7 items from 2014
To celebrate the release of A Long Way Down (in cinemas 21st March) Hey U Guys are giving three lucky readers the chance to win the perfect night in with friends package including a bottle of champagne, chocolates as well as a DVD bundle and copy of the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby.
In A Long Way Down Four lost souls – a disgraced TV presenter, a foul-mouthed teen, an isolated single mother and a solipsistic muso – decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year’s Eve.
When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper’s Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.
With an all-star cast including Pierce Brosnan (Mamma Mia! »
So what’s been happening this week then?
‘In costuming the past we lose the present.’
Michael Wilkinson has basically said nothing about Wonder Woman’s outfit, yet we’re still hanging on his every word.
Jessica Paré chats about the show’s costumes and her own ‘French with a rock edge’ style.
Costume designer Rachel Sage talks about her work on the TNT reboot.
Catherine Martin wins and wins Big. Kudos.
Red carpet fashion
Tyranny of Style casts his educated gaze over the winners and losers.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
300: Rise of an Empire
- Lord Christopher Laverty
The 63-year-old filmmaker had spent 328 days in a South Dakota prison after pleading guilty to making false statements during FBI investigations about celebrity private detective Anthony Pellicano.
His wife Gail revealed that he had returned to his Wyoming home, where he is now under house arrest until April 3. He reportedly plans to appeal against his conviction.
The director's spokesperson said that he was filing a complaint with the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility to have his conviction removed.
Lawyer Hank Hockeimer said that McTiernan had been in prison "not only for a crime he did not commit, but for conduct that simply is not a crime".
"McTiernan, though incarcerated, has never been given proof of any evidence the government alleged to have against him," Hockeimer explained.
McTiernan pleaded guilty in 2006 to hiring Pellicano to use a wiretap on producer »
Well, that Point Break remake that we’d all like to pretend isn’t happening…is still on the way, after all. Variety is reporting that the film, a redo of Kathryn Bigelow’s classic 1991 action film, has found its Johnny Utah to pit against Gerard Butler’s Bodhi. The original actors to play the roles were Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, respectively. This time around, the man standing on Utah’s surfboard will be Luke Bracey.
Bracey is a a little-known Australian actor who appeared in a soap opera down under called Home and Away. Stateside, his credits include Monte Carlo and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He was on the recent shortlist to play Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, a role that would eventually go to Jamie Dornan. In Point Break, he’ll play Utah, an undercover agent that attempts to infiltrate a criminal gang lead by the enigmatic Bodhi. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"RoboCop was a smash hit 27 years ago … And it has become an iconic touchstone of pulpy, provocative, giddily violent mainstream cinema, so much so that news of a remake – which reaches our screens this week – prompted widespread howls of dismay in the fan community, as if sacred ground was being trampled on."
Read the full article here.
Prompting these howls may be a sense of loss. The inevitable loss of credibility a film has when optioned for remake status. Watching The Godfather last night, I realised the film could never be remade. Of course, in the warped mind of a film studio perhaps we will see a foolhardy statement claiming the remake is under consideration, but it’ll never happen. Considering the purpose of remakes, I don’t believe The Godfather fits the bill. »
- Gary Collinson
Celebrated filmmaker John McTiernan has signed on to direct “Red Squad,” an action film from Hannibal Classics. Casting for the leading roles is currently underway with production slated to begin in this spring. Filming will take place in Mobile, Alabama. McTiernan is known for directing such blockbusters as “Predator,” “Die Hard,” and “The Hunt for Red October,” and other landmark films including “Die Hard With A Vengeance,” “The 13th Warrior,” and “The Thomas Crown Affair.” … Continue reading →
I don’t mean to take anything away from Faye Dunaway, the legendary Oscar winner who turns 73 today, but even though she’s a fantastic actress who defined fierce sensuality, I mostly marvel at the level of glamor she exuded on film. It’s one thing to wear magnificent clothes (which she often did), but it’s another to be a smokin’ sorceress in fabulous costuming. Here are my favorite Faye Dunaway glamor moments.
7. This Particular jacket and hat combo from Bonnie and Clyde. I would wear it. I really would.
6. All the lingering legginess from Barfly (which Faye insisted upon)
5. This famous photo of Faye after winning her Oscar for Network. Very posed, very necessary.
4. This smokin’ glance from the amazing Voyage of the Damned.
3. Oh yes. She really enjoyed grapes this way in The Arrangement.
2. Her film noir eyebrows in Chinatown. Like little wisps of suspicion.
1. Every moment »
- Louis Virtel
7 items from 2014
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