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Russell Crowe Looking To Direct & Star In James Ellroy Hostage Thriller '77'

Russell Crowe Looking To Direct & Star In James Ellroy Hostage Thriller '77'
While Russell Crowe hit screens with two pretty much forgettable films--"Robin Hood" and "The Next Three Days"--and his next appearance booked in RZA's martial arts pic "Man With Iron Fists," the actor is lining up what is easily his most exciting project in years. Deadline reports that Crowe is looking to star and make his narrative feature directorial debut with the hostage thriller "77." Based on a story by crime writer extraordinaire James Ellroy ("L.A. Confidential") and with a script by David Matthews, the film tells the true story of the 1974 shootout between the Lapd and the Symbionese Liberation…
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Quentin Tarantino's Favorite Films of 2010

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Quentin Tarantino's Favorite Films of 2010
The "Pulp Fiction" filmmaker has passed along his picks for the top 20 films of the year to fan site The Quentin Tarantino Archives, and the results are as eclectic a mix of the high and low as you'd expect.

1. Toy Story 3

2. The Social Network

3. Animal Kingdom

4. I Am Love

5. Tangled

6. True Grit

7. The Town

8. Greenberg

9. Cyrus

10. Enter The Void ("Hands down best credit scene of the year ... Maybe best credit scene of the decade. One of the greatest in cinema history." - Qt)

11. Kick Ass

12. Knight and Day

13. Get Him To The Greek

14. The Fighter

15. The King's Speech

16. The Kids Are All Right

17. How To Train Your Dragon

18. Robin Hood

19. Amer

20. Jackass 3-D

The only one I'd really like to hear him defend? "Robin Hood," a movie that had no memorable qualities at all for me. Not on this list? Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," which was selected by a
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Art Directors Guild nominees announced

Art Directors Guild nominees announced
Today begins the flurry of guild award nominations that can give you a good idea of which films are going to do well with the Academy. (As opposed to the Golden Globes or critics groups, many people who vote for guild prizes also vote for the Oscars.) The Art Directors Guild has announced its 15 nominees, including all the expected visual feasts (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Inception) and overall awards contenders (The Social Network, The King’s Speech, True Grit). Here are their lists:

Period Film

Get Low

The King's Speech

Robin Hood

Shutter Island

True Grit

Fantasy Film
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Art Directors Nominations Run Gamut from 'King's Speech' to 'Social Network' to 'Robin Hood'

Art Directors Nominations Run Gamut from 'King's Speech' to 'Social Network' to 'Robin Hood'
Here's a batch of nominations that includes some new names alongside the usual suspects. The Art Directors Guild announced its nominations on Wednesday morning – and by separating the feature film nominees into Period Film, Fantasy Film and Contemporary Film categories, they were able to make room for the likes of "Shutter Island" (left), "Robin Hood" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" alongside awards heavyweights like "True Grit," "The King's Speech," "Black Swan," "The Fighter" and "The Social Network." On the television side, nominees included "Mad Men," "True
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Steven Neish – 2010 – A Year in Highlights

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Joining HeyUGuys back in June of this year, I was eager to put my personal popcorn addiction to good use. A Psychology student by day and an usher by night, I had built up an encyclopaedic knowledge of film over three years of part time work, ever broadening my horizons with a determination to watch anything and everything I could. Finally blessed with an outlet for my burgeoning opinions and limitless enthusiasm, HeyUGuys has offered me opportunity after opportunity resulting in an inordinate number of cinematic highlights this 2010.

With Hollywood finally dropping the tiresome “darker is better” mantra to provide two of the very best comic-book adaptations to date – Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, in case it needed pointing out – and DreamWorks raising the bar with a series of above studio-par animated releases, it has been a year of many memorable moments. Inception was mind-bending, Four Lions was
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Take Three: Paddy Considine

Craig here with the last in the current series of Take Three. Today: Paddy Considine

Take One: Dead-end England, twice

"Phil" in My Summer...Colin Firth, Daniel Craig, Colin Farrell, Clive Owen. And so on. When I think of an actor who encapsulates exactly what is crucial, surprising and truly versatile about British male acting right now, none of the above quite pass muster, for me. Paddy Considine, on the other hand, hits the mark. His two roles for director Pawel Pawlikowski – kindly arcade manager Alfie in Last Resort (2001) and Jesus freak Phil in My Summer of Love (2004) – couldn’t be any different from one another, yet both cover all the above attributes. Watch the two films back to back and tell me Considine shouldn’t be up for every great role an actor of his range and calibre could be suggested for right now. Then ask me why he
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James Cameron to direct Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra?

James Cameron to direct Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra?
It’s incredibly early, but a source confirms Deadline Hollywood’s report today that James Cameron — the biggest director in the world — is having exploratory conversations with Sony Pictures about coming aboard the Cleopatra project the studio is developing for Angelina Jolie as a star vehicle. The conversations are very early on, but Brian Helgeland (Green Zone, Robin Hood) is writing the script and Social Network producer Scott Rudin is on board to produce. The project is based on Stacy Schiff’s book Cleopatra: A Life.

That is one A-list combination, and it would be interesting to see them
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Robin Hood’ Takes Serious Approach to the Legend

Chicago – Erase from your mind every preconception you may have about a film entitled, “Robin Hood,” and you may find yourself enjoying, or at the very east admiring, Ridley Scott’s loose yet literalistic depiction of the legendary outlaw. No film will ever top Michael Curtiz and William Keighley’s 1938 classic starring Errol Flynn, which remains one of the all time great screen entertainments.

This “Robin Hood” takes place in a universe entirely separate from the one Flynn inhabited. It’s a hard-edged prequel in the modern sense, centering on an English warrior fresh from the Crusades named Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe, re-teaming with Scott a decade after their last action blockbuster, “Gladiator”), who joins the fight against King Philip of France. Scott seems intent on doing for Robin Hood what “Batman Begins” did for the Caped Crusader, yet this film is too melancholy and deliberately paced to truly take flight.
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Robin Hood Blu-ray Review

When Ridley Scott made Kingdom of Heaven, he ended it with King Richard the Lionhearted asking directions to Jerusalem, and on the commentary track for the director’s cut Scott suggested he had an idea for the sequel. It would be a Robin Hood story, but with his main character from KoH. That film wasn’t a hit, so when Ridley did get to the legend of Robin of Locksley, he had Russell Crowe as his lead. Russell Crowe is no spring chicken, and the decision to cast the 40+ actor as the sprightly archer seems off, but if you’re going to make a $200 Million dollar movie, that’s the sort of compromise that going to happen. Scott and Crowe are basically cashing in their Gladiator chips, by – after having a huge success – making the expensive “sorta same, sorta sequel” film. My review of the Director’s Cut Blu-ray of
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Britain's best film directors show some early promise

Philip French speaks to Ridley Scott, Ken Russell, Gurinder Chadha, Shane Meadows and Stephen Frears about their debut pictures and detects the styles of the then-fledgling auteurs

Do artists discover a personal style and develop their themes gradually or are these to be found in embryonic form in their earliest works? There's no easy answer to this dual question. Take, for example, Ken Russell's Amelia and the Angel (1957), Ridley Scott's Boy and Bicycle (1965), Stephen Frears's The Burning (1967), Gurinder Chadha's I'm British But… (1989) and Shane Meadows's Where's the Money, Ronnie? (1995). All were made on shoestring budgets and each lasts less than half an hour.

First, presented with the directors' names and the credits concealed, would you be able to match up film and film-maker? I think most moviegoers could, which suggests there is something in these first movies that we would now recognise as characteristic. Second,
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Robin Hood – wide of the mark?

Russell Crowe's turn as the tunic-wearing tyke was considered by some a bore. But was it accurate? Alex von Tunzelmann investigates the old tale of great production let down by the script

The yew of the longbow creaks as I draw the string back. Side on, I gaze along the line of the arrow. The yellow bullseye comes into focus. All around the archery range, set up at the Tower of London, a hush falls among spectators leaning over the railings. I take a deep breath, and release the fingers on my right hand. The arrow sproings off sideways, wobbles about ten feet, and plummets pathetically into the mud.

This archery business is trickier than actors make it look. Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett appear to be experts in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, released on DVD this week. It's not a great movie. Following in the footsteps of
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[DVD Picks of the Week] Sept. 21st

And here we are, a little late but back in the saddle back with a couple of very TV-oriented weeks in worthwhile DVDs. Check out what I like from the last two weeks below:

Grab ‘Em Right Away

Glee: The Complete Fist Season (Bluray)

Created by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan

Cast: Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Finn Hudson, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera & Heather Morris.

Why should you buy this? Because it’s without a doubt the best new TV show from last season. The show does take about three or so episodes to really hit its stride, but take the time necessary. Every cast member sports an amazing voice and even better comedic timing which is what makes the show work. Jane Lynch is perfect; she is unrelenting in her desire to best Will
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Exclusive: Arthur Max Talks Robin Hood

Production Designer Arthur Max discusses the realism of the 12th Century in Robin Hood

Arthur Max has been a production designer for the last 15 years, yet he's only worked with two directors. Though, one could argue that they are two of the finest directors currently making films today: David Fincher and Ridley Scott.

Arthur Max has contributed to Ridley Scott's last four films, most recently working on Robin Hood. Which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray September 21. I recently had the chance to speak with Arthur Max about his extensive work designing the elaborate look of this new movie, and here's what he had to say:

You've worked with Ridley Scott on other films in the past. I was wondering if you were on board during this movie's first incarnation, when it was the revisionist piece that Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris had written?

Arthur Max: No,
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Steve Zahn's "Marshall" Plan, a Double Bill in Chelsea and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Calvin Marshall" (2010)

Directed by Gary Lundgren

Released by Passion River

Steve Zahn exemplifies the adage those who can't do teach as a college baseball coach who never was quite good enough to make the majors who sees something of himself in an enthusiastic but unskilled player (Alex Frost) that he keeps on the team in writer/director Gary Lundgren's feature debut.

"Chelsea on the Rocks" (2009)

Directed by Abel Ferrara

Released by Hannover House

"Bad Lieutenant" director Ferrara compiles a biography of the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York through archival footage, reenactments and interviews with the many artists who have stayed there throughout the years from Milos Forman and R. Crumb to Ethan Hawke and Gaby Hoffman.

"Claang the Game" (2009)

Directed by Stefano Milla

Released by Triumphant Entertainment

A game of "Claang," a strategy-heavy match of wits, leads to a discussion
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Lr's The Blu Room Robin Hood Blu-Ray Review

Robin Hood (Blu-Ray)Universal Home ENTERTAINMENT2010/Rated PG-13 & Unrated/140 & 155 minsList Price: $39.98 - Available September 21, 2010At 140 minutes Ridley Scott's latest feels a lot longer than it actually is and yet it still doesn't feel long enough. Though the film is titled Robin Hood, what you may not know is that this is Scott's revisionist take on not how the man became the legend, but how he earned the name. Similar to what Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale did with the caped crusader in Batman Begins, Scott and frequent collaborator Russell Crowe have stripped the classic tale of its familiar essentials to tell a realistic origin story that sadly misses a key element that made Robin Hood great: a sense of adventure.It's the turn of the 12th century and Robin Longstride (Crowe) is a brave and honorable archer who has loyally followed King Richard (Danny Huston) on his crusade to plunder foreign lands.
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Contest: Win Robin Hood on Blu-ray

Robin Hood will be released ion DVD and Blu-ray on September 21 and you know we have to celebrate this new release. We have a new contest running and we're giving away copies of this new Blu-ray plus mini-posters and coin bottle openers as well. You know these prizes will go fast so be sure to enter this new contest today.

Winners Receive:

Robin Hood Blu-rayRobin Hood mini-postersRobin Hood coin bottle openers

Here's How To Win!

Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard's army against the French. Upon Richard's death, Robin Longstride (Oscar winner Russell Crowe) travels to Nottingham,
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What to see in the arts this autumn

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There's a double helping of the Dane, Wall Street returns, Wallace and Gromit take up presenting – and Robyn goes for broke. Our critics pick this autumn's hottest shows

Theatre

Hamlet

Prepare for the latest battle of the princes. John Simm is first in the field at the Sheffield Crucible; then Rory Kinnear enters the running in a Nicholas Hytner production for the National Theatre. It's not, of course, a contest – but comparisons will be inevitable. Crucible, Sheffield (0114-249 6000), from 16 September; and Olivier, London SE1 (020-7452 3000), from 7 October.

The Thrill of it All

Forced Entertainment continues the British experimental tradition with an evening of vaudevillian capers, Japanese lounge music and tarnished sequins. Nuffield, Lancaster (01524 594151), 12-13 October. Then touring.

Tribes

Nina Raine follows her impressive debut play, Rabbits, with a drama about an unconventional family that has its own private language and rules. At its centre is Billy, who is deaf and
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What to see in the arts this autumn

  • The Guardian - TV News
There's a double helping of the Dane, Wall Street returns, Wallace and Gromit take up presenting – and Robyn goes for broke. Our critics pick this autumn's hottest shows

Theatre

Hamlet

Prepare for the latest battle of the princes. John Simm is first in the field at the Sheffield Crucible; then Rory Kinnear enters the running in a Nicholas Hytner production for the National Theatre. It's not, of course, a contest – but comparisons will be inevitable. Crucible, Sheffield (0114-249 6000), from 22 September; and Olivier, London SE1 (020-7452 3000), from 7 October.

The Thrill of it All

Forced Entertainment continues the British experimental tradition with an evening of vaudevillian capers, Japanese lounge music and tarnished sequins. Nuffield, Lancaster (01524 594151), 12-13 October. Then touring.

Tribes

Nina Raine follows her impressive debut play, Rabbits, with a drama about an unconventional family that has its own private language and rules. At its centre is Billy, who is deaf and
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

DVD and Blu-Ray Release Info For Robin Hood

Universal Studios Home Entertainment have sent The Hollywood News some fantastic new information for their upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release for Robin Hood, the awesome flick starring Russell Crowe, directed by the legendary Ridley Scott.

The film arrives on the home formats in both theatrical and director’s cut formats, so you can choose which one to put on.

Both hit the streets in the UK on September 20th, 2010.

Here’s the info…

Academy Award® winning duo Russell Crowe and Sir Ridley Scott combine creative forces again, this time to recreate the epic story of Robin Hood, this Summer’s UK and global box office smash (UK: £15.4 million, over Worldwide: $300 million). Robin Hood is released onto Director’s Cut Edition DVD & 2 disc Blu-ray on 20 September by Universal Pictures International Entertainment.

Directed by Sir Ridley Scott with Russell Crowe (State of Play, Gladiator) as Robin, along with a stellar cast including:
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'Kung Fu Panda' writers to take on 'Karate Kid' sequel

Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff, who wrote 2008's "Kung Fu Panda," have been hired to write the sequel to Sony.s summer hit "The Karate Kid."According to The Hollywood Reporter, Will Smith produced the film that starred his son Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.With a budget around $40 million, "The Karate Kid" has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. Columbia would not reveal the setting or plot for the new movie. It is expected that Jaden Smith and Chan will reprise their roles. Smith is producing the sequel with his Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz. Voris and Reiff created Showtime's "Sleeper Cell" and wrote the script "Nottingham," that evolved into this year's Russell Crowe-starrer "Robin Hood."
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