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Armchair Viewing: Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Mon, 26/04/2010 - 14:14

Philip Henslowe: "The show must... you know..."
William Shakespeare: [prompting him] "Go on!"

What's it about?
Young Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes), low on cash and with no ideas for a new play, finds his muse in the shape of Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow). However, things are complicated by the fact that she is landed gentry and he is but a poor writer.

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Tonight's Terrestrial Telly Tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Mon, 26/04/2010 - 08:26

There are so many cookery programmes on the TV these days that, much as I love cooking, I tend to ignore them and rustle up beans on toast in protest. Iron Chef UK (C4, 5pm daily) might just send me in hot pursuit of my zester and sauteuse. This hit Japanese series wowed the US with its version there and now it's the turn of Brit chefs. This is a high-octane competition that makes the F-Word and MasterChef look like teenage work-experience cooks in a village greasy spoon. Every day, a team takes on of the four resident chefs, using a specific ingredient to concoct a range of dishes. The winners go into the Friday cook-off with the hope of winning prize cash. I fully expect this to become a cult classic.

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OBITUARY: Alan Sillitoe 1928–2010

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 25/04/2010 - 20:14

By Robert Barry

British novelist, poet and playwright Alan Sillitoe passed away today at Charing Cross Hospital, London, at the age of 82.

Though, like John Osbourne, he rejected the term, Sillitoe's name will forever be associated with the Angry Young Men group of British writers who broke through with a harsh new realism in the 1950s. For film fans, however, Sillitoe will always be a hero to fans of the Free Cinema movement that sprang up when a group of young film critics started making their own films inspired by the documentary films of John Grierson.

All three of Free Cinema's chief protagonists were involved in adapting Sillitoe's work at some point. Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning cast a young Albert Finney as dissaffected factory worker, Arthur Seaton (employed by the same factory as Sillitoe's own father), and won the BAFTA for Best Film in 1961 (four decades later it would give the Arctic Monkeys a title for their debut album, Seaton's credo, "whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not"). The following year Tony Richardson directed his adaptation of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, with Tom Courtenay reprising the role he had played on stage under the direction of Lindsay Anderson (who was responsible for the Free Cinema manifesto).

Sillitoe is survived by his wife, the poet Ruth Fainlight, and his daughter, Susan.

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News Jab: Pixar announces Monsters Inc sequel

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sun, 25/04/2010 - 16:12

The BBC reports that Pixar is to make a sequel to Monsters Inc, slated for a November 2012 release:

Pixar's 2001 film Monsters Inc about monsters who scare kids for a living  is to have a sequel, the Disney studio has announced. The animated follow-up will be released on 16 November 2012, Disney chairman Rich Ross revealed. Another Pixar film, The Bear and the Bow, is to be renamed Brave and have its release put back from December 2011 to 15 June 2012. Featuring the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, Monsters Inc made more than $525m (£342m) worldwide. It is not known if its director Pete Doctor – who went on to make the Oscar-winning Up  will direct its sequel. Featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon and Billy Connolly, Brave tells of a Scottish princess who dreams of being an archer. Set in 18th Century Scotland, Brenda Chapman's movie is the first Pixar feature to be directed by a woman. Other future projects from Disney-Pixar include a retelling of the Winnie the Pooh story using hand-drawn animation and Frankenweenie, a stop-motion cartoon based on a story by Tim Burton. 

I'm in two minds about a Monsters Inc sequel. While I love the first film it worries me slightly that Pixar – which built its fortune, and its reputation, on brilliant, original animated features such as A Bugs Life, The Incredibles, WALL-E and Up could be developing sequelitis, an all-too-common affliction in Hollywood today. We have the third Toy Story out in June (July in the UK, for some strange reason) and Cars 2 is out next year. The first two Toy Storys are brilliant, so I have high hopes for the third. But Cars is considered Pixar's least-successful film, both with critics and at the box office – so I can't see hordes of people flocking to it on opening weekend. Time will tell, but I fear Pixar head honcho John Lasseter may be getting some pressure from Disney accountants to get more movies out ...

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Armchair Viewing: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Posted by Justin Bateman | Sat, 24/04/2010 - 10:04

"I'm very sorry the government taxes their tips, that's fucked up. That ain't my fault. It would seem to me that waitresses are one of the many groups the government fucks in the ass on a regular basis. Look, if you ask me to sign something that says the government shouldn't do that, I'll sign it, put it to a vote, I'll vote for it, but what I won't do is play ball. And as for this non-college bullshit I got two words for that: learn to fuckin' type, 'cause if you're expecting me to help out with the rent you're in for a big fuckin' surprise."

What's it about?
When a diamond heist goes badly wrong, the surviving crooks meet up in a old warehouse and quickly begin to suspect that
one of their number is an undercover cop.

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EXCLUSIVE: The Making of Centurion – Part 2

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 24/04/2010 - 09:56

A look behind-the-scenes at the shooting of Neil Marshal's new historical thriller, Centurion ...

•  Centurion review

•  Interview with Neil Marshall: Part 1

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Screenjabber Pubcast: Dates, mates and hooker rates

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 24/04/2010 - 09:50

This week, pubcast regulars Justin Bateman, Stuart O’Connor and Doug Cooper discuss the week’s big releases including Date Night, Centurion, Agora and The Joneses.

They also get sidetracked into why men no longer wear skirts, New Zealand pop music and the price of prostitutes ...

You can listen to and download the podcast here – or subscribe to it on iTunes ... plus you can also follow us on Twitter, or join us on Facebook.

We'd love your feedback too, please. After having a listen, please come back here and post your comments below.

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This Weekend's Terrestrial Telly Tips

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Sat, 24/04/2010 - 06:35

SATURDAY Malcolm McLaren: Artful Dodger (BBC2, 8.15pm): For those of a certain generation,there was a genuine sense of shock and sadness when news broke that former Sex Pistols manager, wily rascal and innovator Malcolm McLaren had died a couple of weeks ago. BBC2 has put together a fitting tribute to him - it may be hasty but there's a first-class line-up of musicians and artists rolling up to say just why he was so influential and ensure he gets the recognition he deserves.

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New 'Movie Soundtrack' club night coming to London this May

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 19:22

On May 7, REEL MUSIC, a club night comprising entirely of music from the movies, will take place live from London's Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes.

Brought to you by DJ and radio producer Neill Smith and film-maker Paul Davis (Beware the Moon), REEL MUSIC brings movies and club culture together in a seven-hour event dedicated to the sounds of cinema. From within one of London's premier bowling venues, Bloomsbury Lanes, five DJs will play everything from the obvious to the obscure in motion picture soundtracks. Whether your cup of tea is Dirty Dancing or Beyond the Valley of the Dolls—they'll have it covered. Among the DJs are BBC Radio 1 film critic James King, musician and soundtrack producer (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) Osymyso, soundtrack extraordinaire The Freelance Hellraiser, and events organisers Neill Smith and Paul Davis, under the pseudonyms Michael J. Rox and Tall Newman.

"REEL MUSIC is my dream soundtrack night. I'm going to play everything from odd remixes to big, sing-a-long chick flick anthems. It's going to be blockbuster!" — James King.

"The important thing is that all of us playing are huge film fans. Whether you're a casual cinema-goer or you've had a subscription to Empire magazine for 20 years, we're adamant that you will go home happy at the end of the night." — Paul Davis.

"Soundtrack nights are an opportunity to play a really diverse set—Henry Mancini and Daft Punk back-to-back has to be a good thing, right?" — Osymyso.

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Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection coming to DVD

Posted by Stuart OConnor | Fri, 23/04/2010 - 13:36

Feeling lucky? We hope so, because we're bringing you some news that'll really make your day, punk. Warner Bros. are releasing a true diamond of a boxset on May 3, as Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection will make its way onto DVD to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the association between Warner Bros. and Eastwood.

Over the years, Eastwood has become one of the most iconic figures in the history of cinema, earning five Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and five People's Choice awards, as well as embodying some of the all-time most celebrated characters, and even starring in one of the greatest films ever made, Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. With a screen legend so experienced as Eastwood, did anyone expect him to falter an inch when he stepped behind the camera to direct? Nope. And did he? That's a negative!

If you do not have the fortune of owning these five films already, Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection is an absolute must-have for your movie library, featuring Unforgiven, Mystic River, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Gran Torino.

SYNOPSES: The 1992 title Unforgiven sees Eastwood return to the western genre where he made his name. This bold blockbuster deals with themes of violence and retribution and sees Eastwood excel as the film's leading actor, producer and director.

In 2003 Oscar-winner Mystic River, Eastwood tackles complex, dark themes in his own unique way. An engrossing, emotionally-charged drama driven by powerful performances from a stellar cast, the film follows a group of childhood friends as they deal with the life-altering event that forces them back together to confront demons from the past.

Gritty World War II duo Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima chart the journey of the Japanese and US armies during and after the battle for the island of Iwo Jima. The films skillfully examine the horrors of facing battle and the aftermath as the soldiers struggle to integrate back into society.

Completing the set is 2009's Gran Torino, which sees Eastwood's most recent and proclaimed final return to acting, playing alienated war veteran Walt Kowalski. Toughened, bitter and set in his ways, Kowalski sets out to take on the gangs that run his neighbourhood and finds himself forming an unexpected relationship with the very people he set out to fight.

Clint Eastwood: The Director's Collection makes your day on DVD on May 3

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