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To mark the release of Jack and the Beanstalk on 12th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story is directed by Jim Henson’s son Brian (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island). Once upon a time, “Jack and the Beanstalk” was a fairy tale, but for Jonathan William Hapsburg Robinson (Jack, for short) it’s a part of history – a giant secret buried in the Robinson family closet for centuries. In order to undo the ancient family curse, Jack must return to a different place and time, to a fantastic world where fairy tales come true. Here a handful of beans really can produce magic, a goose really can lay a golden egg and a beanstalk does indeed reach into the heavens where an immortal giant lives, breathes and swears vengeance for all eternity.
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His recent political leanings aside, Sir Michael Caine remains one of the surviving legends of British and indeed American cinema of the last fifty years, and this weekend’s Going in Style–a heist caper directed by none other than Scrubs‘ Zach Braff–sees him share top billing with fellow aged legend Morgan Freeman for what seems the first time in a while. Over recent years the iconic British figure–known for his slick Cockney accent which bore fruit with numerous catchphrases in more than one seminal British film–has become more widely known to audiences as a character actor, heavily used in Christopher Nolan’s body of work since appearing as Alfred Pennyworth in Batman Begins.
So began a certain career resurgence for the man born Maurice Micklewhite under the sound of bow bells, but as Sir Michael–now into his 80’s »
- Tony Black
Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017
Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...
Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.
Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...
In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile. »
Miami — Writing music for a film or TV show is a deeply emotional and visceral process, Paul Williams, famed songwriter and Ascap president, said Tuesday during a Q&A at the Natpe conference.
Williams’ formative years as an actor gave him with a love of working with visual media. The in-depth interview conducted by songwriter Sam Hollander spanned the length of Williams’ career, from his early acting efforts to highs in the 1970s to the lost decade of the 1980s and his return to form in the 1990s after he became sober. Along the way he shared anecdotes about great songs (“Rainbow Connection,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Love Boat Theme”) and working with industry legends (Jim Henson, Johnny Carson, Brian De Palma).
“I love writing for the visual world,” Williams said. “I love that place where you’re able to write authentically guided by a great story. Great film scoring to me is where you are »
- Cynthia Littleton
4 items from 2017
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