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After years of development projects trying to get a movie about Alfred Hitchcock on the screen, two are coming close to fruition. The first is Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, based on Stephen Rebello's book of the same title. (Rebello co-scripted with Black Swan writer John McLaughlin.) The film has had Anthony Hopkins set to play Hitch for a while, and just moved from Paramount to Fox Searchlight. And now Helen Mirren will likely play Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville. Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) is directing this one, the subject of which should be pretty evident from the title, and THR  says that this deal is still in early stages, but the film hopes to shoot in April. After the break, part of the creation of The Birds will hit HBO and the BBC. The other film is The Girl, which HBO Films will co-produce with the BBC. »
- Russ Fischer
Sienna Miller (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Toby Jones (Red Lights, The Hunger Games, The Mist) are set to take on Hitchockian roles in a new film. Bloody Disgusting reports that they are set to star as Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock, respectively, in BBC Two drama, The Girl.
The film is being directed by Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane), and will focus on Hitchcock’s “obsessive relationship with his The Birds star.” What makes this movie legit is that Hedren is giving interviews to writer Gwyneth Hughes, and Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto is consulting on the film. Miller recently visited Hedren to discuss the project and they reportedly “got on like a house on fire.” Filming begins this week in South Africa and includes Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.
Here is some background on Hitchock and Hedren: Hitchcock was at the height of his fame and creativity when, »
What a difference a few months make! Back in early September we first heard about the BBC Two's upcoming docudrama The Girl, which chronicles director Alfred Hitchcock's obsessive relationship with his The Birds star Tippi Hedren. At the time there was one pair of names attached to star as Hitch and Hedren, but times have changed, and now we have two new names - Toby Jones and Sienna Miller, respectively.
Per Deadline the Wall to Wall Television production of The Girl will be produced by Amanda Jenks and executive produced by Leanne Klein for Wall to Wall and Lucy Richer at the BBC. Shooting starts this week in South Africa.
Miller (pictured, Stardust) is no doubt best known for her tempestuous relationship with actor Jude Law over many years while Jones has appeared in such films as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Rite, Captain America: The First Avenger, »
- The Woman In Black
Toby Jones should've received more praise for his turn as Truman Capote in the film Infamous, but Philip Seymour Hoffman and the superior film Capote just got more traction and attention when awards season came around. However, now Jones will get a chance to shine for BBC2 as the UK network has announced the actor will play iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock in a TV film called The Girl. Rather than being a standard biopic, the film will focus on the director's "obsessive relationship" with his The Birds star Tippi Hedren, who will be played by Sienna Miller (The Factory Girl). Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) will direct the film from writer Gwyneth Hughes which also features the acting talents of Imelda Staunton (Another Year) and Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) with Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto also working on the film for authenticity and accuracy. More after the jump. Hughes actually spoke to »
- Ethan Anderton
Toby Jones, who is no stranger to playing iconic artists (see: his underrated turn as Truman Capote in Infamous) will now step into the famous silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock. According to a release from the BBC, the actor will play the legendary director alongside Sienna Miller (pictured) for the upcoming BBC 2 drama The Girl.
The film will chronicle Hitchcock’s “obsessive relationship” with his blond muse, actress Tippi Hedren (Miller), which writer Gwyneth Hughes researched by chronicling Hedren herself, as well as surviving members of the director’s crew. After casting the unknown Hedren in his classic The Birds, Hitchcock’s determination, »
- Aly Semigran
W.E, the directorial debut from Madonna will be released in the UK on January 12th, 2012, according to a press release put out bu StudioCanal today. This puts it in a position to qualify for the big awards season, notably the Baftas over here.
We’re hearing mixed reports abou the film, but I guess we’ll all find out what Madonna has made when the film debutes at the London Film Festival later this month.
Here’s the full release.
The love story stars Andrea Riseborough (Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham), Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, Limitless) James d’Arcy (Master and Commander), Oscar Isaac (Drive, Robin Hood), Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia), Laurence Fox (‘Lewis’, Becoming Jane), Natalie Dormer (Captain America: The First Avenger »
- Paul Heath
'I've had people come up to me [and] say, 'I didn't think you could pull it off,' ' she tells MTV News of her British accent.
By Terri Schwartz, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Photo: MTV News
When MTV News caught up with Hathaway, we asked if she could turn the English accent on easily, having previously acted with a British accent in "Becoming Jane," but she said she never had an easy time slipping into it.
"The accent, as soon as I left England, the accent left me," she said. "We had to go back to do [audio] looping; I made sure I went over many days in advance to get back into it. It's not one that comes naturally, »
There’s only so many bankable classic works of fiction out there for Hollywood to pillage and water down that lately they have turned their attention to making movies based on the mysterious and fantastical hidden truths about the authors themselves. Some of them are so hidden, they are just plain made up.
We’ve seen biopics of Beatrix Potter (Miss Potter) and Jane Austen (Becoming Jane) in recent years as romance movies, John Cusack has recently shot The Raven – a movie about the capturing serial killers exploits of Edgar Allen Poe and there’s even a screenplay out there for a detective film based on an amateur sleuth team of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini!
- Matt Holmes
She looks like Anne Hathaway, but... what's that voice?
Oh, it's nerdy and secretly wildly cute British Anne Hathaway!
After starring in last year's romantic dramedy, "Love and Other Drugs," Hathaway is back with a more whimsical, dreamy romantic drama, "One Day," in which she stars as an Oxford graduate who spends one day a year with her one true love, a flighty playboy portrayed by James Sturgess.
In this clip, we see the two actually meet -- and their characters absolutely take flight. It's only 45 seconds long, but you know exactly whom you're dealing with here once it's over.
The film hits theaters August 19th.
- Jordan Zakarin
'Twilight' Author Stephenie Meyer Producing, 'Napoleon Dynamite' Co-Writer Jerusha Hess Making Directorial Debut If you've been feeling a strange, nagging void in the part of your soul where you keep your love for costume drama, there's a reason for that: we've somehow gone four years without a major Jane Austen-centered movie. Sure, Bollywood flick "Aisha" borrowed the plot of "Emma," and "From Prada to Nada" was (very) loosely based on "Sense & Sensibility," but given the wealth of adaptations, and even biographical entries like "Becoming Jane" and "Miss Austen Regrets" that appeared in the middle of the last decade, it… »
If you’re an older gentleman (like Ridley Scott) who’s been assigned a big task (like directing Prometheus), wouldn’t you want your next job to be something that’s a little simpler and on a smaller scale? Well, the director may be doing just such a thing, as ScreenDaily has learned that he’s signed on for Reykjavik, a film that’s described as following a historic meeting held between then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
The title refers to the Reykjavik Summit of 1986, in which Reagan is said to have convinced Gorbachev to comply with several of his demands, which may have inadvertently ended the Cold War. This is, of course, what the movie will be centered on, and the mechanics of it should be fairly simple. It sounds like material that would be handled by someone who doesn’t normally do movies like Gladiator, »
- Nick Newman
When you think Ridley Scott, you think sprawling, epic films like Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven. Even his smaller films - G.I. Jane, Hannibal, Thelma & Louise - are still pretty big in comparison to your standard Hollywood fare. Scott is currently shooting yet another one of these blockbusters, the Alien prequel Prometheus, and while he's yet to announce his subsequent project, another possibility has been added to his already stacked plate. And it's a project unlike anything Scott's done before. ScreenDaily is reporting that Scott will produce and direct Reykjavik, a retelling of a historic 1986 meeting between American President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev which indirectly resulted in the end of the Cold War. Read more after the break. According to the ScreenDaily  report, Scott's involvement was announced by Stewart Mackinnon of Headline Films in Cannes as they revealed their a new head of production, »
- Germain Lussier
Though he's currently busy shooting his Alien prequel Prometheus, filmmaker Ridley Scott has apparently been confirmed to produce and direct another project sometime later. Screen Daily has word from Headline Pictures and Participant Media that Scott has boarded the Cold War drama Reykjavik as producer and director. Written by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane) the film focuses on the meeting between Us president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-1980s which helped bring about the end of the Cold War. This sounds like a project in the same vein as Ron Howard's historical drama Frost/Nixon. Not hamy other details are known at this time, but Scott is apparently definitely on board as producer and director. What remains to be seen is just how soon the project will come together after Prometheus wraps production. In addition Scott has been linked a project about the Gucci dynasty »
- Ethan Anderton
If you're wondering how Ridley Scott keeps so busy, it's because he's attached to about 5,236 different project at any one time. That's how he's come out with eight films in the last ten years. While we won't be getting a Scott film this year, he's currently hard at work at the Alien-prequel-but-not-an-Alien-prequel, Prometheus. He's also continuing to attach himself to new movies, the latest being the Cold War drama Reykjavik. ScreenDaily reports that the film, written by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane), "is about the meeting between Us president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-1980s which helped bring about the end of the Cold War." Headline Pictures will develop along with Participant Media. Hit the jump for a refresher on other movies Scott might make once he's finished with Prometheus, which opens in 3D on June 8, 2012. Scott is also attached to: One of »
- Matt Goldberg
If the 73 year old filmmaker Sir. Ridley Scott was to actually make all of the projects he attaches himself to direct then he would have to live until he was 200 years old and not take a day off in his life. Yes, he really has that many films potentially in the offing. Currently filming his probable Alien prequel Prometheus, Scott has set up a ton of projects that he could pull the trigger on as his next movie once he has that one out of the way, including;
Adaptations of the sci-fi classic novels Brave New World and The Forever War, a film noir with Casey Affleck titled The Kind One, an adaptation of the Monopoly board game, a biopic of fashion icon Gucci, the soviet thriller Child 44 - plus potential further entries in his Robin Hood saga And more Alien movies.
There’s probably a dozen more I haven »
- Matt Holmes
Columbia Pictures hired Jamie Vanderbilt (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Zodiac”) to write the script for the Ridley Scott-directed “Red Riding.” The film will be based on British television movies and the four books by author David Pearce. The film is about is about horrific murders of several young woman and police corruption in a British town between 1974 and 1983. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog, the cast of characters include a journalist, a solicitor, a reverend, a male prostitute, a businessman, police officers and many wives and lovers. The three British television movies were released in 2009. They were directed by Julian Jarrold (“Becoming Jane,” “Kinky Boots”), James Marsh (“Man on Wire,” “The King”), and Anand Tucker (“Hilary and Jackie,” “Shopgirl”). Columbia Pictures purchased the rights back in 2009. The film will be produced under the Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Banner with Steve Zaillian (“Schindler’s List,” “American Gangster”) and Film Rites. »
Every summer, moviegoers flock to theaters to fill up on concessions and witness explosive action sequences, envelope-pushing comedies, and plenty of sexy eye candy.
Whether you're into the perfectly sculpted, old-school handsome, broody young things, or smart-and-sexy types, chances are there's a gorgeous and talented man of summer for you. Meet the 15 sexiest men of summer movies.
Starring In: "Thor" (May 6)
Summer Heat: We proclaim Hemsworth the blond of summer. His impressive golden mane tops an even more impressive body in the season's first big-budget adventure. The Aussie wonder (who gained 20 pounds to play the beefy titular Norse god) first wowed audiences as Captain James T. Kirk's courageous father in the opening sequence of "Star Trek." After a two-year wait, moviegoers can finally see Hemsworth headline a movie, and the wait'll be worth it.
Starring In: "Bridesmaids" (May 13)
Summer Heat: Whether he's playing a dashing but »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Hello. My name is John Bensalhia and I'm a freelance journalist. There, that should leave you hurling abuse and running for the hills.
Let's face it, journalists don't really have a very good press – they're a rung or two above bankers, accountants, Inland Revenue staff and parking ticket inspectors, but there's still a stench of doubt whenever you mention the word journalist, which I think is massively unfair - but then I would say that. But then, given some of the more sensationalist members of the media, maybe those sneers aren't as misplaced as you may think.
The new reboot of Doctor Who's proving to be particularly good at targeting modern day trends, whether they're the superficial lifestyles of the likes of Posh And Becks (The End Of The World ), political manifestos (Aliens Of London/World War Three) or now media manipulation. This seems to be a particular target »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the fifth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.
“I didn’t think of it as Hong Kong. I reacted to what Bill Monahan put together in the script; I liked the idea,” explained American filmmaker Martin Scorsese when discussing The Departed (2006). “Taking from the Hong Kong trilogy of Andrew Lau‘s film [Infernal Affairs], that’s the device, the concept of the two informers. [I am] totally, whether I like it or not, drawn to stories that have to do with trust and betrayal. I found that I kept being drawn back to the script and to the project. It became something else.” Questioned about his shift from portraying Italian criminals to those of Irish heritage, the director observed, “The differences between different ethnic groups as gangsters, that’s purely technical.” Cast in the plot-twisting thriller are »
Your Weekly Source for Blu-Ray and DVD Release News Blu-Ray for Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) An early Al Pacino in …And Justice For All (1979) Dudley Moore is a happy drunk in Arthur/Arthur 2: On The Rocks (1981/1988) Cute pork for kids… Babe (1995) Another dose of the villainous Mark Hamill in Batman: Return Of The Joker (2000) Forgotten good rom-com with Johnny Depp… Benny & Joon (1993) From the late George Hickenlooper, Kevin Spacey is Casino Jack (2010) Shocking dolphin documentary The Cove (2009) Kevin Kline & Ashley Judd star in De-lovely (2004) Fiddler On The Roof: 40th Anniversary Edition, Blu-Ray/DVD Combo (1971) Jim Carrey & Ewan McGregor star in I Love You Phillip Morris (2010) Rose McGoawn stars in the dark high school comedy Jawbreaker (1999) Ryan Gosling stars in Lars And The Real Girl (2007) Robert DeNiro & Ben Stiller star in Little Fockers (2010) Romantic comedy, Shakespeare-style with Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Julia Roberts »
- Travis Keune
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