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Billy Boyd: Where You At?

10 December 2012 7:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

"The Lord of the Rings" was one of the most popular series in film history, earning over $2.9 billion worldwide and raking in an amazing 17 Oscars.

And, to nobody's surprise, the stars of "The Lord of the Rings" have since gone on to become major film and television stars: Viggo Mortensen has had acclaimed turns in movies like "A History of Violence," Orlando Bloom topped the box office again with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, Dominic Monaghan anchored the cult classic TV show "Lost." The list goes on and on.

But one name is conspicuously absent from that list: Billy Boyd.

Boyd, of course, played the lovably naive hobbit Pippin. And even before "The Lord of the Rings" was out of theaters, he seemed on the verge of major stardom, appearing in the 2004 Best Picture nominee "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (which lost to "The Return of the King »

- Scott Harris

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Integral Film to co-produce Peter Weir's The Keep

14 November 2012 1:39 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Alfred Huermer's Integral Film is set to co-produce Peter Weir's The Keep along with Said Ben Said's Sbs Productions, reports Variety. Weir, who directed films like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Truman Show and Dead Poets Society, among other greats, helms the film based on the Jennifer Egan novel. The story follows two cousins who are haunted by a childhood prank and now reunite after twenty years to renovate a German medieval castle. Pic will shoot next year on location in Thuringia, Germany and perhaps in Studio Babelsberg, located near Berlin. »

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Integral Film to co-produce Peter Weir's The Keep

14 November 2012 1:39 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Alfred Huermer's Integral Film is set to co-produce Peter Weir's The Keep along with Said Ben Said's Sbs Productions, reports Variety. Weir, who directed films like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Truman Show and Dead Poets Society, among other greats, helms the film based on the Jennifer Egan novel. The story follows two cousins who are haunted by a childhood prank and now reunite after twenty years to renovate a German medieval castle. Pic will shoot next year on location in Thuringia, Germany and perhaps in Studio Babelsberg, located near Berlin. »

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

10 November 2012 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Margin Call; Cosmopolis; Friends with Kids

A couple of years ago, electrifying presence Paul Bettany confessed that he had become so disillusioned with the romcoms and fantasy romps that were his bread and butter (handsomely paying the bills without feeding his soul) that he considered withdrawing from the cinema altogether. This would have been a great loss because Bettany (who acted Russell Crowe off the screen in both A Beautiful Mind and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) remains one of the UK's most charismatic and reliably watchable screen exports, a Malcolm McDowell for the 21st century. Thankfully the actor's faith in the medium was restored by a script that would go on to garner an unexpected but thoroughly deserved Oscar nomination for writer/director Jc Chandor, forming the backbone of a film that would prove conclusively that Bettany still had within him the fire so spectacularly »

- Mark Kermode

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Awg announces 2013 National Screenwriters Conference line-up

25 October 2012 10:50 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian Writers. Guild (Awg) released their first line-up announcement for the biennial National Screenwriters Conference, which will take place at Mornington Peninsula in Victoria from 20-22 February 2013. Shameless creator Paul Abbott, announced as international headliner last month, will be joined by a host of industry elite including John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Craig Pearce (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom), Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Easy Virtue), Jacquelin Perske (Spirited, Love My Way, Little Fish, The Secret Life of Us), Keith Thompson & Tony Briggs (The Sapphires), Ian Simmons (Good News World, Good News Week, The Sideshow) and Peter Moon (Fast Forward, Full Frontal). "We bring together an unrivalled number of preeminent writers at the top of their game for the Nsc, which is a not-for-profit event. The retreat-like setting creates a hothouse of ideas, »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Hitchcock Opening In Theaters During Awards Season – November 23, 2012

20 September 2012 12:10 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Good evening” Oscar race. Prime for an Awards Season run, Fox Searchlight Pictures has set the release date for the upcoming drama Hitchcock - November 23, 2012. The latest poster is fantastic. The first trailer for the film will be here soon, so stay tuned. Hitchcock is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock.s seminal movie Psycho.

The film stars Academy Award® winners Sir Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Dame Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma. Sacha Gervasi, whose big screen debut, Anvil! The Story Of Anvil won the 2010 Best Documentary Feature prize at the Independent Spirit Awards, will direct from a screenplay by John McLaughlin, revisions by Ryan Murphy, Stephen Rebello and Sacha Gervasi, based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello. »

- Michelle McCue

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Patricia Riggen to Direct Chilean Miners Movie The 33

11 September 2012 6:39 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Film producer Mike Medavoy announced today that Patricia Riggen has come on board to direct the theatrical film currently entitled The 33, based on the story of the 33 Chilean Miners, whose remarkable rescue from the San Jose Mine captivated the world's attention.

The Mexican-born director is best known for her independent film Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival to a standing ovation. After a heated bidding war, the film was acquired for worldwide distribution by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company and was released theatrically to opening-weekend record numbers for a Spanish language film in the Us.

"I saw in her film not only her talent but the real humanity and humor that this film needs." Medavoy said. "Patricia has the heart and sensibility to bring this story to life in a way that accurately reflects what the miners and their families endured."

Riggen »

- MovieWeb

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'Face Off': McKenzie Westmore, host of the Syfy monster makeup show, previews tonight's episode

28 August 2012 11:45 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Last week, Syfy kicked off the third season of its effects makeup competition show, Face Off, with a new batch of aspiring makeup artists, plenty of reality TV drama and a wowing Star Wars cantina-themed challenge.

Tonight’s episode, “Pirate Treasure,” sends the remaining contestants to San Diego, where they get their challenge assignments aboard the Hms Surprise, the ship used for filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

Briefing the contestants on their pirate-themed challenge is the show’s host, McKenzie Westmore.

Taking on the Face Off hosting »

- Emily Rome

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Peter Weir Up For Jennifer Egan's The Keep

21 May 2012 8:01 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Be it the high seas adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, the high-concept comedy The Truman Show, or the rousing school-set drama Dead Poets Society, director Peter Weir is known for helming ambitious productions that pack an emotional wallop. But could he be biting off more than he can chew with his next project? Variety reports Weir is attached to direct an adaptation of Jennifer Egan's bestselling novel The Keep for Said Ben Said productions. The gothic thriller focuses on the complicated relationship between two estranged American cousins, who reluctantly decide to work together to renovate a European castle into an "alternative resort" venture. Leaving behind the life they know.and ignoring the shared past they'd rather forget.they delve into the depths of the keep, where they discover secret passages, strange inhabitants and a dark history that could destroy them both. It's a compelling concept, »

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Peter Weir to Direct The Keep Adaptation

21 May 2012 7:15 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Peter Weir (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Truman Show) will direct the contemporary gothic thriller The Keep, reports Variety. The film is based on Jennifer Egan's 2006 best-seller, which is described as follows:

Award-winning author Jennifer Egan brilliantly conjures a world from which escape is impossible and where the keep –the tower, the last stand –is both everything worth protecting and the very thing that must be surrendered in order to survive. 

Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner, in jail for an unnamed crime, recounts an unforgettable story that seamlessly brings the crimes of »

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Peter Weir to Direct Gothic Thriller The Keep

21 May 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Peter Weir ( Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World , The Truman Show ) will direct the contemporary gothic thriller The Keep , reports Variety . The film is based on Jennifer Egan's 2006 best-seller, which is described as follows: Award-winning author Jennifer Egan brilliantly conjures a world from which escape is impossible and where the keep .the tower, the last stand .is both everything worth protecting and the very thing that must be surrendered in order to survive. Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as »

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Peter Weir to Direct The Keep

21 May 2012 12:52 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Director Peter Weir, whose last film, The Way Back, played cinemas in 2010, signed on to adapt Jennifer Egan’s haunted castle thriller The Keep for CBS Films. Variety confirmed that Weir, best known as the director of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, replaced Niels Arden Oplev, the director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Weir planned to shoot the supernatural thriller, about two cousins whose lives change while renovating a medieval castle in Easten Europe, some time next spring. »

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Peter Weir to Direct The Keep

21 May 2012 12:52 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Director Peter Weir, whose last film, The Way Back, played cinemas in 2010, signed on to adapt Jennifer Egan’s haunted castle thriller The Keep for CBS Films. Variety confirmed that Weir, best known as the director of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, replaced Niels Arden Oplev, the director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Weir planned to shoot the supernatural thriller, about two cousins whose lives change while renovating a medieval castle in Easten Europe, some time next spring. »

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The Keep Gets Director Peter Weir

21 May 2012 12:30 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Way Back director Peter Weir is set to direct gothic thriller The Keep.

The film is an adaptation of a best-selling Jennifer Egan book and it is set in a mysterious medieval castle somewhere in Central Europe. It follows two estranged American cousins who reunite to set up an alternative resort, stirring childhood traumas and phobias in a haunted castle. Peter Weir is also writing the screenplay for the film.

Ben Sa&#239d will produce through his Paris based production company Sbs Productions.

The director is best known for his work on Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World and The Truman Show.

Production is scheduled to begin next spring in Europe and Australia. »

- MovieWeb

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Peter Weir Will Direct Gothic Thriller ‘The Keep’

20 May 2012 12:16 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Although his last effort, 2010′s The Way Back, was perhaps one of his lesser accomplishments, we’re always anticipating the next project from Peter Weir. Considering the scope of that film, which largely failed at the box office, we thought it may be some time before we see another feature from the man who gave us Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Truman Show and Dead Poets Society. Thankfully, such is not the case as Variety has news on his next project.

Weir has announced his upcoming film, an adaptation of Jennifer Egan‘s novel, which is described as a “contemporary gothic thriller.” Unrelated to Michael Mann‘s film of the same name, this film follows two cousin who set out to renovate a European medieval castle. Set along this eerie backdrop, supernatural happenings begin to unfold in the script Weir will adapt himself. It’ll »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Peter Weir Enters The Keep

19 May 2012 12:37 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

A couple of years ago(!) we reported that Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) was attached to direct The Keep, Ehren Kruger's (The Ring, Skeleton Key) adaptation of Jennifer Egan's novella. Time passed. Things change.

Variety is now reporting that Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World ) is attached to direct the contemporary gothic thriller The Keep, adapting Jennifer Egan's 2006 bestseller in a film set in a mysterious medieval castle somewhere in Central Europe.

The flick is set up at Said Ben Said's Paris-based production-sales outfit Sbs Productions and begins shooting next spring.

Described by one observer as The Ring meets Inception dig on the plot crunch below and look for more soon!

Synopsis

"Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank whose devastating consequences changed both their lives, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Movie Review - How I Spent My Summer Vacation (2012)

14 May 2012 2:35 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

How I Spent My Summer Vacation (a.k.a Get the Gringo), 2012.

Directed by Adrian Grunberg.

Starring Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Dolores Heredia, Peter Stormare, Dean Norris and Bob Gunton.

Synopsis:

A career criminal is sent to a tough Mexican prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation is a return to form for many things. It’s a return to form for the action genre, unapologetic onscreen violence, dark black humour, simple and straightforward storytelling, and most encouragingly of all, for Mel Gibson. The film is one of the most refreshing I’ve seen this year, and it’s all about something which is increasingly missing in films as the years go on - star power. Personally, I’m bored of comic book or ‘young adult’ novels taking the box office by storm, each of »

- flickeringmyth

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Battleship In St. Louis

7 May 2012 8:58 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On May 18, 2012, the battle for Earth begins at sea.

Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) directs and produces Battleship, an epic-scale action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Wamg is giving away passes to the advance screening of Battleship, May 15th, at The Galaxy – Mega Screen –  at 7pm.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.

2. Fill Out Your Name And E-mail Address Below. Real First Name Required.

3. Answer The Following Question: Name the last Battleship to see military use.

Winners Will Be Chosen Through A Random Drawing Of Qualifying Contestants. No Purchase Necessary. Passes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged. Duplicate Tickets Will Not Be Accepted.

Battleship is rated PG13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and for language.

Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lieutenant Alex Hopper, »

- Movie Geeks

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Russell Crowe to star in Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic 'Noah'

22 April 2012 8:38 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

He already played one famed seafarer in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and now Russell Crowe is set to play the best known sailor of them all. The Oscar-winning actor has signed on for the title role in Noah, director Darren Aronofsky’s film of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, Paramount and New Regency announced today.

The announcement also included a telling detail, noting that Aronofsky’s film — penned by the Black Swan director and Ari Handel (The Fountain), with a polish by John Logan (Gladiator) — will be a “close adaptation” of the well-known »

- Adam B. Vary

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Sir Anthony Hopkins As Alfred Hitchcock In First Photo From Hitchcock

18 April 2012 3:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released this first look of Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in the upcoming drama Hitchcock (via People.com). Last week principal photography for Hitchcock started on April 13th in Los Angeles. I have to admit, with all the prosthetics on, the resemblance is remarkable.

The film will star Academy Award® winners Sir Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Dame Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma. Sacha Gervasi, whose big screen debut, Anvil! The Story Of Anvil won the 2010 Best Documentary Feature prize at the Independent Spirit Awards, will direct from a screenplay by John McLaughlin, revisions by Ryan Murphy, Stephen Rebello and Sacha Gervasi, based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello.

Hitchcock is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes »

- Michelle McCue

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