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Watch: New Trailer & Poster For Wes Anderson's Berlin-Bound 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 1:02 PM
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Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes
There was a lot to talk about after the first trailer for Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" dropped earlier this fall. In fact, we did a fairly obsessive and thorough trailer breakdown, that noted, among other things, that the film is shot in three different aspect ratios and is (mostly) set in the 1930s. But there is still much to be unwrapped from the film, so consider this an early Christmas present.

TIFF Review: 'Great Expectations' Is A Handsome But Stodgy Literary Adaptation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 12, 2012 12:02 AM
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Adapted a dozen times for television and film (most memorably by David Lean back in 1946), the Charles Dickens classic "Great Expectations" is a tale ripe with thematic undercurrents, one that is more-than-ready for reinvention, interpretation, and reconfiguration. Sadly, no one told this to the makers of the new "Great Expectations" (among them writer David Nicholls and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" director Mike Newell) a stodgy staging of the original text that benefits from occasionally lively characterizations but very little in the way of effervescent freshness, which is desperately vital to a story that has been told so many damn times.

Sam Mendes' James Bond Film Officially Titled 'Skyfall,' Movie Is A Stand-Alone Story

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 12:33 PM
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First Synopsis Suggest That Judi Dench's M Will Be Front-And-CenterUpdate: The official Bond twitter account, @007, have revealed the first synopsis for the project, which reads: "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost." It certainly backs up the idea that it's a stand-alone tale, and suggests a bigger role for Dench, as Bond's superior M, than ever before. Intriguing stuff...

Watch: Epic U.K. Trailer For Ralph Fiennes' Contemporary Adaptation Of Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 10, 2011 12:38 PM
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With an Oscar-geared release already set for December 2nd, Ralph Fiennes' ambitious directorial debut of a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" now has an intense, epic trailer to hype up its end-of-year unveiling.

Ralph Fiennes Directing Charles Dickens Biopic 'The Invisible Woman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2011 1:20 AM
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Carey Mulligan, Felicity Jones, Abbie Cornish & Imogen Poots In Contention For Female LeadHis Lord Voldemort might *spoiler* have finally met his end this weekend in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two," but Ralph Fiennes isn't hanging about: he's playing an unknown role in Sam Mendes' "Bond 23," and he's in rehearsal to play Prospero in "The Tempest" on stage in London. But the thespian isn't just sticking to acting: his directorial debut, "Coriolanus," picked up strong reviews at the Berlin Film Festival at the start of the year, and will hit theaters in the fall, and the actor's now planning another venture behind the camera that will shoot next year.

Ralph Fiennes Looking To Get Russian Again For 'A Month In The Country'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 4:05 AM
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Ralph Fiennes has pretty much done it all. Two-time Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" and "The English Patient" has taken his skills into tentpole films, notably as Lord Voldemort in the "Harry Potter" franchise and less respectably as Hades in "Clash Of The Titans." He's done comedy ("In Bruges"), family films ("Nanny McPhee") and worked with a staggering array of top shelf directors including Steven Spielberg, David Cronenberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Stephen Daldry, Fernando Meirelles, Neil Jordan, Anthony Minghella and Robert Redford (which reminds us, "Quiz Show" desperately needs a proper DVD/BluRay release). Hell, he's even set to make his name as a director as his feature debut "Coriolanus" is earning strong buzz in advance of its fall release. With a couple of decades in the biz under his belt, Fiennes has tried his hand at nearly everything, but it looks like he's ready to take another stab at a Russian classic.

Naomie Harris Will Play Moneypenny In 'Bond 23,' Javier Bardem & Ralph Fiennes Locked In

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 8, 2011 11:34 AM
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For the most part, the Daniel Craig-era of Bond has left behind many of the franchise's most familiar tropes; aside from Judi Dench as MI6 head honcho M, and the CIA agent Felix Leiter played by Jeffrey Wright, it's a been a fresh start: no Q, no Blofeld, no SPECTRE, no gadgets. It worked out nicely in "Casino Royale," not so well in "Quantum of Solace," and now it appears that at least one classic Ian Fleming-created character is going to appear in the latest, Sam Mendes-directed entry in the series, currently known only as "Bond 23."

Ralph Fiennes In Talks To Join Mike Newell's Adaptation Of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 22, 2011 1:25 AM
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Scheduling Conflicts Ended Early Talks With Rooney Mara For Female Lead, EstellaWith 2012 set to initiate celebrations of Charles Dickens' bicentenary, there's sure to be a few film projects being developed to take part in the festivities. One particular production, though, is already jumping out of the blocks as a standout: the adaptation of "Great Expectations" by Mike Newell which already has rising star Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse") as Pip and Helena Bonham Carter in talks for Miss Havisham.

Bill Nighy & Danny Huston Confirmed For 'Clash of the Titans 2' As The First Synopsis Arrives

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 23, 2011 1:23 AM
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'Eastern Promises' Scribe Steven Knight Rewrote Script, Gemma Arterton Nowhere To Be SeenIt's almost exactly a year since "Clash of the Titans" opened, overcoming some tough competition, a beyond-shoddy 3D conversion and terrible reviews to pick up a hugely impressive half-billion dollars worldwide. While filming has been underway for a few weeks in the U.K. on the yet-to-be-officially-titled sequel ("Wrath of the Titans" has been bandied about, but never confirmed), Warner Bros has sent out a press release to officially announce the start of principle photography, and it's confirmed a few cast members, as well as giving the first detailed description of the plot.

Update: Liam Neeson Confirmed For 'Taken 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2011 12:12 PM
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Update: Well that was fast. Deadline reports Liam Neeson and Luc Besson have made nice and the actor is closing a deal to reprise his role.

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