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Toronto Spotlight: ‘The Drop’ Scribe Dennis Lehane On Using Small Time Crime To Trigger Big Time Characters

6 September 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Dennis Lehane has had a more charmed run that most authors, watching his superb novels Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island get turned into fine movies. Now he’s adapted one of his short stories into the Fox Searchlight drama The Drop, with Bullhead helmer Michael R. Roskam launching the film at Toronto last night and a cast led by Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Bullhead‘s Matthias Schoenarts and John Ortiz. Here, Lehane discusses what it’s like to have his dialogue made better by great actors, and what Hollywood owes authors in turning their books into films.

Deadline: You have this gift for creating memorably desperate tough guy characters on the fringes of the criminal world. Where did the inspiration for Animal Rescue come from?

Lehane: It started just with an image. A guy walking in the snow, down a street, and he hears a noise. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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BAFTA to host Ray Winstone event

3 September 2014 7:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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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DVD Obscura: The New Indie and International Movies You Need to Watch

7 August 2014 6:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

New Indie: If you haven’t seen Under the Skin (Lionsgate Home Entertainment), you’re missing one of the year’s most provocative movies, in every sense of the word: It’s sexy, it’s narratively demanding, and it’s a movie that requires active viewership as you unravel its mysteries and explore just what, exactly, is going on. Director Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Sexy Beast) casts Scarlett Johansson as an alien who falls to Earth to pursue a sinister agenda, only to have her plans go awry, sending her character (and the film itself) into new and unpredictable directions. Turn out the lights, shut off your phone, give this movie your full attention, and get ready to have long, heated discussions about it with friends. It’s that much of a mind...

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- Alonso Duralde

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The Rover Review

7 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director:  David Michôd

Starring:  Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy

Running Time:  102 mins

Certificate:  15

Synopsis: 10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

A drifter has his car stolen by a trio of robbers, bruised and bloody from a botched crime scene. The owner gives chase, but this is no ordinary revenge thriller. We are in a sweltering Outback of the near future, ravaged by social collapse and as the thieves are about to learn, nothing will halt the relentless pursuit of The Rover. Writer and director David Michôd’s latest offering is an exhausting but often powerful journey into a landscape without boundaries or rules.

Though the film’s central relationship concerns a middle-aged burnout clinging to »

- Steve Palace

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Sir Ben Kingsley Talks The Boxtrolls, His Career, Voicing Bagheera in The Jungle Book, The Mandarin, Exodus: Gods And Kings, and More at Comic-Con

5 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Produced by Laika and based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, the stop-motion animated feature The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright), who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (voiced by Ben Kingsley). While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, actor Ben Kingsley spoke at a roundtable interview about why he was so taken with this film, how freeing he found the voice recording experience, voicing the leopard Bagheera for Jon Favreau’s live-action feature The Jungle Book, starting his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, how much he enjoyed playing The Mandarin in Iron Man 3, how Sexy Beast changed people’s perception of him, what he learned from the experience of making Gandhi, being a part of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, »

- Christina Radish

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Comic-Con: Ben Kingsley makes debut

26 July 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday.

“This is only my third or fourth animation,” said Kingsley, whose entry drew loud applause, particularly after the Mc referenced his role in Iron Man 3.

“It was very liberating to depend upon my voice to bring this extraordinary creature to life…I did most of my recordings lying down to allow the voice to come from a different place.”

Laika’s third feature after Oscar nominees Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls is a period tale based on Alan Snow’s book Here Be Monsters!

The story takes place in a Dickensian-looking town where an orphaned boy was raised by a tribe of subterranean foragers targeted by an ambitious pest exterminator.

Kingsley plays said exterminator Archibald Snatcher, who deliberately demonises the harmless Boxtrolls to further his own cause »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Ben Kingsley makes Con debut for Boxtrolls

26 July 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday (26).

“This is only my third or fourth animation,” said Kingsley, whose entry drew loud applause, particularly after the Mc referenced his role in Iron Man 3.

“It was very liberating to depend upon my voice to bring this extraordinary creature to life…I did most of my recordings lying down to allow the voice to come from a different place.”

Laika’s third feature after Oscar nominees Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls is a period tale based on Alan Snow’s book Here Be Monsters!

The story takes place in a Dickensian-looking town where an orphaned boy was raised by a tribe of subterranean foragers targeted by an ambitious pest exterminator.

Kingsley plays said exterminator Archibald Snatcher, who deliberately demonises the harmless Boxtrolls to further his own cause »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Boxtrolls Comic-Con Panel Recap: Getting Lost in the Lovable, Grimy World of Underground Scavengers

26 July 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Boxtrolls is one of my most-anticipated films of the fall.  Laika is one of the most exciting studios working today because they’re the only one wholly committed to the beautiful art of stop-motion animation.  But beyond their medium, they’re telling rich, interesting stories about weird outsiders traveling through strange worlds.  The Boxtrolls looks like their most ambitious yet, and today’s Comic-Con panel made me even more eager to see this strange, gorgeous movie. Hit the jump for The Boxtrolls Comic-Con panel recap. Panel Highlights Panelists: Travis Knight (animation supervisor), Anthony Stacchi & Graham Annable (directors), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Eggs), Elle Fanning (Winnie Portley-Rind), and Sir Ben Kingsley (Archibald Snatcher) They directors wanted Ben Kingsley because of Sexy Beast and thought he would make a great voice for a memorable villain like Snatcher.  “I think anyone who is constantly passed over by life,” says Kingsley, “…is hugely vulnerable.”  So »

- Matt Goldberg

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Competition: Win 'Under the Skin' *closed*

22 July 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (whose previous stellar outings include Sexy Beast and Birth), Under the Skin (2013) features an absolutely mesmerising performance from American actress Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien temptress preying upon lonely male hitchhikers in Scotland. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Under the Skin this coming Monday (14 July), we have Three Blu-ray copies of Glazer's unforgettable sci-fi offering to offer out to our readers courtesy of the fine folks at UK distributors StudioCanal. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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- CineVue UK

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Blu-ray Review – Under the Skin (2013)

14 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Under the Skin, 2013.

Directed by Jonathan Glazer.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Jessica Mance, Krystof Hádek, Scott Dymond, and Michael Moreland.

Synopsis:

A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Opening on an aligning of planetary activity, darkness shimmering against the beaming light of the intergalactic, it is evident from the very first frames that Under the Skin is unlike anything you’ve seen. As the planets align and then fade into the very darkness they first appeared, the camera moves slowly away to a screen of white, purposely taking its time to reveal the eye of our protagonist, in this case an alien being, who is seemingly in some sort of human “training” before being released onto the third rock from the sun.

As you can tell, this is no-compromise cinema from the outset, the sort »

- Scott Davis

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Jonathan Glazer on directing Doctor Who

10 July 2014 3:35 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

We sat down for an extended chat with Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) about his latest masterpiece Under The Skin (read the full interview here) and during our discussion, the director compared himself to Davros. We made a mental note and, as it's sanctioned journalistic law that you're allowed to posit a cheeky question at the end of the interview, we decided to close by asking the art-house genius if he'd be up for directing an episode of Doctor Who. Then we went a bit giddy with glee over his initial answer. You mentioned Davros,...

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- Sam Ashurst

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17 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About Chris Jericho

3 July 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Chris Jericho is one of the greatest entertainers in WWE history. He’s been a key performer in the company for the last 15 years ever since he burst on the stage on August 9, 1999 as the countdown of the Millennium reached zero.From that point on, he has proven that he has been a tremendous party host and the Ayatollah of Rock n Rolla as well. Those are just some of the names that he’s referred to himself as. Don’t forget about The King of the World, Lionheart, The Highlight of the Night or the Sexy Beast. There are even more names and plenty of catchphrases that you’ll never, eeeeeever forget.

It’s been incredible to see Jericho’s growth as a performer over the last 15 years. When he showed up in WWE after leaving WCW there was a lot of excitement about it, but we also didn »

- John Canton

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Best Shot Schedule - Final Episodes

2 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The first half of the 5th season of "Best Shot" began with the most robust participation ever. I hope we can kick it back up to that notch for these final 5-7 episodes. Here's what's on tap so adjust your queues and join the fun... 

Tues July 15th Batman 75th Anniversary Special (1989-2012)

WB/DC have been celebrating the 75th birthday of the winged nut (not to be confused with wingnut) all year with various events. For this special event, choose any one (or more) of the 9 theatrically released Batman features and select your "Best Shot". I'll link up to your selections. It'll be interesting to see which of the features and which characters are best represented, don't you think? I'm guessing everyone chooses Batman and Robin as their favorite. 

Batman (1966) | Batman (1989) | Batman Returns (1992) | Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) | Batman Forever (1995) | Batman & Robin (1997) | Batman Begins (2005) | The Dark Knight (2008) | The Dark Knight Rises »

- NATHANIEL R

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Win ‘Under The Skin’ On Blu-Ray!

2 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Studiocanal is thrilled to announce the home entertainment release of one of the films of the year, as Under The Skin arrives on digital platforms on July 7th and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 14th July 2014.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth), Under The Skin features an absolutely mesmerising performance from Scarlett Johansson (Her, Don Jon) as a seductive alien preying upon hitchhikers in Scotland.

Adapted from Michael Faber’s novel of the same name, Under The Skin has undergone a decade-long transition from page to screen, with performances heightened in the finished film by Glazer’s singular decision to shoot many of Johansson’s scenes as unscripted conversations with non-actors, using hidden cameras. Johansson’s revealing performance excitingly displays a further willingness to not only bare her own skin, but to deviate from convention as her character battles with burgeoning emotions in a world filled with feeling. »

- Dan Bullock

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Halfway Mark: The Best Movies of 2014 (so far) Part 2

1 July 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

15. Stranger by the Lake

Directed by Alain Guiraudie

Written by Alain Guiraudie

France

Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »

- Ricky

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Variety Critics Pick the Best Films of 2014 (So Far)

23 June 2014 5:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To say that our top three critics don’t always see eye-to-eye would be an understatement, but they can all agree on at least one thing: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is one of Wes Anderson’s best movies, and one of the strongest entries in a year that has so far offered no shortage of cinematic excellence. Also mentioned by at least one critic: a steamy gay-cruising thriller, a hotly debated biblical epic, and two staggeringly ambitious magnum opuses that clocked in at more than four hours apiece. There will be many more hours (and weeks, and months) of moviegoing to come before they have their final say on the year in movies, but at the moment, 2014 is off to an excellent start.

Here, listed in alphabetical order, are our critics’ picks for the best films released theatrically from January to June 2014:

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Re-reading my Variety review of “Moonrise Kingdom,” I found the line, “While (Wes) Anderson is essentially a miniaturist, making dollhouse movies about meticulously appareled characters in perfectly appointed environments, each successive film finds him working on a more ambitious scale.” His latest is the apotheosis of that aesthetic — a nested series of stories as complex and intricately detailed as fine Swiss clockwork, given soul by the great Ralph Fiennes.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Between this and “The Lego Movie,” we’ve been spoiled by great animation this year. My expectations were sky-high for the follow-up to DreamWorks cartoon coming-of-ager, and writer-director Dean DeBlois exceeded them, delivering a sequel with integrity, one that respects and expands upon the original while aging the characters five years — a rarity in a medium where Bart Simpson has spent the last 25 years repeating Mrs. Krabappel’s fourth-grade class.

Locke

What an exhilarating experiment: Using just one actor (Tom Hardy), one location (a moving BMW) and a series of phone calls as his script, writer-director Steven Knight has crafted a gripping character-driven drama. It’s the polar opposite of all the comicbook movies hogging screens these days, not simply for its lack of visual effects and spandex suits, but because “Locke” recognizes that a flawed human being is infinitely more interesting than a superhero.

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- Variety Staff

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Telefilm Canada Supports New Feature Films

20 June 2014 9:55 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Telefilm Canada has confirmed its financial support of nearly $13 million of Canadian tax payers' money towards the production of nine English-language feature films through the 'Canada Feature Film Fund', although there doesn't seem to be anything culturally 'Canadian' about most of their selections, other than the crews that will be working on them.

Among the films receiving money include a psycho horror with a demonic 'Santa Claus', a bio pic about a former Queen of Sweden, the 'relationship' between 'James Dean' and a photographer, a thriller involving a Satanic child abuse sex ring, and an inflatable Sex Doll drug smuggling story:

The films are "After the Ball" (Sean Garrity), "A Christmas Horror Story" (Steven Hoban, Grant Harvey, Brett Sullivan), "Aloft" (Claudia Llosa), "A Worthy Companion" (Jason Sanchez, Carlos Sanchez), "Life" (Anton Corbijn), "Regression" (Alejandro Amenabar), "Rest Home" (Michael Rowe), "The Girl King" (Mika Kaurismäki) and "Zoom" (Pedro Morelli »

- Michael Stevens

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Under the Skin

16 June 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 15, 2014

Price: DVD $19.98 , Blu-ray $24.99

Studio: Lionsgate

Scarlett Johansson (Don Jon) stars as an alien seductress in the 2013 existential science fiction thriller Under the Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth).

In the film, a voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.

Based on the novel by Michel Faber, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an alien heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.

Released in limited distribution to U.S. theaters in April, 2014, the R-rated film was nominated for the Golden Lion award at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and four awards at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, including Best Actress and Best Director. »

- Laurence

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The Top Ten Bald Baddies of the Big Screen

5 June 2014 4:10 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It is always fun recalling the hair-raising scheming of bald bad guys in cinema. These hairless hooligans make for entertaining film fiends that take being naughty on the big screen to a whole new level of devilish delight. Whenever chaos and corruption is in the mix one can count on these balding bad apples to take it to the level of insanity. Now granted that there are other Bald Baddies of the Big Screen that are just as worthy as making anyone’s top ten list besides the selections that being profiled in this column. In any event, let’s just take a gander at the follicle-challenged foes in this serving of badness and baldness, shall we?

Here are The Top Ten Bald Baddies of the Big Screen (in alphabetical order):

1.) Ernst Stavro Blofeld from You Only Live Twice (1967)

There have been many menacing James Bond villains that have »

- Frank Ochieng

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Win a prize bundle from Cuban Fury

5 June 2014 1:48 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Cuban Fury on 9th June, we’ve been given 5 of the following to give away; DVDs, Sound Track CDs, T shirts and Flashdance poster bundles.

Cuban Fury stars Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul), Rashida Jones (The Social Network, I Love You, Man), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, The Boat that Rocked), Olivia Colman (Hot Fuzz, “Broadchurch”), Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sexy Beast) and Kayvan Novak (Four Lions, “Fonejacker”).

1987:  Poised to sweep the floor at the UK Junior Salsa Championships, 13-year-old Bruce Garrett has fire in his heels and the world at his feet… Until a freakish bullying incident robs him of his confidence and his life is diverted down a very different path.  So it is that 22 years later, having locked away his boyhood dreams, Bruce finds himself out-of-shape, unloved and »

- Competitions

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