15 items from 2014
London — Film London, a publicly-funded agency that supports the film and TV biz in the U.K. capital, is hosting six animation execs from the U.S. this week.
The visit is part of the agency’s drive to encourage more international production to come to the city on the back of the introduction of the tax reliefs for high-end television and animation announced last year.
The visitors, who include senior reps from the Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks Animation, Amazon Studios, Frederator Networks, NBC Universal’s Sprout and Mattel’s Playground Productions, will take part in a three-day program designed to promote London’s animation sector.
The program includes one–to-one meetings with London animation houses, including Collingwood & Co., Blink Industries, Lupus Films and Karrot Entertainment, and presentations from Tony Orsten, the chief executive of motion-capture facility The Imaginarium (Warner’s “Godzilla”), and Alan Dewhurst, producer of “Peter and the Wolf, »
- Leo Barraclough
Christopher Malcolm, who has died of cancer aged 67, played Brad Majors in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1973 and, as his life as an actor started to overlap with an interest in producing the shows themselves, he became, after co-producing the West End revival of Rocky Horror in 1990, the executive in charge of all subsequent worldwide productions.
His death came just a few days after his latest project, the revival of Oh What a Lovely War at Stratford East, opened to enthusiastic notices, probably sealing a West End transfer. The way the show turned out was a good example of the kind of creative partnerships he enjoyed and nurtured throughout his career. For more than 30 years, he worked as an "insider" producing link between such London »
- Michael Coveney
Christopher Malcolm, the much-loved stage and screen actor and producer, has died. The Scottish-born actor was 67.We knew him best as 48-kill rebel ace Zev Senesca – Aka ‘Rogue 2’ – in The Empire Strikes Back, without whom Han and Luke would still be wandering Hoth. He also popped up in Bruce Beresford’s Aussie-com The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie, played vigilante Kirk Matunas in Highlander and was dad to Jennifer Connelly's Sarah in Labyrinth, but it was for his work on, and around, the stage that Malcolm was best known.Born on August 19, 1946 in Aberdeen, his father was a farmer but it was his mother’s passion for amateur theatre that kindled a life-long interest in the art. The Malcolm family moved to Canada ten years later and it was in British Columbia that he sacrificed university for his first acting gigs.Returning to the UK, he scored roles in the »
Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm, who was a regular screen presence through the early seventies through the late eighties, and a cast regular on hit British comedy Absolutely Fabulous, died today at the age of 67. His passing was confirmed by his daughter, playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, via Twitter. Today the world lost a beautiful, brilliant man. My dad Christopher Malcolm left peacefully and with dignity. He will always be my hero. X — morgan lloyd malcolm (@mogster) February 15, 2014 In addition to his television and film roles, Malcolm was an accomplished, classically trained Shakespearean actor, beginning his career with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in England. He performed in standards like “Macbeth” and ”Hamlet,” though his push to mainstream audiences came during his appearance as Brad Majors in The Royal Court Theatre’s original run of “The Rocky Horror Show” in 1973. While a number of the stage cast transitioned to Jim Sharman’s big screen adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show »
- Dustin Hucks
Christopher Malcolm has died, aged 67.
The Scottish actor was perhaps best known for playing the original Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.
His death was confirmed by his daughter Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, who tweeted: "Today the world lost a beautiful, brilliant man."
She added that he "left peacefully and with dignity. He will always be my hero."
Malcolm played Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show from 1974, and co-produced the 1990 West End revival.
He later took control of producing the subsequent productions of the Richard O'Brien musical.
His latest revival Oh What a Lovely War opened to positive »
Christopher Malcolm, who has died of cancer aged 67, played Brad Majors in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1974 and, as his life as an actor started to overlap with an interest in producing the shows themselves, he became, after co-producing the West End revival of Rocky Horror in 1990, the executive in charge of all subsequent worldwide productions.
His death came just a few days after his latest project, the revival of Oh What a Lovely War at Stratford East, opened to enthusiastic notices, probably sealing the West End transfer he was hoping for. The way the show turned out was a good example of the kind of creative partnerships he enjoyed and nurtured throughout his career.
For more than 30 years, he worked as an "insider" producing »
- Michael Coveney
With Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day falling on the same wintery weekend, the studios are betting that love sick couples and self-loathing singles will both be lining up for some romantic movies this weekend -- how else to explain the simultaneous release of an unnecessary "Endless Love" remake, an "About Last Night" redo, and "Winter's Tale," arguably the most "original" of the three V-Day offerings but still an adaptation of a 1983 novel written by Mark Helprin.
The film was written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, perhaps best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay for "A Beautiful Mind" (or, conversely, for running the Batman franchise into the ground with the script for "Batman & Robin"), and stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, and Russell Crowe. Oh, and Will Smith (more on that in a minute). It's a tale of timeless love and spiritual reawakening and is designed to make couples everywhere »
- Drew Taylor
Feature Simon Brew 11 Feb 2014 - 06:32
How do we decide what's a four star movie? Are all five star movies made equal? Simon explains the issues with star ratings
A pair of reviews went up on this site last week, for films that - for differing reasons - we rated at four stars apiece. Above the four stars, in both cases, were many hundreds of words discussing the films in question. Yet both, in different ways, continued to fuel the ongoing, interesting debate about the star rating system, and its suitability.
Because in the comments below our reviews of both RoboCop (2014) and The Lego Movie were some pertinent, constructive questions. We're not going to name the commenters, as the aim isn't to expose them to flaming or such like. Yet they raise some interesting questions and points - which we've quoted directly - that in many ways frame the ongoing star rating debate. »
I know there’s been a previous trailer for Winter’S Tale but this is my first foray in Akiva Goldsman’s world that looks both mysterious and undoubtedly relies on the magical. Not everyone enjoys a story of romance but something feels positively different with this brand new exploration into the tale of a burglar (Colin Farrell) who falls for an heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay) as she dies in his arms.
I wonder if it’s a sense of those cult-classics in the vein of The Princess Bride or Labyrinth, and that’s not just because it also stars Jennifer Connelly, but the film is selling itself as a ‘love story’, not a true one and so we’re open for any kind of adventure – with a dark twist.
- Dan Bullock
Community Season 5, Episode 6 “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking”
Written by Monica Padrick
Directed by Tristram Shapeero
Airs Thursday nights at 8pm Et on NBC
With the dust finally settling from the whirlwind of change Community’s been through the last few weeks, “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” is our first real look at the “new” Greendale – and despite a flurry of guest stars, it feels much like it did in its early days, before “Contemporary American Poultry” and “Modern Warfare”. Despite the cast changes, gas-leak infected season, and creative turnover the show’s experienced in the last few months, “Corked-Based Networking” shows there’s still plenty of gas in the comedic tank – and with a few new elements thrown into the mix, new characters and directions to explore.
The most interesting new wrinkle to the Community formula is Buzz Hickey, whose character unexpectedly becomes the focus of episode in its climatic moment. »
- Randy Dankievitch
Jonathan Groff attends the Queer Brunch at Sundance.
Overstock.com Co-President Reacts To Exec Jon Johnson‘s Statements Calling For Religious Protections Against Lgbt
Insane lady says insane thing.
Here’s the first trailer for Wgn’s Salem, which is about witches or something.
Seriously, why is he new to me?
Via Towleroad comes these tweets from Goldie Hawn, apologizing for her “meeting the wonderful President of Nigeria” tweet. »
Max, like any of us with normal relationships with a sibling at one time or another, wishes his little brother would just disappear. Well, just like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone or Jennifer Connelly in Jim Hensen’s Labyrinth, Max’s wish comes true and he soon realizes it was a big mistake. After reciting a spell that actually worked, Max chases his newly kidnapped brother into a new world he doesn’t fully understand.
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood at its core is a very basic platformer. You go, jump and climb walls and there are no features like sprinting, double jumping or any of the bells and whistles other platformers have adopted as standards. What makes Max unique is the ability to interact with the environments to progress in the game. Each area is a puzzle that needs to be solved and it is manipulated by a magic marker. »
- Francois Chang
The 2014 Academy Award nominations were announced this week and the relative snubbing of Captain Phillips, Saving Mr Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis and GI Joe: Retaliation is going to have us all cursing the Academy and discussing the actual quality of American Hustle until about May.
Nonetheless one of the great tragedies of my life is that I cannot actually watch absolutely everything ever that comes out and try as I might to rectify this, there simply are not enough hours in the day. There are a couple of films available on the streaming services that have just been nominated for academy awards this week which I have not had a chance to see thus far.
Those films are; The Square, nominated for Best Documentary Feature and now available on Netflix. The Square is about the uprising in Egypt in early 2011 that made the news around the world and the circumstances around this. »
- Chris Holt
So as Hugh brings the mullet back, we dig out more memorable follicular follies for Digital Spy's best mullets in movie history - from repeat offender Kurt Russell to David Bowie's cult coiffure below:
Could there possibly be a mullet more mullety than these two matching mullets as worn by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers? The disturbed couple sport similar 'dos during their rampant killing spree in the trippy Oliver Stone drama. »
A new era of Doctor Who has begun. On Monday, filming commenced on Doctor Who Series 8, starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. And not just the Doctor, the Twefth Doctor, or the new, shouty, Glaswegian Doctor, but as the first Doctor for a whole new set of regenerations.
The Doctor has another thirteen bodies to look forward to, and so do we. Each incarnation becomes a person that we grow to adore, learn to love the quirks of, and spot the quirks that he’s inherited. Capaldi will no doubt be an amalgamation of the Doctors he grew up admiring, but he’ll bring his own mannerisms to the role, throw his own spin on the character that we’ve known and loved for what is now, 51 years.
But looking into the horizon of Who, what could possibly lie beyond Capaldi? Dare we think that far? Who could possibly »
- Mark White
15 items from 2014
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