At a press conference marking the release of the drama by Joe Wright "Anna Karenina", which was shot on the basis of the novel by Leo Tolstoy, Keira Knightley talked about working on a role.
- Thank you for the fact that now we have a candidate for nomination for "Best Actress" at the Academy Awards.
"Wow, thank you! I accept the compliment. Thank you so much."
- And so it is. This is one of your best roles. "Anna Karenina" was shot and placed on the stage countless times. What attracted you to the project of Joe Wright?
"The first time I read the book when I was 19 years old. Actually, any actress would have said, “God, what an amazing character”. Once on the set of "Atonement" with Joe, we discussed the great female characters and talked about them. We have tried to list them, and Anna Karenina, of course, was among them. Joe has called me a couple of years ago, when I worked on a "Dangerous Method," and asked, "Anna Karenina?" and I said, “Yeah". He said that he will make a movie, if only Tom Stoppard will adapt the novel. 2 months later, Joe called me back and said that Tom is already working on the script. But the script, as such, was not. When we discussed the first version of it, it represented the usual story. It turned into a stylized theatrical performance just 10 weeks before the start of filming. Joe invited me to his office and said: "So, so. We will be filming in the theater. "If I did not know Joe well and worked with him before, his words brought me in horror. But I agreed to work with him on "Karenina," because I knew that he makes his projects interesting and original."
- Did you add anything to the image of Karenina from yourself, something that was not there in the book?
"No. I mean, in the book contains a lot of information that can be interpreted in different ways. Tolstoy wrote it on behalf of Karenina, the third-person judging and discussing her behavior. And, based on these discussions and descriptions that can be understand that there is not one point of view. When I read the novel in 19 years, I clearly remember that Karenina is innocent. I do not remember that condemned her for something. When I read the book before filming began at the age of 26, I suddenly felt the difference. I realized that Karenina is much darker. Playing Karenina, I tried to think about what function she performed in the book, and, on this basis, which function should be in the film. I'm sure that this moral ambiguity of my character, for me, as an actress, was an interesting aspect. "
- Do you have something in common with Anna Karenina and what sets you apart?
"I think she's a terrible character, and it is scary because we tried her, and feel, and throwing stones at her, and then asked: "And am I better than her?" And each answer is "No".
Nobody has the right to judge her, but we tried, and it's scary. Before us is a woman who was married at 18. Now she is 28. She has never experienced an orgasm. She's never been in love. Course, surprised herself the first time she feels the urge. Suddenly she feels all the charm of a romantic relationship, and she believes her love. Exclusive love. She does not see that there are many different forms of love, and that the "honeymoon" eventually reborn into something else, and that is its tragedy. When the period of "honeymoon" gradually begins to run out, she thinks that love disappears. She does not realize what is happening. I think that's understandable. We all know what a romantic relationship is, and we also know that they - just a small part of these relations. And it is absolutely clear that at some point in any of us can confuse love with true love. So the question I would say this: I both like and not like Anna Karenina".
- There are many novel by Leo Tolstoy. Which ones did you see? Maybe you took something from them?
"I decided not to watch any of the existing films. Being a teenager I saw the screen version with Greta Garbo and film in 2001, were shown on the BBC with a gorgeous English actress Helen McCrory. This was a long time ago, and I do not remember details."
- Did you like to work with Joe? Are not you afraid of things that he makes you to do?
"Yes, a little. He is obsessed with what he is doing. At 24 hours, seven days a week. He makes you think you're doing the most important thing in the world. Actually, it is not. But work with someone who demands from you 150%, and total immersion in the role - catching piece!”
- Was there anything that you like to put on and wear?
"Hell, no, well, I was not averse to leave diamonds. Would be great, but this will not failed."
- Can you say a few words about "Jack Ryan," how's it going?
"Yeah, "Jack Ryan” super Hollywood thriller, a sample of old school, entertaining and spectacular."
Center for Creative Technologies “Tumo” in Yerevan last week took director Shekhar Kapoor and producer of his next movie “Three Apples Fell From Heave”. Kapoor was in Armenia, trying to find the location for filming.
"This is a very complex project, revealing the shameful pages of world history - said the director of" Elizabeth. " - I'm not accustomed to retreat before difficulties. I believe the world is ready to join me and explore the tragedy of the Armenian Genocide and the far-reaching consequences of this nightmare. My film will give the history of the human face, and I hope through this will be important. "
The term "genocide" in his time was proposed to describe the mass extermination of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and the Jews in the territories occupied by Nazi Germany. The Armenian Genocide is the second of knowledge in the history of genocide since the Holocaust. The territories controlled by the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1923 Armenian genocide was carried out in several stages: the disarmament of the Armenian soldiers, election deportation of Armenians from the border areas, the adoption of the law on deportation, mass deportation and murder of Armenians.
Shekhar Kapoor will shoot his film on the novel by Micheline Aharonian Mark. The basis of the novel lay fragments of life, as memories grandmother, maternal, survivors of the genocide. The book, published in 2001, won the praise of the American press, and has received a literary award "Anahit", established by the Armenian Center at Columbia University.
Script based on the book written by Mark Jose Rivera, nominated for "Oscar" for best adapted screenplay ("Che Guevara: The Motorcycle Diaries"). Also the screen writer is the author of "Letters to Juliet" and "On the Road."
Kapoor spent a week in Armenia, trying to find the location for the shoot, and will soon begin preparations for the production of historical drama.
Note that in Armenia recently starred film "Moment of Love" starring Ben Foster. The film, shown at the Berlin Film Festival in the section "Panorama", was awarded the European Confederation of feature films.
Steven Spielberg in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter talked about why he was nervous on the set, the relationship with the parents, that he was teased as a child and how he revenged.
About fear at work.
"It's not really fear most - waiting for the unknown. Did you know that the unknown can cause food poisoning? I feel some degree of anxiety associated with the fact that I can not write the script for my own life as well as my films. For me there is no better way to get rid of fear, how to tell a story and they infect others. Though once the film is ready, my fears immediately returned. "
"With me and my three sisters, my mother applied more like an older sister, not the mother. She never told us" no. " She was a Peter Pan. She refused to grow up. As a child, I miss my father (my parents separated) while we were together as a family, he was simply incredible workaholic and he worked all the time. "
About how he was teased as a child.
"In those years I was a nerd. Outsider. Looked like a child playing the clarinet in any orchestra. We are Jews and have lived in a non-Jewish neighborhood, and our neighbors were thrown after us:" Spielberg - dirty Jews". Once night I smeared peanut butter their windows. I hope that my period of limitation can not be held responsible for the vandalism. "
Denial of Judaism.
"I denied it for a long time - I was ashamed of my religion because I was teased. I've often said that my name is of German origin, but not Jewish. I'm sure my grandfather and my grandmother roll over in their graves right now as I say these words. When I was 16, I discovered the film, I found myself making way ... I found that I could do something good. My children's status of "outsider" has influenced many of my films. "
How Spielberg thought that no one will see "Schindler's List."
"I did everything that I needed to tell the story the way I wanted it, with all candor, as I could, and did not expect that it will bring any profit."
About the fact that he is no longer interested in taking action movies.
"I know that I could remove the action, even in a dream at this stage of my career. But now the genre does not appeal to me anymore."
That inspired him to film "Lincoln."
"President Lincoln was the father of the nation in need of healing. And in a sense, the movies that I made recently, carry the echo of positive communication that we enjoy with my father, 20, 25 years."
Based on the novel Jordan Belfort "The Wolf of Wall Street" will mark the fifth picture for the tandem of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is in development for five years, for some time been managed by Ridley Scott, but in August this year it will begin to shoot Martin Scorsese.
Author of "The Wolf of Wall Street" Jordan Belfort founded one of the largest brokerages in 1987, but ten years later was convicted of money laundering and several other financial crimes. Belfort spent 22 months in prison, coped with drug and alcohol addiction, produced during the fraud on Wall Street, has written two books and now lectures on how to achieve success.
Back in March of 2007, Scorsese and DiCaprio announced a desire to work on, "Wolf," but the director and the actor could not manage to agree on work schedules. In addition, the studio Warner and Paramount could not share the project. In 2010, the film showed interest in Ridley Scott - by the time he also managed to collaborate with DiCaprio, shot him in political thriller "Body of Lies." Once again, the history of a broker was unrealized.
About a year ago, the rights to "Wolf" was acquired by Red Granite Pictures, and then Martin Scorsese once again expressed his desire to shoot a picture. The director said that he would film the book of Belfort after the movie "Hugo".
Adaptation of the "Wolf of Wall Street" was engaged in Terence Winter, writer and executive producer of TV series "The Sopranos" and "The Boardwalk Empire." He will once again walk on his work before, in August of 2012, Martin Scorsese will begin filming.
Scorsese and DiCaprio began a collaboration on historical drama "Gangs of New York," continued the "Aviator" consolidated "Oscar" for "The Departed" and most recently worked together on the "Shutter Island". "The Wolf of Wall Street" will be the fifth film of the duo, but still holds the record for a tandem Scorsese and De Niro. Director has shot Robert De Niro eight times.
Interestingly, in January of this year, Michael Fassbender in an interview said that he had discussed with Martin Scorsese's role in one of the upcoming movies. Could we talk about "The Wolf of Wall Street"? It will be known closer to May, when it will be announced the main cast. At the Cannes Film Festival Red Granite will sell the rights to release the movie.
On Tuesday, February 21, were awarded the 14th Costume Designers Guild Awards. Oddly enough, seduced by a majority of critics and moviegoers, "Artist" was left without a prize in the category "Historical movies." Special award has gotten actress Kate Beckinsale.
Ceremony held at the "Beverly Hilton", led by actress Jane Lynch. In addition to the main prizes were awarded four honorary awards. Kate Beckinsale was the laureate of Lacoste Spotlight Award. The designer Marlene Stewart, who worked on "Ali," "Tropic Thunder," "Terminator 2" and many other paintings received Disaronno Career Achievement in Film Award.
The award for contribution to television has gotten Lou Eyrich, among the works which the "Body Parts", "Losers" and "American Horror Story." It has been headed by one of the creators of the series Ryan Murphy.
Distinguished Collaborator Award went to Deborah Hopper and Clint Eastwood. Together they worked on for twenty years. Handing out the award, Ken Watanabe, who starred with Eastwood in his "Letters from Iwo Jima."
The main prizes from Costume Designers Guild are as follows:
Trish Summerville - "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Eriann Phillips - "WE. Believe in Love "
Movie in the fantasy genre
Jani Temime - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II»
Lou Eyrich and Jennifer Eve - "Losers"
The historical episode or episodes in the fantasy genre
John A. Dunn, Lisa Padovani - "Boardwalk Empire"
Susannah Buxton - "Downtown Abbey"
Each year, in Hollywood is published a "Black List" of scenarios. 2011 was no exception. More than 300 filmmakers have called dozens of the most interesting projects, which so far exist only on paper. Topping the list is a biographical drama about the mathematician Alan Turing, who wants to play Leonardo DiCaprio.
"Black List" is published each December in Hollywood since 2004. Vote for the scripts for the most part representatives of the studios, so that in the "black list" are scenarios in which the film company interested in, but can’t put into production.
In 2011, the list includes 73 positions. Among these projects are not only unknown, but the scripts, films which are already in production, but whose shooting this year has not begun.
We present here the top ten, of such scenarios:
1. "The Imitation Game", the author - Graham Moore. History of the English cryptographer Alan Turing, who managed to crack the German code "Enigma". Later suffered persecution because of his sexual orientation and suicide.
2. "When the Street Lights Go On", the authors - Chris Hutton and Eddie O'Keefe. The action develops in the early '80s. In the city are brutally murdered schoolgirl and teacher.
3. "Chewie" the authors - Evan Susser and Van Robisho. A satirical look at the creation of "Star Wars" through the eyes of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca.
4. "The Outsider", the author - Andrew Baldwin. Japan after World War II. Former U.S. military out of captivity, and becomes the head of the yakuza.
5. "Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses", the author - Matthew Aldrich. A man hiding from the three crimes, along with his accomplice, eleven-year-old daughter. The project has interested Matt Damon, and even considered him as his directorial debut.
6. "In the Event of a Moon Disaster", the author - Mike Jones. The history of the mission of the spacecraft "Apollo-11", exploring the alternative scenario for emergency landing astronauts on the moon.
7. "Maggie", the author - John Scott. In America is spreading a virus that turns people into zombies. Farmers family helps their eldest daughter to cope with the transformation of a walking dead woman, who hunger for human flesh.
8. "The Current War", the author - Michael Mitnick. In a scenario are real events. Confrontation of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in the fight for the use of AC and DC.
9. "The End", the author - Aron Eli Kolayti. An elderly London radio host, 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend from Michigan, as well as a family man from Shanghai, try to clean up their lives for 6 hours before the end of the world.
10. "Beyond the Pale", the author - Chad Fien. Teens suspected that the owner of the town undertaker warmed them, and decide to take revenge. In fact, the story takes far more sinister turn.
Apparently, the topic of zombies and vampires are not going to leave the screens. So, on the 14th place of the "Black List" is a script by Larry Brenner entitled "Bethlehem", where a group of people trying to survive in a zombie invasion and conclude an alliance with the vampires, giving themselves as a food for bloodsuckers in order to protect against undead.
Screenplay by Dave Cohen "Subject Zero" tells about a scientist who develops the potent drug, designed to revive his son, who died in a car accident. Unfortunately, the virus creates a loving father, generating zombies and spread with incredible speed.
Of course, in the list there are also romantic comedies, historical dramas, and even a story about how Walt Disney got the rights to the "Mary Poppins" (the script is called "Saving Mr. Banks").
Actor Samuel L. Jackson has officially confirmed his participation in the new Quentin Tarantino project, "Django Unchained". In addition, the film joined Gerald McReyni.
In the center of the action - slave Django (Jamie Foxx), breaking free he is going to find his wife, Hilda, who is subordinate to cruel plantation owner Calvin Candy (Leonardo DiCaprio). Right hand in Candy is the servant Stephen (as previously voiced it will be Jackson) is sufficiently prudent manipulator. The level of his impact on the host is so great that he can personally offend his master. German Dr. King Schultz (star of "Inglorious Bastards" Christoph Waltz), who hates racism and slavery helps Django.
In addition, according to Tarantino tradition, he likes to involve in his paintings Hollywood veterans, whose fame has faded somewhat. So he did with John Travolta, whose career was revived after "Pulp Fiction", Robert Forster in "Jackie Brown" as well as Kurt Russell in "Death Proof". In the "Django" such role will play Kevin Costner. His character - sadistic coach who organizes slaves battles.
Filming will start in the near future in New Orleans. Release of "Django Unchained" will be in 25 December 2012. For Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino that will be the fifth collaboration.
Now Jackson is busy in Broadway performance "The Mountaintop", which embodies the image of Martin Luther King. The premiere will be held in mid-October, it will last until mid-January, immediately after which the actor will join the shooting process.
Hollywood has spent several years on preparing adaptation of the poem of John Milton's "Paradise Lost" that technology has reached a desired level. Now in charge of the project is director Alex Proyas. He has found his Lucifer - it will be Bradley Cooper. His opponent, the Archangel Michael, may play Benjamin Walker, who starred in the film by Timur Bekmambetov, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
"Paradise Lost" is being in development for seven years. Five writers passed through Milton's poem, but the final version belongs to Ryan Kondalu. The scope of the project is not just wide, but very wide. This is supposed to be epic in 3D with a mass of special effects and large-scale battle scenes. To represent the work front, it is enough to know that pre-production will take 20 weeks, shooting itself - 8 weeks, but in post-production will take 72 weeks, that is more than a year.
At the centre of the story - the battle that started all the wars. Fallen Angel Lucifer gathers an army in order to fight against the forces of good, which is led by the archangel Michael. Alex Proyas is now preparing for the shooting and says it is not just a film about the clash of armies of good and evil.
"It is an adventure film about the origins of good and evil, after Lucifer expelled because of his rebellion. He begins to fight against his brother Archangel for the souls of people, the first of which were Adam and Eve. We tried to stick as closely as possible to the text of Milton, particularly at the evolution of Lucifer and the birth of evil. This is a family saga about two brothers whose paths have diverged. Lucifer believes that his father has betrayed him and the family pushes him on the path of evil".
According to the director, the project will have three large-scale battle scenes. One of them will be in heaven, the other - in Hell, and the third - in Paradise.
"Sometimes I think only a fool will take up such a project - says Proyas. - It's a very bold in terms of visual pattern based on a poem beloved by many. In my view, technology is only now reached the desired level for such film, so it's great to be director during such possibilities of visual effects. "
Yet Proyas said that despite the special effects, the main thing in "Paradise Lost" - its characters.
Ben Walker has not yet signed a contract, but director has high hopes that the actor becomes his Archangel Michael.
"He has surprising combination of power and innocence. Bradley - an incredibly charismatic guy! After all, Lucifer was the smartest and brightest among the archangels, and even being expelled, it still does not turn into classic villain. I am sure that Bradley will provide the necessary depth to his hero. "
For Benjamin Walker the role in the film of Proyas - another major step up in career. He previously starred on the third roles, played in musicals, but, receiving the main role in the project by Timur Bekmambetov "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", the actor instantly pulls the lists of the most promising young actors in Hollywood.
"Paradise Lost" will be released at the end of 2013.
Rob Cohen will show the Korean War through the eyes of a journalist director of the original "Fast and the Furious".
Rob Cohen will start his project in May next year. It's about the conflict between North and South Korea.
"1950" will be the largest project for the Korean film industry. Announced budget belt - $100 million. The film is based on memories of a war correspondent edition «New York Herald Tribune» Marguerite Higgins. A journalist working in London and Paris offices of the newspaper in 1944, then as a military correspondent was assigned to the 7th U.S. Army, which participated in the occupation of Austria. In 1947-1949 he headed the department of «New York Herald Tribune» in Berlin in 1950 - led the Japanese branch of the newspaper, and in June 1950 was at the headquarters of U.S. forces in Korea.
Writers Rachel Long and Brian Pittman will write the history of Higgins travel to the U.S. military through the entire Korean peninsula, which ended with the mass evacuation on the Christmas Eve in December 1950.
Rob Cohen says: "The Korean War is often called the forgotten war. I think it is time to remember it and to show the war through the eyes of journalist Marguerite Higgins. This is our film will be different from other war films. It will be different."
To produce the film will be CJ E & M Pictures from South Korea and the U.S. Grapevine Entertainment.
Producer of the film "X-Men: First Class" Bryan Singer in an interview with LA Times spoke briefly about his new project "Jack - the giant killer", which will be shown in summer 2012.
"The film is set in England. Things do not have any timing to a certain historical period.
The English folk tale "Jack" is about a poor peasant boy who kills the evil giants during the reign of King Arthur. This story is often confused with another fairy tale - "Jack and Beanstalk" in which the hero faces to face with the giant. Singer, based on an original idea, the viewer will focus on the farmer, accidentally opened the door between worlds and let the giants in our universe. In order to correct this problem, Jack attempts to kill the giants and to rescue a princess".
The battle between humans and non-human beings implicitly makes an analogy with the franchise "X-Men." However, the director of the first two films of franchise assures that at least one new film will be different from his famous works on comics.
"The first time my work will be one of the only romantic story, and no love triangles. The simplicity of this novel - it's my cure to all love problems, prevailed in all the series "X-Men" (laughs).
In "Jack – the giant killer" was filmed Nicholas Hoult, who played the Beast in "X-Men: First Class" and Ian McShane - Blackbeard from the "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides."
"I spoke to McShane few weeks ago before the premiere of "Pirates" at Disneyland, and he was glad to be able to demonstrate its positive part of nature, playing a king in "Jack", suffering because his daughter was kidnapped. He told me: "At this time I'll play a good guy good king, if ever, in nature there is such a thing - a "good king". As Diderot said there? - "Man will not be free until the last king is not quell domestic last priest." I've always loved that quote".