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    Hamptons International Film Festival and BAFTA New York to Honor Working Title Films

    The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) together with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts New York (BAFTA New York) will award the Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement to Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, co-chairs of the illustrious British production company Working Title F...

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    Chiwetel Ejiofor To Topline London’s Young Vic’s Film Version Of 'A Season In The Congo'

    Almost a year ago, I reported on Chiwetel Ejiofor's return to the stage this summer to play Congolese nationalist hero Patrice Lumumba, in poet and political activist Aimé Césaire's play A Season in the Congo, at the Young Vic in London. The new stage production was directed by Joe Wright, who ...

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    Focus and Playtone Want Gaiman's 'Ocean At The End Of The Lane'; Joe Wright Will Direct

    Focus Features and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone are set to close a deal for film rights to Neil Gaiman's "The Ocean At The End Of The Lane." Joe Wright (whose films "Anna Karenina" and "Pride & Prejudice" were also released by Focus) is attached to direct...

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    Tom Hardy To Star In Steven Knight's Shot-In-Real-Time Thriller 'Locke,' Produced By 'Anna Karenina' Director Joe Wright

    It feels like it's been quite a long time since we saw Tom Hardy on screen. But in fact, he's been working consistently, with five films in the last eighteen months, and the actor's such a chameleon that it's hard to draw a line between Ricky Tarr in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Bane in "The Dark...

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    5 Directors Who Could Helm The Next James Bond Film

    Even by the standards of the second most successful franchise in cinema history, "Skyfall" is doing extraordinarily well. The 23rd James Bond film, which has picked up some of the best reviews in the history of the franchise, has topped off an amazing couple of weeks at the box office with a $90 mil...

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    Emily Watson and Alicia Vikander Added To Joe Wright's 'Anna Karenina;' Saoirse Ronan & Others Out

    As Promised, Keira Knightley, Jude Law & Aaron Johnson To StarWell, Joe Wright and Focus Features have locked down the cast for their lavish adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel "Anna Karenina," and it seems like a full house of talent – in addition to the already confirmed Keira Knightley, Jud...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Hop' Defeats Four Newcomers; 'Your Highness' Flops Loudly And Rudely

    Earlier in the year, the tepid box office returns were something to be ignored, as 2011 was competing with the previous year, with both “Avatar” and then the anomaly of “Alice In Wonderland” each raking in a cool billion. Well, it’s April, and it’s time for Hollywood to panic. There have been no genuine out-of-the-box hits so far this year and lots of flops, and the two (barely) $100 million grossers considered underperformers (“Rango” and “Just Go With It”). Let’s face it, part of it is a failure of marketing, but the blame must be laid on inadequate product. Even when it comes to the early year doldrums, this has been a banner year for garb...

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    Q&A: Joe Wright Talks 'Hanna,' Says He Was "Terrified" At First About Directing The Action Sequences

    Says 'Oldboy' A Work Of "Genius," Cites Robert Bresson's 'Pickpocket' As An Inspiration & Is Totally Bored When Shooting Blue ScreenThis weekend, there will really be nothing quite like "Hanna" in theaters. Oh sure, there's "Sucker Punch", another film about ass-kicking girls, but it lacks the kine...

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    Exclusive: Joe Wright Wants To Direct African Adventure Film 'Stanley'

    Also Says He Wants Saoirse Ronan To Be His 'Little Mermaid'Joe Wright's forthcoming "Hanna" was a massive gear change for the director. A pure genre pic with choreographed fights and a blitzing soundtrack from the Chemical Brothers, it was a far cry from the usual fare by the director of "Atonement" and "Pride & Prejudice." And while his next film, "Anna Karenina," will find him back in costumed period territory, he's got a couple of other projects in the cooker that will once again find him branching out into new terrain. We recently chatted with the director and he shared a couple of tidbits about some films that may be on the horizon for h...

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    Review: 'Hanna' A Study In Merciless Violence, Strong Performances And Block Rockin' Beats

    In "Hanna," Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan graduates to the next stage of her career, the one that all "respected actors" reach -- the action stage, where her piercing looks and astute natural intelligence are replaced by kicks, punches and improbable stunts. The anomaly, of course, is that Ms. Ronan has become a remarkably accomplished, borderline preternatural performer at a young age, and so the action phase of her career -- admittedly, a brief tour as opposed to the extended sojourn other actresses might enjoy -- has arrived fairly early. Such is the natural gimmick at the heart of "Hanna," one that audiences should find familiar by ...

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