13 items from 2014
Fifteen years ago today, Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" landed in theatres and promptly confused the world. One of the most sexually charged Christmas movies ever, the film found Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in the midst of a potential breakdown in their marriage, leading a surreal swirl of fantasy and a penetrating deep dive into New York's erotic underbelly. Overshadowed by Kubrick's passing just before release, and the real life relationship between the two leads (they separated two years later), it perhaps wasn't given a fair look at the time. And this vintage TV special is interesting capsule of what is like at the time the movie was unveiled. This twenty-minute episode of "Film '99" explores how the myth of the "reclusive" Kubrick already made every movement he took towards production an event, along with how wild reports about the two stars led to lawsuits for libel. But »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Project made its market bow this week at Annecy’s Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa) as part of its Feature Film 2014 Mifa Pitches Progam, a section that is fast emergizing as the key new talent focus at the cartoon confab.
Running around 75 minutes, the movie is accompanied by a a mini-series made up of four half-hours. Total project is budgeted at $3 million.
Targeting teens/young adults, “Darkness” has been created Rogerio Nunes. He helms and co-writes with Sergio Nesteriuk.
Lieutenant Marlowe’s story takes place this time round in a near-future Rio de Janeiro near future. Corruption-sodden, racked by riots, it is pretty much cut off from the rest of the world
A renowned –and honest – Rio cop, Marlowe is assigned to a mission of locating Captain Kurtz, »
- Emilio Mayorga
The unlikely location of Eastleigh is now the home of a geek-friendly film festival…
News Rob Leane
Ever wanted to hit the lanes in your dressing gown after seeing The Big Lebowski? Well, now you can. The newly launched Eastleigh Film Festival in Hampshire boasts an impressively geeky line-up, including a chance to see the Coen brothers’ hilarious dark comedy across the lanes of a real bowling alley.
Other interactive experiences throughout the week (which kicks off on Monday 22nd September) include enjoying an authentic Italian meal during Stanley Tucci’s ristorante-set drama Big Night and, perhaps best of all, a rare screening of George A Romero’s original Dawn Of The Dead in the spooky Swan shopping centre after dark. Count us in.
Tom Petch is both writer and director of The Patrol (Soda Pictures), which follows a physically and mentally exhausted British Patrol in Afghanistan as both ammunition and morale run dangerously low. Tom himself spent 8 years within the British armed forces and later the Special Forces, and was able to draw on his experiences and other solider accounts to form the story of The Patrol. A winner of the Raindance Best Film 2013 and described as “A Must-Watch” by the London Film Festival, Villordsutch managed to catch-up with Tom to ask him a handful of questions about his time he spent involved in the film.
Villordsutch: Tom can you tell us a small bit about your 8 year career within the armed forces?
Tom: I joined the army in ‘89 and left in ‘97 so I didn’t do Afghanistan. I joined a tank regiment »
The Film programme. That theme tune. This 48-minute podcast. And why not? The movie journalist legend that is Barry Norman stopped by the Empire Podcast booth to talk about his new book, his extraordinary career and just how close he came to punching Robert De Niro.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »
Matthew McConaughey is being hailed for his role as an HIV sufferer in Dallas Buyers Club and for his part in HBO's acclaimed series True Detective. He has escaped his romcom image and is tipped to take the best actor award tonight
By the end of the night, west coast time, it could all have been worth it for Matthew McConaughey. If he nets the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of the Aids sufferer Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, then his dramatic weight loss, his bold choices and the careful repositioning of his screen talent will have paid off.
Many of the stars lining up with him outside the Dolby Theatre, following their annual red carpet stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, will have nothing more to worry about than the forecast of heavy rain. But for those in the running for a major prize at the academy's 86th awards, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Oscar favourites mingle with little-known movies on the reader-voted shortlist for the Guardian Film Awards
Its Oscar prospects may be looking shakier following Gravity's triumphant haul at Sunday's Baftas, but 12 Years a Slave does dominate the shortlist for the Guardian Film Awards. Steve McQueen's slavery drama has converted every one of its longlist mentions into a place among the final five in each category, meaning it's in the running for best film, best director, best scene, best line of dialogue and biggest game-changer. It also scores two nominations in the best supporting actor group - for Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o.
The Guardian Film Awards, currently in their inaugural year, differ from traditional awards ceremonies both in criteria and eligibility. The best director and best film categories are open to fact, fiction and foreign language, while the best actor and best supporting actor categories follow Guardian style in referring »
- Catherine Shoard
Angelina Jolie exec produced film wins at Berlin Film Festival.Scroll down for full list of winners
Ethiopian film Difret, directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, has won the best fiction film prize in the 16th Panorama Audience Awards, in which Swiss feature The Circle (Der Kreis), Stefan Haupt, has also been named best documentary.
Voted for by the public, the award is presented by the Berlinale’s Panorama section in collaboration with radioeins of Berlin-Brandenburg’s public radio and television station rbb, and tip Berlin, Berlin’s city magazine.
The official award ceremony will be held on Berlinale Kinotag - a day of screenings for the public - on Sunday (Feb 16).
Difret, executive produced by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, centres on a young teenage girl who has to defend herself in court after killing her would-be husband during an attempt to abduct her into marriage.
The film, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Actor known for swashbuckling, wisecracking roles has muscled in on Hollywood's top table with role in Dallas Buyers Club
With the Academy Awards taking place on 2 March, a once almost unthinkable name has edged to the front of the best actor pack: Matthew McConaughey, once the bronzed clown prince of the romcom. His film Dallas Buyers Club, which hits British cinemas this weekend, has already won him top prizes at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards. The Oscar narrative, for what it's worth, has his name pencilled in.
He plays Ron Woodroof, a roguish character with Aids who starts importing drug treatments, and generated many faux-concerned tabloid headlines for his gaunt appearance. His performance is far more than mere body shock, however.
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Ross Kemp: Extreme World: Sky1, 9pm
Now starting its third run, this hard-hitting documentary series follows Ross Kemp as he and his crew film and expose crime and destitution. In this series opener, Ross travels to India to investigate sex trafficking, and secretly filmed footage reveals the disturbing scale of the industry.
The Following: Sky Atlantic, 10pm
The hit Us thriller returns for a second season, as former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is called back in to investigate a series of murders eerily similar to those committed by Joe Carroll (James Hardy). But he died in the explosion at the end of the last season... didn't he?
Film 2014: BBC One, 11.25pm
Claudia's back! Winkleman and her partner in crime Danny Leigh return for a new series of film discussion. Reviewed tonight: the dark folk music drama Inside Llewyn Davis and CIA thiller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. »
Now this is more like it! One of Full Moon’s lesser-known movies, Shadowzone originally debuted in 1990, just after Puppet Master exploded on to the scene. It is also the second of three Full Moon Productions (the company name was later changed to Full Moon Entertainment) that were lensed between 1989 and 1991 – the others being Puppet Master and Meridian, both of which have already had the DVD, and in Puppet Master‘s case, Blu-ray, treatment from 88 Films.
Shadowzone sees a group of Nasa hyper-sleep researchers conducting tests in an abandoned underground facility in the Nevada desert. When one subject dies during the test, Nasa sends in Captain Hickock (Beecroft) to investigate. and what he finds is more horrific than the death itself. The scientists, »
- Phil Wheat
Here's the latest Austin film news.
SXSW Film 2014 has announced its first film and programming lineup selections, including former Austinite Rob Thomas's highly-anticipated Veronica Mars; the horror comedy Creep, co-written and starring University of Texas alum Mark Duplass; and "A Conversation with Alejandro Jodorowsky," the subject of the Fantastic Fest 2013-screened documentary, Jodorowsky's Dune. The bulk of the rest of the film-fest lineup will be announced on January 30.In distribution news, the horror flick You're Next (Jordan's review), which screened at Fantastic Fest and SXSW, will be released on DVD, On Demand and Blu-ray Tuesday.Austin-based graphic designer and filmmaker Yen Tan's SXSW 2013-screened Pit Stop is now available On Demand. The drama tells the parallel stories of two gay men living in a small Texas town.Enjoy an evening of the best and worst that Texas westerns have to offer Thursday at 7 pm during the Bullock »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
As we continue into the awards season in early 2014, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for the outstanding films of 2013. Next up is the Directors Guild of America, one of the heavy weights and usually strong indicators of what's to come. The DGA announced nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2013, and included among them are many of the names we've been heralding as the best this year - Gravity's Cuaron, 12 Years a Slave's McQueen and The Wolf of Wall Street's Scorsese (earning his 11th nom). Noticably missing: Her director Spike Jonze and Nebraska director Alexander Payne. Things are getting interesting with the awards this year. Full list of 2014 DGA nominations below. The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2013 (alphabetically): › Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity › Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips › Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave › David O. Russell for American Hustle »
- Alex Billington
13 items from 2014
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