Every generation gets their version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and some of those versions are a little better than others. Sometimes, you get lucky and get to grow up with the wonderful 1951 version starring Alastair Sim or the surprisingly great A Muppet Christmas Carol. Others are cursed to live with 1970’s atrocious Scrooge or Robert Zemeckis’ truly awful 2009 CGI-animated clustercuss starring Jim Carrey.
You can tell a lot about a filmmaker based on what they focus on when they adapt Dickens’ classic novella. Which means I now get to look forward to learning a thing or two about director Bennett Miller and writer Tom Stoppard, the unlikely duo who have been tasked with bringing this iconic story of holiday redemption to the screen for the umpteenth time.
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Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
If last month’s first trailer for Anna Karenina gave us an intriguing taste of the sumptuous theatricality of Joe Wright‘s adaptation, this new six-minute clip offers a big, juicy bite. As Wright explains in the introductory voiceover, nearly the entire film was filmed on over a hundred sets, nearly all constructed inside a single dilapidated theater. And he takes full advantage of the setting, turning what could’ve been a staid period drama into something rich, ambitious, and altogether unique.
Historical romance queen Keira Knightley stars as the title character, a 19th century Russian aristocrat who enters into a passionate and destructive affair with the charismatic Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Watch the clip after the jump.
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After finally watching Sherlock I’m ready to see anything with a role for Benedict Cumberbatch. Luckily there are already a few on the way: The Whistleblower; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; and eventually the second Sherlock season and The Hobbit.
Add one more to the list, as HBO has just given the green light to Parade’s End, a WWI-set drama that will star both the modern Sherlock and Rebecca Hall. And it has a Tom Stoppard script! Read More »
One of the interesting little sidebar points to this story is that it comes from Showbiz 411. Launched just last week, this is the site owned and run by Roger Friedman who, you might remember, is the Fox journalist pushed out for downloading and reviewing the Wolverine workprint. As far as I can tell, Showbiz 411 offers just about the same kind of material but now Friedman is accountable only to himself.
Friedman’s report tells us that the script for Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood is being rewritten once again, this time by the incredible Tom Stoppard. If you aren’t familiar with Stoppard’s work as the consummate playwright (examples: The Coast of Utopia, The Real Inspector Hound, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) then you may well know him from his screenwriting (examples: Enigma, Brazil, Shakespeare in Love).
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