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Colin Firth to Star in Oscar Wilde Biopic

Colin FirthColin Firth will star in Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince.

The King's Speech actor will portray the legendary Irish writer's friend and confidant Reginald "Reggie" Turner, with Rupert Everett lined up for the role of the playwright, and and he will also write the script and direct the movie.

The Happy Prince - which will feature Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson - tells the story of Oscar's final days as he looks back on the disasters of his life with his dry humor and characteristic wit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Rupert is making his directorial debut in the film - which is planned to start shooting in 2013 - and he previously starred in Oscar's adaptation The Importance of Being Earnest in 2002 and An Ideal Husband in 1999 alongside Colin.

Colin has also signed up to star as flamboyant actor and playwright Noel Coward in a new comedy drama movie Mad Dogs and Englishmen, which tells the story of Noel's two weeks at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas in 1955, where he performed in front of huge crowds.


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Dark Knight” Role Revealed

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Dark Knight role revealedWhen Joseph Gordon-Levitt was first reported to be re-joining forces with his Inception director, Christopher Nolan, for the next installment in the Dark Knight series, Dark Knight Rises, speculation ran rampant regarding the character he'd be playing. The two villains mostly mentioned were The Riddler, an iconic character in Batman's rogue gallery, and Deadshot. However, according to Variety, Gordon-Levitt will play Alberto Falcone also known as The Holiday Killer, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, a role played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins.

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First Look: Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet


Give a slimmed-down Seth Rogen a media empire, high-tech toys, an Asian sidekick named Kato (Jay Chou) and a hot blonde secretary (Cameron Diaz) - and what do you get? The latest adaptation .

In the Columbia Pictures film, Britt Reid (Rogen) gets a chance to play the superbad character who poses as villains in order to be the hero. The Michel Gondry-drected film also stars Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Benjamin Chudnofsky) as the nemesis and Tom Wilkinson (Jack Reid) as Rogen’s father.

Like what you see? Then take Seth’s hand and come with him on the adventure next January 14.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 27, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:
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Box Office Breakdown: Chihuahua Refuses to Kneel Down

Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies

Put a couple of Oscar-nominees in a Middle East-based film and what do you get? Answer: Third place.

Despite the star-wattage in Ridley Scott’s new CIA movie, failed to meet expectations this weekend. The Russell Crowe/Leonardo DiCaprio thriller pulled in a surprising $12.9 million for Warner Bros. That turnout is especially low given the film’s reported $100 million budget.

On the flip side, an entry with a relatively small price tag did better than Lies this week. , Sony Screen Gem’s horror contribution, earned $14.2 million and a second place finish. In just three days, the film has already surpassed its $12 million production costs.

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New Valkyrie Trailer

Weeks after being placed on the 2008 calendar, MGM has released a second trailer for . The movie - which as received a lot of press for all the wrong reasons - stars Tom Cruise as a German officer plotting to take down Hitler. Unfortunately, those still hoping for a hint of an accent (like I was) or any deviation from the star’s Mission Impossible persona may still be disappointed by this new clip.


Tell us what you think. Is it wrong for me to expect an Oscar-nominated actor - someone who at least attempted an accent in Far and Away - to sound less like an action star?

Valkyrie, also starring Terence Stamp, Kenneth Branagh and , opens December 26.


Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla Trailer Premieres Online

Getting back into his usual field of movies like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Madonna’s hubby-director Guy Ritchie is now gracing us with another amazing crime comedy-thriller, RocknRolla.

With a trailer like that and a cast that includes the likes of Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, and Jeremy Piven, one can only imagine the possibilities!

The film is scheduled to hit theaters this Halloween.

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Another Delay for Tom Cruise and Valkyrie

Tom Cruise, ValkyrieRight now, is somewhere hoping the third time really is a charm.

After initially receiving a June 27 release date, the actor’s next film is now scheduled to open next year.  That’s after Valkyrie had already been pushed back to the fall for production reasons.

Although an October premiere might have been given the film Oscar consideration, the studio claims the new Feb. 13th slot will be in the best interest of the WWII drama.  That decision will allow Cruise to take advantage of the President’s Day weekend.

Two films once slated for that same 2009 date have since made other plans (The Pink Panther 2, The Wolfman).  While these departures may have allowed Valkyrie to slip right in, that Friday will still have stiff competition.  Confessions of a Shopaholic (starring ) and the latest version of Friday the 13th will also be fighting for audience dollars.

Directed by Bryan Singer, Valkyrie also stars Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and .

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2008 Academy Award Nominations

Academy Awards statueThe nominations for the were announced bright and early Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Assuming the ceremony goes on as scheduled, you can see the live broadcast Sunday, February 24th on .

Notable additions/omissions from today’s announcement:

In Theaters This Weekend (1/18)

27 Dresses

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • 27 Dresses (PG-13):  starring Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman (directed by Anne Fletcher)
  • Cloverfield (PG-13):  starring Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman (directed by Matt Reeves)
  • Mad Money (PG-13):  starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes (directed by Callie Khouri)

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