On the same day that it opened the Berlin Film Festival, Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster was acquired by The Weinstein Company for distribution in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. The martial arts drama, which, as a four-hour epic, has already collected some $50 million in China (a 130-minute version was shown in Berlin), focuses on Ip Man, Bruce Lee's mentor, who is portrayed by Tony Leung. The film follows his life beginning in childhood during Imperial China through The Days of the Communist revolution and ending in British-ruled Hong Kong. During all these periods you can see how a martial artist stands up for his principles and his honor in front of all this hardship, Wong told a news conference before the screening of his film. It received a mixed reception from critics. Andrew Pulver in Britain's Guardian writes that in place of conventional plotting, Wong creates a delicate tracery of description, flashback and vignette that require a sizable investment in concentration from the viewer. The rewards, however, are considerable. ... The Grandmaster is something pretty special. But several critics suggest that the film lacks cohesion. Yvonne Teh in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post comments that while some scenes manifest superlative filmmaking others appear rushed. One leaves the cinema feeling there are too many Loose Ends, she concludes. Likewise, Edmund Lee in the British trade publication Screen Daily describes the film as sumptuously visualized yet unevenly narrated and expresses hope that Wong will be tempted to return to the editing room for an alternative cut.
Several critics agree that the one-minute pitch for Identity Thief must have been a doozy: a guy (Jason Bateman) discovers that his career is potentially in shambles because of someone (Melissa McCarthy) who has stolen his credit cards and his identity. He goes to Miami, finds the thief, and decides to drive her to Denver to explain the situation to his boss. None of this, the critics say, is a bit funny. Writes Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle: There are holes in the story you could float a blimp through and Loose Ends everywhere, but none of that would matter if Identity Thief had a Spark of joy, some honest life to it. There is none. It's just an irritant. Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post uses similar words, writing that the movie turns out to be not so much a major drag as a minor irritant, the kind of instantly forgettable nothing-burger for which the early months have become notorious. But those are some of the kinder words written about the movie. Ty Burr in the Boston Globe writes that it's an obnoxious comedy made worse by obnoxious sentimentality. Unfunny, predictable, and vulgar. Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune calls it debilitatingly witless. Joe Morgenstern's take on the movie in the Wall Street Journal: Identity Thief steals time. But, oh, that performance by Melissa McCarthy. She is the supernova who burns up this show, writes Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. Says Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times: McCarthy is such a gem, with a rare ability to turn a thought into a one-woman show. And Rafer GuzmÃ¡n in Newsday suggests the film is worth seeing just to savor McCarthy's performance. Identity Thief certainly has its flaws, he writes, but McCarthy gives it a winning personality.
Ronnie Wood has revealed the Rolling Stones are in talks for a reunion tour to celebrate 50 years together.
The Rolling Stones are ''talking'' about a 50th anniversary reunion tour.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed the group - which also comprises drummer Charlie Watts, lead singer Sir Mick Jagger and lead guitarist Keith Richards - put aside their differences to spend some time in the studio before Christmas and held tentative talks about hitting the road to mark the massive date.
He told Radio Times magazine: ''It was great keeping our chops together, that's what we love.
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Robbie Williams is throwing himself back into his solo career and says he is working on 30 songs for his new solo album.
Robbie Williams is finishing off 30 songs for his new solo album.
The 'Angels' hitmaker is throwing himself back into his solo career after finishing a European tour with Take That - which wrapped up in Munich, Germany on Friday (29.07.11) - vowing to lock himself away to work on new lyrics for his ninth studio album.
He wrote on his official website: "Well i have (it seems) a mountain of songs to finish lyrics for. So many tunes are in a good shape now. Maybe 30 knocking around and that's not including old ones that never made ['Reality Killed the Video Star'] (sic).
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Beverley Knight wants to sing on a dubstep track with Katy B or Magnetic Man.
Beverley Knight wants to sing on a dubstep track.
The soul singer is a massive fan of crossover artist Katy B and while she wouldn't want to take her career in a dubstep direction, she would love to work with her or producers Magnetic Man on a track.
Speaking at the Sony Radio Academy Awards earlier this week, she told BANG Showbiz: "A lot of people have asked me about dubstep, and I don't know if that is necessarily something I would go off and do a whole album of, but would I feature on a Katy B or a Magnetic Man track? Hell yes! But in terms of me going off and doing dubstep all by myself? Unfortunately, no."
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Southport Weekender, one of Europe's best loved indoor festivals, which without a doubt has been indispensable to the soulful music scene over the past 24 years is moving! After a phenomenal 21 year residency at Pontins in Southport, dubbing it the longest running event at the centre's since 1990, Southport Weekender are excited to announce their move to a fantastic new location, Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead, Somerset for their May 2011 festival.
"This will be our 5th different location for the Weekenders since we began way back in October 1987. Most of our events have been held at the Southport Pontins Site and we will forever cherish the memories, the many magical moments that have taken place there, along with the thousands of life long friendships made. However, there is always a time to move forward and grow, so to be given the opportunity to host The Weekender at the fantastic Minehead, Butlins site is very exciting and a move we look forward to embracing. I have absolutely no doubts that the wonderful crowd who have supported us over 24 years and the many new people who will be joining us will absolutely love it. We cannot wait!" / Alex Lowes (Southport Weekender)
"We are delighted that the Southport Weekender is coming to Butlins Minehead and we are looking forward to welcoming all of the weekender guests here in May for their exclusive event. Change is always a challenge for such established and respected events, but we are absolutely committed to supporting and hosting the Southport Weekender and all of its guests as the event grows and moves forward in its new home here at Minehead" / Richard Swift (Butlins, Minehead)
Initial tickets for Southport Weekender's May 2011 festival sold out in just 2 weeks of going on general sale! But now with the event move to Butlins, which sports a larger capacity now sleeping 6000 party people on site, the festival will be putting up a further 1500 tickets on sale! There is a vast range of accommodation on offer, from 2-berth upwards to 8-berth, with a choice of self catering and room only.
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