16 items from 2011
Director Gary Hustwit is fast making a name for himself as a documentary filmmaker focused on the seemingly mundane. His first movie, 2007′s Helvetica, was entirely about the titular font. In 2009, he tackled industrial design in Objectified. Now he’s wrapping his design film trilogy with another documentary about something you see every day and never think twice about. This time it’s urban planning and design in Urbanized.
Urbanized premiered this year at Toronto, and we’ve got the trailer below.
The final documentary in director Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy (Helvetica and Objectified), Urbanized asks who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? How does the design of our cities affect our lives? Traveling to over 40 cities and exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, from massive infrastructure initiatives to temporary interventions, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities. »
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Claudette Colbert, John Litel, Paulette Goddard in Mark Sandrich's So Proudly We Hail! (third from the right) Claudette Colbert/James Robert Parish Q&A Pt.2: Since You Went Away, Cecil B. DeMille Movies, Midnight With her film stardom behind her, Claudette Colbert returned to the stage. What was that like for her? Did she miss Hollywood, or was she content with being back on Broadway? Colbert had always adored performing on the stage and wisely decided to return to Broadway where she knew her age would not rule out starring vehicles. The relocation to Manhattan (while her husband Dr. Joel Pressman remained in Los Angeles) suited her strong desire to participate in the chic New York social scene, and to enjoy life in the metropolis where she had grown up. In New York — out of the Hollywood media glare — she was much freer to live life on her own terms. »
- Andre Soares
Orson Welles, Ruth Warrick, Citizen Kane Orson Welles on TCM: The Third Man, The Lady From Shanghai Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am The Tartars (1961) A barbarian army attacks Viking settlements along the Russian steppes. Dir: Richard Thorpe. Cast: Victor Mature, Orson Welles, Folco Lulli. C-83 mins, Letterbox Format 7:30 Am Tomorrow Is Forever (1946) A scarred veteran presumed dead returns home to find his wife remarried. Dir: Irving Pichel. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, George Brent. Bw-104 mins. 9:30 Am Moby Dick (1956) Epic adaptation of Herman Melville's classic about a vengeful sea captain out to catch the whale that maimed him. Dir: John Huston. Cast: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn. C-115 mins, Letterbox Format 11:30 Am The V.I.P.S (1963) Wealthy passengers fogged in at London's Heathrow Airport fight to survive a variety of personal trials. Dir: Anthony Asquith. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Louis Jourdan. »
- Andre Soares
Actor wins £155,000 Praemium Imperiale, sponsored by Japan's imperial family, as Anish Kapoor takes sculpture prize
Winning Japan's equivalent of the Nobel prize, the £155,000 Praemium Imperiale, has come as a great relief to Dame Judi Dench: one of the world's best-known and loved actors is out of work again and panicking.
The fear never goes away, she said after receiving the award honouring actors, artists, musicians and architects by the Japan Art Association, sponsored by the Japanese imperial family. "Trevor Nunn always said I was in floods of tears on all my first nights because I didn't know where the next job was coming from," Dench said. "I've been bumming around. I haven't worked since February, so this is very nice."
Since her professional debut, as Ophelia in 1957, Dench has seldom been out of work. Her career has been weighed down with awards including an Oscar, Tonys, Oliviers and Baftas »
- Maev Kennedy
Alan Titchmarsh's biggest gaffe was failing to make this interview interesting
Difficult interviews, I've done a few myself. Mackenzie Crook was monosyllabic and stared out of the window. I liked him, though. I liked Keira Knightley, too; thought we'd got on quite well. But she complained about me afterwards, via her PR and my editor. Both were a joy and a breeze compared with how Prince Philip is for poor Alan Titchmarsh in Prince Philip at 90 (ITV1).
"This year you were awarded The Oldie's Oldie of the Year award . . ." "Well so what," snaps Philip, interrupting, with a little snort of derision."You just get old." We never even find out what the question was going to be. And so it goes on. Which of the charities and committees Philip sits on gives him the greatest joy? "I don't do them for . . . it's not entertainment, I don't do it for my amusement. »
- Sam Wollaston
What is Marc Webb's new The Amazing Spider-Man about? We have little idea, other than that the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) factors in, and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and her father (Denis Leary) are tied to this new story about the young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). Now we know that Oscorp, the company founded by the original Green Goblin, Norman Osborn, somehow plays a part, too. We don't know what the deal is with Oscorp in the new script, but set pics show off the NYC exterior location used for the company, and one shooting report suggests that Oscorp is more than just a bit of background to please fans. JustJared  has a couple of the photos below, the polaroid (I believe) is via @claimo , and a ComingSoon  reader sent in a few more snaps along with the following report: The Norman Foster 'Hearst Building' is being used as Oscorp. »
- Russ Fischer
What does this mean? Bleeding Cool has posted a pic about the filming of the new Amazing Spider-man flick which features the Oscorp building as a location.
The obivous assumption is that Rhys Ifans’s character Dr Curt Conners whose gene splicing experiments leads him to test on himself in trying to regrow his amputated arm but instead turns him into the Lizard.
Superhero Hype had this statement about the filming at Hearst:
“The Norman Foster ‘Hearst Building’ is being used as Oscorp. They were filming interior scenes in the lobby and mezz floors. I saw plenty of Oscorp employees (all wearing security badges), a couple of police officers (no Dennis Leary) and a couple »
- Katie McCabe
Once full snaps of the new Spider-Man costume were taken by amateur Peter Parker’s everywhere, it seemed fan interest in spying on the set of Sony’s web-slinging reboot had died down. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had anything new to show from The Amazing Spider-Man, but now we have some fresh photo’s taken from production in New York, including shots of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and a glimpse at Hearst Tower filling in for Oscorp HQ which surprisingly appears in the film.
Oscorp is set to play a part in the movie despite, as far as we are aware, nobody cast as either Peter Parker’s best friend Harry Osborn (James Franco in the previous trilogy) or his father Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man 1 and 2 who became Green Goblin) – both characters who in Sam Raimi’s continuity have both been killed off. »
- Matt Holmes
The Amazing Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Oscorp Set Photos from New York City have premiered. The Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Oscorp set photos from Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) clearly show that Oscorp will play a part in the upcoming Spider-man reboot, as an exterior sign on New York City’s Hearst Tower depicts. “You may recall that Oscorp is the company run by Norman Osborn, Aka the villainous Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man and, briefly, in Spider-Man 2).”
A description of The Amazing Spider-Man filming location from a ComingSoon reader:
The Norman Foster ‘Hearst Building’ is being used as Oscorp. They were filming interior scenes in the lobby and mezz floors. I saw plenty of Oscorp employees (all wearing security badges), a couple of police officers (no Dennis Leary) and a couple of army officers (Generals I think). Crew members (two that I saw) were wearing »
You have to look closely to spot him. At first, there's only a vague whiteness, marbled with grey-blue shadow. And then you notice it: a small shape, moving diagonally across the snowscape, a Lear sheathed in Gore-Tex. It's Norman Foster, who has been the world's single most powerful and influential architect for three decades. But what is Baron Foster of Thames Bank doing in an out-take from Fargo? »
Oscar-nominated Brits turn up the pressure on Bafta, Norman Foster makes an embarrassing noise… and Trash loses a grand but gains an opportunity
Put Bafta in the doc
The Facebook campaign to persuade Bafta to create a category for documentaries grew last week when three British film-makers were nominated for documentary Oscars. Lucy Walker's Waste Land, about "catadores" living in Rio de Janeiro's huge landfill site; Bansky's Exit Through the Gift Shop; and Restrepo, co-directed by British photographer Tim Hetherington among American troops in Afghanistan, revealed the strength in fact-based film -making among our native directors.
"It's madness that three Brits will be fighting it out at the Oscars but not at Bafta," Lucy Walker told me from the Sundance film festival, where she's currently on the World Documentary jury. "It's amazing to be back at Sundance, where Waste Land began its own journey exactly a year ago," she said. »
- Jason Solomons
Disney's animation formula might be 50 movies old, but after a thorough 21st-century overhaul it sparkles anew here. The classical elements are present and correct: rejigged fairytale (Rapunzel), musical numbers, expressive animals, problematic mother-daughter dynamic. But the animation is bright, the comedy tight, and the dialogue high-school-friendly. It's like Shrek without the irony, which is kind of refreshing. Little to challenge the status quo (or Pixar), maybe, but it does feature a great comedy horse.
Barney's Version (15)
Giamatti was made to play this comically disgraceful antihero – a boozy, philandering New York Jewish sleazeball/charmer – whose belief in romance shapes his unreliably narrated life, even as it ruins those of others.
- The guide
First the Globes, then the Baftas, then the box office, then the Oscars. Is there anyone who isn't bowing down before the king?
Just to recap, then. Two weeks ago, The King's Speech won a best actor Golden Globe for Colin Firth. A week and a half ago, it picked up 14 Bafta nominations. It's been top of the UK box office for three weeks. And on Tuesday it won 12 Oscar nominations. A whole dozen.
• Here's what Peter Bradshaw reckoned to that result
• Here's the full list
• Here's a video reaction
• Here's the frontrunners in pictures
• And here's the full list of winners and nominees so far this season
In other King's Speech news, Harvey Weinstein announced he might release a bowdlerised cut for family audiences in the States after the Oscars. Shameless campaigning? You decide.
Over in Park City, Sundance kicked off this time last week. Despite the prominence of documentaries, »
This week Jason Solomons meets Javier Bardem to discuss his Oscar and Bafta nominated role in Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu's Biutiful. Bardem discusses this very dark representation of Barcelona and why his happy-go-lucky personality means he's drawn to such dark dramatic characters in his film work.
Jason takes to the skies of London, meeting one of the world's greatest living architects, Sir Norman Foster, at the very top of the Gherkin. Sir Norman is the subject of a documentary How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? which explores his life's work and traces his progress from his Manchester roots to becoming one of the dominant forces in architecture today.
Peter Bradshaw is enlisted to review some of this week's other releases, including Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood's new film Hereafter, Paul Giamatti and Rosamund Pike in Barney's Version and the highly informative The Lovers' Guide 3D.
Jason SolomonsPeter BradshawJason »
- Jason Solomons, Peter Bradshaw, Jason Phipps
Howard Roark is, up to a point, a plausible name for an architect, but I am less convinced by Stourley Kracklite. Roark, played by Gary Cooper in King Vidor's schlockfest The Fountainhead is a picture of toned muscle and angst, handy with a rock drill and brutal in his wooing. In contrast Kracklite, played by Brian Dennehy in Peter Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect, has a waistline that authentically overwhelms his belt in the manner pioneered by the 20-stone James Stirling.
Both films have always fascinated me. In the case of The Fountainhead, it's not so much Roark – a tortured genius somewhere between Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright – who's the special attraction, although it's hard not to warm to an architect who, rather than see his work compromised, »
- Deyan Sudjic
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Nostalgia de la luz (Nostalgia for the Light) Trailer For all the blowhardy things I say about what makes this trailer a good one or »
- Christopher Stipp
16 items from 2011
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