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Since he emerged as a possible new leading man in Anton Corbijn’s 2007 Ian Curtis biopic Control, Sam Riley has taken his time fulfilling that early promise. He’s finally about to hit screens with a couple of new roles in Brighton Rock and 13, and he’s now shooting the decades-in-development adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road.

As a follow-up to those three films, Riley now has what could be his most intriguing post-Control project. He’s set up to appear as playwright and Shakespeare contemporary Christopher Marlowe in A Dead Man in Deptford, which will toy with the revisionist notion that Marlowe was also a spy and victim of political assassination. Read More »

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I’ve been looking forward to Michael J. Bassett’s Solomon Kane ever since we caught some glimpses of the sword and sorcery film back at Comic-Con. The film stars James Purefoy (Rome) as the titular Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian) character, and also includes Pete Postlethwaite and Max von Sydow among its cast. We haven’t seen much from the project up until now, aside from a trailer several months ago.

Today, the studio announced that they’ve released several clips from the film, including behind-the-scenes footage, in a convenient video widget. They’ve also included a higher quality version of the trailer, which definitely gives us a much better look at the scope of the film.

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Earlier this summer the casting news on John Carter of Mars, to be directed for Disney by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, starting pouring out. Now we’ve got three more great names for the cast — well, two more and one confirmation. Read More »

Solomon Kane International Movie Trailer

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UPDATE: The English version of the trailer has appeared, so I’ve replaced the original embed with the new one.

At Comic Con, we saw the first footage from the independent production Solomon Kane, based on the character and stories created by Robert E. Howard. Now there’s a trailer for the film, which will shortly be playing in the Toronto fest’s Midnight Madness program. Sadly, the clip’s text and audio is in Russian, but you’ll probably be able to get the idea anyway. This is straightforward sword-and-sorcery storytelling, and anyone should understand all the necessary basics without any extra dialogue. Read More »

Comic-Con: Solomon Kane Footage Debuts

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The characters of Robert E Howard have taken a surprisingly long time to get to the screen. Only Conan has really made a splash, and even that character hasn’t had the continual screen presence you might expect. But the independent production Solomon Kane, directed by Michael J Bassett and starring James Purefoy as Kane, could help bring Howard back to theatres. Bassett and Purefoy, along with producer Samuel Hadida, brought Kane to Hall H, where they showed off an exclusive trailer and three long clips from the film. Read More »

Manchild on Showtime

Showtime is airing the pilot episode for the television show Manchild on Wednesday morning at 4:15 am. The show, which has been referred to as “a raunchy male version of Sex and the City” revolves around a group of forty-something male friends who are knee-deep in midlife crises. The show which starred Kevin Smith, James Purefoy, John Colbett and Paul Hibb was not picked up by the network, so this might be your only chance to see the pilot episode.

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