19 items from 2013
They've been talking about a third "Bridget Jones's Diary" movie forever and ever - okay, not really, although it does feel that way - but things are still just not coming together with it.
Last we'd heard, "The Full Monty" director Paul Cattaneo was all scrubbed up to deliver movie three with the whole gang - Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Firth - in tow, but according to Firth things are still way early in the development stage. Like a generation or two behind schedule.
"Unfortunately, it might be a bit of a long wait," he told the Chicago Sun Times. "I wouldn’t say that it’s completely dead in the water, but the way it’s going you might be seeing Bridget Jones »
- Amanda Bell
Bridget Jones' Baby, the follow-up to Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, won't be hitting theaters anytime soon, according to actor Colin Firth. Here's what he had to say, revealing the sequel isn't completely dead, but it is still a long ways off.
"Unfortunately, it might be a bit of a long wait. I wouldn't say that it's completely dead in the water, but the way it's going you might be seeing Bridget Jones' granddaughter's story being told by the time we get there. ... There is a joy of doing those movies that keeps hope alive. And the story is going in an interesting direction. I just wouldn't say that the movie is imminent."
The project was first announced back in 2011, when Working Title Films gave the green light for production to move ahead. We haven't heard much regarding the project since November 2011, when »
Possibly having gotten its inspiration from the U.S.-based Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca; the critics group that hands out the Critics Choice Awards) or, just as possibly, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA; the organization that hands out the Golden Globes), the European Film Academy has added a new category to its European Film Awards roster: European Comedy. As per a press release, the new category was decided by Efa's board at its latest meeting in Berlin to “pay tribute to a genre which has proven that it is able to unite and entertain audiences across Europe and beyond.” (Pictured above: Daniel Brühl in Wolfgang Becker's 2003 comedy Good Bye, Lenin!, winner of that year's Best Film trophy.) The release adds that this year's three nominations for in the new category "will be decided by a special committee," while the eventual winner "will be voted for by the »
- Andre Soares
Ivy had a Marilyn-like moment of her own during an early dress rehearsal for "Bombshell" on the latest episode of "Smash." During a hot scene with JFK, he was supposed to slip her dress off, leaving her in her slip. Instead, he accidentally removed both articles of clothing, leaving "Marilyn" fully exposed to the attending family and friends.
It was a shocking moment, but one that Eileen and Tom thought had some merit to the story. Would Ivy be willing to repeat the moment intentionally? They had another preview performance that night, so they left the decision in her hands. When the moment came, Ivy remained fully clothes. But at the end of the scene, she dropped her sheet intentionally, trying to use her body to lure JFK back into her arms. She turned Marilyn's sexuality from being objectified by the president into a tool of power -- even though »
- The Huffington Post
Timed to coincide with the forthcoming release of "Americanah," the third novel from heavy-hitting Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the first look at the adaptation of her prize-winning second novel "Half of a Yellow Sun" has arrived, and a handsome fellow it is too. Featuring Thandie Newton and a bearded and dreamy-as-ever Chiwetel Ejiofor, the story follows a couple whose romance takes place against the background of the Nigeria-Biafra conflict. It's directed by first-timer Biyi Bandele, who may not have directed a film before, but comes with serious pedigree as a playwright, novelist and theatre director and is considered (along with Adichie) one of Nigeria's most important writers. Cinematographer John de Borman ("An Education," "The Full Monty") adds further credibility along with a supporting class that includes Anika Noni Rose ("The Princess and the Frog"), Genevieve Nnaji, John Boyega ("Attack the »
- Kieran McMahon
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, had a much greater impact on the world of film than just inspiring an Oscar-winning role for Meryl Streep in 2011's "The Iron Lady." The woman who led Great Britain from 1979 to 1990 cast a long shadow over filmmaking in her country during her time in office, inspiring much reaction (pro and con) among filmmakers, inspiring some classic movies, and unwittingly giving major career boosts to some of our era's greatest movie talents. The conventional wisdom about Thatcher's impact on pop culture was that performing artists, being a lefty, proletarian bunch, hated her with a passion. Certainly the British musicians of the '80s, from Billy Bragg to Pink Floyd, composed numerous bitter protest anthems condemning her as a war-mongering tyrant who was strangling the working class. But the movies British filmmakers created during her three terms in office were a lot more ambivalent, »
- Gary Susman
A Knight's Tale, 2001.
Directed by Brian Helgeland.
After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.
Everyone has watched the odd cheesy B-movie once or twice, some preferring them to the Aaa Hollywood blockbusters, so I feel justified that I took time out of watching the likes of Mr. Nobody and the Marvel films to watch this medieval-set adventure rom-com. The fact that I genuinely enjoy it and have done since I was a teenager is a rather embarrassing fact to admit, but one I’m comfortable admitting to the world.
A Knight’s Tale is set in the 14th century, jousting competitions and banquets being the backdrop for one man’s quest to become better than his blood would allow. »
- Flickering Myth
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
- Max Evry
The following "Auditions at a Glance" calendar conveniently organizes projects by the date and day-of-the-week that the projects' auditions are taking place, to help you schedule your plans. Click on any of the following links to see the casting and job notices related to the dates and project titles highlighted below. Thu. Feb. 28 Saint Michael's Playhouse, Vt Theatre By the Sea Season, Ri 'The Full Monty', Nh, SingersI Fri. March 1 '100 Saints You Should Know' 'The Honeymooners', CA The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Inc. Season Theatre by the Sea', Ri Sat. March 2 'broken motherhood museum' 'Dreamgirls' NJ, 'Love Tha' Brotherhood' Sun. March 3 'Dreamgirls' 'Once', Broadway Mon. March 4 Ct, 'Next to Normal' 'Evita', Ri Prather Entertainment Group Seasons, Fl & Pa Starlight Theatre 2013 Season, Mo 'The Addams Family', U.S./Asian Tour 'West Side Story', Int'l Tour 'Xanadu The Musical' Tue. March 5 'Animals Out of Paper' Prather Entertainment Group Seasons, »
Every performer has a horror story about auditions – a bullying director, falling over, not having done their homework. But what's the secret of nailing that part?
Last September, Alice Jane Murray queued in the rain outside the London Palladium for five hours, waiting to take her chance at the open auditions for A Chorus Line, the legendary 1970s show about a group of Broadway dancers looking for their big break. Eventually, she was ushered on stage with a group of 50 other hopefuls, and asked to do a double pirouette on the left, and then another on the right. Her future rested on their perfect execution. "I just went with the thought that this is who I am and what I can do," she told me afterwards. "And if they don't like it, I can't do anything about it. It may just be that they're not looking for someone with your hair colour or your height. »
- Lyn Gardner
Growing old gracefully is easier said than done for Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, especially in a film that borders on patronising the elderly. Tears of sadness and laughter are quite forcefully jerked by writer/director Paul Andrew Williams; thankfully his leads are able to rise above, playing an old married couple whose life together is rocked by cancer and choir lessons.
Initially, Stamp keeps his emotions bottled up as Arthur, except when he's lashing out at his son (Christopher Eccleston) and members of the local old folks' choir presided over by a young teacher, Elizabeth (a rosy-cheeked Gemma Arterton). Arthur is angry most of the time, but even more so when wife Marion (Redgrave) is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Though Marion is dying, she lives »
Sixteen years after his film about unemployed men stripping became a hit, Simon Beaufoy is adapting The Full Monty for the stage. He explains how a visit to Sheffield confirmed it was still shockingly relevant
In a rehearsal room, tea is being made and Kit Kats eaten; people are putting on their coats to go out into the Sheffield winter. There is snow in the air. In the midst of this, a small committee is staring at a group of men wearing nothing but red thongs. They're supposed to be thongs, anyway. But one of the men gazes critically down at his package and declares, with dark, Yorkshire suspicion, "This looks more like a nappy to me." He rolls up the sides so that there is just a thin string holding up the pouch. "You want it more like this." There are murmurs of assent, the sort you get at a dull board meeting. »
The big opening this week is Roger McGough's new version of Molière's The Misanthrope at Liverpool Playhouse, which should be fun. Theatre meets music gigs in 154 Collective's Dancing With the Orange Dog, which is at Stockton Arts Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Hairspray is out on tour again and is at the Lowry in Salford. In Manchester, meanwhile, Queer Contact celebrates the best in Lgbt art and culture this weekend. The moving first-world-war drama, The Accrington Pals, continues at the Exchange. David Copperfield begins at the Oldham Coliseum tonight. This looks intriguing: at Haphazard at Z-arts on Saturday is Word of Warning's day of live art for all ages. The Edinburgh hit, Unmythable – all the Greek myths in 70 minutes »
- Lyn Gardner
Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.
- Mandi Bierly
SAG Awards 2013: Ben Affleck’s Argo wins Best Cast; Best Picture Oscar next? [See previous post: "SAG Award winners Anne Hathaway, Tommy Lee Jones."] Ben Affleck’s Argo, nominated for a single SAG Award in the individual acting categories (for Best Supporting Actor Alan Arkin), won the Best Cast SAG Award for actor-director-coproducer Ben Affleck, and fellow players John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, and Alan Arkin. Curiously, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, winner of two SAG Awards — Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones and Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis — was bypassed for the Best Cast award. (Photo: Ben Affleck SAG Awards 2013.) Of course, it’s possible that SAG Award voters would have picked Ben Affleck’s well-received and financially successful political thriller whether or not Affleck had been nominated for a Best Director Academy Award. It could also be that Argo won the Best Cast SAG Award chiefly because Affleck, an actor since the early ’90s, was omitted from the Academy Awards’ Best Director shortlist. »
- Andre Soares
As the Sundance festival 2013 kicks off, David D'Arcy says the number of indie gems is likely to outstrip their audience
Plus Henry Barnes picks out 10 key films from the festival
This will be my 23rd Sundance. Over that time, I have watched Robert Redford's festival grow to a point where more than 12,000 films are submitted each year, and the media are everywhere – though mostly looking for Hollywood types briefly vacationing in gun-friendly, anti-abortion, Mormon Utah. The success and spillover of films has led to more indie festivals than you can count, including SXSW, Traverse City (Michael Moore's shindig on Lake Michigan), CineVegas, founded by a Sundance programmer and for a spell chaired by Dennis Hopper, even a Latter Day Saints film festival in Orem, a Mormon stronghold, which unspools simultaneously with Sundance's bacchanal.
Bona-fide hits have come out of Sundance: The Blair Witch Project (which grossed more than »
- Henry Barnes
Title: Quartet Director: Dustin Hoffman Starring: Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith A tepid autumnal dramedy aimed at aging boomer fans of arthouse fare like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Mao’s Last Dancer” and “The Full Monty,” “Quartet” represents Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, but it’s shot through with so little in terms of conflict, stakes or even passion as to leave one questioning the very reason for its existence, let alone the legendary actor’s attachment to the material. Though rooted in a true story, the thinly sketched “Quartet” fails to ignite either much excitement of imagination or identification, resulting in an amiable bore. The film [ Read More ]
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Irvine Welsh and Rob Heydon“After seeing the film Trainspotting  and The Acid House  in cinemas in Canada with a Scottish writer friend, Paul McCafferty who eventually co-wrote the screenplay for Ecstasy ,” recalls filmmaker Rob Heydon as to the when he was introduced to the works of author Irvine Welsh. “I first became aware of Irvine Welsh when I was at Drama School and the novel Trainspotting had just been released,” states Scottish actor Adam Sinclair (To End All Wars). “Everyone in the school was doing the famous speech, ‘Choose a job. Choose a big fucking television. Choose life.’ All these kids over Scotland were reading books from an author who wrote the same way they spoke. He was very much part of a generation writing about stuff that most »
By Joey Magidson
Audiences and critics around the globe love a good comedy. Comedies make you feel good inside and provide you with some temporary happiness and respite from the troubles of the world at large. They’re some of the hardest movies to make, and they’re appreciated by almost everyone.
The lone holdouts? The voters of the Academy Awards.
Since 1977, when the Woody Allen comedy Annie Hall won Best Picture, exactly zero full-on comedies have won the Oscar. Yes, Allen’s film had dramedy elements to it, but it was far more of a comedy than last year’s winner, The Artist, which would probably be the closest thing we’ve had since then to a comedic winner. Others in that sort of hybrid realm include American Beauty, Driving Miss Daisy, Forrest Gump, Shakespeare in Love and Terms of Endearment.
This year we have an unusually »
- Joey Magidson
19 items from 2013
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