ned and The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, also The Wicker-man.

Although there isn’t much subtlety here, the trailer certainly had me laughing at all the right spots. Brendan Gleeson stars as the one man on the island who seems capable of getting things done, while Taylor Kitsch takes a different approach to his blockbusting duds John Carter and Battleship.
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New 'August: Osage County' Trailer Features Pill-Popping Meryl Streep (Video)

"August: Osage County," based on Tracy Letts's Pulitzer Prize-winning play and directed by "ER" co-creator John Wells, debuted to mixed reviews at the Toronto Film Festival. Depending on who you talk to, it was either an endlessly screechy bore or a profoundly moving drama (or maybe both -- and keep in mind that the ending of the movie is still up in the air).

The screening at Tiff was met with an "enthusiastic" standing ovation, though that could have just been thanks to the powerful material and unbelievable cast -- a lineup that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, and Sam Shepard.

Now a new trailer has debuted, to either feed your anticipation or drive you away completely.

In the movie, a family comes together after the patriarch's death, and there are a lot of hurt feelings and uncomfortable situations.
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Lindsay Lohan Relates to Elizabeth Taylor in New Featurette for Liz & Dick

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Lindsay Lohan takes the lead in the upcoming Lifetime movie, Liz & Dick, set to air in the Us in just over a month’s time.

We saw a captivating Lohan grace the poster last month, and now a new featurette has debuted online, giving us a look behind the scenes, in which the actress talks a little about the similarities between Elizabeth Hurley and herself.

“On the set of Cleopatra, Hollywood’s most beautiful star, Elizabeth Taylor, fell into the arms of one of the world’s greatest actors, Richard Burton – and she didn’t leave.

Their subsequent white-hot, scandalous love affair gave rise to the paparazzi and they became the most hunted and photographed couple on earth. Their rocky, passionate, relationship, born in front of the cameras, was captured in a series of films, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

The last of the great, extravagant stars, flaunting diamonds,
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Lindsay Lohan is Front and Centre of First Poster for Lifetime’s Liz & Dick

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It’s been a few years since Lindsay Lohan was last seen on our screens, but her return in just a matter of weeks away now, with Lifetime’s Liz & Dick due to air this coming November, telling the story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Lohan takes the lead opposite Grant Bowler, and now the first poster for the movie has arrived, putting Lohan front and centre, with a pair of rather beautiful (albeit edited) purple eyes.

“On the set of Cleopatra, Hollywood’s most beautiful star, Elizabeth Taylor, fell into the arms of one of the world’s greatest actors, Richard Burton – and she didn’t leave.

Their subsequent white-hot, scandalous love affair gave rise to the paparazzi and they became the most hunted and photographed couple on earth. Their rocky, passionate, relationship, born in front of the cameras, was captured in a series of films, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Grant Bowler / Richard Burton: Liz & Dick

Grant Bowler / Richard Burton: Liz & Dick Grant Bowler as Richard Burton in Lifetime’s fall movie Liz & Dick looks less convincing than Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. Burton met Taylor at the time the two were making Cleopatra for 20th Century Fox. A troubled production, Cleopatra was initially to have starred Taylor, Peter Finch, and Stephen Boyd, under the direction of Rouben Mamoulian. Mamoulian left, Taylor fell seriously ill, nearly died, and had to have a tracheotomy performed. The end result was a Best Actress Academy Award for her troubles (and for Butterfield 8) and brand new leading men for Cleopatra: Richard Burton as Marc Antony and Rex Harrison as Julius Caesar. By then, Cleopatra also had a new director: two-time Best Director Oscar winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz. A respected stage and screen actor in the ’60s, Richard Burton was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Best Supporting Actor
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Lindsay Lohan / Elizabeth Taylor: Maggie the Panther

Lindsay Lohan / Elizabeth Taylor Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick. Lohan, 26 next July 2, plays Elizabeth Taylor (apparently) at about the time she met Richard Burton in the early ’60s. (Though the Lohan/Taylor picture above looks like something out Richard Brooks’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with Lohan as Maggie the Panther.) Grant Bowler, best known for True Blood and the box-office and critical cataclysm Atlas Shrugged: Part I, plays Richard Burton. The makeup job looks quite impressive, helping to transform Lohan into Taylor. We’ll see — or rather, hear — if Lohan is able to reproduce Taylor’s tones as well. A tabloid queen in her heyday, Elizabeth Taylor won two Best Actress Academy Awards: Daniel Mann’s Butterfield 8, 1960; Mike Nichols’ Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966. Taylor was nominated three other times: Edward Dmytryk’s Raintree County, 1957; Brooks’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,
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Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor: Liz & Dick Pic

Lindsay Lohan Elizabeth Taylor movie Liz & Dick (Grant Bowler as Richard Burton) Lindsay Lohan‘s Elizabeth Taylor movie Liz & Dick, to be shown on Lifetime, has its first official photo. Lohan does look like Taylor; whether or not Atlas Shrugged: Part I‘s Grant Bowler passes for Richard Burton is unclear, as he seems to be playing Christopher Lee in the above pic. Much has been said about how absurd it was to cast Lindsay Lohan, of rehab and courtroom notoriety, to play one of the most glamorous stars Hollywood has ever produced. What those people seem to forget — or be ignorant about — is that Elizabeth Taylor, long before she became a Dame of the (now-moribund) British Empire, long before her AIDS Foundation, and not that long before her two Oscar wins, was considered by many to be a selfish, reckless "whore." True, Taylor received four back-to-back Oscar nominations in
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Lindsay Lohan to play Elizabeth Taylor in new film Liz and Dick

Account of Taylor's stormy relationship with Richard Burton will be actor's first major role since 2009

Lindsay Lohan has signed on for her first lead role since 2009 after being cast as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz and Dick, an account of Taylor's tempestuous relationship with Richard Burton.

The troubled actor was forced to drop out of her last high-profile role, as Linda Lovelace in the biopic Inferno, after breaking probation conditions by missing a mandatory progress hearing relating to a 2007 DUI conviction; instead, she attended a promotional event at the 2010 Cannes film festival.

Lohan said: "I am very honored to have been asked to play this role."

Since starring as a woman who fakes her pregnancy in Labor Pains in 2009, Lohan has only been seen on screen in a small part in the Robert Rodriguez action movie Machete. Liz and Dick, however, is unlikely to make it to cinemas as it has
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Lindsay Lohan Not at All Stunt Cast as Elizabeth Taylor in New Lifetime Movie

Lindsay Lohan Not at All Stunt Cast as Elizabeth Taylor in New Lifetime Movie
Lifetime announced yesterday that after months of talks, Lindsay Lohan has signed on to play Elizabeth Taylor in the network's original movie "Liz & Dick," about Taylor's tumultuous relationship with Richard Burton, who she married and divorced twice. It's a bold casting choice, if also a queasily calculated one. Any Lohan announcement's bound to get a lot of attention, but the actress has also been back in the tabloids lately with rumors of partying and nightclub altercations, which makes the idea of her playing a hard-drinking, paparazzi-stalked, health problem-prone screen icon falling into a notoriously fiery, violently troubled relationship uncomfortably on the nose. Barring any complications that arise, "Liz & Dick" (which is being written by Christopher Monger, of "Temple Grandin" and "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain") will start shooting in June. In the press release,...
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Lindsay Lohan Set as Liz Taylor for Lifetime?

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Lindsay Lohan Set as Liz Taylor for Lifetime?

Here is the Hollywood question of the day, folks. Who would you cast to play Elizabeth Taylor in a new Lifetime movie? Director David Fincher has made Angelina Jolie his very own Cleopatra, which is a role Taylor made famous. Also, Megan Fox, has that dark-haired, light-eyed look, which Liz embodied. But, would Lindsay Lohan make your list of hopefuls? According to this week’s news, the 25-year old could win this part of a lifetime.

According to the Deadline exclusive, despite some notorious bad behavior, Lohan is in preliminary discussions regarding a starring role in the upcoming Lifetime original movie Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story. Richard is Richard Burton.

The picture will be produced by Larry Thompson, who also worked on Amish Grace, the Lifetime original tracing the aftermath of a grievous shooting resulting in the death of five Amish children.
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Why? Lindsay Lohan in ‘Early Talks’ to Play Liz Taylor in Lifetime Movie

It seems as if Lindsay Lohan might be most comfortable playing anyone but herself. Lohan has constantly imitated Marilyn Monroe in photo shoots over the years, and the actress was long attached to Matthew Wilder’s Linda Lovelace biopic, Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. The film seemed stalled out due to the Lohan commitments that could never come to fruition. Lohan was dropped from the project in November of 2010, and Malin Ackerman stepped in to the role shortly after. So, if you can’t be Marilyn and you can’t be Lovelace, who can Lohan be? If a report from Deadline Hampstead is to be believed, Elizabeth Taylor. I’m sorry, what? The outlet reports, quite bizarrely, that Lohan is “in early talks for the female lead in Lifetime’s original movie Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story, chronicling the enduring love of movie icons Taylor and Richard Burton, whose fiery romance was the most notorious, publicized
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'News of the World' scandal fake movie trailer casts Colin Firth as Hugh Grant, is verrrrrrrrrry British

'News of the World' scandal fake movie trailer casts Colin Firth as Hugh Grant, is verrrrrrrrrry British
I spent much of the weekend fantasizing about who I would cast in the inevitable movie version of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Cate Blanchett seemed like a good choice for disgraced, former newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks while Hugh Grant was surely a lock for the role of Hugh Grant. (You may not know this, but the star of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain does an excellent impression of the Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain star.)

However, the new fake trailer you’ll find below
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Hugh Grant Takes The Lead In The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

An Aardman Production For Sony Pictures Animation Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen Also On Board

Culver City, Calif. – Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. The film, which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released March 30, 2012 in North America.

Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to
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Daniel Radcliffe snapped up to star in The Amateur Photographer

Hogwarts graduate prepares for life post-Potter with Christopher Monger romp set among the frisky residents of a 1970s Us town

His long sojourn in the Harry Potter hotseat will soon be behind him and Daniel Radcliffe is beginning to line up the next stage of his career. Variety reports he will star in the indie comedy The Amateur Photographer, as a young man who discovers an artistic bent and a salacious side after arriving in a quiet New England mill town in the 1970s.

Christopher Monger – the polymath behind The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain – is again directing from his own screenplay, based on his own novel of the same name. The storyline sees Radcliffe's character become the unofficial chronicler of the town's "intimate moments of the most intimate variety", and sees him battling with the (presumably horror-stricken) local authorities. In fact, it sounds
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Daniel Radcliffe To Focus On 'The Amateur Photographer'

We'd let Daniel Radcliffe take our picture. And so would you.

Radcliffe is set to trade in his magic wand for a camera as he takes on the title role in "The Amateur Photographer," according to Variety. Christopher Monger will direct from his own screenplay, which is based on his novel of the same name.

"The Amateur Photographer" is a 1970-set tale that follows a young man who is being drafted by the denizens of a sleepy little New England mill town to serve as photographer of their most intimate moments.

Heh heh... their "most intimate moments." You know what that means!

Monger's previous credits include "The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain" (remember that one? Hugh Grant was in it) and the teleplay for the recent HBO biopic, "Temple Grandin," which starred Claire Danes as the famous animal doctor.

We love that Daniel Radcliffe
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Daniel Radcliffe Joins The Amateur Photographer

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Daniel Radcliffe (December Boys) has signed on to star as the titular character in The Amateur Photographer.

Christopher Monger (The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain) is attached to direct from a script he wrote himself.

The Amateur Photographer will tell the story of a young man (Radcliffe) who is asked to photograph the private lives of a small town in 1970′s New England.

Radcliffe will next be seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final installment in the globally-successful Harry Potter franchise.

Source: Variety
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