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2 items from 2011

Close up: yes, Miss Piggy, you will go to the ball (maybe)

11 November 2011 1:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This was the week that Eddie Murphy baled out of the Oscars, leaving the way clear for the some fabric puppets

The big story

Once upon a time the Oscar ceremony was a comforting drone punctuated only by the odd song-and-dance routine and the banshee wailing of overwhelmed best actress award winners. Not any more. Someone, somewhere, decided it had to get "edgy". Last time, they had cool young persons in the shape of James Franco and Anne Hathaway introducing it - and look how that worked out.

The big idea for 2012 was to hire a bona fide Hollywood hotshot, so naturally the word went out for Brett Ratner. Yes, well... he made Rush Hour 2, you know. No sooner had Ratner persuaded his mucker Eddie Murphy to act as the show's host (an inspired choice, we give him that) then he was promptly ejected from his co-producer role after »

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Watch the Three Colours trilogy live and join our conversation

10 November 2011 2:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We're streaming Krzysztof Kieslowski's brilliant trilogy live on the site. And we'd like you to join our discussion about the films

"When Krzysztof Kieslowski died on March 13, 1996," wrote Richard Williams a decade later in the Guardian, "it was as though a certain kind of cinema had come to an end along with him." A retrospective look at our archive content on the Polish director hammers home his point: this was a man of rare vision and brilliance. And his central achievement, the Three Colours trilogy – which takes its titles from the colours of the French flag, and inspiration from the political ideals at the heart of the Republic (liberty, equality, fraternity) – is an uncontested landmark in European cinema.

It was also, sadly, his final achievement: Kieslowski took early retirement at 52 after making the last in the trilogy, Red, then had a fatal heart attack two years later. It makes »

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