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03.26.2010

Any news that has to do with Viggo Mortensen is good news.

Producer Paul Webster is lining up a sequel for EASTERN PROMISES. Viggo will be coming back to his role as Nikolai. David Cronenberg is also returning to direct the script from PROMISES writer, Steven Knight. Focus Features is hoping to start up this winter.

I didn't see this one becoming a sequel, but if it's just as good as the first then I will definitely see it. This is possibly one of my favorite performances from Mortensen who I can always rely on to deliver. I wonder if Naomi Watts will return as Anna.

Another piece of news from Webster was that Kristin Scott Thomas will be playing the British Prime Minister's press secretary in BBC Films SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN. Director Bill Condon (KINSEY, DREAMGIRLS) will be helming the project. Condon is also taking on the Richard Pryor biopic starring Marlon Wayans.

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) has adapted Paul Tordayís bestselling novel of the same name. Webster said this on the story, "Itís accessible, eccentric and very British." I don't know how many people actually saw GOSFORD PARK, but that is one of my favorite films that Kristin Scott Thomas stars in. There was also something strangely sexy about her in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.

Extra Tidbit: I mean, really, has Viggo Mortensen ever been bad in a role?
Source: Deadline

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1:12PM on 03/28/2010
Tidbit: I agree...he's never been bad in a role, but he's been in some bad movies e.g. Daylight and G.I. Jane.
Tidbit: I agree...he's never been bad in a role, but he's been in some bad movies e.g. Daylight and G.I. Jane.
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11:19AM on 03/28/2010

EASTERN PROMISES 2

I got excited back when joblo.com first reported on this. So it's good to read that its still. EASTERN PROMISES was one of my favorites of the past decades and Cronenberg's one of my favorite directors.
I got excited back when joblo.com first reported on this. So it's good to read that its still. EASTERN PROMISES was one of my favorites of the past decades and Cronenberg's one of my favorite directors.
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11:08PM on 03/27/2010
Wait a minute i thought Viggo retired from acting?

good news anyways, loved the first one. viggo was amazing in that. snubbed for an oscar.
Wait a minute i thought Viggo retired from acting?

good news anyways, loved the first one. viggo was amazing in that. snubbed for an oscar.
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11:08PM on 03/27/2010
Wait a minute i thought Viggo retired from acting?

good news anyways, loved the first one. viggo was amazing in that. snubbed for an oscar.
Wait a minute i thought Viggo retired from acting?

good news anyways, loved the first one. viggo was amazing in that. snubbed for an oscar.
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1:43PM on 03/27/2010
"Eastern Promises" is my favorite Viggo perf and I loved the movie, but I could have done without the tacked on Naomi Watts ending.
"Eastern Promises" is my favorite Viggo perf and I loved the movie, but I could have done without the tacked on Naomi Watts ending.
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10:23AM on 03/27/2010

Bad Role?

Not that I can remember, but - scanning IMDB - I'm willing to guess that his 1995 portrayal of Worthless Junkie in "Black Velvet Pantsuit" didn't set the world on fire...
Not that I can remember, but - scanning IMDB - I'm willing to guess that his 1995 portrayal of Worthless Junkie in "Black Velvet Pantsuit" didn't set the world on fire...
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9:54AM on 03/27/2010
Hm, not really sure why the end of my sentence turned into a link to a missing page... but, hey, that's life.
Hm, not really sure why the end of my sentence turned into a link to a missing page... but, hey, that's life.
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9:53AM on 03/27/2010

Gosford Park

In my Top 10 Favorites. And Scott Thomas owns in that movie, albeit as a bitch. And as for the sequel, I have to agree with HoyleHaw... it deserves to finish as an [link]
In my Top 10 Favorites. And Scott Thomas owns in that movie, albeit as a bitch. And as for the sequel, I have to agree with HoyleHaw... it deserves to finish as an [link]
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8:15AM on 03/27/2010

Viggo is the MAN

Hell, he even made the dismal G.I. Jane watchable. And Kristin Scott Thomas is one of the most underrated actresses working today. How she wasn't nominated for an Oscar for her work in "I've Loved You So Long" two years ago is just completely beyond me.
Hell, he even made the dismal G.I. Jane watchable. And Kristin Scott Thomas is one of the most underrated actresses working today. How she wasn't nominated for an Oscar for her work in "I've Loved You So Long" two years ago is just completely beyond me.
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6:21AM on 03/27/2010

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Viggo was great in Eastern promises and a history of Violence. But say what you will I didn't like him as Aragorn. Yeah, I know y'all love me for this...
Viggo was great in Eastern promises and a history of Violence. But say what you will I didn't like him as Aragorn. Yeah, I know y'all love me for this...
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12:17AM on 03/27/2010

Eastern Promises kicked ass

Viggo was incredible in that role. Not sure the movie needs a sequel, but if they do it right I'll see it.
Viggo was incredible in that role. Not sure the movie needs a sequel, but if they do it right I'll see it.
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10:49PM on 03/26/2010
I remember some speculation among critics when Promises first came out that it had something of Godfather potential. While the film works well on its own, I have to admit Nikolai is such a mysterious character I could gladly welcome more. I wonder what new characters might show up in this installment.
I remember some speculation among critics when Promises first came out that it had something of Godfather potential. While the film works well on its own, I have to admit Nikolai is such a mysterious character I could gladly welcome more. I wonder what new characters might show up in this installment.
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9:05PM on 03/26/2010
"I'm moving to Yemen!"
"I'm moving to Yemen!"
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8:51PM on 03/26/2010
I'd like to see an Eastern Promises and Taken crossover flick.
I'd like to see an Eastern Promises and Taken crossover flick.
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10:45PM on 03/26/2010
I'd hate to see an Eastern Promises and Taken crossover flick.
I'd hate to see an Eastern Promises and Taken crossover flick.
8:49PM on 03/26/2010
I was fine without a sequel, but I'll see it anyway. "Eastern Promises" was great.
I was fine without a sequel, but I'll see it anyway. "Eastern Promises" was great.
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8:30PM on 03/26/2010
Shouldve seen it coming
Shouldve seen it coming
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8:22PM on 03/26/2010

Indian Runner

Mortensen wasnt always the artist he is today. Early in his career, he did some average acting and some overacting as well, see Indian Runner. But in the last ten years, he's been pretty solid. But why do we need Eastern Promises 2 ? This is non-sense. I liked the first one, but a sequel is ridiculous.
Mortensen wasnt always the artist he is today. Early in his career, he did some average acting and some overacting as well, see Indian Runner. But in the last ten years, he's been pretty solid. But why do we need Eastern Promises 2 ? This is non-sense. I liked the first one, but a sequel is ridiculous.
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8:31PM on 03/26/2010
Well if you look at what was revealed in the end, I kinda do wanna see how it plays out
Well if you look at what was revealed in the end, I kinda do wanna see how it plays out
9:25PM on 03/26/2010
Yeah could be interesting, but that could be said about many films that dont get sequels.
Yeah could be interesting, but that could be said about many films that dont get sequels.
7:55PM on 03/26/2010

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on the tidbit...see The Crew...definitely not Mortensen's best. pretty bad actually :p
on the tidbit...see The Crew...definitely not Mortensen's best. pretty bad actually :p
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7:44PM on 03/26/2010
Did not think this warranted a sequel but I'm down. The first one kicked so much ass. I definitely need to revisit it soon.
Did not think this warranted a sequel but I'm down. The first one kicked so much ass. I definitely need to revisit it soon.
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