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ANNA KARENINA on Sale at One Kings Lane

Posted November 30, 2012

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Did the luxurious world of ANNA KARENINA make you wish you lived in that sumptuous world? Now you can - sort of. One Kings Lane is selling off objects and artifacts from the set of ANNA KARENINA. The sale started this Friday and already so many items are already sold out. But check out the sale, before it's all gone. 

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Branagh Praises Knightley in special Variety Coverage

Posted November 30, 2012

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In the "SAG Preview: Actors on Actors," Variety invites top thespians to comment on their colleagues' works. Actor/director Kenneth Branagh's piece on Keira Knightley is nothing short of breathtaking in its enthusiasm, praise and beauty. He writes, "Her effervescence of spirit is tangible and irresistible. Her whole being seems to blaze with a ferocity that is mesmerizing. This is Knightley as we have never seen her before so completely: a mature woman who is also impulsive, troubled, deceitful, sexual, passionate, heartbroken." Then he ends his piece with this lovely conclusion: "Like the novel itself, her work in the role is at once elegant and wild and compelling at every moment. A classic."  

Several other Focus Features performers have been included in this very entertaining series. Read what praise Alan Alda gives up to the talented Laura Linney in HYDE PARK ON HUDSON. Or how Ben Stiller praises the kids in MOONRISE KINGDOM.

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Bill Murray Spotlighted in Vanity Fair

Posted November 29, 2012

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In the December Vanity Fair, Graham Fuller appraises Bill Murray in HYDE PARK ON HUDSON in his short piece "A President, a Picnic, and a Peccadillo." It's a short, sweet plug with Fuller noting at the end: Murray abandons his trademark irony to emphasize the seductiveness of Roosevelt's down-home charm--it's a truly presidential performance."

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When Knightley Met Wright in Los Angeles Times

Posted November 29, 2012

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The Envelope Blog at the Los Angeles Times takes a look at the special partnership that exists between star Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright in Amy Dawes' article "Joe Wright, Keira Knightley a fearless team on 'Anna Karenina'." (You can actually see the connection in Jay L. Clendenin's lovely photo of the two above.) Having worked first on PRIDE & PREJUDICE, then on ATONEMENT, the director and star make perhaps their most significant collaboration together in ANNA KARENINA. It's a great piece, that covers their funny first encounter to their obvious love for each other. Wright acknowledges, "Keira is quite fearless, and she encourages me to go to places I wouldn't necessarily be brave enough to go to myself."

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Van Sant, Damon & Krasinski in Times Talk

Posted November 28, 2012

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As part of the immensely popular New York Times "Times Talk" series, Hugo Lindgren, the editor of the New York Times magazine, sat down with PROMISED LAND director Gus Van Sant and its stars/writers,Matt Damon and John Krasinski, to talk about collaboration, community and filmmaking. He starts off first with Damon and Van Sant, then adds Krasinski on stage later when the talk turns to PROMISED LAND. Engrossing and entertaining. Watch it here

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Bill Murray Profiled in New York Times

Posted November 28, 2012

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In the New York Times, Dave Itzkoff's interview, "With Bill Murray, Just Take The Trip," examines Murray's marvelous transformation in playing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Roger Michell's HYDE PARK ON HUDSON. At one point, Murrray talks about lessons he learned early on from his improv days that still work for him today: "I've always tried to be a little bit loose. This great director we had at Second City [Del Close] said: "You wear your characters like a trench coat. It's still you in there, but there's like a trench coat." So I figured this was like a winter trench coat, because there was just a little bit more character that comes to the party. So I did a lot more reading, a lot more studying."

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Let The Award Season Begin

Posted November 28, 2012

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Tis the season for awards. On Monday, November 26, MOONRISE KINGDOM won the IFP Gotham Award for Best Feature in New York City. It was a jubuliant win with both stars Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman on hand - the later thanking his Mom for taking him to auditions. Then the next day, MOONRISE KINGDOM received five Spirit Award nominations. The nominations are for Best Feature (producers:Wes Anderson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin and Jeremy Dawson); Best Director (Wes Anderson); Best Screenplay (Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola); Best Cinematography (Robert Yeoman); and Best Supporting Male (Bruce Willis). Also Linda Linda Cardellini, the star of Liza Johnson's RETURN from Focus World, is nominated for Best Female Lead. Congratulations to all. 

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New York Times on Dance in ANNA KARENINA

Posted November 26, 2012

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At the New York Times, Gia Kourlas looks at how dance came to ANNA KARENINA and the role that choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui played in bringing Joe Wright's vision to the screen. It's a fascinating piece about how dance and cinema work together from perspectives of the director, choreographer and the actors who had to perform the choreography. For Wright, "there's something magical or poetic about physical performance that I'm drawn to -- it's almost mystical. But I also think movement in relation to words is really interesting. So it's how the two operate together."

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Awards Line chats with Bill Murray about FDR

Posted November 26, 2012

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The Awards site Awards|Line has Bill Murray's performance as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in HYDE PARK ON HUDSON in their awards sights. Their awards columnist Pete Hammond -- who notes that "Murray is once again generating strong awards buzz for this unexpected turn as one of America's greatest presidents -- spoke with the actor about the unexpected part and fascinating film. For Murray, "I was a little surprised to be asked, and then I read the script, and I thought, I can do this. Even though it's reaching, it's kind of a good reaching, where you have to push yourself."

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ANNA KARENINA Fashion at Flare Magazine

Posted November 26, 2012

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In a fun slide show article at the site for the Canadian fashion magazine Flare, "Wear Now: The Anna Karenina Look," Ryan Michael Cheung uses the illustrations by Jacqueline Durran for Banana Republic & Focus Features to showcase a range of other items one might get to spruce up their ANNA KARENINA look. Indeed one doesn't have to be Keira Knigtley to try out some of the fun fashions offerered here, whether it be the reasonably price Pink Martini dress (above) for $168 at Modcloth.com or, if you ready for a serious splurge, the Valentino embroidered purse for $4,280. 

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