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The Visitor

11 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Crowley, Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, and Stéphane Foenkinos Writer-Director: Tom McCarthy Starring: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass The Pitch: Widower Walter Vale (Jenkins) finds his life changed when two illegal immigrants (Sleiman and Gurira) are found squatting in his New York City apartment.As casting director Kerry Barden describes it, The Visitor was a unique challenge. The easy part, according to Barden — whose credits include the television show Sex and the City and the films Boys Don't Cry, Monster's Ball, and World Trade Center — was attracting Richard Jenkins, who had never carried a feature film before, to play the lead role of Walter Vale, a Connecticut college professor sent to Manhattan to attend a conference and surprised to find that a young foreign couple, victims of a real estate scam, have taken up residence in his New York apartment. Jenkins was best »

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"Towelhead" -- A Must Read.

27 August 2008 2:38 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

So the council on American-Islam Relations (Cair) has requested that Warner Bros. and Wip (Warner Independent Pictures) alter the name of their upcoming film "Towelhead" to something else. Personally, I don't understand why everyone these days is so fragile. Warner Bros. has chosen not to change its title, and, as such, we are in full agreement with the distributor. "Towelhead," also known as "Nothing is Private," is directed by Atlanta, Ga born TV director Alan Ball who pens the screenplay based on the novel written by Alicia Erian, Arab-American woman. We have a user review for this where, one can see the content was disturbing but, at the same time "brilliantly created." It is the time we live in - a world filled with chaos, change and disruption all at once. Another states"I have to Thank director Alan Ball for having the guts to make this Wonderful emotionally thematically »

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WB sets Abu-Assad for 'Eleven Minutes'

3 June 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Less than two weeks ago The Weinstein Company proudly announced their big screen adaptation intentions for Paulo Coelho's classic The Alchemist and now, Warner Bros. are quick to follow announcing that they have re-set a Coelho project originally set up at New Line. Variety reports that Hollywood Gang Prods. has set Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) to direct the project and rewrite the  script by Marcos Bernstein (Central Station). Abu Assad who was one of the official ambassadors of the "Cinema and Politics" spotlight at the Cannes' Critics Week sidebar 2008 edition, is attached to direct The Vanished - a Focus Features project about a father's search for a missing older son with Nicholas Cage up for the lead. So far no updates on that project have been provided.  Eleven Minutes revolves around Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village who is swept off to Geneva in an affair with a Swiss businessman. »

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