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The Brits Are Back At TIFF

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  It has been a difficult few months for the British film industry. Not only has the economic recession made the film business even more challenging, but the controversy surrounding the shuttering of the UK Film Council has been acriminious, amidst charges of economic abuse and political favoritism. Even the venerable London Film Festival, which unspools next month, losts its main corporate sponsors and had to scramble to find replacements. However, based on the bounty of British film...

*Raindance Preview Review* HUGE (2010) dir Ben Miller

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  Ben Miller's first delivery as a film director is just as amateur as it sounds. Miller, of British comedy duo Armstrong & Miller, should be able to tackle the subject of his first film better than anyone else: the nature of a comedy duo. However, the story of the film feels old, too predictable and doesn't add anything new to the "comedian film". The story basically tells the story of Warren and Clark, a would-be comedy duo who have more in common with an old couple tha...

Fetish

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Director: Matthew Pellowski.
The story revolves around an iconic actress on the skids, making a play for a comeback with a late night talk show host.

Partial Creation of "Fetish" with Joan Collins by Charles Casillo

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It was 1 am on a frigid February morning and Joan Collins’ boots were getting a haircut. We were supposed to shoot the outdoor scene earlier in the day but because of the non-stop snowstorm, filming kept being delayed. A team of crew members continuously shoveled the balcony and tried to keep the ground dry–all the better to keep legendary goddess from being electrocuted while shooting. As the snow fell and the city came to a halt, the lights were being set up by the grips and electrical dep...

Russellmania: The Missing Movie

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No offense to Argentine screen vamp Coca Sarli, but Ken Russell is one hell of an act to follow.   This weekend the Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting Fuego: The Films of Isabel “Coca” Sarli, and while entries like Leopoldo Torre Nilsson's The Female: Seventy Times Seven look plenty enticing – Sarli plays a femme fatale who undid both her husband and her lover – it's doubtful the three-day series will spark epiphanies like the Film Society's Russellmania.  On J...

National Theatre Live: A Hybrid of Film, Television and Theater

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  In these days of high cost travel and rapidly shrinking bank accounts, I quietly considered the bundle I had saved by not needing to board the Concorde to attend the hit London production of the Victorian satire LONDON ASSURANCE, the latest offering from the National Theatre's worldwide satellite broadcasts. Sitting in the plush, air-conditioned environment of the Jacob Burns Film Center thirty miles from New York City, I could only marvel at the experience of a delicious "nig...

The Global Film Village: Del Shores’ Yellow Premiered Friday Night in West Hollywood

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Del Shores’ Yellow in West Hollywood by Marla LewinThis is Del Shores first new play in seven years! There is something so special about going to the opening night, and a World Premiere, because the living author/playwright/director/producer brings an emotional, engaging new play alive.  With of course the help of so many great artists actors and his other producers.  There is something so exciting when all of this comes together and the chemistry all works. It is magical.So what does one w...

The 2010 British Urban Film Festival - June Blog

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This time 5 years ago, Noel Clarke was playing Billie Piper’s screen boyfriend in Doctor Who. Since then, our man Noel not only starred in ‘Kidulthood’ (recently screened again on BBC3), he went onto write and direct its’ sequel, ‘Adulthood’ – collecting a Bafta along the way. He has since starred in ‘Heartless’ and ‘Centurion’. He also starred in ‘Doghouse’ with Stephen Graham, Danny Dyer and Terry Stone, and has just released ‘4,3,2,1’ – considered by some to ...

Jeremy Irons

The Ischia Legend Award 2010 has been awarded to Jeremy Irons.

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  The British actor (Oscar winner in 1990 for  "Reversal of Fortune" by Barbet Schroeder)  will receive the prestigious special award on Tuesday July 13th at Sant'Angelo of Ischia during the 8° Global Film & Music Festival. With this award the accomplished British actor joins in the Festival record beside prominent colleagues such as Sir Ben Kinglsey, Dennis Hopper, Vanessa Redgrave, Hilary Swank, Murray Abraham, Giancarlo Giannini and Stefania Sandrelli. Jeremy Irons, whos...

Stephen Frears

How to Make a Movie Not Boring, According to Mike Leigh

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          Mike Leigh discusses how to make a movie about ordinary people and daily life interesting. ...

Mortality in Another Year

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Director Mike Leigh discusses the idea of mortality in relation to his new film, Another Year, at the press conference here in Cannes.  ...

Mike Leigh Refuses to Respond

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Mike Leigh refuses to answer British journalist Richard Brooks' question at the press conference for Another Year at the Cannes film festival.  ...

Mike Leigh insists, "Nobody is boring," at Another Year press conference

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Six-time Oscar nominated writer and director Mike Leigh appeared disgruntled and gruff at the start of Saturday morning's press conference following the premiere of his in competition film, Another Year. Leigh abrubtly refused to answer the first reporter's question, shouting: "I'm not taking any questions from you, and you know why!" The audience, seeming both taken aback and amused at this sudden outburst, became noticeably more alert.Leigh and his cast, including Jim Broadbent, Lesl...

Press screening of Another Year met with positive response

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        The competitive film, Another Year, by Mike Leigh, received two thumbs up from the audience that walked out of the Grande Theatre Lumierethis Saturday morning. Leigh’s premier was an ensemble comedy drama that starredhis usual cast of Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville.Happiness and the passing of time are the themes that seem to percolate throughthe movie. One viewer expressed that Leigh seemed to display what doesn’tchange in our lives than w...

Another Year by Mike Leigh

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