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With Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949) now screening in New York, London and other cities, the Independent has posted Martin Scorsese's thoughts on the classic—and on Reed, "a wonderful film artist." At Hyperallergic, John Yau writes about collages by John Ashbery and Guy Maddin. Curator Ed Halter considers the films of William Klein. Calum Marsh previews the Vittorio De Sica retrospective in Toronto. This week, London's Close-Up will re-open with a series of six films by John Cassavetes. And in the London Review of Books, Michael Wood writes about Bob Hoskins in John Mackenzie's The Long Good Friday. » - David Hudson »
“Roger, darling. I want you to know I love you. I’ve loved you more than any woman’s ever loved a rabbit. “
Who Framed Roger Rabbit screens midnights this weekend (July 3rd and 4th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series. It will also screen at 10am Saturday July 4th
Only someone with a heart of stone can’t love Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a classic mix from 1988 of live-action and animation which united Disney’s classic characters with the Looney Toons.
In an alternative version of 1947 humans and cartoon characters (Toons) live together in Hollywood. The Toons have their own home, Toontown, but there star in live-action films and can do almost anything. Hard-boiled, heavy drinking Private Detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), whose brother was murdered by a Toon, is assigned a case by a movie studio to take incriminating »
- Tom Stockman
I interviewed Pierce Brosnan in conjunction with his third outing as James Bond, in Michael Apted's The World Is Not Enough, in 1999. Brosnan was alternately charming, erudite, thoughtful and intense during our two hour chat. His native intelligence shone through it all, as did a sense of decency which many people seem to acquire after enduring and surviving hardship in their formative years.
Bonding With Brosnan
There are several dangers in becoming a cultural icon, not the least of which is the stigma that your public will forever keep you imprisoned in the mold of your iconography, allowing the recipient a privileged, if imprisoned, existence, particularly if that person is an artist. Sean Connery faced just such a dilemma during the height of James Bond-mania in the mid-60's. A serious actor, Connery desperately wanted to break out of the action hero mold that was British Superspy James Bond, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
With Jurassic World now officially the fastest movie to reach the $1 billion mark (in just thirteen days!), it seems as though the world has gone back to 1993 and dino-mania is running wild once again.
To celebrate the success of the movie, we’ve looked back through the history books to bring you five things you may not know about the Jurassic Park franchise.
Harrison Ford has always had a great working relationship with Steven Spielberg and his partner in crime George Lucas. Not only was he the star of Spielberg’s ode to adventure serials of the 1930s and 40s, Raiders of the Lost Ark and its subsequent Indiana Jones sequels, but he was also featured in American Graffiti and the Star Wars trilogy, the products of George Lucas. »
- Luke Owen
“What I’m looking for is someone who can contribute to what England has given to the world: culture, sophistication, genius – a little bit more than an ’ot dog, know what I mean?” John Mackenzie’s classic British thriller, from a rip-roaring script by Barrie Keeffe, nearly went straight to TV and only ended up in cinemas thanks to the intervention of George Harrison’s HandMade Films. Today it stands as a prophetic classic, as groundbreaking as Get Carter, as quotable as Withnail & I (“Shut up you long streak of paralysed piss”).
Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren are magnificent as the lord and lady of their underworld manor, attempting to develop London Docklands in a pre-Canary Wharf world, caught between American investors and Ira bombs. Phil Meheux »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
“This country’s a worse risk than Cuba! It’s a banana republic!” That is how Britain is brusquely described in the classic Brit gangster melodrama from 1980, now on rerelease, written by Barrie Keeffe and directed by John Mackenzie. It features a criminal property developer in trouble with rich Americans and the Ira. (A modern-day remake would turn them into Russians and Islamic State.) The film has dated a bit, but it’s surprising how very cleverly it intuits the property boom of London in 2015, and its yearning to be at the centre of a globalised economy, while at the same time absorbing both 70s drear and 80s aspiration. Bob Hoskins (below) is East End geezer Harold Shand – pop-eyed, nervy and insecure about his imminent big »
- Peter Bradshaw
The classic thriller predicted the rise of Thatcherism and the transformation of London’s Docklands into an area of unbridled commerce. For the re-release of the film, I revisited the streets where mobsters once ran wild
At the start of The Long Good Friday, Harold Shand flew in on Concorde. Shand was old-school: a London ganglord played by Bob Hoskins, back home after a New York business trip to find his empire being gutted.
Now, to revisit Harold’s world, I’m listening to the driverless hum of the Docklands Light Railway (Dlr), gently jolting through east London above the endless juliet balconies of new-build flats. Neither the Dlr nor the flats were here in June 1979, when Hoskins and director John Mackenzie started work on a modestly scaled British crime thriller that would become one of the most darkly momentous films that Britain ever made. So, on another sunlit early summer day, »
- Danny Leigh
The classic gangster thriller is a fitting vision of Thatcher’s Britain, with Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, the quotable cockney mobster who loses it all
“For 10 years we’ve had peace, and now there’s been an Eruption!”
Oh, Harold Shand and his best-laid plans. The East End gangster kingpin is a true spirit-of-the-blitz Little Englander, “a businessman with a sense of history, and also a Londoner”, seeking to shift his thriving criminal empire into legit – or semi-legit – business concerns. He’s dependent upon the New York mafia to help him corner the redevelopment of his own youthful stamping grounds, east London’s Docklands, with a view toward cashing in on a mooted 1988 London Olympics.
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- John Patterson
Director: John Mackenzie
Running Time: 116 minutes
Last year we lost the brilliant Bob Hoskins to the void. The British actor known for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mermaids, Hook and Super Mario Bros was sadly lost to Pneumonia. Whilst better known for these big budget studio movies Hoskins is beloved by many in the UK for his turns in Mona Lisa and The Long Good Friday, and though he may be sorely missed both of these gems are getting the special edition treatment this year. We may still have a little while to wait for Mona Lisa but as of Monday 4th May you can own anniversary edition of The Long Good Friday.
This isn’t just an old film that has been stuffed onto a disc with a couple of trailers, oh no, Arrow Films have painstakingly overseen a fully film restoration and shifted »
- Kat Smith
Want to keep up with all the great new content arriving on Netflix? Then you're in luck, as we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best TV shows, films, documentaries and stand-up arriving on Netflix UK every week.
Here are the latest additions to Netflix over the coming week:
Set in the 1960s, the film follows a flighty mother and her two daughters who relocate to a quiet Massachusetts town but can't outrun their personal issues. Watch Mermaids from May 27.
Hot Girls Wanted
Netflix continues to expand its diverse selection of documentaries with Hot Girls Wanted. Landing on May 29, the film delves into the realities of the porn industry.
It follows the lives of a group of 18- and 19-year-old actresses in a bid to »
The Los Angeles Film Festival is celebrating its 21st year and bringing free screenings, in addition to a great indie film slate, to West Coast cinephiles. Kicking off the freebies is the family-friendly “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” the 1988 classic period detective-animated slapstick mashup starring Bob Hoskins, set for June 12 at 8 p.m. at Union Station. Also, celebrating its 15-year anniversary with a June 13 screening at DIGat7th is Gina Prince-Bythewood’s on-court romance “Love & Basketball,” starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan as best friends whose shared love for the titular sport parallels their love for each other. Prince-Bythewood will attend along with her cast, which includes Lathan, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Debi Morgan, and others. June 13 will also feature Coffee Talks, a popular series where audience members get a first-hand look as filmmakers and other industry vets discuss their crafts. This year’s subjects include Colin Trevorrow, director »
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, P.H. Moriarty, Kevin McNally, Alan Ford, Dave King, Bryan Marshall, Derek Thompson, Eddie Constantine, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan, Patti Love, Pierce Brosnan | Written by Barrie Keeffe | Directed by John Mackenzie
The gangster movie is a beast very like the gangs it is based on. Depending on the country of origin the crime organisations tend to have certain looks and style and a certain tradition that they cling to as their laws of how to do business. The modern gangster movies are definitely an example of this, but they also share one thing in common, they lend a lot from The Long Good Friday which gets the Arrow Video treatment with its new release on Blu-ray.
Harold (Bob Hoskins) is a British gangster with an eye to capitalism and being a successful business man. Seeing London as his empire he is taken aback at the incredulous »
- Paul Metcalf
The Long Good Friday, 1980.
Directed by John Mackenzie.
A ruthless English gangster’s empire starts to fall after a series of bombings over the Easter weekend.
Britain has always made good gangster films but there was always an angle to them, a little something that the filmmakers honed in on so they offered slightly more than the ultra-violent mob movies coming out of America. But in 1980 The Long Good Friday arrived and gave British crime movies a new, for the UK anyway, edge; a gangster film that was actually about gangsters and what they do.
But despite the gritty nature of the script and the raw production values it was the central performance by a then relatively unknown Bob Hoskins as Harold »
- Gary Collinson
One of my favourite films of all time has to be the fantastic 1980s London-set gangster film The Long Good Friday. The film, which starred the late Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and Paul Freeman, still stands up today, 35 years on from its original, acclaimed release.
The epic gangster movie is getting a limited cinema re-release on the 19th June through Arrow Films, and below, we have an exclusive look at the theatrical trailer for the 35th Anniversary Edition, which has a high-quality 2k digital restoration.
Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is a businessman with great ambitions. Spotting the development potential of London’s derelict Docklands area years before the Thatcher government, he tries to broker a deal with his American counterpart (Eddie Constantine) that will make them both millions. But who is killing Harold’s other associates and blowing up his businesses – and why?
Universally regarded as one of the greatest British gangster films ever made, »
- Paul Heath
Last month, we reported that Netflix is in the early stages of developing a TV show based on the popular Nintendo video game The Legend of Zelda. The report claimed that Netflix is "working closely with Nintendo" for the series, described as a fantasy adventure similar to Game of Thrones, but one the whole family can enjoy. Today, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata spoke with Time, claiming that the story from last month is not true. Here's what he had to say below:
"As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films, but I can at least confirm that the article in question is not based on correct information."
The Legend of Zelda started as a video game for the original Nintendo Entertainment System (Nes), which has spawned more than 20 new games for various console platforms. »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have drawn criticism for leaving Rivers out of a segment honouring deceased celebrities like Robin Williams, Lord Richard Attenborough and Bob Hoskins at Sunday's ceremony.
Outrage over the snub on social media grew so strong that the Academy addressed the matter in a statement: "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the 'In Memoriam' segment of this year's Oscar show.
"She is, however, included in our 'In Memoriam' gallery on Oscar.com."
Melissa has since offered an official response on her late mother's Facebook account.
"It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but [my son] Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with »
Every year at the Academy Awards, an emotional tribute is held to recognize those lost in the film industry that year. 2015 marked an especially emotional time with big names including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Bob Hoskins, and Richard Attenborough on the list. But, among those fallen there were a few very important names left out of the "In Memoriam" segment of the show. And many were especially upset that the iconic comedian Joan Rivers was left out of the video montage. Social media erupted, news outlets were shocked, no one could believe that someone as well-known as Joan Rivers was not honored at the 2015 Oscars. Yes, she was a stand-up comic and TV personality, but she also made appearances in films such as The Muppets Take Manhattan and Spaceballs. So, in response an Academy representative spoke out. They responded to Rivers. omission with a statement (via THR): Joan Rivers »
Last night was Hollywood's time to shine and bask in the glow of their accomplishments. But as ever, the party respectfully paused to pay tribute to those that passed away over the last year. 2014 saw some big talents leave us. Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hoskins, Richard Attenborough, and legendary cinematography Gordon Willis were all given shine. If you're wondering where Philip Seymour Hoffman was, he was honored during last year's Oscar ceremony. Meanwhile, a minor outcry erupted over the snubbing of Joan Rivers in the In Memoriam tribute, but the Academy released the following statement to THR: "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com." So there you go. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Academy Awards are over for another year, and it was a somewhat less predictable, more feisty show than we're used to, with winners making political statements and striking back against the widely-dreaded 'get off the stage' music.
But there was plenty of groan-worthy moments to get worked up about alongside the fun, and for those of you who are mentally stable enough not to have watched the entire thing live, we've picked out 13 of the night's highs and lows.
1. Pawel Pawlikowski defeats the play-off orchestra - Best
If you apply traditional rules of narrative to the Oscars, the protagonists and antagonists are pretty clear. Our plucky heroes are the bright-eyed, breathless winners, and the villain of the piece is without question that malevolent orchestra that's always cutting their speeches short. In 2013, they even played the Jaws music, just in case you needed further proof.
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