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Simon Pegg: 'Paddy Considine inspires me to take serious roles'

30 December 2011 1:50 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Simon Pegg has set his sights on more dramatic movie parts in the future. The Mission: Impossible actor hopes to follow the example of Hot Fuzz co-star Paddy Considine, who made his directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed Tyrannosaur earlier this year. Pegg told Pa: "I'd love to do some serious work. It depends on if the audience would let me. Sometimes they don't like comedy people doing serious stuff. "Tyrannosaur is an amazing film that I saw this (more) »

- By Paul Millar

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Olivia Colman Takes New Steps in 'Tyrannosaur'

30 December 2011 1:00 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

How does an actor with well-established comedic chops turn in a shattering performance in one of the year's darkest, most disturbing films? Olivia Colman says she did it in "Tyrannosaur" by doing what's real for her character—with the help of a pitch-perfect script. "I didn't go anywhere different for it," Colman says. "You just go to where you need to go to do her justice." Her work in this film by writer-director Paddy Considine was dubbed the breakout performance at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.One more breakout is coming her way, however. She more than holds our attention as Margaret Thatcher's daughter, Carol, opposite Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady."But in "Tyrannosaur," Colman plays Hannah, a Christian woman who works in a thrift shop and who holds out a literal and figurative hand to the damaged, raging Joseph (Peter Mullan). Yet Hannah bears her own scars, caused in large part. »

- help@backstage.com (Dany Margolies)

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The Top 10 Directorial Debuts of 2011

29 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There are few things more exciting in cinema than witnessing the birth of a new talent. We’ve covered the breakthrough performances of the year and now it is time to get behind the camera. Every one of our favorite directorial debuts bowed at film festivals, and while some sadly don’t even have distribution or release plans yet, these are 10 talents to keep a keen eye on in the coming years. Check out our countdown below and let us know your favorites.

10. Magic Valley (Jaffe Zinn)

What a shame that this never found distribution. Jaffe Zinn’s first outing as a director is a delicate, moody anti-mystery that takes conventions of the “murdered teen” story and spins them on their head. Thanks to quiet language and contemplative direction, this ranks as one of the best independent films I saw in 2011. – Nick Newman

9. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Panos Cosmatos)

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- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Jack’s Top Ten Films of 2011

27 December 2011 1:19 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

There were a lot of top-notch films this year; choosing a shortlist was tricky, picking the ten best of those was difficult and deciding the final order was challenging to say the least. Except for number one, this was an immediate gut instinct. As for the rest, let’s not worry about rank too much – they are all outstanding.

10. Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)

Refn’s tribute to Michael Mann boasted sumptuous photography, an ice-cool performance from man-of-the-moment Ryan Gosling and an unbeatable soundtrack.

9. Rango (Gore Verbinski)

This wonderfully animated and marvellously skewed Gonzo-western proved that a team up between Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski doesn’t have to be totally crap.

8. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig)

Bridesmaids was the funniest film of 2011 by some distance, was performed by an excellent cast and written by Kristen Wiig, who is evidently some kind of genius.

7. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)

The Skin »

- Jack Kirby

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2011: Celeb lists, unavoidable stars and sick

23 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

More lists, taking in Gregg Wallace's happiest feelings and Rihanna chucking up ribbons

8 movie characters you wouldn't want to fuck with, by Jordan Rizzle Kicks

1 Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills (in Taken)

Literally slaps up most of Paris in 96 hours.

2 Brad Pitt as Mickey O'Neil (in Snatch)

One-hit wonder.

3 Gary Oldman as Stansfield (in Leon)

No one plays gun-toting villains like Gary Oldman.

4 Vincent Cassel as Jacques (in Mesrine)

He holds up a judge at gunpoint. Enough said.

5 Keanu Reeves as Neo (in The Matrix)

Can literally do anything.

6 Denzel Washington as Eli (in The Book Of Eli)

Can batter people while wearing a backpack.

7 Samuel L Jackson as Jules (in Pulp Fiction)

Just wants to be the shepherd.

8 Ben Kingsley as Don Logan (in Sexy Beast)

Doesn't take no for an answer.

Rizzle Kicks' single Mama Do The Hump is out on Boxing Day

Alistair Darling's finest »

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2011: Celeb lists, unavoidable stars and sick

23 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

More lists, taking in Gregg Wallace's happiest feelings and Rihanna chucking up ribbons

8 movie characters you wouldn't want to fuck with, by Jordan Rizzle Kicks

1 Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills (in Taken)

Literally slaps up most of Paris in 96 hours.

2 Brad Pitt as Mickey O'Neil (in Snatch)

One-hit wonder.

3 Gary Oldman as Stansfield (in Leon)

No one plays gun-toting villains like Gary Oldman.

4 Vincent Cassel as Jacques (in Mesrine)

He holds up a judge at gunpoint. Enough said.

5 Keanu Reeves as Neo (in The Matrix)

Can literally do anything.

6 Denzel Washington as Eli (in The Book Of Eli)

Can batter people while wearing a backpack.

7 Samuel L Jackson as Jules (in Pulp Fiction)

Just wants to be the shepherd.

8 Ben Kingsley as Don Logan (in Sexy Beast)

Doesn't take no for an answer.

Rizzle Kicks' single Mama Do The Hump is out on Boxing Day

Alistair Darling's finest »

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2011 in cinema: Broken Britain v animals

23 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From the grimness of Tyrannosaur and Neds to Mel Gibson with his hand up a beaver - the year on the silver screen

Downer: The UK On The Big Screen

Tyrannosaur

Come to Leeds! If you're lucky, you'll escape with a kicking! Paddy Considine's ludicrously grim movie heaped abuse after abuse on its poor cast. No one got off lightly, not even the innocent little boy across the road. Or the dog that chewed his face off.

Sket/The Veteran/Junkhearts/Attack The Block/Anuvahood

When they're not busy rioting, Londoners are often to be found selling drugs, wearing hoodies, taking drugs, obtaining firearms and chasing each other through one of about three photogenically claustrophobic council estates – all to a blaring grime soundtrack.

Neds

Come to Glasgow, if you think you're hard enough. Everyone there is either a violent yob who'll end up in prison, or a good kid »

- Steve Rose

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The Truffles 2011 – The HeyUGuys Movie Awards – Part 1

21 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Back for their third year we are proud to present the annual HeyUGuys movie awards – The Truffles.

At the end of each year our wonderful team of writers like to round up the various movieland highs and lows into our own unique categories, to reward the diverse, the challenging and the downright lovely and both tar and feather the cinematic outcasts which offended, disgusted and just plain irritated us.

It has been a tremendous year with some intriguing debuts and some howling missteps from seasonal filmmakers. We had planets colliding, blocks attacked, apes rising and the usual spew of remakes, sequels, prequels and the rest.

Here’s our take on the filmic landscape after a whole year of 2011.

First up on stage…

Adam Lowes

Best use of an old, familiar song on the end credits – Hobo With a Shotgun



Not only were we offered a loving and thoroughly entertaining tribute to those scuzzy, »

- Jon Lyus

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Drive, Anna Paquin: London Film Critics Nominations

20 December 2011 4:11 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy From Gary Oldman, Kirsten Dunst to Sareh Bayat, The Artist: London Film Critics' Non-Hollywood Flavor Film of the year The Artist (Entertainment) Drive (Icon) A Separation (Artificial Eye) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal) The Tree of Life (Fox) The Attenborough award for British film of the year The Guard (StudioCanal) Kill List (StudioCanal) Shame (Momentum) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal) We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye) Foreign-language film of the year Mysteries of Lisbon (New Wave) Poetry (Arrow) Le Quattro Volte (New Wave) A Separation (Artificial Eye) The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé) Documentary of the year Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Picturehouse) Dreams of a Life (Dogwoof) Pina (Artificial Eye) Project Nim (Icon) Senna (Universal) Director of the year Asghar Farhadi – A Separation (Artificial Eye) Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist (Entertainment) Terrence MalickThe Tree of Life (Fox) Lynne RamsayWe Need to Talk About Kevin »

- Andre Soares

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'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Tops London Film Critics' Circle Nominations

20 December 2011 2:48 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is finally getting its awards season due.

Of course, leave it to the London Film Critics' Circle to show some love to the British spy thriller. The film scored six nominations, including Film of the Year and Actor of the Year for Gary Oldman.

"Drive" was also a strong contender, matching "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" with six nominations overall as well as nods for Film of the Year and Actor of the Year for Ryan Gosling, while "A Separation" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" earned five nominations each.

Founded in 1926, the London Film Critics' Circle has been presenting awards annually since 1980. In addition to recognizing cinematic excellence in general, the London Film Critics' Circle also gives out awards for the best in British film as well; this helps explain the nomination totals of films like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," which earned British Film of »

- Scott Harris

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'Drive,' 'Tinker Tailor' lead London Film Critics nominations

20 December 2011 11:17 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Drive and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy both earned six nominations from the London Film Critics’ Circle, including nods for Film of the Year and Actor of the Year.  “I am proud of the breadth, intelligence and style of the choices the London critics have made, honouring the richness of world cinema and the fresh, cool takes on classic movie genres seen in films such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Drive, and The Artist,” said Circle chair Jason Solomons. “This is surely the classiest set of nominations around this year, with truly superb work reflected in the directing and foreign language categories. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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London Critics’ Circle Film Award Nominations Announced

20 December 2011 9:53 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Not too long ago we featured the winners from the British Independent Film Awards. Well today the London Critics Circle Film Award nominations were announced and two of our favourite films of the year (Drive and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) lead the pack with six nominations each. It was a great year for British cinema, among other noteworthy mentions are Attack The Block, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Wuthering Heights and Weekend.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.

Winners will be announced on January 19th.

Film Of The Year

The Artist (Entertainment)

Drive (Icon)

A Separation (Artificial Eye)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

The Tree of Life (Fox)

The Attenborough Award:

British Film Of The Year

The Guard (StudioCanal)

Kill List (StudioCanal)

Shame (Momentum)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

Foreign-language Film Of The Year

Mysteries of Lisbon (New »

- Ricky

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London Critics Love: A Separation, Drive, Tinker Tailor

20 December 2011 9:32 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The London Film Critics will not name their winners, as far as I can tell, until a ceremony on January 19th. I wonder if that's correct? Do they really have enough clout to get celebrities to show without winning in advance? (That's how most critics organizations get celebrities at their events. They come specifically to receive awards they've already won). But here are their nominees. It's good news for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Drive which led the nominations with six each including Best Film. A Separation also did really well as it continues to build momentum. It's just so sad that it didn't get an earlier and harder push. It should've been in the Best Picture discussion and lord knows it's about time we had an instant foreign language classic in the Best Picture discussion again. Remember when that was happening regularly for a few years about ten yeras back. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Scandinavian directors lead Drive for London Film Critics' Circle awards

20 December 2011 8:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller and Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy have been nominated for six awards apiece

Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive are leading the charge for the London Film Critics' Circle awards with six nominations apiece.

Alfredson's cold war espionage drama picked up nods for film of the year, British film of the year, actor of the year, British actor of the year, screenwriter of the year and technical achievement, while Winding Refn's Oscar-tipped noir thriller will fight it out for film of the year, director of the year, actor of the year, supporting actor of the year, British actress of the year and technical achievement.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy star Gary Oldman has been largely ignored by awards bodies so far, with the honourable exception of the San Francisco Film Critics' Circle (named best actor) and the »

- Ben Child

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The Descendants, Ryan Gosling, Viola Davis, Mysteries Of Lisbon: Satellite Award Winners

19 December 2011 3:42 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Beau Bridges, George Clooney in Alexander Payne's The Descendants

Water For Elephants, Soul Surfer, The Guard Among Satellite Awards Winners

Best Film

The Artist

* The Descendants

Drive

The Help

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Best Actor

George Clooney, The Descendants

Leonardo diCaprio, J. Edgar

Michael Fassbender, Shame

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

* Ryan Gosling, Drive

Tom Hardy, Warrior

Woody Harrelson, Rampart

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress

Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

* Viola Davis, The Help

Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground

Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Emily Watson, Oranges and Sunshine

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Michelle Yeoh, The Lady

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

* Albert Brooks, Drive

Colin Farrell, Horrible Bosses

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Nick Nolte, »

- Steve Montgomery

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"Drive," "The Descendants" Lead Satellite Awards Winners

19 December 2011 9:49 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The International Press Academy has announced the winners of the 16th Annual Satellite Awards and Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" and Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" triumphed!

"Drive" took home the most wins, four total, including Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor, Nicholas Winding Refn for Best Director, and the film also won Best Editing.

But "The Descendants" received the big honor of the night, the Best Picture award, and the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay.

It's interesting that the Ipa honored Gosling for Best Actor and Viola Davis for Best Actress -- both are not considered Oscar frontrunners, but gave the performances of their lives nonetheless.

The 16th Annual Satellite Awards. were held Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in the Rodeo Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Here's the complete list of nominees and highlighted winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominations from other award-giving bodies, »

- Manny

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“Drive,” “Descendants” top Satellite Awards Sunday night – Awards Alley

19 December 2011 6:13 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: “The Descendants” and “Drive” sped away with the most wins at the Satellite Awards Sunday night, including Best Picture for Alexander Payne’s bittersweet drama and Best Director for Nicolas Winding Refn.

Drive” actually topped “Descendants” on the evening, claiming four trophies including Best Actor for Ryan Gosling and Best Supporting Actor for Albert Brooks.

Elsewhere, Viola Davis won Best Actress honors for her role as a Southern housemaid in “The Help,” while Jessica Chastain (who appears alongside Davis in Tate Taylor’s drama) took home Best Supporting Actress honors for her work in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” At this stage of the race, it appears like Chastain’s the one to beat in the Best Supporting Actress race … so long as voters can come to a consensus on which performance they’d like to honor.

As for “The Artist,” it grabbed one Satellite award, »

- Sean O'Connell

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Top 10 Hollywood Actors Still In Business

16 December 2011 7:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.

The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.

Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today

Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine

Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »

- Connor Folse

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Tribeca Top 10: Karen Kemmerle

16 December 2011 3:15 AM, PST | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Top 10 Movies of 2011 from TribecaFilm.com's Digital Content Coordinator. She's hopped up on martial arts, haunted hotels, Vera Farmiga and redemption. Karen Kemmerle Digital Content Coordinator, TribecaFilm.com 1. Warrior (Gavin O'Connor) Two estranged brothers (Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy) bet their own livelihoods to enter the world's biggest Mixed Martial Arts tournament for a chance to win the million-dollar prize. The film features powerful performances, but particularly noteworthy is Nick Nolte's portrayal of the boys' father, a reformed alcoholic seeking redemption for past sins. With energetic fight scenes and extreme emotional conflicts in the vein of Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams, Warrior is a solid addition to the fight film genre. 2. Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine) Tyrannosaur follows Joseph (Peter Mullan), a man so full of rage and depression that he can barely function in society. When an abused female shopkeeper shows him kindness, Joseph sees his last chance for redemption. »

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Film Feature: The Best Lead Performances of 2011

15 December 2011 8:39 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Yesterday, we brought you some of the most engaging and memorable supporting performances of 2011. As much as I love some of the acting work in that feature, it’s nothing compared to the talent on display below. The fact is that the Best Actor and Best Actress categories this year are arguably more crowded than ever, with an amazing number of performances that will be remembered for years to come. My runner-ups, in both categories, could have easily beaten most other years’ top five lead nominees. It actually pains me to list some of them outside this year’s top five, but we’ve had an embarrassment of riches in 2011. What an amazing year for acting.

The Best Actor Performances of 2011

There is a staggering level of variety and depth on display in this list of performances from some of the best working actors today. I loved the sheer »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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