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I’m pretty curious about the Anthony Hopkins film The Rite, which is based upon the book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio. The book is about the real-world practice of exorcism, and the Michael Petroni script is said to be faithful to it. Hopkins will play “a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional.”

Now Colin O’Donoghue (The Tudors) is likely to play the seminary student who is tutored by Hopkins in the rites, and finds spiritual growth in the process. Solid casting there; Mikael Hafstrom directs.[Variety]

After the break, news on The Tourist and the Anna Faris comedy What’s Your Number?
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The Tourist, the romantic thriller starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie that remakes the French film Anthony Zimmer, has been shooting for a while after taking a very long and winding road to set. Now director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) has two new actors to work with: Paul Bettany and Rufus Sewell. We don’t know their roles at this point, but this is slowly looking less like an over-cooked studio disaster. [Variety]

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Movies have talent come and go all the time, but most of the movement happens way behind the scenes, often before a film is ever announced. Once the existence of a project is trumpeted to people outside of development, it’s pretty much set. A name might come or go, but there won’t be a huge amount of movement.

Not so with The Tourist, which since announcement has had a remarkable parade of stars and directors. I won’t run them all down again, because I’ve done it before (a couple of times), but things have changed once more. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director of the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others, is once again directing after having walked away back in November. Read More »

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I wrote recently about the movie The Tourist that some projects just don’t seem to die, no matter how the talent involved comes and goes. Maybe they should, though. Especially if they end up being Angelina Jolie films. We’ve just seen the US trailer for Salt, and the more I look at that, the more it looks ridiculous. (And I’m told it’s a disaster; we’ll see about that.) Now The Tourist, to which she just provisionally signed, is undergoing yet another talent swap — lead actor Sam Worthington is out, as is presumed director Florian von Donnersmarck. Who’s in — one is a very big name — after the break. Read More »

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This is a pretty great development, at least for the cast and crew of The Tourist. The film has gone through a lot of personnel tweaks, as we’ve reported over the last few weeks. The cast finally settled down, with Angelina Jolie and Sam Worthington set as the two leads. With those in place, it seems like the director’s chair formerly held by Bharat Nalluri will be filled by a great talent: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who won the 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his film The Lives of Others. Read More »

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While some films can’t get off the ground no matter what big, impressive names get attached, others just can’t die. The Tourist seems to be one of the latter. Once a possible starring vehicle for Tom Cruise, the picture carried on when he bailed; Sam Worthington stepped in to fill his shoes. Now co-star Charlize Theron has skipped out as well, along with director Bharat Nalluri. Set to take Theron’s place is Angelina Jolie. Read More »

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins

The fallout from Tom Cruise’s decision to star in James Mangold’s Witchita continues. Among the projects Cruise had been circling for a while was The Tourist, a remake of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer that will be directed by Bharat Nalluri. Charlize Theron has been in the cast since last year; now according to Variety Sam Worthington will join her as an American tourist who is set up to draw out a Keyser Soze-like criminal mastermind. Read More »

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