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Anne Hathaway 'approached for role in Spider-Man 4'

19 November 2009 4:32 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Yet another actress is reported to be under consideration for a possible role in the next Spider-Man film.

This time it's Anne Hathaway joining the queue of female contenders.

Her previous credits include Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada and Becoming Jane.

According to a report by Movie Scoop, and subsequently Deadline Hollywood, producers of Spider-Man 4 have approached the 27-year-old actress to star in the film.

No role was specified but fan speculation suggests it's Felicia Hardy aka the villainous love interest Black Cat.

Movie Scoop says, however, that the star is in line to play a character called Valeria while Deadline Hollywood confirms Hathaway won't replace Kirsten Dunst who is already cast to reprise the role of Mary-Jane Watson.

Hathaway is the fourth actress to be linked to the film following earlier rumours centring on Rachel McAdams, Romola Garai and Julia Stiles.

McAdams denied the reports and Garai »

- David Bentley

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Hollywood should stop making films about our great writers | Tanya Gold

11 November 2009 1:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bright Star, the new movie about Keats, has ruined him for me. It's not the first time and it certainly won't be the last

On Sunday I did the bad thing again. I bought a ticket to Bright Star, the biopic about John Keats. I have always liked Keats, despite the line, "Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird!" But I had forgotten what I call the Impromptu Law – after the George Sand biopic, Impromptu (1991), which stars Judy Davis as Sand and Hugh Grant and a handkerchief as Chopin.

My "Impromptu law" states: don't watch films about writers. Die of tuberculosis. Stick your head in the oven. If you are a writer, stick your life's work in the oven as well – then maybe they won't get you.

As soon as Keats appeared with his quill, I knew it was bad. Ignore the applauding critics; they have been blinded by the Shrek franchise. »

- Tanya Gold

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CIFF 2009: The winners! And our reviews

22 October 2009 6:39 PM, PDT | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Tina Mabry's "Mississippi Damned," an independent American production, won the Gold Hugo as the best film in the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival, and added Gold Plaques for best supporting actress (Jossie Thacker) and best screenplay (Mabry). It tells the harrowing story of three black children growing up in rural Mississippi in circumstances of violence and addiction. The film's trailer and an interview with Mabry are linked at the bottom.

Kylee Russell in "Mississippi Damned"

The win came over a crowed field of competitors from all over the world, many of them with much larger budgets. The other big winner at the Pump Room of the Ambassador East awards ceremony Saturday evening was by veteran master Marco Bellocchio of Italy, who won the Silver Hugo as best director for "Vincere," the story of Mussolini's younger brother. Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Filippo Timi won Silver Hugos as best actress and actor, »

- Roger Ebert

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Simon Cowell to Produce Film About Reality Star Paul Potts

9 October 2009 5:42 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Simon Cowell is producing a film, along with former Paramount production chief, Brad Weston, that will tell the story of British reality star, Paul Potts.

The film will be called "One Chance" from a script being developed by "The Bucket List" writer Justin Zackham.

Julian Jarrold, the director who gave us "Becoming Jane" and "Brideshead Revisited," is in talks to helm.

Variety tells us that Cowell "is producing the project along with Mike Menchel, who helped discover Potts when his daughter watched a YouTube video of the everyman hero, as well as Menchel's Relevant Pictures partner Steve Whitney. Weston helped steer the project when he was an exec at Paramount, and it was one of several he took with him when he segued to a producer deal on the lot."

Matthew Vaughn ("Stardust" and the upcoming "Kick-Ass") is expected to come aboard to help finance the movie.

"One Chance," a »

- Manny

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Jarrold Hopes to Get 'One Chance'

9 October 2009 5:03 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By the Hollywood Reporter

Julian Jarrold ("Becoming Jane") is in negotiations to direct "One Chance," the story of Paul Potts, who wowed audiences worldwide with his performance on "Britain's Got Talent."

Brad Weston, former Paramount production chief, will produce the pic.

Simon Cowell also is producing the project along with Relevant Pictures' Mike Menchel and Steve Whitney. Matthew Vaughn is expected to come aboard and help finance via his Marv Films banner.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.


- Lisa Horowitz

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Paul Potts, The Original Susan Boyle, Gets A Movie

9 October 2009 10:22 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Before Susan Boyle became the cross-Atlantic sensation based on her Britain's Got Talent TV appearances, we had Paul Potts, a cell phone salesman who busted out a stunning aria on the British reality show and, as is the only way to become famous these days, became a YouTube sensation as a result. And of course, the movie version of his life was only a few steps behind. Honestly, it surprises me we went through the entire Susan Boyle thing without a Paul Potts biopic going into production. Paramount has finally picked up the gauntlet, and according to THR will begin production on One Chance, the Potts story that will likely be directed by Becoming Jane's Julian Jarrold. They're already being canny about the marketing for this, too; production is being fast-tracked so that the film will be ready by next summer, just in time for the season finale of »

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Paul Potts movie finds director

9 October 2009 1:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Julian Jarrold is in discussions to direct One Chance, a film about the life of Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts. The Becoming Jane helmer is close to making a deal to direct the movie for producers Simon Cowell, Brad Weston, Mike Menchel and studio Paramount. Matthew Vaughn, the filmmaker behind Layer Cake, Stardust and the forthcoming Kick-Ass, is expected to help (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Julian Jarrold Has One Chance

8 October 2009 6:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a story from the Risky Biz Blog, Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) is currently circling One Chance for Paramount.

Brad Weston and American Idol's Simon Cowell are going to be producing this project about British reality star Paul Potts. Writing the script is Justin Zackham The Bucket List. Mike Menchel is also producing this project.

Potts, an amateur opera singer, became instantly famous when he first surfaced on Britain's Got Talent. Menchel's daughter actually discovered Potts when she "watched a YouTube video of the everyman hero."

Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) is going to be helping to finance this project.

Paramount hopes to start shooting the film early this year. The goal is to shoot the film and have it coincide with the upcoming season of Britain's Got Talent.

One Chance will start casting soon.


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Jarrold, Vaughn Boarding One Chance

8 October 2009 | | See recent news »

Becoming Jane helmer Julian Jarrold is in talks to direct One Chance , the story of unlikely British reality star Paul Potts. Brad Weston and Simon Cowell are producing along with Mike Menchel, who helped discover Potts when his daughter watched a YouTube video of the everyman hero, as well as Menchel's Relevant Pictures partner Steve Whitney. Kick-Ass writer/director Matthew Vaughn is expected to come aboard and help finance via his Marv Films. Paramount aims to start shooting the film this year and fast-track it so that it's ready for a release in the U.K. in the summer, in time for the finale of the upcoming season of "Britain's Got Talent." »

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Review | Out of Fashion: Anne Fontaine’s “Coco Before Chanel”

21 September 2009 6:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Following in the footsteps of the unfortunate Jane Austen biopic “Becoming Jane,” Anne Fontaine’s glossy period piece “Coco Before Chanel” focuses exclusively on the youthful romances of a fascinating, independent woman in the years before her professional success. For this approach, the intention, or excuse, seems to be that in looking at her origins we will begin to understand the seeds of her artistic temperament, and that this is somehow more … »

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Becoming Jane Movie Review

9 September 2009 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent MoviesOnline news »

"Becoming Jane" is another one of those Victorian movies which always seem to have the intention to move at a really slow pace in order to get the story across. Costumes and the story line itself makes up for it in this movie, but I can't seem to shake off the slow paces in these types of movies. Anne Hathaway gives a fine performance as the english author, Jane Austen (romance novels). She never married in life and now I can see why. While she had alot of suitors who would  have been glad to have her as their wife; she was never thought of as being good enough for anyone by her peers. »

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Shock 'House' episode seen by 613,000

31 August 2009 12:43 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Last night's game-changing episode of House pulled in 613k (3.1%) for Sky1 in the 9pm hour, according to early figures. The episode, which featured the shock death of a main character, was the most-watched multichannel programme in the slot. Its nearest rival was a rerun of What Katie Did Next, which had 504k (2.6%) for ITV2. Also popular last night on ITV2 were repeats of Saturday night's The X Factor. A rerun of the ITV1 show managed 780k (4.2%) at 6.45pm, then The Xtra Factor picked up 541k (2.7%). BBC One's Countryfile was the most-watched programme of the day on any channel, with 4.55m (22%) in the 7pm hour. A screening of Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy, followed with 3.24m (15%). On ITV1, a repeat episode of Lewis managed a decent 4.28m (20.2%) over two hours from 7pm, then the first part of (more) »

- By Neil Wilkes

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Behind The Lens: Charlyne Yi, Co-Writer and Star of Paper Heart

17 August 2009 10:26 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Behind the Lens [1] is a feature where we pose a series of short, offbeat questions to inspiring filmmakers, actors and artists in order to get to know them a little better. Charlyne Yi [2] is a comedienne, musician and actress who up until now was best known for her small role in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up, but with the release of the indie comedy Paper Heart this month in select theatres, she is finally getting her chance to be in the spotlight. We loved the movie when we saw it at Sundance earlier this year (you can read my review here [3]), as Charlyne and director Nicholas Jasenovec use a hilarious and charming blend of documentary and fictional storytelling to explore what it means to be in love. Paper Heart is currently playing in select theatres in North America. For more info on where you can see the film, visit the »

- Sean

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Hathaway named best actress under 30

8 August 2009 6:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Anne Hathaway has topped an annual list compiled of the best actresses under 30 according to the commercial and critical responses to their performances. The Devil Wears Prada star knocked Keira Knightley off the number one spot, due to her acting in films Rachel Getting Married and Becoming Jane, reports Metro. Editor of Helen Cowley said: "This star is seriously on the rise. She has clawed her way to the top (more) »

- By Anisa Kadri

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Paper Heart – Interview with Charlyne Yi and Jake Johnson

6 August 2009 7:24 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Paper Heart is not your usual love story. But after conversing with the human beings that helped create it, that only makes perfect sense. Charlyne Yi and Jake Johnson don’t look like the typical “movie stars” that try to teach us a thing or two about the big ol’ L-word, love. (Johnson may be as charming as I’d imagine Zooey Deschanel to be, but he’s certainly not as good looking). They’re an early twenties duo living in the real world, and their documentary, coming out this Friday, reflects that honestly. Using interviews and actual footage of Charlyne falling for a kind-of noteable guy named Michael Cera, Paper Heart is something that could only be birthed by someone who has probably worn the same hoodie for a year, and expresses herself through puppet sequences (meaning Ms. Yi).

When I interviewed Charlyne and Jake, they seemed as excited »

- Nick Allen

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How'd That 'Hangover' Baby Get Glasses?

5 June 2009 9:35 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Like many people, I regularly bemoan the Photoshop-ization of movie posters without any real knowledge to back it up. Sure, I can tell when heads and bodies don't appear to belong together, or when the movie's stars are not in alignment, as though they were taken from two different photographs and smushed against one another. But where is the hard evidence?

A man named Sebo is my hero. He created a blog and invited readers to "look at movie posters and ads with the eye of a graphic designer." Sebo is an "Artistic Director" and graphic artist in Paris, France, and his blog has concrete examples of "duplications and other hidden actions on Photoshop in images." In the example posted above, he found the source image for the "baby with sunglasses" in the poster for The Hangover: the shot of Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Bradley Cooper in an elevator. »

- Peter Martin

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'Wuthering Heights' finds director

14 May 2009 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cannes -- Peter Webber has signed to direct the long-gestating big screen version of "Wuthering Heights" with Gemma Arterton and Ed Westwick taking on the roles of young lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

This time last year John Maybury was to direct the project with Michael Fassbender attached for the lead role of Heathcliff. Arterton steps in after Natalie Portman pulled out of the headline role of Cathy.

British production and finance label Ecosse Films principals Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae will produce the tragic love story with sales and financier HanWay Films selling the project here.

Webber will direct from a script by Olivia Hetreed which reunites the team behind the Oscar nominated "Girl With a Pearl Earring." Having a fresh cast and a director on board should mean the project finally begins shooting later this year. Emily Bronte's novel "Wuthering Heights," written in the first »

- By Stuart Kemp

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Duo cast in Overture's 'Crazies'

3 March 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Danielle Panabaker and Joe Anderson have joined the cast of "The Crazies," Overture's take on the George A. Romero classic being directed by Breck Eisner.

The script, by Scott Kosar and Ray Wright, centers on the inhabitants of a small Kansas town who are beset by death and insanity after a plane crash lets loose a secret biological weapon into the water supply.

Panabaker plays a receptionist at the town's medical center. Anderson takes on the role of the town's deputy.

Timothy Olyphant stars as the town sheriff.

The film is set to begin principle photography March 5 in Georgia, with additional shooting to take place in Iowa.

Participant Media is co-financing the pic with Overture.

Michael Aguilar, Dean Georgaris and Rob Cowan are producing, with Romero on board as an executive producer.

Panabaker, repped by UTA and Management 360, is coming off a starring role in the slasher hit "Friday the 13th. »

- By Borys Kit

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The Red Riding Trilogy

28 February 2009 9:36 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Red Riding is a trilogy of movies based on a quartet of novels by David Peace. The books (and films) are fictionalized accounts of the investigation into the Yorkshire Ripper, a brutal serial killer that stalked the Yorkshire area of England in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The three films - titled Nineteen Seventy-Four, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eighty-Three were adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni (Tideland and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).

Screen Rant was present at the launch of the films in London and interviewed Tony Grisoni along with various other UK bloggers. 

Each film in the Red Riding trilogy has a different director, with the first installment helmed by Julian Jarrold (director of the Anne Hathaway starrer Becoming Jane); James Marsh (the Oscar winning Man On Wire) called the shots on the second and the third film was directed by Anand Tucker (Steve Martin’s Shopgirl »

- Niall Browne

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Matthew Goode to Star Opposite Adams in 'Leap Year'

19 February 2009 7:15 AM, PST | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

'Brideshead Revisited' star Matthew Goode is set to star opposite Amy Adams (Doubt) in 'Leap Year,' the romantic comedy scheduled to shoot in Ireland in March. Goode will play an Irish inn keeper who helps an American (Adams) on her travels across Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day. The film is to be directed by Anand Tucker (And When Did You Last See Your Father?). Irish production company World 2000 Entertainment is co-producing with Spyglass Entertainment. Morgan O'Sullivan and James Flynn, producers behind features such as 'King Arthur', 'P.S. I Love You' and 'Becoming Jane', will head the Irish arm of the production. »

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