this morning, 1 January 2021, three minutes after midnight, the last
human being to be born on earth was killed in a pub brawl in a suburb
of Buenos Aires, aged twenty-five years, two months and twelve days..." Theodore
Faron, Oxford Historian
Above - EW Magazine - Aug 18, 2006 (Opening date has changed) - Thanks, Clemato
Clive Owen as Theo
December 25 , 2006 USA release
11/21/06 - Hollywood Reporter - Risky Biz Blog: Children of Men: Brilliant But Expensive - "At the Children of Men after party in Westwood last week it struck me that the Universal executives had already written off the movie, which opens on Christmas Day, as a failure. While many critics were impressed by the film's virtuosity and bravado, the industry types were seeing a downer film that was going to lose money. The movie is a brilliant exercise in style, but it's another grim dystopian look at our future--like Blade Runner or Fahrenheit 451---that simply cost too much money (between $72 and as much as $90 million, I've heard) to make a profit. (I'm reading the 1993 P.D. James novel with pleasure.)" - Thanks, Steph
Doro's review of COM (Only a few spoilers)
The LA Times: Universal has stepped boldly onto the ledge again, in hopes of increasing the visibility of its upcoming film "Children of Men." After looking at a crowded fall lineup of movies, the studio decided to move the release date of the futuristic thriller directed by Alfonso Cuaron from late September to Dec. 25. Universal executives see the film, about the possible extinction of humans as they can no longer procreate, as an intelligent action thriller that could be an awards contender.
Sky Show Biz: Clive rocks Venice - Thanks, madchen
The Hollywood Reporter: COM -- "Owen carries the film more in the tradition of a Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda than a Clint Eastwood or Harrison Ford. He has to wear flip-flops for part of the time without losing his dignity, and he never reaches for a weapon or guns anyone down. Cuaron and Owen may have created the first believable 21st-century movie hero." ... More Here - Thanks, Steph
- Screen Daily: "Clive Owen makes a good reluctant hero:
he plays Theo as an ordinary guy, dishevelled and morally numb, who
needs a lot of persuasion to take on the role of world saver." -
Thanks, Steph ----
Lots of red carpet pictures at Venice from Cinema Blend - Thanks, Steph
Variety's review for Children of Men - Thanks, Steph
EW Magazine - August 18 (See above)
Variety 7/26/06 - Children of Men (Comic Con) - Thanks to Jimena and Marie at the Murphsplace forum via Steph
Comic Con Diary at NintendoJo: "...I got back to Hall H just in time to see footage from the truly amazing-looking Clive Owen sci-fi thriller, Children of Men."
7/21/06 - Children of Men Trailer - Thanks to All
6/8/06 - At Ain't It Cool News, two positive reviews for previews of Children of Men (Spoilers in the second one) "...Clive Owen is forced to carry the picture and does a good job with it. He knows how to play the reluctant hero and grounds his character with the same disbelief and exhaustion that I felt at times." - Thanks, Steph
Comingsoon.net: Films of 2006 -- 8. Children of Men - I know almost nothing about this movie, but the fact that it's the latest from director Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y Tu Mama Tambien) is all that matters to me. On further inspection, it looks like a cool sci-fi future shock premise, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine and more, so it should be great!" Thanks, Steph
Digital Spy via Variety: Caine, who returns to theaters Friday in the movie "The Weather Man," will first appear in "The Children of Men" for director and Universal Pictures. The sci-fi thriller, in production in London, stars as a protector of the only pregnant woman on the planet ( ). Caine will portray an old hippie.
10/14/05 - With permission from Jared - One of the pictures of Clive at the Children shoot. Click on the small image for the larger size
10/11/05 - Jared has some great shots at his blog from the shoot of Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men in London - HERE - Thanks, Steph
10/1/05 - Bruno Press (Do a search for Clive Owen): Actors Clive Owen and co-star Julianne Moore on set of their latest film 'The Children of Men - "Actors Clive Owen and co-star Julianne Moore on set of their latest film 'The Children of Men', which is directed by Alfonso Cuaron. This film is based on a generation from now, as humankind faces the likelihood of its own extinction, a disillusioned government agent (Owen) leads the mission to protect the planet's last remaining hope. In a near future people have lost their hability to reproduce and a child isn't born in 18 years. As people become older and dye, the world is descending into chaos, until a nineteen-year-old girl named Kee becomes pregnant, and a teacher and a scientist become their guardians. UK. 25/09/05" - Thanks, Steph
9/8/05 - Coming Soon.net via MTV: Gary Oldman joins Clive in The Children of Men. Thanks, Steph
9/7/05 - The Guardian: "Charlie Hunnam, last seen in Nicholas Nickleby but possibly more fondly remembered as impressionable Nathan in Queer as Folk, is in talks to star in The Children of Men, joining Clive Owen and Julianne Moore on the film adaptation of the book by PD James. The story is set in a barren near future where mankind has lost the ability to reproduce. Alfonso Cuarón, late of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban fame, is set to direct."
6/17/05 - Variety: "Julianne Moore is in negotiations to star opposite Clive Owen in the Alfonso Cuaron-helmed sci-fier "Children of Men." Strike Entertainment is producing the adaptation of P.D. James' novel for Universal Pictures. They are eyeing a September start date on "Children," which would wrap in time for Moore to move over to another sci-fi pic, "Next," in which she will co-star with Nicolas Cage for Revolution Studios. Dystopian story is set in the near future, in a world sent into turmoil when people lose the ability to have children. Moore's character is the first woman to become pregnant in nearly 20 years. Owen is enlisted to protect her after the death of the Earth's youngest person, age 18. Owen inked a pact to do "Children" in April (Daily Variety, April 28). Strike's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing the pic, along with Hit and Run partners Hilary Shor and Tony Smith. Moore would fit the pic into a busy year. She recently wrapped Revolution's "Freedomland," helmed by studio partner Joe Roth and starring Samuel L. Jackson. Thesp will next appear opposite Woody Harrelson in DreamWorks and Revolution's "The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio," a 1950s-set drama about a mother of 10 who supports her brood by winning jingle-writing contests. Sony is set to release the pic on Sept. 23. "Next" is aiming for either a late 2005 or early 2006 start. The Philip K. Dick adaptation, about a man who can see his own future, will be helmed by Lee Tamahori. Senior veep Dylan Clark is overseeing "Children" for U, while Kristal Laiblin is supervising for Strike." - Thanks, Bea
Coming Soon.net: Julianne Moore has joined Clive Owen in Universal Pictures sci fi adventure The Children of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). The film is set in the near-future where mankind has lost the ability to procreate. The world is rocked by the news that the youngest person on earth -- who is 18 years old -- has died. As chaos erupts, a former radical (Owen) is engaged to be the protector of the most sought after person on the planet -- the last remaining pregnant female. The studio is targeting a September 29, 2006 release date.
Julianne joining the cast - Empire On Line
Variety on The Children of Men, thanks to Bea.
on line: "...It’s not quite such a technological challenge
as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. After all, this future imperfect
means that Cuarón needs not so much high-tech gadgetry and silver
space suits, but more a bleak world where humanity has despaired and the
future is lost. Fun stuff, eh? But with Cuarón’s trademark
eye for visuals and feel for character, this could be right up there with
Near the end of the 20th century, for reasons beyond the grasp of modern
science, human sperm count went to zero. The last birth occurred in 1995,
and in the space of a generation humanity has lost its future. In England,
under the rule of an increasingly despotic Warden, the infirm are encouraged
to commit group suicide, criminals are exiled and abandoned and immigrants
are subjected to semi-legalized slavery. Divorced, middle-aged Oxford
history professor Theo Faron, an emotionally constrained man of means
and intelligence who is the Warden's cousin, plods through an ordered,
bleak existence. But a chance involvement with a group of dissidents
moves him onto unexpected paths, leading him, in the novel's compelling
second half, toward risk, commitment and the joys and anguish of love.
In this convincingly detailed world--where kittens are (illegally) christened,
sex has lost its allure and the arts have been abandoned--James concretely
explores an unthinkable prospect.
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