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Graham Greene’s last novel to get film adaptation by William Boyd

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Graham Greene’s last novel to get film adaptation by William Boyd
Chaplin writer to adapt novel for Wild Tales and Mad To Be Normal producers.

Bad Penny Productions has picked up rights to Graham Greene’s last published novel The Captain And The Enemy, which is being adapted for the big screen by screenwriter and novelist William Boyd (Chaplin).

The novel tells the story of a young boy named Victor Baxter taken away from his boarding school by a stranger to live in London. The mysterious stranger is simply known as “the Captain”.

In London Victor companions a sweet but withdrawn woman named Liza, serving as her conduit to the outside world. When Victor reaches manhood, he finally learns the secrets of the Captain.

The thriller includes smuggling, jewel theft and international espionage and culminates in a dramatic showdown in Panama.

In addition to Bad Penny’s Phin Glynn (Mad To Be Normal), other producers are Victor Glynn (That Good Night) and Axel Kuschevatzky (Wild Tales).

The film will
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TV Land Yanks ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Amid Confederate Flag Backlash

Reruns of “The Dukes of Hazzard” have been quietly pulled from TV Land’s daytime schedule at a moment of heightened sensitivity to Confederate flag imagery.

The Warner Bros.-produced series that aired on CBS from 1979-85 revolves around two Southern cousins who race around their small town in a souped-up 1969 Dodge Charger, dubbed the General Lee, with the Confederate flag emblazoned on the hood. TV Land pulled the show on Monday, a rep confirmed.

TV Land declined to elaborate on the decision, but it is clearly a response to the broader movement to withdraw the flag from official settings and in pop culture, given its historic connection to slavery and the Civil War. The push to remove Confederate flags and Stars and Bars icons came last month in the wake of the slayings of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church allegedly by a 21-year-old white supremacist.

After the governor
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Last Week Tonight Video: John Oliver Rips the Confederate Flag to Shreds

Last Week Tonight Video: John Oliver Rips the Confederate Flag to Shreds
To be clear, John Oliver didn’t literally tear apart a Confederate flag during Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, but he did make it pretty clear how he feels about the ol’ Stars and Bars.

RelatedDaily Show‘s Jon Stewart Delivers Joke-Free Open in Wake of Charleston Church Shooting: ‘I Have Nothing’

In response to South Carolina still flying the antiquated symbol outside of its capitol building — even after nine African-American churchgoers were senselessly gunned down by a white assailant this past week — Oliver had this to say:

The Confederate flag is one of those symbols that should really only be seen on T-shirts,
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New James Bond Author Says Daniel Day-Lewis Should Play Bond

Last year, the estate of James Bond author Ian Fleming announced that William Boyd, who wrote the screenplay for Robert Downey Jr's "Chaplin," has been hired to write the next James Bond novel, which is called "Solo" and will hit Us stores on October 8th. While promoting the book, Boyd spoke about actors who should play James Bond in future movies, naming Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) as his favorite. He said: "If there was to be an actor to play my James Bond, I'd choose another actor who has also been in a film of mine and who I also know and who is also called Daniel -- Daniel Day-Lewis -- because I think Daniel Day-Lewis actually resembles the Bond that [Ian] Fleming describes." Boyd wrote the screenplay for "Stars and Bars," a 1988 comedy that started Day-Lewis. But Boyd also worked with such Bond actors as Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and Craig.
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‘Argo’ and ‘Les Miserables’ Win Top Film Awards at Golden Globes

One of the big surprises of the 2013 Golden Globe Awards involved a sort of “Argo-f**kyourself” to the Academy Awards, as Oscar-snubbed Ben Affleck was named Best Director of the year. His film, Argo, also ended up winning Best Picture in the drama category. Early in the night, in a brilliantly hilarious monologue by co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony offered some foreshadowing with subtle jabs at the Oscars with immediate shout outs to Affleck and fellow Academy snubs in the director category, Kathryn Bigelow and Quentin Tarantino. They even fit in a joke directed at Anne Hathaway about her 2011 Academy Awards ceremony co-hosting gig with James Franco. Hathaway expectantly wound up winning for Best Supporting Actress, though, and her film, Les Miserables won Best Picture – Comedy or Musical. Co-star Hugh Jackman was a bit of s surprise as Best Actor – Comedy or Musical. More than who won and what didn’t, people
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Trace Adkins Wears Confederate Flag Earpiece for Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Trace Adkins Wears Confederate Flag Earpiece for Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
Here's something controversial to kick-start your morning that's not related to Lindsay Lohan's arrest. Country singer Trace Adkins wore a Confederate flag earpiece last night when he performed during the nationally televised Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. The Stars and Bars symbol was clearly visibly as the conservative crooner sang "The Christmas Song" (more commonly known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire").  Unsurprisingly, the political statement set Twitter afire with protests from viewers who found the statement highly offensive. This isn't the first time Trace has expressed his political views in public. The stark conservative famously...
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Trace Adkins' Confederate Flag Earpiece Sparks Controversy at Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Trace Adkins' Confederate Flag Earpiece Sparks Controversy at Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
Attention Trace Adkins: a nationally televised holiday special might not be the best place to show off that new Confederate flag earpiece. The country star, 50, seems to have missed that memo, unfortunately, donning the accessory to perform "The Christmas Song" at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Stars and Bars, which served as the Confederacy's flag during the Civil War, is still a frequently used -- and highly controversial -- symbol. Some argue that the flag is merely a representation of Southern heritage, while [...]
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Hermain Cain: The Pizza Man Delivers

Former restaurant magnate Herman Cain stole the show at the first Gop debate. Michael Medved on how his long-shot candidacy could breathe new life into a struggling party.

The most intriguing question raised by the first presidential debate in Greenville, S.C., involves the way Republicans will characterize the surprising showing of Herman Cain.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The Gop's Bin Laden Jitters

Does the business leader and talk radio host represent the next Ronald Reagan-or the second coming of Alan Keyes?

Cain's fans and supporters cite the reaction to Thursday night's encounter to stress the Reaganesque qualities of their champion. According to a focus group conducted by Fox News analyst Frank Luntz, Cain gained more support from his self-assured and capable performance than any other candidate in the 35 debates the pollster has covered. Among 29 participants, only one favored Cain prior to the telecast; afterwards, a clear
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Western Wednesdays: ‘The Undefeated’

“What did you expect? ‘Welcome, sonny’? ‘Make yourself at home’? ‘Marry my daughter’? You’ve got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know . . . morons.” — Blazing Saddles

But dang, did they cut a dashing figure in a gray uniform. I’m talking about you, Rock Hudson. Look at the rakish bend of your hat brim! Aren’t you just the handsomest Confederate I’ve seen since Bill Compton traded his uniform for a pair of fangs!

One of my new cinematic fascinations (if you’ll forgive such a pompous label) is the way Hollywood and pop culture imagines the Civil War. It’s not something I ever thought about beyond Gone With the Wind, Firefly, and True Blood, but it’s an intriguing subset of American culture.

Since no cannonball has been left unturned when
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Daniel Day-Lewis talks about Nine (and acting, reluctantly)

Daniel Day-Lewis talks about Nine (and acting, reluctantly)
Daniel Day-Lewis will live rough, break bones and work through pneumonia to get inside his characters. It may be absurd, he says, but then, he's in an absurd business. He talks about his latest film, Nine

The Daniel Day-Lewis interview is set for Friday and then it's set for Saturday. It's at 3.30pm; it's at 1.15pm; it may not happen at all. Inside the swish London hotel, the press handlers are all hunched over their clipboards while Italian journalists keep tripping over TV cables in the corridor. Eventually, a pair of publicists forge through the melee to assure me that yes, the interview will indeed take place – but not right now. "Can we bring you some food while you wait?" asks the first publicist. "There's no food," says the second.

By this point I'm starting to wonder whether the Nine press junket might be some ornate PR stunt by the Weinstein Company,
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