14 items from 2015
Alan Parker, director of such movies as “Midnight Express,” “Fame” and “Evita,” is being honored with a British Film Institute retrospective through Oct. 25 in London. Parker was a 24-year-old ad copywriter when he was first mentioned in Variety — in 1970, as screenwriter for “Melody.”
What are your memories of “Melody”?
I hadn’t really thought about writing a screenplay at the time. I hadn’t started directing, except for a few commercials in the basement of the agency where I worked. I was quite happy in advertising and had some success as a copywriter, so to get a film made of my script was as much a surprise as a thrill.
How did the idea come to you?
David Puttnam and Charles Saatchi (colleagues at the Cdp ad agency) took me to lunch in Soho (Central London). They leaned across (the table), conspiratorially, and said, “Alan, we’re thinking of going into film, »
- Leo Barraclough
Lights! Camera! Dance! Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted a movie-themed edition this week, with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell commenting on the Hollywood-inspired routines
So that’s it for another Strictly Week! I’ll be back next Saturday for a blessedly theme-free week, so please join me back here then; in the meantime I’m on Twitter @heidistephens if you fancy saying hello. Thank you to everyone who joined in below the line - without your sequins and glitter this dress would be a very dull affair indeed. See you next Saturday! Hx
And just to add insult to (shoulder) injury, Anthony and Oti have to do their final dance to “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music, which is just weird.
- Heidi Stephens
In celebration of the upcoming Aladdin: Diamond Edition release, Scott Weinger, the voice of Aladdin, hosted a special screening of the film at the Walt Disney Studios lot and Wamg was there for Sunday’s fun events.
There was a host of fun activities for kids – a coloring table, ring toss, belly dancing lessons and a nice pre-movie breakfast. Youngsters in attendance also left with gifts such as Disney action figures, the iconic fairy wings, and a special Golden Books edition of Aladdin.
For many of the kids in the audience, this was their first time seeing Aladdin, including star Scott Weinger’s own son and his delighted friends, further confirming that this Disney classic holds up through generations.
Disney’s beloved masterpiece will make your heart race and your spirit soar.
Experience the laughter, adventure and Academy Award-winning music (1992: Best Music, Original Song, “A Whole New World, »
- Melissa Thompson
Relaxed travel restrictions from the U.S. to Cuba are apparently extending to the small screen.
Starz is developing Havana Quartet, a detective series set in the balmy island nation and starring Antonio Banderas (Evita, The Expendables 3), the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
PhotosFall TV Preview: Who’s In? Who’s Out? Your Guide to 75+ Casting Moves
Based on a Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura’s four-book series — Havana Blue, Havana Gold, Havana Red and Havana Black — the series will focus on Banderas’ Mario Conde, a hard-drinking, romantic fella who longs »
London — The British Film Institute is to pay tribute to director Alan Parker, who was Oscar nominated for “Midnight Express” and “Mississippi Burning,” with a special event that marks his decision to donate his entire working archive to the BFI National Archive.
The event, titled “Focus on Sir Alan Parker,” runs from Sept. 24 to Oct. 25. It includes an onstage interview between Parker and producer David Puttnam on Sept. 24, and screenings of the 1978 movie “Midnight Express,” which was produced by Puttnam, and Parker’s 1976 feature debut, “Bugsy Malone.”
There will be two exhibitions as part of the focus: The first offers a peek into the Parker archive, while the second exhibit will showcase Parker’s cartoon work.
- Leo Barraclough
Madrid – Cesc Gay’s “Truman,” Federico Veiroj’s “The Apostate” and Pablo Aguero’s “Eva Doesn’t Sleep” will face off in competition at September’s 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival with Asier Altuna’s “Amama,” Agusti Villaronga’s “The King of Havana” and Marc Recha’s “Un Dia perfecto para volar.”
The best-known film event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian runs Sept. 18-26.
Revealed Thursday at a packed Madrid press conference by San Sebastian fest director Jose Luis Rebordinos, the Spanish nationality movie line-up underscores ever-closer links between Spain and Latin America: Four of the six San Sebastian Golden Shell contenders are co-productions with Latin America.
Bulwarked by titles such as Alex de la Iglesia’s “My Big Night,” playing out of competition, Imanol Uribe’s “Lejos Del Mar,” Fernando Colomo’s “Isla Bonita” and Alvaro Longoria’s “The Propaganda Game,” the 20 movie line-up also confirms San Sebastian »
- John Hopewell
“The White King,” which is based on the book by Gyorgy Dragoman, follows Djata, a precocious 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s internment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by secret police officers and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.
Pryce’s recent roles include Cardinal Wolsey in “Wolf Hall” and High Sparrow in “Game of Thrones.” He has won two Tonys — in 1977 for “Comedians” and in 1991 for “Miss Saigon.” His movie credits include “Brazil,” “Evita,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Scacchi won an Emmy playing Czarina Alexandra in “Rasputin.” Other screen credits include “White Mischief, »
- Leo Barraclough
UK film charity fetes youth at London event.
UK film charity Into Film has revealed its first awards recipients at an event in London today [March 24].
The 15-19 year-olds were awarded for talent in filmmaking and reviewing.
The charity is supported by the BFI through lottery funding and Cinema First.
CEO of Into Film Paul Reeve said: “We’d like to offer a big congratulations to each and every one of today’s winners…the levels of passion, thought, and ingenuity on show throughout the process was truly inspiring, and we can’t wait to see where their talent leads.”
Full List of Winners
Best Film by 13s and Over sponsored by London Film Museum
Fall – Cornerhouse, BFI Film Academy, 2 Group
Best Film by 12s and Under sponsored »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Monica Mendoza)
UK education charity Into Film is set to host its inaugural awards at London’s Empire Leicester Square.
The awards, held tomorrow (March 24), will pay tribute to outstanding 5-19 year olds who have demonstrated talent and exceptional achievements in filmmaking or film reviewing.
The nominees are to have their films screened to an audience of 600. The winners will be decided by a judging panel comprised of industry professionals including Sir Alan Parker (Evita), David Yates (Harry Potter), Manjinder Virk (Call the Midwife) and Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall).
Into Film’s chief executive Paul Reeve said: “We are delighted to be hosting the first ever Into Film Awards, and believe their creation reflects the vibrant role film plays in the cultural, creative and educational lives of young people today.
“We have a diverse and highly talented group of young nominees and hope that this recognition will encourage them to further develop their skills and go on to become »
- email@example.com (Monica Mendoza)
We only have just over a month to wait for Season 5 of HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones to return to our screens and one of the new cast members joining us for the ride this time around is legendary Welsh thespian Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Evita).
Pryce recently spoke about his role in the upcoming season and the veteran actor admitted that he wasn’t a fan of “swords and sorcery” type TV shows or movies and that he only got involved after reading the scripts and realising that his character ends up being very influential to the whole story.
“If the role hadn’t been what it turned out to be for High Sparrow, I probably would not have been involved…I remember starting out and my agent said ‘does the character change the situation or is he just a functionary’ and this character changes the situation. »
- Gavin Logan
It's time to raise your glass and rattle your jewelry for a birthday toast to Elizabeth Taylor, who'd have turned 83 on Feb. 27. Though memories of her begin to fade, the legacy of the woman who was perhaps the most beautiful, most popular, most everything movie star of all time remains as vivid as ever.
Younger moviegoers may wonder what all the fuss was about. Here, then, are 13 reasons why Taylor remains, decades after her prime and four years after her death, the queen of Hollywood.
1. In a way, she never left.
Even though she died in 2011, they're still showing her in commercials for her perfume, White Diamonds.
2. She's the original diva.
Long before Beyonce, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and other current divas, Taylor pretty much invented the concept that a celebrity's offscreen life was just as much a performance as onscreen, and just as much part of the job description. »
- Gary Susman
Lady Gaga is performing at the Oscars. And we don't know why. This is the kind of mystery that enthralls homosexual detectives the world over. What could Stefani Germanotta be doing at the most refined event on the planet? She's confirmed she'll be giving a "special performance" at this year's Academy Awards, and that means she has a pretty big opportunity to give a memorable performance. Here are five ways she could thrill us during Neil Patrick Harris' big show. 1. An actual "In Memoriam" to remember Face it: Anytime Lady Gaga puts the focus squarely on her voice, that quavering, haunted, kooky, damn-near flawless musical instrument, she instantly reminds everyone how distinct a talent she is. The "In Memoriam" segment of the Oscars strikes me as a staid venue for her bravado, for but she could nonetheless rile us with a performance of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" that would be more bad-ass than most. »
- Louis Virtel
Madonna returned to the spotlight in a big way this week, debuting the music video for her new single on Snapchat. Now the "Living For Love" clip has been released on Vevo, and it's garnering attention from an entirely new audience. Complete with a circus vibe, religious symbols, and a struggle between bulls and a matador, the video pays homage to themes Madonna explored in 1996's Evita and the music video for "Take a Bow" from her 1994 album, Bedtime Stories. At the same time, we can't help but think it's the American Horror Story version of a musical number. Find out what we're talking about in the clip below, and be sure to catch up on the latest viral videos. »
The Spanish-born actor has starred in dramas (Philadelphia), comedies (Two Much), musicals (Evita), horror films (Interview with the Vampire), action movies (Desperado), and adventures (The Mask of Zorro). His credits for the younger set include Spy Kids, Shrek, and Puss in Boots.
"To me, yes, but this is my way of understanding this profession. To me acting means visiting many genres and very different characters. ... I really like the possibility of change and since I came to the United States I have virtually tried it all," Banderas told The Associated Press in a recent interview.
"One of my biggest satisfactions as an actor was, a few years ago, when I was strolling in New York and I walked by a movie theater and saw that they were showing Puss in Boots »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
14 items from 2015
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