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You can tell a lot about a person from their kitchen. But I've always been a bit confused by Nigel Slater's in his telly cookery shows. Well, it's obviously gorgeous – big and bright and beautiful. But there's something a bit unreal about it. I'm talking about the identical spacing between the jars on the shelves, the strategically placed bowls of lemons, the lack of clutter or mess. There's something too perfect about it; it looks like a show kitchen, rather than one that lovely food comes out of. And yet lovely food does clearly come out of it, almost continuously.
Having now watched Toast (BBC1), Lee Hall's delightful adaptation of Slater's bestselling memoir, Nigel's perfect north London kitchen maybe makes more sense. Nigel wasn't born into Islington ponciness; he earned it. Nothing lovely »
- Sam Wollaston
Director Steven Spielberg has proven time and again that his movies can compete at the box office. Next December, though, we'll find out how he competes against himself when two of his movies open within five days of each other. Spielberg's 3-D, animated adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn opens on December 23, with the director's adaptation of War Horse following on December 28.
While The Secret of the Unicorn is an adaptation of the Tintin comic books by Belgian author and illustrator Georges "Hergé" Remi, War Horse is based on the play that was based on the children's novel by Michael Morpurgo. If that seems confusing, the movie's official synopsis will clear it up.
Link | Posted 12/15/2010 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
You've come at a difficult moment. She's looking very pale now, it's getting near the end." Faye Ward, the producer from Ruby Films warns me as we tiptoe up the back stairs of one of Birmingham's disused Victorian banks and across the empty banking hall. We negotiate the tangle of cables and lights and sit at the monitors. There must be a dozen people crowded around the screens examining everything as if through a microscope: the food, the room, the lighting, the makeup and every strand of hair. As I put my headphones on, a little boy's voice suddenly screams: "I hate you, I hate you, I hope you die." There is a struggle, then his visibly weak mother pulls him to the ground and holds him, »
- Nigel Slater
Mark your calendars…Dreamworks Studios has released some new dates for their 2011 movies:
The Help – August 12, 2011
Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, .The Help. stars Emma Stone (star of the breakout hit, .Zombieland.) as Skeeter, a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends. lives.and a small Mississippi town.upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Academy Award® nominee Viola Davis (.Eat Pray Love.) stars as Aibileen, Skeeter.s best friend.s housekeeper, who is the first to open up.to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter.s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories.and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. »
- Michelle McCue
Steven Spielberg's War Horse is being moved by DreamWorks from its August, 2011 release to December 28th next year. According to Deadline, Stacey Snider said on October 13th after screening footage, that the studio decided that it felt "like a holiday movie." Additionally, The Help with starring Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard gets an August 12th release date and Real Steel, helmed by Shawn Levy with Hugh Jackman in the lead, goes from November 18th to October 7th. Lee Hall and Richard Curtis wrote the script for War Horse, based on the Michael Morpurgo novel. Starring iin War Horse are Tom Hiddleston, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan and David Cross. Revek Gyest, Frank Marshall Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg serve as producers. »
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fifth of a five part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.
“I admired [Stanley] Kubrick for the sheer variety of his films,” stated Steven Spielberg of the reclusive and revered American filmmaker. “Paths of Glory  was the best antiwar film ever made… Lolita  was, for me, the best picture about the social mores in America. It was way ahead of its time.” Spielberg had an opportunity to meet his cinematic idol. “I was happy to find that he was a nice guy, that he laughed and liked movies. He talked about the movies he liked, as opposed to so many of my other contemporaries who are haughty, supercilious about films, critical of them, and don’t give much credit to other people.” The two men collaborated on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), an adaptation of a short story »
The 60s began in Billy Liar's Bradford – but that cultural insurgency now seems a long time ago
In a week with those Camdenites the Milibands stealing away with the Labour leadership race, Andy Burnham's plaint about "metropolitan elites" seems particularly poignant. But then poignancy is the northern tone these days. Mancunians, I found recently, still adduce the Happy Mondays when pressed to say what is distinctive about their home. That the works of this fairly ropey outfit should be taken as a cultural landmark shows what a bleak half century it's been for the north.
I grew up thinking there was a real cachet in being northern. It's 50 years since Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, the 1960 film of Alan Sillitoe's novel, with Albert Finney as a hedonistic machinist in Nottingham. Any youngsters watching him don his suit on the eponymous night must have wished they too were from Pendleton near Salford, »
- Andrew Martin
Written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, War Horse follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.
The pictures were taken a few weeks ago in Meavy, England and show Spielberg himself, and several cast and crew members. Check them out below:
War Horse will be released in 2011.
Collider reported this one first. »
- Jamie Neish
Today we have the first photos from the set of "War Horse," which is directed by Steven Spielberg and is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo. Check out the photos below. Plot: Follows a young man named Albert (Irvine) and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend. The new movie is adapted for the big screen by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral). It is scheduled to hit theaters on August 10th, 2011. Set Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Horses as life-size puppets? The wrong soldier executed? Michael Morpurgo has had to challenge his own preconceptions when seeing his books adapted for stage or screen. But with Spielberg's War Horse film forthcoming and The Rainbow Bear a ballet, he's getting used to good surprises
To me it's all storytelling. After centuries of stories dominated by the written word, we may sometimes forget that, for many generations before, the telling of stories was almost entirely an oral tradition, with a little help from travelling players and singers and bands. These storytellers adapted, reinvented and recreated all the time, to reflect changing times and tastes.
As a maker of stories, originally written for the readers of books, I am always alert to the possibilities of finding new and inventive ways of telling them, of bringing them to a wider audience. To begin with, I never imagined anyone would think of adapting »
- Michael Morpurgo
Elton John's musical theater past has linked him to shows like "The Lion King," "Aida" and "Billy Elliot," but now he can add another to the list. According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail (via Deadline), the "Tiny Dancer" songwriter is working on a stage version of George Orwell’s "Animal Farm" with screenwriter Lee Hall. The pair had previously worked on "Elliot" together. The production won't go to stage for at least another couple of years, but the option and the rights have been secured and Hall and John are on the hunt for a producer. "Animal Farm" was Orwell's 1946 dystopian »
- HitFix Staff
Sir Elton John is working on a new musical. The 63-year-old musician is teaming up with his "Billy Elliot the Musical" co-writer Lee Hall to pen a new stage production based on George Orwell's book "Animal Farm".
However Lee, who won Olivier and Tony awards for his book and lyrics for the musical "Billy Elliot" and an Oscar for the movie, admitted that the musical will not be completed any time soon. He said, "I would think it's going to take about two years before it's all ready to go."
The writer also revealed that the "Rocket Man" hitmaker prefers the lyrics to be written before he begins to work on the music. He explained to the Daily Mail newspaper, "Having worked with him on 'Billy Elliot', I know that Elton likes to have the lyrics done and have them in front of him so I'll work »
Plus Dan Choi talks to Rachel, Sir Elton is heading down to the farm, and you may want, really really want a new Spice Girls movie, but it ain't happening.
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Elton John has begun working on a musical version of George Orwell's Animal Farm to debut in the West End. The singer joined Lee Hall for the project, which has been in development for over two years, reports the Daily Mail. The two previously worked together on the stage adaptation of Billy Elliott. "I'm deep into it, writing songs for pigs and other four-legged friends. It's taken about two years. We almost gave up, but there was always that one last (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
The Rocket Man has teamed up with the writer behind his previous stage hit Billy Elliot to put together a new adaptation of the famous book, about creatures who seize control of a farm from their human masters.
Lee Hall, who won an Oscar nomination for his work on the Billy Elliot movie, reveals the musical has been in the planning stage for two years, but they nearly abandoned the project after experiencing problems obtaining the rights to the story.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I'm deep into it, writing songs for pigs and other four-legged friends. It's taken about two years. We almost gave up, but there was always that one last licence to go after."
And Hall admits there's still plenty of work to do before the production hits the London stage. He adds, "Having worked with him (John) on Billy Elliot, I know that Elton likes to have the lyrics done and in front of him so I'll work on a batch before I give him anything to look at.
"I would think it's going to take around two years before it's all ready to go." »
Alan Plater (obituary, 26 June) was a writer's writer. He combined an industry with an ease and fluency that was not only incredibly rare, but almost painfully irksome to any other writer in his orbit. Writing a scene or structuring an act just seemed easier for Alan than it was for the rest of us. I think that having studied architecture may have helped. His structural thinking was always for a human purpose. In his work, as in his life, what he did was to create space for people; to be themselves, to live well.
He was constantly concerned about other writers, not just through his work at the Writers Guild, but for his endless commitment to fledgling playwrights like myself. After reading my very first play, he stayed a steadfast mentor and friend. For the trouble he got me out of and all the good fortune he inspired, I am enormously in his debt. »
Yes, this is definitely something huge. But, that’s no surprise when Steven Spielberg’s name is involved in some Hollywood report, right?
So, we’re here today to announce the full cast list for his upcoming World War I epic War Horse. How about these names: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Graham and Tom Hiddleston.
Familiar or not, we like the fact that some fresh faces are involved in this project! Check out the rest of this report for more details…
The film tells the tale of a friendship between a boy and a horse which is taken away to fight in World War I. This is how the story sounds: “At the outbreak of World War One, »
Empire Online was the first with the news that director extraordinaire Steven Spielberg has a cast for his lastest film, War Horse. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, the film with be filled with an international cast consisting of Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicolas Bro, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Celine Buckens, Rainer Bock, Patrick Kennedy, Stephen Graham, and Robert Emms.
The book recounts the epic tale of an extraordinary friendship between a boy and a horse, who are separated, but whose fates continue to be intertwined over the sweeping backdrop of World War I.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with Frank Marshall and Revel Guest serving as executive producers, War Horse has a release date scheduled for August 10, 2011.
Source: Dreamworks Studios
- Michelle McCue
Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, David Kross and Benedict Cumberbatch have all joined the cast of Steven Spileberg's film adaptation of the stage play "War Horse" for DreamWorks Pictures says Variety.
The story follows the bond between a farmer's son (Irvine) and his horse who are separated but who find their fates continue to intertwine over the course of the Great War. The horse is sold to the army and finds itself in the midst of the fighting on the Western Front and becomes inspiration for the soldiers around him.
Watson and Mullan will portray the parents. Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, Nicolas, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emms and Patrick Kennedy are also onboard though Tom Hiddleston ("Thor") and Stephen Graham ("Public Enemies") are still in talks.
- Garth Franklin
British actor Jeremy Irvine has been cast as the lead in DreamWorks' adaptation of the novel and stage play "War Horse" that Steven Spielberg is directing.Irvine joins a cast that includes Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, Nicolas Bro, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emms and Patrick Kennedy.The film follows the friendship between a farm horse sold into the British army during Wwi and his young owner.According to Variety, DreamWorks has set an Aug. 11, 2011 release date. The script is being adapted by Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot") and Richard Curtis from Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel and Nick Stafford's stage adaptation. »
- Adnan Tezer
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