The Flying Machine (2011)
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The film takes off in London when over-worked single mum, Georgie takes her children, Jane and Fred, to see The Flying Machine, a film being accompanied live by super-star pianist, Lang Lang, playing Frederic Chopin masterpieces. The film, which we get to watch as well, is called The Magic Piano.
The Magic Piano tells the story of Anna, a girl whose father has had to leave Poland and look for work in London. She's left with her auntie
Speaking to the Indian media, the actress revealed that she has been approached to act in a Bollywood movie. Heather told the media, “I’ve already talked to someone and I hope it works out. I can’t name him right now, though the project
is interesting. I’ll wait to see how things go. When you hear about it, you’ll know what I was talking about.”
Graham, who attended the International Film Festival of India (Iffi) in Goa, also told the media about her brief meeting with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who also attended the Iffi’s opening ceremony. Heather was full of praises for Shah Rukh Khan who she referred to as ‘the big star.
Speaking to reporters in Panaji, during the 42nd International Film Festival of India (Iffi), where his latest film 'The Flying Machine' was screened, Welchman Monday also said that the Indian animation hubs should now look to create their own products, rather than churn out work for foreign projects.
'Hollywood can only make animation films for both children and adults now. They cannot make films only for children, because they need.
Georgie (Heather Graham) is a single mother of two children and a workaholic. Her daughter Jane (Kizzy Mee) loves the piano and insists that her mother take her and her brother Fred (Jamie Munns) to a cinema/piano performance by Lang Lang called The Magic Piano. Georgia does not pay attention to her children and to the performance because she is on her cellphone the entire time. At the end of the performance,
Albert Nobbs (Rodrigo Garcia, Ireland) Butter (Jim Field Smith, USA) A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, France/Ireland/UK/Germany/Canada) From the Sky Down (Davis Guggenheim, USA) A Happy Event (Rémi Bezançon, France) The Ides of March (George Clooney, USA) The Lady (Luc Besson,
Photo: Content Media The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival announced 56 more movies added to its festival line-up this year with selections in the Vanguard, Midnight Madness, Documentaries, City to City and Tiff Kids programs. And to be honest, the line-up is filled with titles, most of which are absolutely new to me.
I have seen one of the films under the Vanguard banner, a selection of young and cutting edge features and I've heard of Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31, Ben Wheatley's Kill List (watch the trailer to the right) was a hit at South by Southwest earlier this year and the documentary selections include familiar names such as Werner Herzog, Morgan Spurlock, Jonathan Demme, Alex Gibney and Wim Wenders, the latter of which is delivering a 3D documentary centered on the dance world of Pina Bausch and her company.
Date of Assessment: June 8, 2011
Positive Buzzwords: Nudity, beauty, sleep
Negative Buzzwords: Romcom, limited appeal and talent
The Case: People like to talk about the so-called "downward trajectory" that Heather Graham's career has supposedly taken. Still, she's worked steadily since her first movie role in 1988's License to Drive (the one where both Coreys stuffed her in a car trunk), which she followed up with an acclaimed turn in Drugstore Cowboy and an adorable character, Annie Blackburn, on the second season of "Twin Peaks." Then, she toiled away in relative obscurity for nearly five years until she stunned audiences (or at least myself) as Jon Favreau's dance partner in the last act of Swingers and appeared alongside Robert Downey Jr. in Two Girls and a Guy. Then, Heather became the very naked Rollergirl in Boogie Nights, which was a pretty overrated movie
The actress plays the lovable Aunt Opal - with a fiery sense of adventure and a love of art. She sat down with Reel Movie News to talk about her role on the summer kids flick.
"I like that she had the ability to see the beauty in everything and I do try to do that in my regular life, which I do with varying degrees of success." Heather told us about her latest role. "Certain days I can do it amazingly, other days, not so much."
She also talks about the Aunt Opal in her own life -- in a very surprising place. "It's funny actually because this new guy that I just started dating
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The Coens surprise everyone by not making a Coens movie, but their celebrated attention to dialogue, landscape, casting, period detail and just about every other aspect of film-making gets this well past the "why are you even doing this?" point. Steinfeld's smart-mouthed little avenger and Bridges's un-Wayneish old buzzard share our sympathies, as well as the all-important Grit, and even if the result is almost a straightahead western, it's a superior one.
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Just when America needed a tale of blue-collar dreams, hard-up families coming together and a Hero with Heart, along comes this bracing boxing drama. What distinguishes it from Rocky and co is that it's based on a real boxer ("Irish" Micky Ward), and there's not much boxing in it. The emphasis is on Wahlberg's colourfully unhelpful family, particularly his formidable mother (Leo) and crack-addicted brother (Bale). There's so much big acting going on, our quiet contender can't compete, but hey, he's got Heart.
Rabbit Hole (12A)
(John Cameron Mitchell, 2010, Us) Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest. 91 mins
A couple's marriage reaches breaking point after their son's death in an everyday trauma-drama that's carefully handled. Nothing too depressing, hysterical, boring or serious, but it's still emotional, and Kidman has never been better.
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Unwin has been in the industry for over 15 years with experience as an Ad and Pm and is currenlty overseeing feature film development at Bedlam Productions. He has won a BAFTA nomination, Spirit and Dinard awards with his first film Exam.
He is currently in Poland overseeing the thrilling animated film The Flying Machine to mark the bicentennial of Chopin, After Machine is completed he will return to the UK and begin production on The Lady Who Went Too Far, which sees him re-unite with writer David Seidler on a fascinating tale of female heroism in the 18th century.
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After graduating I became a runner at Kudos Productions based in London.
Also cast is Jaleel White, otherwise known as "Urkel" from "Family Matters," who will play Judy's teacher.
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The Australian actress had a role in Superman Returns.
June 30, 2010 -- Heather Graham, who is getting a career boost after co-starring in The Hangover, has been cast as Aunt Opal in Judy Moody's Not Bummer Summer. The story has offbeat Aunt Opal babysitting Judy and her brother Stink for the summer. The nationwide casting search for the
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According to Screen Daily (via The Playlist), Heather Graham is set to star in the upcoming 3D family adventure film, The Flying Machine, which will involve a mix of 3D live action, and stop motion animation. It is being “made to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Chopin,” a legendary Polish pianist, who is amongst the most famous of his ilk.
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