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Christopher Nolan reveals love of old, foreign films with Criterion 'Top 10'

Christopher Nolan has a thing for “desperate men.”

That’s the takeaway, or one of them, from the director’s list of top 10 Criterion releases, which includes Stephen Frears’ The Hit and Sidney Lumet’s Twelve Angry Men in the No. 1 and 2 spots.

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The Bible is suddenly the hottest thing in Hollywood. What other scriptural tales could work as feature films?

Hollywood is — if nothing else — a land of over-stuffed bandwagons, and as studio suits begin to tire of super-sizing fairy tales, the latest micro-trend in “let’s-try-launching-this-kind-of-franchise” appears to be feature films based on the Bible.

The first, director Darren Aronofsky’s take on Noah, just recently wrapped filming in Iceland with Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. The rest of the Bible-based projects remain in some stage of development without an official greenlight, but many have A-list names hovering around them. According to Deadline, there are two possible films about Moses, with Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg respectively circling the directors’ chairs. Will Smith is reportedly eyeing the story of Cain & Abel as his directorial debut. Paul Verhoeven is developing a biopic about Jesus, based on Verhoeven’s own book and research, that strips away all the miracles of the New Testament. Most recently, screenwriter Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) penned a script about Pontius Pilate — i.e. the man who condemned Jesus Christ to the cross — that was just snapped up by Warner Bros.

But that is just scratching the surface when it comes to Bible stories that are ready-made for the big screen, especially in the Old Testament. In the interest of providing Hollywood with even more half-baked ideas, my colleague Darren Franich and I humbly suggest the following ecclesiastical tales as sure-fire potential box office blockbusters:  READ FULL STORY

Loch Ness Malick! Reclusive 'Tree of Life' director captured on film

Terrence Malick has directed gorgeous, haunting films — including The Tree of Life and The New World — with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and he has done it without being photographed once by the media. TMZ’s video crew, however, has inadvertantly filmed him leaving a restaurant with actor Benicio Del Toro. The cameraman was keen on Del Toro’s thoughts about Cuba eventually becoming the 51st state and didn’t immediately recognize the real prize in his frame. Watch as Malick tries to slip away despite Del Toro’s inconvenient positioning. (I love the Traffic star’s chuckle, hinting that he at least appreciated the significance of the moment.) READ FULL STORY

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