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9 items from 2011

John Neville dies aged 86

21 November 2011 5:11 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Baron Munchausen leaves the stage.

The highly respected film, stage and television actor John Neville has died at the age of 86. Neville was best known to film fans for his role as the eponymous star of Terry Gilliam fantasy epic The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen. He also made repeated appearances in The X-Files.

Born in England, Neville began his career on the London stage and enjoyed film roles in Oscar Wilde and Billy Budd before moving to Canada to become artistic director at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. After a long period working in television he was rediscovered »

- Jennie Kermode

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13 August 2011 6:21 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"It's all in the eyes," Robert Ryan once said of film acting. "That's where you do most of your work." 

But was it true of Ryan himself? His own narrow and heavily lidded brown eyes often registered as black disks in the lighting schemes of the late 40s and early 50s—that is, when they weren't overwhelmed by his massive forehead and his thick tangle of dark hair, or a pair of tragic eyebrows that threatened to merge with the numerous crags in his face as he entered middle age. Not to mention his lanky, extremely powerful physique. Take a close look at Ryan in The Set-Up or On Dangerous Ground and you'll get a sense of the relative frailty and delicacy of most male movie stars. In the post-war era, only Burt Lancaster was as physically imposing (Kirk Douglas was always fit but he was self-contained and self-motivated, even »

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Redgrave, Stamp, Arterton, and Eccleston to Star in Song For Marion

8 July 2011 8:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, and Christopher Eccleston are set to star in the British comedic drama Song for Marion.  The story has Stamp playing a grumpy retiree who reluctantly joins a local choir at the urging of his wife Marion (Regrave).  There he learns valuable life lessons through "musical self discovery".  I know that synopses that are from press releases don't always do the best job of conveying the tone of a film, and so I hope Song for Marion isn't as saccharine as it sounds.  Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton) will direct from his own screenplay. Hit the jump to check out the press release and feel doubtful about this movie. Here's the press release: Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton And Christopher Eccleston To Star In Song For Marion Principal photography to commence on 18th July 2011 London, 2011 – 'Steel Mill Pictures and Coolmore Productions are delighted »

- Matt Goldberg

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Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton Join New All-Star Brit Comedy

8 July 2011 4:12 AM, PDT | LOVEFiLM | See recent LOVEFiLM news »

A new home-grown comedy drama from writer and director Paul Andrew Williams will begin production on 18 July, with an impressive cast of British stars.

Song For Marion will star Terence Stamp (Billy Budd, The Limey) as grumpy pensioner Arthur, who is inspired by his wife Marion, played by the legendary Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Atonement), to join an unconventional local choir. At odds with his son (Christopher Eccleston, Doctor Who), it’s up to choir leader Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton, Quantum of Solace) to lead him on a life-affirming journey of self discovery.

Song For Marion is a story which is not only incredibly personal to me, but to many families and generations around the world,” said director Williams, best known for horrors Cherry Tree Lane and The Cottage. “To see it brought to life by such an incredible and dynamic cast is not only massively exciting but also totally nerve racking! »

- (Shaun Kitchner)

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Terence Stamp To Receive Peter J. Owens Award At 54th San Francisco International Film Festival

22 April 2011 8:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Actor Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo’s 365 Club

and Onstage Tribute at Castro Theatre

San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society has announced that Terence Stamp will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 – May 5). The Owens Award, named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations and Film Society board member, honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The award will be presented to Stamp at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo’s 365 Club.

The Film Society’s highly regarded Youth Education program will be the beneficiary of the glamorous fundraiser honoring Stamp. Oliver Stone, recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award and Frank Pierson, recipient of the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting will also be honored at the star-studded event. Melanie and »

- Michelle McCue

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"A Screaming Man," DVDs, More

18 April 2011 8:32 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"African cinema is generally woefully overlooked by the West, and the filmmaking being done in Republic of Chad has been particularly invisible," begins Farihah Zaman in Reverse Shot. "The oversight is not entirely unreasonable; decades of civil war have left the local film industry all but nonexistent — for thirty years there was not even a single movie theater in the entire country. That changed in 2010 when Mahamet-Saleh Haroun won the Cannes Jury Prize for A Screaming Man. His film, the first from his country to screen in competition at the prestigious French festival, now has another distinction, having convinced a government in the midst of war the importance of investing a million dollars in building a movie theater specifically so that it could be shown."

In this "ingenious and moving take on Fw Murnau's classic The Last Laugh," writes the New Yorker's Richard Brody, "Adam (Youssouf Djaoro), a former swimming »

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What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #84

13 March 2011 3:03 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This past week I had four screenings as well as a Ton of college basketball to watch so I only got around to a couple of films. I did, however manage to also read "The Hunger Games", which I must say I quite enjoyed and am now already a few pages into "Catching Fire". If you've been reading the stories we've been posting on the upcoming film adaptation and are curious why it's making so much news you may want to pick it up, it's a really quick read, something I imagine the two follow-up books are as well. I do have my thoughts on the casting that's been discussed so far, but I'll save that for the next Hunger Games-specific post.

Now, let's talk movies.

Days of Thunder (1990) Quick Thoughts: The mere mention of this one last week had me itching to give it a watch. In fact, I »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Review: The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

3 March 2011 10:52 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Emily Blunt and Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau

Photo: Universal Pictures The Adjustment Bureau is a casting coup. It has all the right names in all the right places. With two other actors in the lead roles I'm afraid to think of what it would have become, but with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt opposite one another the result is a romantic thriller with all the liveliness Hitchcock would be proud of. It conjures memories of such teamings as Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint and James Stewart and Kim Novak.

Mixing politics, religion and science fiction into a film that should largely be classified a romance, writer-director George Nolfi (co-writer of The Bourne Ultimatum) has turned Philip K. Dick's short story about love on the run into a surprisingly entertaining film well worth watching.

Damon stars as David Norris, an up-and-coming New York politician with the charisma »

- Brad Brevet

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New Featurette for The Adjustment Bureau

19 January 2011 1:06 PM, PST | | See recent news »

A new featurette for Matt Damon's upcoming romance/thriller The Adjustment Bureau has landed online.  Written and directed by George Nolfi (writer of The Bourne Ultimatum), the film is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick entitled Adjustment Team and centers on the apparently forbidden relationship between politician David Norris (Damon) and Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt).  As the story goes, the two are kept apart by a mysterious team of adjusters who claim it's in everyone's best interest if they go their separate ways (perhaps they're afraid their potential children could be too attractive?). To check out the featurette, which runs about three and a half minutes, hit the jump.  The Adjustment Bureau opens on March 4th.  In addition to Damon and Blunt, the film also stars Oscar-nominee Terence Stamp (for 1962's Billy Budd), John Slattery (Mad Men), and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker). Here's the featurette »

- Jason Barr

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