Lance Armstrong sells himself out in the trailer for 'The Program' with Ben Foster

Posted by · 11:31 am · June 11th, 2015

The first trailer for “The Program” has hit, with Ben Foster starring as disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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10/11 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco at MOMA, Schnabel’s Polaroids, O’Hehir and Ebert fight to the death

Posted by · 8:36 am · October 11th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells reports from a MOMA Q&A with “127 Hours” star James Franco. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Amy Kaufman talks with “Conviction” star Hilary Swank. [Los Angeles Times] • Add Polaroid photography to Julian Schnabel’s list of artistic pursuits. [The Guardian]

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9/6 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:34 am · September 6th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells attempts to sum up the season’s beginnings with his own nuggets of insight regarding Venice and Telluride. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Kelly Reichardt compares “Meek’s Cutoff” to the Iraq War. [The Hollywood Reporter] • Reports of paramedics assisting folks stricken by the intensity of “127 Hours.” (Though I’ve heard it was just altitude […]

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‘Tamara Drewe’ trailer

Posted by · 3:36 pm · August 26th, 2010

This afternoon I received a copy of Posy Simmonds’s graphic novel “Tamara Drewe,” which has been adapted as a film by director Stephen Frears.  A nice bit of promotion, though I must admit, this has been way off my radar all year.  Guy was no fan at all when he saw it at Cannes, but […]

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‘Tamara Drewe’ trailer

Posted by · 4:59 am · July 30th, 2010

This trailer has been hanging around for a few days, but since Stephen Frears’s countryside romp was recently tapped for the Toronto Film Festival, it seems appropriate to feature it now. I reviewed the film out of Cannes and found it singularly strained and irritating — the kind of thing described as “quintessentially English” by […]

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CANNES: ‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘Tamara Drewe,’ ‘Film Socialisme’

Posted by · 5:19 am · May 19th, 2010

Sadly, this is looking like a second consecutive day of minimal film viewing — thanks to the scheduling of my morning roundtable interview with the “Blue Valentine” team of Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and director Derek Cianfrance, I had to forgo this morning’s screening of Lee Chang-dong’s “Poetry,” of which I have rather high expectations […]

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Cannes official selection unveiled, includes Leigh, Iñárritu

Posted by · 2:17 am · April 15th, 2010

Okay, before you ask, “The Tree of Life” is reportedly not ready — though the Cannes selection has apparently seen a cut, so never say never. Four slots in the competition lineup have yet to be filled. That aside, many of the expected names are present and correct, including former Cannes champs Leigh, Kiarostami, Mikhalkov, […]

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9/11 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:41 am · September 11th, 2009

• If you’re dismissing the Oscar potential of “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” Gregory Ellwood says, “Not so fast.” [Awards Campaign] • Meryl Streep on why Hollywood’s men don’t trust women. [The Times] • Betsy Sharkey sits down with “Precious” director Lee Daniels. [The Envelope]

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6/29 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:01 am · June 29th, 2009

• Rachel Abramowitz catches up with Johnny Depp on the “Public Enemies” publicity trail. [Los Angeles Times] • Helen O’Hara remembers Michael Jackson’s movie moments. [Empire] • Jenni Miller talks to “Cheri” director Stephen Frears. [Cinematical] • Guillermo DelToro’s credo. [The Independent] • “Do the Right Thing” still asks burning questions. [Washingotn Post] • Hey, […]

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‘Chéri’ website launched

Posted by · 6:50 pm · May 27th, 2009

As you know, despite a mixed critical reception over here in the UK, I was quite taken with Stephen Frears’ “Chéri,” a tarter-than-expected Belle Epoque romance that showcases the director’s best work in nine years, and Michelle Pfeiffer’s best work in … well, longer than that. I’m not sure how the film, a rather subtle […]

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5/21 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:14 am · May 21st, 2009

• AFI launches its own YouTube channel. [YouTube] • Robin Sanders reports on the Stephen Frears event from Cannes. [indieWIRE] • The wars continue: Patrick Goldstein lays into Peter Bart (and Variety) once again for being soft on the industry. [The Big Picture] • Lionsgate launches an impressive new website for festival Sensation “Precious.” [WeAreAllPrecious.com] […]

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REVIEW: “Chéri” (***)

Posted by · 11:12 am · May 9th, 2009

My first thought on leaving the theatre after watching Stephen Frears’ crisp, elegantly turned new effort is that it is, in many ways, a consummate Frears film. My second thought, however, ran counter to the first: it has, over the years, become increasingly difficult to define what “a Stephen Frears film” might be. We are […]

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PAGE TO SCREEN: “Chéri” by Colette

Posted by · 8:52 am · May 6th, 2009

Merely casual acquaintances of French literature will likely associate the name Colette with her short story “Gigi” – or rather, the flouncy musical film adaptation thereof that swept the board at the 1958 Academy Awards. A sunny, sanitized interpretation of an intricate study in sexual politics, it captured the author’s sensibility in its lavish set-dressing, […]

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‘Chéri’ trailer … finally

Posted by · 6:29 pm · March 18th, 2009

I wrote about this trailer after being surprised by it at the cinema almost two weeks ago. Now it’s finally appeared online, you can see for yourselves. I’m still a little uncertain of the brittle, faintly campy comic tone present here — Colette’s novella (which I’ll get into when our Page to Screen series begins) […]

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‘The Damned United’

Posted by · 11:51 am · March 9th, 2009

In a recent interview, Michael Sheen bristles at being labelled an impressionist. Understandably so — he’s a fine actor. However, the answer may be to stop doing quite so many biopics of figures from recent British history: so far, we’ve had Tony Blair (twice), David Frost, Kenneth Williams and now Brian Clough, the controversial British […]

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In search of ‘Chéri’

Posted by · 11:56 am · March 8th, 2009

I can’t remember the last time I first laid eyes on a trailer for a prestige film in the cinema rather than on a computer screen. I kind of miss it — as a kid, the unexpectedness of such sightings, combined with the darkness of the theatre, made trailers something of an event for me. […]

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A promising start for ‘Chéri’

Posted by · 6:18 am · February 11th, 2009

If it isn’t quite the unanimous chorus of approval one might have hoped for, there’s still enough praise for Stephen Frears’ latest film “Chéri,” which premiered in Berlin last night, to mark it as a potential 2009 contender in several areas — among them, Best Actress for Michelle Pfeiffer’s much-anticipated return to dramatic roles. (Thanks, […]

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Defending the Berlin outcasts

Posted by · 1:29 am · February 10th, 2009

Several days into the Berlin Festival, it remains a rather quiet affair from the outside. A couple of starry titles have been thrown to the wolves, while we’re still awaiting news of a breakout film or performance along the lines of “Happy-Go-Lucky” last year. However, tonight’s screening will bring the first word on Stephen Frears’ […]

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