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I, Claudius The Movie

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

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Derek Jacobi plays Claudius, fourth Emperor of Rome

Leonardo DiCaprio may be starring in the upcoming big screen adaptaion of I Claudius. I can’t wait for this one. Read on:

Robert Graves’ epic historical novel I, Claudius — which was previously turned into an Emmy-winning 1976 BBC miniseries — will make the leap to the big-screen courtesy of producers Scott Rudin and Alison Owen, the duo behind the forthcoming film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl.

According to Variety, Leonardo DiCaprio is mulling the project and may become attached to star. William Monahan, who won an Oscar for the DiCaprio starrer The Departed, is expected to sign on to pen the screenplay adaptation, although neither he nor DiCaprio have inked deals yet.

The trade says that, while Rudin hasn’t yet set up I, Claudius at a studio, it will probably go to Disney since the producer already has a deal there. Several studios reportedly bid for the screen rights to the tome, with Rudin ultimately sealing a $2 million deal for them.

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Oscar Winners For 2007

Monday, February 26th, 2007

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The winners of the 79th Academy Awards have been announced and it was a big night for Martin Scorsese as he won Best Director, and The Departed was named Best Picture. Other winners included Helen Mirren from The Queen for Best Actress, and Forest Whitaker was Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland.

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Oscar Predictions

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

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Helen Mirren (as Queen Elizabeth II) in The Queen

Christie Lemire and David Germain, film writers for the Associated Press predict the Oscar winners. See if you agree. Read on:

With the Academy Awards best-picture category a wide-open affair, Associated Press film writers Christy Lemire and David Germain at least have one thing to disagree about.

For best director and the four acting categories, Lemire and Germain are in complete agreement on who’ll win. Here are their picks (Lemire writes their joint opinion for director and actor, Germain for actress and the supporting categories, while they duke it out over best picture):

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Nominees: Babel, The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen.

GERMAIN: I would make a lousy academy member, not only because I lack all applicable talents to become an academy member, but also because I would perpetually vote for losers in the best-picture category.

My favourite films among the five nominees almost never win, and this year, my top three – The Queen, Little Miss Sunshine and Letters From Iwo Jima – are the ones I think are least likely to come away with the prize.

The Queen deserves to win because it’s a masterpiece of economical filmmaking. It packs a lifetime of high drama for Elizabeth II into the single toughest week of her 50-year-plus reign, the span when public opinion turned sharply against her over the royal family’s aloofness after Princess Diana’s death.

Little Miss Sunshine merits second place because it’s an extreme version of all our messed-up kin, presenting an endearing portrait of blood ties strained and regained that, like many stories of family bonds, would be tragic if it wasn’t so funny.

Letters From Iwo Jima should come in third because it’s a grand, gut-wrenching examination of fatal devotion to a lost cause, a compassionate rendering of an enemy Hollywood historically has reviled as Japanese troops fight and die defending the Pacific island.

I would rank the mob tale The Departed next and the ensemble drama Babel last, yet I suspect the best-picture winner will be one of the two.

The Departed is hardly Martin Scorsese’s best work, though the first two-thirds come close before the film concludes with a repetitive bloodbath. Still, it’s enormously entertaining, a breathlessly paced crime epic that’s a reminder of Scorsese’s finer films – making it also a reminder that the academy never has honoured him with the best-picture prize.

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Not Departed Yet?

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

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Those of you, who didn’t get enough of Scorsese’s The Departed don’t despair. There are rumors about a possible sequel. Read on:

Martin Scorsese’s award-winning gangland film The Departed was a remake of the Hong Kong hit Infernal Affairs, which itself spawned a trilogy. Now comes word from none other than Departed co-star Mark Wahlberg that there could be sequels (or prequels) in the making for Scorsese’s all-star flick.

“We may do another one because it’s based on a Hong Kong film [Infernal Affairs], and there is a trilogy. So we may do a sequel with a new cast, and a prequel and bring back the rest of the guys,” Wahlberg informed MTV.com.

The Boston-born actor added, “They’re talking to Robert De Niro and a couple of other people. … Anybody who is anybody wants to work with Marty.”Click on the link below to read the entire article:

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Weekend Box Office: Oct. 21-23

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

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Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in The Prestige

Director Christopher Nolan’s, The Prestige worked it’s magic on the
movie-going audience last weekend to top the North American Box with $14.8
million. Surprisingly enough, The Prestige managed to hold off Clint
Eastwood’s, WWII drama, Flags of our Fathers, which debuted in third
place with $10.8 million. Martin Scorsese scores his biggest hit in recent years
with the The Departed, which is holding strong at second place with $13.6
million for a grand total of $77.0 million to date.

Sony’s animated feature, Open Season places fourth with $8.0 million,
and Flicka, Fox’s family drama, debuts in fifth place bringing in $7.7
million. Tied for fifth place, with Flicka was last week’s box office
winner, The Grudge 2 with $7.7 million.

Falling to seventh place is Universal’s political comedy Man of the Year
with $7 million. Director Sofia Coppola’s, Marie Antoinette opened in
limited release and places eight with $5.3 million.

Rounding out the Top 10 was Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,
which placed ninth with $3.9 million, and The Marine fell to10th place
with $3.7 million.

Sony’s Running With Scissors opened in limited
release, in only 8 theaters for a strong debut of $225,000, while the 3-D
version of Tim Burton’s, The Nightmare Before Christmas made $3.3 million
in limited release.

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Weekend Box Office – Oct. 13-15/2006

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

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With the debut of The Grudge 2, this weekend, Sony scores it’s 12th number one hit for the year. The sequel to the 2004 hit screamed into theaters to the beat of $22 million. It only cost $20 million to make.

The Departed is still going strong dropping a mere 30%, and bringing in $18.7 million to place second. The gangster related film is poised to become Scorsese’s highest grossing film ever.

Starring Robin Wiliams, The Man of the Year had a mediocre debut bringing in $12.6 million to take third place. Rounding out the top five releases, Open Season comes in fourth place with $11million, while New Line Cinema’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning places fifth with $7.8 million.

Debuting in sixth place, The Marine pulls in $7 million and the other military themed drama The Guardian fell to seventh place with $5.9 million. The critically panned comedy, Employee of the Month comes in eighth with $5.6 million. Costing only $12 million to produce, the comedy has pulled in $19 million for Lionsgate, since it’s debut last week.

Cracking the top ten, One Night With the King places ninth with $4.3 million. The Biblical drama starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Shariff opened in just 909 theaters. Jackass: Number 2 places tenth with 3.3 million.

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  • The Grudge 2 – $22.0 million
  • The Departed – $18.7 million
  • Man of the Year – $12.6 million
  • Open Season – $11.0 million
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning – $7.8 million
  • The Marine – 7.0 million
  • The Guardian - $5.9 million
  • Employee of the Month – $5.6 million
  • One Night With the King – $4.3 million
  • Jackass: Number 2 – $3.3 million

Review: The Departed

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

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Scorsese delivers another cinematic masterpiece with his latest film, The Departed. Beware potential spoiler here. Read on:

There’s a strong impulse to embrace Martin Scorsese’s latest movie The Departed just because it revisits territory that he practically mapped himself. The director’s recent ventures into period pieces and biopics have felt more like experiments or digressions; this, on the otherhand, rings truer to the oeuvre that established him as a singular cinematic voice. That said, there’s a big part of that vision that feels uncontainable, as if Scorsese can’t quite be pegged no matter how many times he returns to the same well.

All of which is why The Departed is at once a crowning achievement in crime cinema, and a slight letdown for a career iconoclast: Scorsese has produced another masterpiece more on par with previous works like Casino and Cape Fear than Goodfellas or Raging Bull. In other words, the director follows two personal projects with a more conventional but no less engaging piece of populist entertainment — in so doing restoring his well-earned reputation as both an earner and artist, but failing to genuinely expand his creative accomplishments beyond those he already achieved.

Based on the 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator) and Matt Damon (Syriana) as a cop and a crook who infiltrate each other’s organizations at the behest of their scenery-chewing superiors. For DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan, it’s Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Dignam (Mark Wahlberg), a police Captain and Sergeant respectively who want to harness the young man’s conflicted impulse to do good; meanwhile, Damon’s Colin Sullivan answers to Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), an 800-lb. gorilla of a mob boss who owns the streets of Boston much to the consternation of the cops.

There’s a strong impulse to embrace Martin Scorsese’s latest movie The Departed just because it revisits territory that he practically mapped himself. The director’s recent ventures into period pieces and biopics have felt more like experiments or digressions; this, on the otherhand, rings truer to the oeuvre that established him as a singular cinematic voice. That said, there’s a big part of that vision that feels uncontainable, as if Scorsese can’t quite be pegged no matter how many times he returns to the same well.

All of which is why The Departed is at once a crowning achievement in crime cinema, and a slight letdown for a career iconoclast: Scorsese has produced another masterpiece more on par with previous works like Casino and Cape Fear than Goodfellas or Raging Bull. In other words, the director follows two personal projects with a more conventional but no less engaging piece of populist entertainment — in so doing restoring his well-earned reputation as both an earner and artist, but failing to genuinely expand his creative accomplishments beyond those he already achieved.

Based on the 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator) and Matt Damon (Syriana) as a cop and a crook who infiltrate each other’s organizations at the behest of their scenery-chewing superiors. For DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan, it’s Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Dignam (Mark Wahlberg), a police Captain and Sergeant respectively who want to harness the young man’s conflicted impulse to do good; meanwhile, Damon’s Colin Sullivan answers to Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), an 800-lb. gorilla of a mob boss who owns the streets of Boston much to the consternation of the cops.

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