Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins to Star in "The Song of Names" 


Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins are attached to star in "The Song of Names" from director Vadim Perelman ("House of Sand and Fog") according to The Hollywood Reporter. This one's based on the award-winning novel by Norman Lebrecht.

So what is the book about? Here's a review from Publisher's Weekly:

In this highly entertaining and accomplished first novel by a well-known English journalist and music critic, two men who became friends as children in London during WWII are reunited after 40 years.

In 1939, nine-year-old Martin Simmonds meets Dovidl Rapoport, a violin prodigy the same age. Martin's father is a music impresario, and when Dovidl is sent by his Polish parents to study in England, he offers the boy lodging in his own home.

Dovidl and Martin quickly become best friends. Dovidl's parents perish in the Holocaust; then, in 1951, Dovidl-his name changed to the more palatable Eli-is about to embark on a career as a concert virtuoso when he disappears on the day of his debut.

Martin becomes obsessed with his friend's disappearance, and after decades of searching finally finds him in a dreary town in the north of England. Lebrecht's deep knowledge of music, his insights and his verbal inventiveness enliven the book (describing two awkward professors, he says they "stand out like frayed cuffs on a funeral suit").

However, the novel drags in the middle with the backstory of the two boys living through the blitz; this is material that has been presented elsewhere and in greater depth. Also, there's no real mystery in unraveling either the location or identity of Rapoport. Simmonds's supposedly epic quest ("I am consumed by thoughts of finding him") is over in less than two days, and it's a letdown for the reader not to be able to sift through tantalizing clues. These shortcomings aside, this is a confidently written and engaging first novel by a talented writer.


This adaptation has Oscars written all over it! Besides the great cast, Jeffrey Caine, Oscar-nominated scriptwriter for "The Constant Gardener," is adapting the novel for the big screen, and the musical score will be penned by two-time Oscar winner James Horner.

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Watch My "Robin Hood" Movie Review  


For my written review of "Robin Hood," please click here and have fun!

Here's more info on "Robin Hood" from Yahoo:

About the Movie

GENRES: Action/Adventure, Adaptation and Drama
IN THEATERS: May 14th, 2010
MPAA: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content.

In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.

Cast & Crew

STARRING:

Russell Crowe ......................... Robin Hood
Cate Blanchett ........................ Lady Marian
William Hurt .......................... William Marshall
Mark Strong ........................... Sir Godfrey
Mark Addy ............................. Friar Tuck
Oscar Isaac ........................... Prince John
Danny Huston .......................... King Richard
Eileen Atkins ......................... Eleanor of Aquitaine
Kevin Durand .......................... Little John
Max von Sydow ......................... Sir Walter Loxley

DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott

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The Volturi Decide! Check Out New "Twilight: Eclipse" Clip 


Dakota Fanning is fierce as Jane of the Volturi clan, and the clip showed their debate on how they should deal with the dangerous new breed of vampires! Hhmmm, I'm kinda getting excited now, even though I'm not a big fan of the series.

Here's more info from Yahoo on "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

GENRES: Drama, Romance, Thriller, Adaptation, Sequel and Teen
IN THEATERS: June 30th, 2010
MPAA: Not yet rated.

In the midst of a string of mysterious killings, Bella is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob.

Cast & Crew

STARRING:

Kristen Stewart ............... Isabella "Bella" Swan
Robert Pattinson ............. Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner ............... Jacob Black
Ashley Greene ................. Alice Cullen
Jackson Rathbone ............ Jasper Hale
Nikki Reed .................... Rosalie Hale
Kellan Lutz ................... Emmett Cullen
Peter Facinelli ............... Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser ............. Esme Cullen
Dakota Fanning ................ Jane
Cameron Bright ................ Alec
Bryce Dallas Howard ........... Victoria
Jodelle Ferland ............... Bree

DIRECTED BY: David Slade

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"Green Lantern" Set Pic -- Check Out Ryan Reynolds and Puppy 


I know it's a big mighty tease, but MTV released this picture, and now we're left wondering -- Reynolds' super-hero costume, the magnificent green glow, may all be CGI, right?

But a bigger question -- who's that puppy?

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Shia LaBeouf Promises Better "Transformers 3," Throws "Revenge of the Fallen" Under the Bus 


So Shia LaBeouf admits that "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" sucked, but promises the third installment will be better, and will bring the heart back to the franchise.

Of course, the actor is getting ready to work on the third "Transformers," and he's saying that the third will be the best one yet. Don't they all say that?

Speaking to the Associated Press at the Cannes Film Festival, LaBeouf said: "When I saw the second movie, I wasn't impressed with what we did...There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone."

Here's more of the actor's soundbites:

On the second movie, "we got lost. We tried to get bigger. It's what happens to sequels. It's like, how do you top the first one? You've got to go bigger," LaBeouf said. "Mike (director Michael Bay) went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie. ... You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn't matter. Then it's just a bunch of robots fighting each other."

With "Transformers 3," the toll of the robot war will be grave for our planet, LaBeouf said.

"There's going to be a lot of death, human death. This time, they're targeting humans," LaBeouf said. "It's going to be the craziest action movie ever made, or we failed."


But see here's my problem. The third one will still be directed by Michael Bay, a helmer who can't find a beating heart in a movie even if his life depended on it.

Bay is a stylish, very visual director, and that's about it. As far as finding human emotions to his big, giant robot movies? Well, the first one came very close, I actually enjoyed that. So if Bay emulates the narrative mechanisms of the first "Transformers," maybe, just maybe, the third one will be bigger and better and will find the "sense of human consequences" that LaBeouf has been looking for.

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