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Trigallia Celtic Festival in Italy has highlighted a King Arthur page. And here is a review of my KA page (Scroll to bottom of page for the Italian version): "ENGLISH TRANSLATION of the REVIEW (in Italian) -- RECOMMENDED WEBSITE: ARTHUR by CLIVE OWEN If you want to know everything about the film, the upright website is that one by Clive Owen, the actor roling the Roman Arthur. You will find a lot of thematic links, with the websites and the web pages of the main actors, the reviews, TV spots, news, interviews (not only with Owen) e the photogallery including the premiere at Dublin with the Irish VIP's and the Éireann cast and crew of the film. There are also pages about the ancient Celts, Picts and Saxons, the arthurian literature and an exclusive Historical Links section. Well done Clive/Arthur!" Thank you, Mary Tiussi, Editor in chief - CELTICA magazine
The KA DVD will be released on December, according to B&N. Thanks, SK
8/23/04 - Variety: "King Arthur" is showing
enough grit to suggest it will become BVI's fourth $ 100 million grosser
this year. Knights' tale conquered the U.K , Thailand (repping the second
biggest bow for Jerry Bruckheimer after "Armageddon"), Holland,
Denmark, Belgium and Israel, and retained the top spots in its soph
sessions in Sweden and Norway. Actioner starring Clive Owen and Keira
Knightley held fast in its second turn in Japan (where ticket sales
were buoyed by a national cinema promo Aug. 1) but plunged in South
Korea as those robots and vampires invaded. Its cume raced to $
Also in the Guardian: Death of a legend -- Strip the tale of King Arthur of its chivalry and sorcery and what is left is nothing sort of a national insult. Thanks, Gill
8/20 - Planet Game Cube News: Konami of Europe has announced that it is to release the video game adaptation of one of the summer's biggest movies - King Arthur - for PlayStation®2, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCubeTM in November. Thanks, Steph
From SK - 8/20/04 -- The Hollywood Reporter: "Fighting back with the valor of the Knights of the Round Table, "King Arthur" appears determined to pass the $100 million mark overseas, as the weekend haul of $12.2 million from 30 territories hoisted its total to $70.8 million. Key No. 1 bows included Spain ($2.6 million), Russia ($1.8 million), Switzerland ($514,000) and Portugal ($350,000). Japan, in four weeks, has provided $14.4 million. Germany is still to come."
As news about Arthur winds down, please be sure to check the main Owen news page - Updated often
Kansas City Star: Box office busts hail the foreign film market - By RACHEL ABRAMOWITZ Los Angeles Times. (KA mentioned) Thanks, Steph
Review of the soundtrack for KA at Music From the Movies. Thanks, Jannie
The Belfast Telegraph: Tile masters create movie magic. Thanks, Steph
Channel Four UK interview with Clive. Thanks, Victoria
You can buy the KA soundtrack though this Amazon link - More information on the soundtrack HERE
The BBC: King Arthur wins box office fight Thanks, ing71 at the murphsplace forum
The Mirror review. Thanks Gill
8/2 - Capital FM Radio in London. Listen to interviews with Clive, Keira, Ray and Ioan. Thanks, Bernadette
8/1/04 - The UK Sunday Times Review: "...Owen is a bad choice for King Arthur. There’s nothing sadder than a pretty boy trying to act tough — see Jude Law — and failing to convince. Russell Crowe is believable as a warrior; Owen is believable as Hamlet. That furrowed brow, those eyes that have looked inwards and seen something his mouth doesn’t want to talk about. Moody and prematurely melancholic, Owen looks as if he couldn’t pick up a sword without a three-hour ethical debate. But you can see why he agreed to do a Bruckheimer blockbuster: this Arthur isn’t a man of action at all. The whole film is about a man struggling with his conscience and convictions. He has always believed in Rome as a force for civilisation, order and freedom and then discovers it isn’t like that. This is a drama of introspection, a tale of collapsed idealism." Rest of review HERE -- Thanks, Gill
Teletext review: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer's misguided attempt to reconstruct the Arthurian myth as gritty action cinema makes for laughable history and tepid romance, but manages to entertain in spite of itself. - Thanks, Gill
Images of the Dublin Premiere at Showbiz Ireland - No Clive
The Guardian Review - Two stars. Thanks, Gill
BBC News - King Arthur film history defended. Thanks, Gill and vsecin
Another UK Times review of KA. Thanks, Gill
7/28 - The UK Sun: "Holidays fit for a King - SUMMER blockbuster King Arthur hits cinema screens next week, reviving the famous story of the Knights of the Round Table. The legend of Arthur is linked to many places, from Cornwall to Scotland and to celebrate tourism organisation Enjoy England has produced a King Arthur Movie Map, highlighting Arthurian spots across the country." Thanks, vsecin
7/27 - The Guardian - Who's Who in Arthur. Thanks, Gill
7/25/04 - Several articles and a review from the UK Times - Thanks, Gill
7/23/04 -- The Independent: Ray Winstone: Playing by Ray's rules - In King Arthur, Ray Winstone brings a touch of Hackney to Camelot, and he's set to do the same to Hollywood, says Ryan Gilbey - Thanks, Gill
The UK Telegraph: Arthur on screen - Sheila Johnston recalls previous screen incarnations of the Arthurian legend. Thanks, Gill
New pictures from the Tokyo press conference. Thanks, June
7/19/04 - Calgary Sun: Clive reins as Arthur. Thanks, Victoria
Ray Winstone in a UK Sun on line chat. Thanks, vsecin
The UK Observer: Arthur woz 'ere. Or was he? - Thanks, Gill
Australain review - news.com.au. Thanks, vsecin
UK Review - The Times On Line - Thanks, Gill
Keiraweb has video of the UK premiere. Click on the text after new buttons. Thanks, Paul
We have five winners of the KA poster contest! I picked them by printing out and folding all the e-mails I received, and putting them in a big bowl. My grandson drew out five. The winners are being notified today (7/16) via e-mail, and Touchstone will send along their posters. Thanks for participating!
Empire on line - KA Premiere page
At the KA London Premiere - Hello Magazine. Thanks, vsecin
Thanks to clemato, The Houston Chronicle
BBC News video: (Look for watch/listen box on right) Ray Winstone gets Medieval in new King Arthur epic. Thaks, vsecin
BBC World on KA. Thanks, vsecin
The Independent UK: King MacArthur: Scots lay claim to the legend of the round table. Thanks, Gill
NOTE: DDWorld is running a massive KA special - Click HERE to see all the information they have
Mega Star UK giveaway: Win Premiere tickets -- "How do you fancy rubbing shoulders with Hollywood celebs at the star-studded premiere of King Arthur?" Thanks, vsecin
Excerpt from Entertainment Weekly - Thanks to Paula
7/11 Box Office: "Ferrell's latest DreamWorks comedy, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," debuted at No. 2 with a better-than-expected $28 million, followed by Walt Disney Co.'s "King Arthur" with $15.2 million, an opening termed solid, if not exciting, by box office observers.
The Winnipeg Sun: Prince of Wales - Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd pins his hopes on Hollywood - By Louis B. Hobson
[Correction thanks to June - this program was aired on Friday, July 9! The ABC web site is not clear on that] -- ABC News 20/20: Rugged Warrior or Refined Royalty? Chasing the Truth Behind King Arthur (Full report on 20/20 Friday, July 16 - Thanks, Shannon at the Mostly Russ Board
Fox News Gossip: "Did Jon Stewart really use the "s-word" several dozen times Thursday night talking about "King Arthur" (search)? As in "It's a big heaping bag of 's---'?" Yep. Talk about bad word-of-mouth. He was lancing it a lot. Sorry." ..Word is that some of the battle scenes are intense, and the best one is on ice. Like the Ice Capades? Not exactly. Still, it's a very mixed medieval bag, according to most. Clive Owen can do no wrong, and Keira Knightley has Knight in her name! Still, could this be a miss rather than a hit from uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer? Maybe he's due." - Thanks, vsecin
The KA official site has been updated with new pictures from the premiere and more. Thanks, June
BBC Review of KA, with comments from USA people who have seen it. Thanks, Gill
Excerts from an Hello Magazine interview. Thanks, kireipan
CBS News - The Early Show: A Kingly Role For Clive Owen
From Paula, excerpt from a Franzoni interview at Script Magazine -- Scr(i)pt: So, from concept to sale -- how did you sell the idea? Franzoni: It was almost as easy as Gladiator. . . . you go back to the period and do the human reasearch and read what you can. I did the same thing on Gladiator then turned it over to the pros to get all the details straight. Then the production takes on a life of its own and in our case, getting stuff right in detail is tough. On Gladiator when you called down to "ye olde sword and helm shoppe" and put in an order for 200 Roman swords, they knew you meant gladius or spathas. People have been making Roman gear for the movies for decades. Bet when you call up and ask for Sarmatian swords and armor for men and horses, the chance they will get it right is dramatically low. To get the chain mail we wanted we had to order from a factory that produces it for the S&M trade! Malory will roll over in his grave .... When I arrived in Ireland, they were nearly finished building Hadrian's Wall; and I was stunned -- even after Gladiator I was not prepared for the immensity of the set. I hope the audience doesn't think it's CG.
Film Stew Review: "...Clive Owen is a great actor, full of the effortless charisma that carries aspiring stars to the top of the A-list, but here he seems a bit lost, as if not quite sure how to wrangle a summer blockbuster into submission."
The AP Review: "...The best fighter of all, though, is Arthur himself. And Owen, so suave in the excellent noir hit "Croupier," provides weight, intelligence and heroism to go along with his dark good looks. He deserves a movie more worthy of his innate magnetism and strength — and following "King Arthur," he should be able to find such a holy grail of roles."
Celebrity Cafe review: "...What you get is a steadfast leading performance by the much under-rated British import Clive Owen as a struggling leader who in constant conflict between his moral code and what is right. He is a flawed leader and Owen is brilliant as this legendary but flawed man." Thanks, Jannie
The Seattle Times: "...Despite its problems, "King Arthur" has its moments. Slawomir Idziak's cinematography is sweeping and occasionally lovely, and the brooding Owen, in a different movie, would make a splendid romantic hero." Thanks, Jannie
USA Today: "...Owen, Knightley and Stellan Skarsgaard (who better as a goldilocked Saxon heavy?) all do more for the movie's same old flaming weaponry than the weaponry does for them" - Thanks, Chris
Video at nineMSN au- Nice interview with Ioan on the film.. Thanks, vsecin
The Toronto Sun: Clive reins as king. Thanks, vsecin
The Mercury News. Thanks, clemato
The NY Post: ROYAL FLUSH - Thanks, clemato
The Village Voice: Boogie Knights. Thanks, Jannie
NY Newsday review. "...As played by the suave and cryptic Clive Owen, this Arthur is a pensive defender of a waning ideal of Roman civilization." - Thanks, Jannie
The Globe and Mail: "From quiet croupier to action star -- Clive Owen's ability to project complex motivations led to his role as the dark, but still dashingly adventurous, King Arthur." Thanks, Jannie
Interview at Dark Horizons - Thanks, Genevieve
Article in the Sunday Telegraph au. Thanks, Chris
Good review from Variety. Thanks Gill
You can pre-order the KA soundtrack from Amazon (available 7/27)
Film Critic.com: "...Clive Owen’s (Croupier) Arthur is neither as steely as Russell Crowe’s Maximus nor as bombastic as Mel Gibson’s William Wallace, but he carries the weight of a man who perseveres even as his world crumbles around him. Rumors currently place Owen as the next James Bond, a role he could fill with refreshing edginess. He’s a delight."
Excellent review from the Hollywood Reporter. by Kirk Honeycutt "...Owen is very much associated with contemporary roles, so it's initially a jolt to see him in fifth century armor. But this is very much a contemporary take on the Dark Ages, and he is most effective playing against the usual heroic gallantry one associates with King Arthur. Instead, we get a conflicted leader, struggling to find the right path through an unknown ethical battlefield." Thanks, venckman
Also from the Weekend Mail - Filming the Legend. Thanks, Gill
The NY Times: International Actors a Passport to Profitability.
The NY Daily News: Knight Moves - On Ioan
response to some of the early critics of the film (Thanks, Mark)
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