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If we count his first three short films made on shoestring budgets between 1976 and 1983 as a trilogy, and his next, Distant Voices, Still Lives, as a diptych (they were actually made separately), Terence Davies has directed a mere seven films in 35 years. This puts him in the same exclusive league for low output and high quality as his contemporary, Terrence Malick. Davies's last film, Of Time and the City (2008), was a withering documentary about the sad decline of his hometown, Liverpool, and it followed two feature pictures adapted from American novels set at different times and in different American milieux, John Kennedy Toole's The Neon Bible and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.
- Philip French
Spielberg, Allen, Branagh – Tom Hiddleston has had one hell of a year working with the directing greats. His latest is with Terence Davies in The Deep Blue Sea, set in postwar London. He just hopes he won't always be cast in the past
If you want the British actor who best embodies fragile, gilded youth, Tom Hiddleston's your man, boy, whatever. His speciality is the young, the green, the dying; dreamers and schemers; the callow buck sent off on a mission that may prove to be his last. Over the past year he's been sent over the top in the first world war, survived the Battle of Britain in the second and drunk himself sick in the bars of 1920s Paris. He made five films back-to-back, then collapsed in bed last Christmas Eve, his health in tatters, the "walking dead" for the next two weeks. His breakthrough season almost broke him, »
- Xan Brooks
Robert Towne arguably wrote one of the greatest scripts of all time when he crafted Chinatown. The Writers Guild Of America ranks it behind only Casablanca and The Godfather and Towne took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, beating out The Conversation, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Day For Night and Harry and Tonto. The writer, who is now 77 years old, continues to work to this day and has now been hired to write a film about one of the most important events of World War II. Deadline has learned that Gk Films, the production company owned by Graham King, has hired Towne to script The Battle Of Britain. Taking place in 1940, the aerial battle saw Royal Air Force going up against the German Luftwaffe over the city of London. In their efforts the British pilots prevented the Nazi invasion of England. In addition to Chinatown, Towne directed four »
The film will be based on an original idea by King, inspired by the famous air battle over London between the outmanned-and-gunned Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe.
“My father lived in London and watched this spectacular dog fight over the city, so bringing this story of endurance and triumph to the big screen means a great deal to me,” King said.
It’s obviously a personal story for King, and it resembles director John Boorman‘s terrific 1987 film Hope and Glory, based partially on the director’s childhood in London during the blitz of World War II. Bringing the legendary Towne aboard certainly adds a lot of prestige – he’s the screenwriter responsible for Chinatown, The Last Detail and Shampoo, he »
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When not putting new, controversial words in Darth Vader’s voice box, George Lucas has been spending time getting his World War II aerial drama Red Tails airborne. But he’s not the only one interested in the period and the sky: Graham King’s Gk Films is now planning an ambitious, fresh look at one of the UK’s most famous fighting periods with Bonnie & Clyde/Mission: Impossible's Robert Towne writing The Battle of Britain.King’s reasoning is personal, since his father lived through the time and regaled the producer with his memories of when the Royal Air Force took on the Luftwaffe and ultimately helped stop a Nazi invasion of the country.“My father lived in London and watched this spectacular dog fight over the city, so bringing this story of endurance and triumph to the big screen means a great deal to me,” King said »
Graham King’s Gk Films is planning to make a film about the largest air battle in history. Deadline reports that the studio has tapped Robert Towne (Chinatown) to pen the script for The Battle of Britain. The air fight took place in 1940 over London, when the Royal Air Force took on the German Luftwaffe for control of the British airspace which ultimately prevented the Nazi invasion of Britain. It’s a personal story for King, as his father lived in London at the time and watched the dog fight over the city. Towne is no stranger to action oriented character-centric fare, as he’s also responsible for the scripts for Mission: Impossible and Days of Thunder. The scribe most recently wrote the HBO miniseries Pompeii for Ridley Scott's Scott Free productions. He's also writing a pilot for Scott Free/Fox called Compadora and Next of Kin for producers David Fincher, »
- Adam Chitwood
Childhood memories from his father’s tales of watching a pivotal World War II aerial battle over London have inspired a drama produced by Graham King, to be written by legendary screenwriter Robert Towne. Gk Films, in which King is partnered with Tim Headington, will make "The Battle of Britain." Based on an idea by King and inspired by tales of World War II dogfights over London told to him by his father, the project aims to tell how the overmatched Royal Air Force beat back the vaunted German Luftwaffe for mastery of »
- Fred Schruers
Deadline reports that Graham King’s Gk Films have hired famed screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown) to write The Battle of Britain, a World War II movie about the largest and most famous air battle in history of warfare when Adolf Hitler’s German Luftwaffe and Winston Churchill’s Royal Air Force locked horns over the skies of London. The famous battle is usually seen as one of the crucial landmarks of the war as it prevented a Nazi invasion of Britain.
A celebratory movie with amazing flying sequences and costing a huge fortune to produce was made in 1969 and it starred a whole host of famous Brits; Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Laurence Oliver, Robert Shaw, Ralph Richardson, Michael Redgrave and many more including even a young Ian McShane and Canadian Christopher Plummer captured the importance of the historic event. It was directed by frequent Bond helmer Guy Hamilton but it »
- Matt Holmes
The story will deal with the famed WW2 campaign in 1940 between the Royal Air Force and German Luftwaffe for control of British airspace. It's still considered the largest and most sustained aerial battle in history, and was a crucial turning point in the war.
- Garth Franklin
“The battle of France is over. The battle of Britain is about to begin.”
With those words, spoken in June 1940, newly elected Prime Minister Winston Churchill prepared his country for the Nazi air assault aimed at decimating the flying forces of the United Kingdom. Now two Oscar winners are joining forces to announce the battle is beginning again.
The battled lasted from July until October of 1940, with »
- Anthony Breznican
Graham King’s Gk Films has hired Robert Towne to write The Battle Of Britain, a script about the largest and most sustained air battle to date. King and Tim Headington will produce. In 1940, the Royal Air Force battled the German Luftwaffe for control of British airspace over the city of London, which ultimately prevented a Nazi invasion of Britain. For King, it was a courageous battle his father told him about when he was growing up. “My father lived in London and watched this spectacular dog fight over the city, so bringing this story of endurance and triumph to the big screen means a great deal to me,” King said in a statement. “I am also extremely excited to be joining forces with the iconic Robert Towne who is a master of mixing complex characters and tremendously compelling plots. Robert has a passion for history and a shared love of this particular story. »
- MIKE FLEMING
Gk Films The Battle of Britain to fly with Chinatown scribe Robert Towne Graham King's Gk Films has enlisted Towne to write an original script based on the largest, most sustained air battle in history, reports Variety. In The Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force beat the German Luftwaffe in a fight for control of British airspace over London. This prevented the Nazi invasion of Britain. King, who produces alongside Tim Headington, said "My father lived in London »
Nestled a few miles west of London sits Pinewood Studios, still looking as sprightly as ever, but having today reached the grand old age of 75.
And what a 75 years it has been. Though the landscape of cinema has changed beyond recognition in that time (fads have come and gone, new filming techniques have been developed and refined, entire genres have been popularised, then forgotten, then revived), Pinewood remains.
Bought by building tycoon Charles Boot in the early 1930′s, Pinewood was then turned into a studio through a joint venture between Boot and J Arthur Rank, the name being settled on because according to Boot:-
“of the number of trees which grow there and because it seemed to suggest something of the American film centre in its second syllable.”
The studios officially opened their doors on 30th September 1936 and since then has been home to some of the largest scale productions imaginable. »
- Dave Roper
Lasers Will Fly In All Directions
In the olden days of 2004, George Lucas and his friends at LucasArts released a Star Wars warfare game that let gamers play out their favourite conflicts from the galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Battlefront was released for an ancient generation of platforms; Playstation 2, Xbox, Windows and Macintosh. The game stood out from most due to its extensive online play, which was best enjoyed on the PC.
The game was developed by Pandemic Studios, which unfortunately closed down in 2009. Pandemic were responsible for such memorable and successful games, such as; Destroy All Humans!, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and more recently The Saboteur, which was to be their last release.
Battlin' For Hoth
Battlefront’s gameplay was based upon that of Dice‘s Battlefield 1942, a much more realistic shooter based in various settings throughout World War II. Battlefront takes the solid and engaging gameplay from »
- Rob John Downer
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The legendary Christopher Plummer, who has been earning raves for his performance in Mike Mills’ “Beginners” as a widower embracing his homosexuality, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Plummer, an Academy Award nominee for his recent performance in “The Last Station,” has been enjoying even more awards chatter as of late for his turn as Hal, a closeted gay man who didn’t choose to come out until his wife passed away … much to the surprise of his son (Ewan McGregor).
His bio is below:
- Sean O'Connell
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the second of a six part feature... read part one here.
“After Thx 1138 , I wanted to do Flash Gordon and tried to buy the rights to it from King Features, but they wanted a lot of money for it, more than I could afford then,” stated American filmmaker George Lucas who came up with a creative solution. “I realized that I could make up a character as easily as Alex Raymond, who took his character from Edgar Rice Burroughs. It’s your basic superhero in outer space. I realized that what I really wanted to do was a contemporary action fantasy.” The native of Modesto, California was revisiting a childhood fascination. “As a kid, I read a lot of science fiction. But instead of reading technical, hard-science writers like Isaac Asimov, I was interested in Harry Harrison and a fantastic, »
From aerial bravery in Wwi to Tom Cruise in an F-14 Tomcat, Mark lists his top ten all-time favourite flying movies…
This is a personal list, and as such, won't please everyone. I accept that, but I wanted to look at the films that have best represented flying for me over the years.
I've also excluded helicopters in exchange for a festival of fixed wings. But as a person who loves aircraft and flying of all kinds, these are the ones that made me feel the need. The need for speed...
The Dam Busters (1955)
Gosh, what a place to start. For the most part, the film's an historically accurate retelling of the ultimate daring-do of WWII. Richard Todd plays the unflappable Guy Gibson, who lead the amazing 617 Squadron on their secret mission against the dams of the Ruhr valley.
Using the Barnes Wallis (played by Michael Redgrave) utterly inspired bouncing bomb, »
Many times, producers have attempted to turn a successful television series into a big blockbuster movie. Sometimes the resulting movie requires too much knowledge of the original series and non-fans are lost (The X-Files: Fight the Future). Sometimes, the film bears little or no relation to the original series and is not strong enough to stand on its own (Starsky and Hutch). Sometimes the connection goes the other way around, and a poor to middling film becomes a hit television series (Stargate, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). But every now and again, a film inspired by a television series stands on its own as a huge success, enriching the television series for its fans and providing a solid couple of hours’ entertainment for non-fans. These are just six of the best.
Dad’s Army (dir. Norman Cohen, 1971)
Dad’s Army was a phenomenally successful British sit-com of the 1970s. Based on »
- Juliette Harrisson
Jackboots on Whitehall, 2010.
Featuring the voice talents of Ewan McGregor, Alan Cumming, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths, Rosamund Pike, Timothy Spall, Dominic West, Tom Wilkinson, Richard O’Brien, Stephen Merchant, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Pam Ferris and Brian Conley.
When Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seize London it’s left to a young farmworker and his countryside cohorts to come to the rescue and repel the invaders.
I have to admit that, despite enjoying a successful premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival last year and boasting an extensive voice cast that reads like a who’s who of British talent, the satirical stop-motion animation Jackboots on Whitehall had completely slipped under my radar. The creation of first time writer-directors Edward and Rory McHenry, the film is essentially a reworking of World War II in which Hitler and his Nazi henchmen attack »
Though York couldn't maintain the Christie-like success of her 60s peak, her unusual choices made for an interesting career
There was a rage for Susannah York in the 60s like there was for Julie Christie and Vanessa Redgrave, so it seemed odd when it ended in the mid-70s. All of a sudden, the rush of good parts stopped. This seemed odd, after her Oscar nomination as best supporting actress in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). But then, why did she let herself take such roles as that of the superfluous wife in The Battle of Britain in the same year?
In her early career, York had seemed a conventional English beauty: as Alec Guinness's daughter in 1960's Tunes of Glory (her actual debut) and a touching lead performance the following year in Lewis Gilbert's The Greengage Summer as a young woman in France coming to sexual maturity. »
- David Thomson
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