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30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
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There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
There are a few films that the late Robin Williams starred in before his passing that are set for release. One of those movie is funny looking comedy called A Merry Friggin' Christmas, which also stars Jole McHale, Lauren Graham, Clarke Duke, and Oliver Platt.
The story follows Boyd Mitchler (McHale) and his wife Luann (Graham) who "must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad (Williams) in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise."
The other films that Williams appeared in and are still to be released include Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and his final vocal performance »
- Joey Paur
I've given up trying to understand my own life," Terry Gilliam says. "I'm just trying to make sense of the world this life is taking place in." The movie director emits a high-pitched giggle.
At the moment, Gilliam's "world" is located in the trendy restaurant in Manhattan's Tribeca Grand Hotel, but, just as he's done for decades, the director is continuing to parse the meaning of life on film. His latest movie, The Zero Theorem, focuses on a discontented misanthrope, played by Django Unchained's Christoph Waltz, who attempts to »
Simon Pegg and Christopher Plummer may be busy hawking “Hector and the Search for Happiness” at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, but the stars of the offbeat comedy aren’t so sold on the concept of happiness itself. At least not happiness of the pure, unadulterated variety.
“As a destination, I think it’s mythic,” said Pegg. “It’s a rainbow. You’ll never reach it no matter how hard you chase it. I’d be very suspicious of someone who is continually happy. You need the light and the shade.”
Pegg said that the recent suicide of Robin Williams had left him more keenly aware of the disconnect between the trappings of success and personal fulfillment.
“I keep coming back to Robin Williams,” said Pegg. “I think about him a lot because he’s someone that we all believed was this force of happiness and it just goes »
- Brent Lang
Monty Python are the focus of a new documentary commissioned by UKTV.
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live offers unprecedented access to the comedy ensemble, going behind-the-scenes of their 2014 reunion show.
Roger Graef will lead the 90-minute special in the director's seat, filming members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with whom he has had a close relationship since the 1970s.
"With an unprecedented level of access and backstage material, this documentary captures the most anticipated comeback show in comedy history," Graef said.
There will also be rarely seen footage from their earliest stage shows in 1971 and 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl' in 1980.
The final stage show of Monty Python Live (Mostly) was broadcast live on Gold and attracted almost 600,000 viewers.
As well as the special documentary, Gold will also show a five-part series of Monty Python's Best Bits (mostly), which will feature the best »
Monty Python’s dead parrot may have squarked his last, but the famed Norwegian Blue’s final wooden appearance on stage has helped earn some serious money. According to U.K. distributor Picturehouse Entertainment, its live broadcast of the comedy troupe’s final performance of Monty Python Live (mostly) on July 20 scooped $6.58 million worldwide. The show, which saw Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam take to the stage one last time at London’s O2 Arena in front of 15,000 fans, was broadcast across 3,000 screens in 52 countries. Taking into account encore screenings,
- Alex Ritman
A variety of stars across TV, theatre and film have written to all major UK broadcasters calling for increased ethnic diversity on British TV and behind the camera.
Signatories on the letter, published in The Guardian today, include Lenny Henry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard Curtis, Russell T Davies, Idris Elba, Neil Gaiman, David Harewood, Harry Hill, Terry Jones, Asif Kapadia, Doreen Lawrence, Jimmy McGovern, Phyllida Lloyd, Bill Nighy, Lynda La Plante, Alan Sugar, Meera Syal and Emma Thompson, among others.
Read the letter to The Guardian in full
The recipients of the letter were BBC director general Tony Hall, ITV chief executive Adam Crozier, Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham, BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch and Philippe Dauman, chief executive of new Channel 5 owner Viacom.
"We are dismayed at the poor numbers of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) people both on our screens and working behind the camera," the letter reads. »
The film's producers have now gone on the record to say that isn't the case, saying in an official statement: "Contrary to reports, we are able to confirm that Robin Williams completed his voice recording for the role of Dennis. Everyone on the Absolutely Anything team was distraught to hear the sad news and we send our condolences to Robin's family."
The film stars Simon Pegg as Neil Clarke, a disillusioned teacher who discovers he has magical powers thanks to some aliens (voiced by all the Monty Python alum). Williams plays the voice of Clarke's dog Dennis.
Source: Empire Online »
- Garth Franklin
Though some had expressed doubts recently that Robin Williams completed his vocal work on Terry Jones’ new comedy Absolutely Anything before his tragic death last week, the film’s producers have gone on the record to assure us that Williams’ voice will indeed show up in the film as that of Dennis, canine chum to Simon Pegg’s main character.“Contrary to reports, we are able to confirm that Robin Williams completed his voice recording for the role of Dennis,” say Bill Jones and Ben Timlett in a statement. “Everyone on the Absolutely Anything team was distraught to hear the sad news and we send our condolences to Robin's family.”Pegg plays Neil Clarke in the film, a disillusioned teacher who discovers he has magical powers, albeit in more of a Thor sense of the word since the abilities come from some alien interlopers. The extra-terrestrials in question will be »
Following the tragic death of Robin Williams last week, we reported on four more films that would have performances from the late actor. However, it appears that one of those roles may not be completed as initially thought. The Telegraph has learned Williams' voice role in Absolutely Anything, the film that stars Simon Pegg as a teacher who experiences a series of mishaps after discovering he has magical powers given to him by a group of aliens, voiced by Monty Python veterans John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Eric Idle & Michael Palin. Williams was voicing a talking pet named Dennis the Dog. Read on! The Telegraph also spoke to Pegg about Williams' work in the film, and he said: “I’m not sure Robin had completed doing his voice in the movie. He was doing the voice of my dog and I hope that he had completed it because it »
- Ethan Anderton
Following the tragic death of Robin Williams at the age of 63 last week, it has been revealed that the actor may not have finished the voice work for his final film project. Simon Pegg revealed in an interview with The Guardian that he isn't sure if Robin Williams had finished voicing his role as Dennis the Dog in Absolutely Anything.
"I'm not sure Robin had completed doing his voice in the movie. He was doing the voice of my dog and I hope that he had completed it because it would be a real shame not to have him in it. And of course there will be a degree of sadness there, but the work he did do would have been done with his usual verve and brilliance."
Ofcom is investigating Monty Python's final show after complaints over a lack of swearing.
The farewell performance, which aired on Gold before the watershed on July 20, received 34 complaints about "cuts" and "censorship", reports Press Association.
An Ofcom spokesman said: "All our licensees are required to comply with our broadcasting rules, which make clear that the most offensive language cannot be shown on television before the watershed.
"As a post-transmission regulator, we are not involved in editorial decision making and can only investigate programmes or take action against any channel after a programme's broadcast."
John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones all got back together for a series of live performances at London's O2 arena earlier this year, ending with a live broadcast on TV and cinemas in July.
The live broadcast brought in record ratings for Gold when it aired, with an average audience of 597,000 viewers. »
Comedian Robin Williams had four unreleased films in the can before his passing last week. It was thought his work in all of them was complete, but today comes word that his final role may not have been entirely finished.
That film, Terry Jones' "Absolutely Anything," is a comedy starring Williams as the voice of a dog and Jones' fellow Monty Python alum as the voice of a group of aliens. There's also a live-action cast led by Simon Pegg as a schoolteacher who is granted the power to make his every wish a reality.
Now, Pegg tells The Telegraph he's not sure if Williams finished recording the voice of his dog, Dennis, for the film:
"I'm not sure Robin had completed doing his voice in the movie. He was doing the voice of my dog and I hope that he had completed it because it would be a »
- Garth Franklin
Writing in The Guardian, Jones recalled meeting Williams at the Emmy Awards in 2010, where he agreed to voice Dennis the Dog in forthcoming movie Absolutely Anything.
Watch 8 classic Robin Williams stand-up comedy routines
"Alas! Four years later we finally got the money to make the film. We had Mojo the Dog playing Dennis, and doing it brilliantly," he wrote. "If only Robin Williams could do the voice, we'd be over the moon.
"I emailed him with a sinking heart, fearing that so much time had elapsed and he may not want to voice Dennis. But I need not have feared. He wrote back that he was up for voicing the dog."
Jones continued: "And here's the story: Robin was a perfectionist. »
The world is still in shock over the passing of Robin Williams yesterday and details are still coming out about what is now reportedly said to be an "apparent suicide attempt by hanging" following a battle with severe depression according to CBS News.
With the tragedy of an actor's untimely death though comes the grim business of show business, namely determining the fate of the projects they were involved in. The 63-year-old was a busy man with several films still awaiting release.
Williams was not in the midst of shooting a movie when he died, though he had been developing a sequel to "Mrs. Doutbtfire". Variety reports that the project, which was in the scripting stage, is now in doubt and will probably be scrapped.
That leaves four final films involving Williams that have yet to hit cinemas, the biggest being him reprising his role as President Teddy Roosevelt in »
- Garth Franklin
As obsessed with bodily fluids as it is with social awkwardness, The Inbetweeners, be it on TV or the big screen, determinedly sets out to make viewers laugh until a bit of lung comes out. And with The Inbetweeners 2 now taking the boys, ahem, down under for more sexual shenanigans in Australia, the gross-out levels are set to soar (or plummet, depending on your viewpoint).
But making audiences squint, wince and fight their gag reflexes has always been a part of cinema. Sometimes it's done for belly laughs (Cameron Diaz styling her hair with Ben Stiller's homemade gel in There's Something About Mary), sometimes to elicit feelings of shock or revulsion (Ray Liotta forced to dine on his own brain in Hannibal). And sometimes it does all of the above at once (an army of zombies being cut to dripping ribbons with a lawnmower in Peter Jackson's splatstick horror »
London – Less than two weeks after the final performance of Monty Python Live (mostly), its live screening in theaters has been named the third biggest live cinema event of all time in the U.K. An estimated 570 venues across the U.K. and Ireland – plus more than 1,800 around the world – broadcast Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam take to the stage in front of 15,000 fans at London’s O2 Arena for one last time Sunday July 20. In a tweet sent Wednesday, the @montypython account revealed, “Numbers just
- Alex Ritman
Without the help of some brave investors, or the pockets of their makers, the following films would never have existed...
It's now a fairly common mantra that you'd be a fool to put up all of your own personal money into a feature film. By all means invest, but share the risk, or throw a few quid at Kickstarter.
Paying for the bulk of the negative/hard drive yourself, and leaving your own assets exposed? Utter lunacy.
Not that anyone told this lot...
For some time, Mel Gibson had, alongside his acting roles, been heavily invested in his production company, Icon. As such, he had two significant ways to earn money, and he needed both of them when it came to making The Passion Of The Christ.
This is the kind of film that studios run a mile from. All »
The British comedy troupe Monty Python is beginning to roll out clips of sketches from its farewell run at London's O2 this year, and first up is the group's classic "Spanish Inquisition" bit, which dates back to 1970. Since nothing ruins a joke quite like explaining it, the clip will speak for itself – as long as the sketch's Cardinal characters, played by Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, can remember their lines. The YouTube description for the clip suggests that it is the first in a series of sketches that »
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