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Duncan Kenworthy receives Nfts honour

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Duncan Kenworthy receives Nfts honour
Film and TV producer behind Four Weddings and Notting Hill awarded Honorary Fellowship.

Duncan Kenworthy, the UK producer behind Four Weddings And A Funeral and Notting Hill, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the National Film and Television School (Nfts).

The film and television producer, whose other credits include Lawn Dogs (1997), Love Actually (2003), The Eagle (2011) and 80s series Fraggle Rock, was presented the Fellowship by Nfts director Nik Powell

The presentation took place at the School’s annual Graduation Ceremony held at the BFI Southbank in London.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kenworthy said: “In my many years of involvement with the Nfts, I’ve been constantly impressed by the passion and commitment of teachers and students alike.

“A school is a protected environment in which to take bold risks, and to fail sometimes in order to learn - yet the Nfts’s student productions have won countless awards, including both of the 2015 BAFTA Short Film Awards
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Questions and Answers With Sam Rockwell

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Get ready to see a different side of Sam Rockwell. Well known for his goofy charm in movies such as this summer's "The Way Way Back" and as a suave bad guy in "Charlie's Angels" and "Iron Man 2," Rockwell's role in this weekend's indie "A Single Shot" could come as a shock. He plays John Moon, a West Virginian man who finds himself in a spot of trouble after he accidentally murders a young woman while hunting in the woods. Soon, he's the one being hunted.

We caught up with Rockwell prior to the movie's release, chatting on his trademark dance moves, the thick West Virginia accent he adopted for the role and the power of a good beard.

Talk to me a little bit about "A Single Shot." You're known for playing a very different kind of role than the very countrified, rough character in John Moon.

I think that I just wanted,
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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Viewer’s Guide – June 2013

Remember ten years ago when you would be in HMV looking at a DVD box set of something like The West Wing and then unfolding the twenty pound note in your pocket and wondering whether to part with all that cash for something you had never seen? You had just heard that someone somewhere liked it, but for that £30 you could get two films like Bad Boys 2 and Kill Bill volume 1!

These were difficult times my friends, and more often than not £30 would go down the drain and you would watch three episodes of whatever series it was and decide it wasn’t for you. Well thanks to modern technology and its mission to kill DVD, Blu-Ray and whatever other physical media dinosaur you prefer, this dilemma is a thing of the past.

Nowadays you can go onto Lovefilm, Netflix, BT Vision or whatever else and stream whole seasons of TV for almost nothing.
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Interview: Sam Rockwell, An Actor With Character (And “Conviction”)

On Tuesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to chat by phone for about 30 minutes with the veteran character actor Sam Rockwell, who has generated some of the best reviews of his career — and not inconsiderable buzz for a best supporting actor Oscar nod, which would be his first in any category — for his performance in Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction.”

Click Here To Listen To Audio Of Our Conversation!

Rockwell, 42, portrays Kenny Waters, a real person with a checkered background who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder that he — and, to an even greater degree, his sister (Hilary Swank) — insisted he did not commit. (It’s a part, he tells me, that Eric Bana, Colin Farrell, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and John C. Reilly all passed on!) Though some have argued that the film plays like a Lifetime TV movie or an extended episode of “Law & Order,” precious few
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Sam Rockwell Speaks With "Conviction"

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Sam Rockwell Speaks With
The new film "Conviction" tells one of those stories so incredible no screenwriter on their best day could invent it. After her brother Kenny went to prison for a murder he didn't commit, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) devoted almost two decades of her life to freeing him. She earned her Ged, then a college degree, then a law degree, so she could represent him in court when no one else would. In other words, "Conviction" is one of those movies that's "based on true events," a phrase that made Sam Rockwell, who plays Kenny, chuckle when it came up during our conversation. Why? "When my girlfriend sees horror movies that say 'Based on true events,' she always goes 'Honey, it's based on true events, I can't see it!'"

Obviously the true events tag didn't stop Rockwell from taking on this project, which is another in a series
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With 'Conviction'

Sam Rockwell grew up on the movies of the 1970s—films he adored such as "The Deer Hunter" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." So when he lists the various teachers he has learned from, he cites some of his favorite actors. "My teachers are all those people I grew up watching: De Niro, Walken, Streep, Robert Duvall, Ellen Burstyn," he says. "When young actors ask me about studying, I tell them, 'You've got to watch those movies. If you're not, you're not doing your job. Respect your elders, and more than that, learn from them.' "Rockwell has sometimes even found himself in the strange position of acting opposite his mentors, using tricks he picked up from them. In last year's drama "Everybody's Fine," he played the son of Robert De Niro's character and had a scene in which the father accuses the son of lying. "I kept saying,
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Five Male Actors Who Have Been Overlooked by the Academy for Too Long

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Yesterday I ran down a list of five female performers who I thought were better suited for Oscar glory than Sandra Bullock, for reasons involving talent (Sarah Polley, Catherine Keener) or because they'd give a better Oscar speech (Drew Barrymore, oh be quiet). Since there was no male equivalent of Sandra Bullock on the Oscar stage this past weekend, I thought today we could look, simply, at five male actors who have been, for too long, overlooked by the Academy.

5. Christian Bale: I could see why the Academy failed to reward Bale with even a nomination for his best known work in the two Batman movies or even his lackluster performance in Terminator 5. I didn't find his performance ground-shaking in Public Enemies, either. But, if those higher profile roles had come along before his best performances and given him the recognition he has now, there's no way that
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Birthday Suits: Tilda's Frontal & Sam's Moon

I was going to try out this new quickie daily birthday feature. Only it's not quickie it's longie. I can't even do filler without breaking my back. Sigh, I'll never be a mega famous blogger. I care too much!

Today's birthdays 11/05

For those prone to celebrating the filmic and famous.

1905 Joel McCrea undervalued 40s star. Read this great piece on his career

1913 Vivien Leigh, more on her soon

1931 Ike Turner didn't deserve Tina. But, ugh, remember how great Laurence Fishburne was in What's Love Got To Do Without It?

1940 Elke Sommer, the German movie star turns 69 years young today. She was very generous with her birthday suit back in the 60s. Wouldn't you be if you looked like that? On a sad note I have never seen the infamous movie The Oscar (1966) which is about the Oscars that she co-stars in. Is it as bad as they say? I must see it.
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Free Flick Fridays: Lawn Dogs

Lawn Dogs dir. John Duigan (1997) Naked Sam Rockwell, when-she-was-a-promising child actress Mischa Barton, and exurban ennui/satire penned by a MacArthur Grant-winning playwright (Naomi Wallace) all adds up to a 'lost indie gem,' according to the Cold Case sages at Movieline. John Duigan's (he also helmed the Australian flick Flirting, with a very young Nicole Kidman) film follows the friendship between 'lawn dog' Trent (Rockwell), a young man doing the landscaping in a snooty neighborhood, and the young outcast Devon Stockard (Barton). With dashes of classic mythology and magical realism, this film provides a sweet respite for outsiders everywhere, and also proves that Rockwell (who you could see in Moon, Gentlemen Broncos, or the upcoming Everybody's Fine this year) is perenially awesome, whatever the movie. Watch now for free on Hulu:
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Angie Harmon Set to Star in Rizzoli

Angie Harmon, who played leading roles on Law & Order and Women's Murder Club, is returning to the crime-solving world as the title character in Rizzoli, a new TNT pilot based on Tess Gerritson's popular Jane Rizzoli mystery novels. The pilot, which comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, is being written by Janet Tamaro (Bones, Lost) and executive-produced by Tamaro and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions (TNT's Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, TCM's upcoming Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood). Michael M. Robin (TNT's The Closer) will direct and executive-produce the pilot.

"Angie Harmon is not only a terrific actress, but also a favorite of crime drama fans," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "She will bring a combination of toughness and sensitivity to the challenging lead role. We're thrilled to
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Remembering Elvis and Anabelle: Blake Lively's Real Breakthrough

This week The Cold Case remembers Elvis & Anabelle, the 2007 indie that links Gossip Girl, the Weinsteins and Edgar Allen Poe.

If Prince Charming brought Sleeping Beauty back from her deathly slumber in the media-saturated 21st century, then he'd be plastered across the tabloids as a necrophiliac perv while she'd be hounded by Oprah for a tell-all interview. And that's precisely what happens in 2007's Elvis & Anabelle, a dark and dreamy slice of Southern gothic romance that's not too far removed from our previous Cold Case, Lawn Dogs.

Playing like a cross between Six Feet Under and Sixteen Candles, writer-director Will Geiger's indie pairs Max Minghella's mortician Elvis with Blake Lively's bulimic beauty queen Anabelle. When she snuffs it at the very moment she's crowned Miss Texas Rose, her body winds up on the slab of his family's funeral home, which he's had to run singlehandedly since his
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Sam Rockwell on Outsiders, Mischa Barton and Their Lost Indie Gem Lawn Dogs

Exhausted the classic canon? Fed up with the current cinema of remakes, reboots and reimaginings? This week The Cold Case talks to Sam Rockwell about one of his most underappreciated career gems -- of which he's had more than a few.

"I remember being very influenced by Taxi Driver, and also Tommy Lee Jones in Coal Miner's Daughter a little bit," Sam Rockwell told me Thursday from his Boston apartment where he'd wound up after spending a day -- as he described it in his laid-back tone -- "mellowing out." "I remember thinking about those two particular performances for some reason," he continued. "I think because every guy struggles with loneliness, and being an outsider, it's tough. It was a really nice part to play." He could've been talking about Moon, this year's stellar, one-man sci-fi show for which, if there's any justice, he should receive a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
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HuffPost Review: Moon

Sam Rockwell is one of those underrated actors who works all the time in indie films but rarely seems to land anything larger than a supporting role in studio productions (most recently in Frost/Nixon). His resume is dotted with little-seen gems that might have made him a star if they'd had any exposure to a mass audience. Off the top of my head, I can come up with Box of Moonlight, Jerry and Tom, Lawn Dogs, Safe Men and last year's Choke. Add Moon to that list -- yet another small film I fear will only find an audience in the DVD/cable aftermarket. Moon is an acting tour de force in which Rockwell's performance -- or, more accurately, performances -- lift what could have been an intellectual exercise into an emotionally compelling movie. Rockwell plays Sam Bell, the lone employee on a mining...
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Tony Weekend: West Side Story, Garret Dillahunt and Nine to Five

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, yesterday!

My birthday festivities usually fall close to Tony Awards night. So today I can let my inner theater geek out -- is it "inner" if everyone knows about it?. I'll probably tweet the actual ceremony... but if you're into Broadway and you don't mind spoilers there's already people tweeting from the dress rehearsal including Jane Fonda, Just Jared and Broadway World's Robert Diamond . In the meantime I thought I'd catch you up on a few recent stage shows that I haven't really discussed. As per usual, many of them have movie connections. But mostly I'm here to talk about West Side Story which is up for four TONYs tonight: Best Musical Revival, Best Actress, Best Featured Actress (Karen Olivo as "Anita") and Best Lighting Design.

Anita center (she's gonna get her kicks tonii-iiii-iight. she'll have

a private little mix tonii-iii-iight) and her fellow PRs.
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Tideland

Tideland is Terry Gilliam's adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel of the same title. The film follows a short period in the life of a young pre-pubescent girl, Jeliza-Rose. At the outset of the film, Jeliza-Rose is living with her hipster parents. Middle age hippy rockers for whom the party never stopped, and consequently both are now badly strung-out on heroine. We only get to know her mother, played by the "milfalicous" Jennifer Tilly briefly, as she is pretty quickly the victim of an overdose. Rather than face up to what has happened, Jeliza-Rose's father Noah, played by Jeff Bridges, decides to flee to the prairies where he was raised with his young daughter in tow. Once they arrive at the home of Noah’s now deceased mother. Noah decides it's time for a little chemical vacation of his own, but sadly he, too, is never to wake.

Tideland
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