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Jennifer Lawrence: 'Doughnuts are a perk'

13 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The star of our No 4 film of the year, Silver Linings Playbook, talks exclusively about her stellar year

If Hollywood needed an emblematic heroine for a year of hard times and tough decisions, it came in the form of Jennifer Lawrence: resolute, unyielding and somehow old beyond her age. Lawrence's earlier Oscar-nominated turn in the Ozark-noir Winter's Bone proved the springboard for a brilliant 2012. There she was in the spring, wielding a bow-and-arrow as kill-or-be-killed Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, the year's best blockbuster. And there she was in the autumn, playing beautiful damaged goods alongside the likes of Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook, the year's best rom-com, and our fourth best film of the year.

We caught up with Lawrence on the set of Catching Fire, the second part of the Hunger Games franchise.

The line's crackling. Where are you?

I'm filming in Hawaii. »

- Xan Brooks

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First Look At Disney Animation’s Frozen

13 December 2012 3:35 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

©2012 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

From the studio behind 2010.s Tangled and this year.s Wreck-it Ralph, Walt Disney Animation Studios has released this first look at the concept art from Frozen, the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna.s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

The film is directed by Chris Buck (.Tarzan,. .Surf.s Up.) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, .Wreck-It Ralph.), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (.Winnie the Pooh, »

- Michelle McCue

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Louis C.K. Really Didn't Want To Do This

10 December 2012 11:46 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Louis C.K. doesn't want to talk about his biggest fears, reveal the greatest love of his life or discuss what he'd come back as if reincarnation exists. That's why it's ultimately hilarious that he filled out Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire for the January 2013 comedy issue edited by Judd Apatow.

C.K.'s responses to the psyche-probing quiz are a mixed bag, ranging from blind refusals to answer to legitimate revelations and a sublimely sarcastic grey area in between. For example, he offered a straight response to the question, "Who are your favorite writers?" (that would be F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nicolai Gogol, Richard Wright and John Steinbeck) and reveals that President Obama is sincerely one of his real-life heroes. But he also gave up some absurd, albeit genuinely entertaining tidbits, like these three gems below:

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

"I have an absolutely beautiful penis. It’s stunning in every way. »

- The Huffington Post

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Jennifer Lee to Co-Direct Disney's 'Frozen'; Women Helmers Still Minority in Animated Features

29 November 2012 11:58 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

For the first time in its storied history, Disney has tapped a woman director, Jennifer Lee, to helm a theatrical feature. (Women do direct TV features.) Director Chris Buck wanted to bring her on as co-director on the studio's 53rd animated feature "Frozen";  Lee contributed to the film's screenplay, and was also a co-writer on old-school-arcade box office hit, "Wreck-It Ralph." "Frozen" centers on Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), who teams with an extreme mountain man and his reindeer sidekick when the world is plunged into eternal winter. The trio begins a search for Anna's sister, the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel), to reverse the chilly spell that's been cast on their kingdom. (There's a touch here not only of the "Ice Age" series but Narnia's White Witch Jadis.) Lee's other projects in the pipeline include an adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights" for. »

- Beth Hanna

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Screenwriter/Director Jennifer Lee Joins Director Chris Buck At Helm Of Frozen – Walt Disney Animation Studios. 53rd Full-Length Animated Feature

29 November 2012 11:39 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios (Wdas) taps Jennifer Lee to join Chris Buck at the helm of its 53rd full-length animated feature Frozen, which is slated for the big screen on Nov. 27, 2013. Lee, who has contributed to the film.s screenplay, is one of the screenplay writers of this year.s hit arcade-hopping adventure .Wreck-It Ralph.”

Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, Frozen is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna.s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. »

- Michelle McCue

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Disney Name Jennifer Lee as Co-Director of Frozen

29 November 2012 9:12 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Disney have just announced that Jennifer Lee will be co-directing their 53′d animation feature movie, Frozen alongside previously announced director Chris Buck. The movie features the voices from Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, “Frozen” and tell us that Frozen will be the ‘coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen’.

Jennifer Lee has writing credits which include the recently released (if you’re in the Us) / upcoming release (if you’re here in the UK) Wreck-It Ralph and has obviously impressed the Mouse House as she’s been given the promotion to co-director. Questions have to be asked though. I wonder is why a second director needed to be brought onto the project. Could Frozen be melting in hot water? I guess time will tell as it’s due out in the UK 20th December 2013.

More info below in the official press release.

Burbank, Calif. (November 29, 2012) – Walt Disney Animation Studios »

- David Sztypuljak

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Jennifer Lee To Co-Direct Disney Animated Film ‘Frozen’

29 November 2012 8:44 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Burbank, Calif. (November 29, 2012) — Walt Disney Animation Studios (Wdas) taps Jennifer Lee to join Chris Buck at the helm of its 53rd full-length animated feature “Frozen,” which is slated for the big screen on Nov. 27, 2013. Lee, who has contributed to the film’s screenplay, is one of the screenplay writers of this year’s hit arcade-hopping adventure “Wreck-It Ralph.” Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, “Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekickreindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR.

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Frozen Lands Director Jennifer Lee

29 November 2012 8:17 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios (Wdas) taps Jennifer Lee to join Chris Buck at the helm of its 53rd full-length animated feature Frozen, which is slated for the big screen on Nov. 27, 2013. Lee, who has contributed to the film's screenplay, is one of the screenplay writers of this year's hit arcade-hopping adventure Wreck-It Ralph.

Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, Frozen is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Frozen producer »

- MovieWeb

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'The Dust Bowl': Ken Burns remembers America's darkest days

16 November 2012 3:28 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

They recall the days turning black, the winds whipping through towns, taking with them the family's livelihoods, the soil on which they farmed. In those natural disasters, thousands died, but no one is sure just how many.

Survivors of the dust storms of the 1930s tell their stories in Ken Burns' oral history documentary "The Dust Bowl" Sunday and Monday, Nov. 18 and 19, on PBS (check local listings).

"They used to say no one will watch; no one has the attention span," Burns says of films tackling history's tough subjects.

But he has proved naysayers wrong before. Viewers watched his very long films about the Civil War, jazz and baseball. Four hours, spread over two nights, is practically a short when it comes to Burns' signature films.

And there is a lot here, much of it terrifying, to sustain the four hours.

"It was a man-made catastrophe," Burns says. "It »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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The Master, Scientology and flawed fathers

25 October 2012 4:02 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director talks about making this year's most controversial Oscar contender

The Master rolls in midway through the Venice film festival. It comes billed as thunderstorm, a controversy, its arrival trailed by rumbles of dissent. This, we are told, is the Scientology film, a veiled biopic of the demagogic L Ron Hubbard; the movie that freaked Tom Cruise. In the event it turns out to be all that and more. So much more, in fact, that the delegates stumbling out from the screening appear momentarily nonplussed.

Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master charts the fortunes of lowly Freddie Quell, a volatile drifter who falls under the spell of charismatic Lancaster Dodd. Shuffling through the postwar west, Dodd plies his trade in town halls and parlours, spinning tales of reincarnation and space aliens and cooking up a new religion as his "gift to homosapiens". What follows, though, is »

- Xan Brooks

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Warner Bros. defeats heirs of 'Superman' co-creator in latest legal battle

18 October 2012 1:30 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Almost 75 years after Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman, the battle for ownership of the Last Son of Krypton has become an expensive and much-disputed industry unto itself. Four years ago, Siegel’s heirs won a major victory when a judge granted them half of the Superman copyright, at least regarding how Superman appeared in Action Comics #1. As reported by the La Times, however, Shuster’s heirs have not been so lucky: Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the family of the co-creator could not reclaim a similar 50% stake in the copyright.

In court papers obtained by EW, the »

- Darren Franich

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Bb King at 87: the last of the great bluesmen

7 October 2012 2:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bb King, who has just turned 87, has returned home to Mississippi to play to family and friends. In the experience of a lifetime, Ed Vulliamy joins him and hears from the maestro about his rise from the cotton fields to international stardom

The fat red sun settles itself against the horizon, throwing a last, honey-sweet light through humid evening and over a small crowd on the lawn beside a railroad track that cuts through the cotton fields beyond. A quarter-moon rises and a chorus of cicadas serenades imminent twilight, now conjoined by the sound of the band; the drummer catches the backbeat and the compere announces: "How about an Indianola hometown welcome for the one-and-only King of the Blues: Bb King!"

And on he comes, to applause from people who know him well and claim him as their own – the last of the blues masters a few weeks short of his 87th birthday. »

- Ed Vulliamy

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Not following EastEnders' plotlines? Maybe some Bible study would help | John Sutherland

17 September 2012 5:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A huge plug was pulled on literature when school days stopped beginning with obligatory immersion in the Bible

Jennifer Robins's revelation that EastEnders' never-ending plotlines have been largely inspired by the Bible spawned headlines. "The prototype of every EastEnders story," proclaimed Robins, "can be traced back to one source: David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lions' Den, Samson and Delilah, Sodom and Gomorrah, the fall, all the Bible stories."

For anyone with a half-sensitive echo-meter the title of the soap itself gave the game away. Like John Steinbeck's novel, the half-buried allusion in the title is to Genesis: "Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the East of Eden" – or, in this case, the land to the east of Tower Bridge somewhere round the Isle of Dogs (which, in its turn, always brings to my mind to the line »

- John Sutherland

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P.T. Anderson On 'The Master,' Joaquin Phoenix & Loving Redheads

11 September 2012 9:42 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

"The Master" is a movie people are going to be talking about for a long time. Paul Thomas Anderson's haunting meditation on friendship, manipulation and man's desperate search for sanity is more enigmatic than his earlier films -- it neither grabs you by the throat, like "There Will Be Blood," nor twirls you around the dance floor, like "Boogie Nights." When it screened at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, the general response was: Whoa, I'm going to need to see that again.

The film's central relationship -- and riddle -- concerns a troubled World War II vet named Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) and a charismatic sect leader named Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), whose friends and followers call him Master. Dodd, who likes to preach that humans are not animals and needn't be ruled by our emotions, is fascinated by Freddie, a rage-filled loner whose idea of courting »

- Michael Hogan

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Malick stumbles while Anderson soars

8 September 2012 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A decent 69th Venice film festival has served up an eclectic mix, from Terrence Malick's quest for God to Paul Thomas Anderson's potent drama about a blustering cult leader

Inside the main cinema at the Venice film festival the screen hosts a languid drift of evening shadows and world-weary bison. "What is this love that loves you?" inquires the murmurous voiceover. "Where are we when we're here?" I don't think it's the bison speaking but, as ever with the work of Terrence Malick, it's hard to say for sure.

To the Wonder arrives midway through this year's event. It comes tipped as a festival highlight, another masterpiece from the American visionary, but it catches the delegates in a scratchy mood and they send it off with a chorus of boos. It seems that there is no film disaster more spectacular than the movie that overreaches itself; the one »

- Xan Brooks

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10 Best Films Set During The Great Depression

29 August 2012 12:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Great Depression has a fluctuating end point for many areas of the country, but we all know it began back in 1929.  Naturally, this period of great financial turmoil in the country lends itself to cinema.

There have been a great number of films set in Depression-era America, including the release of John Hillcoat’s Lawless this week. It is a time in America where Hollywood can display human pain, anguish and strife in a way and in an era everyone can recognize.

Here are the ten best films set during The Great Depression.  These are pictures whose narrative directly concerns society at the time.

 

10. Of Mice and Men

No, not the original 1939 film starring Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney Jr. This is the 1992 remake from Gary Sinise (who also directed) and John Malkovich.

As a film it is more succinct and infinitely more interesting than the original adaptation, as »

- Larry Taylor

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PTA Took From Unused ‘There Will Be Blood’ Scenes For ‘The Master’; Further Downplays Scientology Angle

20 August 2012 12:47 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When there’s enough controversy, enough rumors, and plenty of reason to take either as fact, you sometimes just accept. Such is the case with The Master and its reportedly harsh-on-Scientology bent, which most of us have, for years, bought because we (probably) didn’t have any resources to acquire Paul Thomas Anderson‘s screenplay. And when you, again, hear a whole lot and always have “anonymous sources” backing up as much? It’s really all part of the fun.

But people, such as our own, have started to see the film and, any of their opinions notwithstanding, it’s pretty evident that The Master is not just “about more than Scientology,” but isn’t even really about that in the first place. Some don’t even appear to know what the thing’s about at all.

Count your lucky stars that a Newsweek profile sees the modern American master »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Get over it guys. Brotherhood is the greatest relationship you can share

18 August 2012 4:13 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Literature likes to see sons as murderous rivals, but those who rediscover love for each other find it the most fulfilling of bonds

The notion of brotherly love has offered us mixed messages in the past few days. There were two heartwarming stories of reunions – one of the gorillas Kesho and Alf being reunited at Longleat after three years apart, and the other of two American brothers, Ed Muir and Kenneth Corcoran, brought together after being separated for 80 years.

Both the gorillas and the octogenarians were overjoyed to see one another again. On the other hand, the Gallagher brothers have been at each other's throats once more, with Noel mocking Liam's band Beady Eye as an "Oasis tribute band" after they covered Wonderwall at the Olympic closing ceremony. The two are in litigation and have barely spoken since Oasis broke up in 2009.

These three pairs of brothers represent two poles »

- Tim Lott

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My favourite Hitchcock: Lifeboat

16 August 2012 1:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As the My favourite Hitchcock series continues, we asked members of the guardian.co.uk/film community to tell us about their preferred films from the master of suspense. Today's contribution is from Norman Walton

Lifeboat opens with the fog over the North Atlantic parting and a solitary Connie Porter (Talluah Bankhead) appearing in a lifeboat – the setting for the remainder of the film.

Following an attack on a ship by a German U-Boat, drifting survivors (a woman with a baby, ship-hands, an industrialist, the captain of the sunken U-boat) one by one start to fill the boat. What follows is a tightly wound claustrophobic drama of conspiracy, deception and mistrust amid the backdrop of the second world war.

Although it was Hitchcock who conceived the film's central idea, it was John Steinbeck who, at the director's request, expanded and moulded the story into the tale that was filmed. However, »

- Guardian readers

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Review: "The Wayward Bus" On Blu-ray Starring Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield And Rick Jason

12 August 2012 1:06 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

It was a long road for John Steinbeck's 1947 bestseller The Wayward Bus to make it on to the silver screen. The steamy novel about sexually frustrated people who find themselves on an arduous bus ride over dangerous terrain was considered too steamy to adapt to film. At various stages George Stevens and Howard Hawks were involved in film adaptations that never saw fruition. By the time censorship had been relaxed, it was the late 1950s and Fox finally decided to push the envelope by financing the film at the urging of Darryl F. Zanuck, now an independent producer. What emerged was a pale shadow of once-prestigious product. Gone were Stevens, Hawks and Marlon Brando, who was once attached to the film. Instead, an unknown director, Victor Vicas, convinced Zanuck and Fox to allow him to helm the movie. The cast is still impressive, with two of »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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