Monthly Archives: August 2013

Why I love … the confident evil of Tony Montana

Forget film heroes, it’s villains who really devote themselves to a cause – none more so than Hollywood’s greatest bad guy: Scarface

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas separate to ‘work on marriage’

The couple, who married 13 years ago, are ‘taking some time apart’, according to a spokesperson for Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are “taking some time apart” to “work on their marriage”, according to a statement released by her publicist.

Zeta-Jones, 43, who married Douglas, 68, 13 years ago and has two children with him, shot to fame in Britain in the early 1990s in the television adaptation of The Darling Buds of May before going on to Hollywood success in such films as Chicago, Traffic and Intolerable Cruelty. She was praised in 2011 for revealing that she was receiving treatment for bipolar disorder.

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Ben Wheatley on Don’t Look Now: ‘I felt a great panic come over me’

The director of A Field in England describes his visceral reaction to Nicolas Roeg’s classic thriller 15 years after his first viewing

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Pain & Gain: the true story behind the movie

For one whole month a brutal criminal gang held and tortured businessman Marc Schiller. Eventually he signed over millions of dollars to them. His story is now the subject of a movie, but the ordeal was much worse in real life Continue reading… Continue reading

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Princess Diana film ‘got it completely wrong’ says former lover Hasnat Khan

Film starring Naomi Watts as Diana has been criticised by one of the principals depicted in it, heart surgeon Hasnat KhanThe new film about Diana, Princess of Wales, has been attacked by her former lover and the man on whom one of the film’s principal … Continue reading

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Danny Boyle pays tribute to Philip French

An Oscar-winning film and theatre director, Danny Boyle is best known for his acclaimed 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire and more recently for helming the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony. Philip French championed Boyle’s career from the outset, describing his debut feature film, Shallow Grave, as “a good piece of storytelling… Hitchcock would have admired its ruthlessness and cruel humour.”

A brilliantly learned man with a pitiless mind and a kind eye. How can a critic maintain this balance over such a long time? I’ve read critics for the best part of 40 years and no one has achieved this balance as exquisitely as Philip French. Of course, some never wanted to and that’s fair enough. Except that his approach produces the perfect critic, serving public and artist both.

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Martin Scorsese pays tribute to Philip French

The multi-award winning director of films including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and The Departed, Scorsese has been described by Philip French as “one of the half-dozen finest directors at work today”.

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Farewell, Philip French: the film critic’s critic answers your questions

After 50 years as the Observer’s film critic, Philip French is retiring. Here he talks about his life and career and answers questions from readers and film-makers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach

Film-makers including Martin Scorsese and Danny Boyle pay tribute to Philip French

It says a lot about Philip French that after 50 years as the Observer‘s film critic – five decades in which he has watched more than 2,500 movies, written six books on the subject and received an OBE for his services to film – he is nervous enough about this interview to have researched his answers in advance.

When I arrive at his house in Tufnell Park, north London, I find French poring over a thick reference book at the kitchen table. A cup of coffee is left to cool as he thumbs through the relevant footnotes, anxious to get the facts absolutely right. He will turn 80 in a couple of weeks and says that he occasionally struggles to remember names of directors or actors.

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Dick Van Dyke: the actor who keeps cheating death

The 87-year-old star had a miracle escape from a burning car on Monday. It’s not the first time he has foiled the reaper Continue reading… Continue reading

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The Fantastic Four and X-Men to meet on screen

Twentieth Century Fox plans to cross over characters from both Marvel comics sagas in future movies

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Twentieth Century Fox’s superhero guru Mark Millar has confirmed that the X-Men will meet the Fantastic Four in future films.

Fox, which currently owns the rights to both Marvel comics sagas, will hope to ape the success of movies such as last year’s $1.5bn The Avengers by cross-pollinating between them, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Millar, the leading comic book writer who is creative consultant on both the X-Men films and the upcoming Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four reboot, said he had been inspired by the success of Disney-owned Marvel Studios over the past five years.

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Jason Sudeikis: ‘Relax. I have arrived’

He became America’s favourite clown on Saturday Night Live. But now Jason Sudeikis is forsaking primetime for a stab at the movies with the comedy We’re the Millers, alongside Jennifer Aniston

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• News on Sudeikis’s departure from SNL
• Sudeikis on his previous collaboration with Aniston, Horrible Bosses

Kansas kids have whirlwind adventures, whether it’s Dorothy en route to Oz or Jason Sudeikis tilting at movie stardom. The American comic bounces into London jet-lagged and bleary, slurping coffee from a paper cup. He has a gilded status as a Hollywood clown and a glossy fiancee in Olivia Wilde, formerly of House. He is not in Kansas any more; the place is a memory. But he is poking all kinds of fun at red-state USA.

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Mark Wahlberg says Graham Norton Show antics were pre-planned

Actor says he arranged chatshow mayhem beforehand with fellow guest Sarah Silverman

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Pixar ‘switched Finding Dory plot’ after killer-whale documentary row

Disney-owned studio said to have altered movie storyline after claims made in Blackfish over deaths at SeaWorldThe Disney-owned animation studio Pixar has taken the rare step of changing the plot of its forthcoming sequel to the 2003 blockbuster Findin… Continue reading

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Harrison Ford, expendable? Think again, Sylvester Stallone

Ford signing up for The Expendables III is a coup for Stallone’s action series, but not for an actor once voted the best in history Continue reading… Continue reading

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