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Hollywood star Nicole Kidman plays our answer to Lara Croft in new film Queen Of The Desert

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

THUMBS-UP: Hollywood star Nicole Kidman plays Gertrude Bell in Queen Of The Desert.

A NEW film telling the story of Wearside’s answer to Lara Croft has won the approval of the woman who knows her best.

Queen Of The Desert stars Nicole Kidman as Washington-born Gertrude Bell, the woman who worked with Lawrence of Arabia during First World War and played a critical role in shaping the modern Middle East.

LIFE ON FILM:  Known as the uncrowned queen of Iraq,  Gertrude Bell was once the most powerful woman in the British Empire.

LIFE ON FILM: Known as the uncrowned queen of Iraq, Gertrude Bell was once the most powerful woman in the British Empire.

Directed by Werner Herzog, the movie also stars Twlight’s Robert Pattinson as Lawrence; James Franco as Viscount Chelsea, Henry Arthur Cadogan; and Homeland’s Damien Lewis as Major Charles Doughty-Wylie, the married man with whom Gertrude had an unconsummated affair and who is believed to be the reason she never married.

Jan Long has been fascinated by Gertrude’s story for years and led the campaign to get a blue plaque in her memory at Gertrude’s family home, Dame Margaret Hall.

She was part of an invited audience at a private screening of the movie in London, at which Gertrude’s great-nephew Mark Bell spoke about living in the family homes that were inhabited by his most famous relation.

Jan gave the new movie the thumbs-up, despite then fact it takes a few liberties with the actual history.

I am thrilled that this film will at last catapult Gertrude Bell into the limelight and out of the shadows.

Jan Hall, campaigner for Gertrude Bell

“London was great fun and it was good to meet so many people with an interest in Gertrude Bell and, of course, Werner Herzog productions,” she said.

“As for the film, it was visually stunning with wonderful landscapes and lavishly detailed costumes.

“The soundtrack, coupled with the most amazingly haunting musical score, could not be faulted.”

Jan was full of praise for the woman charged with bringing her heroine to life: “Nicole Kidman shone and gave a very credible performance of how we imagine Gertrude to have been,” she said.

STAMP OF APPROVAL: Jan Long with her invitation to the screening of Queen Of The Desert and a  cigarette case which belonged to Gertrude Bell.

STAMP OF APPROVAL: Jan Long with her invitation to the screening of Queen Of The Desert and a cigarette case which belonged to Gertrude Bell.

“For those wanting to see a great love story and an extraordinary woman, this gorgeous film fits the bill exactly.

“However, for the scholars amongst us, there were liberties taken with the chronology and some factual content.

“That said, I am thrilled that this film will at last catapult Gertrude Bell into the limelight and out of the shadows.”

Gertrude smoked heavily, often rolling her own cigarettes, which she kept in a beautifully-inscribed silver case bearing the name “Gertrude (Margaret Lothian) Bell”.

ORIENTAL SECRETARY:   Gertrude Bell helped Lawrence of Arabia set up Iraq.

ORIENTAL SECRETARY: Gertrude Bell helped Lawrence of Arabia set up Iraq.

Jan is now the proud owner of the case, which Gertrude used throughout her desert and world travels.

She is unsure of the date and maker of the case and hopes a local jeweller or silversmith will be able to shed some light on its provenance, in order to solve the mystery of who presented it to Gertrude.

Who was Gertrude Bell?

GERTRUDE Bell was born in July 1868 in Washington Hall (later known as Dame Margaret Hall), the granddaughter of industrialist Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell and daughter of Sir Hugh Bell, who spent three spells as Mayor of Middlesbrough.

She was educated at Queen’s College and went on to study history at Oxford University, receiving a first class honours degree in two years.

After graduation, she travelled to Tehran to visit her uncle Sir Frank Lascelles, who was the equivalent of British ambassador in Persia.

She spent much of the next decade travelling the world, during which time she became passionately interested in archaeology and fluent in Arabic, Persian, French and German as well as also speaking Italian and Turkish.

She returned to the Middle East in 1899 and travelled repeatedly across the region in the following years.

In her book Syria: The Desert and the Sown, published in 1907, she described visits to the likes of Damascus, Jerusalem, Beirut and Alexandretta.

In 1909 she visited Carchemish, where she first met Lawrence. The pair were reunited in Cairo in November 1915, by which time they were both working for British intelligence.

Gertrude became the only female political officer in the British forces and in 1917 was given the title of “Oriental Secretary”.

She and Lawrence were among a group of experts convened by Winston Churchill in 1921 to determine the borders of British power and establish the borders of such new countries as Iraq.

Gertrude was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her work in the region.

Gertrude Bell died of an overdose of sleeping pills in July 1926, though it is unclear whether it was deliberate.

She was buried in the British cemetery in Baghdad, her funeral attended by hundreds of people.

Source: Sunderland Echo / Kevin Clark / 05/06/15

Berlin: Clarius Dials Up Rights to John Cusack-Samuel L. Jackson Thriller ‘Cell’

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

John Cusack Drive Hard Distribution


FEBRUARY 5, 2015 | 09:00AM PT

Clarius Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights to the Stephen King thriller “Cell,” starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (“Paranormal Activity 2”).

International Film Trust is handling foreign rights to the film, which it is selling at the European Film Market.

Pic is based on the Stephen King novel; King wrote the screenplay with revisions by Adam Alleca (“Last House on the Left”) and Mark Leyner (“War Inc.”).

“Cell” is produced by Michael Benaroya, Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten and Shara Kay.

Cusack, Paddy Cullen, Edward Mokhtarian, Armen Aghaeian, Xavier Gens, Laurence Freed, Stephen Hays, Peter Graham, Ben Sachs, Tyler Hawes, Brian Pope, Geno Tazioli, Marina Grasic and Jan Korbelin are executive producers; Leyner, Ben Insler and James Lejsek are co-producers.

The deal was negotiated by Nick Ogiony at CAA and Ben Weiss at Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers and William Sadleir from Clarius Entertainment.

Source: Variety / Carole Horst

Sundance: Get Ready To Dance In Clip From ‘Z For Zachariah’ With Chris Pine, Margot Robbie, And Chiwetel Ejiofor

Friday, January 30th, 2015
Z for Zachariah, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine

Since her impressive breakout turn in “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” Margot Robbie has been missing from the big screen with three films set to hit this year, one of which is the Sundance-premiering “Z for Zachariah.” While we won’t have a review until after the screening this weekend, you can make do with a short clip from the post-apocalyptic film, via Hitfix.

Running under a minute, the clip centers on an innocent moment between the three survivors of a disaster that wipes out most of the planet. Though it could be billed as a picture in the science-fiction realm, the film is directed by Craig Zobel, whose “Compliance” focused on the ways people can wield power over others. So yeah, expect less gunfights and more exploration of the relationships that develop between strangers in the face of a tragedy.

“Z for Zachariah” premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this Saturday at the Library Center Theatre at 8:30 PM. Watch the clip below and keep an eye out for our review.

Source: IndieWire / Cain Rodriguez

Watch: Nicole Kidman Plays a Real-Life Victorian Archaeologist in ‘Queen of the Desert’

Friday, January 30th, 2015

'Queen of the Desert'

If you’ve ever wondered what Homeland’s Sergeant Nicholas Brody and Moulin Rouge’s Satine look like kissing, today is your lucky day. A one-minute clip of Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert has debuted online, and it begins with a newly mustachioed Damien Lewis locking lips with Nicole Kidman, who plays real-life archaeologist, traveler, explorer, writer, cartographer, and political officer Gertrude Bell. (However did she fit all those titles on her business card?)

Kidman’s Gertrude is all business here, too, quickly pulling away from Lewis with a mysterious explanation: “I’d never be with a man again because I lost a man.”

It’s certainly a promising role for Kidman, who most recently appeared in the extremely well-received Paddington, which is still in theaters.

Queen of the Desert will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it will be screened in competition.

Source: IndieWire / Laura Berger

Universal to Release EVEREST on September 18, 2015; Film Stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, and Jake Gyllenhaal; Capt. Vijay Lama talks about his experience on set

Monday, January 5th, 2015


Universal Pictures has bumped the survival drama Everest from February 27, 2015 to September 18, 2015.  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain.  The film stars Jason ClarkeJosh BrolinJohn Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Martin HendersonEmily WatsonMichael Kelly, and Thomas M. Wright.  Even though we’ll have to wait a little longer, the date change is encouraging since Universal might think they have an awards contender if they’ve moved the picture to the fall.  The studio will release Everest in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Right now, there’s no competition on September 18, 2015, but a week later Sony will have the family flick Hotel Transylvania 2 and Warner Bros. is releasing the comedy The Intern.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis for Everest.

Everest is amongst the most anticipated movies of 2015.

ALPINE SHOOT: Capt Vijay Lama (left) who acts as a rescue pilot in the forthcoming Hollywood movie Everest on location in the Italian Alps in early 2014 with a helicopter painted in Nepal Army colours.

The story revolves around Beck Weathers, an American climber who miraculously survived two nights above 8,000m and was rescued with a Taiwanese climber, by Nepali Army rescue pilot, Col Madan KC from Camp II. The risky rescue was the highest-ever helicopter landing in history at the time. Col KC’s role is played by Nepali actor and airline pilot, Capt Vijay Lama.

For Vijay Lama, who has acted in numerous Nepali films over the last three decades, 2014 was an exciting year in which he got to experience how Hollywood movies are made. He was on location in the Italian Alps in early 2014 where some of the scenes of the helicopter rescue on Mt Everest were shot. Later, he went toPinewood Studios to shoot some of the other scenes in a flight simulator.

“I got to be treated like a star with other members of the cast, including Josh Brolin, Martin Henderson, John Hawkes,” Lama recalled, “ever since my first Nepali film I had always dreamt of acting in a Hollywood movie. I am living proof that dreams are not impossible if you believe in it and pursue it honestly.”

Being a pilot made the role easier for Lama, who insisted on speaking in Nepali with his co-pilot with English subtitles.

Lama says he was also impressed with the logistics and preparation that goes into an international film shoot. “The crew and the cast of Everest is so huge that it took many people who were assigned specific tasks to work together,” he recalls, “one little mistake would mean huge losses. It was a team game, team spirit, team effort and most of all team discipline – something we in Nepal can learn from.”

Working in the mountains of Val Senales in Italy was not easy for the crew and cast, there were blizzards, wind and unexpected delays. In comparison, it was easier shooting at Pinewood where the summit of Everest, the Hillary Step, helicopter simulators were all recreated in the studio. Says Lama: “Working with these international units have humbled me and have given me more reason to work harder in the coming days and learn to be more professional in the subjects I am involved in.”

Saban In Talks For Pierce Brosnan Comedy ‘How To Make Love Like An Englishman’

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Saban Films is in negotiations to acquire U.S. distrib rights on Tom Vaughan’s How to Make Love Like an Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba. Written by Matthew Newman, film follows a Cambridge University professor, played by Brosnan, who meets his match, portrayed by Hayek. However, complications ensue when the professor gets her graduate student stepsister (Alba) pregnant and he’s forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess.

Saban Films president Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated on behalf of Saban Films, and CAA on behalf of the producers. Foreign is being handled by The Solution Entertainment Group. Also producing are Southpaw Entertainment’s Richard B. Lewis and Irish DreamTime’s Beau St.Clair with PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Raj Brinder Singh, Remington Chase, Grant Cramer and Simon Orange. Pierce Brosnan, Michael R. Williams, Myles Nestel, Lisa Wilson, Matthew Newman, Stephan Martiroysan, Stuart Brown and Mike Sullivan are serving as EPs with Sriram Das and Steven Shapiro as co-EPs and Gabrielle Jerou-Tabak, Keith Arnold and Mark Fasano as co-producers. Merced Media Partners, PalmStar Media Capital, and Envision Entertainment financed How to Make Love Like an Englishman.

Saban acquired Tommy Lees Jones directorial The Homesman out of Cannes, and the film was co-released by Roadside Attractions on November 14. Saban recently picked up U.S. for the Nicolas Cage crime thriller The Trust. Their slate also includes John Travolta’s The Forger; action thriller Tracers starring Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos from Temple Hill Entertainment; and American Heist with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune “AKON” Thiam.

Our Top Pick Of The Sundance Film Festival 2015 – Z for Zachariah

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Guarantee you’ll be talking about Z for Zachariah next year

The Sundance Film Festival unveiled the 16 feature films competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition for the 2015 event this week, alongside the documentary lineup. There’s a load of interesting entries in there including the Jack Black starring The D-Train and Kristen Wiig playing a woman whose boyfriend is sleeping with her daughter in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. But our top pick for the renowned festival is Z for Zachariah, we guarantee everyone will be talking about it next year, and here’s why…

The festival has released some official info on each film, so let’s start with the synopsis for Z for Zachariah:

In a post-apocalyptic world, a young woman who believes she is the last human on Earth meets a dying scientist searching for survivors. Their relationship becomes tenuous when another survivor appears. As the two men compete for the woman’s affection, their primal urges begin to reveal their true nature. Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine.

Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in Z for Zachariah

The film is based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien, which was published posthumously in 1974 after the author’s wife Sally M. Conly and daughter Jane Leslie Conly completed the book guided by his notes. O’Brien mainly concentrated on children’s books during his career, with Z for Zachariah winning teen literature awards. And we know how well post-apocalyptic, teen novels do on the big screen. This year’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent enjoyed big box office success while Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series have become mega hits at the cinema thanks to Jennifer Lawrence and co.

Interestingly though, it looks like screenwriter Nissar Modi has altered O’Brien’s book. Fans will know it’s all about Margot Robbie’s character Ann Burden and Chiwetel’s Loomis in the novel. Chris is taking on the role of a second stranger, Caleb, who stumbles into Ann’s life though, and with the trio all in the official still and synopsis it’s safe to say the movie has made some pretty big plot changes, another one being that Ann in the book is just a teenager. Of course the changes mean fans of the book will be in for a twist or two which should help draw in more viewers. Clever.

The film is based on the 1970s teen novel

The cast may be small but it’s pretty stellar, with Brit Chiwetel receiving an Oscar nomination this year for 12 Years a Slave, while Margot Robbie (who replaced Amanda Seyfried after that actress dropped out) starred in the other big 2014 Academy Awards contender from Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street, AND she’s just been cast in DC Comics’ Suicide Squad.  Pine meanwhile is no stranger to blockbusters thanks to his lead role in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movies and this year’s big Christmas movie Into The Woods.

The other big star is the landscape, with director Craig Zobel choosing the beautiful Banks Peninsula in New Zealand to shoot, and we all know how stunning that country’s landscape looks on screen thanks to Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies. While entirely shot in New Zealand though, the film is set in the USA’s Mid-West, as is the book.

Despite the popularity of the book, the movie plans have been languishing around Hollywood for awhile, with the screenplay appearing on the famous Hollywood Black List, an annual survey of the “most liked” motion picture screenplays not yet produced, based on a survey of studio bigwigs.

Z for Zachariah will screen at Sundance in Utah sometime between January 22 and February 1 2015, and is expected to open on worldwide, general release later in the year.

Source: Entertainment Wise / Joanna Crawley

[Sundance ’15] ‘Z for Zachariah’ and ‘The Witch’ to Premiere

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The Sundance Film Festival is the premiere fest for independent cinema.

Today they’ve begun unloading their announcements, and while the Midnight titles won’t be revealed until tomorrow, we have found two genre films playing in other Sundance programs.

Pictured above and in the below gallery is The Witch, hailing out of the U.S. and Canada.

Robert Eggers both writes and directs with Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger starring.

New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah will also premiere.

In a post-apocalyptic world, a young woman who believes she is the last human on Earth meets a dying scientist searching for survivors. Their relationship becomes tenuous when another survivor appears. As the two men compete for the woman’s affection, their primal urges begin to reveal their true nature.

Cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, and Chris Pine.

Z for Zachariah

Source: Bloody Disgusting / MrDisgusting

“Spare Parts” Trailer is out!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The inspirational drama “Spare Parts,” produced by and starring George Lopez, is based on a real David & Goliath story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who form a robotics team.

With $800, used car parts and a dream, they build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition, taking down reigning champion MIT.

The film also stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Marisa Tomei and Nickelodeon star Carlos Pena.

Watch the trailer!

Source: ExtraTV

AFM: Robert De Niro’s ‘Bus 657′ Picks Up Foreign Sales

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Robert DeNiro Criminal Justice


OCTOBER 31, 2014 | 06:38AM PT

Heist film “Bus 657″ has sold to a dozen territories with production wrapping in Mobile, Ala.

The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films production stars Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth,Dave Bautista, Gina Carano, Morris Chestnut, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, DB Sweeney and Lydia Hull.

Hannibal Classics is handling foreign sales at next week’s American Film Market.

Scott Mann is directing from a script by Stephen Sepher and Max Adams, based on a story by Sepher.Producers are Sepher, Randall Emmett, George Furla and Alexander Tabrizi.

Morgan and Bautista portray characters who partner to rob the casino where they both work – only to end up hijacking a bus and using the hostages as collateral when plans go awry. Chestnut portrays the enforcer for the casino’s owner, played by De Niro.

Bus 657 has sold in Benelux to BBI Films; France to Marco Polo Production SAS; Germany to Elite Film AG; Greece to Hollywood Entertainment; Spain to Fisher Film Distribution Worldwide; the UK to Lionsgate International;  and Australia and New Zealand to Anchor Bay Entertainment Australia Pty.

Source: Variety / Dave McNary