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The cinematic adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief is out in UK cinemas today, check out our review here. To celebrate the transition of this moving tale from page to screen we’ve taken a look at the much celebrated career of the film’s leading man, Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.
With a screen career spanning over thirty years, Rush has become recognised as one of the finest actors of his generation, winning a host of top awards and starring in some of the stand-out films of the last few decades. It would take a substantial amount of time to document all of his finest achievements in film, but here are a few of our favourites.
Arguably the performance that put the Australian actor on the world map, Rush was awarded the much coveted gold statue for Best Actor at the »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The story is adapted from John Steinbeck's 1952 novel, which is set in Salinas Valley, California, just before World War I. The book follows two families over the course of two generations, focusing on a father, his two sons, and their mother, who was thought to be dead. The story is essentially a loose re-telling of the Cain and Abel Biblical story, with Jennifer Lawrence set to play the mother, Cathy Ames. The book was previously adapted by filmmaker Elia Kazan into the 1955 movie East of Eden, which served as the feature film debut of James Dean.
The project has been in development at Universal since 2004, after the book surged in popularity when Oprah Winfrey made it the first title of her book club. »
It looks like Seth MacFarlane and Amanda Seyfried had a good time working together on the funnyman’s upcoming comedy Western A Million Ways To Die In The West, as the actress has now signed on for MacFarlane’s next film, sequel Ted 2. Deadline reports that Seyfried will play the lead female role in the film, with Ted star Mila Kunis only returning for a brief part.
Though it’s certainly sad news that Kunis won’t be as involved in Ted 2 as she was in the original film (apparently due to creative decisions made by MacFarlane, not anything more scandalous), Seyfried’s involvement means that the comedian is simply substituting one strong actress for another.
Seyfried has wowed critics and audiences throughout her career with leading roles in a variety of challenging projects, from Tom Hooper’s ambitious, acclaimed Les Misérables to provocative biopic Lovelace. Given how »
- Matt Joseph
Update: We called it back in the original story, but it has only just been confirmed: Ross will indeed work on the script, something he's done for all the films he's directed since 1998's Pleasantville....Back in 2009, director Tom Hooper and writer Christopher Hampton began developing a new take on John Steinbeck’s novel East Of Eden, taking over from Ron Howard and Peter Attanasio, who had made their own stab in 2004. Neither of those versions made it further than film limbo, so now Universal has turned to The Hunger Games director Gary Ross, and Games franchise star Jennifer Lawrence.The story follows two brothers who compete for the attention of their father in California around the time of World War I. If she does make a deal, Lawrence would play Cathy Ames, the boys’ estranged mother. Wait, what? Are the boys infants? Well, probably not: Steinbeck's original novel told »
A couple of weeks ago, we were lucky enough to be invited along to Abbey Road by their speaker provider Bowers and Wilkins (B&W). We’d been fortunate enough visit what is arguably the world’s best known and most famous recording studio for a previous project with Maserati. If you missed our writeup, you can catch up here. This time, the scope was much more filmic in it’s origins as veteran Abbey Road sound technician Jonathan Allen was on hand to answer all our film related questions and even let us have a play on the mixing desk in Sound Studio 3.
Jonathan has worked as an engineer and producer at Abbey Road Studios for twenty years and has a worldwide reputation for his work recording and mixing music for films and television and a wide variety of album projects, particularly classical music. Over the last few years »
- David Sztypuljak
Anne Hathaway has been confirmed to present an award at the 2014 Oscars.
She was previously nominated for a leading performance in 2008's Rachel Getting Married.
Hathaway co-hosted the ceremony with James Franco in 2011.
The 2014 awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 2, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
American Hustle and Gravity are leading the race at this year's Oscars with ten nominations apiece, while 12 Years a Slave is close behind with nine.
Oscars 2014 - nominees in pictures: »
Mixer whose credits include Le Weekend and Calvery to join film and drama division.
He has been BAFTA nominated twice and has also won two UK Screen Awards for Sound.
Halo’s David Turner said: “Paul is already booked to mix a number of prominent - but currently still confidential - film and drama projects this year.”
It has also carried out Adr for features such as Rush.
Halo’s recent expansion into film and drama also now includes additional Di services »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be honoring the best in film for 2013 at the Academy Awards next month. In addition to the performance, writing, design and tech awards handed out, an award is given each year to a director who has crafted an exemplary film. In honor of this, Indiewire has compiled a list of films streaming online that boast a director who has won a Best Director Oscar. Here's the list of the 33 films streaming online at Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HitBliss: "The Artist" (2011) - Michel Hazanavicius "The King's Speech" (2010) - Tom Hooper "The Hurt Locker" (2009) - Kathryn Bigelow "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) - Danny Boyle "No Country for Old Men" (2007) - Joel and Ethan Coen "The Departed" (2006) - Martin Scorsese "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) - Ang Lee "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) - Peter Jackson "The Pianist" (2002) - Roman Polanski "A Beautiful Mind »
- Eric Eidelstein
Theatre lovers it is that time of the year again when we get the Tony award host announcement, and surprisingly it is not Neil Patrick Harris! It is other multiple time host and star of the big screen Hugh Jackman.
Jackman will host The 68th Annual Tony Awards, returning to host the prestigious award show for the fourth time. He was even nominated for an Emmy for his hosting duties in 2004. Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS Entertainment said this about Jackman’s return:
“We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards. Hugh is the ultimate performer – actor, singer and dancer – he does it all, second to none. He is a consummate entertainer and the one you want out there hosting your live television event.”
The Wolverine star has had a thriving theatre career, winning a Tony award himself »
- Lucy Cave
The country is being battered by the elements. There's wind, rain, all sorts going on - it's generally horrible. In these cold and wet times, we encourage you to do anything to cheer yourself up - nip off to a spa, throw out your January diet books and bring out the goats' cheese and water biscuits or, better yet, soak up the gift of telly knowledge delivered to you by the Tube Talk Q&A.
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Do Super Bowl commercials really matter? Yes. Shut up. Sure, it seems strange that we should think about, care about, or devote any deeper-than-shallow national attention to advertisements representing millions of dollars invested by companies worth billions of dollars in the hopes that you, me, and everyone we know will give them at least hundreds of dollars. Did the great philosophers ever grapple with the subtext of a billboard? Did John Keats ever »
- Darren Franich
I usually really enjoy the commercials during the Super Bowl, but this year it seemed like most of them were just as bad as the game. I thought I'd do a compilation post featuring several of the commercials that aired during the game. I have to point out, though, that the Axe commercial was so laughably bad. You might be surprised by some of the directors that made these commercial as well. What were your favorite and least favorite commercials during the big game?
Directed by Tom Hooper (Les Miserables)
Directed by Jake Scott
Directed by Carl Erik Rinsch (47 Ronin)
- Joey Paur
I honestly have no idea what the hell Quvenzhané Wallis is talking about in this Super Bowl video directed by David Gordon Green. I've watched it several times and it's all just words. But it's a striking clip. Until you realize that it's for a freaking $66,900 Maserati, and then maybe you get mad that Wallis and Green are doing this commercial at all. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn also did a spot that aired last night, this one starring a near-naked David Beckham. It's cute and silly and non-offensive.Also directing commercials that appeared during last night's game were Tom Hooper, who did that Jaguar spot with Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong, and Ben Kingsley, and John Hillcoat, who did that Coke "America the Beautiful" ad that's getting simple-minded people angry. »
- Gilbert Cruz
Super Bowl Xlviii is almost upon us and as America waits to see whether the Seahawks or the Broncos will emerge victorious, the TV audience also eagerly anticipates the festival of advertising that will accompany it.
A number of brands have tried to get ahead of the game – in every sense – by posting their new work online, and our offers a preview of some of the most notable commercials.
Budweiser: 'Puppy Love'
If you had to sum up Super Bowl Xlviii's commercials in a single word, you wouldn't be too far off if you chose the word "puppies" and this ad for Budweiser is already a front-runner to emerge as this year's favourite. Skilfully directed by Ridley Scott's son Jake, it's an unashamedly emotional tale that'll have football fans crying into their beer. »
- Jason Stone
Sneak Peek the "Jaguar" Super Bowl Xlviii "British Villains" commercial footage from "The King's Speech Director" Tom Hooper, starring Ben Kingsley ("Iron Man 3"), Tom Hiddleston ("Thor") and Mark Strong ("Low Winter Sun"), launching the 'Jaguar F-Type Coupe':
"...Brits have long made the best villains in landmark films, combining intelligence with charm, restlessness with calm, and are always confident, or as "Iron Man 3 villain Ben Kingsley asks, 'Have you ever noticed how in Hollywood movies, all the villains are played by Brits?'..."
"Super Bowl week is a major milestone for the Jaguar brand as we present our newest and fastest model," said Jeff Curry, brand VP, Jaguar North America.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the "Jaguar: Super Bowl" Commercial
- Michael Stevens
Jaguar drove full speed onto the radars of the millions of viewers with their first-ever Super Bowl spot during the game's fourth quarter on Sunday. The slick ad to launch the F-Type Coupe was dubbed "Rendezvous" and directed by Tom Hooper, who won the best director Oscar for The King's Speech, and featured Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong. Video: The Muppets Head to the Super Bowl in Toyota The premise of the 60-second spot -- which was laden with cinematic action and British drollery -- is that British villains are as reliably intriguing as well-designed British sports cars. "Rendezvous"
- Debbie Emery
By Søren Hough
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3D. Motion capture. High frame rate.
We live in an age where technological perfection is not only possible, but expected. Computer generated sound and visual effects are better than ever before. As a result, modern cinema is bound only by the imaginations of filmmakers. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saw fit to reward one film with an astounding seven nominations for such technological achievements: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. The movie is now in the race for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
Historically only four films other than Gravity have scored these nominations. Starting with Titanic in 1997, the other movies to earn this honor were Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2002), Hugo (2011) and Life of Pi (2012). Even Peter Jackson’s Oscar-sweeping The Return of the King »
- Søren Hough
The first footage has arrived from the Nicolas Cage-led adaptation of the faith-based "Left Behind" books. The clip itself is from an earlier scene in the film and is just a family moment between his character and his daughter.
A 30-second Superbowl spot for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is already online and hints at an even bigger scale than expected - one shot in particular looks like a bunch of flaming angels flying towards Earth, something not shown in the various trailers so far.
- Garth Franklin
Jaguar released a Super Bowl ad highlighting Rp-accented bad guys, but really the British are now seen as quite cuddly
I don't know about you but, when it comes to sociopaths, I like mine with an Oxbridge education. Ideally they should also possess the sort of clipped tones that make vulgarities sound like Virgil and the sort of wardrobe that dresses up deviousness as a gentleman's sport. Oh, and it helps if they drive a Jag.
Obviously, I jest. Disappointing as it is to admit, I can't say I have given the brand-savvy baddy's preferred make of automobile much thought. However, the same clearly isn't true of Jaguar's marketing department. This week the luxury car manufacturer released its first-ever Super Bowl ad, a 60-second spot entitled British Villains. Directed by Tom Hooper of The King's Speech fame, the ad explores why Hollywood bad guys are often played by Brits. From »
- Arwa Mahdawi
It is difficult to recall who last year's other nominees for Best Supporting Actress Oscar even were thanks to the full-throated and heartbreaking turn Anne Hathaway gave in Tom Hooper's adaptation of the Les Miserables musical. The night was all hers, and rightfully so. But this year, the race is an absolutely fascinating one, featuring two previous Oscar winners (one a longtime A-lister the other an adored It Girl), an under-sung character actress, one acclaimed octogenarian, and one ingénue recognized for her first-ever film role. Hailing from such buzzed about features a Blue Jasmine, American Hustle, Nebraska, August: Osage County and 12 Years a Slave, each of these actresses has earned plenty of ink over the last few months. But only one will win on Oscar night. Whose in it to win it and who will have to say, "Just getting the nomination is such an honor?" Allow me to »
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