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Live coverage from Celtic Park, Glasgow, to launch 11 days of competition by athletes from 71 nations. This event will inevitably be conducted in the long shadows of Danny Boyle's splendid opening of London's 2012 Olympics and beneath the burden of its own deeply weird pre-publicity, much of which has been consumed by an ill-conceived (and eventually abandoned) plan to somehow involve the demolition of the Red Road tower blocks. Andrew Mueller
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- Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Ben Arnold, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright, Rachel Aroesti and Gwilym Mumford
The ending of any given motion picture is arguably the most important part of the experience – the point at which a story chooses to end, plotlines are wrapped up, characters are left to deal with the circumstances in which they have either gotten themselves into or have subsequently evaded, and you’re left to make up your lasting impression of whatever it is you’ve just spent two or three hours watching.
Endings come in all shapes and sizes, of course: happy, sad, ambiguous, and… well, controversial. And it’s the controversial endings that we’re focusing in on for the length of this article.
Controversial endings, by definition, are those that leave people shaking their heads, wondering what happened, feeling sick to their stomachs, wronged by the choice of the writers of filmmakers, or downright confused. In other terms, a controversial ending is one that people were totally not expecting, »
- Sam Hill
With so many different apocalyptic interpretations floating around Hollywood these days, it’s always interesting to realize that the most underutilized Earth-destroying plot line remains one of the most realistic – nuclear fallout. Zombies hordes strike fear, Kaiju’s threaten massive devastation, aliens fight to control our brains, but a massive-scale nuclear war would leave entire cities vaporized, cause uncountable casualties, and create unlivable conditions for those “lucky” enough to survive. Even scarier is that although Aftermath is just a movie depicting what could happen if a governmental paranoia caused all-out nuclear war, these same fears have been around since Cold War era Russia – and with threatening terrorists, we haven’t escaped fears of life imitating art.
Radiation burns, illness, suffering – sometimes directors don’t need monsters and murderers as far as global horror is concerned.
The beginnings of this apocalyptic wasteland are a bit muddled, but after hearing frantic radio »
- Matt Donato
Unless you are a Dr. Who fan — in which you'd immediately recognize him as the ninth version of the time-traveling doctor — Christopher Eccleston is one of those character actors who usually prompts a "where have I seen him before?" reaction. It might have been as the flatmate whose greed drives him insane in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave (1994) or as the powermad military man fighting off the infected in 28 Days Later... (2002). He may be familiar to you as a metaphorically ghostly presence in The Others (2001) or a literal invisible man from the NBC show Heroes. »
London Indian Film Festival Director Cary Rajinder Sawhney said: "We are delighted to have Disney's Million Dollar Arm at the heart of the festival. The film has loads of energy with a huge feelgood factor.
Now in its fifth year, the London Indian Film Festival is the largest South Asian film festival in Europe.
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The London Indian Film Festival (Liff, July 10-17) and The Walt Disney Company are delighted to announce that Madhur Mittal, the star of Million Dollar Arm, will participate in an exclusive Q&A alongside producer Mark Ciardi at the film’s UK Premiere at Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue on July 14. Million Dollar Arm, which also stars Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton is the London Indian Film Festival’s Centrepiece Gala.
Now in its fifth year, the London Indian Film Festival is the largest South Asian film festival in Europe. The festival opens with Sold, »
- Stacey Yount
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, described the award-winning novelist as a "genius".
Cottrell Boyce recently let slip that he would be penning an episode of the sci-fi series, calling it "a pleasure" to write for Peter Capaldi's new Doctor.
Known for his work in children's fiction and for his collaborations with film director Michael Winterbottom, he also worked with Danny Boyle in scripting the well-received Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
"Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius!" said Moffat. "Frank's script is pure magic - and everything I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics Opening Ceremony!"
Cottrell Boyce added: "I was flabbergasted to be asked to write an episode - partly because I've been so absorbed in the last few »
The 24 Hour Party People screenwriter told the Liverpool Echo that the BBC sci-fi drama is "a great thing to be involved with".
"I grew up loving Doctor Who, and my teenage son was a big fan of it too," he said.
"It's a pleasure to write it and I'm looking forward to seeing Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor."
Cottrell Boyce is well-known for his work in children's fiction and for his collaborations with film director Michael Winterbottom, including 2002's 24 Hour Party People and 2005's A Cock and Bull Story.
He also worked with Danny Boyle in scripting the well-received Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
Cottrell Boyce would appear to be the final confirmed writer for Doctor Who's eighth series and is expected to take the one remaining vacant »
All but one of the writing slots for Doctor Who series eight have already been announced, with Steven Moffat joined by Phil Ford, Mark Gatiss, Steve Thompson, Gareth Roberts, Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson for the new run. It now looks as though the last remaining place - for episode ten in the series - has gone to a particularly interesting writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce.
The Liverpool Echo reports that native son Boyce (24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story, The Railway Man) has provided a script for series eight. The screenwriter is quoted as saying "It’s like joining a family. It’s a great thing to be involved with. I grew up loving Doctor Who, and my teenage son was a big fan of it too. »
If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.
Digital culture agency Lighthouse and Creative Skillset have announced the 15 participants taking part in their 2014 Guiding Lights programme.
In its sixth year, Guiding Lights offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support from professionals in the film industry, as well as access to industry training and networking events. The candidates were selected from more than 250 applications.
“The Guiding Lights selection process is always extremely competitive, and this year was no exception,” said Lighthouse senior producer Emily Kyriakides.
“We’re really excited by the past achievements, future potential and talent within the group, and feel that they have a lot to offer each other as well. They’re a very impressive bunch, and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”
This year, Lighthouse and Creative »
Seven years ago, an ambitious science fiction film from a visionary filmmaker starring Chris Evans was released in a competitive summer. That film was Danny Boyle's Sunshine, a flawed masterpiece of the genre that continues to gain fans today, long after the abbreviated American theatrical run. The picture wore its ambition on its sleeve, which scared Fox Searchlight into only giving it a mild indie platform release. This weekend, it's happening again. June 27th sees the release of Snowpiercer, another bravura science fiction picture from a master filmmaker, also starring Chris Evans. Sunshine debuted at ten measly locations at first: The Weinstein Company is only giving this film eight. With the weekend's big attraction being Transformers: Age Of Extinction, that doesn't give many options to several territories that would conceivably be fascinated by one of the most purely cinematic experiences of the year. In our review, Kristy Puchko calls »
With J.J. Abrams hard at work shooting Star Wars: Episode VII, the announcement was made last weekend that Looper director Rian Johnson will be directing the follow-up, Episode VIII, and also writing the treatment for the final film in the new trilogy, Episode IX.
Though early reports suggested that he would also be directing Episode IX, this turned out to be untrue, and so we’re free to speculate on just who George Lucas and Disney will appoint for the all-important franchise capper.
Look around online and you’ll see that just about everyone has an opinion on this, with suggestions ranging from the reasonable to the flat-out absurd. As such, don’t expect to see the likes of Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, Steven Spielberg and Danny Boyle on our list of potential directors, because for starters they’d all be horribly unsuited for the gig, and secondly, »
- Jack Pooley
Broadcaster expected to decide on new Film4 head in July, Screen looks at some likely candidates.
Film4 is getting closer to appointing its new boss, with a second round of interviews understood to be underway now.
Speculation is rife within the UK industry as to potential suitors for the job, which is widely regarded as one of the most coveted in the business — in the UK and abroad.
While former Focus Features CEO James Schamus was tipped by many as a front-runner for the job a few weeks ago, the executive is now understood to be unlikely to take on the role, preferring to concentrate on his own slate (he is Ang Lee’s long-time producer) and remain in the Us.
But Film4 is still understood to be considering an international hire with a leading candidate known to be London-based David Kosse, president of international for Universal, who chose not to move to La when Universal recently »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
In case you haven't heard, The Fault in Our Stars is kind of a sad film. The reaction across the pond (where the film has been out for a couple of weeks) has essentially been one long, drawn out ugly-cry, to the point where Slate have even released a handy guide to keeping your eye make-up intact.
Even the movie's stars Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Laura Dern aren't immune, as they admitted in our video interview. We also asked them what other films have made them cry, which sparked a discussion back in the office about the most effective tearjerkers of all time.
Below, Digital Spy staffers reveal the films that are guaranteed to leave them a weeping mess.
Good Will Hunting – Emma Dibdin, Features Editor
While prototypical inspirational teacher movie Dead Poets' Society is arguably a more obvious pick, Robin Williams's similarly inspirational performance here as wry, »
Originally founded in 2000 as a platform for filmmakers living and working in East London, London's East End Film Festival has since grown to represent and showcase the very best of contemporary British, European and World cinema. It attracts guests like Danny Boyle and Richard E. Grant, and sees its programmed films go on to win international awards, but keeps hold of its atmosphere of curiosity as opposed to grandiosity. This has allowed it to stand out in a cosmopolitan and cine-literate city already full to the brim with film festivals, to the point where even if you found yourself at leisure 24/7 it would not be possible to schedule them all in. And if films aren't your bag, the Eeff also runs exhibitions, installations, spoken word and live music events alongside the festival’s main programme, often in atmospheric London locations (including a Masonic Temple this year) that »
- Owen Van Spall
In Mexico there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Amat Escalante's third feature Heli. Yes, Steven Spielberg loved it at Cannes and Danny Boyle praised it at the Guanajuato Film Festival, but there's a large group of Mexican critics who aren't quite impressed. I'm right in the middle, as Heli hits me as an important piece that looks at the Mexican drug trade, but it also delivers weak acting, dialog, and a lazy conclusion. It feels less focused than Escalante's previous effort, Los Bastardos, and yet I'm pretty sure some of its scenes will remain with me for a long time. Heli is set in Guanajuato, Escalante's hometown, although that fact is never mentioned in the film. Hence we can say it's about any...
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Football, football, football. It's all anybody is going to bang on about for the next month. Or at least until England get knocked out on penalties anyway.
However, even for those who don't care for the delights of 22 men running around hoofing a ball and rolling around like pansies, there is something to enjoy tonight. The World Cup Opening Ceremony.
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With Jennifer Lopez booked to perform, and the promise of an extraordinary samba festival, the party in Sao Paulo promises to be great entertainment.
If nothing else, we can also enjoy chuckling at Adrian Chiles bumbling »
[Editor's note: Austin Film Society co-founder and filmmaker Richard Linklater recently curated "Jewels in the Wasteland," a series focusing on films of the early 1980s. Today, as a guest columnist for Slackerwood, he recommends other movies he was unable to include in the series.]
We're looking forward to continuing the "Jewels in the Wasteland" series at some point with films from 1984-1986! Below are various titles that would have fit nicely in this first section of 80s films. Before we get going again, we'll likely have some one-off screenings (hopefully Pixote and Baby It's You) that represent additional titles from the first part of the 80s, so keep an eye out for them.
In the meantime, please feel free to check out the below suggestions:
Last month's Atlantic City begs you to continue with both Louis Malle's My Dinner with Andre and Bill Forsyth's Local Hero with Burt Lancaster. If you love Local Hero like I think you will, please check out an earlier film of his, Gregory's Girl. I noticed Danny Boyle included a clip from it during his Olympic opening ceremonies.
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For the first time since the release of this seminal football documentary, legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson gives an exclusive interview which can be viewed on The Class Of ’92 Extended Collector’s Edition. Available to own on Blu-ray and DVD 9 June 2014, this provides football and film fans the opportunity to unlock all-new exclusive footage and we’ve got Three to giveaway on Blu-ray!
At the heart of this ambitious film is the tale of how six 14 year-old working class lads from diverse backgrounds came together to play for the same club, became the spine of the most lauded team in world football, and who throughout their period of unparalleled success remained best mates. Sir Alex Ferguson talks about his belief in building a foundation for youth football and the pride he felt in seeing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers. »
- Dan Bullock
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