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'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks or Phyllis Brooks or Louise Brooks, »
- Andre Soares
'A Beautiful Mind' with Russell Crowe. '31 Days of Oscar' on TCM: 'The Wind and the Lion,' 'The Man Who Would Be King' Turner Classic Movies' “31 Days of Oscar” continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, '16, with more recent fare – as in, several films released in the last four decades. Among these are The Wind and the Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, A Beautiful Mind, Swing Shift, and Broadcast News. John Milius' The Wind and the Lion and John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King are both 1975 releases featuring “Westerners” (i.e., white people) stranded in “exotic” and potentially dangerous locales (i.e., places inhabited by dark-skinned non-Christians) in the distant past: the former in early 20th century Morocco; the latter in a remote region in colonial India in the late 19th century. (That particular area, Kafiristan, is located in today's Afghanistan.) The thematic similarities between the two films end there, »
- Andre Soares
After switching its focus from home entertainment to digital and theatrical distribution, Scanbox is now aiming to dive deeper into co-production and strike the right balance between upscale local movies and prestige pics.
Created in 1980, the shingle has gone through a radical strategy shift over the last two years: Although it hasn’t given up on DVD, it’s shut down its DVD facility and now relies on a third-party provider. Today, the company’s DVD business reps only about 20% of its income, whereas theatrical and VOD bring in half of it. With offices in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Göteborg and Helsinki, Scanbox handles approximately 20 theatrical releases per year.
Steering away from genre pics which fed its home entertainment pipeline, Scanbox has been packing up on high-profile U.S. releases such as Quentin Tarantino´s “Hateful 8” or English-language pics that can play to a sophisticated and/or mature audience like “Woman in Gold” with Helen Mirren, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Having already recruited German composer and good-luck charm Hans Zimmer, Christopher Nolan is set to welcome back Swedish cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (Let the Right One In, Spectre) for World War II drama Dunkirk.
First collaborating for Interstellar in 2014, Nolan and Van Hoytema’s working relationship was almost born out of necessity, given that the director’s reliable director of photography Wally Pfister – who has served as Dp on every Nolan film since his debut feature film Following – opted to forego the cerebral sci-fi film in favor of directing fellow genre piece, Transcendence.
But considering that Hoyte van Hoytema had by that stage attracted the attention of the Academy through his work on Her and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Nolan landed on a winner. Seemingly keen to keep the ball rolling, The Film Stage reports that the pair will collaborate once again for Dunkirk, swapping futuristic science fiction and wormholes »
- Michael Briers
The Daily Beast the Coen Bros on diversity vs the Oscars. But they don't take kindly to complaints about Hail, Caesar!'s whiteness
Decider Joe Reid ranks the top 50 performances in Coen Bros movies. Much to argue with but also to agree with. The #1 is indisputable.
Variety Jake Gyllenhaal's Boston Marathon bombing movie is a go
Decider "Let My People F***" amusing piece on the conservative sexual morality of the Duplass Brothers filmography
IndieWire Viggo Mortensen's new film Captain Fantastic, which sounds intriguing, will open on July 8th. It co-stars Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, and George Mackay (who played the young photographer in Pride)
Theater Mania Mark Rylance, fresh off his Oscar nomination, returns to the New York stage with Nice Fish (and possibly Farinelli »
- NATHANIEL R
This week sees the release of the Point Break remake, which is directed by Ericson Core, cinematographer on the original Fast and the Furious movie, Payback, and Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. Core also handles the camera on the Point Break movie, which we reviewed earlier this week.
The film opens in cinemas from Friday, so to celebrate, we thought we’d take a look at the other top cinematographers turned directors.
So, let’s begin…
Ronald Neame – (Born 1911 – Died 2010)
Ronald Neame is a great place to start; the prolific filmmaker started life in 1929 working as an assistant with Alfred Hitchcock on Blackmail, and eventually worked as the cinematographer for forty-seven films starting with Happy (1933). His later works included One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) and Noel Coward’s In Which We Serve (1942). His final venture was another Coward-adapted play Blithe Spirit (1945), in which he worked with legendary director David Lean »
- The Hollywood News
This the review of Youth, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Harvey Keitel. A profound story of art and ageing, love and pain: this beautifully shot film will leave with you a feeling of warmth, and a gratitude for both the simple and grand pleasures in life. Youth is full of the weird and wonderful, with elements of comic relief providing a lift from the more resonating messages of the film. Set in a luxurious spa hotel in Switzerland, we meet Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) on holiday with his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and old friend Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel). Fred, a retired composer and conductor, receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. Fred declines this invite because of “personal reasons” which become apparent as the events unfold. Meanwhile Mick, a film director beset by his lost youth, »
- Helen Chapman
This year’s batch of Oscar original song nominees represents quite the motley crew, with an operatic aria on one end of the spectrum and a bumping, post-coital soul track on the other.
“(Director) Sam Taylor-Johnson wanted a song that had more soul to it, and, more importantly, that was coming from a male perspective,” Moccio says.
The song, which features Moccio on piano, is based on just two chords. Only toward the end does it shift into other harmonic territory, “where the strings kind of go wild,” he says. “That was »
- Tim Greiving
There’s a lot to choose from this week when it comes to home entertainment. I sifted through to find a variety of fun and frights from two immortals to Buff Summers as a damsel in distress!
Henry Rollins as an immortal cannibal? How can you go wrong?! $9.99
Buy He Never Died
A remake of the gripping and horrific French-Canadian classic, this is tamer than the original, but is it better? Check »
- Harker Jones
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Last Witch Hunter (fantasy action-adventure; Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Michael Caine; rated PG-13) Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg-directed drama-thriller; Mark Rylance, Tom Hanks, Domenick Lombardozzi; rated PG-13) Suffragette (drama; Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep; rated PG-13) Our Brand Is Crisis (drama-comedy; Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton; rated R) Truth (drama; Cate...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Vin Diesel’s supernatural action thriller The Last Witch Hunter is coming to DVD and Blu-ray here in the UK on March 7th, with Entertainment One announcing that Zavvi is offering an exclusive Blu-ray steelbook of the movie.
Pre-order The Last Witch Hunter Via Amazon Us Or Amazon UK, Or Get The Steelbook Via Zavvi
Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious franchise, xXx, Riddick) heads up The Last Witch Hunter as Kaulder, the eponymous protagonist, alongside an acclaimed and mighty cast including; Oscar Winner© Michael Caine (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Kingsman: The Secret Service), a priest and Kaulder’s keeper, also known as the 36th ‘Dolan’; Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Sin City The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) is a young priest, who is chosen as the 37th Dolan; and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Luther) plays Chloe, a young witch.
Hundreds of years ago, the »
- Gary Collinson
This week sees two Fright At Home articles because, to be honest, we’ve seen quite a few films lately, ones that have stayed in our heads. This one also sees a documentary about one of the greatest writers of all time, William S. Burroughs. We’ve got quite a few films to cover in this one, and we’re excited to tell you Fright Fanatics all about them. Read on!
Sonny Boy (Dir. Robert Martin Carroll)
One of the craziest films I’ve ever seen, Robert martin Carroll’s Sonny Boy is like a coked-up look at family and insanity. Revolving around a very unconventional family full of colorful characters, the film follows “Sonny Boy”, a kind-napped baby who over the years, grows up and is stored in a cage. Beaten and having his tongue cut out by the demented Slue (Midnight Express) , Sonny Boy years for an escape »
- Jerry Smith
Italian writer/director Paolo Sorrentino’s first English-language feature This Must Be the Place (which preceded the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty/La Grande Bellezza) was an awkward affair that cast Sean Penn as a Robert Smith goth-a-like living in Ireland, embarking upon an American road trip in pursuit of a Nazi war criminal. Really. Youth is altogether more assured, although nonetheless strange – a hazy meditation on love and death interspersed with weirdly melancholic celebrity cameos. It plays out in a glamorous hotel-cum-health-spa at the foot of the Alps, where retired composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) refuses a royal invitation to conduct his popular score Simple Songs, while film-maker Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) assembles a group of young writers to compose his film “testament”, the ominously entitled Life’s Last Day.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show which will feature the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.
This week, we take a look at the new Zac Efron and Robert De Niro comedy Dirty Grandpa, the multi-Oscar nominated Spotlight, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in Youth, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, and much more.
The series of Film Friday will run every Friday at 12pm midday, UK time, so make sure that you subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest show delivered to your door each week. Otherwise, simply follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we’ll also be posting links each week.
Thank you so much to Cineworld for all of their help in making this week’s episode possible. »
- Paul Heath
At the age of 45, Paolo Sorrentino should have every right to still be regarded as an ‘up and coming’ auteur, with us happily forgiving his flaws on account of his relatively young age and evident desire to make beautiful, mesmerising movies. That’s how I felt until the pretty but limp This Must Be The Place, but now that he’s made The Great Beauty and has a deserved Oscar in the glass cabinet, he’s now inevitably going to be held to higher standards. While Youth isn’t as ambitious or spectacular as his crowning achievement so far, it calmly continues to showcase his passion and flair for visual storytelling.
Youth follows the late-life crisis of retired and revered composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine), who is spending time in an Alpine spa hotel with a ragtag assortment of other guests who are ailing either creatively and »
- Robert Zak
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DC fans have found themselves presiding over an embarrassment of riches when it comes to marketing material for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in the past few weeks, be it striking cover images adorning Empire Magazine to a whole host of interviews featuring the film’s key players.
And so, after spotlighting Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons is the latest member of the Dawn of Justice cast to be quizzed by the outlet regarding his role in Zack Snyder’s superhero ensemble.
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Picking up the mantle from Michael Caine as Bruce Wayne’s loyal number two Alfred Pennyworth, Irons has teased in the past that he’ll be bringing a different take to Batman’s surrogate father figure, and speaking to Empire, the English actor revealed that the Alfred we see in Dawn of Justice adopts »
- Michael Briers
This new film from the Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino is an entertaining but minor work, another of his angular, intensely controlled comedies of manners, this one forever breaking into bizarre, new-realist tableaux of ugly people in various states of undress. It’s the kind of stylishness that risks depleting substance and, like his other English-language film This Must Be the Place (2011), it is eroded by Sorrentino’s weakness for rock star cameos. Just occasionally, it feels like a 124-minute Rolex commercial. But there is always such superb poise.
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- Peter Bradshaw
In a clip from this week’s Guardian film show, Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw review Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, a drama about a retired classical composer who’s sojourn in a mountain retreat is interrupted by visits from his best friend, his daughter, an actor who is having trouble connecting with his performances and Miss Universe. Youth, which debuted at the Cannes film festival and stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Paloma Faith, is in cinemas in the UK on Friday
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger and Andrea Salvatici
Though Michael Caine's take on Alfred in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy was far from a pushover, it seems Zack Snyder has decided to go with a far more capable incarnation of Bruce Wayne's lifelong friend and father figure for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Jeremy Irons has alluded to this in the past, and during an intervene with Empire Magazine he reiterated that the canny butler is “a man who can actually do anything if he has to.” So it's safe to assume that Alfred will be on hand to aid the Dark Knight in his battles against the Man of Steel then? Well, we know from the trailers that he doesn't think it's wise to "go to war" with such a formidable opponent, but it's safe to assume he'll be in Bruce's corner - if only so he can try to protect him. “Alfred has lived longer than Bruce, »
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. Watch the trailer below.
Youth centres on a variety of characters – some big, some small; some old, some young; some famous, some not – on a vacation in a Swiss retreat. For how long is never fully explained. It could be both forever, and just a long weekend. The only markers of time passed are in the patrons’ daily ritual: wake late, relax in pool, eat dinner, evening entertainment. Sometimes, the guests are so still they look like statues.
Alan Resnais made a film like this a long time ago, about a drama of memory in a hotel. I forget what it was called. »
- Oli Davis
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