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Rupert Everett first came to public attention in 1981, when he was cast in Julian Mitchell’s play and subsequent film Another Country as an openly gay student at an English public school. Despite starring in Another Country, Everett only came out during a press interview in Paris nine years later and ever since he has defined and re-defined himself for the mass media. His coming out helped in shattering stereotypes and advance public discourse about homosexuality, gay actors, and the film industry. However Everett still to date admits that it has also cost him several roles in Hollywood.
His most excellent role: Francesco Dellamorte in Cemetary Man
Altman’s Ready to Wear, but his career really took off »
In our latest world cinema column, Nick continues his whistle stop tour of countries and their most notable films, this week taking in the Middle East…
Greetings, everyone! So, this week I'm returning to my Around the World in 80 films. I've visited Europe and Africa so far, so still have some way to go.
Choosing a film for each country is a difficult task, and one which is open for criticism. Do you go broad and choose a film which you believe represents the country as a whole? Or do you narrow the focus and choose a film which only represents a tiny minority? Both are open to accusations of subjectivity as opposed to objectivity, but, unfortunately, film criticism is probably the least objective medium in the world, especially when it's on the web.
All I can do is pick films which I think will a) interest people, and b »
"...An American invasion of a foreign country. A battle for hearts and minds. A pacification programme to quell an insurgency. Guerrilla warfare. Firefights. American filmmaker John Sayles winds the clock back to 1900 and the Us occupation of the Philippines in his new film, 'Amigo', finding parallels behind this event in history and current events in Iraq and Afghanistan..."
Written/directed by Sayles for producer Maggie Renzi, "Amigo" cast includes Garret Dillahunt, Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, DJ Qualls, Yul Vazquez, Rio Locsin, Ronnie Lazaro, Bembol Roco, Lucas Neff, James Parks, Dane DeHaan, Stephen Taylor, Bill Tangradi, Jemi Paretas and Brian Lee Franklin.
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- Michael Stevens
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Q: Remember the old expression that after a nuclear holocaust, the only thing living will be cockroaches and Cher? I think we can also add Ugly Betty hottie Christopher Gorham (“Henry”) to their ranks. How many series has been in now? – Blue, Milwaukee, Mi
A: By my count, at least eight: Popular, Odyssey 5, Jake 2.0, Medical Investigation, Ugly Betty, Harper’s Island, and a new show, Covert Affairs, running right now on the USA Network. And this doesn’t include his multiple-episode gigs on Party of Five and Felicity.
What the secret to his success? He doesn’t have a clue, but he is »
Daring to dig deeper Tift Merritt’s first three releases were so solid they seemed calculated; her shifts from alt-country (2002’s Bramble Rose) to soulful Americana (2004’s Tambourine) to homespun lo-fi (2008’s Another Country) were almost too surefooted to fully capitalize on the aching vulnerability that lay below the surface of nearly every song. Though See You On The Moon retains the singer’s classic polish, it’s her first album to successfully capture the intimate tone of her songwriting. Much of the credit for that goes to producer Tucker Martine (Sufjan Stevens, Laura Veirs, The Decemberists), who drapes her in pedal steel »
Southern singer-songwriter Tift Merritt has garnered comparisons to Maria McKee, Caitlin Cary, and Lucinda Williams over the course of her decade-plus in the business, and like them, Merritt has had to grapple with how to make a pretty voice and a set of solid country-rock influences into something listeners haven’t heard a thousand times before. On her last album, 2008’s Another Country, Merritt dodged the issue and embraced traditionalism, recording a set of tastefully arranged, vividly soulful ballads and mid-tempo rockers. With the follow-up, See You On The Moon, though, Merritt engages alt-rock super-producer Tucker Martine to bring »
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The April Fool Oscar predictions are coming right along. I call them April Fool not because I'm joking but because who the hell knows. It's a foolish practice. Yet foolish can be fun. If you're curious about how well I do before any of the films are seen you can see the past year scores below the predictions. I do pretty well just by imagining what might come to pass. Everyone is good at predicting right before the Oscars (we've seen months of winnowing down and precursors to study) but it's a much tougher game before you even fully know the players.
Costumes by Louise Frogley, still waiting for Oscar nomination #1
- NATHANIEL R
Nathaniel: Hey, kids. It's probably not sane to "tape-delay" blog the BAFTAs -- you probably already know who one, actually -- but this blog isn't exactly of sound mind during awards season (or, ahem, otherwise). I haven't heard about the winners yet. The second I opened a browser I sensed spoilers from all corners so I had to look away. Why doesn't the BBC-America broadcast it live? It's not like anyone who cares wouldn't watch it in the afternoon on a Sunday. But if you've already heard who won on the internet wouldn't that cut down your desire to tune in and thus lower the ratings? I don't get it. So that they could rerun broadcass of nature documentary Life of Mammals? I don't really care about the sharpness of a squirrel's front teeth or how kangaroo rats (omg. idon'tevenknow whatthoseare and I Don't Want To Know) store their seeds. »
- NATHANIEL R
His Bafta triumph has been a very long time coming, and could be as career changing as both his Mr Darcys
Colin Firth proved a popular winner last night, and perhaps this very public recognition will prompt him to get over his grumpiness with the whole Mr Darcy/Bridget Jones thing. Up there on the podium, Firth – by some process of thespian stealth – seemed suddenly in possession of genuine gravitas: is this a man, you wonder, who is about to step into the shoes vacated some time ago by Anthony Hopkins, and become the Great British Actor of our time?
If so, it's been a long time coming. Firth had his first major role back in 1984, alongside Rupert Everett in the public school spy drama Another Country. Winning the lead role in Valmont in 1989 wasn't the one-way ticket to stardom everyone expected – it was the "other" Dangerous Liaisons, the one that lost. »
- Andrew Pulver
The actor's fame was assured in a clinging wet shirt in Pride and Prejudice and now he has an Oscar nomination for his starring role in A Single Man. His true passion, however, is far removed from the trappings of stardom
The idea of being a minority taste appealed to Colin Firth. It was a comfortable place to be. There would be fans around, of course, but not banks of adoring hoi polloi lining the pavement when he went out for a stroll.
"There are some actors who, wherever they go, people show up because they think they are fantastic," he once mused. "Then there are slightly marginalised people who are like somebody's secret. I feel like a Second Division football team that has this following who are more into it for the fellowship of each other."
An Oscar nomination for his lead role in Tom Ford's debut feature, A Single Man, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
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