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Based on the first of a series of novels by Douglas Lindsay, Robert Carlyle’s directing debut stars the actor as a hapless Glasgow barber caught up in a farcical imbroglio involving a plague of severed body parts. Shot with brio by Fabian Wagner, designed with an anachronistic 50s/60s look, and with a similarly retro soundtrack steeped in whammy-bar guitar, Barney Thomson strains after more fun than it can manage. Either Carlyle as Barney, permanently a-quiver with panic, doesn’t have a funny bone, or he just can’t direct himself funny. Ray Winstone’s irascible English copper all but blows steam out of his ears, and Ashley Jensen chews whatever scenery hasn’t already been trampled. Improbably redeeming the overall mirthlessness is Emma Thompson, briskly profane as Barney’s elderly, »
- Jonathan Romney
There are only two problems – Sam has a compulsive desire to sleep with high-priced call girls and a dangerous fascination with a young intern (Dianna Agron).
Zipper bows on August 28 in Us cinemas. A UK release is yet to be set. »
Related: Robert Carlyle: ‘Big films don’t feed your soul’
Robert Carlyle makes a capable directorial debut, serving up this chaotically brutal comedy noir with some very broad gags. He plays Barney Thomson, a middle-aged Glasgow barber, depressed about his job and getting bullied by his terrifying mother, uproariously played by Emma Thompson, who has an outrageous line when a bit of dunked biscuit falls off into her tea. A ferocious argument at work concludes with a gruesome accident and poor Barney finds himself prime suspect in a serial killer case, with a malevolent Cockney copper played by Ray Winstone all over Barney’s case like a cheap suit. He is himself feeling the heat from his superior officer: a nice cameo from Tom Courtenay. The Tarantino-esque finale doesn »
- Peter Bradshaw
Cult 1980s TV show Robin of Sherwood is returning with a new episode - in the form of a radio play.
Written by Richard Carpenter, the show ran for three series between 1984 and 1986.
Now, in tribute to Carpenter - who died in 2012 - 'The Knights of the Apocalypse' will be recorded and aired in early 2016, with all proceeds going to charity.
Carpenter wrote the episode following the end of the TV series, and nothing was ever done with it until now.
Connery, who played Robin, said of the new radio play: "My time in Sherwood was spent working with wonderful actors who became lifelong friends, and behind it all was Richard 'Kip' Carpenter's brilliant writing, whose scripts we brought to life. After many false dawns, I can finally »
The Sundance Film Festival has, over the course of its run, become a ripe place for films to get attention even without explicitly winning awards. One such film in the 2015 incarnation of the festival was Zipper. The second feature from director Mora Stephens was also co-written by Stephens, alongside Joel Viertel. The synopsis is as follows.
Sam Ellis is a man on the rise – a federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with a high-end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unraveling, his new demon threatens to destroy his life, family and career.
Patrick Wilson stars as the lead character, with a supporting cast that includes Lena Headey, Dianna Agron, Ray Winstone, John Cho, and Richard Dreyfuss. The film is set to be released in American theatres and VOD on August 28th, and it now has a trailer. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Zipper" thriller, starring Patrick Wilson (Watchment), Lena Headey (300), Ray Winstone (The Departed), John Cho (Star Trek) and Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws). Check it out below. Plot: Sam Ellis (Wilson) is a man on the rise — a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with a high-end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unraveling, his new demon threatens to destroy his life, family and career. The new movie set to be released in select theaters and on VOD on August 28th. Trailer: »
In what promises to be a gripping study of power and addiction, Patrick Wilson takes the lead in Zipper as a universally loved politician on a seemingly non-stop rise to the top. But he finds everything falling down around him as his ‘zipper problem’, i.e. his nasty habit of sleeping with scores of women who are not his wife (Lena Heady), catches up with him. Really, Wilson is perfect for the lead role. Not only does he a great actor, he has the sort of charisma that demands all eyes are on him, as well as the chops to delve into the darker parts of his character. On top of that, he his surrounded by a stellar cast, including Heady, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ray Winstone, which all adds up to an absolutely fascinating political trailer. Released: 28th August »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Read More: Alchemy Acquires Sundance Political Thriller 'Zipper' Debuting at Sundance this year, Mora Stephens' thriller "Zipper" follows Patrick Wilson as prosecutor Sam Ellis, whose political career becomes scandalous before it even can get started. The film features an impressive cast, including Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones"), Dianna Argon ("Heroes"), Richard Dreyfuss and Ray Winstone. The official synopsis reads: "Sam Ellis is a man on the rise -- a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with a high-end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unraveling, his new demon threatens to destroy his life, family and career." "Zipper" will be released day and date on August 28. Watch the trailer above. Read More: Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #53: Mora Stephens Wants to Start a Conversation About Political Scandals with »
- Ethan Sapienza
"I set out to help people, I never said I was better than them..." Alchemy has debuted the trailer for the sex thriller Zipper, which dramatizes the sexual urges of a man on the cusp of a bright future. Patrick Wilson stars as a politician on the rise who ends up losing everything "due to his inability to fight off his obsessive temptation for other women." This is a thriller because they really play up the angle of "look how deadly this can be to your life!" with all the endless infidelity. The cast also includes Lena Headey, Dianna Agron, Alexandra Breckenridge, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cho and Ray Winstone. This looks interesting, but at the same time I'd kind of rather just go back and watch Joe Carnahan's Stretch again. Give it a watch. Here's the first official trailer for Mora Stephens' Zipper, in high def on Apple »
- Alex Billington
From "Nymphomaniac" to "Shame" to "Men, Women & Children" and now to "Zipper," filmmakers of late have been obsessed with characters who are obsessed with sex. And Patrick Wilson is the latest actor taking the role of a character who can't control his urges. Read More: Why Gaspar Noé's "Love" Fails To Break The Curse Of Sex On Screen Lena Headey, Dianna Agron, Ray Winstone, John Cho and Richard Dreyfuss co-star in the film that follows Sam Ellis, a prosecutor with an eye on politics. But after a visit with a high-end escort, he can't get enough and soon starts on a downward spiral. Here's the official synopsis: Sam Ellis is a man on the rise -- a hotshot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with a high-end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unraveling, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Stars: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Jasmine Trinca, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Billy Billingham, Peter Franzén, Daniel Adegboyega, Ade Oyefeso, Rachel Lascar | Written by Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Sean Penn | Directed by Pierre Morel
After working as a mercenary in the Congo, Terrier (Sean Penn) lives a life away from action, his health, and his life affected by his past deeds. When it seems he has been marked out for assassination he tries to reconnect with past colleagues to discover the reason for his sudden targeting, suspecting a clean-up job is in progress. With the net closing in and past crimes coming back to haunt him, it is not until he re-connects with Felix (Javier Bardem) and past girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca) that events take a deadly turn.
The Gunman would like to be a movie with a message, and there are moments where you are made to think »
- Paul Metcalf
The Gunman, 2015.
Directed by Pierre Morel.
Eight years after a hit on the Congo mining minister, the assassin finds that he is now the target in a game of cat and mouse.
Spurred on by the inexplicable success of Taken (seriously? Watch it again – it isn’t That good), its sequels and the subsequent fad of middle-aged actors starring in revenge thrillers, Sean Penn (Carlito’s Way/Casualties of War) has joined the likes of Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington by starring in The Gunman, directed – funnily enough – by Taken director Pierre Morel.
Penn plays Jim Terrier, a sniper who has been selected to be the shooter in the assassination of the mining minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After the hit Jim has to leave the continent as »
- Gary Collinson
From comic-book adaptations to sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Here are the new geek-skewed shows coming to Us TV in 2016...
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the Us.
Here's some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the Us next year.
Aka Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the McU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we »
It’s been some time since Johnny Depp graced our screens. He’s been a Hollywood icon for over 30 years and has starred in some of the biggest box office smashes in history as some of the most recognisable characters on our screens.
So much so that in a recent poll by Ladbrokes, he was voted the UK’s favourite current celebrity. Which is quite the accolade in a world of the Kardashians and Ryan Gosling.
Of course, that’s because he has a fantastic back catalogue of work, but what ranks up there amongst his best?
A Nightmare on Elm Street may have been Johnny Depp’s first role on the big screen, but he showed no sign of nerves with a magnificent performance as Glen Lantz, one of the main characters who experience the horrific nightmares of Freddy Krueger.
Depp was aged just 21 at the time, »
- The Hollywood News
Full Monty and Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle has made his feature-film directing debut with The Legend of Barney Thomson, about a Glaswegian barber caught up in a string of gruesome murders. Carlyle also stars, alongside Ray Winstone as an angry copper and Emma Thompson, who undergoes a dramatic transformation to play Barney's elderly, foulmouthed mother Cemolina.
Warning: This clip contains explicit language
The Legend of Barney Thomson is released in the UK on 24 July Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
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About The Film
Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part II
By Alex Simon
One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.
Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.
Here are a few more of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:
1. Massacre at Central High (1976)
- The Hollywood Interview.com
After remaining on the straight and narrow with a string of dramatic performance in recent years, including Gangster Squad and the Ben Stiller-fronted The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Oscar-winning actor is following in the footsteps of one Liam Nesson for Pierre Morel’s The Gunman.
Beyond sharing a director, Morel’s latest feature also harbors similarities to Taken in that Penn’s former special forces soldier will be called out on one last job. That said, by having our grizzled protagonist suffering from Ptsd, The Gunman is arguably more visceral than its genre contemporaries, and with a supporting cast that includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca, you’ll search far and wide for an unashamed B-movie actioner with a bigger heart.
To celebrate The Gunman‘s arrival on Blu-Ray and DVD at the end of this month, We Got This Covered »
- Michael Briers
The title may be “The Legend of Barney Thomson,” but it’s the protagonist’s near-namesake, Emma Thompson, who earns all the glory in Scottish star Robert Carlyle’s amiably uneven directorial debut. Drawn from the off-kilter comic novels of Douglas Lindsay, this grisly farce finds the helmer giving himself a generous showcase as the eponymous chump, a socially inept barber who quite accidentally becomes a modern-day Sweeney Todd. Still, it’s Thompson’s frayed, frightening turn as his unexpectedly devious mother that gives a salty kick to an otherwise minor diversion, in which simple twists of fate are as thickly matted as the characters’ Glaswegian brogues. A crowd-pleasing curtain-raiser for this year’s Edinburgh fest, “Barney Thomson” is unlikely to secure legendary status beyond Caledonia, but ancillary prospects are solid enough.
“This is the story of what happens when you move chairs,” Carlyle says, in cheerily cryptic fashion, in »
- Guy Lodge
While he’s been enjoying quite a bit of success on American t.v., especially with Once Upon A Time, Rober Carlyle’s big screen outings have been very few and far between since 2009. But now the one time Begbie is back in cinemas, in front of and behind the camera, for black comedy The Legend of Barney Thompson. His directorial debut see him take the title role of a charmless barber whose mediocre life is turned upside down when he accidentally stumbles into serial killing. On the run from detective inspector Holdall (Ray Winstone), Barney turns to his domineering mother Cemolina (Emma Thompson) for help. It’s great to see Carlyle back on the big screen, and there is some great pitch black humour on display here, with the three leads having an absolute blast, especially Emma Thompson (aged 20 years by prosthetics) who threatens to steal the show. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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