It's the 1930s and a group of strangers from different walks of life board a crowded luxury train called the Orient Express in Istanbul, preparing for a long overnight journey to their destination. Among them is the world famous detective Hercule Poirot who certainly isn't expecting to be working in such circumstances, but when a passenger named Edward Ratchett is found havng been brutally murdered in his sleep on the second night, it's up to him to gather all available evidence and wheedle out all of the suspects. So who are they? He soon deduces that the potential killer could be one of eleven including Professor Gerhard Hardman, Edward Masterman the Butler, Count Andrenyi, Hector MacQueen the Assistant, Mary Debenham the Governess, Pilar Estravados the Missionary, Mrs. Hubbard the Widow, Marquez the Salesman, Hildegarde Schmidt the Maid, Doctor Arbuthnot or Princess Dragomiroff.
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Kenneth Branagh will direct the Agatha Christie adaptation.
The ensemble cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express is shaping up to be pretty special.
Johnny Depp is among the A-list cast for Murder on the Orient Express
David Mazouz will play Bruce Wayne in Fox's origins series 'Gotham'.
David Mazouz, 12, best known for playing the young lead opposite Kiefer Sutherland in 'Touch' is to play Bruce Wayne in Fox's Batman prequel 'Gotham'. Mazouz will play the iconic comic book character who will grow up to become the Caped Crusader himself. He was famously played by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight triology.
David Mazouz Will Play The Young Bruce Wayne
Also cast in the new project is Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle - or Catwoman. In the new series, she will play a teenage orphan and a skilled street thief and pickpocket who is dangerous when cornered. As Deadline.com point out, it's impossible to ignore Bicondova's resemblance to Michelle Pfeiffer, the actress behind the most memorable Catwoman portrayal.
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The author's award-winning novel is in line for a television transformation.
Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel American Gods is going to be adapted for the small screen by FremantleMedia after cable company HBO dropped the series last November. The adaptation of Gaiman's fourth prose novel was in limbo for some time but it now looks like American Gods will hit the small screen after all, along with another of his novels, Anansi Boys.
Neil Gaiman Will See Two More Of His Books Taken To The Screen.
FremantleMedia, the company behind reality shows such as American Idol, announced the exciting news today: "Gaiman, the creator of the celebrated Sandman comic series, and the author of bestselling novels The Graveyard Book, Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, will executive produce the series along with FremantleMedia," via The Guardian.
No food, no water, no problem, just soak up those sweet rays.
When a young Michelle Pfeiffer moved to Hollywood to launch her acting career, she probably wasn’t warned about weird cults. So it’s no wonder she started hanging out with people who thought food and water wasn’t important.
They didn’t just think food and water wasn’t important – they thought sunlight could provide all the nourishment a human being needed to survive. She was practising breatharianism, as she explained to the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine.
Pfeiffer claimed her first husband, Peter Horton, saved her from the cult by showing her the light. “We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked,” she explained.
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Depth and complexity just don't run in "The Family."
The Family sounds great on paper – a Luc Besson film, set in France, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeifer, Tommy Lee Jones and Diana Argon – it would take a… the opposite of a miracle for this film to flop. However, the critics just don’t seem to be warming up to this comedy about the family of an American mobster, relocating to rural France and essentially harassing the locals for almost two hours. There are a number of reasons, cited against the family – the acting not being one of them, of course – but the one that seems to be sticking is the uninspired story (penned by Besson himself, along with Michael Caleo, based on the novel by Tonino Benacquista).
De Niro manages to shine even in a lackluster role.
De Niro has plenty of experience playing mobsters. His performance as Gio, a gangster-turned-rat, who is forced to pose as a writer, living with his family in a village in Normandy and simultaneously penning a memoir, gets almost universal thumbs up, The New York Times’ Stephen Holden calls De Niro’s performance “surprisingly nuanced” and his character – “charming in a rough-hewed way, but lethal.”
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Kate Bosworth has become the new face of Topshop with a glamorous video showing the star singing 'Winter Wonderland'.
The 'Superman Returns' actress was chosen by the Philip Green brand to don a glitzy, dark red gown and re-create the inspirational piano scene from 1989's 'The Fabulous Baker Boys' which starred Michelle Pfeiffer. "This project brings together two important aspects of my life: cinema and fashion", says the actress who was also a Calvin Klein Jeans model in 2008. "I have always been a fan of the Topshop brand and it has been an honour to work with Sir Phillip and the team. I hope everyone enjoys watching it as much as we did making it." The clip was directed by Michael Polish of 'Twin Falls Idaho' and 'The Astronaut Farmer' fame.
The song looks to be in with a chance for the 2012 Christmas number one now being available on iTunes, but first it has to hit the UK Official Singles Chart. It will face competition from Olly Murs whose single 'Troublemaker' featuring Flo Rida is top for the second week in a row and from The Pogues with their much-loved 1987 Christmas hit 'Fairytale of New York' featuring Kirsty Maccoll.
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Twenty years' worth of movie costumes amassed by the BFI are going to be left in the care of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Some of these will be exhibited in the Hollywood Costume Exhibition which opens to the public on October 20th this year.
Around 700 costumes - the entirety of the BFI's costume collection reports the BBC will be given to the museum that has become the home of design history in the UK include a Superman outfit worn by the late Christopher Reeve, as well as a dress worn by Marylin Monroe in the classic comedy 'Some Like It Hot'. The exhibition will not include all 700 donated costumes, rather, the V&A have chosen 130 classic costumes from the ages. These include iconic superhero outfits such as Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman suit and the Spider-Man suit worn by Tobey Maguire. Plus, in an wonderful and special gift to the UK, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC is letting the British museum Dorothy's red slippers, worn by Judy Garland, in the Wizard of Oz's for four weeks. There was a gala party to celebrate the exhibition, which included guests Simon Pegg and Helena Bonham Carter.
Although not all the generously donated pieces will be seen in the Hollywood Costume Exhibition, highlights of the collection will be included at the V&A's Theatre and Performance galleries. The Telegraph reports that the majority of the generous gift from the BFI will be held at one of the V&A sites in Olympia which is where the new “Clothworkers' Centre for Textile and Fashion Study and Conservation” will open, this time next year.
David E Kelley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ziegfeld Theatre - David E. Kelley, Michelle Pfeiffer, New York City, USA - New York premiere of 'New Year's Eve' at the Ziegfeld Theatre - Arrivals Wednesday 7th December 2011
Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer and Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer Hollywood, California - Los Angeles premiere of 'New Year's Eve' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Monday 5th December 2011
The circumstances of Heckerling's clearly autobiographical film (she worked on the TV version of Clueless for several years following that film's release, which she also directed) mirrors its character's mix of luxury and messiness: It's a feature film with a decent budget and several recognizable stars that got caught up in a distribution mess and wound up proceeding straight to DVD. The movie itself is a bit of a mess, too, with weird interludes where Tracey Ullman, playing Mother Nature(!), harangues Rosie about the unstoppable march of time. Heckerling is fond of this technique; as the screenwriter-director, she pauses the movie for diatribes of her own about the destructive nature of beauty standards, the absurdity of network executives and standards and practices monitors, and the insanity of reality TV -- topics that seem to have been festering for a good decade or so.
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Traditional Hollywood stars are stockpiled in the cast. Michelle Pfeiffer, so villainous in Hairspray, leads a trio of selfish witch sisters. Robert De Niro captains a motley crew aboard a magical pirate ship. Peter O'Toole gets five quality minutes as the dying leader of a storybook kingdom. Sir Ian McKellen even narrates the affair.
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Immediately, the music kicks in. The day-to-day sounds of the bustling town melt with Marc Shaiman's infectious doo-wop score and the camera swoops toward the modest bedroom of typical teen Tracy Turnblad, who is played to perfection by newcomer Nikky Blonsky. Another star is born. But though the angle may descend rapidly, Shankman's movie remains airborne for two full hours, bolstered by the incomparable high that accompanies the raucous joy of musical rebellion.
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Pacino and producer Martin Bregman had a good idea in wanting to make an updated version of the original 1932 Scarface, which chronicled the rise and fall of a Prohibition-era Capone-like criminal overlord (screenwriter Ben Hecht was a Chicago journalist with a lot of intimate knowledge of Capone). Handing it over to director Brian De Palma (who had specialized mostly in psychosexual thrillers like Dressed to Kill and The Fury), and screenwriter Oliver Stone (whose credits included an Oscar for 1978's Midnight Express but also Conan the Barbarian), was a daring move. Stone did a lot of research for the screenplay, hanging out and doing coke with drug lords all over Latin America, and De Palma promised to bring a certain visual flair to the proceedings.
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Up Close And Personal tells the loosely-based-on-reality story of Sally (who becomes Tally) Atwater (Michelle Pfeiffer), a vain upstart girl from Reno who wants to make it big in television. Robert Redford costars as Warren Justice, a Miami news director who gives her her big break and takes her under his wing. Under his influence, Tally is transformed from brash loudmouth to The Next Big Thing, and of course, the two fall madly in love along the way.
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In the film, Sam Dawson (Sean Penn) is a mentally challenged single father raising his daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning). Sam is a sweet, good-natured man who earns a living by sweeping up at a local coffee store. His mental capacity is that of a seven-year-old, and as his daughter turns seven, she begins to intellectually outgrow her father. Soon, their lives come under the scrutiny of a social worker, who, "for the good of the child," wants Lucy placed into foster care.
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The novel White Oleander was a 1999 selection of the ubiquitous Oprah Winfrey Book Club and you can tell why: There are so many brutally dysfunctional people in the story that Dr. Phil could produce months of television delving into their sorry lives. Astrid (Alison Lohman) is an only child, growing up in the Hollywood Hills with Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer), her eccentric, urban-arty mother. After a series of events that Kosminsky smartly keeps off-camera, Ingrid kills her boyfriend. Or does she? And how? Regardless, the beautiful, hopeful, young Astrid is picked up by state services and sent to live in a double-wide with a foster family.
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The title is evidently the former, though the movie is hardly the overwrought mess that I'd expected to see (for example: Message in a Bottle). Instead, The Deep End of the Ocean is a surprisingly thoughtful and laconic character study, full of nuance and genuine emotion, largely driven by Pfeiffer's unraveling character Beth. The well-known plot involves the sudden disappearance of Beth's 2 year-old son Ben, who vanishes while she is visiting Chicago. Nine agonizing years later, a kid who can only be Ben shows up -- as Sam, a neighbor's boy who wants to mow the lawn. Sure enough, it's him, but he doesn't remember his family,
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Which is a surprise. This is the man who brought us the masterful comedy When Harry Met Sally.... And here we are, with people on couches, talking to the camera about their relationship. Same premise, right? Ohhhhhhh noooooo. The Story of Us can be summed up quite simply: Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer hate each other. They spend two hours yelling, cursing, crying, and pouting. Then maybe they get back together. The end.
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Based ever-so-loosely on Sinbad's literary escapades, the film shows our courageous thief (voiced by Brad Pitt) in pursuit of the mystical Book of Peace. When mischievous goddess Eris (voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer) steals the book from Proteus (voiced by Joseph Fiennes), she frames Sinbad for her crime. Now the self-centered rogue and his stowaway love interest, Marina (voiced by Catherine Zeta-Jones), must reclaim the book from the Realm of Chaos to prove Sinbad's innocence and spare Proteus' life at the hands of an executioner.
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Robert Zemeckis' self-indulgent direction hangs like an albatross around the celluloid neck of "What Lies Beneath," a soft-peddled yuppie horror flick that could have been -- with some fine tuning -- a sharp and genuinely scary thriller.
Forty minutes longer than necessary and featuring a cry-scream-and-run climax so drawn out that every ounce of tension evaporates from the screen half an hour before the credits roll, it's a frustrating movie to watch because of all the wasted potential.
Anything but a standard teens-in-peril slasher movie, "What Lies Beneath" stars Michelle Pfeiffer as a New England mom with empty nest syndrome after packing her daughter off to college in the opening scenes. Now alone in the house a lot, she becomes a busy body, spying on the new next door neighbors and witnessing what she thinks is a murder.
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To understand how completely, contemptibly and cavalierly DreamWorks has gutted the Arabian legend of Sinbad for its every-cliché-in-the-book animated adaptation "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," all you need know is one line of dialogue, delivered by the hero in a feeble attempt at outdated hip-hop dialect:
The fact that this line is delivered by an appallingly miscast Brad Pitt as the voice of a Santa-Monica-beach-bum-looking Sinbad only makes it worse.
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I've always seen "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as one of Shakespeare's daffier comedies -- what with the fairies and all -- so this film version, adapted by director Michael Hoffman ("One Fine Day," "Restoration"), came as something of a surprise because it takes itself so seriously.
Hoffman seems to hold the Bard's less jestful observations on amour ("The course of true love never did run smooth") in higher regard than his saucy slapstick of miscommunication.
The laughs are definitely present, but they're subdued as two pairs of young sweethearts steal away into the forest (of 19th Century Tuscany in this adaptation) trying to escape the consequences of an arranged marriage, and rush headlong and unknowingly into the domain of impishly interfering immortals.
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