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Murder on the Home Front
Dr Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy) is a kind of wartime Quincy in this irksomely quirky adaptation of the memoirs of Molly Lefebure, secretary to Home Office pathologist and pioneer of modern forensics Keith Simpson. The Blitz acts as the calamitous, flaming backdrop for this procedural, the first instalment of which pits Collins and assistant Molly Cooper (a jarringly wooden Tamzin Merchant) against the murderer of a good-time girl, found dead in her flat with a swastika carved on her tongue. Ben Arnold
Bradford: City of Dreams
That rarest of things; a documentary on Bradford that doesn't dwell on issues of racial tension in the city. »
- Ben Arnold, Gwilym Mumford, David Stubbs, Jonathan Wright, Martin Skegg, Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller
Bryan Fuller might not have funding for a "Pushing Daisies" movie yet, but he does have an idea for it. According to him, the prospective film would involve Lee Pace's character Ned having to fight off a cemetery's worth of zombies.
"If we were able to pull off the Kickstarter, there's a very fun zombie film that starts with a flash-flood in a cemetery and basically is about those denizens of that cemetery having to kill Ned before he can kill them, so it's a different kind of zombie movie," he tells Den of Geek. As for whether or not these would be fast or slow zombies, Fuller says, "I think fast, I think because it's the 'Pushing Daisies' rules so Chuck is, you know, alive."
Fuller first opened up about the idea of a "Pushing Daisies" zombie movie during an interview with IndieWire. "I would like »
After finally proposing to his long-term girlfriend Camilla (Romola Garai), Jack (Andrew Buchan) is suddenly confronted by Anna (Anna Friel), a one-night stand from a rock concert eight years ago. But the big shock comes when she introduces him to the product of their liaison - a son called Phoenix. A former wild man is tamed by the twin horrors of commitment and responsibility in this bittersweet British comedy from actor and first-time director Sam Hoare. »
First, Veronica Mars.
Next... Pushing Daisies?
With the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign a monumental success, Bryan Fuller tells E! News that he's open to using the same fundraising service in order to make the dreams of millions come true: A Pushing Daisies move!
"From the moment the show was canceled, I've been trying to do a Pushing Daisies movie and started writing a script for it," Fuller says. "The best chance for it to happen, perhaps the only chance for it to happen, would be through something like Kickstarter."
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
You know what goes best with a dinner of liver, fava beans a nice Chianti? A dreamy piemaker, of course! Hannibal and Pushing Daisies boss Bryan Fuller just told E! News exclusively that he's planning to cast Daisies star Lee Pace—as well as (fingers crossed) Kristin Chenoweth and maybe even Anna Friel—in the second season of his insanely riveting new horror drama on NBC. And, even better, and you Daisies fans better sit down for this: Fuller is also considering launching a kickstarter campaign for a Pushing Daisies movie. Universe. Make. It. So. "From the moment the show was canceled [on ABC], I've been trying to do a Pushing Daisies movie »
Michael Winterbottom’s fourth collaboration with Steve Coogan, following the brilliance of 24 Hour Party People, A Cock & Bull Story and The Trip, was released in cinemas last Friday to again, much acclaim for director and star. The fact-based film charts the rags-to-riches tale of entrepreneur Paul Raymond, who became Britain’s richest man with his string of top shelf soft porn magazines and members only nightclubs during his glamourous 1970s-80s heyday. However, his latter years were not helped by his drug and alcohol abuse which extended to his business partner and daughter, who tragically died of an overdose.
- Craig Hunter
Check out these exclusive pics of Steve Coogan as 'The King of Soho' king Paul Raymond. In The Look of Love, Coogan plays the bed-hopping, moneymaking entrepreneur who went on to become Britain's richest man. Imogen Poots stars as his tragic daughter and there's support from Anna Friel as his long-suffering wife and Tamsin Egerton as his mistress Fiona Richmond. »
Paul Raymond biopic The Look Of Love tracks the King of Soho (played by Steve Coogan) from his stage show beginnings through to the building of a property and top-shelf magazine empire, highlighting three key female relationships in his life - with his wife Jean (Anna Friel), daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots) and lover Fiona Richmond (Tamsin Egerton) as a way of exploring both his attitude to life and love and the changing face of pornography in Britain. We spoke to director Michael Winterbottom about what drove him to take on the challenge of exploring the porn baron's life.
When the film premiered at Sundance, you said that it started off being really a movie you were thinking to make about different periods but ended up beign a biopic about him - can you tell us more about that?
What I was intending to say was »
- Amber Wilkinson
TV thriller Broadchurch was an extraordinary hit. Perhaps most surprising was the fact that it was on ITV, not always seen as the home of edgy entertainment. But that's changing
There was something out of the ordinary about Broadchurch, the TV murder mystery that kept nearly 10 million viewers guessing until the killer of 11-year-old Danny Latimer was revealed this week. The work almost entirely of a single writer – unusual for an eight-part drama – it featured only one murder (the average episode of Midsomer Murders has four).
Most surprising of all, perhaps, was that Broadchurch was on ITV, not necessarily a channel known to viewers as the home of edgy (or edge-of-your-seat) thrills. At the risk of hyperbole, ITV claims it is the most tweeted-about TV drama ever, with a reported 260,000 tweets from 137,000 people – making it, to use a pre-Twitter phrase, genuine watercooler television.
ITV's director of television, Peter Fincham, who »
- John Plunkett
Iron Man 3 (12A)
Fears of post-Avengers superhero blowout fatigue are briskly swept away by Marvel's latest epic, whose snappy, poppy script packs in twists and quips between the bludgeoning (but technically seamless) action. It's Kingsley's Bin Laden-esque Mandarin and Pearce's creepy scientist who are out to de-swagger Tony Stark this time round, but there are surprises in store for everyone.
The Look Of Love (18)
Despite the Soho excess, the retro kitsch, the racy subject matter and the great cast, this biopic of Britain's pornographer-in-chief Paul Raymond somehow never feels like it's telling the full story. »
- Steve Rose
After a miserable few months of suffering a pallid and grey smothering of inclement weather it seems altogether fitting that as the furtive golden orb peeks beyond the dissipating clouds the Sundance Film Festival returns to London. Now in it’s second year fans of alternative and independent cinema descend upon Greenwich’s O2 entertainment complex to enjoy a slightly more leftfield blend of fiction and non-fiction cinema, music and debate, conducted over four days of screenings, panels, live discussions and workshops. This is the first international deployment of Robert Redford’s Utah birthed Us champion of non-studio decreed film culture, a fertile ground of inspiration and innovation where the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith (to name just three) fumbled their first sweet kisses of wider media exposure. Almost three decades hence and the festival is still regarded as one of the most important platforms of film culture in the world, »
The Look of Love, 2013
Directed by Michael Winterbottom.
The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man.
With Michael Winterbottom at the helm and Steve Coogan in the leading role, The Look of Love was always going to be compared to 24 Hour Party People. They both follow influential men in their industries, they both contain sex and drugs and they both share the same issues: they're too long, they're too padded and, at times, they're both dull.
The main problem with The Look of Love is that not all of Paul Raymond's life was interesting so when you show those parts the film just comes to a grinding halt. The amount of padding is astounding. We know that Paul Raymond was considered to a 'porn king' (he was more of »
Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila is, so far, most likely to snap up a distribution deal. It’s a thriller in the same vein as City of God; a faux-gritty depiction of indigent struggle that can’t help but give way to generic signposting and neat resolutions. A passable genre entry professing to be something more, the film takes matters seriously enough to be considered as a critique on exploitation and corruption, though its priority is to simply entertain.
The film dives headfirst into its conceit in the opening minutes. Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and his wife Mai (Althea Vega) promptly decide they’ve had quite enough of poverty-stricken existence in the Philippine mountains, and set forth with their two children to Metro Manila in the hopes of starting anew. What awaits them there is a less-than-idyllic arrangement; Ramirez joins an armoured truck company and naively walks into a setup with violent repercussions, »
- Ed Doyle
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
It’s said that Michael Winterbottom is one of the few directors to never repeat himself, though he comes his closest yet with The Look of Love, a frequently hilarious and unexpectedly poignant biopic of British sex mogul Paul Raymond, who opened the UK’s first strip club in London’s Soho, and went on to sell soft-core porn mags while establishing himself as a royal estate magnate. These combined factors caused him to become known as “The King of Soho” (the film’s original title) throughout the latter half of the 20th century.
Though the material is certainly ripe for a full-fat, seat-of-your-pants biopic, Winterbottom settles for something more lackadaisical and free-wheeling, feeling constantly reminiscent of his excellent 24 Hour Party People. Much of the early moments detail Raymond’s rise to prominence in the 1950s with his wife Jean (Anna Friel) at his side, as »
- Shaun Munro
Review Paul Martinovic 26 Apr 2013 - 06:15
Sex on film is a tricky business. Orson Welles once argued that the 'physical act of love' was the one of only two things (along with praying) that you could never accurately depict on screen: and it remains true, even if in recent years all manner of actual unsimulated sex acts have slipped past the watchful eyes of a BBFC board determined to disarm film geeks who grew up on banned nunchucks and video nasties. It remains true because, of course, Welles wasn’t referring to actually showing the fleshy mechanics of sex – his argument was that the heady emotional cocktail you actually experience when you're having sex just isn’t something that will translate adequately into another medium.
Paul Raymond, »
The Sundance London Film and Music Festival returns to the capital this weekend and the lineup of film and music events looks to build on the solid foundation established last year.
It’s an exciting time for Independent film with the trailblazing success of the Sundance festival in Utah sparking off dozens of initiatives, the Raindance festival is a notable and vibrant example, and Sundance London is looking to do more than replicating the success of its American cousin.
When we reported on the lineup we singled out Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love, a biopic of self-styled King of Soho Paul Raymond, and Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, his highly anticipated follow-up film to 2004′s Primer. However there are many more excellent films playing across the various strands and we wanted to shine our spotlight on some of the films to look forward to.
All the films playing »
- Jon Lyus
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 19th - Sunday 21st April 2013...
Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen debuted in first place at the UK box office this past weekend, with the Gerard Butler-headlined White House action thriller banking £2,247,900 to push Tom Cruise's sci-fi Oblivion down into second. However, Oblivion's £1.66 million would have been enough to hold on to top spot if it weren't for two days of preview screenings giving Olympus Has Fallen a £650k boost. The only other film to break seven figures was Fede Alvarez's horror remake Evil Dead, which opened in third with £1,375,842, while The Croods and The Place Beyond the Pines both falling to fourth and fifth.
Shifting into the bottom half of the chart and Scary Movie 5 fell three places to sixth, followed by another newcomer, Love Is All You Need, which debuted with »
- Flickering Myth
The Alan Partridge actor stars in the true life story of Paul Raymond, an entrepreneur who became the richest man in the UK after building a £1.5 billion empire of gentleman's clubs, porn magazines and nude theatres.
Coogan teams up with his 24 Hour Party People and The Trip director Michael Winterbottom for the comedy project, which also stars Anna Friel as Jean Raymond, Tamsin Egerton as Fiona Richmond and Imogen Poots as Raymond's daughter Debbie.
Stephen Fry, Chris Addison, Dara O'Briain, James Lance, Shirley Henderson, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Simon Bird, Kieran O'Brien, Miles Jupp, Peter Wight, and Matthew Beard also have appearances in the film.
The Look of Love opens at UK cinemas on Friday, April 26.
Watch an exclusive Digital Spy clip from the film below: »
The film has already debuted out in Sundance, and is hitting the UK on Friday, after an appearance at Sundance London this week.
The first trailer gave us a good look at what we can expect, and the early reviews have been praising Coogan for his performance as the King of Soho, Paul Raymond. And with its release date just days away, StudioCanal have released a new clip online.
After starting his show business career as a mind-reader in a cabaret act, Paul Raymond went on to become Britain’s richest man and a modern King Midas. With an entrepreneurial eye and a realisation that sex sells, he began building his empire of gentleman’s clubs, porn magazines and nude theatre – provoking outrage and titillation in equal measure. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Formerly marketed under the (far better) title The King of Soho, Michael Winterbottom’s fourth collaboration with Steve Coogan charts the life of the late Paul Raymond; at one point the richest man in Britain. Like the current holder of that title, Lakshmi Mittal, Raymond’s fortune grew from small beginnings to market dominance, but where Mittal’s success came with steel, Raymond’s empire was founded on sex.
Liverpool-born Raymond (Coogan) broke into showbiz as a mind reader on Clacton Pier (ooh, the glamour…) before starting a touring show with nude models posing as statues. After opening Britain’s first strip club – the Raymond Revuebar – as a means of circumventing government rules about decency in the theatre, Raymond’s porn portfolio grew with bestselling magazines – but his real power came in property. He landed his monarchical nickname after buying up half of Soho, all with an eye on handing »
- Lewis Bazley
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