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12 items from 2013


Skyfall, Expendables co-producers team

18 December 2013 2:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Newly minted UK production outfits Magnetik and Reelart to produce original comedy script.

Newly formed UK production outfit Magnetik Pictures has acquired original comedy script The Incompatibles, written by first-time feature writer Marios Stephanos Hamboulides [pictured].

Shooting is planned to start in 2014 in the UK with Magnetik Pictures’ Darren Litten and Skyfall co-producer Andrew Noakes producing alongside brothers Daniel and Matthew O’Toole from Reelart Media.

Matthew O’Toole most recently served as one of the producers on Rowan Joffe’s Nicole Kidman thriller Before I Go To Sleep, due out next year, and he was co-producer on the first two films in The Expendables franchise.

The film marks the feature directing debut of Hamboulides, a seasoned assistant director whose TV credits include Poirot and Hustle. He most recently directed 2011 comedy short Rekindle starring Tom Conti.

The script follows several interlocked and dysfunctional relationships. Casting is currently underway.

Noakes, who was associate producer on Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Skyfall, Expendables co-producers team on comedy

18 December 2013 2:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Newly minted UK production outfits Magnetik and Reelart to produce original comedy script.

Newly formed UK production outfit Magnetik Pictures has acquired original comedy script The Incompatibles, written by first-time feature writer Marios Stephanos Hamboulides [pictured].

Shooting is planned to start in 2014 in the UK with Magnetik Pictures’ Darren Litten and Skyfall co-producer Andrew Noakes producing alongside brothers Daniel and Matthew O’Toole from Reelart Media.

Matthew O’Toole most recently served as one of the producers on Rowan Joffe’s Nicole Kidman thriller Before I Go To Sleep, due out next year, and he was co-producer on the first two films in The Expendables franchise.

The film marks the feature directing debut of Hamboulides, a seasoned assistant director whose TV credits include Poirot and Hustle. He most recently directed 2011 comedy short Rekindle starring Tom Conti.

The script follows several interlocked and dysfunctional relationships. Casting is currently underway.

Noakes, who was associate producer on Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Comedians and their parents: Nina Conti and father Tom

14 December 2013 1:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'It sounds like it was a risible, weird topic to you': Nina and Tom Conti get to grips with her choice of career

Tom Conti says he and Nina's mother Kara had a favourite expression in the early days. When there was a lull in the conversation, one of them would ask the other, "Do you know anything about ventriloquism?" Both were actors, and neither of them did.

"How bizarre," Nina says. "It sounds like it was a risible, weird topic to you."

"Yes," Tom continues happily in a rich, rolling Scottish accent, "it was an absurdity."

Nina is weighing up her father's words. This conversation could go either way. She smiles. "It was an absurdity to me, too. I only did it to please Ken Campbell, because he wanted me to try it and he was quite scary. You had to do what he said – you always did his bidding. »

- Simon Hattenstone

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Rona Anderson obituary

9 August 2013 5:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Star of British film thrillers who specialised in the role of the classy girlfriend

In the 1950s, while watching a second feature before the "big picture" at their local cinema, regular British filmgoers would often have seen Rona Anderson, who has died aged 86. Anderson starred in 20 movies between 1950 and 1958, mostly well-crafted, low-budget thrillers. Opposite such luminaries as Robert Beatty, Jimmy Hanley, John Bentley, Paul Carpenter and Lee Patterson, Anderson was the classy girlfriend who helps the hero solve a murder, usually via a visit to the criminal underground, all within the hour allotted to the film.

According to the Scottish comedian Stanley Baxter, Anderson "had this incredible, porcelain-like face, too beautiful for film … The camera likes angularity, to see the edges, and I think Rona's face was just too perfect." Whatever the reason, Anderson made few major movies, though she appeared in many popular television series, such as The Human Jungle »

- Ronald Bergan

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Rona Anderson obituary

9 August 2013 5:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Star of British film thrillers who specialised in the role of the classy girlfriend

In the 1950s, while watching a second feature before the "big picture" at their local cinema, regular British filmgoers would often have seen Rona Anderson, who has died aged 86. Anderson starred in 20 movies between 1950 and 1958, mostly well-crafted, low-budget thrillers. Opposite such luminaries as Robert Beatty, Jimmy Hanley, John Bentley, Paul Carpenter and Lee Patterson, Anderson was the classy girlfriend who helps the hero solve a murder, usually via a visit to the criminal underground, all within the hour allotted to the film.

According to the Scottish comedian Stanley Baxter, Anderson "had this incredible, porcelain-like face, too beautiful for film … The camera likes angularity, to see the edges, and I think Rona's face was just too perfect." Whatever the reason, Anderson made few major movies, though she appeared in many popular television series, such as The Human Jungle »

- Ronald Bergan

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Trailer Trash

20 July 2013 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Wolverine shows his softer side, British actresses show off their teeth, and film critics show up the work of Terrence Malick

Claws out

Everyone knows Hugh Jackman is the nicest man in showbusiness. He brought his mum to the premiere of The Wolverine last week. She sat in the front row of the Empire in Leicester Square, London, and took a bow when Jackman thanked her for everything. "Now, Mum," said Jackman, "everyone knows what you look like and where you're sitting, just don't fall asleep. It'll be too embarrassing." Jackman spends most of the film with his top off or wearing a not-very-attractive vest. His veins are all blue and bulgy, the result, he said, of the protein shakes on which he existed for the duration of the shoot. There were two Japanese actresses – Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima – who sashayed down the aisle in pretty cool outfits (a silk gown by Miharayasuhiro, »

- Jason Solomons

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Nina Conti finds her own voice in new Us sitcom

11 May 2013 4:13 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The ventriloquist daughter of Tom Conti is in the running for a Bafta – just as her latest show premieres in the Us

Sunday night is a big night for Nina Conti. The actor and comedian is up for a Bafta for her documentary Her Master's Voice, while her new sitcom Family Tree premieres on Us television, before its arrival on BBC2 later this year.

Yet Conti is not alone in hoping for plaudits this evening. Poised to share the glory will be Monkey, the ventriloquist's dummy that has helped her become a star in the space of a few years.

"I do laugh when I hear myself saying I am a ventriloquist," said Conti this weekend. "I am definitely suited to it though. I took it and ran with it quite hungrily. It is not for everyone, but it is just the chance to write for a character."

The daughter of the actor Tom Conti, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Does 'Iron Man 3' Have Marvel's Best Cast Ever?

2 May 2013 9:59 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

For those still not convinced that superhero movies are the current coin of the realm for serious actors in Hollywood, consider this: Last year's "The Dark Knight Rises," produced by DC Entertainment, featured four Oscar winners in its cast (Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Marion Cotillard) and Anne Hathaway, who would go on to win her very own trophy at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. This is to say nothing of the rest of the cast, which included past Oscar nominees like Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson and Tom Conti; most movies that fall under the nomenclature of "Oscar bait" would be happy to have half as many nominees to trumpet.

Over at Marvel Studios, this trend continues to thrive. "Iron Man 3" stars four-time nominee and past Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley in a key role, and the upcoming "Captain America" sequel co-stars Robert Redford. (Like Kingsley, Redford »

- The Huffington Post

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'Austin Powers' actor Michael York battling rare blood disease

29 April 2013 7:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael York has spoken about his battle with a rare blood disorder.

The 71-year-old Austin Powers actor concerned fans in January, after appearing with a swollen-looking face at a Cabaret reunion with Liza Minnelli in New York.

York explained that he was originally diagnosed with bone cancer, before they discovered he actually had amyloidosis, a blood disease that breaks down tissues, leaving swollen growths and legions on the body.

He told The Lady magazine: "It all began two years ago, when I was doing a miniseries with Tom Conti. I noticed I was getting dark circles under my eyes.

"At first, I was able to cover them up with make-up, but it got worse and was really becoming evident, so I had to wear dark glasses."

The British actor has undergone a stem-cell transplant at a Mayo Clinic in the Us to fight the disease.

He said: "I lost my voice, »

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Reuben, Reuben

1 April 2013 12:48 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

Tom Conti stars in Reuben, Reuben.

Tom Conti (The Tempest) received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his performance in the 1983 film comedy Reuben, Reuben.

Conti is Gowan McGland, a creatively blocked Scottish poet who ekes out a day-to-day existence by exploiting the generosity of strangers in an affluent New England suburb. His trick is to recite his verse to various arts groups and women’s clubs, bedding other men’s wives, and, hell, even steal tips from waiters at expensive restaurants. It’s not much of a life, but that’s all he has, until he meets and falls for young co-ed Geneva Spofford (Kelly McGillis, The Innkeepers). While Geneva has strong feelings too, she has everything to lose from a relationship with a drunken deadbeat poet who’s unable to hold a job.

Directed by Robert Ellis Miller, »

- Laurence

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Christopher Nolan Lists His Top Ten Criterion Collection Titles

29 January 2013 12:12 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

What does the director of Inception and The Dark Knight like to watch? What may have inspired some of his visual and storytelling cues? Well, Christopher Nolan has just made a list of his top ten Criterion titles, including one that may be a hint as to what's to come. I have included his rankings below along with his brief thoughts as well as a link to buy each. Personally, of those he chose I personally love 12 Angry Men and The Thin Red Line and also enjoyed both The Hit and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse enough to purchase each. I have never, however, seen Bad Timing, The Complete Mr. Arkadin or Greed the latter of which was directed by Erich von Stroheim who may, now, best be remembered as first husband and butler to Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. I have never seen any of the films he directed, »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’ Director Nagisa Oshima Dies

15 January 2013 2:44 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Legendary Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima has passed away at the age of 80. The man responsible for directing such treats as Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and Empire Of Passion died of pneumonia on the afternoon of 15th of January 2013. Oshima hadn’t directed a film since 1999′s controversial Taboo which looked at homosexual relationships within the samurai classes, as he suffered a stroke 1996 and never fully recovered.

He shot to fame in the 1970s for his controversial classic In The Realm Of The Senses, a film that bravely mixed sexuality and violence. Never one to shy away from controversy, Oshima once stated:

My hatred for Japanese cinema includes absolutely all of it.

No surprise then that his films would always receive mixed reactions and stray far from what would be considered the norm. Arguably his biggest achievement was Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, a film that saw David Bowie as a a Pow. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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