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Gemma Arterton To Star In Graphic Novel Adaptation 'Gemma Bovery'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2013 11:20 AM
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It would seem that Gemma Arterton has a thing for the works of author Posy Simmonds. The actress sashayed across the screen in Stephen Frears' adaptation of the writer's "Tamara Drewe" a couple of years back, and now it looks like she's set to lead another one of Simmonds' books as it heads to the movies.

Review: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Isn't Boring, But It Is Unrelentingly Stupid

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 25, 2013 9:00 AM
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Do you want the good news first or the bad news? Let’s start with the good. Firstly, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is less than 90 minutes long. That’s good. Also, Gemma Arterton is really pretty and wears a lot of awesome leather pants and gloves and vests and things. Those are also good. The title sequence was neat. And, it’s not boring. It is however, unrelentingly stupid, suffering from the worst screenplay this side of “The Room.” Do not pass go, do not collect $200, proceed directly to The Playlist’s Worst Of The Year 2013 List. In the words of Gretel: “Are you fucking kidding me?”

Watch: Don't Eat The Candy In 2 Clips From 'Hansel And Gretel Witch Hunters'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2013 2:28 PM
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It's coming on five years since "The Hurt Locker," and whether or not Jeremy Renner has truly ascended the way some might have predicted is debatable. Yes, he was great in "The Town" but since then he's logged a throwaway role in "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," played a brainwashed zombie for half of "The Avengers," and while it was successful, there doesn't seem to be much clamoring for Aaron Cross to return after "The Bourne Legacy." So what's next for Renner? Uh, this...

Watch: New Red Band Trailer For 'Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters' Reveals Another Crappy Looking January Movie

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 4, 2013 5:40 AM
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Aside from say, "Kill List" "Haywire," to a more lesser, subjective extent "The Grey," good films are not meant to be released in January and 9.999999 times out 10 they are not. It's a dumping ground season for bad romantic comedies that have tested poorly ("Bride Wars"), lame spoof movies ("Meet the Spartans") horror-action dreck ("My Bloody Valentine 3D" and the like), wackjob oddities starring Nicolas Cage ("Season of the Witch") and whatever else needs to be released, but the studio has pretty much zero confidence in other than appealing to those that actively look at a bail-bond business rom-com starring Katherine Heigl and go, "Wow, that looks tremendous." And let's face it, January might be critical death, but it always does decent business at the box-office.

Watch: Old People Sing "Let's Talk About Sex" In Trailer For 'Unfinished Song' With Terence Stamp & Gemma Arterton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2013 3:10 PM
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Picked up very early on by The Weinstein Company and selected as the closing entry for the Toronto International Film Festival, hopes seemed to be high for "Song For Marion." A Brit dramedy about old people and singing with cantankerous Terence Stamp in the lead? It could have been a contender, we suppose, but after failing to make any impact at all, the studio is now rushing the film out into theaters in eight weeks with a brand new title.

Gemma Arterton On The "Dirty, Filthy Underworld" Of 'Runner, Runner' & The Difficulty Of Finding Quality Roles For Women In Hollywood

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 13, 2012 3:18 PM
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Last week at the Marrakech Film Festival, we got to sit down in a small press group with jury member Gemma Arterton. She’s an actress who for a while seemed to be following a fairly standard route, especially for a British starlet, following up her first film “St Trinian's” with some period TV before landing a Bond girl role in “Quantum of Solace.” However, since that breakout, while she’s done studio fare (“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” the upcoming “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”), we’ve also seen her skew more eccentric with some of her choices, taking small, British films like “Tamara Drewe” and “Song for Marion" along with edgy indie thriller "The Disappearance Of Alice Creed," and she boasts a forthcoming lineup that promises much more interesting fare to come.

Long-Developing Monty Python Project 'Absolutely Anything' Adds Benedict Cumberbatch & Gemma Arterton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 9:43 AM
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In the works since at least 2010, the return to the big screen of legendary comic troupe Monty Python has been slow going to say the least. "Absolutely Anything," which would mark the reunion of the surviving members of the comic team in a movie outing for the first time since 1983's "The Meaning of Life," got a bit more movement at the beginning of this year when Robin Williams joined in a voice role....and then that was it. But now, two kind of surprising names have been added to the comedy romp.

Kylie Minogue & Gemma Arterton Are 'Walking On Sunshine' For Musical Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 12:22 PM
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It has been an interesting, arthouse-driven year for both pop star Kylie Minogue and actress Gemma Arterton. The former features in the lesbian werewolf drama "Jack and Diane" (opening today) and in one of the most talked about movies of the year, Leos Carax's "Holy Motors." As for Arterton, she's been busy on the festival circuit helping to get the word out for Neil Jordan's vampire flick "Byzantium" and the feel-good Brit comedy "Song for Marion." But the two are set to team up in something a bit more multiplex-ready.

Watch: Grisly Red-Band Trailer (& Poster) For 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' With Jeremy Renner & Gemma Arterton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 1:35 PM
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If the performance this summer of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was anything to go by, the future of the "[Insert Name Of Historical Or Literary Figure]: [Insert Name Of Supernatural Creature] Hunter" sub-genre isn't looking too great; even on a relatively modest budget, Timur Bekmambetov's horror-actioner failed to make much of a box office impact, only just scraping its way to $100 million worldwide. But if Paramount had any second thoughts about their own "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," it was too late; the film had long since wrapped (indeed, it was set to come out first, until it was delayed nearly a full year by the studio), and was already on the release schedule.

Neil Jordan On The Influences Of 'Byzantium,' And Why He Cast Gemma Arterton & Saoirse Ronan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 3:30 PM
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For a director who made his name with the excellent adaptation of Angela Carter's gothic deconstructed fairy tales with "The Company of Wolves" and his big studio breakthrough with "Interview with the Vampire," it's been a while since Neil Jordan traveled into more horrific territory. There were genre elements to his last film, "Ondine," but that was more of a warm, romantic fable (and a very underrated film). It's really been thirteen years since 1999's "In Dreams," when Jordan tackled the darker side of the supernatural world.

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