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Karen Gillan and James Cosmo become Eiff patrons by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-06-28 17:38:02

28 June 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Big Gold Dream won Audience Award at Eiff Edinburgh International Film Festival this evening announced Scottish actor James Cosmo and director/actor Karen Gillan have accepted the role of Eiff Honorary Patrons as the Festival heads into its 70th anniversary year. They join existing Eiff Honorary Patrons Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle, Seamus McGarvey and Mark Cousins.

The 69th edition of Eiff drew to a close with the World Premiere of Scott Graham’s Iona, and leading lady Ruth Negga was joined by fellow cast members in attendance on the red carpet.

Eiff Artistic Director Mark Adams said: “We are thrilled to add two Scottish luminaries to our illustrious troop of Eiff Honorary Patrons. James Cosmo is a powerhouse of acting fortitude, acknowledged this year by the Michael Powell Jury, and Karen Gillan is not only a star onscreen - her directorial debut at Eiff has shown her talents also extend behind the camera. »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Pierce Brosnan: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

24 June 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in conjunction with his third outing as James Bond, in Michael Apted's The World Is Not Enough, in 1999. Brosnan was alternately charming, erudite, thoughtful and intense during our two hour chat. His native intelligence shone through it all, as did a sense of decency which many people seem to acquire after enduring and surviving hardship in their formative years.

Bonding With Brosnan


Alex Simon

There are several dangers in becoming a cultural icon, not the least of which is the stigma that your public will forever keep you imprisoned in the mold of your iconography, allowing the recipient a privileged, if imprisoned, existence, particularly if that person is an artist. Sean Connery faced just such a dilemma during the height of James Bond-mania in the mid-60's. A serious actor, Connery desperately wanted to break out of the action hero mold that was British Superspy James Bond, »

- The Hollywood

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Comic-Con 2015: Once Upon a Time, Muppets Get Saturday Panels

24 June 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Once Upon a Time is locked in for its fifth trip to the San Diego Comic-Con, while The Muppets are set to make their debut at the pop culture showcase.

RelatedComic-Con 2015: Your Guide to the TV-Related Panels and Screenings

ABC has announced that Once will present its panel on Saturday, July 11, at 10 am (in Ballroom 20), followed by an autograph signing at 11:15 (in Booth 4245).

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue and Robert Carlyle, plus newly promoted series regulars Rebecca Mader and Sean Maguire, will join Once creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz for the Q&A, »

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Creative Scotland's head of film talks need for funding

22 June 2015 5:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

When she joined Creative Scotland as Director, Film And Media, last summer, Natalie Usher already had an intimate involvement with several of the films that Creative Scotland was backing. 

As a senior film lawyer in the Film & TV Group at Lee & Thompson, Usher had been working on both the opening and closing films at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival: Robert Carlyle’s The Legend Of Barney Thomson and Scott Graham’s Iona.

“For me, this is personally a very interesting and exciting festival because a number of films I worked on as a lawyer, Creative Scotland also invested in and now they are here.”

Usher has come into her job at Creative Scotland at a time when the Scottish film industry looks set for a major resurgence.

Plans for a large scale Scottish studio are edging slow but surely forward. Meanwhile, at the Scottish Film Summit during Eiff earlier this week, Scottish culture »

- (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Once Upon a Time Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray Release Date Lands in August

21 June 2015 8:07 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Disney and ABC's hit series Once Upon a Time Season 4 starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Michael Raymond-James and Robert Carlyle will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut on the now official August 18 release date.

Following the success of Frozen in theaters, ABC latched onto the Elsa and Anna craze to bring a 12-episode arc featuring the titular characters into the first half of Once Upon a Time Season 4. As the back half rolled around, some of Disney's nastiest evil queens came out to play including Maleficent and Ursula.

The Blu-ray edition of Once Upon a Time Season 4 will be presented in 1.78:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features on Blu-ray or DVD include the following:

Defrosting Frozen – An arctic blast hit Storybrooke this year as the characters from “Frozen” and “The Snow Queen” took over the first half of the season. »

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Edinburgh 2015: 'The Legend of Barney Thomson'

19 June 2015 2:49 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ Robert Carlyle exhibits little flair in his dispensable directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson (2015) which was chosen as the opening film of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. With a crack-shot cast and well captured locations in and around Glasgow, the film passes by easily enough but is a lightweight affair never aspiring to more than poking fun and raising the odd smile. Any - and all - depth and characterisation is sacrificed in the process. Socially inept and unloved, Barney (played, perhaps mistakenly, by Carlyle himself) has built his life around being a barber, the one thing in life that's stable and rewarding.


- CineVue UK

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Edinburgh Review: 'Legend of Barney Thomson' Serves Sweeney Todd-Style Slice of Glasgow Life

18 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Robert Carlyle is a patron of the Edinburgh Film Festival, so it’s apt that his debut feature as a director should open this year’s festival in Scotland's capital. Beyond the boon of a film by a local hero, with a local setting, it’s also an opener with broad audience appeal that many have felt the fest has, of late, lacked. I’ve been wondering what had happened to Carlyle; unless you’ve been watching "Stargate Universe" or "Once Upon A Time" on Us television, you’d think that the great Scottish actor with his own special brand of febrile intensity and menace had hung up his hat. Well, he’s back on the big screen, on both sides of the camera for the first time. And his absence from the front line seems to have brought his mellow side to the fore; if "mellow" is a macabre »

- Demetrios Matheou

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Edinburgh Film Review: ‘The Legend of Barney Thomson’

18 June 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Edinburgh 2015: Picks of the programme

18 June 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (17-28 June) gets underway this week with the World Première of actor Robert Carlyle's directorial debut, The Legend of Barney Thomson and there's much more to get excited about over the coming ten days of festival offerings. Brand new artistic director Mark Adams revealed this year's line-up at the end of may including the UK premiere of Inside Out, the brand new Disney Pixar film that intends to take audiences inside the mind of a young girl to meet her various animated emotions. Amy, a documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse from Senna director Asif Kapadia also appears in the programme having played to strong reviews at this year's Cannes Film Festival.


- CineVue UK

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Nice 'do kicks off Eiff by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-06-18 00:39:36

17 June 2015 4:39 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Emma Thompson is a foul mouthed mama in The Legend of Barney Thomson trailer

17 June 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Robert Carlyle has been a favorite actor of mine since I first saw him in Trainspotting and The Full Monty. He has since appeared in dozens of films in leading and supporting roles. He currently chews scenery on ABC's fairy tale series Once Upon a Time but is now debuting his first turn as film director with the black comedy The Legend Of Barney Thompson. First time directors don't always get to help... Read More »

- Alex Maidy

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The Legend of Barney Thomson review - Robert Carlyle directs Glaswegian variant on Sweeney Todd

17 June 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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First Poster For The Legend Of Barney Thomson

16 June 2015 11:29 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

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. »

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5 excellent horror films you may not have known were directed by women

5 June 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Horror isn't known for being a woman-friendly genre. From the flailing histrionics of Fay Wray in "King Kong" to the slasher sub-genre and its attendant bevy of brainless, scantily-clad female victims, there's a perception -- in some ways warranted -- that the horror film caters in misogyny. And yet that's also a frustratingly reductive viewpoint. It seems obvious but I'll say it anyway: boiling down the horror genre to "Friday the 13th Part VII" is like boiling down the comedy genre to Adam Sandler's "Grown-Ups." There is so much more to horror than "a girl running up the stairs when she should be going out the front door." So what of the women working behind the scenes? The number of high-profile woman directors who have worked in the genre remains frustratingly limited, yet there are a few who have not only managed to infiltrate the boys' club but created »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Karen Gillan on Edinburgh Film Fest jury

5 June 2015 4:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils juries and guests for 2015 edition.

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) (June 17-28) has revealed the juries that will judge its five award categories - The Michael Powell Award for Best British Film; Best Performance in a British Feature; Best International Feature; Best Documentary; and Best Short Film. 

Jurors include:

Karen Gillan, actressNatascha McElhone, actressKenneth Turan, film criticAmy Berg, directorArchie Panjabi, actressKyle Patrick Alvarez, directorJessica Hynes, actressDenis Lawson, actorJacqueline Lyanga, AFI film festival directorDolly Wells, actress.

Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy star Gillan will see her dirctorial debut - short film Coward - screened at the Festival.

Us director Berg’s films Prophet’s Prey and Every Secret Thing will screen at Eiff while Alverez will see his feature, The Stanford Prison Experiment, shown at the Festival.

Wells stars in Black Mountain Poets, 45 Years and Doll & Em 2, all showing at this year’s festival.

Other awards »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Inside Out Set For The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival

27 May 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff to its friends and those who enjoy acronyms) kicks off again on June 17 this year, featuring films as varied as Pixar's Inside Out and Patrick Bryce's comedy The Overnight. The opening film will be Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut, The Legend Of Barney Thompson.Carlyle’s film, in which he also stars, is described as a darkly comic thriller that also features Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone, and is based on Douglas’s Lindsay’s book series about a socially maladjusted hairdresser who decides to swap cutting locks for the life of a serial killer.brightcove.createExperiences();And that’s just the cinematic tip of the iceberg, part of a programme that will also include such wide-ranging and anticipated titles as Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring zombie drama Maggie, James Marsden and Jack Black in comedy pic The D-Train, Brian Wilson »

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Edinburgh unveils 2015 line-up

27 May 2015 3:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ewan McGregor, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell and Hong Kong director Johnnie To among the guests set to attend the festival.Scroll down for competition titles

The line-up for the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by new artistic director Mark Adams.

This year’s Eiff (June 17-28) will comprise 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 UK premieres.

Highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, about the life of singer Amy Winehouse; the latest Disney-Pixar animation Inside Out; Arnold Schwarzenegger in zombie drama Maggie; comedy The D-Train, starring Jack Black and James Marsden; and a biopic of The Beach BoysBrian Wilson, Love & Mercy, in which John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of the musician.

Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s Roar, a cult 1981 big cat movie.

Star power

This year’s Eiff will present »

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Edinburgh Film Festival’s New Chief Mark Adams Unveils Debut Lineup

27 May 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Mark Adams, the new artistic director of the Edinburgh Film Festival, unveiled Wednesday his debut lineup, which includes 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 U.K. premieres.

The festival, which runs June 17-28, will showcase 164 features from 36 countries. Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary “Amy,” about the life of singer Amy Winehouse, Disney-Pixar’s animated film “Inside Out,” Arnold Schwarzenegger as a tormented father tending his zombie daughter in “Maggie,” Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul’s “The D-Train,” starring Jack Black and James Marsden, and John Cusack and Paul Dano playing different aged versions of Beach Boys star Brian Wilson in music film “Love & Mercy.”

The festival will also be presenting a series of interviews with leading film personalities, such as Ewan McGregor, who will attend with his new film “Last Days in the Desert,” Jane Seymour and Malcolm McDowell, both in »

- Leo Barraclough

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Channel 4 gets nostalgic with new documentary Turn Up... The Nineties

19 May 2015 3:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4 is getting nostalgic with a new documentary about 1990s culture.

Ninety-minute doc Turn Up...The Nineties will chronicle the rise of Cool Britannia and Britpop, as well as taking a look at some of the decade's most culturally influential figures such as Oasis, Kate Moss, Damien Hirst and David Beckham.

The programme, produced by Nerd TV, will feature contributions from the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Irvine Welsh, Blur's Alex James, Robert Carlyle, The Happy Mondays and Massive Attack.

"We're all waiting for the next pop culture revolution where a chart battle between two bands can make the six o'clock news," said Jonny Rothery, Channel 4's commissioning editor for music.

"Whilst we wait, I'm really pleased to be taking a look back at this fascinating period when Generation X rose to prominence and everyone was mad for it."

Turn Up...The Nineties will air on the same weekend »

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Your Once Upon a Time Finale Questions, Answered: Scoop on the Crazy Cliffhanger, Hook and Emma and More

8 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Heroes and Villains, the best new show of the year?! Sorry all other freshman shows, but Once Upon a Time just became an entirely new show and we're obsessed with it. In the ABC fantasy hit's two-hour season finale, "Operation Mongoose," the author turns the tables on our heroes and villains, and nothing will ever be the same. Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes evil! Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) becomes a knight in shining armor! Pigs fly! Ok, that last part is a lie, but you get the idea. But will the season four finale keep with the shows trend of introducing a new world and/or iconic Disney character (Hi, Frozen's Elsa!) in the final moments? "This one is one of our favorite ones. It »

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