6 items from 2012
Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company’s expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge. The film will be »
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ABC News (coming to us via The Playlist) are reporting that Tony Scott had been diagnosed inoperable brain cancer. There is no word on when the diagnosis was or how it affected the events yesterday but we’ll bring you more as and when we get it. Once again, our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time.
Very sad news hit this morning as Tony Scott, the director of films such as Top Gun, True Romance and Man on Fire, has died at age 68. News sources inform us that the cause of death was suicide, the filmmaker was seen jumping from a bridge in California. The police have found two notes; one in his car and one in his office and the chief investigating officer has said “we have no reason to believe it is not a suicide.”
- Will Chadwick
Mission: Impossible is one of those malleable concepts that can tackle any content and is only as good as the concept, cast, and director. As a result, the film version of the classic 1960s television series has had its hits and misses, but seems to be getting stronger with each film. J.J. Abrams reinvigorated the franchise with the third installment and then handed it off to Brad Bird, making his live action debut with Ghost Protocol.
It’s been far too long since Ethan Hunt and Imf team were handed a mission after that strong outing so it’s thrilling to see Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol be such a rousing success. The movie is out this week on Blu-ray and DVD and is a Must Have because there’s so much to like about it. Bird, best known for the underrated Iron Giant and The Incredibles, takes everything from those »
- Robert Greenberger
In this exclusive interview, Game Of Thrones actor Gethin Anthony ('Renly') fends off the controversy about the leaked photo of his character wearing a crown in the upcoming season 2, addresses the reaction of the gay community to his GoT character, talks about radio work including audio project The Minister Of Chance, as well as discussing his upcoming sci-fi thriller 'Dreck' (formerly named 'Junk' )- a dystopic Sf outing where recreational drugs have been legalised...
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Camera: Kazimir Bielecki
Renly's Crown - 3.19
How the Gay Community feel about the character of Renly - 9.21
How did the Martin books influence (or not) his take on Renly? - 4s
Is Renly evil? - 2.06
How did he find the building blocks from the first book to make Renly a rounded character? - 4.40
Lord Of The Rings crossed with 'The Borgias'? - 6.14
Renly's teasing at being gay. »
It has been a good couple of weeks for Janet McTeer. The 50-year-old British star was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "Albert Nobbs," where she does such a good job playing a woman living as a man that she steals the movie from fellow nominee Glenn Close, doing the same thing in the title role. And this week, she further proves her versatility by starring as a grief-stricken mother alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the gothic horror film "The Woman in Black." Still, two weeks ago, you might not even have heard of Janet McTeer. Which is a shame, since she's a terrific actress who's done Oscar-worthy work in a handful of movies (even though she's just as at home on the stage, where she's won prizes on both sides of the Atlantic, and on television). Here are ten talking points to get you up »
- Gary Susman
Tribeca Films have picked up the Us distribution rights to Irish director Thaddeus O'Sullivan's (Single-Handed, Into The Storm) latest film 'Stella Days' from Film Distributions. The film which was produced by Newgrange Pictures has been nominated for a staggering nine Irish Film and Television Awards at this year's IFTAs. It stars American actor Martin Sheen (The Departed, The West Wing) and Irish talent such as Amy Huberman (Threesome, Rewind) and Marcella Plunkett(Raw, Love At The End of The World). »
6 items from 2012
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