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The 66th Locarno Film Festival will honor Werner Herzog with its Pardo d’Onore Swisscom award dedicated to contempo cinema masters, the first laurel announced by new artistic topper Carlo Chatrian. Herzog, he said, embodies his vision for the fest.
“Herzog is a very versatile director, whose work spans no-budget to big-budget, narrative cinema and documentaries, classic and cutting-edge cinema, but always with a distinctive identity,” said Chatrian. “Prizes for me are signals. The range present in Herzog’s work is what I would like to have in each of the festival’s sections.”
Herzog’s next project is “Queen of the Desert,” about explorer, writer and archeologist Gertrude Bell, starring Naomi Watts. Nick Raslan will produce through his Palmyra Films with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya.
The Locarno tribute will include a mini-retro of Herzog’s work.
Chatrian took the reins from former Locarno topper Olivier Pere in November. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Werner Herzog’s biopic about Gertrude Bell, an English writer and political officer who helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq has James Franco circling the role that Jude Law was going to play. Previously scheduled to start shooting ‘in late fall of 2012‘ and then rescheduled for March shoot in Morocco with Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson and with Jude Law attached, Herzog’s next narrative feature was on hold. Now it appears Oz the Great and Powerful himself may ride in to save the day because Law’s likely unable to participate since his scheduling window had closed. The film...
- Nick Martin
The story would follow Gertrude Bell, the real-life British woman who was a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Though only a commoner, Bell ultimately helped found the modern states of Iraq and Jordan and installing their first rulers, King Abdullah and King Faisal.
Joining the project late last year, Law was thought to be playing Charles Doughty-Wylie with whom Bell had an unconsummated affair. When he departed, the project ground to a halt.
With Franco onboard, things could get back on track for filming shortly.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Is James Franco an acceptable substitute for Jude Law? That is the question that director Werner Herzog might very well be asking himself right now, as his next narrative film Queen Of The Desert founders just a wee bit.
Queen Of The Desert was all set to star Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson,and Jude Law, in the tale of Gertrude Bell, a British writer and archaeologist who also worked as a spy. She was responsible for establishing the dynasty in contemporary Jordan and influenced the founding of Iraq. Along with T.E. Lawrence, she was among the more influential British imperial figures in the Arabic world at the time – and certainly one of the most influential women in the world.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Jude Law may no longer be part of the cast for Jane Got A Gun (and, according to this report, he’s also ditched Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert), but he is interested in diving down to dark depths for Kevin Macdonald, signing on to lead Black Sea. Focus Features has just snapped up the worldwide rights to the film, written by Dennis Kelly. The plot finds Law as a submarine captain who gets laid off by a salvage company.Looking to make some money, and possibly get one up on his former employers, he accepts a gig from a shadowy backer to hunt for a stolen, sunken submarine currently sitting at the bottom of the Black Sea.Putting together a crew of Russian and English sailors to complete the task, the captain begins to realise that he might be a little too far out of his depth »
Werner Herzog’s having a tough time getting his Gertrude Bell biopic Queen Of The Desert moving. He has Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson still attached to co-star and though he lost Jude Law, you’d think the two big names would be enough to crack open the financing wallets. Not so – but now he has James Franco as a possible replacement for Law.The situation remains fragile, however, as Franco is a typically busy bod and might not have time to fill the role. Expect this dancing around diaries to continue for a while yet.Queen Of The Desert follows Watts as Bell, the writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political reformer as she broke down barriers and trod her own path at the birth of the 20th century. Pattinson is down to play Colonel T.E. Lawrence and Franco is being courted to step in as Henry Cadogan, who romanced Bell before his untimely death. »
Exclusive: I’m not certain it’s going to happen as they try to sort scheduling issues, but Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert has James Franco circling the role that Jude Law was going to play. If you recall, Herzog lined up Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson to star in the story of Gertrude Bell’s life as a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the 20th Century. Law had signed on to the film, but exited awhile ago to do the play Henry V, and the project ground to a halt. Getting a commitment from Franco would put the picture back on track. Stay tuned. There is kind of a race on Gertrude Bell, as Ridley Scott also has one that Angelina Jolie was eyeing. But it looks like Scott is working hard on his Biblical film »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
So kind! In a new interview, Werner Herzog, the director of Rob’s new film ‘Queen of the Desert,’ raved about how ‘intelligent’ Rob is!
Robert Pattinson will be teaming up with German director Werner Herzog for his new film, Queen of the Desert. In an interview with Zeit Online, Werner revealed he’s excited to work with Rob because of his talents!
“This is a very intelligent man. [He] writes well. [He] knows exactly what he’s doing,” Werner raved.
Werner also added that he knows Rob recognizes that it’s time to move on from being a teen heartthrob, and become a more serious actor. “He also knows that he must be out of this short-lived type of role of teen stars.”
‘Rover’ Co-Star: Robert Pattinson Is A ‘Great’ Actor
Werner isn’t the only one of Rob’s colleagues to praise him. »
- HL Intern
Robert Pattinson,Kristen Stewart to separate again in just a few short weeks. According to a new report from Hollywood Life,former Twilight Saga mega stars ,Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, are about to get separated,once again,just as they were starting to get back into the groove of their relationship. It turns out that Rob pretty much has a very busy schedule for the rest of this year. Later on in April 2013, Rob is expected to head to the set of his new "Mission: Blacklist," flick by Embankment Films. It will tell the true-life story of Eric Maddox, who is a man that spearheaded the mission to find and capture Saddam Hussein. The filming location of the movie has not yet been revealed. However, it's reported that it will cause him to have leave Kristen again. But that's not it,because Rob will then have to set out »
Watts started her career in Australian television, appearing in the series "Hey Dad..!" (1990), "Brides of Christ" (1991), "E Street" (1991) and "Home and Away" (1991). Her film debut was in "For Love Alone" (1986). She gained critical acclaim in Mulholland Drive (2001) and in "The Ring" (2002).
She received an Oscar nomination for "21 Grams" (2003), followed by work in "King Kong" (2005), "Eastern Promises" (2007), "The International (2009), "Fair Game" (2010) and "The Impossible" (2012), receiving her second 'Best Actress' Oscar nomination.
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- Michael Stevens
It has been almost four years since Werner Herzog‘s last narrative pic – 2009′s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done – and it looks like we’re in for an even longer wait. Initially scheduled to start shooting ‘in late fall of 2012‘ (then rescheduled for March) in Morocco with Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson and adding Jude Law, Herzog’s biopic about Gertrude Bell – traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the beginning of the 20th century – in Queen Of The Desert, seems to be on hold.
Film’s star, Naomi Watts caught up with E! and revealed her collaboration with Herzog isn’t going to happen just yet.
“It’s still a way’s off,” she said. “I don’t know yet. Hopefully, it will happen. I just can’t travel again right now because I did a lot of traveling last year. »
- Vesna Sunrider
It's coming on four years since Werner Herzog's last narrative feature – 2009's "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" – and it looks like we're in for an even longer wait. Initially slated to start shooting in March in Morocco with Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson and Jude Law, Herzog's biopic of Gertrude Bell – traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century – in "Queen Of The Desert," seems to be on hold. Currently at the Sundance Film Festival to help promo "Two Mothers," which is making its World Premiere, Watts caught up with E! and revealed her collaboration with Herzog wasn't going to happen just yet. "It's still a way's off," she said. "I don't know yet. Hopefully, it will happen. I just can't travel again right now because I did a lot of traveling last year. It's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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