The new film by Lone Scherfig (An Education) is a lively comedy-drama about a group of filmmakers who contributed to the war effort during the Blitz by making movies.
Their Finest is based on the Lissa Evans novel, and stars Gemma Arterton, who loved the fact that the story is set at a time when "women were called to work" while the men were off fighting. She also liked that Scherfig allowed the characters to be well rounded, even funny. "There's broad strokes in this film," Arterton says. "But everything's done with such detail that it makes it not-brash. That's down to Lone's attention to detail. Little tiny things that you might not even catch, really, but that she sees and thinks about."
Gemma Arterton stars with Bill Nighy in Their Finest
And then there was the film within a film storyline, especially one set in the 1940s. "I hadn't made a film set in that period before," Arterton says, "which was a really amazing period for so many reasons, with so much going on and so much change. Film, or any art form, is very important in desperate times. In any time! It's opening up people's minds or giving them inspiration or hope. It will be interesting to see what happens now in the film industry with the films that come out of America!"
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'Their Finest' follows a female screenwriter who struggles to find respect within her workplace in WW2.
War films remain one of the most popular movie genres out there, and yet so few of them are telling the stories of the women left behind. We can appreciate now that females had roles of utmost importance during the First and Second World Wars, but as Lone Scherfig's drama 'Their Finest' (in cinemas April 21) shows, there was little appreciation at the time.
Sam Claflin and Gemma Arterton star in 'Their Finest'
As we live in an era where gender equality is of the utmost significance to men and women everywhere, 'Their Finest' presents a portrait of a female screenwriter named Catrin Cole whose skills are only desired as filler for a wartime propaganda movie - or 'slop' to put it in her employers' oh-so-sensitive terms.
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Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is just a normal guy. Well, that might not be totally correct - while he is chipper and happy, he is also incredibly mentally unstable. While the people he works with at the bathtub factory think he is just a happy-go-lucky guy, Jerry is steadily trying to stop taking his anti-psychotic medication, and this has led to him believing that his cat and dog are talking to him. After a co-worker (Gemma Arterton) stands him up for a date, Mr. Whiskers the cat convinces him to become a serial killer, despite the dog's better judgement. As Jerry steadily gets further and further down the rabbit hole, his conscience (in the form of his cat and dog) battle for control over whether or not he will just give up and go totally crazy.
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Lea Seydoux will allegedly be the next woman James Bond falls for in the upcoming 'Bond 24'.
Lea Seydoux has reportedly been cast in the next James Bond movie. Filming for the currently untitled 24th Bond movie is set to begin in six weeks and Bond 24, as it is known, will be in cinemas next year.
Lea Seydoux at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
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Who was best dressed at this year's Olivier Awards?
The stars of stage were out last night for the Olivier Awards, honouring Britain’s top theatre talent. On the red carpet high glamour ruled as no one trend dominated the evening’s style. From soft pastels to heavy monochrome the Olivier Awards brought the drama to the red carpet as the most theatrical fashionistas showcased their style. Here are some of our favourite looks of the evening.
Gemma Arterton wowed in Prada
Host for the night former Bond girl Gemma Arterton, showed off her stylish sophistication in a pale blue 3/4 length sleeve Prada gown. With her hair in a side swept bob, Gemma accessorised with some Faraone Mennella jewels adding a touch of dazzle to her classic outfit.
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Gemma Arterton is "beyond thrilled" to be cast as 'Rita O'Grady' in the musical adaptation of 2010's 'Made In Dagenham.'
Gemma Arterton will soon be beckoning the stage at London's West End.
The 28 year-old actress has been cast to star in a musical production of the 2010 film 'Made In Dagenham'.
Arterton will play the role of Rita O'Grady, a part which was played by recent Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, on screen.
Continue reading: Gemma Arterton Cast In Lead Role For 'Made In Dagenham' West End Musical
After Sunday's BAFTAs, the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge hosted a special arts event at Buckingham Palace.
Last night, Buckingham Palace hosted a star-studded reception for some of the world's most talented stars of stage and screen. The Royal Reception for Dramatic Arts celebrated the Queen's 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the contribution of the dramatic arts to national life with a host of showbiz royalty paying the palace a visit.
The Queen Greeted The Hollywood Stars Who Paid Her A Visit At The Palace.
The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, played host to a glittering line-up of stars, including Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Roger Moore, John Hurt, Steve McQueen, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Angela Lansbury, Hugh Laurie, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Spall, Alan Bennett and Alan Rickman along with the actresses Uma Thurman, Joely Richardson, and Joan Collins.
Clearly something went horribly wrong as this thriller was being made, because despite a solid cast, gorgeous locations and an intriguing premise, the film is an incoherent mess. Sure, it looks achingly cool, but there isn't a single moment when the characters' motivations make any sense. And there's never a hint of suspense or danger.
It doesn't help that the set-up revolves around two of the least cinematic things on earth: finances and computers. Timberlake plays Princeton grad student Richie, who runs a gambling website to pay his tuition but loses his savings when another site cheats him. So he heads to Costa Rica to confront the online casino boss Ivan (Affleck). Impressed with his initiative, Ivan offers him a job, and soon Richie has more cash than he can possibly spend. But for some reason, all he wants is Ivan's colleague-girlfriend Rebecca (Arterton). Then a nosey FBI agent (Mackie) forces Richie to help him take Ivan down.
Director Fuhrman showed considerable promise with another renegade loner in The Lincoln Lawyer, but this film simply refuses to fill in enough of the gaps. Nothing that happens here is remotely convincing, as the characters are continually thrust into half-developed scenarios. Perhaps there's a more coherent longer version out there, because this one feels like it was edited with a machete. Even as a cautionary tale about the dangers of greed, this story has nothing relevant to say.
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Richie Furst is a Princeton student with a unique gift for mathematics. He uses his talent to play the odds on online poker sites but what's starts out as gambling for fun, turns into much more as he struggles to pay his school fees. He has one more chance to bring up his bank balance but finds himself busted out of a game (and the last of his money) despite his calculations telling him he should win. Determined to discover the meaning behind what he thinks is a scam, he visits the website's owner Ivan Block who offers him a job with a guaranteed 7-figure salary in just a few months. Unfortunately, he finds himself conned worse than he realised when he is kidnapped by an FBI agent for his apparent 'crimes' and uncovers the corrupt and often cruel operations behind Ivan and his company. Now his tuition fees are the least of his worries as he is now gambling for his life.
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Nearly 20 years after Interview With the Vampire, Neil Jordan returns to the genre to breath some new life into a mythology that has grown stale, predictable and rather mopey (see Twilight). With a lively script by Buffini, Jordan creates a lushly stylish dramatic thriller that continually takes us aback with off-beat storytelling and complex characters who don't always do what we expect them to.
The story centres on mother-daughter immortals Clara and Eleanor (Arterton and Ronan), who are on the run when they arrive in a fading British seaside town. The resourceful Clara seduces the nervous Noel (Mays) so they can stay in his dilapidated Byzantium guesthouse. To earn some cash, the always resourceful Clara turns the empty rooms into a brothel. Meanwhile, Eleanor befriends the fragile young Frank (Jones) and reveals the fact that she and her mother are actually more than 200 years old and need human blood to survive. Through all of this, they're being chased by two elder vampires, the ruthless Ruthven (Miller) and the more sympathetic Darvell (Riley), both of whom share a tangled romantic past with Clara.
Unusually intelligent, the film holds our interest with an astonishing series of twists and turns plus an array of colourful characters that play on stereotypes. Holding it all together is a fairly simple plot that reveals itself in bits and pieces until the full picture comes into focus. From this point, we pretty much know what has to happen in the big finale, but watching events unfold is satisfying and sometimes both thrilling and moving.
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Vampire films are hard to escape these days; they’re everywhere. So a level of sceptism surrounds any new entry to the genre. Byzantium is no exeption, but the early impressions are that this slick film stands above the crowd.
Clara and Eleanor are a mother and daughter, born two centuries ago as vampires and surviving only on the blood of mortal beings. They escape to an English seaside town and are taken into an abandoned guesthouse by the owner, Noel. While Clara takes on a job as a lady of the night who drains the blood from her clients, Eleanor has dreams of being a writer, chronicling her life as a vampire in pages that she usually scatters in the wind. It isn't long before they are discovered, both by the mortal people of the town and by The Brotherhood; an all-male vampire organisation that seek to find and kill Clara. Eleanor meets a boy called Frank, who she develops feelings for and spills the secrets of her world to, angering her mother who fears for their safety. As knowledge of their existence spreads further and further, they are forced to confront their past and the deadly secrets that come with it.
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Made in Germany, this raucous adventure merrily refuses to follow the usual Hollywood route of blanding-down a fairy tale for the lowest common denominator (see both Snow White movies last year). It's still pretty stupid, but it's so unapologetically over-the-top that we're consistently entertained. And it helps that the filmmakers are clearly aware of how ridiculous the plot is, so they push it even further.
The film opens with a horror-style version of the Grimm Brothers' fable, then jumps years ahead as Hansel and Gretel (Renner and Arterton) achieve notoriety as bounty hunters specialising in tracking down and dispatching witches. When they arrive in a small village, they rescue innocent young Mina (Viitala) from the bloodthirsty mayor (Stormare), then vow instead to capture the area's real wicked witch Muriel (Janssen). The sheriff is sure they're con artists, so forms his own posse. Meanwhile, Hansel tentatively falls for Mina, and the duo also meet their teen super-fan Ben (Mann), who joins them as they head into the woods.
Norwegian writer-director Wirkola has created a gonzo action-horror movie out of the familiar bedtime story, complete with wildly outrageous creatures, fiery battles and almost as many explosions as a Michael Bay Transformers movie. Meanwhile, Renner and Arterton strut through medieval Europe like 21st century action heroes, wearing skin-tight leather, head-butting their foes, swearing like sailors and shooting massive guns at anything that moves. In other words, Wirkola's approach is essentially satirical, which allows him to indulge in astounding levels of grisly violence without it ever getting too nasty.
Continue reading: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Review
By focussing on the emotional bleakness in this story, writer-director Williams manages to find some interesting moments in a film that otherwise seems contrived to reach fans of heartwarming fare like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet. And while this film sometimes feels like a geriatric episode of Glee, it at least finds authenticity in the characters' emotions, thanks to clever acting and filmmaking.
It opens with an ageing couple: the perpetually cheery Marion (Redgrave) and her relentless grump of a husband Arthur (Stamp). "You know how I feel about enjoying things," he scowls as she chirps about him coming along to cheer for her singing club at an upcoming competition. But Marion has cancer, and she's trying to make sure that he doesn't shut down when she dies, cutting off contact with his single-dad son (Eccleston). Sure enough, he reacts to her death with cruelty and isolation. But Marion's relentlessly upbeat choir leader Elizabeth (Arterton) won't give up on him, and when she discovers that he can sing, she urges him to take Marion's place at the competition.
After the strikingly original thrillers London to Brighton and Cherry Tree Lane, this is not the kind of film we expect from Williams, but if we look closely we can see him constantly undermining expectations. This film isn't quite as heartwarming as it seems, allowing its characters to be rather startlingly awful at times even though the story is punctuated by uplifting sequences. And of course the veteran cast members are excellent. Redgrave is luminous as Marion, holding the film's emotional centre even after her character is gone. And Stamp quietly reveals a hidden tenderness under Arthur's rough exterior.
Continue reading: Song For Marion Review
British beauty Gemma Arterton isn't as sickly sweet as she looks. In fact, she's really, really hard. We're not joking: she punched a tramp... in the face!
While that sounds fairly ruthless, speaking to Graham Norton on his BBC show, she explained her reasons behind it. "I was in one of those ATM cash machine rooms and there was a tramp in there. He kept looking at me and then he grabbed my bum really hard" she said. "I turned round and properly punched him in the face. I then realised I'd punched a tramp in the face so I ran. Thank God he didn't punch me back... I actually felt quite bad about it."
She's currently starring in an action packed blockbuster, Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters which trained her up enough for the punch to be pretty hardy. "It's one of the reasons I wanted to do the film because I've always wanted to punch people. It was fun," she said about the action and violence in the film. "I had to do lots of training because I had never done anything like it before and I loved it, absolutely loved it."
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As red-band trailers go this week, there’s going to be very little that’s going to top the Evil Dead remake. And it certainly won’t be the trailer for Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which is so tame in comparison, it seems more like the original fairy tale than the adult action horror it’s supposed to be.
The filmschoolrejects.com site have commented on the new trailer and they are not alone in wondering how the hell this movie ever made it past the pitching stage. Of course, we’re hoping that once it’s released, it may reach the upper echelons of the ‘so bad it’s good' school of film making but it’s hard to judge from the trailer whether or not that’s going to be possible. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as brother and sister duo Hansel and Gretel, Wirkola has taken the traditional Brothers Grimm tale and switched it up a little so that Hansel and Gretel are (as the title may suggest) witch hunters.
If nothing else, there are lots of schlocky special effects to revel in. Witches’ faces exploding into a spiky, metallic mess, bullets travelling through the air, whilst simultaneously evolving into spiky metallic weapons. Witches being split in half by spiky metallic chains. They kind of overdid it on the spiky, metallic special effects, if we’re honest. File under low-brow.
Fifteen years later, Hansel and Gretel are still suffering from the traumatic effects of a horrific ordeal they experienced when they were children when a wicked witch tried to make a meal of them after tempting them with her house in the forest made of gingerbread. After successfully slaying the evil creature, they became witch hunters; bounty hunters of the fairy tale world, constructing various brutal ways of trapping and exterminating the monsters that threatened villages around the world with the added benefit that malevolent curses and spells had little effect on them. One day, the Mayor of Augsburg, recognising their widespread notoriety and expertise, enlists the brother and sister duo to end the torment that is infecting one town and its surrounding forests at the hands of the sorceress Muriel who is kidnapping children with the intention of sacrificing them for the forthcoming Blood Moon. It seems Hansel and Gretel have finally met their match and, if that wasn't bad enough, the ruthless Sheriff Berringer has decided that he will embark on his own kind of witch hunt, endangering half the women in the town.
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Sammy is a hatchling turtle who's just starting his life in the world. After making a dash to the sea from his egg which was laid on a beach in California, Sammy soon discovers a beautiful turtle called Shelly who was also born on the same beach.
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Tamara Drewe might originally be from the countryside but it's been years since she's visited the place of her youth. Much has changed in the small village from her childhood, but so has she! (with the help from a little cosmetic surgery).
Tamara returns the the village with her city ways to see a few of the other people have also adopted the city lifestyle. There's the rockstar (who's just after one thing..), the city workers who return to the village every weekend and there's the old citizens, the ones who've been around for ever. The beauty (and her hotpants) make a huge impact in the little village and all the men seem to adore her, but when it comes to finding the man who would be best for her, she might just surprise herself with her choice.
Running time: 107 minutes
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Tamsin Greig, Bronagh Gallagher, Pippa Haywood
Perseus (Worthington) is a demigod who has been raised by humans and now finds himself at the centre of a war between man and the gods Zeus (Neeson), Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (a blink-and-you'll-miss-him Danny Huston). Accompanied by a handful of plucky warriors from Argos (including Mikkelsen, Cunningham, Hoult and Matheson) and his spirit-guide Io (Arterton), he heads off to find the secret to defeat Hades' feared Kraken so he can save Princess Andromeda (Davalos).
Continue reading: Clash Of The Titans Review
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