Promo Poster: The Whistleblower

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Another promo poster I ran across at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival is a teaser one-sheet for Larysa Kondracki‘s The Whistleblower, which stars Rachel Weisz as Kathryn Bolkovac, “a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.” The drama co-stars Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn, and is planning for a tentative late 2010 release. Check out the full poster and info sheet, after the jump.

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Before he gets around to making Foundation, and consequently cutting out the hearts of Isaac Asimov fans with a rusty butter knife, Roland Emmerich is crafting a film called Anonymous. The idea behind the project is the oft-scorned theory that the works of William Shakespeare were actually written by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.

We’ve known the cast, which includes Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Vanessa Redgrave and Edward Hogg, but haven’t known much about the film. Now an article says Emmerich will “be doing with literary conspiracy theories in Anonymous what he did with world monuments in 2012: taking really big famous ones and slamming them into each other.” Dammit, now I want to see this. Read More »


We’ve reported briefly on Coriolanus before — that’s Ralph Fiennes‘ directorial debut, and an update of Shakespeare’s play about a Roman general who attacked Rome after being exiled from the city.  Now we’ve got the first images from the film, and even though an updating of a story about men of war would necessitate seeing the cast in full battle dress, I’m still oddly surprised to see Fiennes kitted out for the war in the Middle East. Read More »


Roland Emmerich has his long-term sights set on Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation Trilogy, which he recently talked about making in 3D with extensive mo-cap. But first he’ll turn to the work of William Shakespeare. Or, rather, the ‘controversy’ behind the works.

Emmerich’s next film is Anonymous, described as a thriller, which leaps off from the idea that the works of Shakespeare were actually penned by Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford. I’d long been under the impression that there was insufficient evidence to lend much credit to this theory, but perhaps Emmerich knows something many others don’t.

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Here’s a few casting notes for you before Page 2 hits. First up is What Boys Want, a teen-skewed reversal of the 2000 Mel Gibson film What Women Want. Selena Gomez will star as a girl who can hear what men are thinking. Reports that the film will just be Gomez hiding in a closet for two hours may be unfounded, but you can see where the rumor might come from. I don’t know much about Selena Gomez, and you should consider that a good thing. I’m in my 30s with no kids, so the only reason for me to know much about a coiffed-up Disney Channel star is that I write stories like these. So I can’t offer much context about this one other than to say it doesn’t sound anything like material for a teen-skewed comedy. [Variety]

After the break, more for David Fincher‘s next and that David Strathairn news you’ve been waiting for! Read More »

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Ridley Scott’s Full Robin Hood Cast Announced

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Universal has announced the full cast listing for Ridley Scott‘s Yet-To-Be-Titled Robin Hood movie, which has begun production in the United Kingdom. Joining Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett will be:

  • Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Atonement) as John and Richard’s mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Mark Strong (Body of Lies, Stardust) as King John’s vicious henchman, Sir Godfrey
  • Oscar Isaac (Che, Body of Lies) as King John
  • Léa Seydoux (13 French Street, Inglourious Basterds) as the woman who will become queen, French Princess Isabella

Robin’s band of men:

  • Scott Grimes (ER, American Dad) as Welshman Will Scarlet
  • Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma) as Robin’s right-hand, Scotsman Little John
  • Alan Doyle as their troubadour, Irishman Allan Adayle

We are also given the first official plot synopsis for the film, which you can read after the jump.
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