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Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge remains his awful self in this hilarious, ramped-up, utterly English comedy thriller
Steve Coogan's media personality Alan Partridge is a creation every bit as sad, outrageous, pathetic and funny as Scott Fitzgerald's over-the-hill Hollywood screenwriter Pat Hobby. And, one suspects, he is to Coogan what Hobby was to Fitzgerald, a painfully honest view of the worst way he might be, an alter id more than an alter ego. After 20 years in which Alan has appeared in every possible medium except for a West End musical and a feature movie, he at last appears on the big screen in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
This extremely funny film takes in two movie genres – the desperate journalist unscrupulously exploiting a sensational story and the siege thriller. Alan Partridge is in effect a comic cross between two classic movies: Kirk Douglas as a once big-time journalist making »
- Philip French
I didn’t know that writer blockitis was catching, but it must be, because just like my buddy and fellow columnist John Ostrander, I seem to be suffering from the same ailment today.
Signs and symptoms include sluggishness, an inability to form ideas, a lack of imagination, a desire to smash the computer, great interest in infomercials, and reading the Sunday New York Times.
Oh. Wait. Here’s something.
It’s an article by Brooke Barnes in the Arts & Leisure section, and it’s called “Save My Blockbuster!” Considering all the words and thoughts that have gone into discussing Man Of Steel by the columnists (including me) here at ComicMix since its opening on June 14, as well as the other comics, science fiction, and pop culture cinematic adventures that have already hit the screen (Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, World War Z) or are still to come (The Lone Ranger, »
- Mindy Newell
Richard D. Zanuck's life is the tale of one man, but it's also a story of fathers and sons, of personal and professional ups and downs, and most certainly of Hollywood then and now.
Ten months after his death, the one-time 20th Century Fox president (who worked there for his father, legendary movie mogul Darryl F. Zanuck) and Oscar-winning producer of such classics as "Jaws" and "Driving Miss Daisy" is recalled in the new Turner Classic Movies special "Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck" Wednesday, May 8.
Many of its remarks come from Zanuck himself, via an interview conducted for the program by producer-director Laurent Bouzereau, maker of many "making-of" documentaries featured on home video releases ... including, very recently, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Spielberg, whose career effectively was launched by Zanuck and longtime producing partner David Brown when they hired him to direct »
• Guillermo del Toro is assembling quite the A-List cast for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Yesterday, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) had joined the cast, and news broke today that two-time Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain is in final negotiations to star in the film. Del Toro produced Mama, which starred Chastain, but has never directed the Zero Dark Thirty star before. The project is the midst of a script re-write with Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me). Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) wrote the original draft with Del Toro. [Variety]
• The trouble-plagued production for »
- Lindsey Bahr
The announcement of Spielberg's acceptance to head up the jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival was made in a statement by festival organizers Thursday morning local time.
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"My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none," Spielberg said. "The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium."
One of the festival's organizers revealed that they had been trying to appoint Spielberg to the position a few years ago, but it wasn't until this year that his schedule allowed him to undertake the prestigious duty.
Cannes Fest gets Lincoln director to preside jury Steven Spielberg may have lost the Best Director Academy Award last Sunday evening, but he has won the presidency of the jury of this year's upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Following on the footsteps of Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti, who headed last year's jury that awarded Michael Haneke's drama Amour the coveted Palme d'Or, Spielberg will preside the jury at the next Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 15 to 26. (Pictured above: Steven Spielberg looking straight at the camera.) So far, Spielberg has won only one award at the Cannes Fest: as one of the writers (along with Matthew Robbins and Hal Barwood) of the 1974 drama The Sugarland Express, starring Goldie Hawn and William Atherton, and which Spielberg himself directed. Also, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial had its world premiere at Cannes as the closing-night gala film in 1982, while the melodrama The Color Purple »
- Zac Gille
Spielberg won the Palme d'Or - the festival's top prize - in 1974 for The Sugarland Express.
"The memory of my first Cannes Film Festival, nearly 31 years ago with the debut of Et, is still one of the most vibrant memories of my career," said Spielberg in a statement on Thursday morning (February 28).
"For over six decades, Cannes has served as a platform for extraordinary films to be discovered and introduced to the world for the first time. It is an honour and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world."
"Steven Spielberg is »
"My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium."
President of the Festival de Canne Gilles Jacob said this about the director joining the panel.
Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express was nominated for Palm d’Or and won the Best Screenplay prize at Cannes Film Festival in 1974. He won the Academy award for Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).
“As they say across the Atlantic”, said Gilles Jacob, President of the Cannes Film Festival, “Steven Spielberg is a Cannes ‘regular’: Sugarland Express, Color Purple. But it was with E.T. that I screened as a world premiere in ‘82 that ties were made of the type you never forget. Ever since, I’ve often asked Steven to be Jury President, but he’s always been shooting a film. So when this year I was told “E.T., phone home”, I understood and immediately replied: “At last!”
“The memory of my first Cannes Film Festival, nearly 31 years ago with the debut of »
Steven Spielberg has been named jury president for the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. In recent years, the likes of Nanni Moretti, Robert De Niro, and Tim Burton have led the jury. As arguably the most important American filmmaker working today, Spielberg is an ideal candidate. The director remarked: "My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium." [The Wrap] Spielberg won Best Screenplay for The Sugarland Express in 1976 and premiered E.T. at Cannes in 1982. Jane Campion will head the Short Film Jury and the Cinefondation at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 15-26. »
- Brendan Bettinger
The official Twitter account of the Cannes Film Festival has announced that "Lincoln" director Steven Spielberg will be the head of the competition jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Spielberg follows Nanni Morettii who headed the jury last year. He also notably marks the fifth American white male in the past ten years to head the jury after Robert DeNiro in 2011, Tim Burton in 2010, Sean Penn in 2008 and Quentin Tarantino in 2004. Spielberg's directorial debut "The Sugarland Express" premiered at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Screenplay. The festival runs May 15 to 26, 2013. »
- Peter Knegt
While money is tight at the moment and I won't be able to go to the Cannes Film Festival this year, I will still be keeping a close eye on everything that revolves around what I consider the greatest film festival in the world and tonight we have our first bit of news surrounding this year's fest. It was previously rumored Steven Spielberg would serve as jury president for the 2013 Cannes Festival and today it was confirmed by Rtl.fr (via The Playlist) and I'm sure the official press release will hit my inbox any minute. Spielberg was originally planning on filming the sci-fi feature Robopocalypse this summer, but with that on hold he has a hole in his May schedule and will return to where his 1974 theatrical feature film debut, The Sugarland Express, played in competition and won the award for Best Screenplay. The 66th Cannes Film Festival runs »
- Brad Brevet
By Joey Magidson
Whenever Steven Spielberg decides to take up a new directorial endeavor, he doesn’t do it alone. He gets his stock company of talent on the phone, and once he has the gang together, they go off and make a movie. It’s certainly not the same as when Spielberg was making little films in his backyard as a kid, but in a way the spirit is still the same. One big difference, though, is that when these movies get made, Oscar often takes notice.
Spielberg films almost always receive Academy Awards attention. On his own, he has 15 nominations (one of which came for just producing Letters from Iwo Jima, which he didn’t direct), while his crew has gotten dozens of nods. The last film of his not to get at least a nom was The Terminal, and before that it was Always. Believe it or not, »
- Joey Magidson
Anybody who has ever been to a high school reunion (and I’ve been to my share) will tell you that the calendar and the clock can be incredibly cruel (particularly when combined with the long-term effects of gravity, but let’s not go there).
Time punishes creative works as well. Some work grows dated, stale, stiff. Time and the evolving form of the given art leaves a once vibrant and exciting work behind looking dead and obsolete.
More cruel, perhaps, is work that is simply…forgotten. Not for any good reason. Good as it was, maybe it was simply not successful enough to lodge very deeply in the popular consciousness; working well enough in its day, but soon lost among the ever-growing detritus of a lot of other pieces of yesterday.
Movie music is particularly vulnerable to the cruelties of time. Outside of the form’s devotees, it rarely »
- Bill Mesce
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