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All the filmic bits and bobs you need to know on Monday 30 September
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Jackman, who was talking to journalists at the San Sebastián film festival, has now played the indestructible superhero six times. The Wolverine, the second standalone spin-off for the character after 2009's box office boomer X-Men Origins: Wolverine, received lukewarm reviews earlier this year.
There's plenty of hack 'n' slash to get through before Jackman's done however. He'll appear in Bryan Singer's X Men: Days of Future Past at least, before sheathing the claws for good.
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- An actors' union study has found that Lgbt performers continue to face discrimination.
- Warner Bros have trademarked »
- Henry Barnes
Mortensen's tortured Vietnam vet outlaw teaches us that while we may be flawed, the only hope is to live a little better
"I got some skeeter bites that need scratching. How about you and me go fiddle with the hydraulics?"
Not something you'd ever hear George Clooney whisper into his on-screen beau's ear. But then, Viggo Mortensen's Frank in The Indian Runner is no slick Hollywood seducer. Recently returned from Vietnam, Frank is a troubled, angry soul, played utterly convincingly by Mortensen in his first major role.
The Indian Runner (1990) was Sean Penn's first film as writer-director. It's a throwback to the 70s, the golden age of American cinema – rambling, emotional and humanist, but with a sharp, inventive visual style, like a Cassavetes movie shot by Scorsese. Film writer Bill Craske likened the film to a blues ballad for its oscillation between uplifting humour and melancholic despair.
- Rowan Righelato
Your daily bulletin bringing you all the latest film news on 27 September
And that means it's movie day! What should you see over the weekend at the cinema? We've reviews of all the new releases to help you decide just that.
• Our top tips this week are Blue Jasmine, Woody's new 'un, which Peter Bradshaw awards five stars. Also hitting the jackpot are a couple of re-releases: The Wicker Man and for Michael Roemer's lost classic Nothing But a Man. (You can watch Xan Brooks banging the drum for the film here, by the way.)
• A couple of documentaries each earn four stars: Smash & Grab, about a big bling heist and Greedy Lying Bastards, about climate change deniers.
Overlooked and Underrated Week continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Sean Penn's directorial debut "The Indian Runner," starring Viggo Mortensen.Actor Sean Penn wrote and directed this unheralded '60s era Nebraska-set drama inspired by Bruce Springsteen's song "Highway Patrolman." The last film of actress Sandy Dennis, who plays the wife of Charles Bronson in one of his last substantial dramatic roles. Look for Benicio Del Toro in his third film appearance. »
- Trailers From Hell
Just released in UK cinemas, Quartet is Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. He has followed the path of many great actors before him that have turned their attentions and talents towards directing. In this Top 10 we take a look at some other note-worthy actors turned directors to put on your must watch list.
Sean Penn - With a career like Sean Penn’s, which includes award-winning films Dead Man Walking, I Am Sam and Milk, he was set as a Hollywood legend. Wanting more, Penn decided to follow in his father Leo Penn’s footsteps and begin directing. Thankfully he did pick up the camera or we wouldn’t have film greats like The Indian Runner, The Crossing Guard, The Pledge and Into the Wild.
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