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Kevin Kline on Las Vegas: 'Everyone looked miserable'

His new movie, Last Vegas, is a geriatric take on the party town stag weekend. He talks about why he'll never return, Hollywood's obsession with youth, and playing Falstaff in a fat suit

Last year, Kevin Kline spent a fortnight in Las Vegas shooting his latest movie. It was his first trip to that infamous mecca of sex and excess. "And my last," proclaims the 66-year-old, voice rolling, theatrical. "Everyone looked so miserable. I would see these couples pushing babies in strollers through the casinos like zombies. It was horrible." He shakes his head, sorrowful.

"And I just couldn't bear the constant noise. I would step outside the hotel to get some fresh air and it would be 'boom, boom, boom'" – he does an impressive impression of pounding bassline – "disco music blaring on the kerb, by the pool, everywhere. That is not my idea of tranquillity."

This, I suspect, is more like it.
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Les Misérables, still on top despite the weather

Takings for Les Mis, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty warm up as the snow melts

Les Misérables opened spectacularly a couple of weekends ago with £8.13m, then suffered a hefty 46% drop on its second frame when blankets of snow discouraged cinemagoing across the country. For round three, would the stage musical adaptation rally its forces to man the box-office barricades, or crumble?

To the presumed delight of backers Universal and other interested parties, Tom Hooper's all-singing extravaganza has held up just fine, with a very modest 9% drop, for third-weekend takings of £4.01m, and a cume of £24.61m. Only four films released last year – Avengers Assemble, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – managed three consecutive frames at £4m-plus, and all of them went on to achieve box office in excess of £50m.

Over the past week, Les Misérables has overtaken both Moulin Rouge (£18.5m) and
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Actress Jane White Has Died At Age 88

Actress Jane White died on July 24 at age 88. She was mostly known for her body of theater work but also appeared on daytime soap operas A World Apart, Search For Tomorrow and The Edge Of Night.

She played Lydia Holliday on The Edge Of Night in the late 1960s. On A World Apart she played Olivia Hampton in 1971. In 1979 she appeared as Tante Helene LeVeaux on Search For Tomorrow.

White had a long, distinguished career in the theater. She created role of The Queen opposite Carol Burnett in "Once Upon a Mattress". She was the first actress of color to play Helen of Troy in "The Trojan Women" and the first to appear at Joseph Papp's NY Shakespeare Festival ("Kate," "The Taming of the Shrew"). At the Metropolitan Opera she appeared in “Andromache.” She also performed at Carnegie and Town Hall concerts under aegis of Bobby Short, along with cabaret appearances at Feinstein's.
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much
See full article at Dark Horizons »

The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have
See full article at Dark Horizons »

The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have
See full article at Dark Horizons »

Ralph Fiennes Eyeing John Henry Butterworth's Adaptation Of George Orwell's 'Burmese Days'

Looking To Bring 'Morning Glory' Helmer Roger Mitchell On Board Fresh from his behind-the-camera debut with a modern reimagining of William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes is reportedly already circling his next project, an adaptation of George Orwell's "Burmese Days." The actor, though, is presumably eyeing it as a starring vehicle rather than a directing gig as he is also looking to bring "Morning Glory" helmer Roger Michell on board the project, which is being produced by Avram Ludwig with a script by "Fair Game" scribe John Henry Butterworth. No doubt inspired by Orwell's own years as a police officer in…
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AFI to Present Morgan Freeman with the Life Achievement Award

As he most recently proved in a charming video interview with Steve, few are more deserving of a lifetime achievement award than Morgan Freeman. The American Film Institute wised up to that axiom, and will present the Oscar winner with the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award. Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees Sir Howard Stringer eloquently sums up the impact of Freeman’s career:

“Across decades, whether playing a prisoner, a president or God, he embodies a calm authority that demands respect for the character and for the art form. His gifts to the cultural record are also underscored by his unmistakable voice that echoes through the hearts and minds of movie lovers around the world.”

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The gala tribute takes place on June 9, 2011, and will air later that month on TV Land. Hit the jump for the official announcement.

Morgan Freeman To Receive 39th AFI Life Achievement Award
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Official Poster Unveiled for Julie Taymor's Wild 'The Tempest'

There are some very wild big screen adaptations/interpretations of William Shakespeare in the works right now. We've got Ralph Fiennes' modern-day version of Coriolanus complete with modern military. And we've also got Julie Taymor's The Tempest, which kind of looks like Tarsem decided to go Shakespeare, too, but with Taymor's touch. Taymor adapted Shakespeare once before, with Titus, but she is back again with The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren (seen above), Alfred Molina, Russell Brand (yes, that guy), Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn and Ben Whishaw. So check out the official poster below! The poster comes from Yahoo and a few new photos were released as well (you can see a few on SlashFilm). In Julie Taymor's version of The Tempest, the gender of Prospero has been switched to Prospera (Mirren). Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship.
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Casting Tidbits: Elias Koteas, Jessica Chastain & Fred Ward

You better pray to the god of Casting Tidbits that this wind doesn't pick up, 'cause I'll come over there, and jam an oar up your ass! First up, Risky Biz reports that Elias Koteas, who will forever be known as Casey Jones, has landed a role in the Winnie Mandela biopic (wife of Nelson Mandela) in the aptly titled Winnie. Jennifer Hudson has taken the title role with Terrence Howard attempting to follow in Morgan Freeman's footsteps by portraying Nelson Mandela. Koteas will play De Vries, an overzealous officer in the apartheid police state who rises in power and becomes intent on stopping Winnie and activists from gaining power. Second, THR reports Jessica Chastain, an up and coming actress with roles in upcoming films like Terrence Malick's Tree of Life and the contemporary Shakespeare adaptation of Coriolanus, has landed a role in The Help. Based on the
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New Pictures From 'Coriolanus' Starring Gerard Butler

Kino Gallery has got its hand on several new images from "Coriolanus" which is adapted from William Shakespeare's work of the same title. Though the original story is based on legendary Roman leader, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, the film will be set in contemporary time as seen in the pictures.

Some of the photos feature Ralph Fiennes as the titular character, and Gerard Butler who plays an army commander and nemesis of Coriolanus. Both are wearing army costumes in the stills. Moreover, some other images give a look at the battle scenes.

Beside starring in it, Fiennes will make "Coriolanus" as his first directing vehicle and produce it alongside John Logan, Gabrielle Tana, Julia Taylor-Stanley and Colin Vaines. Other cast members include William Hurt, Eddie Marsan, Jessica Chastain as well as Vanessa Redgrave. This drama thriller has not set a release date.

William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" follows Roman military leader Caius Martius,
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Photos: Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in Coriolanus

Thanks to KinoGallery, we now have new photos from Ralph Fiennes' upcoming contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" play. The shots feature a look at Fiennes and Gerard Butler. Check them out below. Shakespeare's play revolves around a Roman general, who is exiled from the city, but later returns with his sworn enemy to destroy it. The new movie will take place in a Serbian city of Pancevo. Fiennes will play the General, while Butler will play Tullus Aufidius, the enemy who he teams with. Fiennes, who is making his helming debut, clearly wants the film to look similar to "The Hurt Locker" since he hired "Locker" cinematographer Barry Ackroyd for "Coriolanus." Photos: (click to enlarge)
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More Photos for Ralph Fiennes' Shakespeare Film Coriolanus

You may remember a couple of months ago seeing some pretty wild first photos from the upcoming Ralph Fiennes directed Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus. They were striking because it looks as is Fiennes is setting the film in more modern times - during the Iraq war - as the photos look more like they're from The Hurt Locker than any Shakespeare movie. Anyway, a few brand new photos were discovered on KinoGallery today (via JoBlo) featuring both Gerard Butler and Fiennes, who stars as Coriolanus. I'm not sure which scene this is, but it looks pretty frickin' gritty and intense for Shakespeare. And that's why I want to see this! The story in William Shakespeare's Coriolanus follows Roman military leader Caius Martius, who returns home from a war against the Volscans as a war hero with a new last name, Coriolanus, given for the city he conquered. However, he is
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New shots of Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in Coriolanus

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Here's a project we've heard practically nothing about so far. Ralph Fiennes is shooting a modern day remake of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus, and for his directorial debut, he’s recruited Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox to star alongside him. The original play follows an exiled general's march on Rome, and as you can see from these photos from the set, Fiennes has thrust the film into present day, though how exactly the story conforms to the original remains to be...
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First Photos From the Set of Fiennes' Coriolanus

30 Ninjas has posted the first two photos of Ralph Fiennes on the Pancevo set of his directorial debut, the thriller Coriolanus . Written by John Logan, the film stars Gerard Butler, Fiennes, William Hurt, Eddie Marsan, Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox and Vanessa Redgrave. The Hurt Locker cinematographer Barry Ackroyd is on board as well. The following is how Icon Entertainment describes the contemporary version of William Shakespeare's drama: The citizens of Rome are hungry. Coriolanus, the hero of Rome, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief despises the people. His extreme views ignite a mass riot. Rome is bloody. Manipulated and out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, Coriolanus is banished from Rome. He offers his life or his services...
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First Look: Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus War Film

These are not shots from "The Hurt Locker," these are actually from Ralph Fiennes' contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" play. Fiennes is not only directing the film, but also stars in it opposite Gerard Butler, Brian Cox and William Hurt. Check out the photos below. Shakespeare's play revolves around a Roman general, who is exiled from the city, but later returns with his sworn enemy to destroy it. The new movie will take place in a Serbian city of Pancevo. Fiennes will play the General, while Butler will play Tullus Aufidius, the enemy who he teams with. Fiennes, who is making his helming debut, clearly wants the film to look similar to "The Hurt Locker" since he hired "Locker" cinematographer Barry Ackroyd for "Coriolanus." Photos: (click to enlarge)
See full article at Worst Previews »

Check Out the First Photos from Ralph Fiennes Coriolanus

30 Ninjas has made the first to photos from Ralph Fiennes' (in his directorial debut) Coriolanus available. Check them out below...

The film is based on the William Shakespeare tragedy, about the life of the legendary Roman leader, Gaius Martius Coriolanus.

But none of the talent will be donning sandals or unsheathing swords in this adaption of Shakespeare's Roman tragedy. Update is billed as a political thriller and brings the story into a contemporary setting.

Coriolanus comes to theaters in 2010 and stars Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, James Nesbitt, Ashraf Barhom, Dragan Micanovic. The film is directed by Ralph Fiennes.
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First Look: Ralph Fiennes' New Shakespeare Film Coriolanus

Whoa! Last year it was announced that actor Ralph Fiennes would be making his debut as a director on a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Coriolanus. At the time, we didn't actually know how contemporary it would be, but thanks to these first photos from the set in Serbia, it looks like Fiennes has actually set his film around the Iraq war. Action blog 30 Ninjas has the scoop on the photos, which come from the first week's battle scenes in the Serbian city of Pancevo. Fiennes is also starring in this as the lead along with Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, William Hurt, Eddie Marsan, Jessica Chastain & Vanessa Redgrave. Obviously comparisons are already being made to The Hurt Locker, especially because that took home the Best Picture Oscar earlier this year, and an Iraq war movie combined with Shakespeare instantly sounds like more Oscar bait. The story in Coriolanus
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Details & Set Photos from Ralph Fiennes’ ‘Coriolanus’

Ralph Fiennes is taking a handful of risks as a first time director with his debut film Coriolanus, creating a modern-day adaptation of one of William Shakespeare’s most under-appreciated works. Fiennes will star as the title character in addition to his directorial duties. Gerard Butler, Brian Cox and Vanessa Redgrave balance out the cast and considering their characters, the roles are perfect for each of them.

It will be interesting to see how Fiennes presents the complicated story of rivalry, politics, war and revenge. Not only is Coriolanus complex, but it deals with some quite recognizable issues, like the relevance of democracy and its effect in times of violence. It was even banned by some democratic governments at points in history.

While the story could be explained over the course of an hour, The Playlist, who has been following the production closely, seems to have the lowdown on the
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