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Hawke Redoes Hamlet; Jarvilaturi Shooting New Pic; Douglas And Bacall Together Again; Hawthorne Shoo

Hawke Redoes Hamlet; Jarvilaturi Shooting New Pic; Douglas And Bacall Together Again; Hawthorne Shoo

Douglas And Bacall Together Again; Hawthorne Shooting In Johannesburg

Compiling by Kevin Dreyfuss

>> Hamlet Redux

Actor Ethan Hawke is following up his turn in a modernized version of
Great Expectations” with another modernization, this time of something
called “Hamlet,” currently in production. This present-day indie film
reworking of the Shakespeare play is adapted and directed by Michael
Almereyda (“Nadja”), and stars Hawke, Karl Geary (“Nadja”), Kyle
MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks,” “Trigger Effect”), Bill Murray (“Wild
Things”), Sam Shepard (“The Right Stuff,” “Voyager”), Julia Stiles
(“Wicked,” the upcoming “Ten Things I Hate About You”), and Diane Venora
(“Romeo + Juliet”). Amy Hobby and Andrew Fierberg produce.

>> Jarvilaturi Shooting

City Unplugged” director Ilka Jarvilaturi is busy shooting his next
film in Helsinki, and international co-production called “History is
Made at Night
.” The film is a quirky spy film, executive produced by the
noted team of Nik Powell and Stephen Wooley (“B. Monkey,” “The Crying
Game”), written by Patrick Amos and Jean-Pierre Gorin, and starring
Irene Jacob (“Othello”), Bill Pullman (“Zero Effect”), and Bruno Kirby
(“Donnie Brasco”).

>> Douglas And Bacall Together Again

Currently shooting in British Columbia is “Sundowning,” a Miramax
production about an aging prize fighter in the midst of an adventurous
hunt for missing diamonds, directed by John Asher (“Chick Flick”) and
written by Allan Aaron Katz. The real story here is the cast, which
includes Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, starring together for the first
time since “Young Man and a Horn” decades ago. The film also stars Dan
Aykroyd (“Grosse Point Blank”) and Mariah O’Brien (“Gas Food Lodging”).

>> Hawthorne In Johannesburg

Variety is reporting that Nigel Hawthorne (“The Madness of King George”)
has just begun shooting the film “A Reasonable Man” in Johannesburg,
South Africa. The director is South African filmmaker Gavin Wood, and
funds come from both the African Media Entertainment group and French
production company Pandora. The film tells the tale of a city lawyer who
becomes involved in a murder case in remote Zululand, and who comes into
contact with “a world of witchcraft and mysticism.”

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