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Video of the Day: Watch how Steve McQueen uses fingers and hands to add characterisation

24 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Despite sharing a name with a legendary performer, British filmmaker Steve McQueen has built a distinct identity for himself, garnering critical acclaim for his feature film debut Hunger in 2009 that only grew with his subsequent features, culminating in an Oscar win for Best Picture for his 2013 feature 12 Years a Slave.

One of the aspects that McQueen’s films have been praised for is their rich characterisation. McQueen uses a number of methods outside of dialogue to enhance the audience’s understanding of any given character, one of which is a focus on their fingers and hands. The way a character maintains their hands, and what they do with it in certain circumstances, is a tool used by McQueen to further develop them.

Now Vimeo user Alex Kalogeropoulos has put together a video looking at how McQueen uses this technique. The video can be seen below. McQueen recently shot a music video with Kanye West, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Early Black Film Actor Has His Day

11 August 2015 8:06 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Rex Ingram in 'The Thief of Bagdad' 1940 with tiny Sabu. Actor Rex Ingram movies on TCM: Early black film performer in 'Cabin in the Sky,' 'Anna Lucasta' It's somewhat unusual for two well-known film celebrities, whether past or present, to share the same name.* One such rarity is – or rather, are – the two movie people known as Rex Ingram;† one an Irish-born white director, the other an Illinois-born black actor. Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” continues today, Aug. 11, '15, with a day dedicated to the latter. Right now, TCM is showing Cabin in the Sky (1943), an all-black musical adaptation of the Faust tale that is notable as the first full-fledged feature film directed by another Illinois-born movie person, Vincente Minnelli. Also worth mentioning, the movie marked Lena Horne's first important appearance in a mainstream motion picture.§ A financial disappointment on the »

- Andre Soares

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50th Karlovy Vary: An interview with Mark Cousins

27 July 2015 4:07 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Irish filmmaker, film historian and occasional film critic Mark Cousins has made films about films (at times to some controversy), and films about cities. I am Belfast, which he presented at the 50th Karlovy Vary, is one of the latter: dedicated to his home city of Belfast, it is a loving and somewhat experimental journey through the city and its history.

I am Belfast amazes with its physicality: it’s all about the sounds (the lilt of the language, the sounds of the streets) and the colours (the oranges and yellows of the buildings, cars, people and the blues of the sky), the way you experience a city when wandering through it mindlessly, perhaps alone to better savour all of the sensory experiences, but this time guided by someone who really knows it well. It’s about the troubled Belfast history and the mark it has left on the city as well. »

- Tina Poglajen

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Michael Fassbender Goes ‘A Little Too Method’ in ‘Big Lebowski’ Live Read

25 July 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Fassbender put his magnetic superpowers aside Friday night to play stoner icon “the Dude” in a reading of “The Big Lebowski” in Montreal, but it was Patton Oswalt’s performance as Walter Sobchak (the role originated by John Goodman) that stole the show.

Organized by the Just for Laughs comedy festival, the sold-out Live Read — at which a cast of nine read the Coen brothers’ cult-favorite screenplay for an audience of 1,300 — took clever advantage of the fact that “X-Men: Apocalypse” is shooting in the same city where North America’s biggest comedy festival is headquartered. As such, the fest managed to lure X-women Jennifer Lawrence (who performed Julianne Moore’s Maude) and Olivia Munn (stepping in as Tara Reid’s Bunny) to join Oswalt and a handful of “Silicon Valley” players — T.J. Miller as Brandt, Martin Starr as Jesus and showrunner Mike Judge doing a dead-on Sam Elliott as »

- Peter Debruge

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Sky Acquires Majority Stake In Blast! Films

23 July 2015 1:03 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sky has continued its acquisitions spree by acquiring a majority stake in UK production company Blast! Films. The company’s credits include Steve McQueen’s award-winning Hunger, which helped launch Michael Fassbender into a major star, as well as high end British feature docs and dramas such as controversial The Death of a President. Most recently, it has moved into more observational docu series such as Coppers. The deal, the financials terms of which were not disclosed… »

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Sky Acquires Majority Stake In Blast! Films

23 July 2015 1:03 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sky has continued its acquisitions spree by acquiring a majority stake in UK production company Blast! Films. The company’s credits include Steve McQueen’s award-winning Hunger, which helped launch Michael Fassbender into a major star, as well as high end British feature docs and dramas such as controversial The Death of a President. Most recently, it has moved into more observational docu series such as Coppers. The deal, the financials terms of which were not disclosed… »

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Pay-tv Operator Sky Takes Majority Stake in Blast!

23 July 2015 12:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Pan-European pay-tv operator Sky has taken a majority stake in Blast! Films, the independent production company responsible for series “The Supervet,” “The Route Masters” and “999: What’s Your Emergency?”

Blast!, which was founded in 1994 by Ed Coulthard, has also produced “Hunger,” Steve McQueen’s debut feature film; the Channel 4 film of the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer”; and BAFTA-winning drama “Soundproof.”

Blast! will continue to operate as a distinct company under the new ownership structure, producing programs and films for a variety of broadcasters. Coulthard and managing director Claire Bosworth will run the company with their current team.

Sky’s international distribution business, Sky Vision, will become Blast!’s distribution partner, and will represent its new programs and formats. Blast!’s existing agreements with other broadcasters and distributors will remain unchanged.

Sky has stakes in several production companies, including Jupiter Entertainment, Love Prods. and Znak & Jones, all »

- Leo Barraclough

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Steve McQueen and Kanye West Team for One-Take Lacma Installation

20 July 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Steve McQueen with Kanye West: All Day / I Feel Like That" will be a four-day pop-up installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to be unveiled this Saturday. Running nine minutes and shot in one take at a dockyard near London, the installation doesn't yet have an official synopsis, but a version was shown at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in France this year (where Claire Denis also showed a short film). According to the La Times, "In an unofficial clip uploaded to YouTube, West can be seen bobbing and weaving in front of the camera as music plays on the soundtrack. At one point, he collapses against a wall in an apparent state of exhaustion.The title of the installation is believed to be a reference to West's single 'All Day,' which was released this year." Read More: Steve McQueen Reveals Next Project An artist turned filmmaker, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Steve McQueen's Upcoming Video For Kanye West Was Shot As A Single 9-Minute Take

20 July 2015 7:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Earlier this spring, it was revealed that "Shame" and "12 Years A Slave" helmer Steve McQueen had directed a music video for Kanye West's upcoming album, the currently titled Swish, and it has already screened at Paris Fashion Week. Now, the video is slated to make its stateside debut this weekend at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a few more details have been revealed about the promo. The New York Times reports that the video runs 9-minutes long, and most intriguingly, it's done in a single-take as Yeezy "runs, crouches, dodges, raps, rants, sweats and pants, as if being pursued by the camera or the police or in pursuit himself, until he slumps against the wall to catch his breath." It would appear the mini-movie of sorts will feature two songs, "All Day" and "I Feel Like That," and basically, I can't wait to see it. McQueen »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jennifer Lawrence Holds Hugh Jackman on Her Lap in Comic-Con's Cutest Moment

13 July 2015 4:10 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Jennifer Lawrence brought her infectious personality back to Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday, hanging out with the likes of Hugh Jackman and Sophie Turner. The stars were all on hand to promote their upcoming movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, which will hit theaters in May 2016. In typical Jen fashion, she couldn't help but get silly and sweet, especially when Hugh wandered over in her direction at the 20th Century Fox panel. As video shows, the actor first tried sitting on Michael Fassbender's lap. After being turned away, Jen welcomed him with open arms and hugged him tight. Don't be worried, though - the 6'2" star only sat down for a second. Jennifer first popped up at this year's Comic-Con on Thursday, continuing her tradition of goofing around with Hunger Games costars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. The trio reunited to promote the last movie in the franchise, Mockingjay - Part 2, out this November. »

- Nick-Maslow

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10 Reasons Tom Hardy Must Be The Next James Bond

10 July 2015 5:33 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

20th Century Fox

“The name’s Bond… James Bond” – an iconic line that has graced the lips of a select few screen legends from the debonair highs of Sean Connery and David Niven to the rough and ready depths of Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig with a dollop of cinema’s finest cheese inbetween ala George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. But with Daniel Craig’s contract up, everyone is wondering which actor will be next.

There’s no shortage of speculation but if you’re a betting (wo)man you’ll find yourself drawn to some of British film’s finest men of the moment.

In the frame for filling 007’s shoes (and the bookies’ betting cards) include: Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan, The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln, Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill, The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne, Avatar’s Sam Worthington, »

- Dave Lancaster

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Guiding Lights selects 2015 candidates

8 July 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fifteen candidates selected from 250 scheme applicants; previous mentees include Laura Hastings-Smith.

A total of 15 candidates have been selected from 250 applicants to take part in the seventh iteration of UK mentoring scheme Guiding Lights.

This year’s line up includes directing pair James Spinney and Peter Middleton, who have begun production on their feature film Notes on Blindness, as well as Aneil Karia, Emily Greenwood, Mahdi Fleifel, director of A World Not Ours, and Billy Lumby, whose short won the Pears Short Film prize.

Writers include Jennifer Majka, who wrote the screenplay for BAFTA-winning short The Bigger Picture, Matthew Orton, and Hannah Patterson.

Brian Falconer, producer of Oscar-nominated Boogaloo and Graham, made the cut alongside producers Daisy Allsop, Michael Ford, and Chi Thai. 

The final two candidates were exhibitors Sophie Easterbrook, who programmed Farnham Maltings, a creative arts centre in the South East, and Carmen Slijpen, who is developing a new community cinema in East Sussex.

Mentors for the »

- (Madison Antus)

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139 movie sequels currently in the works

18 June 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...

Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.

Without further ado...

23 Jump Street

Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »

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Trailer: Macbeth

11 June 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

Fassbender and Cotillard star in this reimagining of one of Shakespeare's most compelling stories.

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland.

From the producers of The King’s Speech and Shame and directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown). Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years A Slave, Shame, Hunger) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night, La Vie En Rose) as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, along with Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby).

 Macbeth is scheduled for a UK »

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Cannes 2015: ‘Macbeth’ and the reliable charm of Michael Fassbender

23 May 2015 9:49 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Justin Kurzel

Written by Jacob Koskoff, Todd Louiso

UK 2015

The final film in competition, Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth delivers a spectacle of dripping blood, slow-motion battle scenes, sprawling Scottish highlands and Michael Fassbender. Fassbender stars as the Scottish warrior turned regicide and paranoid monarch, who after a particularly bloody battle has a vision of three witches predicting he will be King of Scotland. Macbeth starts out as an honorable soldier loyal to King Duncan (David Thewlis) and decides to only become king the “natural way”. However, after imprudently sharing the witches’ prophecy with his wife, played by Marion Cotillard, Macbeth finds himself constrained by her ambitious power lust.

Finding the right balance between words and images is essential when adapting a Shakespearean play for the screen and Kurzel’s weapon of choice is the emphasis on the rugged, indomitable beauty of the Scottish landscape, »

- Zornitsa Staneva

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Rave Reviews For MacBeth As It Opens At Cannes 2015; New Clips Feature Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard

23 May 2015 11:01 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

#Redcarpet MacBeth by Justin Kurzel #Cannes2015

— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) May 23, 2015

Of all of William Shakespeare’s classic works, Macbeth must surely be amongst his most famous.

Certainly, in the more than 400 years since its first publication, it has been one of the most frequently adapted; revived regularly on stage and re-envisioned time and again in the age of cinema and television.

Now comes a bold and daring version starring Academy-Award nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose).

Directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown), MacBeth had its World Premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and was the final movie to screen in Competition.

In his review, Guy Lodge (Variety) praises the director’s “thrillingly elemental new adaptation. Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period.”

The »

- Michelle McCue

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'Macbeth' gets awards season release date

19 May 2015 8:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard drama to world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.

StudioCanal has announced an October 2 UK release date for Macbeth, ahead of its world premiere in Cannes on Saturday (May 23).

Directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, the supporting cast includes Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki.

Shot on location in Scotland and England, Macbeth is Shakespeare’s story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire.

Producers are Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech) with Laura Hastings-Smith (Hunger). The film was developed by See-Saw Films and Film4 and is majority financed by StudioCanal with Film4. »

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »

- Don Groves

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Read This Hunger Games Actress's Inspiring Words About the Baltimore Riots

28 April 2015 1:40 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

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Gillian Flynn Teams Up With Steve McQueen For Heist Movie ‘Widows’

29 March 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Now here’s an intriguing collaboration as Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and 12 Years A Slave, Shame and Hunger director Steve McQueen are working on a big-screen adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s series Widows.

La Plante’s mini-series originally aired in the UK in 1983 and follows four widows whose other-halves are killed when an armed robbery goes wrong. Getting together, they decide to gather all the information they know to try and pull off the heist themselves. It’s reportedly been a passion project for McQueen for a while now.

It sets up four huge roles for some leading ladies and with a mix of Flynn and McQueen is sure to have a dark, edgy thriller feel as both offer strong female empowerment and aren’t afraid to break the standard Hollywood mould, thankfully!

We’ll bring you all the latest of Widows as it develops and we’re »

- Dan Bullock

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