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March 2007 News
From USA Today Pop Candy: "Pop reader Cathy invigorated my morning by sending me this link to a fantastic slideshow -- I suggest you look at it too, especially if you need a little pick-me-up. "I found this on Dooce," she says. "It’s a totally riveting photo flipbook by this photographer ... runs a little fast through the pictures, but it’s worth it." We see tons of celebrities, from Bill Clinton to Clive Owen -- wanna try naming them all? Also, the song playing is Suicide's Dream Baby Dream.
Yahoo News: COM DVD Review - Director Alfonso Cuaron has two remarkable films on the "Children of Men" DVD, released Tuesday in North America -- the dystopian feature and a startling half-hour documentary that explores the macro-global issues raised by the movie
CHUD: Sin City 2 -- How different would Sin City have been if Clive Owen had shoved Johnny Depp’s face into that toilet?
Access Hollywood - Watch for a very brief glimpse of Clive entering the Oscar Vanity Fair party - Thanks, Kimmi
Empire On Line: Depp And Banderas Living In Sin City 2?-- Meanwhile, Rosario Dawson has been talking about her role, which apparently fills in the backstory between her character and Clive Owen's that was mentioned in the first film. She's also planning on wearing an even-skimpier costume and some sort of dominatrix mask, in the noble aim of being even more faithful to the comics. Gentlemen, may we recommend a cold shower and a brisk run to counteract those feelings of dizzyness currently assailing you.
Scans from last nights program at The Palace. T Shirts will be available to buy on line in the near future
From Peter: Harwich Electric Palace Patron Clive Owen, introducing last night's classic film (and his own favourite fim) Casablanca, announced a donation of £1000 towards the Repairs Appeal from the Rotary Club of Harwich and Dovercourt. This takes the Appeal total to over £3500. Mr Owen also snapped up the remaining stock of the New Electric Palace T Shirts, new stocks of which will be be arriving later in the week. These are £9.95 each (£13.95 including postage and packing) with all proceeds to the Appeal.
Travers at Rolling Stone on The COM DVD: DVD EXTRAS Forget
the deleted scenes (they're minor), but Cuaron's documentary, The
Possibility of Hope, features philosophers, including the outspoken
Slovian culture critic Slavoj Zizek, digging deep into the film's
issues. In a world of DVDs loaded with promotional filler, this is
it's own kind of utopia. So is the behind-the-scenes stuff. You don't
just watch the sequence in which a car is attacked from all sides
-- you live inside it, ducking each fresh, ferocious assault. Seeing
how it was done is a revelation. Cuaron's chief collaborator is director
of photography Emmanuel Lubezki, a weaver of visual miracles. Lubezki,
known as Chivo, didn't win the Oscar for best cinematography this
year. Chivo was robbed.
AICN : Quint chats up Alfonso Cuaron about the CHILDREN OF MEN DVD!!! - Thanks, Steph
An excellent IGN DVD Review of COM - Thanks, Steph
ComingSoon: An excellent video interview with Cuaron - Spoilers! - Thanks, Dana and Donna
Important! -- "Hi, my name is Raul Burriel. I'm the director of the Internet Entertainment Writers Association and we operate the Internet Movie Awards. I thought that the visitors to your web site would be interested in knowing that "Children of Men" and actor Clive Owen have been nominated for the 2006 Internet Movie Awards in the categories of Favorite Picture and Favorite Actor in a Leading Role. Anyone with Internet access can cast a vote in the Internet Movie Awards by visiting http://www.internetmovieawards.com/" (Registration is required)
The April issue of W has a brief interview with Clive regarding his ‘face of Lancome’ role; one page with B&W picture. -- “I smell better,” Owen says of wearing scent, “not that I smelled that unpleasant before.” -- Christine K
The Tennessean: "Franklin-based author Tasha Alexander has been hired to write the companion novel to The Golden Age, the forthcoming sequel to the 1998 film Elizabeth, which earned actress Cate Blanchett an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth. Both the book and the film, which co-stars Blanchett and Clive Owen, are due out in October." - Thanks, Steph
musicfromthemovies.com: Golden music for Craig Armstrong (He did Shakespeare in Love)
UGO on COM: Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men is a essentially a post apocalyptic vision of the future. Okay, the future wasteland isn't all Mad Max with gasoline pirates and Thunderdomes...no, it's more real. People can't make any more babies and the youngest human on Earth is a young adult... who just died. There's no hope for the future and mankind is in its death throes. Things are falling apart. S&M gasoline pirates would be easier to deal with. But besides being a cool "end of days" tale, Children of Men is a story of hope. All is not lost...yet. Similar in tone to such films as Blade Runner and Brazil, Children of Men is destined to be a "Midnite Movie" in movie theaters across the country or a must own DVD - it has just that degree of "cool" which is timeless. We at UGO are in awe of this film. Collected here is everything you ever wanted to know about the film, including a look at the filmmaker, Alfonso Cuarón, an extensive look at the Children of Men cast of characters, and a look into the bleak future world of the movie in images and video. - Thanks, Steph
Arstechnica.com: (Just wishing) Gears of War Movie -- "We'll watch for updates on this story, but high-cost movies based on games seem to be a hard sell these days, and I can't see this as being able to survive without the most monstrous of budgets. This is of course not considering the money they will have to pay Clive Owen to play Marcus Fenix, since there is no other choice for the lead role."
The UK Express: Clive is mentioned in a story about a new Sherlock Holmes film
Filmcritic.com: Perhaps because of its bleak outlook, its lushly dark tones, or its often blunt criticism of the current world state, Alfonso Cuaron's fourth major film will have to fight just as hard as his two Spanish films to find an audience. The bearer of one the worst marketing and public relations campaigns in years, Children of Men could have been the wriggling stepson that Universal has made it out to be, but it turns out to be anything but.
Amazon.com is hosting an online forum inspired by the political and social concerns that were featured in the critically-acclaimed film Children of Men. The event will be live here: http://www.amazon.com/dvd, on Monday, March 26th at 6:00 pm PDT. Writer/director Alfonso Cuarón is the guest speaker addressing questions submitted about topics raised in the film, which have gained growing awareness among fans who care passionately about the world today and what lies ahead. Press release about the event HERE
Empire on line: COM Podcast -- To coincide with the release of the Special Edition DVD, Empire’s got its hands on an exclusive never-seen-before documentary that discusses some of ideas and themes raised in the movie. Set in 2027, Children Of Men presents a view of the planet on the brink of self-destruction. No children have been born for eighteen years and the human race is already in a state of social and political collapse. From philosophers to global-activists, The Possibility Of Hope – directed by Cuaron – presents a range of opinions from across the globe on reality, fear, walls, fever and, unsurprisingly, hope. - Thanks, ligeia28
A Lancome competition at YouTube - Thanks, Steph
The Huffington Post: Man Crush List -- 7. Clive Owen -- How bad is this guy? It's the ultimate compliment to a male actor for a guy to say he'd see a movie based on him alone. I was hooked after Closer. If you're beginning to wonder if this really is a straight man's list, check out these lines...
Clive's Biography and more at Turner Classic Movies - Thanks, Steph
Variety: Mosaic's Roven adds to busy plans-- Sony greenlights Tykwer's 'International' --- " Roven could not confirm rumors that Clive Owen will play the lead. What's for sure though is that Tykwer will work with the same D.P. and production designer as he did on "Perfume -- Story of a Murderer," Frank Griebe and Uli Hanisch" - Thanks, Steph.
The Rising Nepal: Beyond Borders' bring home message of love - Thanks, Steph
AICN: Review of The Golden Age by Moriarty - Not kind to Clive - Thanks, Steph
Oscar Watch (Registration required) : Movielocke wrote: This screened last night, the four principles are all superb, expect buzz to build slowly around Abbie Cornish and Clive Owen. The film deals with up to shortly after the defeat of the Spanish Armada and is a little more melodramatic than Elizabeth. There's no point addressing any negatives because it's a work in progress and many aspects, such as the temp score (which affects perception and reception of the film more than many people realize) will change dramatically in the next months and will completely alter any perceptions. I would watch it again when it's more completely color timed for all scenes and everything uprezzed as the handful of offline (eg low res for editing) scenes were very distracting in the digital projection. As a work in progress it is an excellent film, not yet great but the potential is definitely there for this film to reach the level of Elizabeth (which was my second favorite of the 1998 oscars, behind Saving Private Ryan). - Thanks, Steph
DVD The Man Room: Closer will be released for Blu-Ray disc on May 22.
People: Hollywood look alikes - Thanks, RPH
March 11 and 12
Children of Men Universal Page with links to the trailer
From a fan: "I had a chance to visit the set of Shoot 'Em Up last night (the final night of re-shoots). When Clive finished his last scene Michael Davis (the Director) got up and proclaimed, "...and that's a wrap for Mr. Clive Owen!" The entire crew gave him a huge round of applause, (a demonstration of how well-liked he was on the set). Clive smiled, more-or-less took a bow and then graciously made his exit. After he left, Michael Davis had so much to say about how he enjoyed working with Clive. The producers joined in with comments on how incredibly pleasant and prepared he always was. I have to say I've never seen a production team that seemed so genuinely thrilled by their working experience with an actor. Clive has a reputation for being one of the nicer actors to work with. It was good to see first hand that it's absolutely true."
YouTube: Excerpt from the new Lancome commercial -
From Christopher (for UK fans): Just to inform you that Clive Owen will be featuring in the following films this week: CHILDREN OF MEN (Sky Box Office and FilmFlex from Wednesday) CLOSER (Sky Movies 10 on Daturday) KING ARTHUR (Sky Movies 7 on Saturday) GOSFORD PARK (Channel 4 on Saturday at 9.20pm; S4C at 10.00pm) There is also an article in this week's new edition of the Radio Times on page 43 where Clive is being intetviewed as the "Film Star Of The Week" with Barry Norman.
March 5 and 6
Broadcast Newsroom: Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment (BVWHE) today announced their slate of Blu-ray Disc(R) releases for April 2007, all of which are presented on the newest high definition 50 GB disc. Titles will include King Arthur and G.I. Jane, which will be in stores on April 3, and Deja vu and The Queen, available on April 24. Most Blu-ray(TM) titles from BVWHE will be available for $34.99 SRP. The action-packed King Arthur (Clive Owen, Keira Knightley) on Blu-ray Disc will feature original DVD bonus materials including audio commentary by director Antoine Fuqua, the featurette "Blood on the Land: Forging King Arthur," a cast & filmmaker roundtable, alternate ending, and Blu-ray exclusive Movie Showcase. G.I. Jane (Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen) on Blu-ray Disc includes the exclusive Movie Showcase.
If anyone can find new news of Clive I would love to give you credit
Monsters and Critics People: "Eva Mendes thinks God looks like Clive Owen. The 'Ghost Rider' actress pictures the handsome British star every time she contemplates what The Almighty may look like. She told Britain's Empire magazine: "If God exists he looks like Clive Owen, or at least he should do!" - Thanks, Steph
IMDbDaily Poll: "Of the most recent films (from 2005 or later) on the Top 250, which do you think is the most likely to still be on the IMDb Top 250 in 10 years? (Suggested by Josh M.)" - Thanks, Kris C
IMDb message board for Shoot 'em Up -- "I know someone
who works on this film and Clive Owen is in LA to re-shoot a new
beginning and ending for the film. He'll be filming for seven days
... the film is looking very good though apparantly, can't wait" -
March 2 and 3
The Defamer: Hollywood privacy watch: "Got a double-sighting on Tuesday (2/27) at Mozza Pizza. The first one was a Kumar-less John Cho settling for a seat-at-the-bar with a rather attractive, similarly Asian, similarly fashionably dressed young woman. IMDb says he's currently filming Harold + Kumar 2, so his short hair on the sides, long up top seems to reflect that. The big, cool sighting - however - was Clive Owen, coming in to meet a rather scruffy-looking-yet-somewhat-well-dressed bearded fellow. Owen was casually dressed and wore a futuristic, silver-faced watch that looked like more expensive than my car. 12 months ago, I would've been "meh," but after the one-two punch of "Inside Man" and the criminally underseen "Children of Men," I'm back on the Clive Owen fan-bus." Thanks, Steph
Ask Men: Top men -- Clive #11 - Thanks, Mary
Box Office Prophets: Reader Awards -- Leonardo DiCaprio is a landslide victor in the Best Actor Category for his work in The Departed (he overachieved by also finishing 12th for The Blood Diamond). Way, way back in second place with a third fewer votes is Clive Owen. Interestingly, both actors seem to be very popular with the readers, having placed well in the first ever Reader Awards. Leo finished fourth that year for The Aviator, while Clive finished seventh for Closer. In the Calvins, we concurred with the readers, putting Leo first and Clive third. We liked Forest Whitaker a little better, but other than that the best actor lists are virtually identical.
CHUD: COM DVD info
The Star Phoenix - Canada.com: Sexiest presenter pairs: It's a dead heat between Clive Owen and Cate Blanchett, in a snug silver gown, and Hugh Jackman and Penelope Cruz in her pink-gold froth of a dress. Look no further than these four, for the steamy glamour we like to associate with Hollywood. - Thanks, Steph