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Russell Crowe Looking To Direct & Star In James Ellroy Hostage Thriller '77'

Russell Crowe Looking To Direct & Star In James Ellroy Hostage Thriller '77'
While Russell Crowe hit screens with two pretty much forgettable films--"Robin Hood" and "The Next Three Days"--and his next appearance booked in RZA's martial arts pic "Man With Iron Fists," the actor is lining up what is easily his most exciting project in years. Deadline reports that Crowe is looking to star and make his narrative feature directorial debut with the hostage thriller "77." Based on a story by crime writer extraordinaire James Ellroy ("L.A. Confidential") and with a script by David Matthews, the film tells the true story of the 1974 shootout between the Lapd and the Symbionese Liberation…
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Quentin Tarantino's Favorite Films of 2010

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Quentin Tarantino's Favorite Films of 2010
The "Pulp Fiction" filmmaker has passed along his picks for the top 20 films of the year to fan site The Quentin Tarantino Archives, and the results are as eclectic a mix of the high and low as you'd expect.

1. Toy Story 3

2. The Social Network

3. Animal Kingdom

4. I Am Love

5. Tangled

6. True Grit

7. The Town

8. Greenberg

9. Cyrus

10. Enter The Void ("Hands down best credit scene of the year ... Maybe best credit scene of the decade. One of the greatest in cinema history." - Qt)

11. Kick Ass

12. Knight and Day

13. Get Him To The Greek

14. The Fighter

15. The King's Speech

16. The Kids Are All Right

17. How To Train Your Dragon

18. Robin Hood

19. Amer

20. Jackass 3-D

The only one I'd really like to hear him defend? "Robin Hood," a movie that had no memorable qualities at all for me. Not on this list? Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," which was selected by a
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Art Directors Guild nominees announced

Art Directors Guild nominees announced
Today begins the flurry of guild award nominations that can give you a good idea of which films are going to do well with the Academy. (As opposed to the Golden Globes or critics groups, many people who vote for guild prizes also vote for the Oscars.) The Art Directors Guild has announced its 15 nominees, including all the expected visual feasts (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Inception) and overall awards contenders (The Social Network, The King’s Speech, True Grit). Here are their lists:

Period Film

Get Low

The King's Speech

Robin Hood

Shutter Island

True Grit

Fantasy Film
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Art Directors Nominations Run Gamut from 'King's Speech' to 'Social Network' to 'Robin Hood'

Art Directors Nominations Run Gamut from 'King's Speech' to 'Social Network' to 'Robin Hood'
Here's a batch of nominations that includes some new names alongside the usual suspects. The Art Directors Guild announced its nominations on Wednesday morning – and by separating the feature film nominees into Period Film, Fantasy Film and Contemporary Film categories, they were able to make room for the likes of "Shutter Island" (left), "Robin Hood" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" alongside awards heavyweights like "True Grit," "The King's Speech," "Black Swan," "The Fighter" and "The Social Network." On the television side, nominees included "Mad Men," "True
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Steven Neish – 2010 – A Year in Highlights

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Joining HeyUGuys back in June of this year, I was eager to put my personal popcorn addiction to good use. A Psychology student by day and an usher by night, I had built up an encyclopaedic knowledge of film over three years of part time work, ever broadening my horizons with a determination to watch anything and everything I could. Finally blessed with an outlet for my burgeoning opinions and limitless enthusiasm, HeyUGuys has offered me opportunity after opportunity resulting in an inordinate number of cinematic highlights this 2010.

With Hollywood finally dropping the tiresome “darker is better” mantra to provide two of the very best comic-book adaptations to date – Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, in case it needed pointing out – and DreamWorks raising the bar with a series of above studio-par animated releases, it has been a year of many memorable moments. Inception was mind-bending, Four Lions was
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Take Three: Paddy Considine

Craig here with the last in the current series of Take Three. Today: Paddy Considine

Take One: Dead-end England, twice

"Phil" in My Summer...Colin Firth, Daniel Craig, Colin Farrell, Clive Owen. And so on. When I think of an actor who encapsulates exactly what is crucial, surprising and truly versatile about British male acting right now, none of the above quite pass muster, for me. Paddy Considine, on the other hand, hits the mark. His two roles for director Pawel Pawlikowski – kindly arcade manager Alfie in Last Resort (2001) and Jesus freak Phil in My Summer of Love (2004) – couldn’t be any different from one another, yet both cover all the above attributes. Watch the two films back to back and tell me Considine shouldn’t be up for every great role an actor of his range and calibre could be suggested for right now. Then ask me why he
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James Cameron to direct Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra?

James Cameron to direct Angelina Jolie in Cleopatra?
It’s incredibly early, but a source confirms Deadline Hollywood’s report today that James Cameron — the biggest director in the world — is having exploratory conversations with Sony Pictures about coming aboard the Cleopatra project the studio is developing for Angelina Jolie as a star vehicle. The conversations are very early on, but Brian Helgeland (Green Zone, Robin Hood) is writing the script and Social Network producer Scott Rudin is on board to produce. The project is based on Stacy Schiff’s book Cleopatra: A Life.

That is one A-list combination, and it would be interesting to see them
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Blu-ray Review: Robin Hood

Robin Hood

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Directed By: Ridley Scott

Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Scott Grimes, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow, Kevin Durand, Mark Strong, Alan Doyle, Danny Huston, Mark Addy, Matthew MacFadyen

Universal Pictures

Release Date: September 21, 2010

Ever since the very first news that famed director Ridley Scott would be making a realistic and historically accurate new take on the fabled tale of Robin of Loxsley, I've been about as excited as you can be. Hearing that a story that I and many, many others have grown up knowing being recreated in the same vein as Scott's Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven is beautiful music to the ears of those with a love for epic period pieces, and Robin Hood just couldn't come quickly enough for me.

Instead of using the traditional story -- focusing on Robin and his Merry Men feuding with the interim king and the Sheriff of
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Robin Hood’ Takes Serious Approach to the Legend

Chicago – Erase from your mind every preconception you may have about a film entitled, “Robin Hood,” and you may find yourself enjoying, or at the very east admiring, Ridley Scott’s loose yet literalistic depiction of the legendary outlaw. No film will ever top Michael Curtiz and William Keighley’s 1938 classic starring Errol Flynn, which remains one of the all time great screen entertainments.

This “Robin Hood” takes place in a universe entirely separate from the one Flynn inhabited. It’s a hard-edged prequel in the modern sense, centering on an English warrior fresh from the Crusades named Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe, re-teaming with Scott a decade after their last action blockbuster, “Gladiator”), who joins the fight against King Philip of France. Scott seems intent on doing for Robin Hood what “Batman Begins” did for the Caped Crusader, yet this film is too melancholy and deliberately paced to truly take flight.
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Robin Hood Blu-ray Review

When Ridley Scott made Kingdom of Heaven, he ended it with King Richard the Lionhearted asking directions to Jerusalem, and on the commentary track for the director’s cut Scott suggested he had an idea for the sequel. It would be a Robin Hood story, but with his main character from KoH. That film wasn’t a hit, so when Ridley did get to the legend of Robin of Locksley, he had Russell Crowe as his lead. Russell Crowe is no spring chicken, and the decision to cast the 40+ actor as the sprightly archer seems off, but if you’re going to make a $200 Million dollar movie, that’s the sort of compromise that going to happen. Scott and Crowe are basically cashing in their Gladiator chips, by – after having a huge success – making the expensive “sorta same, sorta sequel” film. My review of the Director’s Cut Blu-ray of
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Britain's best film directors show some early promise

Philip French speaks to Ridley Scott, Ken Russell, Gurinder Chadha, Shane Meadows and Stephen Frears about their debut pictures and detects the styles of the then-fledgling auteurs

Do artists discover a personal style and develop their themes gradually or are these to be found in embryonic form in their earliest works? There's no easy answer to this dual question. Take, for example, Ken Russell's Amelia and the Angel (1957), Ridley Scott's Boy and Bicycle (1965), Stephen Frears's The Burning (1967), Gurinder Chadha's I'm British But… (1989) and Shane Meadows's Where's the Money, Ronnie? (1995). All were made on shoestring budgets and each lasts less than half an hour.

First, presented with the directors' names and the credits concealed, would you be able to match up film and film-maker? I think most moviegoers could, which suggests there is something in these first movies that we would now recognise as characteristic. Second,
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DVD review: Robin Hood: 2-Disc Unrated Director's Cut

Synopsis ~ Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French. Upon Richard’s death, Robin Longstride (Oscar® winner Russell Crowe) travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett), a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest. Hoping to earn Lady Marion’s hand and salvage...
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Trailer Park: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Office: Season 6 Giveaway, Robin Hood Giveaway

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The Exploding Girl -DVD Review

Bradley Rust Gray has made a film that champions life and love the way it happens, unfolds, and dissolves: slowly.

All you really need to know about this film, which stars Zoe Kazan as Ivy, a girl you wish you could have known throughout your own formative years, is that it is really an intimate portrait of a woman who has a boyfriend waiting for at the college she’s currently attending, she is coming home for spring break, and she is connecting with her old friend Al (Mark Rendall).

What happens after these two re-connect after having been away from one another for a while is the basis for what can only be called one of
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Robin Hood – wide of the mark?

Russell Crowe's turn as the tunic-wearing tyke was considered by some a bore. But was it accurate? Alex von Tunzelmann investigates the old tale of great production let down by the script

The yew of the longbow creaks as I draw the string back. Side on, I gaze along the line of the arrow. The yellow bullseye comes into focus. All around the archery range, set up at the Tower of London, a hush falls among spectators leaning over the railings. I take a deep breath, and release the fingers on my right hand. The arrow sproings off sideways, wobbles about ten feet, and plummets pathetically into the mud.

This archery business is trickier than actors make it look. Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett appear to be experts in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, released on DVD this week. It's not a great movie. Following in the footsteps of
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[DVD Picks of the Week] Sept. 21st

And here we are, a little late but back in the saddle back with a couple of very TV-oriented weeks in worthwhile DVDs. Check out what I like from the last two weeks below:

Grab ‘Em Right Away

Glee: The Complete Fist Season (Bluray)

Created by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan

Cast: Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Finn Hudson, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera & Heather Morris.

Why should you buy this? Because it’s without a doubt the best new TV show from last season. The show does take about three or so episodes to really hit its stride, but take the time necessary. Every cast member sports an amazing voice and even better comedic timing which is what makes the show work. Jane Lynch is perfect; she is unrelenting in her desire to best Will
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Out this week on Blu-Ray and DVD 9.21.10

 Well hello everyone! Sorry for my unexpected time off but sometimes life just throws you a curve ball so to speak. Anyways, there's tons of shows coming out this week and all of them I love! Let's get to it!

 

Modern Family: Season 1

Who better to document the 21st-century American family than a Dutch film crew capturing the clan's antics for a reality show in the Netherlands? That's the conceit of this Emmy-winning mockumentary comedy series created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan. Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara and Ty Burrell star as members of the multinational, multisexual and exceedingly complicated Pritchett-Delgado-Dunphy tribe.

Cast: Julie Bowen, Sofía Vergara

Director: Jason Winer

Love this show! It's hilarious!

 

Community: Season 1

When times get tough, the tough go back to college. This is what lawyer Jeff Winger decides to do when his degree is suddenly revoked. Now a Greendale Community College student,
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Exclusive: Arthur Max Talks Robin Hood

Production Designer Arthur Max discusses the realism of the 12th Century in Robin Hood

Arthur Max has been a production designer for the last 15 years, yet he's only worked with two directors. Though, one could argue that they are two of the finest directors currently making films today: David Fincher and Ridley Scott.

Arthur Max has contributed to Ridley Scott's last four films, most recently working on Robin Hood. Which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray September 21. I recently had the chance to speak with Arthur Max about his extensive work designing the elaborate look of this new movie, and here's what he had to say:

You've worked with Ridley Scott on other films in the past. I was wondering if you were on board during this movie's first incarnation, when it was the revisionist piece that Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris had written?

Arthur Max: No,
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Steve Zahn's "Marshall" Plan, a Double Bill in Chelsea and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Calvin Marshall" (2010)

Directed by Gary Lundgren

Released by Passion River

Steve Zahn exemplifies the adage those who can't do teach as a college baseball coach who never was quite good enough to make the majors who sees something of himself in an enthusiastic but unskilled player (Alex Frost) that he keeps on the team in writer/director Gary Lundgren's feature debut.

"Chelsea on the Rocks" (2009)

Directed by Abel Ferrara

Released by Hannover House

"Bad Lieutenant" director Ferrara compiles a biography of the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York through archival footage, reenactments and interviews with the many artists who have stayed there throughout the years from Milos Forman and R. Crumb to Ethan Hawke and Gaby Hoffman.

"Claang the Game" (2009)

Directed by Stefano Milla

Released by Triumphant Entertainment

A game of "Claang," a strategy-heavy match of wits, leads to a discussion
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Lr's The Blu Room Robin Hood Blu-Ray Review

Robin Hood (Blu-Ray)Universal Home ENTERTAINMENT2010/Rated PG-13 & Unrated/140 & 155 minsList Price: $39.98 - Available September 21, 2010At 140 minutes Ridley Scott's latest feels a lot longer than it actually is and yet it still doesn't feel long enough. Though the film is titled Robin Hood, what you may not know is that this is Scott's revisionist take on not how the man became the legend, but how he earned the name. Similar to what Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale did with the caped crusader in Batman Begins, Scott and frequent collaborator Russell Crowe have stripped the classic tale of its familiar essentials to tell a realistic origin story that sadly misses a key element that made Robin Hood great: a sense of adventure.It's the turn of the 12th century and Robin Longstride (Crowe) is a brave and honorable archer who has loyally followed King Richard (Danny Huston) on his crusade to plunder foreign lands.
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DVD Releases for September 21, 2010

Robin Hood: Ridley Scott's pseudo historical take on the story of the man who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. In the film, Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) is a disillusioned Crusader who decides to go the outlaw route after seeing what's become of his country in his decade-long absence. All the classic character's are there but everything's off. Hood middle aged and surprisingly money hungry, Marian (Cate Blanchett) is now a Lady and the widow of the dead man Robin impersonates. The film lacks the sense of swashbuckling fun that has made the legend of Robin Hood an enduring part of Western culture. As with Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur, a few brava action sequences doesn't make the deconstruction of beloved myths any fun to watch. Also starring Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, and Eileen Atkins.

Alternate Suggestions: The director's cut of Scott's Kingdom of Heaven has
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