Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of the novel War Horse, scripted by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis from the novel by Michael Morpurgo, is starting to cast up. Last week we heard that Eddie Redmayne had one of the (human) lead roles, and now there’s word that the second has been filled by Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. Read More »

Steven Spielberg War Horse

Steven Spielberg has finally chosen to next film, a big screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo‘s World War I novel War Horse. DreamWorks acquired the rights to¬† the novel in December 2009.

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Rom-com superemo Richard Curtis has been discussing the various projects on his plate, and none of them have been pitched as romantic comedies. That’s not to say one or two of them won’t be – they just haven’t been touted as such… so far. As well as an episode of Dr. Who (which is under new management with Tintin co-writer Stephen Moffat now in the driver’s seat and an installment scripted by Neil Gaiman coming along too), Curtis is also working on another time travel project. Full quotes after the break.

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The Boat That Rocked, the latest directorial effort from Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) never looked like a stone cold comedy classic, but it has such a fun cast (Nick Frost, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifans) that it should have been a good time, at least. But reviews overseas, where the film has already been in release, have been fairly bad. Many focused on the length (129 minutes, ambitious for a comedy) and so the film may be cut by as much as 20 minutes as it moves from Universal to subsidiary Focus Features for distribution in the States. Read More »

Tom Cruise’s Fantastic Options


Variety have published a very exciting list of every film that could, potentially, become the next film for Tom Cruise – as well as a list of the various writers and directors working on them. The focus is on the writers, as the umbrella notion here is that Cruise is calling for lotsa costly rewrites from script doctors. Curiously enough, it is later made clear in the piece that some of these writers aren’t doctoring as much as coming on to the projects as full-on writers.

The full list follows, but sadly it doesn’t contain two interesting prospects: Susanne Bier‘s Lost For Words and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck‘s The 28th Amendment. Hopefully they’ll still go ahead with a different lead, or be resurrected once Cruise has cleared his plate a little.

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The Boat That Rocked Three Minute Clip


In my day job as a teacher of film (and, I must admit, other media – when I have to) I’m privy to some nice mail outs from the British Film Education council. Today brought me a DVD Rom carrying a series of classroom exercises built around Richard Curtis‘ upcoming The Boat That Rocked.

Amongst the fully entertaining and interesting video material contained upon the shiny disc, I found a nice and juicy three minute clip from the film. How could I resist sharing it via /Film? You’ll be able to find it below the break.

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