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November 23, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
In developing his film adaptation of "Anna Karenina," the classic Tolstoy novel about a scandalous love triangle in Imperial Russia, director Joe Wright found himself donning his sleuthing cap. "It's kind of like detective work, trying to figure out the character," Wright says in this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series with the Los Angeles Times' Rebecca Keegan. "You're pulling pieces together, and that's really exciting. " While Tolstoy's text provided an outline, it was up to Wright and his team to fill in the details.
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March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Director Sofia Coppola has frequently explored the ennui and existential crises of the beautiful and well-to-do, including Scarlett Johansson's drifting college graduate in "Lost in Translation," Kirsten Dunst's stifled princess in "Marie Antoinette" and Stephen Dorff's blase actor in "Somewhere. " Now she is negotiating to helm a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," the story of a sea creature chafing against her life of looking lovely and swimming aimlessly about, according to Deadline Hollywood . Caroline Thompson ("Edward Scissorhands")
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November 20, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Truly, all the world's a stage in director Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," a new adaptation of the Tolstoy classic about high-society scandal in 19th century Imperial Russia. In making the film, which stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Wright took the bold stylistic step of framing much of the story as a sort of meta-theatrical performance, with action taking place in a crumbling theater. In this excerpt from The Envelope Screening Series with the Los Angeles Times' Rebecca Keegan, Wright discusses the inspiration for his approach to the film.
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March 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Rooney Mara looks to be headed to Neverland. The "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" lead is in negotiations to star as the tribal princess Tiger Lily in Warner Bros.' upcoming Peter Pan origin story "Pan," according to a Variety report. Directed by Joe Wright ("Pride & "Prejudice," "Anna Karenina") from a script by Jason Fuchs, the film is also set to star Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund, with an open casting being held to find a 10-to-12-year-old actor to play Pan, the report says . "Pan," which is scheduled for release July 17, 2015, is said to be a new take on J.M. Barrie's classic tale, set during World War II and following an orphan boy who is kidnapped by pirates and brought to the magical realm of Neverland.
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May 10, 2013 | By Chris Lee
British director Joe Wrigh t has become a known commodity in Hollywood for coaxing stylish yet substantive literary adaptations such as “Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” onto the screen. His next assignment may likely be another genre of literature: mommy porn. Wright has reportedly emerged as the upstart front-runner to direct the hotly anticipated adaptation of E.L. James bestselling bondage romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” for Universal and Focus Features.
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November 15, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Anna Karenina," director Joe Wright's startling new vision of the Tolstoy classic, is all dressed up with no place to go. Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the tale of passion and impropriety in Imperial Russian society, circa 1870, the production is bold, sumptuous, ambitious and yet bound by its own self-imposed conventions. In a rash move, Wright has confined most of the sweeping story to a single decaying theater. Literally all of Anna Karenina's world is that stage, its action unfolding in odd nooks and crannies of the ancient structure, much of it on catwalks and along backstage corridors.
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September 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Filmmaker Joe Wright, whose movie credits include "Atonement," "Pride and Prejudice" and the upcoming "Anna Karenina" will make his stage directorial debut this coming season at the Donmar Warehouse in London, the company announced this week. Wright is to direct a revival production of "Trelawney of the Wells" by Arthur Wing Pinero, which is set to officially open on Feb. 25. The Donmar's season is also to feature an all-female staging of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," starring Harriet Walter and directed by Phyllida Lloyd; and a revival of Conor McPherson's "The Weir.
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November 17, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan
In director Joe Wright's highly stylized adaptation of "Anna Karenina," dance serves as a metaphor for characters' passions and fears. In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series on Thursday, Wright and his leading lady, Keira Knightley, explain the challenges of executing that vision. The most difficult sequence, Wright and Knightley agreed, was a dramatic ballroom scene staged by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, involving Anna (Knightley), her paramour Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)
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November 29, 2012 | By Amy Dawes
Director Joe Wright's vision for the Leo Tolstoy classic "Anna Karenina" has been called "bold," "daring" and "ambitious" - words that could also be used to describe the effect the director and his leading lady, Keira Knightley, have on each other. "Keira is quite fearless, and she encourages me to go to places I wouldn't necessarily be brave enough to go to myself," says Wright, who proceeded with the film only after Knightley, whom he'd directed to an Oscar nomination in 2005's "Pride and Prejudice," had agreed to take on the lead role.
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June 16, 1990
Joe Wright, 37, one of the civil rights workers known as the "Wilmington 10" who were tried for violent acts during protests against racial injustice in Wilmington, N.C., schools. Wright was convicted of firebombing a grocery store in 1971 and shooting at people who tried to extinguish the fire. He served 2 1/2 years in prison before he was paroled June 1, 1978. The conviction was later overturned, and his criminal record was cleared last year.
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May 10, 2013 | By Chris Lee
British director Joe Wrigh t has become a known commodity in Hollywood for coaxing stylish yet substantive literary adaptations such as “Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” onto the screen. His next assignment may likely be another genre of literature: mommy porn. Wright has reportedly emerged as the upstart front-runner to direct the hotly anticipated adaptation of E.L. James bestselling bondage romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” for Universal and Focus Features.
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March 15, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Angry voters infamously shut down Congress' switchboard in 2007 to oppose immigration reform - an outburst that helped convince Republicans of the proposal's outsize political peril. As Congress debates immigration reform again this year, there are still a lot of angry people - at least if the vitriolic phone calls and faxes raining down on one Florida farmer are any gauge. Joe Wright was featured in a Los Angeles Times story and video in February about how business owners are becoming vocal supporters of immigration reform.
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February 23, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
AVON PARK, Fla. -- A dairy operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There's always someone needed to herd and milk the cows, tend to sick animals and clean up after healthy ones. The work must be done in the heat of a Florida summer and the chill of the early morning hours. When the economy is strong, farmer Joe Wright says it's nearly impossible to fill jobs on a dairy. That's why he's a vocal supporter of immigration reform; he says he needs a steady supply of workers from overseas.
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December 6, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian
The Leo Tolstoy classic "Anna Karenina" has seen its share of adaptations. In its latest turn, from director Joe Wright, the love story gets a bold, creative and visually beautiful reworking of the Russian tale with truly inventive costuming. Starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Focus Features' film is strikingly original in its setting - the drama is staged on a decaying theater set - which gave Wright's longtime costume designer Jacqueline Durran, [who has been nominated for an Oscar for two previous projects with Wright, "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement"]
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November 29, 2012 | By Amy Dawes
Director Joe Wright's vision for the Leo Tolstoy classic "Anna Karenina" has been called "bold," "daring" and "ambitious" - words that could also be used to describe the effect the director and his leading lady, Keira Knightley, have on each other. "Keira is quite fearless, and she encourages me to go to places I wouldn't necessarily be brave enough to go to myself," says Wright, who proceeded with the film only after Knightley, whom he'd directed to an Oscar nomination in 2005's "Pride and Prejudice," had agreed to take on the lead role.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
In developing his film adaptation of "Anna Karenina," the classic Tolstoy novel about a scandalous love triangle in Imperial Russia, director Joe Wright found himself donning his sleuthing cap. "It's kind of like detective work, trying to figure out the character," Wright says in this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series with the Los Angeles Times' Rebecca Keegan. "You're pulling pieces together, and that's really exciting. " While Tolstoy's text provided an outline, it was up to Wright and his team to fill in the details.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian
The Leo Tolstoy classic "Anna Karenina" has seen its share of adaptations. In its latest turn, from director Joe Wright, the love story gets a bold, creative and visually beautiful reworking of the Russian tale with truly inventive costuming. Starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Focus Features' film is strikingly original in its setting - the drama is staged on a decaying theater set - which gave Wright's longtime costume designer Jacqueline Durran, [who has been nominated for an Oscar for two previous projects with Wright, "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement"]
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November 21, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Actress Keira Knightley and her latest character, Anna Karenina, go back a ways. Now 27, Knightley first read Tolstoy's classic novel about the young Russian princess when she was a teenager, and she recently got reacquainted with the character in preparation for Joe Wright's new film adaptation. As Knightley tells the Los Angeles Times' Rebecca Keegan in this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, she found Anna Karenina to be a much more complex character then she originally recalled.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Truly, all the world's a stage in director Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," a new adaptation of the Tolstoy classic about high-society scandal in 19th century Imperial Russia. In making the film, which stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Wright took the bold stylistic step of framing much of the story as a sort of meta-theatrical performance, with action taking place in a crumbling theater. In this excerpt from The Envelope Screening Series with the Los Angeles Times' Rebecca Keegan, Wright discusses the inspiration for his approach to the film.
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