8 items from 2014
Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (photo: Wendy Hughes in ‘Newsfront’) Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July 29, 1952, in Melbourne) was 61. Wendy Hughes’ film career kicked off in the mid-’70s, with Tim Burstall’s psychological drama ‘Jock’ Petersen / Petersen (1974), in which she plays the wife of a college professor who becomes romantically involved with a married student (Jack Thompson). "I spent a lot of the time naked and doing sex scenes," Hughes would later recall about her work in ‘Jock’ Petersen, "because in the seventies you all had to do that." In 1979, Hughes landed a key supporting role in the international arthouse hit My Brilliant Career, Gillian Armstrong’s late 19th-century-set tale of an independent-minded young woman (a Katharine Hepburn »
- Andre Soares
A Criterion Royal Flush! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with John Landis introducing Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor."Many epics crumble under the weight of their own plus-sized intentions but thanks to the virtuoso skill of director Bertolucci and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, 1987′s The Last Emperor, the remarkable story of Pu Yi who reigned over the Forbidden City and fell from grace, becomes a soulful epic with the sensuous pageantry of a grand opera. David Byrne’s delicately rhythmic score is a hipster’s mix of new wave percussion and traditional Chinese melody. »
- Trailers From Hell
Herlihy worked in the British film industry for nearly 50 years. She began her career as a personal assistant to actress Deborah Kerr, where her duties included answering fan mail and signing autographs.
She worked as a production secretary throughout the 1960s, rising to the position of production manager - a position rare for a woman to hold at that time in the industry.
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There’s a lot more to Tom Hiddleston than playing Thor’s little brother. He recently worked with auteur of the bizarre Jim Jarmusch on Only Lovers Left Alive, and proved how sexy villains can be in a series of Jaguar commercials. Now, he’s gearing up for his next project, which will be with Sightseers director Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise.
High-Rise is an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name which focuses on a class war that begins in a luxury apartment building, transforming elevators into battlegrounds and cocktail parties into “marauding attacks.” It sounds like a bizarre story, full of potential social commentary, and a real opportunity for Wheatley to further show us just how weird and wonderful films can be.
The teaser poster for High-Rise looks like the cover of a novel, with Wheatley and Hiddleston’s names prominently displayed. There’s something very sinister in it too, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
What's next from the dark, devious, delectable mind of Ben Wheatley, the man who brought us Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England? How about an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise, the story of the tenants of an ultra-modern, luxury high-rise building. To go with the announcement of this next project, Wheatley has secured Tom Hiddleston to star in the film, and the production has unveiled a sleek teaser poster. All of this sounds great. As Wheatley himself says: "Here we go. Cant quite believe this is happening. Tom Hiddleston! Jeremy Thomas! Script by Amy Jump! Jg Ballard!" Shooting begins later this summer. The teaser art for Wheatley's next film. He tweets: "Highrise. shooting June. Starring Tom Hiddleston!" High-Rise is being directed by British filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace, Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England), produced by legendary producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast, A Dangerous Method, »
- Alex Billington
Alfonso Cuarón wins 2014 DGA Award for ‘Gravity’ (photo: Directors Guild of America Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and last year’s DGA Award winner Ben Affleck) As expected, Alfonso Cuarón won the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for the blockbuster Gravity at a January 25, 2014, ceremony held at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. “We saw all these photographs of earth from space, and it’s absolutely beautiful; hues of greens and blues,” Cuarón told the crowd after receiving his award from last year’s DGA winner, Ben Affleck. “Everything seems so organic [from space]. Those silly lines and boundaries we put on political maps, you can’t see that from space. It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience. And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.” A mix of space thriller and inspirational soap opera that has just about nothing to do with »
- Andre Soares
History hasn't always looked kindly on the Academy Awards, with classics often missing out and groundbreaking moments few and far between. We delve into the Oscars' chequered past – and assess this year's contenders
• Get in shape for the Oscars with Mark Kermode's month-long feast of film here
As we approach the 86th Academy Awards, it's worth remembering those two sobering facts, which perfectly encapsulate the inherent foolishness of gong ceremonies in general, and the Oscars in particular. Ask any film fan how seriously you should take the Academy Awards, and chances are they will point you toward the best director category, where the roll call of winners signally omits Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick, Jane Campion, »
- Mark Kermode
In my slightly sordid past, I have been dared to do a number of things including drink a pint of scotch in just an hour, dance on stage with a male stripper named Turbo, and also watch Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox back-to-back before I knew anything about them. Out of all of these tasks, the cannibal films were the hardest to get through and resulted in more nausea than the scotch. In short, I have a thing about animals. I can watch the most extreme horror films where people are the victims. But show me a slightly sad puppy or a mildly inconvenienced raccoon, and I’m disturbed for the remainder of the day. Why? Animals aren’t acting, and in the case of these classic cannibal films, the animal deaths are all real. That said, I have an odd appreciation for these films simply for attempting to push the envelope of decency. »
- Rebekah McKendry
8 items from 2014
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