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January 11, 2009 | Geoff Boucher
The real honor roll at Hogwarts Academy in the "Harry Potter" films has nothing to do with child wizards and their magical aptitude: It's the list of esteemed British thespians who have been brought in to cast their spells as the colorful supporting players. Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Miranda Richardson, Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Fiennes, John Hurt and the late Richard Harris are just some of the elite performers who have trod the stone floors of the sorcery academy.
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November 23, 2011 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
Five years ago the Bristol, England-based Aardman animation folks — who created the stop-motion legends Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep and therefore are eligible for sainthood — made the digitally animated British/American co-production "Flushed Away. " Jam-packed with peril, if not with charm, the film had both eyes on a crossover American audience that never materialized. Now comes happier news and a much better film. The company's second digitally animated feature, billed as "an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation," carries the name "Arthur Christmas.
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June 5, 2008 | Matthew DeBord, Special to The Times
FOR MANY performers, the idea that they might become "character actors" fills them with dread. But not Jim Broadbent, who has transformed the category in a career stretching to the late 1970s. His most recent effort, "When Did You Last See Your Father?," opens on Friday and adds yet another distinctive exploration of the diverse human experience to his ever-growing portfolio. "That is my niche," he says of the character-actor label. Some niche.
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January 11, 2009 | Geoff Boucher
The real honor roll at Hogwarts Academy in the "Harry Potter" films has nothing to do with child wizards and their magical aptitude: It's the list of esteemed British thespians who have been brought in to cast their spells as the colorful supporting players. Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Miranda Richardson, Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Fiennes, John Hurt and the late Richard Harris are just some of the elite performers who have trod the stone floors of the sorcery academy.
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December 22, 2001 | ELLEN BASKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jim Broadbent has the look of an English Everyman, the kind of bloke who would be more at ease hoisting a pint at the local pub back home than drinking designer water in a tony Beverly Hills hotel lobby, his location for the day. The soft-spoken actor can sometimes hardly be heard over the holiday soundtrack playing nonstop in the background, and his casual appearance is a marked contrast to the sumptuous seasonal decor.
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November 23, 2011 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
Five years ago the Bristol, England-based Aardman animation folks — who created the stop-motion legends Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep and therefore are eligible for sainthood — made the digitally animated British/American co-production "Flushed Away. " Jam-packed with peril, if not with charm, the film had both eyes on a crossover American audience that never materialized. Now comes happier news and a much better film. The company's second digitally animated feature, billed as "an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation," carries the name "Arthur Christmas.
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March 13, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film critic
"Le Week-End" is a sour and misanthropic film masquerading as an honest and sensitive romance. A painful and unremittingly bleak look at a difficult marriage, it wants us to sit through a range of domestic horrors without offering much of anything as a reward. This is especially disheartening because on an abstract level the film's participants on both sides of the camera are talented individuals with strong resumes. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, who star as the unhappy couple, are two of Britain's top actors.
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January 10, 2014 | By Times Staff Writers
The 2014 winter-spring movie preview is a broad overview of films opening through late April. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. FOR THE RECORD: Movie previews: A listing in the Jan. 12 Sunday Calendar Movie Sneaks section for the film "G.B.F. " had the names of the writer and director reversed. The writer of the teen comedy opening this weekend is George Northy, and the director is Darren Stein. - Jan. 17 Back in the Day An aspiring actor best known for his insurance commercials heads home to Indiana for his high school reunion and reconnects with his now-married friends and an old flame.
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March 13, 1994 | Kenneth Turan
Director Mike Leigh leaves you speechless with this eccentric 1991 film that is at once surreal and very real, a film in which nothing happens and everything is experienced. Leigh concentrates on a working-class family living in a north London suburb: Wendy (Alison Steadman), her husband Andy (Jim Broadbent) and their twin teen-age daughters Natalie (Claire Skinner) and Nicola (Jane Horrocks, pictured, with Timothy Spall).
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May 9, 2004
Family adventure (June 16) Walt Disney Pictures With: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cecile De France, Jim Broadbent, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathy Bates, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Rob Schneider The idea: London inventor Phileas Fogg has less than three months to circumnavigate the globe and win an outlandish bet.
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June 5, 2008 | Matthew DeBord, Special to The Times
FOR MANY performers, the idea that they might become "character actors" fills them with dread. But not Jim Broadbent, who has transformed the category in a career stretching to the late 1970s. His most recent effort, "When Did You Last See Your Father?," opens on Friday and adds yet another distinctive exploration of the diverse human experience to his ever-growing portfolio. "That is my niche," he says of the character-actor label. Some niche.
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December 22, 2001 | ELLEN BASKIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jim Broadbent has the look of an English Everyman, the kind of bloke who would be more at ease hoisting a pint at the local pub back home than drinking designer water in a tony Beverly Hills hotel lobby, his location for the day. The soft-spoken actor can sometimes hardly be heard over the holiday soundtrack playing nonstop in the background, and his casual appearance is a marked contrast to the sumptuous seasonal decor.
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April 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
Filming has started in Germany's historic Babelsberg studios outside Berlin on a new version of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." The movie, starring Jim Broadbent, Jackie Chan and Kathy Bates, is being directed by Frank Coraci ("The Waterboy"). It's the first large-scale Hollywood production to be shot at the studio, and with costs running around $100 million, it's estimated to be one of the most expensive films ever made in Germany.
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April 29, 2003 | From Associated Press
Four years after Iris Murdoch's death, her husband is selling the working library of nearly 1,000 books collected and annotated by the late author over six decades, auctioneers said Monday. John Bayley doesn't have room for the books at his house in Oxford now that he's remarried, said Rachel Lee. Her company, Rachel Lee Rare Books, will sell the collection, valued at about $240,000, at the Antiquarian Book Fair in London from June 5 through June 8.
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