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Naomi Watts Out, Nicole Kidman In For Werner Herzog’s Sweeping ‘Queen of the Desert’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2013 12:53 PM
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Like a mirage that seems to vanish in the arid air, Naomi Watts has departed Werner Herzog’s new film, “Queen of the Desert,” but been replaced by someone of equally impressive star magnitude in Nicole Kidman. The news comes out of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is where all news should be coming out of this week. The film co-stars James Franco and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of real-life 20th century explorer Gertrude Bell. Expect lots of sand and those old timey explorer helmets.

Werner Herzog Convinces Sundance Selects To Release 'Into The Abyss' Next Month Instead Of Next Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 6:11 AM
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'Salmon Fishing In Yemen' Baits Spring Release DateWerner Herzog is having one helluva 2011. His 3D documentary "Cave Of Forgotten Dreams" has been an arthouse smash hit, still playing theaters (in Montreal where this writer is from, it was brought back for as second run due to popular demand -- that pretty much never happens) and in the best casting news of the year, Herzog landed the villain role opposite Tom Cruise in the thriller "One Shot." Just typing that out still makes our mind reel. He hit TIFF last month with his new documentary "Into The Abyss," and while Sundance Selects were going to wait until 2012 to release it, Herzog has twisted their arm to get into the theaters a little bit sooner. Like next month.

Best. Casting. Ever. Werner Herzog To Play The Villain In 'One Shot' With Tom Cruise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 6:38 AM
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Holy. Fucking. Shit. Werner Hezog is going to face off against Tom Cruise in "One Shot." You win Hollywood.

Werner Herzog's Prison Doc Now Titled 'Gazing Into The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale Of Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2011 9:00 AM
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Though he can be uneven at times, Werner Herzog's quest for ecstatic truth -- which can sometimes mean making up the existence of mutated albino crocodiles -- is always compelling, interesting and sometimes, just plain weird. But his next effort, if anything, should certainly be sobering.

Werner Herzog Fesses Up To The Fake "Mutated" Albino Crocodiles In 'Cave Of Forgotten Dreams'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 7, 2011 3:23 AM
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Here's a spoiler if you haven't seen Werner Herzog's latest documentary, the 3D-made (no really), "Cave Of Forgotten Dreams" which centers on ancient cave art -- the oldest paintings known to man in the world (shot in three-deee!). So yeah, if you haven't seen it (and if this headline hasn't ruined it already), stay away.

Retrospective: The Films Of Werner Herzog

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 29, 2011 5:21 AM
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Few filmmakers have had as varied, or colorful, a career as Werner Herzog. A man that Francois Truffaut, who should know, once called "the most important film director alive," Herzog has been knocking out classics, in both the fictional and documentary worlds, for over 40 years now. Perhaps still best known for his tempestuous relationship with Klaus Kinski, with whom Herzog produced many of his very best films, the director's oeuvre goes far beyond those five, from minor classics to eye-opening documentaries, from classics of German cinema to a star-driven remake of an Abel Ferrera film.

Review: Werner Herzog's 'Cave Of Forgotten Dreams' Is Neither Forgettable Nor Very Dreamy

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  • April 26, 2011 10:51 AM
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The following is a slightly modified reprint of a review that ran at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Werner Herzog Says Woody Allen Won't Milk A Cow, Calls Out Oliver Stone For Skipping Warren Report

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 8:37 AM
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Says Klaus Kinski Turned Down Frederico Fellini Because He Thought He Made Bad FilmsPut a microphone near Werner Herzog and he's bound to say something amazing -- the director is relentless quote machine. So no surprise that in a recent interview with GQ (print edition), Herzog dropped a few more fantastic nuggets about his fellow colleagues in the industry.

Matt Damon Discusses How 'Bourne Ultimatum' Scheduling Kept Him Out Of 'Avatar'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 28, 2011 8:17 AM
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Actor Also Took 'Stuck On You' Instead Of Werner Herzog's 'Rescue Dawn'While discussing "The Adjustment Bureau" during press rounds this past week, Matt Damon admitted to what we already know is one of cinema's greatest what-ifs: that instead of Sam Worthington as Jake Sully in "Avatar" it could have been the Oscar-winning actor instead. Damon took the opportunity to clarify that he had not made a giant career blunder in not taking on "Avatar," but that something as simple as scheduling had killed the chance for the most successful movie of all-time to have an actually interesting leading man as its protagonist.

Werner Herzog Directing 'Death Row' Documentary For Investigation Discovery

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 9:15 AM
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Says There's No Financing Yet For 'Queen Of The Desert' While we'll have to wait and see if Werner Herzog can get the pieces together for his period epic "Queen Of The Desert" that currently has Naomi Watts circling to star, and which Herzog says doesn't have financing just yet, the director is hard at work on what should be yet another fascinating documentary.

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