18 items from 2014
When a book series as well known and well-loved as Jk Rowling’s Harry Potter books get made into films, it is fairly predictable that they are never going to manage to be wholly accurate conversions. Plot twists will get lost along the way and certain things may not always look the way you imagined them.
With the impressive Harry Potter film series, despite alterations, there remains something totally magical about seeing the world of Hogwarts and muggles on the big screen and the films have, collectively, done amazing things for the British film industry. It also helps that the cast lists read like a who’s who of British actors.
It all began with The Philosopher’s Stone. Harry Potter is eleven years old and living with his mean auntie, uncle and cousin in a small house in Surrey, more specifically in the cupboard under the stairs. As his »
- Amanda Keats
Earlier this week, we reported the unfortunate news that beloved British comedian Rik Mayall passed away at the age of 56. While he was better known in the U.K., for roles in The Young Ones, Bottom and Blackadder II, he also developed a cult following on this side of the pond for playing the title role in the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred. Yahoo! Movies UK unearthed a 2011 interview with the comedian, where he revealed that he actually landed a role in a massive franchise that would have likely increased is fan base in the U.S., if he would have remained in the movie. The actor/comedian revealed that he landed the role of Peeves, a mischevious ghost, in 2002's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which he would have likely played throughout the eight-film franchise.
Take a look at what the late comedian had to say about how he »
Actor who played Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter films, to take leading role in miniseries of Jk Rowling novel
Gambon, who took over the role of Professor Dumbledore in the third Harry Potter film after the death of Richard Harris, will play adulterous parish council leader and delicatessen owner Howard Mollison in the three-part miniseries, which goes into production in early July.
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- Jason Deans
If there is a balm for the summer movie blues this year, it’s going to be the wide release in art-houses and on VOD of Roman Polanski’s latest film, Venus in Fur. Our very own Dominic Mill has a lot to say about the movie in his review, and within about a month, we in the Us will be able to decide for ourselves if this is Polanski’s return to top form. Our lucky neighbors across the pond will get Venus in Fur on May 30, though, and it’s from the UK that the latest trailer arrives.
The film fetures Mathieu Amalric as Thomas, the director of an adaptation of the novel Venus in Fur, who auditions one more actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) for the titular role. It turns into a lot more than just that, though, which this trailer demonstrates, as actress and director vie over interpretation, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Said to be one of the stylish action thrillers coming from the stable of Abbas-Mustan, the adaptation of the literary classic 'The Count of Monte Cristo' was all set to roll once Saif Ali Khan was relieved of his prior commitments with other films. However, now the actor has decided to back out of the film. Stating it to be a role similar to the characters he plays in the Race franchise, Saif made it clear that he would like to experiment with roles keeping the audience's taste in mind. While he was really excited when the role of the lead was offered to him initially, he revealed that being the kind of person he is, he often gets attracted to such roles innately but on second thoughts, he wanted to something new and fun. While the fate of the Bollywood film produced by Azure Entertainment is yet to be decided, »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Happy 80th birthday, Shirley MacLaine!
The legendary, award-winning actress, who was born April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Va, started out as a dancer and got her big break on Broadway. She made her first film with Alfred Hitchcock, became a Rat Pack regular, flirted briefly with politics but has never stopped acting as she enters her 7th decade in Hollywood.
She started off as a lovably kooky ingenue, but is known today for her cantankerous matriarch roles in "Downton Abbey," "Bernie," "Steel Magnolias," "Guarding Tess," and, of course, her Oscar-winning role as Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment."
Her next gig is a singing and dancing role on "Glee," of course. Happy Birthday to one of the most talented, most colorful character actresses of all time.
1. She was named after Shirley Temple.
2. She's been performing since age 3, when she began doing ballet.
3. As a girl, she pretended she was Rita Hayworth, since »
- Sharon Knolle
In the ’70s-set The Quiet Ones, Jared Harris (Mad Men) portrays a British professor determined to prove that there is a scientific explanation for the seemingly supernatural phenomena besetting a young woman, played by Bates Motel actress Olivia Cooke. As The Quiet Ones, which opens this Friday, comes to us from the famously horror-obsessed U.K company Hammer, it does not spoil things too much to reveal that the prof’s plan goes wildly awry.
- Clark Collis
So last week I sat down and talked with Jared Harris about his upcoming supernatural thriller "The Quiet Ones." As is the case when you're talking about a movie involving ghosts, I asked Harris if he had encountered any spooky unexplained phenomenon. He said he hadn't. But his dad, the celebrated actor Richard Harris, had. And what follows is one of Richard Harris's favorite ghost stories, as retold by his son. Try not to get too scared!
"Well, my father had some pretty outrageous ones," Harris began. "One was that there was a ghost of a little boy -- he had this house called Tower House, which is really ornate. And he had this old harpsichord piano in there. And he would say this ghost of this little boy would go down there and play this piano at nighttime. He was convinced that John Barry was staying in his »
- Drew Taylor
Charlie.s Country, which stars David Gulpilil as an aging man who struggles to understand how he should define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia, will screen in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.
The South Australian Film Corp. and Screen Australia invested in both films. .This caps off a pretty good 12 months for Safc-backed films,. said CEO Richard Harris, also referring to The Babadook, 52 Tuesdays and The Infinite Man.
"This recognition from Cannes is very significant for the possibilities of the film in the marketplace," de Heer said. "I am so pleased for David, for all his effort to be rewarded and for »
- Don Groves
Director: Michael Anderson
Running Time: 88 minutes
This 1977 cash in on Jaws could have just changed the animal and ran with it. Instead it goes for something a lot deeper and poignant. Philosophical themes are interwoven throughout the film and before you know it you’re gripped. From legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis, the man who produced pretty much everything from Federico Fellini classics to the Hannibal Lecter films, he knew when a specific genre was popular, he knew how to exploit it, but he also knew to make it its own.
We follow Richard Harris as Captain Nolan, a hard drinking Irishman who loves to hunt the beasts of the ocean. Despite this, his character has a dramatic arc and one that is completely believable thanks to Harris’ nuanced performance. He’s disgusted after an »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Few actors have managed to transcend the roles that made them famous the way Daniel Radcliffe has. Even before he hung up his Harry Potter robes, Radcliffe began undertaking a handful of challenging roles that were, whether intentional or not, significant departures from the boy wizard. Particularly when it comes to his work on stage, Radcliffe’s moves have been brave and bold, baring it all in Equus and charming audiences with surprising musical chops in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
His third time on Broadway is now at hand — he’ll star in Martin McDonagh’s »
- Marc Snetiker
It’s March 17th and we can now officially celebrate Ireland’s British born patron saint and stock up on some flicks to get us in the spirit of Saint Patrick.
For a culture enriched with such a storied and turbulent history, ‘Irishness’ is all too often portrayed on screen to the global market as a very primitive and one dimensional identity. It is quite strange considering, the small nation that boasts such a rich artistic tradition, which could rival any on the planet, is so lethargically diluted to idle cliched phrases and beer swilling Paddies.
In spite of the annoying and exhausted stereotypes, there are still a number of movies which embody and adhere to the complexity of Irish identity. Yes, there are a cornucopia of films which depict Irish identity as shamefully opposite. Such inferior silver screen presentations include the likes of Gerard Butler in P.S. I Love You »
- Colm McCall
Exclusive: Writer-director William Monahan has signed a two-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. His company, Henceforth Pictures, has a number of projects already in development, including several Monahan originals. The deal comes as the Monahan-scripted reboot of The Gambler is in production at Paramount with Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange starring and Rupert Wyatt directing. Monahan also adapted the book Cocaine Cowboys into Desperado, a film that will re-team Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg with Wahlberg and which Paramount will put into production in the fall. Monahan separately has turned in a scripted adaptation of John Le Carre’s most recent novel, A Delicate Truth, to BBC Films. He has numerous other projects in the pipeline, including Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, as well as an adaption of Sympathy For Lady Vengeance that will star Charlize Theron, with Monahan producing with Theron and Megan Ellison. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
What will happen with the red-hot Hunger Games franchise now that Phillip Seymour Hoffman—whose character will play a major role in the Mockingjay sequels—has died? How will Lionsgate handle the absence of Hoffman? They've talked about it, and here's what they plan on doing.
Fans and fellow actors were saddened this week by the death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. However, the people at Lionsgate—who produce the Hunger Games franchise—have something else to worry about. How do they continue the franchise without one of the major characters? The studio and director were relying on Hoffman to continue reprising his role. What will the people behind the powerhouse franchise do about the tragic loss of Hoffman?
Hoffman played a pivotal role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the latest Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. As the head game-maker, Hoffman’s character created the obstacles meant to defeat protagonist »
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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, »
Film producer Richard Shepherd has died, aged 86.
Shepherd was credited with rescuing the song 'Moon River' for Breakfast At Tiffany's, after executive Marty Rackin wanted to remove it from the film.
Studio exec and producer Richard Shepherd died Tuesday night at his Los Angeles home, his wife Patricia told Variety. He was 86.
Shepherd, who was suffering from a long-time illness, produced “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and headed production at MGM and Warner Bros. before founding the Artists Agency during his 60-plus-year career.
Shepherd also produced 1959’s “The Hanging Tree,” starring Gary Cooper; 1960’s “The Fugitive Kind” with Marlon Brando and 1976’s “Robin and Marian,” starring Audrey Hepburn, whom he convinced to return to acting after a decade-long absence. He worked with longtime partner Martin Jurow on most of his projects, including “Love in a Goldfish Bowl” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
He was hired by McA owner Lew Wasserman right after graduating from Stanford in the 1940s. Shepherd would later found his own agency, The Artists Agency, and rep the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Richard Harris. He spent two decades there, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
If the 1980s were a great decade for cheesy music, the 1970s far outstrip it. There is just so much cheesy 70s music around, it is truly an embarrassment of riches. Music in the 70s tended to be either brilliant or dreadful with no in between so there are tons of cheesy songs out there.
For this article I have picked some particularly piquant pieces of cheese – the type that has you roaring and laughing. I wanted to include Richard Harris’ bombastic interpretation of McArthur’s Park, but I believe it is a late 1960s song. McArthur’s Park is the level of cheesiness we are talking about here. I have provided video links for you to sample these goods, if you have not already done so. But a warning – because it is the 1970s, please expect to see beige flares and humungous lapels in abundance.
10. Lovin You – Minnie Ripperton »
- Clare Simpson
18 items from 2014
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