13 items from 2013
By Arlene R. Weiss
British actor, musician, Maxton Gig “Max” Beesley, Jr’s destiny as an actor was firmly set when his mom was inspired by American, Academy Award® winning actor Gig Young, in choosing her son’s middle name. Beesley, born and raised in his beloved Manchester, England, was raised in a family steeped in the arts. His father, Max Beesley, Sr. is a venerable jazz drummer and impressionist, and his mother Chris Marlowe was a jazz singer. His step-brother Jason Milligan is also an actor and Jason’s wife Angela Griffin is an actress.
At first, American audiences may not easily recognize Max Beesley’s name, but in fact, many are far more familiar with his esteemed CV of work, which includes numerous acclaimed acting roles in many stellar films, TV series, and also a supreme music career, than they realize.
Beesley has garnered considerable praise and is »
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Vine, the love it or loathe it video app from Twitter, just got a boost of credibility from Academy Award-nominated director, Mike Figgis. The writer/director of "Leaving Las Vegas" has teamed up with the East End Film Festival in London to launch Emerge, a new initiative focusing on digital filmmaking, the future of film, transmedia and experimental filmmaking. Figgis will introduce Emerge on July 3 before sitting down to judge entries for a video competition consisting of nothing but Vine videos. Anyone can enter and every entry will be screened at the event before Figgis announces a winner. To submit, simply create a Vine video using "emerge" as a theme and include the #eeff2013 hashtag in your post. Figgis will also be cutting together Vine versions of his films to screen at the event, including "Internal Affairs," "Hotel," and "Liebestraum." His new film, "Suspension of Disbelief," will also be screened »
- Ben Travers
Rome -- Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage will be the third recipient of the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest’s Ischia Legends Award, festival founder Pascal Vicedomini said Tuesday. Cage, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of an alcoholic screenwriter who lost his will to live in the 1995 romantic drama Leaving Las Vegas, will join fellow actor Samuel L. Jackson and producer Arnon Milchan as recipients of the festival’s top honor. Mike Figgis, who directed Cage in Leaving Las Vegas, was president of the last Capri Hollywood Film Fest, the other Bay of Naples island festival Vicedomini founded. In addition
- Eric J. Lyman
William Faulkner’s 1930 novel As I Lay Dying is one of those books that’s routinely called unfilmable, and with good reason: The relentlessly bleak story of a family beset by constant injury and misfortune on a quest to bury their dead matriarch, this less-than-mainstream tale is also narrated by fifteen different characters. Any straightforward adaptation, then, would lose one of the things that’s most distinctive about the book. That hasn’t stopped James Franco, who has directed and stars in a version that debuted yesterday at Cannes.Don’t be fooled by the somewhat conventional-looking trailer that recently bowed online: Franco has made a movie that unspools with almost constant split screen (Brian De Palma and Mike Figgis, you’re here in spirit), suggesting simultaneous points of view from different characters. Franco explained the technique at a student Q&A today thusly: “For instance, they’re digging the grave for the mother, »
- Kyle Buchanan,Jada Yuan
Kim Novak to attend Cannes 2013 Vertigo screening Kim Novak will be in attendance at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, festival organizers have announced. Novak will be present at a Cannes Classics screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo, which has been recently restored. For all it’s worth, Vertigo was the top movie at the most recent (2012) Sight & Sound decennial poll of film critics and filmmakers. (Photo: Kim Novak Vertigo.) Vertigo was also a source of controversy in early 2012, when Kim Novak took out an ad in one of the trade publications claiming she felt she had been violated ("I want to report a rape") after finding bits from Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo music in Ludovic Bource’s eventually Oscar-winning The Artist score. Besides the Vertigo screening, Kim Novak will also be a presenter at Cannes’ closing ceremony on Sunday, May 26. According to the festival’s press release, Novak first »
- Andre Soares
In celebration of dragon slaying, British patron saint, and all around great guy, Saint George, we figured that the best way to mark the occasion of his death than by celebrating immortality through film and listing not 2, not 6 but 50 of the greatest British directors who ever lived. For extra punch, the day is also known as Shakespeare Day, marking the date that the world lost the Bard’s artistic genius, and there’s a certain pride you can’t blame the Brits for when it comes to this day.
So what better way to mark the occasion than to herald those British film-makers who have made a difference to cinema’s history, past or present? This year will mark the second British Film Registry poll, which will ask film fans and critics to vote for the British films and talents who deserve to be preserved in the Bfr vault, and »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Our pick of some of the actor's most memorable performances. What would you add to the list?
Love him or hate him, Nicolas Cage's career now spans over thirty years. Not all of his roles are as wholesome as in recent animation, The Croods (you can read our review by Peter Bradshaw here). The actor has racked up an admirable amount of parts in his time, many of which lean towards high-speed action and darker themes (there's even a handy vid covering most of the Cage Rage).
Here are some of the most memorable Cage roles, as recommended by several of our @guardianfilm Twitter followers - @WilliamConboy, @CurtMilner, @SteelsReels, @fidel_casserole and @hopedickle.
What would you add to the list?
A Coen brothers classic. Cage stars as a sensitive ex-con, married to an ex-cop (Holly Hunter) who steals a baby when the couple realise they can't have children. »
Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” took a tidy sum in limited release last weekend, and add that to a $3 million+ opening in France and Korine’s film is already off to great start, and will easily be his most successful film ever. Cast your mind back now to a pre-commercially successful Korine so you’re in the right headspace to watch one of his shorts, “Crutchnap.” Just 42-seconds long and made back in 2009, the same year that saw the release of “Trash Humpers,” it was part of a project entitled "OneDreamRush." Created by a New Zealand vodka company 42Below, they enlisted directors Mike Figgis, David Lynch, Gaspar Noe, Leos Carax, Carlos Reygadas, Abel Ferrara, Larry Clark, Kenneth Anger, and more to create super brief shorts, all running 42 seconds. The video’s certainly very surreal, if nothing like any dream we’ve ever had (thank goodness), and sees our cameraman, presumably Korine, »
- Joe Cunningham
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Synopsis: A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
I’ve always felt Richard Gere is an often undervalued actor. This is probably due to his links as the stereotypical romantic lead in the likes of An Officer And A Gentlemen, Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride. After those huge box-office hits left the ladies swooning, it’s easy to forget his superb roles in Terrence Malick’s Days Of Heaven, Paul Schrader’s American Gigolo and my own personal favourite, the sadistic corrupt police officer, Dennis Peck, in Mike Figgis’ twisted cop thriller, Internal Affairs. Arbitrage sees Gere back in those, latter, murkier worlds and he’s all the better »
- Craig Hunter
Jessica Chastain: can't stop, won't stop.
The perma-busy actress, onscreen now in both "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Mama," has signed up to star in Liv Ullmann's upcoming adaptation of "Miss Julie," the 1888 play written by August Strindberg. According to Variety, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton have also signed up for roles.
Set in 1874, Strindberg's play focuses on the title Miss Julie (Chastain), who breaks away from her upstairs life by spending time with the servants during a summertime party. There, she meets an older servant named Jean, who changes her life. No word yet on who would play Jean, but Farrell seems too young for the role; he's only one year older than Chastain, and Jean remembers Miss Julie from when she was a child. "Miss Julie" was previously adapted by Mike Figgis in 1999 with Saffron Burrows and Peter Mullan in the lead roles.
Chastain teased her involvement »
- Christopher Rosen
Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain has been lined up for a new film adaptation of August Strindberg's groundbreaking play Miss Julie, to be directed by Swedish actor-director Liv Ullmann, former collaborator with Ingmar Bergman. Colin Farrell has been cast alongside Chastain, and Samantha Morton is also due to take a role.
Strindberg's play was written in 1888 and first performed a year later, and pioneered the use of theatrical naturalism to tell its parable of class and power. Miss Julie is a count's daughter who finds herself attracted to her father's footman, Jean. It is not know if Ullmann plans to stick to the play's original setting – a Swedish country house in 1874 – or rework it for a different period. The last significant film adaptation was the 1999 version directed by Mike Figgis, »
- Andrew Pulver
• Warner Bros. has acquired The Man From Primrose Lane with the intent of developing it into a feature for Bradley Cooper. Chad Feehan (Paranormal Activity 4) will write the screenplay based on James Renner’s novel about a true crime writer who decides to investigate the mysterious murder of a mitten-wearing, West Akron, Ohio recluse. [Deadline]
• Bradley Cooper is also currently in discussions to re-team with Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) for his next project, tentatively called Chef and described as a “culinary comedy” about a disgraced Paris-based chef attempting to stage a comeback in London. Cooper can be seen alongside Eva Mendes »
- Lindsey Bahr
Jessica Chastain will star alongside Colin Farrell in Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie," an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. Ullman's adaptation of the Swedish writer August Strindberg's play will be the most recent version since Mike Figgis' 1999 film. The story follows a woman as she attempts to escape the stodginess of social mores at a Swedish count's estate in the summer of 1874. Reveling at a servants' dance, she falls for a senior member of the house staff. Farrell will play the servant suitor. The role marks Chastain's first film project »
- Alexander C. Kaufman
13 items from 2013
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