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Jonathan Cecil obituary

25 September 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Versatile actor and writer often called upon to play toffs and bumbling clerics

The actor Jonathan Cecil, who has died of pneumonia aged 72 after suffering from emphysema, spent much of his career playing upper-class characters. That is hardly surprising since his father was Lord David Cecil, Goldsmiths' professor of English literature at Oxford University, and Jonathan's grandfather was the 4th Marquess of Salisbury. Although often typecast as a comic blueblood, there was infinitely more to Jonathan than that. He excelled in Chekhov and Shakespeare, and four times played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, always investing the character with a silvery pathos. In 1998 he had an outstanding season at Shakespeare's Globe, where he appeared in As You Like It and Thomas Middleton's A Mad World, My Masters, in which he played Sir Bounteous Progress – "gazing benignly", as John Gross wrote, "on almost everything, even his own undoing".

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- Michael Billington

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Flickering Myth's Miramax Blu-ray Giveaway Extravaganza!

15 September 2011 3:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Win The Aviator, City of God, Emma, The English Patient, The Quiet American and The Talented Mr. Ripley on Blu-ray...

September 19th sees the U.K. Blu-ray release of Miramax titles The Aviator, City of God, Emma, The English Patient, The Quiet American and The Talented Mr. Ripley, and to celebrate, we have a copy of each of the films to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at StudioCanal. Read on for details of how to enter this fantastic giveaway...

The Aviator:

Directed by Martin Scorsese, The Aviator is the story of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film centres on Hughes’ life from late 1920s to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Aviator was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning five, including one for actress Cate Blanchett. »

- flickeringmyth

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Toronto 2011. Davies's "The Deep Blue Sea" + Meirelles's "360"

14 September 2011 2:20 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Why round up reviews of both in one entry? Because Fernando Meirelles's 360 will be opening the BFI London Film Festival on October 12 and Terence Davies's The Deep Blue Sea will be closing it on October 27. What's more, both star Rachel Weisz and, of course, both have just seen their world premieres in Toronto. We'll consider them, though, in order of interest.

"So entirely immersive is Terence Davies's desire to recreate and analyze the ethos of post-World War II Britain that not only has he fulfilled his ambition to refashion Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea," writes Todd McCarthy in the Hollywood Reporter, "but he has created a theoretical sequel to Noël Coward and David Lean's Brief Encounter in the bargain. As intensely personal and deeply felt as it is, however, Davies's attempt to breathe new life into Rattigan's 1952 play is a rather bloodless, suffocating thing, »

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Win Emma on Blu-ray

9 September 2011 7:15 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Emma on Blu-ray 19th September, Miramax have given us two copies of the movie to give away.

Based on the novel by Jane Austen, this period romantic comedy stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma Woodhouse, a young woman who imagines herself an authority on matters of the heart. With the best of intentions, Emma plays matchmaker for her friends, most notably her friend Harriet (Toni Collette), who Emma links up with the Reverend Elton (Alan Cumming), and her governess, (Greta Scacchi), who she introduces to her future husband, Mr. Weston (James Cosmo). However, Emma is not nearly as good at playing Cupid as she likes to imagine, and she spends so much time trying to solve everyone else’s romantic problems that it takes her quite some time to realize that she’s fallen in love with Mr. Knightly (Jeremy Northam).

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Juliette Lewis Joins Blood or Water

31 August 2011 2:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Juliette Lewis (Whip It) has signed on to co-star in Blood or Water.

Lewis will star opposite Stephen McCole (Crying with Laughter), Kate Dickie (Red Road), and Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Greta Scacchi (Flightplan).

Blood or Water is being described as “a contemporary film noir about disconnected family and unwitting incest”.

Scottish filmmaker Justin Molotnikov is attached to direct, with production scheduled to begin early next year.

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- Jamie Neish

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Juliette Lewis To Star In Blood Or Water

29 August 2011 6:22 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You know what I think is depressing? For as much time as I spend watching trailers, I can't remember the last time Juliette Lewis was predominately featured or at least had a line of dialogue. Though she has multiple titles on her resume that show off just how good she can be, she's largely been relegated to the background in recent years. Part of it could be that in 2007 and 2008 she didn't make any films, but now it looks like she's finally back and now, according to Variety, she'll be headlining her next film. Juliette Lewis is now set to star in Blood or Water, a new thriller from writer/director Justin Molotnikov. The feature will be Molotnikov's first since his 2009 feature film debut Crying With Laughter. The trade doesn't provide a plot or character description, but Lewis will be co-starring with Stephen McCole, Greta Scacchi, Kate Dickie and Gary »

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Juliette Lewis Finds Blood Or Water

29 August 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Scottish director Justin Molotnikov has rounded up the cast for his follow-up to 2009’s Crying with Laughter. He’s locked in Juliette Lewis, Stephen McCole, Kate Dickie, Gary Lewis and Greta Scacchi for modern noir Blood Or Water. There’s precious little out there about the plot right now, aside from one tiny nugget that talks about its noirish nature and a brief mention of “unwitting incest.” Which sounds almost like a BBFC caution phrase than anything else.Despite that, Lewis seems enthused to be taking part: “I am excited by Justin Molotnikov’s unconventional, completely organic approach to storytelling and filmmaking," she said in a statement picked up by The Hollywood Reporter. "He creates one of a kind, totally engrossing stories with characters that jump off the screen." Molotnikov will shoot early next year in Scotland.Lewis was last seen in Due Date, and has the likes of Hick, »

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Casting Bits: Juliette Lewis in ‘Blood or Water;’ Ted Levine in ‘The Banshee Chapter;’ Peter Sarsgaard in ‘Night Moves’

29 August 2011 4:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

This is a serious little casting break that follows either movies with serious intent (there's one below about 'unwitting incest,' which I hope isn't a comedy) or serious filmmakers like Kelly Reichardt. So, after the break, you'll find: Juliette Lewis stars in the 'unwitting incest' movie Blood or Water, Ted Levin is in an indie inspired by secret CIA programs, and Peter Sarsgaard is going to be in Kelly Reichardt's new film, Night Moves. We don't have a lot of info about Blood or Water, which Justin Molotnikov will direct, but Juliette Lewis has just signed to play the lead role in the Danish/Scottish co-production. It will shoot in Spring 2012 in Scotland, with Stephen McCole, Greta Scacchi, Kate Dickie and Gary Lewis taking other roles. The director's first feature, Crying With Laughter, won best film in the Scottish BAFTAs in 2009. The basic plot description of Blood or »

- Russ Fischer

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Juliette Lewis Joins Justin Molotnikov’s Noir ‘Blood or Water’

29 August 2011 12:57 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Justin Molotnikov has directed his fair share of television — particularly a series of several episodes on both Shoebox Zoo and High Times — but in 2009 he jumped into the medium of feature filmmaking with his debut, Crying with Laughter. I know next to nothing about the film, though I’ve since learned that it not only took home a Scotland BAFTA for Best First Film, but that it also caught the eye of the well-known American actress Juliette Lewis — enough of her eye, in fact, that she’s agreed to star in Molotnikov‘s follow-up feature, a contemporary noir titled Blood or Water. [The Hollywood Reporter]

“I am excited by Justin Molotnikov’s unconventional, completely organic approach to storytelling and filmmaking,” said Lewis about the up-and-coming Scottish director. “He creates one of a kind, totally engrossing stories with characters that jump off the screen.” Stephen McCole, Kate Dickie, Gary Lewis, and Greta Scacchi are »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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News Shorts: August 29th 2011

29 August 2011 12:07 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

New stills from Bel Ami, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Safe, Contagion and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

First photos of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher on the set of The Great Gatsby; and various vehicles on the set of Prometheus.

Posters for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Three Musketeers, The Ides of March and The Skin I Live In.

The first glimpse of footage from the second season of the BBC's "Sherlock" is up on Youtube, sadly it's only about fifteen seconds from "The Hound of the Baskervilles" episode.

"Focus Features is moving Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" adaptation an awards season push, but to do it they're delaying the U.S. release another three weeks - from November 18th to December 9th…" (full details)

"Originally conceived as a web series, "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome" looks to be ditching plans to become »

- Garth Franklin

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Juliette Lewis Joins Cast Of Blood Or Water

29 August 2011 5:58 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Juliette Lewis - one of the more interesting actresses out there - might have concentrated a lot on her music career over the last few years with her band Juliette and the Licks and then The New Romantiques but that doesn't stop her from taking on more film roles all the same. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Lewis has signed on to star in contemporary film noir Blood or Water, from Scottish director Justin Molotnikov. She joins the cast which includes Stephen McCole (Stone of Destiny), Katie Dickie (Red Road), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Greta Scacchi (The Player). Lewis had this to say: "I am excited by Justin Molotnikov's unconventional, completely organic approach to storytelling and filmmaking... He creates one of a kind, »

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Juliette Lewis Joins Blood or Water

29 August 2011 2:02 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Juliette Lewis has boarded the contemporary film noir Blood or Water, from Scottish director Justin Molotnikov.

Lewis will star opposite British actors Stephen McCole, Kate Dickie, and Gary Lewis as well as Greta Scacchi.

"I am excited by Justin Molotnikov's unconventional, completely organic approach to storytelling and filmmaking," said Juliette Lewis. "He creates one of a kind, totally engrossing stories with characters that jump off the screen."

Production will begin in Scotland early spring 2012. »

- MovieWeb

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Film of The Deep Blue Sea returns playwright Terence Rattigan to the spotlight

22 August 2011 1:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The author's stylish language will be heard once more in the movie, fifty years after he was branded as old-fashioned amid the coming of drama's angry young men

The spare, stylish dialogue of Terence Rattigan, at one time the highest-paid screenwriter in the world, will soon be heard in Britain's cinemas once more. In the final phase of a centenary year that has seen the late playwright's work revived on stages across the country, next month will bring not just a celebration of his theatrical legacy at Chichester Festival Theatre, but the release of a new film version of The Deep Blue Sea – the play regarded by many as Rattigan's masterpiece.

Director Terence Davies is due to show his film, which stars Rachel Weisz as the troubled Hester Collyer, at the Toronto Film Festival before its British premiere in November.

Davies, the acclaimed experimental screenwriter and filmmaker from Liverpool behind Distant Voices, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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The Saturday interview: Janet Suzman

20 August 2011 1:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Janet Suzman was one of the giants of the British stage in the 60s and 70s. She might have made it in Hollywood too – if she hadn't looked so good in a tiara

'See Pooh bear up there?" says Janet Suzman, pointing to a little doll on the bookshelf. "That was a present from Judi Dench when Josh was born. Isn't it sweet?" We're sitting in what was once her son's nursery at Suzman's Hampstead home. Now little Josh is Dr Joshua Nunn, 30-year-old father to a seven-month-old daughter. He's a postdoctoral research associate at the cool-sounding Ultrafast Group at Oxford's physics department and is currently researching the field of quantum memories. Perhaps Dr Nunn will tell us some day if quantum memories are like the human ones that suffuse this room – memories of 30-year-old kisses and of bedtime stories read by one of the RSC's most seductive voices, all locked, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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The Saturday interview: Janet Suzman

20 August 2011 1:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Janet Suzman was one of the giants of the British stage in the 60s and 70s. She might have made it in Hollywood too – if she hadn't looked so good in a tiara

'See Pooh bear up there?" says Janet Suzman, pointing to a little doll on the bookshelf. "That was a present from Judi Dench when Josh was born. Isn't it sweet?" We're sitting in what was once her son's nursery at Suzman's Hampstead home. Now little Josh is Dr Joshua Nunn, 30-year-old father to a seven-month-old daughter. He's a postdoctoral research associate at the cool-sounding Ultrafast Group at Oxford's physics department and is currently researching the field of quantum memories. Perhaps Dr Nunn will tell us some day if quantum memories are like the human ones that suffuse this room – memories of 30-year-old kisses and of bedtime stories read by one of the RSC's most seductive voices, all locked, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Greta Scacchi defends romantic relationship with cousin

12 July 2011 12:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Greta Scacchi has opened up about her relationship with her cousin. The award-winning Australian actress, who is best known for roles in films such as Heat and Dust and White Mischief, was shunned by some members of her family after she had a child with first cousin Carlo Mantegazza 12 years ago. Scacchi told the Daily Mail: "My dad Luca was deeply offended and quite devastated. He was very angry," adding that her Italian uncles said that Scacchi and Mantegazza's relationship went against the Catholic church. "We were hounded by the media and a lot of nasty stuff has been written about me as a result," she said. "But we've weathered the storm and are still together. Scacchi further recalled: "[We got together] one night when he (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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Bette and Joan – review

12 May 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Arts, London

By 1962, two of the silver screen's great leading ladies, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, were has-beens. The women – both famed for playing strong independent characters, both with difficult personal lives and both a long way past 40 – had been replaced by a new breed of perky blonde stars. Then they got an unexpected opportunity: playing opposite each other in what was to become a cult classic, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

It says a great deal about how little the opportunities for female actors have changed in 50 years that Greta Scacchi (looking uncannily like Davis) and Anita Dobson (terrific as the manipulative Crawford) fall on their roles in this backlot two-hander like starving women who have not glimpsed meat for years. Because they have so much fun with the roles, we have fun, too, even if Anton Burge's script never digs far beneath the surface: it is little »

- Lyn Gardner

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The 'Other' Chick Flicks: 'Book of Revelation'

2 April 2011 3:02 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by Ana Kokkinos

Featuring Tom Long, Greta Scacchi, Colin Friels, Anna Torv, Deborah Mailman

The release of Lucky McKee’s The Woman has revived an age-old debate in the modern history of horror and suspense films; a debate that poses the question, can a movie deal realistically with the subject of rape, without exploiting the act as well as its victim?

I personally have always felt that, if a film is going to depict any form or degree of sexual assault, it should deal in depth with the trauma that the victim suffers as the result of the violent, life-shattering act that she has endured. The film should treat the victim as a human being, not as an object of aggression-driven fantasy.

Interestingly enough, one of the few films that accomplishes this mission was directed by a woman. More surprising is the fact that, in The Book of Revelation, »

- Megan Hussey

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Henry Silva is Coming For You, and More New DVDs

14 March 2011 6:14 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection"

Directed by Fernando Di Leo

Released by RaroVideo

Fans of badass '70s cinema and the stoic Henry Silva rejoice! Underappreciated Italian crime master director Fernando Di Leo finally comes to the U.S. via this set of four films -- "Caliber 9," "The Italian Connection," "The Boss," and "Rulers of the City" -- that shows what made him an influence of filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.

"The Absent" (2011)

Directed by Sage Bannick

Released by Passion River

Twin brothers are bonded by the experience of having their parents try to kill them for insurance money, only to become killers themselves in this slasher film from Sage Bannick.

"Be My Teacher" (2011)

Directed by Lakisha R. Lemons

Released by Maverick Entertainment Group

A student's (Derek Lee Nixon) flirtations with his English teacher (Lateace Towns-Cuellar) has serious »

- Stephen Saito

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How will Meryl's Maggie compare to past portrayals?

10 February 2011 7:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From girlish flirt to monstrous sociopath, the former Pm has been variously interpreted on screen

"I don't really see her as a villain," says Meryl Streep. "People are driven by what they think is right [and] certainty is just so attractive in people … It's so nice not to have to listen … Unfortunately, it leads to fanaticism." Streep, I should point out, is not talking about her forthcoming performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Phyllida Lloyd's portrait of the former Pm in the run-up to the Falklands war. She is in fact discussing Eleanor Shaw, the fearsome politician, mother and all-round nut-job she played in the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate. Even so, you could do worse than check out this interview for an inkling of how she may approach her latest role. "There were," she says, "very specific public personalities that I was inspired by in creating this character. »

- Ben Walters

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