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Scorsese to shoot Hugo Cabret in 3D

Posted by LiveFor on April 14, 2010

Martin Scorsese’s next film is The Invention of Hugo Cabret based on the book by Brian Selznick. It also looks as if he is going to give this new fangled 3D thingy a go according to Variety.

Judging by the synopsis below it could well work as a 3D film and the fact Scorsese wants to shoot it that way means there will be no post conversion to mess things up.

ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together…in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you.

The film stars Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat). It is due for release on 9th December 2011.

Are you interested to see what Scorsese does with 3D?

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Amazon.co.uk
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Amazon.com

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Exclusive Interview: Curtiss Cook – Star of Shutter Island, City Island and he’d love to be Green Lantern

Posted by LiveFor on December 24, 2009

I was recently fortunate enough to be able to interview the excellent Curtiss Cook.

His first brush with the stage was at the age of 10, in an elementary school production of A Raisin in the sun. This experience led to countless high school plays, a career at the famed Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and a full scholarship to Mount View Theatre School in London, where he truly honed his craft.

Curtiss’ resume boasts three Broadway shows, countless national tours, spots on Law & Order, the Sopranos, Rescue Me and numerous commercials.

He has also worked with some of the biggest Hollywood names in the business: Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Andy Garcia, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sir Ben Kingsley, the late Sydney Pollack and the great Martin Scorsese.

Curtiss will be seen next in September 2009’s movie release, Order of Redemption, also with the theater release of Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award winning film City Island. Then just in time for Oscar season you can see him in the new Martin Scorsese thriller Shutter Island.

Now on with the interview.

Hi Curtiss thanks so much for taking the time to do this.

CC: You are so welcome… Anytime I get a chance to gab on and on you can bet… I’m with that…

How did you become an actor? Was it something you always wanted to be or did you fall into it?

CC: Pretty much I always wanted to Be’ an actor… Starting out I thought I might want to Be’ a singer… And I did sing for a good while but by the time I hit Jr. High… I was in it for good… A good friend of mine who I’ve been close with ever since kindergarten always tells me I didn’t pick acting it picked me… I tend to believe him on that one….

If not acting what would you be doing?

CC: First off I would be broke and homeless … Really I would always have to be doing something that dealt with the arts it’s just in my bones…

What advice would you give to any actors just starting out in the business?

CC: Read as much as you can… fiction, non fiction, cookbooks everything… And try to travel as much as you can… It just opens up your perspective… Even if it’s just getting on the bus and going over to another town about 45 minutes from where you live… Just sit there and watch … You can learn so much about yourself when you’re taken out of your comfort zone.

What film do you first remember watching?

CC: As a kid and even to this day one of my favorite films was ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’… And then on the other side of that there was ‘The Shinning’… Still to this day when I see those two little girls standing side by side in that long hallway… Man, it was intense then and it’s intense now!

You have a couple of Island films coming up. First of all tell us about City Island. What is it about?

CC: City Island stars Andy Garcia & Julianna Margulies it’s about a family who have a hard time communicating with each other and the problems that can come from that…I play Andy’s partner he works at a correctional institution… It’s funny as hell … Don’t walk run to the theatre to see this one…

It has a great ensemble cast. How was that to work on?

CC: My scenes are with Andy so I didn’t get a chance to work with all of them on this one… but I heard it was a blast… With Andy at helm you know they had a good time… A very giving actor he is.

Then you are in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. What can you tell us about the film without giving away too much of the plot? How does your character fit into the proceedings?

CC: Yes man… Yes! Well you know it’s based on a book with the same name by Denise Lehane … I would highly recommend reading it, it’s gooood! The movie is set in an insane asylum for the criminally insane… And I play Trey Washington one of the head orderlies who works very closely with Sir Ben Kingsley character… You have no idea folks this movie is going to be crazy….

What was it like working with Scorsese? How did you feel when you found out you would be working on one of his films?

CC: It was more than a dream come … I don’t think I could ever really imagine that I would one get to meet him and talk to him about a film he was doing and then two actually get to work with such an accessible genius… I learned so much in the three months I was there about myself and the business of show… Fortunate … I am very fortunate.

What have you learnt from working with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Alan Arkin and Scorsese?

CC: How important it is to do your homework … It gives you time to live on set and create in the moment… You don’t have to be some deep method actor… (not that theirs anything wrong with that) but knowing your path because of the work you’ve done prior leaves so many more options open… One lesson I’ll never forget and will always try to incorporate into my work ethic…

Which actor dead or alive would you most like to work with?

CC: I would have loved to have worked with Ivan Dixon … Sidney Poitier, Andre Braugher, Robert Downey Jr., Denzel Washington, do you really want me to continue because I’ll be here all week….

If you were killed by a movie monster which one would it be and what would your final words be?

CC: The Bride of Dracula … “bitch, I told you not to bite me that hard!”

What have been your favourite films of 2009 so far?

CC: Umm… Umm… I really haven’t been out to the theatres… But ‘Precious’, was really enjoyed, I liked Wolverine… I guess I should say some artsy not well known foreign film … So I’ll say ‘Worlds Apart’ set in Germany … How’s that.

Comic book films are big business these days. Are there any comic book characters you would love to play?

CC: Thank you so much for this question I am the biggest comic book geek in the world…. I would love to play… The new green lantern John Stewart… With out a doubt!!!

Sweet, salted or butter popcorn?

CC: buttered … It just goes in easier…

When you win an Oscar who would you thank in your acceptance speech?

CC: My father and mother …, my wife and children… My ancestors who help me every minute of the day… And those who laid the path before me…

What are you working on next?

CC: I just wrapped a Law & Order: Criminal Intent with Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows. That was a lot of fun. I also have a recurring role on the new HBO series ‘How to Make it in America’ created by the folks who brought you ‘Entourage’. I believe that starts airing in February. I have a few other roles still in negotiations so I won’t say anything until I sign on the dotted line.

Thanks you for the interview until we talk again my friend until we talk again…..

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – International Trailer. Er shouldn’t the Prince be Persian?

Posted by LiveFor on November 3, 2009

A second International Trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time which shows all new footage.Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a street urchin in 6th century Persia. After showing valor in battle, he is adopted by the king as his heir, so the king’s two sons will not fight over the throne. He teams up with Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) to rescue the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that controls time, from the hands of the villainous nobleman, Nizam (Ben Kingsley). Out on 28th May 2010

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Prince of Persia – A photo of Sir Ben Kingsley as the bad guy of the piece

Posted by LiveFor on July 21, 2009

Yesterday I posted some new posters for the video game adaption of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

Now ComingSoon have a photo of Sir Ben Kingsley as the villainous Nizam in the same almost black and white colour scheme.

It says that it is the first photo of Kingsley as the character but I assume they mean first official one as I posted a photo of him as Nizam doing the pointy dance back in October last year.

Mike Newell is directing. Jake Gyllenhaal will play Dastan, a young prince in sixth century Persia who must join forces with Tamina (Gemma Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent an evil nobleman (Kingsley) from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world. Alfred Molina and Toby Kebbell also star.

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Prince of Persia – New photo

Posted by LiveFor on July 17, 2009

It has been a while but here is another look at Jake Gyllenhaal, playing Prince Dastan in Jerry Bruckheimer’s epic Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, due out on 28th May 2010. The film also stars Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arteton.

It looks a little better than previous photos.

Entertainment Weekly
debuted the photo.

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Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on June 11, 2009


The story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. And neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe’s radical approach to psychiatry? The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive them insane. . .

Directed by Scorsese this is looking very good and a bit Hitchcockian methinks.

As well as the two main leads it also stars Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, and Jackie Earle Haley. Let me know what you think of the trailer.

Could this be in the running for an Oscar?

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Prince of Persia – Actual footage from the new film

Posted by LiveFor on May 11, 2009

It has been a while since there has been anything mentioned about the Prince of Persia film but now here is some footage from the Jerry Bruckheimer film. It is directed by Mike Newell.

In the film, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), a young prince in sixth century Persia, must join forces with Tamina (Gemma Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is due out on 28 May, 2010.

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Prince of Persia – Actual footage from the new film

Posted by LiveFor on May 11, 2009

It has been a while since there has been anything mentioned about the Prince of Persia film but now here is some footage from the Jerry Bruckheimer film. It is directed by Mike Newell.

In the film, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), a young prince in sixth century Persia, must join forces with Tamina (Gemma Arterton), a feisty and exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the Sands of Time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is due out on 28 May, 2010.

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Shutter Island – Teaser poster for Martin Scorsese’s next film

Posted by LiveFor on March 28, 2009

RopeofSilicon user “Friends of Eddie” last sent in scans from Cahiers du Cinéma’s January 2009 edition with a diary written by Argentinean filmmaker Celine Murga based on her experiences on the set of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and today he returns with a piece of teaser art from the film scanned out of the Berliner Zeitung newspaper as part of a story about TMG/Concorde, the film’s distributor.

Since it is a scan you can slightly see some of the words bleeding through on the lighter areas but for the most part it is a top quality image, but I can’t help get the feeling it is still an early piece of artwork since the font used to write “Whatever happened to patient 67?” on the wall is just a generic font and isn’t exactly up to final art quality.

Shutter Island is currently due out on October 2 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer and Jackie Earle Haley. The official site is also live, but merely with placeholder information.

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50 Cent to replace Forest Whittaker in Stallone’s The Expendables

Posted by LiveFor on March 19, 2009

Filming for The Expendables had to be pushed back a month which meant Forest Whitaker had to bow out to due to scheduling conflicts. Sylvester Stallone sent these letters over to AICN. The first one mentions the various character names and points out that Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) has replaced Forest Whitaker in the film.

Needless to say this caused a whole heap of WTF so Stallone sent the second letter explaining the decision.

Dear Harry,

Below is a letter that I sent to the Stallone Zone that I had also wanted to
send to you because I have the same loyalty to your site as well. Anyway, it
might temper preconceived opinions.

Thank you and best,
Sly

P.S. Also, for clarification:
Hale Caesar is Curtis Jackson
Toll Road (new character) is Randy Couture
Monroe is Eric Roberts
Tool (an ex-Expendable) is Mickey Rourke
Bao is Jet Li
Lee Christmas is Jason Statham
Lacy is Charisma Carpenter
Sandra is Giselle Itie (famous Brazilian actress)
And
Barney ‘the schizo’ Ross is Yours Truly.

P.S.S. By the way, there’s enough testosterone and ego in this film to float
a large continent covered in elephants, but I’m enjoying it.
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Dear Craig,

I appreciate the incredible amount of work you’ve done on my behalf. Please
tell the loyal followers to be positive not negative in their feedback. I am
not self-destructive. The anger of the casting of 50 Cent is understandable,
but not fair. A player is only as good as his coach. If a man can
communicate in one medium, he can communicate in another if his strengths
are brought out and he has the support of well-wishers. So, trust me, the
change of Forest Whitaker to 50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson is a good one. No
one thought Dolph Lundgren was a good choice for ROCKY or Mr. T. Carl
Weathers was an afterthought when Ken Naughton fell out. The same with Talia
Shire and Richard Crenna, who was known as a comedic actor, not a serious
one.

Nobody wanted Eric Roberts over Ben Kingsley, but I believe it’s a vastly
improved casting. The point is, you either believe in me and the project,
setting your personal feelings aside, or you take a darker approach, which
really serves no purpose since your insight and suggestions and overall
enthusiasm are a great thrill for me to behold everyday I sign on.

Signing off –

Your friend,
Sly

Oh well, he does stand by his decision. Pity Whitaker can’t be in it. I’ve never seen 50 Cent in one of his acting roles so I’m not really in a position to comment. Do you think he is a good choice for the film or has Stallone dropped the ball on this one?

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