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Sergei Bodrov to Direct ‘White Rajah’ Based on James Brooke’s Adventures (Exclusive)

Sergei Bodrov to Direct ‘White Rajah’ Based on James Brooke’s Adventures (Exclusive)
Sergei Bodrov, who earned Oscar nominations for best foreign-language films for “Mongol” and “Prisoner of the Mountains,” is set to direct “White Rajah” for Margate House Films.

The movie is based on the true adventures of Sir James Brooke in 1840s Borneo.

The real-life inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” and Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim,” Brooke was an English adventurer who sailed to Borneo in 1839 and earned the title of “White Rajah” after defeating pirates in Sarawak. Brooke fell in love with the beauty, wildlife, and people of Borneo and embarked on a lifelong crusade against slavery, piracy, and headhunting. Queen Victoria knighted him for bravery. Brooke resisted British imperialism, so Parliament put him on trial for murder and piracy. Brooke fought back, founding a dynasty of Brooke Rajahs, who ruled a jungle kingdom larger than England for 100 years, until the eve of WWII.
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Film Review: ‘Seventh Son’

Film Review: ‘Seventh Son’
Legend has is that the seventh son of a seventh son is born with certain special powers, which, in Joseph Delaney’s “Wardstone Chronicles” fantasy-lit series, include the ability to see supernatural beings and, potentially, to kill witches. But given the unusually long gestation period for Universal’s film adaptation, “Seventh Son” — which opens in the U.S. on Feb. 6, nearly a year later than originally planned — one shouldn’t be all that surprised to discover some pretty significant birth defects, among them a tired plot, some very unspecial effects, and a pair of grotesquely uneven performances from Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

Considering that Universal was still licking its wounds from the pricey Keanu Reeves debacle “47 Ronin” (like this project, an extravagant vfx-driven tentpole from a Russian director ill suited for Hollywood) when “Seventh Son” was supposed to open last February, it makes sense that the distributor opted to
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Putin eyes Crimean film scene

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Putin eyes Crimean film scene
Ahead of this week’s Nika Awards ceremony in Moscow, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin heard the plans by Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky to re-launch the film festival in Crimea’s Yalta and the festival for children’s cinema in the small resort town of Gurzuf.

Speaking to the Ria-Novosti agency after his meeting with Putin, Medinsky said he believed that both festivals could take place again this year and suggested that these events - as well as an international jazz festival in Koktebel - could help attract guests from all over Russia - and later on, from all over the world.

The meeting between Putin and Medinsky also centred on the proposal to reactivate the Yalta Film Studios on the peninsula as a centre for national production. In Soviet times, these studios had hosted such productions as Andrey Tarkovsky’s Solaris, Amphibian Man, Prisoner Of The Caucasus and Kidnapping, Caucasian Style.

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Berlin: Altitude Adds Sundance Winner ‘Fishing Without Nets’ to Efm Slate

London — Altitude Film Sales has added three titles to its sales slate at the European Film Market in Berlin: “Fishing Without Nets,” “Bolshoi Babylon” and Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer “Blood Mountain,” as revealed by Variety yesterday.

Fishing Without Nets,” which won the directing award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at Sundance, is the directorial feature debut of Cutter Hodiernem, whose short film of the same name won the Sundance Special Jury Prize in 2012.

Shot in East Africa using Somali non-actors, the film tells the story of an oil-tanker hijacking from the perspective of impoverished Somalis. A principled young fisherman, Abdi, struggling to support his family in the face of polluted water and a scarcity of fish, is lured into the perilous world of piracy.

“Bolshoi Babylon” ventures behind the scenes for the first time to reveal Russia’s national treasure, the Bolshoi, recently the focus of intrigue, personal attacks and lurid headlines.
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'The Golden Cage' Wins Best Film at St. Petersburg Festival

'The Golden Cage' Wins Best Film at St. Petersburg Festival
St. Petersburg, Russia – The second St. Petersburg International Film Festival (Sept. 13-22) closed on Sunday night at the Aurora Cinema, the festival’s main venue, located on Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main thoroughfare. The main competition jury, headed up by Russian film director, screenwriter and producer Sergei Bodrov (Prisoner of the Caucasus, Mongol), awarded the festival’s Best Film award to Mexican cinematographer-turned-director Diego Quemada-Diez’s film The Golden Cage (La jaula de oro). The other jury members included Tribeca Film Festival head Geoffrey Gilmore, European Film Academy director Marion Doring, Latvian film director Juris Poskus and Swiss

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Does Seventh Son relate to the books?

Hollywood has worked its magic on Joseph Delaney's source material, infusing its Lancashire setting with swords-and-sorcery glitz. Diehard fans are reading t' riot act

With Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy already set to equal the box-office success of the Kiwi film-maker's Lord of the Rings triptych and Game of Thrones storming the small screen, it ought to be a golden age for swords and sorcery. In reality, Hollywood tends to throw us the occasional fantasy flop (2006's Eragon, 2011's inferior Conan the Barbarian remake) and the odd attempt to push fairytale fare through a high-fantasy filter (last year's Snow White and the Huntsman or this year's Jack the Giant Slayer).

Sergei Bodrov's Seventh Son, for which the first trailer dropped earlier this week, at least looks like an attempt to revisit traditional 80s-style swords-and-sorcery fantasy in the style of Willow or Dragonslayer. The film's sumptuous cast features the
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First trailer and poster for Seventh Son

Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer and poster for the upcoming fantasy adventure Seventh Son, which is based upon The Spook's Apprentice, the first instalment in British author Joseph Delaney's children's fantasy series The Wardstone Chronicles.

Two-time Academy Award-nominated Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov (Prisoner of the Mountains, Mongol) directs a cast that includes Jeff Bridges (R.I.P.D.), Julianne Moore (Carrie), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), Antje Traue (Man of Steel), Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story), Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones).

Here's the official synopsis followed by the trailer below....

In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch,
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First Look At ‘The Seventh Son’

The versatile Jeff Bridges, after playing roles ranging from cowboy to tech wiz, will now under go a different change of clothes: wizard.

The first images of “The Seventh Son” have been released. The movie adaptation is based on the novel “The Spook’s Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. Bridges will play brusque sorcerer John Gregory who is in the wintertime of his years as he tries to find an apprentice to carry on his work. The problem is all his former assistants have died and he will need the seventh son of a seventh son in order to have someone permanent.

Unfortunately, this all gets complicated further when Bridges’ nemesis played by Julianne Moore escapes from her supernatural prison. “In real life, she’s gorgeous, and she’s gorgeously grotesque,” say Bridges on her role, “She’s really something to behold in this.”

To delve into his role Bridges has
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First Look at Concept Art for Seventh Son

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Last spring, we reported Jeff Bridges’ casting in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ big-screen adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s young adult series The Last Apprentice (aka The Wardstone Chronicles in the UK). Now, we have official news from Warner Bros. Pictures that production has begun on this project, titled The Seventh Son, which also stars Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes and have a first look at concept art for the film.

Check out the official press release and concept art below!

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This concept art gives us an idea of the scale of what they’re going for in this adaptation. It is indeed a good sign for an epic battle against good and evil!

Production Begins on “Seventh Son” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures

Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes Lead the International Cast

Burbank, Calif.– Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ fantasy action adventure “Seventh Son.
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Seventh Son Concept Art Shows an Exorcist on a Quest for the One Ring

Well, okay, not really, but it is hard to not get that kind of vibe after seeing the latest sliver of concept art for Legendary and Warner Brothers' upcoming adaptation of The Spook's Apprentice known as The Seventh Son.

From the Press Release

Principal photography is under way on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ fantasy action adventure Seventh Son. Shooting began on March 19th under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Sergei Bodrov, director of the Oscar®-nominated foreign language films Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan and Prisoner of the Mountains. Seventh Son stars Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart, Iron Man), Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven, The Hours), and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia films).

The film’s international cast also includes Alicia Vikander (The Crown Jewels), Antje Traue (Pandorum, upcoming Man of Steel), Olivia Williams (Hanna) and Kit Harington (HBO’s “Game of Thrones
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Principal Photography Begins on The Seventh Son; Official Synopsis Revealed!

Well it's finally official. Filming of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' The Seventh Son has commenced, and we have the latest for you right here. Read on for the official synopsis and more!

From the Press Release

Principal photography is under way on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ fantasy action adventure Seventh Son. Shooting began on March 19th under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Sergei Bodrov, director of the Oscar®-nominated foreign language films Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan and Prisoner of the Mountains. Seventh Son stars Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart, Iron Man), Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven, The Hours), and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia films).

The film’s international cast also includes Alicia Vikander (The Crown Jewels), Antje Traue (Pandorum, upcoming Man of Steel), Olivia Williams (Hanna) and Kit Harington (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).

Bodrov is directing the
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Production Begins On Seventh Son For Warner Bros. Pictures & Legendary Pictures; Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore Star

Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ fantasy action adventure “Seventh Son.” Shooting began on March 19, under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Sergei Bodrov, director of the Oscar®-nominated foreign language films “Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan” and “Prisoner of the Mountains.” “Seventh Son” stars Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart,” “Iron Man”), Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore (“Far From Heaven,” “The Hours”), and Ben Barnes (“The Chronicles of Narnia” films).

In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world.
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Sergey Bodrov's The Seventh Son lands Antje Trau

Russian director Sergey Bodrov, best known to art-house audiences for his foreign-language dramas Prisoner of the Mountains and Mongol, continued to prep for his first Hollywood production, The Seventh Son, an adaptation of Joseph Delaney's The Spook’s Apprentice fantasy novels about the seventh son of a seventh son who learns how to be a wizard from a spook. Variety reported that Bodrov prepared for an April start date by casting Man of Steel villainess Antje Trau to join The Seventh Son in an unknown role. Trau joined previous cast members on the Legendary Pictures production including Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander. Bodrov also joined the production as producer along with Thomas Tull of Legendary and Basil Iwanyk and Lionel Wigram from Thunder Road.
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Sergey Bodrov's The Seventh Son lands Antje Trau

Russian director Sergey Bodrov, best known to art-house audiences for his foreign-language dramas Prisoner of the Mountains and Mongol, continued to prep for his first Hollywood production, The Seventh Son, an adaptation of Joseph Delaney's The Spook’s Apprentice fantasy novels about the seventh son of a seventh son who learns how to be a wizard from a spook. Variety reported that Bodrov prepared for an April start date by casting Man of Steel villainess Antje Trau to join The Seventh Son in an unknown role. Trau joined previous cast members on the Legendary Pictures production including Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander. Bodrov also joined the production as producer along with Thomas Tull of Legendary and Basil Iwanyk and Lionel Wigram from Thunder Road.

Sergey Bodrov's The Seventh Son lands Antje Trau

Russian director Sergey Bodrov, best known to art-house audiences for his foreign-language dramas Prisoner of the Mountains and Mongol, continued to prep for his first Hollywood production, The Seventh Son, an adaptation of Joseph Delaney's The Spook’s Apprentice fantasy novels about the seventh son of a seventh son who learns how to be a wizard from a spook. Variety reported that Bodrov prepared for an April start date by casting Man of Steel villainess Antje Trau to join The Seventh Son in an unknown role. Trau joined previous cast members on the Legendary Pictures production including Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander. Bodrov also joined the production as producer along with Thomas Tull of Legendary and Basil Iwanyk and Lionel Wigram from Thunder Road.
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Channing Tatum stars in Blood Brothers

Eric Nazarian and Sergei Bodrov's Blood Brothers cast Channing Tatum in suspense thriller set in Russia. Chernin Entertainment has picked up the pitch from Eric Nazarian and Sergei Bodrov with the former writing and the latter directing. Channing Tatum is currently shooting "21 Jump Street" in New Orleans alongside Jonah Hill. Aside from the Blood Brothers suspense thriller, Bodrov's credits Mongol of 2007 as well as 1996's Prisoner of the Mountains. Nazarian's work includes The Blue Hour and a spec script called Giants.
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Channing Tatum stars in Blood Brothers

Eric Nazarian and Sergei Bodrov's Blood Brothers cast Channing Tatum in suspense thriller set in Russia. Chernin Entertainment has picked up the pitch from Eric Nazarian and Sergei Bodrov with the former writing and the latter directing. Channing Tatum is currently shooting "21 Jump Street" in New Orleans alongside Jonah Hill. Aside from the Blood Brothers suspense thriller, Bodrov's credits Mongol of 2007 as well as 1996's Prisoner of the Mountains. Nazarian's work includes The Blue Hour and a spec script called Giants.
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Channing Tatum stars in Blood Brothers

Eric Nazarian and Sergei Bodrov's Blood Brothers cast Channing Tatum in suspense thriller set in Russia. Chernin Entertainment has picked up the pitch from Eric Nazarian and Sergei Bodrov with the former writing and the latter directing. Channing Tatum is currently shooting "21 Jump Street" in New Orleans alongside Jonah Hill. Aside from the Blood Brothers suspense thriller, Bodrov's credits Mongol of 2007 as well as 1996's Prisoner of the Mountains. Nazarian's work includes The Blue Hour and a spec script called Giants.
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Looks Like Warner Has Found Its “Seventh Son”

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have tapped two young leads for the roles of Tom and Alice, characters in “Seventh Son,” the adaptation of “The Last Apprentice,” which is the first of Joseph Delaney’s bestselling Y.A. series, “The Wardstone Chronicles.” With Jeff Bridges as Master Gregory and Julianne Moore as the villainous Mother Malkin almost locked in place, the studio is now turning to relative newcomers Sam Claflin and Alicia Vikander to hop on board. Claflin’s Tom is the titular seventh son of a seventh son. Academy Award-nominated director Sergei Bodrov (”Prisoner of the Mountains”) is helming the flick, which hasn’t been given the full go-ahead just yet, but plans for a 2013 release date seem a given with this prospective talent.

http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/04/01/seventh-son-movie-cast/
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The 2009 Black List Revealed

Since 2004, Franklin Leonard releases The Black List every December. It’s a list of best read scripts that’s complied from the suggestions of agents assistants, managers, film executives, and whoever else he gets to contribute. While last year had 260 people contribute, this year’s had 97 scripts from 311 contributors. Most of the scripts on the list are in some stage of development in the studio system, and it’s been said that a high listing can help move your project forward. What I’m trying to say is, the list is very important in Hollywood and many people try extremely hard to land in the top ten.

So now that you’re curious, hit the jump to check out the top ten on the 2009 Black List:

Of course big thanks to Entertainment Weekly for posting the list. If you can, hit the link to show some appreciation. And for more on The Black List,
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