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11 items from 2011


Mike Leigh to chair 2012 Berlin Jury

2 December 2011 3:04 AM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

British film director Mike Leigh will be the Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema. His approach includes giving actors much leeway to improvise in order to develop their characters. Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countless international awards and several Oscar nominations.

Leigh has directed more than 20 films, as well as having made a name for himself as theatre director, dramatist and screenwriter. He first studied dramatic arts and then set design. Afterwards he attended the London Film School, of which he is now Chairman.

In 1972 he made his directorial debut with Bleak Moments, which went on to win the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. In »

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'Doctor Who': British foursome announced for merry Christmas special

21 September 2011 9:14 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

British stars Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir, and Alexander Armstrong will appear in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special. The holiday episode of the time travel show is set during World War II and, according to the BBC, will find Skinner’s character and her two children evacuated to “a draughty old house, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree.”

Skinner’s film credits include Mike Leigh’s 1991 Life Is Sweet while Weir made her mark in the U.K. with »

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Jane Horrocks says Tesco adverts saved her from 'crap' acting jobs

26 July 2011 12:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Little Voice star 'eternally grateful' for ads, saying quality of TV drama being eroded by obsession with reality TV

She is famous for her roles in Little Voice and Absolutely Fabulous. But Jane Horrocks has said it is her adverts for supermarket Tesco that have enabled her to avoid taking "crap" acting jobs in film and TV to pay the bills.

The star, whose latest project is a Sky1 sitcom, Trollied – coincidentally set in a supermarket – said the quality of television drama was being eroded by commissioning editors' obsession with reality TV.

And she criticised actors who had Botox – pointing the finger at some of the stars of long-running BBC1 shows Holby City and Casualty – which she said had made them look "a bit like a freak".

"Tesco commercials have given me licence to avoid crap, and I'm eternally grateful to them," Horrocks told the latest issue of the Radio Times. »

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Jane Horrocks says Tesco adverts saved her from 'crap' acting jobs

26 July 2011 12:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Little Voice star 'eternally grateful' for ads, saying quality of TV drama being eroded by obsession with reality TV

She is famous for her roles in Little Voice and Absolutely Fabulous. But Jane Horrocks has said it is her adverts for supermarket Tesco that have enabled her to avoid taking "crap" acting jobs in film and TV to pay the bills.

The star, whose latest project is a Sky1 sitcom, Trollied – coincidentally set in a supermarket – said the quality of television drama was being eroded by commissioning editors' obsession with reality TV.

And she criticised actors who had Botox – pointing the finger at some of the stars of long-running BBC1 shows Holby City and Casualty – which she said had made them look "a bit like a freak".

"Tesco commercials have given me licence to avoid crap, and I'm eternally grateful to them," Horrocks told the latest issue of the Radio Times. »

- John Plunkett

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Blu-Ray Review: Searing ‘Naked’ Remains One of Mike Leigh’s Best

19 July 2011 1:40 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Mike Leigh is now widely recognized as one of the best living directors, delivering yet another critically-acclaimed gem last year in the excellent “Another Year” (also recently-released on Blu-ray and DVD). Before “Secrets and Lies,” “Vera Drake,” and “Happy-Go-Lucky,” there was a searing, riveting howl at the moon known as “Naked,” the first film that really drew international attention to both Leigh and star David Thewlis. The film was recently given the upgrade treatment by Criterion, releasing it on Blu-ray for the first time.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

A good way to draw international attention is to win prizes at Cannes and Leigh and Thewlis won Best Director and Best Actor in the Spring of 1993 at the festival on the Riviera. Leigh had a strong background in theatre and had made some notable television plays and a few feature films (including the highly-underrated “Life is Sweet”), but “Naked” really changed his trajectory. »

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Rising Star: 'The Tree Of Life's' Jessica Chastain

2 June 2011 8:31 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Life is sweet for Brad Pitt's newest leading lady, AccessHollywood.com Rising Star, Jessica Chastain.

The redheaded actress is winning over critics as Brad's wife, Mrs. O'Brien, in director Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," an ensemble piece looking at the life of a family and in particular, one son, played later in life by Sean Penn.

"I was really kind of nervous even meeting him because he's Brad Pitt," Jessica told Access Hollywood last month at the film's Los Angeles premiere about working with her on screen husband. "But the wonderful thing about Brad is he's so nice ...

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Zodiac Beast: April 24-30

23 April 2011 6:13 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

As the Sun mingles with Moon energy at the top of the week, and Mercury full steam ahead-complete with a Mars, Mercury and Venus mash-up-you'll need our counsel on the cosmos this week.

Born This Week

Related story on The Daily Beast: Toro! Painting the Goyesque

Penelope Cruz (April 28, 1974) Ruled by Venus, the emblem of femininity, the Taurus woman is often prized as the ideal. The face that launched a thousand cosmetic products, Cruz is cited as a model of perfection by female patients seeking body enhancement, consistently ranking high on hot lists in men's' magazines. This second zodiac sign rules the human age of innocence, 7-14 years. And, like Taurean Audrey Hepburn before her, Cruz advocates for children, having worked with Mother Teresa, and ultimately creating a foundation for homeless girls in India.

Aries With the Sun and Pluto making an intense connection, your senses are working overtime. As ascetic as Aries is, »

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Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher – what's not to like?

9 February 2011 5:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The new film The Iron Lady looks to capture the image of a woman capable of deploying sexual allure politically

Ever since French president François Mitterrand suggested that Margaret Thatcher had "the eyes of Caligula, the mouth of Marilyn Monroe", we've had to get used to the unbelievable truth that Margaret Thatcher was made of more than iron.

The publicity still of Meryl Streep released to promote her forthcoming performance in the film The Iron Lady continues that counterintuitive narrative. Not Thatcher, Milk Snatcher. But Thatcher, Seducer. The image ideally realises what Tory makeover people wanted Thatcher to be – not just the hard-as-nails Conservative who destroyed a nation's industrial base, but a woman capable of deploying sexual allure politically.

Streep, I feel sure, will be able to modulate that psychic transition subtly if her career as an actor and the photo of her as Thatcher are anything to go by. »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Final Oscar Predictions & Questions

23 January 2011 10:46 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Yes, they'll have reason to celebrateWe're getting down to the wire now and doesn't it seem more confusing now that it did a month ago? So strange. The pink elephant in the room might be that the precursors were so entirely uniform that it should be easy to predict. Yet, could it really be so simple as these 11 films showing up everywhere as they have for months

127 Hours Black Swan The Fighter Inception The Kids Are All Right The King's Speech The Social Network The Town Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter's Bone

Does this mean we're due for surprises on Tuesday or is it just a year where everyone agrees? Last year, for example, when the prospects of Nine, The Lovely Bones and Invictus suddenly crashed in January wasn't it just a case of people not liking the movies despite their general precursor strength. Is there any film, for »

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2010's Top 10: Repeat Offenders in Mike Leigh and Jim Broadbent

4 January 2011 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

4. Mike Leigh and Jim Broadbent We all know which actress will receive all the acclaim for her part in Another Year, but such as Ruth Sheen's perf, it would be an error to diminish the value of a supportive role that Jim Broadbent carries in this film. A sensible, caring and loving supportive husband who really has everything going for him and Broadbent makes it look so darn easy and natural that I'd be the first to not acknowledge the part. Since 1990's Life Is Sweet, Broadbent and Leigh have now worked on four projects including his unforgettable perf in Topsy-Turvy and the judge part in Vera Drake.     »

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Miley Cyrus Cheerful on the Set of 'So Undercover'

4 January 2011 12:52 AM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Miley Cyrus has gone back to the New Orleans set of "So Undercover" for more filming. On Monday, January 3 after the holiday break, the Ronnie Miller of "The Last Song" shot scenes in front of a sorority house. Looking as if she has a blast, she was captured on camera laughing and smiling in between takes.

On the particular day of shooting, the "Can't Be Tamed" singer wore a white T-shirt with words "Life Is Sweet" emblazoned in front and completed her costume with a simple pair of dark wash jeans and brown boots. Joining her during the filming was co-star Megan Park. Her other co-star Kelly Osbourne shot separate scenes earlier in the day.

"So Undercover" will revolve around a tough, street-smart private eye, who is hired by the FBI to go undercover in the one place they're unable to infiltrate, a college sorority. "What Happens in Vegas..." helmer »

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