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After releasing various stills of the upcoming period thriller The Raven, Relativity has now released the first official trailer. The film is not based on Poe’s iconic poem of the same name, but instead, is a Gothic mystery-thriller that sees the American author join forces with a detective, in order to track down and stop a serial killer using Poe’s own works as the basis for his murders. In the trailer, we learn of several gruesome killings, all of which leave behind clues to help solve the mystery.
The Raven was directed by James McTeigue, the helmer of V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin – not to mention, his uncredited work as director on the 2007 The Invasion. The film is set to open on March 9, 2012.
- Kyle Reese
James McTeigue spent over a decade working as an assistant director on Hollywood productions, including stylized sci-fi works such as Dark City and the Matrix trilogy. The latter proved to be all the more a blessing for McTeigue, seeing how his working relationship with the Wachowski siblings helped him land the job of directing the popular V for Vendetta comic book adaptation.
McTeigue has not fared so well since there, having served (uncredited) as a co-director of the little-seen The Invasion and helmed the underwhelming Ninja Assassin. Hopefully, things will work out better with his new project: the historical (fiction) murder-mystery, The Raven.
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- Sandy Schaefer
I recently attended a QandA session with Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, The Adjustment Bureau) as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. The actor, who was receiving an honor for his artistic achievements, mentioned how he felt Hollywood was lacking a leading man of color under the age of 40 and that he was hoping to fill that void. I've recognized this void for some time, but it means much more when supported by a statement from someone like Mackie. But why has Hollywood failed so miserably to groom new stars to replace aging headliners like Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Samuel L. Jackson? It's clear to me the void doesn't exist for lack of talented contenders. But is Mackie our best bet to fill that void? He certainly has been on fire lately, landing roles in Real Steel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Gangster Squad, just to name a few. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Usually when a director parachutes in to take over a film from someone else while it’s still shooting, it’s not a good sign. More often than not it’s a sign that the studio has decided to give the original filmmaker the boot (as reportedly happened with Oliver Hirschbiegel on The Invasion). But in the case of Curtis Hanson’s Of Men And Mavericks, it would appear that he himself has called in a little help, with Michael Apted stepping in to tackle the final 15 days of shooting.No, it’s not because any executive has decided that Hanson shouldn’t continue: it’s due to health issues brought about by recent heart surgery.Apted will take over megaphone duties from Monday, overseeing the last couple of weeks’ work on the film, which finds Jonny Weston playing legendary big wave surfer Jay Moriarty. The plot chronicles his rise »
A glimpse into the life of Princess Diana is getting the big-screen treatment with Downfall and The Invasion director Oliver Hirschbiegel putting together the project entitled Caught In Flight. Leading lady of the moment and rising star, Jessica Chastain (The Debt, The Help), will portray the peoples Princess in a controversial feature that will focus on a love affair she developed with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn in 1995.
Whatever the outcome of the film, good or bad, it is surely going to cause controvesy thoughout her beloved followers, especially with a part of her life that many were unaware of until recently. Chastain will surely give her all as she has done in all her recent work in the likes of Take Shelter and The Tree Of Life.
- Craig Hunter
This year's breakout actress Jessica Chastain is reportedly set to play the late Princess Diana in Caught in Flight, a controversial love story based on a real-life affair with a heart surgeon that the princess kept under wraps. To be helmed by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion), the story is described as "a love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man." The film is set to go into pre-production in March 2012 with a projected $15 million budget. The surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, met the princess at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1995 when she was visiting a friend who was recovering from heart surgery. The couple pursued a quiet two-year affair that was supposedly so serious Diana was considering converting to Islam. Dr. Khan...
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Oliver Hirschbiegel ("Downfall," "The Invasion") will direct the $15 million film which revolves around a secret affair between the late princess and heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn who was said to be the love of her life.
Diana met Dr. Kahn at the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1995 when she was visiting a friend. The couple pursued a quiet two-year affair which he described as being serious enough she was thinking of converting to Islam.
Steven Jeffreys ("The Libertine") penned the script which reportedly doesn't portray Diana in the most flattering light, portraying her as "a damaged person who stalks the doctor after he ends the affair".
Pre-production is slated to begin in March with shooting to take place in Pakistan, Angola, the South of France and Paris. »
- Garth Franklin
The Princess of Wales was involved with Khan for two years around the time of her divorce from Prince Charles and is said to have considered converting to Islam in order to marry him. The affair ended in 1997.
German film-maker Oliver Hirschbiegel, who made a splash with Downfall, his tale of Hitler's final days in his Berlin bunker, but followed it up with the poorly received Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake The Invasion, is set to direct. The film, titled Caught in Flight and described as a "love story between a princess locked in a tower »
- Ben Child
At the Afm, a film called "Caught in Flight" is looking for pre-sales and promises to tell a controversial love story based on a real-life affair that the Princess Diana long kept a secret. The new $15 million movie will star Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life) as Diana and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion) from a script by Steven Jeffreys (The Libertine). The plan is to go into pre-production in March and then shoot in Pakistan, Angola, and France. The story will focus on the princess and her relationship with Dr. Hasnat Kahn, who she met in 1995 and pursued a quiet affair with for two years. Kahn kept all the details to himself for eleven years, but then spoke to The Telegraph about the affair in 2008. In the article, the relationship is described as being so serious that Diana was thinking of converting to Islam. She wore »
Quite a few big possible projects have already come out of the American Film Market (Afm) over the past week, and here's one more: Jessica Chastain, who has made quite a mark in 2011 thanks to The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help and The Debt, is set to play the late Princess Diana in Caught in Flight. The film would be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion) if it goes forward based on the script by Steven Jeffreys (The Libertine). But this is not to be a run of the mill portrait of the Princess, but a story of a secret affair she had with a surgeon. Caught in Flight isn't going to be the most flattering Diana tribute. Thompson on Hollywood  says the film is about Diana's post-divorce affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a respected Pakistani surgeon who was called the "love of her life" by Diana's friends. »
- Russ Fischer
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2011 has had no shortage of It-Girls (come on down, Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones), but none can compare to Jessica Chastain. The possible Oscar nominee has featured in five films already this year ('The Tree of Life,' 'The Debt,' 'The Help,' 'Take Shelter' and 'Texas Killing Fields') and still has 'Coriolanus' coming in December. Busy! Chastain is poised to capitalize that fame in the way that young actresses do: by co-starring in a giant tentpole with Tom Cruise ('Horizons'), leading a horror film produced by Guillermo Del Toro ('Mama') and, perhaps, being cast in a major biopic. Chastain is attached to star as Princess Diana in 'Caught in Flight,' a sure-to-be controversial film about Diana's long-time relationship with Dr. Hasnat Kahn, "the love of her life." German director Oliver Hirschbiegel ('Downfall, »
- Christopher Rosen
Many of the deals announced at the American Film Market will never get made. One hot ticket item that could go forward is current it-girl Jessica Chastain starring as Princess Diana in Caught in Flight, reports Liza Forman. California beauty Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter, The Help, The Tree of Life), is to play the late Diana, Princess of Wales in Caught in Flight, a controversial love story based on a real-life affair that the princess long kept under wraps. To be directed by Germany’s Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion), the film revolves around a secret affair between the late princess and a heart surgeon, Dr. Hasnat Kahn, who was said to be the love of her life. Described as a “love story between a princess »
Those who threw a strop when Meryl Streep dared to snatch the meaty role of Margaret Thatcher from the hands of British actresses will likely start foaming once more at the idea that an American will tackle Princess Diana in a controversial new biopic. But it’s true: Jessica Chastain is now attached to play her in Caught In Flight.Oliver Hirschbiegel, the director who hit the cinematic heights with Downfall then came down to Earth with a bump on The Invasion, is also attached, and Ecosse Films is now attempting to lock down distribution deals at the American Film Market.According to Thompson on Hollywood, Caught In Flight will follow the love affair between Diana and Hasnat Khan, a passionate two-year relationship. Kahn refused to talk about the affair for years after Diana died, finally spilling the beans in 2008.The script by The Libertine’s Steven Jeffreys is said »
Hands down, Robert Downey, Jr. is one of my favourite actors working at the moment. Hell, one of my favourite actors of all time. So any news about a project he’s involved in is good news in my eyes. The more we get to see of him the better.
News now comes courtesy of Variety that Downey, Jr., whose recognition across the globe has somewhat exploded in the last few years after taking on both Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, is going to be heading to the courtroom for a big-screen adaptation of author Erle Stanley Gardner’s defence lawyer, Perry Mason.
I confess that I’ve never read any of Gardner’s original books, nor have I seen any of the dozens of feature or television films based on the books, nor the television series featuring Raymond Burr in the titular role from the ’50s and ’60s. But »
- Kenji Lloyd
Mark Mylod, Anna Faris on the set of What's Your Number? Christian Movie Courageous Solid, Joseph Gordon-Levitt-Seth Rogen's 50/50 Disappoints: Box Office Released by Universal, directed by multiple Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan, and starring James Bond aka Daniel Craig, Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, Oscar nominee Naomi Watts, and Marton Csokas, the widely panned mystery thriller Dream House raked in only $8.2 million at 2,661 locations in North America this weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2), according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Dream House's average was a highly disappointing $3,085 per theater. That's Daniel Craig's second box-office flop this year, following the highly disappointing performance of Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, Craig's highly expensive summer pairing with Harrison Ford. Craig, in fact, hasn't been very box-office friendly when not in Bond mode. Prior to his three-year hiatus from films, Defiance, The Invasion, Flashbacks of a Fool, and The Golden Compass were all domestic financial misfires, »
- Zac Gille
Simba always said, “I’m gonna be a mighty king, so enemies beware!” I always figured he was talking about Pride Rock — who knew he was actually talking about the box office?!
For the last two weekends, The Lion King 3D has been an unstoppable force at theaters, and it has racked up an impressive $66.4 million in just 13 days. Despite the arrival of four new releases last frame, Lion King managed to retain its box office throne, but will it be able to do the same thing this weekend, when four more new releases – 50/50, Dream House, What’s Your Number? »
- Grady Smith
German director Oliver Hirschbiegel has had his share of career ups and downs. His searing look at Adolf Hitler’s final days, Downfall, helped get him noticed by Hollywood (and launched a thousand YouTube video parodies), but his first Us pic, Body Snatchers remake The Invasion, suffered trouble during production and flopped. Since then, he’s bounced back quality-wise with Northern Irish drama Five Minutes of Heaven and is now attached to what could be his most ambitious project yet, sprawling thriller Eye in the Sky.Written by Heaven’s Guy Hibbert, Sky spans the globe to follow several characters caught up in the decision to drop a drone missile on a house in East Africa.While it was originally developed at BBC Films, the script is now the property of FilmNation Entertainment, which bought it and looked to put Hibbert and Hirschbiegel back together. ''As a company we have »
The story follows a group of random characters across the globe, whose lives are affected by the decision to take out an East African home with a drone missile. This marks the second collaboration between Oliver Hirschbiegel and Guy Hibbert after the 2009 drama Five Minutes of Heaven.
"It's truly a wild ride focusing on twenty people in different countries and how their decisions impact a street corner somewhere in Nairobi. It's a story I haven't seen told before on screen."
Production is scheduled to start on Eye In the Sky sometime later this year. »
Now here’s some monkey business that everyone in Hollywood will take seriously! Rise of the Planet of the Apes conquered the box office with a tremendous $54 million in its debut weekend. The $90 million Fox reboot/prequel exceeded all expectations and churned out the fifth-best August opening of all time. And it did it all without any of that pesky 3D!
Rise of the Planet of the Apes played primarily to an older male crowd. According to exit polling, 56 percent of the audience was male, while 59 percent were over the age of 25. Notably, 20 percent of the audience was at least »
- Grady Smith
Innnnnn One Corner we have a 69-year-old movie icon who's headlined huge movie franchises ("Star Wars," the Indiana Jones movies, the Jack Ryan movies) and proved himself a silver-screen hero in films like "The Fugitive," "Air Force One," and "Blade Runner." George Lucas made him a star in 1977 when he cast him as Han Solo, and ever since he's flown the Millenium Falcon right into moviegoers' hearts. Punch it, Chewie, it's Harrison Ford!
Innnnnn the other corner we've got the chiseled tough guy who proved blonds do have more fun -- as James Bond. Trained alongside other UK stars such as Ewan McGregor and Joseph Fiennes at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he made his name in various British dramas until Matthew Vaughn's 2004 crime thriller "Layer Cake" proved to 007's producers that he had what it took to leave audiences shaken, not stirred. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Daniel Craig! »
- Max Evry
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