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20 items from 2012


New Who Review: “The Snowmen”

26 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Oh, Steven Moffat, you magnificent bastard. The return of a villain before it and The Doctor have ever met, a reunion with a character The Doctor’s never actually met, the team-up of three characters, one of whom died in the far future, and a couple of surprise guests.  A nice little Christmas present, and what’s Christmas without…

The Snowmen

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Saul Metzstein

A young boy is met by a talking snowman, one who promises he can help him.  Fifty years later, and Dr. Walter Simeon has become quite a successful man, head of a prestigious institute, and still working with the sentient snowstorm to prepare for a coming assault on the earth.  Madame Vastra and Jenny are curious as to Dr. Simeon’s plans, but get nowhere.  Meanwhile, a young barmaid named Clara has noticed a snowman pop up out of nowhere, and though »

- Vinnie Bartilucci

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Confession of a Child of the Century – review

7 December 2012 3:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pete Doherty tries his best in this De Musset adaptation. Unfortunately for him he's acting opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg

It's not exactly like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs. It's more like seeing one of those dogs on the TV show That's Life! that could say "sausages". Only instead of saying "sausages", it's saying, "You understand, madam, that I am the greatest libertine in all Paris!" while wearing a top hat. Pete Doherty tries his absolute best, and in some ways isn't every bit as terrible as you might think. There's a poster quote for you. Yet any lenient bemusement vanishes on imagining the reaction of someone who had no idea who Doherty is: "Hey, who was that terrible actor playing the lead guy, the one who describes himself as a 'libertine'? Why on earth did they cast him?"

Well, the legendary singing star and Olympic-standard caner stars in this leaden period drama, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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The secret terrors of caravanning

23 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

How childhood camping and a trip to the Keswick pencil museum helped the star write a top new British horror movie

It's 1pm on a Wednesday, and the cafes of Bethnal Green Road are rammed. Which is all well and good if you want cheap pasta and East End ambience, but ruinous for dictaphone chinwags. Somehow, Alice Lowe still manages to spot a dining establishment utterly devoid of character, and, indeed, customers. During the 90 minutes we spend in there, it's just us. Which is perfect for a discussion about murder.

The juxtaposition of the humdrum and the grisly is apt. Sightseers, British director Ben Wheatley's third and funniest film (after the less chucklesome horrors of Down Terrace and Kill List), finds a downtrodden couple enjoying a revelatory first holiday together, a caravanning trip where barbaric violence tracks their rapidly developing relationship. Think Nuts In May meets Badlands, although comparisons »

- Alex Godfrey

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A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)

3 November 2012 3:40 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell

Written by Crispian Mills, based on the story by Bruce Robinson

Featuring Simon Pegg, Amara Karan, Clare Higgins, Paul Freeman

Ever since Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg has become an unlikely, quirky leading man. Sure he has had big roles in films like Star Trek but his lovable loser persona is the one that he is most associated with and that is front and center in his latest film (as both the star and Executive Producer) of A Fantastic Fear of Everything.

Based on the novella Paranoia In The Launderette by Bruce Robinson (writer and director of Withnail and I), film follows a former children’s author named Jack (Simon Pegg) that has recently also become a crime novelist. While researching the lives of Victorian serial killers, he unleashes a wave of paranoid fears that stem from his abandonment as a child. He »

- Kelly Michael Stewart

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Withnail & I fans to get a hoedown at Uncle Monty's

20 August 2012 6:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

New owner of 'Crow Crag' is holding open-air screenings with live music next month. Sprinkling the Guardian Northerner with quotes from the script, John Appleby reports

Fans of the 1987 cult classic Withnail and I are preparing for a 'splendid weekend in the country', somewhat along the lines of the film's plot. Two outdoor screenings of Withnail will be staged in the courtyard at Sleddale Hall near Shap, the ramshackle farmhouse which stood in for Uncle Monty's 'Crow Crag' country retreat.

The post-film history of Sleddale Hall could almost be turned into a film in itself. Owned until recently by United Utilities, the remote 18th century farmhouse had seen plans for its redevelopment regularly put on the table by the company, only for them to return to the drawing board after failing to win support from Eden district council. Uninhabited since the filming, Sleddale slowly fell into dereliction as ironically, the »

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Richard E Grant to Appear in Doctor Who Christmas Episode

6 August 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

After releasing the epic promo image and trailer for Season 7 of "Doctor Who," the BBC has announced some new casting for the "Doctor Who" Christmas episode. Here's the press release: Richard E Grant and Tom Ward join cast of Doctor Who Christmas Special Filming of 2012's Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show. Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady. On joining the show, Richard says: "I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I'm honoured to be in the Christmas Special." Tom Ward, who has starred »

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Richard E Grant joins Doctor Who Christmas special

6 August 2012 4:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who has played titular Time Lord twice cast as villain in long-running BBC show's Christmas special

Withnail and I star Richard E Grant will play a villain in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.

The actor, who has played the Time Lord twice, will be joined by Silent Witness star Tom Ward in the BBC1 Christmas show.

He said: "I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream of the Shalka and I'm honoured to be in the Christmas special."

Grant was also one of five actors to play the Doctor for a Comic Relief special, called The Curse of Fatal Death, in 1999.

The special, written by current showrunner Steven Moffat, also featured Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Joanna Lumley as various incarnations of the Doctor, with Jonathan Pryce playing his arch-nemesis, the Master.

This year's Christmas episode, which has been written by Moffat, begins filming this week in Cardiff. »

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Richard E Grant lands new Channel 4 role

26 July 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Richard E Grant has landed a leading role in a new Channel 4 drama. The 'Withnail and I' actor is due to star alongside Peter Mullan in 'The Fear', a gritty drama based in Brighton's violent criminal underworld which will air this winter. Richard will play plastic surgeon Seb, whose secret past sees him get involved in his new ex-crime lord boss Richie Beckett's affairs. 'Tyrannosaur' actor Peter will star as early dementia sufferer Richie, who gets caught up with the Albanian mafia when he tries to revamp Brighton's West Pier. Filming has begun on the hour-long episodes, written by Richard Cottan. 'EastEnders' actor »

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15 Seconds: Adam Zwar

28 June 2012 10:16 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Adam Zwar rose to fame after co-creating cult series Wilfred. The multi-award winning actor and writer has since launched Lowdown, twentysomething and Agony Uncles. Series two of Lowdown can be seen on the ABC later this year and series two of the Us version of Wilfred will screen on Eleven in July.

The biggest issue facing the Australian film or TV industry is: Earnestness.

Best movie quote of all time: Uncle Monty in Withnail and I: I.m preparing myself to forgive you.

Do you Google yourself? Of course . who.d Google me if I didn.t?

If you could live inside one of your shows, would you? Which one? Lowdown. Alex Burchill has no responsibilities whatsoever.

Classics I would like to remake: Hannah And Her Sisters.

Favourite comedy film/show of all time: The Larry Sanders Show.

Favourite comedian? A tie between Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Larry David and Ricky Gervais. »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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The Hey U Guys Cinema Release Round-up : 8th June

8 June 2012 7:23 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It came, it saw, it massively underwhelmed. Nevertheless, despite lukewarm critical reviews, Prometheus shot to the top of the UK Box Office this week, comfortably ahead of Snow White and the Huntsman in second. I imagine Prometheus will have plenty of legs and should be at the top for another week or so yet as people flock to see what all the fuss is about.

The major release this week is Lucasfilm production Red Tails which tells the story of the first African-American airmen to serve in the American army during World War 2. It’s a project George Lucas has had gestating for some time now but he has wisely handed over directorial duties to Anthony Hemingway, an experienced TV director making his first foray into feature films. I can’t see Red Tails challenging the big hitters at the top of the Box Office pile, but it should do »

- Rob Keeling

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Top 10: Sharpest Suits in Cinema

28 May 2012 3:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the return of the notorious, extra terrestrial busting black suits to the big screen in the eagerly anticipated Men in Black 3, LOVEFiLM asked over 3000 people to cast their vote for the sharpest suits in cinema. Daniel Craig’s sartorial choice as James Bond topped the style list with an impressive 30% of the vote, putting him streets ahead of Will Smith’s infamous black outfit from the Men in Black franchise, which made its way into second place with 20%. Taking third place in the style stakes (with a slightly less conventional look) is Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight, whose menacing purple and green outfit snatched 17% of the vote.

Another colourful ensemble, Johnny Depp’s delectable Willy Wonka get up from Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, gained 8% of the vote, (glass) elevating him into an impressive fourth place in the chart. In a more garish image choice, »

- Phil

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How film brings the diamond jubilee years to life

28 May 2012 12:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As we celebrate sixty years of the Queen's reign, our blogger explains how film can trick your pupils into learning about the UK's heritage - and their own identity

The poster on my classroom wall, a publicity shot for last year's part British film, Hugo, shows a boy hanging from the hands of a clock, in a parody of a famous Harold Lloyd portrait. It serves as more than decoration. Time and again it's used in lessons to illustrate the language of imagery: the clash of colours, the angle of the dangling feet, the font of the title, the expression on the protagonist's face. It illustrates how, a century on from the pioneering cinema of the Lumieres and Melies and the birth of the Hollywood studios, movies have found their way into every nook and cranny of school timetables.

Hele's School in Plymouth uses film extensively to reinforce learning »

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Interview: Simon Pegg talks ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’

1 May 2012 5:19 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

With Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week courtesy of Paramount, we sat down with some of the cast to talk about their experiences on the film, working with Tom Cruise, and just what it takes to be an Imf agent. We’ve already brought you an interview with Paula Patton, and now it’s the turn of Simon Pegg – who plays Imf agent Benji Dunn…

Tell me about the story…

I think there’s a reason why it’s called Ghost Protocol and not Mission: Impossible IV because it felt to me almost like the beginning of a new chapter in the story of Ethan Hunt. When we first met him it was like his formative years, he was a young agent and he went through three very trying experiences and at the end of the last one appeared to be settling down and becoming a family man. »

- Phil

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Paul McGann: I’d Love to Be in Doctor Who Again

15 March 2012 11:02 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Paul McGann: The Doctor Who Hasn't Come Back... yet.

English actor Paul McGann, who played the title role in the Doctor Who TV movie that was co-produced in the mid-1990s by the BBC, Universal and Fox, has said that he would love to play the role again if asked.

McGann’s part in that film earned him a place in the Doctor Who canon as the Eighth Doctor. He has also had many other roles in a varied career on television and in film. His big screen credits include parts in Withnail and I, Alien 3 and Empire of the Sun.

In terms of appearances in the long-running science fiction franchise, McGann could be considered the Who equivalent of the 007 film series’ George Lazenby. The actor has not appeared on screen as the Doctor since the TV movie and even his regeneration into Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston wasn »

- Michael Simpson

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The Rum Diary Blu-Ray Review

7 March 2012 12:51 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Bruce Robinson

Starring: Johnny Depp, Michael Rispoli, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard

Running Time: 115 minutes approx

Certificate: 15

Extras: A Voice Made Of Ink And Rage: Inside The Rum Diary, Rum Diary Back-Story, Trailer

Hunter S Thompson’s novels and articles are loved and loathed in equal measure. Highly descriptive and cynical in tone he has given us seminal works including ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, ‘Hell’s Angels’ and numerous article compilations charting his time at ‘Rolling Stone’ and other publications.

Terry Gilliam, unsurprisingly a Thompson aficionado, collaborated with Johnny Depp to film the apparently un-filmable Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas in 1998. With hallucinogenic visuals and performances from Depp and Benicio Del Toro that channeled the essence of the novel, it is seen by fans to be the complete Hunter S Thompson film experience.

13 years after Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, Bruce Robinson brings Thompson’s The Rum Diary to the screen. »

- Sam Carey

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Your next box set: The Monocled Mutineer

29 February 2012 6:39 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Paul McGann stars as first world war deserter Percy Toplis in this 1986 BBC drama written by Alan Bleasdale

"Here it comes," murmurs Paul McGann, watching a car full of armed policemen rumble towards him down a rural road in Cumbria. "Everything comes. Never ready for it, though, are you?" Drawing his pistol, he breaks off and addresses the viewer directly. "The funny thing was, when I had nothing to lose, I always won." A shootout follows and McGann's character is gunned down, then secretly buried in an unmarked grave with his tongue cut out.

So begins The Monocled Mutineer, the 1986 BBC drama about Percy Toplis, who led an army mutiny during the first world war and became the most wanted man in Britain. Six decades after his death in 1920, Toplis was still the scourge of the establishment. His televised story became one of the most incendiary dramas of the 80s. »

- Michael Hogan

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This week's new film events

17 February 2012 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Keswick Film Festival

The paparazzi won't exactly be beating a path to the Lake District for this, but it's a small festival with an agreeably broad outlook. The guest of honour is John Hurt, who's in conversation and introducing a number of movies from his prolific career, including his celebrated Quentin Crisp double bill. There's also a tribute to the versatile Tony Palmer, including his seminal Leonard Cohen movie Bird On A Wire, and a complete showing of his eight-hour Wagner series (starring Richard Burton and Laurence Olivier). Also in the mix are recent releases such as Tyrannosaur and Melancholia, award-winning world cinema and uplifting films about life-changing illnesses.

Various venues, Thu to 26 Feb, keswickfilmclub.org/kff

Exposures: New Talent In Moving Image, Manchester

God knows it's not easy being a student these days, but at least you get your own film festivals. This is the UK's largest, and therefore »

- Steve Rose

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'Dark Tide' Trailer Proves Halle Berry Is Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

15 February 2012 10:41 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Here's a simple equation for you: Halle Berry minus most of her clothing plus sharks = the "Dark Tide" trailer. Don't forget to check your work.

It's been awhile since Academy Award-winner Berry was bikini-clad as Jinx in "Die Another Day," but now the 45-year-old is strutting her stuff again as Kate Mathieson, a professional diver still reeling from the trauma of losing her mentor in a shark attack. When an old boyfriend returns from out of the blue, she decides to go back into the blue to face her fears, Chief Brody-style.

Said boyfriend is played by her real-life man Olivier Martinez ("Unfaithful"), and the film also features legendary British character actor Ralph Brown, best known as drug dealer Danny in "Withnail and I" as well as a parody of that character in "Wayne's World 2." Brown plays a rich thrill-seeker dude who wants to swim with sharks, and may get more than he bargained for. »

- Max Evry

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Starz Sets Premiere Date For ‘Magic City’, Encore To Air British Mini ‘Crimson Petal’

13 January 2012 1:05 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Starz’s new period drama Magic City, set at a Miami Beach hotel in 1959, will premiere on Friday, April 6, the network announced at TCA today. It stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the hotel’s owner. Meanwhile, sibling Encore will air the four-part BBC miniseries The Crimson Petal And The White, an adaptation of Michel Faber’s bestselling novel. It will make its U.S. debut March 6. The psychological thriller set in the underbelly of Victorian-era London stars Romola Garai (Atonement) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), with Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter) and Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I). »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Five directors and their questionable filmmaking techniques

13 January 2012 7:47 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Directors have long gone to rather worrying extremes to get an authentic performance from their actors. Here are five memorable examples…

“We were in the jungle. We had too much money. We had too much equipment. And little by little, we went insane” said director Francis Ford Coppola at the start of the 1991 documentary, Hearts Of Darkness. He was referring to his quixotic approach to making Apocalypse Now in 1979, but Coppola could equally have been talking about the process of filmmaking in general.

Not all directors literally end up in the jungle, of course, and some don’t even have access to lots of money or equipment, but they’re all wrestling with a creative process that involves actors, props, set designers, technical concerns, and all the other little details that ultimately result in the 90–120 minutes of footage that appear in cinemas.

This pressure may at least partially explain why »

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