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Tim Roth on 'Tin Star,' Tarantino and Tupac

Tim Roth on 'Tin Star,' Tarantino and Tupac
Skinheads, hit men, cops, criminals, cops-posing-as-criminals, princes, junkies, executioners, politicians, supervillains, an 18th-century fop, a 19th-century impressionist painter and a 21st-century psychotic chimp – you name it, and there's an extremely good chance that Tim Roth has played it. The 56-year-old British actor has the sort of varied, overstuffed resumé that suggests a reserved spot in the steadily-working-character-actor canon, and has not one but two projects hitting TV screens at the moment: Tin Star, an Amazon thriller that about an expat cop living in Canada that starts as a quirky fish-out-of-water
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Tim Roth Reveals His Grandfather Sexually Abused Both Him and His Father as Children

Tim Roth Reveals His Grandfather Sexually Abused Both Him and His Father as Children
Tim Roth has revealed that both he and his father were abused by his grandfather as children.

Roth, who has spoken in the past about being abused as a child, made the startling revelation during a recent interview with The Guardian on Sunday.

Speaking about his father’s politics, Roth mentioned that his dad dropped out of Britain’s communist party in the 1970s after a wave of sex scandals. “He was an abused kid, my dad, and it was a terrible childhood that he had, and he took that s— seriously,” he explained.

The Oscar-nominee, known for his long-time collaborations with Quentin Tarantino,
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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review
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Inspired By True Story Film Hangman Heading to DVD/Bluray This February!!

I’m a sucker for films that hold the “Inspired by True Events” stamp on them. Sure, most of them are Very far from what the source crime happened to be, but still, it’s the quickest way to instantly get under my skin for a terrifying time. It’s with that approach that filmmaker Adam Mason’s Hangman sets genre fans up for a big scare, telling the story of a couple being stalked by an intruder and the events that follow. Led by Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Crank, Road Trip), Jeremy Sisto (Wrong Turn, TV’s “Wicked City”) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, The War Zone, Secret Smile), Hangman is set to hit DVD/Bluray on February 9th, via Alchemy.

Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated.
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British boom at Mexican festivals

British boom at Mexican festivals
Two strong British programmes are running at top Mexican film festivals this month.

Mexico City documentary festival Docs Df (Oct 15-24) hosts the second leg of the Docunexion programme that British Council is running in partnership with Imcine, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Docs Df and Ambulante.

This training and mentorship initiative for emerging documentary makers from the UK and Mexico is delivered as part of the 2015 UK-Mexico year of exchange.

Jerry Rothwell, André Singer and Jo Lapping from the UK will give further dedicated development support to participants alongside three Mexican mentors. The programme culminates in a pitching session in front of international decision makers.

Claire Aguilar, programming director at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Britdoc Foundation’s Luke Moody will attend as jury members alongside Julien Temple who will deliver a masterclass to accompany screenings of his films The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, Oil City Confidential and The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.

The programme
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Raindance: British Film Composer Simon Boswell Reveals Secrets of Scoring

Raindance: British Film Composer Simon Boswell Reveals Secrets of Scoring
London — Simon Boswell, who takes part in Raindance Film Festival’s In Conversation event on Friday Oct. 2, has been composing for film since 1985. Although his early work mainly comprised international horror and fantasy projects (notably Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1989 cult classic “Santa Sangre”), Boswell wasted no time in diversifying, branching out in the early 1990s with Danny Boyle’s home-grown black comedy “Shallow Grave.” Since then, the London-based composer, now 58, has worked in romcoms, comedies and serial TV drama, learning, perhaps more than anything else, that the old maxim “less mean more” is definitely true of film scoring. “You have to understand that the director, the producer, the actors, me and everyone else, we’re all making a delicate sandwich,” he laughs. “And sometimes music may just be a leaf of lettuce rather than a big chunk of meat.”

You’re very prolific. When you started, did you realize
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Junkfood Cinema: Welcome To The War Zone

This week Brian and Cargill discuss the much-maligned hero flick, Punisher: War Zone.

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Why ‘Terminator 2′ is Still Relevant Today

Some movies, no matter how old they are, never age a day. Their situations and themes remain as relevant now as when they were first released. Watching them today, they reflect and comment on our present in ways they couldn’t possibly have anticipated. Every month we’re going to pick a movie from the past that does just that, and explore what it has to say about the here and now. August 29th, 1997, aka Judgement Day, is the day according to Terminator 2 when SkyNet becomes self-aware and nukes the world into a man vs. machine post-apocalypse. That day has long come and gone. The 1991 film’s vision for the future, however, has not. Much of what Terminator 2 anticipates hasn’t fully come true in the 23 years since its release, but emphasis on the word “fully.” There’s a lot in James Cameron’s action classic that rings remarkably familiar in the year 2014. 1. America: The War Zone It
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BAFTA to host Ray Winstone event

BAFTA to host Ray Winstone event
British star of Sexy Beast and Noah to talk on stage about his screen career.

British tough-guy actor Ray Winstone is to discuss his craft and career at a BAFTA A Life In Pictures event on Oct 5. The event will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London’s Piccadilly.

Winstone’s association with BAFTA goes back to 1980 when he was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer for one of his earliest roles in drama That Summer!.

The actor first made an impact in 1977 playing a young offender in the controversial television drama Scum. He went on to star in British cult classics Quadrophenia, Nil By Mouth (for which he received his second BAFTA nomination), The War Zone and Sexy Beast.

The past decade has seen Winstone star in Hollywood blockbusters including The Departed, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Beowolf and more recently Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.

His TV work has included BAFTA-winning Great Expectations, Emmy-winning Henry VIII
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'The Terminator' at 30: An oral history

'The Terminator' at 30: An oral history
Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades.
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Why Ray Winstone Is Perfect for That 'Point Break' Remake (Clips)

Why Ray Winstone Is Perfect for That 'Point Break' Remake (Clips)
Brit character actor Ray Winstone is in talks to star in the tussled-about "Point Break" remake as FBI agent Angelo Pappas, a role Gary Busey immortalized in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 homoerotic cult classic about bank-robbing surfers. He'll be joining Gerard Butler, currently cast as wave-chasing, surfer-gang leader Bodhi (originally played by Patrick Swayze). Aussie hunk Luke Bracey will star opposite Butler and Winstone as FBI rookie Johnny Utah (played Keanu Reeves in Bigelow's film). Winstone induced shivers in 1999 as a walking picture of paternal evil in Tim Roth's indie "The War Zone," but you've also seen him skulking along the fringes of many mainstream and indie films, including "The Departed," "Cold Mountain," "Hugo," "Sexy Beast" and as a descendent of Cain in "Noah."  Across the pond, he's been a film and TV mainstay for decades, with two BAFTA noms under his belt, accolades from the British Independent Film Awards
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Which Movie Has Not A Single Redeeming Quality?

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There aren’t many movies that lack even a single redeeming quality – movies so inherently terrible that there is literally nothing good to say about them, no matter how hard you rack your brains in the search to find something – anything – worthwhile. Even the “worst movies,” after all (those that are constantly cited as being some of the poorest motion pictures ever made) are at least hilarious or entertaining in their sheer awfulness – think of classics like The Room or Troll 2, both of which are intoxicatingly bad, but are all the better for it. We love ‘em for being crap.

So searching for a movie that has nothing going for it all – not in any way, shape or form – is a surprisingly difficult and perhaps even futile task. Take the first “bad movie” that comes to mind right now; chances are you’ll still be
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'Game of Thrones' Season Four Cheat Sheet

'Game of Thrones' Season Four Cheat Sheet
All men must die, but there's no need for you to have "trying to figure out what the hell is going on in Game of Thrones" listed as your cause of death. When Season Four debuts this Sunday, the cast somehow manages to get even bigger, despite a mortality rate that makes trench warfare look like a leisurely stroll through New York City's scenic High Line park. But with a little help, anyone can look like a master of the Game. Brush up with our Season Four cheat sheet, which
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Interview: A conversation with filmmaker Shane Ryan

Tom Jolliffe chats with independent filmmaker Shane Ryan....

California born indie filmmaker Shane Ryan has been directing films for 10 years now. Raised on a steady diet of Jean-Claude Van Damme films and an innate love of all types of cinema, Ryan has gained some success and no small amount of notoriety in his career as a film maker. His first major breakthrough was the exploitation flick, Amateur Pornstar Killer. This would spawn two sequels. He’s courted controversy from films like this, but also dealing with issues like child murder as well as pedophilia in some films. His recent film, My Name Is ‘A’ by Anonymous is based on the real life murder of Elizabeth Olten (a famous case in America in 2009) focusing on the convicted killer, 15 year old Alyssa Bustamente. The film, finished in 2011, still awaits distribution. Shane took the time to answer a few questions about his career thus far.
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Film Review: ‘The Patience Stone’ Reveals Eternal Truths

Chicago – Despite any manmade restrictions through governments, religion, commerce or trumped-up morality, the truth has a way of mightily conquering all. “The Patience Stone” is a perfect example of that luxurious truth, and it is an important contemporary fairy tale.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Through the most simplest of premises – a war victim is stuck caring for her vegetative husband – there emerges the passion of what is essential for human beings. Being authentic, unburdening the soul and coming to what is necessary in our lives to fully engage – that is what the film unleashes. The war zone depicted in the story is a Middle East-type setting, but is never named, and provides a presence to the native suffering that is occurs in perpetual conflict. The marginalization of women in these traditionally religious territories is another grand theme of the narrative, and speaks to the broader context of narrowing the humanity of females in general.
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Tim Roth and Quentin Tarantino Looking to Reunite for Director’s Next Film

It’s always good news when we discuss one of our favourite actors here on HeyUGuys and today Tim Roth revealed that he is meeting with Quentin Tarantino to discuss a role in the director’s next film.

Roth was a standout in Reservoir Dogs and had an important role in Pulp Fiction but the pair haven’t worked together for a number of years.

Now that the director is basking in the light cast by Uncle Oscar Roth and Tarantino are seemingly planning a big screen reunion.

Although he wouldn’t discuss what the project will be, the actor told Getty Images Entertainment that discussions are underway. Roth was rumoured to be up for the role of Archie Hicox in Inglorious Basterds, however commitments to his TV series Lie to Me allowed Michael Fassbender to steal that particular show.

He explained,

I don’t know (when) but… we were
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Wally Pfister Calls ‘The Avengers’ “Appalling”

It’s handbags at dawn ladies. The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer has labelled rival superhero film The Avengers as appalling. During an interview with Sarasota Herald Tribune, Pfister was simply asked what was important when shooting a movie. For some reason this became an attack on the box-office, critical sensation, and best superhero film of the year:

What’s really important is storytelling. None of it matters if it doesn’t support the story. I thought The Avengers was an appalling film. They’d shoot from some odd angle and I’d think, why is the camera there? Oh, I see, because they spent half a million on the set and they have to show it off. It took me completely out of the movie. I was driven bonkers by that illogical form of storytelling.

Interestingly enough the site that ran the interview has since removed Pfister’s comments about The Avengers,
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Tim Roth: who's the daddy?

He made his name playing criminals and low-lifes – now Tim Roth is back as the nicest father in town. Catherine Shoard meets him in Cannes to talk films, politics and bringing up his own teenagers

When Clarice Starling is first assigned to interview Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, we are told, in Thomas Harris's novel, that "a brief silence follows the name, always, in any civilised gathering". Something similar happens when you say you're off to interview Tim Roth. A light gasp, a small step back. Roth – who was set to play the younger Lecter in 2002's Red Dragon, until Anthony Hopkins dyed his hair and reprised the role – has a reputation for being slippery. He just doesn't give, I'm told. Meet him in California, people caution, and he clams up. Get an audience in London and he is prickly, defensive.

So why is it that in Cannes,
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Exclusive 'Battleship' Clip: Taylor Kitsch And Rihanna Go Rogue

Duo attempts to take down the alien invaders in this action-packed look at the Hasbro film.

By Fallon Prinzivalli

Rihanna in "Battleship"

Photo: Universal Pictures

Did you see it? Did you catch it in all its epic glory? As part of "MTV First: Battleship," the A-list cast &#8212 featuring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker — premiered a never-before-seen clip Monday night (April 30) from the film.

The exclusive scene opens with an injured Commander Stone Hopper (Skarsgård) looking a little worried as his brother, Lt. Alex Hopper (Kitsch), takes a tiny boat of troops out on the water to get up close and personal with the sea invaders. We have no naval experience and even we know this can't be a good idea. But the officers prove to be some fearless competition for the machines as Kitsch screams to Rihanna, "Light it up!" And as promised, the Talk That Talk
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Cannes 2012: Tim Roth To Head Un Certain Regard Jury – Expect Misery

With this year’s Cannes Film Festival quickly coming round the bend, now’s as good a time as any to officially start the Fsr pre-festival coverage, and as if by magic, perhaps sensing that I was about to do so, the good folks on the south coast of France have announced that Tim Roth will lead the jury of the festival’s secondary competition. The Un Certain Regard competition seeks to offer films with some intriguing hook or selling point, setting a different tone to the main competition and occasionally unearthing some genuine gems thanks to its agenda of championing new talents. It is that competition that the British actor, famed for such roles as Reservoir Dogs and lately Lie To Me, will preside over, perhaps bringing his own stamp to affairs. So, we can probably expect violence and facial intensity to play a big part – and if Roth’s own The War Zone is anything
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