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It’s only Monday and the celeb gossip is already in full swing: Colin Farrell is headed to HBO, Emma Watson makes a case for feminism, and Tom Hardy is off the market. Read on for all that and more in today’s First Dibs.
It’s official: Colin Farrell is one of the new detectives in the next season of HBO’s True Detective. The actor confirmed the news in an interview with the Irish newspaper, The Sunday World. [Vulture] During a U.N. address, Emma Watson made a passionate plea for gender equality and defended the word “feminist.” [THR]
Tom Hardy secretly got married… two months ago! [Mirror] Jada Pinkett Smith is joining Magic Mike Xxl, the sequel to the surprise stripper hit starring Channing Tatum. She’s one of three actresses to join the previously all-male roster. [THR] Chris Martin has “fallen in love” with Jennifer Lawrence. [Us Weekly] In case you missed it, »
Chicago – Opening at Chicago’s Music Box Theater this weekend is a full-length musical conceived by Stuart Murdoch, the lead singer of indie pop darlings Belle & Sebastian, making his debut as a writer/director. Surpassing the notion of a concept album, Murdoch has engineered a vibrant experience that is missing all but the introduction of a new dance move.
Directly similar to the music he created with Belle & Sebastian, “God Help the Girl” starts with poppy intent and then stands out with a few curveballs, ultimately making for some lovely pop sweetness.
This Scotland musical is light on its feet regarding tone and also narrative. Australian transplant Eve (Emily Browning) is a music-lover and songwriter who sneaks out of her anorexia treatment to spend time playing music in the city, hanging out with new friend James (Olly Alexander). Along with his sister Cassie (Hannah Murray), the three try to »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Fans of the British teen drama, Skins, were definitely saddened when the show went off the air last summer. Over the course of seven series, audiences were introduced to a number of fine actors, such as Nicholas Hoult, who later went on to even bigger stardom. Thankfully, over the past year, cast members from all three generations have started to pop up in new films and TV shows. Those not quite ready to let go of Cassie (Hannah Murray), Cook (Jack O’Connell), or Emily (Kathryn Prescott) can find solace in seeing the actors who portrayed them back in the limelight this fall.
Nicholas Hoult (Tony, First Generation)
Undoubtedly the biggest star to come out of the series, Hoult has crossed over to the big screen with roles in the X-Men franchise and Warm Bodies. He can next been seen in Dark Places (Nov. 2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (May 2015), both co-starring Charlize Theron. »
- Stacy Lambe
This is the Pure Movies review of God Help The Girl, directed by Stuart Murdoch, and starring Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bisset, Sarah Swire and Mark Radcliffe. Cinematic history is littered with instances of pop stars and musicians trying their hand at acting: usually turning in less than Oscar-winning performances. Examples of them writing for film then working behind the camera are more rare. Nick Cave has had success as a screenwriter, but here, Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch goes one better, writing and directing his surprisingly confident debut feature, God Help The Girl. »
- David Hudson
Los Angeles - Stuart Murdoch, frontman and founder of Scotting band Belle & Sebastian, has been juggling a couple projects over the past year. First was his God Help the Girl music side project, then "God Help the Girl," his first film foray as writer and director, and then a brand new album for B&S. It's the one in the middle, he said in our interview this week, that changed everything. He called the big-screen musical "a whole new thing, I won't ever go back." "God Help the Girl" -- starring Emily Browning, Hannah Murray (Gilly on "Game of Thrones") and Olly Alexander -- has been on the festival circuit since January. It's set in Murdoch's homebase in Glasgow, with Browning starring as Eve, a young girl struggling with anorexia and other mental health issues, finding temporary relief in songwriting with two new friends. For any fan of Belle & Sebastian, »
- Katie Hasty
Title: God Help the Girl Director: Stuart Lee Murdoch Starring: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray Truly embracing that brief moment after you’ve realized what you want to do with your life, but before it settles into a job, can often be an exciting and liberating time for many young adults who are searching for their identities. The possibilities are endless for those who are filled with enthusiasm and idealistic ideas about what the world should be like, especially when they meet like-minded people who unquestionably share the same opinions and views. That uncompromising coming-of-age idea is the creative driving force in the new independent romantic movie, ‘God Help [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway with North American and World debuts of films that will hit Awards Season and beyond,a good number of seasoned films that have traveled the festival circuit are finally making their way into the Specialty Box Office. Drafthouse Films will open Cannes ’13 title The Congress starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel in a dozen locations this weekend, while SXSW’s Juliette Lewis starrer Kelly & Cal will open exclusively in NYC. Sundance’s Last Days In Vietnam will have a theatrical run before heading to PBS next fall and the Guadalajara Film Festival’s Frontera is taking advantage of a timely topic in the U.S. Venice financed its 2013 premiere Memphis, opening exclusively this weekend in NYC. And China Lion hopes to take a successful template for romantic dramas and apply that to But Always.
Director-writer: Ari Folman
Writer: Stanislaw Lem (novel)
Cast: Robin Wright, »
- Brian Brooks
Title: God Help The Girl Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, and Pierre Boulanger Director: Stuart Murdoch Let me get this out of the way, I’m a big Belle & Sebastian fan. In fact, the Scottish indie pop band is my all-time favorite band. Yes, while they’re music isn’t all too influential, Stuart Murdoch’s music affected my life in a big way, in terms of creativity, mood, and general outlook on life. I’ve been in love with almost everything Murdoch has released and was convinced that he has yet to write a bad song. When his God Help the Girl side project released a soundtrack to a would be [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Written and directed by Stuart Murdoch
In 2009, Belle and Sebastian mastermind Stuart Murdoch released a concept album under the guise of God Help the Girl, the name of both the album and the collective of musicians behind it. It was a break away from his Scottish band’s usual stylings in that it was primarily penned for female vocalists known and unknown, though male singers like The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon and Murdoch himself made memorable appearances on a few tracks. Additionally, while Belle and Sebastian’s most beloved songs can often be taken as their own singular, compelling tales, the God Help the Girl album was a larger narrative project, with the songs tracking protagonist Eve through various woes and successes. Five years later, a long-gestating film adaptation of the album has arrived, courtesy of producer Barry Mendel (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) and some support through Kickstarter, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
God Help the Girl is a sweet indie pop musical about a girl in recovery from a severe eating disorder. The girl in question, Eve, is played by Emily Browning, a lovely young actress who has been in some really crap movies (as well as the great A Series of Unfortunate Events). When we first meet Browning she is sneaking out to go to a rock show in Glasgow, singing the first of the movie’s songs, “Act of the Apostle,” about her trip. After the concert she meets James (Olly Alexander), whose disastrous set ended in a fight with his own drummer. Alexander realizes that she is too weak to get home on her own steam and helps her back to the clinic where she is being treated for anorexia. When she leaves, she seeks him out, and they become the best of friends.
The musical was written and »
- Mily Dunbar
Who could possibly say "no" to those beguiling faces, three lovely and charming people who want you to see their new movie God Help the Girl when it opens in limited release on Friday, September 5? Stuart Murdoch, better known as the front-man for Belle & Sebastian -- I own multiple albums! I like them! -- makes his directorial debut; the movie stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, and Hannah Murray. How did things turn out? Our own Kwenton Bellette saw the film at the Melbourne International Film Festival last month and filed his review: The film is stung by lashes of awkward editing, a sloppy screenplay, and a cloying suffocation of artificial, twee characters. Our 'girl' in this modern day tale is Eve (Emily Browning),...
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Not as many people are familiar with Scottish band Belle and Sebastian as they should be. Led by Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian have been releasing their distinct brand of indie pop for almost twenty years. In 2009, Murdoch released an album called God Help The Girl which he envisioned as the soundtrack for a film he wanted to make. Now, five years and one crowdfunding campaign later, the movie is a reality. Starring Suckerpunch's Emily Browning and Game Of Thrones' Hannah Murray, »
- Alex Maidy
Girl From Ipecac: Murdoch’s Musical a Flimsy Masquerade
The directorial debut of Scottish musician Stuart Murdoch, the lead singer and songwriter of famed indie pop band Belle & Sebastian, makes a highly anticipated directorial debut with God Help the Girl. Murdoch, unfortunately, overreaches himself considerably in this dull exercise of endless emotional exposition which desperately wants to infuse the musical sensibilities of Jacques Demy into the drab kitchen sink melodrama of teen angst in Glasgow.
Harpooning the lead female protagonist with a serious eating disorder that it never manages to treat seriously enough, Murdoch attempts to tell a story through continuous tracks that represent her journey to a healthy mind frame as a woman and an artist, but fails miserably by giving us what feels like one incredibly long music video about an endlessly recycled angst of struggling to follow one’s dreams.
An Australian songwriter far from home, Eve »
- Nicholas Bell
- By Jarvis
I have an obvious obsession with anything remotely musical, so you can imagine just how excited I was when I ran into the cast of the new movie God Help the Girl. I mean, Omg!
I met Emily Browning, who I loved in Sucker Punch, Olly Alexander from Skins and my favorite new band, Years & Years, and Hannah Murray from my hands down favorite show, Game of Thrones. All three, together in a movie musical and also in my little elevator. Be still, my beating heart!
Meeting one celebrity is enough to get me humming, but three celebrities practically calls for an opera. So of course, I sang a few questions to them, and thank God they sang back. Though I was totally stalking them, I felt like we were four best friends catching up in a elevator. We talked about their adorable new movie, what it was like filming in Scotland, »
- Rahsheeda Ali
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Moms' Night Out (comedy; Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton; rated PG) Night Moves (thriller; Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning; rated R) For No Good Reason (documentary; Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman; rated R) Frank (comedy; Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal; premieres 9/5 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) God Help the Girl (drama; Emily Browning, Hannah Murray; premieres 9/5 on Mod and in...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The teen drama is definitely a strange beast. By its very nature, it tends to be a little shallow and melodramatic because after all, that’s sort of how teenagers are too. Half of the stuff that we watched as teens may have been entertaining for us, but it was objectively not very good television, and looking back at it now we can see it for all of the flaws that it had. They were either needlessly soapy (Beverly Hills 90210), sanctimonious (7th Heaven), or trying way too hard to be hip (Glee).
But every once in a while, there was a legitimately good show on the air aimed at teenagers. One that was particularly intelligent, or had strong actors, or just managed to tap into something real and genuine. These were the shows that your parents would find excuses to watch with you (as lame as that was), and when you watch them now, »
- Audrey Fox
God Help the Girl was one of my favorite movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, the film follows Eve, who is “low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls, posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a pop group.” Also, it is an indie-pop musical. But it isn’t twee. Strong performances by Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, and Hannah Murray hold down a whimsical, emotionally resonant coming of age story. Also, the songs are really good.
The clip features the song "The Psychiatrist Is In," and it is from early in the film when Eve and James are just getting to know each other.
God Help the Girl opens in select theaters and VOD on September 5.
Source: Vulture »
- Mily Dunbar
It’s safe to say that Australian actress Emily Browning is no stranger to nudity in film, bearing all in the likes of Summer in February, to a brave, somewhat audacious performance in Julia Leigh’s uninhibited drama Sleeping Beauty. Yet for the 25-year-old, she admits that having to sing live in the quaint musical God Help the Girl was by far the more terrifying experience.
We had the great pleasure of sitting down with the talented actress to discuss her latest project – featuring songs from indie pop outfit Belle & Sebastian, having been written and directed by the band’s lead singer Stuart Murdoch, and when asked which she found more nerve-wracking, with little hesitation she replied, “ God Help the Girl for sure, absolutely. I guess you’re protected by your character, so when I did those scenes for Sleeping Beauty, it wasn’t me, especially because that character is »
- Stefan Pape
Recently, rumors have been circulating that Jenna Coleman will be leaving Doctor Who at Christmas. Nothing has been confirmed by the BBC, but it seems likely that we’ll be saying goodbye to the young actress in a few short months. Jenna has only been featured on the show for half of one series, but she was also the main companion of the show’s fiftieth anniversary special, and will star in the first series of Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor. When she does leave the show, there will be a huge vacuum to be filled.
But Doctor Who is nothing if not an exercise in learning how to cope with change, and the first thing any fan comes to term with is the fact that everything ends and we need to be ready for it. With the sadness of losing a character we’ve come to care for »
- Audrey Fox
God Help The Girl exists because of Belle & Sebastian. The band behind the soundtrack, the writing and the direction (by Stuart Murdoch) infuse every frame with their ethereal folksy charm to the point where it’s impossible to separate the two. This isn’t a film that stands on its own – it is Belle & Sebastian: The Movie – and whether or not your find enjoyment in that depends on both your taste in music and your affinity with the film’s themes and subject matter.
It’s a movie about young people, with all of their self-interest, entitlement and precociousness, but it is also, underneath the predictably twee trappings, a dark dramedy about broken young people. Most of us have been broken young people at some point in our lives, such »
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