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Blu-ray Review: 'Jules et Jim' & 'Shoot the Pianist'

28 July 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★French critic and auteur François Truffaut's tone and style have been both successfully and unsuccessfully mined by numerous directors over the years, including the likes of Wes Anderson, Richard Ayoade and Shane Meadows. Never as knowingly hip and revolutionary as others, his cinema belongs to Renoir and Vigo, and is carried on by that doomed depressive Leos Carax. Truffaut claimed that if he walked into a casino, his first instinct would be to master the rules. Godard's first instinct, Truffaut added, would be to invent new ones. With his second and third films, Shoot the Pianist (1960) and Jules et Jim (1962) - both rereleased this week - we see a true master at work.

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- CineVue UK

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Brotherly love: 5 must-see movies that show blood is thicker than water

27 June 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mistaken for Strangers, the documentary about The National frontman Matt Berninger and his wayward filmmaker brother Tom, arrives in UK cinemas today (June 27), and is a reminder that siblings can sometimes make for great cinema.

Whether it's the constant squabbling of Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in Step Brothers, the epic Corleone rivalry in The Godfather or Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront, brothers can make for highly-charged drama.

The National: Matt, Tom Berninger on their rock doc Mistaken for Strangers

The National to release "huge bonus version" of Mistaken for Strangers doc

Digital Spy takes a look back at 5 movies about brothers - from entirely different genres - that are essential viewing for film fans.

Dead Ringers (1988)

A typically ambitious psychological thriller from David Cronenberg, Dead Ringers saw Jeremy Irons take on the role of Beverly and Elliot Mantle, identical twin brothers who work as »

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Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce & David Michôd Introduce us to the world of The Rover in our Exclusive Video

20 June 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This year’s Cannes film festival played host to the premiere of David Michôd’s bleak follow up to his fearsome 2010 film Animal Kingdom. Today we have an exclusive introduction to the dark near-future world of The Rover.

Michôd’s latest film takes place ten years after a global collapse with cultures and societies shifting and realigning.  Pearce’s downtroddden farmer finds himself on a dangerous journey through the unforgiving landscape following a violent robbery.

This short peek behind the scenes introduces us to the main players in this dystopian funk, along with Messrs. Pearce and Pattinson we have Susan Prior, Producer David Linde and Cinematographer Natasha Braier to talk us through own visions of Michôd’s strange new world.

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Braier’s work in particular is shown off beautifully here and she has done some fine work with the likes of Shane Meadows and Lynne Ramsay, »

- Jon Lyus

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Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce & David Michôd Introduce us to the world of The Rover in our Exclusive Video

20 June 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This year’s Cannes film festival played host to the premiere of David Michôd’s bleak follow up to his fearsome 2010 film Animal Kingdom. Today we have an exclusive introduction to the dark near-future world of The Rover.

Michôd’s latest film takes place ten years after a global collapse with cultures and societies shifting and realigning.  Pearce’s downtroddden farmer finds himself on a dangerous journey through the unforgiving landscape following a violent robbery.

This short peek behind the scenes introduces us to the main players in this dystopian funk, along with Messrs. Pearce and Pattinson we have Susan Prior, Producer David Linde and Cinematographer Natasha Braier to talk us through own visions of Michôd’s strange new world.

Take a look below,

Braier’s work in particular is shown off beautifully here and she has done some fine work with the likes of Shane Meadows and Lynne Ramsay, »

- Jon Lyus

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Common People – Documenting the Fans in Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets

6 June 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

“This band are the reason that I’ve never worn a tie.” This quote is one of the many superb fan quotes from Shane Meadows’ excellent documentary Made of Stone. Released last year, the film followed the comeback of legendary band The Stone Roses. The documentary was outstanding, but what made it exceptional were the scenes that explored the reaction of the band’s fans, many of whom had never expected to ever see a reunion. Ranging from unashamed joy to downright hysteria (even Meadows himself could barely keep it together when hearing the news), each of the fans discussed what exactly the band and their music had meant to them. Through listening to the fans, Meadows gains a true understanding of the way in which music can form the identity of the common man, and how music can allow a person to break out of the comfort of their »

- Nia Childs

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Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets review: A life in the day

2 June 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Florian Habicht; Starring: Jarvis Cocker, Mark Webber, Candida Doyle, Nick Banks, Steve Mackey and the people of Sheffield; Running time: 90 mins; Certificate: 12A

Forming in 1978 and releasing their first album It in 1983, Pulp became the slowest-burning overnight success in history when the double-whammy of His 'n' Hers and Different Class made them pop superstars in 1994/95.

But rather than trudge us through the Fire to the Promised Island, director Florian Habicht instead picks - more or less - a single day in the Pulp story. December, 8, 2012 - the band's homecoming show after their reunion the year before.

Most of the film is made up of chats (it'd be over-formalising them to call them interviews) with the band, their fans, and the people of Sheffield. By narrowing his film's focus, Habicht has made a tender, charming life in the day of a unique band in British pop.

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Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets Review

2 June 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Florian Habicht’s nostalgia-infused documentary about Pulp; one of the pioneers of the Britpop phenomena, opens somewhat predictably with their biggest single Common People. On first impressions, such a selection seems too obvious, as though appealing to a mainstream audience rather than the “proper” fans. However eventually it makes perfect sense, as the song is contextually perfect in relation to this film, as that’s what this is truly all about; the common people.

Gaining most of their success in the mid-90s, particularly with their release of the classic album Different Class in ’95, Pulp, led by the enigmatic frontman Jarvis Cocker, have since returned to the stage, reuniting to tour once again. This documentary chronicles the band’s decision to get back together, in the build up to their final show – in their hometown of Sheffield.

Sheffield plays a huge part in this title, as Habicht follows the city’s inhabitants voyeuristically, »

- Stefan Pape

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Hyena to open Edinburgh

12 May 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gerard Johnson’s follow-up to Tony to receive world premiere as opening film; contenders for Michael Powell Award also revealed, including six world premieres.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has revealed that corrupt cop drama Hyena will open the 68th edition of the festival on June 18.

The film reunites director Gerard Johnson with Peter Ferdinando, who played the lead in his debut feature Tony which received its world premiere at Eiff in 2009.

Producers include Stephen Woolley (Made in Dagenham, The Crying Game, Mona Lisa), Elizabeth Karlsen (Great Expectations, Ladies in Lavender) and Joanna Laurie. Hyena was developed by Film4. Sam Lavender and Katherine Butler exec produced the film for Film4 which was co-financed by Film4, BFI, Ingenious and Lipsync and will be released by Metrodome in the UK and distributed internationally by Independent.

Set in London, Hyena revolves around corrupt police officer Michael Logan (Ferdinando) who has to deal with an influx of ruthless Albanian gangsters »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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After Bob Hoskins, it's curtains for working-class actors these days | Barbara Ellen

3 May 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bob Hoskins had a rich and varied career that would not happen now as upper-class men get all the good parts

Rip, Bob Hoskins extraordinary actor and, by all accounts, decent cove. In a wider sense, Hoskins's death raises fresh questions about his legacy as a working-class actor in that he actually got to leave a legacy, in the form of a canon of remarkable and (crucially) varied work spanning 40 years. Jump forward a few decades and how many British working-class actors will have had such chances?

When people comment along the lines that we will never see Hoskins's like again, they are rightly referring to his acting, but it could just as easily be a statement about his class. Outside designated zones such as soap-land, or whatever Shane Meadows, Noel Clarke or Paul Abbott might be doing, working-class actors are becoming practically invisible, the ghosts of the industry, rarely »

- Barbara Ellen

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Helen Mirren on Bob Hoskins: 'A spectacular firework just as it takes off'

30 April 2014 9:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stephen Woolley, Shane Meadows and Helen Mirren pay tribute to actor Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71

Bob was a great actor and an even greater man. Funny, loyal, instinctive, hard-working, with that inimitable energy that seemed like a spectacular firework rocket just as it takes off. When I worked with him on The Long Good Friday he was supportive and not egotistical. He was never sexist, when many around at that time were. I had the honour of watching the creation of one of the most memorable characters in British film.

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- Shane Meadows, Helen Mirren and Stephen Woolley

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Bob Hoskins: forget Mona Lisa, Felicia's Journey was his masterpiece | Peter Bradshaw

30 April 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bob Hoskins' appeal lay in a chirpiness forever on the edge of explosion. Yet his most powerful hour came playing a man with genuinely unsettling intent beneath that cuddly exterior

 Helen Mirren, Shane Meadows and Stephen Woolley share their memories of Hoskins

Bob Hoskins was such a strong presence on screen: wiry, coiled, a low centre of gravity. For me, he always no matter how old he got looked like a recently retired boxer, the kind who might well instantly return to fisticuffs if provoked, but also like a man who could suddenly burst out laughing at a joke he liked, or into tears at a sentimental song. He was more muscle than fat, more heart than most. And it looked like someone might have broken that heart.

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- Peter Bradshaw

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Bob Hoskins, one of Britain's best-loved actors, dies aged 71

30 April 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bob Hoskins, the British actor who starred in The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and many more, has died aged 71

 Helen Mirren, Shane Meadows and Stephen Woolley share their memories of Hoskins

 Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures

 Bob Hoskins: Xan Brooks pays tribute

Bob Hoskins obituary

Bob Hoskins: a career in clips

Patrick Barkham: 'He was unforgettable'

The actor Bob Hoskins has died aged 71. His agent said that he died on Tuesday, surrounded by his family, suffering from pneumonia. He retired in 2012 following a diagnosis with Parkinson's disease in the autumn of 2011.

One of Britain's best-loved actors, Hoskins was known for his gruff bonhomie, and career that spanned more than 30 years. He first found fame on the small screen in Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven, and then in cinemas as a London gangster-turned-businessman in The Long Good Friday (1980).

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- Catherine Shoard

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Bob Hoskins: 8 great movie roles - Hook, Roger Rabbit, Mermaids

30 April 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bob Hoskins, the legendary British actor whose career spanned more than 40 years, has died at the age of 71. Hoskins passed away today (April 30) after contracting pneumonia. He announced his retirement from acting in 2012 following a Parkinson's diagnosis.

Bob Hoskins dies, aged 71: Tributes pour in for Long Good Friday star

Hoskins leaves behind an eclectic selection of film roles, having worked with filmmakers ranging from Steven Spielberg to Stephen Frears. Here are eight of his more memorable big screen roles...

The Long Good Friday (1980)

Probably the greatest British gangster film ever made, Hoskins delivered an explosive turn as Harold Shand, a criminal looking to refashion himself as a legit businessman. John McKenzie's film has stood the test of time exceptionally well, having contemporary resonance in Shand's plans to rejuvenate the London Docklands to make way for the Olympic Games.

Mona Lisa (1986)

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Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins passes away at 71

30 April 2014 5:57 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm hugely saddened to report that Oscar-nominated British actor Bob Hoskins -- the quintessential Cockney gent of latter-day cinema -- has passed away. Aged 71, he died in hospital following a bout of pneumonia. His wife, Linda, and four children issued a statement clarifying that the Londoner "died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family," and thanked well-wishers for their "messages of love and support." Hoskins' health had been declining for some time: he retired  from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. His last screen role was in "Snow White and the Huntsman." After supporting roles in such films as "Zulu Dawn" and a BAFTA-nominated turn in Dennis Potter's TV landmark "Pennies From Heaven," Hoskins' film breakthrough came in his late thirties with the role of conflicted East End crime boss Harold Shand in the 1980 gangster classic "The Long Good Friday," which earned him another BAFTA nod. »

- Guy Lodge

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Springboard: Jack O’Connell, Star of 'Starred Up' And Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken,' On Why He Won’t Sell Out to Hollywood

25 April 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every Friday, Indiewire's new Springboard column will profile an up-and-comer in the indie world who deserves your attention. At 23, Jack O’Connell has been a mainstay in British cinema for close to a decade, having made his screen debut in Shane Meadows’ "This Is England" and starring in the gritty teen drama "Skins." But the actor’s star is about to get a whole lot brighter: In August, Tribeca Film will release "Starred Up," in which O’Connell plays an angry prisoner clashing with authorities. While "Starred Up" premiered to great acclaim at Telluride and recently found more support at the Tribeca Film Festival, O’Connell has already surfaced again as the lead in the Berlin Festival selection "’71," a brutal war drama featuring the actor in nearly every scene. He also recently surfaced with a supporting role in "300: Rise of an Empire"; later this year, he will be seen »

- Eric Kohn

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Blu-ray Review: 'That Sinking Feeling'

22 April 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆The debut feature from beloved Scottish writer and director Bill Forsyth (best known for such classic regional offerings as Gregory's Girl and Local Hero), That Sinking Feeling may not have aged particularly well since its 1979 release, but it still has a rough-around-the edges, lo-fi charm that's largely absent in contemporary indie cinema. In many ways it feels like an early precursor to the works of Shane Meadows, the main character here sharing the same name as the eponymous loser in Meadows' Where's the Money, Ronnie? Like that film, it also features an inept and desperate bunch of crooks, similarly portrayed by inexperienced actors delivering unpolished, endearing performances.

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We Are The Best!'s Lukas Moodysson is cinema's eternal teenager

11 April 2014 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Swedish director's new film about a teen girl punk band is a coming-of-age masterpiece, but he's keen to remain an outsider

If you happen to be a teenage girl looking to modern cinema for a role model, you're left with two options: live your life by the meaningless platitudes of vest-clad, stern-faced warrior types from a bleak dystopian future (The Hunger Games, Divergent), or dedicate your existence to grabbing money, fellating Uzis and drowning your brain cells with James Franco (Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring). Both of which sound exhausting and neither of which are going to help you get a B+ in German. However, 44-year-old cult Swedish director Lukas Moodysson is about to buck that trend. His new film, We Are The Best!, is a coming-of-age masterpiece which recalls the perceptive comedy of Shane Meadows's A Room For Romeo Brass and Rob Reiner's stirring representation of friendship in Stand By Me. »

- Harriet Gibsone

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The British Cinema Dream Team

4 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Today sees the release of Richard Ayoade’s second feature film, The Double. Another solid instalment from one of Britain’s most promising new directors. Also released today is Shan Khan’s Honour, starring arguably the finest working British actor of his generation, Paddy Considine. Considine himself has made appearances in both Ayoade’s films, and with that in mind, here is one UK dream team that we would love to see.

Director- Richard Ayoade

Ayoade is well known for his comedic style. Bursting on to UK television with the It Crowd, his quirky sense of humour seeps through in to both The Double and debut feature, Submarine. The BAFTA nominated Submarine cemented Ayoade as one of the most promising new voices in the British film industry. The black humour, the gentle tragedy, and the hysterical performances is a refreshing voice in the doom and gloom of a lot of British Cinema, »

- Nia Childs

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’12 Years a Slave’ Backer Channel 4 Pledges Continued Support for Indie Filmmaking

31 March 2014 2:07 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London – Speaking to Variety, David Abraham, chief executive of U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, has reaffirmed the network’s support for independent British filmmaking following news that Tessa Ross, controller of film and drama, is to leave in September.

Ross has been a doughty champion of innovative and risk-taking independent filmmaking during her decade-long tenure as head of Channel 4’s filmmaking arm Film4, which has backed such films as Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and Kevin Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland.”

This approach to filmmaking, which is in line with Channel 4’s remit to deliver content to the audience that “demonstrates innovation, experiment and creativity in the form and content of programs,” and that “exhibits a distinctive character,” will continue after Ross’ departure, Abraham says, but her successor will be encouraged to shape Film4’s editorial policy.

“In a creative »

- Leo Barraclough

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’12 Years a Slave’ Backer Channel 4 Pledges Continued Support for Indie Filmmaking

31 March 2014 2:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London – Speaking to Variety, David Abraham, chief executive of U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, has reaffirmed the network’s support for independent British filmmaking following news that Tessa Ross, controller of film and drama, is to leave in September.

Ross has been a doughty champion of innovative and risk-taking independent filmmaking during her decade-long tenure as head of Channel 4’s filmmaking arm Film4, which has backed such films as Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” and Kevin Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland.”

This approach to filmmaking, which is in line with Channel 4’s remit to deliver content to the audience that “demonstrates innovation, experiment and creativity in the form and content of programs,” and that “exhibits a distinctive character,” will continue after Ross’ departure, Abraham says, but her successor will be encouraged to shape Film4’s editorial policy.

“In a creative »

- Leo Barraclough

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