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Ian Warren obituary

21 December 2009 11:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

My father, Ian Warren, who has died aged 96, enjoyed the fine things in life: fast cars, dashing clothes, good food, fine wine and entertaining friends. He also loved music and rugby. He was one of the earliest jazz fans in Britain, had his own band while still a schoolboy (he played the saxophone and clarinet) and jammed with many of the big names of the day at his parents' house in Kensington, west London.

He befriended Duke Ellington and his band, and introduced himself to Louis Armstrong, who offered my father his first – and only – reefer in his dressing room at the Holborn Empire, central London. Later, in the Us, he met George Shearing, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Peggy Lee.

Ian's father was in the army before becoming an Egyptologist, and his mother was a member of the Seligman merchant banking family. Ian was educated at St Paul's school, »

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Nine | Film review

19 December 2009 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With La dolce vita in 1960, Federico Fellini created a new kind of personal fantastical movie to deal with the corrupt, newly affluent Italy. It replaced the neorealism that had dominated Italian cinema for 15 years. Three years later, in the even more phantasmagoric, semi-autobiographical Otto e mezzo (aka 8½), Marcello Mastroianni, who'd become Fellini's alter ego in La dolce vita, played Guido Anselmi, a director at the end of his tether while in pre-production on his latest expensive movie at Rome's Cinecittà.He has magnificent sets and costumes, but no script, and as he's badgered by producers, wives, mistresses, journalists and assorted hangers-on, he fantasises about his life and loves and revisits his past.

It is a dazzling film, funny, moving and deeply serious. One of the most influential pictures ever made, it contributed to the myth of the film director as supreme auteur, encouraged a movie critic to publish a »

- Philip French

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Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley has made her West End debut in the adaptation of ...

18 December 2009 3:05 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley has made her West End debut in the adaptation of The Misanthrope. The 24-year-old was supported by boyfriend Rupert Friend as well as other celebrity friends as she made her debut at The Comedy Theatre in London. Those who turned out to watch the show included Charles Dance, Jonathan Pryce, Neil Pearson, Emilia Fox and Rosamund Pike. Knightley plays the role of Jennifer in the play, an ambitious American film star who catches the eye of a British playwright, played by Damian Lewis. Tickets have already sold out for the show and more have had to be issued. The play will run until March 13 next year. »

- Sophie Eager

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The significance of Nine for Anthony Minghella's legacy

26 November 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Two years after his sudden death, what may turn out be Anthony Minghella's final work, Nine – an all-star musical about a director in dilemma – is about to appear. David Thomson hymns his friend 'Ant'

Nine will open wide in America on Christmas Day, and it is certain to be a major contender in the Oscar race. It is the movie version of the musical (book by Arthur Kopit, music by Maury Yeston) that opened on Broadway in 1982, with Raul Julia in the lead role of Guido Contini. In a New York revival, Antonio Banderas played Guido, and when it was given in a concert performance in London Jonathan Pryce played the lead. This is the movie, from the Weinstein Company, and everything has been upscaled. Beyond the astonishing female cast (more anon), it has Daniel Day-Lewis as Guido. There is a hint that in this version, Guido has been upgraded just a little, »

- David Thomson

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Six Great Doctor Who Moments

9 October 2009 12:49 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

As we brace ourselves for the new Doctor Who specials, the return of Sarah Jane Adventures, and Matt Smith's first season, here's a little gasoline to pour on the fan-fire – my take on the six top moments on Doctor Who.

6. Quiet Time

There’s a great moment in the Doctor Who teevee movie, one that we had rarely seen (if ever) in the original series: the Doctor, in this case Doctor Seven, quietly sitting in the Tardis in his comphy chair, reading a book. Of course, drama being what it is he quickly gets, well, killed. Fatally. And then begins a difficult regeneration into Doctor Eight. That wasn’t the worst thing that confronted him: he had to face Eric Roberts as the Master. He, and his series of proposed telemovies, was doomed.

5. The Ears Have It

There’s this great moment in Rose, the first of Doctor Nine »

- Mike Gold

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The Claustrophobic Cinema of Paul (W.S.) Anderson

24 September 2009 12:13 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The old Hollywood studio-hand W.S. Van Dyke -- who directed, amongst countless other things, "The Thin Man" -- once advised a young Orson Welles to "just keep it close, and keep it moving." And an unlikely inheritor of this wisdom is Paul W.S. Anderson, whose latest work to hit screens is this week's "Pandorum," which he executive produced, leaving the directing to German up-and-comer Christian Alvart. Rivaled only by Uwe Boll for the title of worst-reviewed director of the past decade, Anderson's also been one of the most resourceful. Working with the flimsiest material (video game adaptations and remakes) in the least respectable of genres (sci-fi, horror), he's managed to construct a remarkably coherent body of work. With his longtime producer Jeremy Bolt and a loose coterie of actors, he's created a series of films that focus on the expressiveness of claustrophobic spaces and the physical grace of his (mainly) female protagonists. »

- R. Emmet Sweeney

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Review

10 August 2009 12:16 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra is a lad’s fantasy, the high-tech, big budget cinematic equivalent of blowing up G.I. Joe dolls with M-80s in the backyard. And perhaps that’s as it should be. Since Paramount declined to screen the movie for the press ahead of time, like most critics I paid for a ticket and saw G.I. Joe with its intended audience — a bunch of guys between 20 and 35, with nothing better to do on a Friday afternoon than watch stuff go kaboom. From their enthusiastic response, I’d say that they got exactly what they paid for, and more.

Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Said TaghmaouiG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

“The new action movie isn’t as bad as you think. It’s much, much worse… ‘G.I. Joe’ is like watching fireworks with a blindfold on: it’s deafening and you feel under attack. »

- Allan Ford

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Review: ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’

7 August 2009 9:00 AM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Two years ago, there wasn’t much to be said about a film that was only based off of a toy line. Then a dude named Michael Bay came along and changed all that, making over a zillion dollars with two films about robots that change into other things. The movies weren’t exactly rich with story or character development, but they did the source material justice, which is all most fans wanted. One would think that a movie about a secret squad of soldiers would be more believable, but sadly, this wasn’t the case.

There is more than enough source material to play with, given the G.I. Joe toys, comics, and many incarnations of the TV show and Director Stephen Sommers’ other projects including Van Helsing and The Mummy have a decent story and are both relatively entertaining. For this film, however, it felt like Sommers left »

- Matt Raub

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The Ultimate G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Photo Gallery

1 August 2009 1:06 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Paramount Pictures has released the full press kit for next week's release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Included in said press kit was 28 high resolution photos from the film and the production. And like we do with every major release -- or at least the ones we can get a big gallery of pics for -- we've put together a giant gallery of images, which can be found below. From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. Joe team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is directed by Stephen Sommers and stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce »

- Neil Miller

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Four New Clips from G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra

30 July 2009 10:17 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Love it, hate it, or fear it, here are four new clips from Stephen Sommers’ upcoming “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra”, which is opening next week, August 7, 2009. That’s right, kids, pretty soon you’ll be able to prove to people that you were right along, it’s the best movie ever made. Either that, or you’ll be able to prove to people that it’s the worst movie ever made. Either way, you’ll be able to prove it come August 7. Until then, here are four fresh clips from the movie. Btw: I know that Byung-hun Lee supposedly has a flawless English accent, but why does it always sound like they’re dubbing his lines…? Starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Grégory Fitoussi, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leo Howard, Karolina Kurkova, Byung-hun Lee, Sienna Miller, David Murray, Rachel Nichols, Kevin J. O’Connor, Gerald Okamura, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, and Dennis Quaid. »

- Nix

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[DVD Review] Echelon Conspiracy (DVD)

25 July 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

With its thunder somewhat stolen by Steven Spielberg and Co’s similarly plotted, infinitely superior techie romp Eagle Eye, this poor budget, poorly imagined cousin found its wide release slashed to a handful of theaters on its way to what is sure to be a long and productive shelf life as a staple of the Wal*Mart $5 bin. Billed as a “tech-charged conspiracy thriller” Echelon Conspiracy skirts dangerously close to violating the Trades Descriptions Act, as the closest this colossal borefest will take you to the edge of your seat is if you happen to slide off it having nodded off.

Echelon Conspiracy finds It security consultant Max Peterson (Shane West of ER fame) inexplicably embroiled in a global conspiracy via a series of mysterious and prophetic text messages from an anonymous sender. From Bangkok, to Prague to Washington D.C Peterson becomes a pawn of Martin Sheen’s shady »

- Neil Pedley

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Throwback Thursday: ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’

23 July 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I have found few fantasy films that appeal both the children and adults as intelligently and successfully, with such creativity and flair as ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’. It is true, I am a devout follower of the cinematic God known as Terry Gilliam, but there’s a reason for that… he’s freaking brilliant. I have my own personal pantheon of filmmakers that I admire to the point of being borderline obsessive… Coen Brothers, Darren Aronofsky, Zhang Yimou and (of course) Terry Gilliam, to name a few.

But I digress. On with the show, a marvelous array of whimsical theatrics known as ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’. The film opens with an immediate dose of Gilliam’s own unique style and flair for the ironic and absurd. As the score by Eric idle and Michael Kamen throws us directly into the time and place of the film, white titles »

- Travis

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New on DVD This Week

21 July 2009 3:30 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Here’s a list of some of the new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week we’re particularly interested in. Plus, some old favorites (and not so favorites) coming out this week for the first time on Blu-Ray.

Movies:

Watchmen (Director’s Cut) ~ Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Malin Ackerman, Jackie Earle Hailey (DVD and Blu-ray)

Coraline ~ Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, and Jennifer Saunders (DVD and Blu-ray)

• 300: The Complete Experience ~ Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West (Blu-ray)

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow ~ Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, and Giovanni Ribisi (DVD and Blu-ray)

• Made in U.S.A. (Criterion Collection) ~ Anna Karina, Jean-Pierre Léaud, László Szabó, and Marianne Faithfull (DVD)

The Great Buck Howard ~ John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, and Tom Hanks (DVD)

• Wolverine and the X-Men: Deadly Enemies ~ (DVD)

Midnight Express ~ Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, and Paolo Bonacelli (Blu-ray)

Echelon Conspiracy ~ Edward Burns, »

- Chris Ullrich

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"Echelon Conspiracy" - Clips and images added.

14 July 2009 12:41 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See clips from the Paramount Home Entertainment-distributed "Echelon Conspiracy," starring Starring Shane West, Edward Burns, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Pryce, Tamara Feldman and Martin Sheen. Greg Marcks helms from the writing by Kevin Elders and Michael Nitsberg. The film was produced by Alexander Leyviman, Steve Richards and Roee Sharon. When Max Peterson (Shane West) receives a series of mysterious cell phone messages that promise him untold wealth, he soon finds himself the victim of a deadly international plot. Chased by a lethal team of government operatives »

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New Batch of G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Images

11 July 2009 9:28 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Scarlett in her full-bodied black suit thingie looking so good you wish the entire movie was about her; Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow going at it; more of Storm Shadow looking badass in his white get-up. Plus, more soldiers wearing those black molded costumes cause apparently they’re way too cool and badass for, you know, silly fatigues. Check out a new batch of “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” images below, just in time for the Joe’s arrival next month. G.I. Joe is a highly trained, classified Special Operations Unit composed of men and woman from around the globe. Officially, these warriors don’t even exist. Few know the truth – that G.I. Joe fights a secret war, as the first and last line of defence against forces that seek to plunge our world into chaos. Wherever there’s trouble, G.I. Joe is there! Starring Channing Tatum, »

- Nix

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G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra TV Spot – No Back Up

9 July 2009 9:41 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Still haven’t decided whether Stephen Sommer’s “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” is your cup of tea or not? Well you best get deciding soon, buckaroos, because the film opens August 7. Which, I guess, is still a long ways off, so forget what I just said. Procrastinate away. Anyhoo, here’s the latest TV spot for the movie, which features lots of old footage, some new footage, and a scene where Scarlett is staring at Duke and Ripcord’s apparently naked buttocks and looking impressed. Oooh, for the ladies! Ahem. An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer. Starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung-hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Jonathan Pryce, Saïd Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid, Karolina Kurkova, Ray Park, and Arnold Vosloo. »

- Nix

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New G.I. Joe Images Featuring More Baroness Goodness, Snake Eyes

4 June 2009 8:09 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Six new images from Stephen Sommers’ “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” that features even more leather-clad goodness from Sienna Miller’s The Baroness. Plus, Snake Eyes’ molded body still looks weird, and I can’t decide if I think Storm Shadow looks cool in his white, trenchcoat-ish get-up or if it’s way too constricting for a master ninja. You decide. Curiously, we’re nearing the film’s August release date, and we’ve yet to see any official images of Cobra Commander… G.I. Joe is a highly trained, classified Special Operations Unit composed of men and woman from around the globe. Officially, these warriors don’t even exist. Few know the truth - that G.I. Joe fights a secret war, as the first and last line of defence against forces that seek to plunge our world into chaos. Wherever there’s trouble, G.I. Joe is there! »

- Nix

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'Cranford' to return for Christmas special

28 May 2009 7:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cranford will return to BBC One for a two-part special this Christmas, it has been announced. Dame Judi Dench will reprise her role as Miss Matty Jenkyns and will be joined by new talent including Jonathan Pryce, Celia Imrie and Lesley Sharp. Imelda Staunton, Julia McKenzie and Deborah Findley are also returning to their roles as Miss Pole, Mrs Forrester and Miss Tomkinson (more) »

- By Dan French

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New International G.I. Joe Poster

27 May 2009 10:19 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

A new International poster for Stephen Sommers’ live-action “G.I. Joe” movie, which at this point might be the best movie based on a toy line ever, or not so much. To be honest, your guess is as good as mine. The trailers sure look like this thing could go either way. Maybe we should all just hold our breath that this thing won’t be the unmitigated disaster some of us feared when CGI-happy Sommers was announced as the director. Anyways, new poster below. G.I. Joe is a highly trained, classified Special Operations Unit composed of men and woman from around the globe. Officially, these warriors don’t even exist. Few know the truth - that G.I. Joe fights a secret war, as the first and last line of defence against forces that seek to plunge our world into chaos. Wherever there’s trouble, G.I. Joe is there! »

- Nix

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New G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Trailer. Again.

1 May 2009 2:30 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Yesterday we posted a new trailer for “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra”, but it didn’t take long before Paramount’s lawyers sent us a letter “asking” us to remove it. Now, less than 24 hours later, that same trailer, minus the French subtitles, has debuted over at Myspace. Yeah, all that hassle and trouble, just to delay the inevitable by a few hours. You gotta love Hollywood movie studios. An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer. Starring Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Saïd Taghmaoui, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, and Arnold Vosloo. Stephen Sommers (”The Mummy”) directs. The Joes put on their funky metal suits and hop around like rabbits August 7. Trailer via Myspace. function getVideo() { var so = new SWFObject("http://cdn. »

- Nix

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