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13 items from 2014


Watch: Mike Leigh Takes A Fascinating Look Inside The Criterion Closet

7 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You’d be hard pressed to find a company in the film industry that’s as beloved as The Criterion Collection. Pricey though they are, the boutique label remains as popular in the film-loving set as ever. One of those fans is director Mike Leigh (who has three films on the label: "Naked," "Life Is Sweet," and "Topsy-Turvy"), and as part of the press tour for his latest, “Mr. Turner,” the British filmmaker stopped by the Criterion offices and shot a video inside their hallowed closet. It would be easy for filmmakers to grow so hardened and cynical over a career that they lose sight of their love of the art form. That’s why it’s so great when someone retains their passion for cinema like Leigh does in this eight-minute-long video. Barring a reference to the recently released Blu-ray of “A Hard Day’s Night,” all of Leigh »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Drew Barrymore Shares Sweet Snapshot With Daughter Olive

26 November 2014 1:30 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

What an adorable mother-daughter duo! Drew Barrymore took to Instagram on Tuesday to share an adorable photo with daughter Olive to celebrate the release of her first fragrance, Cherished.In the pic, the 39-year-old actress is sporting a huge grin as she holds her 2-year-old daughter in her arms."I rely on a few different perfumes to carry me through the day. This is the image for our first scent Cherished!" she captioned the cute candid. "It was inspired by the moments with my daughter and the the beautiful chaos that is 'home'. This was so personal for me but I believe there should be a fragrance for every mood."In August, the "Blended" star announced that she will be adding three new fragrances to her Walmart makeup line, Flower. The three different scents, which can be worn separately or together, are meant to be associated with various emotions. "I'm »

- tooFab Staff

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Mr Turner Review

31 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

 

Director: Mike Leigh

Cast: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville

Certificate: 12A

Running Time: 149 minutes

Synopsis: An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter Jmw Turner’s life. 

There comes a time towards the end of Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh’s period study of the 19th-century painter Jmw Turner, where Timothy Spall – in character as the grizzled artist – grunts in response to a question. This isn’t the first time Turner’s reply has amounted to a guttural noise of monosyllabic rudeness, nor is it the last. However, what becomes striking about these grunts is how their overuse assists in blurring the lines between real-life and performance; Spall hasn’t merely become Turner, no. Spall is Turner. Whether he’s laughing with disdain or howling with emotion, the British actor plays Turner as an aloof creature who »

- Jacob Stolworthy

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‘Mr. Turner’ Could Lead Timothy Spall to An Oscar Nomination

28 October 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Timothy Spall and director Mike Leigh have worked together on five different films, including Secrets & Lies (1996), which resulted in Leigh’s first Oscar nomination, and Topsy-Turvy (1999). Leigh has received seven Oscar nominations since 1997, but Spall has never received recognition from the Academy. That could change this year with Leigh’s Mr. Turner, which features Spall as the British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. The film has been praised and Spall’s portrayal of the obsessive painter garnered him the best actor award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, which makes him the latest character actor to get a boost from a Leigh film.

Spall’s Mr. Turner co-star, Lesley Manville, has worked with Leigh for multiple films and received a BAFTA nomination for Another Year (2010). Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Brenda Blethyn, Spall’s co-stars in Secrets & Lies, both received Oscar nominations for their roles in the film. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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First look at the new Dad’s Army

24 October 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news that Dad’s Army was being given the big screen reboot treatment from Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) and now we have our first look at the cast in full costume.

Check out the photos below…

Taking on the role of Captain Mainwaring will be Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) alongside Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as his right-hand man Wilson. Also joining them will be Tom Courtenay (Quartet) as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as Godfrey, Danny Mays (Frankenstein) as Walker, Bill Paterson (The Killing Fields) as Fraser and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) as the young and naive Pike. Also joining the cast is Sarah Lancashire (Coronation Street), Alison Steadman (Life is Sweet), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen) and Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave) as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) as journalist Rose Winters. »

- Luke Owen

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Blue Bloods Hires Victor Garber

16 October 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Life is sweet to Victor Garber. The famous actor who starred in Alias just cannot shake his crime fighting roles. He has been confirmed to have a guest role for an upcoming November 21st episode of Blue Bloods. His role will be New York real estate legend named Donald Stein who finds himself concerned over the deaths of his people, Jewish men. Donald will be concerned by how he feels the cops are not doing enough to protect his people. This news comes at heels of his upcoming role on CW’s The Flash. No word on if his Blue Bloods role will be a reoccurring role or not.

Congratulations is in order for Victor. I have always enjoyed his big ego characters, as well as his acting chops as a whole. He plays the role of being a jerk very well. We cannot wait to see what kind of »

- Sarah Peel

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Cast revealed for Dad’s Army remake movie

8 October 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hitler?

The cast has been revealed for the big screen remake of classic British comedy Dad’s Army including a couple of oscar winners and nominees.

Taking on the role of Captain Mainwaring will be Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) alongside Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as his right-hand man Wilson. Also joining them will be Tom Courtnay (Quartet) as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as Godfrey, Danny Mays (Frankenstein) as Walker, Bill Paterson (The Killing Fields) as Fraser and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) as the young and naive Pike. Also joining the cast is Sarah Lancashire (Coronation Street), Alison Steadman (Life is Sweet), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen) and Annete Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave) as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) as journalist Rose Winters.

Here’s the synopsis…

Set in 1944 as the Second World War reaches its climax, »

- Luke Owen

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DVD, Digital, VOD Release: The Love Punch

18 July 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014

Price: DVD $20.99

Studio: Ketchup Entertainment

The romantic crime caper comedy The Love Punch stars Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee Returns) and Pierce Brosnan (The Ghost Writer).

Gthe movie concerns Richard (Brosnan) and Kate (Thompson), a divorced couple who, after their pension is stolen by an unscrupulous businessman, reunite to steal it back.  This sets them on a whirlwind journey into a caper involving the embezzling of bankrupt employees’ pension funds. Along the way, the couple finds themselves in French, where they re-discover the love they thought they had lost.

Written and directed by Joel Hopkins, the French production also stars Timothy Spall (Life is Sweet), Celia Imrie (Nanny McPhee), and Louise Bourgoin (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec). And keep an eye open for Marisa Berenson (Barry Lyndon) as a sexy hotel receptionist.

The PG-13-rated film received a limited release to U.S. theaters in May, »

- Laurence

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Watch: First Trailer & 2 Clips From Mike Leigh's Cannes Competition Film 'Mr. Turner' Plus New Pics

14 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Mike Leigh's process—which includes a lengthy rehearsal process before shooting even begins—means that his films can come as quickly as a couple years apart, or in the case of "Mr. Turner," four years on since his last effort, 2010's lovely "Another Year." The latter won an Ecumenical Jury Prize at Cannes, and the director is back on the Croisette in Competition this year with a period drama about famed artist J.M.W. Turner. Timothy Spall takes the lead role—his fifth film with Leigh following "Life Is Sweet," "Secrets & Lies," "Topsy-Turvy" and "All Or Nothing"—in the movie that chronicles the eccentric life of the painter, who hangs with aristocracy and prostitutes, and who once strapped himself to the mast of a ship so he could accurately paint a snowstorm. And in these two clips we see Turner as both a man of the people and a furious artist, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes Check 2014: Mike Leigh's 'Mr. Turner'

10 May 2014 6:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the first of two British veterans in the lineup: Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner." The director: Mike Leigh (British, 71 years old). Few filmmakers have essayed the mundane woes (and occasional joys) of Britain's working-to-middle classes with the vivid specificity of Mike Leigh, though given his distinctive vernacular and customarily heightened sense of the everyday, it's not quite accurate to classify him as a kitchen-sink realist. Either way, as both a playwright and filmmaker, he's as significant and influential a figure on the UK cultural lanscape as John Osborne or Alan Bennett. A Rada acting student turned art school graduate, »

- Guy Lodge

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Q&A: Timothy Spall

15 March 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The worst thing anyone's said to me? 'Sorry old boy, but you've got leukaemia'

Timothy Spall, 57, was born in London. After studying at Rada, he joined Birmingham Rep and the RSC before being cast in the hit TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in 1983. His movies include Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet and Secrets & Lies, and Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd. He played Churchill in The King's Speech, Peter Taylor in The Damned United and Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter films. He is currently starring in PG Wodehouse's Blandings on BBC1. He is married with three children.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I have had a tendency to sleepwalk in the past. I once woke up in the nude in a corridor of a hotel in Cornwall in the small hours of the morning. Oh, the cringing shame.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Wanting »

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Q&A: Timothy Spall

15 March 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The worst thing anyone's said to me? 'Sorry old boy, but you've got leukaemia'

Timothy Spall, 57, was born in London. After studying at Rada, he joined Birmingham Rep and the RSC before being cast in the hit TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in 1983. His movies include Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet and Secrets & Lies, and Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd. He played Churchill in The King's Speech, Peter Taylor in The Damned United and Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter films. He is currently starring in PG Wodehouse's Blandings on BBC1. He is married with three children.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I have had a tendency to sleepwalk in the past. I once woke up in the nude in a corridor of a hotel in Cornwall in the small hours of the morning. Oh, the cringing shame.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Wanting »

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Working Title Television Produces ‘The Secrets’ for BBC

23 January 2014 8:04 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Working Title Television has been commissioned by the BBC to produce “The Secrets,” a season of five 30-minute films that have been penned by up-and-coming scribes, and are helmed by Dominic Savage.

Each season of “The Secrets” takes an inciting incident, and from this starting point, five different stories are told, in five distinctive and original voices.

Savage won BAFTA TV Awards for best new director (fiction) and single drama for “Nice Girl” in 2000, and single drama for “When I Was 12″ in 2001. He picked up the British feature award at Edinburgh Film Festival for “Out of Control” in 2002. Other credits include feature pics “Love + Hate” in 2005 and “Freefall” in 2009, and series “True Love” in 2012.

The writers of “The Secrets” are Nick Payne, who will pen two episodes, Elinor Cook, Ben Ockrent and Sarah Solemani.

Payne’s play “Constellations,” starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins, was nominated in 2012 for the Olivier Award for new play. »

- Leo Barraclough

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