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“Orlando Bloom offered role of Duke of Buckingham in new 3D movie The Three Musketeers - Monsters and Critics” plus 3 more

“Orlando Bloom offered role of Duke of Buckingham in new 3D movie The Three Musketeers - Monsters and Critics” plus 3 more


Orlando Bloom offered role of Duke of Buckingham in new 3D movie The Three Musketeers - Monsters and Critics

Posted: 12 May 2010 08:22 AM PDT

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Brad Pitt's next movie is adaptation of novel - New Kerala

Posted: 12 May 2010 11:07 AM PDT

London, May 12: Hollywood star Brad Pitt is teaming up with Darren Aronofsky to film novel adaptation "The Tiger", scripted by "21 Grams" writer Guillermo Arriaga.

"This is the first time I have adapted a screenplay, since I have previously only written original screenplays," contactmusic.com quoted Arriaga as saying.

"I chose to adapt this story, first, because I have a profound love for the outdoors and the intense tension between man and nature which the book reflects; and, second, because of the great privilege of working with such accomplished filmmakers as Darren Aronofsky, Brad Pitt, and James Schamus," he added.

The movie, based on a yet-to-be-released, non-fiction book by John Vaillant, has been optioned by Focus Features, with Brad potentially taking a leading role.

The novel "The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival" is due for publication in August.

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From Juliet, with love: New movie will prompt more love ... - Buffalo News

Posted: 11 May 2010 05:32 AM PDT


VERONA, Italy — Hers was a literary, not literal, existence only. And her own love story was, let's just say, star-cross'd.

Nonetheless, thousands of lovelorn every year pour out their hearts and seek solace from Juliet, Shakespeare's heroine.

Their entreaties arrive by the dozens — handwritten missives, sometimes with drawings, or photographs, penned on handmade paper or sheets meant to look like ancient parchment. Some are addressed simply: Juliet, Verona, Italy.

Thanks to compassionate letter carriers, they find their way to an upstairs office overlooking the courtyard of the fabled home of Juliet Capulet, just opposite the balcony of Shakespearean fame.

And there, improbably, they are answered by 15 self-appointed secretaries to Juliet.

"Let's say by now we are pretty expert. After 15, 20 years we are able to manage this phenomenon," said Giovanna Tamassia, who has been writing replies for 16 years. "But it is also true that sometimes a particularly difficult letter arrives and then we speak among ourselves."

Soon, the secretaries will be looking for more help: They expect a deluge after Friday's U. S. release of "Letters to Juliet," a new movie starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave that tells the story of one of those letters gone lost.

"When the film comes out: Help!" Tamassia said.

The movie stars Redgrave as a woman whose letter expressing regret at leaving her Italian love to return to Britain is found behind a loose brick at Juliet's Verona house, a famous tourist spot and romantic pilgrimage. Redgrave's character seeks out her Romeo, named Victor, with the help of a young tourist (Seyfried) who stumbles on the long-lost letter while helping the secretaries.

Victor is played by Redgrave's real-life husband, Franco Nero, and the story of young love abandoned and then rediscovered after decades echoes their own: The pair met on the set of "Camelot" in 1967, had a son, Carlo, and went their separate ways until finding each other again and marrying in 2006.

"And she says a wonderful line, 'Sorry I'm late,' and I answer, 'When we speak about love, it's never too late,' " Nero told APTN in Verona.

That situation is familiar to the real-life secretaries.

Some of Juliet's pen pals see her as a figure who can cast a spell to guarantee their love, said Tamassia: "Please, let Marco and I never leave each other. Let me find eternal love."

Others are seeking a confidante. "Almost all of the letters contain the phrase, 'Juliet, I can only tell you. Only you can help me,' " Tamassia said.

And yet others ask Juliet to tell the object of their affections of their love, something they feel they cannot express adequately themselves.

By age group, most are adolescents. By nationality, most are American. And by gender, most are female.

"Sometimes, it is enough to be listened to, not to get practical advice. They just need to let it out, to tell their story," said Elena Marchi, a Juliet secretary for seven years.

The legend of Juliet is rife with superstition of unknown provenance, fact entwined with fiction. A bronze statue of Juliet in the courtyard has its right breast worn shiny by the touch of tourists wishing for good luck, while posing for a souvenir photo.

It is easier to trace the origin of the letters. Late 19th century photographs indicate that visitors were leaving notes at Juliet's symbolic tomb. The phenomenon was helped, says Verona-based art historian Ceil Friedman, by the late Ettore Solimani, the tomb's custodian for two decades.

"He was an energetic, lively interesting person, not content to sit and sell tickets. He invented a series of rituals of the tomb. He would invite visitors to hold hands, make a wish and promised the wish would hold true," said Friedman, who with her sister Lise Friedman wrote a book, "Letters to Juliet," that inspired the film. "He even trained turtle doves to fly and land on female visitors."

And he began responding to letters, signing them simply: "Juliet's secretary." As word spread that the letters were answered, more arrived.

The responses trailed off after he was forced to retire in the late 1950s, until a history professor took it over, abandoning the job after four years when his identity was revealed, Friedman said. Then for years, a city worker penned the letters between official business and on her own time, until the late 1980s, when city officials asked the "Club di Giulietta" to take over.

For the secretaries, the fact that Juliet never really existed is unimportant.

"Even if she is a literary figure, she has become real," said Tamassia.


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Hangover dominates MTV Movie Award nods - Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Posted: 12 May 2010 03:53 PM PDT

Updated May 13, 2010 09:17:00

Cast members of The Hangover

The Hangover continues to collect accolades. (Reuters: Lucy Nicholson)

Raunchy comedy The Hangover leads nominations for the MTV Movie Awards, ahead of blockbusters Avatar and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

But Twilight stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner dominate the contenders in the new global superstar category.

Betty White, meanwhile, picked up a surprise nomination in the usually youth-dominated awards.

The Hangover has six nominations, including best movie, best villain (Ken Jeong) and best comedic performance for actor Bradley Cooper.

Avatar and New Moon had five nominations apiece, followed by Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and the Sandra Bullock comedy The Proposal with four each.

White - the former Golden Girls actress who has won new fans by playing on her age and contrasting her sweet matronly image with raunchy jokes - has been nominated in the best WTF moment category for a dress fitting scene in The Proposal in which her character gets up close and personal with Bullock.

Bullock has picked up nominations for best female performance for her Oscar-winning role in drama The Blind Side, as well as best comedic performance for The Proposal.

In the popular best kiss category, Stewart scored a double nomination for her smooch with New Moon co-star Robert Pattinson and for a lesbian clinch with Dakota Fanning in The Runaways.

Lautner and his former girlfriend, country music singer Taylor Swift, are also competing for their kiss in Valentine's Day.

The nominations were decided by fans, who will also choose the winners by voting online until June 5.

The golden popcorn statues will be handed out on June 6 in Los Angeles.

The live TV ceremony will be hosted this year by actor and stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari.

- Reuters

Tags: arts-and-entertainment, feature-films, awards-and-prizes, united-states

First posted May 13, 2010 08:44:00

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