18 items from 2016
Gridiron UK, 2016.
Directed by Gary Delaney
It’s 1985… and in a country dominated by Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, and Fish n’ Chips, one man risks everything to play American Football.
My knowledge of American Football does not extend very far. Aside from a few often confusing games of John Madden on the Sega Megadrive (Genesis to our American cousins) I’ve never really engaged with the sport. However competitive sport all boils down to the same thing really. Whether your passionate about football (soccer) or cricket or professional tiddly winks (please tell me someone, somewhere does that professionally!) the passion with which you follow said sport, or a team within that sport rings true for most fans.
Gridiron UK is based on the true story of a »
- Amie Cranswick
Comics Alliance Joss Whedon on which Avenger would make the best Us President
Vulture Tom Ford celebrates Jake Gyllenhaal's lack of manscaping
Acidemic offers tips for hunting for buried genre treasures (in this case vampire films) on Amazon Prime
Coming Soon Dr Strange gets wobbly cosmic blurs motion posters
Us Weekly continuing the garbage fire theme of 2016 in which both people and Love keep dying, »
- NATHANIEL R
Diversity in Hollywood is a big topic these days. But consider the plight of the female composer: Over the past three years, only 1% to 2% of composers working on the top 250 films at the box office were women.
Those numbers, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, are worse than those for any other below-the-line craft. In 2014, women supervising sound editors were at 5%, cinematographers at 5%, and directors at 7%.
Martha Lauzen, who compiles these statistics at San Diego State University, calls the numbers “shockingly low.” She suspects that “the same mechanisms that suppress the numbers of women directors and cinematographers, such as gender stereotypes and expectations, also limit the numbers of women composers. What do we expect composers to look like?”
Yet there are signs of progress. On Aug. 19, the Alliance for Women Film Composers staged a concert in downtown L.A. showcasing the work of 20 top female composers in films, »
- Jon Burlingame
No crying for Argentina here! This week’s Backstage casting highlights include a California production of “Evita”—you could be cast as Eva Peron herself! Additionally, we have four other fabulous musical opportunities ranging from “The Full Monty” to cruise line work to a brand new musical. Check them out below! “Evita” Casting is underway for both Equity and non-Equity actors to play several roles in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of “Evita,” including the iconic title role. The production will run for nine performances in Thousand Oaks, California, from Oct. 14–23, with rehearsals set to begin Sept. 10. Aida Cruise Linesaida Cruise Lines productions is currently seeking several male and female performers for their pop/rock revue shows. Rehearsals will take place in Hamburg, Germany, with performances slated for six-week periods this summer and winter. “South Of Market: The Musical”“South of Market: The Musical,” a new musical comedy about the tribulations of Bay Area tech, »
Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2016
Marred by a troubled production, Event Horizon was a box office flop in 1997. But time has been kind to the sci-fi horror, Ryan writes...
In the spring of 1997, movie journalism was dominated by discussions of doomed ships. James Cameron’s Titanic, originally scheduled for the lucrative 4th July slot that summer, had suffered yet another delay. It added fuel to the growing speculation that Cameron was at the helm of a potential disaster akin to Heaven's Gate. The cost of making the movie had swollen to such huge levels - $200m according to some accounts, and possibly higher according to others - that the financial burden was shouldered by two of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Fox and Paramount.
This week, Neil Calloway suggests some films that explain why Britain voted to leave the EU…
Your social media feeds have been full of it for the past few days, with updates from people who you never knew were so politically engaged, but if you’re still confused as to why Britain voted to leave the EU, and what will happen next (and if you’re not confused about what will happen next, you should be), here are some films that might help explain why Britain voted to leave the EU.
The Full Monty – it was released almost twenty years ago now, but The Full Monty, and Brassed Off before it, show people struggling to cope in a post industrial Northern England; where once they had secure, unionised, relatively well paid jobs in traditional industries (be they coal mining or steel manufacturing), they are cast out into the unknown; living »
- Neil Calloway
“If this lot were seals or whales, you'd all be up in bloody arms. But they're not, are they? No, no they're not. They're just ordinary common-or-garden honest, decent human beings. And not one of them with an ounce of bloody hope left”. – Danny, Brassed Off
One of the things that I love about a certain subset of contemporary British comedies is their core of steel. That, hiding underneath some often very hefty belly laughs, there’s a political story, a foundation of social outrage, and a desire to address through cinema issues that often get swept under the carpet. It’s what keeps such films in my mind, long after the latest R-rated comedy screen filler has »
The film has just started principal photography, and will screen sometime next year. The biopic will be directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty). Here’s the official synopsis as provided by the studio. You can see how Stone and Carell shape up in our Battle Of The Sexes first look below.
- Paul Heath
Willy Wonka fans, rejoice: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Broadway bound! Warner Bros. Theater Ventures will be staging the musical, Variety reports, and it's slated for a Spring 2017 debut. Jack O'Brien, who has directed and produced musicals like Hairspray and The Full Monty, will be at the helm of this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1964 children's book. The musical Charlie debuted on London's West End in 2013 under Sam Mendes' direction. Per Variety, Mendes cited other commitments as his reason for not directing Charlie when it heads to Broadway, but he will remain on as a producer. Another adaptation of Dahl's work, Matilda the Musical, has been »
FX has ordered 10 episodes of the first installment of “Trust,” a new limited-series drama about Getty oil heir John Paul Getty III, it was announced Wednesday by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
Equal parts family history, dynastic saga and satirical examination of the corrosive power of money, “Trust” is a story that attempts to unlock the mystery at the heart of every family, rich or poor. The first installment takes place in 1973, when the young Getty is kidnapped in Rome and his Mafia captors are banking on a multimillion-dollar ransom. (He died in 2011.)
The project hails from executive producers Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle (pictured) and Christian Colson, and the first installment will be directed by Boyle. It will be produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited.
FX signed a first-look production deal with Boyle »
- Rick Kissell
Regular readers of Den Of Geek will well know that we're sizeable fans of the comedy Bill. It's available on DVD now, and we can't recommend it highly enough.
What wasn't so well known at the time of its release was that Bill went through a distributor change last year, which at one stage looked like it might derail a wide cinema release, and thus keep the movie away from many people's eyeballs. We thus spoke to director Richard Bracewell about the film, and the behind the scenes story of just what was going on...
Can we dig into the untold story underpinning Bill? In particular, the problems that most didn't see, about simply getting the film released? Can you take us through what happened? Because we »
“We are grateful for Claudia’s pioneering role as one of Searchlight’s first executives and her tireless efforts making Fox Searchlight a powerhouse in independent film,” said Utley and Gilula in the announcement. “Her leadership over the last two decades has resulted in a track record of success including films such as ‘Birdman,’ ‘Wild,’ ‘Black Swan,’ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ ‘Juno’ and the company’s first ever Best Picture nominee ‘The Full Monty.’ Claudia’s keen insight and creativity will surely be missed. We wish her all the »
- Dave McNary
It used to be that the annual BAFTA Awards could make for a quirky, equally industry-authoritative alternative to the Oscars. A ceremony date that fell after the Academy Awards and an inverted voting schematic — whereby the entire membership decided nominations and the various branches determined winners — led to interesting results that weren’t in lockstep with the season.
Films like “Romeo + Juliet” could take down key design categories. Others like “The Usual Suspects” and “Speed” could come out on top in best film editing. Local pride could show through as films such as “The Commitments,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “The Full Monty,” which had little to no hope at the Oscars, could reign as best picture champs.
Things started to change 15 years ago. First came a two-month shift of date from April to just before the Oscars, right in the heat of awards season. The voting scheme kept »
- Kristopher Tapley
Saturday evening’s 22nd Annual SAG Awards proved that we have a real race on our hands for best picture. The night’s biggest prize, the best ensemble award, which has been awarded to 10 of the last 20 best pic winners, went to Spotlight.
Director Tom McCarthy’s drama about Boston Globe reporters investigating the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal is led by performances from best supporting actor Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, best supporting actress nom Rachel McAdams, and best actor nom last year, Michael Keaton. The film previously won the Critics’ Choice award for best picture.
Rival contenders The Big Short and The Revenant, took home best picture honors at the PGA Awards and Golden Globes, respectively, with The Martian also winning a best picture award (in the comedy/musical category) at the Golden Globes.
So, what does a best ensemble win at SAG »
- Patrick Shanley
Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio, congrats on finally winning your first-ever SAG Award. (See complete list of SAG winners right here.) Will you follow up this victory for "The Revenant" by winning your first Oscar next month? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions From "Marvin's Room" to "J. Edgar" and everything in between, DiCaprio had never won an individual or ensemble prize before Saturday night, despite eight prior bids at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. DiCaprio previously went down to defeat in the following eight SAG races: Best Film Ensemble Nominations "The Departed" (2007); lost to "Little Miss Sunshine" "The Aviator" (2005); lost to "Sideways" "Titanic" (1998); lost to "The Full Monty" "Marvin's Room" (1997); lost to "The Birdcage" Best Film »
SundanceTV has acquired the U.S. rights to the BBC drama “The A-Word” as part of a co-production pact with Keshet International.
The six-episode family drama revolves around a family after their 5-year-old son is diagnosed with autism. “A-Word,” written by Peter Bowker, premieres on the BBC in the spring and will air on SundanceTV later this year. Phil Cattaneo (“The Full Monty”) directed.
“It’s hopeful, honest and ultimately about the power of family, and the range of issues that families can face together, from autism to aging to adultery,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC and SundanceTV’s head of original programming.
“The A-Word” is based on the Israeli Keshet and July August Productions series, “Yellow Peppers,” created and written by Keren Margalit, who is also an exec producer on “A-Word.” The British rendition »
- Cynthia Littleton
Melbourne brothers Patrick and Johnny Flynn have used crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to successfully complete and screen their original Australian feature film Dick.s Clinic.
The comedy, starring Justin Rosniak (Animal Kingdom), Ben Geurens (Neighbours), Don Bridges (Romper Stomper) and Nicole Shostak (Exhale), follows the single and newly unemployed Richard .Dick. Warner.
After his psychologist has a mental breakdown, Dick feels cheated and decides if his shrink's crazy enough to land in the nut house, then he's sane enough to counsel other people..
So he opens his own therapy practice out of his garage.
The film screened at Dendy Opera Quays and Lido Cinemas Hawthorne Vic via FanForce in December to positive reviews.
Writer, Johnny Flynn, who came up with the idea for the film while studying at Rmit, told If the film had been a crowd pleaser so far..
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- Brian Karlovsky
This week, Neil Calloway predicts some events from this year in film…
Nothing is certain in Hollywood; films that everyone is convinced are going to be huge hits flop, films come out of nowhere to be successful, no actor is a guarantee of success at the box office anymore, but here are some things that will definitely happen in cinema in 2016:
A film will get nominated for a sack load of Oscars and will win none (or only one). Happens all the time, and in ten years everyone will realise it was a better film than the film that beat it. Today, nobody would pick Titanic over La Confidential, As Good As It Gets, The Full Monty or Good Will Hunting, but it beat them all to the Best Picture Oscar in 1998.
Captain America: Civil War will break records at the box office. It might not become the biggest film ever, »
- Neil Calloway
18 items from 2016
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