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Movie Review – Amy (2015)

5 July 2015 11:49 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Amy, 2015.

Directed by Asif Kapadia.


Documentary charting Amy Winehouse’s music and battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

What takes your breath away watching Asif Kapadia’s outstanding documentary on Amy Winehouse, Amy, is how much she was hounded. Reminding us of those final moments in Princess Diana’s life, Winehouse courted paparazzi even in death, snapping and ‘capturing’ a hospital bed wheeled out of her house, with her 27-year-old body covered. No one needed photo evidence this act happened. But it was captured nevertheless. July 23rd 2011, a day whereby once again, the assumption that fame and money means success and happiness is disproved. As it was when Marilyn Monroe and Kurt Cobain were found dead at a shockingly young age.

Released this weekend, Amy has already gained press coverage as Winehouse’s father, Mitch, has claimed the documentary is “a disgrace” and stated the filmmakers “should be ashamed”. Contrary to his opinion, »

- Simon Columb

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Rave Review for Winehouse Doc Opening on July 3 in U.S.

1 July 2015 4:27 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse documentary: 'Heartbreaking' and 'impressive' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out new school lyrics that were confessional, profane, clever, and withering. She has been compared to Billie Holiday (in more ways than one, alas) and Winehouse herself has noted Sarah Vaughn as an influence. Her phrasing could turn any note into an adventure, bending and stretching it until it made multiple emotional statements. Her voice was both propulsive and brittle with a vibrato that could pound like a jackhammer or purr like Eartha Kitt. And that's to say nothing of her signature look, the beehive hairdo, the tattoos, and the increasingly garish makeup that would eventually hide much more than facial blemishes. Unfortunately, »

- Mark Keizer

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Beautiful Disasters: "Roar"

29 June 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

There is a case to be made for home movies as the purest form of cinema. It’s folly, of course, to pit films against one another based on the circumstances under which they were made; to argue what is realer, and thus more valid, than the other. In a camera’s lens, especially, the lines of truth and lies blur and overlap. It’s just that in what we believe to be reality the stakes are always higher, the emotions elevated. One of the first films ever made, the Lumière brothers’ L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat, was a succinct 56 seconds that depicted the arrival of a train at its station in Lyon, France. When it was first shown to the public it was the audience’s virgin film-viewing experience, and it was reported that many were frightened by the illusion that the train was coming straight for them. »

- Oliver Skinner

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Watch: Rose Byrne Audition for ‘Get Him to the Greek’

25 June 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Rose Byrne got spectacularly filthy for her 2010 “Get Him to the Greek” audition to play lead actor Russell Brand’s girlfriend, Jackie Q. Not only does she flip from aggressive and hostile to loving and passive at the drop of a hat, Byrne perfectly captures the freeloading hottie who’s only dating a musician for the parties, the chance to rub shoulders with famous people, and the vacations. Also starring Jonah Hill, the comedy follows a drug-addled rock star (Brand) and the assistant (Hill) trying to get him to a concert. Watch and listen as Byrne has everyone in the audition room cracking up. Want to see more? Check out "9 Great Actors’ Audition Tapes!" »

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Disability protesters attempt to storm Prime Minister's Questions

24 June 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Disability protesters attempted to storm the House of Commons during Prime Minister's Questions today (June 24).

BBC News aired coverage of the angry scenes shortly after the incident took place, with the assistant political editor Norman Smith describing it as unlike anything he has ever seen before.

Disability protesters try to storm into House of Commons chamber during PMQs

BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 24, 2015

The crowd gathered in the central lobby of the Houses of Parliament, just a few steps away from the entrance to the House of Commons and chanted loudly as they were surrounded by police.

The protesters also handed out flyers to highlight their cause, which is to take MPs to task over the closure of the Independent Living Fund.

It is the latest demonstration against the majority Conservative government, following their General Election victory in May.

Charlotte Church and Russell Brand were »

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Watch Murder in Successville for Free on FilmOn’s BBC Three Channel

23 June 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

BBC Three gives a comedic viewpoint towards crime in “Murder in Successville.” The television series can be seen for free on FilmOn’s BBC Three channel. “Murder in Successville” is a improv show that, crazily enough, makes murder the lead-in to laughter. Here’s what you can expect from one of the episodes of this murder mystery series. “Di Sleet is joined by Olympic gymnast Louis Smith to find out who killed pharmacist Lindsay Lohan. The three suspects are: Vladmir Putin, local gym owner who loves working out with the boys; Kim Kardashian, convicted psychopath who has already killed five people for being prettier than her; and Russell Brand, local purveyor of  [ Read More ]

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Ignite Channel Acquires Russell Brand Documentary 'Brand: A Second Coming'

18 June 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It's hard to think of Russell Brand as just a comedian and actor when he's really lived the life of a rockstar. Always dressed in Bohemian glam garb, Brand has been candid about his struggles with drugs and sex, and he has seemed to turn towards activism as a way to battle his demons. While the "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" star has fled the Hollywood scene as of late, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Odni Timoner ("Dig!") has taken on the task of documenting his whereabouts in "Brand: A Second Coming.'  Read More:  SXSW: Ondi Timoner on Why Russell Brand Will Never Be at Peace with the Film She Made About HimThe official synopsis reads: ""Brand: A Second Coming" follows comedian/author/activist Russell Brand as he dives headlong into drugs, sex and fame in an attempt to find happiness, only to realize that our culture feeds us bad ideas and empty idols. »

- Sarah Choi

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Russell Brand Docu Gets Distributor After SXSW Flap

17 June 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Brand: A Second Coming, the Russell Brand documentary whose subject tried to get the film pulled from its opening-night slot at SXSW in March, has found a North American distributor. Ignite Channel, whose pickups include Twinsters and Poached, both from SXSW, has acquired director Ondi Timoner’s film for theatrical release but gave no date. A Second Coming follows the erstwhile Mr. Katy Perry’s transformation from Hollywood star to political and social activist. Former FX… »

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Russell Brand Documentary ‘Brand: A Second Coming’ Sells to Ignite Channel (Exclusive)

17 June 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hours before it screens at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Ondi Timoner‘s acclaimed Russell Brand documentary “Brand: A Second Coming” has been acquired by Ignite Channel, an independent distributor focused on theatrical releases of award-winning documentaries with strong cultural impact. Ignite Channel will release “Brand: A Second Coming” in theaters across America, having purchased North American rights to the documentary, TheWrap has learned. Award-winning filmmaker Timoner (“We Live in Public”) turns her camera on Brand, the comedian, activist, and author who starred in the Judd Apatow productions “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.” “Brand: A Second Coming” is. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Dinosaurs rule the world

14 June 2015 5:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jurassic World has smashed industry records, becoming the first film to gross more than $US500 million worldwide in its opening weekend and setting new highs for both the Us and international debuts.

Universal.s dinopic raked in an unprecedented $208.8 million in the Us, beating the record held by Marvel's The Avengers since 2012, and $315.3 million in 68 markets internationally, toppling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.

So the worldwide total is $524.1 million. In Australia,. the action/adventure/horror film starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Omar Sy and a lot of CGI monsters, rang up $16.06 million.

That.s the biggest opening weekend this year, overtaking The Avengers: Age of Ultron.s $15.7 million, and the market's third best ever behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon..

Just the second film directed by Colin Trevorrow, whose »

- Don Groves

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Strangerland director lines up several projects

10 June 2015 8:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Kim Farrant is attached to direct a UK psychological thriller produced by Michael Winterbottom's company and a Us indie drama as well as developing an ambitious TV anthology series.

The Los Angeles-based director is delighted with the critical and audience responses to her debut film Strangerland, which Transmission launched on about 25 screens on June 11 after its Sydney Film Festival premiere.

The mystery drama starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving is set to open in the Us on July 10.

Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment) will release the film scripted by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons and produced by Naomi Wenck and Macdara Kelleher in cinemas in 15 markets and simultaneously on VOD. She plans to attend the New York premiere.

Farrant is attached to direct Hush Money for Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton.s Revolution Films. The script by Brazilian-born English writer Nico Mensinga follows a groom who is bribed on his wedding day. »

- Don Groves

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6 Backstage Picks From the 2015 L.A. Film Fest

10 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

With 39 world premieres coming out of this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival, it’s quite possible there are serious discoveries to be made on the West Coast. Among the selections are 74 features, nearly half of which are directed by women and/or filmmakers of color, and 60 shorts with over 30 countries represented across the board. Here are six we can’t wait to see! “Too Late”Described as a “dark love letter to Los Angeles,” this drama shot on 35mm follows a private investigator as he searches for clues about a missing woman with whom he shares a past. Submitted to the U.S. Fiction Competition and starring John Hawkes (“Eastbound & Down”), Rider Strong (“Boy Meets World”), Vail Bloom (“The Young and the Restless”), and others, “Too Late” is a story melding a journey of self-discovery with all there is to find in L.A. “Brand: A Second ComingRussell Brand »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Hannibal, Murder in Successville

10 June 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Interceptor: BBC One, 9pm

BBC One is looking to recapture the spirit of action crime classics like The Professionals with this new action-adventure series.

The Interceptor kicks off tonight when Ash (Ot Fagbenle) is headhunted to join Unit, a special team of law enforcers.

Hannibal: Sky Living, 10pm

Us network television's most accomplished drama series returns with a typically gorgeous and grotesque season premiere.

'Antipasto' is quite a change of pace - there's no Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) here, as we pick up with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Bedelia (Gillian Anderson) living a new life in Italy.

Murder in Successville: BBC Three, 10pm

The bonkers but brilliant BBC Three series concludes with the murder of Lindsay Lohan - but was the culprit Russell Brand or Kim Kardashian?

Louis Smith is the celebrity on hand to assist Di Sleet (Tom Davis) for the final Murder in Successville - but »

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Los Angeles Film Festival Picks a Closing Night, 8 Films to See (Trailers)

9 June 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As Film Independent's 21st Los Angeles Film Festival gets under way at La Live downtown with the June 10th opening of Paul Weitz's Sundance hit comedy "Grandma," starring the incomparable Lily Tomlin, the big question surrounding this year's program is whether festival director Stephanie Allain's new vision for the selection (booked by a new, less experienced programming team led by Roya Rastegar) will lure audiences.  Read: David Ansen's Departure from Laff Signals New Direction for the Festival The fourth festival under producer Allain ("Beyond the Lights") has taken a dramatic turn. While there are plenty of Cannes, SXSW and Sundance hits such as Ken Loach’s "Jimmy’s Hall," "Diary of a Teenage Girl," "Infinitely Polar Bear," and Russell Brand doc "Brand: A Second Coming," among the 45 world premieres there are fewer galas with »

- Anne Thompson

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Russell Brand to Headline India's Comedy Central Chuckle Festival

28 May 2015 1:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Russell Brand will be performing in India at the second edition of the Comedy Central Chuckle Festival in June. The event is organized by Comedy Central India, part of Viacom18 Networks. A Viacom18 spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Brand will be performing in all three of the cities where the festival will be held. The fest kicks off on June 26 in the capital New Delhi, followed by Bangalore on June 27 before culminating in Mumbai on June 28. Tickets are expected to go on sale shortly.   The festival was launched in 2013 and featured American comedians

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Judd Apatow Wants to Make the Real World as Nice as His Movies

26 May 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Two and a half years ago, Judd Apatow released This Is 40, the most personal film of his career. He was anxious. He usually is. His default setting is inward panic.

"I don't know if people can understand the pressure to be funny," Apatow says today, "just knowing how badly you can fail and how embarrassing it will be."

To the public, Apatow had nothing to fear. He was the king of comedy, the overlord of an unprecedented seven-year, 21-film barrage of hits and near-hits that he'd either directed, written, or produced. His leading men had become marquee names: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Paul Rudd. And Bridesmaids had recently given him his biggest box office haul ever.


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16 amazing moments from Never Mind the Buzzcocks: Huey smashes a mug, Preston storms off, Dappy flies in

26 May 2015 7:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been cancelled after 28 series, with the BBC confirming the much-loved show will not be returning.

The ingenious - and often hilarious - pop music panel quiz arrived on screens way back in 1996, and ran for over 260 episodes.

Hosts including Mark Lamarr, Simon Amstell and Rhod Gilbert have appeared alongside team captains Phil Jupitus, Sean Hughes, Bill Bailey and Noel Fielding. Here are some of the greatest moments.

1. Boys will be boys!

Preston took an immediate dislike to being described by Simon Amstell as a "professional celebrity" on introduction, before Amstell joked that his band The Ordinary Boys have no fans.

But it was when he began to read extracts from Preston's then-wife Chantelle Houghton's biography - with the line "The photoshoot was for the Daily Mail, which made me feel really posh and upmarket" - that he stormed off the show in disgust. »

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Katy Perry Claims Interview About Russell Brand Divorce Was "Done 3 Years Ago"

25 May 2015 7:42 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Update: Perry claimed on Monday, May 25, that the interview was conducted many years ago.  It's really inappropriate when journalists repurpose interviews done 3 yrs ago in context of promoting a film & then stamp a new date on it. — Katy Perry (@katyperry) May 25, 2015 ???? The Daily Telegraph & Chris Knowles ???????? — Katy Perry (@katyperry) May 25, 2015 Cutting him off cold turkey. When Russell Brand abruptly filed for divorce from Katy Perry in late 2011, he famously texted the pop star, now 30, to let her know. [...] »

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand haven't spoken since 2011

25 May 2015 2:13 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Katy Perry hasn't spoken to her ex-husband Russell Brand since he texted her telling her he wanted to file for a divorce in late 2011. The 30-year-old popstar and the 39-year-old comedian married in 2010, and had a cat together, named Rusty - a combination of their two names -but Katy revealed that she's changed the name of the cat, as well as cutting him out her life. Katy said: ''(Russell) hasn't spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce. I don't want to talk about him -- my songs will say what I need to say. ''I still have the cat, but I've changed her name to Monkey.'' Since splitting from Russell, Katy has been linked to both John Mayer and Diplo, and said that, even though the divorce caused her a lot of pain - and inspired most of her 'Prism' album - »

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Katy Perry Doesn't Want to Talk About Ex-Husband Russell Brand: "My Songs Will Say What I Need to Say"

24 May 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Time heals all wounds, but it certainly doesn't stop everyone's curiosity. More than three years after separating from Russell Brand, Katy Perry is still being asked about her ex-husband. But in her latest interview with the Daily Telegraph, the "Firework" singer teased fans that anything that needs to be said will be heard through her music. "He hasn't spoken to me since he texted me saying he was filing for divorce," she told the publication. "I don't want to talk about him—my songs will say what I need to say." The candid confession, which she first revealed in Vogue, has left some to wonder if high-profile relationships can last with high-profile men. With a »

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