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    Bettany, Connelly to star in 'Creation'

    Amiel to direct thriller/love story about Darwins

    By ALI JAAFAR



    Husband-and-wife team Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly have boarded helmer Jon Amiel's "Creation."



    The thesps will play Charles and Emma Darwin in the pic, described as part ghost story, part psychological thriller and part love story.



    "Creation" will follow Darwin as a young man, struggling to cope with the loss of a child. John Colley ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World") penned the script, based on the book "Annie's Box," written by Darwin's great-great-grandson Randal Keynes.



    Jeremy Northam ("The Tudors"), Toby Jones ("Frost/Nixon") and Benedict Cumberbatch ("Atonement") have all joined the cast.



    Lensing begins Sept. 28. Locations include the Darwins' home, Down House, in what was then the Kent village of Bromley, which has now been swallowed by London. Release is skedded for 2009, the bicentenary of Darwin's birth.

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    I find Bettany a tad overated

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    The IMDB entry for this is still a bit thin including gaps in the cast list. Anyone know who's playing Capt Fitzroy? Has to be the best part in the film, surely.

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    name='stevie boy']I find Bettany a tad overated




    I'm with you there. He was fun in A Knight's Tale. Other roles have been less impressive. (I'm sure he speaks highly of me too. <lol>)



    Northam, Jones, and Cumberbatch have my interest. There were several younger actors in the hugely entertaining mini-series Rome whose careers I'm more keen on following at this point. Up-and-comers maybe.

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    name='DB7']Lensing begins Sept. 28.




    Is this fashionable film speak for 'filming'?

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    Thanks for the update but having been born and grown up in this exact part of the world I am happy to reassure you all that Down House is in Keston which has always been some miles from Bromley regardless of it being a village or London suburb.

    H G Wells was from Bromley, however. He was born in what turned out to be the Army and Navy store on the High Street.

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    name='EHV_Emmetts']



    Is this fashionable film speak for 'filming'?




    It's Variety Speak

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    name='dremble wedge']It's Variety Speak


    Sprocket opera is my new phrase of the week.

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    name='dremble wedge']It's Variety Speak
    The most famous one being "Sticks Nix Hick Pix", meaning that audiences in rural areas were not interested in attending films about rural life.



    Steve

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    Daily Telegraph

    by Anita Singh



    "Americans don't believe in Darwin" :



    A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer.



    CREATION, starring Paul Bettany, the British actor, details the naturalist's "struggle between faith and reason" as he wrote ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES.



    It depicts him as a man who loses faith in God following the death of his 10-year-old daughter, Annie.



    The film was chosen to open the Toronto film festival and has its British premiere tomorrow. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia.



    However, US distributors turned down a film which will prove divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll taken in February, only 39 per cent of people believe in the theory of evolution.



    Movieguide.org, an influential site which reviews films from a Christian perspective, described Darwin as the father of eugenics and denounced him as "a racist, a bigot and an 1800s naturalist whose legacy is mass murder".



    His "half-baked theory" influenced Adolf Hitler and led to "atrocities, crimes against humanity, cloning and genetic engineering", the site stated.



    The film, which is based on the book ANNIE'S BOX by Darwin's great-great-grandson, Randal Keynes, has caused debate on other Christian websites in America.



    Jeremy Thomas, the Oscar-winning producer, said he was surprised that such attitudes existed 150 years after ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES was published.



    "That's what we're up against, in 2009. It's amazing. The film has no distributor in America. It has got a deal everywhere else in the world but in the US, and it's because of what the film is about.



    "Darwin wasn't saying 'kill all religion', he never said such a thing, but he is a totem for people," he added.



    Early reviews have rated the film highly. The Hollywood Reporter said: "It would be a great shame if those with religious convictions spurned the film out of hand as they will find it even-handed and wise."

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    I don't believe the movie can't find a distributor because of the subject matter. It is the kind of movie that would be disributed mostly in art houses found in large cities and Darwin is hardly controversial there. These days many movies for a specialized audience aren't finding distribution for ecconomic reasons. If it's a good movie, some American distributor will eventually release it, I think, but the major distributors of independent films, those owned by major studios, may not, but not because of the subject matter.



    If Darwin was so controversial in the U.S., how do you explain the popularity of Inherit the Wind?

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    name='will.15']I don't believe the movie can't find a distributor because of the subject matter. It is the kind of movie that would be disributed mostly in art houses found in large cities and Darwin is hardly controversial there. These days many movies for a specialized audience aren't finding distribution for ecconomic reasons. If it's a good movie, some American distributor will eventually release it, I think, but the major distributors of independent films, those owned by major studios, may not, but not because of the subject matter.



    If Darwin was so controversial in the U.S., how do you explain the popularity of Inherit the Wind?
    Easy - the Darwinist lost

    Although in real life the penalty was set aside on appeal, but that isn't shown in the film. The film is a victory for the creationists.



    Steve

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    Creation-would you Adam and Eve it?

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    Stop tickling the wife Paul and get on with the movie......

    I shall definitely be going to see this one....there isn't a film starring a monkey & JC that I haven't seen.....

    Now to get my beard to "Darwinian length".....

    Cheers

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    Bettany is going to be on The Andrew Marr Show this morning.

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    name='Timmy_Lea']Bettany is going to be on The Andrew Marr Show this morning.


    Cheers Tim...............I'll nip over and "visit" the wife while he's out...........

    Sgt S

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    name='Steve Crook']Easy - the Darwinist lost

    Although in real life the penalty was set aside on appeal, but that isn't shown in the film. The film is a victory for the creationists.



    Steve


    The play was written to draw parallels with the current McCarthy witchhunts therefore it made dramatic sense to finish with the persecutors having the upper hand. But even so the arguments within the film and play are clearly won by the "Darrow" character and the evolutionists.

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    name='DB7']Bettany, Connelly to star in 'Creation'

    Amiel to direct thriller/love story about Darwins




    Damn! For a minute there I thought it was gonna be about Creation Records with Bettany shaving his head and playing Alan McGee lol

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