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13 items from 2014

The Imitation Game, film review: Benedict Cumberbatch's Alan Turing is superb

13 November 2014 5:43 AM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

"Did he really deserve a place in here?" a mourner at St. Paul’s Cathedral asks of T.E. Lawrence at the beginning of Lawrence Of Arabia. David Lean's epic argued the case that Lawrence, for all his foibles, was worthy of being celebrated alongside other great British heroes. The Imitation Game, does something similar for Alan Turing, the brilliant cryptanalyst and mathematician credited with cracking the codes of the Nazis’ Enigma machine. »

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De Niro and Pattinson Thriller Shut Down Due to Financing Problems. What next?

3 November 2014 4:46 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson) Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing »

- Zac Gille

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I am officially tired of being asked to sympathize with men in movies

21 October 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Updated! A motif that I noticed recurring during the just-wrapped London Film Festival has inspired me to add two more kinds of men whom I am tired of being asked to sympathize with:

men suffering for their art

men making other people suffer for their art

(Please note that my tiredness with how often these types of men appear in stories that ask us to feel for them does not automatically mean that I cannot feel for them, or that I didn’t end up enjoying their stories. It means only that I wish we would see as many stories about women doing these things whom male moviegoers would be expected to sympathize with.)

I was already on edge before last night’s Oscars, when a recent viewing of The Great Beauty, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, infuriated me with its pretentious bullshit. Pretentious bullshit is always bad enough, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Which is the greatest British film in history? No one seems to be in agreement

11 October 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »

- Andre Soares

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The Definitive War Movies: 30-21

18 June 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.

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30.  Black Book (2006)

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Conflict: World War II

In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »

- Joshua Gaul

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Saddam Capture Thriller to Look for New Lead After Busy Pattinson Leaves Project

28 April 2014 7:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Pattinson out of ‘Mission: Blacklist’ movie (photo: Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson in ‘Life’) Robert Pattinson and Mission: Blacklist have parted ways. Pattinson, whose name had been attached to the project for two years — since Cannes 2012 — has reportedly dropped out due to scheduling issues. Now, what could those issues be? Well, Robert Pattinson, best known (at least for the time being) as the vampire Edward Cullen in the immensely popular Twilight movie franchise, has no less than two movies opening at Cannes 2014: David Michôd’s thriller The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, which will be shown as one of Cannes’ Midnight Screenings, and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, also featuring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Carrie Fisher, and which is in the running for the Palme d’Or. There’s more: Robert Pattinson has recently completed work on Anton Corbijn’s Life, with Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock, »

- Zac Gille

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Sixteen Classic Werner Herzog Films Will Be Streaming on Fandor

4 April 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Herzog fans, rejoice. Fandor has attained exclusive streaming rights for no less than 16 (!) of the German auteur's films. "Aguirre the Wrath of God" has its bow on April 10, with one new title launching each week through July 2014. Fandor's recent CEO and Toh! contributor Ted Hope helped to negotiate the deal for the site. So, which Herzog films are part of this new collection? The titles span three decades, incorporating both narrative and documentary, and include all the director's work with his stormy muse Klaus Kinski (as well as the documentary on their insanely tempestuous relationship, "My Best Fiend"). Meanwhile, the 71-year-old Herzog is still as active and marvelously unpredictable as ever: He's finishing up filming in Morocco on Gertrude Bell/T.E. Lawrence biopic "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, and has school shooting dark comedy "Vernon God Little" up next, with the unlikely names of Pamela Anderson, »

- Beth Hanna

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Our Favorite Performances: Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

3 March 2014 6:09 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

It’s rare that we hit a home run when it’s our first time at bat, but that’s exactly what Peter O’Toole did with his performance in Lawrence of Arabia. Join us as we discuss what made this performance so great. 

There are actors who have given performances where they recite lines of dialogue perfectly and memorably. There are performances that steal scenes, or even entire movies. There are performances that are nominated for prestigious awards, and there are those that win these awards. There are performances that define a year, a decade, even a career. There are performances that audiences love.  There are performances that make audiences love a film. There are performances that define a genre.

Peter O’Toole’s performance as T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia is all of these things.

Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. »

- (G.S. Perno)

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The greatest Best Actor race? Where does this year's class rank in Oscar history?

24 February 2014 3:20 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

This year’s Best Actor race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time. And by greatest, I mean both the most competitive and also the most outstanding, in the sense that each nominee is excellent — hypothetical winners in almost any other year. They also reflect the depth of superb male performances in 2013. Consider: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Joaquin Phoneix (Her), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) all missed the cut.

EW’s Owen Gleiberman recently analyzed this year’s Best Actor race, calling it the most “fiercely, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Werner Herzog Lines Up Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson for 'Vernon God Little'

7 February 2014 10:19 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The marvelously unpredictable Werner Herzog is assembling quite the cast for "Vernon God Little," his adaptation of the darkly comedic novel by Dbc Pierre about the aftermath of a school shooting. Russell Brand, Pamela Anderson and Mike Tyson are all set with roles in the film. These three join Austin Abrams, who will play the title role of Vernon, a teenager whose life goes to hell when his best friend shoots up a bunch of their classmates. Brand will play an unscrupulous TV reporter, Anderson will play Vernon's mother, while Tyson will play a prison-bound ax murderer. The film is being sold in the Berlin Film Market. Meanwhile, Herzog's still got the Gertrude Bell biopic "Queen of the Desert" in production in Morocco, with Nicole Kidman in the title role and Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence. "Vernon God Little" will get underway in April after "Queen" wraps. »

- Beth Hanna

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Robert Pattinson Spotted Kickin It With Fans In Africa After New Movie Filming Other Day

4 February 2014 12:16 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Robert Pattinson spotted kickin it with fans in Africa after new movie filming other day. Hollywood Life recently acquired an exclusive new pic of former Twilight Saga mega star, Robert Pattinson, while down in Africa this past week, January 26th to be exact. Apparently, he's filming a new movie down there. You guys can view the new pic at Hollywood Life by Clicking Here. They say, Rob is currently filming a new flick called, "Queen of the Desert" in Morocco. He's starring opposite Nicole Kidman in the Werner Herzog-directed movie. Rob was photographed, posing for photos with fans on January 26th in the city of Marrakech, and he appeared to be all smiles. The girls down there are pretty hot too. Rob will play a character, named T.E. Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia. The movie began filming on December 20th and is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2015. »

- Derek

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Robert Pattinson Hangs With Fans In Morocco: Missing Kristen Stewart?

27 January 2014 10:32 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The actor is currently shooting ‘Queen of the Desert’ in Morocco, and even though he was all smiles while posing with fans in Africa, do you think he wished K-Stew was there?

Robert Pattinson is the king of the desert! The former Twilight star is currently in Morocco, where he is starring opposite Nicole Kidman in the Werner Herzog-directed flick. He posed for photos with fans on Jan. 26 in the city of Marrakech, but we can’t help but wonder if he’s missing his former co-star and ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart, who is chilling with friends in La.

Robert Pattinson Poses For Pics In Morocco — Missing Kristen Stewart?

Rob didn’t look sad while stopping to take a few photos. The actor is in Morocco to film the highly anticipated flick Queen of the Desert, in which he will play T.E. Lawrence. (Yes, Lawrence of Arabia!) The role was »

- Chloe Melas

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Bruce Dern Pens Tribute to Peter O'Toole in 'Lawrence of Arabia' (Guest Column)

3 January 2014 9:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

I saw David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. I'd been an actor for four years. All my life, I've been fascinated by people that get shit done. T.E. Lawrence got stuff done. And the movie is just about perfect in every single category: lighting, camera, clothing, script, story, performances. There was an intermission, and it was worth the wait -- I couldn't wait until the second half.

What shocked me was, the first thing they shot for the movie was the beginning of the second half, the arrival of Lawrence with his bodyguards. Those guys, who look like the baddest asses that ever lived, came in on horses and camels. Peter O'Toole's got the white garb on, and you realize he's a guy who's got some homies that can play.

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- As told to Tim Appelo

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