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Finally arriving in cinemas today is the wonderful Pride, a film with a serious core, yet surrounded by some of the best laughs you'll have in a multiplex all year. Firmly in the tradition of films such as Brassed Off and The Full Monty, it's a cert for BAFTA nominations, and we wouldn't rule out a few Oscar nods either. You can read our review of the film right here. Please do go and support the film.
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Gay and lesbian activists and South Wales miners makes the unlikeliest of allies in this feelgood movie focused around the 1984 coal strike. After politically motivated Mark (Ben Schnetzer) forms Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners group he fails to persuade the National Union of Mineworkers so heads off to the Welsh Dulais colliery and wins over their leader Dai (Paddy Considine) and poetry-loving ex miner (Bill Nighy). Sharp, sassy and very funny, this joins that revered company of industrial British movies Brassed Off and The Full Monty. »
Kevin Costner came into the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday for the world premiere of his powerful new drama, Black And White, a stirring story dealing with our racial divide, but mostly a riveting human tale from writer/director Mike Binder. It’s unflinchingly honest and contains a crackerjack courtroom scene that’s priceless. In that scene, Costner delivers perhaps the best performance of his career, or at least since the period of his career circa Field Of Dreams. It played to a packed house yesterday at Roy Thomson Hall and won a strong ovation from the crowd.
Costner told me that even the though the hard-hitting film is not a comedy, the audience responded with laughs in just the right places and really seemed to be moved by what they saw on screen.
That said, the film is still looking for a domestic distributor and the star, who »
- Pete Hammond
A mild-mannered dreamer’s absurd plan to spur tourism in his dying village goes spectacularly awry in Darko Lungulov’s “Monument to Michael Jackson,” an endearing tragicomedy that mixes caustic Eastern European humor with sharp social commentary. In telling the story of one man who makes a sacrifice for his community, the Serbian writer-helmer stylizes his second feature (after 2009’s “Here and There”) as a Balkan Western of sorts, satirizing the moral malaise clouding postwar Serbia while also illustrating the country’s problems with yet another generation of fanatical nationalists. Following the pic’s Karlovy Vary premiere, additional fests will venerate this “Monument.”
The action begins in a dusty, decrepit village in rural Serbia, circa 2009, where the local council finally gets around to removing a communist-era statue from the central square, leaving only an empty plinth. Although it is not stated outright, this is Lungulov’s neat visual shorthand to »
- Alissa Simon
13 year old Jack Hollington from Liverpool is set to star in the title role of the new BBC adaptation of LP Hartley's classic novel The Go-Between.
The Go-Between follows Leo Colston, who as an elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old. A nostalgic tale about lost innocence, The Go-Between paints beautiful pictures of British life, humanity and social hierarchy at the beginning of the 20th century.
Jack (represented by Cam) attends classes at Southport’s So Talented! Academy of Performing Arts. He appeared in the Christmas episode of Doctor Who in 2013, and has a number of stage roles under his belt including playing Nathan in The Full Monty in the West End. Last year he filmed his first feature film role in The Devil's Harvest.
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A gaggle of British stars appear in the first trailer for the historical comedy Pride, one of the many films that will be screening at Tiff.
Inspired by a true story, Pride follows a group of gay and lesbian activists who raise money in support of striking miners of a local community in Wales in 1984. With a mining union that seems embarrassed to accept the support from this group, the gay and lesbian activists decide to drive out to the community and deliver the funds they have raised in person, embarking on a journey that will bring two communities together. The activists open the hearts and minds of the miners as the two groups come to realize the strength that comes with standing together in partnership.
If the trailer is any indication, »
- Rachel West
One of the better movies I missed at this year's Cannes Film Festival turned out to be Matthew Warchus' crowd pleaser "Pride." The British film made its debut in Director's Fortnight and, unfortunately, as less hectic as Cannes is compared to its prestige festival cousins it rarely allows you to catch up with everything on the schedule. From a distance the film seemed like "The Full Monty," "Waking Ned Devine" or "Calendar Girls" with a slight Working Title spin. Basically, a movie I could catch down the road. Plus, it was screening at the end of the festival when there were a number of other priorities. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Needless to say, I'm kicking myself for not seeing it at Cannes because it's a good one. Set in 1984, "Pride" is the true story of a group of gay men and women who decide to take a break from waging »
- Gregory Ellwood
We’ve got a new trailer and some images for Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford. The film stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, George MacKay and Ben Schnetzer and tells the story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who set off to help a small mining village. Tonally, this reminds me of The Full Monty more than a little, not that it’s a bad thing. Sometimes I like these small, charmingly conventional tales of uplift. Hit the jump to check out the Pride trailer and images. CBS Films will release the movie in theaters on September 19th. It's also worth noting that the film is based on a true story from 1984, when these advocacy issues were unfortunately even more taboo than they are today. Trailer via Yahoo: Here's the official synopsis for Pride: Pride »
- Evan Dickson
Andie (Step Up 2: The Streets’ Briana Evigan) is back as the leader of yet another dance crew in this weekend’sStep Up All In. Sadly, Channing Tatum is not reprising his Step Up role for the fifth installment in the series, butStep Up regulars Ryan Guzman (Step Up Revolution) and Adam G. Sevani (Step Up 3D) are joining up with Andie and her crew and heading to Las Vegas.
To celebrate the return of the Step Up franchise, we threw together a supercut of all our favourite dance movies. Billy Elliot, Baby, and Tracy Turnblad pop, lock and jeté alongside Gene Kelly and The Full Monty in it, and we couldn’t be happier.
How many movies can you name? We'll start you out: West Side Story, Footloose, Hairspray… »
- Sasha James
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? This is a freaky '70s take on "Faust" and "Phantom of the Opera," by way of Brian De Palma. Sure, we know that music producers are evil, but Swan (Paul Williams) really takes the cake.
Why We're In: Shout! Factory's two-disc set has some pretty great goodies for fans of this cult flick.
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What's It About? Baltimore teens take to the streets on their dirt bikes, and young Pug wants to be one of them. A short but satisfying doc that's part extreme sports action and part personal drama.
In or Out: In.
What's It About? Christine Ricci stars as a cool American teacher in Australia who puts on a performance of "Hamlet" with her students. Unfortunately for the play's star, an Aboriginal teen named Liam, his »
- Jenni Miller
Why a British film about the 1984 miners' strike, and a lesbian and gay support group, is the comedy of the year to date...
The truth, goes the saying, is often stranger than fiction.
Pride, for instance, is set in 1984, and tells the story of a small group called Lsgm, or Lesbians And Gays Support The Miners. Said group sparks into life in the midst of a Gay Pride march in London, when a 20-year old by the name of Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) argues that miners have been as badly treated by the establishment as they have, and thus starts collecting money. As it turns out, quite a bit of money.
The problem? Once that money is raised, finding a community of miners willing to accept the cash is easier said than done. Manly miners taking money off a gay support group, in a period when prejudice - as the »
Elaine Stritch has died at the age of 89. The Emmy and Tony winner passed away Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Born in Detroit in 1925, Stritch got her start in show business on Broadway in the 1940s. She starred in over 40 Broadway productions, including Sail Away, Show Boat, Follies, The Full Monty and A Little Night Musical. Her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty won the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. In recent years, Stritch was known for starring on 30 Rock as Colleen Donaghy, the hilariously bossy and overbearing mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy. In addition to her Tony win, Stritch has won three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Guest Actress for Law »
Patrick Wilson has spent the last fifteen years as a triple-threat on Broadway, film, and TV, garnering two Tony nominations (for The Full Monty and Oklahoma), and Golden Globe and Emmy noms for the groundbreaking Angels In America.
One of our most versatile actors, he’s moved easily from such wildly diverse projects as The Phantom of the Opera, Little Children, Watchmen, The A-Team, Insidious, and Hard Candy, and he even starred in the unfortunately short-lived CBS series A Gifted Man.
Today is his 41st birthday, so let’s take a stroll down memory lane with a gallery of some highlights from Patrick’s career.
The post Birthday Gallery: Patrick Wilson Turns 41 appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
Lucy will star in an episode that takes on the premise of a murder mystery.
According to the Radio Times, he will play "a loveable rogue, born charmer and conman who exists very much on the wrong side of the tracks".
He recently confirmed that he is getting married to Natasha Gray, his partner of ten years. The couple have two children together.
The hit television show Game of Thrones has a tendency to use either very well established actors with dozens of high profile credits to their name, or virtual unknowns who barely have their SAG cards. Most of us know Sean Bean from his dozens of other onscreen deaths, and can be counted on to remember Mark Addy from The Full Monty or Lena Headley from 300. But there are still a handful of actors on the show who fall somewhere in the middle: they look familiar, and you know that you’ve probably seen them in something before, but you can’t for the life of you figure out what it was.
Adding to the confusion is Game of Thrones’ penchant for using extensive wigs, makeup, and a healthy layer of dirt that make it even harder to recognize actors that you’ve likely only ever seen in contemporary garb. »
- Audrey Fox
2014 is a little under halfway over, but one film that is still firmly entrenched near the top of my "best of" list is Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel." And three months after its release audiences have shown their own approval at the box office. As of Sunday, "Budapest" has earned an Anderson record $57.7 million domestically and $157.9 million worldwide. In fact, it's now made more domestically than classic Fox Searchlight releases "The Full Monty," "28 Days Later" and even "12 Years a Slave" (and "Sideways" is within reach). Critically? "Budapest" is arguably the best-reviewed film of Anderson's career (certainly on Metacritic). Not what you'd expect for a March release these days. Obviously there will be much discussion over the next three to four months whether "Budapest" will "be remembered" by Oscar voters in December or whether its early release date has doomed it from major awards consideration. Trust, Fox Searchlight is »
- Gregory Ellwood
London — Icon Film Distribution has acquired the rights to four titles for U.K. distribution.
The first title is “A Most Violent Year,” the thriller from writer/director J.C. Chandor (“All Is Lost,” “Margin Call”). It stars Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), who is set to star in “Star Wars Episode VII,” and Jessica Chastain (“Miss Julie,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), who is soon to star in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.”
Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Before The Doors’ Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films’ Anna Gerb, along with Chandor. It is co-financed by Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and is being sold internationally by Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment.
Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, the most violent year in the city’s history, the film follows the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family trying to expand their business »
- Leo Barraclough
Pop Up Screens have confirmed their summer lineup for July to September, taking place at several London parks.
The large outdoor screenings will occur at several different venues, including Morden, Fulham, Blackheath, Hammersmith, Holborn and Greenwich.
Each screening costs £10, while a weekender pass to see all three films is £24. A season ticket for all films costs £75.
This year's events will also serve up Pop Up Burgers, while there will be a bar and popcorn available as well.
Pop Up Screens founder David Leydon said: "If you've never been to an outdoor cinema, you should, it's a must try. I know it sounds like a bit of a sales pitch, but it »
It sometimes feels that the British film industry only makes about three or four different kinds of movies: dreadful gangster films that rarely get a release abroad, gritty social realism pictures, period costume dramas, and semi-quirky comedies with a tearjerking side, exemplified by something like "Billy Elliot" or "The Full Monty," but more often turning out like "Calendar Girls" or "Song For Marion." The latter category might be the most dispiriting of them all, and it's the category that "Pride" initially seemed to be fitting into. The film, directed by acclaimed theater director Matthew Warchus (who just this week was appointed Kevin Spacey's successor as the artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London), has that mix of social issues drama, culture clash, old people doing unlikely things, and Bill Nighy that so often proves a middlebrow crowd-pleaser. But we figured there had to be a reason it »
- Oliver Lyttelton
A feel-good movie about the 1984 miners’ strike, Thatcherism and the scourge of Aids is a tough nut, but with Pride Matthew Warchus has cracked it. Garnering an ovation on its premiere here in Cannes, Pride can certainly feel proud of itself.
We meet Mark (Ben Schnetzer) in his council flat, kicking out last night’s conquest and collecting buckets to take to the 1984 Gay Pride march. The idea is to show solidarity with the striking miners, with whom the gay community feels an affinity, for it’s now the miners’ turn to feel the full force of the law, literally. On the march we meet budding pastry chef and photographer Joe (George MacKay), soon nicknamed Bromley by his new-found band of mates. He represents the typical scared closet gay, living in suburbia with his folks and too timid to come out. Joe’s courage gains strength as the Lgsm group gains momentum, »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
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