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BBC Adapting Tolstoy 'War and Peace' Mini-Series, Slated for 2015

The BBC has commissioned a six part mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 18, 2013 1:18 PM
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Rachel Weisz Talks 'Deep Blue Sea,' Consuming Love [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] UPDATE

Rachel Weisz is a terrific actress at the height of her beauty and power who is trying to push good roles up the hill, with varying results, from "The Whistleblower" to "Agoura."  (More mainstream thriller "Dream House" yielded husband Daniel Craig, but was not a critics' picture.) UPDATE: Now she has won Best Actress from the New York Film Critics Circle for her towering powrformance in "The Deep Bliue Sea."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 3:08 PM
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HBO To Remake French Brothel Series 'Maison Close'; Watch Bonello's 'House of Pleasures' First

HBO has taken North American rights to the 19th century-set French series "Maison Close," with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's banner Leverage set to produce the English-language remake.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 1:06 PM
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Director John Hillcoat and Screenwriter Nick Cave Talk 'Lawless'

At Cannes, I sat down with the director and screenwriter of "Lawless," John Hillcoat and Nick Cave, who also wrote "The Proposition." This gorgeously mounted period adaptation of "The Wettest County in the World," which is palying out around the country, about the real-life Virginia rum-runner Bondurants, is more family relationship drama than actioner. Tom Hardy is the standout as a sensitive but violent head of the family who is more protective mother hen than father; the rest of the strong ensemble includes Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and actresses Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, who shine in underwritten roles.  (Here's more background on how the indie movie got made.) Hillcoat and Cave explain why.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2012 3:17 PM
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Exclusive First Look at Poster & Clip for Swedish WWII Epic 'Simon and the Oaks'

Check out our exclusive first look at the poster and a clip for Sweden's "Simon and the Oaks." Swedish director Lisa Ohlin's "Simon and the Oaks," based on Marianne Fredriksson's bestselling novel and recipient of thirteen nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards, will hit US theaters on October 12...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 20, 2012 1:44 PM
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Trailer Watch: Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations' Goes Old-School vs. Alfonso Cuaron's '90s Version

Unlike Alfonso Cuaron's contemporary-set "Great Expecatations" (1998), starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke, Mike Newell's version (adapted by "One Day" scribe David Nicholls) is set in the 1860s of Charles Dickens' classic. The first international trailer has arrived (below). Starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse") and Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias"), the film will debut in Toronto before its UK opening on November 30. No US release has been scheduled. While Bonham-Carter as Miss Havisham is intriguing, this iteration lacks the movie star ooomph of Paltrow and Hawke's Pip and Estella (but that didn't help with critics: it was 38% rotten).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 5:14 PM
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Immersed in Movies: VFX Vet Dean Wright Talks Directing Mexico Period Drama 'For Greater Glory'

Dean Wright is the latest VFXer to cross over into directing with "For Greater Glory" (opening tomorrow in limited release), following in the footsteps of James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Andrew Adamson...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 31, 2012 7:32 PM
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'Farewell My Queen' Director Jacquot Takes a Sapphic Turn with Marie Antoinette

There's a reason why French director Benoit Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen" (July 13) was chosen to open the Berlin and San Francisco Film Festivals, as well as making its North American debut at COLCOA this week. The period movie, set in 1789 on the verge of Bastille Day, is a sexy period spectacle that takes us backstage at Versailles...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2012 4:23 PM
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Rising Star Tom Hiddleston Talks Davies' 'Deep Blue Sea,' Spielberg's 'War Horse,' Marvel's 'Thor' and 'Avengers'

Five years ago rising star Tom Hiddleston could not have imagined that he would have a year like 2011. At the time, as the theater actor was shooting the "Wallender" crime series with Kenneth Branagh in Sweden, he went to see Marvel's "Iron Man" and asked himself if he could ever star in a film like that.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2012 8:10 PM
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Will Baz Luhrmann's 3-D 'Great Gatsby' Find New Intimacy in Film?

When we learned that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" was going to be done in 3-D, we weren't happy. Now, with the success of Martin Scorsese's 3-D "Hugo," it seems a 3-D "Great Gatsby" would have indeed been much safer in his hands. The New York Times now has a defense piece up for Luhrmann and the film...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2012 1:14 PM
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