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Directed by Lars von Trier
Director Lars von Trier is nothing if not creative. From films like Epidemic in 1987 and Europa in 1991, to last year’s two-part Nymphomaniac, he has managed to bring a continually imaginative photographic and narrative formula to nearly all of his films, the best of which ultimately end up masterpieces of contemporary international cinema. It was arguably his 1996 feature, Breaking the Waves, that first, and most dramatically, catapulted him to the front ranks of modern-day global filmmaking, particularly within the arthouse arena and festival circuit, and understandably so. This affecting film is a powerful work that delves deeply into often unspoken and unconventional recesses of faith and love. Its themes are profound, its performances staggering throughout, and its visual palette and filmic technique are replete with saturated hues, vigorous camera work, and an unabashed intimacy. »
- Jeremy Carr
Railway Man is a tale of revenge and redemption in the trappings of a WWII melodrama. The true tale jumps back and forth between 1942 and 1980 to tell the story about one man forced to deal with his horrible memories of the atrocities of war. The Railway Man is a sober, well-meaning picture that aims to raise serious issues about truth and justice, but it’s ultimately undone by its own earnestness and predictability.
In 1980 Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is a socially awkward rail enthusiast (not a trainspotter, he clarifies) who travels around the UK with a detailed knowledge about train timetables and British towns. Eric meets nurse Patti (Nicole Kidman) on a train and after a whirlwind romance, they are married. But after the honeymoon Eric is waking up in the night sweating and screaming – it’s the emotional distress caused by his treatment at the hands of Japanese prison »
- Tom Stockman
From the producer who brought you The Woman In Black and Let Me In comes the unnerving tale of The Quiet Ones. Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected.
This week, Wamg sat down with Olivia Cooke, who plays the disturbed Jane Harper, in a small roundtable to discuss the supernatural, ‘Bates Motel’, and her upcoming projects. According to Sam Claflin, she also played a bit of a prank on us by telling us a story about Jared Harris and a ‘goblin’ that she completely fabricated. She certainly is a lot of fun! Check it out below.
Inspired by true events, the film stars Jared Harris (Mad Men and Sherlock Homes: A Game of »
- Melissa Howland
American idol judge Keith Urban's beautiful wife Nicole Kidman is talking about their love life. Nicole has been married to Keith for seven years and admits he means everything to her. Asked what love means to her, she said: ''It's the be-all and end-all. It's your salvation. It's the thing that keeps you all right, and hopefully, if you're on the right path, it envelops you and keeps you safe. If you find it, you don't let it go.'' The 46-year-old star recently admitted Keith showers her with love notes when they're apart in order to keep their relationship exciting. She said previously: ''For every single night he's away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship. It keeps us close.'' When Nicole isn't filming, she enjoys accompanying the 'American Idol' judge on tour with their daughters Sunday Rose, five, and Faith Margaret, »
Michelle Williams was Oscar-nominated for her critically-acclaimed performance as Monroe in Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn (2011). The movie centered on Monroe's fraught relationship with her then co-star Laurence Olivier, played by Kenneth Branagh, during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl in Britain.
Reflecting upon the role, Williams said: "Gosh, sometimes I can't even believe I did it because the challenges were just...
"In a way, you had to remove the fact that she was an »
The Official Selection for this year's 67th Cannes Film Festival, which takes place from 14-24 May, was announced in Paris this morning at 10am GMT. As previously revealed, New Zealand director Jane Campion, best known for 1993 Palme d'Or winner The Piano, will preside over the jury this time around. Olivier Dahan's long-delayed Grace of Monaco (2014) - which sees Australian actress Nicole Kidman play the late, great Grace Kelly - will be first out on the Croisette as opening film. Meanwhile, highlights of this year's Palme d'Or race include new films from Nuri Bilge Ceylan, David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and the Oscar-winning director of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius. Sadly, however, Terrence Malick will not be in attendance with any of his new features.
- CineVue UK
The film spans its protagonist’s life from 1962, when the Oscar winner is already married to Prince Rainier III of Monaco and faces a crisis of identity.
It will release the film in 2014, with an exact date to be announced.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.
On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this »
- Scott Foundas
Happy Oklahoma Day! For serious that's what it is today so any of you reading from the Sooner state enjoy yourselves just a little bit more for the rest of us today
I'm just a girl who cain't say no,
I'm in a turrible fix I always say "come on, let's go"
Just when I outta say nix!
It's also Earth Day today and we'll celebrate when we look at Pocahontas for "Best Shot" tonight. Have you rescreened in yet to choose your shot. You've only got 6 more hours to get your link in. We'll post at 10 tonight
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Allure's Nude Issue" has 4 actresses talking about their bodies while naked (Nia Long, »
- NATHANIEL R
Its selection enhances the Australian profile at the festival with David Michôd.s The Rover getting a midnight screening out of competition and Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country showing in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.
.I think it.s every director.s dream to have their work screen in Cannes. This is a huge achievement for everyone who worked on the film,. Hilditch told If on Tuesday night.
In a joint statement with his producer Liz Kearney, he continued, .We are feeling so excited and proud to have our debut feature film selected for Directors' Fortnight. We are really looking forward to sharing These Final Hours with an international audience for the first time and could not ask for a better platform to premiere the film internationally in. »
- Don Groves
The 46-year-old recently said that Urban showers her with love notes when they're apart in order to keep their relationship exciting, reports contactmusic.com.
When asked what love means to her, the actress said: "It's the be-all and end-all. It's your salvation. It's the thing that keeps you all right, and hopefully, if you're on the right path, it envelops you and keeps you safe. If you find it, you don't let it go."
When Kidman isn't. »
- Meeta Kabra
Tony Award-winning actor Frank Langella has signed with Paradigm, according to an individual close to the actor. Langella joins the agency from ICM Partners, where he had been a client since 2010. The Syracuse graduate has been acting for more than four decades, starting his career in off-Broadway theater. He earned his first Tony in 1975 for Edward Albee's “Seascape,” and by that point he was already alternating between film, television and theater. Also read: Frank Langella Narrates Nicole Kidman's Fairy Tale in First ‘Grace of Monaco’ Trailer (Video) Langella has acted in movies directed by Mel Brooks and Ron Howard, »
- Lucas Shaw
Some American critics are ambivalent about The Railway Man, full of admiration for the performances but less than whole-hearted about the film.s overall impact.
Perhaps Us moviegoers share those mixed feelings, judging by the initial box-office results. Jonathan Teplitzy.s drama rolled out on 22 screens around the Us last Friday after platforming at four theatres in Los Angeles and New York the previous weekend.
The 3-day take was $US164,252 for a per-screen average of $6,317, which brings the total to $252,402. That.s a fair number but it suggests the film may not have break-out out potential, despite getting far more positive than negative reviews and the backing of the canny Us distributor, the Weinstein Co.
Out of 80 reviews counted by Rotten Tomatoes, 52 are positive, meaning a .fresh. rating of 65%.
The Washington Post.s Michael O.Sullivan seems to typify the ambivalent tone of many critics, observing, .It.s easier to »
- Don Groves
With the critically-reviled "Transcendence" crashing at the box office, Johnny Depp has now suffered three big budget flops in a row. It was clearly a misstep for Depp to sign on to the film. But don't worry -- he's not the only major Hollywood star to make an error in choosing projects. We've complied a list of 10 big mistakes from 10 big stars, featuring Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, and more. And we didn't even include such chronic mistake-makers as Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis. Check out our list below. Which films would you add? »
- Liane Bonin Starr, Daniel Fienberg, Dave Lewis, Kristopher Tapley, Louis Virtel
Washington, April 19: Yash Raj films' Nicole Kidman starrer 'Grace of Monaco' will be opening the Cannes festival while directed 'Titli' is in the running for the prestigious Camera D'Or award.
The film is the only Indian movie selected for competition at Cannes this year. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »
- Steve Montgomery
Chicago – One the hidden implications of World War II was the suffering of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (Ptsd) from the millions of soldiers who survived the horrors of that war. The difficulties associated with Ptsd are communicated with honor by Colin Firth in “The Railway Man”
The story is of a WWII veteran, played by Firth, whose obsessive and difficult nature is modified by a new wife, portrayed by Nicole Kidman. She seeks the truth of his behavior, and the secrets that are revealed could lead to his healing. Although the film had some real problems with timelines and composition, the sincerity behind it is authentic, and the truth of the narrative – based on the story of Eric Lomax – is reverentially displayed. Ever since “The King’s Speech,” it seems that Colin Firth has been flailing a bit, but in “The Railway Man” he reminds us why he’s »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
There is a compelling story bursting to get out of The Railway Man, Jonathan Teplitzky’s flat adaptation of Eric Lomax’s memoir. However, some of the most fascinating sections of Lomax’s tale are a mystery to those who have not picked up his award-winning book. Strong performances from Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine, as a middle-aged and young adult Lomax, respectively, give the veteran’s story layers that Teplitzky fails to capture in the rest of his woe-begotten film, which is safe, simplistic and only intermittently involving.
As an older man, Lomax obsessed over the order and operation of England’s railways, to the extent that he can hop between platforms to the one that most suits his travels when his original trip is delayed. Coasting through the countryside on the train one morning, in a shabby coat, he chats with Patti (Nicole Kidman, hardly used), and falls in love with her. »
- Jordan Adler
One of the most prestigious festivals on the film circuit is the Cannes Film Festival. Over the years, numerous films that have made their premiere at the festival have gone on to critical acclaim and awards, including Pulp Fiction, Apocalypse Now, Dancer In The Dark, and The Tree Of Life.Over the years, this had led to the announcement of which films will be screening at the festival to become important on its own, as many film fans around the world are curious to know which filmmakers will choose to make their premieres at the festival. With the 2014 incarnation of the festival set to get underway on May 14th, the official selection that will be screening at the 11-day event has now been released. Opening the festival will be Oliver Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman. Other entries include Sils Maria, an Oliver Assayas film starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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It seems like celebrities have it all: a great job, tons of money, great fashion and passionate romances. Oh, and babies. It doesn’t matter if these Hollywood heavyweights put off starting a family to jumpstart their successful careers. The 10 celebrities on this list all became mothers past the age of 40.
Halle Berry has admitted that she was shocked when she discovered that she was pregnant with her second child at the age of 47, but she was no stranger to having a later-in-life pregnancy. Berry gave birth to her first child, Nahla, when she was 41 years old. Nicole Kidman technically became a mom at the age of 25 when she adopted her first child, Isabella, with former husband Tom Cruise, but she gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose when she was 41.
- Meghan O'Keefe
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