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Redford + Crowe Join Battle To Hold Off Strike Threat

19 December 2008 4:18 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Robert Redford and Russell Crowe have joined the growing number of actors urging a Hollywood union not to plan an actors strike next year.

The veteran actor and the Australian Oscar-winner reportedly signed their names to a petition to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) on Thursday, pleading with the organisation not to hold a strike vote.

The SAG is due to ballot its members next month to authorise industrial action in an ongoing row with leading Hollywood studios and TV networks over royalty payments.

Cardholders of the 120,000-strong SAG rejected a three-year deal offered by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) earlier this year, and union bosses will now ballot members over a walkout which could cripple the upcoming awards season.

More than 130 stars signed an open letter - written by Danny DeVito's wife Rhea Perlman - on Monday asking officials at the SAG to call off the vote.

Hollywood superstars George Clooney, Cameron Diaz and Charlize Theron have all opposed the strike ballot - insisting the current turbulent financial climate is no time "to be putting people out of work".

Now Redford, Crowe and Hannibal actress Julianne Moore have joined the opposition to a possible walkout.

More than 30 high profile actors, including Mel Gibson and Martin Sheen, to put their names to a rival letter endorsing the strike bid. »

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Cinematical Seven: Best Sequel Replacement Actors

4 December 2008 7:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I'm hoping that Ray Stevenson will dominate the screen completely as Frank Castle, setting wrongs to right and creating utter mayhem, in Lexi Alexander's Punisher: War Zone, which opens wide tomorrow. I loved Stevenson as Titus Pullo in HBO's Rome, an atypical brute with a little boy's heart and a joyous young man's full-bodied embrace of life. At the very least, he should erase memories of Thomas Jane, who glowered and scowled without ever embodying the role in 2004's The Punisher.

With so many sequels being made, it's inevitable that some actors will not reprise their original role. (Just think of all the fuss kicked up by Don Cheadle taking over the part of War Machine from Terence Howard, in the Iron Man sequel.) Whether it's death, Broadway, pregnancy, caring for a family member, money, or the realization that the sequel will suck, sequel replacement actors face the daunting »

- Peter Martin

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Mike Nichols to Remake Kurosawa High and Low

30 October 2008 12:53 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Mike Nichols, who directed last year’s Charlie Wilson’s War, is confirmed to direct a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low for Miramax Films. Kurosawa’s original 1963 film starred Toshiro Mifune as a businessman who learns his son has been kidnapped and pays ransom to the criminals, only to find out it is actually his chauffeur’s son, sending him into dilemma of whether or not the child’s life is worth his money. The film itself was based on the novel King’s Ransom by Ed McBain. The reboot’s screenplay has been written by David Mamet (Hannibal, Ronin) and has not started casting yet. Scott Rudin and Martin Scorsese are set to produce the film. Originally, Scorsese was supposed to direct a remake of the [...] »

- Tessa

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Gary Oldman joins 'Book of Eli'

28 October 2008 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gary Oldman is in negotiations to star opposite Denzel Washington in "The Book of Eli," an action thriller from Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment. Albert and Allen Hughes are directing.

The script, by Gary Whitta and a rewrite by Anthony Peckham, centers on a lone hero named Eli (Washington) who must fight his way across the wasteland of a near-future America to protect a sacred book that might hold the key to saving the future of humanity.

Oldman will play Carnegie, the despot of a small makeshift town deficient of standard necessities, services, and most noticeably, laws. Carnegie is determined to take possession of the book Eli is guarding.

Alcon is financing and co-producing with Silver Pictures. Warners will distribute domestically while Summit Entertainment will handle international sales.

Silver Pictures' Joel Silver, Susan Downey are producing along with Washington and Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Filming is due to »

- By Borys Kit

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Ridley Scott Acquires Werewolf Spec Script

27 October 2008 3:17 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

We learned of some interesting news this evening as we were tipped off that Ian Jeffers, who wrote both James Wans' drama-thriller Death Sentence and Sylvain White's upcoming adaptation of Castlevania, has sold an original script to legendary director-produce Ridley Scott. Here's the juicy tid-bit... apparently the film is a werewolf project! No other details were revealed, but it sounds like we might have something pretty huge to look forward to in the coming years. Ridley Scott directed the classic sci-fi horror film Alien, cult classic Blade Runner, the Academy Award winner Gladiator and even brought Hannibal Lector back for more fava beans in Hannibal. »

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In Honor of Halloween: Most Underrated Villains Countdown #4

21 October 2008 1:25 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Mason Verger (Hannibal) It’s tough being a supporting character in a Hannibal Lecter film. They give him most of the good lines, he’s featured more prominently in the advertising, and reviewers trip over each other coming up with awful puns to describe Anthony Hopkins’s latest goofy-line-filled performance (how many times did you hear that one of these films was ‘to die for?’). Let’s face it: it’s a thankless job, and a lot of good work has gone unfairly overlooked because of it. Ted Levine as Jamie Gumb (‘Buffalo Bill’) and Ralph Fiennes as Francis Dolarhyde (‘the Tooth Fairy’) both had some fantastically creepy moments, but the tip of the hat really needs to go to Gary Oldman here, as former Lecter patient Mason Verger. Granted, he’s a lot creepier in the book (but what wasn’t?), but Oldman makes the role his own.


- Anders Nelson

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Top 10 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time from Fox

16 October 2008 12:10 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Fox Home Entertainment put together a list of the top 10 greatest horror movies of all time. The Omen: The first film in classic, four-part legacy of terror stars Gregory Peck as an ambassador who is talked into switching his wife’s (Lee Remick) stillborn baby with an orphaned infant. When young Damien is Five, the horror begins with his nanny’s dramatic suicide. As the death toll escalates, Damien’s father, realizing his son is the antichrist, decides that he must kill the boy and rid the world of the evil. Hannibal: Anthony Hopkins is “perverse perfection” (Rolling Stone) in his return to the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the sophisticated killer who comes out of hiding to draw FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore) into [...] »

- Brian Corder

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"The Unit" DVD clips from Season 3!

15 October 2008 4:31 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We have great clips all in one player below for "The Unit" in its third season! Now on DVD (October 14th release date), "The Unit" is an intense, TV actioner running since 2006. Creator and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet is an expert in weaving tension with credits like "Spartan," "Edmond," "Hannibal" and the recent Chiwetel Ejiofor starrer "Redbelt." The convincing cast lead by Dennis Haysbert includes Robert Patrick, Audrey Marie Anderson, Regina Taylor, Max Martini, Abby Brammell, Michael Irby, Scott Foley and Demore Barnes. The series follows members of a covert Special Forces team operating outside the usual military chain of command, their identities highly classified as they risk their lives on dangerous missions at home and abroad. »

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First 5 Minutes Of Blindness!

3 October 2008 12:43 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Ok, I'm not sure what the deal is with Blindness, other then the fact it was helmed by the director of City Of God... but the basic premise and TV spots I've seen thus far scare the crap out of me. Now, Yahoo is offering you a chance to see the first 5 minutes of the film on-line! Blindness was directed by Fernando Meirelles and stars Don McKellar, Julianne Moore (Hannibal), Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac), Danny Glover (Saw) and Alice Braga. The film is based on Jose Saramago's acclaimed novel that is set in motion when an epidemic of blindness sweeps through a contemporary city and pushes society to the brink of breakdown. It opens today in theaters! Visit the official website Here and watch the first 5 minutes below!

'Blindness' First Five Minutes @ Yahoo! Video »

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The Weekly Wrap-Up: September 6-12, 2008

13 September 2008 1:27 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

September 6-12, 2008, was a busy week of serendipity, shorts, and a few surprises.

Starting with one of the surprises, I doubt anyone expected to see Tom Cruise's name associated with Hannibal in any way, even a round-about one. But now that he and United Artists have acquired the rights to Mario Spezi’s novel The Monster of Florence, upon which Thomas Harris based his iconic character, it seems anything is possible -- even Cruise himself stepping into Sir Anthony Hopkins' extremely large and accomplished shoes to tackle the role of the Monster.

If you prefer to be the one handing out the shocks and shivers, make sure you enter our Shock Festival DVD & Trailer Contest. The top five entries will be featured in the 3-disc DVD set based on both the fictional Shock Festival films and the real films that inspired them. In addition they'll be shown publicly »

- The Woman In Black

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: September 7, 2008

7 September 2008 9:14 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Another Sunday brings another Weekend Movie News Wrap Up.

This week:

We look at the weekend box office and why Robert De Niro doesn’t like the Edge of Darkness, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington make a sequel, we get to see Where the Wild Things Are, Russell Crowe goes Holmes and Tom Cruise might go to Florence.


Weekend Box Office

It looks like Nic Cage will capture the weekend with a pretty low $8 million dollars for Bangkok Dangerous. The film wasn’t screened for critics and it looks like the public didn’t like the look of Cage’s hair. Tropic Thunder managed another $2.1 million on Friday, so the film should shoot up close to $7 million over the weekend. The Dark Knight should manage another $5 million this weekend bringing its total to a mighty $511 million.  Don Cheadle’s Traitor dropped 40% on the second weekend and the film should have »

- Niall Browne

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Cruise to Become a Monster?

6 September 2008 5:25 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi’s best-selling serial killer novel The Monster of Florence has been picked up for a filmed adaptation by Tom Cruise and United Artists, according to Variety. Cruise will produce and possibly star in the film.

The case that inspired Preston and Spezi to write Monster is that of eight grisly double homicides committed between 1968 and 1985, which the police believe were all done by one person. The same case served as the inspiration for Thomas HarrisHannibal as well.

The deal serves as the biggest ever done for one of Preston's novels, the last of which to be made into a film being The Relic.

Once Cruise gets his crazy hands on the script for The Monster of Florence, he will decide if he wants to star in it in addition to producing, which I’m sure would give the film’s press a huge boost if it did happen. »

- Johnny Butane

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Tom Cruise picks up The Monster of Florence

5 September 2008 3:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The mighty Tom Cruise and his company United Artists have picked up the rights to The Monster Of Florence, a new film that will be scripted by Christopher McQuarrie, he most famous for penning The Usual Suspects and the upcoming Valkyrie.

Cruise is looking to produce and possible star in the new film, which will be based on the book by Douglas Preston.

Rights to the film, described by trade paper Variety as a serial-killer-thriller, were picked up at the now-running Venice Film Festival. Preston told the Italian press that the film is a big-screen adaptation of a reconstruction of eight grisly double homicides believed to have been committed single-handedly between 1968 and 1985 in and around the Italian Renaissance gem.

For those not familiar with Preston, his previous big-screen adapts include The Relic.

The Monster Of Florence inspired Thomas Harris' Silence Of The Lambs sequel Hannibal, a film that I actually quite enjoyed. »

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Tom Cruise Hunts Down 'The Monster Florence'

5 September 2008 11:33 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Tom Cruise and United Artists have acquired rights to serial-killer thriller The Monster Of Florence, with Cruise attached to produce and possibly to star, according to Douglas Preston, author of the bestseller that had previously inspired the Thomas Harris sequel Hannibal. Preston and Italo journo Mario Spezi told Corriere della Sera they have inked with UA for a big-screen adaptation of their reconstruction of eight grisly double homicides believed to have been committed single-handedly between 1968 and 1985 in and around the Italian Renaissance gem. "It's the biggest movie deal in my life," the leading Italo daily quoted Preston as saying in a front page story. Previous Preston tomes made into movies include thriller "The Relic." »

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Blu-ray Review: Nixon (Election Year Edition)

20 August 2008 11:47 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Oliver Stone has pretty much owned films based on the time of the Vietnam War. He has his Vietnam War trilogy with Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon and Heaven and Earth. He also has The Doors and JFK. Here we will talk about Nixon, the director's in-depth look at one of the United States' most controversial presidents and in familiar form Stone brings his own twists and theories to the story as he once again says he is a filmmaker and not a historian. This was my first time seeing Nixon and considering this is the director's cut boasting an additional 28 minutes I knew I was in for a long haul as the film now spans a whopping three hours and 33 minutes. The funny thing is to listen to Stone's introduction to the deleted scenes on the second disc and how he says wasn't able to get it »

- Brad Brevet

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List: Subbing In - Strange Moments in Replacement Actor History

15 July 2008 4:56 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Matt Singer

When adventurous treasure hunters Rick and Evelyn O'Connell return for their third film, this summer's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," one of them will look a bit different than they had previously. That's because Evelyn was once played by Rachel Weisz, who passed on this sequel and was replaced by Maria Bello. Likewise, the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Rachel Dawes from "Batman Begins" continues in this summer's "The Dark Knight," without Katie Holmes; Maggie Gyllenhaal fills in there.

It's a busy year for actors replacing other actors in sequels . we've already had a new Hulk (Edward Norton) and this fall, we'll have a new Punisher to match (Ray Stevenson) . so it's a good time to look back at some of the most notable substitutes. Sometimes new actors in old roles can make a huge impact; Antonio Banderas broke through with American audiences with "Desperado, »

- Matt Singer

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Oldman Chooses Kids Over Drama Directors

4 July 2008 10:27 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Fatherhood has robbed British movie star Gary Oldman of his tough guy status - nowadays he'd prefer to be home in time for dinner.

The Hannibal star admits he has lost the ambition he once had and now signs up for films that allow him to spend quality time with his kids.

He tells WENN that's why he enjoys making Batman movies with director Chris Nolan: "He finishes so I can get home for dinner and put my kids to bed, and he's not a lunatic who wants to work 17 hours a day.

"I don't want to work with anyone like that. I want my weekends off and I want to put my kids to bed. Those are good reasons to want to be in Batman 2." »

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The Monster Of Florence

25 June 2008 10:31 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In the summer of 1981, the historic city of Florence, Italy was rocked by the brutal murder of two lovers in a parked car. Mario Spezi was a newspaperman who caught the case and became the city's foremost expert on what turned out to a serial killer with at least 14—and maybe 16—victims. The murderer, dubbed The Monster by the press, shot and mutilated couples having sex in the Florentine hills (a time-honored custom in a country where late marriage is common, and living together is unthinkable). His signatures were a distinctive notch on the shell casings and the removal of the women's sex organs. Although the case was an Italian obsession for years and inspired Thomas Harris' sequel Hannibal, The Monster remained relatively unknown in America. So when popular author Douglas Preston arrived in Florence to write a novel and contacted Spezi for research purposes, he stumbled onto »

- Donna Bowman

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1 May 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Like so many ambitious writers, David Mamet has many faces. There's the street-smart thriller craftsman behind Homicide, Heist, and Spartan. The sly, stagey twist-meister behind House Of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, and Glengarry Glen Ross. The sentimental softie of Things Change and State And Main. (There's also the work-for-hire hack that signed onto the screenplay for Hannibal, and the clumsy, self-satisfied provocateur who wrote Oleanna, but the less said about them, the better.) But no previous project has so thoroughly fused his filmmaking facets as Redbelt, a superior, sophisticated, and unusually gentle character study where the point isn't the twists, so much as watching how one man's belief system holds up through them. Further cementing his well-earned reputation for sensitivity and depth, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things, Children Of Men) stars as a small-time jujitsu instructor with an unyielding sense of honor that comes into play when jittery »

- Tasha Robinson

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Beckinsale's Opossum Shock

9 March 2008 4:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Kate Beckinsale was so shocked the first time she saw an opossum she dragged her daughter out of bed to stare back at the wide-eyed "monster".

Beckinsale had no idea what an opossum was before she moved to Los Angeles a few years ago.

And as the Underworld star watched the nocturnal creature intently studying her, it reminded her of Sir Anthony Hopkins' serial killer character Hannibal Lecter.

She says, "We don't have things like that at home (in the U.K.). When we first moved here (Los Angeles) I heard a rustling noise outside and in the tree was an actual monster with big crazy yellow teeth like Hannibal Lecter.

"I started shouting, 'Look at the monster!' It was 11 at night, my daughter was probably four, and I dragged out of bed, I was so excited." »

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