Bert and Dickie (2012)

Matt Smith (Doctor Who) currently training for his Olympic role...

"Bert and Dickie, written by William Ivory is set in the run-up to the "austerity Games" held three years after the war [1948], and tells the story of Bertram Bushnell and Richard Burnell.

It will also explore how London coped with staging the first post-war Games with rationing still in place."

BBC press office: "Just six weeks before the final of the 1948 London Olympics, Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell are teamed together to race for Olympic gold in the double sculls. This is the uplifting story of their achievement and how London managed to pull off a brilliant, if make do and mend Olympic Games at a challenging time for the city and the nation."

Smith will portray Bushnell as filming begins this August.
This 90-minute production will air on BBC One.

BBC News

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Ottawa

William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have landed in the nation's capital to begin their tour of Canada! They're expecting as many as 500,000 to congregate downtown tomorrow for Canada Day celebrations so my aversion to crowds means I'll watch comfortably from my living room instead!


Trailer for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

First look at the teaser trailer starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Ciarán Hinds and Toby Jones in John Le Carré's thriller - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy!

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Inside Look

Author Lisa See talks about the film adaptation of her novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Release date: July 15th, 2011

I'm glad to hear that the author is pleased with how it differs from the book since the one thing that bothers me from its trailer is how much of the new story seems to take over the film when I want to see all of Lily and Snow Flower's stories told. Loved the book!

War Horse - Trailer!

DreamWorks Pictures' "War Horse," director Steven Spielberg's epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War.

I've been waiting to see this trailer!

More information on War Horse

Updated trailer for Three Musketeers (2011)

Matthew Macfadyen's character forcefully declares "Round 2" in the trailer as we get a peek at Trailer #2 for this swashbuckling film! Have to admit that I'm looking forward to The Three Musketeers!

More details posted here
via Rope of Silicon!

Jeff Bridges to film 'The Giver'?

Jeff Bridges to produce and star in The Giver? "I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges however, at 61 years old I feel the time is right for me to do it."

The Giver is the first in a trilogy by Lois Lowry, followed by Gathering Blue and Messenger. I read and loved this book when my daughter studied it with her Grade 4 class years ago and have liked the sequels as well but The Giver is the one that stuck with me.

Winner of 1994 Newbery Medal

From Variety: "Jeff Bridges and producer Nikki Silver are taking another stab at a big screen version of Lois Lowry's young adult novel, "The Giver," Variety's Marc Graser exclusively reports. The two came close to getting the film made in 2006, when Fox and Walden Media were interested in giving the film a greenlight. When the rights became available again, Bridges and Silver stepped up to reacquire them. "The Giver" follows a 12-year-old boy who lives in a futuristic Utopian society where all memory of human history has been erased. His life is thrown into turmoil when he is designated to inherit the role of the Giver and bear his community's vast range of human emotions, which brings him to realize that living a pain-free life comes at a high cost. Bridges was introduced to the book, which has sold more than 10 million copies, by his daughter who was reading it in high school.

Lois Lowry's website


Brave (2012)

Brave, an animated film due out next year from Disney / Pixar features some familiar names providing the voice talent.

Synopsis: Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

Poster found at Rope of Silicon

Top Ten Medieval Films

Poll Results: Here are the most popular period dramas set during the Medieval ages based on the films originally listed here.

Thanks to all who took part! (7600 votes cast in all)

This category included a large number of votes for animated films which seemed a bit out of place with the other period dramas. I've filtered them out of the Top Ten for those who are looking for ideas of which films to watch but not in the mood for a cartoon although it seems that most of us have grown up with these Disney classics based on 5 of them ranking in the ten most watched films!

#2 Snow White
#3 Sleeping Beauty
#5 Shrek
#7 Aladdin
#9 Mulan

Here then are the Top Ten (Most Watched) Medieval Films

#1 Robin Hood 92%
Errol Flynn, Sean Connery, George Segal, Patrick Bergin
Cary Elwes, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and Jonas Armstrong
are just some of the actors who've taken on this role [more here]

#2 The Lord of the Rings 86%
Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett
[although LOTR movies are not set in medieval times, they have the feel
of that era and are included here since I'm not doing a section on fantasy films]

#3 The Princess Bride 79%
Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin

#4 A Knight's Tale 72%
Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon

#5 Ella Enchanted 69%
Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy

#6 Braveheart 66%
Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau

#7 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 63%
The Hunchback (1982) with Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, Lesley-Anne Down
The Hunchback (1997) with Mandy Patinkin, Richard Harris and Salma Hayek
Notre Dame de Paris (1999) with Garou, Daniel Lavoie and Hélène Ségara

#8 King Arthur 60%
Clive Owen, Kiera Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd, Mads Mikkelson, Ray Winstone, Ray Stevenson

#9 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 54%
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

#10 Tristan and Isolde 51%
James Franco and Sophia Myles

No Greater Love (2009)

Watched this last year with my sister and enthusiastically add it to my list of Inspirational Films.


Jeff and Heather were the ‘lucky ones.’ Best friends from childhood, high school sweethearts, and married by 22, they were inseparable soul mates.

After the birth of her first and only child, Heather Baker (Danielle Bisutti) fell into a deep depression. Hopelessly lost, she did the unthinkable – she abandoned her husband and infant son – and vanished. Jeff Baker (Anthony Tyler Quinn) was forced to raise their son Ethan as a single father.

Ten years after his wife’s disappearance, Jeff is finally ready to move on and is on the verge of marrying his new girlfriend. His world, however, is dramatically rocked when Heather reappears in the most unusual place.”

Richard III for Richard Armitage

Wanted to give a shout out to Richard Armitage fans out there who might want to lend their voice to the effort to persuade the powers that be to finally produce Richard's film on the last king from the House of York.

From Richard III for Richard Armitage's Facebook page:
"Born on August 22, Richard Armitage was named after Richard III by his father since the king died on that day. RA's dad is a big RIII fan and it has been a long-cherished dream of RA to tell the story of RIII through a television series, as a prequel to The Tudors. Although the BBC has shown some interest, it has yet to be funded and RA is growing older and may outgrow his ability to play the king. We need to show the BBC that there is an audience for this series."

Here's hoping that some company (BBC or otherwise) see the wisdom in bringing this project to fruition. Do they not comprehend the legion of fans out there??


Emma Stone NOT cast in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Update: Emma Stone is NOT attached to this film.

Latest news regarding this project which has had many rumoured starts is that Emma Stone will be taking on the role of Elizabeth Bennet with Natalie Portman still involved as a producer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

This is the film based on Seth Grahame-Smith's morphing of Jane Austen's novel.

Posting for those interested which does not include myself as I'm not a fan of this genre.

Snow White and the Huntsman - casting news

We heard earlier about Ian McShane being cast as the leader of the dwarves and today there's news of other actors in negotiations for Snow White and the Huntsman include Eddie Izzard, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins, Steven Graham and Eddie Marsan & Ray Winstone who will play twins.
Rope of Silicon

This is the other Snow White film with Kirsten Stewart (Snow White), Chris Hemsworth (The Huntsman), Charlize Theron (Evil Stepmother) and Sam Claflin (Prince Charmant).

THR: "The dwarf names are veering mightily away from the well-known Disney version, with McShane as Caesar, Jones as a timid dwarf named Claudius and Izzard will be Tiberius, described as the biggest and burliest of the crew. Hoskins will play Constantine, a blind dwarf."

Douglas Booth cast in Romeo and Juliet

Douglas Booth has been cast as Romeo opposite Hailee Steinfeld in the upcoming Romeo and Juliet, with screenplay by Julian Fellowes.

"19-year-old Booth beat out more than 300 other young thesps for the coveted role of Romeo, an accomplished swordsman and adept lover who falls for Juliet despite the bitter rivalry between their families. Holly Hunter co-stars as Juliet's Nurse, while Ed Westwick and Kodi Smit-McPhee are set to play the two lovers' cousins, Tybalt and Benvolio, respectively. Booth previously appeared in "Pillars of the Earth", "From Time to Time" and will soon be seen as Miley Cyrus' love interest in "LOL." Thesp clearly has a taste for the classics, as he's also set to star alongside Ray Winstone in the BBC's upcoming adaptation of "Great Expectations.""

Ben-Hur (1959) - updated trailer

Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic film directed by William Wyler, starring Charlton Heston in the title role, based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The film went on to win a record 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

A Dangerous Method (2011) - trailer

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A DANGEROUS METHOD. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) . Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.

The movie, directed by David Cronenberg, is an adaptation of the play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton and is expected to premiere at either Venice or Toronto.

Auction gavel drops for Debbie Reynolds' Hollywood costumes

Audrey Hepburn's Ascot dress in My Fair Lady
sold for $3.7 million

Felt a little bit sad today when thinking of these iconic costumes being sold. I still am befuddled that there weren't any supporters of the film industry interested in maintaining this collection of four decades' worth gathered by Debbie Reynolds. I ended up staying awake until 3 a.m. just to watch the live auction, curious to see the sale of Hepburn's dress from My Fair Lady!

According to Indiewire, in the end, many items went to Saudi Arabia or Japan. "With an hour to go before the auction was scheduled to begin, the theater of the Paley Center in Beverly Hills was already full and the downstairs gallery was filling up. When Debbie Reynolds walked in, looking perky in a white pants suit, the crowd rose and applauded as she took the podium to say a few last words before hundreds of her costumes and props went under the gavel. “I’ve been collecting for 45 years and I’m only forty,” brought appreciative laughs and her eyes welled up as she thanked everyone for coming—and bidding. While she has passionately and lovingly tried to save this slice of Hollywood history, the years of accumulated bills necessitated this sale. But the anticipation hung heavy in the room. The people filling the theater looked more like observers and fans than capable of coming up with major bucks, but one truth of auctions is that all it takes is two people who want the same thing to drive prices sky high."

Here are some of the items that sold:

Worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch
Sold for $4.6 million

Worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
$1.2 million

Worn by Judy Garland during first 2 weeks of filming The Wizard of Oz
Sold for $910,000 - more than ten times the estimate

Original shoes worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz

Worn by Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief

Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music
Dresses (L-R) sold for $550,000 / $45,000 / $42,500

Outfits for Marta and Gretl (The Sound of Music) sold for $35,000
Autographed guitar - $140,000, movie poster - $6000

Worn by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc
Sold for $50,000

Worn by Bette Davis and Joan Collins (middle dress) in The Virgin Queen
$7500, $3000 and $22,500
Worn by Charlie Chaplin in Little Tramp

Marlon Brando and Merle Oberon
as Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine in Desirée
$60,000 and $22,500

1952 red MG TD used by Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant in Monkey Business

Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur
(sandals sold for $14,000, poster sold for $5500)

Worn by Katharine Hepburn as Jo in Little Women

Worn by Greta Garbo in Anna Karenina

Deborah Kerr as Catherine Parr in Young Bess

Angela Lansbury as Queen Anne in Three Musketeers

Elizabeth Taylor in Little Women

Katharine Hepburn in Mary of Scotland

Laurence Olivier in Pride and Prejudice

Other items sold:
Orson Welles' outfit as Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre - $20,000
Elizabeth Taylor's riding outfit from National Velvet - $60,000
Yul Brynner's outfit in The King and I - $9500
Elizabeth Taylor's headdress from Cleopatra - $100,000
Richard Burton's tunic and cape from Cleopatra - $85,000
Grace Kelly's Princess Alexandra dress from The Swan - $110,000
Lydia Bennett's dress from Pride and Prejudice (1940) - $5000
Marilyn Monroe's outfit from There's No Business Like Show Business - $500,000
(and poster from same movie sold for $7500)
Marlon Brandon's Mutiny on the Bounty naval outfit - $90,000
Barbara Streisand's Hello Dolly gold dress - $100,000
Leslie Caron's plaid dress & cape from Gigi - $65,000
Joan Crawford's waitress outfit from Mildred Pierce - $22,500
Vivien Leigh's robe from A Streetcar Named Desire - $18,000

Profiles in History: "The Debbie Reynolds Collection is deemed to be the most significant collection of Hollywood costumes and props since the liquidation of the MGM and FOX studios in the 1970’s. Profiles in History plans to sell this massive collection through a series of auctions starting with part one in June 2011 and part two in December 2011. This entire collection contains over 3,500 costumes, 20,000 original photographs, several thousand original movie posters, original costume sketches and hundreds of key props from film history."

View: Auction Results
Highlighted items on auction block

The Witches of Oz (2011) - update

The Witches of Oz coming soon in different venues:
UK: 2-part special (4 hours) - Syfy July 5th and 12th, 2011
USA - Miniseries (4 hours) shown in fall 2011
followed later by feature film (2 hours)

Description: "Dorothy Gale is a simple girl living with her Uncle Henry in rural Kansas. In her spare time, she writes children’s books, based on the land of Oz created by her grandfather. Her mundane life is turned upside down when she receives an offer from a big New York agency to represent her books. She grabs her faithful dog Toto and her best friend Allen and heads to the Big Apple.

In New York, Dorothy is thrust into a strange new world inhabited by slick talent agents, famous actresses, and pushy businessmen. But things are about to get stranger. Dorothy soon realizes that her books, and her grandfather’s stories, are based in reality. The magical world of Oz and all of its inhabitants are very real and they are coming here! Dorothy and her friends must find the courage, the heart and the smarts to stop the denizens of Oz from taking over our world. They are the only ones who can stop the evil Wicked Witch of the West and her plans of global domination."

Paulie Rojas as Dorothy Gale, Jeffrey Combs as Frank

Eliza Swenson as Billie Westbrook, Billy Boyd as Nick Chopper

Noel Thurman as Glinda, Barry Ratcliffe as Bryan

Lance Henriksen as Henry, Mia Sara as Princess Langwidere

Images: Syfy UK

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