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Kind of a dreary week, with the Pompeii failing to erupt and 3 Days To Kill a different kind of disaster. The Wind Rises hits theatres more widely, and while some adore this (last?) film by Myazaki I found it to be a tedious bore.On the other hand, opening wider this week is the glorious and magical Tim's Vermeer, the extraordinary doc by Teller (and Penn!) that months after I saw it at Tiff continues to fill me with wonder....
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The traditional role of television has always been to serve as a refuge for movie stars on the down and out. The current quality of TV programming coupled with an economic downturn has created an environment where bigger names are lured to the small screen, but the medium can nonetheless be credited with the saving of many a career. When the cushy film offers stop rolling in, it’s only logical that actors would set their sights on the second tier of stardom. After all, TV work provides significantly more stability that a film career, if arguably less prestige.
But then, something amazing happens. Their TV show takes off, and their formerly struggling career is reinvigorated. When you watch movies, it’s all about the story. But television succeeds or fails on the merits of its characters. So all of a sudden, the actor who thought his »
- Audrey Fox
All the Baftas winners (and nominees) as they come in through the night
Winner: 12 Years a Slave
Best British film
Saving Mr Banks
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
David O Russell, American Hustle
Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks
Best supporting actor
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Best supporting actress
The BAFTA Awards, honoring the best of British and world film, are given out Sunday, Feb. 16 in London. Handed out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the 2014 Ee British Academy Film Awards are often a preview of the Oscars.
Who are the big winners for 2013 films? Check out the full nominee and winner list below.
Note: Winners are noted by bold font.
Outstanding British film
“I think we’re all glad that they changed the name to Fantasia,” states Steve Martin dryly during his introduction of Fantasia 2000 regarding the film’s predecessor, which was originally called The Concert Feature. (Fantasia may be a slightly cooler-sounding title, but it’s not much more inviting to the average audience member than The Concert Feature.) That single line of dialogue represents the key to the creative struggle at the heart of Fantasia 2000, a perfectly entertaining film with no identity of its own. Though Martin is funny in his few moments on screen (all of the celebrity introductions in this new film are mildly charming in their own way, though they vary in tone from Martin’s wacky fourth-wall-breaking humor to regal sincerity, as with Angela Lansbury’s climactic appearance), the fact that a recognizable comedian needs to be one of our ushers into a world of »
- Josh Spiegel
Penn Jillette is a man obsessed with what's beneath the surface of things. He and his silent partner Teller have been shining a light on the secrets of magic for decades on stage and screen. Their controversial series Penn & Teller: Bullshit made debunking its full-time mission. Even their latest doc Tim's Vermeer demystified, offering a solid and fascinating argument about how the Dutch master must have painted. So we should expect nothing less of Jillette's upcoming dip into horror, Director's Cut. Jillette made some details of the film very public when the project began crowd-funding. In the video viewable below, he entreated his fans to chip in so he could go from "your mom's favorite atheist" to the kind of guy who inspires nightmares. Recently, I had the chance to talk to Jillette about Director's Cut, and he surprised me by confessing it's not just a crowd-funded movie, but »
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Life stops when it's Super Bowl
There's really only one show in town come Super Bowl Sunday, which is why the weekend session is traditionally a slow one. As fans across the country settled in to watch the Seahawks clobber the Broncos, moviegoing took a back seat.
The top 12 pictures combined for an anaemic $72.4m (£44.2m), which actually gained around 5% on the same session last year, when the top 12 produced $68.9m.
Labor Day misses out
The writing was on the wall last September. It was the world premiere of Jason Reitman's new movie at »
- Jeremy Kay
Even though it ended up being snubbed for a best documentary Oscar nomination, the show must got on for Penn & Teller's "Tim's Vermeer," and it did so to the tune of a healthy $57,873 from 4 theaters, averaging $14,468. That bodes well for the Sony Pictures Classics release as it expands. Edited down from a remarkable 2,400 hours of footage, the film follows the epic quest of Penn & Teller's buddy Tim Jenison, an inventor based in San Antonio whose creations include the NewTek firm, the videotoaster, an airplane made entirely from elements that he bought at WalMart, and a lip-synching duck. Tim's latest project is attempting to prove a theory that 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer employed technology in painting his works. The release date had clearly been set to benefit from a potential Oscar nomination, though while the film -- a hit on the festival circuit last year-- made the Academy's doc shortlist, »
- Peter Knegt
Tim Jenison decided to use his expertise as an inventor to try to recreate Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s “The Music Lesson” using technology that would have been available in the 17th century. When Penn Jillette learned of his friend’s passion project, he knew it had to be a film – and soon got his business partner Teller to come on as the director for Tim's Vermeer.
“You see a Vermeer on the wall next to a bunch of paintings and it jumps out. They have a very different look to them. Even among the Dutch masters, who all painted extremely well, there's something about a Vermeer,” Jenison explained to Uinterview exclusively. “It's like when a little kid brings in a picture he made of a superhero and you go, 'Oh, did you lay this over the top of a comic book and trace it?' 'Yes, I did. How did you know? »
Are you heading to the movies this weekend? We've got you covered! Our take on the new releases: Labor Day is every bit as gooey a romance as you've heard, but it still works - thanks, in part, to its stars, Oscar winner Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. On the other hand, Zac Efron's romantic comedy That Awkward Moment can't quite get over itself - though it does have its moments ... and its merits. Plus, why you should check out this year's Oscar-nominated shorts. See This:Labor Day var brightcovevideoid = '3132464550001'; What is it about bad romance that feels so good? »
- Alynda Wheat and Patrick Gomez
Penn & Teller are generally known for their magic tricks and prankish energy, but "Tim's Vermeer" -- a documentary directed by Teller and produced by Penn Jillette -- stands apart from the rest of their oeuvre. A spirited look at the quest of an eccentric entrepreneur intent on uncovering the cryptic technique of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, "Tim's Vermeer" plays less like the sort of exposé of trickery one might expect of Penn & Teller and instead focuses on the nature of desiring answers to unsolvable mysteries. At its center is middle aged technologist Tim Jenison, the owner of a successful computer graphics company obsessed with Vermeer's art. Having read David Hockney's controversial tome "Secret Knowledge," which argues that Vermeer used a camera obscura to trace a projection of real images as a means of explaining the painter's extraordinary attentiveness to the behavior of light, Jenison can't stop thinking about ways to prove the theory. »
- Eric Kohn
"Tim's Vermeer" is one of those magical documentaries. It's a film that makes you see the world in an entirely different way. Directed by Teller, the taciturn member of the famed magician duo Penn & Teller, the film follows the artistic and scientific experiments of Tim Jenison.
Jenison is a respected pioneer in computer graphics, as well as an avid tinkerer. The film follows his investigation of a hypothesis -- that Dutch master Vermeer used optics to aid in creating his photo-realistic art. Along the way, Jenison's investigation gets to the core of artistic expression and engineering ingenuity, and how the split of art and science may not be quite as stark as many believe.
Moviefone Canada sat down with Teller and Jenison during last September's Toronto International Film Festival.
Moviefone Canada: This may be the definitive statement about what you do as Penn and Teller. This is a reflection upon »
- Jason Gorber
Tim Jenison introduced his idea for an experiment in which he’d try to recreate a painting by Joannes Vermeer using technology he believed the Dutch painter used to his longtime friend Penn Jillette. Before long, his passion project was in development as a documentary called Tim's Vermeer with Teller at the helm.
Jenison was drawn to Vermeer’s paintings for their near-perfect photorealism and was determined to figure out what the catch was. “You see a Vermeer on the wall next to a bunch of paintings and it jumps out. They have a very different look to them,” Jenison told Uinterview exclusively. “Even among the Dutch masters, who all painted extremely well, there’s something about the Vermeer. It’s like when a little kid brings in a picture he made of a superhero and you go, ‘Oh, did you lay this over the top of a comic book and trace it? »
Interview Simon Brew 27 Jan 2014 - 06:15
It's March 2013, and we're having a pinch-yourself day. For we're on the set of Muppets Most Wanted (still simply known as Muppets II at this point), and have seen things that would have our younger selves pinching ourselves. We'll have, as a result, a lot more on the film for you in the weeks ahead.
Our starting point though is when we're bundled into a room with a bunch of other wide-eyed visitors from around Europe. Turns out the room belongs to one of the stars of the film, Ricky Gervais. And turns out too that he's wearing a lemur costume, »
Five days into the festival, Scott Davis has a look at some of the early Us films garnering both praise and distributors at the famous festival, and what to look out for in 2014.…
It’s Sundance time again in the Us. 30 years since it’s inception by screen legend Robert Redford, Sundance has been responsible for helping the indie scene from across the globe get exposure and on their way into the public domain. Last year, it helped films find distributors, such as The Way, Way Back, Prince Avalanche, Don Jon, Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now (the latter two still to see releases in the UK.) This year is no different, and the line-up has the potential to be one of the best it has seen. Five days into proceedings, and many films have already worked up some steam, some finding distributors, others still to be picked up. Below »
- Gary Collinson
Playing an icon must be difficult for any actor, but how much more difficult would it be if that icon is still alive? That’s the challenge facing Miles Teller, who is now in talks to play Saturday Night Live funnyman Dan Aykroyd in the upcoming John Belushi biopic.
Emile Hirsch revealed Teller’s potential involvement in the Belushi biopic during a party for the Creative Coalition on Saturday, which Teller also attended. For those who don’t know, Hirsch has long been attached to play the role of John Belushi in the film, which is based on the biography Belushi (by the comedian’s widow Judith Belushi Pisano). Belushi and Aykroyd were longtime friends and comedic collaborators, best known for their stint on the first (and best) seasons of Saturday Night Live, as well as their performances as Jake and Elwood Blues of The Blues Brothers fame.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Miles Teller, the star of one Sundance's most buzzed about films, Whiplash, is set to play Dan Aykroyd in the John Belushi biopic in development. Teller is an awesome choice, and he will star alongside Emile Hirsch who is playing Belushi. It was Hirsch who actually made the announcement at a Sundance party, saying...
The actor's reps say that the announcement is premature, but that Teller has been offered the part. They go on to say that "the actor will take a beat to committing to any new project until after Sundance wraps and he finishes his press duties for his upcoming movie That Awkward Moment."
- Joey Paur
Late last year we learned that Emile Hirsch had landed the lead role in the upcoming biopic of late comedian John Belushi. The Lone Survivor star is expected the pile on the pounds to portray the larger-than-life Saturday Night Live funny man in his heyday. The as-yet-untitled film will document his troubled life as a drug addict and alcoholic who struggled with life on the Hollywood spotlight right up until his death in 1982 at the age of 33.
It appears the supporting cast is beginning to come together as rising young actor Miles Teller (Divegent, That Awkward Moment) has been offered the part of fellow Blues Brother, Dan Aykroyd, who is also an executive producer of the biopic. At a party during the current Sundance Film Festival, Hirsch was heard saying:
- Craig Hunter
Hirsch is believed to have revealed the news during an event on Saturday (January 17), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, Hollywood agency CAA said that Hirsch's announcement may be premature, as no deal with Teller has been finalised.
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Perhaps Scorsese has more of a right than anyone to make a banking epic in the mould of a crime epic – and sure enough, this is Gordon Gekko, GoodFellas-style: a sprawling, seriocomic, voiceover-tracked rise-and-fall with a morally dubious hero. Excess is the name of the game here, to the point there's actually an excess of excess; endless choreographed tableaux of cash, drugs, cars, naked women, shouting men and celebrity cameos. These regular shots of energy keep the story buzzing, even as they bloat the running time, but Scorsese is aiming for greatness here, and there's no reining him in.
Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus (18)
- Steve Rose
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