22-01-09

"The Ghost" casting & shooting update

The Ghost "casting & shooting update

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After nearly two decades, the controversial but extremely talented Oscar winning filmmaker Roman Polanski will finally get back to directing with a contemporary thriller titled The Ghost, to begin shooting in Germany on February 4th of this year. We covered the original news last year when Nic Cage was still attached, but AICN broke the story today about the latest casting details after receiving the press release for the film, which also ably describes the sprawling adaptation of Robert Harris' novel of the same name. Cage has been replaced by Ewan McGregor and will be joined by Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, and others.

"The movie tells the story of a former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Brosnan), who is holed up on an island off the Eastern seaboard of the USA in midwinter, writing his memoirs. When his long-standing aide drowns, a professional ghostwriter (McGregor) is sent out to help him finish the book. The anonymous ghostwriter is quickly drawn into a political and sexual intrigue involving Lang's wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams) and his aide (Kim Cattrall). Hanging over Lang is the threat of a war crimes trial and a mysterious secret from his past that threatens to jeopardize international relations."

As you probably caught, along with Polanski behind the camera and the page, we'll be seeing the now powerhouse cast of Ewan McGregor (taking over for Nic Cage), Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Tom Wilkinson, Jim Belushi, and Olivia Williams in front of the camera. I really can't express my excitement for this project enough. I love Roman Polanski. He is a modern day master, deservedly on the same level as the likes of Scorsese, Spielberg, Coppola, and Scott. He's an auteur to the highest degree. And it's great to see him returning to what first made him so great.

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20-01-09

"The greatest destined for Greatness

Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan's The Greatest screened twice over the weekend at Sundance, and however overcooked the dead-son weepie feels, we can't argue with multiple standing ovations.

Brosnan in particular, who plays the patriarch of a family devastated by the death of their teenage son in an automobile accident, was singled out for demonstration of audience affection, prompting those at Saturday morning's screening from their seats for an ovation that lasted maybe 15 seconds but felt like forever in the usually subdued early-morning setting. Sarandon and director Shana Feste felt the love as well, along with young co-stars Carey Mulligan, Johnny Simmons and Zoe Kravitz. We've been to a lot of public screenings over the years and seen and heard a lot of pushover audiences go nuts for film. This was one of those once- or twice-a-fest scenes where you could almost smell 600 people at the Racquet Club losing their shit. People love this movie.

But why? Brosnan (who also produced) is out of his depths as Allen Brewer, a mathematics professor maintaining his stiff upper lip while wife Grace (Sarandon) melts down completely following their son Bennett's fatal car wreck. Allen's determination to hold the family together is meant to reinforce his stone wall blocking grief, but in the presence of the more genuinely whacked Grace — who wakes up crying and spends months, in hopes of some closure, reading to the comatose driver who struck her son's car — it never feels like more than a high-stakes mourn-off punctuated by convenient expository fights, loving plunges into the ocean, etc.

It was a mindfuck for Sarandon, and the emotional imbalance shows in the parts of her performance not drugged within an inch of their life by Feste's potent script bromides.

"I have to admit that when I read it, it was so eccentric and there were a lot of things I didn't realize — until we actually started doing it —how difficult it was," she told the audience after the screening. "That was my bad. There are some actors who say they can never remember their real names when they're filming. I can never remember my character's name. When I go home to my kids, I completely leave it behind. I found on the days when we did some of the very, very emotional scenes that you have to hold on to for eight or 10 hours, my body chemistry actually changed. I was really shocked about how I smelled and the person I became. It was really horrible. That was the first time I realized that kind of impact when you imagine those things; your body can't tell the difference between what's imaginary and what's real."

So how did Sarandon and the others get through the 25-day shoot? "The cast was really, really fun and loving," she said. "It was a very happy set; sometimes I think we overcompensated. I think the two funniest sets I've ever been on were Dead Man Walking and Lorenzo's Oil. Explain that."

Yet there are two reasons to see The Greatest: Mulligan and Simmons, playing Bennett's pregnant girlfriend and messed-up little brother respectively, both extraordinary and nothing short of sincere in navigating the dynamics of their own grief. We'll get to this later today (and later this week in a little more depth), but Mulligan, whose Greatest and An Education performances had hype-within-the-hype momentum accompanying them before the festival even started, is an insanely vivid talent whose relationship with Allen Brewer is the only thing that salvages Brosnan's own performance; her retelling to him of meeting Bennett on their last day of school is devastating. At 23, and with little on her resume besides 2005's Pride and Prejudice and some British TV, she already improves everyone around her. Simmons, meanwhile, was also one of the only redeeming things about The Spirit, portraying the hero as a lovesick young man. His responsibility to parse his love/hate relationship with his mythologized brother refines that heartbreak here

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11-11-08

People's Choice awards

Mamma Mia nominated 3times

The nominees for "The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards," which will be hosted by Queen Latifah, were announced this morning -- and fans can now vote for their favorite TV, film and music stars.

Among the nominees are 'The Dark Knight,' '27 Dresses,' 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' and 'Iron Man' in the film categories; "Grey's Anatomy," "House," "Samantha Who?" and "90210" in the TV categories; and Rihanna, Carrie Underwood and Alicia Keys are just three songbirds who got the nod.

People magazine, in celebration of its 35th anniversary, is teaming up with "The People's Choice Awards" to present the first-ever Favorite Star Under 35.

To cast your vote, log on to:

 www.pcaVOTE.com.

"The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards" is the first awards show of the season and will air on January 7, 2009 on CBS at 9 p.m.

A complete list of nominees follows:


FAVORITE MOVIE COMEDY
'27 Dresses'
'Get Smart'
'Mamma Mia!'


FAVORITE CAST
'The Dark Knight' (Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Gyllenhaal)
'Mamma Mia!' (Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth)
'Sex and the City' (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Noth)

FAVORITE SONG FROM A SOUNDTRACK
"Another Way to Die" by Jack White & Alicia Keys from 'Quantum of Solace'
"Labels or Love" by Fergie from 'Sex and the City'
"Mamma Mia" by Meryl Streep from 'Mamma Mia!'

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21-07-08

"Mamma Mia!" Cast interview (begin July)

Another amazing interview

with cast of "Mamma Mia!"

 

15-07-08

"Mamma Mia" cast interview!!

"Mamma Mia!"

Cast interview

Streep,Firth & The handsome Pierce Brosnan

 

 

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01-07-08

redcarpet interview with cast of Mamma mia

redcarpet interview with cast of Mamma mia

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LONDON- Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan walked a red carpet through a fake lemon grove for the London premiere of Mamma Mia on Monday.

Hundreds of fans watched as the actors arrived for the premier in Leicester Square, which had been decorated with fake trees to look like the Greek island where the movie is set.

The film is based on a stage musical featuring songs by Swedish pop group Abba in telling the story of 18-year-old Sophie Sheridan, who tries to discover who her father is in time for her wedding day. The musical is still showing in central London.

In the film, Streep plays Sheridan's mother and Brosnan is one of the three possible fathers.

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21-05-08

Exclusive interview "cast of Mamma Mia"

Exclusive interview

with the cast of "Mamma Mia "

 

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