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A two-time Academy Award-winner (with a further four nominations under his belt), Washington has achieved just about all there is to achieve in his glittering Hollywood career. Picking out his five best movies is a tricky job, but we've attempted to do it anyway. Read on to find out which Denzel movies we think are the absolute essentials...
Edward Zwick's American Civil War drama starred Washington as Private Silas Trip, a soldier in the first Union Army unit to be made up entirely of African-American men. Washington stole the movie from its leading man Matthew Broderick, and bagged a Supporting Actor Oscar win for his troubles. He was nominated two years prior for playing activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom, but this was the movie that »
Who said that suits were just for the guys? Plenty of leading ladies are looking white hot in this mens-inspired fashion take. Their styles prove once and for all that a proper-fitting suit looks fabulous on absolutely everyone! Dakota Fanning and Jada Pinkett Smith both paired their white suit jackets with two elements: a cream colored contrast and silk. This is a great way to wear white without getting totally washed out, while also playing with textures. Dakota mixed up her look by incorporating a thigh-high slit skirt, while Jada completed her outfit with a matching pleated pant. Rosario Dawson made this trend incredibly sexy by choosing to wear a white suit sans shirt. Can we just say, if we looked »
Ladies, let us in on the joke! Marion Cotillard and Dakota Fanning, both lovely in dark daywear, were spotted gleefully giggling side-by-side in Paris—and who could blame them? The actresses scored coveted front row seats to the Christian Dior spring 2015 runway show, where designer Raf Simons debuted a delicate collection of prairie-inspired clothes for next season. Cotillard, 38, a Dior model alongside Jennifer Lawrence (for whom we just shopped the collection!), was the epitome of Parisian chic in a structured Lbd, a look she paired with coral [...] »
Sneak Peek the first trailer revealing footage from director Richard Laxton's period 'biopic', "Effie Gray", written by Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility"), starring Dakota Fanning, Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi and David Suchet:
"Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastated Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter 'John Everett Milias' (Tom Sturridge)..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Effie Gray"...
- Michael Stevens
After an 18 month wait since completion (and several legal battles later) the first trailer has arrived for period drama Effie Gray.
Dakota Fanning (How I Live Now) stars as Euphemia ‘Effie’ Gray, a young lady torn between her dull marriage to husband John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and her exciting fling with artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Emma Thompson (also acting as writer), Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, David Suchet. Russell Tovey, Claudia Cardinale and James Fox co-star.
Although decadent in style and cinematography, this just seems to blend in with the other hundred British heritage films we’ve seen released over the last few years – shame.
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- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The first Effie Gray trailer for director Richard Laxton’s (Burton and Taylor) significantly delayed period drama has arrived. Written by Emma Thompson, the film is a biopic of Effie Gray (played by Dakota Fanning) that centers on her doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in 1840s London. Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastate Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Milias (Tom Sturridge). Thompson won an Oscar for starring in 1992’s Howards End and another for writing 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, and she returns to the “British Period Drama” genre with Effie Gray. The film looks to be considerably grim and feels slightly reminiscent of the drab and dull Therese, but there is certainly a strong pedigree behind it, so here’s hoping it’s worth the wait. Watch the Effie Gray trailer after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
"She has to get away from their clutches." What is wrong with Effie? That's the question that plays at the center of the biopic Effie Gray. And from the look of its first trailer, the simple answer is that it wasn't easy being a woman in the Victorian age, where sex and desire were four-letter curse words. The Telegraph premieres Effie Gray's debut trailer ahead of its world theatrical debut in the U.K. on October 10th. Dakota Fanning stars as its title character, a woman who caused quite a scandal in Victorian England when she cheated on her art critic husband John Ruskin (Greg Wise), with the painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Emma Thompson co-stars alongside David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters, but it was her screenwriting credit that has caused the film's modern-day scandal. Indie Wire reports that director Richard Laxton completed production on Effie Gray »
Whenever the words “delayed release” are appended to any film, critics usually respond with an arched eyebrow and an intimation that the film is not as good as it should be. While this is often true, in the case of Effie Gray we need to use some restraint. Despite being completed eleven months ago, the film has been delayed as the result of a legal dispute concerning authors Eve Pomerance and Gregory Murphy. The authors both wrote plays and screenplays on the subject and have claimed that the film relies too heavily on their work. Those disputes have been resolved, so it’s only now that Effie Gray shall see the light of day.
Effie Gray tells the complex true story of a Victorian love triangle between the young lady of the title (Dakota Fanning), her husband art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise), and a Pre-Raphaelite painter named Everett Millais »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The childhood friends were married in 1848 but did not consummate their union due to Ruskin's apparent aversion to the female body.
After six years, the couple were granted an annulment and Gray went on to marry the pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge).
Effie Gray will be released on October 10 in the UK. »
Scandal runs deep in the first trailer for the upcoming romance Effie Gray. Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson star in this period drama about the troubled affair between a Victorian era art critic and his beautiful teenage bride. Things don't go so well when Effie realizes that her new husband is refusing to consummate their marriage. Directed by Richard Laxton and written by Emma Thompson herself, the film co-stars Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Julie Walters and Derek Jacobi. Take a first look at this intriguing bit of feminist history before it opens October 10 in the UK. Effie Gray does not currently have a domestic release date.
Written by Oscar-winning Emma Thompson, Effie Gray explores the scandalous true story of the troubled relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and Effie, his teenage bride. After marrying at the tender age of 19, Effie quickly realises her marriage is a lie when Ruskin refuses to consummate it. »
In just over a week, it’ll be twenty years since the first episode of Friends aired on NBC, on Thursday September 22nd 1994. While we’re all reeling from that one: Bill Clinton was President of the United States; the most successful hand drawn animated movie in history, The Lion King was released that summer; and Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Tom Daley and Dakota Fanning were all born.
Consistently one of the highest rated television shows of the time, the popularity and cultural impact of the series is astonishing, even a decade after the final episode aired. Jennifer Aniston’s hairstyle became a phenomenon all on its own, nicknamed ‘The Rachel’. The one minute version of ‘I’ll Be There For You’ recorded as the theme tune proved so popular that The Rembrandts were forced to record a longer version for release as a single, the song becoming a worldwide hit. »
- Ben Cooke
Despite having been completed a year and a half ago, the period drama Effie Gray has been held back by silly legal entanglements from writers Even Pomerance and Gregory Murphy, both claiming that the film seemed to borrow too much from their existing plays and screenplays on the historical figure and Victorian-era love triangle. But all that's been solved, and the film is at least poised for release in the United Kingdom this fall with Dakota Fanning in the title role of Euphemia "Effie" Gray. The film follows her troubled marriage with art critic and social reformer John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and eventual relationship with painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). It doesn't look half-bad for this kind of flick. Watch? Here's the first UK trailer for Richard Laxton's Effie Gray from The Telegraph (via The Playlist): Effie Gray is directed by Richard Laxton ("Burton & Taylor") and written »
- Ethan Anderton
Consummation was all the rage during the Victorian era.
The Telegraph previewed an exclusive first trailer for the period drama Effie Gray, which depicts the true story of the sexless marriage between art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and wife Euphemia “Effie” Gray (Dakota Fanning). Realizing that Ruskin is unwilling to consummate the marriage, Gray seeks to get her rocks off with Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), causing a tumultuous love triangle spanning years. Those Pre-Raphaelites must sure know what they’re doing.
Watch Fanning’s frustration amidst the cold English backdrops below. »
- Teresa Jue
Yes, it was delayed, but don’t say damaged goods quite yet. The period drama “Effie Gray” was completed 18 months ago, but the movie got bogged down in legal disputes, with two separate writers (Eve Pomerance and Gregory Murphy, who both wrote plays and existing screenplays on the subject) claiming the film leans too liberally on their existing works. With those disputes resolved in the late summer, “Effie Gray” is finally moving forward. The movie centers on love triangle and Victorian-age scandal between an art critic (Greg Wise), his wife (Dakota Fanning) and Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). The cast also includes Emma Thompson, David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters. Directed by Richard Laxton (who helmed the "Burton and Taylor" TV movie, but fortunately not the one starring Lindsay Lohan), no exact U.S. date has been set yet (though ScreenDaily recently said November), but "Effie Gray” opens in U. »
- Edward Davis
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
We’ve got our hands on the exclusive poster for Effie Gray, and it's a bit of a beauty. The film tells the tale of Victorian social scandal and Jen/Brad/Ange of its day – art critic John Ruskin, his mysterious unconsummated marriage to one Euphemia Gray, and her subsequent remarriage to John Millais. Our eponymous heroine is played by Dakota Fanning, with Greg Wise as Ruskin, and Tom Sturridge as Pre-Raphaelite dreamboat Millais. The cast also includes the likes of Emma Thompson, David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, which is...
- Fiona Gales
Acute portrayals and nice performances by leads Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as best friends who pledge to lose their virginity before college, helps this mildly racy but ultimately innocuous teen sex film Very Good Girls stay a step or two above the exploitative premise to emerge as something almost worthwhile. Boyd Holbrook also gives more than the role calls for as the handsome street artist who becomes their would-be conquest. His role is believable and even brings out Fanning’s performance, delivering something that could have been icky, but remains tender and even a tad affecting. Olsen is good as well, but Fanning’s always seemed a lightweight before.
The problem with Very Good Girls (besides the 25-year old Ms. Olsen being far too old for this role) is that, despite the sexually tinged subject matter, the script is never fleshed out beyond what’s needed to service the plot. »
- Tom Stockman
As Laika prepares to release The Boxtrolls, we look back at its earlier stop-motion masterpiece, the horror-tinged Coraline...
When it comes to the “behind the sofa” entertainment of their youth, older readers will have plenty to talk about, from the Child Catcher to the Daleks. For kids, the splashes of horror in otherwise family friendly films are what teach them how not to be scared. In recent years, we've seen an even greater resurgence of the horror genre in animated movies.
Features like Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania evoked the tropes of classic horror to either pastiche or parody expectations, but we'd go so far as to say that Laika has been stridently leading the charge for horror movies aimed explicitly at a family audience. The Boxtrolls is the third stop-motion feature from the studio, following 2012's zombie movie ParaNorman and 2009's Coraline, which is probably the scariest family film of this century. »
So why did The Last of Robin Hood leave me completely cold and even slightly disgusted?
This story about Flynn's last days and his relationship with Beverly Aadland, whom he met when she was 15, feels pointless and even occasionally dull. Perhaps it's meant to be another installment in a series of Realistic Portrayals of Stories from Hollywood Babylon, along with The Cat's Meow ... but that movie had style, humor and character depth that this movie lacks. Filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland portrayed teenage characters much more successfully in their previous feature, Quinceanera.
Dakota Fanning plays young Beverly, whom Flynn nicknames Woodsie, his "little wood nymph." He falls for her, she succumbs after an unbelievably rough start ... and more unbelievably, the »
- Jette Kernion
Chicago – The term “in like Flynn” still gets used, when delusional dudes think they have the score. The saying is a product of former matinee idol Errol Flynn, whose tastes in young girls inspired the saying. Kevin Kline portrays him, and his tastes, in “The Last of Robin Hood.”
This is a decent character study – written and directed by the tandem of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland – but has no real dramatic arcs or mysteries solved. However, there is plenty of bizarre 1950s-style tabloid coverage to drink in, and Susan Sarandon is gunning for Meryl Streep’s stranglehold on playing woman character roles of a certain age. Her mother role is delicious, and gives her a chance to be drunk and disorderly. Kline is perfectly suited for the aging Errol Flynn, much as he portrayed the aging Cole Porter and Douglas Fairbanks in previous films. He has the old-timey star look and attitude, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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