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Message to site visitors
posted March 26, 2008

Hello everyone! This is the webmaster speaking... I apologize for not updating the website - unfortunately these days, I am ever more busy than ever. As always, feel free to mingle in the Banatics Forum to keep up-to-date with news and photos, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter, which is maintained by some lovely gals!


Eric promotes "Romulus, My Father"
posted May 29, 2007

From Reuters via Yahoo! News: Australian actor Eric Bana may be one of Hollywood's big stars, but he still enjoys shooting low-budget Australian films because he can go to the pub after a day of filming. Bana's latest flick, "Romulus, My Father", the story of a migrant family dealing with mental illness, had its world premiere on Sunday in the small rural Australian town of Castlemaine, where it was filmed in just 35 days. "The large budget films have a fat to them where people don't get told when to stop. On a little film like this you get told to stop all day long," Bana told a Sydney news conference to promote the film. [read full article]


Hello Magazine Poll: Most Attractive Man
posted May 14, 2007

Be sure to vote for Eric in Hello Magazine's "Most Attractive Man" Poll! Thanks to Nia for the update.


Eric to star in "The Time Traveler's Wife"
posted April 18, 2007

From Variety: New Line has set Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams as traveling companions in "The Time Traveler's Wife," the Robert Schwentke-directed adaptation of the bestselling Audrey Niffenegger novel. Shooting's set to start in August. McAdams has long flirted with the project, about a Chicago librarian with a genetic disorder that causes him to time-travel when he is under duress. Though his disorder causes him to vanish for long periods, he tries to build a life with the woman he loves. She's a young heiress struggling with the arrangement. Pic is produced by Plan B's Brad Pitt, Nick Wechsler and Dede Gardner. Jeremy Leven originally adapted it with Bruce Joel Rubin rewriting. Because the book was a bestseller, the film has been a constant source of speculation since New Line acquired it in 2003. McAdams last starred for New Line in "Wedding Crashers." Bana, who'll next be seen onscreen opposite Drew Barrymore in the Curtis Hanson-directed "Lucky You," recently wrapped "The Other Boleyn Girl," the Columbia Pictures drama that co-stars Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. It will be released Dec. 21. [read full article]


Message from webmaster
posted November 19, 2006

Hello everyone! Just a short notice to inform all of you how sorry I am for the little amount of updates to the site! Please know that I will never permanently give up my websites, especially this one - I am just so very busy. It's my last year of college so the coursework is unbearable, and I have two jobs, so it's super hard to focus on my sites like I used to! But remember, keep chatting it up at the forum, and keep submitting cool stuff like pictures, etc. - I'll get around to it eventually! Thanks for your continued support of the site - love you guys! --From the webmaster


Eric attached to star in "Factor X"
posted October 24, 2006

From The Hollywood Reporter: Eric Bana and Terrence Howard are attached to star in "Factor X," a thriller being written by Gregory Allen Howard for New Line Cinema telling the true tale of how the BTK killer was captured. Ridley Scott and Scott Free Prods. president Michael Costigan will produce the pro-ject, which could become a directing vehicle for Scott. [read full article]


"Black Hawk Down" to be released in Blu-Ray format
posted October 6, 2006

From Yahoo! Finance: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) today announced the imminent arrival of its first three 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray Discs (BD) ... Black Hawk Down, the Oscar®-winning, action-packed drama from director Ridley Scott, starring Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana, features new Blu-Wizard(TM) technology and will be available to film fans on November 14 ... "As consumers make the leap to Blu-ray's incredible high-definition picture and theatre quality audio, they want access to a diverse selection of content packed with added-value features and reference titles like Ridley Scott's powerful war epic Black Hawk Down, that will add to their growing Blu-ray Disc libraries," said David Bishop, President, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Black Hawk Down grossed more than $100 million at the box office and is a gripping true story about bravery, camaraderie and the complex reality of war. "With a richly detailed master and long running time, Black Hawk Down is an ideal title to demonstrate Blu-ray's 50GB capability, without any compromise in features or quality," said Don Eklund, Executive Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Black Hawk Down is also the first Blu-ray Disc title to feature SPHE's new Blu-Wizard(TM), a unique playlist technology which lets consumers customize the way they watch special features. [full press release]


Eric in Los Angeles Times
posted September 24, 2006

Eric is featured in the Men's Fall Fashion section of the LA Times! Click here to see a great photo, and click here to read the article!


Magazine Watch: Vogue (US, October issue)
posted September 21, 2006

GiseleFan.org has posted beautiful scans from the October issue of Vogue magazine! Check out the gorgeous photos of Eric and Gisele!


Magazine Watch: HighRoller (Aug/Sept issue)
posted September 14, 2006

HighRoller magazine (August/September 2006 issue) features an interview with Eric and goes behind the scenes of "Lucky You." Click here to visit their website, which also has a link to some photos from the set - scroll down to the "Events" section and click on "Lucky You: Backstage Pass."


"The Nugget" re-release!
posted September 14, 2006

From Mona's Journal: "The Nugget" (2002) is being re-released in Region 1 NTSC format (USA & Canada) on September 12, 2006. So for those of you who haven't seen it because it has only been available in Region 4 PAL format (Australia), here is your chance!


"Lucky You" trailer
posted September 14, 2006

Click here to watch the trailer for "Lucky You" in several sizes - from small to high-definition! Thank you to everyone who emailed the info.


Chopper debuts at #19 on "The Badass 100"
posted August 13, 2006

Vern, a movie reviewer for Ain't It Cool News, sent in this fun info about one of his projects, The Badass 100: "It's sort of like an AFI list, compiled by people from all around the world, but it's the top 100 films of Badass cinema ... I'm happy to report that CHOPPER made its debut on the list at #19. That's one of the highest debuts and the most recent movie in the top 20. Most of them are classics from the '60s and '70s, which means CHOPPER is very highly respected by the voters."

Click here to view the entire list! Disclaimer: For young ones out there, don't go using the B-word in everyday conversation :)


Official websites for Eric's upcoming films
posted August 6, 2006

Click here to visit the official website for "Lucky You."

"Romulus, My Father" has also launched its website here, so take a look! Thank you to everyone who wrote in the info. Also, Mona has posted great images from the "Romulus" production booklet at her wonderful journal.


Magazine Watch: FilmInk (August 2006)
posted July 23, 2006

In the August issue of Australia's FilmInk magazine (with Johnny Depp on the cover), check out an article and interview with Eric. Adam of FilmInk was super cool to send in scans of the article (Page 1, Page 2) - thanks Adam! You can purchase the magazine through newsagents in Australia and New Zealand, or directly from them by emailing the subscriptions manager Dina at dina@filmink.com.au. Overseas purchases are also available.


Latest rumors of Hulk sequel
posted July 23, 2006

Hulk 2 rumors are flying around everywhere - check out this latest article from IGN, which covers the Hulk panel at Comic-Con 2006.


Production photos from "Lucky You"
posted July 3, 2006

JustJared.com has posted production photos from "Lucky You" - thanks to everyone who sent in the info!


New role for Eric: "The Other Boleyn Girl"
posted June 21, 2006

From Hollywood Reporter: Natalie Portman and Eric Bana are in final negotiations to topline Columbia Pictures' "The Other Boleyn Girl." Justin Chadwick has signed on to direct the historical drama, which is based on a novel by Philippa Gregory.

The story revolves around the ferociously ambitious Boleyn sisters, Mary and Anne (Portman), who are rivals for the bed and heart of 16th century English King Henry VIII (Bana). Peter Morgan ("The Last King of Scotland") adapted the screenplay. [read full article]

Very exciting news - congratulations Mr. Bana!


Quick News
posted May 9, 2006

Here's a quick news break for the moment:

  • IGN Interview with Eric Bana - Aussie actor Bana talks about tough choices in Munich, sparring with Steven Spielberg, and handling possible Hulk sequels.

  • Eric is in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful issue! The article also mentions the website (thank you!) - Mashka has provided a scan, and Jewels posted it at the forum.

  • An insider tells Banatics.com that Eric is in conjecture at the moment for the following film projects: Hulk 2, Morgan's Summit, and 3:10 to Yuma. Exciting! Keep in mind that these are rumors, and are not confirmed.


    Message from webmaster
    posted April 2006

    To all the site visitors, I sincerely apologize for not posting news and site updates here like in the past. Although I love the website to pieces, I do place "real life" in priority - schoolwork and two jobs. For this incredible lack of updates, I apologize so much! Once I can find the time to get things running again, you bet I will do so. Thank you for all the support and love - I really appreciate it. Be sure to visit EBA and Mona's Journal for everything you need.


    Site Updates
    posted on March 21, 2006

    Click here to read reviews of "Munich" written by site visitors! The Banatics Listing has also been updated - thank you for all your submissions!


    Academy Awards Nominations
    posted on January 31, 2006

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of "Munich"! The film has been nominated for an Oscar in several categories, including Best Picture, Directing, Film Editing, Original Score, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It seems like Eric's name has once again been snubbed... however, this is still very exciting news. Click here to see the entire list of Oscar nominations.

    The 78th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland¨, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST, preceded by a one-hour red carpet arrivals show.


    Article: "Bana: the star directors want to track down"
    posted on January 22, 2006

    From The Australian: There was a time, not all that long ago, when Eric Bana was best known as a comedian. Then he was cast as one-time underworld figure Mark Read in Chopper and was propelled into the ranks of international screen stardom. Several Hollywood movies later, it seems appropriate that a week after being a presenter at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, Bana, born and based in Melbourne, should find himself strolling down the red carpet for the Australian premiere of Munich, just hours after touching down in his home town. [read full article]


    Eric goes to Tokyo
    posted on January 22, 2006

    Christy at Eric Bana Archives has posted a translated article and photos from Eric's visit to Tokyo, where he discussed "Munich" with Steven Spielberg.


    Photos and more photos!
    posted on January 17, 2006

    There has been a lot going on lately with events attended by Eric. The following mega-fans have (as usual) provided photos and are available at the Banatics Forum: thank you Serein, Mona, Christy, Susanne, and Tillie! See photos from G'Day LA: Australia Week 2006 (January 14th), and loads of images from the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards; Page 1 and Page 2 (January 16th).


    Golden Globe Awards: Eric will be a presenter!
    posted on January 12, 2006

    From Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renee Zellweger have been set as presenters at “The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards” to be telecast live on NBC Monday, January 16 (8 – 11:00 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton. They join previously-announced presenters Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, Catherine Deneuve, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Evangeline Lilly, Virginia Madsen, Tobey Maguire, William Petersen, Natalie Portman, Chris Rock, Emmy Rossum, Nicollette Sheridan, Hilary Swank, Emma Thompson, John Travolta, and Denzel Washington.


    Eric attends the 11th Annual Critics Choice Awards
    posted on January 10, 2006

    Eric attended the Critics Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California (January 9th). Click here to see small preview pictures from the event, and The Movie Reporter has posted a video interview with Eric.

    Update: Mona has posted photos on the forum (from Sonia) of the event.


    Articles from USA Today
    posted on January 10, 2006

    USA Today has some great articles online, "Gentle Giant Bana" and Up close and personal with Eric Bana.


    CBS News article: "Bana's 'Munich' Assignment"
    posted on January 10, 2006

    From CBS News: Every actor wants to be noticed by Steven Spielberg, but Eric Bana couldn't have predicted that his 2003 role in "Hulk" would lead this year to a part as an assassin in the controversial but critically acclaimed new drama "Munich." Bana talked to The Early Show anchor Harry Smith about his role as one of a group of professional assassins assigned to track down the Arab terrorists behind the murders of 11 Israeli athletes and a German policeman inside the 1972 Olympic Village in Munich, Germany. The actor was on the other side of the world in Melbourne, Australia, when that event occurred, and he was only 4 years old. [read full article]


    "Late Night with David Letterman" video
    posted on January 7, 2006

    Mona sent in the info that Mallacoota has a video of Eric's appearance on David Letterman (January 3rd). The file is temporarily hosted here. Thanks Mona and Mallacoota!


    Oscar ads for "Munich"
    posted on January 10, 2006

    Oscar Watch has posted new ads for "Munich." Mona has compiled these and the previous images in her journal.


    Eric on "The Today Show"
    posted on January 6, 2006

    Eric was a guest on "The Today Show" (January 5th), discussing "Munich" and working with Steven Spielberg. MSNBC.com has a video clip - look on the right side of the page and scroll down!


    "Late Night with David Letterman" photos
    posted on January 6, 2006

    Mona has screen captures from Eric's appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman" on January 3rd. The photos are posted here at the forum.

    Also, Funnshtuff snapped two photos of Eric after the show - they are posted at the forum, and Guitarchick has also posted photos at Elflady's Eric Bana Forum.


    Hello Magazine Poll: Most Attractive Man
    posted on December 31, 2005

    Be sure to vote for Eric (again and again) at Hello Magazine's Most Attractive Man poll this week! Thanks to everyone who emailed the info.


    Site Updates
    posted on December 30, 2005

    Mona has sent in a load of goodies. Click here to see great scans from In Style (January 2006), Cosmopolitan (January 2006), Men's Health (February 2006), and Premiere (February 2006). Also, be sure to check out Mona's very own 2006 Eric Bana Calendar! You can print out each month individually, or download the entire calendar in one PDF file. Thanks Mona!

    Update on December 31st: Scans from Empire (UK, February 2006) are also available here (scroll to the very bottom!) - these were scanned by Catz and posted at ElfLady's Eric Bana Forum.


    Site Updates
    posted on December 27, 2005

    Matusko sent in a lovely drawing of Eric, and Lui has created a 2006 Eric Bana Calendar to start off the new year! The Banatics Listing has also been updated. Thanks to everyone for their contributions!


    TV Watch: "Late Night with David Letterman"
    posted on December 25, 2005

    Carrie sends in word that according to her TiVo wish list, Eric will be on "Late Night with David Letterman" on Tuesday, January 3rd - thanks Carrie! The Late Night TV Page also lists Eric as a guest that day, so this will be a great holiday treat for all of us. The show airs at 11:30pm Eastern time, but check your local television listings just to be sure.


    "Munich" soundtrack information
    posted on December 24, 2005

    The kind people promoting the "Munich" soundtrack has sent in the official press release. Go to the movie page to read all about it. The soundtrack is released December 27th, and you can purchase it from Amazon.


    "Munich" in the news
    posted on December 23, 2005

    There are reviews and news articles of "Munich" popping up everywhere this week! Google News does a pretty good job of keeping up-to-date with the latest headlines - click here to indulge yourself. Remember, most of these articles will probably contain spoilers for the film.

    MSN Movies has "Munich" in their Hollywood Hitlist section, and they also have a behind-the-scenes video.


    "Munich" magazine scans
    posted on December 19, 2005

    The December 23rd issue of Entertainment Weekly and the December issue of Look have articles about "Munich" - click here for scans! The Look article has a cool tidbit too: "Eric Bana may be best known for Troy, but he's beloved Down Under for his turn as infamous psycho Mark Brandom Read in 2000's Aussie hit Chopper. The real Read then appeared in the 2002 action film Trojan Warrior as a character named... Erik Bana."

    Speaking of Entertainment Weekly, they have reviewed "Munich" and have given it an A. I've been a longtime reader of the magazine, and they don't give out the perfect score for just any movie... which just shows that the film is downright awesome. Congratulations Mr. Bana :)


    "Munich" website updated
    posted on December 19, 2005

    The official website for "Munich" has been nicely updated! Now there is a cool flash intro and new content, including more extensive movie and soundtrack info, production notes, photo gallery, and a whole lot more.


    Now Playing magazine: Best of 2005
    posted on December 19, 2005

    Now Playing magazine has picked "Munich" in their Best of 2005 movies. Click here to read their review.


    People.com Celeb Spotlight
    posted on December 16, 2005

    People.com is featuring Eric in their "Celeb Spotlight" section - click here to view the profile!


    "Munich" TV spot and first review
    posted on December 9, 2005

    From DreamWorks Fansite: With almost two more weeks until we see the most controversial film of the year, Universal is gearing up it's marketing campaign. A visually and vocally powerful teaser aired this week on major networks including NBC and CBS featuring some new footage and amazing music. Watch it at MovieBox. Also, Hot Button's David Poland has the first review which is extremely positive yet beware of spoilers. (Scroll down the page for the "Munich" review)


    Making sense of "Munich"
    posted on December 9, 2005

    The Weekend Australian has a comprehensive look at "Munich," - from what the film is about to the reactions of people who have seen it.


    Spielberg keeps mum on "Munich"
    posted on December 7, 2005

    From the Los Angeles Times, available from Chicago Tribune: Silence -- for now. Avoiding the customary ruckus of pre-release promotions and Academy Awards campaigning, Steven Spielberg's "Munich" will be accompanied by a quiet publicity campaign before the controversial film's Dec. 23 debut. Spielberg and the film's cast and crew not only will steer clear of the usual TV talk shows and print interviews but also skip the countless question-and-answer screenings and cocktail parties that typically accompany a movie's Oscar pitch. "He wants everybody not to have preconceptions, to see the movie and make up their own minds," said Marvin Levy, the director's personal publicist. Levy said that neither Spielberg nor co-screenwriter Tony Kushner ("Angels in America") nor key members of the creative team plan to speak publicly about the project or participate in the usual Oscar season screenings and filmmaker conversations. Universal Pictures, which is releasing "Munich," will, however, show the film to awards groups and take out "for your consideration" advertisements in Hollywood's trade newspapers. The movie was also shown to Time magazine critic Richard Schickel, which produced a positive review and cover story. Star Eric Bana also will turn up in the pages of In Style magazine, and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski will discuss his craft in a cinematography magazine. [read full article]


    New "Munich" photos from ComingSoon.net
    posted on December 7, 2005

    Universal Pictures has provided ComingSoon.net with new images from "Munich," which in limited theaters on December 23 before expanding wide on January 6. Click here to see the new photos!


    "Munich" article in Time magazine
    posted on December 5, 2005

    The December 12th issue of Time Magazine has a special on Steven Spielberg and "Munich." Mona has rounded up the online text and pictures in her journal. If you are a subscriber to the magazine, you can log onto their website to read the entire article.


    Site Update: Screencaps from "Munich" trailer
    posted on December 2, 2005

    I had a little free time today, so I created screen captures from the "Munich" trailer. Almost 50 more images of Mr. Bana, so I hope you enjoy!


    Early Oscar buzz for "Munich" and Eric!
    posted on November 28, 2005

    Finally, will Mr. Bana get that well-deserved golden statue?? Here is one of the many articles that mentions Eric as an Oscar contender, for his role in "Munich."

    From NZ Herald: Eric Bana, under the guidance of Steven Spielberg, has emerged as a favourite to claim the best actor Academy Award, with an Oscar campaign so quiet it is deafening. A cloak of secrecy hangs over the Bana-Spielberg movie collaboration, Munich, with only a select few allowed to watch the drama before its US release on December 23. The clandestine nature of the project, combined with an almost non-existent promotional campaign instead of the usual multimillion-dollar blitz for a Oscar hopeful, have many in Hollywood desperate to see Munich -- creating just the type of buzz Spielberg was probably after. Already, bookmakers have it listed as the outright favourite to win best picture on March 5.


    Spielberg prepares for a storm over "Munich"
    posted on November 28, 2005

    From News.com.au: Steven Spielberg is calling in old favours as he prepares for a storm over his first filmmaking foray into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which stars Australians Eric Bana and Geoffrey Rush. A month before the scheduled release of Munich, his account of Israel's response to the massacre of its athletes at the 1972 Olympics, Spielberg has consulted Bill Clinton over likely international reaction to a film already tipped for next year's Oscars. The former Democrat president has read the screenplay and encouraged several of his former aides to help Spielberg - who has supported Democratic causes for years - prepare for the film's political fallout. [read full article]


    Happy Thanksgiving from EBC!
    posted on November 24, 2005

    To those who celebrate Thanksgiving, have a wonderful holiday, and keep warm!

    Because of school, I've been completely terrible at posting goodies up recently... but always remember that the forum is always being updated with the latest treasures of Mr. Bana! (For example, click here for Mona's screencaps from the "Munich" trailer, see photos from events...)


    "Munich" website online
    posted on November 10, 2005

    Be sure to head on over to the official website for "Munich." You can view the trailer and read info on the film.


    "Munich" poster has been released
    posted on October 31, 2005

    A teaser poster for "Munich" was recently released. According to JoBlo.com, it is not the "official" poster yet, but it's great to see a sneak peek of Eric in character!


    Eric visits hospital; supports trauma unit
    posted on October 23, 2005

    From Herald Sun: The real Chopper Read was nowhere to be seen, but yesterday two of his look-alikes came face to face. Actor Eric Bana met road accident victim Trent Ross at the Alfred hospital to support a fundraising campaign for the hospital's trauma unit. Mr Ross, 24, earned the nickname "Chopper" because of his resemblance to notorious Melbourne criminal, Mark Brandon Read, who Bana played in the film Chopper. But yesterday Bana was lending his support to a campaign that has been organised by Melbourne man Brian Tanti. Mr Tanti has designed a range of T-shirts bearing road safety slogans, which are being sold to raise money for road accident victims at the Alfred. The hospital treats thousands of emergency patients each year, including dozens of road accident victims such as Mr Ross. Mr Ross broke his back, sternum and shoulder when he lost control of his car and slammed into a tree at the weekend. The young builder was not wearing a seatbelt and believes an airbag saved his life. Bana, a car enthusiast who competes in rallies, told the Herald Sun road safety was a cause close to his heart. "There are a lot of things that contribute to young men being a high risk and a lot of it has to do with attitude. When you are young you do feel indestructible." When Bana was 15 he broke his jaw and elbow in a car accident with his brother. The father of two said the accident had reinforced the importance of being cautious on the roads. "It's a very vivid memory and the violence of it really struck me," Bana said. After visiting the Alfred yesterday, Bana bought 10 fundraising T-shirts designed by Mr Tanti. The T-shirts bear a copy of the speeding ticket given to Hollywood legend James Dean just two hours before he died. Dean was only 24 when he smashed his Porsche Spyder on a Californian highway 50 years ago. Mr Tanti said little had changed in the past 50 years and young men were still among the majority of road accident victims. "It's the same demographic as today, but the message, 50 years on, is still not getting through," he said.


    More images "Munich" set
    posted on September 27, 2005

    Dreamworks Fansite has posted up 70 pictures from the set of "Munich," and have more to post in coming weeks as well as a video. A big thanks to Jawad!

    Update on October 10th: Dreamworks Fansite has posted even more set photos, this time from the Brooklyn set. More goodies are along the way - thanks again to Jawad.


    Pictures and reports from "Munich" set
    posted on September 27, 2005

    Latino Review have posted images from the set of "Munich" in France, and Hollywood News shares a complete write-up of a set visit, with pictures as well.


    Director Curtis Hanson on "Lucky You"
    posted on September 16, 2005

    From Coming Soon: Curtis Hanson has become a well-respected filmmaker thanks to movies like L.A. Confidential--his screenplay won him an Oscar--Wonder Boys and Eminem's 8 Mile, with all of his movies being very different in tone and subject matter.

    Lucky You is a movie set in Vegas starring Eric Bana with Robert Duvall as his father and Drew Barrymore as "an aspiring singer from Bakersfield who comes into the mix." Oh, and it's about a very hot pastime right now... poker!

    Hanson was in Toronto for the premiere of In Her Shoes, but he talked to ComingSoon.net a bit about this upcoming project. "It's a story set in the world of professional poker, once again a personal story," he told us. "My production company with my partner is called Deuce Three Productions and always has been, not because of a great love for poker, but some affection for it. Those are the two worst cards in the deck, and so it sort of says 'It's not what you're dealt as much as what you do with it.'"

    "Thematically, it's about these skills that one must have as a professional card player, which in a sense, are the exact opposite skills one needs to have human relationships," he continued. "You lie, you bluff, you hide your emotion. You have to look at these people across from you and not care whether the money they lose hurts them. You have to completely shut yourself out from that." Originally, Lucky You was announced as a winter 2005 release, but it was then moved to next March, but even that may not happen. "Lucky You was never coming out this year," Hanson corrected. "We just finished shooting it, but it's coming out next spring or summer, to be determined." We wondered whether making the film helped make Hanson a better poker player or if he learned anything. "I did. We were around a lot of great poker players, so a certain amount of it rubbed off, more than it would let's say being around Eminem. I never became a gifted rapper."


    Early Oscar forcast for "Munich"
    posted on August 18, 2005

    From MSNBC: If the Oscars were to be held right now, the Motion Picture Academy would have to call them off. It’s been a dismal year at the box office — and for award-worthy performances and films as well ... Fortunately, the Oscars won’t be handed out until March 5, 2006. The burden is on the fall lineup to provide the missing contestants. Last year, all five of the best picture nominees were released after Labor Day. The big winner, Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby,” didn’t even appear to be in the running until around Thanksgiving, when advance screenings began to create a momentum that proved unstoppable. Something similar could happen with Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s “Munich,” which has a huge subject (terrorism at the 1972 Munich Olympics), a remarkable cast (Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush, Mathieu Kassovitz) and an official Dec. 23 release date. It’s still in production. Can Spielberg finish in time? Even Eastwood, who brought “Baby” in close to the wire, allowed himself more time in the editing room. [read full article]


    Eric in Hungary, filming "Munich"
    posted on August 11, 2005

    Aurora writes: Eric has been here since last Friday and today he was shooting at the Opera in Budapest. Spielberg closed the streets, the police was there - Spielberg is too famous and great director. Tomorrow I think I'll go and take a look but it seems really impossible :P

    Thanks for the notice Aurora!


    Photos from "Lucky You" set
    posted on August 6, 2005

    Mark Cassar has been posting photos from the set of "Lucky You." Mona has organized all the photos in her journal, so jump over there to check out all the photos of Eric.


    It's official, Spielberg film is called "Munich"
    posted on July 27, 2005

    From Universal Studios Press Release: Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures jointly announced today that the upcoming film being directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director-producer Steven Spielberg will be titled "Munich." "Munich" is an historical thriller set in the aftermath of the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Universal Pictures will release the film in the United States and Canada on December 23, 2005; DreamWorks Pictures will handle international marketing and distribution. "Munich" recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre -- and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. Eric Bana ("Troy") stars as the Mossad agent charged with leading the band of specialists brought together for this operation. [read press release]


    "Lucky You" featuring poker professionals
    posted on July 17, 2005

    From Poker News: The Warner Brothers movie "Lucky You" is set to hit the screens in the spring of 2006. Featuring Robert Duval (too many classic film roles to mention), Eric Bana ("Troy") and Drew Barrymore ("Charlie's Angels", among others), it is the story of a professional poker player (Bana) who learns about life from a lounge singer (Barrymore) as he clashes on the felt against his estranged father (Duval) in Las Vegas in 2003 at the World Series of Poker. If the story doesn't grab your attention, then the field of actual poker players that are lining up to take part in the film might. [read full article]
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    Troy - Eric Bana (Advance)
    Troy - Eric Bana (Advance)
    24 in. x 36 in.
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    Troy
    Troy
    27 in x 40 in
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    Troy (International Spanish Version)
    Troy (International Spanish Version)
    27 in x 41 in
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