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DVD Review – Frankenstein (2015)

1 hour ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Frankenstein, 2015

Directed by Bernard Rose.

Starring Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tony Todd, Danny Huston, Sandra Rosko, Maya Erskine, Dave Pressler.


An eccentric pair of scientists create a human monster in modern-day Los Angeles.

Another year, another adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel but there is a twist to this one as it sticks very closely to its source material but updates the setting to modern-day Los Angeles. This isn’t the first time that a gothic horror story has been given a contemporary makeover (Dracula A.D. 1972 springs to mind, along with countless retellings of The Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man, etc.) and Frankenstein has proven to be the most popular of the classic movie monsters to revisit in recent years but so far nobody seems to have gotten the formula for updating it right. So has Candyman director Bernard Rose managed to crack it?

Pretty much, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Bradford International Film Festival cancelled

9 February 2016 11:12 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Move by National Media Museum signals concern over regional provision in the UK for the arts.

As a furore brewed in the UK over the decision to move much of the National Media Museum’s photography collection to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London it was also announced by museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch that the Bradford International Film Festival would not be returning.

The festival, which began in 1995, had slowly carved itself a reputation as a well-regarded event on the national and international circuit. With a number of significant premieres during its history – include a widely publicised UK premiere of Chris MorrisFour Lions in 2010 – the festival also welcomed numerous guests over the years including Kenneth Branagh, Brian Cox, Ken Loach, Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, and Terry Gilliam amongst many others.

The festival was also seen as a key component in helping Bradford being named the very first Unesco City of Film.

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News Bits: Inside, Conquest, Dunkirk, Clapper

7 February 2016 8:01 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

43rd Annie Awards

Pixar's "Inside Out" took the top honor of Best Animated Feature at 43rd Annie Awards on Saturday night, taking ten trophies in all including nods for the director, writers and actress Phyllis Smith.

"Boy and the World" took Best Independent Animated Feature, while "He Named Me Malala" scored a Best Animated Special Production and "World of Tomorrow" won Best Animated Short Subject. Other awards went to titles like "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas," "The Good Dinosaur" and the game "Evolve". [Source: Variety]


Paramount has acquired the rights to the Leonardo DiCaprio-led "Conquest" with Davis Entertainment producing. Plot details are under wraps. "The Revenant" co-writer Mark. L. Smith penned the script and John Davis will produce. [Source: The Wrap]


"Interstellar" cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema will reunite with Christopher Nolan for the latter's World War II action thriller "Dunkirk". Production is slated to begin in May and will use a combination of »

- Garth Franklin

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"Thor: Ragnarok" - 'Sif' Gets In "Shape"

6 February 2016 5:22 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ new revealing images of Jaimie Alexander, who returns as 'Asgardian' warrior 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' upcoming feature "Thor: Ragnarok", posing for the March 2016 issue of "Shape" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011...

...then reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World" and the TV series "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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- Michael Stevens

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Christopher Nolan Reunites with 'Interstellar' Cinematographer for 'Dunkirk'

6 February 2016 3:52 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While director Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister have a long standing relationship that stretches all the way back to Nolan's 2001 directorial debut Memento, it sounds like the filmmaker is taking on a different collaborator for his upcoming WWII drama Dunkirk. While many suspected that Wally Pfister would be coming aboard, Nolan has instead decided to go with his Interstellar director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema. The movie shoots this summer.

Dunkirk was announced in late December as director Christopher Nolan's next project. He has since been busy prepping the true-life tale. Composer Hans Zimmer, who created all of the music for the Dark Knight trilogy will be back to score the adventure drama. And the secondary cast is being played by heavy hitters such as Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh. The main actors in the film will be mostly unknowns, which are still in the process of being cast. »

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Christopher Nolan Reteams with Interstellar Cinematographer for New Film Dunkirk

5 February 2016 11:32 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Say what you will about Interstellar and its plot, but I found the film to be a visual masterpiece. Between the grounded shots on earth and the ethereal shots in space, the movie was an absolute joy to watch. Those who enjoyed the look of that picture, like myself, will be happy to hear that director Christopher Nolan will once again be working with Hoyte van Hoytema (who was the director of photography on Interstellar) for his next movie, Dunkirk, the American Society of Cinematographers reports.

Dunkirk will be filmed from an original screenplay by Christopher Nolan himself, and will be his first attempt at a war film. Given the filmmakers recent foray into the abstract with movies like Inception and Interstellar, this will be a nice refresh for those looking for a more grounded picture for Nolan.

Dunkirk will be shot on a combination of both IMAX 65mm and 65mm large format film, »

- Joseph Medina

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Christopher Nolan Reteaming With Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema For ‘Dunkirk’

5 February 2016 8:38 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As Christopher Nolan prepares for an early summer shoot of his World War II drama Dunkirk, he’s busy filling out his cast and crew. With composer Hans Zimmer returning, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and Tom Hardy are filling out the ensemble and many unknown newcomers are still waiting to be cast. Set to shoot in IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format film, many have wondered if longtime collaborator Wally Pfister would return or perhaps he’d reteam with Interstellar‘s Hoyte van Hoytema.

It looks like it will be the latter, as the announcement that Hoytema has deservedly joined the American Society of Cinematographers includes a note that he is “currently prepping an untitled feature for director Christopher Nolan, with whom he first collaborated on Interstellar.” Following his work on Spectre, Her, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In, and more, we look forward to how he pulls »

- Jordan Raup

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Timothy Omundson Sings 'Crazy, Silly' Galavant's Praises, Shares How Psych Rekindled His Love for Musical Theater

29 January 2016 9:15 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Timothy Omundson is singing a most happy tune.

Even though ABC’s Galavant is wrapping its sophomore staging this Sunday at 8/7c, the veteran actor cannot say enough about the ambitious musical-comedy, which this season pumped in a lot of heart on top of hummable tunes and anachronistic humor.

As deposed King Richard and his bestie Galavant ready to lead a zombie army into war with Madalena and Gareth’s kingdom of Valencia, the Psych alum shared with TVLine the story of the months-long journey that led him to revisit his love of musical-theater. (Now if only Omundson’s missus »

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Contemporary films reflecting on Hollywood’s Golden Age

25 January 2016 4:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sara Hemrajani on Hollywood’s love affair with its Golden Age…

Since there’s no business like show business, it’s unsurprising that one of Hollywood’s favourite topics is itself. The recent wave of award nominations for Trumbo, including a best actor Oscar nod for Bryan Cranston, is fresh evidence of the industry’s fascination with the so-called Golden Age.

In Trumbo, Cranston plays real-life writer Dalton Trumbo who was jailed and blacklisted for his ties to the American Communist Party. Despite the ban, Trumbo and his peers managed to flout the system using pseudonyms and support from eager filmmakers. He went on to write screenplays for classics such as Roman Holiday and Spartacus.

Following swiftly in its steps is Hail, Caesar!, the Coen brothers’ throwback to the glossy studio pictures of the 1940s. The trailer reveals characters reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Esther Williams, as well as producer »

- Sara Hemrajani

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Introducing… the Philip French award

23 January 2016 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The London Critics’ Circle have renamed one of their annual film awards after the late former Observer film critic

Philip French – the Observer’s much‑loved film critic of 37 years’ standing – died in October, and last Sunday night at the London Critics’ Circle’s prestigious annual film awards ceremony, his critical colleagues offered a public tribute before a starry audience including Kate Winslet, Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh and French’s own family at the May Fair hotel in London.

The professional body of leading UK critics, of which French was a longtime member, renamed one of their 16 competitive award categories the Philip French award for breakthrough British/Irish film-maker. In an extended tribute prior to the award’s presentation, French’s friend and fellow Circle member David Gritten acknowledged his influential promotion of rising local talent over the years.

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- Guy Lodge

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Kenneth Branagh Pitches ‘Return Of The Native’ Adaptation During PBS ‘Wallander’ Panel – TCA

19 January 2016 3:02 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Masterpiece exec producer Rebecca Eaton, still upstairs at the TCA hotel in Pasadena with the flu, again missed panels today for her franchise’s panels at the confab, including one in which Kenneth Branagh came to discuss Wallander, The Final Season, airing May 8-22. This was particularly disappointing for Eaton, given that Branagh had starred in the very first program she acquired in her three-decade tenure at Masterpiece, Fortunes Of War, which also had been her first… »

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BAFTA to Present Angels Costumes with Honorary Award

18 January 2016 5:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to present the 175-year-old costume company Angels Costumes with its annual award for outstanding British contribution to cinema at BAFTA’s film awards ceremony on Feb. 14.

The award is presented in honor of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter franchise and former Film4 boss Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was BBC Films.

Angels, which was established in 1840, is a seventh-generation family business. Today it is led by chairman Tim Angel, who has also served as chairman of BAFTA and as a governor of the British Film Institute.

Angels has a collection that spans eight miles of hanging rails, and is made up of more than 1 million items of clothing. Angels supplied costumes to »

- Leo Barraclough

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'Mad Max', '45 Years' score big at London Critics' awards

18 January 2016 3:13 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British actors, directors and films won most of the main awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

Mad Max: Fury Road took film of the year and best director for George Miller at the 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards ceremony at the May Fair Hotel on Sunday night.

45 Years took the Attenborough Award for best British/Irish film. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay were also honoured as actress and actor of the year for their performances in Andrew Haigh’s film.

While Mad Max won in the top two categories, British actors, directors and films won nearly all of the other main awards. Alongside Rampling and Courtenay’s awards, Tom Hardy was named British/Irish actor of the year for his roles in several films, including Fury Road, The Revenant and Legend, while Saoirse Ronan took the British/Irish actress award for Brooklyn.

Kate Winslet won supporting actress for Steve Jobs, Mark Rylance supporting »

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BAFTA to honour Angels Costumes

18 January 2016 2:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Costume house that has serviced films from Hitchcock to Hammer and Harry Potter to receive honourary BAFTA.

Angels Costumes is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 14.

Now in its 175th year, Angels Costumes is the world’s longest-established and largest professional costume house, and has worked with film luminaries including Alfred Hitchcock, Powell and Pressburger, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg on features from the Ealing Comedies, films produced by Gainsborough Studios and Hammer, to the Carry On films, Bond, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter.   

The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award is presented annually in honour of film producer Michael Balcon and previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt, [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Kate Winslet Reunites With Two of Her Former Costars in London

17 January 2016 7:30 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

It was a night full of reunions for Kate Winslet at the London Critics' Circle Awards in England on Sunday. The actress turned heads in a black dress and met up with two of her former costars during the show: Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh. Kate and Judi starred in the 2001 film Iris, while Kenneth and Kate appeared in 1997's Hamlet. Talk about a flashback! The star is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Steve Jobs, which recently landed her a Golden Globe. Read on to see more of Kate, and then relive her captivating Golden Globes reunion with Leonardo DiCaprio. »

- Monica Sisavat

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2016 London Critics Circle Awards Interviews: Kate Winslet, Kenneth Branagh & More

17 January 2016 5:22 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This evening the 36th London Critics Circle Awards took place at The May Fair Hotel. Leading up to the ceremony Todd HaynesCarol led the way, nominated for Film of the Year and nods for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Kenneth Branagh also attended to receive the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

The post 2016 London Critics Circle Awards Interviews: Kate Winslet, Kenneth Branagh & More appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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London Film Critics’ Circle Award Winners and Interviews

17 January 2016 2:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Earlier on this evening, we attended the 36th annual London Critics Circle Awards at the Mayfair Hotel in London. It was another fantastic night for the likes of Mad Max: Fury Road which scooped Film Of The Year, and 45 Years, which picked up British/ Irish Film Of The Year. Asif Kapadia’s Amy was named Documentary Of The Year, while Tom Courtenay picked up Best Actor, and Charlotte Rampling Best Actress, both for 45 Years. Kate Winslet was on hand to pick up Best Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs, while Mark Rylance won Best Supporting Actor for Bridge Of Spies. George Miller was named Best Director for Mad Max: Fury Road.

We were on hand to talk to a couple of the attendees, including Kate Winslet and the recipient for the Dilys Powell Award For Excellence In Film, Sir Kenneth Branagh, who led a touching tribute to the late Alan Rickman. »

- Paul Heath

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’; ’45 Years’ Score Multiple Awards At London Film Critics’ Circle Awards

17 January 2016 1:27 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

George Miller’s Max Max: Fury Road won Best Film and Director of the Year at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards, while Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years took home the best British/Irish film of the year along with Best Actor and Actress of the Year for Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling. Tom Hardy took the award for Best British/Irish Actor of the Year for his work in Mad Max, Legend, The Revenant and London Road. Kenneth Branagh was presented with the Dilys Powell Award for… »

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ’45 Years’ Triumph at London Film Critics’ Circle Awards

17 January 2016 12:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If key omissions in the BAFTA nominations gave you the idea that Brits had little love for “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “45 Years,” think again. At their annual awards ceremony this evening, the London Film Critics’ Circle fortuitously righted a number of the British Academy’s wrongs — most prominently by handing George Miller’s beautifully deranged action spectacle honors for Film of the Year and Director of the Year.

In doing so, they echoed the verdict of such U.S. groups as the National Board of Review and critics groups from Chicago, San Diego, Kansas City and more, further burnishing the prestige credentials of the 10-time Academy Award nominee, surely the year’s most improbable Oscar success story. “Fury Road” also shared in a third award, as leading man Tom Hardy won British/Irish Actor of the Year for his body of work in 2015, including turns in “Legend,” “The Revenant” and “London Road. »

- Guy Lodge

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Watch: 1-Hour Roundtable With Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren & More

11 January 2016 8:14 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Aside from the actual event of the Oscars, it’s rare to see so many talented actors in one room — let alone sitting across from each-other for an extensive, one-hour talk, but THR has gathered the year’s top performers for an excellent discussion. Sitting down this year is Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Brie Larson (Room), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jane Fonda (Youth), Helen Mirren (Trumbo, Woman in Gold), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), and Carey Mulligan (Suffragette).

The discussion ranges from getting into acting and why they still do it, still feeling scared before shooting, potential alternate career paths, the pay gap, who they wish they could work with, and much more. While moderator Stephen Galloway unfortunately interrupts way too often, it’s simply great to learn more about the process each of these talents go through.

“It can be lonely, actually, especially when you’re younger,” Winslet says. »

- Jordan Raup

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