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‘Salt 2′ Gets a New Writer

10 December 2012 8:35 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Although Angelina Jolie’s 2010 spy thriller Salt did good business at the box office, progress on Salt 2 has been slow going. Last summer, Kurt Wimmer (who wrote the original film) was hired to write the screenplay, but Jolie was reportedly unhappy with his draft.

Since then, we haven’t had many updates on the project, which would see Jolie reprise her role as the butt-kicking spy Evelyn Salt. However, it looks like Columbia may again be moving forward on the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has hired Becky Johnston to write a new draft of the screenplay. Johnston’s previous credits include The Prince of Tides and Seven Years in Tibet. Johnston has also recently worked on the comedy-drama Arthur Newman, starring Emily Blunt and Colin Firth.

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Salt 2 Hires a Writer

10 December 2012 7:08 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Angelina Jolie's 2010 spy flick Salt is back in sequel talks, with Columbia finalizing negotiations for a rewrite from Oscar nominee Becky Johnston (Seven Years in Tibet, Arthur Newman). "Johnston's hiring caps off an almost year-long search for a scribe who could reconceive the script with a take that satisfied all parties," THR writes. Kurt Wimmer, who wrote Salt as well as the Total Recall remake, didn't produce something up to Jolie's standards on the first pass. »

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Colin Firth-Emily Blunt Drama 'Arthur Newman' Acquired by Cinedigm for U.S.

9 November 2012 2:53 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cinedigm Entertainment Group has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to “Arthur Newman,” starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. The film, which had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be released theatrically in mid-2013, followed by digital, DVD and TV rollouts. Written by Becky Johnston ("Prince of Tides") and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Dante Ariola, “Arthur Newman” follows a divorced sad sack who fakes his own death, buys a new identity and falls in with an equally damaged woman looking for a new life. Read More: Cinedigm Grabs U.S. Rights to Ugandan Lgbt Doc 'Call Me Kuchu' Vertebra Film’s Mac Cappuccino and Cross Creek PicturesBrian Oliver produced along with Alisa Tager and Johnston. Andy Cappuccino, Helen Cappuccino, Natalie G. Hill, James Holt, Lisa Bruce and Eric Greenfeld are executive producers. “‘Arthur Newman’ is perfect for today's »

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Cinedigm Acquires Comic Drama 'Arthur Newman'

9 November 2012 12:42 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cinedigm Entertainment Group has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the comedy/drama Arthur Newman and plans a theatrical release in mid-2013, according to an announcement Friday. The movie, which stars Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, is the story of the mid-life crisis of a man (Firth) who hates his job while his ex-wife and son hate him. He stages his own death and then takes on a new identity as Arthur Newman. Things change when he meets a woman (Blunt) also trying to leave her past behind and they move in together.  Story: Afm 2012: Colin

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Colin Firth, Emily Blunt Film 'Arthur Newman' Goes to Cinedigm

9 November 2012 12:42 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cinedigm has acquired domestic distribution rights to "Arthur Newman," starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, the studio announced on Friday. "Arthur Newman," the directorial debut of Dante Ariola, chronicles Wallace Avery (Firth), a depressed man loathed by his ex-wife. He stages his own death and heads out on the road where he meets Mike (Blunt), who also wants a fresh start. Cinedigm will release the film in theaters mid-2013, with on-demand, premium digital, DVD and TV distribution to follow. "'Arthur Newman' is perfect for today's audiences... A deeply entertaining film highlighted by touching performances from Colin and Emily »

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Is Ms. Marvel set to join The Avengers 2?

7 October 2012 11:17 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This is one for the rumour mill, but it will definitely make for an interesting discussion among fans in the days and weeks to come, until we hear confirmation one way or another.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Emily Blunt (Looper) and Ruth Wilson (Luther) are currently vying for the role of Ms. Marvel in the upcoming The Avengers 2, the sequel to this year’s immense superhero blockbuster from writer-director Joss Whedon.

Until now, there’s been no word of Ms. Marvel’s involvement in the sequel, which is precisely why this is one for the rumour mill, at least for the time being.

Blunt is currently in cinemas alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in Rian Johnson’s Looper, which has been earning universal critical acclaim in recent weeks, as well as doing fantastically at the box office last weekend in its first three days. She’ll »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Toronto film festival – review

16 September 2012 4:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Joss Whedon's radical reworking of the Bard and Steve Coogan in What Maisie Knew are among the highlights of the 37th Toronto film festival

Toronto sometimes seems like it's still a work in progress. Every block downtown quakes with drilling, every skyscraper in four sports a tarpaulin anorak. Residents move into apartments on the 10th floor when the 12th is still under construction. If there's a new hotel in town – and there is: Trump, all black bathrooms and diamanté walls – then that's where people head. There, or to the box-fresh branch of Soho House, unwrapped specially for the fest. Toronto is not a town possessed by the past.

Its film festival, too, is a relative youngster (this is its 37th year), respectful to its elders yet impatient to press ahead. Like its artistic director, ambassador extraordinaire Cameron Bailey, he of the sharp suit and the 6am tweet, it's a »

- Catherine Shoard

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Arthur Newman: Toronto Review

13 September 2012 3:56 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto — A man living in quiet desperation and a woman whose suffering is a good deal less inconspicuous try to jettison unwanted identities in Arthur Newman, a road film that (thankfully) has less to do with golf than its synopsis might suggest. Landing leads Colin Firth and Emily Blunt helps the commercial prospects of director Dante Ariola's feature debut, and Firth makes a convincing dive into the title character's psyche; some plot elements may give critics pause, but for a not-quite romance its commercial prospects are solid. Firth's title character is created before our eyes: Fuddy-duddy Fed

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Arthur Newman – review

12 September 2012 5:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's possible to write an interesting movie about bored and boring people. Unfortunately, this is not one of them

Life got on top of Wallace Avery. He disappointed himself one too many times. So he faked his death, ran away from his son and girlfriend and took up a new identity: Arthur Newman. Sounds exciting? Well, Arthur Newman likes eating hot dogs and wearing polo shirts, he dreams of becoming a golf coach. Bear in mind this is Wallace Avery's fantasy, how he would choose to spend his time if he could have it all again.

The flat-out dullness of Arthur is the point of Dante Ariola's debut feature, but it's also its undoing. Spending time with Colin Firth as this stupefying character is like spending time with a flan. Or a pair of cords. Or a tax return. Or dry cleaning. It's more fun to list the things »

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Tiff 2012 Fashion: Day 5

11 September 2012 3:13 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

So, what fashion wonders did we spy on the red carpets and at the after parties last night? Well, the biggest news was To The Wonder’s stars Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams made us green with envy. Literally. The ladies showed up wearing radically different dresses but in similar shades and both were stunning. Great stylists, like minds, must think alike. Emily Blunt, starring in Arthur Newman, delivered another noteworthy look and made us wish she never stops Tiff-ing.

Oh, and there was a surprisingly chic showing from Hyde Park on Hudson’s Laura Linney that shouldn’t be missed. That was the good news. Unfortunately, another Hyde Park on Hudson star, Olivia Williams, managed to land on the worst dressed list for the second time. Along with Jackie Chan, Christopher Mintz Plasse and a few others, the worst dressed list continued to shock and awe.

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Tiff 2012: Arthur Newman Review

11 September 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I walked out of Arthur Newman thinking it was a nice movie.  It had pleasant performances, a light directorial touch, and a positive message.  But the more I kept thinking about Arthur Newman, the more I realized that "nice" isn't worthy of an independent film.  It isn't a sweet movie, or an uplifting one.  The performances are nowhere near what leads Colin Firth and Emily Blunt are capable of.  The direction is inoffensive.  And if a bad indie comedy is too reliant on quirk, then a bad indie drama is too reliant on strained premises so the story can provide fortune cookie wisdom.  Arthur Newman tiny slip of paper would like us to consider the puddle-deep lesson of not running away from our problems. Wallace Avery (Firth) is leaving his life behind.  He's purchased the identity of a dead man named "Arthur Newman", and plans to drive to Terre Haute, »

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Colin Firth on Playing a Yank Opposite Emily Blunt in 'Arthur Newman': "My identity has always felt somewhat planted here."

11 September 2012 9:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In "Arthur Newman," a dark indie comedy that premiered Monday in Toronto, Colin Firth plays a depressed divorcee who fakes his own death and adopts a new identity to forge a new and better life. The role marks Firth's first lead one since his Academy Award-winning turn as King George VI in "The King's Speech," yet despite their obvious differences (the titular Arthur Newman is a modern day Yank), the film finds Firth once again getting inside the mind of a guy at odds with himself. Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Dante Ariola, "Arthur Newman" also stars fellow Brit Emily Blunt as a troubled woman who meets Firth's character on his journey and decides to follow suit. Together the the pair embark on a cross-country spree of life-swapping and bed-hopping. Firth sat down with Indiewire in Toronto to discuss the concept of starting over, his ties to America, and living »

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Tiff Capsule Review: 'Arthur Newman'

11 September 2012 6:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It takes some doing to make the only interesting thing about a character the fact that he has faked his own disappearance and assumed a new identity. Nevertheless, the title character in “Arthur Newman” – played by Colin Firth at his dourest – proves to be such a bore that it’s downright miraculous he finds the gumption to pull off this piece of “Passenger”-like subterfuge in the early scenes of this relentlessly drab and thoroughly enervating debut feature by Dante Ariola. The script by Becky Johnston (“The Prince of Tides,” “Seven Years in Tibet”) is a hefty serving of Middle American angst that becomes more leaden and aimless with every passing moment. Not even the usually sprightly presence of Emily Blunt – who plays a troubled woman who becomes Arthur’s traveling companion on his quest to remake himself – offers any respite from the tedium created by this lugubrious, self-important and ultimately. »

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Tiff Review: 'Arthur Newman' An Intentionally Listless Story About A Boring Everyman

11 September 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

What if we are all Arthur Newman? This is the question that director Dante Ariola and screenwriter Becky Johnston raise in "Arthur Newman," their tepid, imaginatively uninvolved drama about two strangers that fall in love while trying to escape their banal past lives. Ariola and Johnston’s film follows a rag-tag couple, played by Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, who bond when they discover that they both want to run away from their respective families and create new lives for themselves. But because "Arthur Newman" is a drab, psychologically flat portrait of misfit lovers in the process of self-fashioning new identities, we never really learn who its two main characters aspire to be or in what new direction they want to take their lives. All we know is that Arthur and his new girlfriend like to play hooky from their day-to-day existence, and that experience inexplicably changes everything. Firth stars as Newman, »

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Toronto Film Festival 2012: Arthur Newman movie clip and images

11 September 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out a first clip as well as new images from Dante Ariola's Arthur Newman starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. The comedy drama scripted by Becky Johnson is currently playing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Cast also has Anne Heche, David Andrews, Kristin Lehman, Sterling Beaumon, Steve Coulter and Anthony Reynolds on board. Check out the trailer and two photos (1 of which is unsnipped version of the featured image) below the synopsis. About Arthur Newman: Wallace Avery is tired of his life. Divorced, disconnected from his son, dissatisfied with his love life, he decides the time has come for a radical solution. He literally walks away from his life, buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman, and sets out toward his own private Oz - Terre Haute, Indiana - where he believes he has a chance to work as a golf pro »

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Toronto Film Festival 2012: Arthur Newman movie clip and images

11 September 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out a first clip as well as new images from Dante Ariola's Arthur Newman starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. The comedy drama scripted by Becky Johnson is currently playing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Cast also has Anne Heche, David Andrews, Kristin Lehman, Sterling Beaumon, Steve Coulter and Anthony Reynolds on board. Check out the trailer and two photos (1 of which is unsnipped version of the featured image) below the synopsis. About Arthur Newman: Wallace Avery is tired of his life. Divorced, disconnected from his son, dissatisfied with his love life, he decides the time has come for a radical solution. He literally walks away from his life, buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman, and sets out toward his own private Oz - Terre Haute, Indiana - where he believes he has a chance to work as a golf pro »

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Emily Blunt Takes Style Cues From Colin Firth For a Tiff Premeire

11 September 2012 1:12 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Colin Firth and Emily Blunt teamed up to premiere Arthur Newman at the Toronto International Film Festival last night. Emily stuck around the Canadian city after supporting her friend Ben Affleck at his Tiff premiere of Argo on Friday with her husband, John Krasinski; Ben's wife, Jennifer Garner; and their mutual pals Matt and Luciana Damon. For yesterday's big event, Emily paired Graziela earrings with a dress customized by Colin's wife Livia's Green Carpet Challenge. The white frock is an older number from Tory Burch, updated and made new again for Emily's big evening. Colin and Emily are two of the many celebs who've rolled through Toronto so far - check out all the celebrities at the Toronto International Film Festival during the 2012 celebration. View Slideshow › »

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Watch: Christopher Walken, Saoirse Ronan and Colin Firth In First Footage From Their Upcoming Tiff Dramas

7 September 2012 1:12 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Tiff 2012 officially kicking off (follow our complete coverage here), it means the unveiling of many films that have gotten next to no publicity thus far — and today, we’ve got our first footage of three of them. First up, we have our first look at the four players that make up  Yaron Zilberman‘s A Late Quartet – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken and Mark Ivanir  – as one of them (Walken)  reveals he has been diagnosed with Parkinson. Imogen Poots and Wallace Shawn also make up the supporting cast.

There’s also the first clip for Neil Jordan‘s Ondine follow-up, the vampire tale Byzantium. Here we can see Saoirse Ronan dropping off one of her victims in a surprisingly poignant clip. Perhaps this is one tale on the blood-sucking creatures that will prove to be worthwhile. The film also stars Caleb Landry-Jones, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller and Daniel Mays. »

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Toronto film festival 2012 opens with host of aspiring Oscar winners

7 September 2012 1:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Canada's movie showcase rolls out Hoffman's directorial debut, Midnight's Children and the hotly tipped Hyde Park On Hudson

In Venice the red carpet is being rolled up and the stars are gathering their gowns, hopping into gondolas and heading to the airport. But not all of them are going straight home. The canny are now going on to Toronto.

The 36th annual film festival in Canada's biggest city has opened its doors with a confident grin, a nose for the mainstream and its eyes on the prize.

The sci-fi thriller Looper kicks off the proceedings; the following 10 days look set to reveal many award winners. Venice did secure the first screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, which is already odds-on to win the best picture Oscar, but it is Toronto that will fill out the nomination slip and indicate the winners in other categories.

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2 New Images of Emily Blunt & Colin Firth in Arthur Newman

5 September 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Starring the excellent Emily Blunt and Colin Firth in the leads, Arthur Newman will be making its world premiere at Tiff next week, and given the cast, there’s naturally some significant anticipation surrounding it.

With its premiere only a few days away, we’ve now got two new images of Blunt and Firth to share, both looking as brilliant as ever; a rising young star and a class act.

“We are all actors in one sense or another. Who among us hasn’t at some point longed to become someone else? Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) knows that longing all too well. Divorced, dissatisfied, with a young son (Sterling Beaumon) who resents him so badly that he won’t even talk to him, and a new girlfriend (Anne Heche) already tiring of his anomie and inattentiveness, Wallace feels he’s got nothing worth hanging onto. So he takes a step that many dream of, »

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