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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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Keira Knightley to Pose Nude for Art

15 December 2009 1:42 AM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

British actress Keira Knightley reportedly has shed off her clothes in the name of art. According to reports, the Cecilia Tallis of "Atonement" has been secretly visiting London's Halcyon Gallery to be painted in the nude by the highly-regarded artist Mitch Griffiths.

"It's considered a great honor to be painted by Mitch. He is a highly respected nude painter and is painting as number of subjects for a new exhibition next year," an insider revealed. "He is delighted Keira decided to take part."

Keira Knightley herself will be seen portraying Lillian Palmer in "London Boulevard", a movie about a South London criminal who tries to give up the gangster life by becoming a handyman for a reclusive young actress. She will star opposite Colin Farrell, Ray Winstone, and Stephen Graham.

Recently, the "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" actress was also reported to land a role »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Mel Gibson To Direct DiCaprio In Viking Movie

14 December 2009 10:18 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Mel Gibson may have just made his acting comeback with the yet-to-be-released Edge of Darkness and the Jodie Foster-directed comedy, The Beaver, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing his work as a director. After impressing with The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto, it looks like Gibson will be working with Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time as he directs an untitled Viking movie.

Variety’s BFDealmemo reports that Gibson will direct and DiCaprio will star in the yet-to-titled movie set in the world of the Viking culture. The movie will be scripted by the award-winning William Monaghan, who penned such films as The Departed and Body of Lies. The Departed producer, Graham King, will produce the Viking movie, along with Gibson himself and Tim Headington in a co-production between King’s Gk Films and Gibson’s Icon Productions.

 

The principle people involved (Gibson, DiCaprio and King, »

- Ross Miller

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DiCaprio, Gibson collaborate on Viking movie

14 December 2009 12:16 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Leonardo DiCaprio as a Viking. Directed by Mel Gibson. With a screenplay by the Oscar-winner of The Departed. Ok, I'm in.

Variety breaks word today of a new movie project involving these three men and producer Graham King. As the trade magazine rightly points out, King is the connecting link that united all three players: Gibson stars in the soon-to-be-released Edge of Darkness, produced by Graham King; DiCaprio starred in The Departed, another King-produced movie; and William Monahan, the screenwriter in question, wrote Departed as well as directed London Boulevard, another film that King produced. As they say in any business, it's who you know that gets you the deal.

The as-yet untitled Viking film will be another period piece, a genre that Gibson seems particularly adept at handling; he won Best Director and Best Picture honors for Braveheart as well as made $300 million dollars domestic for The Passion of the Christ. »

- Patrick Sauriol

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The 2008 Black List (Unproduced Screenplays) Update: Where are they Now?

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

We have year end favorite film lists, we have decade lists, but my favorite list of all is the Black List. Now in year 5, the annual list of the most popular unproduced screenplays voted by script readers who 9 times out of 10 are forced to read utter crap, will soon be unveiled - I suggest you check out the twitter feed for updates. As the votes are being tallied up, I thought we'd go back one year and see where we were at with the top 15 projects of the list. - We have year end favorite film lists, we have decade lists, but my favorite list of all is the Black List. Now in year 5, the annual list of the most popular unproduced screenplays voted by script readers who 9 times out of 10 are forced to read utter crap, will soon be unveiled - I suggest you check out the twitter feed for updates. »

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Where to see the 'Twilight,' 'New Moon,' and 'Eclipse' stars in 2010

8 December 2009 11:54 AM, PST | Twilight Examiner | See recent Twilight Examiner news »

The Twilight cast is positively gigantic at this point. With The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse complete, the list of cast members has grown significantly. There are some who play, well, bigger roles in the film series (i.e., Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner), but even with a cast this formidable, each .... Ashley Greene (Skateland), Anna Kendrick (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Ayanna Berkshire, Billy Burke (Highland Park, Shadow Play), Boo Boo Stewart (Smitty, Logan), Cam Gigandet (Easy A, Five Star Day, Priest, Kerosene Cowboys, Burlesque), Dakota Fanning (The Runaways), Graham Greene, Jamie Campbell Bower (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I, London Boulevard), Jackson Rathbone (Dread, Girlfriend, The Last Airbender), Kellan Lutz (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Michael Sheen (Alice In Wonderland), Michael Welch, Jack Huston, Jose Zuniga, Matt Bushell, Rachelle Lefevre, Solomon Trimble, Tinsel Korey »

- thetwilightexaminer

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Graham King on Producing and Future Projects Like The Tourist, Edge Of Darkness, Rango, More

6 December 2009 8:13 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A native of the United Kingdom, Graham King has emerged as a formidable producer of both major motion pictures and independent features. His independent production company, Gk Films, launched in 2007 with business partner Tim Headington and the soon to be released period film The Young Victoria was the first film produced under this new banner.

Since then, Gk Films completed shooting the thriller Edge of Darkness, based on the BBC mini-series of the same name and starring Mel Gibson, which will be released in January 2010. Other Gk Films projects in various stages of production or development are The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, Rum Diary starring Johnny Depp, the crime drama London Boulevard starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, the children’s book adaptation The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Ben Affleck’s latest directorial feature The Town and the animated feature Rango, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp. »

- Sara Wayland

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Graham King launches TV division

17 November 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Graham King is branching out.

The Oscar-winning feature producer has launched a television division of his Gk Films and tapped Lionsgate TV executive Craig Cegielski to run it.

Cegielski will oversee Gk-tv from Gk Films' Santa Monica offices and report to King, the president and CEO.

"This is the next logical step for us," King said. "We see great growth potential in television and are excited to be expanding into this arena."

Cegielski started at Gk-tv on Monday. He left Lionsgate, where he was executive vp programming and sales, international TV, on Friday.

"We're sorry to see him go, but he is an entrepreneur who's wanted to build his own business, and we are excited about the opportunity for him," Lionsgate TV president Kevin Beggs said.

Beggs and Lionsgate TV COO Sandra Stern already are interviewing candidates to replace Cegielski as head of the company's international sales department.

At Gk-tv, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Keira Knightley to Star in “My Fair Lady” Remake

27 October 2009 2:33 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Keira Knightley

According to Telegraph.co.uk, Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean) has won the role of Eliza Doolittle in a new film adaptation of “My Fair Lady.”

Scarlett Johansson was also up for the lead role, but the site reported that Joe Wright has come on to direct, and it seems that Wright has gone with Knightley, who he directed in “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement” to star.

Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) is writing the screenplay. Daniel Craig is also being mentioned as a possibility to play Professor Henry Higgins.

Knightley, the 24-year-old actress, last starred in “The Duchess” and has a few new upcoming roles, including in William Monahan’s “London Boulevard.”

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- Allan Ford

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