10 items from 2011
The tough part of remaking a movie is in the casting, finding someone who can both recapture what made the original performance work and still bring something the audience can't find in the original. In the looks department, sometimes these actors have big shoes to fill and sometimes their good looks is something new about the character. Here are some of our favorites:
Kevin Bacon brought a lot to the original Footloose, a mix of idealism, youthful swagger and an ability to move in a way that perfectly conveyed the feeling of freedom that comes when you're dancing. Kenny Wormald certainly has the potential to live up to Bacon's performance, with his boy-next-door looks, glare of teenage rebellion and hint of adorkable (that tie!). We'll find out for sure this weekend, when Footloose hits theaters.
- Lyle Masaki
In the first of what is certain to be many casting announcements, Natalie Dormer has been added to Season 2 of Game of Thrones. She’ll be playing Margaery Tyrell, the betrothed wife to a new contender for the throne.
Dormer is best known for her role as Anne Boleyn from Showtime’s historical drama The Tudors, a role she played for two seasons. (At the very least, she’ll be comfortable when the heads start flying in Westeros.) Dormer also had another period piece part in Casanova. She comes to Game of Thrones after landing the female lead in ABC’s Poe, which wasn’t picked up during pilot season.
Thrones fans wanting an early look at Dormer should keep an eye out during Captain America: The First Avenger, where she’ll be ...
- Michael Crider
Sienna Miller has received a formal apology from the News of the World. In mid-May, the Casanova actress was awarded £100,000 ($$165,000) in damages after she sued the tabloid for hacking her phone. Earlier today, Michael Silverleaf, a lawyer for the News of the World, extended the tabloid's "sincere apologies" to Miller in London's High Court and agreed to the £100,000 damages, according to the AP. News of the World also printed an apology (more) »
- By Tara Fowler
Lasse Hallstrom had a moment around the turn of the century when he seemed to be seeking acclaim as a director-- he went from directing Johnny Depp and a young Leonardo DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape to Oscar bait like The Cider House Rules and Chocolat. In 2000 he misfired with The Shipping News and has gone in all kinds of weird directions from there, with underseen but decent movies like The Hoax but also total messes like the Heath Ledger-starring Casanova. Last year, though, he came back with a decent-sized hit-- the Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum-starring weepie Dear John made $114 million worldwide, despite being yet another one of those soppy Nicholas Sparks adaptations that critics can't stand. And yet, for Hallstrom, Sparks seems to be his newfound wheelhouse, and he's adapting another one of the author's books for his next project. Deadline reports that he's in »
Set during the Spanish civil war, There Be Dragons is an epic tale of revolutionaries and saints; a story of love and heroism amid jealousy, hatred and violence; and a heartbreaking drama about the power of forgiveness to break the chains of the past.
There Be Dragons is written and directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominee Roland Joffé (The Mission, The Killing Fields, City of Joy) and stars Charlie Cox (Stardust, Casanova), Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne), Emmy Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, The Golden Compass), Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II, Ever After) and Rodrigo Santoro (300, Che).
The film tells the story of London-based investigative journalist Robert Torres (Dougray Scott), who visits Spain to research a book about Josemaría Escrivá (Charlie Cox), the controversial founder of
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Last Friday in Spain we saw the opening weekend release for “There Be Dragons”, the new film from acclaimed and twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind “The Mission” and “The Killing Fields”. Budgeted at $35 million, the co-production between Spain, U.S and Argentina the film proved to be a moderate success already before its release as it grossed an impressive 300 000 Euros in pre-sold tickets, although we have to take in consideration big part of these tickets were part of a charity campaign for Doctors Without Borders as well as other non benefit organizations, a clever marketing campaign no doubt benefited the film's tally. Starring Charlie Cox (Stardust, Casanova); Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider); Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne); Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, La Brújula Dorada); Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II, Ever After), Rodrigo Santoro (300, Che), Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies) and Geraldine Chaplin; this also has a first rate crew »
Many foreign directors dream of making it in Hollywood, and after breaking out with My Life as a Dog Sweden's Lasse Hallstrom certainly did, directing What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Something to Talk About, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, An Unfinished Life, Casanova, The Hoax and Dear John. But his last, Hachi, went straight to video in the U.S. and did middling business overseas; the market is unforgiving now for his stock-in-trade, heart-warming dramas. Thus Hallström is returning to make his first feature in Sweden in 24 years. The Hypnotist, based on yet another bestselling Swedish crime novel, will start principal photography this coming winter for release in fall 2012; pseudonymous writer Lars Kepler (actually the duo Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril) plan to continue a series »
HollywoodNews.com: Emmy Award® winner Bill Taylor, Asc and Emmy Award® winner Syd Dutton have been selected to receive the Art Directors Guild’s coveted honorary Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, it was announced today by Thomas A. Walsh, Adg President, and Awards co-producers Dawn Snyder and Tom Wilkins. Taylor and Dutton are co-founders of Illusion Arts, where they earned credits on nearly 200 films. As Illusion Arts wound up its 26 year run, the company completed dozens of shots for Michael Mann’s Public Enemies (2009) for supervisor Robert Stadd and some key environments for G.I. Joe. One of their first major assignments was to create special effects for the new version of the television series The Twilight Zone.
Both Taylor and Dutton were visual effects artists on numerous notable films together, including U-571 (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Bruce Almighty (2003), and Casanova (2005). More recently Taylor and Dutton co-supervised Milk »
Heath Ledger's friends and family have approved plans for a one-off tribute event for the late actor to mark the third anniversary of his tragic death.
The Brokeback Mountain star passed away on 22 January, 2008 after suffering an accidental overdose at his New York apartment.
Ledger's father, Kim, has now confirmed a charity gala will be held in the actor's honour in his native Australia in early February.
The event, titled Heath: A Night Under the Stars Celebrating One of Its Finest, will showcase the star's Academy Award-winning turn in The Dark Knight and the proceeds will be handed to a performing arts organisation.
A statement from Kim Ledger reads, "We the Ledger family confirm our approval and endorsement for the one time only Heath tribute night and are pleased donations from the proceeds will benefit Telethon, His Majesty's Theatre Foundation & Australians in Film."
Edward Zwick's adaptation of the real-life story of a drugs salesman is a sharp combination of polemic and romance
It was said of the zoologist and public intellectual Lord (Solly) Zuckerman that the spur to his considerable ambition came from his name always being at the bottom of alphabetical lists in his youth. He thus set out to be at the top of lists compiled on merit. One wonders if the American writer-director-producer Edward Zwick, who is the last name in Katz's Film Encyclopedia and next to last in Thomson's Biographical Dictionary of Film, feels the same way. Most of his films have striven to get out of the Hollywood rut and say something about American society and world events, starting with Thirtysomething, the TV series that made his name. He co-produced Shakespeare in Love and Traffic; his finest movie as director, Glory, centred on the first black regiment »
- Philip French
10 items from 2011