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If City are to have the tiniest hope of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages a win here is essential. Given Bayern’s awesome form in this competition – four wins out of four, a 7-1 trouncing of Roma in Rome – that doesn’t look terribly likely. That said, Bayern have already confirmed top spot in Group E, and could be tempted to rest players here, while City are hopeful that David Silva, their little metronome, will be fully fit after a recent knee injury. Gwilym Mumford
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- Gwilym Mumford, Hannah Verdier, David Stubbs, Ali Catterall, Ben Arnold and Julia Raeside
With yesterday's announcement of the live action short film finalists we have our finalists in all three of those miniature categories. You can read more about all of them on their Oscar chart. It's exciting to see how many debut filmmakers or people who've never been recognized before are in the running. Some of them are about to have a life-changing experience. Take Shawn Christensen who won the 2012 Live Action Short Oscar for Curfew. He's just taken that all the way to his first feature which is an expansion of that. It's called Before I Disappear and it hits On Demand And iTunes a week and some theatrical later I believe.
If the nominees don't have a life-changing moment -- it's hard to get a movie made period. Even if you've won awards -- they can at least have a glamorous one in the Dolby with all the movie stars. »
- NATHANIEL R
Learning to hold a brush like Britain’s most revered landscape artist could be considered the easiest way to embody the role of J.M.W. Turner. But for Timothy Spall, who stars as the titular “Mr. Turner,” perfecting the artist’s signature grip was merely the first step in his quest to paint like a master.
“The job really was to get as much knowledge about the practicalities of the painter, try and understand what he was doing,” Spall says. “Basically, we were trying to make it look like I was familiar with a brush, like it was something that grew organically out of my whole being.”
The actor trained with watercolorist Tim Wright off and on for two years before he began shooting Mike Leigh’s look at the last 25 years of Turner’s life and prolific career. After a rigorous examination of the basics, Spall punctuated his »
- Christy Grosz
‘Birdman” deserves kudos for the technical coup of seeming to have been filmed in one, uninterrupted two-hour take. But its quartet of scripters can take a bow for the film’s own coup: That single take encompasses three days and nights. So seamlessly are events arranged, the viewer may not even notice the time manipulation.
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s magic-realism fantasy is only one of a host of 2014 screenplays playing fast and loose with chronology. Challenging leaps, elisions and parallel narratives are becoming serious cinema’s norm, rather than the exception.
On one level, this was to be expected. Every art form dominated by straight narrative eventually fractures. Joyce, Proust and Faulkner broke apart the novel; Eliot, Pound and Yeats did the same to poetry. As Picasso and Braque were chopping portrait painting into unrecognizable shapes, Schoenberg and Stravinsky were infusing symphonic music with 12-tone atonality. Who can be surprised »
- Bob Verini
When a film’s protagonist is in conflict with himself, it’s hard for the audience to choose a side.
But such is the dramatic high-wire act being performed in several of the season’s more prominent movies, in which the key characters are conflicted, confounded, confused and/or contradictory — searching for their identities and their souls. And they’re not necessarily likable.
How an anti-hero is positioned has much to do with his screen persona. In “Wild,” for instance, Jean-Marc Vallee’s adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed memoir, Reese Witherspoon’s character is, first of all, played by Reese Witherspoon.
“Who’s not going to care about Reese Witherspoon?” Vallee asks. “Particularly her face, she’s so vulnerable. And out of her comfort zone: For the first 10 minutes, audiences are going to say ‘you’re going to try something? I’m going to follow you.’ ”
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- John Anderson
Neil Calloway outlines how cinemas should deal with etiquette rule breakers…
2014 seems to be the year of cinema rage. Earlier this week, a Us film festival screening of Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner was interrupted when one viewer asked another to turn off her mobile phone. She responded by giving him a faceful of pepper spray. This follows the altogether more tragic news that a man was shot after a confrontation during Lone Survivor earlier in the year.
Obviously the people involved are in the wrong and crossed over a line. For a start, who thinks when they’re going to the cinema “right, I need my wallet, keys, 9mm handgun”? In a cinema, the violence should be kept on the screen, not in the aisles. Having said that, those that play with their mobile phone during a film should be treated with nothing but contempt, and kicked out of the cinema. »
- Oli Davis
Media financier Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton has left the company to join Simon Fuller’s management and production company Xix Entertainment as president. During him time with Ingenious, Clayton had been instrumental in overseeing the financier’s equity relationship with Fox Searchlight as well as Pathe through its raising of an Enterprise Investment Scheme for the Paris-heaquartered film company.
Also leaving Ingenious in recent weeks are former managing director of the media division Nik Bower and investment director Michael Shyjka, who oversaw the Senior Film Fund. Bower has moved on to Riverstone Pictures, with Reliance Entertainment’s Deepak Nayar, which will produce up to 10 feature films per year.
News of the exec departures was first reported by Screen International .
Ingenious is also currently locked in a bitter court case in the UK with tax authorities Hmrc over hundreds of millions of pounds allegedly owed in unpaid tax. Ingenious’ tax-based funds, »
- Ali Jaafar
Grandeur often rules the day in Best Production Design, which awards the men and women responsible for a movie's set design and construction. The category typically favors period pieces, though at least one fantasy title tends to find a home every year. It is rare for truly contemporary films to be nominated. However, the category is more open to fantasy and contemporary pieces than its cousin Best Costume Design. (Last year was the first year the costume designers had their own branch, but no easily discernible new trends could be observed in my opinion.) Recent years have also suggested openness to CGI-complemented work ("Life of Pi" and "Gravity" immediately jump to mind). On that note, it's worth mentioning that the Art Directors Guild has implemented a new rule somewhat under the radar for its precursor awards this season. According to the new provision, period films must now have the majority »
- Gerard Kennedy
Like his first two narrative features, “Capote” and “Moneyball,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” is based on real events, but that doesn’t mean everything you see onscreen happened in that particular order, or even happened at all. “It’s a representation,” says the 47-year-old filmmaker, heading off at the pass the kind of intricate media scrutiny that can attend fact-based films, especially during Oscar season. As he speaks, his soft voice (which Miller claims he is congenitally unable to raise) barely rises above the din emanating from the kitchen of Emilio’s Ballato, the charmingly untrendy Soho Italian joint Miller has chosen for our interview.
“These are actors wearing costumes, captured through lenses that have been chosen and placed in environments that have been created and lit,” he continues. “You’re not actually living the event. There are decisions made in every molecule of what you’re experiencing. I think »
- Scott Foundas
It's interesting to look at the awards Timothy Spall has won and been nominated for and realize he's never been nominated for an Oscar. With his fifth collaboration with director Mike Leigh it's an oversight that just might be cleared up as his performance in Mr. Turner (see trailer at bottom of this post) has already earned him a Best Actor award at Cannes and is definitely in contention for Best Actor at this year's Oscars. Spall plays the titular character, the eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner, as the film focuses on the second half of his life, exploring a time following his father's (Paul Jesson) death and a subsequent relationship with Ms. Booth (Marion Bailey) a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea. I had the chance to talk with Spall, whose work most mainstream audiences will likely remember as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter films, »
- Brad Brevet
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 7th to Sunday 2nd November 2014…
Interstellar may have failed to top the U.S. box office chart, losing out to Disney’s Big Hero 6, but it had no such competition here in the U.K., with the sci-fi epic debuting in first place with £5,378,220 and giving director Christopher Nolan his fourth-biggest opening on these shores after The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight and Inception.
Interstellar was the only newcomer to crack the top ten this past weekend, but Mike Leigh’s latest Mr Turner enjoyed a solid second weekend, climbing up to second place from its seventh-placed opening last week and pushing its total gross to £2.6 million, overtaking Vera Drake to give Leigh his highest-grossing film to date.
Number one this time last year: Gravity
1. Interstellar – £5,378,220 weekend (New)
2. Mr Turner – £1,014,433 weekend (2 weeks)
- Gary Collinson
Timothy Spall has already picked up an award for his performance as J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh's meticulous biopic "Mr. Turner." He won the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where the film first premiered. He has also received a European Film Awards nomination for his work, a character actor who has picked up the leading man ball and run with it…perhaps even all the way to an Oscar nomination. I spoke to Spall this week about the opportunity, which he particularly relishes for being a shared experience with a longtime collaborator like Leigh. He is uniquely versed in Leigh's singular process of improvisation and intense collaboration, a process through which the script and direction of the drama is discovered by the collective of artisans and actors tasked with bringing it to life. So we talked about that, the contradictions of Turner »
- Kristopher Tapley
Don.t bring a cell phone to a movie theater. Just, don.t do it. Leave it in the car. Keep it at home. Because pulling a phone out in a theater can get you yelled at. It can get you in a fist fight. It can get you shot. And now? It can get you involved in a mace fight. At least, that.s what happened during a screening of Mike Leigh.s Mr. Turner, according to Mashable. The film was screening at the Chinese Theater in downtown Hollywood as part of the American Film Institute festival. An eyewitness tells the site that the man in the back of the theater asked a woman who was sitting near the front to turn off her phone, because the light from the device was clearly visible. He might have made the final mistake when he reportedly tapped the woman on the »
If history has taught us anything, it’s that the movie theater can be a dangerous place for unsuspecting patrons. Last year critic, blogger, and Twitter provocateur Alex Billington of First Showing called 911 when a fellow critic used his phone during a Toronto International Film Festival press and industry screening of Ti West’s found-footage flick “The Sacrament.” After tweeting about his accomplishment and subsequently deleting said tweet, he apologized and admitted that he overreacted. This week during the AFI Fest at the Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood, a woman who apparently had urgent business on her smart phone during a screening of Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” sprayed a man in the face with mace. His crime? He asked her to not use her phone during the movie. Multiple times. They weren’t even 15 minutes into the two-and-a-half-hour movie. She has yet to tweet an apology. Steven Boone offers his »
- Greg Cwik
Increasingly rude or bad behaviour from other patrons in regular film screenings is one reason people are opting to forgo cinemas. One place you would expect people to understand cinema etiquette though is at a film festival screening.
Yet, an AFI Film Festival screening of Mike Leigh’s historical drama "Mr. Turner" last night at the Chinese 6 theater in Hollywood made headlines when a female audience member maced a male audience member in the face. Why? He asked her to turn her cell phone off.
An eyewitness tells Variety that the man repeatedly told the woman to turn off her cell phone five minutes into the movie. She refused. The man then tapped her on the shoulder and asked her again. She stood up, there was a brief exchange, and then she sprayed him with the harsh chemical deterrent in the face.
The man and his girlfriend left the cinema. »
- Garth Franklin
Christopher Nolan’s space epic Interstellar rocketed to the top spot at the U.K. box office in its opening weekend, earning almost as much as the rest of the top 10 films combined and marking the director’s fourth consecutive and fifth overall U.K. number one. Read more Into the Wormhole: A Conversation With Christopher Nolan According to data from Rentrak, Interstellar took home $8.52 million, easily beating the $1.6 million-earning brush strokes of Mr Turner. Mike Leigh’s historical biopic experienced something of a surge in its second week, rising five spaces and leapfrogging over films like
- Alex Ritman
Interstellar has topped the UK box office on its debut weekend on release.
Ranking all 9 of Christopher Nolan's movies from best to worst
The second placed Mr Turner has now earned £2.6 million from UK cinemas, beating Vera Drake to become the most successful film of acclaimed director Leigh's career.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Interstellar - £5,378,220
2. (7) Mr Turner - £1,014,433
3. (1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - £738,766
4. (4) Gone Girl - £696,874
5. (3) Fury - £674,430
6. (5) The Book of Life »
The AFI Film Festival screening of “Mr. Turner” had theatergoers scratching their heads (and eyes) on Monday night when one audience member maced another in the face for asking her to turn off her cell phone.
According to an eyewitness account, the man repeatedly told the woman to turn off her cell phone five minutes into the movie. After she refused, the man then reached over the seat and tapped her on the shoulder (“You need to turn off your phone!” he said), causing the woman to stand up, and after a brief exchange, she sprayed him in the face with the self-defense chemical.
“Everyone in the audience was watching in disbelief,” the eyewitness said.
The man and his girlfriend quickly left the theater. It’s unknown how many other moviegoers also left the festival screening. »
- Variety Staff
Some call it the most important dress rehearsal of awards season. Saturday night's annual Governors Awards, held just a few floors above the distinguished Dolby Theatre where the Oscars take place, was initially created as a way to speed up the prime-time telecast by siphoning off the honorary awards to an event of their own. But now, in its sixth year, in addition to honoring some very distinguished guests, including Harry Belafonte for his decades of humanitarian work and legendary red-headed screen siren Maureen O'Hara, the night has transformed into a coming out party for the year's crop of Oscar »
- Nicole Sperling
Intersteller has rocketed to the top of the UK social media buzz charts ahead of its nationwide release, according to Way to Blue.
It dwarfed other titles set for release this weekend including Keira Knightley comedy Say When (aka Laggies) and sibling drama The Skeleton Twins, starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig – which drew just 162 and 114 comments respectively.
Horror Ouija came third, summoning nearly 4,900 comments with around a quarter of those looking to turn tweets into tickets.
Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner also generated some decent chatter online with nearly 3,000 comments across social media, news, forums »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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