The two hour series premiere of Stargate Universe is this Friday at 9pm Eastern on SyFy in the US.
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Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy and Paul Giamatti are going to try to shake up the awards season. Look for their new film, "The Last Station" -- written and directed by Michael Hoffman and based on the final months in the life of Leo Tolstoy, which premiered sans distribution at the Telluride Film Festival on Sept. 4 -- to be released by the specialty division of a major studio (with a slew of other art house contenders already this year including three more Best Actress possibilities) and opened in December in order to qualify for the Academy Awards.
Although acting would seem to be the strongest calling card for "Last Station's" late entry into the season, don't discount the possibility of a long shot Best Picture nod as well, especially with 10 slots to fill and a weak field -- so far at least. The film is probably too traditional to score in many precursor critics awards presentations, but it's just the right type of extremely well-made flick that scores points with older Golden Globe and Academy voters. In fact the Globes should be a key early target for the film's campaign consultants. [The Envelope]
And it fits. Bernard was curious what people thought of the film in Telluride, and he told me, “We might buy it,” at the time. That’s obviously neither here nor there, but I got the vibe — and I certainly wasn’t alone here — that Sony Classics would make a nice home for the film.
It was also announced on Friday that The Last Station is included in the Rome Film Festival lineup and will be in competition. The festival starts on October 15 and ends on October 23. Triage, which stars Scottish actor Jamie Sives will open the festival. Tickets are now on sale and you can go here for more information on booking tickets.
Polanski's agent, ICM chief Jeff Berg, said Polanski had completed much of the editing on "The Ghost." But other postproduction work, including music scoring and sound mixing, had yet to be done, Berg said.
While the film does not yet have a U.S. deal, it has distribution in many overseas territories, among them Germany, where it was shot early this year, and France, where Polanski lives. He fled America in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles.
Berg said Polanski usually finishes his films before lining up U.S. distribution, so the completed movie can be shopped around.
"There is always interest in movies that Roman distributes," Berg said. "It should be accepted on its own merits, but we feel highly confident we'll find proper distribution."
With Polanski jailed, it's unknown when work might resume on "The Ghost." Berg said he is confident Polanski will put his legal troubles behind him and finish the film.
"I'm always optimistic when it comes to Roman," Berg said. "He's strong, and he has survived every situation imaginable." [The Hollywood Reporter]
Cardiff council finance executive Mark Stephens said: "John Barrowman in Robin Hood could help turn around the New Theatre.
"Our basic problem is lack of income. People are not going there."
Barrowman's casting has already sparked a sales frenzy, with a reported 35,000 tickets already sold.
Is Gerard Butler making a movie every month or does it just feel that way? Los Angeles Times Calendar writer Rachel Abramowitz talked to him not long ago for "The Awful Truth" and "Gamer" and got a tidbit, too, about Butler's upcoming vendetta fantasy, "Law Abiding Citizen." Here it is. -- Geoff Boucher
Gerard Butler dumps his heroic persona for a walk on the wild side in the revenge thriller “Law Abiding Citizen.” While the F. Gary Gray film might make the ACLU shudder, preview audiences have been howling their appreciation often in favor of Butler’s psychopathic anti-hero.
“This is the Hannibal Lecter role. It’s Kevin Spacey in 'Se7en,' " says Butler, the Scottish actor best known for playing King Leonidas in “300.”
Of course, there’s a reason for the rage of Butler’s character. You’d be riled up if your wife and family had been brutally murdered in a home invasion and the court system let one of the killers off with a slap on the wrist. But Butler’s guy isn’t just after an eye for an eye; he’s a crazed vigilante bent on taking down the entire legal system.
This is Butler’s first foray into producing, and he not only worked on the Kurt Wimmer script but was willing to forgo his original intention to play the hero to get the movie made.
“We were having a hard time finding the right actor for the role," he said. Jamie Foxx was interested, but only in the district attorney role.
“ 'I’ll swap,' " Butler said. “He said, ‘Yes,’ at which point I went 'Oh ... I wish I hadn’t said it.'“
Butler wound up working with an acting coach for the first time on a movie, and now seems happy about his psycho turn. “I’m proud of it.” [Rachel Abramowitz]
And now, for the new clip from Law Abiding Citizen featuring Jamie Foxx and Viola Davis:
Update: The clip doesn't load when I try it on my browser, but that might just be a problem with my computer. In case it doesn't work for you, just head on over to BlackPlanet.com to watch it.
Also, as a reminder Law Abiding Citizen, will premier tonight at Urbanworld.
Dressed in a dark polo neck jumper and grey jacket, the Perth-born 38-year-old was seen sharing a joke with former Bond girl Green.
The pair were also pictured sheltering from the Scottish rain under a large umbrella.
There are photos of Ewan and Eva Green shooting below, and be sure to go here for more exclusive photos from the set.
Here's what you'll find on the companion website:
A NOVA Drama
In this Q&A, Paula Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of NOVA explains why she wanted to bring Darwin to life through a scripted drama, and the importance of keeping the topic of evolution in the spotlight.
Explore the Galapagos
Of all places on Earth, this island chain may be the most important to our understanding of evolution. On this interactive map, tour the Galapagos and get a sense of their signature wildlife species and geology through video, audio, and panoramic images. Also, learn how visiting the islands inspired Darwin's thinking.
In this article, Sean Carroll, one of the luminaries of evolutionary science today, reflects on the parallel discoveries Darwin and Wallace made on each man's road to understanding evolution's primary mechanism, natural selection.
The Scriptwriter's Story: Capturing Darwin's Dilemma
In this interview, scriptwriter John Goldsmith discusses how the dialogue, characters, and events of the drama relate to the historical record, and the extraordinary research he did to get the details right.
The Actor's Story: Being Charles Darwin
Henry Ian Cusick, widely known as Desmond Hume in the hit series "Lost," relished his chance to take on the role of a very different character. He knew little about Darwin at the outset of the project, and stepping into Darwin's shoes changed Cusick's views about the man and evolution in general.
Watch the Program
Beginning the day after "Darwin's Darkest Hour" premieres on television, you can view the entire program online at anytime.
The Disappearance…will appeal largely to aficionados of grungy thrillers full of double-crosses and battles of wit. Cult status would appear to be firmly in this film’s grasp.
The Disappearance is more of a verbal battle than a physical one, preferring barbed dialogue to clichéd gunplay. This, of course, requires relatable performances, and all three leads do strong work. Compston nails Danny’s slippery desperation, making it impossible to ever know when he’s telling the truth.
Director F. Gary Gray, via Twitter, reports that Law Abiding Citizen will be previewed in 15 cities. Los Angeles is holding a preview this evening with Gerard, Bruce McGill and Regina Hall in attendance. Other cities include New York City (opening Urbanworld on September 23), Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Craig also did an interview for the September 28 issue of People magazine. Someone was cool enough to post scans of the article, which you can see here.
1. You've been sober for nearly 18 years. Why did you write this memoir now?
When I spoke at the White House Correspondents Dinner (January 2008), it felt like a punctuation mark. I took an inventory of my life, and it seemed like the right time to take a crack at it.
2. How did your fellow Scotsmen react when you became an American citizen?
The ones I talked to had no problem. Being an American doesn't make me any less Scottish.
3. After you dropped out of school at 16, you were a drummer in a punk rock band. What was that like?
It was a wild time. It involved a lot of drinking and fighting, but I'm not sure if I was being a punk rocker or just Scottish.
4. You've had a lot of different jobs — milkman, construction worker, stand-up comic. If the hosting gig didn't work out, what would you be?
I was happiest as a construction worker. The hours are long, the work is hard, but at the end of the day, you feel like you've done something.
5. Favorite TV guests?
I have to say Betty White. It's always a pleasure to have her. And Drew Carey. We've been friends a long time, and it's so easy when you know someone.
You can go here for the rest of the interview.
One of those pleasant gems you hope to stumble upon at any film festival, The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a wonderfully entertaining little thriller from British screenwriter and first-time director, J Blakeson. Set almost entirely in an enclosed apartment, Blakeson’s story takes a simple premise — “So you’ve kidnapped a beautiful heiress. Now what?” — and wrings out of it a darkly humorous and utterly unpredictable tale of greed gone wrong, with shades of Rope, Shallow Grave and Deathtrap. The titular heiress is played by Quantum of Solace star Gemma Arterton, who squeezed in this film between her two upcoming blockbusters, Prince of Persia and Clash of the Titans. Rounding out the triangle are the two kidnappers, the elder and more volatile man played by Eddie Marsan — star of Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky and Will Smith’s super-nemesis in Hancock — and the younger played by Martin Compston, a Scottish actor discovered by Ken Loach (who gave him the lead in Sweet Sixteen). Both are superb in their roles. Movieline spoke to Marsan and Compston this morning at TIFF, for what it turns out was their first official interview in support of the film.
There’s a fair bit of nudity required of everyone in Alice Creed. How did you feel about that?
COMPSTON: You never feel really comfortable being naked among strangers, but it was nothing compared with everything Gemma went through, so you just think, well, get on with it. The one scene that sort of freaked me out had a [full frontal shot], but it was quick and you couldn’t really see it. But one of our producers said, just wait until the DVD comes out and people press pause!
"These first dozen titles offer a wonderful preview to our lineup which is a survey of the year's significant films," said festival artistic director Rose Kuo "They represent a diversity of voices and we take great pride in being able to bring them to Los Angeles audiences for the first time." [Variety]
Craig Ferguson, who earned his pilot's license last week, says he loves aviation because it's the complete opposite of show business.
The host of CBS' ``Late Late Show'' says that getting ahead in entertainment means claiming to be able to do anything that's asked. In aviation, Ferguson says, a person has to tell the truth or risk death.
He likes to keep much of his life involved in more ``rational areas'' than entertainment, Ferguson told reporters Monday at a meeting of the Television Critics Association.
Asked to assess guests he's had on his show, Ferguson says his favorite was Betty White. His least favorite? An actor he declined to name. [Lynn Elber]
You can also read a summary/review of Craig's new autobiography American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot which will be released on September 22. The entire review is here, but I've posted an excerpt below:
Craig Ferguson, by his own account, is a Scotsman with a brogue and excellent teeth. A former punk-rock drummer. A recovering alcoholic. A sitcom star (well, supporting star) on Drew Carey's show. A film director-writer-leading man. A standup comic and overall "vulgar lounge entertainer."
Ferguson is also, of course, host of CBS' "Late Late Show," where he displays a gift for sly, often silly humour, a range of loony impersonations and a curious mind that, when he's interviewing, puts him in the rare league of Dick Cavett or even Bill Moyers.
Ferguson is also a proud American citizen (as of January 2008).
Any of this would serve as selling points for Ferguson's new memoir, "American on Purpose." [The Canadian Press]
The hospital staff is left to deal with the aftermath of George’s passing. Hitting the staff hard, they all find unique ways to get through the various stages of grief. George’s mom returns, faced with the difficult task of deciding what to do with his organs. In the second episode, entitled “Goodbye”, time has passed… Everyone is struggling after losing one of their own and are turning to any distraction they can find. Meredith and Derek seem to be consummating their marriage anywhere and everywhere, while Cristina and Owen have been instructed to abstain from sex by Dr. Wyatt. [BSCreview]Source
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