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Rillington Place episode 1 review: Ethel

29 November 2016 12:03 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Nov 29, 2016

The BBC’s grisly new true-life serial killer drama feat. Tim Roth and Samantha Morton sets a foreboding tone in episode one…

This review contains spoilers

Reg’ Christie shows his wife Ethel around their drab new London lodgings, through a suffocatingly dark hallway into an overgrown garden that needs “a bit of love and attention, a bit of elbow grease”. They’ll do their own planting, he tells her, if there’s enough light. 

There’s hardly any light in Rillington Place, real or figurative. The first episode of this three-part drama based on true-life serial killer John Christie is an exercise in dread. As the hour passes, the walls of that dingy terrace seem to close in on Ethel, played movingly here with dismal vulnerability by Samantha Morton

Tim Roth is just as strong as the sinisterly restrained Christie, a contained character whose capacity for violence »

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Christmas 2016: our DVD and Blu-ray gift guide

11 November 2016 6:04 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Nov 15, 2016

Which films are coming to disc this festive season? What on Earth do I buy for [insert friend’s name here]? We’ve got the answers...

Christmas comes this time each year, and, purely by coincidence, a lot of DVDs and Blu-rays just so happen to be released at the same sort of time. They fit rather well in stockings, don’t they? How convenient! 

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If, like me, you’ve a tendency to give and/or receive a few discs each yuletide, read on for our run-through of all the new goodies coming to home release formats this winter...

Out now Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders

One of the surprise treats of this year, Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders »

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Interview: Geraldine Chaplin, at 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

27 October 2016 7:47 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – She is the oldest daughter of movie legend Charlie Chaplin, from his fourth marriage to Oona O’Neill, but she also was a spectacular actress in her own right. She is Geraldine Chaplin, and she was honored at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, and was president on a film jury for the fest.

Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California. When she was eight years old, her father and mother took her on a trip to Europe, and while there Charlie Chaplin was exiled through government order from America. The family then settled in Switzerland, and Geraldine eschewed college for dance, and studied in England and Paris. She reluctantly left that art, and turned to modeling. That is how director David Lean discovered her and cast her as Tonya in the classic “Doctor Zhivago” (1965).

Geraldine Chaplin on the Red Carpet at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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“Like the man himself, Anna’s biopic means well” – Subhash K Jha reviews Anna

17 October 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Anna

Starring Shashank Udapurkar

Written & Directed by Shashank Udapurkar

Rating: ***

Serving the cause of cinema may not be as vital and crucial as serving the nation. However making a film on the selflessly altruistic life of Anna Hazare, the saintly ascetic man who single handedly took on the task of eradicating corruption—and failed—seems like a task as daunting as nation-building.

Writer-director Shashank Udapurkar must be lauded in no  uncertain terms for taking on the uphill task of telling the story so gripped and cramped by socio-political complexities that even Richard Attenborough would have been stumped as to where to begin the task of unraveling the life of a man who went from farmer to national leader without losing his innocence.

The narrative keeps it simple austere and stripped-down. Almost like Anna Hazare himself. There is a certain sincerity of purpose that Anna embodies in his persona. The film »

- Subhash K Jha

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The True Story Behind The Omen, One of the Most Haunted Film Productions in History

5 October 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

As Summer came to an end in 1975, production began on one of the more well-known entries in the horror film canon. A chilling portrayal that depicts the foretold arrival of the Antichrist and the inevitable end of times, The Omen came hot off the success of The Exorcist, a frightening and devilish adaptation that had changed the landscape of the movie genre forever. The Exorcist had been a monstrous hit. To this day, it ranks as one of the top-grossing horror films of all time, having earned over $232 million in revenue. It also earned a staggering 10 Academy Award nominations, which included best picture, best actress, best actor, best supporting actress, and best director. With this kind of success, it seemed like The Omen would be a surefire hit; producer Harvey Bernhard had counted on that. What he might not have expected, though, was the strange set of occurrences that would »

- Ryan Roschke

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Geeks Vs Loneliness: forgiving yourself

29 September 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 30, 2016

Not forgiving yourself for things you've done wrong can cause no shortage of unhappiness. But what can you do about it?

Welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our weekly spot on the site where we try and talk about things that may be making people feel unhappy, or isolated, or just the wrong side of good, for whatever reason. Not every article applies to every person, but hopefully, in the pieces that we write, there’s something that can be of some use to you, or someone you know, at some point down the line.

I want this week to talk about something I struggle with enormously: forgiving yourself for mistakes you’ve made, or bad things that you’ve done. It’s something that can put a real block on moving forward in life, or finding happiness. And it’s something that rarely seems to be discussed. »

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DVD Review: The Flight of the Phoenix

12 September 2016 1:44 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ It's not hard to see the appeal of Robert Aldrich's The Flight of the Phoenix, a riveting adventure film featuring an all-star cast headed by Jimmy Stewart and Richard Attenborough. The premise, whereby fourteen men are stranded in the desert after a plane crash, is classic Saturday matinee material. The film's success lies in its perfectly distilled ingredients: a killer premise, well-realised characters, and a tight script that doesn't pull its punches. Coming from the director of The Dirty Dozen, this is hardly surprising, although Aldrich also manages to tease out a triumphant warmth in his characters that is not always present in his other work.

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- CineVue

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A United Kingdom review: Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in fine romance

9 September 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A strange, shameful chapter of history is dusted off by Amma Asante to make this earnestly stirring Empire drama

With terrific warmth and idealism – and irresistible storytelling relish – director Amma Asante gives us a romantic true story from our dowdy postwar past. And with some style and wit, she even revives the spirit and showmanship of Richard Attenborough, who I think would have really enjoyed this gutsy movie.

It’s a tale of star-crossed lovers with the bigoted British government playing a particularly shabby and nasty House Of Capulet: a story of imperialism, bully-ism, and Westminster functionaries passing off their taboo horror of interracial marrying as a matter of realism and political expediency.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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The Academy Announces 2016 Governors Awards Recipients

1 September 2016 8:43 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 30) to present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 8th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “The Board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

After making his motion picture debut at the age of eight, Chan brought his childhood training with the Peking Opera to a distinctive international career. He starred in – and sometimes wrote, »

- Michelle McCue

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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

1 September 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey KatzenbergOprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt. »

- Anne Thompson

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Academy Picks Governors Awards 2016, Including Jackie Chan and Frederick Wiseman

1 September 2016 9:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every year, industry folks lobby the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their candidates for honorary Oscar winners at the annual Governors Awards. And sometimes they get their way. Over the years Mike Kaplan, a publicists branch Academy member, has successfully lobbied for Lillian Gish, Robert Altman and John Ford’s favorite actress Maureen O’Hara, who happily collected her gold man the year before she died.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors voted Tuesday night on the 2016 (un-televised) Governors Awards, which often including the coveted producer’s award, the Thalberg, and the Hersholt humanitarian award. You know what they’re looking for: someone who is still respected — if not revered. Francis Ford Coppola, John Calley and Dino DeLaurentiis have collected the Thalberg in recent years; Harry Belafonte, Jeffrey KatzenbergOprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie have accepted the Hersholt. »

- Anne Thompson

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Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, Frederick Wiseman to Receive Governors Awards

1 September 2016 9:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors will present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “The board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

The Oscars will be presented at the Academy’s eighth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

The selection of Hong Kong’s Chan and the U.K.-born Coates puts an international flavor on the selections. The film industry is often accused of ageism, but the Governors Awards tends to recognize individuals with lengthy careers, »

- Tim Gray and Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Lion Woman’ Producer Jacobsen Sets New Slate of Features

21 August 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At last year’s Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, Norwegian veteran producer John M. Jacobsen completed the grand slam in Norwegian film: he was awarded two Amandas – Norway’s national film prize – for producing best Norwegian feature (“Børning,” directed by Hallvard Bræin, which also won the Audience Amanda, and best Norwegian children’s film (“Operation Arctic,” directed by Grethe Bøe-Waal).

A few months earlier he had received the national television award, Gullruten, for best TV drama, for his first miniseries, “The Heavy Water War,” which tells the story of the Allied effort to thwart Nazis from developing an atom bomb during World War II. In 1943, Operation Gunnarside successfully destroyed Norsk Hydro’s Vemork heavy water factory at Rjukan.

The $9.7 million Norwegian-Danish-uk co-production was directed by Per-Olav Sørensen and starred Christoph Bach, Dennis Storhøi, Maibritt Saerens and Espen Klouman Høiner; “The Heavy Water War” set a record of viewers for »

- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Best Movies For A Friday Night

8 July 2016 9:48 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

How many times have you come out of a theater after seeing a great movie and said,”oh I want to see that again!?” We all have our favorites that we return to time and time again. Friday night always seems the perfect time too. You’re relaxing after a week of school, activities and work and you unwind with a comfortable favorite film.

Wamg has our own personal favs. You’ll find blockbusters on our list…just because it invokes the fun memories of seeing it for the first time in the theater…with friends/family…then non-stop gabbing about wanting to see it again.

Looking for the perfect movie for a Friday Night? Check out our list below!

Meatballs Four words – “It Just Doesn’t Matter!”

The Burbs Hilarious cast made up suburbanites Tom Hanks, Rick Ducummon, Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher, Joe Dante’s comedy about the unusual neighbors next door (Yes, »

- Movie Geeks

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Ctbf launches comedy writing award with Big Talk, Loco

6 July 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme launched in honour of the Doctor and Carry On series.

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (Ctbf) has launched a comedy writing initiative in partnership with Loco London Comedy Film Festival and Big Talk Productions (Shaun Of The Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs The World).

Titled the Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme in honour of the legendary producers of the Doctor and Carry On series, the initiative will select four emerging writers, each of whom will receive £10,000 and participate in a personalised six-month programme of industry support as they develop a comedy feature screenplay or six-part comedy series for television.

The scheme aims to discover original, exciting voices by offering a unique launching pad to those passionate writers who are in need of financial and industry support, and who may not otherwise have a chance to develop their craft and careers.

The selected »

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

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Jurassic Park 4: the versions that never were

27 June 2016 5:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Since life finds a way, Jurassic Park 4 was eventually made under the title Jurassic World. But many ideas floated around beforehand...

Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.

Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...

Early ideas stage

The long and winding »

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The Forgotten: Leslie Norman's "Dunkirk" (1958)

2 June 2016 7:34 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Apart from the usual Powell & Pressburger and David Lean masterpieces, I have steered rather away from the great British war movie during my cinematic peregrinations. Growing up in the UK, one did get rather tired of hearing about these films, spoken of in terms of nostalgia and sentiment. This kind of admiration for movies based on their respectable subject matter rather than their artistry felt like exactly the kind of patriotic attitude to film culture that kept Michael Powell languishing in obscurity for so many years.But in my mellow senescence I can appreciate these movies a bit more. Dunkirk is an interesting flick. On the one hand it's an epic, with armies of extras, special effects, and a narrative sweep that takes almost the whole first act of WWII, from the British perspective. On the other hand, it's a product of Ealing Studios, best known for comedy but ideologically attuned to celebrating group efforts, »

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Anthony Hopkins on ‘The Dresser,’ ‘Westworld’ and Why He Hates Car Chases

30 May 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony Hopkins famously walked away from stage work decades ago — but he finally returns (sort of) in Starz’s “The Dresser,” which premieres May 30. The TV movie is an adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play set in World War II-era London about an aging actor, Sir (Hopkins), who’s struggling to prepare for his upcoming performance of King Lear. His ever-loyal dresser, Norman, played by Ian McKellen, pushes and prods him, along with a supporting cast of A-list British thesps (Emily Watson, Sarah Lancashire).

It’s ultimately a heartbreaking tale, says Hopkins. “Disappointment, loss, love that’s never fulfilled itself. And drudgery of just going on and on.” In the end, he calls his character “just a lonely, misguided old man.”

Why did you decide to take on this project?

I’d seen Freddie Jones and Tom Courtenay doing it on stage many years ago. Wonderful performances. And then I’d seen the film. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Movie Alert! TCM (North America) Features Memorial Day Blockbuster Line-up

29 May 2016 6:47 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

In recognition of Memorial Day, Turner Classic Movies (North America) features a blockbuster string of classic films showing back-to-back on Monday. Consider this line-up: "55 Days at Peking" starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven, , "The Great Escape" starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough, "The  Guns of Navarone" starring Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven, "Where Eagles Dare" starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood and "Kelly's Heroes" starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Don Rickles. Things kick off at 11:30 Am (Est).  »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Magic (1978)

14 May 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s the eyes, isn’t it? Wide like saucers and twice as deep, they’re impenetrable. And the wooden leer of the wide open maw betrays them, separate and with its own agenda. Of course I’m referring to ventriloquist dummies, and the eerie spell they cast upon the viewer. The horror viewer, specifically; we’ll seek out anything that gives us a sense of unease. Which brings us to Richard Attenborough’s Magic (1978), a wryly creepy tale of encroaching madness and showbiz folly. (Aren’t they the same thing?)

Produced by 20th Century Fox and Joseph E. Levine (Carnal Knowledge) and released by 20th Century, Magic opened in November of ’78 in the U.S. and rolled out to the rest of the world in early ’79. Grossing nearly $24 million U.S. against a $7 million budget with positive reviews to boot, Magic was an unqualified success – with one of the »

- Scott Drebit

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