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Blu-ray Review – The Long Good Friday (1980)

4 May 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Long Good Friday, 1980.

Directed by John Mackenzie.

Starring Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Dave King, Pierce Brosnan, Eddie Constantine, Paul Barber, Derek Thompson, Brian Hall, Alan Ford, Kevin McNally, P.H. Moriarty, Karl Howman, Bryan Marshall.

Synopsis:

A ruthless English gangster’s empire starts to fall after a series of bombings over the Easter weekend.

Britain has always made good gangster films but there was always an angle to them, a little something that the filmmakers honed in on so they offered slightly more than the ultra-violent mob movies coming out of America. But in 1980 The Long Good Friday arrived and gave British crime movies a new, for the UK anyway, edge; a gangster film that was actually about gangsters and what they do.

But despite the gritty nature of the script and the raw production values it was the central performance by a then relatively unknown Bob Hoskins as Harold »

- Gary Collinson

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Eric Cantona to play synchronised swimmer in comedy The Mermaid Man

23 March 2015 6:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eric Cantona is to lead a new comedy film about a synchronised swimming coach.

The former Manchester United footballer will star in The Mermaid Man as Franck, a widower who sets up a swimming group made out of unemployed men as they struggle through depression and poverty.

The Full Monty-style film will be set in the Thatcher era of the 1980s, with Cantona's men hoping to win an international competition in honour of his late wife, a former swimming champion.

Stéphane Giusti will direct the film, while David C Barrot will produce with a British film crew.

Since retiring from football, Cantona has had a successful acting career, with Elizabeth and Looking for Eric among his most high-profile projects.

He will soon star in western The Salvation alongside Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green, which releases at cinemas on April 17. Watch a trailer below:

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‘Pride’ Producer David Livingstone Moved From Marketing Movies to Making Them

13 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 20 years at Polygram, Universal and Working Title, in both London and Los Angeles, David Livingstone mastered the art of selling quirky British movies to a global audience. He drove the campaigns for everything from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Trainspotting” to “Billy Elliot” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

So it’s only fitting that, having decided in 2012 to quit as president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Working Title Films in order to strike out on his own as a producer, Livingstone should be rewarded with the Bafta for outstanding British debut, alongside writer Stephen Beresford, for “Pride,” the true-life story of others who left their comfort zone for the greater good — gay activists who help raise money for striking miners in ’80s Britain.

A stage musical version of the movie and a biopic about Judy Garland are next for Livingstone, who admits that launching his production company, »

- Adam Dawtrey

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Unfinished Business bombs at the box office, lowest opening of Vince Vaughn’s career

9 March 2015 5:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Unfinished Business, the latest gross-out comedy from Vince Vaughn, was not press screened for critics in fear that poor reviews would deter people from going to see it. Well, it looks like that didn’t matter all that much.

The movie only managed to pull in a pathetic $4.8 million domestically, and an even worse $2.6 million overseas. With a budget of around $35 million, this is only disappointing news for 20th Century Fox.

This is now the lowest opening of a Vince Vaughn-led comedy movie and yet another disappointing box office performance from the actor following Delivery Man and The Watch. The Internship, with co-star Owen Wilson, did marginally better with $17.3 million, but its far removed from the likes of Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story ($30 million), Wedding Crashers ($33.9 million), Couples Retreat ($34.2 million) and The Break-Up ($39.1 million).

Many are speculating that Unfinished Business could spell the end for Vince Vaughn-led comedies, »

- Luke Owen

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Stephen Beresford interview: looking back at Pride

6 March 2015 8:41 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The BAFTA award-winning writer of Pride looks back at the release of the film, its impact, and Pride: The Musical.

Regular readers of this site will know how strongly we feel about the excellent movie Pride, which we ranked as one of our firm favourites of 2014. We spoke to writer Stephen Beresford ahead of its release, and since then, he's picked up a BAFTA for his work on the movie.

We caught up with him for a chat looking back at the last six months, as Pride arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK...

I wanted to catch up with you to get the 'during' and 'after' story for Pride, as we spoke originally just before it's release.

You have that lovely line in the film - "to find out you had a friend you never knew existed, well that's the best feeling in the world". This film »

- simonbrew

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Film Review: ‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken’

5 March 2015 2:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

About as appealing as day-old beer littered with cigarette butts, the abysmal caper drama “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken” is one of those international co-productions produced for all the right tax-credit reasons and none of the right artistic ones — the sort of movie one tends to find advertised in the back pages of a Cannes market guide, but hopes never to actually see. And yet, here it is: a slapped-together, wholly unconvincing account of the botched 1983 abduction of beer magnate Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, made from an incoherent script, with a cast of Anglo and Australian pretty boys not even trying to seem remotely Dutch, and one Oscar-winning star scraping career bottom. A most inauspicious English-language filmmaking debut for Daniel (brother of Tomas) Alfredson, “Kidnapping” will hold a handful of cinemas hostage beginning this weekend en route to the VOD slag heap.

The Heineken kidnapping was a major news story of its day in the Netherlands, »

- Scott Foundas

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New clip from Unfinished Business with Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson

3 March 2015 8:46 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release this Friday, we’ve got a new clip from comedy movie Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn (The Internship), Dave Franco (Bad Neighbours) and Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty).

Check out the clip below:

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

Unfinished Business is set for release on March 6th and features a cast that also includes Nick Frost (The World’s End), James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher).

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- Luke Owen

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New clip for Unfinished Business with Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, Sienna Miller and James Marsden

26 February 2015 9:51 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release on 6th March 2015, we’ve got a new clip from comedy movie Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn (The Internship), Dave Franco (Bad Neighbours) and Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty).

Check out the clip below:

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

Unfinished Business is set for release on March 6th and features a cast that also includes Nick Frost (The World’s End), James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher).

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- Luke Owen

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New clip for Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson

20 February 2015 1:28 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new clip has arrived online for director Ken Scott’s (Delivery Man) new comedy Unfinished Business, starring Vince Vaughn (Delivery Man), Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty) and Dave Franco (Bad Neighbours). Check it out below after the official synopsis…

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

Unfinished Business is set for release on March 6th and features a cast that also includes Nick Frost (The World’s End), James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher).

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- Gary Collinson

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6 times the BAFTAs defied the Oscars: Brokeback Mountain, Ben Affleck

8 February 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Over the past decade, the BAFTAs have become an increasingly accurate barometer for the eventual Oscar winners, with the last six Best Picture winners in a row being pre-empted by an identical BAFTA winner.

But there have been several memorable – and telling – instances in which the two awards bodies have diverged, and often not for the obvious cultural reasons you expect.

It's easy enough to see, for example, why Four Weddings and a Funeral took the top prize at 1995's BAFTAs while Forrest Gump triumphed across the pond, and ditto The Full Monty over Titanic three years later. But the explanation isn't always so clear, and the discrepancy often highlights intriguing differences between Academy and BAFTA members' sensibilities.

Digital Spy looks back on six notable times BAFTA diverged from the Academy path, either for better or for worse.

1. Brokeback Mountain wins Best Film (2006)

Almost a decade on, this still stands as BAFTA's crowning achievement. »

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Still Life review – Eddie Marsan in a sad search for the bereaved

5 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The poignant story of a shy, lonely council official is sympathetically observed but ultimately sentimental

Here is a sombre, sympathetically observed, if finally sentimental movie from Italian film-maker Uberto Pasolini, known for producing The Full Monty (1997). This was made two years ago and has a small role for Joanne Froggatt – smaller than her prominent position on the poster implies. Her Golden-Globe-winning appearance in Downton Abbey may have got this film its UK release.

The drama itself could almost be a fictional footnote to Carol Morley’s great documentary Dreams of a Life (2011), which tried to reconstruct the life of a young woman who died alone in her London flat. Eddie Marsan plays John May, a shy council official living on his own, whose job is to track down the relatives of people who die alone in the borough; he can see all too clearly that he might suffer the same Eleanor-Rigby fate. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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What Sundance Means To The Oscars, And Which Films From This Year's Fest Could Be Awards Season Players

4 February 2015 9:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Though it began as a more alternative festival than it perhaps is now, Sundance has, almost from the very beginning, been tied up with the Oscars. The 1986 festival saw Woody Allen’s “Hannah And Her Sisters” play ahead of its release a few months later: the film went on to win multiple Oscar nods, including Best Picture, and pick up trophies for Best Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. The film wasn’t an "official" Sundance picture, but it wasn’t long before films in competition at the festival were making an impact on the Oscar race; the following year, Edward James Olmos received a Best Actor nod for Sundance premiere “Stand And Deliver.” Two years later, “Sex Lies & Videotape” got a Screenplay nomination, while international movies “Four Weddings & A Funeral,” “Shine” and “The Full Monty” all screened at the festival before getting a Best Picture nod. In the last decade, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Theatre Review: The Full Monty (UK Tour)

3 February 2015 10:29 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Roger Haines

Starring: Gary Lucy, Martin Miller, Bobby Schofield, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Rupert Hill.

Synopsis: Are these unemployed steelworkers brave enough to be Sheffield’s vision of the Chippendales and reveal all for one night only?

This is an evening full of laughter and feel good factor. The Full Monty was written by Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire), and is the tale of six unemployed steel workers in Sheffield. We have all seen the film, also written by Beaufoy, but get ready for an excellent live performance for one night only!

Gary Lucy is brilliant as Gaz a man who is desperate to prove he is a good dad to his son Nathan, and to repay his arrears in child maintenance, but it always seems to turn out wrong despite his best efforts. Gaz has the ideas and his side kick Dave (Martin Miller), who is convinced he wife does not love him, »

- Katey Thompson

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Red band trailer and Super Bowl spot for Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco

2 February 2015 4:56 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A red band trailer has arrived online for director Ken Scott’s (Delivery Man) upcoming comedy Unfinished Business, starring Vince Vaughn (Delivery Man), Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty) and Dave Franco (Bad Neighbours), along with last night’s Super Bowl TV spot. Check them out below after the official synopsis…

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

Unfinished Business is set for release on March 6th and features a cast that also includes Nick Frost (The World’s End), James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher).

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- Gary Collinson

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Women Composers Strike a Chord in Sundance Lineup

21 January 2015 12:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s the year of the woman composer at Sundance, with 15 features and shorts sporting scores by women, along with a celebratory event for the newly formed Alliance for Women Film Composers.

That number is believed to be a record. Female composers wrote the music for just 2% of the top 250 grossing films in 2013, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Numbers were slightly higher in documentaries (11% ) and independent films (10%) but overall constituted “the lowest of the low” among women working behind the scenes, says composer Laura Karpman.

Karpman, a four-time Emmy winner, has been working in the biz for 25 years and concedes that “it’s a boys’ club” much of the time.

In fact, she says, “there are hundreds of us” — women working as composers, orchestrators, programmers and composer assistants — but they are surprisingly invisible to much of the industry. “We have to change that, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Drama Still Life at Least Captures the Misery of Funerals, Bureaucracy, and Loneliness

13 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The sad irony of Still Life, with the great English character actor Eddie Marsan as a quiet crusader on behalf of those who die alone, isn't the movie's title; it's the abiding indignity of its stress on dignity. It's hard to affirm life by leaving out so much of what it really feels like. But writer-director Uberto Pasolini, best known as the originator of The Full Monty, here insists on the manicured, melancholic poise that only exists in semi-precious little films — maybe because they're routinely rewarded for it (Still Life took four awards from the 2013 Venice Film Festival). Marsan's character is a sympathetic sort, the solitary soulful bureaucrat whose job of 22 years has been to track down next of kin and arrange final ceremonies, lonel »

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How we made Queer as Folk

6 January 2015 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Russell T Davies, writer: ‘I didn’t want it to be a lecture. When Nathan’s mum finds his porn, she puts it back with a smile’

Queer as Folk’s original name was Queer as Fuck. That title was on the front page of the very first script, and it lasted well into rehearsals. In the end we went with the softer version, not because it was less confrontational – though I still don’t know what we’d have done if we had to talk about it on Richard and Judy – but because it felt like it suited the project. The line comes from the film The Full Monty: there’s a scene between Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy, who are looking at a gay couple, and Mark’s character says: “Well, there’s nowt so queer as folk.” It stuck.

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