Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
The big storyRobert Pattinson has signed on to play TE Lawrence – better known as Lawrence of Arabia – in Queen of the Desert, a new flick by Werner Herzog.
Unlike David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, which featured an Oscar-nominated performance from Peter O'Toole in the title role, Herzog's flick will be a biopic of the formidable Middle East adventurer Gertrude Bell, often described as "the female Lawrence of Arabia."
Naomi Watts will be taking the lead role – but is Pattinson a suitable choice to follow in O'Toole's footsteps? Responses from Guardian readers have ranged from the dismissive to the cautiously optimistic.
However, judging by R-Patz's reticent turn on the celeb circuit this week - see 'Robert Pattinson's press gigs include ice cream, cereal and not much else' – he's got quite a way to go if he's going to match up to the now–retired screen legend's rather more hellraising reputation.
In the newsAng Lee's Life of Pi to open New York flick festival
Terry Gilliam secures funding to shoot The Zero Theorem
Black Swan interns to sue Twentieth Century Fox
Jesse Eisenberg in talks for eco-terrorist thriller Night Moves
Sean Penn in talks to direct Crazy for the Storm
Jeremy Renner is a shot in the arm for the Bourne-again franchise
On the blogRussell Crowe looks Noah fun in Darren Aronofsky's bash at biblical epic
Should Daredevil Ben Affleck take on a Justice League film?
Why The Dictator failed to conquer the Arab world
Who are the best on-screen couples?
How flick went to the theatre
Offender shows there is no justice for the young
Clip joint: Take the train
Watch and listen The Guardian Film Show: Take This Waltz and The Expendables 2
The Wedding Video reviewed
The Bird reviewed
Video on demand: Weekend.
Watch Andrew Haigh's tender account of contemporary gay life
Further readingMolly Ringwald: your former teenage crush
Jean-Claude Van Damme: 'I tried to play the system; I was blacklisted'
Girls on film, from Twilight to Brave: Hollywood's new young female leads
Edward II: Derek Jarman's striking reflection on homophobia
Take This Waltz unites Sarah Polley and Michelle Williams – and it works
In the paperIn tomorrow's G2 Film & Music Ryan Gilbey speaks to rising star Domhnall Gleeson, appearing in forthcoming flicks Shadow Dancer, Anna Karenina and Dredd.
Elsewhere screenwriter Tony Gilroy discusses The Bourne Legacy, and Stuart Heritage reassessing flick versions of 70s sitcoms.
In Saturday's Guide there's a look at The Imposter, a forthcoming documentary about a young Frenchman who masquerades as a missing Texan teenager.
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