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We Need To Talk About The Director: Lynne Ramsay Quits 'Jane Got A Gun' On First Day Of Production

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 1:15 PM
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While it took nearly a decade for Lynne Ramsay to deliver "We Need To Talk About Kevin," her third feature following 2002's "Morvern Callar," things seemed to be moving swimmingly for her foray into the western genre with "Jane Got A Gun." Natalie Portman signed on last spring, and the film quickly assembled a top-shelf cast including Joel Edgerton, Rodrigo Santoro and Michael Fassbender. But a week before production was to start, surprising news arrived that Fassbender has exited the movie, with Edgerton taking his role instead, and Jude Law filling in the gap in the cast. And while "scheduling" with "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" was blamed (it actually doesn't start shooting for a few weeks yet), was it the first sign of trouble on the horizon?

Watch: 5 Minute Excerpt From Lynne Ramsay's Olympic Short 'The Swimmer' Plus Synopsis For 'Jane Got A Gun'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 11:51 AM
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Though fans waited a far too long nine years for Lynne Ramsay to follow up "Morvern Callar," she more than met expectations (and surpassed them) when she dropped "We Need To Talk About Kevin" last year. And she shows no sign of letting that long of a span go by between films again. This year has seen two projects come together for the helmer, with her sci-fi take on "Moby Dick," titled "Mobius," getting financing last month, and of course her brewing western with Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman, "Jane Got A Gun." But this past summer, you may have missed Ramsay dropping a new short film.

Lynne Ramsay's Sci-Fi 'Moby Dick' Tale 'Mobius' Gets Backing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 8:59 PM
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Lynne Ramsay + "Moby Dick" + scifi? It seems we're not the only ones who think this is an amazing idea, and, thankfully, someone is willing to put up some money to make it happen.

Michael Fassbender Co-Starring With Natalie Portman In Lynne Ramsay's Western 'Jane Got A Gun'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 27, 2012 6:48 PM
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"Jane Got a Gun," the small-scale western starring Natalie Portman that recently attached "We Need to Talk About Kevin" filmmaker Lynne Ramsay as a director, could be getting some added firepower in the form of a white hot leading man, sex addict and occasional robot (in the movies, at least) Michael Fassbender. Vulture reports that the actor is in early talks for the film, which could start lensing early next year.

Watch: Trailer For 2012 Olympic Short Films From Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsay & Asif Kapadia

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 18, 2012 8:18 AM
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We're slightly over a month from the kick-off of the 2012 Olympics, and here in London, you can certainly tell: the locals are battening down the hatches, the facilities are desperately getting their last of lick of paint, and it's already virtually impossible to leave the house without some kind of reminder of the bonanza of track and field events that'll be taking place from July 27th. But what does the event hold for those who could give a shit about sport? For all the talk of a Cultural Olympiad to take place alongside the games, it mostly seems to involve international poetry slams and Scissor Sisters concerts by the Thames, and we'd rather go see the equestrian events than see either of those.

Natalie Portman & Director Lynne Ramsay Teaming Up For Western 'Jane Got A Gun'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2012 2:10 PM
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Since starring in the surprise hit "Black Swan," and winning an Oscar for her troubles, Natalie Portman's been decidedly picky about her choice of roles. It's partly because she became a mother last year, and has been taking a little time off. But also, she's clearly not wanted to rush into a decision, and while films like the Wachowski's "Jupiter Ascending" and Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" have chased the actress, she seemingly turned the projects down. She has decided to return to acting at last:  she'll spend the second half of the year shooting Terrence Malick's double-header "The Knight of Cups" and the film formerly known as "Lawless," before she segues into the contractual obligations of "Thor 2." But it's clearly harder than ever to get the actress' attention.

'Tyrannosaur' Tops Winners At British Independent Film Awards, 'Shame,' 'Kevin' And 'Weekend' Also Triumph

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2011 7:08 AM
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Last year, the awards sweep of "The King's Speech" was, in a way, begun by the British Independent Film Awards, an organisation that's been running for a decade-and-a-half, of increasingly prominent stature, who anointed Tom Hooper's period drama their Best British Film Award, beginning a string of glory that took it all the way to Best Picture at the Oscars. However, it led to many accusing the body, by giving their top-prize to a solid, but safe seemingly made to pick up BAFTAs, of losing their edge.

Lynne Ramsay's Next Film Is A Science-Fiction Take On 'Moby Dick'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 21, 2011 9:09 AM
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As we've documented more than once here, it has been far, far too long since we had a film from Scottish director Lynne Ramsay. She made her debut with the excellent "Ratcatcher" in 1999, and followed it with the even better "Morvern Callar" in 2002. But since then, not much -- the actress worked on her version of "The Lovely Bones" for several years to no avail, and this year marks the ninth since her last film was released. Fortunately, it also marks the release of her third film, the strong adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel "We Need To Talk About Kevin," starring Tilda Swinton.

Lynne Ramsay Talks Her Version Of 'The Lovely Bones,' Tilda Swinton Says More Adventures Are Coming

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 8:47 AM
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Five Things We Learned From The Director & Star Of 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'Even if no other films had been released, 2011 would be a pretty good year for the movies purely by virtue of marking the return of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, whose first and second features "Ratcatcher" and "Morvern Callar" marked the birth of a very special talent, but has spent the best part of a decade struggling to get films financed, particularly after spending some time trying to get an adaptation of Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones" made, before being pushed off the film when Peter Jackson showed interest.

Lynne Ramsay Has A Psychological Sci-Fi Movie In The Works, Plus A Picture At Warp Films

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 11, 2011 6:30 AM
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Director Talks About Almost Working With Aphex Twin & Plaid, Was Asked To Do 'Jane Eyre,' But Turned It DownExclusive: If you haven't already surmised, the consensus seems to overwhelmingly suggest that "We Need To Talk About Kevin" -- the long-awaited return of Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay -- is a big winner. Starring Tilda Swinton, in a performance that's already turned towards Oscar talk, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller (Antonio Campos' "Afterschool") and boasting a score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, " our review from Cannes earlier this year described the movie as a "haunting and unflinching drama... Swinton is superb, and if there were any doubt she’s one of our greatest living actresses, that has now been removed with one swift stroke." A recent tweet from our Toronto International Film Fest correspondent said the picture was, "beautiful, brooding, devastating -- I need a stiff drink. Maybe two."

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