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Why movie scores sound better live

25 June 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Film scores aren't just for playing in the background any more. Ivan looks at how they're taking centre stage...

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Film soundtracks have always been a strange medium. The music relies on movies for their full meaning. They're so integral to a film and its mood that to listen to them away from the big screen can seem strange to many. Others, meanwhile, take the chance outside of the cinema to pore over them in detail, or use them for background music while running or working (How to Train Your Dragon's on now, if you're wondering). It's only in recent years that another way of listening to them has become popular again: with your eyes.

Do a quick Google for "film with live score" and you'll discover a whole heap of events currently happening around the UK in which orchestras accompany a screening. Why the sudden trend? Is it »

- sarahd

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Movie Review – Spring in a Small Town (1948)

20 June 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Spring in a Small Town (China: Xiǎochéng zhī chūn), 1948

Directed by Fei Mu.

Starring Wei Wei, Shi Yu, Zhang Hongmai, Cui Chaoming, Li Wei

Synopsis:

A wife, her husband, his sister and servant are visited by an old friend of the husband – a man who once was in love with his wife.

All those fleeting moments. The rampant thoughts of what could be, or what could’ve been. Considered one of the masterpieces of Chinese cinema, it is surprising that we don’t hear more of Spring in a Small Town. Directed by Fei Mu, Spring in a Small Town was released in 1948, before the communist overthrow of China. This meant it was supressed and Fei Mu fled Hong Kong, dying only two years later. But it resurfaced in the 1980’s, as the China Film Archive opened it’s doors and Spring in a Small Town was championed, earning itself »

- Simon Columb

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Chris Colfer To Star As Noel Coward

14 May 2014 7:33 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

This morning Chris Colfer put this on his Instagram account with the hashtag “Noel”

We now know why. Screen Daily is reporting that Chris has signed to play the lead role in a biopic on the life of the iconic Noel Coward. And he’s not the only one …

Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are in talks to join the cast of the feature, which portrays the early life and influences of the famously flamboyant British playwright, producer and wit who penned classics including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit and who worked on films including Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve, for which he was Oscar-nominated.

This could be a huge step forward in Chris’ career, and with Glee ending next year, it could be a perfect springboard for the actor/writer/director/singer/dancer.

The post Chris Colfer To Star As Noel Coward appeared first on thebacklot. »

- snicks

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Chris Colfer To Play Young Noel Coward In New Biopic

14 May 2014 1:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Chris Colfer likes to keep himself busy! It has been announced that the Glee actor, author, screenwriter and Golden Globe award winner is set to play Noel Coward in a new biopic.

The film, which has the working title Noel, follows the early life and career of the famous playwright who penned such classics as Brief Encounter, Blithe Spirit and Easy Virtue. Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are currently in talks to join the project too.

The project is written by playwright and screenwriter Martin Sherman, known for his plays Bent and Mrs Henderson Presents...while newcomer Joe Stephenson is set to direct. It looks like the film is already gaining interest to the bigwigs at Cannes Film Festival, so we can only hope it will be on our screens soon!

While Colfer has made a huge name for himself as one of the stars of Fox’s hit TV show Glee, »

- Lucy Cave

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Glee star joins Noel Coward biopic

13 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave in talks for biopic of UK playwright.

Glee star Chris Colfer is attached to lead cast in Noel (working title), the Noel Coward biopic scripted by Bent and Mrs Henderson Presents writer Martin Sherman.

Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are in talks to join the cast of the feature, which portrays the early life and influences of the famously flamboyant British playwright, producer and wit who penned classics including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit and who worked on films including Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve, for which he was Oscar-nominated.

The project, which has already attracted sales heat for Metro International ahead of Cannes, will mark the second feature from British director Joe Stephenson, who recently completed drama Chicken, starring Yasmin Paige, Scott Chambers and Morgan Watkins.

Producers are Stephenson with Julia Valentine (The Silent Storm). Executive producers are Colin Vaines, Jane Wright »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Glee's Colfer joins Noel Coward biopic

13 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave in talks for biopic of UK playwright.

Glee star Chris Colfer is attached to lead cast in Noel (working title), the Noel Coward biopic scripted by Bent and Mrs Henderson Presents writer Martin Sherman.

Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce are in talks to join the cast of the feature, which portrays the early life and influences of the famously flamboyant British playwright, producer and wit who penned classics including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit and who worked on films including Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve, for which he was Oscar-nominated.

The project, which has already attracted sales heat for Metro International ahead of Cannes, will mark the second feature from British director Joe Stephenson, who recently completed drama Chicken, starring Yasmin Paige, Scott Chambers and Morgan Watkins.

Producers are Stephenson with Julia Valentine (The Silent Storm). Executive producers are Colin Vaines, Jane Wright »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Criterion Collection: Ace in the Hole | Blu-ray Review

13 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A resounding flop upon its release, which saw it recut and rereleased as The Big Carnival without any greater success, Criterion remasters Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole for Blu-ray with a beautifully packaged presentation. A darkly prophetic nightmare concerning the carnivalesque power of the media, the 1951 feature is decades ahead of its time, and received a resoundingly sour reception upon initial release. Hot off the success from his 1950 hit, Sunset Boulevard, it would take the box office return of 1953’s Stalag 17 to recuperate Wilder’s studio graces.

Alternating between cocksure aggression and derisive self-loathing, smarmy journalist Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas) struts into the office of Albuquerque’s local newspaper where he proceeds to demean a Native American employee and a ridicule the secretary fior her framed and self-embroidered mantra, “Tell the Truth.” It’s immediately clear that Tatum considers the local paper something akin to a cess »

- Nicholas Bell

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Top Ten Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Winners

12 May 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Palais des Festivals at the 2013 Cannes Film FestivalPhoto: RopeofSilicon.com The 2014 Cannes Film Festival begins in just two days and since I won't be able to attend this year I still wanted to do something Cannes-related. I started looking back over the years of the festival, which is celebrating its 67th edition this year. I considered going back and reviewing 15-16 films from a specific year in the past, but I thought of it too late. I then started looking over the history of past winners, and while I realize I haven't seen even half of the Cannes Film Festival winners I thought it would be fun to take a look at a list of the top ten I had seen, assuming readers could add their thoughts in the comments, suggesting some titles I have not yet seen or those you believe belong in the top ten. As we all know, »

- Brad Brevet

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Iconic 'Russian Audrey Hepburn' Dies at Age 80; Starred in Only Russian/Soviet Movie to Win Palme d'Or

5 May 2014 6:19 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Russian movie star Tatiana Samoilova dead at 80; known as ‘the Russian Audrey Hepburn,’ Samoilova was best remembered for Cannes winner ‘The Cranes Are Flying’ (photo: Tatiana Samoilova in ‘The Cranes Are Flying’) Russian film star Tatiana Samoilova, best remembered for playing the female lead in Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1957 romantic drama The Cranes Are Flying, died of heart complications at Moscow’s Botkin Hospital late night on May 4, 2014 — the day the Leningrad-born (now St. Petersburg) actress turned 80. Samoilova, who had been suffering from coronary heart disease and hypertension, had been hospitalized the previous day. The daughter of iconic stage and film actor Yevgeny Samoilov, among whose credits was the title role in a 1954 production of Hamlet and several leads in highly popular movies made during World War II, Tatiana Samoilova studied ballet at Moscow’s prestigious Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko music theater. Beginning in 1953, she took acting lessons for three years »

- Andre Soares

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Thn’s Top 5 Cinematographers Who Became Directors

23 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence opening on April 25th this is the perfect time to take a look at some of the best cinematographers in movie history who’ve become successful directors.

Pfister has been working with Christopher Nolan since Memento (2000) and the two were inseparable up until this point, with Pfister being Nolan’s Director of Photography on Insominia (2002), The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight (2005- 2012) Trilogy. He even found time for Moneyball (2011) and music documentary Marley (2012).

Transcendence is his first foray into the world of feature-film directing and he’s supported by an impressive cast that includes Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara, plus Batman-alumni Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman. The film centres on terminally ill scientist Will Caster (Depp), who decides to upload his mind into a computer. Once achieved, it gives him power beyond his wildest expectations but then events »

- Dan Bullock

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Endeavour series 2 episode 3 review: Sway

16 April 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Gem Wheeler 16 Apr 2014 - 17:29

Morse is on the scent of serial killer in the latest episode of Endeavour. Here's Gem's review of Sway...

This review contains spoilers.

2.3 Sway

A serial killer is stalking Oxford in autumn 1966, and Vivienne Haldane, wife of an eminent physicist at the university, is the latest victim. Morse quickly establishes a pattern to the murders; apart from the fact that all three dead women were found with a particular brand of expensive silk stocking, ‘Le Minou Noir’, around their necks, each was married, but has had her wedding ring removed by the killer. Pathologist Dr DeBryn finds that Mrs Haldane had had intercourse not long before her death, but it was certainly not with husband Rufus (Michael Thomas), from whom she had long been estranged. The hunt is on for a murderer with a type: married women who he seduces and kills, for reasons »

- louisamellor

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"Something, Anything": A Conversation with Paul Harrill

14 April 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Paul Harrill’s Something, Anything, which co-premiered recently at the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival, is a portrait of a young woman in crisis. Peggy [Ashley Shelton] has already achieved her “stereotypically Southern” (as she’s described in the press kit) ambitions: a successful career in realty, a husband, a house in the suburbs, and a baby on the way. In the opening moments of the film, however, she’s forced to confront her dissatisfaction with it all. A family tragedy sends Peggy on a sojourn that leads her to the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky and, eventually, to a simpler life in a small apartment overlooking the Tennessee River.

Harrill first gained recognition in 2001 when his short film, Gina, An Actress, Age 29, won the top prize at Sundance and enjoyed an impressive run of screenings at international festivals. Starring Amy Hubbard and Frankie Faison (Burrell from The Wire »

- Darren Hughes

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The Lunchbox review - 'a quiet storm of banked emotions'

12 April 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bollywood romance blossoms when the wrong lunch lands on the desk of a Mumbai office drone

Already a huge success in its native India, Ritesh Batra's Mumbai-set romance arranges a tender marriage of Brief Encounter with Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner. Bollywood star Irrfan Khan plays Saajan, an ageing office drone who finds the wrong lunchbox delivered to his desk and stumbles into a chaste relationship with Nimrat Kaur's unhappy housewife. Before long, this pair will learn the value of crossed wires and missed connections and how (in the words of one colleague) "the wrong train can get you to the right station". Who cares if the conceit feels a shade schematic? The Lunchbox is perfectly handled and beautifully acted; a quiet storm of banked emotions. I loved the bittersweet scenes of Saajan clinging to the handrails of the crowded commuter carriage or smoking on »

- Xan Brooks

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Just a Sigh | Review

19 March 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Brief Encounter: Bonnell’s Latest a Breezy, Gallic Affair

With his fifth feature, Just a Sigh, (a butchered translation from what really should be The Time of Adventure), director Jerome Bonnell revisits themes he seems inspired by, as he reunites with the lovely Emmanuelle Devos for a tale that sounds like a distant cousin to his 2002 debut, Le Chignon d’Olga. While there’s certainly a whiff of Lean’s Brief Encounter that might glance through your mind like a musty phantom, this is a mostly lighthearted carefree romp through a day in the life of a woman who does something that most people seem to fantasize about—making love to a proper stranger.

Alix Aubane (Devos), a perpetually broke actress in the midst of performing Ibsen’s “The Lady and the Sea,” absconds to Paris for a film audition. Forgetting her cell phone charger, she leaves fraught messages »

- Nicholas Bell

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In Just a Sigh, a Day-Long European Liaison Held Up By Its Stars

18 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Just a Sigh bears an evocative English title, and one that proves more appropriate than the original French — Le temps de l'aventure, or The Time of Adventure.

Perhaps the sigh suggests contentment, as in a reflex of post-coital release, or perhaps it suggests resignation, like a gesture of exasperated defeat. Alix (Emmanuelle Devos) does both. Her time of adventure, such as it is, begins and ends with a spontaneous afternoon tryst, an opportunity she seizes after eyeing a handsome Irishman (Gabriel Byrne) on a Paris-bound train.

This sort of fleeting European rendezvous belongs to a rich cinematic tradition reaching from Brief Encounter to Before Sunrise. Just a Sigh's day-long liaison sustains interest largely for the a »

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How we made Wallace and Gromit

3 March 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Gromit was a cat, Wallace had a moustache, and their first adventure was meant to be like Star Wars – but with cheese. Nick Park and Peter Lord on creating a British classic

Nick Park, creator

As soon as I started filming A Grand Day Out, the first Wallace and Gromit animation, I realised I was making a film about my dad. He loved tinkering about in the shed. He didn't look like Wallace, but somehow I could see him in his eyes – although my dad's eyes didn't meet in the middle, of course.

It was 1982 and, back then, Wallace had no eyebrows, hardly any cheeks and a moustache. And Gromit was embarrassing: he had a nose like a banana, or a cross between a banana and a pear. When Peter Sallis, who voices Wallace, said "No cheeeese, Gromit" for the first time, I realised how wide and toothy I was »

- Kate Abbott

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How we made Wallace and Gromit

3 March 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Gromit was a cat, Wallace had a moustache, and their first adventure was meant to be like Star Wars – but with cheese. Nick Park and Peter Lord on creating a British classic

Nick Park, creator

As soon as I started filming A Grand Day Out, the first Wallace and Gromit animation, I realised I was making a film about my dad. He loved tinkering about in the shed. He didn't look like Wallace, but somehow I could see him in his eyes – although my dad's eyes didn't meet in the middle, of course.

It was 1982 and, back then, Wallace had no eyebrows, hardly any cheeks and a moustache. And Gromit was embarrassing: he had a nose like a banana, or a cross between a banana and a pear. When Peter Sallis, who voices Wallace, said "No cheeeese, Gromit" for the first time, I realised how wide and toothy I was »

- Kate Abbott

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At Middleton | Review

31 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

One Fine Day: Rodgers’ Debut Features Strong Script, Enjoyable Performances

In a saturated market of mediocrity, a slew of sub-par independent romantic dramedies often force some more attention worthy titles to get lost in the mix, which would be an unfortunate fate for Adam Rodgers’ directorial debut, At Middleton, which has been bouncing around on the festival circuit since a premiere at the Seattle Film Festival last year. While its aim isn’t to be extraordinary or overly ambitious in its intentions, it’s a confidently made, well written and handsomely performed scenario that gets a surprising amount of mileage from overly familiar dramatic tensions.

As the inevitability of their freshmen year at college looms near, a throng of people gather at the bucolic campus of Middleton, a prestigious Ivy League school. The severely anal retentive Audrey (Tessa Farmiga) has been dead set on the school, salivating at the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Opera's Brokeback Mountain - it makes perfect sense

28 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Composers have always mined familiar stories for their texts, although Charles Wuorinen, whose Brokeback Mountain premieres tonight in Madrid, has gone back to the source rather than the screen version of this timeless story

Charles Wuorinen's opera on Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain is anything but an adaptation of the movie. For a start, the opera features Proulx's own libretto, whereas the author did not write the screenplay for the Oscar-winning movie. As Proulx told me for this week's Music Matters, creating her own opera libretto from her 1997 story was about compressing the already heightened, concise world of the short story still further into the distilled essentials that the characters will sing on stage at the world premiere at the Teatro Real in Madrid tonight. Wuorinen says that he wanted to do something that the film didn't: instead of the beautifying effects of the cinematography on the mountainous landscape of the North American West, »

- Tom Service

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The Railway Man – review | Mark Kermode

11 January 2014 5:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Eric Lomax's story of life and death on the Burma railway gets another retelling, although it does get a little muddled

The story of Eric Lomax, a signals engineer who was forced to work on the infamous Thai-Burmese "Death Railway" after being taken prisoner by the Japanese during the second world war, has been told several times before, in print and on screen. We have Lomax's source memoir (upon which this film is based) and Mike Finlason's documentary Enemy, My Friend?, alongside an episode of the long-running Everyman TV show Prisoners in Time that cast John Hurt as the former soldier eaten away by nightmares of torture. Even Lomax's wartime tormentor Takashi Nagase has told his side of the story in the book Crosses and Tigers.

This latest retelling, from a screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson, wrestles with themes of suffering and redemption as it criss-crosses »

- Mark Kermode

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