12 items from 2013
Odd List Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 06:34
Ben Affleck's enjoyed a career resurgence as well as internet ire of late. Here's a look at a few of his underappreciated films...
Ben Affleck doesn't need us. He's got a directorial career of three strong movies from three outings. He has a movie star spouse. He has two Oscars, one for both his downstairs and upstairs toilet, and he gets to tell his kids that he's Batman without having to lie. Furthermore, it's scary to think how good the boxset of his directorial work is going to be in 30 years' time.
But the resurgence of the Affleck, culminating in his Best Picture winning movie Argo, and his casting as Batman in Batman Vs Superman, overlooks the fact that his CV is hardly short of really good films, really good choices, and some really good performances. Whilst most of the press he's »
Ellie Goulding has premiered her new short film online.
The singer stars alongside Dylan Edwards in Tom & Issy, which was shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020.
The film features tracks from Goulding's latest album Halcyon Days, including her current single 'How Long Will I Love You'.
The song has been released as this year's official Children in Need single and is currently within the Top 10 in the UK midweek chart.
Watch the official music video for Ellie Goulding's 'How Long Will I Love You' below: »
Following her recent sold-out UK tour and Q Award for Best Solo Artist, Ellie Goulding stars in a new short film – ‘Tom And Issy’ – which premiered on her Vevo channel on earlier on today.
Written by Stefan Georgiou and Sam Bern, who have recently finished their debut feature film Dead Car and been selected as Screen Internationals Stars Of Tomorrow, Tom And Issy follows the titular flatmates as Tom whisks Issy away from her unappreciative boyfriend to drive around London for the day daring each other to do things they’ve never done before. It culminates in an open mic night in a rooftop bar where Issy hopes to find it within herself to sing in public for the first time. It’s a story that captures the intricate complications and excitement of falling in love.
- Paul Heath
Shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020, this short film is rather fab and may even bring a tear to your eye! It stars singer / songwriter Ellie Goulding who plays Issy, wannabe music artist who lacks confidence and is egged on by her flatmate Tom. Her boyfriend is far too engaged in his own business to show any interest and it’s Tom who helps her find the form that he knows she can deliver.
The short film was helmed by Notting Hill / director Roger Mitchell who we interviewed recently for his movie Le Week-End which you can see here. It shows just how event Hollywood’s best and brightest can make a really effective short film with nothing more than a camera phone so if you’re inspired to make your own movie, get out there and do it!
- David Sztypuljak
Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) and two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Hannah And Her Sisters) will star in the heartwarming drama, Harry And The Butler, to be directed by George C. Wolfe, winner of the Directors Guild Award for “Lackawanna Blues,” it was announced today by producers Philippe Rivier of Spirit Films and Colin Callender of Playground Entertainment.
The film, written by Damian F. Slattery, will start shooting on location in Louisiana in spring 2014.
Harry And The Butler is the story of Harry (Sam Jackson), a one-time jazz virtuoso living in New Orleans who has given up on his dreams and now spends his days as the mechanic for a derelict rollercoaster and his nights in his makeshift home – a converted train caboose. When his former mentor bequeaths him a large sum of money, Harry – in a drunken celebration –decides to hire himself an aging, »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Turkey is being tipped as one of the potential new hot destinations for formats. Now the country, which straddles Europe and Asia, is making a big entrance into the Us marketplace with the first scripted format set up at a network by American producers, Ghost Whisperer alums Ian Sander and Kim Moses. The project, The End, to be directed and executive produced by Peter Horton and written by feature writer Michael Cooney (Identity), is one of two dramas sold by Sander/Moses Prods., along with The Edge, written by another feature scribe, Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes) and produced by Mark Roberts (Strangers With Candy). Sander and Moses are executive producing both projects while also prepping their midseason CBS drama series, Reckless. The End, which is set up at Fox with 20th TV producing, centers on Lauren Marks who believes she is leading a perfect life — she has a loving husband, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
August 22, 2013 will forever be known as the day the internet exploded. After announcing the Man of Steel sequel would include Batman in a surprise announcement at Comic-Con, geek speculation began: Who would portray the Caped Crusader in said film? Would Christian Bale accept a small island as payment and return? Would it be an unknown? An established name? Well-known Bat-film mainstay, Batman-On-Film.com, broke the news that the studio was looking for an actor in their forties. This fueled the flames even more so and, for a moment, it seemed as though Josh Brolin was the man to beat.
Brolin seemed to be a solid choice. He certainly has the acting chops and the blockbuster experience as well as fitting the older mold that the studio was looking for. However, speculation on the negative press that his recent divorce from returning Man of Steel cast member, Diane Lane, began to circulate. »
- Josh Wright
"Here's to the future." Curzon Film World has debuted the trailer for the new film from acclaimed South African director Roger Michell (Enduring Love, Changing Lanes, Venus, Notting Hill) titled Le Week-end, premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan stars as an old married couple celebrating their wedding anniversary in Paris. While there, they run into an old friend, played by Jeff Goldblum, who "gives them a new vision on life and love." Even though I haven't married yet, I still find this trailer adorable, amusing and just kind of charming. Plus it makes me want to visit Paris. Here's the official UK trailer for Roger Michell's Le Week-end, direct from Curzon Film World: Synopsis for Le Week-end from Tiff.net: Revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon, a long-married British couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) run into an old »
- Alex Billington
Ben Affleck is a man of many talents. His CV is crammed with impressive achievements - actor, writer, director, producer, international heart-throb, and now he can add another string to his already brimming bow - Batman.
His casting in the sought-after Hollywood role for the Man of Steel sequel was announced this morning (August 23) and sent social media into overdrive. The movie will mark the first time that these two superheroes have appeared on the big screen together.
1. Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born in Berkeley, California on August 15, 1972. He was born to mother Christine, who was a teacher, and father Timothy, a social worker turned director and actor. Affleck is of English, Irish, German, Swedish, Scottish and French ancestry and he has a younger brother, actor Casey, who was born after the family moved to Massachusetts. »
News Simon Brew 23 Aug 2013 - 07:03
This morning, we set our alarm to allow ourselves a cheeky extra 15 minutes in bed. Predictably, this happened on the day when Warner Bros decided to announce its choice as the new big screen Batman. As you probably well know by now, Ben Affleck has been chosen to take over the cape and cowl from Christian Bale. The actor will take on the role in 2015's Batman/Superman movie, and if the plan goes ahead for a 2017 Justice League picture, you can conclude he'll be in that too. Barring a major disaster, he's Batman for a good five years at least, probably more.
One side effect of the extra 15 minutes of snoozing was that by the time we got to the news, »
The 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest is coming and with 330 films on the line-up, good luck figuring out where to begin. Fortunately the programmers have broken up the selections into theme-specific sections. There’s Cons and Consequences for films about con artists, an entire program dedicated to musicals, Seven Deadly Sins, Sibling Stories, and loads more, but we’re going to narrow it down to just one, a piece in the Changing Lanes program – “Little Shadow.” “Little Shadow” is written and directed by London native Toby Fell-Holden. Fell- Holden earned a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University, but his attraction to film was undeniable so in 2008, [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
Chicago – I’m always astonished when a filmmaker takes a fascinating figure immortalized in history and decides to explore one of the least interesting aspects of their life. “The Iron Lady” was so fixated on celebrating Margaret Thatcher’s gender that it ignored both her achievements and her controversies. “My Week with Marilyn” made the maddening decision to view its titular Hollywood icon through the perspective of a starry-eyed bore.
And now here’s “Hyde Park on Hudson,” a ghastly piece of would-be Oscar bait sure to offend every history buff eager to see a solid biopic (or, at the very least, character portrait) of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is a president whose policies are still a vital part of the national discourse today, and whose steadfast determination to pull America out of a hellacious Depression led to its transformation. Ed Asner has been touring the country in a one-man »
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12 items from 2013
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