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Who was the queen of sharp tailoring, who outshone Liberace and which baby eclipsed Harper Beckham? We present the style winners of the year
Donna Tartt appears to produce a novel a decade – and 2013 saw her third, The Goldfinch, released. With it, fashion rejoiced along with the literati: the author's razor-sharp bob returned for another moment in the spotlight. It really is a thing of beauty, one that gives the Queen of the Bob, Anna Wintour – and new convert Miley Cyrus – a run for their money. Tartt teams it with a proper look but unlike Anna, who loves a frock, Tartt wears her bob with tailoring almost as sharp as the plot lines in The Secret History. The result is the kind of disciplined, taut and clever style that the rest of us can only aspire to.
Sure, Michael Douglas »
- Imogen Fox, Lauren Cochrane
Today's episode sort of breezed by and while it isn't long we cover a lot of ground including some early thoughts on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, plenty more Oscar talk, scheduling the next Box Office Draft, new DVDs and Blu-rays, games and a Christmas edition of Watch This or Watch That. Hope you enjoy. A quick reminder of our upcoming Holiday Schedule where we will be taking a break from December 16-26, returning on December 27. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail »
- Brad Brevet
Apologies to the five or so of you who read this with any regularity, there was no column last week. Day job woes and Christmas combined to stomp my ass into a fug of inactivity in terms of watching and writing about it. Therefore you get a bumper edition this week with two weeks’ worth of content.
In other big news House of Cards returns to Netflix with season two in February and the Turbo super-fast snail animated series, based on that DreamWorks film that recently came out, debuts in December. Now TV also has you covered during Christmas week by adding a new big title pretty much every day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although apart from Elf on Now TV and a dedicated Christmas selection, there is a disturbing lack of Christmas themed films on the other services.
- Chris Holt
An interesting addition to the cast of Stephen Frears' currently untitled Lance Armstrong biopic, starring Ben Foster as the cyclist. The production has announced that Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, last seen in Little Fockers and Barney's Version, will appear in the film. "Hoffman will join when the production moves to the Us for the final stages of the shoot." No word on exactly what role he's playing in the story, which has many players. In addition to Ben Foster, the cast includes Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons. They also announced that Lee Pace (of The Fall, A Single Man, The Hobbit) is in the cast, but don't specifiy his role yet. I like this cast and the first look photo caught my attention, we'll be following. This big screen take on the Lance Armstrong story is being directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Tamara Drewe, Philomena »
- Alex Billington
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
With more than fifty years of bringing cinema to the Bay Area, the San Francisco Film Society announced its first annual Fall Celebration. The new awards event seeks to honor "Creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration in cinema" with an inaugural including screening of "Fruitvale Station," "Her," "Nebraska" and the documentary "The Square." “The Fall Celebration is a great way to further link like minds in the Bay Area and Hollywood,” said San Francisco Film Society board member Sid Ganis. "The focus of the Awards Season has now been broadened to the Bay Area where there are thousands of creative artists in all areas of filmmaking." The Fall Celebration, which takes place on Thursday, November 14th, will host such guests as directors Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station"), Spike Jonze ("Her") and Alexander Payne ("Nebraska"). Fore more information visit their website. »
- James Hiler
Universal is moving quickly to fill the vacated Christian Grey role for its upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation. Unless you're a Broadway buff or a fan of the British television series The Fall, you probably haven't heard of either of these guys. First up is Tony-nominated actor Billy Magnussen. THR is reporting that Magnussen is "among a small group of men who have begun testing for the role of Grey." Age: 28 What He's Best Known For: Nominated for best featured actor this year for Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike. Buzz: Magnussen tested with director Sam Taylor-Johnson on Friday and read the role opposite female lead Dakota Johnson. The other actor mentioned in THR's post is Jamie Dornan. Age: 31...
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Operation: Replace Charlie Hunnam is moving full steam ahead, as The Hollywood Reporter writes that the filmmakers behind "Fifty Shades of Grey" have already conducted screen tests to fill their vacant male lead slot.
THR reports that actors Billy Magnussen (pictured) and Jamie Dornan both completed screen tests last Friday for director Sam Taylor-Johnson, reading the part of Christian Grey across from Dakota Johnson, a.k.a. Anastasia Steele.
Dornan, a 31-year-old British actor who stars in UK TV series "The Fall," was previously rumored to be on the shortlist to replace Hunnam after the original Christian abruptly departed the picture earlier this month. American Magnussen, 28, is a Tony-nominated actor for his role in the play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," and is set to appear as Rapunzel's prince in the upcoming adaptation of "Into the Woods." He's already slated to shoot an HBO pilot for a series »
- Katie Roberts
“You’re wrong. And here’s why…” The gloriously satisfying few words you can use to intellectually smash your opponent next time they try to tell you Knowing or Event Horizon are big ‘ol stinkers.
The following list doesn’t just comprise of some misunderstood films you may have a better time with than first thought, but contains some genuine gems that by circumstance or ignorance have been criminally overlooked.
10. The Cell
Tarsem Singh’s first feature, The Cell, is a violently underrated descent into the beautifully depraved mind of a killer. It was widely panned upon its 2000 release with critics and the public alike mounting a venomous assault against, as Common Sense Media put it, a movie with “no plot, no logic, no meaning”.
Behind J-Lo’s skin-tight muscle onsie and the music video visuals, lies a brave, captivating cocktail of genres and creativity unrivaled on its release. I »
- Luigi Sibona
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Seven years after their first collaboration The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, filmmaker Fiennes and Slovene philosopher/cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek team up once more to straddle the line between documentary and film essay with a skilful, smart but rather scattershot dissection of how cinema shapes our sociopolitical worldview. As before, Fiennes steps behind the camera and into the shadows to allow Žižek - a man whose thick Eastern European accent and apparent tics have invited eccentric but endearing comparison to that of a mad professor; a reputation he must surely relish- free rein to highlight the raft of hidden messages and life lessons we all probably missed.
He begins with a well-known and relatively unchallenging example: John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi satire They Live, a film he considers to be ‘‘one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood left”. In it, drifter John Nada (played by »
- Dan Wakefield
A raw, inconsolable anguish cuts through the artfully scrambled layers of “Southcliffe,” an uneven but powerful four-part study of a small English village reeling from the all-too-believable tragedy of a mass shooting. Following his masterful 2011 debut feature, “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” director Sean Durkin employs the miniseries format to tell another bleak, violent story that drifts backward and forward through time, examining the brief buildup to horror and its prolonged aftermath from a multitude of telling angles. Unsurprisingly, Durkin has a trickier time processing an entire community’s grief than he did probing an individual’s trauma in “Martha Marcy,” but if the narrative imprecisions and nonlinear construction feel a bit less assured here, the performances nonetheless show a searing level of commitment that sustains this swift, absorbing 190-minute work from start to finish.
Well received in its airings in the U.K. before its recent North American premiere at Toronto, »
- Justin Chang
Hello and welcome to the 202nd episode of the RopeofSilicon Podcast and we have a quick one for you today, but it's feature filled including some thoughts on last night's premiere of "The Blacklist", a look at today's new DVD and Blu-ray reviews, confusion over the Burger King fry burger and a little teaser made up of the listener reviews of Safe Haven we've been collecting over the last month or so. On top of that, as always, we have your questions and comments, games and more. Also, if you are on Twitter, we have a new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Laremy and I are back from the Toronto International Film Festival and we have a lot to discuss, including a lengthy argument over 12 Years a Slave, talk of Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity and more, including how they all factor into this year's Oscar race. We also talk news stories including Ben Affleck's comments on his Batman vs. Superman casting, rumors Arnold Schwarzenegger may play the villain in Avatar 2 and word Lucas Black is coming back for Fast & Furious 7. It's a packed episode that runs nearly two hours. Hope you enjoy. Also, if you are on Twitter, we have a new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526- »
- Brad Brevet
• Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) is in talks to take the lead role in the adaptation of David Grann’s best-seller The Lost City of Z about Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon during a 1925 expedition. If the adaptation sounds distantly familiar, it’s likely because Brad Pitt was attached to star in the project more than two years ago, and it’s been in and out of development limbo since. Pitt’s Plan B is producing with James Gray (We Own the Night) still set to direct. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Patrick McKenna, the chief exec of U.K. media investment and advisory group Ingenious Media, has been tapped as the chairman of the National Film and Television School.
The financier, who has invested coin into “Avatar,” “Life of Pi,” “Trance,” “127 Hours,” “X-Men: First Class” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” will help steer £13 million ($20 million) of fundraising for the second phase of the school’s Digital Village.
Ingenious has raised and invested more than $12.4 billion into Blighty’s creative industries since 1998 and, in addition to financing pics, it also invests in U.K.-made TV production and formats with international appeal, such as drama series “Doc Martin,” “Foyle’s War” and BBC Two crime thriller series “The Fall.”
Nfts is one of the leading film and television schools in the world. Student pics have been nominated for more than 25 Oscars and Baftas in its 40-year history and has won seven. »
- Diana Lodderhose
Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.
Wes Anderson doesn’t do actual sequels. He just doesn’t. He and his partners create intricately imagined idiosyncratic worlds and contained stories that function on their own. They don’t need origins or postscripts. And I truly wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t want to see those brothers take a trip to Macau or Duluth. I don’t care what Margot and Richie and Chas do for Thanksgiving 10 years later. And I »
- Lindsey Bahr
Director Tarsem Singh already has a couple future projects in the works with the sci-fi thriller Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds and an ambitious film called Eye in the Sky about a drone attack seen from the perspective of 62 different people. Now we can add another to the mix that's been in development for years. The Wrap reports The Cell, The Fall and Immortals director is set to helm The Panopticon, a sci-fi action thriller from After the Sunset writer Craig Rosenberg. You may remember we wrote about the film all the way back in 2009 when The Haunting in Connecticut director Peter Cornwell was involved. More below! Singh joining the project is good news since the original story follows a salesman who receives a pre-recorded message from himself that tells him the world is about to end and only he can save it. It's a race against time to piece a »
- Ethan Anderton
Tarsem Singh tends to be loved or hated. There’s no doubt he prefers to concentrate on visuals rather than character interactions and plot development, but his films look like no other and are usually breathtaking. He left 6 years between his oddball serial killer thriller The Cell and his undisputed classic The Fall, and then there was another 5 years hiatus between that and Immortals, but it seems as though Singh (who has been credited over his productions as simply Tarsem, and then Tarsem SIngh, and sometimes Tarsem Singh Dhandwar), is looking to be more prolific and diverse. He followed up his sword and sandels epic Immortals with a family friendly adaptation of the Snow White tale in Mirror, Mirror.
Latest rumblings tell of a new project Singh is interested in, that being science-fiction thriller The Panopticon. Craig Rosenberg, writer of A Tale Of Two Sisters remake The Uninvited and After The Sunset, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The story centers on an ordinary man who receives a strange package that has a recording from himself, with a grave warning that the world is in danger. He must race against the clock to figure out this worldwide travesty before it's too late for mankind.
Craig Rosenberg (The Quiet Ones, The Uninvited) wrote the screenplay, with Andrew Lazar producing and Good Universe's Nathan Kahane and Joseph Drake executive producing. No production schedule was given.
The Fall, 2006.
Directed by Tarsem Singh.
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.
I was recommended The Fall by a friend who knew my love of Mr Nobody and Big Fish. I'm happy to say my friend has very good taste in films, and knows me well. The Fall is quietly comedic and very, very loudly poignant, if such a thing is possible. Director Tarsem Singh crafts an almost otherworldly story with characters that although are caricatures, are also a little too close to home to ignore. »
- Flickering Myth
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