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Inside Amy Schumer — Twelve Angry Men actually started in 1954 as an hourlong live broadcast on CBS' Studio One. Written by Reginald Rose (who later adapted it for Broadway and the big screen), the story came out of his own experience sitting on a jury in a manslaughter case. "It was such an impressive, solemn setting in a great big wood-paneled courtroom, with a silver-haired judge. It knocked me out. I was overwhelmed," Rose recalled. "We got »
- Seth Abramovitch
Six strangers wake up in the same room and are forced to take part in an experiment where only one will survive. They have two hours to make their decision as a group in The Eyes, a new suspense thriller from director Robbie Bryan. With The Eyes now playing in select theaters, we had a chance to catch up with Bryan for our latest Q&A feature to discuss the movie's incredible journey to getting made, the "visual ballet" of the movie's most challenging scene, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Robbie. What made you want to bring this screenplay by Robert T. Roe’s to life on the big screen?
- Derek Anderson
Adapted by John Mantley from his own novel, The 27th Day is an ideas-driven sci-fi thriller conceived and executed by idiots. What's interesting is how close its plot comes to the genuinely intelligent Arrival. One could imagine Arrival being back-engineered by taking The 27th Day and reversing all its stupidities.Things start off with promise: five disparate stereotypes (American newspaperman, English girl in swimsuit, Chinese woman, German scientist, Russian soldier) are snatched from their lives by a UFO. But already there are problems apparent: the movie doesn't give any of these characters a compelling narrative to be interrupted by the main plot, except the Chinese woman, whose narrative is ending, as we'll see. In the novel, perhaps access to the characters' thoughts would have enlivened them, and this may be one reason authors don't usually get invited to adapt their books: faithfully reproducing the incidents onscreen doesn't necessarily give you the same effect. »
Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire is a Boston set action-thriller starring Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson and many more, which sees a meeting between different gangs break out into a bloody shootout and an all out game of survival. It is also entirely set in a warehouse; a decision that Wheatley uses to create an incredibly effective film of utter carnage. To mark its release in cinemas this Friday, we have collected five other films either entirely or mostly set in one location.
Rear Window (1954)
Known as one of, if not the greatest thriller of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is testament to the fact that the simplest premise can often be the most effective. It follows L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies, a wheel-bound photographer who spies on his neighbours to pass the time and becomes convinced that one has murdered his wife. As well as offering a fascinating »
- The Hollywood News
Distinctive supporting actor on television, stage and film
Tony Haygarth, who has died aged 72, was a salt-of-the-earth Liverpudlian actor who became a familiar face on television in series such as Emmerdale (in which he played Mick Naylor), The Bill and New Tricks, while sustaining a reputation as one of Britain’s most distinctive, and reliable, supporting actors on the main national stages.
In the mid-1990s this reputation became a little more serious when he won Equity’s Clarence Derwent award for his performance as a compromised racetrack commissioner in Sam Shepard’s Simpatico, a wonderful series of duologues in junk towns on the freeway running from Los Angeles to the desert, at the Royal Court; and secured an Olivier award nomination for his magnificent performance as the blustery redneck Juror No 3 in Harold Pinter’s West End revival of Twelve Angry Men.
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- Michael Coveney
5 items from 2017
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