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Berlin – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” was the big winner at the European Film Awards on Saturday in a wintry Berlin, where the Italo pic took home prizes for best film, director, actor for Toni Servillo, and editor for Cristiano Travaglioli.
Among the femme luminaries of the Euro film scene on the red carpet were Catherine Deneuve, who was feted with the European Film Academy lifetime achievement award, Noomi Rapace, Kristin Scott Thomas and Diane Kruger. Helmer Wim Wenders, the Efa prexy, gave the award to Deneuve and said that it was difficult to stand before her as she “had made such an impact on the young filmmaker I once was.”
The male leading lights of European moviemaking at the event included Ennio Morricone, »
- Leo Barraclough
It’s always exciting news when Syfy picks up a brand new scripted series, and we have high hopes for Dominion, based on characters from the 2010 movie Legion, as Syfy today announced its series order. We have equally high hopes that Syfy is making room for the new series on a new night – like maybe Thursdays? – and isn’t making room by finishing off one of our favorite no-longer-new series. Please.
Syfy Greenlights Dominion To Series For 2014 Supernatural Action Drama Produced by Universal Cable Productions Series Stars Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Stewart Head and Luke Allen-Gale
New York – December 4, 2013 – The ultimate celestial battle between good and evil will descend to Earth in 2014 as Syfy officially greenlights the scripted drama Dominion (working title) to series, it was announced today by Syfy President, Dave Howe. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, and filmed in Cape Town, »
- Erin Willard
Little White Lies Weekender, London
The best-designed film magazine on the shelf celebrates its 50th issue with a display of its unimpeachable good taste – mostly. The selection is largely overlooked/underpraised auteur classics, such as Harmony Korine's Gummo, Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch Drunk Love, Lynch's Mulholland Drive, and obscure 1970s road movie Wanda. There are also previews of future releases like Lukas Moodysson's We Are The Best!, plus 1980s Irish "thriller" (and Adam and Joe favourite) Taffin – a monumentally bad movie that definitely didn't get Pierce Brosnan the Bond gig. If you're quick, you can still catch Lwl's pop-up shop in Old Street, too.
Ica, SW1, Fri to 8 Dec
Cinema Palestino: Bristol Palestine Film Festival
Two events to bring us up to speed on Palestine's unique cultural and political situation, both of which »
- Steve Rose
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
James Bond and the Doctor don’t have very much in common. Bond is a violent British superspy. The Doctor is a pacifist alien traveler. Bond jets around to exotic locations and uses expensive gadgets; the Doctor spends a curious amount of time in Wales and uses semi-abstract technology that makes funny noises. Weirdly, if the two characters ever met, they would probably be enemies. Bond is the kind of guns-blazing loose »
- Darren Franich
After a steady diet of stupid buddy movies, including this summer’s Grown-Ups 2 flop, I welcomed Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s unique take on the concept in The World’s End. After a steady stream of funny and inventive films, this one hewed closer to a traditional premise: five high school buddies reunite for one last blast. However, being from this duo, one could expect something different.
The first forty minutes of the film felt fairly straightforward as the one who refused to grow up gathered his peers, all mired in staid existences, and convinced them to do what they failed to accomplish in their teens. In this case it meant visiting and quaffing a brew at all twelve pubs along the Golden Mile, finishing at the fabled World’s End. We see them struggling to reconnect, all annoyed at their leader for one reason or another. Unlike other films in this manner, »
- Robert Greenberger
So, you’ve forgotten to take the turkey out of the freezer and it’s 1am Thursday morning. What to do, while you stare helplessly at the too-slowly-thawing bird? Syfy has the answer: Watch a James Bond movie! In fact, watch a dozen Bond movies and serve popcorn and maybe no one will notice the lack of traditional Thanksgiving food!
And Saturday, while you’re scanning the internet for the best buys for holiday booty? Three words: Star. Trek. Movies. And as everyone knows, nothing goes better with Sunday’s cold leftover pumpkin pie than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Thanks, Syfy, for catering to all our Thanksgiving weekend viewing needs! Check out the full schedule below:
Syfy Celebrates Thanksgiving Weekend With Twelve James Bond Movies Six Star Trek Films Plus Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
New York – Syfy will shake up »
- Erin Willard
A recent poll asked two thousand fans to vote for the sexiest celebrities over the age of fifty, with Helen Mirren (68) and George Clooney (52) taking the top spots. Among women, Mirren took 25% of the votes, just beating Michelle Pfeiffer (24%) and Demi Moore (23%). Rounding out the top five were Kim Basinger (17%) and Sharon Stone (16%). On the men side, Clooney received 39% of the votes, easily defeating Johnny Depp (32%), Colin Firth (24%), Pierce Brosnan (18%) and Bruce Willis (13%). The poll also selected Pierce Brosnan as the man who has aged best. The top celebrities who have aged the worst were Madonna and Sylvester Stallone. »
Derek Meddings creating the miniature satellite bunker set for GoldenEye Above is a shot of the late Derek Meddings (miniature effects supervisor) using flour and cat litter to create the Severnaya satellite bunker miniature set from the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye and below are several more shots from behind-the-scenes and the film's set courtesy of Larry Wright on Twitter, but that shot above and the storyboard below of the skydive sequence from the film's opening are the main reason I wanted to post the rest. amz asin="B009NUV0E8" size="small"Included is the storyboard mentioned, some behind the shot looks at the camera rigs used on Bond's Aston Martin and the Ferrari used during the chase sequence, a promotional shot of the late Desmond Llewelyn as Q with his assortment of gadgets, another of Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan together on the Leavesden set, a shot of the »
- Brad Brevet
Both stars of "The Coup" had left the set for the day and were unharmed, said Korrawuth Arsana, a spokesman for Living Films.
The film is about an American family that gets caught in a military coup in Southeast Asia. It also stars Pierce Brosnan, who is due to join the film shoot next month.
Before the fire, the cast had filmed an explosion scene inside a dilapidated building in the town of Lampang, Korrawuth said.
"We had finished filming after the explosion scene," he said. "As the crew was packing and moving things downstairs somebody saw the fire on the third floor of the building."
Police Col. Thanakorn Khumwong said investigators suspect the high voltage required by the »
- The Associated Press
I remember watching it over and over, effusively quoting Robin Williams's over-the-top exclamations and giggling hysterically at the movie's comedic conundrums. It's truly a tour-de-force for Williams, who was given free improvisational reign on the set. His role as irresponsible Daniel, who takes desperate measures by impersonating a female nanny in order to see his kids during his divorce from wife Miranda (played by Sally Field), resulted in the birth of beloved character and the second-highest-grossing film of 1993 (behind "Jurassic Park"). It's a movie that spreads the schmaltz on thick, sure, but proves surprisingly ahead of its time when it comes to the fallout of divorce and the plights of working moms and perpetual man-boys, alike.
It's been ages since I've watched the film, so -- in honor of its 20th anniversary (November 24) -- I thought it important »
- Katie Calautti
I'm with Willem Dafoe and James Franco on the issue of Spider-Man's rapid return to multiplexes last year, a mere five years after studio Sony royally messed up Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. The webslinger really ought to have been given at least a decade off for bad behaviour before returning in The Amazing Spider-Man, a well-made movie that nevertheless failed to make the case for its own existence. Younger teenagers might not have seen 2002's Spider-Man; let's just say they're going to experience a significant dose of superhero deja vu when it next comes on the telly.
- Ben Child
Movies have the power to make our mouths water and stomachs growl; but equally so they have the power to make bile rise into our throats and turn us off certain foods forever.
Here’s a list of 5 movie scenes that presented meals that made me want to run out of the cinema or stop the DVD and feast on what the characters were eating (and 5 that me abandon my popcorn and turn the bucket into a vomit receptacle)…
5 Stomach-Churning Movie Meals… 5. Hot Jambalaya – Mrs. Doubtfire
Jambalaya, the comforting Creole dish of the deep south that infuses French and Spanish cuisines to produce a rich stew of chicken, andouille sausage, prawns and the holy trinity (onion, celery and bell pepper). And the non-spicy one that Bridges restaurant prepares for the pepper-intolerant Hugh (Pierce Brosnan) looks good enough to suit the biggest Louisiana stereotype: creamy, velvety rice clinging to large chunks »
- Adam Rayner
A fire broke out late Wednesday on the Thailand location shoot of The Coup, starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell. The film, from writer-director John Erick Dowdle, is about an American family caught in a political uprising in Southeast Asia. It has been shooting for just over two weeks in Lampang and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Story: Leonardo DiCaprio Calls on Thailand to Outlaw Sale of Ivory Chris Lowenstein, executive director of Thai-based production company Living Films, which is facilitating the production, told THR the fire followed a full day of filming in a set
- Patrick Brzeski
• Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reportedly courting Jack Nicholson for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente, about a by-the-books secret service agent assigned to protect “America’s worst former President” who boozes and womanizes with abandon. Nicholson would play the part of the President, a VP who assumed the Commander-in-Chief’s job after the President died. According to the report, the project has been in development since 2010 — originally with Jay Roach in the director’s chair. Nicholson and Cruise appeared together previously in 1992′s A Few Good Men, which earned Nicholson a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The three-time »
- Lindsey Bahr
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The World’s End Twenty years ago five friends attempted an epic pub crawl, but their effort fell apart before reaching the final bar, The World’s End. Now the group is reluctantly back together again to try and rewrite history, but the past is an ever-growing obstacle thanks in large part to how much remains unchanged in their old stomping grounds of New Haven. Things get worse though when they realize why exactly that is. Edgar Wright‘s final entry in his thematic Cornetto trilogy found a divisive reception from fans of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, but in many ways it’s the best of the three. It’s incredibly funny, highly energetic, and perfectly cast (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan »
- Rob Hunter
Edgar Wright is, arguably, one of the most clever and entertaining comedic filmmakers working today. For many of us, knowing he’s British may cause for pause, but let me lay that to rest. This is not your grandmother’s brand of dry British socialite comedy. The World’S End is the official conclusion to the somewhat unofficial “Three Flavors Cornetto” trilogy, so named in part by the droves of fans that have fully embraced the films directed and co-written by Edgar Wright. Co-writer Simon Pegg co-stars with Nick Frost in this third film following Shaun Of The Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).
The World’S End is a concept first explore by Wright and Pegg during a publicity tour for Hot Fuzz, based on an old script written by a young Edgar Wright. The film, noticeably more mature than it’s two predecessors, still maintains a healthy dose »
- Travis Keune
A brave young girl and the 1993 comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire" have been credited with helping save a woman's life over the weekend.
Kabc reports that seven-year-old Oregon native Amira Thorton saved her mother from choking to death on a bit of sausage.
Though the mother was unable to speak or cry out for help, Thorton recognised what was happening and remembered the scene from the film in which Robin Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire character saves Pierce Brosnan's character with the help of the Heimlech maneuver.
Thorton leapt into action, claiming she picked her mother up three times as she did the manuever until the sausage was spat out.
Source: ABC »
- Garth Franklin
Feature Simon Brew 19 Nov 2013 - 06:40
Just a silly comedy? There might be more to Mrs Doubtfire than it's given credit for...
This article contains spoilers for Mrs Doubtfire.
If you dig through the box office takings for the films of Robin Williams, then - taking aside his supporting performance in Night At The Museum - his most lucrative film at the Us box office remains 1993's Mrs Doubtfire. Inflation-adjusted, it tops the list.
The film was released in the aftermath of Disney's record-breaking Aladdin (and followed the fascinatingly flawed Toys), and in the years that followed, Williams would enjoy a bunch of further hits, including the likes of Jumanji, The Birdcage (two films that, fact-fans, passed $100m at the Us box office on the same weekend), Patch Adams and Flubber. He'd nab an Oscar in the midst of that run for Good Will Hunting, too. This was Robin Williams »
A foul-mouthed script with little wit leaves Jude Law struggling in this ex-con story
This foul-mouthed study of a lag making his reappearance in the world after 12 years of schtum-keeping porridge cries out for the sweary Chaucerian wit of Louis Mellis and David Scinto. Sadly, it winds up sounding more like a second-rate, late-period Pinter pastiche, as Jude Law's eponymous ex-con struts around shouting about his cock to the annoyance of everyone, audience included.
Richard E Grant is served little better; scenes of his louche, one-handed wastrel propping up the bar with his recently released cohort demand the acerbic witticisms that Bruce Robinson once made his stock in trade, but writer/director Richard Shepard (who directed the pilot for Ugly Betty) seems oddly off the boil, his script lacking the pizzazz that once allowed Pierce Brosnan to shine in The Matador.
In the end, scabrousness turns to sentimentality, but »
- Mark Kermode
Once you're done with the family and in-laws, and for those not interested in football, Syfy is offering an alternative that is sure to get your attention. Thanksgiving weekend on the cable channel starts off Nov. 28 with the annual two-day James Bond marathon, including all the big names behind 007 -- Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. "Tomorrow Never Dies" kicks things off at 1 a.m. Et Nov. 28, and includes presentations of "Die Another Day" at 6 p.m. and "Casino Royale" at 9 p.m. After that, beginning Nov. 30, it's going to be a Star Trek weekend, with six films from the venerable franchise. That includes "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" at 6:30 p.m. Et Nov. 30 followed by "Star Trek Generations" at 9 p.m. The weekend ends Dec. »
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