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Beverly Hills — I absolutely love talking to Sir Ben Kingsley. He has a cadence, a swagger, a rhythm of speech that I find easy to tap into, understand, and bounce off of, like a surfer off waves. His passion for his craft is always on the surface. He delights in its specificity. And with "The Boxtrolls," he has carved out another memorable piece of work in one of cinema's most laureled filmographies. Nominated for four Oscars, having won the first time out for his iconic "Gandhi" performance, Kingsley continues to impress with his versatility. When Laika came calling, he discovered an opportunity to dive headlong into an extreme, manic, villainous character, Archibald Snatcher, and come away with the most memorable beats of the film. It's enough to make you wonder what other characters he might be able to manifest from those vocal chords, because he's certainly not lazily going through the celebrity voice motions here. »
- Kristopher Tapley
It would not be an overstatement that Sir Ben Kingsley is one of the greatest actors working today. The Academy Award winning thespian has given legendary performances in such work as Gandhi, Schindler’S List and Sexy Beast to name a few. He even caused quite a stir with his performance in Iron Man 3. This shockingly talented fellow works constantly and always surprises audiences with many of his choices. Recently I sat down with Sir Ben to talk about his latest, the terrific The »
Inspired by true events, Radcliffe will play the brilliant but inexperienced engineer Washington Roebling who is left to oversee the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when his father (Kingsley) passes away. Besieged by calamity, danger and doubt, Washington’s obsession threatens his health, and to drive his family apart, until he discovers he has an improbable ally… His charming and shrewd wife Emily (Larson).
- Leo Barraclough
It’s that life-defining moment when a character on screen transforms totally into a real-life personality. We’ve seen Seema Biswas, Ben Kingsley and Farhan Akhtar metamorphose into real-life characters in front of our bewildered eyes.
And what a grand entry!
Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Priyanka Chopra as the gritting volatile boxer from Manipur who won’t take no for an answer, even from God. Penetrating a male domain like boxing in a gender-defying swoop, Pryinka’s Mc takes us on a voyage of self-discovery where a plucky poor girl from rural Manipur goes right to the Olympics. It’s an incredible story filled with sound and fury signifying something deep and seductive, just waiting to be told.
Hats off to debutant director Omang Kumar for »
- Subhash K Jha
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Sir Richard Attenborough (1923-2014) - Actor and Filmmaker. He won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for Gandhi and also directed Chaplin, A Bridge Too Far, Cry Freedom and A Chorus Line. He'd been an actor first, earning Golden Globes for supporting in Doctor Dolittle and The Sand Pebbles. He also starred in Jurassic Park (see below), Lost World: Jurassic Park, the 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street, The Great...
- Christopher Campbell
The top stories of the week from Toh! Awards: Emmy Watch: As TV Enters the Future, Its Academy Remains Stuck in the Past First Gurus 'O Gold Pre-Festival Top Fifteen Oscar Contenders Box Office: Arthouse Audit: "Love Is Strange" Spices Up Lagging Specialized Box Office Four Summer 2014 Box Office Takeaways: How Hollywood Lost Its Mojo Strange August Box Office Weekend Boosted by Holdovers, 'Sin City' Bombs, Top Ten Chart Will "Guardians of the Galaxy" Reclaim Top Box Office Slot? Features: 15 Must-See Modern Noirs Ben Kingsley's Tightrope with Mythology, from Attenborough's 'Gandhi' to Upcoming 'Boxtrolls,' 'Exodus,' and 'Jungle Book' Career Watch: Can Eva Green Rise Above Femme Fatale Typecasting? How Christian Berger Shot the Twin Horrors of Hungary's "The Notebook" in CinemaScope Festivals: Oppenheimer's "Look of Silence" & Seidl's "In The Basement" Shock Venice Telluride Lands a »
Over the next weeks, on screens in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, dozens of film will starting the journey that they will hope will end with the top prize: a Best Picture Oscar win. There can only be one, which means the race will be fierce, and few will survive, so before the madness begins (though some would argue it already has), let's take a look back a few decades to see the movies that captured the imagination of awards voters and audiences. Following supercuts for the 1990s and 2000s, Miguel Branco returns with a look at the 1980s. Once again, it's another carefully put together piece, spanning three minutes, which weaves together some very different movies. Ranging from the late Richard Attenborough's epic "Gandhi," to Oliver Stone's grim "Platoon," to Robert Redford's grief drama "Ordinary People," the 80s found the Academy favoring heavier subject matter. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It was recently reported that Richard Attenborough, the man who directed "Gandhi" and starred in "Jurassic Park," passed away. In "Jurassic Park," he played John Hammond, the creator of the park. Now that director Colin Trevorrow is working on "Jurassic World," he shared a photo from the set as a way to honor the actor. The photo is of a statue of Attenborough/Hammond that will likely greet park visitors in the new film. It's not clear if Hammond is no longer alive in the movie, but the statue will now have an extra significance to it. Check out the photo below. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
We were all saddened at the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, a man whose career spanned over 70 years and earned him two Oscars for his directorial masterpiece, Gandhi, as well as two Golden Globes for performances in The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Doolittle.Most know Attenborough best for his role as the entrepreneur John Hammond, who in the 1993 film Jurassic Park envisioned a state of the art park where people could witness real life dinosaurs. Attenborough charmed audiences with Hammond’s enthusiasm, however misguided, but never played Hammond as a buffoon, instead giving the character a sad, almost tragic edge.
- Sarah Moran
Four interesting tidbits coming atcha that we neglected to discuss for multiple reasons. If you hadn't yet heard them, they'll feel like brand new news to you.
In what is clearly understood to be an awards-traction move, Jon Favreau's sleeper hit Chef will be coming back to theaters this Friday in wide release. I'm not sure it has the critical oomph to win any nominations and it didn't have the box office size to make that a non-issue (a la gargantuan hits like My Big Fat Greek Wedding) but could it sleeper hit its way into, say, The Screenplay race? I'm realizing I neglected to consider it at all there which is an obvious mistake. I had a really good time watching it with friends though; it's an easy sit and safe for diverse groups of viewers. My favorite visual was ScarJo eating a bowl of pasta but my »
- NATHANIEL R
It was so eerie discussing Lord Richard Attenborough and "Gandhi" with Sir Ben Kingsley on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, and then hearing of Attenborough's passing on Sunday, just five days before his 91st birthday. Attenborough was the first director I ever interviewed as a senior at Cal State Northridge, and I couldn't resist revisiting the breakthrough, Oscar-winning performance with Kingsley. I recalled how Attenborough was bursting with excitement about his lifelong pet project, which was still in pre-production in 1978 when we met, describing the lynchpin scene in which the young British-trained lawyer was tossed off the train in South Africa, and how the young actor, Ben Kingsley, was going to be amazing. “Wonderful man,” Kingsley beamed. “And it’s interesting that he alluded to that scene because, for me, that was the engine of the whole performance. And after he’d seen the film, Peter Brook, a colleague and another great director, »
- Bill Desowitz
Yesterday, Scott Beggs discussed how the subject of war permeated throughout Richard Attenborough’s career both in front of and behind the camera, noting how anti-war themes ran through the former Royal Air Force flier’s directing debut in Oh! What a Lovely War to his Best Director win for Gandhi and beyond. But there’s another important aspect of Attenborough’s unique career that informed this consistent theme of pacifism: the actor/director often gravitated toward stories of activists determined to change the world and its asymmetrical relations of power. Attenborough rarely put himself in the position of liberator, but recognized and used his position of Western privilege to render the speech of others heard. Attenborough was a genteel Englishman who seemed positively aristocratic in his presentation and demeanor – his appearance made him look the part of someone who might have been quite comfortable in the role of colonizer a century ago – but he used this »
- Landon Palmer
In Memoriam. pic.twitter.com/5jL7Sh9Hpr. Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 25, 2014 This weekend we lost the legendary Lord Richard Attenborough, and even today his loss is still felt. The tremendous actor/director of such films as The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, Brighton Rock, Gandhi and Chaplin left a full life and a grand legacy behind, which has mostly been highlighted by his work in Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece Jurassic Park. Now while Attenborough did have an enormous legacy before his role as the eccentric John Hammond, it is that role that most modern audiences identify him with. A role that is being paid tribute by friends, colleagues, and even those who did not get to work with him, but continue his legacy tangentially. Case in point is Colin Trevorrow's tweet from last night, showcasing what can be assumed to be a memorial to John Hammond in the »
More4 will broadcast a special tribute to Lord Richard Attenborough tonight (August 26).
The one-off programme will look back at the career of the actor and director, who died aged 90 on Sunday (August 24).
"He was Deputy Chairman from 1982 to 1987, having turned down the Chairmanship as he was busy making Ghandi. He was then »
"In memoriam," Trevorrow captioned the photo.
Lord Attenborough's career milestones included starring in the classic films The Great Escape, Brighton Rock and Miracle on 34th Street, as well as earning an Academy Award for directing 1982 biopic Gandhi.
The film will be set 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park.
Gallery: Lord Richard Attenborough - Life in Pictures »
The world lost a great filmmaker and actor this past weekend with the passing of Sir Richard Attenborough. Though his directing credits included films like Gandhi, A Chorus Line, and Chaplin, many probably best remember him as the mild-mannered John Hammond from Jurassic Park. Though filming on the new Jurassic Park film, Jurassic World, has wrapped, director Colin Trevorrow felt it was fitting to share a new Jurassic World image in remembrance of Attenborough, as it shows a statue memorializing his John Hammond character. Though Hammond himself likely doesn’t appear in Jurassic World, the character no doubt looms large thanks to Attenborough’s unforgettable performance. Hit the jump to take a look at the Jurassic World image. The film opens in theaters on June 12, 2015. In Memoriam. pic.twitter.com/5jL7Sh9Hpr — Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) August 25, 2014 Jurassic World Image
- Adam Chitwood
Richard Attenbourough has died at the age of 90. He is an actor and director that spanned six decades, including his most famous role in “Jurassic Park.” The British actor is probably most well known for his role as John Hammond, the visionary behind the dinosaur park in the film “Jurassic Park.” But Attenborough is also well known for his directorial turn in “Gandhi,” starring Sir Ben Kingsley as the title character. Kingsley said to the BBC, “Richard Attenborough trusted me with the crucial and central task bringing to life a dream it took him 20 years to bring to fruition. When he gave me the part of Ghandi it [ Read More ]
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Robert Downey Jr. was already a Hollywood veteran by the time he played Charlie Chaplin in 1992, but at the same time it could still be considered a breakthrough role for the quirky thesp. And for that, the Iron Man star will always be thankful to Sir Richard Attenborough, the actor and filmmaker who directed Downey's Oscar-nominated in the biopic Chaplin about the silent-film legend. Attenborough, who won two Oscars for directing and producing Gandhi, died yesterday at 90. "I'm so grateful I was able to visit Lord Attenborough recently, to deeply thank him for his contributions to cinema, his lasting impact on all who knew him, and his legacy of philanthropy, wit and kindness," Downey »
By sheer coincidence, I interviewed Sir Ben Kingsley on Saturday and the first thing we discussed was "Gandhi" and Lord Richard Attenborough. I explained that he was the first director I interviewed when I was still in college and how lucky I was to start off with this prince among men. Although the interview was ostensibly about "Magic," Sir Richard regaled me with plans for his lifelong pet project, "Gandhi," explaining how it starts off with this riveting scene in which the young British-trained lawyer is thrown off a train in South Africa for sitting in a first-class compartment, thus beginning his legendary path as the leader of Indian independence, and how this amazing young actor, Ben Kingsley, was going to dazzle us and become a major star. Sadly, the beloved actor-director and two-time Oscar-winner died on Sunday, five days short of his 91st birthday. “Wonderful man,” Kingsley beamed. “And »
- Bill Desowitz
Richard Attenborough: British actor and director Richard Attenborough has died, just shy of turning 91 years of age. His most notable film roles included turns as an incendiary punk in 1947's trail-blazing Brighton Rock, a military leader in 1963's The Great Escape, and a cuddly grandfather/misguided visionary in 1993's Jurassic Park. He became a producer in 1959 and made his directorial debut with the musical Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969, later winning two Academy Awards for 1982's Gandhi. [BBC] Matthew McConaughey: After a series of critically acclaimed roles (including Magic Mike, above), Matthew McConaughey is in big demand in Hollywood. The latest rumors involve him playing a villainous role as Randall Flag in...
- Peter Martin
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