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With rumours flying about a new Indiana Jones and Disney reportedly closing in on their final choices for Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, the Hollywood casting machine is operating at an even higher temperature than usual.
You'll be familiar with some of these near-misses, but others are frankly astonishing. Which rapper almost took Matt Damon's role in Elysium? Which former Friends star was the first choice to front Men in Black? And why is Leonardo DiCaprio Christian Bale's nemesis? Read on...
Al Pacino - Star Wars
Pacino revealed during a Q&A session last year that the role of roguish smuggler Han Solo was "his for the taking" back in the '70s, but he turned it down because he didn't understand the script. Harrison Ford made the role iconic and ended up having his own issues with Lucas's script, famously telling the director "You can type this s**t, »
Three years ago, chart-topping pop singer Madonna tried her hand at directing the scarcely seen romance W.E., and now she's interested in a different kind of love story. Deadline reports the singular named Grammy winner will direct an adaptation of Adé: A Love Story, based on Rebecca Walker's novel of the same name. This love story is a contemporary tale, following a college student who falls in love with a Swahili man on an island off the coast of Kenya. But their plans to marry and live a life in paradise are thrown into upheaval when a civil war in the area threatens to tear apart their love and lives. More below! This sounds like a varied version of Angelina Jolie's war-torn romance In the Land of Blood and Honey, but Madonna apparently has a fondness for troubled love stories. This project has Bruce Cohen, one of the »
- Ethan Anderton
Madrid – London-based WestEnd Films will handle world sales rights outside Spain on Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day,” starring Benicio del Toro and Tim Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and “Mystic River,” and Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Fedja Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”).
Just announced (Variety, March 12), “A Perfect Day” marks the sixth fiction feature of a distinguished Spanish director who has attracted high-profile thesps, and won critical plaudits and often a large audience and international sales through films – “Barrio,” Javier Bardem-starrer “Mondays in the Sun,” “Princesses” – which feature a careful delineation of singular, robust individuals reacting, often with hangdog humor, to specific, often troubled social contexts.
“A Perfect Day” – on which pubcaster Tve has taken free-to-air Spanish TV rights – is no exception, turning on a group of aid workers in a conflict zone »
- John Hopewell
Madrid — Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins and Olga Kurylenko will star in conflict-zone drama “A Perfect Day,” the English-language debut of Fernando Leon de Aranoa, one of Spain’s most reputable and popular auteurs.
The Spanish producer of Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris” and Isabel Coixet’s “The Secret Life of Words,” which toplined Tim Robbins, Mediapro will team with Reposado Producciones, Leon de Aranoa’s label, to produce “Day.” It marks their fourth feature co-production. Jaume Roures and Leon de Aranoa produce; Javier Mendez and Patricia de Muns exec-produce.
Rolling for 10 weeks in and around Granada, southern Spain, from March 17, “A Perfect Day” is a drama laced with large humor and tension, both of which come with the territory, »
- John Hopewell
She travels the world as a humanitarian and actress, but Angelina Jolie's latest project is inspired by someone very close to home. Jolie, 38, pitched a film adaptation of the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, only to discover that its subject, 97-year-old Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, lived in her Los Angeles neighborhood. "I can show you my roof from the window," Jolie, who is directing the film, told Tom Brokaw from Zamperini's home during a Today show interview that aired Tuesday. "I imagine that for the last 10-something years, he's »
- Michele Corriston
Angelina Jolie says her latest project is the "hardest thing" she's ever done in her career.
The film chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. "[The world] can seem hopeless and it can seem very overwhelming," she said of the movie. "But the resilience and the strength of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing."
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It just so happens that director Jolie is neighbors with her movie muse. "I imagine that for the last 10-something years, (Zamperini has) been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering who's going to make this movie," the 38-year-old Oscar winner told Today. "And I've been sitting in my room laying there thinking, 'What am I supposed to be doing with my »
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Before heading off to Lebanon to visit with Syrian refugees, Angelina Jolie sat down for an interview with Today to talk about the making of her new movie Unbroken. Angie did the interview with Louis Zamperini, the Olympic distance runner and WWII pilot who was the inspiration for the project. As it turns out, the two actually live in the same La neighborhood, and Louis could see Angie's roof from his patio. "I imagine that for the last 10-something years, he has been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering who's going to make this movie," Angelina said. "And I've been sitting in my room laying there thinking, 'What am I supposed to be doing with my life? I wanna do something important. I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it? »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Louis Zamperini lived just about one of the craziest lives imaginable. A first-generation American, he went from being a young punk who grew up during the Depression and was the scourge of local law enforcement, to being an Olympian who ran in the Berlin Olympics and got a personal meet-and-greet with Hitler, to being a bombardier who fought against Axis forces in the second World War, to surviving on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean for 47 days while eating raw fish and drinking rain water, to being held in a Japanese Pow camp, to eventually being a married man and motivational speaker. It’s the sort of story that Hollywood loves to turn into movies. But, due to all of the inherent drama in the subject matter and the delicacy with which it needs to be handled, it’s also the sort of movie that Hollywood tends to turn into sappy melodramas. So »
- Nathan Adams
You gotta hand it to Angelina Jolie. The woman sure does the unexpected. Her directorial debut, 2011′s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” was about the Bosnian War, and now she’s followed that up with the true World War II story of Louie Zamperini in “Unbroken.” You gotta figure she had a lot of easier, safer choices, but nope, she decides to do these two movies. Of course, “Unbroken’s” got that whole inspirational true story thing going for it, and should win plenty of awards come awards season, so that never hurts. Here’s your first look at footage from the movie, courtesy of NBC’s Sochi Olympics preview. It looks pretty good, if you like prison camp movies. I’m not a big fan of them myself, but I’ve been known to watch one or two (or a dozen). Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, »
Unbroken chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Unbroken is expected to be given a worldwide release on December 25.
Jolie previously directed the feature In the Land of Blood and Honey, which was released back in 2011. »
Olympics viewers got a first look at Angelina Jolie's upcoming movie Unbroken on Sunday. A preview of the film, which marks Jolie's second movie as a director following 2011′s In the Land of Blood and Honey, aired during NBC's coverage of the Winter Games. Photos: Sochi Mascots Reimagined by Hollywood’s Top Animation Talent The preview, narrated by Tom Brokaw, highlights the story of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini, the focus of the film Along with two other crewman, Zamperini (played by Jack O'Connell) survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in World
- Kimberly Nordyke
Very few people see.
For Ever Mozart (1996) from Jean-Luc Godard is half Contempt (1963), a quarter The Seventh Seal (1957), and a quarter In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011). Like every Godard film I've ever seen, I was challenged, annoyed, depressed, and moved. Most films, if you're patient enough, can be appreciated in some way. Godard actively antagonizes patience by confusing the narrative, using theatricality, and hammering home philosophical dialogue. If you're on his wavelength, then the experience is probably an exhilarating one. But, as with other modern poets, I am a world apart. Where is the consistency? Where are we going? Where are the rest of the damn subtitles!?
- Jason Ratigan
Last year I made a list of my 50 most anticipated movies of 2013, but this year I struggled putting together a list of 40. The kind of movies I used to anticipate don't get me brimming with excitement as much as they saturate the market and we can fully expect to see one nearly every weekend and this year it starts early with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on January 17. So no need to anticipate them, they'll be here soon enough, but I've already discussed all this, no need to trod the same path over again. My list would have also been easier to make had I not already seen six films you may want to add to your list of most anticipated: Dom Hemingway (April 4) Read My Review Enemy (March 14) Read My Review Ernest & Celestine (March 14) Only Lovers Left Alive (April 11) Read My Review Under the Skin (April 4) Read My Review Venus »
- Brad Brevet
13 items from 2014
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