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Abhishek Kapoor who recently launched Sushant Singh Rajput in his film Kai Po Che is all set for his next. Interestingly though, we hear that Gattu, as he is fondly referred to, will be casting Sushant yet again in the film. The yet untitled project which is slated to be widely shot in Kashmir is said to be a romantic film, a genre that Gattu has thus far stayed away from. Further we hear that the story of the film will be an adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic novel 'Great Expectations', while it will most likely be produced by Ekta Kapoor. While the film is slated to go on floor by October end, apart from Sushant the rest of the cast is yet to be finalized. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
A couple of key films have undergone release date changes and announcements over the last few days.
First up, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" has been moved up two days and is now slated to open Wednesday, August 21st.
Source: Box Office Mojo »
- Garth Franklin
Mumbai, May 21: Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor, who introduced Sushant Singh Rajput to filmdom with "Kai Po Che!", is all set to roll the cameras with the actor again for his next film, which will be widely shot in Kashmir.
"The film is set in Kashmir and Delhi. So, naturally the script lends itself to be shot in the Valley," Kapoor told Ians.
Sushant plays the protagonist in the film, which will go on floors by October.
A source close to the team said, "So far only the actor has been finalised. The. »
- Anita Agarwal
Critic and director Mark Cousins is receiving rave reviews at Cannes for his inspirational film about cinema and childhood. He tells Charlotte Higgins why it's the decade of the cine-essay
You can tell a lot about Mark Cousins from his tattoos. The Edinburgh-based, Belfast-born presenter, critic and film-maker, whose richly poetic A Story of Children and Film has just premiered to five-star reviews at Cannes, has arms inscribed with words. There's "Forough" on his right. That's Forough Farrokhzad, "the first great Iranian film director," he says. "Her The House Is Black is one of the greatest movies ever made." On his left there's "Le Corbusier", the French architect; and "Eisenstein", the Russian director about whom he recently made a film while undertaking a three-day tramp through Mexico City.
Then, on the inside of his left arm, are the words "the oar and the winnowing fan". This is a reference to »
- Charlotte Higgins
Her decision to speak out about a double mastectomy has rightly won her plaudits, but there's a danger of something being lost
It's no fun having everyone discussing your breasts, especially in relation to cancer. So Angelina Jolie's decision to speak out about her double mastectomy has understandably won her much praise and many new fans. But in among the plaudits for a film star willing to risk such a personal revelation, there's a danger that something might be lost. Because the truth about breast cancer, as with so many other diseases, is that genes are not everything.
While one in eight British women will get breast cancer in their lives, only a small percentage of these diagnoses will be linked to known genetic mutations. About 40% of all cancers are thought to be related to lifestyle factors, but in the majority of cases the causes are complex and no »
- Judith Soal
In the early 1930s, during a lengthy safari in Tanganyika Territory, Ernest Hemingway broke off a discussion of antelope hunting to provide a German expatriate with a disquisition on American literature from colonial times to the present. During this little lecture, included in his Green Hills of Africa, Hemingway made one of his most famous statements. "All American literature," he claims, "comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. If you read it you must stop where the Nigger Jim is stolen from the boys. That is the real end. The rest is just cheating. But it's the best book we have. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."
- Philip French
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are astronauts doing some work and admiring the view while floating above Earth when things are thrown into a cataclysmic tailspin. After something crashes into their shuttle, the pair are left grappling for something to grab onto in the thrilling first trailer for Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the visionary man behind Great Expectations, Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men.
Written by Alfonso and his brother Jonas Cuaron, Gravity's premise is deceptively simple - two people stranded in space - but given the utter and absolute vastness of outer space and the potential for the actors to really sink their teeth into roles that require adept back-and-forth and intensely relying on their imaginations, this is a sci-fi premise with plenty of potential to wow.
Check out the teaser trailer for Gravity, opening October 4, after the jump. »
- Andrea Miller
As is the trend nowadays, Alfonso Curaon's sci-fi thriller Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock teased us with an announcement that a trailer would be arriving online Thursday and sure enough, here it is: The film centers on astronauts who attempt to return to Earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting through space. Cuaron is no stranger to big movies having directed The Prisoner of Azkaban film in the Harry Potter franchise as well as the Gwyneth Paltrow/Ethan Hawke adaptation of Great Expectations. He's also shown skill at smaller films like Children of Men and Y Tu Mama Tambien. Gravity marks his first feature film in seven years. Does this trailer get you excited for the film's October 4 release? Do you think...
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Jazzy, fizzy and often quite fun, Baz Luhrmann's "Pretty Good Gatsby" takes F. Scott Fizgerald's Great American Novel out for a sometimes dazzling, always irreverent spin.
The gauzy picture-postcard 3-D production design and superb leading players breathe life into the Jazz Age novel. But the "Moulin Rouge!" director's barely contained determination to Australianize, if not outright bastardize, "The Great Gatsby" is constantly at war with a book and a cast that scream "classic." And Luhrmann isn't having that.
Gatbsy's orgiastic parties are set to hip hop music. A clumsy sanitarium-set framing device gives Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) a tad too much Fitzgerald autobiography and too little Nick, the shrewd but passive observer. And some of the supporting player choices take you right out of the movie. Seriously, what Luhrmann and "colorblind casting" do to the "gambler" and gangster Meyer Wolfsheim is so far removed from Jewish caricature or stereotype as to be laughable. »
Here's our pick of her finest performances – what would you add to the list?
Mocking Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be an increasingly popular pastime – and with her eccentric diet advice, her auto-parodic lifestyle website Goop, and her temerity to keep on winning things like People magazine's world's most beautiful woman award, she makes sure her detractors are never short of ammo.
To redress the balance, this week we're focusing solely only the positive side of her career. We asked our Facebook followers to name the Iron Man 3 star's greatest scenes, and here's our pick of the suggestions – beware spoilers and adult content. But what have we missed? Tell us your favourite Paltrow performances in the thread below
Gwyneth pulled off a flawless English accent in this 1998 romance, although we don't hear it in this clip. The film plays out two diverging versions of her character's life – and »
- Adam Boult
Mr. Pip is one of those novels that I have seen on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, picked up several times, and never actually got around to buying. In the finest tradition of movies making me want to read the book they are based on, the recent trailer for Andrew Adamson’s Mr. Pip adaptation looks really inspiring, not least because it stars Hugh Laurie. And who does not love Hugh Laurie?
Hugh Laurie plays Mr. Watts, a white teacher who begins teaching Dickens to the poor of the island of Bougainville. One of his pupils, Matilda (Xzannjah) is inspired by the lead character Pip of Great Expectations as a source of hope and escape from the violence that surrounds her. But a misunderstanding with the local army because of the book leads to greater violence, when Pip is mistaken for a secret rebel leader.
The trailer makes a lot of the relationship between Mr. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The long-running drama series House may not have been at its best when it finally came to an end in May of 2012, but it was at least doing one valuable service: putting Hugh Laurie on television once a week. But while not being able to witness his brilliance weekly is a bummer, the show being over does open the door for Laurie to pursue more film work. For example, the upcoming drama Mr. Pip, which just released its first trailer on the Paramount New Zealand YouTube page. Based on the novel by Lloyd Jones and adapted and directed by Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), the film is set in Papua New Guinea where a young girl becomes inspired by the lead character in Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations, which she learns about from a white teacher named Mr. Watts (Laurie). Unfortunately, »
Interview Louisa Mellor 1 May 2013 - 07:00
In the window of Covent Garden’s The Hospital Club, the chic venue for our chat with Star Trek: Voyager, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Pushing Daisies writer Bryan Fuller, is a sculpture called Gold Digga. A pair of gilded deer antlers atop a glittery Mondrian painting, it’s a piece about the commodification of art, but to someone – me – fresh from watching episode one of Hannibal, it’s an apt coincidence. Stag antlers play an arresting role in the Hannibal opener, and this flashy, glitzy pair seems quite Fuller-y (remind »
Paramount Pictures has released a trailer for director Andrew Adamson's drama Mister Pip. The film is based on a novel by Lloyd Jones and centers on a war that is raging in Papua, New Guinea. A young girl becomes obsessed with Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations, which is read during school by a foreigner. The film stars Hugh Laurie, Kerry Fox, Healesville Joel and Eka Darville.
Mister Pip - Trailer
Living under the shadow of the Papa New Guinean civil war, a young girl (her name is Matilda) forms a unique bond with an eccentric schoolteacher, over their shared love for Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. Directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia), and titled Mr Pip, the film is based on the award-winning novel by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones. It's named after the chief character in Dickens' novel. Mister Pip is the story of a girl caught in the throes of war on the island of Bougainville. It is through the guidance of her devoted but strict Christian mother and teacher that Matilda survives but more importantly, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Exclusive: Wme has signed Mitch Glazer, the veteran screenwriter who has been spending most of his time recently writing his Starz dramatic series creation Magic City. Glazer had long been a client of Jeff Berg, and moved with him when he formed Resolution. He most recently wrote and directed the art house film Passion Play, which starred Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox, and his scripting credits include Scrooged and Great Expectations. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
E! is trying its hand at scripted series, and one of the projects it has on the docket is the latest from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." creators teamed up once again on the series "Laurel Canyon," another Southern California-based television show that E! is looking to air.
The project is described as being about "a young woman who returns to her Hollywood family after her rock-star dad dies," and is one of eight scripted shows E! has in development. Among the others is a "darkly psychological retelling" of "The Prince and the Pauper" called "The Stand-In," a modern retelling of "Great Expectations" about a "morally corrupt family in the diamond business in New York City" called "Expectations" and series produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Spacey.
These aren't the only new series E! is looking to create. The network is still staying »
E! announced its upcoming shows and development slate today at the network's upfront presentation, and it's about what you'd expect on the reality side: a series about the Wanted, a show set among the fancy people of Sonoma Valley, a series called Sex & Real Estate. More important, though, the network also announced that it's developing a spinoff of The Soup called The Soup Investigates, which would explore such questions as, Where do the roses on The Bachelor come from? On the scripted side — yes, E! is still trying to make a go of scripted programming — the network is developing a Stephanie Savage/Josh Schwartz–produced show that was originally in the works at NBC (about a woman who moves back to California), as well as dramas based on The Prince and the Pauper, Hamlet, and Great Expectations. Among other shows! Good luck, E!. America is definitely yearning for a »
- Margaret Lyons
Last April, E! announced its first scripted slate as the reality/entertainment news-driven cable network signaled plans to enter the scripted space under its new NBCUniversal leadership. As E! is gearing up to greenlight its first three scripted pilots by Memorial Day, at its upfront today the network unveiled its new slate of scripted projects that come from well-known writers and producers. Several of the projects were originally developed for broadcast networks earlier this season. Those include dramedies Songbird, featuring the songs and experiences of songwriter Diane Warren, from producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan; and Laurel Canyon, from producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Songbird, written by Krista Vernoff, was originally set up at E! sibling NBC; Laurel Canyon, penned by Karen Croner, was at ABC. Related: E! Orders Reality Series, Ross Mathews Talk Show, Developing ‘Soup’ Spinoff E!’s scripted slate also includes three projects inspired by literary classics. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
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