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The prize was created in 2002 in honour of Walters' late Harry Potter co-star.
Michael Gambon had earlier won the honour in 2012. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
London – Star of stage and screen Julie Walters has been chosen to pick up the Richard Harris award at this year's British Independent Film Awards, supported by Moet and Chandon. The Harris nod, introduced in 2002 in honor of the late Irish actor, is one of the BIFAs' most prestigious awards and is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon last year. Walters started out in TV working with comedian Victoria
- Stuart Kemp
Actress to receive the Richard Harris Award at this weekend’s British Independent Film Awards.
The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2002 in honour of the late actor and recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Walters started out in television working with comedian Victoria Wood and has built a career spanning four decades across both film in TV.
She broke in to film with 1984 international hitEducating Rita,where she starred alongside Sir Michael Caine and won a BAFTA and Golden Globe. The role also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and, yes, the Guardian, has bombed at the box office. Even though it was stuffed with handsome talent
Age: About seven weeks.
Appearance: Don't know.
Why not? I haven't seen it.
Find me somebody who has. That won't be easy.
How come? What are we actually talking about here? It's a movie. Came out in October. Total flop. It cost DreamWorks $28m (£17.1m) to make, and Disney about the same again to market, but so far it's taken only $6m worldwide. According to Forbes, that means it's lost more money as a proportion of its production costs than any other major movie this year.
Oh. Is it a comedy about a hapless dad and the misfortunes that befall him as he buys a series of increasingly unreliable large family cars? No. That sounds quite good. This is about WikiLeaks. Journalism is said to be the fourth estate, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Red 2 - "The sequel to the action-comedy hit Red, which reunites our team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe." The film is being directed by Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest") and will star: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, David Thewlis, and Mary-Louise Parker. The film is available on Blu-ray and DVD. »
'We spent weeks in that big house entirely in character – just being really horrible to each other'
Mike Leigh, director
Naked was my big international breakthrough. I'd never had a film in Cannes before – and in 1993, I won best director and David Thewlis took best actor for his extraordinary performance as Johnny. At first, though, the film was called Untitled '92. I was starting to anticipate the millennium: it was obvious it was going to be a big deal, but I didn't know how to treat the subject. I could have made a science-fiction film. But I realised the character of Johnny – a frustrated, idealist drifter who's hacked off with the world – would be a very interesting vehicle for millennial preoccupations.
We prepared for the film in an old office block in Marylebone, London. David was living in Soho, endlessly reading Nostradamus and all the other things Johnny was into. »
- Phil Hoad
It has also been announced today that director Terry Gilliam and cinematographer Nicola Pecorini will present their sci-fi drama The Zero Theorem as the second opening film (following Saving Mr. Banks), which will be part of the opening gala of the festival’s 21st edition on Nov 16th at the Opera Nova.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty isdirected by Stiller with cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh (Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Piano, Analyze This). Stiller also stars in the film alongside Bridesmaids actress Kristen Wiig,Sean Penn and Adam Scott.
The film follows a day-dreamer who escapes his unxceptional life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Le Pacte has snatched up French distribution and international sales rights to the pic. Shingle’s head of sales, Camille Neel, will unveil the first images of the lensing at the American Film Market.
Set in 1952, the drama stars Caleb Landry Jones as an 18-year-old British man who joins the National Service and meets an amoral prankster who becomes his friend. They are assigned as instructors in a training camp while others are shipped out to fight in the Korean War.
“Country” is set 10 years after “Hope” and centers on the same characters. It’s produced by Ireland’s Spiritvale, the U.K.’s Q&C and Romania’s Sc Castel, in association with British Film Institute and the Irish Film Board. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Title: The Fifth Estate Director: Bill Condon Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney. The first estate is the clergy, the second estate is the nobility, the third estate are the commoners, the fourth estate is the press and the fifth estate is a group within a society that operates through news outlets, in opposition to the mainstream media, to express viewpoints that go beyond restrictions and censorship. The third millennium’s “Fifth Estate” watchdogs, whistleblowers, anonymous sources of classified information, have created the WikiLeaks phenomena, that forever changed the game, and was lead by Julian Assange with the help of his colleague [ Read More ]
The post The Fifth Estate Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Eddie Redmayne, who recently starred in "Les Miserables" and "My Week with Marilyn," is now filming his "Theory of Everything" movie in which he plays famous physicist Stephen Hawking. And today, we have the first photos from the set of the film. "Theory of Everything" takes a look at the relationship between Hawking and his wife, Jane. The two met while they were both students in Cambridge in the 1960s, just as he was beginning to suffer the early effects of the motor neuron disease, which would eventually leave him almost entirely paralyzed. The role of Jane is played by Felicity Jones. The rest of the cast includes Emily Watson, Maxine Peake and David Thewlis. The film is directed by James Marsh (Project Nim, Man on Wire). It has yet to get a release date. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Two big movies this weekend, we have .The Fifth Estate. about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and how an internet startup became the most debated and feared organization. This one.s from director Bill Condon (.Dreamgirls,. .Gods and Monsters,. and the last two .Twilight. movies) and it also stars David Thewlis, Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney, and Stanley Tucci.
.Carrie. is the latest reimagining of Brian De Palma.s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King.s popular novel. Chloe Grace Moretz (.Kickass. films, .Hugo.) stars in the title role previously taken by Sissy Spacek and Academy Award nominee, Julianne Moore, plays the crazy mommy right after Piper Laurie in the original. Kimberly Peirce (.Boys Don.t Cry.) is the film.s director. So is this .Carrie. better than the first? Take a look:
It’s been only a week since Captain Phillips headed right from the news into the multiplexes. Well it’s already time for another big studio, ripped-from-the-headlines docudrama. Most of the action takes place in 2009 as did Cp, but the people in our new film are still making news while the hijacking wrapped up in a few days. The Fifth Estate is an ongoing, still unfolding story because it concerns the website Wikileaks and it’s still controversial founder. Its title refers to the news media. The fourth estate was another term for the press: newspapers, books, and magazines. The new estate is in cyberspace, the websites that can send information everywhere in almost the blink of an eye. Yes we’re in much of the same territory as the 2010 film The Social Network. But the stakes are much higher here than the lawsuits and broken friendships of that look at Facebook. »
- Jim Batts
Written by Josh Singer
Directed by Bill Condon
“Most good stories start at the beginning,” intones a journalist during The Fifth Estate, a bold statement to make in a film that starts very near the end. The story of how WikiLeaks, and its enigmatic Australian founder Julian Assange, rose to worldwide prominence and notoriety over the last 5 years, is not without merit, but this adaptation fails to reach the same height of earned importance. An esteemed ensemble, led by the seemingly ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch (say those three words ten times fast), isn’t able to lift the script above the murk, though; its structure cannot help but bring to mind the excellent and sharply written Aaron Sorkin script for The Social Network. Though aspiring to be a hybrid of that film and something like All The President’s Men is admirable, The Fifth Estate »
- Josh Spiegel
Written by Pat Rushin
Directed by Terry Gilliam
UK and Romania, 2013
In 1983, the final Monty Python film, The Meaning Of Life, was released with a rather ambitious title and intent to discover, well, the meaning of life. Thirty years later, and Terry Gilliam returns to these enterprising realms with his new film The Zero Theorem, a codex volcanic in enthusiasm yet insipid at its core. Terry does good press: he barks an intriguing sound bite, citing that his latest ode to chaos is an “impossible look at nothing,” which is certain to prick the interest of existentialists everywhere. But like that void-gazing ideology, the film is bereft of significance as it wanes and wavers as something of a chore, an extravagant, gelatinous mess of half-baked ideas and pasquinade profundity. Any original film that exists aside the morass of sequels, prequels, comic books, and young adult novel translations renders it welcome, »
As the world doesn't seem to have quite made up its mind about Julian Assange, it seems fitting that the new film about him and the rise of Wikileaks has an ambivalence about it as well.
"The Fifth Estate" takes us inside hackers' milieu, the personalities and news stories that blew up thanks to Wikileaks. It visits the very real consequences of Assange's actions. But it never gets inside the man, what drives him, what justifies the arrogant self-righteousness that he built his worldview upon.
Director Bill ("Kinsey" / "Dreamgirls") Condon dazzles us with the whirl of Assange's crusade, following him from Africa to Europe, zipping from one trouble spot, where the release of secret documents might make a difference, to another.
In a breathless two hours, the film lets us see the man through the eyes of a new recruit and close associate. Young Euro-hacker Daniel Berg (Daniel Bruhl of »
Review Patrick Sproull 15 Oct 2013 - 06:00
Is it possible to make an accurate WikiLeaks film? As Benedict Cumberbatch’s Julian Assange puts it in the closing minutes of The Fifth Estate, the truth changes through every viewpoint - thus posing the question, what is the truth? And who really knows it?
Bill Condon’s ambitious and zealous biopic on the early days of WikiLeaks is an entirely mixed bag. It exerts itself in trying to give a broad picture of WikiLeaks whilst honing in the relationship of founder Julian Assange and his second-in-command Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Benedict Cumberbatch nails the former’s twitchy tics and pronounced accent, and his portrayal, although not exactly fair on Assange himself, is one of the highlights of The Fifth Estate. Likewise Daniel Brühl (who recently excelled »
Might be interesting if it had enough passion and guts to take a stand, but ends up in the mushy middle of the road, which surely sprang from a desire to be “fair” and “balanced.” I’m “biast” (pro): fascinated by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks; adore Benedict Cumberbatch
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There was a small knot of confused-looking people hovering around outside the opening-day multiplex showing of The Fifth Estate I attended in central London, trying to push flyers on moviegoers that would convince us that the film is a propagandistic anti-Assange, WikiLeaks-bashing hack job. They were still there when I exited, and it was all I could do to restrain myself from asking, “Have ya actually seen the film?”
Cuz The Fifth Estate is nothing of the kind. It »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Described by esteemed filmmaker Terry Gilliam as the final part of his dystopian satire trilogy, following Brazil and Twelve Monkeys, The Zero Theorem is an uneven endeavour that feels thematically outdated despite its futuristic setting. Gilliam's visceral prowess constantly bolsters the fable, which follows Christoph Waltz's corporate worker bee Qohen as he tries to solve a mathematical formula that could unlock the meaning of life. Clearly The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy was out of print.
Increasingly reclusive, Qohen has to contend with his patronising boss Joby (David Thewlis) and the soul-sapping machinations of the 'Management' and Matt Damon's amusingly attired boss. But the apparently amorous affections of a mysterious femme fatale called Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry) pose a huge conundrum to the increasingly beleaguered drone.
"He's not a source, he's the head of a huge media empire, accountable to no one. And we put him there." The story of Julian Assange's relationship with the world at large, the media in general and the Guardian in particular was recently told in engrossing detail in Alex Gibney's documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. That film (which provoked an equally detailed response from its subject) concluded that Assange was an information freedom fighter who became overwhelmed by his own ego, descending into recklessness, deviousness and worse.
Now, amid the usual denunciations from the white-haired one, comes Bill Condon's more overtly dramatic but less piercing biopic. Based in part upon Daniel Domscheit-Berg's account of his time as Assange's partner at "the world's »
- Mark Kermode
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