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The veteran actor’s new film, Learning to Drive, is directed, written and produced by women. He explains why it’s an experience he’s keen to repeat
He has won world renown – and an Oscar – for his roles in films by some of the greatest male directors. Now Sir Ben Kingsley, star of Gandhi and Sexy Beast, says he is determined to produce and star in movies directed by women – because they are better at understanding male vulnerability.
Related: Learning To Drive: a modest drama with a big heart
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- Dalya Alberge
Starz and FremantleMedia North America announced today that Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” “Ray Donovan”) has been cast as Mr. Wednesday in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.
Neil Gaiman said
“When you write a beloved character (beloved with, or despite, or because of all his faults) like Mr. Wednesday, you get to watch the internet trying to cast the role. I've seen a hundred names suggested, but few make me grin like Ian McShane does. I've already been lucky enough to have him in one film (he was bright blue in it, animated, and probably Polish). Now I count myself even luckier: he's made the journey from ‘Lovejoy’ to ‘American Gods.’ Yesterday was Super Tuesday. Today is Wonderful Wednesday.”
“Actor. Icon. And now god. It is a goddamn delight to »
- Kellvin Chavez
UK distribution outfit Vertigo Releasing has picked up UK rights to Thomas Napper’s boxing drama Jawbone.
As previously revealed by Screen, Johnny Harris (This Is England ’86) penned the film’s screenplay and also stars alongside Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) and Michael Smiley (Kill List), while musician Paul Weller is composing the score.
Ian McShane (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) has since joined the ensemble cast of the drama, which tells the story of a former youth boxing champion who, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club.
Retired boxer Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan are consulting on the film to prepare Harris for his role.
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When I think of a good ol’ fashion cussfest, Ben Kingsley’s Oscar-nominated performance as Don Logan in Jonathan Glazer’s terrific “Sexy Beast” comes to mind, dropping profanities faster than you can blink an eye. Since sound and picture merged together into the spectacular form we are familiar with in 1927, the history of shameful language has been quite zigzagged. This new video from Movie Munchies gives you a precise and speedy look back into the progression of bad language in film — it’s start at the word damn in 1929, the establishment of the MPAA in 1934 (they caught on fast!), and the return of the word damn in 1939’s technicolor paragon, “Gone With The Wind.” Read More: Watch This 5-Minute Supercut Of Actors Acting Opposite Themselves Now though the producers of “Gone With The Wind” received what would have been an $85,000 fine today, it was clear that some alterations needed »
- Samantha Vacca
Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.
He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a »
- Nick Newman
A Bigger Splash UK trailer: StudioCanal debuts a new look at the February release.
The A Bigger Splash UK trailer has just been released. The film arrives in cinemas next month, and we really suggest you check it out as we really enjoyed it after seeing it at last year’s London Film Festival.
A Bigger Splash is a dazzling, sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock ‘n’ roll under the Mediterranean sun. From Luca Guadagnino, director of the Academy Award-nominated I Am Love, and starring Ralph Fiennes (Spectre), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Matthias Schoenaerts (Far From the Madding Crowd) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel), A Bigger Splash is set to be a must-see for audiences this February.
When a high-profile couple – a rock star and a filmmaker decide to vacation on a remote Italian island, their rest is disrupted by the sudden visit of an old friend and his sexy, »
- Paul Heath
6 items from 2016
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