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There will be critics who call The Ghost Writer “a refreshing throwback to the taut political-conspiracy thrillers of the ’70s” and “an enjoyable treat that offers smart flashes of Roman Polanski in his prime,” and this praise, genuinely expressed or not, is unfortunate. Watching the film, I was convinced that had a “blind” screening been arranged—wherein a cinema-savvy audience was not aware of the director’s identity—hardly anyone would claim this a work by a masterful filmmaker. My personal guess would have been, “Ron Howard evoking Alfred Hitchcock—but has Howard lost his wet-fingered knack for the polished blockbuster? Either way, is this receiving a wide theatrical release?”

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It’s all coming out now regarding the casting of John LandisBurke and Hare, the comedic horror film about the UK’s first acknowledged serial killers. Simon Pegg, the man who will be Burke, broke the news via Twitter that David Tennant is no longer going to play Hare, and that Andy Serkis will be coming onboard instead. Now, the very next day, we learn that Isla Fisher and Tom Wilkinson have also joined the lineup.

Fisher’s role is a love interest for Simon Pegg and a young lady who “might or might not be an accomplice to the murders” – meaning, the question of her complicity is going to be an actual plot point. History records whether or not Burke’s real life mistress, Helen M’Dougal, was acquitted of any involvement in the crimes but I won’t spoil that here. Besides, the film may fictionalise events completely. While Fisher’s character is going to be an actress, I’ve got no idea if the real M’Dougal was. Any West Port Murders experts out there?

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Ask and ye shall receive. Just a couple of hours ago I wrote about the US release date for Roman Polanski‘s new film The Ghost Writer, starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. Given that Summit set February 19 as the date, I assumed that we’d see a trailer any day now. In fact, there’s one right now. Only trouble is, it’s in German. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been eyeing the UK thriller 44 Inch Chest for some time, in part because it’s written by the lads behind Sexy Beast (Louis Mellis and David Scinto) and in part because it has a pheomenal cast: Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Ian McShane and Tom Wilkinson, for starters. Now there’s a trailer, and it suggests that getting revenge may not be as easy as we’d like. Read More »

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I haven’t yet had a chance to see 44 Inch Chest, the film from Sexy Beast screenwriters Louis Mellis and David Scinto directed by British commercial helmer Malcolm Venville. The cast is enough to get me really interested: Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson and John Hurt, among others. The score, by Angelo Badalamenti and Massive Attack, sounds promising, too. Reviews have been middling as the picture hits festivals and general release in Australia, but I’m not going to let that stop me.

Especially after seeing these two little clips, featuring McShane and Wilkinson as they describe recent experiences with love and dating. I don’t know how these fit into the film, which actually makes them more enjoyable. They’re just clips of two great actors doing their thing before the camera. Read More »

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The actress ‘It Girl’ this year is definitely Carey Mulligan, who has been drawing raves for her performance in An Education since the film premiered at Sundance. She’s already working on Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, and now she’s been cast in This Beautiful Fantastic, which will be based on a script that made the Brit List a couple months ago. Read More »

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It didn’t take long at all for Robert Redford‘s The Conspirator to get off the ground. The film, which hinges on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, was announced only months ago and is already shooting in Savannah, GA. We knew some of the cast prior to the shoot’s start, but now we’ve got a host of good names to throw your way, in addition to some pics and video. Read More »

Tom Wilkinson and David Harbour Join The Green Hornet

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Columbia Pictures has sent out a press release announcing the start of production on Michel Gondry‘s The Green Hornet. Hidden in the press release are details of a couple previously unannounced cast members, including Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, In The Bedroom) and David Harbour (Revolutionary Road, Quantum of Solace), as well as confirming the previous unconfirmed casting report of Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica). The press release notes that Nicolas Cage is still in negotiations to appear as the film’s villain.

Wilkinson worked with Gondry previously on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. No information has been revealed as to what role any of the three mentioned actors will play in the film. Read the full press release after the jump.

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