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10 items from 2011


Toronto 2011. Davies's "The Deep Blue Sea" + Meirelles's "360"

14 September 2011 2:20 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Why round up reviews of both in one entry? Because Fernando Meirelles's 360 will be opening the BFI London Film Festival on October 12 and Terence Davies's The Deep Blue Sea will be closing it on October 27. What's more, both star Rachel Weisz and, of course, both have just seen their world premieres in Toronto. We'll consider them, though, in order of interest.

"So entirely immersive is Terence Davies's desire to recreate and analyze the ethos of post-World War II Britain that not only has he fulfilled his ambition to refashion Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea," writes Todd McCarthy in the Hollywood Reporter, "but he has created a theoretical sequel to Noël Coward and David Lean's Brief Encounter in the bargain. As intensely personal and deeply felt as it is, however, Davies's attempt to breathe new life into Rattigan's 1952 play is a rather bloodless, suffocating thing, »

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Film of The Deep Blue Sea returns playwright Terence Rattigan to the spotlight

22 August 2011 1:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The author's stylish language will be heard once more in the movie, fifty years after he was branded as old-fashioned amid the coming of drama's angry young men

The spare, stylish dialogue of Terence Rattigan, at one time the highest-paid screenwriter in the world, will soon be heard in Britain's cinemas once more. In the final phase of a centenary year that has seen the late playwright's work revived on stages across the country, next month will bring not just a celebration of his theatrical legacy at Chichester Festival Theatre, but the release of a new film version of The Deep Blue Sea – the play regarded by many as Rattigan's masterpiece.

Director Terence Davies is due to show his film, which stars Rachel Weisz as the troubled Hester Collyer, at the Toronto Film Festival before its British premiere in November.

Davies, the acclaimed experimental screenwriter and filmmaker from Liverpool behind Distant Voices, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Kate Moss V. Prince Albert — Who Will Have The More Star Studded Wedding Weekend?

28 June 2011 12:08 PM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Kate and Jamie Hince and Albert and Charlene Wittstock will both be married this weekend in two of the biggest ceremonies of the year, but who will have the grander affair?

All of European, and some of American, society will be heading to some very lavish weddings this weekend in Europe — the question is which will they attend? Kate Moss will be marrying her rocker boyfriend Jamie Hince in a three day affair in the English countryside dubbed Mosstock, while Prince Albert will marry South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in Monte Carlo at a weekend long ceremony that is rumored to put the royal wedding to shame. Decisions, decisions…

According to the Daily Mail, Albert’s guest list includes; “Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Virginia McKenna, Topshop’s Philip Green, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.” Many of these guests however, most notably Karl and Sir Philip, »

- HL Staff

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Gunnar Fischer obituary

14 June 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Cinematographer who brought a sensuous style to 12 of Ingmar Bergman's films

The Swedish cinematographer Gunnar Fischer, who has died aged 100, could be said to have created the "look" of Ingmar Bergman's films, crystallised in three of the director's masterpieces: Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries (both 1957). From Port of Call (1948) to The Devil's Eye (1960), 12 films in all, Fischer was able to make visible Bergman's visions.

He was born in Ljungby, in southern Sweden. After spending three years in the Swedish navy as a chef, he attended the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm, where he studied with the celebrated decorative artist Otte Sköld. He had an apprenticeship in cinematography at Svensk Filmindustri (Sf), the country's leading production company. His mentor there was the cinematographer Julius Jaenzon, who worked with the two great masters of Swedish silent cinema, Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller. This »

- Ronald Bergan

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Lumley Returns To Modelling Roots For Born Free Auction

31 May 2011 9:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Joanna Lumley has modelled a gold-and-diamond necklace shaped like a tiger to boost awareness of an auction to raise funds for an animal charity.

The Absolutely Fabulous star has been snapped wearing the Shere Khan Necklace, which is to be put under the hammer for the Born Free Foundation, which hopes to raise a mammoth $480,000 (£300,000) to help save the wild tiger from extinction.

Lumley says, '"I feel very much that it's almost a royal piece. The necklace is so special it can be worn with anything, though I feel a strapless evening gown and long evening gloves would show it to perfection. The moment you put the necklace on, it comes alive!

"It feels great, like a badge of office, but it's incredibly comfortable and easy to wear. It reminds me of the fabulous pieces in the Duchess of Windsor's collection - panthers and leopards. I adore extreme looks and this is blingtastic!"

The piece, which consists of 182 diamonds and gemstones set in an 18ct gold tiger, will go up for sale at a gala at London's Savoy Hotel on 17 June to mark the 80th birthday of actress and Born Free founder Virginia McKenna, who starred in the famous 1966 film of the same name. »

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Swallows and Amazons: the new Harry Potter?

17 May 2011 8:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Arthur Ransome's beloved books could be the next big children's film franchise, as BBC plans to ramp up the action and reality

It's being billed as a "white-knuckle-ride action adventure" that could capture the imagination of the Harry Potter generation. The BBC is to adapt Arthur Ransome's beloved children's tale Swallows and Amazons with the aim of launching a series of films.

Set in the Lake District, Ransome's 1930 tale centres on two sailing-mad groups of children who encounter each other one summer during the school holidays. They make camp on an island and enjoy fishing, exploring, swimming and the fruits of "piracy" including grog (ginger beer and lemonade).

Head of BBC Films, Christine Langan, said Ransome's book presented a world far from today's health and safety obsessed society.

"This story is from the pre-health and safety generation," she said. "Modern parenting is fraught and complicated – worrying about what »

- Harry Potter, Ben Child

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Swallows and Amazons: the new Harry Potter?

17 May 2011 8:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Arthur Ransome's beloved books could be the next big children's film franchise, as BBC plans to ramp up the action and reality

It's being billed as a "white-knuckle-ride action adventure" that could capture the imagination of the Harry Potter generation. The BBC is to adapt Arthur Ransome's beloved children's tale Swallows and Amazons with the aim of launching a series of films.

Set in the Lake District, Ransome's 1930 tale centres on two sailing-mad groups of children who encounter each other one summer during the school holidays. They make camp on an island and enjoy fishing, exploring, swimming and the fruits of "piracy" including grog (ginger beer and lemonade).

Head of BBC Films, Christine Langan, said Ransome's book presented a world far from today's health and safety obsessed society.

"This story is from the pre-health and safety generation," she said. "Modern parenting is fraught and complicated – worrying about what »

- Harry Potter, Ben Child

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Brian May Honors Born Free Charity Founder

7 March 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Queen guitarist Brian May was one of the stars to attend a special awards ceremony at the House of Lords in London on Friday to honor the “valuable and tireless work of small, independent rescue centers that help animals in the UK and overseas.”

Founded by Wetnose Animal Aid, the annual Wetnose Awards seek to “raise awareness of the fantastic job centres do in rescuing, caring for and rehoming abandoned animals, whilst highlighting the passionate, hardworking individuals ‘behind the scenes’ who selflessly devote their time to helping animals in need.”

Legendary guitarist Brian May presented British stage and screen actress Virginia McKenna a special lifetime achievement award for founding the Born Free Foundation in 1991. McKenna is best known for playing the role of Joy Adamson in the 1966 movie Born Free. The Born Free Foundation now works throughout the world to stop individual wild animals suffering, and also protects species in the wild. »

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Tigers To Benefit From Celebrity Charity Event

1 March 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Celebrities from the worlds of drama, comedy, conservation, television, sport, fashion and journalism will be burning bright at the year’s most exotic fundraising event for wild tiger conservation in London on Thursday (March 3).

Joanna Lumley, Bill Bailey, Bill Oddie, Nicholas Parsons, Jimmy Greaves, Ronni Ancona and Alistair McGowan, Jimmy Choo, Virginia McKenna and Will Travers, Donal MacIntyre, Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall will all be in attendance at the exclusive Gala Night at London’s prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

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Joanna Lumley To Save Wild Tigers At Celebrity Charity Gala

18 February 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

As few as 3,200 tigers survive in the wild today. That’s why wild tigers need all the friends they can get, and on March 3, 2011 celebrities, conservation leaders and campaigners will attend an exclusive Gala Night in London to raise funds for this critically endangered species.

Showing their support for tigers at the Gala will be stars including Joanna Lumley, Bill Oddie, Jimmy Greaves, Ronni Ancona and Alistair McGowan, Jimmy Choo, TV chef Ching-He Huang, Virginia McKenna and Will Travers, Donal MacIntyre, Liz Bonnin and Steve Backshall.

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