16 items from 2010
5 Film 127 Hours
7 Film The King's Speech
Colin Firth is introverted monarch George VI, battling a debilitating stutter with the aid of an extroverted therapist (Geoffrey Rush). The ensuing friendship is touching – and, when the second world war breaks out, of national importance.
9 Classical Hollywood Rhapsody
11 Theatre Twelfth Night
To mark his 80th birthday, Peter Hall returns to the National theatre, which he ran until 1988. He directs his daughter Rebecca, »
The London Film School honors actress Gillian Anderson and director Jack Gold as honorary associates at the school's annual graduation ceremony at the National Gallery on Friday 10 December, 2010.They join previous recipients - directors Stephen Frears, Lynne Ramsay, Pawel Pawlikowski, Mike Figgis, Abbas Kiarostami and Amma Asante, producers Jeremy Thomas and Tessa Ross, actors Samantha Morton and Jim Broadbent. Lfs chairman and graduate Mike Leigh and director Ben Gibson will present the awards.Anderson and Gold will then award Associateships »
Mike Figgis is better known for his films than for taking photographs. But now some of the director's sexually charged images of women, including blindfolded girls, an abstract nude and Kate Moss descending a staircase in suspenders, are going on show in "Best of British", at London's Little Black Gallery, alongside pictures by Terence Donovan, Terry O'Neill, Patrick Lichfield and Bob Carlos Clarke. »
David Schwimmer returns to Toronto with "Trust," his hard-hitting follow-up to his comedic directorial debut, "Run, Fatboy, Run," which premiered at Tiff in 2007. "Trust" stars Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as parents dealing with the aftermath of an attack on their daughter by an online sexual predator.
The Hollywood Reporter: This is not an easy topic to tackle. What drew you to this?
David Schwimmer: I first got the idea seven years ago when this father spoke at the annual fundraiser for this rape foundation. He spoke very openly and frankly to an audience of about 900 people about his experience when his daughter was brutally raped. And it was so devastating to me to hear a father who was obviously a regular guy, a professional, with a happy family, three kids. And so normal. And to hear him speak about what happened to him and the conflicting feelings of guilt, »
- By Borys Kit
I'm not sure if there have been cross overs from porn to mainstream cinema, but it appears that for one actress in particular, working in both worlds might be a valid option. Catherine Breillat had Rocco, and now, both Steven Soderbergh and Mark Pellington will have employed the services of Sasha Gray, the adult film star with some gnarly film titles in her filmography. So the The Girlfriend Experience will not have been a "token" experience after all. THR reports that Gray, along with Zander Eckhouse, Abhi Sinha and Arielle Kebbel (The Uninvited), will act alongside Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven (and Christian McKay according to The Playlist) in a pic I liken to Mike Figgis' experimental work. Last week, The Playlist gave a fairly hands on explanation of what the director of Arlington Road and Henry Poole Is Here will attempt to do with the project. I Melt With You »
Updated through 7/28.
"I'm reeling from the shock," Mike Leigh tells the Guardian. "This comes totally from left-field." Mike Figgis, on the other hand, is "deeply disappointed but not that surprised — we were just waiting for the axe to fall." And fallen it has, on the UK Film Council. The Guardian: "Since it was created by Labour in 2000 the UKFC, with 75 staff, has been responsible for handing out more than £160m of lottery money to over 900 films. Successes range from Bend it Like Beckham to Gosford Park to Fish Tank with the occasional dud — notably Sex Lives of the Potato Men — along the way. Last August the Labour government began consultation on merging the film council with the BFI." »
Update: I've been told that the decision to get rid of UK Film Council was Ed Vaizey's alone, and not, as has been posited, by his boss Jeremy Hunt having a gun pointed at his head. What the government ministers disagreed about was timing. Vaizey wanted to consult the industry as part of his summer film review. It was Hunt who forced through the scrapping. Roger Michell, director of Notting Hill, has called British culture secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision “astonishing” and “catastrophic” without the merest hint of consultation with either the wider film industry of the UKFC itself. “The decision flies in the face of economic sense,” says Michell. Armando Iannucci, director of hit British comedy In the Loop, tweeted: “Mad move by macho numbercrunchers. It made UK a gargantuan load of money. They’re wangpots.” Fellow director Mike Leigh said he’s “reeling” from the shock, while »
- TIM ADLER
The government's decision to axe the UK Film Council came out of the blue yesterday. But what does it mean for the professionals who keep our film industry going?
I was on my way home from a meeting with David Thompson at Origin Films about a project called Granny Made Me an Anarchist when I got news of the government's intention to abolish the Film Council. My first thought was for the people at the Film Council who were going to lose their jobs – never a pleasant prospect and at this time a lot more unpleasant. My second thought – and it will be one shared by just about every writer, director and producer I know in the UK – was: what does this mean for my project? Because, put simply, if it hadn't been for the Film Council, the project wouldn't exist.
About 18 months ago, my friend, the journalist Duncan Campbell, »
- Ronan Bennett
Family Friendly Film Festival, Manchester
Summer holiday's sorted for Manchester parents for the next fortnight. And you don't even need to feel guilty about plonking the kids in front of a screen with some popcorn. There are previews, like the Nic Cage-starring Sorcerer's Apprentice, and free outdoor screenings at Spinningfields (Up, Spirited Away, Jurassic Park, Madagascar), but more brain-fuelling and calorie-burning are the themed days and tie-ins with local museums. See films like Fantastic Mr Fox and The Princess And The Frog in fancy dress (the kids, not the parents); take in aquatic movies like Ponyo or The Little Mermaid, plus themed activities, at the Bolton Aquarium; have an arty Mad Hatter's tea party at the Whitworth Art Gallery … you get the picture. And you get the parental brownie points.
Various venues, Fri to 15 Aug, visit familyfriendlyfilmfestival.org.uk
Film4 Summer Screen, London
It's a joy to watch any »
- Steve Rose
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" hits AMC theatres tomorrow! Nicolas Cage stars in the film and in honor of its release, we decided to count down five of our favorite Nicolas Cage films from over the years!
Choosing just five films is actually pretty tough, because with a career that goes back to 1982, Cage has a huge number of hits and modern classics to his name! Not only that, as an actor, Cage is extremely versatile, handling comedy, drama and action equally well. In recent years, with movies like "National Treasure" and now "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Nicolas Cage shows that he can also do family-oriented action fare with ease!
These are five of our favorite Nick Cage performances!
1987's "Raising Arizona" was an important film for practically everyone involved. For Joel and Ethan Coen, the film was their first real mainstream exposure. For future Oscar winners Holly Hunter and Nicolas Cage, »
Getting a movie deal in Hollywood is only the beginning. Hammering out the details is when dreams and egos really collide
In Hollywood, the deal is king. Deals are how scripts get optioned, how stars and directors get signed up, how films make it to production. A good one can mean financial security and a name above the title. A bad one can be as dispiriting, gruelling and financially ruinous as building your dream house on unmarked floodland. The bad news is sometimes it's worse than that, and in the current financial climate it's getting tougher to make the right deal.
In these straitened times, George Clooney is allegedly settling for upfront fees of a paltry $2m, while Megan Fox has walked away from Transformers 3 because her salary demands "cannot be met". The most dramatic illustration of the difficulties Hollywood faces, though, comes in the plight of MGM – reportedly »
- Jane Graham
Coming to you weekly from my vantage point in good old Blighty, it’s Slashfilm UK. Anglos and Anglophiles rejoice as every week I’ll be bringing you a round up of news, links and coverage specific to the motion picture comings and goings here in the UK. Sometimes we’ll be talking about films that have already played in the Us, other times it will be films that won’t make it to the Us for a good while yet, and from time to time you’ll read about films that will never make it to the Us at all. The Guardian have shone a spotlight on the BFI Southbank double bill of The Little Ones and Jemima and Johnny, telling us that they depict "the multiculturalism of mid-60s London without letting race dominate the narrative". You can book for the films on the BFI website. Terry Gilliam »
- Brendon Connelly
• Eno hopes to repeat Minghella success
• Company says 'It's our most ambitious season yet'
Terry Gilliam is to direct The Damnation of Faust at English National Opera next summer – where it is hoped that his production of Berlioz's masterpiece will not be beset by the problems that have harried the director in other contexts.
Heath Ledger died part way through the production of The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, while The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was abandoned after Jean Rochefort, the star, suffered a herniated disc and the set flooded.
John Berry, Eno's artistic director, acknowledged the risks for newcomers attempting to take on opera. "It can be like a car crash coming at you from every angle, »
- Charlotte Higgins
English National Opera will hope to repeat the successes of Anthony Minghella's Madam Butterfly
You can sometimes hear complaints about English National Opera – they just grab the most fashionable names from the theatre, say the company's critics, and stick them in opera and hope for the best. (Rupert "Enron" Goold's 2009 Turandot was the one that really split opinion – some found it wayward but with flashes of brilliance, others felt it proved that the only really successful opera directors are those who are primarily musicians.)
For next season, announced today, at least one can see that Eno are being consistent – they are forging a distinctive identity based on the idea of hooking talent out of other artforms and using that as a way of tempting new audiences into the London Coliseum.
And certainly, I'll be dying to see how Terry Gilliam envisions Berlioz's Damnation of Faust next May – as well »
- Charlotte Higgins
Brain Cox gets choked up by solar eclipses and the northern lights. I am totally smitten
Particle physicists aren't supposed to be like Professor Brian Cox. He's young and handsome, has a nice smile and fashionable hair, more like a pop star than a scientist. As it happens, he was once a pop star, of sorts. He played keyboards in D:Ream – you know, Things Can Only Get Better, the New Labour anthem, urgh. Things didn't get better for D:Ream, and now Cox does astrophysics on the telly, with a new series called Wonders of the Solar System (BBC2, Sunday).
It must have been a eureka moment for whoever discovered him, as he's very good. And not just because he's totty, with a nice, soft Lancashire accent (steady!). But because he clearly feels a huge amount of love and wonder for what he does, and he talks about it all in »
- Sam Wollaston
London -- Drew Barrymore's directorial debut "Whip It" is one of seven fictional movies in the lineup for this year's Birds Eye View Festival, an event dreamt up by women and designed to celebrate international female filmmakers.
Barrymore's movie, starring herself, Ellen Page and Juliette Lewis as roller derby girls will skate alongside Jessica Hausner's Golden Lion nominee "Lourdes" and Kim Longinotto's documentary "Rough Aunties" -- grand jury prize winner at last year's Sundance.
The event will also include a retrospective and masterclass from 2006 Oscar nominated Danish director Susanne Bier ("After The Wedding") whose film "Brothers" has had a Lionsgate-backed facelift with Jim Sheridan and starring Natalie Portman among the cast.
Other highlights include a strand of fashion films including work by Ruth Hogben and Wendy Bevan and the launch of an Animation Lab with Lotte Reineger's "The Adventure of Prince Achmed" -- claimed to be the »
- By Stuart Kemp
16 items from 2010
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