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This week Neil Calloway looks at what winning the Palme d’Or can do to your box office…
So we are in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, and it’s easy to dismiss it as a two-week publicity vehicle for beautiful actresses to get photographed next to middle-aged European film directors on the Croisette, or a time for oligarchs and their trophy wives to entertain fading Hollywood stars on their super yachts. However, the importance of the festival to the film industry cannot be understated.
Cannes is the biggest film industry event of the year; the Oscars comes close but that only lasts one night. It is, in fact, one of the biggest annual events of any kind. As William Goldman points out in Hype and Glory, his entertaining memoir of sitting on the juries for both Cannes and the Miss America Pageant, the World Cup and Olympics are bigger, »
- Neil Calloway
'About a Boy,' with Hugh Grant and Baby 'About a Boy' movie review: Some men should remain islands On the surface, Chris and Paul Weitz's 2002 movie About a Boy has a profound, affecting premise. No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. With the above statement, seventeenth-century English poet John Donne reached beyond the apparent isolation of each individual by affirming the invisible oneness that encompasses all of humankind – and, why not, all living creatures. »
- Andre Soares
Mem Ferda (Gunned Down, Hyena, Pusher, The Devil's Double) has signed to feature in 'A Punters Prayer' the debut feature by Savvas D. Michael. Set in Palmers Green, London, 'A Punters Prayer' is an intense story about a group of friends who meet habitually at the local betting office to indulge in their favorite pastime of laddish banter, lamenting about life and family, but most critically, satisfying their addiction to gambling. Written and directed by first timer, Savvas D. Michael, it also stars; Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Daniel Caltagirone (The Pianist). »
Set in Palmers Green, London, ‘A Punters Prayer’ is an intense story about a group of friends who meet habitually at the local betting office to indulge in their favorite pastime of laddish banter, lamenting about life and family, but most critically, satisfying their addiction to gambling.
In a recent interview, Mem Ferda, who plays Bektash Ali, the local Turkish Mafia Boss, commented,“it’s an intriguing, smart, urban satire, bursting with authentic and intriguing characters and should do extremely well’’. Mem who has recently wrapped on Mark McQueen’s powerful action film ‘A »
Actor Mem Ferda (Gunned Down) is set to star in the upcoming thriller A Punter's Prayer. The film takes a look at ladish culture, in Palmers Green, London. Here, the locals bet and gather in this huge gambling world. The film also stars Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Daniel Caltagirone (The Pianist) and Andreas Karras (The Kidnap Diaries). with Savvas D. Michael the director. A preview for the film is hosted here. Actor Ferda has something to say of the film. He talks about the diversity of the characters, in this upcoming title: "it’s a remarkable examination of the multicultural society that is prevalent in London today. The film is bursting with authentic and intriguing characters and should do extremely well." The film has already been shot in this bustling metropolis, with a release date and trailer coming soon. Release Date: Tba. Director/writer: Savvas D. Michael. »
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Set in Palmers Green, London, A Punters Prayer is set to be an intense story about a group of friends who meet habitually at the local betting office to indulge in their favorite pastime of laddish banter, lamenting about life and family, but most critically, satisfying their addiction to gambling.
Written and directed by first timer, Savvas D. Michael, it also stars; Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Daniel Caltagirone (The Pianist). Other cast members include Jamie Crew, Tommy O’Neill and Ewen MacIntosh. [Continued ...] »
London born screen star Mem Ferda (A Life of Violence, Hyena, Pusher) has signed to feature in ‘A Punters Prayer’ the debut feature by Savvas D. Michael. Set in Palmers Green, London, ‘A Punters Prayer’ is an intense story about a group of friends who meet habitually at the local betting office to indulge in their favorite pastime of laddish banter, lamenting about life and family, but most critically, satisfying their addiction to gambling. Written and directed by first timer, Savvas D. Michael, it also stars; Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Daniel Caltagirone (The Pianist). In a recent interview, Mem Ferda, who plays Bektash Ali, the [ Read More ]
I. The Rattigan Version
After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont. Actor John Gielgud agreed. “They’ve seen me in so much first rate stuff,” Gielgud asked Rattigan; “Do you really think they will like me in anything second rate?” Rattigan insisted he wasn’t “content writing a play to please an audience today, but to write a play that will be remembered in fifty years’ time.”
Ultimately, Rattigan paired a brooding character study, The Browning Version, with a light farce, Harlequinade. Entitled Playbill, the show was finally produced by Stephen Mitchell in September 1948, starring Eric Portman, and became a runaway hit. While Harlequinade faded into a footnote, the first half proved an instant classic. Harold Hobson wrote that “Mr. Portman’s playing and Mr. Rattigan’s writing »
- Christopher Saunders
Adrien Brody might not seem like a tough guy, but he was quick to get in the face of a couple of guys he thought were disrespectful to his girlfriend. The Oscar winner and his girl were at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas Thursday night when we're told 5 guys starting hitting on her. Adrien's Gf got real uncomfortable so he stepped up and confronted them. There was pushing and shoving, but eventually hotel security calmed the situation down. »
- TMZ Staff
Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* Deadline.com first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play Boise lawyer Beth, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman, Jamie, auditing her class.† Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes screening details on Avenged and Serpent's Lullaby, a new Hayride 2 trailer, concept teaser and production details for The Void, first details on short film Paralysis, and more:
Details on Q&A Screenings of Avenged: "Avenged is showing at the Arena Cinemas in Hollywood from March 6. Uncork’d Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed Avenged at Arena Cinemas Hollywood on March 6, 2015.
A second Q&A session will be held after the Sunday March 8 6:30 Pm screening.
These two Q&A sessions are Exclusive to Los Angeles. A lethal injection of scares, thrills, romance, »
- Tamika Jones
Poland was celebrating on Monday after Pawel Pawlikowski won the country's first-ever Oscar in the best foreign-language film category at Sunday night's 87th Academy Awards for Ida. The country is the home of some of the world's best-known filmmakers. Among Oscar winners from Poland or with Polish connections are Roman Polanski, who was born in France but also holds Polish citizenship (for The Pianist), cinematographer Januzs Kaminski (Schindler's List) and veteran director Andrzej Wajda, who received an honorary Oscar, among others. The nation of 40 million people had never won the foreign-language category though despite nine
- Nick Holdsworth
By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
- Anjelica Oswald
Shot over 2 weeks in London and the South Coast, Blood And Carpet is a 1960’s influenced, kitchen sink, comedy thriller. Directed by Graham Fletcher-Cook and starring Annie Burkin (Zebra Crossing), Billy Wright (Betsy And Leonard) and Frank Boyce (Tony) it features supporting roles from Nicola Stapleton (EastEnders, The Rise Of The Krays) Julian Firth (Scum) and Andrew Tiernan (300, The Pianist). !
London 1967 and Ruby and Lyle have a problem. A … Continue reading →
Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »
- Steve Montgomery
By Anjelica Oswald
Only one of this year’s adapted screenplay nominees isn’t adapted from a book, and that’s Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is adapted from his short film of the same name that took home the jury prize for short film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The other four adaptations all come from books, three non-fiction and one fiction.
- Anjelica Oswald
Wildcard Films Distribution has today announced the DVD and On-Demand release of director Adam Wimpenny’s directorial debut Blackwood, a reworking of the classic British Ghost Story, which stars Ed Stoppard (The Pianist), Sophia Myles (Hallam Foe), Paul Kaye (Dracula Untold), Russell Tovey (Him & Her) and Greg Wise (Effie Gray).
The film, which has been described as “genuinely tense” by Anna Smith of Metro, is set for release on February 23rd across both platforms, and to tease the film’s release, director Wimpenny has released the video below with a taster of what can be expected…
Wildcard Films Distribution is proud to announce the DVD release of Adam Wimpenny’s feature film directorial debut which reworks the classic British ghost story in this compelling psychological drama with a chilling, modern twist. College professor Ben Marshall is recovering from a nervous breakdown and looking for a fresh start when he takes »
- Scott J. Davis
★★★★★ William Faulkner once made the sage point that "the past is never dead. It's not even past." Louis Malle's Golden Lion winner Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) is a Second World War-set film very much guided in spirit by the Us novelist's musing on the febrile relationship between memory, time and individual and collective histories. For years the director only ever discussed a childhood experience with an older brother, who was also there to bear witness. As with Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002) or even Spielberg's Schindler’s List (1994), filmmakers tackling the Holocaust have acknowledged that these delicate projects needed to be made at what felt like the appropriate moment.
- CineVue UK
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
Anderson, Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater, Tyldum.
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014.
“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”
Of the DGA nominations, Oscar pundit Scott Feinberg (THR) writes, “You’ll notice that the list does not include Selma’s Ava DuVernay, Gone Girl’s David Fincher, Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller, Interstellar’s Christopher Nolan, Inherent Vice’s Paul Thomas Anderson, The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh, Unbroken’s Angelina Jolie, Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall and A Most Violent Year »
- Michelle McCue
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