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In talking about mainstream award shows and the predictability of their annual nominees lists, the Golden Globes are often the hardest to predict in that their nominees always include a few unexpected surprises. This year, no one was perhaps more pleasantly surprised at hearing the 2012 nominations than composer Abel Korzeniowski, who scored a Best Original Score nomination for his work on "W./E.," the Madonna-directed romantic drama that has yet to be released wide in theaters.
"It’s quite difficult when a movie is not really in theaters," Korzeniowski told MTV News recently of his disbelief in being nominated. "So far we’ve had only the qualifying run which was one theater in Los Angeles so almost no one had seen the film. It was even more surprising because we have no ads anywhere, not on the Internet, not in newspapers so I thought it wouldn’t be possible. »
- Kara Warner
Warner Bros has released a new photo from Bryan Singer’s 3D fairy tale adventure, Jack the Giant Killer, featuring a shot of Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man) as Jack. The film has a great cast that also includes Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor and Eleanor Tomlinson. The film tells the story of [...]
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- Allan Ford
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In the Mood for Love was released when I was living in Hong Kong, albeit a very different city to that of the film's 1962 setting. Like Tony Leung's Chow Mo-wan, I was also working there as a journalist. Sadly, that's where my resemblance to his almost absurdly handsome, mournfully dapper character begins and ends.
My tenuous geographical connection to Wong Kar-Wai's 2000 masterpiece is, ultimately, a bit immaterial. Unlike many contributors to this series, my favourite film doesn't reflect something particular in my own life. On the contrary, In the Mood for Love's glory is its universality. A seemingly slight plot – man and woman move into the same cramped apartment building, »
- Peter Walker
They’re magic beans! Or as the first teaser trailer for Warner Bros.’ action-adventure Jack the Giant Killer describes the famous fairy tale legumes, they’re “holy relics from a very special place, far, far, away.” Other tips given to the story’s protagonist (played by Nicholas Hoult from A Single Man) about the beans: “They have the power to change the world as we know it.” And of course, “Whatever you do, don’t get them wet.” Photos: Anatomy of a Snow White Smackdown The trailer for the Bryan Singer-helmed project begins with an introduction of the
- Rebecca Ford
Composer Abel Korzeniowski was shocked to learn that Madonna was one of his biggest fans and wanted him to do the music for her new film "W.E." As he tells Rob Licuria, "I said 'Madonna? The Madonna?'," explaining that the pop superstar loved his Golden Globe-nominated score for "A Single Man." "W.E." tells the story of a woman (Abbie Cornish) entranced by the infamous love story of King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy), who gave up the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough), the woman he loved above all else. Korneziowski's score for the film integrates two time periods – the modern day drama of 1990s New York and the love story set in 1930s Europe. His composition places particular emphasis on string instruments, in similar fashion to his score for "A Single Man," weaving the film's two time periods together by evoking the film's overriding »
Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men), Jack the Giant Killer stars Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), Eleanor Tomlinson (The Village), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Ian McShane (Death Race), Bill Nighy (Hot Fuzz), Ewan McGregor (Perfect Sense) and Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky).
Jack the Giant Killer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face »
- Jamie Neish
Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film.
Dead spouses are great dramatic devices. They can give your lead character an extra dose of pain and pathos and add some emotional heft to a bland plot, some sympathy to a distant character, or in the case of a good-old-fashioned revenge movie, incite the action. At its most banal, the dead lover is an obvious cliche. But occasionally it can sweep us up into the protagonist's psyche, force us to ask their same questions about our lives and loves. Those questions, pondered and feared by anyone whose ever been in love: "What if this person died, suddenly, tragically, unexpectedly?" "What if I weren't there to save them, help them, comfort them?" "What if their death were no more to me than a vanishing act. One day here, the next gone... no farewell, no funeral. »
"Tinker Tailor Solider Spy" seems like the stuff of boyhood fantasies -- the type of movie that makes you want to buy a trench, peck away on a typewriter and maybe even take up smoking. At first glance, the plot appears just as sexy: a retired MI6 agent George Smiley, played by Gary Oldman, is brought back to uncover a Soviet mole within the Secret Intelligence Service, or the Circus.
Based on the seminal spy book by ex-British intelligence officer John Le Carré, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" became worldwide bestseller after release in 1974 and was viewed as Britain's attempt to process the world of espionage and The Cold War. A classic 1979 miniseries soon followed, starring Sir Alec Guinness as the bespectacled Smiley -- something that made Oldman initially wary.
"It's a new interpretation of him but I was fearful," Oldman said, while describing Guinness's Smiley as "more huggable." "So »
- Jessie Heyman
Opening in limited release this weekend is director Tomas Alfredson’s (Let the Right One In) great new movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Based on the 1974 British novel by John le Carre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first novel of the “Karla Trilogy” and the first film installment that may spawn a franchise. The spy thriller features Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch, just to name a few. Set during the Cold War era, the story follows former spy George Smiley (Oldman) through his investigation of a possible double agent within Mi-6. It’s a hell of a movie and one you should definitely see. Anyway, I was recently able to speak with most of the cast at the New York City press junket. During my interview with Oldman, we talked about how he found Smiley's glasses (it was a very important part of finding the character), what's his karaoke song, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
And More From The Oscar-Winning Star And Writer Peter Straughan After close to thirty years in the business, Colin Firth is now a bigger star than ever, thanks to back-to-back Oscar nominations for "A Single Man" and "The King's Speech," and winning for the latter, itself a global hit. So in a way, it's surprising to see him turn up in a supporting role in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." With the world now his oyster, why would he agree to play second fiddle to Gary Oldman? But then, of course, you see the film, and realize that it's a great part, among a great cast, in a great film, and it all becomes clear. After wowing the critics at the Venice Film Festival, and becoming a smash hit in its native U.K., "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is finally reaching U.S. theaters on Friday in limited release. We recently »
Standing in the spotlight alongside her movie star husband, Livia Firth rejects big labels to wear reclaimed fabrics. Now she's turning her hand to design
She is seen as the world's most glamorous champion of "eco style" and has been dubbed "the queen of the green carpet". Now Livia Firth is moving into design: last week she revealed she is working on a line for the online retailer Yoox's eco brand Yooxygen, in partnership with Reclaim To Wear, which helps designers recycle textile surplus and waste.
Upcycling – or remaking cast-off items into something different and better – is something of a Firth speciality. She first drew attention to Reclaim to Wear when she wore one of its 1950s strapless cocktail dresses in silver satin to the Venice film festival. For the Paris premiere of The King's Speech, starring her husband Colin Firth, she famously wore an outfit made of one of his old suits. »
- Viv Groskop
Monthly Movie Preview – December 2011
When we’re lucky, the directors of the world align their release schedules to create special years for movie lovers. 2011 has certainly felt like one of these occasions, having seen films by Almodovar, Malick, Eastwood, Verbinski, James, Refn, Payne, Lonergan, Wright, and more. And what fitting way to end the year of 2011 than with another heaping of films from A-list directors, a few Oscar potential films, and even an Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel?
This month alone boasts the releases of films by directors like Jason Reitman (Young Adult), Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method), the elusive Lynne Ramsey (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Brad Bird, (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Cameron Crowe (We Bought a Zoo), Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), David f**king Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Two movies from Steven Spielberg »
- Nick Allen
The film distribution company has announced it is closing its UK arm, with Lionsgate said to be in talks to buy its back catalogue
Icon is to close its distribution wing in the UK and cut around 20 out of the 32 jobs in its London office, reports Variety. Lionsgate UK are said to be in talks to acquire Icon's library and distribute those titles acquired by the label but not yet released.
Employees at Icon, said to be shifting towards a greater emphasis on production, are currently going through a redundancy consultation phase. In January, 15% of staffers at the company were laid off as a cost-cutting measure. Variety suggests that the managing director of the company, Ian Dawson, had been given a year to improve Icon's performance or face its closure.
If Lionsgate does buy the library, it will be picking up titles such as A Single Man, The Road, Precious, »
- Catherine Shoard
Filming is due to take place early next year in Australia, Thailand and the U.K.
- Jamie Neish
Ever since the rocky start at the Venice Film Festival, things haven’t been looking promising for Madonna‘s W.E.. The Weinstein Company was reportedly re-editing the film and then recently pushed back its roll-out. The first theatrical trailer has arrived and it actually looks somewhat appealing, mostly technical-wise. The Lives of Others cinematographer Hagen Bogdanski is behind the camera and Abel Korzeniowski, who gave us the wonderful score for A Single Man, composed here.
I can see the complaints of the two storylines forced together in a false fashion, but even if this is a disaster as many have claimed, it doesn’t seem like a dull one. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Dormer, Abbie Cornish, Annabelle Wallis, Oscar Isaac, Katie McGrath, James D’Arcy, and Richard Coyle, one can see the trailer below via Moviefone.
The year is 1998, and Manhattan is abuzz with anticipation about the upcoming »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
In the 35 years since Carrie came to our screens, Stephen King has become one of the most bankable names in horror and fantasy film. The list of adaptations of his work reads like a who’s-who of filmmaking: Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Creepshow, Christine, The Dead Zone, Stand By Me, Pet Semetary, It, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, The Green Mile etc., etc.. It’s hard to think of any other living writer whose work has been so prolifically embraced by filmmakers.
But just as Stephen King has continued to write (despite threatening retirement in 2002), so the public’s appetite for his work remains. While recent adaptations like Secret Window and 1408 have hardly been stellar, there are plenty of other King works which would make for riveting viewing. Here are 5 that we think should be at the top of any film executive’s list for green-lighting.
- Daniel Mumby
In Gays: Dying for an Oscar, Gold Derby spells out the rules for winning an Oscar in a gay role: "Gay roles can win Oscars but only if the characters, who must die hideous deaths, are portrayed by straight people." Among the Oscar-winners included in their round up: Charlize Theron ("Monster," death by lethal injection), Best Actress, 2003; Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia," death by AIDS), Best Actor, 1993; Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry," death by gun, knife), Best Actress, 1999; and Sean Penn ("Milk," death by gun), Best Actor, 2008. Colin Firth was of course nominated for "A Single Man" but lost (was death by heart attack not »
#79. Being Flynn - Paul Wetiz While they made several pick-ups at the festival, Focus Features aren't in the habit of premiering films in Park City, so we can call Being Flynn, the adaptation of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, my hail mary pass pick on this predictions list. Sure the pic is a studio indie and budgeted higher than brother Chris Weitz's recent dip into low-budget production a la A Better Life, but I'm liking the packaging of indie actors surrounding De Niro and Moore the actors, Paul Dano, Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor, Victor Rasuk and Dale Dickey. Would maybe make a good fit for a closing festival film. Gist: Based on the novel “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir” by Nick Flynn, this is about an uncoventional relationship between a father and son. It tells the story of a young writer, Nick (Dano), who »
The spectacles Gary Oldman wears as secret agent George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy come from the same Pasadena, California store where Colin Firth found his stylish frames for A Single Man.
Oldman admits he was taken by the glasses his co-star Firth wore as George Falconer in the 2009 Tom Ford film and made a mental note of where his fellow Brit had found them.
And when it came time to get into character to play John Le Carre's MI6 spy, he tracked down the specialist store, Old Focals, to perfect his look.
Oldman tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "To Smiley, those glasses are as important as (James) Bond's martini."
But director Tomas Alfredson admits his leading man became a little obsessive about his character's spectacles.
He tells the publication, "At some point I decided I'm going to support whatever Gary picks so we can get these bloody glasses on his nose and start working." »
At this point, you’d have to be insane to not trust an Oldboy rumor that comes from Twitch, as those wily boys have single-handedly dropped all the big news when it comes to Spike Lee‘s English-language remake of Park Chan-wook‘s masterpiece. And this latest piece of casting news that they’re reporting? I’m not afraid to admit that I think it’s interesting and somehow both bold and spot-on. The Twitch-ers are reporting that Colin Firth has been offered the role of Adrian, a role that functions as the Woo-jin part from Park’s film – better known as the primary villain of the film. Firth would face off against Josh Brolin, who has long been attached as the film’s lead (the Oh Dae-su of Lee’s take on the material). While Firth was first known to most American audiences for his fluffier work in films like the Bridget Jones’s Diary films »
- Kate Erbland
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