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With a new spin on an old musical, Sony Pictures have released the international trailer for Annie. Directed by Will Gluck (Easy A and Friends With Benefits) the new musical stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz.
Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild) takes centre stage as orphan Annie. She is a feisty, young and vibrant girl living life in the Big Apple with her cruel foster mother, Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). Annie’s luck soon changes when she crosses paths with hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), who takes in Annie and soon develops a paternal bond for the girl. The film is a modern twist to the old 1982 version, which originally stared Aileen Quinn, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry and Albert Finney.
The trailer shows all the elements of the old classic, and will no »
- Ciham Messouki
Mickey Rooney was earliest surviving Best Actor Oscar nominee (photo: Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy in ‘Boys Town’) (See previous post: “Mickey Rooney Dead at 93: MGM’s Andy Hardy Series’ Hero and Judy Garland Frequent Co-Star Had Longest Film Career Ever?”) Mickey Rooney was the earliest surviving Best Actor Academy Award nominee — Babes in Arms, 1939; The Human Comedy, 1943 — and the last surviving male acting Oscar nominee of the 1930s. Rooney lost the Best Actor Oscar to two considerably more “prestigious” — albeit less popular — stars: Robert Donat for Sam Wood’s Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) and Paul Lukas for Herman Shumlin’s Watch on the Rhine (1943). Following Mickey Rooney’s death, there are only two acting Academy Award nominees from the ’30s still alive: two-time Best Actress winner Luise Rainer, 104 (for Robert Z. Leonard’s The Great Ziegfeld, 1936, and Sidney Franklin’s The Good Earth, 1937), and Best Supporting Actress nominee Olivia de Havilland, »
- Andre Soares
Feature Aliya Whiteley 3 Apr 2014 - 07:22
Tend to think of Richard Attenborough as a kindly old man? Aliya digs into his early career to find some far nastier roles...
British cinema has always liked its angry young men: Richard Burton, Albert Finney, Laurence Harvey and others all played the 1950s and 60s social animal, raging against the class system and the staid attitudes of post-war Britain.
But they weren’t the first angry young man on the screen. Maybe that crown could be claimed by an unlikely actor – Richard Attenborough. Attenborough is best known now as a director and producer, for films such as Gandhi, Chaplin and Shadowlands. When he gets thought of as an actor, it’s often as a kindly old man with a white beard. Misguided, sometimes, as when he played John Hammond, the owner of Jurassic Park, but not downright nasty. A lot of his earlier »
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Spacey will play former British prime minister Winston Churchill in a new biopic called "Captain of the Gate." The film will focus on Churchill's rise to power during World War II, and according to THR, chronicle his stand "against Parliament to defend Britain and the world from Adolf Hitler's Third Reich."
Churchill served as Britain's prime minister from 1940-1945, and again from 1951-1955. The influential world leader has frequently been the subject of movie and TV projects, including two HBO films: 2002's "The Gathering Storm," starring Albert Finney, and 2009's "Into the Storm," starring Brendan Gleeson.
- Katie Roberts
The Oscar-winning actor currently plays a ruthless American politician on Netflix's House of Cards.
According to WENN, Spacey will portray Churchill in a film called Captain of the Gate.
The film will chronicle the famous prime minister's life, from his childhood to his rise to power in British politics.
Apparently, even the White House wasn’t enough. Hot off his acclaimed turn as dastardly politician Frank Underwood on the second season of Netflix’s hit drama House of Cards, Kevin Spacey has signed on to play former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a biopic titled Captain of the Gate.
The biopic, which hails from Sierra/Affinity (Oculus, the upcoming Kill the Messenger), will focus on Churchill’s rise to power as he heroically took a stand against Parliament in order to protect England from Adolf Hitler’s powerful Third Reich. The script was penned by Ben Kaplan, who recently worked on the History Channel’s documentary Reagan. Kaplan also wrote episodes of historical documentary series Vietnam in HD and WWII in HD, both also for the History Channel, but Captain of the Gate will mark his feature debut.
Churchill has understandably been the subject of countless biopics, including »
- Isaac Feldberg
Even back when Britain was an industrial nation, films about industry were relatively rare: audiences who worked on assembly lines presumably wanted to look at something more glamorous on their night at the pictures. In Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Albert Finney snarled, "Don't let the bastards grind you down," a neat encapsulation of the working man's political philosophy, whereas I'm Alright Jack (1959) took a dismayed view of the hostile stand-off between Capital and Labor. That Boulting Brothers satire may have adopted a "plague on both your houses" stance, but in fact its sympathy was with management.
The Agitator (1945) is the product of a gentler age: it tries to be sympathetic to everybody, but again there's a hidden conservative bias. Still, as the product of a generation who had just won the war and were looking forward, some of them, to a bright socialist future of free education and health care, »
- David Cairns
The trailer is up for Sony's contemporary approach to "Annie" and performances look completely overdone and unrealistic from both Cameron Diaz and lead Quvenzhané Wallis. This just doesn't seem to have the magic of a beloved musical which has left a soft spot in so many of those who watched the stage version or the `981 film which starred Albert Finney (now Jamie Foxx) and Aileen Quinn. The way the trailer starts off with Diaz is just appalling, and it's pretty much downhill from that point onwards. We've had a butchered "Karate Kid" from Overbrook, and now here comes "Annie" to finish us off. Will Gluck directs as well as writing the script alongside Aline Brosh McKenna. The film is produced by Will Smith, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Laurence "Jay" Brown, Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith and Gluck. »
Columbia releases glimpse of contemporary take on orphan rich-man story, starring 10-year-old Wallis and Jamie Foxx
Three years ago she was a truckdriver's daughter in smalltown Louisiana; now, the other side of an Oscar nomination for best actress, she's likely to be the mainstay of a potential Christmas blockbuster. And she's still only 10. Quvenzhané Wallis' acting career is nothing short of miraculous, so it's probably appropriate that she's the star of a remake of Annie, which Columbia is aiming at the this year's American festive season market.
The trailer has just been released, so what can we deduce? Well, it's been thoroughly updated to a contemporary feeling, with Jamie Foxx stepping into what we can call the Albert Finney role, and Wallis chirping away as the plucky little orphanage dweller. Foxx isn't just a lonely billionaire though; his relationship with Annie has been retooled around a PR campaign for political office, »
- Andrew Pulver
The Annie musical – inspired by Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip (which debuted in 1924) – has been around since the latest 1970s; multiple film and TV adaptations have sprung up over the decades since then, including John Huston’s 1982 movie (starring the likes of Albert Finney, Carol Burnett and Tim Curry) and Disney’s 1999 made-for-tv feature of the same name (featuring Kathy Bates, Victor Garber and Alan Cumming).
Annie (2014) is a full-blown modernization of the original musical, complete with new (read: contemporized) renditions of famous tunes like “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life” (supervised by Jay-z), in ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Sony Pictures has debuted the first trailer for Annie , which doesn't hit theaters until December 19. Directed by Will Gluck the new version stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz. The Broadway musical "Annie" was based upon the popular comic strip and radio show, "Little Orphan Annie" and features songs with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. The show originally opened in 1977, and immediately became a hit, winning seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 1982, Columbia Pictures released a film adaptation directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and Aileen Quinn as Annie. »
At the peak of her Brideshead fame, she broke her jaw and lost half her teeth. It might have finished some actors, but not Diana Quick. She talks to Kira Cochrane about agitprop, acting couples – and supporting herself with crochet
There was a moment in the early 1980s when Diana Quick looked bound for one of those Hollywood careers synonymous with swimming pools, paparazzi and giant sunglasses. She had been acting professionally since the late 1960s, landed a major role in Ridley Scott's first feature The Duellists in 1977 and, as the 80s dawned, was working on the British TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Her role as exquisite, troubled aristocrat Lady Julia Flyte made international fame seem assured. When the series aired in 1981, headlines wondered if Quick was the world's most beautiful woman.
But between shooting Brideshead and its TV showing, her life changed dramatically. In San Francisco with her boyfriend of the time, »
- Kira Cochrane
On Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the latest development in the ongoing legal saga of Anthony Pellicano, the former private eye who spied on behalf of some in Hollywood against others in town. Since Pellicano's activities became known, there's been plenty of civil lawsuits. One such case is the action brought by Kissandra Tysman. Tysman is a former associate of Ed Masry, famously played by Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich. Masry died in 2005. But before the attorney passed away, he was accused by Tysman of using Pellicano to harass her. Allegedly, Pellicano's activities were aided
- Eriq Gardner
Mention the name Hercule Poirot and chances are that the first thing that pops into your mind is David Suchet’s moustachioed visage. Suchet, of course, portrayed Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian export for 24 years, from 1989 to 2013, during which time he starred in every major Poirot story that the author wrote. As great as these televisual treats were, though, I have very fond memories of the trio of Poirot movies that are included in this new Blu-ray collection.
Though I never saw them at the cinema, Murder On The Orient Express (1974), Death On The Nile (1978) and Evil Under The Sun (1982) always seemed to crop up on television whenever there was a Bank Holiday (on rotation with The Great Escape (1963) among others) and guaranteed that we as a family would sit together, glued to the screen, no matter how many times we’d seen them.
The first of these three movies, »
Ah, our favorite magazine tradition. Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood Issue is upon us and the dozen stars selected they've selected are very carefully placed (they've read their own reviews). Instead of an all white lineup with a person of color shoved onto the back fold, this is an extremely careful, as if everything has been weighed on a scale: 12 actors, exactly equally split between both men and women, and skin color.
Of course both of those 50/50 visual situations are grossly unreflective of the actual business of Hollywood movies but we're not here to complain but to praise, it's fun to see the cover shaken up ever so slightly. If we were here to complain we'd probably say something about the lack of Asian actors (they never get their due here in America) but no one has ever asked The Film Experience to guest art-direct a cover.
If they did »
- NATHANIEL R
The production partnership of John Brabourne (the Eton-educated seventh Baron Brabourne) and Richard B Goodwin (who started out as a teenage tea boy with the Rank Organisation) is one of the most interesting in the British cinema. Its highlights include David Lean's A Passage to India and the two-part Little Dorrit, but its most popular works were the period Agatha Christie pictures that brought all-star casting and unfashionably high production values to the whodunit and set new standards for the string of TV productions that followed. Brabourne's father-in-law Lord Mountbatten helped secure the rights from Dame Agatha, and the three best are the Hercule Poirot mysteries in this Blu-ray set. Ustinov plays the Belgian sleuth both in John Guillermin's Death on the Nile (1978), scripted by Anthony Shaffer and superbly photographed by Jack Cardiff, and in Guy Hamilton's bland »
- Philip French
Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.
There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.
In rare cases, »
From Ealing to Poirot by way of The Wicker Man, the Studiocanal back catalogue is filled to the brim with classic films that serve our home entertainment adventures of discovery and rediscovery. Now with the release of The Poirot Collection that brings together the three feature films of Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun, a glorious Blu-Ray warmth is offered to the crime aficionado during these winter months.
One of the icons of detective literature and television, Hercule Poirot first emerged from the imagination of the English writer Agatha Christie, before Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov and David Suchet introduced her creation to the screen. Between them they have imbued Poirot with a Shakespearean presence; each interpretation an individual joy to watch, »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆Hercule Poirot has been a mainstay on British television screens over the past quarter of a century thanks to David Suchet's definitive portrayal of the portly Belgian sleuth. Courtesy of UK distributors StudioCanal, three of the great detective's most widely watched feature-length cases are now available on Blu-ray in a new box set - entitled The Poirot Collection - featuring Albert Finney's Academy Award-nominated turn in Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and two of Peter Ustinov's appearances as Agatha Christie's flatfoot in which he encounters Death on the Nile (1978) and Evil Under the Sun (1982).
- CineVue UK
To mark the release of the Poirot Collection on 20th January, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
The collection brings to life three of Agatha Christie’s best-known novels, with Albert Finney marking the beginning of Poirot’s on screen journey along with Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca) who gives an Oscar® winning performance in Murder on the Orient Express. Death on the Nile sees Peter Ustinov step into Finney’s shoes to great acclaim. Four years later, Ustinov reprises the role alongside some of Britain’s best-loved actresses Jane Birkin, Dame Maggie Smith and Diana Rigg in Evil Under the Sun.
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20 items from 2014
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