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4 items from 2011

Daily Briefing. Wenders, Rainer vs Abramović, Streep's Thatcher and More

16 November 2011 3:44 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Big one today. Let's begin with Movieline's St VanAirsdale introducing his interview with Wim Wenders: "Until the End of the World was conceived over most of the 80s, filmed on four continents (including video smuggled out of China), and foresaw a future abetted by such diversions as mobile viewing devices, proto-gps and a highly sought-after contraption that records images for the blind. Starring William Hurt, Sam Neill, Solveig Dommartin, Jeanne Moreau and Max von Sydow among an international ensemble of actors, the film also skyrocketed to a $23 million budget and found its distributors — including Warner Bros in the United States — requiring cuts that reduced it to barely a quarter of Wenders's original vision. Later locked in at just under five hours, it's the type of material that today would be a shoo-in for a cable miniseries that could probably win Emmys for everyone involved. Twenty years on, however, it's relatively lost to the mainstream, »

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Meryl Streep is “astonishing” in “The Iron Lady” – Awards Alley

15 November 2011 4:46 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: British press who got their first look at “The Iron Lady” yesterday are praising Meryl Streep’s performance as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher while gently condemning the movie, as a whole.

Writing for The Guardian, chief critic Xan Brooks says Streep “is the one great weapon of this often silly and suspect picture. Her performance is astonishing and all but flawless; a masterpiece of mimicry which re-imagines Thatcher in all her half-forgotten glory. Streep has the basilisk stare; the tilted, faintly predatory posture. Her delivery, too, is eerily good – a show of demure solicitude, invariably overtaken by steely, wild-eyed stridency.”

No surprise. Sight unseen, Streep was determined to be the cream of this film’s crop, if only because you largely can say that about Every Streep film.

Most of us paying attention to Phyllida Lloyd’s pending biopic wondered if it had the »

- Sean O'Connell

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The Iron Lady: first screening

15 November 2011 2:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Phyllida Lloyd's film gives us Thatcher without Thatcherism, writes Xan Brooks but Meryl Streep is astonishing

Was it a dream or is it a nightmare? In the early years of the 21st century a frail old woman totters around her London home, assailed by memories that rise up unbidden. They tell her that her husband still lives, and that she remains the prime minister, the cherished daughter of a nation of shopkeepers, called upon to save Britain from ruin. For the old woman, these ghosts provide reassurance, a sunny remembrance of days gone by. Others, by contrast, may be hard pressed to keep the horrors at bay.

While one doubts whether Baroness Thatcher would wholeheartedly approve of any large screen biopic, it seems likely that she'd have a certain, sneaking affection for The Iron Lady, which prints the legend and keeps the dissent on spartan rations. Yes, the film »

- Xan Brooks

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30 Greatest Gay Actors #1: Sir Nigel Hawthorne

24 March 2011 7:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When I started this list I didn’t realize just how complicated choosing who I should put on the list would be. How does one sit back and decide who is bisexual, gay or straight? I tried to stay away from actors who although rumoured to be gay, have never been linked to any relationship with another man.

Tom Cruise quickly comes to mind. The truth is, most actors are rumoured to be gay – George Clooney, John Travolta, Elijah Wood etc.

Some actors who appeared on my list were indeed at one point married, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t gay. In doing my research and speaking to many people who have worked in and around the film business, I chose only those who were proven to have had actual relationships with the same sex at one point of their life. Yes it is true that some of »

- Ricky

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