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Many authors and their works have been deemed as unfilmable by Hollywood because of unorthodox plots and characters that defy conventionality to great extremes. Nowhere is this more evident than with the works of Thomas Pynchon. The revered author may be the godfather of the postmodern detective, yet due to a number of dizzying elements within his books, none of Pynchon's works ever received the big-screen treatment. Enter Paul Thomas Anderson, who after securing Pynchon's blessing, brought Inherent Vice, one of the author's most acclaimed novels, to the screen. The 60s-set tale of a hippie private eye (Joaquin Phoenix) who takes on a bizarre missing persons case was heralded as one of the year's best comedies and earned Anderson a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination. »
- Frank Calvillo
"Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam is headed to the Amazon. The beefy Brit will dust off his pith helmet to play Col. Percival Fawcett in "The Lost City of Z," based on the book by David Grann. Fawcett was a real-life British explorer who disappeared during his search for a lost city in the jungle that he'd dubbed "Z," which he'd hoped would turn out to be the mysterious city of El Dorado.
Hunnam is replacing Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Fawcett. The "Sherlock" star will be busy with "Doctor Strange" and assorted projects, and although Cumberbatch is pretty magical, he hasn't yet figured out how to clone himself. Yet. In the meantime, he'll have to share the wealth.
Hunnam will be joined by Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller, who co-star as Fawcett's assistant and wife, respectively. James Gray ("The Immigrant," "Two Lovers") will direct the adaptation. Shooting will begin this summer. »
- Jenni Miller
Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has signed on to join Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller in the adaptation The Lost City of Z. No details were given on what character he is playing in this adaptation of David Grann's non-fiction best-seller of the same name, which explores the true story of British soldier and spy Percy Fawcett.
The story follow Fawcett as he leaves the Victorian society in 1925 to explore in the Amazon jungle with his son, obsessed with finding a civilization known as Z. Neither Percy nor his son were ever heard from again. Facwett's expeditions helped inspire author Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. Benedict Cumberbatch was at one point attached to play Fawcett, but he is no longer involved with the project.
Kim Nguyen (War Witch) is directing the movie, which is set in a small town near the North Pole.
Lucy (Maslany) and Roman (DeHaan) find themselves drawn together by a shared passion.
Kim Nguyen (“War Witch”) is directing the movie, which is a Canadian co-production that features the involvement of Montreal-based company Max Films. Production is scheduled to begin in mid-March as soon as Maslany wraps “Orphan Black.”
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Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and »
- Jeff Sneider
Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »
- Graham Daseler
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