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Robert Redford Announces Retirement From Acting


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Robert Redford has said he will retire from acting once he has completed the two films he is working on.

In an an interview with his grandson Dylan, the 80 year old announced he was done in front of the camera, saying he will now be focusing on directing.

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Disney Re-Makes Family Classic 'Pete's Dragon', But It's Not A Musical


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Nostalgia is certainly the order of the day at Walt Disney Studios, with the film company determined to update some of the family favourites in the next few years. One classic to be given a contemporary makeover is 1977's 'Pete's Dragon', which has just arrived on screens.

Bryce Dallas HowardBryce Dallas Howard plays Grace the forest ranger in 'Pete's Dragon'

The iconic Oscar nominated musical, which was a live action epic featuring an animated dragon, has returned; though this time without the sing-a-longs and with Elliott the dragon becoming a CGI masterpiece. Those who remember the original directed by Don Chaffey will know it as a story about an orphan on the run from his cruel adoptive parents, who is guided to the safety of a town in New England by this enormous fire-breathing creature with the power of invisibility. Elliott manages to wreak havoc on the town though, leaving Pete initially only welcomed by Nora and her father who live in a lighthouse.

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Pete's Dragon Review

Excellent

This hugely enjoyable adventure is a loose remake of the 1977 Disney hit that blended cartoon and live-action. By contrast, this movie feels almost unnervingly realistic, with seamless effects that bring a gigantic green furry dragon remarkably to life. With strong characters and a pointed story, this is a great movie for kids. And grown-ups might find themselves getting caught up in it as well.

Six years after being lost following a car crash, 12-year-old Pete (Oakes Fegley) is still living in the deep forest, playing happily with his dragon companion Elliot, who's like an enormous cuddly green puppy dog. But sawmill worker Gavin (Karl Urban) is travelling deeper into the woods. His brother, the mill's owner Jack (Wes Bentley), is urging caution, perhaps because his fiancee is the park ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard). Then one day on the work site, Grace spots Pete in the trees and brings him back to civilisation. No one believes his fanciful tales of life with a dragon, just like they didn't believe Grace's father (Robert Redford) decades ago. But Grace's sparky daughter Natalie (Oona Laurence) does. And she decides to help Pete get home.

What follows is a fairly low-key adventure, as various factors come into play, mixing threats against this primordial forest with threats against Pete's bond with Elliot. It's a simple structure that immediately resonates with the audience, mainly because director-cowriter David Lowery keeps everything within the realm of believability. And the actors deliver similarly authentic performances as people trying to grapple with a rather startling discovery. Urban has the most thankless role in this sense: the hothead who immediately makes all the wrong decisions for selfish reasons. But he brings some complexity where he can. And he's nicely balanced by Howard, Bentley and a seriously twinkly Redford. Meanwhile, both Fegley and Laurence deliver solid turns as believably resilient kids.

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Truth Review

Excellent

That generic title obscures a surprisingly complex exploration of the real-life events surrounding the fall of iconic American newscaster Dan Rather in 2004. And while the film's script is rather talky (it's like Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom crossed with George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck), it's strongly made point is too important to ignore. And it features yet another storming, intelligent performance from Cate Blanchett.

She plays Mary Mapes, a producer at the classic CBS news programme 60 Minutes, who just a few months before the 2004 presidential election is working on a story about incumbent George W. Bush's shady National Guard service during the Vietnam War. She has an ace team of investigators (including Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss), plus the nation's top news anchor Rather (Robert Redford). But after the story airs, Mary is attacked with questions about the authenticity of a series of memos that trace irregularities in Bush's service record. Her boss (Bruce Greenwood) applies plenty of pressure as the controversy gains more traction than the story itself. And the media storm that follows catches everyone by surprise.

This account is based on Mapes' own memoir about these events, which gives the film a personal, as opposed to journalistic, tone. It hints heavily at both government and corporate efforts to discredit the story, putting Mapes and her entire team in an impossible situation. The film also makes it clear that those memos were indeed real, and that the controversy was actually just misdirection. What brings this to life is the revelatory acting from the ensemble cast, led beautifully by Blanchett, who gives Mary a passion for the truth that's fuelled by her inner demons. And the entire supporting cast adds layers of wit and insight, although Redford kind of relaxes on his easy charm as the engaged, engaging Rather.

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Pete's Dragon - Teaser Trailer


Pete is a young boy who lives in the forest, not many little boys would survive in the wilderness alone, but Pete has a HUGE force on his side, one that most people wouldn't ever believe. Pete is constantly accompanied and protected by his dragon Elliot. 

Grace is the forest ranger who's grown up hearing her father's stories about a fierce dragon in the forest but to her his stories are nothing more than the fairy tale, as most would surmise.  However, Graces views on the whole situation might just start to change when she crosses paths with the little forest boy. 

As Pete regales Grace with his adventurous way of life accompanied by his green friend, some of his stories start to ring a bell with her father's tales. With the help of Natalie, a local girl similar in age to Pete, Grace begins to try and trace back Pete's roots. 

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Robert Redford Becomes Latest Victim Of 'Sick' Internet Death Hoax On NYE


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Robert Redford’s agent has confirmed the actor is alive, after reports of his death appeared on Twitter on New Year’s Eve. Redford’s agent said the actor had been the victim of a ‘sick’ death hoax, with reports claiming he had died after falling off a golf buggy in Santa Monica, California.

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'This is a sick hoax. I just spoke to him and there is no truth to this whatsoever,' Redford's publicist, Cindi Berger, said, adding that the actor was at home and fine. Rumours of Redford’s death spread quickly around twitter, after a fake Sky News report appeared.

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2016 Sundance Film Festival: The First Half Of The Line-Up Revealed


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The 2016 Sundance Film Festival is really hotting up now with yet more films added to the 120 strong line-up which already includes the previously announced nine horrors from the Midnight Category. Introducing: the films for the US and World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic Competitions, as well as the 2016 Next showcase.

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65 films have just been unveiled for the newly announced category line-ups as we reflect on this year's top Sundance gems like 'Dope', 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' and 'Tangerine'. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks though for the US' biggest indie film festival founded Robert Redford.

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Robert Redford Is Focused On Sundance, Not His Oscar Snub


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Robert Redford is at the very top of the list of snubs at this year's Oscars. The actor and director's film All Is Lost was recognized by many other award organizations, but not the Oscars.

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But Redford is busy not thinking about the snub. He is currently in the middle of the 30th anniversary of his Sundance Film Festival, and wants to focus on that, not the awards he is not nominated for.

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Inside Llewyn Davis, Anybody? The 5 Biggest Oscar Nomination Snubs


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Ok, so the Oscar nominations pretty much played out as we expected on Thursday morning (January 16, 2013) with a minimal amount of surprise nominations and plenty for the big boys, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street. However, it was the Oscar snubs that really made the headlines, with the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis - described by critics as the filmmakers' best work - ignored completely.

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Inside Llewyn Davis. The folksy Greenwich Village-set movie was the Grand Prix winner at last year's Cannes Film Festival and certainly warranted one of the ten best picture spots. It was one of the Top 10 movies of the year. It just was. The Academy didn't think so. It didn't receive a single nomination in the major acting categories. Not for Isaacs, not for Timberlake, not for Mulligan, not for the Coens, not for makeup, not for costumes. Nothing. 

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Robert Redford's 'All Is Lost' Heralds The Year Of The One-Man Show


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It's been years since we've had a good solo adventure, and now two come along at once. With Gravity still in the box office charts, All Is Lost is just arriving in cinemas (read our review here). For other examples, you have to go back to 2009 for Moon (Sam Rockwell in an abandoned moon base) or even further to 2000's Cast Away (Tom Hanks on an island with a volleyball). Please don't mention 2010's Buried (Ryan Reynolds in a box) or 2012's Brake (Stephen Dorff in a car boot).

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Both Gravity and All Is Lost have essentially the same plot, following a single character - played by awards contenders Sandra Bullock and Robert Redford, respectively- in a series of life-or-death moments that have us on the edge of our seats. Both plots are more than a little contrived, but they make up for it with bravura filmmaking. 

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Sundance To Make London Return In April 2014


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The Sundance Film Festival will be making another European jaunt next year as it heads to the English capital for a third year. London is the only European location for the Utah-based film festival.

Matthew McConaugheyMatthew Mcconaughey's Mud enjoyed itself at Sundance last year

Held annually in Park City, Utah, The Sundance Film festival champions the best in international film and independent cinema. It has been responsible the success – solely or in-part - for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, An Inconvenient Truth, Spring Awakening, Born into Brothels, Trouble the Water, Light in the Piazza and Angels in America.

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'Captain America' Faces New Foes In 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' [Trailer & Pictures]


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In his first solo adventure set in the modern day, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, is still heavily involved with the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and is up against what could be one of his most challenging threats yet. Chris Evans is back as the Captain, and Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson return as Black Widow and Nick Fury respectively. Plus, there's an appearance from Robert Redford, as S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Alexander Pierce and no shortage of action in our first glimpse at the film.

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Chris Evans returns as Steve Roger/Captain America

Following events that took place during World War II and his confrontation with Nazi adversary the Red Skull, Steve Rogers is frozen and awoken 70 years later to find that the world had changed almost beyond recognition. After helping to fight off the invading alien hoard during the Battle of New York (as seen in The Avengers), he is now reluctantly a part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the all-American hero is beginning to question the ethics of the organisation and the blurred line between what is right and what is wrong.

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Robert Redford Compares 'All Is Lost' With 1972 Western 'Jeremiah Johnson'


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Robert Redford sure showed spirit and hardiness on the set of his ocean drama 'All Is Lost' just like his character, but the Oscar winner thinks Our Man has the same in common with a previous movie role.

The 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' star commented on how his new movie - in which he is the sole, virtually unspeaking character trapped in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a sinking boat - is a great homage to the strength and survival instinct of mankind when in hopeless crises. 'This character keeps going to a point when some people would give up and say, 'It's too much. I'm out in the middle of nowhere'', he explains. ''No one is here to help me and it seems like I've done everything I possibly can. Why not give up?''

Redford pondered a previous project in regards to the perseverance of human beings; his 1972 western epic 'Jeremiah Johnson' in which he played the title character, a lonely mountain dweller who winds up being hunted by a savage tribe. 'He had a choice to give up or continue but he continues, because that's all there is', he says, making the comparison. 'And ['All Is Lost'], I think, suggests the same thing. He just goes on because that's all he can do.'

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Robert Redford and JC Chandor - The 51st New York Film Festival held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center - Press Conference. Robert Redford and JC Chandor talk about their new movie 'All Is Lost' - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 8th October 2013

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A Week In Movies: Rush And Diana Premiere In London, Scarlett Johansson Stuns Venice, Zac Efron Taunts Seth Rogen


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Naomi Watts was on the red carpet in London this week for the world premiere of Diana, about the final years in the life of the People's Princess. There were some touchy moments as she promoted the film in the media this week and had to get defensive against journalists' questions. Critics haven't been kind to the film, which opens in the UK later this month. Watch the Diana trailer here.

Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde and director Ron Howard were also out in London this week for the world premiere of their new film Rush, an exhilarating biopic tracing the rivalry between 1970s Formula One champions James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The film opens next week in the UK, and in two weeks in America. Watch the trailer and view photos from the premiere here.

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In "All Is Lost" Robert Redford Puts On A One Man Show Of Abandonement And Survival


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“All Is Lost” is without a doubt a one-man show – playing on deep seeded fears of loneliness and psychological issues of survival and abandonment, rather than relying on twists and flashy action to hook its target audience. The trailer teases the story of a veteran sailor, who takes a trip into the Indian Ocean all by himself.

Watch the chaotic trailer of All Is Lost below.

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All Is Lost Trailer


A veteran mariner makes a brave voyage into the Indian Ocean on his large yacht, but what should be a relaxing period of contemplation and self-discovery, turns into a hopeless nightmare when he is woken up by the boat crashing into an abandoned shipping container causing significant flooding in the lower cabin and damage to his navigation and radio equipment. Realising he only has a matter of time before his beloved ship sinks to the bottom of the ocean, he sets up his rubber liferaft and awaits some sign of life on the horizon in order to release a flare. However, things aren't looking good with a foreboding, rumbling black cloud up ahead and a dwindling supply of food and water. With elements beyond his control, our man has only his will to survive left to help him.

This survival drama presents to us a heart-stopping, almost hopeless situation taking inspiration from the likes of Robert Zemeckis's 'Cast Away'. Behind the screenplay and direction of this epic is the Oscar nominated J.C. Chandor ('Margin Call') in his second feature, telling the story of human resourcefulness and instinct to go on. After premiering at the  66th Cannes Film Festival, 'All Is Lost' will hit cinemas in the US on October 25th 2013 and the UK on November 29th.

 

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When an aging mariner takes to the Indian Ocean on his yacht on a solitary journey, the potential disaster that could ensue is nothing more than a passing thought in his consciousness. However, when he awakens to find that his vessel has been severely damaged by an abandoned shipping container, he finds himself in more peril than he could possibly have imagined with both his navigation and radio equipment completely immobilised leaving him lost and alone with nothing but maps and ocean currents to help him reach safety. However, as a foreboding, rumbling black cloud starts moving towards him, he starts to realise that he will be lucky to make it even if his dwindling food and fresh water supplies are enough to last him.

'All Is Lost' is a survival drama with a solo cast member taking inspiration from the likes of Robert Zemeckis's 'Cast Away' and Chris Kentis' 'Open Water'. It has been directed and written by the Oscar nominated J.C. Chandor ('Margin Call') and is a story of human resourcefulness, maintaining hope and the human will to survive whatever the odds. Following its debut screening at the  66th Cannes Film Festival, 'All Is Lost' will hit US movie theatres on October 25th 2013.

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Sibylle Szaggars and Robert Redford - 66th Cannes Film Festival - All Is Lost - Premiere - Cannes, France - Wednesday 22nd May 2013

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Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars
Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars

Robert Redford Say That America Has Lost It's Way At Cannes Press Conference


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Robert Redford used his press conference promoting new film, All Is Lost, at the Cannes Film Festival to address a different kind of lost; the loss of American values and its position as a respected industrial nation since the end of the Second World War.

The 76-year-old actor/writer/director was especially critical of the near-constant stream of political scandal that has plagued Capitol Hill since 1945, events that have caused average Americans and foreigners to shake their heads at Washington officials. Certain things have got lost," said Redford. "Our belief system had holes punched in it by scandals that occurred, whether it was Watergate, the quiz show scandal, or Iran-Contra; it's still going on…Beneath all the propaganda is a big grey area, another America that doesn't get any attention; I decided to make that the subject of my films."

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Robert Redford has long been known for his political activism

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Robert Redford - 66th Cannes Film Festival - 'All Is Lost' - photocall - Cannes, France - Wednesday 22nd May 2013

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Robert Redford - 66th Cannes Film Festival - All is Lost - photocall - Cannes, France - Wednesday 22nd May 2013

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New CNN Series, Produced By Robert Redford, Will Explore The Culture And Development Of Chicago


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Robert Redford is to helm a documentary series about the city of Chicago, ordered by CNN. In Chicagoland, Redford will team up to with Laura Michalchyshyn and the already established filmmaking team of Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin to produce an eight part series, documenting the development of Chicago and the everyday decisions, faced by its mayor and his team.

According to CNN’s release, Chicagoland will capture “the riveting, real-life drama of a city looking to unite at this critical moment in the city’s history. In the aftermath of a countrywide economic collapse, Chicago faces the challenges of improving its public education system, and neighborhood and youth safety. Can the city’s leaders, communities, and residents come together in ways that expand opportunities and allow aspirations to be realized?”

Redford also expressed his excitement for the project in a statement of his own, praising the city and its mayor, Rahm Emanuel: “The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges. Much of it falls on the shoulders of its tough, visionary mayor, his team and people doing heroic work in neighborhoods throughout the city. Chicago has always had a rhythm all its own. It’s a city that wears its heart on its sleeve and I am honored to be a part of telling this story.”

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A Week In Movies: Iron Man 3 Goes Global, Thor: The Dark World Trailer Strikes And Emma Roberts Stuns In Blue


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Iron Man 3

The big news in cinemas globally is the release of Iron Man 3, which doesn't open in the USA until next week. But audiences around the world are already watching Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow reprise their roles in the Marvel franchise, which will no doubt lead box office charts everywhere for a few weeks at least.

Meanwhile, we got our first glimpse of Iron Man's fellow Avenger Thor with the trailer for The Dark World, which opens late this summer. Chris Hemsworth is back as the Norse god, this time teaming up with his mischievous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) instead of fighting him. Natalie Portman is also back for what looks like a seriously epic blockbuster. 

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John Cooper and Robert Redford - Launch of Sundance London 2013 Film and Music Festival at O2 Arena - Opening Press Conference - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th April 2013

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Robert Redford - Photocall to launch the 2013 Sundance Film Festival held at the Cineworld 02 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th April 2013

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The Company You Keep Reviews, Robert Redford Returns To Form


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Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf star in The Company You Keep - A thriller based on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run after a journalist uncovers his true identity. Check out the trailer below and then read some of the choice reviews before its Friday 5th release date in the U.S.

The critical response so far has been decidedly average, but Redford has received great praise for what seems to be a return to form. “Robert Redford makes a welcome return to double-duty as director and lead actor in this clear-eyed drama about a former Weather Underground radical forced to reconcile with the past,” write The Hollywood Reporter. “There's something wonderfully reassuring about seeing Robert Redford back, directing and starring in a political thriller about the Weather Underground,” say The Movie Minute. TIME Magazine were one of the few to actually praise the film as a whole, saying, “With a welcome mixture of juice and grit, the movie dramatizes the lingering conundrums of young people in the time of the Vietnam morass."

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Robert Redford - New York premiere of 'The Company You Keep' shown at The Museum of Modern Art - New York City - Monday 1st April 2013

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The Company You Keep Trailer


Ben Shepard is a young and ambitious reporter determined to make a name for himself in the media world. When Sharon Solarz, a member of the radical left organisation Weather Underground, is arrested for her involvement in a bank robbery and subsequent murder 30 years ago, Ben smells an important story that could be his big break. Meanwhile, attorney Jim Grant, a single father of an 11-year-old daughter named Isabel who was also involved in the crime, is forced on the run from the FBI as Ben sparks a new manhunt, but on the way he changes course in an effort to expose the truth and prove his innocence. Ben discovers that the whole story is more complicated than he initially thought, particularly as not everyone appears to be who they say they are.

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Sundance London Line-Up Includes Peaches


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The second Sundance Film Festival spin-off in London has revealed its line-up, with Robert Redford once again at the helm of the event which originally started in Utah.

"Our philosophy is to give a representation of not just the programme we did in Sundance Utah, but also a representation of what is happening in the independent film scene in America," said Sundance Festival director John Cooper in a statement. "We have so many to choose from, so we look for how they play with audiences as well as what sort of buzz they create," added Trevor Groth, the event's director of programming.

Those quotes suggest a lot of variety, and there certainly is that. However, the line-up misses out a few big names, including the biopics of Apple founder Steve Jobs and porn star Linda Lovelace, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Seyfried respectively. Both had their premiere at Sundance at Utah in January, but London is very much the smaller brother of the American event, with Kill Your Darlings, starring Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe as beat poet Allen Ginsberg, also not being shown.

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Prepare Yourself, Oscars 2014: Harvey Weinstein Just Bought 'Fruitvale'


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Harvey Weinstein's company spent around $2 million in acquiring the rights to the drama 'Fruitvale' following its screening at the Sundance Film Festival, according to a person close to the film who was not authorized to speak on record, reports the Los Angeles Times. The independent festival - founded by actor Robert Redford - is a hunting ground for Hollywood big-wigs searching for the next hit movie.

A couple of years ago, he snapped up The Details and My Idiot Brother at the festival, two independent movies that did well critically, though provided little commercially. However, The Weinstein company has plenty of room to take risks following successes in the form of The Kings Speech, The Reader, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained and David O Russell comedy, Silver Linings Playbook. The company's latest acquirement, Fruitvale, is based on the 2009 shooting of the 22-year-old African American father Oscar Grant by a BART police officer in Oakland, an event that sparked outrage among community activists. It stars the up-and-coming Michael B. Jordan in the lead role, best known for playing Wallace in HBO's critically acclaimed series The Wire, and as Vince Howard on Friday Night Lights. The movie is written and directed by Ryan Coogler and follows Grant in the 24 hours leading up to his death, during which he spends time with his family and decides to stop dealing marijuana. 

The acquisition comes hot on the heels of Relatively Media's purchase of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sexual obsession story "Don Jon's Addiction" for around $4 million. The company is behind movies such as The Fighter, Dear John and the huge grossing Immortals.

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Robert Redford, Sundance Channel and Telefonica Headquartersi Monday 26th November 2012

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Video - Shia LaBeouf And Robert Redford Hit The Red Carpet For The Company You Keep Premiere


'The Company You Keep' star Shia LaBeouf, director Robert Redford and his wife Sibylle Szaggars are snapped on the red carpet for the movie's premiere at Italy's 69th Venice Film Festival.

LaBeouf is also starring in the new true-story based Western 'Lawless' in which he plays Jack Bondurant; the youngest, smartest and most reserved of a set of outlaw brothers. That's not to mention the upcoming erotic drama 'Nymphomaniac' in which LaBeouf insists will contain 'real' sex scenes. 'Everything that is illegal, we'll shoot in blurred images', he insisted after revealing the disclaimer on his script

Buck Review


Excellent
Ostensibly a documentary about a real-life horse whisperer, this film actually has more to say about how people treat each other than how they interact with horses. It's a strikingly well-made film that entertains us while packing a quiet emotional kick.

Buck Brannaman travels around America running workshops to help people learn how to interact with their horses. His strikingly personal methods focus on establishing respect between horse and rider, with the understanding that both are just trying to do their best, even if both misbehave for whatever reason.

And Buck knows about these things from experience, growing up with a violently abusive father and a foster mother (Shirley) who taught him an earthy sense of compassion.

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Robert Redford Thursday 26th April 2012 Sundance London Opening Photo-Call held at the O2 Cineworld

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Robert Redford - Executive Director of the Sundance Institute Keri Putnam, Producing Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Philip Himberg and Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford Monday 12th March 2012 The Sundance Institute hold their first-ever New York benefit celebrating its theatre programme, held at the Bowery Hotel - Arrivals

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Robert Redford Saturday 21st January 2012 arrives at The Egyptian Theatre in Park City

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The Conspirator Review


Good
Robert Redford revisits the Lincoln assassination with this earnest historical drama. Being a relatively obscure chapter of American history, the story is pretty fascinating, although the film is so parched that it rarely comes alive.

After the President is murdered in 1865, inexperienced lawyer Frederick (McAvoy) is assigned to defend Mary Surratt (Wright), who is charged with conspiracy alongside eight others. As a war hero from the North, Frederick is horrified to get this job, but is convinced by his boss (Wilkinson) that she at least deserves a fair trial. Of course, in the hysteria following the war and assassination, that's not likely. The judge (Meaney) clearly takes sides, the prosecutor (Huston) is relentlessly arrogant and the war secretary (Kline) has already decided on a verdict and sentence.

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Robert Redford - Robert Redford, New York City, USA - at the New York Premiere of 'The Conspirator' at The Museum of Modern Art. Monday 11th April 2011

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Robert Redford Sunday 10th April 2011 World Premiere of the The Conspirator at Fords Theatre - Arrivals Washington DC, USA

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Robert Redford Saturday 8th January 2011 10th Annual New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend event, held at the Times Center New York City, USA

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Robert Redford Saturday 11th September 2010 arriving at a press conference for his movie 'The Conspirator' during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival 2010 Toronto, Canada

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Ian Somerhalder, CNN, George Clooney, Larry King, Lenny Kravitz, Robert Redford and Sting Monday 21st June 2010 Los Angeles, California

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Nicole Richie, Cnn, George Clooney, Ian Somerhalder, Larry King, Lenny Kravitz, Robert Redford and Sting
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Kesha, Cnn, George Clooney, Ian Somerhalder, Larry King, Lenny Kravitz, Robert Redford and Sting

Indecent Proposal Review


Weak
There are great erotic film experiences and wrenching emotional film experiences. Indecent Proposal tries awkwardly to be both and ends up as neither. Perhaps, with a premise so salaciously bent on hidden desires, the filmmakers thought a maudlin tale of deep love would be the perfect counterbalance. Instead, the film is an uneasy mixture of overwrought soap opera and softcore eroticism. The soap opera outweighs the eroticism and drowns the movie, but even the awkwardly placed sex scenes are so heavy-handed they can't keep things afloat. Here is a movie simultaneously preoccupied with getting viewers hot and bothered and manipulating them into ambivalent emotional turmoil. The combination is not very arousing.

The zesty, scandalous plot device at the center of the film and the sole reason the movie became a fairly big hit in 1993 can be summed up in one line: "Suppose... I were to offer you one million dollars for one night with your wife." And yes, that surface exposition is intriguing in its glossy, high-concept way. But in truth, the appeal of that tantalizing conundrum gets lost in a muddle of a screenplay that really is not about that spicy million-dollar offer, but rather a tepid, long-winded story of a relationship tested by temptation. In theory, the material could work. In practice, Indecent Proposal is a bland, melodramatic sit.

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Robert Redford and Paul Newman Monday 8th June 2009 The celebration of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps in Avery Fisher hall at Lincoln Center - departures New York City, USA

Three Days Of The Condor Review


Very Good
In Sydney Pollack's strange spy thriller Three Days of the Condor, Robert Redford plays a playful and somewhat geeky analyst for the C.I.A. He spends his days reading books, journals, and any manner of written correspondence that is published or publicly available, searching for codes, keywords, and country names to cross-reference with Langley. He has a code name, Condor, which he has no particular use for until the day he returns from a lunch run to find his entire department murdered. Suddenly, he is on the lam, indulging in ramshackle espionage plots and rubbing elbows with foreign assassins. He's not a spy but he plays one pretty well.

Unlike the Condor, the viewer may only pick up the salient points. There's a smattering of names for several chiefs and directors: Wicks, Wabash, Atwood, Higgins, etc. Even the switchboard operator is given the title "The Major." There's a woman, Catherine Hale (Faye Dunaway), whom the Condor takes hostage and quickly embarks on a semi-romantic partnership with. When he's not busy connecting the dots, the Condor is being hunted by a tall gun-for-hire with a foreign accent given the codename Joubert (the indefatigable Max Von Sydow) and another assassin named simply The Mailman. It doesn't seem to matter much but, for what it's worth, it all seems to have something to do with a possible war in the Middle East and oil.

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Sibylle Szaggars and Robert Redford - Sibylle Szaggars, Robert Redford, Nancy Ganis, Sid Ganis San Francisco, California - 52nd San Francisco International film festival held at Westin St. Francis hotel Thursday 30th April 2009

Sibylle Szaggars and Robert Redford
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George Lucas and Robert Redford
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Robert Redford and Maurice Kanbar

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Robert Redford, Rachel Robinson, Dr Benjamin Carson and Robin Robinson
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Robert Redford - Saturday 17th January 2009 at Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah

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Lions For Lambs Review


Weak
Lions for Lambs is an op-ed piece masquerading as a motion picture, a candid and cynical lecture series that indicts any institution remotely connected to the ongoing Iraqi conflict. The sentiments expressed should trigger discussions, but they don't add up to an interesting movie.

Earlier this year, screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan pressed similar buttons with his Middle East muscle thriller The Kingdom. He uses his current pulpit to chastise the Bush administration for blindly leading America into a winless war; the national media for blindly following our leaders in the weeks, months, and years following September 11; and Generation Y for retreating to its PlayStation consoles as opposed to penning protest letters to local politicians.

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The Natural Review


Good
Robert Redford is beloved for his roles in numerous films, but his work in The Natural has to rank as one of the few on top, despite the fact that, with a $48 million box office, it hardly ranks as one of his bigger hits.

The film remains, next to Field of Dreams, one of the world's oddest baseball movies. Roy Hobbs (Redford) is a child wunderkind at the game. After playing some ball at a carnival, he's summarily shot in the chest by a femme fatale (Barbara Hershey), who is clearly working for agents that want him not to be the greatest player of all time, which Hobbs says he aims to be.

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Anthem (1997) Review


Weak
Over-long, full of itself, ultimately pointless. If you are going to interview a dozen celebrities to find "if there is anything that truly connects us" in this country, can you please try to make it interesting? This is vanity filmmaking at its absolute worst: Uninformative in every way, like a bad issue of People magazine put to film.

Spy Game Review


Good
Oh sure, it's all fun and games in the CIA. Robert Redford's CIA, that is. Of course, if Redford ran the world, we'd all be wearing $98 bison leather moccasins while we drank our lattes.

And so we go back to 1991, where haggard spy Nathan Muir (Redford) is retiring from The Agency, but wouldn't ya know it -- that very day, his old protégé Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt) has gotten captured on a mission in Eastern China. And Tom is going to be executed -- when? In 24 hours, of course. And the CIA isn't going to save him. In fact, they're trying to paint him as a crazy renegade unaffiliated with the U.S.

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A River Runs Through It Review


Very Good
Of the six movies Robert Redford has directed to date, A River Runs Through It is his second best, following behind the searing, unforgettable Ordinary People. A specialist in bringing books to life as movies, Redford has a knack for finding what matters in the text and making sure it ends up on screen.

That's vital here because Norman Maclean, on whose novella-length memoir the film is based, was a writer of exceptional grace and economy. This is a simple story that must be told the way he wrote it, and Redford delivers, even using excerpts as the narration he reads. Smart move, Bob.

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Sneakers Review


Extraordinary
A delirious guilty pleasure, Sneakers is about as probable as me parting the Red Sea -- and just as fun. I mean, can you imagine: Redford, Poitier, Strathairn, Aykroyd, Phoenix, McDonnell, Kingsley -- all in one film? You'd expect at least six Oscars just on names alone. No such luck here, but this latter-day WarGames is an all-out riot.

This Property Is Condemned Review


Weak
Let's get beyond the awful title. (It's based on an obscure Tennessee Williams play... but why didn't they change the name!?)

Let's look at the crew -- a script co-written by Francis Ford Coppola and John Houseman as producer!

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The Great Gatsby Review


Weak
Your high school English teacher was right: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby really is one of the best American novels of the 20th century, and if you weren't paying attention back in school, you should read it again right away. Will watching the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby serve as an acceptable shortcut? No. Sadly, the movie treats Fitzgerald's flawless novel as little more than a Jazz-age costume drama, and it goes heavy on the costumes, light on the drama.

Adapted for the screen by Francis Ford Coppola in just three weeks after Truman Capote was fired (so the story goes), Gatsby tells the story of the mysterious and elusive Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford), a superrich businessman who likes to throw wild weekend-long, gin-soaked parties at his sprawling Long Island estate. But who is he? Where did he come from? Rumors abound, but no one seems to know for sure, and as long as the band keeps playing and the booze keeps flowing, no one seems to care all that much.

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Joan Rivers Criticises Robert Redford's Supposed Plastic Surgery


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Plastic surgery can be a bit of a dodgy subject in the celebrity world. Some like to indulge in staving off the steady effects of time. Others think that it is probably best to avoid having surgeons remodelling their face. Others still, have been so well acquainted with the idea of face-lifts, they feel the need to comment on the work done on colleagues, as is the case here, with long-time plastic surgery aficionado Joan Rivers has spoken out against Robert Redford's recent facial work.  

Joan Rivers has been a plastic surgery enthusiast for years.
Joan Rivers has been a plastic surgery enthusiast for years.

Comedienne Joan Rivers has seen Redford as a victim of a specifically bad face-lift, saying that the "obvious" cosmetic work done on the 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid' actor was of no benefit. The 72-year-old comedienne spoke to The Scoop, explaining her thoughts on the surgery, saying: "Robert Redford had such a bad job. God, whoever did him should be ashamed - or maybe he left it too long so it's much more obvious."

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THE CLEARING Review


Weak

One simple thing a filmmaker can do to make a picture better is to clearly establish time and place. You'd think that such a thing would be a given, but it's surprising how many filmmakers disregard this simple concept.

For the new film "The Clearing," writer Justin Haythe and writer/director Pieter Jan Brugge (a producer on "Bulworth," The Insider" and other films, making his directorial debut) probably intended to play with time, to bend it and stretch it to serve their purposes. But in the end, they only serve to alienate us by deliberately confusing us.

The film begins like a standard-issue kidnapping story, similar to 2000's "Proof of Life" and a dozen others. The filmmakers cut back and forth between the kidnap victim and his fretting wife, trying to build an equal amount of suspense within each storyline.

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The Last Castle Review


Good

With the United States in the throes of an unexpected war, the timing may not seem right for a movie about military infighting. But "The Last Castle" has a certain popcorn-picture kind of flag-waving pride about it that is enormously satisfying and oddly apropos for this particular moment in history.

Robert Redford could be a gentleman's John Wayne in his starring role as Gen. Eugene Irwin, a highly decorated and revered Army officer beginning a 10-year sentence in military prison for leading his troops, against orders from the President, on a rescue mission that ended in catastrophe.

He's a humble but cocksure leader, greatly admired even by ironhanded warden Colonel Winters (James Gandolfini), who asks the general up to his office to shake his hand before having him shown to his cell. But Winters' respect soon turns to resentment as Irwin begins questioning his methods of managing the men in his jail -- nicknamed The Castle for its stately courtyard-and-towers design.

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