August 12, 2010 |
Would the movie world be the same without " Happy-Go-Lucky," "Man on Wire" or "Gosford Park"? That's the question, in essence, being asked by film figures on both sides of the Atlantic in a growing controversy over the announcement by the new British government that it plans to abolish the UK Film Council, which provides millions of pounds annually to British-based independent productions. The group also offers logistical and other support to Hollywood studios filming in Britain.
December 18, 2009 |
"The Young Victoria," starring Emily Blunt as the 18-year-old queen of England circa 1837, is such a rich pastiche of first love, teen empowerment, fabulous fashion and fate that you almost wish a few brooding vampires had been thrown in for good measure, since that's the crowd that should fall head over heels for this movie. Which isn't to suggest that "Young Victoria" is sophomoric. It is anything but. What filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has done in this delicious historical romance is capture that hot blush of pure emotion that comes before kisses, sex, heartbreak and the rest can dilute it. Vallée understands the power in the promise of things to come, and though kings and queens might abuse the power, the director uses it wisely.
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April 29, 2004 |
Mary Selway, the British casting agent whose transatlantic career led her to cast some of the most successful films of her time, including "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," "Gosford Park" and "Out of Africa," as well as "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," which she helped to cast, has died. She was 68. Selway had been ill with cancer and died April 21 in London, where she lived, according to the London Guardian.
December 7, 2003 |
The rise and rise of Julian Fellowes, after he spent 25 years languishing in semiobscurity, is one of the British film industry's most extraordinary stories. Best known as a character actor specializing in upper-class, slightly silly characters (he can be seen as Lord Kilwillie on BBC America's "Monarch of the Glen"), Fellowes pulled off the astonishing feat of winning an Oscar for his first produced feature film script, "Gosford Park" (2001).
May 2, 2002
Tuesday: "Ocean's Eleven" and "Waking Life." May 14: "The Others," "From Hell" and "Corky Romano." May 21: "Vanilla Sky," "Lantana," "Snow Dogs," "Sidewalks of New York," "Out Cold" and "How High." May 28: "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Dark Blue World" and "Slackers." June 4: "Shallow Hal" and "The Mothman Prophecies." June 11: "Black Hawk Down," "Monster's Ball," "Kate & Leopold" and "Behind the Sun."
March 24, 2002 |
How's this for a story pitch? A bald and avuncular character actor turning 50 comes to the painful conclusion that life has no marvelous surprises in store for him. The actor, a child of an "imperial family" who's done a bit of writing on the side, will continue to play upper-class snobs on British TV series with the occasional bit in James Bond movies when toffs and/or twits are required.