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Interview with Anton Corbijn about A Most Wanted Man

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A Most Wanted Man director Anton Corbijn on Philip Seymour Hoffman getting it right: "When we had done a take and he wasn't sure he didn't want to look at the monitor, he would just listen." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, with a script by Andrew Bovell, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Nina Hoss (star of Christian Petzold's Barbara) and Grigoriy Dobrygin. Anton and I spoke about his supporting cast: Bernhard Schütz, terrific in Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld, Martin Wuttke, Adolf Hitler in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and Herbert Grönemeyer, who played Ian Curtis's doctor in Corbijn's debut feature Control and is the composer for The American and Anton's latest. Homayoun Ershadi, known for his work with Abbas Kiarostami rounds out the superb cast. We also discussed Wim Wenders' The American Friend and the character of Hamburg. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Ferrell and Chastain head for Deauville

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James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in Ned Benson's Eleanor Rigby Us stars Will Ferrell and actress Jessica Chastain, along with filmmaker James Cameron, will pack their suitcases shortly for the 40th anniversary edition of the Deauville Festival of American Cinema from September 5-14.

Deauville Film Festival director Bruno Barde Bruno Barde, the event's director, described Ferrell of Anchorman and Stepbrothers fame as being akin to one of France’s favourite American comedians – Jerry Lewis, a choice that many find perplexing.

“Zany, caustic, satirical, off-the-wall and over-the-top, he is all that and more – a pure delight for the audience ... he is a king of comedy,” said Barde.

The other tribute to two-time Oscar nominee Chastain represented “a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient”.

She stars opposite James McAvoy in the romantic comedy The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby by Ned Benson (out in »

- Richard Mowe

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Interview with Nick Prueher about the Found Footage Festival

23 July 2014 12:41 PM, PDT

Nick Prueher with co-host Joe Pickett.

He's a writer and researcher who has worked with the likes of David Letterman, but in his spare time Nick Prueher likes nothing more than to search through old VHS tapes in the hope of discovering something amusing. So what? you might ask. A lot of people do things like that. Well, yes, but very few of those people save them and go on to share them with thousands, creating an international touring festival phenomenon in the process. As the Found Footage Festival, now in its tenth year, comes to Scotland, I asked Nick to tell me how it all began.

"Co-founder Joe Pickett and I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and there wasn't a lot to do so we had to make our own fun," says Nick. "A lot of our days were spent browsing around in charity shops looking »

- Jennie Kermode

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Denzel Washington's The Equalizer to open San Sebastian

23 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, which will open San Sebastian Film Festival. The European premiere of Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer will open the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival, it was announced today.

Denzel Washington - who stars as an ex-black ops commando who comes out of retirement to rescue a girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) from Russian Gangsters in the film - will receive a Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening gala.

The Equalizer will screen out-of-competition on September 19, with Fuqua also in attendance.

The film - based on the TV show starring Edward Woodward - was written by Richard Wenk (The Mechanic, The Expendables 2) and marks the second time Washington has teamed up with Fuqua. Their previous collaboration, Training Day, saw Washington win the Oscar for Best Actor.

Washington picked up his first TV film credit in 1977, with Wilma. He made his film debut in 1981 with the comedy Carbon Copy, »

- Amber Wilkinson

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GLAAD annual Lgbt film survey released

23 July 2014 6:12 AM, PDT

GLAAD today released its annual survey on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) content in films, looking at 102 releases from big Hollywood studios in 2013. It has expressed disappointment in the results, which show little improvement from the previous year, and says that Hollywood badly needs to catch up with the changing nature of popular entertainment as advanced by television.

Whilst Lgbt characters are now common on TV, GLAAD found that only 17 of the films it surveyed included any at all, and few of those had substantial roles. Only seven passed the veto test, which requires that an Lgbt character have a noticeable role which isn't entirely based around sexuality or gender, and have an active function in advancing the plot. "Many of these appearances were no more than a few seconds long, or just enough time to get to a punchline," the report noted.

As in previous years, gay »

- Jennie Kermode

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Conversation with Naomi Foner and Maggie Gyllenhaal about Very Good Girls

22 July 2014 11:45 AM, PDT

Very Good Girls director Naomi Foner with her daughter Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Tribeca Grand Hotel: "My mother has a real passion for the truth." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Naomi Foner's Tribeca Film Very Good Girls stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning with Boyd Holbrook, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore and Peter Sarsgaard. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer and Cary Joji Fukunaga hosted the evening with producer Norton Herrick, designer Nanette Lepore and her daughter Violet, Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie Lennox and film producer Uri Fruchtmann), Stephanie Lacava, Kick Kennedy and Hailey Gates among those attending.

Before the screening, Foner spoke to us about Katharine Hepburn, François Truffaut's Jules Et Jim and the lack of female role models.

Maggie Gyllenhaal on Peter Sarsgaard in Very Good Girls: "You have to use your imagination what it might be like to be directed by your mother-in-law. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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A bear's guide to London

22 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

A very curious bear

Immigration is a hot topic at the moment, but getting used to life in a new city has never been easy and back in 1958, when a small bear from darkest Peru first found himself in London, he was fortunate to meet the Brown family and have their help as he explored. Now he's returning the favour to other people visiting the city. In advance of the new film about him opening this November, the Paddington Trail has been set up to guide visitors around London.

The trail is marked by three foot high statues of the very distinguished-looking bear, all of which will later be up for auction to raise money for the Nspcc. They will appear at museums, parks, shops and landmarks that Paddington visited and Visit London has produced a trail map to help with finding them.

"As a long-time fan of Paddington Bear I’m delighted that this. »

- Jennie Kermode

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