Bits & Pieces

4 02 2007

Here are some snipets of what is going on in the world of cinema.

BAFTA’s honor Craig, Dench
The BAFTA (Britians version of the Oscars) winners have been announced and there are a hanful of suprises to could affect this month’s Academy Awards ceremony. Daniel Craig’s performance, which singlehandedly transformed James Bond, was award the statette for Best Actor over Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Peter O’Toole (Venus) and Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed). Meanwhile Dame Judi Dench beat out Oscar forerunner Helen Mirren (The Queen) for her explosive work in Notes on a Scandal. United 93, a piece of American tragedy surprisingly won the night’s biggest award Best Film. Other winners included Peter Morgan for two of his scripts’ (The Queen and The Last King of Scotland) and Stephen Frears was acknowledged with special achievement award for his body of work.

Polanski to make Pompeii Epic
Academy Award-winning director and wanted criminal Roman Polanski has teamed with writer Robert Harris to retell the events of the doomed city of Pompeii. The proposed $197 million film would be the most expensive film to ever be shoot in Europe.
Based on Harris’ novel, the movie will recount the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. an event that led to the deaths of thousand and the end of a society. The film is still in early pre-production with no actors yet attached to the project.

Watts in talks to star in a remake of ‘The Birds’
Platinum Dunes (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) producers have approached Naomi Watts with an offer to topline their remake of the Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds. The movie has no other cast attached to it yet. Watts is rumored to be waiting until see has seen the finalized script before signing on to appear in the film. “No actor or actress is going to commit to anything without a script,” said producer Brad Fuller. “We’ve sat down with her and conceptually I think we all want to make the same movie, but until we have a script and a director, I think it’s a little premature. But, we’ll all talking and she’s who we’d like to have as the lead.” Though the company is not planning to rush this release but Fuller hopes to have a script to Watts in the coming weeks. “In the next two weeks, or the next week or so I think they’ll announce it because they’re starting to talk about a new writer to come on and write that. It definitely feels like it’s moving.”

Goodbye Katie Holmes
With both producers and fans upset with Katie Holmes performance in 2005’s Batman Begins, she has effectively been removed from its forthcoming sequel. Two of Hollywood’s up-and-coming young actresses are rumored to be up for the part, Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) and Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers, Red Eye). It is exciting news that an already stellar cast is being improved upon.

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