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Producer Gail Egan, who has worked with Mike Leigh on Mr. Turner, Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky, with Anton Corbijn on A Most Wanted Man, Philip Seymour Hoffman's last role, and with Film4Climate’s Creative Producer Donald Ranvaud on Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener, was celebrated by Alan Rickman. As was his cinematographer, Ellen Kuras, of Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind as well as first-time composer, Peter Gregson, whose music is well placed in the landscape. Cédric Anger, when I spoke with him on his composer, Grégoire Hetzel, for Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart, told me he had wanted the music in the forest sound like a cathedral. Hetzel also composed the score for Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room and the positioning in A Little Chaos »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
If you happened to attend this year’s Midnight Sun Film Festival in northern Finland — one of those bucket-list destinations for the handful of globe-trotting movie lovers who’ve heard of it — you might have allowed yourself to be hypnotized by all five-and-a-half hours of “From What Is Before,” Lav Diaz’s black-and-white historical epic about the collapse of a barrio in his native Philippines. Then again, you might have opted for the more manageable endurance test of “L’il Quinquin,” Bruno Dumont’s 197-minute comic miniseries about murder in a small French village, or perhaps sampled one of three two-hour installments of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights,” a recent critical sensation at Cannes.
These are films that, if you give yourself over to their dense narratives and marathon running times, can dramatically alter how you experience the passage of time. As such, they made for ideal viewing at »
- Justin Chang
She was brilliant, she was versatile, she was Oscar-nominated for Secrets and Lies. So why couldn’t Marianne Jean-Baptiste make it in British movies? It’s something she really, really doesn’t want to talk about
There’s an elephant in the room. There’s always one in the room with Marianne Jean-Baptiste. That same old elephant; where have you been all these years? Actually, the answer is simple. The actress, Oscar-nominated for her quietly heart-breaking Hortense in Mike Leigh’s Secrets & Lies, has been living in Los Angeles, working away (notably as an FBI agent in the long-running television series Without a Trace, and bit parts in movies), bringing up her family, living the good life. It’s the question that is more delicate – why did she leave in the first place?
I can't tell you why I've not been invited to a party. You need to go to the host and say, »
- Simon Hattenstone
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:
Red Dwarf (Seasons 1-8)
Dave Lister wakes up aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf after three million years in stasis. With his fellow crewmen long dead, Lister is joined by hyper-evolved feline Cat, socially inept android Kryten, and a hologram of his long-time nemesis Arnold Rimmer on the quest to get back to Earth or - at the very least - to find a decent chicken vindaloo.
Watch the first eight seasons of the British comedy classic on Netflix from June 15.
School teacher Poppy »
We asked some very special guest reviewers to take a listen to Suburban Hell, the fifth release of the fourth series of Fourth Doctor adventures from Big Finish. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s only Keith and Candice Marie Pratt from Mike Leigh’s Nuts in May! Last seen on screen camping out in Dorset in 1976, we...
The post Reviewed: Suburban Hell appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Peter Shaw
More than 40 artists and film-makers write to Guardian to accuse cinemas of becoming ‘silent accomplices’ to persecution of Palestinian people
Seret 2015, the London Israeli film and television festival, is due to open with a gala screening at Bafta of the film Hill Start on Thursday. There will then be screenings at cinemas including Curzon Soho and Odeon Swiss Cottage in London.
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- Mark Brown
The Cannes Film Festival often yields year-end awards contenders. Last year's "Foxcatcher" wound up grabbing a few nods, more than Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner," and the festival introduced several foreign film contenders, while "Clouds of Sils Maria," which didn't open stateside until 2015, could provide a Supporting Actress shot for well-reviewed Kristen Stewart. So what of this year's crop of awards hopefuls? We also debate the critical pile-on of Cameron Crowe's derided "Aloha," which opens Friday. Read More: 5 Reasons to See Cameron Crowe's "Aloha" »
- Anne Thompson
The Cannes Film Festival often yields year-end awards contenders, from eventual Best Actor-winner Roberto Begnini ("Life is Beautiful") and "The Piano" and "The Pianist" to Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Best Picture-winner "The Artist." Last year's "Foxcatcher" wound up grabbing a few nods, more than Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner," and the festival introduced several foreign film contenders, while "Clouds of Sils Maria," which didn't opened stateside until 2015, could provide a Supporting Actress shot for well-reviewed Kristen Stewart. So what of this year's crop of awards hopefuls? Weinstein Co. has a full slate this year: "Carol." This is a strong contender on many fronts. Most likely are its two leads. Rooney Mara shared the Cannes Best Actress jury award, which will help her going forward and lends support for a Best Actress slot along with Cate Blanchett. Mara was nominated once »
- Anne Thompson
In the 1980s and 1990s, Tim Roth was one of the most exciting of a new generation of British actors. He worked with everyone from Robert Altman to Mike Leigh before playing Mr. Orange in Quentin Tarantino's breakout "Reservoir Dogs," which brought him to the attention of an even wider audience, landing him parts in everything from major blockbusters to auteurist pictures like James Gray's "Little Odessa." Things have been more mixed recently: Roth moved into U.S. TV for the procedural show "Lie To Me," and has struggled to book the right kind of roles since it ended, with disasters like last year's Cannes opener "Grace Of Monaco" and the unintentionally hilarious FIFA movie "United Passions" on his recent résumé. But with a reunion with Tarantino coming up in "The Hateful Eight," and with his leading role in the first English-language film from Mexican director Michel Franco »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Exclusive: Veteran is acquiring for Wild Bunch-owned Bim as well his fledgling boutique Cinema.
Rome-based De Paolis is in Cannes acquiring for both Bim, which has been fully owned by Wild Bunch since June 2014, as well as his new boutique label Cinema.
“I’m contracted to acquire four titles a year for Bim for the next three years, until 2017 and then we’ll see where I am and they are,” explained De Paolis, who founded Bim 30 years ago before selling it off progressively to Paris-based Wild Bunch from 2007 onwards.
Berlin-based sales company Films Boutique has closed its first deal on Colombian Ciro Guerra’s Directors’ Fortnight player “Embrace of the Serpent,” with Michel Saint Jean’s Diaphana Distribution acquiring distribution rights for France.
One of France’s premier arthouse/crossover distributors, Diaphana’s recent lineup includes high-level arthouse films such as Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner.”
The caliber of a film’s French deal is often used by foreign arthouse distributors to gauge a title’s potential market value, just as a U.S. sale guides mainstream distributors around the world.
Lead-produced by Cristina Gallego at Colombia’s Ciudad Lunar, “Embrace of the Serpent” tells the story of the first foreign ethnologists who explored the Amazon looking for a plant held sacred by its indigenous inhabitants. »
- John Hopewell
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
Chicago – The showcase and respect given to filmmakers at the recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) meant that the top directors made appearances on behalf of their featured films. James Ponsoldt of “The End of the Tour” and Patrick Brice of “The Overnight” are two prime artists at the top of their game.
HollywoodChicago.com also got a chance to talk to Ponsoldt and Brice after their screenings at the Ccff, and the insights provided context to their art.
James Ponsoldt, Director of “The End of the Tour”
James Ponsoldt is a great friend to the festival, having screened his film “The Spectacular Now” at the first Ccff in 2013. He returned with “The End of of the Tour,” a superior and poignant understanding of author David Foster Wallace (a career-defining role for Jason Segel), as he takes his last book tour promoting his famous novel, “Infinite Jest.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Last year's edition of the Cannes International Film Festival brought with it the usual early awards possibilities. Some went the distance (Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" in a number of categories). Others fell short (Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner"). But while Sundance is certainly stepping up its awards-relevance game, the Croisette is where people really start pondering how the film year will shake out once the Oscar drums start banging late in the fall. One person who has leaned into the fest heavily the last couple of years is Harvey Weinstein. He has consistently held an event showcasing materials for The Weinstein Company's upcoming releases there, but this year he has a pair of films actually in competition that could make waves on the circuit. And it all starts with one of the most long-awaited films of the bunch. Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "Carol" is, along with »
- Kristopher Tapley
The finest in television were rewarded for their hard work last night (May 10) at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards.
Jessica Hynes's anti-cuts message
The W1A actress not only earned praise for winning the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme award, but also won support for her impassioned BAFTAs acceptance speech, in which she raised concerns about cuts and austerity.
a proud friend of @JefficaHoons am so pleased she Won & raised awareness of increasing cuts tonight,Brave & true. http://t.co/yyPitQeIhJ xX
— lisa hammond (@lisahammondwhop) May 11, 2015
— Maxime Pons Webster (@MQuetzal) May 11, 2015
You know when you think you couldn't love someone any more? & then they »
Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Mr. Turner," is available now On Demand. Need help finding a movie to watch? Let TWC find the best fit for your mood here. Read More: Why Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner,' Starring Timothy Spall, is a Masterful Biopic There's acting and then there's losing yourself to a role. Timothy Spall came very close to the latter in bringing legendary British painter J.M. W. Turner to the screen for Mike Leigh's latest, "Mr. Turner." The biopic marks Leigh's first one in 15 years, following 1999's "Topsy-Turvy," in which Spall, a Leigh regular, played a supporting role. As Spall told Indiewire, Leigh first approached him about the project seven years ago. Four years later, Spall found himself "walking around London, feeling a bit enigmatically depressed as actors often do, »
- Nigel M Smith
Fifty Shades of Grey This Blu-ray arrived only a few hours ago and as I type this my wife took it and is currently giving it a rewatch, all despite the fact she didn't even like it. I don't know what to tell you, but such is the way of the world. Personally, I did not enjoy this movie one bit, but I will always recognize Dakota Johnson as she saved all kinds of face and gave a solid performance in a junk movie. However, I should note this one doesn't actually arrive until Friday, so you're going to have to hold out just a little longer. That is unless you want to just buy the streaming version and own it now.
- Brad Brevet
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
This Oscar nominee for Best Picture is set in 1965, but it still feels timely in 2015. "Selma" chronicles the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo), resulting in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. "Selma" had its digital release on April 21, but it's available on DVD/Blu-ray, Netflix (via DVD/Blu-ray), and Redbox on May 5. The Blu-ray includes deleted and extended scenes, behind-the-scenes documentaries, newsreels, and feature commentary from director Ava DuVernay and Oyelowo. Check out this exclusive clip on the making of the movie.
How steamy do you like your "Fifty Shades"? The first movie in the series was available on Digital HD on May »
- Gina Carbone
Mark Gatiss studies The Last Days Of Charles I, Torvill and Dean get their skates on in Ice Rink On The Estate and Mad Men heads towards the end. Plus: the return of the BBC’s self-flagellating W1A and a Mike Leigh-inflected Inside No 9
The persistently impressive Mark Gatiss is joined by academic Hannah Dawson and the human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson to dissect the life and death of Charles I, who ruled England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 to 1649. The desire to try Charles for high treason saw the trial of the institution of the monarchy itself, and here the contributors examine whether Charles was the noble martyr who lost his life for both his country and his god, or a vain and deluded fool. Ben Arnold
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- Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Rachel Aroesti, Hannah Verdier, Gwilym Mumford and Jack Seale
The Criterion Collection has announced its new release line-up for June with five new titles set for a Blu-ray release in June.
On July 7, it will release Robert Siodmak’s The Killers (1946) and Don Siegel’s The Killers (1964). On July 14, it will release Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour, Jan Troell’s Here’s Your Life, and Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion. And on July 21, it will release Stephen Frears’ My Beautiful Laundrette and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale The Killers is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features: Robert Siodmak, in a 1946 film that helped define the noir style and launch the acting careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner; and Don Siegel, in a brutal 1964 version, starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, and John Cassavetes, that was intended for television but deemed too »
- Scott J. Davis
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