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Unread postby Lbock » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:30 pm

pearlgirl wrote:Does anyone know if the NYC premiere is still happening today? It was mentioned awhile back that it was today, and even Delta Airlines had a contest for tickets to the red carpet. But I don’t see anyone talking about it anywhere, even on Twitter. And Johnny is going to be on the Today Show this week, Josh Gad was on today. So I was assuming they had came to NYC.

I was trying to find where it was confirmed that Johnny was scheduled for the today show. I saw Josh today and he made no mention of a red carpet event in NYC. I saw Michelle and Leslie Odem are scheduled.

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Unread postby SnoopyDances » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:55 am

From CBS Sunday...interview with Branagh, history of Christie and video





A return trip aboard "Murder on the Orient Express"
The Sidney Lumet movie "Murder on the Orient Express" was a huge hit back in 1974. This morning, with Seth Doane as conductor, we have a ticket to a remake:

Whether it's the baby grand piano, white table-cloths and fine china, or the art-deco details, it's clear this is no ordinary train. It's the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, made up of historic 1920s carriages reminiscent of the legendary train dating back to the 1800s, which transported passengers between Paris and Istanbul in very high style.

"It is incredible," said James Pritchard. If his name is not recognizable, his great-grandmother's certainly is: Agatha Christie.

"I probably feel as close to my great-grandmother at this point as I ever have," Pritchard said. "You can feel what she must've felt. You do feel a sense of history here."

An avid traveler, Christie was a regular on the Orient Express, which she called "the train of her dreams."

No wonder it was the setting for her most famous tale of murder.

Pritchard said, "I think when you walk along these carriages you can imagine the way her mind worked, as presumably she lay there at night and kind of thought about how someone might die in one of these carriages and then how it might all pan out. You can kind of see how her imagination developed."

Christie's imagination and ability to paint pictures through words pours onto the pages of her 66 novels, 150+ short stories, and more than 20 plays.

Perhaps none is more beloved than "Murder on the Orient Express." It's been told and re-told several times. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in the latest film adaptation.

"She's such a master at laying out, in this case, very, very fascinating, interesting group of characters," Branagh said.

That made Branagh's job of directing and casting the film all the more interesting.

He may be a towering figure in Hollywood, but he was dwarfed next to the hulking train he had built for his film. "We want it very much to be away from friendly trains, you know, the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and all the rest of it," Branagh said.

At a movie studio lot outside London, he took Doane on board.

In his role as the legendary investigator Hercule Poirot, Branagh sports, of course, the trademark mustache. "One of the most difficult things about popping behind the camera was, literally, sometimes getting the mustache caught in bits of the, what was holding up the eyepiece," he laughed. "So that provided a few unfortunate moments."

There was a fair share of "mustache maintenance" on set, not to mention some wrangling of the all-star cast.

"Agatha Christie loved that kind of performance magic," Branagh said. "So, she absolutely invites you to get an elite team. And if you get that elite team, which we had here, you see them coming at this material, understanding all the subtle ways in which they can make an impression with the character."

He calls his actors "thoroughbreds." "There's nothing that I can say to Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench that they haven't absorbed in a million different ways. So, when you see them arrive on the set, there is a certainty and an assurance which is very thrilling to see."

He says it was also interesting to watch them watching each other. "On the first day they all worked together, it was like the first day of school -- "

"'Hi, I'm Judi Dench'?" asked Doane.

"Yes! 'Hello, Johnny Depp!' 'Hello, Michelle Pfeiffer' 'Hello, Johnny ' … and they were very shy, very respectful and quite a bit nervous, to be perfectly honest."

"Why would they be nervous? Because they were so impressed by the other?"

"I think Johnny Depp doesn't want to do anything less than perfect work in front of Judi Dench. And I think that Daisy Ridley doesn't want to do anything less than perfect work in front of Michelle Pfeiffer. You do not want to be the one on that train carriage who drops the ball! You don't want to be the one who forgets your lines."

"Maybe, unless you're Judi Dench? She might be able to get away with anything?"

"Yes, she was kind of 'den mother,'" Branagh said.

James Pritchard was on set to make sure the original spirit of Christie's writing was protected. "To go on the set of a proper Hollywood movie, it just takes your breath away."

He sees his great-grandmother as a trailblazer. She reportedly sold more than two billion books … a number believed to be surpassed only by Shakespeare and the Bible.

"She was the breadwinner for the family," Pritchard said. "Some would say she still is the breadwinner for the family! She really was a very extraordinary woman."

And in an era when women had limited options, she long saw writing as more of a hobby:

"I wrote things, yes, books and stories. They were published. And I was beginning to accustom myself to the fact that I could count upon them as a definite source of income. But never when I was filling in a form and came the line of Occupation, it would never have occurred to me to fill it in with anything but the time-honored 'married woman.'"

But a writer is what she was.

At the rather refined bar on board, Pritchard showed Doane copies of some of the notes Christie penned in the 1920s while riding the Orient Express, detailing fellow travelers: "'An old gentleman of 85 with the most amusing wife of 70 with a hideous but very attractive face.' I mean, I think that last description is just extraordinary."

For those riding the train today, people like Samantha Collins from Dover, it seems Christie remains a silent fellow-passenger. Collins told Doane the atmosphere evoked that of the book. "I've always been a fan of Agatha Christie. I've read all of her books."

Another passenger, Amy Pohl, traveled from Alaska to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary here. She's read all of Christie's books. And she's been thinking about making this journey for 57 years: "Yes, since I first read the book."

We kept hearing that that Christie's stories were timeless classics, which Kenneth Branagh said demand to be told, and told again:

"With someone like Agatha Christie, the longevity is to do with the innate quality of the original material. And it seems to me, her genius is not confined to one telling of the story."

A genius for murder that never seems to go out of style.

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Unread postby justintime » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:29 pm

That was such a fun, interesting read, Snoopy! Thanks for posting it.
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Unread postby Tara » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:03 am

meeps wrote:Poor Johnny. It sounds like hard work being him at such a premier, so no wonder if he looks a bit lost and confused on a couple of the many otherwise great photos from that evening ...
I have another question though. I was trying to explain about Royal Albert Hall earlier via email to an American fan. And she commented rightly, that it is very big. So my question is; does anybody know if they managed to fill it up to the premier?
Were you inside as well as outside, Tara? Was anybody else inside or have heard/read anything about that?
I suppose, that if they hadn't manage to fill the huge room, the gossip mags would have pounced on that fact with glee as evidence of their idea, that Johnny is bad for any movie, he's in. But does anybody actually know anything ...


Hi Meeps, the RAH can hold between 8-9000 people, and no, it wasn't full. Someone did post a couple of pictures from inside the Hall and it was quite full, but I don't know how to attach the photo here (if someone can tell, I'll do so). I was outside and all I know for certain is one hell of a lot of people filed past me and into the hall.

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Unread postby meeps » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:43 am

Thanks a billion for telling me that :airkiss2: Well, at least the antagonistic people haven't cottoned on to the not quite full Hall yet and used it to bash our boy with some more ... Yet :-O

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Unread postby Lbock » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:15 am

meeps wrote:Thanks a billion for telling me that :airkiss2: Well, at least the antagonistic people haven't cottoned on to the not quite full Hall yet and used it to bash our boy with some more ... Yet :-O

My understanding is this was a private invitation only viewing. Tickets were not openly sold to the public. I'm not sure how they decided who or what groups could get tickets.

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Unread postby Lbock » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:23 am

Lbock wrote:
meeps wrote:Thanks a billion for telling me that :airkiss2: Well, at least the antagonistic people haven't cottoned on to the not quite full Hall yet and used it to bash our boy with some more ... Yet :-O

My understanding is this was a private invitation only viewing. Tickets were not openly sold to the public. I'm not sure how they decided who or what groups could get tickets.

I found the tweet I read this ...

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Unread postby Lbock » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:26 am

They also posted this pic from the inside of the theater. Not sure how close to the movie starting this was taken but it looks pretty full

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Unread postby ibbi 3 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:51 pm

Thank you for explaining Tara! :goodvibes:
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Unread postby meeps » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:38 pm

Yes, thanks a billion for both explanation and picture :airkiss2: That looks great :love:

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Unread postby tralala » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:40 am

I guess this: http://variety.com/2017/film/news/murde ... 202620018/ means that the studio is really pleased with the movie :)

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Unread postby SnoopyDances » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:13 am

tralala wrote:I guess this: http://variety.com/2017/film/news/murde ... 202620018/ means that the studio is really pleased with the movie :)

Yes, the film set up the sequel rather well. I wonder who will be in that cast? :perplexed:

Here is the article from Variety:



Fox Developing ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Sequel ‘Death on the Nile’
By Dave McNary @Variety_DMcNary

Twentieth Century Fox Film is working on a follow-up to “Murder on the Orient Express,” developing Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile.”

The studio has hired “Orient Express” screenwriter Michael Green to return for “Death on the Nile.” It has not yet signed a deal with Kenneth Branagh, but he is expected to return to the director’s chair and reprise his role of the mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

“Murder on the Orient Express” has performed solidly at box office with $50 million domestically and another $100 million internationally. In addition to Branagh, producers were Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Judy Hofflund, and Michael Schaefer. Executive producers were James Prichard and Hilary Strong of Agatha Christie Ltd. along with Aditya Sood and Matthew Jenkins.

Christie first published “Death on the Nile” in 1937, three years after her “Murder on the Orient Express” was published. The plot places Poirot on a vacation in Egypt, discovering a murder on the Nile River as a result of a love triangle gone bad. The book was adapted into a 1978 movie with Peter Ustinov as Poirot along with Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, George Kennedy, Jane Birkin, Jack Warden, and David Niven.

The movie was not a hit, grossing $14 million. It won an Academy Award for best costume design.

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Unread postby Ade » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:35 am

When we left the cinema on Sunday (after my third viewing!) someone I was with said 'wouldn't it be fun to get the exact same cast to do Death on the Nile'.

Johnny could easily pull off being a completely different person.

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Unread postby SnoopyDances » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:38 am

Ade wrote:When we left the cinema on Sunday (after my third viewing!) someone I was with said 'wouldn't it be fun to get the exact same cast to do Death on the Nile'.

Johnny could easily pull off being a completely different person.

:highfive: They all could! :snoopydances:
But I suppose that would be wishful thinking on our part.

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Unread postby Ade » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:47 am

I wish someone would pitch the idea. Kenneth Branagh runs a theatre company and that's how a company traditionally works - a group of actors tackling different roles and plays.

Technically they all COULD but in all honesty, Johnny is the only one likely to be able to so totally transform himself that he is unrecognisable. I mean no disrespect to the other actors who were all absolutely wonderful, but he is in an acting class all of his own!


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