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Nicole as Grace on Paris Match

26 December 2012 8:16 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I haven't mentioned Nicole Kidman in forever! (heh) The goddess has been busy. In addition to awards press for The Paperboy, she's been been filming Grace of Monaco and now she's covering Paris Match.

I tend to like Nicole's riskier messy projects more than her prestige polished ones. Give me a Dogville or a The Paperboy any day over a Cold Mountain or a Human Stain (anyone remember that one?). So I'm not looking forward to Grace of Monaco or The Railway Man, her 2013 films, in quite the way I usually look forward to her projects but I'll definitely see them for her. Stoker on the other hand...

I'm not sure that cover does Nicole any favors but I've been steeling myself for the inevitable "she's too old to play Grace Kelly" criticisms to come, which will conveniently forget that Grace Kelly lived to be 52 and that we only think »


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Jack White Not Scoring Lone Ranger

17 December 2012 6:38 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Sad news for lovers of the multi-gifted guitarist and former White Stripe, Jack White. The good folk at Indiewire report that he's no longer scoring The Lone Ranger. Instead, familiar Jerry Bruckheimer hand Hans Zimmer will be taking on musical duties, stonking his trademark cues around the old West until vultures start falling out of trees and everyone spills bourbon over themselves.It's a dramatic musical switcheroo, although of course Zimmer is a more-than-assured pair of hands. As Disney's statement stresses, the German has a wealth of Bruckheimer collaborations under his belt and should slot pretty seemlessly into the production: “The musical mastermind behind Pirates Of The Caribbean, has signed on to compose the score for The Lone Ranger. Jack White, who had originally been contemplated to score and has contributed several pieces of music to the production, was logistically unavailable due to scheduling conflicts that arose when the film »

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Jack White No Longer Scoring The Lone Ranger, Hans Zimmer Takes His Place

14 December 2012 6:12 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Jack White does have some experience working in the movie industry. In addition to giving permission for his songs to be used in a variety of films (the most recent being David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook), he has even done a bit of acting (notably playing Elvis Presley in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Georgia in Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain. But for the last few months it looked like the rock and roll musician was getting ready to take his involvement with cinema to a new level. At CinemaCon in Vegas earlier this year it was announced that White had been hired to write the score for The Lone Ranger, the upcoming action flick from director Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer). Today, however, we have some bad news and some good news: the bad is that White is no longer going »

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Hans Zimmer replaces Jack White as composer for The Lone Ranger

14 December 2012 9:39 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

The announcement that Jack White was going to score The Lone Ranger was a definite boost for me to see the movie. Being a huge White Stripes fan, I know that White's love of old Americana would influence the soundtrack in a positive way. Seeing as he already contributed greatly to Cold Mountain, I figured The Lone Ranger would be an interesting fit for him. Well, it apparently was not meant to be as word has come down that White will no longer score The Lone Ranger and Gore Verbinski will »

- Alex Maidy

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Charlie Hunnam gushes about 'Pacific Rim' and writing for the 'Sons Of Anarchy'

4 December 2012 10:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's funny how someone who was born in 1980 can already have distinct movements in his career, but it's true of Charlie Hunnam.  Like many young stars, when he first got cast, there was a sense that it was a tryout for real stardom.  Certainly he made an impression in "Queer As Folk," and when he was given a shot at American TV, I liked the result.  "Undeclared" isn't quite as great as "Freaks and Geeks," but what is?  It was a lovely funny well-observed college show, and the cast was very strong and very young.  Roles followed in "Cold Mountain" »

- Drew McWeeny

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Gambit gabble: what actors' accents lack

27 November 2012 1:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cameron Diaz's much ridiculed bid to sound Texan rodeo star is the latest in a resonant cinematic tradition of feeble phonemes

Gambit has attracted plenty of brickbats, but one complaint might have surprised yesteryear's filmgoers. Cameron Diaz plays an over-the-top rodeo queen, so she weighs in with a wacky Texan accent. What's wrong with that? Well, it isn't quite the way that Texans actually speak. Her effort is "insufferable" according to; it had BuzzSugar "cringing".

Sadly, California–born Diaz has form when it comes to mangling the speech of the southern states. The moral dilemma film The Box was set in Richmond, Virginia. For this, Diaz laid on what a Brit might have thought an unobjectionable southern accent. The city guide Black Book heard things differently. "It's that generic cornpone drawl that Hollywood would usually have us believe everyone below the Mason-Dixon line speaks," the magazine fumed. »

- David Cox

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Jude Law & Michael Gambon to be Honoured at British Independent Film Awards

22 November 2012 2:15 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The nominees for this year’s Möet British Independent Film Awards were announced earlier this month, celebrating the best and most promising talents in the British film industry over the past year.

The ceremony itself is to be held on 9th December, and the joint directors of the awards, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, have announced that the recipients of The Richard Harris Award and The Variety Award will be Sir Michael Gambon and Jude Law, respectively.

The Richard Harris Award is held in recognition of an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor, and very much deservedly earned by Gambon, who took over from the late Richard Harris, himself, as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. He will soon be seen in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, starring alongside the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Sheridan Smith, which »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Jude Law And Michael Gambon To Be Honoured At Moet British Independent Film Awards

21 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We have received confirmation the acting talents of Michael Gambon and Jude Law are to be honoured at this years’ 15th Moet British Independent Film Awards. The event will be hosted once again by actor James Nesbitt, who returns for his seventh year, on Sunday 9th December at the impressive Old Billingsgate in London. You can find out all those features, actors and filmmakers who are in contention here. In the meantime the press release for this latest news goes as follows: Jude Law And Sir Michael Gambon To Be Honoured At The 15th Moet British Independent Film Awards   Recipients of both The Richard Harris Award and The Variety Award were announced today by Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint Directors, The Moet British Independent Film Awards.   Sir Michael Gambon will receive the Richard Harris Award and Jude Law The Variety Award at the awards ceremony on Sunday 9th December at Old Billingsgate. »

- Craig Hunter

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Our Kind of Voting Pt. 2

6 November 2012 3:32 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

image shamelessly grabbed from My New Plaid PantsI'm feeling anxious today -- everyone around me is too.

We won't know who won the Presidential Election until late tonight but since all I can think of today is voting, we'll continue with our actual favorite kind of voting: Oscar voting.

Or, rather, retroactive hypothetical Oscar voting. See part one if you missed it or enjoy this exercize

So tell me who wins your vote in some of the most famously divisive, contentious, or just plain fabulous categories ever! Explain your choices in the comments.

2003 Best Actor

Sean Penn (Mystic River) vs. Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) vs. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) vs Jude Law (Cold Mountain) vs Ben Kingsley (House of Sand and Fog)

1974 Best Actress

Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t…) vs. Diahan Carroll (Claudine) vs. Faye Dunaway (Chinatown) vs. Valerie Perrine (Lenny) vs. Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence »


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Jude Law Joins Queen of the Desert

2 November 2012 4:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy Award nominee Jude Law has joined Oscar nominee Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson in Queen of the Desert, a period drama written and directed by Academy Award nominee Werner Herzog. Nick N. Raslan will produce via his Palmyra Films banner along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya's Benaroya Pictures banner will finance the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales and will make it available to buyers during this year's American Film Market.

The film stars Naomi Watts as Gertrude Bell, an explorer, writer, archeologist and attach&#233 for the British Empire, who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th Century.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Morocco in March 2013. Here's what producer Nick N. Raslan had to say about the project.

"It is great to be working with Herzog again on this epic story as Ms. »

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Broadway Casting Notes: Hollywood Storms The Scene

27 September 2012 8:45 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Sam Negin

Theater Editor & Columnist


A number of casting and production notices have come up lately and unexpectedly caught my attention. It seems to me, for starters, that a number of these celebrities are coming to Broadway for no other reason than to get themselves a Tony.

First up came the announcement that Renee Zellweger will star in a Broadway-bound adaptation of the 1961 film The Hustler. Though it has not been announced what role Ms. Zellweger will play, the choice to cast her is hard for me to wrap my brain around. To me, what that made the film so memorable were the performances of Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. They were so strong that I don’t even remember there being a woman in the film other than in the background.

Would Zellweger take on Newman or Gleason’s role? I vaguely remember Piper Laurie playing a bit part in the film, »

- Sam Negin

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To Ride Or Not To Ride – Samcro & Formulas For The Perfect Crime Story

12 September 2012 6:42 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Much like most of the civilized world, I knew what yesterday meant:

The premiere of Sons of Anarchy, Season 5. I was pretty jazzed. I would DVR that bad bastard and catch it when convenience struck. Or, if I was too lazy or forgetful to do that, I could snag it On Demand. I wasn’t sweating.

It was just a biker show, after all. A good one, sure – great in some ways – but just a heavy-caliber, low-taste drama about leather-clad motorcycle thugs.

Except that, when I got into the office, you could hear the growl of Samcro engines everywhere. It wasn’t just the rowdy Rams fan in the cubicle next to me, who had “Soa 1%” up on his white board in black marker. I could hear the break room buzzing with episode recaps and series synopses. People were marking their calendars, gunning their throttles, waiting for the big night to arrive. »

- Matthew C. Funk

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Movie Review - Anna Karenina (2012)

12 September 2012 10:44 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anna Karenina, 2012.

Directed by Joe Wright.

Starring Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Michelle Dockery, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson, Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson.


In 19th century Russia, Anna Karenina begins a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.

Anna Karenina is an adaptation of the classic novel by Leo Tolstoy (of War and Peace fame). Originally written in serial format from 1873 to 1877, it has been adapted into a screenplay by Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Shakespeare in Love) and directed by Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement). It also reunites Wright, for the third time, with actress Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean) cast in the lead role as Anna.

Set amongst Russian high society in 1874, the film explores the theme of love: between a husband and wife, parents and children, siblings and between lovers. The focus is on Anna Karenina, the wife of Alexei, »

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Renée Zellweger to make Broadway debut

11 September 2012 3:51 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bridget Jones star reported to be following up her film directing debut by appearing in stage adaption of The Hustler

As if one first were not enough, Renée Zellweger will follow her forthcoming film directorial debut with a stage debut on Broadway, according to Deadline.

The entertainment industry website has reported that Zellweger is set to star in a stage adaptation of the 1961 film The Hustler, which starred Paul Newman and Piper Laurie, itself based on a novel written by Walter Tevis two years earlier. The plot centres on a young pool shark, Edward "Fast Eddie" Felson, and the doomed young woman who loves him.

Dates for the project have no yet been announced, though Zellweger is due to direct and star in a feature film, 4½ Minutes, in February.

Warrior writer Anthony Tambakis is reportedly working on scripts for both projects, in addition to collaborating with Zellweger on a TV drama called Cinammon Girl, »

- Matt Trueman

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Jude Law Joins Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel

10 September 2012 1:09 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The list of celebrated directors Jude Law has worked with is absolutely staggering. Since his career hit its stride in the late '90s, he's appeared in films by Clint Eastwood (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), David Cronenberg (eXistenZ), Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain), Steven Spielberg (A.I.), Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition), David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees), Mike Nichols (Closer), Terry Gilliam (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), Steven Soderbergh (Contagion) and Martin Scorsese (Hugo). Of course, he's a remarkable talent who has deftly leapt from wildly different genres and filmmaking styles, but with a resume like this you'd think he'd have his pick of projects. And yet, when he spoke with MTV at the Toronto International Film Festival, Law confessed he has full on pleaded for a part in a Wes Anderson film for a while now, admitting: "I've been a huge fan of Wes'. I »

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Renee Zellweger Makes Her Directorial Debut With NYC-Set Comedy 4 1/2 Minutes

7 September 2012 6:57 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With critically celebrated comedy hits like Bridget Jones's Diary and Chicago and earnest Oscar-courting dramas like Cold Mountain and Cinderella Man, Renée Zellweger was everywhere in the early 2000s. Yet the last few years, the bubbly blonde leading lady has largely been absent from the spotlight, making her last movie appearance in 2010's My Own Love Song, a dramedy that went straight to DVD Stateside. But now Zellweger is taking her comeback into her own hands with 4 ½ Minutes. Deadline reports Zellweger has not only committed to front the comedy that's set in the thick of New York City's stand-up comedy community, but also will make her directorial debut with the film. Jackass's Johnny Knoxville will play the movie's hero, a struggling comic who is forced to take a job as a nanny, looking after the genius son of Zelwegger's single-mom character. The released logline also mentions Knoxville's stand-up is »

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Casting Roundup: Evans, Minghella and Willis Get the Gigs

7 September 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• Any film that describes itself as "in the vein of 'Amelie' and '(500) Days of Summer'" certainly has our attention. Deadline reports that Captain America himself, Chris Evans, and Michelle Monaghan will star in "A Many Splintered Thing," an "anti-romantic comedy" that tells the story of a young man who meets a breathtaking — and engaged — young woman at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist.

• It looks like Max Minghella wants a set of "Horns," too. Variety reports that the "Social Network" star is in talks to join Daniel Radcliffe in the screen adaptation of Joe Hill's (son of Stephen King) novel about a man who wakes up after a night of debauchery to discover that he's grown a pair of ... well, horns.

• When in doubt, just hand Bruce Willis a gun. Variety brings word that the »

- Bryan Enk

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Shia Labeouf's 'Charlie Countryman' Aiming For Sundance Or Berlin Premiere; Joachim Trier's 'Louder Than Bombs' Starts Casting

15 August 2012 10:53 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Since leaving his post as the leading man in Michael Bay's 'Transformers' trilogy, Shia Labeouf has seemingly turned his back on blockbusters and made some admirable choices to work with names like Oliver Stone, John Hillcoat and Robert Redford with a teaming with the Danish king of controversy Lars von Trier also in the works. Another project that the actor has recently finished shooting is "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," the feature debut of commerical director Fredrik Bond. Lensed in Romania where "Cold Mountain" shot nearly a decade ago, the film is now reportedly eyeing a festival premiere early next year, with producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger telling ThompsonOnHollywood that Sundance and Berlin are being targeted. The film tells the story of a man who gets mixed up with a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) and vows to free her from the clutches of a »

- Simon Dang

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Marc Webb Attached To Direct 'Only Living Boy In New York'

15 August 2012 9:17 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger have built up a helluva CV over the years, with their names gracing films like "Little Miss Sunshine," "Cold Mountain," "King Of The Hill," "Chuck & Buck" and Alexander Payne's upcoming "Nebraska." With their latest effort "Ruby Sparks" now in theaters, Thompson On Hollywood recently caught up with the pair, and they provided an update on a handful of projects they have in the works, including one which has gained a helmer coming off a summer blockbuster. The duo revealed that director Marc Webb is now attached to helm "The Only Living Boy In New York." Last we heard, the project had Seth Gordon and Logan Lerman on board with the latter coincidentally a contender for the lead at one point for Webb's own recent film about a boy (and superhero) in New York, "The Amazing Spider-Man." A project in gestation for nearly 7 years, »

- Simon Dang

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Miramax Film Music Rights Acquired By Warner/Chappell

31 July 2012 11:11 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, July 31, 2012 – Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, and Miramax, one of the world’s leading independent film and television studios, today announced an agreement under which Warner/Chappell will acquire the masters and publishing rights for all film music owned by Miramax. The agreement builds on the companies’ existing relationship through which Warner/Chappell administered Miramax’s film music publishing across most of Europe and South America. Terms are not being disclosed. The Miramax music library contains music from Academy Award® winners The Cider House Rules, Chicago, Cold Mountain and Frida, acclaimed movies such as Gangs of New York, Finding Neverland, Good Will Hunting, Chocolat, Sin City, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and music from several hundred other Miramax films. The catalog includes works from celebrated composers such as Academy Award® winners Howard Leslie Shore, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek, »


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