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"I knew Jb well before I was involved in the film," he explained. "I ran into him in 2007 at a function, asked him what he was doing. »
Prior to Million Dollar Arm, Madhur Mittal’s biggest role had been in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. In both films he manages to leave a lasting impression, and we can only hope to see more of the up and coming actor in future.
Ahead of this week’s UK release of Million Dollar Arm we sat down with Mittal and the film’s producer Mark Ciardi to quiz them on their favourite sports flicks, how they adapt when they’re out of their comfort zones, and much more. We also promised Madhur we’d get the word out on his days as a Michael Jackson impersonator. Regretfully, a dance-off did not take place. Have a watch below.
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- Amon Warmann
We've seen Rooney Mara insult Mark Zuckerberg, struggle with the law in Ain't Them Bodies Saints and take matters into her own hands in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Now she's in the slums of Rio, Brazil in Stephen Daldry's latest film Trash. In what feels like a different take on Danny Boyle's Millions, the story follows two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums who find a wallet amongst the usual garbage at a local dump. But when they learn that their find might belong to someone important and land them a reward, they have to figure out who to trust outside of the corrupt police force. Now a trailer from across the pond has surfaced, and it doesn't look half-bad, uplifting but not cheesy. It's way better than the other trailer. Watch! Here's the UK trailer for Stephen Daldry's Trash from Universal Pictures UK: When »
- Ethan Anderton
I rarely get alone time in my current living situation, which can sometimes make it difficult to get into the proper head space for writing. As an artist, I’m already heavily critical of what I’m working on, so it’s helpful to be able to release some anxiety though music. Besides inducing a creative break, music has the power to be therapeutic. So needless to say, I have a large catalog that gets me through both the ups and downs. When I’m trying to make sense of the insanity that is my brain, it’s the missing link. The following are ten songs that serve as a score to my thoughts and struggles, which eventually fuel my creativity. -Josh
- Josh Soriano
Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late ’30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca have sought to position themselves as viable alternatives to Sundance.
Rarely, however, have such tensions spiked quite so visibly, or with such high stakes involved, as in the case of Telluride and Toronto.
Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, the 41-year-old Telluride Film Festival is an intimate four-day affair that screens a highly selective program for Hollywood elites and deep-pocketed movie buffs. The 39-year-old Toronto Film Festival is an 11-day press and industry behemoth, Byzantine in its complexity and Canadian in its efficiency, which unspools about 300 features and attracts journalists, publicists, filmmakers and dealmakers from all over the world. Two very different events, forced by the vagaries of art, commerce »
- Justin Chang
Good news, Netflix’s very funny looking original animated show BoJack Horseman featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Alison Brie will appear on Netflix on Friday 22nd August just in time to binge watch over the bank holiday weekend.
From what I have seen so far it looks promising but then so did Hemlock Grove. Expect a full report next week. In related news, Netflix have announced a whole slate of stand-up comedy exclusive to its service after the success of the recent Aziz Ansari special. So the likes of Chelsea Handler, Jim Jefferies, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti will be adding stand up shows to streaming between now and December. I have only heard of a couple of these acts but there again one of the best things to do with an hour to spare is browse Netflix for its plentiful supply of stand-up »
- Chris Holt
Few filmmakers can be said to be as prolific and influential as George Romero. An icon of the zombie film genre, Romero’s love of horror traces back to his youth, and watching classic monster films such as Frankenstein and Dracula. Romero’s love of these films set him on a path to not only create horror films himself, but to change and redefine the genre for decades to come.
Romero’s first foray into the zombie film genre was 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. While a spectacular film in and of itself, Night of the Living Dead introduced the world to the modern zombie, and standardized the way that zombie films would be told from then on. Set in a farmhouse, the film depicts a small group of survivors fending off hordes of the reanimated dead. Prior to Romero’s take on zombies, Hollywood films depicted zombies as pale-faced minions of voodoo sorcerers. »
- Brandon Engel
Since I’ve previously indulged in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting on numerous occasions, happily stumbling through my very first drug-fueled Irvine Welsh adaptation, Filth isn’t exactly a surprising endeavor by any means. Granted, it’s an absolutely bonkers character study injected with heaping mounds of Columbia’s finest and enough sexual expression to make Hugh Hefner blush, but this is signature Welsh material. Filth isn’t a Danny Boyle flick though, so questions surrounding relative newbie Jon S. Baird’s ability to capture the same “controlled” insanity immediately arise – which he confidently dismisses after a raucous introduction.
Filth is far more than a Scottish dark comedy about the most crooked cop in history, as Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) slowly reveals an entire army of inner demons over the course of this sinisterly tragic downward spiral. Everything starts out cheekily enough when Robertson reveals his plan to sabotage every other »
- Matt Donato
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Danny Boyle's trippy adaptation of Alex Garland's cult bestseller as an American backpacker who discovers a community of tourists-turned-settlers on a secret island in Thailand. But despite the charisma of group leader Tilda Swinton and the seductive lure of fellow traveller Virginie Ledoyen, things are not as idyllic as they seem. Best keep your passport in a safe place »
In exactly one years’ time Benedict Cumberbatch will be treading the boards of the Barbican Theatre as Hamlet for the very first time. There’s already been huge hype over the production – which will be directed by Lyndsey Turner – and it has been announced that public tickets go on sale on Monday 11th August 2014 at 10am; that’s next Monday for those of you without a calendar handy.
Expect massive demand for these tickets; it will be playing for a strictly limited run of 12 weeks and the Barbican Theatre only seats 1,200 people per night. If you do miss out on Monday 11th there will be 100 additional tickets released at a later date for every performance which will be priced at just £10. Whichever type of ticket you manage to get, hold on to it for dear life as you’ll be amongst the privileged few!
No stranger to a bit of theatre, »
- Victoria Bull
London — U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 revealed today that the new chief of its filmmaking division, Film4 — which has backed Oscar-winning pics like Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” — would be David Kosse, who is president, international, at Universal Pictures. Variety spoke to Kosse about his new role.
Kosse, who joins Film4 on Nov. 1, said it was a bit early to speak about specific plans for Film4, but added that he had no intention of changing the “creative remit” of the production unit. “There continues to be a focus on emerging filmmakers, young talent and creative risk-taking,” he said.
Recent pics from emerging U.K. talent backed by Film4 include Yann Demange’s feature debut “’71,” which premiered in Berlin competition, and Daniel Wolfe’s first film “Catch Me Daddy,” which bowed in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
- Leo Barraclough
David Kosse has been named the new head of Film4, ending months of industry speculation over the appointment.
The widely-respected production and distribution executive will take up the position from November 1 after a decade at studio Universal, most recently as president of international.
He takes over from outgoing boss Tessa Ross, who leaves to become chief executive of the National Theatre in the autumn.
As director of Film4 Kosse will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution of all Film4-backed releases both in the UK and internationally.
“He has built impeccable creative relationships with British and international talent and is also steeped in knowledge and experience of changing distribution models in film,” Abraham added in »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Universal Pictures’ David Kosse has joined the UK's Channel 4 as director of its feature filmmaking division, Film4. Kosse, who has been Universal Pictures's president of International since 2009, and will the new job begin Nov. 1. He replaces Tessa Ross, who announced her departure to become chief executive of the National Theatre in March. Also read: Oscar Winner '12 Years a Slave’ Spikes 75 Percent at Overseas Box Office Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, including Academy Award winners such as Steve McQueen‘s “12 Years a Slave,” Danny Boyle‘s “Slumdog Millionaire. »
- Tim Molloy
As one of Us TV’s most established series, not to mention the lucrative films, it is no surprise that Star Trek has featured such an impressive number of movie stars in it’s extensive list of guest actors. Throughout it’s classic run however, Doctor Who wasn’t so lucky. As the years went on it’s reputation began to wane, and towards the end of it’s 26 season run it was unfortunately attracting the likes of Ken Dodd rather than Kenneth Branagh
Luckily this is just one of the many things that the revival of the series has set about changing however. In fact the show has been graced by the presence of no less than seven highly successful movie stars in just the last two seasons alone, showing just how rapidly this trend of big name guests is increasing.
While there are film stars such as Simon Pegg, »
- Ian Coomber
David Fleming reviews The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey…
In a world that is over saturated with the zombie apocalypse scenario it’s hard to imagine a fresh approach popping up, but it does happen. When Danny Boyle released 28 Days Later, not many people had given thought to the idea of a zombie who could really chase you down. We were so used to the idea of the slow moving lumbering zombies that gave you time to stop and put on your running shoes that to suddenly have those Usain Bolt-esque zombies was something of a giant leap.
Well earlier this year M. R. Carey made a similar leap with The Girl With All The Gifts. I hadn’t heard about it at launch, and in case you didn’t either, it’s time to go and buy a copy.
We’re introduced to Melanie, »
- Gary Collinson
James Franco is more than just an Oscar-nominated actor. His is also both a director and a writer. For Franco's newest film, "Child of God," he combines all those skills, as he did on "As I Lay Dying." Franco appears in a small role alongside star Scott Haze, he directs the movie, and wrote the screenplay with Vince Jolivette based on Cormac McCarthy's book. "Child of God" is the story of Lester Ballard (Haze), a loner in Tennessee who finds himself increasingly marginalized within his society. The movie follows Ballard's descent into ever more disturbing acts. Over the course the movie, Ballard has several run-ins with not just other locals, but also with the law in the form of Sheriff Fate played by Tim Blake Nelson. Ballard's progression is not the easiest of things to watch, but it is definitely interesting. The plot of the film, as Ballard is a loner, »
- Josh Lasser
Commonwealth Games: Opening Ceremony | The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway | Shops & Robbers: Caught on Camera | The Mimic | Veep | The Bermuda Triangle | Liverpool v As Roma
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. »
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