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This year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff) will screen the digitally remastered films of Bruce Lee, as well as a special programme to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Shakespeare Live In Film will showcase three very different interpretations of Macbeth with Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (1957), starring Mifune Toshiro; Roman Polanski’s The Tragedy Of Macbeth (1971), which proved controversial for its violence and nudity; and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth (2015), starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Hkiff will also present other films based on Shakespeare’s plays in its CineFan April and May programme.
The festival’s Bruce Lee focus will present four of the films he made before his untimely death – The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), The Way Of The Dragon (1972) and The Game Of Death (1978) – in a new 4K digital format.
This year’s Hkiff, which marks its 40th edition, will run from March 21 to April 4. The opening night takes »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Who’s afraid of Charles Manson?
Not Jeff Ward, who had the unique experience of slipping into the killer-commune leader’s skin for Manson’s Lost Girls, the latest retelling of how one man formed a “family” and convinced them to carry out a series of brutal murders in 1969.
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“I wouldn’t have necessarily wished this on myself,” Ward tells TVLine of the high-pressure role. “But as a person, he’s got to be the most fascinating character study I’ve ever gotten to do. … On my first day of acting school, »
Lead-produced by Said Ben Said’s Sbs Productions, a company which has a strong line in films from some of Europe and America’s biggest name directors – one of its largest successes was Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” — “Elle” stars Huppert as the head of a top European video games company, a woman who seems indestructible, has it all, is always in control, is ruthless in business and is in love.
One night, as she lets the cat in, a masked man in a ski suit bursts into her home, and rapes her.
The attack changes Michele’s life forever. She reacts, resolutely, learns to fire a gun, sleeps with a hammer on her pillow, begins to suspect the assailant may be one of her employees, »
- John Hopewell
Marking the festival’s 40th edition and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Hkiff will program three vastly different film interpretations of Shakespeare’s stage play “Macbeth.” The trio are Akira Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood,” Roman Polanski’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and last year’s “Macbeth” by star Australian director Justin Kurzel.
“’Macbeth’ has challenged filmmakers around the world as they have reimagined the interplay of fate and magic, human motivations and soul-wrenching questions of loyalty and destiny. Yet, the violence at the heart of the play, with battles, beheadings and assassinations, also imposes demands on actors and audiences as powerful as the poetry of the Bard’s composition,” the festival said in a note.
The festival will also present additional films based on Shakespeare’s »
- Patrick Frater
Paris – The Studios of Bry-sur-Marne, with eight sound stages and a total area of 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) is one of the largest studio complexes in France but was threatened with closure in early 2015, leading to a petition in the French film industry to save it.
Didier Diaz, CEO of equipment location company Transpalux, acquired the studios on April 15, 2015. Since then, he has given the studios a new lease of life, hosting major productions such as season one of “Versailles” in 2015.
Other productions in 2015 included “Planetarium,” by Rebecca Zlotowski (“Grand Central”), starring Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp; “Demain tout commence,” by Hugo Gélin, starring Omar Sy; and “Radin!,” by Fred Cavaye, produced by Jerico.
“Last year it looked very »
- Martin Dale
Frank Finlay, the British actor known for his performances on stage and screen, including his Oscar-nominated turn as Iago across from Laurence Olivier in 1965's Othello, passed away from heart failure this Saturday. His son, David, shared the news on Facebook. Finlay was 89.On film, Finlay starred in Richard Lester's adaptations of The Three Musketeers (1973) and Four Musketeers (1974), as well as Richard Eyre’s The Ploughman’s Lunch (1983), and Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002). Finlay spent much of his career onstage, performing during the early days of the the English Stage Company at the Royal Court and Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company. On television, he starred in the BBC's six-part series Casanova (1971), as well as several filmed theater productions on the network. Though Finlay received the Cbe (Commander Order of the British Empire) in 1984, he was never knighted. "Perhaps I haven't been high-profile enough," Finlay joked to the »
- Jackson McHenry
A question: how is it that we seem to get a new screen version of Hamlet once a decade or so, yet Macbeth (Studiocanal, 15) has remained largely untouched since Roman Polanski’s hefty 1971 version? If it wasn’t already the most wildly cinematic of all Shakespeare plays, Justin Kurzel’s stripped-back, blood-caked and fire-breathing new version is certainly out to prove the point. Some have complained that it loses too many words, yet in their place are vivid, scorched-in images: snow and sparks, heaving bodies in tangled states of violence, skies that bleed in saturated scarlet.
I honestly can’t remember which passages are missing. Kurzel finds such an intuitive visual language for the Scottish play that I »
- Guy Lodge
Horror Channel has announced eight petrifying premieres for Friday and Saturday nights this February, including the UK TV Premiere of Daric Gates’ possession thriller The Appearing and the Network premieres of Paul Hyett’s disturbing directorial debut The Seasoning House, Stephen King’s psychological thriller Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp and Renny Harlin’s supernatural cult favourite The Covenant.
Other network premieres for Friday nights include Christian Duguay’s dystopian Sci-Fi actioner Screamers and Robert Heath’s Brit revenge shocker Truth or Dare, whilst Saturday night’s exclusive line-up embraces haunting chiller Darkness Falls and Simon West’s frenzied pulse-racer When a Stranger Calls.
Full details in transmission order:
Fri 5 Feb @ 10.55pm – Screamers (1995) *Network Premiere
Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Second Variety”, this cult favourite stars Peter Weller as Cmdr. Joe Hendricksson, who sets out across the surface of Sirius 6B, hoping to settle a violent labour »
- Gary Collinson
Amanda Brooks has landed a major recurring role on the second season of NBC's Aquarius. The gritty 1960s drama focuses on a cop (David Duchovny) who goes undercover to track Charles Manson and the Manson Family before their infamous murder spree. Brooks will play Sharon Tate (based on the real-life actress), the young beautiful model and up-and-coming movie star, who is pregnant with her husband Roman Polanski. Brooks recently wrapped shooting a series regular role on the… »
Ben Cresciman’s awesome as hell Sun Choke was by far one of the best films that I had the privilege of watching in 2015, having seen it during its festival run (review and it was featured on our Top 10 Films of 2015 list). The psychological horror film features a career-defining performance from Freaks and Geeks/Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumni Sarah Hagan and also very impressive supporting performances from horror icon Barbara Crampton (Re-animator, You’Re Next, We Are Still Here) and Sara Malakul Lane (17 & Life).
Announced today, it looks as if genre studio XLrator Media has acquired the film, with plans to release this Summer on its “MacAbre” label. “Sun Choke is a deeply unsettling psychological thriller in the vein of Roman Polanski’s Repulsion that will leave audiences emotionally shaken and questioning the line between reality and nightmare. It’s an impressive, assured work that marks Ben Cresciman as an important filmmaker to watch, »
- Jerry Smith
Press Release: Los Angeles (January 19, 2016) – XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the thriller Sun Choke and will release the film this Summer on its acclaimed “MacAbre” genre label. The film has played over a dozen festivals including FrightFest and the Stanley Film Festival.
Written and directed by Ben Cresciman (Negative Space), Sun Choke stars iconic horror film actress Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Re-Animator, Lords of Salem), Sarah Hagan (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Sara Malakul Lane (17 & Life: Jailbait, the upcoming Kickboxer: Vengeance) along with Evan Jones, Joe Nieves and Jim Boeven. The film features a haunting score by noted musician/producer Boom Bip (aka Bryan Hollon).
“Sun Choke is a deeply unsettling psychological thriller in the vein of »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Second Annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival Announces Full Lineup After screening at horror festivals throughout much of last year, "Sun Choke" has finally been acquired for North American distribution, courtesy of XLrator Media. The company will release the film under their "Macabre" label. "Sun Choke" is written and directed by Ben Cresciman and stars Barbara Crampton and Sarah Hagan. Hagan plays Janie, a young woman struggling to get well after a recent violent psychotic breakdown. Crampton plays her lifelong caregiver, whose strict and bizarre regime might be doing more harm than good. Janie's mental health threatens to deteriorate again when she grows an unhealthy obsession with a young woman (Sarah Malakul Lane), which brings the three women together in a twisted battle for control. "'Sun Choke' is a deeply unsettling psychological thriller in the vein of Roman Polanski’s 'Repulsion' that »
- Mike Lown
Following initiatives in tandem with the Tribeca and Venice film festivals, Prada is stepping up its commitment to the movie world by launching a non-conventional film school in Venice.
The Italian fashion house announced its new film-related project during a high-profile screening series currently underway at the Prada Foundation in Milan titled “Flesh, Mind and Spirit,” co-curated by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and U.S. critic and film scholar Elvis Mitchell (pictured at the opening).
Called “Belligerent Eyes,” the Prada film school will experiment with new ways of teaching and delving into film and related fields, according to a statement. It will run between May and September 2016 in the Prada Foundation’s Venetian venue at Ca’ Corner della Regina.
The program is recruiting international academics, professionals and a select group of students in various fields that besides film include architecture, journalism, and digital communication.
The purpose of the school is “to »
- Nick Vivarelli
Paris – A European cast many directors would die for – Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot and Olivier Gourmet – will star in “The Midwife” (“La Sage Femme”), directed by Martin Provost, produced by France’s Curiosa Films and sold by Memento Films International.
Mfi will introduce “The Midwife,” now in pre-production, to buyers at this week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, where it is likely to be seen as one of the highest-profile and most attractive of new arthouse projects coming on to the market.
France 3 Cinema and Belgium’s Versus (“The Nun,” “Our Children”) co-produce.
Written by Provost, who won seven Cesar Awards for “Seraphine” including best picture, actress and screenplay, “The Midwife” turns on Claire (Frot), a tremendously gifted traditional midwife who one day receives out of the blue a phone call from Beatrice (Deneuve), her father’s ex-mistress who disappeared from her life 30 years ago, saying she has something important to tell her. »
- John Hopewell
If you were an all-star pile-up of celebrity preposterousness, and you happened the night David Bowie died, you picked a pretty terrible night to happen. So sorry, Golden Globes — you were just a tin can floating far above the moon, right before the real rocket went past. But that's somehow appropriate, since the best running joke all night was how meaningless the Golden Globes are. "Remember, if you do win tonight, nobody cares about the award as much as you do," host Ricky Gervais announced as the show began. "Don't get emotional. »
The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards have now come and gone…in which like 90 obscure foreign journalists are given an inexplicably “important” platform to dish out gold statuettes to the “best” in film and TV.
Yes, it’s always a lightweight affair compared to the Oscars, but the flipside is that it also takes itself a little less seriously, meaning that the celebrities are typically a little more relaxed, a lot more drunk, and the ceremony as a whole is usually more enjoyable to watch at home.
From completely sauced actors to Ricky Gervais’ deliciously scathing gags, some unexpected wins and everything in-between, there was plenty here to keep the Globes more than just a stuffy, overlong awards show.
Here are 36 Wtf moments from the Golden Globes 2016…
36. Ricky Gervais’ Savage Opening Monologue NBC
The show kicked off, as ever, with an opening monologue from the host, Ricky Gervais, who »
- Jack Pooley
The 73rd Golden Globe Awards were held in Beverley Hills last night, and Ricky Gervais was in fine form, relishing the fact that he had a captive audience to rip the piss out of for the fourth time. Check out his hilarious opening monologue below that sees the comedian taking potshots at everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Roman Polanski, with the best joke reserved for himself and what he gets up to with his own Golden Globe. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
‘I’m going to be nice tonight’ promises Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais in his opening speech at this year’s ceremony in Los Angeles. The actor, comedian and Hollywood bête noire left the film and television industries’ biggest stars gasping in shock, delight and discomfort as he poked fun at everyone from Caitlyn Jenner to Jennifer Lawrence to Roman Polanski to Matt Damon. Photograph: ddp USA/Rex/Shutterstock
Golden Globes 2016: The Revenant wins top prizes as Gervais skewers the stars
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- Guardian Staff
Golden Globes: Kate Winslet wins Best Supporting Actress. 2016 Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais reminds crowd 'no one cares about that award as much as you do,' Kate Winslet shocked In his opening speech at the 2016 Golden Globes held on Jan. 10, '16, at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Ricky Gervais reminded the crowd of the obvious: “If you do win tonight, remember: no one cares about that award as much as you do. Don't get emotional; it's embarrassing.” Shortly afterwards, Kate Winslet embarrassed herself by looking shocked – utterly, speechlessly, wide-eyedly shocked – at the fact that she was chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters as the year's Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Apple's Joanna Hoffman (Slavic accent and all) in Danny Boyle's generally well-received (by U.S. critics) box office flop Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the title role. Admittedly, Kristen Stewart (bypassed for »
- Mont. Steve
Ricky Gervais was as sharp-tongued a host as ever and the guests included the cream of the world’s film and TV for the first awards show of the season. We followed every moment live
It was a night that started with a load of crass jokes, which then delivered its fair share of shocks before finishing with the familiar sight of Alejandro Inarritu holding a golden object over his head.
Branded as “the biggest party of the year” by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globe Awards are traditionally viewed as the fun, slightly tipsy cousin of Hollywood’s awards show circuit.
That didn’t lessen the delight of the team behind the night’s big biggest winner, The Revenant, which won a fleet of top prizes:, »
- Lanre Bakare and Alex Needham in New York, Nigel M Smith in Los Angeles
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