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Harry Dean Stanton is singing "The Rose of Tralee". His wavering voice echoes across the rows of people gathered in the Village East cinema in New York, where a special screening of a new documentary about his life and work, Partly Fiction, has just finished. You can tell that the director, Sophie Huber, and the cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, who are sitting beside him, are used to this sort of thing from Harry, but the rest of us are by turns delighted and a little bit nervous on his behalf. Now that he's 87, Stanton's voice is as unsteady as his gait, but he steers the old Irish ballad home in his inimitable manner and the audience responds with cheers and applause. »
- Sean O'Hagan
It’s hard to imagine that some of the greatest names in Hollywood today, like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, and Quentin Tarantino, aren’t getting any younger and will, eventually, stop making movies. Tarantino himself has announced his plans to retire after his tenth film (he’s made seven so far), while other longtime greats have either already tossed in the towel or have fallen into disappointing trends; never fully reaching the great heights they enjoyed earlier in their careers.
Luckily, new directors arrive on the scene each year, and though not all of them hit a homerun their first time at bat, there are a few gems here and there that give us high hopes for the future. Neil Blomkamp’s directorial debut, District 9, was met with widespread acclaim and was even nominated for best picture. Joe Cornish, who up until two years ago spent much »
- James Garcia
Radcliffe will reunite with Woman in Black director James Watkins on Gold, which will tell the story of Coe’s rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
Planning is underway for a shoot in the UK and Russia in April next year.
BBC Films and the British Film Institute have developed the project with Al »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
This week is exactly the sort of round-up I would love to be writing every week in terms of the diversity and general quality. We have a lovely mix of the new, the old, the obscure and the cult which means there is something for everyone.
There are even some things this week that I did not have space and time to write about like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film from 1990 on Lovefilm which I have a fondness for that somehow hasn’t dimmed.
Netflix also has come out swinging grabbing the week’s award for most diverse line up of new content. Regardless of its actual quality, Seven Psychopaths is exactly the sort of exclusive that Netflix should be getting on a regular basis over Lovefilm and Now TV. If they can also start adding forgotten older titles weekly like Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and Cropsey as »
- Chris Holt
Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »
Not only was the actor unapologetic in an interview with Variety about his selection of roles, when asked if he was scared about accepting some of those parts, he enthused, “Yes! That’s why I do it!”
In “Darlings,” Radcliffe transforms himself into the semi-schlubby but brilliant American poet Allen Ginsberg during his formative years. The film, which screened at Sundance, then Venice and now Toronto, will be released in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics on Oct. 18.
It’s not an easy sell, with an esoteric title and plot. The truth-based film focuses on the college years of Ginsberg and fellow writers William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, who pushed the conventional limits of the law, creativity, drugs, sex and social behavior, and became iconic »
- Timothy M. Gray
If the point of prison is to reform, then the experience hasn’t done Dom Hemingway much good. Judging by Jude Law’s opening monologue — a long, colorful ode to his macho character’s manhood, delivered under highly ironic circumstances — the hot-headed safe-cracker hasn’t exactly cooled down in the clink. Headed for a domestic release from Fox Searchlight next April, “Dom Hemingway” tags along for the rocky readjustment period the ex-con faces after paying his debt to society, a blustery whirlwind of activity that, once the dust settles, serves mostly as scenery for Law’s endearingly loquacious character to devour. Pic should be a hit at home, where it opens Nov. 8, and more of a specialty item in the States, though the role could spell a comeback for its star.
“12 Years Is a Long Time” reads the first of several laugh-out-loud chapter cards at the story’s outset, and »
- Peter Debruge
The latest big-screen adaptation of "Frankenstein" is turning into a bit of a "Harry Potter" and "Downton Abbey" mash-up. Former "Abbey" star Jessica Brown Findlay has just been confirmed to star in the flick alongside Daniel Radcliffe. Variety broke the news on Wednesday.
Downton Spoilers, Yo!
Findlay is best known for her work on "Abbey" where she played the liberal youngest sister of the Crawley family. Her character, Sybil, died, rather graphically, last season during child birth. With "Downton" behind her, she'll join Radcliffe, as well as James McAvoy, in the flick. Max Landis is penning the script and Paul McGuigan will be directing it.
End Downton Spoilers, Yo!
Production is expected to begin after the "Harry Potter" star wraps up his time on London's West End in Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan." Radcliffe, who has several films set for release including "Horns" and "Kill Your Darlings," opened »
- Jocelyn Vena
British Film Institute (BFI) offering eight-month placement.
The BFI has launched the search for a trainee script editor, who would secure an eight-month placement with the organisation.
The new placement has been created by the BFI, which believes the British film industry would benefit from an increased number of script editors with real industry experience to help support and nurture both the current and next generation of writers.
It will consist of six months within the BFI Film Fund and two months with a production company.
The trainee would be exposed to writers across all levels of experience and genre. Features supported by the Film Fund include Steve McQueen’s Shame, Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share, James Watkins’ The Woman in Black, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers and recent Cannes success Clio Bernard’s The Selfish Giant.
The successful candidate will shadow BFI Film Fund executives »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“I never have two great shows on a two-show day,” he’s explaining between the matinee and the evening perfs of “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” the Martin McDonagh play in which he stars as the title character until the end of August. “I always have one show that I could improve on, and one that’s much better. That’ll be tonight, I can tell right now.”
It might sound like modesty, but chat with Radcliffe for a bit and it becomes clear that, for an actor who’s accomplished an enormous amount at a very young age, the 24-year-old is still driven by a hunger for the next big challenge.
“Every job I do, I like to think it makes me better or I learn things, »
- Gordon Cox
Laremy and I began today's podcast intending to only go about an hour... Instead we nearly went two hours. I guess you are the beneficiaries as we review The Smurfs 2, 2 Guns and The Spectacular Now as well as answer your questions and voicemails and we've also started receiving entries in the Safe Haven review competition. Also, if you are on Twitter, we have a new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way »
- Brad Brevet
Actor who made her name in comedy films as an acid-tongued, gravel-voiced tyrant
Eileen Brennan, who has died aged 80, had been a stage actor since the late 1950s, but it was as a largely comic presence in Us cinema of the 1970s and early 1980s that she was most widely admired. As the pitiless Captain Doreen Lewis, putting a dippy new recruit – Goldie Hawn – through her paces in the hit military comedy Private Benjamin (1980), she wore her trademark look: a solid frizz of red hair, a clenched, sneering smile and an expression of withering incredulity. Then there was the gravelly voice: a heard-it-all whine to match that seen-it-all face. It sounded like bourbon on the rocks. Actual rocks, that is.
Captain Lewis epitomised the sort of role Brennan was best at – and which she was still playing as late as 2001, when she made the first in a run of appearances »
- Ryan Gilbey
Exclusive: Director Clint Eastwood has set Christopher Walken to star in Jersey Boys, the Warner Bros and Gk Films feature adaptation of the hit stage musical. Walken will play the role of Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo, the Jersey mobster who, in the show, served an unofficial consigliere role to the young singers as they tried to build their careers without falling into the grip of organized crime. The film was scripted by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and production begins mid-September in Los Angeles. Graham King and Rob Lorenz are producing and Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio are the exec producers. The Tony-winning stage musical has grossed more than $1 billion for all its incarnations. Deadline revealed that Eastwood was not going to cast major stars to play the young singers but rather select them from the various casts taking the stage nightly. Reports are that Eastwood chose Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Daniel Radcliffe is giving his mind, body and soul to a new theater role -- but especially his body! The 23-year-old actor stepped out looking skinnier than ever on Thursday, July 18, after appearing on stage in the Martin McDonagh play The Cripple of Inishmaan. Radcliffe looked thin, pale and exhausted while leaving Noel Coward Theatre in London wearing a tight blue shirt, jeans and cap. Before Harry Potter fans became too concerned about the star's gaunt appearance, omg! spoke to his rep, who explained the show [...] »
It's hard to figure out what exactly conspires to make an actor underrated, though in Sam Rockwell's case he might as well be the poster-child for undervalued thespians. Even in "The Way, Way Back," his latest movie, a touching indie about an introverted teen navigating the quiet indignities of adolescence while his mom gets drunk with her jerk of a boyfriend, Rockwell once again takes a backseat.
Instead, his strong supporting performance as Owen, the water park manager who's so relentlessly charming he helps young Duncan come out of his shell, gets overshadowed in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's directorial debut after their screenwriting Oscar for "The Descendants." Or maybe it's the general shock of watching Steve Carell play a jerk, and do it so well.
Like most coming-of-age films, "The Way, Way Back" is about the underdog making good, and with his reputation for scene-stealing, well-documented dance moves and easy charisma, »
- Rick Mele
The 'I'm getting too old for this s**t' action hero card should be played with caution. We've seen it work this year for Arnie in The Last Stand, and backfire horribly for Bruce Willis's worn-out John McClane, so it's hard to know how excited to be at the prospect of Al Pacino and Christopher Walken playing former mobsters out to relive their glory days. On the one hand, it's hard to see how you could go wrong with that pairing. On the other, the last film to star Pacino and Walken was 2003's Gigli, so this could really go either way.
One of Pacino's best performances remains his tragicomic turn as Donnie Brasco's aging, increasingly ineffectual Lefty Ruggiero, and more than a decade on he brings the same wounded, »
Noël Coward; Donmar; Royal Court, London
The Michael Grandage plan is working. Stars and cheap tickets are bringing new audiences to his West End season, with 25% of the tickets going to first-time bookers.
Now Harry Potter fans are confronted with a gloriously perverse writing talent. The Cripple of Inishmaan is Grandage's most unlikely combination to date. Smooth-faced Daniel Radcliffe takes the title role in provocative Martin McDonagh's 1997 play. The neat, adored boy wizard plays a shambolic youth no one wants to kiss. As directed by Grandage, this looks like a cunning wheeze.
You would not pick Radcliffe out as a soaring talent if you saw him with an innocent eye on the stage. Yet neither would you mark him down as a star who has blundered on to the boards. More assured than he was in his last stage appearance, in Equus, he is restrained and controlled in a »
- Susannah Clapp
Noel Coward, London
Imagine a dramatic hero who stands no chance of being kissed "unless it was by a blind girl" and of whom it is said, by an adoptive aunt, "you'd see nicer eyes on a goat". Daniel Radcliffe is not the first name that would leap to mind in the casting of such a role. But he is the undoubted star of Michael Grandage's revival of Martin McDonagh's 1997 play and proves, as he did in Equus, that he is a fine stage actor with a gift for playing social outsiders.
Radcliffe is the eponymous hero, a disabled 17-year-old orphan named Billy Claven, of McDonagh's ingenious play. Dejected and generally derided, the bookish Billy is brought up by his "aunties" on the isle of Inishmaan. But the dullness of daily life is suddenly relieved when in 1934 Hollywood film-maker Robert Flaherty descends on a neighbouring isle to make »
- Michael Billington
Growing up gay as a suburban teenager in the mid 90s, my access to queer culture was severely limited (ie nonexistent). Before the proliferation of the internet, one relied on the “gay” section in bookstores and video stores, if there even was one, to seek out examples of visible representation in the media throughout the years. I remember one day as a high school junior skipping class to go see The Object of My Affection at the local mall, a Jennifer Aniston rom-com in which Paul Rudd plays a gay character. I knew nothing about the movie or Paul Rudd (odds are that in 1998 if he were famous he wouldn’t have been playing gay), but the fact that there was a movie playing at the local multiplex with a gay character in it was enough to drive identification-starved me to ditch school. It was a formative experience at the time, »
- John Oursler
Things I Forgot I Remembered | The Cripple Of Inishmaan | If Only | Manchester Sound: The Massacre | Open Court season | The Enough Project
Things I Forgot I Remembered, Llangefni
Shon Dale-Jones's alter ego, Hugh Hughes, has delighted audiences over the last eight years with his fantastical and deeply ordinary stories about his life and family in Wales. There was the delightful Floating, about the time that Anglesey broke off and floated away from the mainland, and most recently Stories From An Invisible Town, a project that took place both on stage and online, and which drew on childhood memories and growing up. Now he makes a show for National Theatre Wales as part of a month-long residency on Anglesey that includes collaborations with local audiences and free audio walks around Hugh's hometown of Llangefni. It's his first appearance in Anglesey, and should be a memorable one.
Theatr Fach, Wed to 15 Jun
The Cripple Of Inishmaan, »
- Mark Cook, Lyn Gardner
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