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Linkomaniac

20 December 2011 3:26 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Film Stage on Marc Webb's approach to the 'untold story' of The Amazing Spider-Man which has been told oh so many times before.

Vulture Star Market Charlize Theron

Coming Soon has a chat with shooting star Tom Hiddleston on War Horse and Midnight in Paris

The Playlist Stellan Skarsgard on getting naked for Lars von Trier for next year's The Nymphomaniac. Another von Trier alum Charlotte Gainsbourg will co-star in what Lars is calling his "porno"... not to be confused with the pornographic moments from The Idiots (incidentally one of the director's very best films though people rarely speak  of it now.) 

Moviefone 25 things you didn't know about Harold & Maude for its 40th anniversary.

The House Next Door picks the worst movie posters of the year.

In Contention interviews Kenneth Branagh on his "dangerously obvious casting" as Sir Laurence Olivier

Cinema Blend promised me a list of best »

- NATHANIEL R

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Anonymous

20 December 2011 11:06 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Anyone who has done a cursory study of William Shakespeare’s writing has already heard that there’s a possibility that Shakespeare himself wasn’t the author (unless their teacher didn’t delve too deeply), and that’s exactly what drama movie Anonymous explores.

In the film, director Roland Emmerich (2012) and writer John Orloff (A Mighty Heart) put forth that it was Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who actually wrote Shakespeare’s plays (De Vere is just one of the men historians believe are behind the famous writings).

Set in Elizabethan England, the movie follows nobleman De Vere (Rhys Ifans, Greenberg), who can’t be seen writing plays for the theater, where political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for power are exposed. So De Vere hires William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall, »

- Sam

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Angelina Jolie's harrowing war film startles the critics

19 December 2011 1:23 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actress's directorial debut, an unflinching portrayal of the genocide in Bosnia, has sent shockwaves through the Balkans – and may mark the start of a career behind the camera

• Feature: 'Angelina Jolie touched our souls' – Bosnia's rape victims have their say

Angelina Jolie's name has remained a byword for sex appeal for longer than most film stars could hope, but the 36-year-old Oscar-winner's status as one of the most compelling women in Hollywood is about to change. Her harrowing directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, has been met with such unexpected critical acclaim that a future for the actress behind the camera, as well as on screen, now looks certain.

The film, which premiered in New York this month, has already been recognised with a Stanley Kramer award for work in the cinema that draws attention to injustice and social issues. Last week it also received a Golden Globe nomination. »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Freida Kalki Anurag and Amit Trivedi part of Trishna

17 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Hollywood director Michael Winterbottom's fascination with India continues. After shooting the Angelina Jolie starrer A Mighty Heart in and around Pune, Michael has now filmed his latest project Trishna at various locations of India. Trishna stars Freida Pinto (in the title role) who plays a girl who wishes to rise in life despite her humble roots. The film is based on Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles and has Riz Ahmad as Freida's co-star. What's interesting to note is the fact that the film has been co-produced by Anurag Kashyap and Sunil Bohra while the music has been composed by Amit Trivedi. Kashyap, Trivedi and actress Kalki Koechlin also feature in the movie playing themselves. The film has been shot in and around Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and even Mumbai. While the film has been shown at various international film festivals, it's slated to officially release in March 2012. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Tora! Tora! Tora! – Blu-ray review

15 December 2011 5:22 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Directed by: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda

Cast: Jason Robards, Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Takahiro Tamura

Running Time: 2 hr 25 min

Rating: G

Due Out: December 6, 2011

Plot: The story of the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor is told from the point of view of both sides of the conflict.

Who’S It For? War buffs, your Dad, but also any American who wants to know a little more about their country’s history.

Movie:

Though not a financial success at the time of its release, Tora! Tora! Tora! has aged well thanks to the accuracy of the filmmakers. Unlike Pearl Harbor, the filmmakers focus on the actual story of the attack and the events that led up to it, rather than trying to force in a love story or anything else that may detract from what happened. Also, to tell the story from both sides, »

- Megan Lehar

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Irrfan Khan to be the brand ambassador of Chivas?

25 November 2011 8:14 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Irrfan Khan is someone who can be called as a 'Director's actor'. After having portrayed some of the most memorable performances in films like Life In A Metro, Slumdog Millionaire, Saat Khoon Maaf, The Namesake, A Mighty Heart, New York, Maqbool etc, Irrfan Khan is back with a bang! According to Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources, this actor has been roped in to be the brand ambassador of the liquor major Chivas. The official confirmation of the same is being awaited. »

- Satish Sundaresan

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Irrfan Khan to be the brand ambassador of Chivas?

25 November 2011 8:14 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Irrfan Khan is someone who can be called as a 'Director's actor'. After having portrayed some of the most memorable performances in films like Life In A Metro, Slumdog Millionaire, Saat Khoon Maaf, The Namesake, A Mighty Heart, New York, Maqbool etc, Irrfan Khan is back with a bang! According to Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources, this actor has been roped in to be the brand ambassador of the liquor major Chivas. The official confirmation of the same is being awaited. »

- Satish Sundaresan

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Trishna to make splash at Iffi 2011

23 November 2011 6:32 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Trishna starring Freida Pinto in the lead role is all set to premiere on Nov 25 at Iffi in Goa. The premiere in Goa will be attended by Freida Pinto, the film's director Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart), co producers Anurag Kashyap and Sunil Bohra and music director Amit Trivedi. Trishna is story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. The story is based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (played by Freida Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Trishna to make splash at Iffi 2011

23 November 2011 6:32 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Trishna starring Freida Pinto in the lead role is all set to premiere on Nov 25 at Iffi in Goa. The premiere in Goa will be attended by Freida Pinto, the film's director Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart), co producers Anurag Kashyap and Sunil Bohra and music director Amit Trivedi. Trishna is story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. The story is based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (played by Freida Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Angelina Jolie Tackles Another Biopic

18 November 2011 8:42 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Angelina Jolie recently wrapped her directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey, but don't expect her to go into hiding behind a camera. Jolie has signed on to play Gertrude Bell, a British pioneer who was influential in the Middle East during the early 1900s. Ridley Scott will produce and possibly direct the film. In addition to impacting the counties that eventually became Jordan and Iraq, Bell wrote about her travels as one of the few women traveling in the Ottoman Empire and beyond. Jolie has no problem playing real-life characters (like Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart) and is certainly no stranger to portraying strong female characters, so I'm looking forward to seeing her as the influential Bell. »

- Becky Kirsch

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Casting Watch: Jolie Gets Agent to Go Indie, U.N.C.L.E. Eyes Tatum, Beatty Picks Felicity Jones

15 November 2011 10:40 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

- Angelina Jolie has finally gotten herself a talent agent after years of functioning with only a manager (Geyer Kosinski), attorney (Robert Offer) and writer-director agent (UTA). She was briefly with CAA back in 2006, but has now signed with Ilene Feldman at Ifa Talent for smaller roles in independent films. It's the opposite from how most actresses navigate their careers, but given Jolie's taste and global uber-star wattage, this move could balance studio tentpole actioners with high-caliber dramatic work  such as "A Mighty Heart," "Changeling" and "Girl, Interrupted." Big budgets and glitz ("Salt," "Wanted," "The Tourist") capitalize on Jolie's marquee value more than her acting strengths. FilmDistrict will open Jolie's directorial debut, indie war drama "In The Land of Blood and Honey" on December 23. »

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Jack Black Gets a Bailout from Sony

3 November 2011 9:13 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Jack Black-starrer Bailout goes forward with Sony Pictures Worldwide picking up the project. Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart) will direct the story about a businessman who moonlights as a poet as his life unravels. He leaves his great job to start a website which fails,  putting him deeply in debt, takes another job only to be quickly laid off, all the while his marriage seems to be unraveling and he's about to lose his house. On the brink of total ruin, he considers an illegal way to make money. The movie is based on the book "The Financial Lives of Poets" by Jess Walter. Filming starts in January.

Source: Variety »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Anonymous director Roland Emmerich: Why Shakespeare didn't write the plays

30 October 2011 5:14 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

If William Shakespeare didn't write the plays and sonnets that have beguiled people for generations, then who did?

That's the controversial question at the heart of Roland Emmerich's new thriller Anonymous, which launches in UK cinemas this weekend.

Emmerich (Independence Day, The Patriot, 2012) and writer John Orloff have woven the ultimate literary conspiracy theory into a historical drama set at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.

In a video included below (and in our video channel on the right), the filmmaker presents his case for why he believes Shakespeare didn't create the works attributed to him.

The so-called 'authorship debate' has been around for decades and has attracted an illustrious band of supporters down the years.

Academics, actors and writers - including Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Orson Welles, Sigmund Freud and Sir John Gielgud - have supported the claim that Shakespeare simply didn't write Shakespeare. Collectively, the doubters are known as anti-Stratfordians. »

- David Bentley

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Movie Review: Anonymous (2011)

27 October 2011 3:02 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Written by John Orloff (A Mighty Heart), Roland Emmerich's Anonymous is a fascinating look at one of several conspiracies behind the true authorship of the works credited to William Shakespeare. It's smartly presented as a political thriller with an enticing conspiracy at its core. Liberties are taken, but for the most part I think Orloff has done well, attempting to manipulate the story based primarily on the holes in Shakespeare's history in an attempt to craft a solid political thriller surrounding the man who's arguably the greatest writer of all-time.

In the case of Anonymous it's the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship that proves central here, claiming Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) is the actual man behind the Bard. Opening in a curious fashion, the film begins on the busy streets of Manhattan as we enter a theater where a man (Derek Jacobi) on stage »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: 'Anonymous' director Roland Emmerich on 'demented' Vanessa Redgrave

25 October 2011 9:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix's Gregory Ellwood recently sat down with "Anonymous" director Roland Emmerich to talk about the upcoming historical thriller, which puts forth a fictional account of the fringe theory that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans), was the true author of the works of William Shakespeare (played here by Rafe Spall).  During their chat, Emmerich discusses the film's struggle to make it to the screen in the decade since he first discovered the script by John Orloff ("Legend of the Guardians", "A Mighty Heart"), including one false production start - thanks to budget and casting issues - several years »

- HitFix Staff

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Interview: Michael Winterbottom on ‘Trishna,’ a Tragic Indian Love Story

25 October 2011 10:41 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Revolution Films Freida Pinto stars as Trishna in Mr. Winterbottom’s latest movie.

Trishna,” the latest film of British director Michael Winterbottom, is a modern-day adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” set between rural Rajasthan and urban Mumbai.

Mr. Winterbottom, a versatile and prolific filmmaker, is known for movies that address difficult topics and which straddle the boundaries of the fictional and the real. Recent films include “The Road to Guantanamo,” a harrowing part-documentary on Guantanamo prisoners, »

- Margherita Stancati

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Writer of Roland Emmerich's Anonymous hired for new Battlestar Galactica film

24 October 2011 4:28 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

John Orloff, writer of Roland Emmerich's upcoming Shakespeare-themed thriller Anonymous, is to pen a new Battlestar Galactica film for Bryan Singer.

Following Singer's earlier admission that this will be his next project after Jack The Giant Killer, it's been revealed by Deadline that Orloff is closing a deal with Universal Pictures.

A report on Hitfix says he got the job after Singer saw Anonymous and really liked it, adding: "Singer had talked to the writer about Battlestar Galactica being a sort of Shakespearean story, fathers and sons painted against a big interstellar canvas."

Orloff also wrote Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie. He was nominated for an Emmy for Band of Brothers.

The scribe told Hitfix: "I'm a huge fan of the original series [of Battlestar Galactica] and of the second show, too. But I always thought the first show was a little »

- David Bentley

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Shakespeare On Film: A Retrospective

24 October 2011 7:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Shakespeare: The Bard. A historic, literary genius whose work has been played out on stage and screen on every continent in every part of world but…have we all been played? The question that is rarely asked is brought to the big screen by writer John Orloff (A Mighty Heart) and dramatic epic director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow) in Anonymous.

With this is mind, we take a look at William Shakespeare and varied versions of his writing that have made it to the big screen. In the past 100 years, there have been over 250 films produced that have been inspired, reinvented or just good old adaptations direct from the prose.

As it’s almost impossible to watch every single take on Will’s work, we’ve explored the Shakespearian archives for you and selected some of the best that have made a lasting impression right through the history of modern cinema. »

- Dan Bullock

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Battlestar Galactica: John Orloff writing Bryan Singer’s movie

21 October 2011 12:09 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Bryan Singer‘s Battlestar Galactica will be written by John Orloff. Bryan Singer’s Battlestar Galactica being written by John Orloff has been the subject on much conjecture. The Band of Brother‘s writer is currently finalizing his screenwriting deal with Universal Pictures.

A film adaptation is extremely daunting task for Bryan Singer’s Battlestar Galactica after the excellence of the recent SyFy Channel TV series. That science fiction TV show was fantastic, gritty, and war realistic. Bryan Singer seems more than up to the laborious task and so does John Orloff:

“I have wanted to write this movie since I was 12 years old, and built a Galactica model from scratch out of balsa wood, cardboard, old model parts and LEDs,” Orloff told Deadline. “I love BSG, and I would pass on the job rather than frak it up.”

For those unfamiliar with John Orloff’s screenwriting work:

Orloff scripted and exec produced Anonymous, »

- filmbook

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Bryan Singer's Battlestar Galactica to take place in Alternate Universe

21 October 2011 9:53 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

It was originally thought that Bryan Singer's big screen adaptation Battlestar Galactica would be more of a re-imagining of the original 1978 TV series. It doesn't look like that will be the case, we now have word from screenwriter John Orloff that the movie will not conflict with either Ron Moore's TV series or the original 1978 Glen Larson series. Basically it will end up taking place in an alternate universe. 

Here's what Orloff had to say to HitFix...

I'm a huge fan of the original series and of the second show, too. But I always thought the first show was a little too heavily reliant on 'Star Wars,' you know? Whereas I think the second show was really original and really cool. And I think I've come up with a way to write this movie that won't fuck any of that up. I'm not sure how much »

- Venkman

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