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James Bond to enter the Dream House

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009

Daniel Craig is in early talks to star in Dream House, a psychological thriller set up at Morgan Creek to be directed by Jim Sheridan, though principals stress that the two sides have not reached a deal. THR had the news.

In the David Loucka script, Craig would play a man who moves his family to an idyllic small town, only to find his house haunted by its former inhabitants, who were murdered there.

This is no doubt all part of the plan to make sure he doesn’t get typecast as Bond. His recent films have, Defiance and Munich have also involved fighting and guns. However, before Bond Craig was in many different types of film so I honestly don’t think he will have that much of a problem.

Craig has recently signed up for the Broadway drama A Steady Rain. His name also surfaced in connection with The Eagle of the Ninth, Kevin Macdonald’s period piece for Focus Features.

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James Bond to enter the Dream House

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009

Daniel Craig is in early talks to star in Dream House, a psychological thriller set up at Morgan Creek to be directed by Jim Sheridan, though principals stress that the two sides have not reached a deal. THR had the news.

In the David Loucka script, Craig would play a man who moves his family to an idyllic small town, only to find his house haunted by its former inhabitants, who were murdered there.

This is no doubt all part of the plan to make sure he doesn’t get typecast as Bond. His recent films have, Defiance and Munich have also involved fighting and guns. However, before Bond Craig was in many different types of film so I honestly don’t think he will have that much of a problem.

Craig has recently signed up for the Broadway drama A Steady Rain. His name also surfaced in connection with The Eagle of the Ninth, Kevin Macdonald’s period piece for Focus Features.

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Mads Mikkelsen and Alexa Davalos hear the Clash of The Titans

Posted by LiveFor on April 1, 2009

I posted the news about Gemma Arteton joining the cast a few days ago but now some more casting news has surfaced.

Mads Mikkelsen, Gemma Arterton and Alexa Davalos are boarding “Clash of the Titans,” the Greek-god epic being directed by Louis Leterrier.

Sam Worthington is toplining as Perseus, who is put on a quest to save a princess and defeat Hades, the god of hell. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay wrote the script.

Mikkelsen is playing Draco, a skilled fighter and leader of the Praetorian Guard that accompanies Perseus.

Davalos is Andromeda, the captured princess, and Arterton is Io, who is instrumental in bringing the winged horse Pegasus to Perseus.

Legendary is co-producing and co-financing the pic, which is set to begin lensing in the U.K. at the end of April. Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk is producing with Kevin de la Noy. Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull are executive producing.

Lynn Harris and Matt Milam are overseeing for Warners.

Mikkelsen, one of Denmark’s most recognizable faces, is best known to American audiences for his role of the villain in “Casino Royale.” Repped by UTA and Danish agent Ulrich Moller-Jorgensen, the actor stars in Eurowide Film’s “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky.”

Arterton, who appeared in the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” next appears in Richard Curtis’ “The Boat That Rocked” and opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Disney’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.” She is repped by UK’s Independent Talent Group.

ICM-repped Davalos was most recently seen in “Defiance.” Other credits include “The Mist,” “Feast of Love” and “The Chronicles of Riddick.”

Source: THR

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Defiance, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on January 15, 2009


Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell
Running Time: 137 minutes
Score: 7 / 10

This review by RevSykes – May contain spoilers.

Edward Zwick is an idealistic filmmaker. My favorites of his are Glory and Blood Diamond. Last Samurai not so much. He wrote an article in the New York Times Magazine last week stating that he was attracted to the book Defiance because it portrayed Jews of WWII not as victims, as is so common. Like many Jews (see “Tough Jews” by Rich Cohen) he romanticizes the Jewish gangster connections of earlier generations of Jewish immigrants, and sees in them the protagonists that the victims of the Holocaust weren’t.

Fair enough, or, should I say, not fair at all, since I do not share the view that the civilian Jews of Europe were passive because they could not defeat or evade the German military and local death squads. Why is this relevant to “Defiance?” Because Zwick let his bias affect what he chose to portray in the historical drama of “Defiance.” There is a brief shot of the bodies left behind of the mass killings of Jews in what was then Russia in 1941 (long forgotten in the East until Yevvtushenko’s “Babi Yar” of 1961). I think that one of the reasons (more below) that “Defiance” is not nearly as powerful as “Schindler’s List” is that Zwick was unwilling to portray the grotesque drama of the massacres that happened in Byelorussia in 1941 because, to him, it made Jews look like victims. It’s all referred to off-screen. “Schindler’s List” punches you in the stomach with the vivid depiction of the concentration camps and crematoria — historical truths — and it makes Schindler’s story of saving his workers into an epic. So could “Defiance” have been. Maybe the Bielieskis’ story is not as heroic as Schindler’s, but I don’t think so. Theirs is probably more so (though different of course — Schindler wasn’t facing a direct murderous threat). If Zwick had put his movie in the proper historical framework (I’m not talking about gratuitous violence, which would, anyway, be hard to achieve given the reality of what the Germans did to civilians) the story of the Bieleskis saving 1200 Jews would have had some of the impact of Schindler’s story of saving the Jewish workers on his list.

My second critique is poor character development of the Daniel Craig character. Yes, he’s aggrieved over what degree of vengeful violence against the Germans is necessary or appropriate. He starts off an aggressive killer and then pulls back, becoming (aided by the prolonged bout of typhus) quite passive. We can call the Craig character “complex” or “conflicted,” but there is very little context to explain him. Schreiber’s character is perhaps more “on the nose,” but it is understandable, both to us and to Schreiber, who does a good job with it. Craig’s character, to me, is a series of events, not a character.

The joining theme of these ideas is the problem of historical cinema when you want to get the benefit of “based on a true story,” at the front of your film. We know this is a very, very broad term. Clint Eastwood left out the killer’s mother, who was totally involved in the action in reality, when he dramatized, “The Changeling.” Did Schreiber and his colleagues show up at the very last second and disarm a German tank when Craig was the only one left standing to defend the Jews? Unlikely. So Zwick messed with the military history, as is necessary in a Hollywood movie. But did he feel constrained by the true characters of the brothers? Or, worse, did he feel constrained as to what he could make of those characters because of the need to portray them as heroic? I would argue the opposite. Zwick described the brothers as “sexually predacious” in his NYT article. But, in the movie, they appear to be pretty much gentlemen (Schreiber leaving his “forest wife” to join with the Red Army isn’t much of a mark against him). If the characters had been more vivid, including more negative, I think their “heroism” would have been more dramatic.

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Defiance, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on January 15, 2009


Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell
Running Time: 137 minutes
Score: 7 / 10

This review by RevSykes – May contain spoilers.

Edward Zwick is an idealistic filmmaker. My favorites of his are Glory and Blood Diamond. Last Samurai not so much. He wrote an article in the New York Times Magazine last week stating that he was attracted to the book Defiance because it portrayed Jews of WWII not as victims, as is so common. Like many Jews (see “Tough Jews” by Rich Cohen) he romanticizes the Jewish gangster connections of earlier generations of Jewish immigrants, and sees in them the protagonists that the victims of the Holocaust weren’t.

Fair enough, or, should I say, not fair at all, since I do not share the view that the civilian Jews of Europe were passive because they could not defeat or evade the German military and local death squads. Why is this relevant to “Defiance?” Because Zwick let his bias affect what he chose to portray in the historical drama of “Defiance.” There is a brief shot of the bodies left behind of the mass killings of Jews in what was then Russia in 1941 (long forgotten in the East until Yevvtushenko’s “Babi Yar” of 1961). I think that one of the reasons (more below) that “Defiance” is not nearly as powerful as “Schindler’s List” is that Zwick was unwilling to portray the grotesque drama of the massacres that happened in Byelorussia in 1941 because, to him, it made Jews look like victims. It’s all referred to off-screen. “Schindler’s List” punches you in the stomach with the vivid depiction of the concentration camps and crematoria — historical truths — and it makes Schindler’s story of saving his workers into an epic. So could “Defiance” have been. Maybe the Bielieskis’ story is not as heroic as Schindler’s, but I don’t think so. Theirs is probably more so (though different of course — Schindler wasn’t facing a direct murderous threat). If Zwick had put his movie in the proper historical framework (I’m not talking about gratuitous violence, which would, anyway, be hard to achieve given the reality of what the Germans did to civilians) the story of the Bieleskis saving 1200 Jews would have had some of the impact of Schindler’s story of saving the Jewish workers on his list.

My second critique is poor character development of the Daniel Craig character. Yes, he’s aggrieved over what degree of vengeful violence against the Germans is necessary or appropriate. He starts off an aggressive killer and then pulls back, becoming (aided by the prolonged bout of typhus) quite passive. We can call the Craig character “complex” or “conflicted,” but there is very little context to explain him. Schreiber’s character is perhaps more “on the nose,” but it is understandable, both to us and to Schreiber, who does a good job with it. Craig’s character, to me, is a series of events, not a character.

The joining theme of these ideas is the problem of historical cinema when you want to get the benefit of “based on a true story,” at the front of your film. We know this is a very, very broad term. Clint Eastwood left out the killer’s mother, who was totally involved in the action in reality, when he dramatized, “The Changeling.” Did Schreiber and his colleagues show up at the very last second and disarm a German tank when Craig was the only one left standing to defend the Jews? Unlikely. So Zwick messed with the military history, as is necessary in a Hollywood movie. But did he feel constrained by the true characters of the brothers? Or, worse, did he feel constrained as to what he could make of those characters because of the need to portray them as heroic? I would argue the opposite. Zwick described the brothers as “sexually predacious” in his NYT article. But, in the movie, they appear to be pretty much gentlemen (Schreiber leaving his “forest wife” to join with the Red Army isn’t much of a mark against him). If the characters had been more vivid, including more negative, I think their “heroism” would have been more dramatic.

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Defiance – Daniel Craig fights the Nazis.

Posted by LiveFor on October 10, 2008

Based on an extraordinary true story, DEFIANCE is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.

At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others – men and women, young and old – willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment’s freedom. Tuvia (CRAIG) is a reluctant leader and his decisions are challenged by his brother, Zus (SCHREIBER) who worries that Tuvia’s idealistic plans will doom them all. Asael (BELL) is the youngest – caught between his brothers’ fierce rivalry. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appeared to be lost.

DEFIANCE is directed by Edward Zwick (BLOOD DIAMOND, GLORY) from a screenplay by Zwick and Clay Frohman, based on Nechama Tec’s non-fiction book of the same name. The producers are Zwick and Pieter Jan Brugge. The team recreating the forest haven includes two-time Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Eduardo Serra (BLOOD DIAMOND, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING), production designer Dan Weil (BLOOD DIAMOND, THE BOURNE IDENTITY) and Oscar®-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan (GOSFORD PARK, A ROOM WITH A VIEW).

Defiance is out somewhere in the World on December 12th 2008.

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