Kenneth Branagh in Talks to Play Sir Laurence Olivier in Marilyn Monroe Biopic MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

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Few men have had adapted the works of Shakespeare for the screen quite so passionately as Kenneth Branagh and Sir Laurence Olivier.  It is suitable, then, that the former is in talks to play the latter in the Marilyn Monroe biopic My Week With Marilyn.  Michelle Williams will star as the titular bombshell, with British TV producer Simon Curtis set to direct. My Week takes place on the set of the 1957 comedy The Prince and the Showgirl, where Monroe reportedly clashed with director/co-star Olivier.  More after the jump:

CARLITO’S WAY and SPARTACUS 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Reviews

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Between Carlito’s Way and Spartacus on Blu-ray we see the greatness and weakness of Blu. When it comes to modern films – and with more films shot digitally – you don’t find a lot of recent films that look bad on the format. And even if a film is still shot on film (even 16mm, as with The Wrestler) the material is supervised by the makers, and the source material is going to be pristine. But when it comes to older films, the material can be lacking, and decisions can be made to smooth out or remove grain. With many of the creative team behind these films no longer with us, you could argue there’s no right answer, just preference. And then you have the case of The French Connection where the director changes the color palette on what appears to be his whim. No one’s going to complain about Carlito’s Way’s transfer, but a number of people are pissed off at Universal for the Spartacus Blu-ray, while others think it looks fine. My reviews of Spartacus and Carlito’s Way on Blu-ray are after the jump.

CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) Blu-ray Review

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One of the most amazing things about 1981′s Clash of the Titans is how out of time it feels. It’s a film that was definitely sold to children partly because of the great success of Star Wars, but other than the mechanical owl Bubo, it doesn’t feel very Star Wars-y, and it definitely doesn’t feel like a film of the 1980′s. And for an 80′s film, it’s loaded with a cast of British stars like Laurence Olivier as Zeus, Claire Bloom as Hera, and Maggie Smith as Thetis, alongside Americans like Harry Hamlin as Perseus, and Burgess Meredith as Ammon, so it doesn’t feel entirely British or American. Director Desmond Davis directs with all the precision of an Amicus film from the early 70′s, so it has a slightly stagey, kinda television feel. But the stop motion animation of Ray Harryhausen is timeless. And when Perseus does battle with the Medusa, or giant scorpions, it’s great to see the maestro get one last big movie. My review of 1981′s Clash of the Titans after the jump.

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