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Oct 2010
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Rowan Atkinson has reportedly fallen sick, postponing production on the follow-up to Johnny English.

The Mr. Bean star was apparently shooting Johnny English Reborn in London when he was struck with an unknown illness.

Production on the project was halted after he fell ill, reports AceShowbiz.

Gillian Anderson, Daniel Kaluuya, Dominic West and Rosamund Pike are starring in Johnny English Reborn, which is scheduled for a 2011 release.

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Oct 2010
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Lone Scherfig‘s An Education is recognized by most as being the career-making vehicle for Carey Mulligan, but it also featured a promising supporting turn by the 31-year-old English actress Rosamund Pike. Since last year, Pike has been slowly but surely building an impressive resume, which will include two possible 2010 Oscar contenders: Barney’s Version and Made in Dagenham.

As expected, Pike‘s strong work has been earning her more job offers across the board, and The Playlist is reporting what might be the most interesting of all. Nick Hornby, the Oscar-nominated scribe of An Education who also wrote Fever Pitch and About a Boy, is planning to write an original comedy script with the hopes of having Pike play one of the main characters.

This is hardly urgent news, but over the years, Hornby has gained a steady following of fans of both his novels and his screenplays, and anything he is working on is likely to stir up interest. Similarly, Pike‘s recent evolvement, which will probably hit a peak once her two aforementioned contenders are released in the U.S., will surely provoke some intrigue of its own. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more of this project.

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Sep 2010
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Certain films should just be enjoyed. No, let me put it another way: there are films that only want to be loved. Such is Barney’s Version, an adaptation of Mordechai Richler’s book starring Paul Giamatti. It is a film that desperately wants to loved and attempts just about everything to succeed in the task.

The film revolves around Barney, a TV producer with quite a few personal problems, as his life is chronicled beginning with his first marriage and up to his last days. The plot jumps back and forth in time in a manner reminiscent of 1982′s The World According to Garp. Barney’s Version is a reasonably moving and not unfunny film. It is visually inviting and the actors all do a solid job. Other than its excessive length, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t lay the critical half of your brain to rest, and let Barney and co take you for a safe ride.

Giamatti is impressive as ever, yet those who saw him depict lovable yet damaged character with yet greater brilliance in American Splendor and Sideways will experience déjà vu. Dustin Hoffman provides a number of magic moments as Barney’s father, and Minnie Driver and Scott Speedman make for a strong supporting cast. Yet best of all is Rosamund Pike. Since her wonderful role in An Education last year, I’m craving to see her in a big and meaningful role. Here she gets this opportunity and seizes it with both her hands.

Barney’s Version does a good job within the strictly limited scope it set for itself: a funny, emotional, well-made drama that does not leave a profound impression, but does provide quite a few lovable moments.

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Sep 2010
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With its emphasis on extremes – extreme storytelling, extreme topics and extreme film-making techniques, the indie film festival Raindance once again elevates the capital’s cinema-going opportunities to gigantic proportions, with a programme that boasts 250 shorts and documentaries, five of which are banned in other countries.

Tomorrow’s opening night, begins with Jackboots in Whitehall – a hilarious version of the Second World War in stop-motion animation. It follows a band of heroic villagers led by Chris (Ewan McGregor), and Daisy (Rosamund Pike) as they rescue Churchill (Timothy Spall) and fight against the Nazi invasion of England to defeat Hitler (Richard E. Grant). Later, US rockers The Airborne Toxic Event kick off proceedings at Cafe de Paris, followed by a set guaranteed to to get you bouncing by beat-maestro Andy Weatherall. The Airborne Toxic Event will also be screening the London premiere of their documentary All I ever wanted during the festival.

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Sep 2010
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Rosamund Pike has been a busy lady in September. This weekend she attended the 58th San Sebastian Film Festival to promote her new movie Barney’s Version some more. The movie even won an award.

Barney’s Version has won the Audience Award at the 58th San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.

Based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning novel about a charming but troubled man and his three wives, the movie stars Paul Giamatti as Barney Panofsky and Dustin Hoffman as his father.

Barney’s Version earlier won the Leoncino d’Oro award from the Venice Film Festival.

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Sep 2010
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Rosamund Pike has revealed that her role in Johnny English Reborn is very different to that of her Bond girl.

Pike, whose involvement in the Rowan Atkinson spy spoof sequel was announced earlier this month, compared her upcoming part in the comedy to her character Miranda Frost in 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day.

According to The Mirror, she said: “Although it’s a Bond spoof, it’s nothing like being a Bond girl, because I’ve got a very interesting role to play actually.

“Not that the character in the Bond film wasn’t interesting, but I don’t get to play with guns or fight. There is a scene in a car, so there is an element of Bond about it. But she’s quite a funny character.”

The 31-year-old also said that Atkinson personally asked her to take part in the project.

“Rowan Atkinson came after he saw An Education and wanted me to do this part in the Johnny English film for him,” she said. “It’s a very, very funny script.”

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Sep 2010
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On September 20 the lovely Rosamund Pike attended the premiere of her new movie Made In Dagenham looking flawless as always. I added pictures of the premiere and the after party to the gallery.