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Moving triumphantly away from the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg, one of the great poets of the beat generation in the period drama Kill Your Darlings. Directed by John Krokidas, the film follows Ginsberg through his earlier years as a writer, with excellent performances from Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan( as the seductive Lucien Carr) and Michael C. Hall as Carr’s obsessed lover.
To celebrate the release of Kill Your Darlings we take a look at other renowned writers whose lives inspired critically acclaimed and award winning movies.
2006, dir. Bennett Miller
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar winning turn as journalist come novelist Truman Capote centres on the relationship that evolves between the writer and his subject. The infamous inspiration for In Cold Blood, Bennett Miller’s film focuses on Copote’s trip to Kansas with partner Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) to research the brutal killing of a family for an article. »
- Beth Webb
Robert Redford is one of the movie stars of our time, yet I would contend that he’s always been an underrated actor. There are a host of reasons for that, and they feed into each other in subtle, at times mythic ways. You could say, on the one hand, that Redford was too golden-boy pretty (always a surefire way to not get nearly the respect you deserve), or that he was too understated as a screen presence, or that he was too openly skeptical of the Hollywood game. Redford had his first major big-screen role in 1965, in Inside Daisy Clover, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Eye For Film critic Anne-Katrin Titze will moderate a Q&A at The Paris Theatre in New York City, with Reaching For The Moon (Flores Raras) director Bruno Barreto, co-screenwriter Matthew Chapman, and producer Lucy Barreto on Saturday, November 9, following the 7:00pm screening.
In my conversation with Bruno Barreto during the Tribeca Film Festival, we discussed how Deborah Kerr, co-starring with Cary Grant in Leo McCarey's An Affair To Remember, is channeled by Miranda Otto and how Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa made for the perfect pitch, even without Meryl Streep or Robert Redford.
- Jennie Kermode and Anne-Katrin Titze
If there's one film to see this year, it's 12 Years a Slave, a wrenching but rewarding historical epic. See This12 Years a Slave var brightcovevideoid = '2752863002001'; Sometimes we have to do hard things. I can't think of a film in a recent memory I have been so compelled to sit through, wrestling all the while with how difficult it is to do so. 12 Years a Slave is, to put it simply, the first film to truly convey the horrors of what used to be called the "peculiar institution." But it is such a brilliantly directed, written and performed piece of cinema, »
Few movies can boast a real-world impact, but "Gorillas in the Mist," the biopic of slain primatologist Dian Fossey, is one of them. Released 25 years ago (on September 23, 1988), the film alerted the world to the plight of the endangered Rwandan gorillas that she'd spent 20 years studying, prompting charitable efforts that have helped preserve the primates and conserve their habitat.
But as familiar as Fossey's story is (thanks to the movie), there's still much that remains shrouded in mystery, from the identity of Fossey's killer to how Sigourney Weaver was able to ingratiate herself with Fossey's own gorillas during the filming. Here's the details behind the film, including the hardships involved in making it, which gorillas were fake, and what became of the poacher-threatened primates after the movie crew left.
- Gary Susman
Foyle’s War was considered one of the best British mysteries on television, but was cancelled in 2007. Three years passed and three more episodes, known as Foyle’s War Set 7 were filmed and broadcast on PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery!” The show’s creator Anthony Horowitz has set the show in the town of Hastings, on the south coast of England. World War II may be over but the Cold War simmers. Dcs Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, Out of Africa) has retired from police work when Britain’s secret intelligence service compels him to join its ranks. Reunited with his former colleague, newlywed Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks – My Brother Tom), Foyle faces new—but no less deadly—threats in the world of spies and counterintelligence The Foyle’s War series is terrific entertainment that incorporates real historical events into the episodes. Foyle always gets his man (or woman as the case »
- Tom Stockman
Growing up in the 90s, I felt like there were two Hollywood hunks in the mix: You were either Team Brad Pitt or Team Tom Cruise. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t plenty of Team George Clooney’s or Team Denzel Washington’s, etc., but Brad and Tom were constantly being compared to each other and labeled as the biggest heartthrobs. But do you guys remember back before Brad and Tom, when there was one beautiful jawline that stood out above all the rest? Well, my mother does (and she likes to remind me).
Before Robert Redford »
- Samantha Highfill
Douglas Kirkland has given us some of culture’s most iconic images. He has perfected his craft over the past six decades, traveling to six continents and working as a special photographer on more than 160 motion picture sets, including Titanic, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 2001 Space Odyssey, The Sound of Music, Out of Africa, Moulin Rouge!, and The Great Gatsby. He has photographed Charlie Chaplin, Brigitte Bardot, John Wayne, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Ingrid Bergman, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman, among hundreds of others. With a foreword by acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Catherine Martin -- with whom Douglas worked with on The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge and Australia -- this written and visual memoir is, »
- Pietro Filipponi
The title Babette's Feast doesn't immediately jump out at me as a film I need to see immediately, but to know this Danish film bested Au Revoir Les Enfants (read my Blu-ray review here) at the 1988 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film certainly causes me to change my mind. While I wouldn't say director Gabriel Axel's film is better than Malle's Enfants, which is a personal all-timer of mine, but it is a multi-layered story with drama in corners you can't expect heading in. Adapted from the 1950 short story of the same name (read it here) by Karen Blixen (writing as Isak Denisen who also wrote the story that inspired Out of Africa), the film takes place in a small village in 19th century Denmark, a town Denisen described as a "child's toy-town of little wooden pieces". The story centers on two sisters who grew up here under the watchful eye of their father, »
- Brad Brevet
A lot of movies give their trailers the silent treatment, with powerful images and an evocative musical score responsible for conveying the drama. But in All Is Lost, which stars Robert Redford as an old man whose sailboat is slammed with one misfortune after another, the spare trailer accurately reflects the film, which is practically devoid of dialogue. Not that you’ll miss it, or wish there was a Bengal tiger or Wilson volleyball stowed aboard as he tries to stay alive. It’s just Redford, the camera, and the cruel winds of mother nature.
The movie, directed by J.C. Chandor »
- Jeff Labrecque
Now, like you, I am a great custodian of pop culture history and want to enjoy such a love letter to the past, but something about this project annoys me. I’ve always felt that people aren’t nearly as obsessed with Marilyn Monroe as they are with what they think of Marilyn Monroe. It’s like people want to hear the words, “She was so beautiful, yet tragic, yet unknowable” tumble off their tongues. They love the mouthfeel of it. They think those words describe something, and they love condescendingly showering awe on the listless, tragic actress who still represents some mystical, feminine ideal in entertainment.
Why don’t we ever hear anyone say, “Marilyn takes an amazing photo, but she was hit-or-miss as an actress”? Instead, »
- Louis Virtel
Feature Aliya Whiteley 14 May 2013 - 05:59
A true Hollywood star, Robert Redford is at his best in smaller, more personal films. Aliya picks three great films about alienation...
Robert Redford was the number one box office star of the early 70s, appearing in huge hits such as The Sting, The Way We Were, and Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. None of those three films show him at his best as an actor, or address the kind of issues he felt passionately about.
His easy camaraderie with Paul Newman and his status as a sex symbol belied the political angle that influenced his decisions in filmmaking and acting. Once he had amassed enough power in Hollywood to call the shots, the roles he took changed; for me, his most interesting performances began once he believed in the message of the film he was making.
He remains a serious and passionate actor, »
In Reaching For The Moon, Bruno Barreto navigates handsomely the love story between the Pulitzer prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop and the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares, who designed Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro, making a Central Park out of a landfill with street lamps that recreate the moonlight.
In my conversation with Barreto on his poetic film, we discussed how Deborah Kerr, co-starring with Cary Grant in Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember, is channeled by Miranda Otto and how Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa made for the perfect pitch, even without Meryl Streep or Robert Redford. Barreto explained that Jane Campion's Bright Star on Keats and Christine Jeffs's Sylvia on Plath were not the way to go in the portrayal of Elizabeth Bishop and why Stephen Daldry's The Hours has the right intricacy.
Anne-Katrin Titze: You had your premiere of Reaching for the. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Robert Redford's new film sees the Hollywood liberal play a craggy radical, hiding away from a criminally subversive past under an assumed name. Once the FBI rumbles him, the agents on his trail spend some time comparing the image of his lined face to that of his much younger, 1970s, moustachioed self.
Cinema audiences across the world have travelled down that same long, ageing trail with Redford too, watching as his luminous youth in the role of Bubber in the 1966 film The Chase was gradually replaced, first by the poised cynicism of The Candidate and then by the stately leading man in Out of Africa or the worn-out sleaze of his Indecent Proposal to Demi Moore. Yet, as a man, Redford's radical zeal remains undimmed.
- Vanessa Thorpe, Philip French
So, your lifelong dream of being an actor may finally be working out? Good for you. You’ve worked hard for this opportunity, so it makes sense you want to put your all into it.
But how can you guarantee you’ll wow the audiences? Get rave reviews? Perhaps even (gasp!) win an MTV Movie Award?!
Well, none of that matters. What matters in Hollywood is getting the little gold staute, the Academy Award. And the winners of this award certainly don’t get rave reviews from the (ugh!) audiences. So here’s a simple and step-by-step guide for you young, aspiring actors, and how you too can join the ranks of winners!
What’s that you ask? Me? No, I’ve never won an Academy Award. But you can still trust me! I’m a writer on the internet!
Option 1: Play a Politician
You can almost feel the »
- J.D. Westfall
Art Deco, flapper dresses and pearls are all the rage as fashion takes inspiration from movie set in the Roaring Twenties
When Baz Luhrmann's remake of The Great Gatsby takes the prestigious opening slot at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in May, style-watchers are predicting a visual feast that will turn many back on to the 1920s.
Every few years, a film comes along that proves to be a source of sartorial inspiration: from Audrey Hepburn's gamine princess in Roman Holiday and Diane Keaton's androgynous style in Annie Hall, to the colonial style that swept the catwalks in the mid-80s, heavily influenced by Karen Blixen's cinematic safari in Out of Africa.
Anticipation of the sixth film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel has meant Art Deco style has already been filtering into our consciousness as designers and retailers anticipate audiences eager to mimic the opulent »
- Karen Kay
Trevor Hogg chats with Susan Beth Lehman about the creative relationship between theatre and cinema as well as her book Directors: From Stage to Screen and Back Again...
“I was born in New York City, but raised in Texas and moved to L.A. when I was a teenager,” states Susan Beth Lehman who experienced some cultural confusion. “I started acting at the Alley Theater in Houston when I was 12. I have a BA in Theatre and an Mfa in Acting, both from UCLA. But La is a company town, so crossing over to film is very natural. After moving to the Philadelphia area some years ago, I started teaching in academia.” A cinematic adaptation of a Steven King story has left a lasting impression on the Assistant Professor of TV and Film at DeSales University. “The end of The Shawshank Redemption  is one of the most emotionally and visually »
Christopher Plummer, Jean Dujardin, Meryl Streep, and Octavia Spencer to be back at the Oscars, this time as presenters Streep, Dujardin, Spencer, and Plummer, last year's Oscar winners in the acting categories (respectively Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor), will return to the Oscar stage this year -- but this time as presenters on the 2013 Oscar telecast, the show's two producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have announced. None of the four actors are in the running for the 2013 Oscars. (Pictured above: Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin all looking very elegant posing for photographers backstage at last year's Academy Awards ceremony.) Meryl Streep: record-setting feat in the acting categories: With no less than 17 nominations, Streep is the record-setter in the acting categories. Streep has won a total of three statuettes: in the Best Supporting Actress category for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer »
- Anna Robinson
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday! It’s Affleck versus Spielberg! Spielberg! Spielberg! Things are coming to a head at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards this Saturday night, where “Argo” will either continue it’s dominance with Ben Affleck winning Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures or Steven Spielberg finally gaining some ground by winning for “Lincoln.” Either victory will shake things up considerably. See, in case you haven’t heard, Affleck failed to get a best director nomination from the Academy Awards. Apparently everyone thought that meant there was no way “Argo” could win best picture—until it went on to win top prizes at the Critic’s Choice, Golden Globe, PGA, and SAG Awards. But if Affleck does win the DGA, it will be only the seventh time since 1948 that the DGA winner failed to win the Oscar. (Ironically, one of those times was in 1985, when Spielberg himself won »
Last year when writing up this column the Oscar nominations had not yet been announced. I'm not sure how much of a difference that makes in looking at the numbers and searching for a winner, but I will say with Ben Affleck (Argo) having now won Best Director at the Critics' Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, just imagine the announcement of those Oscar nominees and not hearing Affleck's name now. The bewilderment over his absence before he won back-to-back major awards was nothing compared to what it would be if the Oscars were announced this Thursday instead of last. Last night's two big winners were Argo and Les Miserables, neither of which were necessarily the first that come to mind when talking about Oscar front-runners as after the nominations most of the attention was focused on Lincoln and it's leading 12 nominations followed by Life of Pi and the Weinstein-backed Silver Linings Playbook. »
- Brad Brevet
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