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The Butler is happening, and it is… serious.
The movie is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight different presidents. Forest Whitaker plays the title role, but he’s surrounded by enough starpower to fuel a few hundred Correspondents’ Dinners. Below, I’ve embedded the trailer, but for now let’s rank the 10 Zaniest parts of this damn thing, which is slated for an October release.
- Louis Virtel
Take a trip down Butler memory lane through our gallery below, and make sure to vote for your favourite film in the poll.
Playing For Keeps is released on DVD in the UK on May 20. Watch the trailer below: »
Four big stars of the small screen reveal their television secrets
Vicky McClure: the scene stealer
Vicky McClure would like to confirm that she is the journalist in ITV's Broadchurch. "Six weeks into the show people started tweeting: 'Oh, it's you!'" she laughs. "It didn't click because for the first time on TV, I've had long hair." It was her idea to put extensions in: "Not because I'm vain, I just wanted to separate myself from the previous characters I've played."
When you consider it was hard-bitten Lol in This is England (a role which required her to shave her hair) that first put McClure on the map, you understand. Then there's the bob-haired DC Kate Fleming in Line of Duty, which returns this autumn. First, though, McClure is trying her hand at comedy in the film Svengali, opposite Martin Freeman. "It's all improvised," she says, "which is fine, »
- Megan Conner
Now that he's finished up with the Dark Knight trilogy, Christopher Nolan is gearing up to go into space for his next effort, the sci-fi epic Interstellar, and according to Deadline Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks about joining the film as the "third lead". Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) was the first name to sign on for the film, followed by Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), who will reunite with Nolan following her turn as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.
Jessica Chastain enjoyed her big breakthrough in 2011, which saw her appearing in Take Shelter, Coriolanus, The Debt, The Tree of Life and Texas Killing Fields, along with her Oscar nominated supporting turn in The Help. She followed this up last year with a Best Actress nod for Zero Dark Thirty and has several films on her upcoming slate, including the relationship dramas The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and Hers, »
- Flickering Myth
If you listened to the podcast last Friday you heard how I ended up missing a screening of Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, but I can't say it has irked me to any great extent. Adaptations of Shakespeare's work that stick strictly to Shakespeare's language tend to irk me, recent examples being Julie Taymor's The Tempest and Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus. Around the corner, along with Whedon's Nothing, we have Carlo Carlei's Romeo and Juliet and the adaptations are sure to continue from there as yet another has been set up in the last few days. Like the adaptations I mentioned above, Justin Kurzel's take on Shakespeare's Macbeth will be filmed in the play's original language with Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender in the leading roles. Kurzel previously brought us the primal story of Australia's serial killer John Bunting in Snowtown (read my review here »
- Brad Brevet
Shakespeare has been making steady appearances at the movies lately. 2011 saw Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus, later this year we'll be seeing Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing and Carlo Carlei’s generic-looking adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and now it looks like Macbeth will be headed our way. According to Screen Daily, Michael Fassbender is set to play the lead role of the murderous king who seizes power only to be undone by paranoia, ambition, and fate. Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) is set to direct the adaptation, which was written by Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, and will be set in the 11th century with a "visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes." Casting is currently underway for the manipulative Lady Macbeth "and talks are underway with at least one Hollywood leading actress." However, don't expect the film to start shooting in the near future. Kurzel »
- Matt Goldberg
Director and writer celebrated for his work at Chichester Festival theatre and the BBC
The career of Patrick Garland, who has died aged 78, was as varied as it was productive. An actor, producer, director, writer and anthologist, he was a leading light of the BBC TV arts department for 12 years, twice artistic director of the Chichester Festival theatre and a close friend and associate of Alan Bennett, Rex Harrison, Eileen Atkins and Simon Callow.
Although he harboured ambitions in feature films, and directed a 1971 television adaptation of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose (starring Richard Harris and an Emmy award-winning Jenny Agutter), as well as a creditable 1973 movie of Ibsen's A Doll's House (with Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins), his life developed in the theatre. Much of his work was informed by his love of literature, and the poetry of Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Philip Larkin and John Clare. In »
- Michael Coveney
From this summer’s Joss Whedon-directed Much Ado About Nothing to Ralph Fiennes‘ Coriolanus to even Roland Emmerich‘s Anonymous, William Shakespeare is long dead, but not forgotten in the recent world of Hollywood. Another adaptation of his work is landing this summer and we’ve got the first trailer this afternoon. Directed by Italy’s Carlo Carlei, this [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
Del Toro's haunted-house flick to get a new cast member? According to a Variety report, this year's Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain (for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty) is in "final negotiations" to become the latest addition to the cast of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's haunted-house movie Crimson Peak. If her signature does end up in the dotted line, Chastain will be featured next to Pacific Rim / Queer as Folk's Charlie Hunnam, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug / Star Trek Into Darkness' Benedict Cumberbatch, and one of Chastain's The Help co-stars: Emma Stone. Needless to say, for that to happen all of the aforementioned names must actually end up in the film. As per Justin Kroll's Variety article, the plot of the Legendary Pictures horror film (possibly to be handled by Universal Pictures) remains unknown. Could GdT's latest turn out to be Robert Wise's The Haunting »
- Andre Soares
Researchers from the very Potterian-sounding Aberystwyth University have discovered that William Shakespeare was a tax-evading grain hoarder. According to Dr. Jayne Archer and Professors Richard Marggraf Turley and Howard Thomas, Shakespeare made a lot of his money by buying up large amounts of grain, malt, and barley to store, later selling it for inflated prices when his fellow countrymen were struggling. They believe the playwright did this for 15 years and faced fines for illegal hoarding, as well as being threatened with jail time for failing to pay his taxes. Interestingly enough, one of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Coriolanus, deals »
It’s been just over a year since its cinema release and it’s been announced that BBC 2 will premiere Ralph Fiennes’ BAFTA nominated contemporary version of William Shakespeare’s political thriller, Coriolanus, on Saturday 6th April at 21:45, which will also be simulcast on BBC HD.
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox and James Nesbitt. Coriolanus is a tense and timeless thriller of power broking, political manipulation and the arguments and prejudices of opposing social extremes, set against a backdrop of a republic caught up in a long and bitter war.
Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (Ralph Fiennes), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the »
- Dan Bullock
Gerard Butler has rocked out to Andrew Lloyd Weber jams in The Phantom of the Opera. He had movie audiences screaming “This is Sparta!” And he’s also played his fair share of romantic comedy leads. Though Butler tests his boundaries in his latest film Olympus Has Fallen, both producing the film and starring as Mike Banning, a former Secret Service Agent who pretty much single-handedly takes on a group of terrorists who have hijacked the White House. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Olympus Has Fallen chronicles Mike’s journey as he makes the choice of saving the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) instead of the First Lady (Ashley Judd) when they get into a car crash one snowy evening. Six months later, Mike is no longer in the Secret Service, but he finds himself back in action when the White House is taken over, and he seems to be the only man to »
- Caitlin Hughes
Tired of early 2014 Oscar predictions yet? If so, all I can suggest is consider these extended 2014 previews. If not, good, because today we take a look at the Best Supporting Actress field where I have 21 early contenders and I've left a few off for a variety of reasons that will surely be sorted out as the year moves along. To begin, I haven't included any of the ladies from Lee Daniels' The Butler as I have no idea how big or small their roles may be and I haven't added Jodie Foster to this list or my Best Actress list as I have no idea what kind of role she's playing in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium. This is what happens when you put these lists together this early, but, again, all we're looking for here is a baseline starting position and I think with these 21 contenders that's exactly what we have. »
- Brad Brevet
The contest is over! And, chosen by Random.org, the winner is … Eugaet! Congratulations. Please email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5 to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone who entered. Watch out for other giveaways soon.
Middle-Earth fans, get ready! Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives on DVD, Blu-ray/DVD Combo and Blu-ray 3D Combo on March 19. And Disc Dish is giving away a copy of the Blu-ray/DVD Combo to a lucky reader.
The Hobbit is, of course, the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s classic novel, but An Unexpected Journey is only part 1. Jackson stretched the story into three movies, adding in characters from the Lord of the Rings world to bring the films closer together.
Now I remember! Star actor Gerard Butler has thought about it a bit a and does recall sleeping with sexy reality TV star Brandi Glanville of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. While the 'Coriolanus' hunk previously said '''Who's Brandi Glanville?'' when he was asked about having sex with her, he has now confessed that he simply never got her last name but he did eventually call her to say sorry for not knowing who the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star was. He told DJ Howard Stern: ''We crossed paths at a beach party and had a little bit of fun. ''You know what I said -- 'Who's Brandi Glanville?' -- because I didn't know her last name, didn't know she was a celebrity, didn't know she was gong to run out and f***ing tell everyone about it!'' Last year Brandi revealed »
Gerard Butler has admitted to sleeping with Brandi Glanville. While the 'Coriolanus' hunk previously said ''Who's Brandi Glanville?' when he was asked about having sex with her, he has now confessed that he simply never got her last name but he did eventually call her to say sorry for not knowing who the 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star was. He told DJ Howard Stern: 'We crossed paths at a beach party and had a little bit of fun. 'You know what I said -- 'Who's Brandi Glanville?' -- because I didn't know her last name, didn't know she was a celebrity, didn't know she was gong to run out and f***ing tell everyone about it!' »
London – Exclusive Media, the filmed entertainment company based in Los Angeles and London, has signed an agreement with Icon UK Group to rep Icon Entertainment International’s library of over 200 films, including titles such as What Women Want, Mean Streets and Project Nim. The deal, announced by Exclusive Media co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and Aviv Giladi, CEO of Icon U.K. Group, gives a significant boost to Exclusive Media’s home entertainment portfolio. Photos: Cut, Censored, Changed: 10 Hollywood Films Tweaked for International Release Other titles in the package include Ralph Fiennes directorial debut Coriolanus and several
- Stuart Kemp
In May of 2006, I sat down with actress Jessica Chastain, then an unknown and untested 29 year-old who was on the precipice of her first big break after being tapped by Al Pacino to co-star in his stage production of Oscar Wilde's "Salome" at the Wadsworth Theater. Then as now, Chastain's fresh-faced beauty made every passerby do a double-take as we spoke. Her ambition to succeed as a performer was palpable, and paid off in 2011 with Chastain appearing in six high-profile films: "Take Shelter," "The Tree of Life," "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "Texas Killing Fields," and "The Help," for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination. This year, Chastain received a nod in the Best Actress category for Katherine Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and is the undisputed front-runner to take a statuette home.
By Alex Simon
Jessica Chastain is living the dream »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Emergency: We're less than two weeks from the Oscars, and I still have an entire Academy history to lament. Let's give props to the ten actors who've deserved an Academy Award most, yet have found themselves empty-handed. I've ranked them according to how much I've wept rethinking each slight.
10. Alec Baldwin
Yes, I'm trying to fix the gaping hole in my heart where 30 Rock once lived, but I also bring up the name of Jack Donaghy's maker for a pertinent reason -- he is a dynamite screen presence. If his chilling "Always be closing" monologue in Glengarry Glen Ross weren't scary and bad-ass enough, he's proved himself capable And cuddly in Working Girl, The Aviator, The Departed, and The Cooler, where he notched his first and only Oscar nomination. Surely the man who racked up six straight Emmy nominations for lovingly patronizing Liz Lemon should win one damn Oscar for bringing the heat onscreen. »
I'll announce 2012's nominees the second the write-ups are done (working on them this week). But until then another listy flashblack to year's past here at The Film Experience. My opinions have changed somewhat over the years (as many opinions should if we continue to evolve) and perhaps I'll detail which changes those were in the future but mostly I like to think of Awards, both mine and other people's as time capsules of What We Valued At That Moment.
So here you go...
Nominees in Alpha Order
Sally Field, Lincoln
write ups here
Silver: Sarah Bayet, A Separation
- NATHANIEL R
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