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Do You Expect J.K. Simmons To Play J. Jonah Jameson In The Amazing Spider-Man 3?

22 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Columbia Pictures

Whatever you think of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy – from its overall quality, to its faithfulness to the comic book on which it was based, to the casting of Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst as Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson – there was one integral element that was undeniably perfect in every way. So much so, in fact, that it’s near on impossible to imagine anybody else ever doing said aspect justice. We’re talking about J.K. Simmons as Daily Bugle editor-in-chief and long-time Spidey hater J. Jonah Jameson, of course, in a part he was clearly born to play.

Whether you thought Maguire sucked, or Dunst was boring, or James Franco was just downright weird, there’s arguably nobody on Earth who sat down to any movie in the original Spider-Man trilogy and said: “J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson? What terrible casting!” Watching Simmons in »

- WhatCulture

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10 Actors Who Kicked Thine Ass in Shakespearean Roles

23 April 2014 5:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Look, it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. We at Riot are generally concerned with internet memes and Zac Efron's musculature, but let's give credit where its due: These are real celebs kicking real ass in real Shakesperean roles and no one's worthy. And we can't contain ourselves.  So, here are 10 people kicking thine ass in Shakespearean roles and leaving you in the mortal, pathetic dust. 1. Meryl Streep Serving You Death Sass In "The Taming Of The Shrew'2 Judi Dench With Gunpowder Eyes And A Kevlar Heart In "Twelfth Night" 3. Ralph Fiennes Is A Hotheaded Traitor Bad-ass In "Coriolanus," So Just Deal With It. 4. Kate Winslet Has A Song For You Losers, And It's A Heartbreak And A Goddamn Treasure In "Hamlet" 5. Now Is The Winter Of You Melting At The Computer, Because Kevin Spacey Is A Hunchbacked Hellraiser In "Richard III" 6. This Is CNN? Close, Moron, It's James Earl Jones »

- Louis Virtel

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Philomena Blu-Ray Review

22 April 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Philomena is as surprising in its existence as it is in its ability to transform a story that ought to be cliche syrup into something real and moving. The film’s ability to deliver honest emotion may be more surprising, given the synopsis, but the existence question may need some explanation.

Steve Coogan, of Alan Partridge and other comedic efforts fame, isn’t a name you immediately associate with not only starring in a venture like this, but also co-writing it and becoming something of a driving force behind the production. Moreover, it’s rare to get anyone behind a film that is taking a pretty serious shot at the Catholic Church, much less big names like Judi Dench and Stephen Frears. And, speaking of Stephen Frears, though he manages a lot of variety in his films, ranging from Dangerous Liasions, and Liam, to High Fidelity, and Tamara Drewe, a biopic exploration of hope, »

- Marc Eastman

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25 Things Only People From Yorkshire Will Understand

17 April 2014 11:44 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Aardman Animations

Keep thi’ sen calm, tha’s from Yorkshire. There’s many reasons Yorkshire is God’s Own County, and one of them is the Yorkshire pudding. None of that Aunt Bessie’s muck, we mean a Proper Yorkshire pudding. Puffed up beauties the size of your fist, dripping with oil. Yorkshire folk are a proud bunch, and a lot of people don’t get that. Well, of course they wouldn’t, they’re not from bloody Yorkshire!

The county is hosting the second stage of the Tour De France this summer, our humble home watched by 3 billion people worldwide. Le Grand Départ will roll out from York Racecourse and then take to York’s historic streets.

And where better? The birthplace of the revolutionary Guy Fawkes, Sean Bean, Dame Judi Dench, and the brilliant Sir Patrick Stewart. The legend that is Dracula was written by Bram Stoker after »

- Nina Cresswell

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"Philomena" Is So Good, You'll Want To Pronounce Its Title Correctly

16 April 2014 8:19 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

You think I should do a human interest story?

Of all the films nominated for Best Picture this year, Philomena (2013) is the only one I would describe as flawless. As a piece of old-fashioned human interest, unlikely to be confused for an "important" film, it was primarily seen as a showcase for Judi Dench. Thus, its nomination for Best Picture is rather strange which greater transparency in the voting process might have illuminated. Perhaps those voters saw a film that is tender, funny, terrifically produced and tells a true (and thus un-editable) story with a massive stutter step right in the middle that should have destroyed it. That it not only survives the 'twist', but then resolves its story to absolute satisfaction will be credited greatly to the performances and the charm of the true heroine, Philomena Lee. Maybe a little of it should go to Stephen Frears and screenwriters Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope. »

- Jason Ratigan

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch 'Joe,' 'The Legend of Hercules' and 'Wolf Creek 2' at Home

15 April 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Nut Job (animated family comedy; voices: Will Arnett, Liam Neeson; also available in 3D; rated PG) Philomena (Oscar-nominated drama; Judi Dench, Steve Coogan; premieres 4/15; rated PG-13) The Bachelor Weekend (comedy; Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman; pretheatrical release premieres day and date with the Tribeca Film Festival; not rated) The Invisible Woman (drama; Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas; rated R) Patrick...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Philomena | Blu-ray Review

15 April 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Just when you thought that Stephen Frears’ latest film, Philomena, would be yet another questionable exercise from the once generally revered auteur, (judging from a recent string of misfires that resulted in his career worst with 2012’s unfathomably awful Lay the Favorite), he switches it up with his best work since The Queen. Presented at the Toronto Int. FIlm Festival, the Academy Award and BAFTA award-nominated crowd pleaser, to be sure, but despite its unavoidable pretense as an awards darling (of which there are bound to be several), a disavowal to wallow in chintzy schmaltz at least makes it deserving of praise in that it’s intelligently written (and based on a true story! Oh my!) and genuinely performed, even if the film is rather visually banal.

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, a 2009 book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, here portrayed by Steve Coogan, provides the basis for Stephen Frears’ treatment, »

- Nicholas Bell

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Philomena,' 'Ride Along,' 'The Nut Job'

15 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Philomena"

What's It About? Judi Dench stars as an Irish woman who wants to find the son she gave birth to as a teen sent to live in a convent; Steve Coogan co-stars as the posh journalist who wants to write a story about her journey.

Why We're In: Based on a true story about Philomena Lee's travels to find her long-lost son, this is a sweet drama with moments of levity, thanks to the chemistry between Coogan and Dench.

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Breaking the Waves"

What's It About? Ah, yes. Another tale by Lars von Trier about tormented love, sex, and religion! Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson play newlyweds who are forced into some rather extreme circumstances after he's paralyzed while working on an oil rig.

Why We're In: This tragic tale gets the full Criterion treatment, including select »

- Jenni Miller

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16 Famous Sally Bowles

15 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome…to a celebration of all the great women who've played Sally Bowles since “Cabaret” first debuted on Broadway 1966. The latest revival opens April 24, with Oscar nominee Michelle Williams adding her name to the list, but until then, let's remember all the Sallys of yesteryear... Jill Haworth Though songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb lobbied for a young Liza Minnelli to play Sally Bowles in the Broadway premiere, director Hal Prince thought she was too talented to be believable working in a dive like the Kit Kat Klub. So the beautiful Jill Haworth became the first singing Sally Bowles, making her Broadway debut in the 1966 production. Just a year prior to the production, Haworth gave us one of her most memorable performances in 1965’s “In Harm’s Way.” Little did we know what was coming that next year! But, of course, the role of Sally needed a reliable and equally talented standby, »

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17 Famous Sally Bowles

15 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome…to a celebration of all the great women who've played Sally Bowles since “Cabaret” first debuted on Broadway 1966. The latest revival opens April 24, with Oscar nominee Michelle Williams adding her name to the list, but until then, let's remember all the Sallys of yesteryear... Jill Haworth Though songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb lobbied for a young Liza Minnelli to play Sally Bowles in the Broadway premiere, director Hal Prince thought she was too talented to be believable working in a dive like the Kit Kat Klub. So the beautiful Jill Haworth became the first singing Sally Bowles, making her Broadway debut in the 1966 production. Just a year prior to the production, Haworth gave us one of her most memorable performances in 1965’s “In Harm’s Way.” Little did we know what was coming that next year! But, of course, the role of Sally needed a reliable and equally talented standby, »

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Philomena Blu-Ray Review

14 April 2014 11:17 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Even at 79, Judi Dench continues to amaze. Her performance as Philomena Lee, a kindly Irish woman who attempts to track down the son she was forced to abandon decades earlier, represents a new high-water mark for the veteran actress, who commands every crease of her storied features and every glance of her piercing blue eyes to deepen the portrayal. Philomena is a film about love, life, death, faith and forgiveness, but most of all it’s a story about one woman’s stunning courage in the face of adversity. And with Dench in the part, the film also becomes a dazzling showcase for her talents.

When we first meet Philomena, she’s lost in thought, reliving her years as a teenager in a convent, when she became pregnant following a tryst with a local boy and gave birth, only to find herself imprisoned by the nuns and forced to give the baby up for adoption. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Chimerica,' 'Book of Mormon' win at Oliviers

14 April 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Irreverent musical The Book of Mormon and hit geopolitical drama Chimerica were the big winners Sunday at Britain’s Olivier stage awards, on a night when London’s small theaters flexed their substantial muscle.

The Book of Mormon — which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York — won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.

Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw said the success of the show — written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — came down to its blend of “good contemporary satire and good old-fashioned entertainment.”

Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica, »

- Associated Press

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Britain's Got Talent, 24, Mad Men: What to watch this weekend

11 April 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

There's plenty on the box to keep you glued to the sofa this weekend. Whether you fancy awards shows or award-winning shows, you'll be spoilt for choice.

So let us, along with our friends at Now TV, pick out five shows to watch this weekend.

1. Mad Men

Where: Sky Atlantic, available on Now TV

When: Seasons 1-6 available now

The wait is almost over. The coolest show on TV returns next week, as Don Draper and co return for the start of the final season of Mad Men. In the same way everyone went Breaking Bad crazy for its conclusion last year, you can expect the beginning of the end to this golden TV generation series to be on everyone's lips in 2014.

If you still haven't caught up on the first six seasons, Now TV has all of them available, so this is the perfect weekend for pouring yourself an »

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Ten years later: Home on the Range

10 April 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here, to celebrate, and by “celebrate”, I mean “lament” the ten-year anniversary this month of the film that more or less killed traditional animation at Disney. Back in April, 2004, all that anybody could talk about was anything else imaginable other than Home on the Range, a Western comedy feature the voices of Roseanne, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Tilly that during its opening weekend only managed to scrape itself up to the #4 spot at the box office. This was to be expected. Disney had already announced prior to the release of Brother Bear the previous fall that once they cleared out the pipeline, they’d be abandoning 2D animation forever, and given the quality of most of their work in the 2000s, nobody could really be terribly offended by that decision for any strong reason other than nostalgia. Let me put it this way: I, in 2004, was easily the biggest Disney lover I knew. »

- Tim Brayton

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what’s on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video (from Apr 08)

8 April 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

The Unknown Known: documentary interview with Bush-era insider Don Rumsfeld is like a horror movie with a calm sociopath at its center [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Great Expectations: a lively, vibrant retelling that feels very modern, with none of the stuffiness of a traditional costume drama [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Philomena: a cry-till-you-laugh-dramedy about seeking lost family and finding new purpose; Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are fantastic; seriously, though: bring Kleenex [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

streaming now, before it’s in theaters

The Machine: the bleak chic of this Sf drama is intriguing, but the script that starts out smart and elegant soon slips into the shoddy and familiar [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to Prime

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan: Khaaaaaaaaaaaannnn!!!!!! [at Amazon Instant Video] Valkyrie: Tom Cruise versus Nazis! [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

new to stream

Crouching Tiger, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Miptv: Red Arrow Sells Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench Film ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’ to Germany

8 April 2014 4:24 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cannes — Red Arrow Intl. has sold family movie “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which stars Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, to German broadcaster Ard.

Hoffman plays a retired bachelor, Mr. Hoppy, who harbors a secret passion for his neighbor, the lovely Mrs. Silver (Dench). Unfortunately she lavishes all her affection on Alfie, her pet tortoise.

Dahl’s story has been adapted by Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) and Paul Mayhew-Archer. Endor Prods.’ Hilary Bevan Jones (“The Escape Artist”) is producing; Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit”) directs. It is set to begin shooting in May.

The project was commissioned by the BBC.

Dahl’s books, which include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda,” have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Calvary, Philomena scoop IFTAs

7 April 2014 4:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Judi Dench win top prizes at the Irish Film & Television Awards, as Calvary and Philomena are handed best film trophies.Scroll down for full list of winners

John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary picked up a hat-trick of awards at the 11th Irish Film & Television Awards on Saturday night including Best Film, Best Script and Best Actor, for Brendan Gleeson’s performance as a good-natured priest who must battle dark forces. The actor beat competition including his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in About Time.

The ceremony in Dublin also saw Stephen Frears’s Philomena walk away with three prizes including Best International Film, Best Costume for the work of Consolata Boyle, and Best International Actress, for Judi Dench’s performance as a woman searching for her long lost son. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was in attendance

Vampire horror Byzantium also scored a hat-trick, winning Best Director »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender win at Irish Film and TV Awards

6 April 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dame Judi Dench and Michael Fassbender were among the major winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

The ceremony was held in Dublin on Saturday (April 5), with the likes of Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons and Jamie Dornan in attendance.

Dench was honoured as International Actress of the Year for her portrayal of a mother searching for her lost son in Philomena, with 12 Years a Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor taking the male version of the prize.

Fassbender was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for playing a brutal plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave.

Saoirse Ronan walked away with the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for Byzantium.

Brendan Gleeson's performance in Calvary earned him Best Actor in a Lead Role, with the movie also winning the top overall prize of the evening.

Major television winners included Dornan for The Fall and Michelle Fairley for Game of Thrones. »

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The Crimson Field episode 1 review

6 April 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Louisa Mellor 6 Apr 2014 - 22:00

The Crimson Field pretties up Wwi just enough to make it palatable for the Sunday night slot. Here's Louisa's review of the first episode…

This review contains spoilers.

Sunday night on BBC One is the cosy-blanket-and-Horlicks slot, a time when audiences don’t expect to witness anything much more traumatic than Judi Dench’s bonnet falling into a puddle or Minty from Eastenders opening a tin of fusty spam. How, without causing indigestion, can a main course dealing in the profound horror and loss of Wwi follow on from an Antiques Roadshow starter and Countryfile amuse-bouche?

With a deft balance of light and dark, writer Sarah Phelps shows us. The Crimson Field blends the Girls’ Brigade pep of Call The Midwife with the violence and gore of Ripper Street. It’s palatable but not oversweet, and unlike period rival Downton Abbey, doesn’t make a pantomime of Wwi. »

- louisamellor

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‘Calvary,’ ‘Byzantium,’ ‘Philomena’ Lead the Field at Irish Film and TV Awards

6 April 2014 1:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – “Calvary,” “Byzantium” and “Philomena” were the biggest winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin, with each film taking three awards.

Guests at the event, which was hosted by the Irish Film and Television Academy, included Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan, Amy Huberman, Colm Meaney, Jack Reynor, Killian Scott, Eva Birthistle and Victoria Smurfit.

Calvary” took best film, along with actor for Brendan Gleeson and script for its writer-director John Michael McDonagh. “Philomena” won the award for international film and actress (for Judi Dench) along with costume design for Consolata Boyle. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was at the ceremony. Vampire horror “Byzantium’s” awards included director for Neil Jordan, actress for Saoirse Ronan, and makeup and hair.

Michael Fassbender took the award for film supporting actor for “12 Years a Slave. »

- Leo Barraclough

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