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Watch: Nicole Kidman in First Clip from Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert'

15 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I do not know about you, but whenever Werner Herzog has a new movie coming out, I get very excited. Even if I end up not liking the movie, he always makes something unique and interesting. And, hopefully, insane. Queen of the Desert is the title of his latest, and it sounds like it could be his most traditional film. You can watch a new clip of the film below, featuring Nicole Kidman and Damian Lewis. The film is based on the true story of Gertrude Bell, who was a writer, archaeologist, political attache for the British Empire, and much more at the turn of the twentieth century. Along with Kidman and Lewis, the also film stars Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (that's big shoes to fill...) and James Franco as Henry Cadogan. We have not gotten a narrative feature from Herzog since My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, »

- Mike Shutt

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"He Is A Pure Artist And Maniac": Read Harmony Korine's Great Foreword To 'Werner Herzog: A Guide For The Perplexed'

19 January 2015 7:25 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It looks like we really need to pick up "Werner Herzog — A Guide for the Perplexed" by Paul Cronin. Even though it hit shelves last fall, some of the treasures to be found within are just now starting to surface. Last week came Herzog's twenty-four great pieces of advice that adorn the back cover of the book, and today you can check out the fantastic foreword, penned by Harmony Korine, that is perhaps the most perfect introduction his friend and filmmaker could ever receive. It's probably best you just skip ahead and read it in full, but it's not very often that you'll find a tribute to a director featuring the words "chickens," "maniac," and "icon." And yet, it's a flawless encapsulation of Herzog the man and moviemaker. So while you wait for Herzog's next film, "Queen Of The Desert" (check out the first look images here), perhaps track down 'A Guide for the Perplexed, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Berlin Competition Final Lineup Includes Wim Wenders, Oliver Hirschbiegel

19 January 2015 3:15 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With under three weeks to go, the Berlin Film Festival has completed its competition roster, adding new titles from Pablo Larraín, Wim Wenders and Oliver Hirschbiegel. In total, 19 of the 23 films in the program will be vying for Golden and Silver Bears. Twenty-one of the titles are world premieres including new addition El Club from Larraín whose 2012 No scored an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. World premiering out of competition is Wenders’ drama Everything Will Be Fine with James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze. The veteran helmer nabbed his third Best Documentary Feature Oscar nomination last week with The Salt Of The Earth. He’s also the subject of an homage at this year’s Berlin fest, and will be presented with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement.

Also in an out-of-competition world premiere is Downfall and Diana director Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Movie News: Tom Cruise and Doug Liman Team for '80s Drug Tale; First Look at Nicole Kidman and James Franco in 'Queen of the Desert'

15 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Mena: Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman, who teamed up for last year's sci-fi action thriller Edge of Tomorrow, are in talks to reunite for the real-life drama Mena. Cruise would play Barry Seal, a pilot, gun runner and drug trafficker "for the CIA and the Medellin cartel." Seal was based in Mena, Arkansas in the 1980s, hence the title. [Deadline]   Queen of the Desert: Heading for its world premiere at the Berlin film festival next month, Queen of the Desert has debuted its first official photo. Nicole Kidman and James Franco star in the true-life tale of Gertrude Bell, a multitalented woman who played a key role in the Middle East for the British Empire early in the 20th century. Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis also star; Werner Herzog directed...

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- Peter Martin

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Berlinale First Look: Nicole Kidman and James Franco Star in Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert'

15 January 2015 11:29 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Along with seven other films from Jafar Panahi, Benoit Jacquot, Bill Condon and more, Germany's biggest film festival added Werner Herzog's latest to its competition slate this morning. Herzog will attend the Berlin premiere of "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman as British Intelligence officer and cartographer Gertrude Bell opposite Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) and James Franco as British army officer Henry Cadogan. Naomi Watts was reportedly originally cast in the role of Bell before it went to fellow Aussie Kidman. Damian Lewis costars. Herzog penned and directed the $36 million epic, which wrapped in Spring 2014 (around the time when we hoped to see the film at his Telluride stomping grounds) and was shot in Morocco, Jordan and London. This is Herzog's first narrative feature since 2009's hilarious, acid entertainment "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" starring Nicolas Cage. Now celebrating its 65th. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Anton Corbijn's 'Life,' Helen Mirren Starrer 'Woman In Gold,' Alex Ross Perry's 'Queen Of Earth' Added To Berlin Line-Up

15 January 2015 5:18 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, the Berlin International Film Festival is quickly shaping up to have one of the best line-ups in recent history. Many films pundits had pegged for Cannes debuts are premiering in Germany instead. Yesterday, Werner Herzog’s much-anticipated “Queen Of The Desert” was announced as part of the festival, and today Anton Corbijn's equally anticipated “Life,” starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattison, was added to the festival as well. Other additions include the international premiere of “Selma,” the Helen Mirren picture “Woman In Gold,” co-starring Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl, the Brian Wilson drama “Love & Mercy” starring Paul Dano and John Cusack as the famous Beach Boy at two different points in his life, and more. New additions below. Additions in the forum section are pretty notable too. Jem Cohen’s most recent film “Counting” tips its hat to the work of the late auteur Chris Marker and takes a personal, »

- Edward Davis

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Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert,’ Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi,’ Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life,’ and More Will Premiere at Berlin 2015

15 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With our most-anticipated film of the year leading the line-up, this year’s Berlin Film Festival has announced more titles to join the slate. Notably Werner Herzog’s first narrative feature in half-a-decade, Queen of the Desert, will be premiering there. The story of legendary cartographer Gertrude Bell features Nicole KidmanRobert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian Lewis. Also in the line-up is an unexpected feature […] »

- Jordan Raup

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First Look: Nicole Kidman & James Franco In Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert'

14 January 2015 1:04 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Earlier today, Werner Herzog fans got a dose of good news when it was revealed that his latest, "Queen Of The Desert," will make its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival. And now, we've got the first image from the film. Starring Nicole KidmanJames FrancoRobert PattinsonDamian Lewis, and many more, the biopic tells the tale of Gertrude Bell, the traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the 20th century who played a crucial role in the development of the Middle East. And Herzog has been making some big teases about the picture. "Now, Nicole Kidman,” Herzog said last summer. “Wait for that one. Wait for it. I make an ominous prediction: How good she is.” We'll soon find out. No distribution yet for the movie, but if the film is even half as good as our expectations, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Photos: Kidman, Franco In "Queen of the Desert"

14 January 2015 11:58 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Earlier today came word that Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" will have its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month and has been selected to be a part of the festival's In Competition line-up.

Fansite Queenofthedesertfilm.com has now posted up the first still and two behind-the-scenes photos from the biopic about British traveller, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer Gertrude Bell. Nicole Kidman plays Bell alongside James Franco as Henry Cadogan, Damian Lewis as Charles Doughty-Wylie, and Robert Pattinson as T. E. Lawrence.

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- Garth Franklin

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Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

14 January 2015 10:53 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »

- Brad Brevet

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Berlin Fest Adds Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert,' Lea Seydoux's 'Diary,' Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' & More

14 January 2015 5:27 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As if the Berlin International Film Festival wasn't already awash in promising debuts, organizers today have announced their latest slate of films, and some very anticipated pictures have joined the lineup. The most notable is Werner Herzog's "Queen Of The Desert," a starry biopic of Gertrude Bell which was shuffled off a fall premiere after post-production delays held up the film's completion. Other films of note include: Benoit Jacquot's "Diary Of A Chambermaid" starring Lea Seydoux; Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes" with Ian McKellen which we also figured for the fall festival season; and surprisingly "Taxi," from Jafar Panahi. Check out the list of new movies in the press releases below. The Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 5th to 15th. ---------- Sebastian Schipper, Werner Herzog, Benoit Jacquot and Further Titles Added to the Selection Another eight films have been selected for the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Berlin Adds Competition Titles From Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog, Bill Condon

14 January 2015 3:04 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With only a few weeks to go until the Berlin Film Festival unspools, much of the competition lineup still remains a mystery. However, today has added some clarity with several titles unveiled. Among them, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi’s latest effort. The director, who is under house arrest and a 20-year filmmaking ban, nevertheless manages to get a movie out every couple of years. His last, Closed Curtain, stirred up controversy in Iran when it won the screenwriting prize in Berlin in 2013. This latest film, Taxi, stars the director, although other details were not immediately available.

Also in the mix is the world premiere, out of competition, of Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada and Hattie Morahan. McKellen plays the titular detective as he nears the end of his days and revisits an unsolved case which forced him into retirement.

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- Nancy Tartaglione

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Berlin 2015: Herzog's Queen of the Desert joins competition

14 January 2015 2:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, added to Berlinale competition line-up; Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an aged Sherlock, to play out of competition.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has added a further eight titles to its Competition programme, ahead of the complete line-up next week.

The films, which originate from across Europe, Asia, the Us and the Middle East, include the world premiere of Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog’s biopic based on the life of British explorer Gertrude Bell.

Nicole Kidman plays the 19th century explorer, known as the female Lawrence of Arabia, and her co-stars include James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson (as Te Lawrence).

Berlinale 2015: new Competition films

Body

Poland

By Malgorzata Szumowska (Stranger, Elles, In the Name of)

With Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala

World premiere

Cha và con và (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories)

Vietnam / France / Germany »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin 2015: Herzog, Condon, Panahi in competition

14 January 2015 2:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sebastian Schipper, Werner Herzog, Benoit Jacquot and Further Titles Added to the Selection

Another eight films have been selected for the Competition Programme of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

The productions are from the following countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong/China, Iran, the People’s Republic of China, Poland, the USA, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Body

Poland

By Malgorzata Szumowska (Stranger, Elles, In the Name of)

With Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala

World premiere

Cha và con và (Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories)

Vietnam / France / Germany / Netherlands

By Di Phan Dang (Bi, Don’t Be Afraid)

With Do Thi Hai Yen, Le Cong Hoang, Truong The Vinh

World premiere

Journal d’une femme de chambre (Diary of a Chambermaid)

France / Belgium

By Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen; Three Hearts)

With Léa Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Clotilde Mollet, Hervé Pierre, Vincent Lacoste

World premiere

Mr. Holmes

United Kingdom

By Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate)

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog, Bill Condon Films to Play at Berlin Film Festival

14 January 2015 2:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Dieter Kosslick, the chief of the Berlin Film Festival, has added to his Competition Section lineup, which will include films by Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog and Bill Condon.

Among the additions are Panahi’s “Taxi,” Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, and Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson.

Panahi’s credits include 1995’s “The White Balloon,” which won the Golden Camera for best debut at Cannes, 2000’s “The Circle,” which won the Golden Lion at Venice, and 2006’s “Offside,” which won the Silver Bear at Berlin.

Panahi was arrested in his native Iran in 2009, and subsequently banned from making films for 20 years. Despite this, he has produced two films since, “This Is Not a Film” and “Closed Curtain,” which played at Berlin in 2013, and won the Silver Bear for screenplay.

As a writer, Condon won »

- Leo Barraclough

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #64. Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert

6 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Queen of the Desert

Director: Werner Herzog // Writer: Werner Herzog

One of the most prominent members of the New German Wave happens to be Werner Herzog, an auteur who has remained a vibrant cinematic icon going on five decades. Lately working almost exclusively in documentary (and starring as a villain in 2012’s Jack Reacher), Herzog returns with his first feature since his pair of bizarre 2009 titles, Queen of the Desert. Starring a heady, glitzy cast made up of Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson, the film is a chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Jenny Agutter

Producers: Benaroya Pictures’ Michael Benaroya (Hateship Loveship), Cassian Elwes (Reach Me), Nick N. Raslan (Rescue Dawn), Mark Burg (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).

U.S. Distributor: »

- Nicholas Bell

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