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Fashion Battle: Anna Friel's Look Of Love Premiere Dress And Afterparty Gown [Pictures]


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Anna Friel was among the 'Look of Love' stars turning out for the movie's premiere in London last night (April 15, 2013). The actress wore a suitable seventies-style outfit to promote Michael Winterbottom's film about legendary porn mogul Paul Raymond. Friel, who plays the wife of the 'King of Soho' wore a banana yellow gown as she lined up alongside co-stars Steve Coogan and Timsin Egerton.

Anna FrielAnna Friel Wore A Banana Yellow Gown To The Look Of Love Premiere in Soho, London

Friel's dress, a vintage number by Trager Delaney, featured velvet and satin panels and a cut-out panel at the back. Her co-star Tamsin went for a simplistic white dress, while Coogan opted for a black suit and floral shirt. Elsewhere at The Curzon cinema in Soho, several burlesque girls added a touch of glamour to the occasion, carrying giant feathers while wearing flowers in their hair.

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The Look Of Love - What Do Reviewers Have To Say About Steve Coogan's Latest Role


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The Look Of Love is the quite extraordinary true story of British entrepreneur and smut peddler Paul Raymond (played by Steve Coogan), who made his fortune opening some of Britain's first strip clubs and financing other classically un-British pursuits to eventually become Britain's richest man. The film follow's Raymond's life in humorous fashion before leading up to the darkest parts of his life when his daughter (played by Imogen Poots) and heir to his empire died of a drugs overdose and his eventual withdrawal from public life.

The film has already been aired at film festivals across the globe and will be given general release across the UK on April 26, with the first round of reviews for the film giving a delicately mixed reception to the the tale of Raymond's life. So far the film holds an unflattering score of 56% on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics largely agreeing that the performances (particularly Coogan's) and the story itself are worthy of praise, however the movie doesn't quite come together as a complete entity, with the Daily Telegraph commenting that the film is "funny and touching, but feels like a missed opportunity."

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Michael Winterbottom Saturday 20th October 2012 BFI London Film Festival Awards held at the Banqueting House - Arrivals.

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Michael Winterbottom and Tribeca Film Festival - Director Michael Winterbottom, Frieda Pinto Friday 27th April 2012 2012 Tribeca Film Festival - Trishna Premiere - Arrivals

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Michael Winterbottom and Tribeca Film Festival
Michael Winterbottom and Tribeca Film Festival
Michael Winterbottom and Tribeca Film Festival

Michael Winterbottom Saturday 22nd October 2011 The BFI London Film Festival- Trishna - Premiere London, England

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Freida Pinto and Michael Winterbottom - Freida Pinto and Michael Winterbottom London, England - The BFI London Film Festival: Trishna - Photocall Saturday 22nd October 2011

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The Killer Inside Me Review


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Being based on the Jim Thompson novel, this could never be a cheery romp.

Indeed, Winterbottom keeps Thompson's bleakness intact, leaving us little to engage with. But the film has an earth beauty and is a haunting look at the dark side of being human.

Lou Ford (Affleck) is a small-town deputy in 1950s West Texas, where he's still struggling with childhood demons and feelings of inadequacy. Even though he has an adoring girlfriend (Hudson), he starts a torrid fling with a prostitute (Alba) who lives on the edge of town. And as he sets in motion an elaborate revenge plot, we discover that underneath his nice guy exterior Lou is a sadistic murderer. And he's only barely staying one step ahead of the investigators (including Bower, Koteas and Baker).

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Lou Ford leads -what looks to be a pretty unremarkable existence, he's the deputy Sheriff of a small town but has two girlfriends one who works as a schoolteacher and the other a prostitute. When murders start happening in the sleepy West Texas town, no one is quite sure who's committing the murders. As investigators lean toward Lou as their prime suspect, he finds himself in a spiral of death as he struggles to clear his name. Things are never as they seem, the unassuming person the townsfolk thought they knew in Lou soon unravels and it becomes clear that all they were seeing was a facade.

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Michael Winterbottom - Wednesday 22nd October 2008 at Odeon West End London, England

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The Road To Guantanamo Review


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The search-for-Al-Qaeda exposés hit a strange turn with Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross' The Road to Guantanamo. A mockumentary that is supposed to be taken dead seriously, we are thrown into a small hell of assumption and horror that often reaches for, but never really matches, the sneaked Guantanamo footage or any of the thousand torture videos produced by either side in the lengthy war campaign. It's a stinger, but it has the taste and smell of plastic.

On a road trip to meet his bride, Asif (Arfan Usman) finds himself in need of a new best man and groomsmen when his best friend cops out on him. Ruhel (Farhad Harum) accepts it and their friends Monir and Shafiq take on the groomsmen positions on the road trip to meet his future (arranged) wife. On their way, they decide to take a bus to Afghanistan, for no other reason then to help spread peace. They hit the border and a bomb explodes, setting off a terrible series of events: Monir gets lost, the remaining three bump into Northern Alliance soldiers who believe they are Pakistanis (read: terrorists) and send the lot of them to Guantanamo. Winterbottom and Whitecross go all-out to show the inhumanity of the tortures and tricky games that the three men are put through before they are let out.

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9 Songs Review


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Given what a potential provocation the film could have been, the conceit of Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs is admirable simplicity itself. Matt (Kieran O'Brien) and Lisa (Margo Stilley) have a meet-cute at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club concert at Brixton Academy in London, after which they retire to his quarters for some exuberant shagging, an event that Matt, not surprisingly, looks back on fondly. Over the course of the film, we'll see eight other concerts interspersed throughout Matt's memories of their relationship, which focus mostly on the copious amounts of sex they had, with the occasional scrap of conversation tossed in. And that's it, music and sex.

What made the film's Cannes premiere and early 2005 release in England such scandal fodder, of course, is not the film's story or structure, but how Winterbottom went about the scenes with Matt and Lisa. That is, he filmed the actors actually engaging in intercourse, no fakery involved, and presents it in a straightforward manner, without the cutaways, montages, effortless orgasms, gymnastic posing and musical backdrops that comprise the average film's sexual content. If the film were more salacious and leering in approach, one could just call it pornography and be done with it. And given how little attempt Winterbottom's script (if one can call these few wisps of dialogue and few sentences of narration a script) makes to cast some meaning around Matt and Lisa's relationship, it would be pretty easy to say that this is just a porn in arthouse trimmings, with the concerts there for hipster cred, in the manner of magazines that mix punk pin-up girl pics with musician interviews as a way of updating the Playboy formula.

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