December 22, 2001 |
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.
November 23, 2011 |
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.
May 6, 2001 |
In the words of Australian filmmaker Bazmark Anthony Luhrmann, better known as Baz, it has been "a long time between dreams." Not since "Grease" in 1978 has a movie musical made enough money for the major Hollywood studios to believe in the genre. Exceptions, especially in Disney's animated stable ('Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," among others), have tantalized the masses while getting them humming a song or two. But live action is another story.
March 13, 1994 |
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).
April 24, 2003 |
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.
April 29, 2003 |
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.