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Zombie Comedy 'The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet' to Star Judi Dench & Ian McKellen

Judi Dench to star zombie comedy The Curse of the Buxom StrumpetJudi Dench to star in zombie comedy 'The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet'?

'The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet': Zombie comedy to star Judi Dench & Ian McKellen?

The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet may make zombie movie non-aficionados reconsider their stance.

To be directed by Matthew Butler, if all goes as planned the curiously titled zombie comedy will feature none other than Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, in addition to Gillian Anderson and Mark Williams. (See further below an update re: Judi Dench and The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet.)

Judi Dench and Ian McKellen have eight Academy Award nominations among themselves: six for Dench, two for McKellen – including the former's Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for her portrayal of an imperious Queen Elizabeth I in John Madden's Shakespeare in Love.

Cursed seaside town

Co-written by director Matthew Butler and Tori Hart, the 18th century-set The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet chronicles the plight of a seaside town's denizens who suddenly come down with a deadly illness.

The film is supposed to be a sort of expanded version of Butler's short E'gad Zombies, which also featured Ian McKellen. Filming is scheduled to commence in Scotland later this year.

Judi Dench & Ian McKellen recent movies

Judi Dench has just finished working on both Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, and Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer as Hoover's intimate “friend” Clyde Tolson.

A fixture in the Lord of the Rings movies, Ian McKellen is currently shooting Peter Jackson's problem-plagued The Hobbit. McKellen received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

Judi Dench out of 'The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet'

Nov. '13 update: Judi Dench, a likely Best Actress Oscar nominee in early 2014 for Stephen Frears' mother-son drama Philomena, seems to be gone from Matthew Butler's upcoming zombie comedy The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet.

According to the IMDb, The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet features Ian McKellen, Gillian Anderson, Imelda Staunton (Best Actress Oscar nominee for Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, 2004), Mark Williams, Andrew Buchan, and co-screenwriter Tori Hart, plus “rumored” cast members Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and John Fitzpatrick.

If the info on the IMDb is accurate, looks like Judi Dench has been replaced by Imelda Staunton.

The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet has a tentative 2014 release date.

Donald Krim Kino International Video and DVDDonald Krim: President of film, DVD and video distributor Kino International.

Kino DVD President Donald Krim dead at 65

Donald Krim, the president of DVD and film distributor Kino International and co-president of the recently formed Kino Lorber, died today at his New York home following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 65.

As head of Kino International since 1977, Krim, who reportedly discovered the magic of movies after watching Disney's Cinderella in 1950, helped to introduce some of the world's most respected filmmakers to American audiences.

Among those – untouchables, as far as the U.S. majors are concerned – are:

  • Wong Kar-Wai (Happy Together, Fallen Angels).
  • Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher).
  • Amos Gitai (Kippur, Kadosh).
  • Aki Kaurismäki (The Match Factory Girl, Ariel).
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth).
  • Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust).
  • Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Return).

U.S. indies and international classics

Kino also distributed independent American productions (e.g., Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy), and both Hollywood and international classics, including a number of silent films. Titles include:

Also notable are two discs dedicated to silent era superstar siblings Norma Talmadge (Kiki, Within the Law) and Constance Talmadge (Her Sister from Paris, Her Night of Romance).

'Appreciation of world cinema'

An American History graduate from Columbia University, where he also obtained his law degree, Donald Krim (born Oct. 5, 1945, in Newton, Mass.) began working in the film business at United Artists.

Following a stint as the head of the studio's 16mm non-theatrical film rental division, Krim worked on the formation of United Artists Classics, described as the first major-studio-owned arthouse division and the model for Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics.

In 2000, he received the Mel Novikoff Award from the San Francisco Film Festival, for his efforts to “enhance the filmgoing public's knowledge and appreciation of world cinema.” In 2006, he was the recipient of the National Board of Review's William K. Everson Award for Film History, and that same year the Anthology Film Archives gave him the Film Preservation Honors Award.

Update:

A memorial service for Kino International's former president Donald Krim will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, between 10 a.m.-12 noon, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater in New York City.

The former President of DVD and film distributor Kino International, Krim later became co-President of the recently formed Kino Lorber. He died last May 20 at his New York home following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 65.

During Donald Krim's tenure, among Kino's US releases were films by Wong Kar-Wai (Happy Together; Fallen Angels), Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Amos Gitai (Kippur; Kadosh), Aki Kaurismäki (The Match Factory Girl; Ariel), Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), and Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Return).

Kino also distributed independent American productions (e.g., Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy), and both Hollywood and international classics, including numerous silent films, e.g., Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Erich von Stroheim's Queen Kelly, G.W. Pabst's Diary of a Lost Girl, Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, and the Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge vehicles Kiki, Within the Law, Her Sister from Paris, and Her Night of Romance.

The Walter Reade Theater is located at 165 West 65 St.

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