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Peter Bradshaw picks his favourite films of 2012

13 December 2012 7:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

At the end of a bumper year for film-making, Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw unveils the contenders for his very own – imaginary – film awards

Most critics compile year-end roundups in a mood of shrugging acceptance that not every year can be great. But actually 2012 has been vintage, with some really brilliant films from the biggest names doing their best work – and some fascinating documentaries. So once again, I have created my imaginary awards nominations in the following categories: best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best documentary and best screenplay. You will have to imagine me, in full tuxedo-style evening wear announcing the Braddies at the Dorchester. (I have put Seth MacFarlane, Michael Haneke and Kylie Minogue on my table.)

So, the nominations are …

Best film

Amour (dir. Michael Haneke)

The Master (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

Holy Motors (dir. Leos Carax)

Killing Them Softly (dir. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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ICM Partners Signs Writer Kirk Ellis

8 November 2012 3:47 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Kirk Ellis, writer/co-executive producer of the HBO miniseries John Adams, has signed with ICM Partners. He was with CAA. Ellis won an Emmy for writing the seven-part mini and shared in John Adams‘ award for best movie/miniseries. Ellis has several other projects in the works at HBO, two with John Adams‘ co-producer Playtone — miniseries 1776 and series based on the James Ellroy novel American Tabloid – as well as film The Day The Laughter Stopped, about Fatty Arbuckle’s career, which has Eric Stonestreet attached to star. Ellis’ previous credits include several ABC long-form projects — miniseries Anne Frank, Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows and The Beach Boys: An American Family, as well as telefilm The Three Stooges. He also created/co-exec produced the TNT mini Into The West. Ellis continues to be managed by Thruline and repped by attorney Bob Myman. »


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The Forgotten: Slow Fade

17 October 2012 9:44 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

There are films from late in the great directors' careers which inspire passionate devotion among the more avid fans, films for which excuses have to be made, and films which inspire pained embarrassment. For me, the late films of Blake Edwards sometimes fall into all three camps, but then some of his earlier films do too: Mickey Rooney's enthusiastic personation of Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's must surely cause pangs of discomfort to even the most devoted admirers of Audrey Hepburn.

Sunset (1988) perhaps has the edge on some the films immediately before and after, because it's clearly inspired by real love, not so much of movies or movie people, but what Alan Rudolph has called "movie-ness." Let's unpick that.

The loose and unsatisfying plot involves the 1929 murder of a Hollywood madam at a brothel where the prostitutes are styled to resemble movie stars (cue truly cringe-worthy don't-look-alikes and »

- David Cairns

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The Crooked Path Of David Ayer To End Of Watch

3 October 2012 7:42 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

I first heard about David Ayer when my family insisted that I not see his film.

This was back in ’01, and the film was a gangland grotesque that was drawing critical buzz like a carcass draws flies, Training Day.

Minor league crime fan that I was, I would have rushed to see a flick my folks damned as crass, bleak and hyper-violent. Anything that wrinkled their noses got mine twitching. But the applause from the reviewers’ ranks turned me off.

Once I got around to it, I’d have kicked myself for waiting that long. Training Day had all the promised nasty and more, with brains and guts to spare. The film satisfied my lust for the grim, while the script starved me for the quality work of its writer, David Ayer.

Enough years had passed that Ayer was back in the spotlight, this time getting panned for going over »

- Matthew C. Funk

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5 Things You Might Not Know About 'L.A. Confidential'

19 September 2012 9:07 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's safe to say that "L.A. Confidential" wasn't greeted with especially high expectations in the run up to its release. James Ellroy's 1990 book, the third of his "L.A. Quartet" (preceded by "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere," and completed by "White Jazz") was a favorite among crime fans, but hardly a best seller. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was known only for "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and a rewrite of actioner "Assassins." Director Curtis Hanson was well-liked, but mostly known for mid-level programmers like "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "The River Wild." And the cast was led by two virtual unknowns from the Southern Hemisphere, with the most recognizable names in the cast being Kim Basinger, whose career was a little on the outs, comedy actor Danny DeVito and recently Oscar-nominated character actor Kevin Spacey. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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'L.A. Confidential' Cast: Where Are They Now?

18 September 2012 12:55 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Life is good in Los Angeles... it's paradise on Earth. That's what they tell you, anyway." In the case of "L.A. Confidential" -- which was released 15 years ago this week (on September 19, 1997) -- the City of Angels resembled nothing like its given nickname. Instead, the town was filled with police corruption, drugs and murder. Based on the James Ellroy book of the same name, Curtis Hanson's 1950s noir crime drama is now considered a classic flick, one that garnered both critical and commercial praise for its veteran A-listers (Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito) and its two up-and-coming Australian actors (Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, both of whom were relatively unknowns at the time). It also went on to win two Academy Awards, for Best Adapted Screenplay (going to director Curtis Hanson and his co-writer Brian Helgeland) and Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger as Veronica Lake-lookalike Lynn »

- Alex Suskind

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Another James Ellroy Novel In Development

17 September 2012 2:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Last week we reported on Luca Guadagnino being set to direct an indirect prequel to La Confidential titled The Big Nowhere. Now we have word that Vincent Sieber has procured rights to another James Ellroy novel, Blood’S A Rover, via his production company Vs Entertainment. Whereas The Big Nowhere, is part of the La Quartet series of books, Blood’S A Rover is part of the Underworld USA Trilogy which takes place during the 1960s-1970s. Blood’S A Rover is a political thriller that follows the FBI in a time following the assassinations of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy. James Ellroy had this to say about the recent acquisition:

My most recent novel is — not surprisingly — also my best. The story is no less than the psychic inventory of America from 1968 to 1972. I have no doubt that [producer] Clark Peterson and Vincent Sieber will fashion a splendid »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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James Ellroy's 'Blood's a Rover' gets movie adaption

17 September 2012 1:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Ellroy's Blood's a Rover will be adapted for the big screen. The La Confidential writer's most recent novel has been optioned by Vs Entertainment, reports Deadline. The story - set in the late '60s and early '70s - centres around Joan Rosen Klein, whose quest for revenge alters the course of history and the lives of three troubled men. Ellroy is attached as executive producer on the project. Vs's Vincent Sieber (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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James Ellroy's Rover Headed To Screens

16 September 2012 5:09 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Adapting a James Ellroy novel for the screen can be a dicey proposition. For every success that brings big rewards (La Confidential) there are those that linger, never quite making headway (Joe Carnahan’s long-gestating take on White Jazz). But producers Vincent Sieber and Clark Peterson seem to think they’re on to a winner with the novelist’s 2009 tome, Blood’s A Rover.The story, set in the stormy late 1960s and early 1970s, follows three men who have their own reasons for tracking a woman named Joan Rosen Klein. One is a tough goon working for J Edgar Hoover, another a heroin-addicted former cop who is building a mob-backed gambling mecca, and finally, a voyeuristic private eye who has his own set of enemies.Ellroy, who most recently contributed to film by writing the script for Rampart, has signed on to the Rover adaptation as a producer and »

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Ellroy's "Blood’s A Rover" Gets Adapted

15 September 2012 4:55 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Vs Entertainment has acquired screen rights to L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy's new novel "Blood’s A Rover" says Deadline.

Set in the late 1960s and early ’70s, the story follows three men - J. Edgar Hoover’s strong-arm goon, an ex-cop and heroin runner in the Dominican Republic, and a private eye on the verge of uncovering a conspiracy - who are all in pursuit of a 'Red Goddess' by the name of Joan Rosen Klein.

The novel is the last in Ellroy's 'Underworld USA' trilogy after "American Tabloid" and "The Cold Six Thousand". Vincent Sieber and Clark Peterson will produce.

The news follows last week's report that "I Am Love" helmer Luca Guadagnino is planning an adaptation of Ellroy's "The Big Nowhere", the second of his four "L.A. Quartet" novels. The first and third novels in that series - "The Black Dahlia" and "L.A. »

- Garth Franklin

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Adaptations of James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere and Blood’S A Rover in Development

14 September 2012 3:18 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

According to Deadline, adaptations of James Ellroy's crime novels The Big Nowhere and Blood's a Rover are both in development.  It's worth noting that both books are part of their own series, neither is the first book in that series.  The Big Nowhere is the second part in "The L.A. Quartet", which spans from the mid-1940s to the late 1950s.  Blood's a Rover is set in the 1960s-70s, and closes out the "Underworld USA Trilogy". Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) is in talks to adapt The Big Nowhere.  The book is a murder mystery set in 1950, and follows three characters: ambitious young deputy Danny Upshaw, ambitious Lapd lieutenant Malcolm "Mal" Considine, and disgraced former cop-turned-bagman Turner "Buzz" Meeks.  The L.A. Quartet shares characters and setting, and The Big Nowhere follows The Black Dahlia, and is followed by L. »

- Matt Goldberg

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James Ellroy's Blood's A Rover Heading To The Big Screen

14 September 2012 2:29 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

James Ellroy is no stranger to Hollywood, having had books like L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia and Brown.s Requiem previously receiving the adaptation treatment, but now it looks like another one of his novels is ready to make the jump from page to screen. Vs Entertainment, which is owned by Vincent Sieber, has negotiated for and acquired the rights to Blood.s A Rover, which is the most recent Ellroy story to hit the stands. First published in 2009, the period piece is set in the late 60s and follows the story of Joan Rosen Klein .who, against all odds, triumphs against her mobbed-up and politically connected foes to avenge her lost loved ones.. Her actions, however, result in changing the course of history for three men: Dwight Holly, who is best known as J. Edgar Hoover.s .strong arm goon;. a heroin runner building a gambling empire in »

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James Ellroy Novel ‘Blood’s A Rover’ Optioned By Vs Entertainment

14 September 2012 11:34 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Vincent Sieber’s Vs Entertainment has acquired screen rights to Blood’s A Rover, the latest novel by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy. Sieber, currently executive producing Alex ProyasThe Unpleasant Profession Of Jonathan Hoag, will produce Rover with Clark Peterson, who recently wrapped production on Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot. Ellroy will be exec producer. Set during the troubled times of the late 1960s and early ’70s, the novel tells the story of Joan Rosen Klein who, against all odds, triumphs against her mobbed-up and politically connected foes to avenge her lost loved ones. In the process, she alters the course of history as well as the lives of the three men who follow her: Dwight Holly, J. Edgar Hoover’s pet strong-arm goon; Wayne Tedrow, and ex-cop and heroin runner who is building a mob gambling mecca in the Dominican Republic; and Don Crutchfield, a »


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Vs Entertainment Takes James Ellroy's Blood's A Rover

14 September 2012 | | See recent news »

Producer Vincent Sieber has, through his Vs Entertainment, secured the rights to James Ellroy's Blood's A Rover and has plans for a big screen adaptation. Deadline has the story, saying that Sieber, along with Clark Peterson, will produce the adaptation of the novel, officially described as follows: Martin Luther King assassinated. Robert Kennedy assassinated. Los Angeles, 1968. Conspiracies theories are taking hold. On the horizon looms the Democratic Convention in Chicago and constant gun fire peppers south L.A. Violence, greed, and grime, are replacing free-love and everybody from Howard Hughes, Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover to the right-wing assassins and left-wing revolutionaries are getting dirty. At the center of it all is a triumvirate: the president.s strong-arm »

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Top 10: Crime Movies

12 September 2012 5:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Article by Dan Clark

With the recent release of Lawless it had me thinking about one of my favorite movie genres. I’m not sure what it is but the crime genre has produced some of the greatest films of all time. That made creating this list even more difficult. One thing I did do to ease my pain a little was I didn’t include Westerns. I figured I would save those for their own list.  After much frustration I was finally able to break it down to the Top 30 Crime Films of All Time.  I’m sure some of the list will surprise you while others choices will be far more obvious.

Here’s the Top 10, and for the rest check out the full Top 30 rundown on Gcrn.

10) No Country for Old Men

Directed By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and Cormac McCarthy

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, »

- Guest

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Morning 5: Cooper and Russell Line-Up More, Kate Winslet's 'Titanic' Screen Test and an 'L.A. Confidential' Prequel?

11 September 2012 7:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) Hot off the heels of Brad's A+ reviewed Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper are already looking to get back at it. Twice. The first project is currently untitled, but was once known as American Bullsh*t. The crime drama co-stars Jeremy Renner as an FBI agent forced to seek the help of a con-man (Cooper) to set up a sting operation to root out corruption. Amy Adams is also on board as Cooper's mistress and partner in crime. Russell says the film will shoot in February on the East Coast. The second project they've discussed is American Sniper, which we know a lot less about. But Cooper has acquired the rights, and he and Russell seem to be crushing on each other pretty hard right now. "He is like an athlete who wants to burst out of the blocks and wants to stretch in all these new ways, »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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Luca Guadagnino Set To Helm ‘L.A. Confidential’ Prequel

11 September 2012 1:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Luca Guadagnino is said to be developing an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel The Big Nowhere. Luca Guadagnino may be known for shorts and documentaries, but that hasn’t stopped him from dabbling in feature films before. He was responsible for the lackluster Melissa P. (2005) but also the rather impressive I Am Love (2009).

The Big Nowhere is part of James Ellroy’s La Quartet. Those familiar with L.A. Confidential (1997), and let’s face it you really should be, will recognise recurring characters such as Buzz Meeks and Dudley Smith. The main character though is Danny Upshaw, a cop hunting  a serial killer during a time of great paranoia and suspicion due to the Red Scare, which sees accusations of communism thrown around.

I feel as though this film could go either way. Despite the fantastic brilliant wonderfulness of L.A. Confidential, Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet was also »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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James Ellroy’s ‘The Big Nowhere’ Getting Big Screen Treatment

10 September 2012 11:11 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, garnering heat after directing I Am Love starring Tilda Swinton, is looking for future projects and one of those may be an adaptation of crime fiction author James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere.

David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter franchise, is spearheading the project alongside Jeffrey Clifford and Maurizio Grimaldi.

James Ellroy is best known for writing the novels L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia.

Publishers Weekly’s official book synopsis for The Big Nowhere:

“Returning to Los Angeles a few years after World War II (the setting of his last novel, The Black Dahlia ), Ellroy has come up with an ambitious, enthralling melodrama painted on a broad, dark canvas. The novel’s first half interweaves two stories of lonely, driven lawmen investigating the crimes of social outcasts.

In the county sheriff’s office, Deputy Danny Upshaw finds that his probe of a series »

- Matt Granados

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'I Am Love' Director Gets 'L.A. Confidential' Prequel 'The Big Nowhere'

10 September 2012 12:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Though he's stuck mostly to documentaries and short films throughout his career, Italian director Luca Guadagnino made a splash with the Tilda Swinton-starring I Am Love back in 2010, which even made Quentin Tarantino's personal list of favorite films of that year. Now he's attached to a project that will really turn some heads, as Deadline reports that he's developing an adaptation of James Ellroy's book The Big Nowhere, a prequel to L.A. Confidential, which was adapted for the screen in 1997. The Big Nowhere is set in 1950 L.A. and features intertwining storylines involving some characters we saw in L.A. Confidential. The Playlist has a good write-up of this story, reminding us that The Big Nowhere is one of the four books in Ellroy's "L.A. Quartet" series, following The Black Dahlia (which Brian De Palma adapted back in '06), and preceding both L.A. Confidential and the last entry, »

- Ben Pearson

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‘I Am Love’ Director Luca Guadagnino Enters World of James Ellroy In ‘The Big Nowhere’

10 September 2012 11:18 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

James Ellroy adaptations, for the most part (of what’s not a large pool), don’t exactly “work.” The big, big exception to this rule is Curtis Hanson‘s L.A. Confidential, a remarkable film of great craft and even larger entertainment value that, in its own existence, possibly set unfair expectations for later works. And the only other notable spin is Brian De Palma‘s The Black Dahlia, a film I happen to be one of the six fans of — if only because it takes a complex crime novel and turns it into an intentionally opaque two-hour feature. Above all else, though, it shows that his books are both too long and too specific in their writing to truly function as movies. (There is a 1987 James Woods vehicle, Cop, which I doubt anyone reading this has even seen. Nobody seems to like it, anyhow.)

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