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Read More: 'Suffragette's Meryl Streep Slams 'Infuriating' Gender Imbalance in Film Criticism In this new clip from "Suffragette", Carey Mulligan says goodbye to her young son after dropping him off with his father, played by Ben Whishaw. This leads to a confrontation between the two, with Mulligan insisting that she be allowed to see her son and Whishaw countering that, under the law, he has custody and therefore control over the boy. "Suffragette" follows a group of British women fighting against the state in the suffragette movement of the 20th century. The film is inspired by true events and explores the escalating tensions between the police and the suffragettes as they are forced into an explosive underground fight for equality. The movie opens October 23. Read More: 'Suffragette' Screenwriter Abi Morgan on Feminism and the Challenges of Casting Men for the Women's Rights Film »
- Wil Barlow
Five-part series starring Ben Whishaw puts a classic spy tale into a domestic setting where clubbers rub shoulders with MI6 mandarins
Forget George Smiley’s cold war machinations and Spectre’s big budget thrills, the BBC’s newest spy drama is less Tinker, Tailor and more Gone Girl – a domestic chiller set in a paranoid world where no one is quite as they seem.
London Spy, which starts next month on BBC2, stars Ben Whishaw as Danny, a drifter whose life is transformed by a chance encounter with the mysterious Alex (Edward Holcroft). They are joined by a cast that includes Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Adrian Lester.
Related: Ben Whishaw: 'I feel I'm always in the dark' – interview
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- Sarah Hughes
The Bond franchise has obviously taken a turn with the last few efforts, but one of the most fascinating twists seems to be in the marketing for the films. Spectre has released a final trailer, and we finally get a real feel for “Bond-ness.” The film seems much more interested in making sure that everyone knows the song is out, than getting people into theaters. Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem that the one absolutely follows from the other.
It’s an especially curious mix of marketing, because those who follow film aren’t anything like flooded with ads and clips for the film, as though there is only so much sell that will do anything. I can relate to giving up at a certain point, because I think you can pick where the line of diminishing returns is in a case like this. Once you »
- Marc Eastman
In an extract from this week’s Guardian film show, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard join Xan Brooks to review the period drama about the battle to secure votes for women in the first part of the 20th century. The film stars Carey Mulligan as a laundry worker who becomes part of the civil rights movement; Ben Whishaw plays her husband and Meryl Streep Emmeline Pankhurst
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Dan Susman and Richard Sprenger
If you've never wondered what the fastest Bond car ever is, you haven't lived. Or maybe you have. Whatever the weather, Spectre's Aston Martin DB10 is the fastest Bond car ever.
Armed with official engine statistics, JustPark have created a digital simulator that puts Bond's rides up against each other in a quarter mile drag race.
Click image to open interactive version (via JustPark.com).
It's like The Fast And The Furious, only classier, and with fewer nitro boosts (and just one underwater car).
The 4.7 litre V8 engine Aston Martin DB10, incidentally, is a bespoke two-door coupé created specifically for Spectre by Aston Martin.
Astonishingly, Bond producers Eon spent a whopping £24 million blowing up high-priced cars over the course of the movie.
If you're interested in all the data behind the digital drag race, JustPark have put all the numbers up in a handy spreadsheet, which you can check out at your leisure. »
Hello again, dear readers. We’re now firmly into October, the days are getting shorter, and Halloween is on the way. But there’s still some cool movies coming out this year, including the subject of today’s column. With that, let’s take a look at the latest (and final) trailer for the new James Bond movie, Spectre.
Premise: In the aftermath of the attack on MI6, a cryptic message sets in motion events that will see James Bond (Daniel Craig) come face-to-face with the sinister organization known as Spectre. While Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes), the newly appointed M, continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond discovers that the only way to unravel the web of conspiracy is to protect the innocent daughter of a powerful enemy. Following a trail from Mexico to Italy, Austria, and Morocco, he is forced to operate outside his purview »
- Timothy Monforton
Directed by Sarah Gavron.
Synopsis: In 1913 London, a young laundress (Mulligan) is swept into the Women’s Vote movement just as it begins to boil into militant activism.
Deliberately not a biopic of Emmeline Pankhurst or indeed of any of the key figures of the Women’s Suffrage movement, Suffragette follows everywoman Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan, Far From The Madding Crowd) on her journey from reluctant onlooker to full on militant activist as the violence escalates between the government and the Suffragettes during 1913 in London. It is “inspired by true events”, meaning that the history and the women who shaped it are in there somewhere, but the narrative is a constructed, fictional one which allows certain artistic liberties to be taken–something that the film can count as both a strength and a weakness. »
- Kat Kourbeti
Spectre is just around the corner, with new TV spots, and images debuting all the time, and with speculation running wild as to the possibility of a new actor taking over as 007, Daniel Craig has been discussing his future as Bond.
Speaking to Time Out London, Craig has shed some light on his career as Bond and what the state of play is regarding his contract. Early in pre-production, news broke that Spectre was to be filmed back-to-back with Bond 25, but Craig wasn’t keen on the idea.
“I was contracted to do another one….That was all set up. But at the studio, there was a real keenness to get it done as soon as possible. In fact, there was a conversation at one point that went: ‘Let’s film two movies back to back.’ I just went: ‘You’re out of your fucking minds.’ In the nicest possible way. »
- Scott J. Davis
Two of the most violent and disturbing films of the last year are both period dramas about voting rights. The first is Selma, the story of the march to that town during the civil rights movement in 1960s America. The second is Suffragette, a rousing, anger-inducing account of working-class British women’s battle for the right to vote. The reason the violence in these films is so much more effective than that of the average disaster movie or tentpole superhero flick is that it’s borne out of reality. When police beat a crowd of women into submission for voicing their protest at a heartless parliamentary ruling or a suffragette turns up to a meeting covered in bruises, it doesn’t feel like fiction. »
- Mark Allen
Directed by a woman, written by a woman, and with a cast led by women, Suffragette opens the London Film Festival with the smashing of glass ceilings and shop windows. Even the recent ire of the Twitterati – who criticized the film’s publicity line of “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave” – hardly dims the film’s credentials as a progressive move in women’s filmmaking. This is an urgent, persuasive, if cloyingly conventional history lesson with a story that Hollywood’s barely touched on before.
For not all Suffragettes weren’t the genteel women of conventional Brit period dramas – nor indeed were they twee characters like Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins. Suffragette is about the working-class experience of Carey Mulligan’s laundry worker, Maud, whose interest in the movement was piqued just as the Suffragette movement was becoming militant.
Set in Bethnal Green – a part of East »
- Ed Frankl
The red carpet for the Suffragette premiere this evening (October 7) was infiltrated by protesters campaigning to end domestic violence funding cuts.
Women from Sisters Uncut wore T-shirts emblazoned with "Dead women can't vote" and lay down on the red carpet prior to the stars arriving.
Protest At The #Suffragette premiere pic.twitter.com/vQG0nyEwcQ
— ellie henman (@ellie_henman) October 7, 2015
Whooooah. Red carpet crashed by budget cut protestors pic.twitter.com/4Wmu3dA3KV
— Beth Webb (@BethKWebb) October 7, 2015
! @SistersUncut occupying the red carpet at the suffragette film premiere. pic.twitter.com/aJXPeooA4U
— Reni Eddo-Lodge (@renireni) October 7, 2015
The group's feministo says: "We stand united with all self-defining women who live under the threat of domestic violence, and those who experience violence in their daily lives.
"We stand against the life-threatening cuts to domestic violence services. We stand against austerity."
Their list of »
Respectable cast, worthy topic, period setting: you might mistake Suffragette for a feel-good Oscar botherer. But this is not another King's Speech or Chariots of Fire - this is a fiery, fierce and raw retelling of the Edwardian suffrage movement. Expect no old-fashioned whimsy; your cockles will not be warmed.
Suffragette isn't an entirely heartless history lesson, however, thanks to the sensible decision to centre the story on a fictional young woman from 1910s London, Maud Watts, an east London laundry worker played by the ever-excellent Carey Mulligan. By not focusing on real-life women, history doesn't get in the way of the message, or the emotions behind it.
The great Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep) does make an appearance, but it's just that: an appearance. With her role nothing more than a cameo, Streep is left to deliver an empowering and somewhat anachronistic speech before being bundled off into a hansom cab. »
★★★★☆ The ongoing battle for equality of the sexes is an issue that is constantly debated in the media - and rightly so. The sense that there's still a great deal of work to be done in society is the message at the heart of Sarah Gavron's Suffragette (2015), which follows a group of women belonging to the British suffrage movement. At the centre of the film is Carey Mulligan's Maud Watts, a working-class East Ender who toils long hours in a laundry for pitiful wages, married to an apathetic husband (Ben Whishaw) and with a child to care for.
- CineVue UK
Suffragette has the distinct honour of opening the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, and also sets the theme for this year; women, and women in film. This superb drama revolves around the suffrage movement from the early part of the last century, and their constant campaigning for women’s right to vote.
The story begins in 1912, and centers on a small group of women within the movement that was led by Emmeline Pankhurst, here played by Meryl Streep. Leading the cast is Carey Mulligan, who appears as Maud Watts, a married, 24-year-old laundry worker from Bethnal Green in East London, who lives in a low-income home with her husband Sonny (played by Ben Whishaw), and young son. The film follows her story, and her integration into the feminist movement, and her involvement with »
- Paul Heath
When one hears the story of the British suffragette movement, it’s hard to believe it’s never been made into a major motion picture. That changed when filmmaker Sarah Gavron reunited with the team behind her 2007 directorial debut, “Brick Lane”: writer Abi Morgan and producers Alison Owen and Faye Ward.
Says Gavron: “I’d been wanting to make a project about this for 10 years. While we were looking for something to do together, Alison and Faye started talking about suffragettes, and it was perfect.”
For many people, thinking of a British suffragette calls up images of a polite, upper-class lady — essentially, Mrs. Banks in “Mary Poppins.” Ironic, considering Owen was working on “Saving Mr. Banks” while developing this movie. “But we wanted to do something grittier, not the ‘Mary Poppins’ image,” she says.
In “Suffragette,” hitting theaters Oct. 23, the women are anything but passive, breaking windows and often »
- Jenelle Riley
So what’s up with that Oscar race? Well, as Oli just outlined in his piece on the contenders for Best Actor and Best Actress, Focus Features’ women’s right drama, “Suffragette” was sort of cooly received by audiences in Telluride (read our review). But as he also noted, the film is arriving right as the topic of feminism and equal rights is hitting the zeitgeist once again and its classicism could strike a major chord with Oscar voters who don’t care what critics think. Backing up, “Suffragette” centers on the struggle for women’s voting rights in 1910s Britain and it has a hell of a cast. The always terrific Carey Mulligan stars (and she’s great) and the ensemble also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Natalie Press and Meryl Streep. Here’s the official synopsis: Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, »
- Edward Davis
'Writing's On The Wall' by Sam Smith, the official theme song from Spectre, gets a sexy music video featuring scenes from the movie. The Grammy Award-winning singer is seen serenading James Bond as the super spy embarks on his greatest adventure yet. The moody ballad has 007 stalking Lucia Sciarra through dark corridors as he prepares for his finally showdown with an evil organization that could change his life forever. But that doesn't stop him from stripping off the clothes of this new Bond girl as they make out against a mirrored wall in a seedy hotel room. Then, just seconds later, Bond is seen trying to seduce Madeleine Swann. And it looks like 007 is breaking more hearts than he has time for.
Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment http://movieweb.com/spectre-theme-song-sam-smith-writings-on-wall/announced in early September that Sam Smith had recorded Writing's On The Wall, »
The 24th James Bond adventure will be released in the UK on October 26 and in the Us on November 6.
Multi-platinum selling artist Sam Smith has co-written the title song, “Writing’s On The Wall,” with fellow Grammy Award winner Jimmy Napes. It is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965.
The 23 previous James Bond theme songs make up some of the most memorable movie music of all time. The previous Bond theme song, “Skyfall,” was performed by Adele, and was honored with the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond »
- Michelle McCue
Sony Pictures and MGM just unveiled the final trailer for their upcoming James Bond film "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Jesper Christensen. Check it out below. Plot: In the movie, a cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre. "Spectre" is once again directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall) and is set to hit theaters on November 6th. Trailer: »
"...a cryptic message from the past of 'Bond' sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.
"Then while 'M' battles political forces to keep the secret service alive...
"...Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind 'Spectre'..."
"Spectre" will be released in North America, November 6, 2015, also starring Rory Kinnear as 'Tanner', Ben Whishaw as 'Q', Naomie Harris as 'Eve Moneypenny', Ralph Fiennes as 'M', Jesper Christensen as 'Mr. White', Andrew Scott as 'Denbigh'...
...and Christoph Waltz as 'Oberhauser'.
"Spectre" will also include a new 'Aston Martin' , called the 'DB10', designed specifically for the film.
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- Michael Stevens
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