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Full Monty and Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle has made his feature-film directing debut with The Legend of Barney Thomson, about a Glaswegian barber caught up in a string of gruesome murders. Carlyle also stars, alongside Ray Winstone as an angry copper and Emma Thompson, who undergoes a dramatic transformation to play Barney's elderly, foulmouthed mother Cemolina.
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- Guardian Staff
Now in theaters, “A Little Chaos” marks Alan Rickman’s second film as director; he also stars in the movie as Louis Xiv. His “Sense and Sensibility” love interest Kate Winslet stars as Sabine de Barra, a widow who falls for a fellow landscaper while they’re working on the King’s garden. At a recent public screening of the film, Rickman revealed several fun facts about himself and the making of the film.
Harry Potter put a hold on his film directing career.
Rickman made his movie directorial debut with “The Winter Guest,” starring Emma Thompson. But that was in 1997; why has it taken him so long to get back behind the camera? “Harry Potter got in the way,” said Rickman. “When I said yes to doing that in, I think 2000, there were only three books and I didn’t know if I’d be in the fourth. You »
- Jenelle Riley
The last time Alan Rickman took on director duties was in 1997 for The Winter Guest starring Phyllida Law, Emma Thompson, which Fine Line released on Christmas day of that year, eventually grossing over $870K. The Golden Globe winner waited almost a decade-and-a-half to do it a second time with A Little Chaos, which Focus World will open day and date beginning this weekend. A Little Chaos will be joined by a sizable number of newcomers this weekend, though many — not all… »
Edinburgh: Scottish actor gives talk about 22-year acting career including new role as Jesus in Last Days In The Desert.
Ewan McGregor revealed to an audience at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) on Sunday that he would be willing to reprise the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi to tell the story of Stars Wars between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back should Disney ever wish to do so.
The comments came during an on-stage interview in which the Scottish star looked back over the highlights of his career thus far and chose his words carefully on the subject of the forthcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
The actor seemed not to be the most rabid of fanboys and declared: “I’m not a fanatical person.”
Still, he said he was impressed by the trailer - “It looks like [Jj Abrams] he absolutely nailed it” - except for the lightsaber’s updated design.
“I’m excited »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
It’s been 20 years since Kate Winslet made her breakthrough performance opposite Alan Rickman in “Sense and Sensibility.” The two prolific actors are back together for another period drama, but forgo Jane Austen for 17th century France in Focus World’s “A Little Chaos.”
“It was absolutely wonderful to reunite with him after such a long time,” Winslet, 39, told Variety at the film’s New York premiere on Wednesday at the Museum of Modern Art hosted by the Peggy Siegal Company. “I’ve grown quite a lot as a person and hopefully as an actor since [we were last together on screen].
In the film, Rickman, who directed and co-wrote the movie’s screenplay, plays King Louis Xiv and Winslet stars as a gardener chosen to build one of the main gardens at the King’s new palace at Versailles.
“To be able to bring a level of collaboration into this experience was quite different. I »
- Paul Chi
The title may be “The Legend of Barney Thomson,” but it’s the protagonist’s near-namesake, Emma Thompson, who earns all the glory in Scottish star Robert Carlyle’s amiably uneven directorial debut. Drawn from the off-kilter comic novels of Douglas Lindsay, this grisly farce finds the helmer giving himself a generous showcase as the eponymous chump, a socially inept barber who quite accidentally becomes a modern-day Sweeney Todd. Still, it’s Thompson’s frayed, frightening turn as his unexpectedly devious mother that gives a salty kick to an otherwise minor diversion, in which simple twists of fate are as thickly matted as the characters’ Glaswegian brogues. A crowd-pleasing curtain-raiser for this year’s Edinburgh fest, “Barney Thomson” is unlikely to secure legendary status beyond Caledonia, but ancillary prospects are solid enough.
“This is the story of what happens when you move chairs,” Carlyle says, in cheerily cryptic fashion, in »
- Guy Lodge
Robert Carlyle and his wife Anastasia on the red carpet for The Legend Of Barney Thompson world premiere. Photo: Courtesy of Eiff Ashley Jensen on the red carpet for Eiff Photo: Courtesy of Eiff The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival officially got under way last night with the world premiere of Robert Carlyle's directorial debut The Legend Of Barney Thomson.
The cast were out in force to support the screening of the film that tells the story of the hapless titular barber, who finds himself unwittingly drawn into a murder investigation. Carlyle stars as Thomson, with Emma Thompson wrinkling up to play his dear old mum. Although Thompson was unable to attend because she's currently shooting Disney's Beauty And The Beast remake, cast members including James Cosmo, Martin Compston, Ashley Jensen, Brian Pettifer, Tom Courtenay, Sam Robertson and Kevin Guthrie all graced the red carpet.
Carlyle introduced the screening »
- Amber Wilkinson
The opening night premiere at this year’s Edinburgh film festival is a gruesomely comic yarn about a barber caught up in a string of serial killings directed by and starring Carlyle – with Emma Thompson as his mum
The Edinburgh film festival has acted astutely in giving its opening slot to Robert Carlyle’s feature directing debut: this will make a big night for one of Scotland’s most beloved acting sons, while the film itself is a lovingly crafted tribute to the city at the other end of the M8. You might call it a peace offering to Glasgow, in this era of burgeoning national identity.
Carlyle, best known for firecracker performances in films such as Trainspotting and The Full Monty, here cuts a somewhat more morose figure. He plays Barney Thomson, the central figure of a black-comic serial-killer yarn that has had its titled nudged from its source material, »
- Andrew Pulver
While he’s been enjoying quite a bit of success on American t.v., especially with Once Upon A Time, Rober Carlyle’s big screen outings have been very few and far between since 2009. But now the one time Begbie is back in cinemas, in front of and behind the camera, for black comedy The Legend of Barney Thompson. His directorial debut see him take the title role of a charmless barber whose mediocre life is turned upside down when he accidentally stumbles into serial killing. On the run from detective inspector Holdall (Ray Winstone), Barney turns to his domineering mother Cemolina (Emma Thompson) for help. It’s great to see Carlyle back on the big screen, and there is some great pitch black humour on display here, with the three leads having an absolute blast, especially Emma Thompson (aged 20 years by prosthetics) who threatens to steal the show. The »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The Edinburgh International Film Festival gets underway today with a local hero leading the way. Robert Carlyle’s first directorial gig, The Legend Of Barney Thomson, is the opening gala this year. The film has a new poster timed perfectly for the occasion. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look. Adapting a comic crime novel series, Carlyle stars as Barney, a hopeless barber overcome by some dark urges that lead him into a murderous spree. Cue Ray Winstone’s Glasgow detective and his high-testorone colleagues blundering about in a pursuit that may or may not end in a literal Ray Winstone floating head. Have a bang on that.In case you were wondering, Emma Thompson's Oscar campaigning hasn’t aged her terribly. She’s been made up by X-Men and Harry Potter alumnus Mark Coulier to put the years on as Barney’s domineering mum and “good-time girl", Cemolina. »
It's official. Rita Ora is everywhere. Whether it's fronting fashion lines, popping up in TV advertising campaigns, mentoring hopefuls on The Voice UK and donning a dodgy wig in 50 Shades of Grey, the singer - like close friend Cara Delevingne - is a constant presence.
Let's do this @grimmers @cherylofficial @simoncowell @TheXfactor #xfactor pic.twitter.com/l7blKnlO8h
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) June 16, 2015
Rita's music career began in 2009 when a meeting with rapper Jay-z led to her being signed by his Roc Nation label just 48 hours later.
Her 2012 debut album Ora went straight into the UK charts at number 1, spawning chart-topping hits 'Hot Right Now', 'How We Do (Party)' and 'R.I.P'. Last year, she scored a fourth UK Number »
Stranger Than Fiction, a 2006 film from director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball, and World War Z, among others), is a favorite of Mary’s and mine. It that starred Will Farrell in a very atypical Will Farrell role, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, and Emma Thompson.
The story concerns an IRS auditor named Harold Crick who starts to hear a narrator in his head. The voice turns out to be a world famous author who is writing a story about an IRS auditor named Harold Crick. The author, Karen Eiffel, always kills off her main character at the end of the book. The real Harold’s only hope to survive is to find the reclusive author and convince her not to kill him. Eventually, they meet.
Karen Eiffel, understandably, is freaked to encounter an actual Harold Crick. He’s just as she pictured him. They both know »
- John Ostrander
'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' poster. With Daniel Radcliffe. Rupert Grint. Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' quiz question: Does state-of-the-art CGI equal movie magic? (Oscar Movie Series) Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment in the Harry Potter movie series. That is, if one thinks only of Cuarón's pre-Harry Potter sleeper hit, the François Truffaut-esque Y tu mamá también, while ignoring two of his earlier efforts, the critically acclaimed A Little Princess and the moderately respected Great Expectations. This time around, working with a reported $130 million budget (approx. $163 million in 2015), state-of-the-art special effects, and the Harry Potter franchise, Cuarón surely could do no wrong. At the box office, that is. For although Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is stylistically superior to Chris Columbus' previous work in the series, »
- Andre Soares
Turns out, even in a tale as old as time, there’s still room for improvement. For Disney’s upcoming live-action retelling of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast, which will find Emma Watson taking on the role of Belle opposite Dan Stevens’ Beast and Luke Evans’ Gaston, eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (who won two of those statuettes for his work on the original) found himself enlisted to write three new tunes for the project, alongside Sir Tim Rice.
Speaking at the Lincoln Center recently (via Stitch Kingdom), Menken revealed that the Disney pic will feature the music from the animated classic, not the Broadway adaptation, and he also spoke at length about two of the three new songs:
“It’s the songs from the movie, we did not fit in any songs [from the Broadway show]. The song I would have fit in from the Broadway show is ‘If I Can’t Love Her, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Swedish major Svensk Filmindustri has closed deals on nine films following discussions at Cannes’ Marché du Film for Scandinavian release.
From Cornerstone, head of acquisitions Robert Enmark signed for Swiss director Vincent Pérez’s Alone in Berlin, based on German author Hans Fallada’s 1947 classic, with Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brühl and Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt in the leads.
Set in 1940, the film follows a working class couple taking action against the Nazi regime, after their son is killed in the war.
McGregor will also star alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the story of a successful businessman, married to a former beauty queen, whose life falls apart when his daughter becomes a revolutionary.
Svensk closed »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
Chariots of Fire producer reveals how Greenpeace activists brought him back to filmmaking.
When David Puttnam stepped back from filmmaking in his mid-50s, he cited the examples of some of the legendary filmmakers he had met while boss of Columbia Pictures - directors like Stanley Kramer, John Huston, Fred Zinnemann and George Stevens who felt embittered at their loss of influence late in their careers.
“What I realised…is what angry men they were. When I made the decision to be out [of the film business] at 55, it was because I realised that the last 15 years of their lives, they were not happy guys,” the Chariots Of Fire producer said in a 2008 interview.
Now, aged 74, Lord Puttnam is taking the plunge back into production.
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Read More: Watch: Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan are Divorcées Turned Crime Capers in New 'Love Punch' Clips [Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. "Survivor," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here.] You could be forgiven for confusing James McTeigue's new film "Survivor" with the long-running reality television series of the same name. Watch the clip from the film above to clear that all up. It features Milla Jovovich being scolded by a U.K. bureaucrat for unorthodox work tactics. In the film, Jovovich ("The Fifth Element," "Resident Evil") stars as a security officer who is forced to go on the run after accidentally uncovering a terrorist conspiracy at the U.S. embassy in London. Pierce Brosnan ("Goldeneye," "The World Is Not »
- Becca Nadler
Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson star in an unconventional roadtrip buddy movie, “A Walk in the Woods.” The film, based on the bestseller by Bill Bryson, stars Redford as Bryson himself, who decided to take a hike into the Appalachians. Once on the trail, though, he finds his former friend. “In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The [ Read More ]
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A Walk in The Woods Trailer. Ken Kwapis‘ A Walk in The Woods (2015) movie trailer stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, and Mary Steenburgen. A Walk in The Woods‘ plot synopsis: “After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Today we have the trailer for "A Walk in the Woods," which is based on a true story and stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, and Nick Offerman. Check it out below. Plot: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson (Redford) returns to the Us, where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail (2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine) with one of his oldest friends (Nolte). The new movie is directed by Ken Kwapis (He's Just Not That Into You) and is set to hit theaters on September 2nd. Trailer: »
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