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MGM's World War II classic adventure The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn is speeding onto Blu-ray for the first time on May 7 in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary. Thanks to the fine folks at MGM Home Entertainment, we have two copies of The Great Escape on Blu-ray that will be awarded to a pair of lucky readers in this contest.
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Based on a true story set in 1943, the Germans opened a maximum-security prison-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. »
Odd List Simon Brew 25 Apr 2013 - 06:50
As blockbuster season is now underway, with the release of Iron Man 3 and Oblivion, it's traditional for us to look ahead to what's coming next summer, and to examine what treats are on the horizon. We've thus sliced out the big films, that we know of now, that are being released between April and August 2014 (Noah, due at the end of March, just misses the cut, as does early March Tom Cruise vehicle, All You Need Is Kill).
And while there's some familiarity to them, there are signs it might just be a more interesting summer than you may think....
Someone at Marvel has been watching the paintball episodes of Community too. That would explain »
There's a pernicious misapprehension afoot that the Brits are the polite ones while Yanks are inclined to brusqueness or brashness, but a comparison of the varied reactions to the deaths of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher would seem to give the lie to this. While "The Great Communicator" was hailed for ending the Cold War (something surely Mr. Gorbachev deserves some credit for), with little mention of his disastrous economic policies and illegal covert wars, Thatcher has received her due as a "divisive" figure, even on the BBC. And, as I write this, there is a genuine chance that "Ding Dong, The Witch is Dead," will reach number one in the UK charts.
Nor were the British uniformly polite about her when she was alive. The Tories gave no encouragement to the art of cinema, or most of the other arts. Invited to talk about her favorite works of art on television, »
- David Cairns
Five nominations for Parade’s End
London 2012-themed programming features across five categories
One of the most important things behind any final production, is all the craft and hard work that goes into making them look awesome. Today , BAFTA have announced the nominations for its annual British Academy Television Craft Awards, which honour the very best behind-the-scenes talent from television. This year’s ceremony will be held at The Brewery, in the City of London, on Sunday 28th April.
A diverse range of programmes compete in each category for the coveted BAFTA masks. Leading the way with five nominations is BBC Two’s five-part period drama, Parade’s End, »
- Dan Bullock
BBC Two‘s five-part period drama Parade’s End leads the nominees for BAFTA‘s television craft awards with five. The adaptation of Ford Madox Ford’s novels started airing on HBO on February 26, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett and Miranda Richardson. It took mentions for production design and Tom Stoppard’s writing, among others. Also figuring heavily among the nominees are BBC Two and HBO’s Hitchcock drama The Girl, BBC One and BBC America‘s Ripper Street and BBC Two and BBC America’s cancelled The Hour. Other shows known to U.S. audiences, Doctor Who, Call The Midwife, Downton Abbey, Top Gear and The Thick Of It also scored nods. Olympics programming, inlcuding Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony and Stephen Daldry’s closing ceremony are nommed as is the fictional comedy series about the Games, Twenty Twelve. Awards will be handed out on April 28 in London. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Award ceremonies. Loved up celebrities congratulating each other for their brilliance just like George Clooney at the 2005 Oscars where he passionately implied that Hollywood was the only saving grace of the universe. Smug gits like Clooney aside, we love award ceremonies and they are made so much better by a good old controversy.
I for one, would rather watch celebrities making prats of themselves or upsetting the status quo than receiving another useless award. Ten times more amusing. And thanks to the gigantic egos celebrities have, there is usually someone on side to do a ‘Kanye’ or a ‘Marlon’ or a ‘Madonna’.
In the spirit of schadenfreude, I gleefully present to you 10 controversial award ceremony moments.
10. Did Marisa Tomei Actually Win?
- Clare Simpson
Based on Ken Follet’s bestselling novel, viewers are brought back to the town of Kingsbridge 200 years later and with all new characters for fans to fall in love with. It stars an internationally acclaimed cast including Cynthia Nixon (Sex in the City), Miranda Richardson, Peter Firth and Ben Chaplin, plus hot young newcomers Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr Selfridge), Tom Weston-Jones, Rupert Evans and Charlotte Riley.
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- Peter Willis
Chicago – HBO brings BBC2’s “Parade’s End,” based on the highly-acclaimed novels by Ford Madox Ford, stateside and the star-studded mini-series with a breathtakingly good script from the legendary Sir Tom Stoppard is a must-see for anyone interested in historical drama, quality acting, or the kind of stunning production values usually reserved for big-screen adaptations with Oscar aspirations. Propelled by a trio of Emmy-worthy performances from Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”), Rebecca Hall (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), and Adelaide Clemens (“Silent Hill: Revelation”) and a stunning supporting cast of classically trained actors (it’s like “The Avengers” for fans of British period pieces), “Parade’s End” is one of the most accomplished and impressive productions you’ll see on TV this year.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
It’s also slow. Just a warning. One has to be an admirer of Stoppard’s brilliant way with words and consider the symbolic themes of a »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Published almost twenty years after his acclaimed novel The Pillars of the Earth author Ken Follett took us back to Kingsbridge for a tale of bloody (and Black) death, pendular loyalties and a country on the brink of war.
World Without End was adapted for television and is the whole series is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Peter Firth, Ben Chaplin and Oliver Jackson-Cohen lead the eight part series set on the eve of the Hundred Years war.
To get you fully immersed in the show we have a number of items of interest on offer. First there is an interview with the man himself, Ken Follett, who gives an introduction to the complex world of Kingsbridge 157 years since we were there last.
- Jon Lyus
Ken Follett takes viewers back to his fictitious town of Kingsbridge 200 years later and with all new characters for fans to fall in love with. Experience the romance, tragedy and victory in the eight-hour epic miniseries based on the bestselling novel, World Without End. It debuts on Blu-ray™ and DVD February 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The hit miniseries from Tandem Communications and Ridley & Tony Scott’s Scott Free Films stars an internationally acclaimed cast including Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Tom Weston-Jones, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley, Rupert Evans and Sarah Gadon.
In World Without End, times are tougher than ever in England as the country is on the brink of war with France and the citizens are facing The Plague that will eventually decimate one-third of its population. A feisty young woman (Riley) inspires her medieval town to confront the most powerful forces of her time »
I'll announce 2012's nominees the second the write-ups are done (working on them this week). But until then another listy flashblack to year's past here at The Film Experience. My opinions have changed somewhat over the years (as many opinions should if we continue to evolve) and perhaps I'll detail which changes those were in the future but mostly I like to think of Awards, both mine and other people's as time capsules of What We Valued At That Moment.
So here you go...
Nominees in Alpha Order
Sally Field, Lincoln
write ups here
Silver: Sarah Bayet, A Separation
- NATHANIEL R
[Editor's Note: for the centerpiece of our 10th anniversary celebration of The Hours, I asked Joe Reid and Nick Davis if they'd like to talk about the movie and it turned out they already had. A heretofore unpublished conversation. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did! - Nathaniel ]
Joe Reid: Three (!) years ago, I had planned out an end-of-decade feature for my own blog, wherein I would converse about my favorite films of 2000-2009 with a selection of writer friends. The logistics of it got away from me, but I did manage to get started. One such conversation lost to history was with my fellow Film Experience Podcast panelist Nick Davis on the subject of The Hours. With the ten-year anniversary of The Hours upon us, I thought I'd dig up this abandoned reflection and let it see the light of day.
Joe: The Hours is absolutely on the list of movies from the past decade that I truly, unabashedly loved. I suppose there's something chromosomal about a movie starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore (and Toni Collette, and Allison Janney, and Miranda Richardson). But it's more than just watching all these fantastic actresses hand »
- NATHANIEL R
The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced release dates for a whole slew of their upcoming projects, in addition to adding 3D treatment for two of the biggest one.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hitting theaters on April 4th, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy out on August 1st, »
- Nick Martin
Today, The Walt Disney Studios announced release dates and additional information for several upcoming films. 1952 will be produced by Damon Lindelof and directed by Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), from a script by Lindelof and Bird. While no plot has been revealed, George Clooney will star in the movie. 1952 will hit theaters on December 19, 2014 in 3D.
Here’s a closer look at the other films you can expect to see next year.
The Muppets 2 is now dated on March 21, 2014. Muppets 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang.
- Michelle McCue
Diseny sent out a press release earlier this afternoon with a schedule update for thier upcoming films. Within the release came the announcement of release dates for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Muppets 2, Brad Bird's secretive sci-fi project 1952. On top of that, there are a couple shuffles, and 3D confirmations for the upcoming Marvel films.
I think it's easier to just let the press release speak for itself, as it sums it up better than I probably could!
The Muppets 2 is now dated on 3/21/14.
· Muppets 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel) will be available in 3D.
· Releases on 4/4/14.
· Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick up »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Today, The Walt Disney Studios announced release dates and additional information for several upcoming films. Here's a closer look.
Releases on 3/21/14.
The Muppets 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell - and of course, the whole Muppets gang.
Releases on 4/4/14
(Marvel) will be available in 3D.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick up where Marvel's The Avengers leaves off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. The film stars Chris Evans in the title role and will be directed by brothers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.
Releases on 7/2/14 (from 3/14/14).
For those looking to get Benedict Cumberbatch ahead of the pack you can watch him this February in the HBO-bbc miniseries Parade’s End and now the network has released a teaser trailer for the five-part Wwi-era miniseries.
Cumberbatch has plenty on his plate for this year or so and now he continues ‘amazing run’ with Parade’s End starring as Christopher Tietjens, a man caught in a love triangle with two women played by Rebecca Hall and Adalaide Clemens.
American audiences will get to experience the upper-class Edwardian-era Britain across three consecutive nights starting on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013.
Hit the jump to check out the video below beginning with Cumberbatch’s character announcing that he’s joining the army.
Click here to view the embedded video. »
- Nick Martin
From a full programme of film and stage adaptations to a new James Bond novel, unpublished works by Rs Thomas and Wg Sebald and a new prize for women writers, 2013 is set to be a real page-turner
10th The Oscar nominations are announced unusually early this year. Keep an eye out for a bumper crop of literary adaptations, including David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Yann Martel's Life of Pi, the David Nicholls-scripted Great Expectations, as well as Les Miserables, Anna Karenina and The Hobbit.
18th A new stage adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw at the Almeida theatre in London. In the year of the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, his musical version will also feature around the country in both concert and stage performances.
24th The finalists for the fifth Man Booker International prize will be announced at the Jaipur festival. »
Featuring "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall and adapted by Tom Stoppard from a tetralogy of 1920s novels by Ford Madox Ford, HBO/BBC/Vrt miniseries "Parade's End" exudes prestige. The five episode arc, directed by Susanna White ("Generation Kill"), aired on BBC Two in August and screened at the Ghent Film Festival, and premieres in the Us on HBO on Tuesday, February 26th at 9pm. The teaser below offers a look at Cumberbatch offering up the posh period thing he does so well. Adelaide Clemens, soon to be seen in the Sundance Channel original drama "Rectify," Rupert Everett and Miranda Richardson also star.
- Alison Willmore
Featuring "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall and adapted by Tom Stoppard from a tetralogy of 1920s novels by Ford Madox Ford, HBO/BBC/Vrt miniseries "Parade's End" exudes prestige. The five episode arc, directed by Susanna White ("Generation Kill"), aired on BBC Two in August and screened at the Ghent Film Festival, and premieres in the Us on HBO on Tuesday, February 26th at 9pm. The teaser below offers a look at Cumberbatch offering up the posh period thing he does so well. Adelaide Clemens, soon to be seen in the Sundance Channel original drama "Rectify," Rupert Everett and Miranda Richardson also star. »
- Alison Willmore
20 items from 2013
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