King Khan Knighted

I have my Amul cheese with Thums Up!

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is in India these days and thus took the opportunity to bestow one of its biggest stars with his France’s highest civilian honor. Continue reading

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New Trailer: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Response to footage of The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the new film from cult director David Fincher (Zodiac), has been rather lukewarm so far but I must say this trailer looks amazing, just like the first one. Naturally, this new trailer gives us more insight into the movie’s plot and it seems fascinating, while reminding me a bit of last year’s Youth Without Youth, the overlooked comeback of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola (The Rainmaker).

Written by Eric Roth (Lucky You) and Robin Swicord (The Jane Austen Book Club), based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button tells the story of a man who’s born with the body of an old man and who grows younger as he ages. It stars Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading), Cate Blanchett (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull), Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading), Elle Fanning (Reservation Road, also Charlotte’s Web actress Dakota’s younger sister), Elias Koteas (Shooter), Jason Flemyng (Mirrors) and Julia Ormond (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) among others.

In any case, this promises another brilliant performance for Pitt. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button will premiere around Christmas in the US and Australia and in most other countries in January & February 2009. But to me the real question is, what’s with all the Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett pairings recently? First they were supposed to co-star in The Fountain, then they were together in Babel and now this…WTF?

Keira just can’t get enough period pics

Gorgeous British actress Keira Knightley (The Duchess) really needs to learn a thing or two about diversity. Not that her films aren’t good, but after playing tough girl roles for the most part of her early career, she’s now been churning out period drama after period drama at a seemingly frenetic pace.

The Oscar-nominated actress will now star in The Beautiful And The Damned, adapted from a novel by Francis Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby). Believed to be largely autobiographical, the story surrounds the love story of two writers in 1920s America.

The film will be directed by Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog) from a script adapted by newcomer Hanna Weg. Filming will start in April 2009.

Fun Fact: An Australian adaptation of The Beautiful And The Damned will premiere this October at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.

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