The War Zone (1999)
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,
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
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.
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.
You’re very prolific. When you started, did you realize
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
I don’t know (when) but… we were
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,
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,
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 — 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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