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Uber Round Up

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Scott Pilgrim has his very own movie website.

Michael Sheen has joined up with the cast of New Moon, the upcoming sequel to Twilight.

William Hurt is now in the cast of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood adaptation/reimagining thing.

Un trailer for Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth.

Watchmen scribe Alex Tse is to write an adaptation of the upcoming Paul Pope graphic novel Battling Boy.

Zac Efron will play Johnny Quest. No nothing about Johnny Quest although, I imagine, fanboys will be furious!

Angelina Jolie is in talks once more for a part in Sin City 2.

Ray Winstone, David Thewlis and the lovely Anna Friel have signed up for William Monahan’s London Boulevard.

The trailer has shown up for Johnnie To’s Vengeance.

Some early, positive buzz has been flowing in for Pixar’s Up.

Adam Shankman could be making Hairspray 2 in 3D, according to reports in First Showing.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey may well re-team, despite the lukewarm weakness of Baby Mama in my books.

Could the sequel to Tron rack up $300m in budget, or is this another Avatar-Time typo?

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Atlas Shrugged Finally Coming to Screen?

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The long-awaited film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s classic Atlas Shrugged could well be on the way with Relativity Media apparently interested in the project and possibly coming aboard to provide financing alongside Lionsgate.

Rope of Silicon notes Angelina Jolie had been the centre of casting news when the book was originally tapped for an adaptation three years ago by Randall Wallace. That list has apparently now grown to include the likes of Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway. RoS also notes that Vadim Perelman, the director of the excellent House of Sand of Fog, had been attached to direct at one point.

I was going to attempt to describe the book to you all but, instead, I’ll defer to RoS which gave this superb outline:

“The role the ladies would be vying for is that of Dagny Taggart. The story follows Taggart’s struggles to manage a transcontinental railroad amid the pressures and restrictions of massive bureaucracy. Her antagonistic reaction to a libertarian group seeking an end to government regulation is later echoed and modified in her encounter with a utopian community, Galt’s Gulch, whose members regard self-determination rather than collective responsibility as the highest ideal.”

It sounds made for possible Oscar glory if made right, although 1,100 page novels often come with a great degree of difficulty in adapting. Still, just to see someone take it on would provide a great thrill to the literary community.

Wanted Poster Banned

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The Advertising Standards Authority has banned the TV ad for the DVD release of Wanted, the James McAvoy-Angelina Jolie comic book movie, over accusations that it glorifies violence. The ASA said the advert gave the impression that ‘using guns was sexy and glamorous’.

The question is, why ban the trailer for the DVD? The movie has already been out at cinemas, why not try and ban the trailers? I don’t enormously disagree with their statements, especially having seen the movie which does indeed glorify its violence and sexual content in an entirely ludicrous way, but that just makes it a bad film, not a dangerous one. It brings up debates once more over the influence movies can have over impressionable minds. The only impressions I can see lasting from Wanted is one of lust for Angelina Jolie and annoyance that you paid money for the DVD.

BAFTA Predictions

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So, here in print, are our predictions for this year’s BAFTAs. Please check out the podcast in which we discuss what you will find here. Also, here is the full list of nominations for your perusal.

Best Picture – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire
Sam: Slumdog Millionaire
Beth: Slumdog Millionaire
Tom: Slumdog Millionaire

Best British Film – Hunger, In Bruges, Mamma Mia, Man on Wire, Slumdog Millionaire
Sam: Man on Wire
Beth: Slumdog Millionaire
Tom: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director – Clint Eastwood (Changeling), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), Stephen Daldry (The Reader), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Sam: Danny Boyle
Beth: Danny Boyle
Tom: Danny Boyle

Best Actor – Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Sam: Mickey Rourke
Beth: Dev Patel
Tom: Mickey Rourke

Best Actress – Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long), Meryl Streep (Doubt), Kate Winslet (The Reader), Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)
Sam: Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Beth: Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Tom: Kate Winslet (The Reader)

Best Supporting Actor – Robert Downey Jr (Tropic Thunder), Brendan Gleason (In Bruges), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt), Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading)
Sam: Heath Ledger
Beth: Heath Ledger
Tom: Heath Ledger

Best Supporting Actress – Amy Adams (Doubt), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading), Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)
Sam: Penelope Cruz
Beth: Marisa Tomei
Tom: Amy Adams

Best Original Screenplay – Burn After Reading, Changeling, I’ve Loved You So Long, In Bruges, Milk
Sam: In Bruges
Beth: Milk
Tom: In Bruges

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire
Sam: Slumdog Millionaire
Beth: Slumdog Millionaire
Tom: The Reader

Best Foreign Language – Baader Meinhof Complex, Gomorrah, I’ve Loved You So Long, Persepolis, Waltz with Bashir
Sam: Waltz with Bashir
Beth: Persepolis
Tom: Waltz with Bashir

Best Animated – Wall-E, Waltz with Bashir, Persepolis
Sam: Wall-E
Beth: Wall-E
Tom: Wall-E

Orange Rising Star – Michael Cera, Michael Fassbender, Noel Clarke, Rebecca Hall, Toby Kebbell
Sam: Michael Fassbender
Beth: Toby Kebbell
Tom: Michael Fassbender