Film | Anorak - Part 15

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Includes cinema reviews and trailers for upcoming films. A digest of the best and worst interviews on movies and cinema.

The Greatest Slaps in movie history: Volumes I and II

THE Greatest Slaps in movie history: Volume 1 and the sequel Volume II: Slap and Slapier:

Posted: 9th, May 2012 | In: Film | Comment

All This And World War ll – Watch how The Beatles lost the war

FANS of The Beatles hated All This And World War ll, a film that mashed up actual 1940s World War 2 footage with Hollywood actors pretending to fight in war films and set it to people singing songs by the Fab Four. This 1976 flick was not the work not of a Japanese fan in his mum’s basement but the mighty 20th Century Fox.

So, which song and signer went with what footage? You might enjoy the bit where the German charge into Poland as Ambrosia sings “Roll up for the mystery tour”.  Peter Gabriel’s belt out “Strawberry Fields Forever” – “living is easy with eyes closed” – as Neville Chamberlain shows off his worthless peace treaty.  Tina Turner covers  “Come Together” –  “choo choo eyeballs” – is the Japanese march up and down. Gawd, those Beatles were significant.

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Posted: 8th, May 2012 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment

Fox Uses Trayvon Martin’s death to market Ben Stiller’s Neighborhood Watch film

THE makers of the film Neighborhood Watch have reacted to the death of Trayvon Martin – the teenager shot dead in Florida by Neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman – by renaming their product The Watch.

Fox Studios, the makers, explain that the renaming has nothing to do with Trayvon Martin, which makes us wonder why the internet is alight with news that it is? Says the Fox spokesperson:

“As the subject matter of this alien invasion comedy bears no relation whatsoever to the recent tragic events in Florida, the studio altered the title to avoid any accidental or unintended misimpression that it might.”

Good-oh. Sensible, indeed, to use the death of an unarmed black teenager to explain that the NEW film starring Ben STILLER (not black) and Vince VAUGN (also not black) – coming to ALL cinemas SOON – has nothing to do with the death of unarmed black teenager TRAYVON Martin, his name currently riding high on the news cycle and in search engine keywords.

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Posted: 6th, May 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Star Wars fans celebrate May The Day with these Japanese movie posters

IT’S May the Fourth, as in “May the fourth be with you”. Yep. It’s Star Wars Day. To celebrate the pun – and while we wait for International Anti-Semitic Day (every July), National Strike Day (March 1st) and Germany’s anti Declan Donnelly Day of action (Dec 9), here are some photos. To mark this auspicious occasion you should take a look at George Lucas’s robots and these Japanese movies posters, which turn Star Wars into a madly-drawn cartoon…


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Posted: 4th, May 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Star Wars photos: George Lucas and his robots

THE Film Anorak goes back to look at Star Wars’ creator George Lucas and his robots.

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Posted: 29th, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Kate Middleton at the African Cats Premiere – Photos

AROUND one year ago, commoner Kate Middleton (“OK ya!”) married royal Prince William (“Yeah, dude, sure thing”) in a massive display of pomp and wealth sat neatly on Pippa Middleton’s taught buttocks. For their anniversary Prince Charles is being urged to give William the throne. That for later. Last night the Duchess of Cambridge, for it is he, was at the the premier of the film African Cats. It’s a film about African cats, the sort of things William’s ancestors used to murder for fun…


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The Duchess of Cambridge attends the African Cats UK film premiere held at the BFI Southbank, London.

Posted: 26th, April 2012 | In: Film, Royal Family | Comment

In photos – Scarlett Johansson at The Avengers UK premiere

IN Photos – the Marvel Avengers Assemble European Premiere at the Westfield Centre, London. Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Junior were there. So too were… Oh, who cares. Scarlett Johansson!


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Scarlett Johansson at the Marvel Avengers Assemble European Premiere at the Westfield Centre, London.

Posted: 20th, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Russian cinema has homosexuality is a disease – calls on Putin for help

IN Russia, the film business is in a mess: Interfax reports:

Russia’s Union of Cinematographers came out with a statement in which it lashed out at the standards of Russian cinema, lambasted the Russian media and claimed that Russia is on the verge of a cultural and moral “catastrophe.”

…The union said illiteracy, degradation of gender relationships, and depreciation of family values are features of modern Russian society. “All these diseases put Russia on the verge of disappearance,” is said.

Russians find Russian films humiliating and have stopped seeing them, the union said. “Generally speaking, modern Russian cinema is destructive. Not only does it fail to generate love for one’s country, for one’s near and dear and for other people – it in principle kills off one’s desire to live, work and raise children in Russia,” the statement said.

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Posted: 18th, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment (1)

The American Pie Reunion is televised – photos

TO the American Pie:Reunion photocall in London. All the faces were there: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomes Ian Nicholas, Eugene Levy,Tara Reid, Jennifer Coolidge, Sean William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Mena Suvari. So. How are they doing? Well, The Hollywood Reporter noted:

Jason Biggs – $5 million plus a share of first-dollar gross
Sean William Scott – $5 million plus a small slice of first-dollar gross
Alyson Hannigan – $3 million
Eugene Levy – $3 million
Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Natasha Lyonne, Jennifer Coolidge, Mena Suvari and Shannon Elizabeth -$500,000 to $750,000 plus the possibility of bonusing
Tara Reid – $250,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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(Left to right) Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Jason Biggs, Jennifer Coolidge, Mena Suvari, Chris Klein on an open top bus in London to promote their new film, American Pie:Reunion.

Posted: 17th, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment

The Avengers premier in Los Angeles – photos

THE Avengers premier in Los Angeles – Marvel’s effort at stitching together seven of it superheroes in a fight with the devilish Loki in a New York in meltdown. Thankfully, Iron Man will save the day by bouncing off six other super characters, including adolescent boy bait Scarlett Johansson in her Kinky Boots, Kinky Boots…


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Cast member Robert Downey Jr., left, and Susan Downey arrive at the premiere of "The Avengers" in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. "The Avengers" will be released in theaters May 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)


Posted: 12th, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Joe Eszterhas’ letter to ‘Jew hater’ Mel Gibson and Gibson’s reply in full – the Judah Maccabee missives

JOE Eszterhas has written a letter to Mel Gibson, ostensibly about the actor’s apparent reluctance to work with him on the The Maccabees, the movie of the life of Jewish hero Judah Mccabee.

It’s an odd letter that rambles and rumbles on and on, focusing a lot on Mel’s anti-Semitic outbursts. Eszterhas has written the scripts for the films Showgirl, Basic Instinct and Jade. If the Maccabees script is like this letter then the film might not be worth the effort. Indeed, the best option would be to make a film of the letter, and to include Gibson’s reply, which can be read on the last page:

Posted: 12th, April 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comments (10)

London Premiere of Salmon Fishing In The Yemen – in photos

A WET Tuesday in April meant one thing: the premier of Salmon Fishing in The Yemen at the Odeon cinema in Kensington High Street in west London. Lovely weather for Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor, trout pouts and other fish…


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Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor arriving for the UK premiere of Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, at ODEON Kensington, Kensington High Street in west London.

Posted: 11th, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment

In photos – the Black Cat Auditions for Tales of Terror

IN 1961, Ralph Crane took photographs of the so-called Black Cat Auditions, a feline casting for a part in the 1962 film Tales of Terror, starring Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone and Peter Lorre…


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Posted: 9th, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Kid Casting: child actors who played the young stars on film and TV flashbacks – photos

KID Casting is David Shumka’s tribute to the children hired to play the young adult in films, whether in a flashback or a dream sequence. You know the kid who played a young Woody Allen in Annie Hall? His mum might. What about the class who played the young cast of Lost? It was their big break. The youngster Roger Daltrey in Tommy is called…? Did the youth who played the young Robert Redford in The Natural grow up to be a star? Who played the young Voldermort on Harry Potter? The young Tina Fey in 30 Rock? Somewhere in Tinsel Town is silo marked “I Was The Young…”


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Posted: 3rd, April 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Rear Window timelapse video

THIS Rear Window timelapse video is brilliant. All footage is taken from the original Rear Window (1954) directed by Alfred Hitchcock:

Rear Window Timelapse from Jeff Desom on Vimeo.

Spotter: @jonathanwakeham

Posted: 3rd, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment (1)

Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in humourless biopic

THE past 12 months has been the year of men upsetting women, but enjoying something of a renaissance with their careers on the back of it. Chris ‘knocks seven shades out of Rihanna’ Brown has seen his stock soar and Ashton Kutcher, who, allegedly, shagged a young woman in a hot tub on the anniversary of his marriage to Demi Moore has since got a rake of work.

While Demi Moore cries herself inside out while reportedly having issues with drugs and an eating disorder, Kutch heads up Two And A Half Men and, apparently, will play Steve Jobs in one of the two biopics about the late founder of Apple. Dude, Where’s My Hair Gone? in the later stages, presumably.

Of course, Kutcher has a little likeness to the young Jobs (long hair, occasional beard) and the role will see him going from vaguely wayward hippie to founder of Apple.

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Posted: 2nd, April 2012 | In: Film | Comment (1)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito to follow up Twins with Eddie Murphy in Triplets

WHAT you’re about to read is one of the most disturbing and potentially brilliant things you’ll ever digest. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito will be revisiting their awful family comedy, Twins. If that isn’t a weird enough notion in itself, they’ll be drafting Eddie Murphy for this sequel, which will be called Triplets. 

Yes. You heard.

The brothers Julius and Vincent are going to discover that they have a third genetically-conceived sibling and that person just happens to be Eddie Murphy who will no doubt be itching to play as many characters in the film as he can (as opposed to, y’know, sticking to one character and making it half decent).

According to reports, Schwarzenegger, DeVito and Murphy are all signed up for this obviously terrible idea. However, it is such a godawful notion, that it will surely be a must for those among you who love watching a carcrash unfold.

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Posted: 30th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Titanic 3D – World Premiere photos

JUST when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, Celine Dion clears her throat, pops her best teeth back in and belts out the Titanic theme song. It’s Titanic. It’s back. And it’s in 3D. Relive the drama of mass death for beautiful people  in three dimensions. And you know what’s coming next.

The film’s director James Cameron successfully completed a seven-mile dive. sailing 36,756ft down to the floor of the Pacific Ocean in Challenger Deep. He said:

“Despite this big procedure I’d written for myself, there had to be a moment I stopped and just took it all in and said ‘This is where I am, I’m at the bottom of the ocean, the bottom of the world, the deepest place on Earth. What does that mean?”

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Posted: 27th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Name that film – photos from behind the scenes of famous movies

NAME that film. We’ve got a gallery of images from behind the scenes on famous films. Can you name all the movies?


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Posted: 26th, March 2012 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment (1)

What if other directors had brought The Hunger Games to life?

WHAT if The Hunger Games had not been directed by Gary Ross? What if, say, Michael Bay, had got to work on Jennifer Lawrence? Would there have bene more guns and cleavage? Would Lawrence have minded?

Spotter: Happy Place

Posted: 24th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Hunger Games in photos – Jennifer Lawrence signs in New York

JENNIFER LAwrence is the stand-out star of The Hunger Games. We spotted her singing book at at Barnes & Noble in New York. Eat yer heart our Bella Swan… The Hunger Games trilogy is huge. It’s all about life of grisly death. Teeangers fight to the death for the entertainment of cynical adults. It’s the X Factor with bows and arrows and a dystopian backstory… Oh, and you can fancy Lawrence. Her character, Katniss, might be 16, but she is 21. She know the routine. As she says:

“I always think it’s kind of strange when actors are shocked by fame, or claim to be disgusted by it,” she says. “It’s kind of like, really? You knew what you were doing. You’re in movies. You can’t put walls around yourself and say, ‘No, I’ll only let myself get this successful’.”


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Star of "The Hunger Games," Jennifer Lawrence attends a book signing at Barnes & Noble in New York, Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Posted: 23rd, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

The Premiere of Wild Bill in photos

THE Premiere of Wild Bill in photos: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher and Nick Moran are the streetwise trio of British acting…


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Jason Flemyng and Elly Fairman attending the premiere of Wild Bill, at Cineworld Haymarket in London.

Posted: 21st, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

Hunger Games: A Map of Panem

THE Hunger Games is here (Twilight met Columbine). In the dystopian post-USA north America, demonic leaders living in Capitol City get taught-skinned, photogenic teens to kill each other on the TV. But where is Panem? Well, one man has investigated. Capital City is in Denver. District 12 is in Appalachia. Lots of bits are underwater or just gone. And Canada is full of trees… Fanciful, we know. But you can’t argue with fictionalised visions of the future.

Click the map. It’s massive.

More here.

Spotter: WOW.

Posted: 14th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comments (2)

Hunger Games Premiere – Twilight meets Columbine

TO the premiere of the Hunger Games, the new teen sensation. Elizabeth Banks was there, showing her backside to rows of men with cameras. (Also, there were Michelle Heaton, and Katie Price, both dressed.) The Hunger Games are based on the triology by Suzanne Collins. In the not-too-distant future, America is finished. The demonic leaders select 24 teenagers to fight each other to the death for a TV show. It’s the TV news bulletins on London kebab shop knifings, only more ordered and better lit. It stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a simple 15-year-old who is who fancies two macho hard-bodied lads Peeta and Gale. Of Gale,  she says in the book: “His body is familiar to me … but this is the first time I really feel it, lean and hard-muscled against my own.” This is Twilight set amid the Columbine Massacre. It can’t fail…

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Posted: 14th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comment

John Carter is not as good as Avatar – it’s so terrible you might die watching it

IS John Carter the film any good? Peter Bradshaw reviews in the the Guardian:

John Carter is one of those films that is so stultifying, so oppressive and so mysteriously and interminably long that I felt as if someone had dragged me into the kitchen of my local Greggs, and was baking my head into the centre of a colossal cube of white bread. As the film went on, the loaf around my skull grew to the size of a basketball, and then a coffee table, and then an Audi. The boring and badly acted sci-fi mashup continued inexorably, and the bready blandness pressed into my nostrils, eardrums, eye sockets and mouth. I wanted to cry for help, but in bread no one can hear you scream. Finally, I clawed the doughy, gooey, tasteless mass desperately away from my mouth and screeched: “Jesus, I’m watching a pointless film about a 1860s American civil war action hero on Mars, which the inhabitants apparently call Barsoom. I can’t breathe.”

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Posted: 12th, March 2012 | In: Film | Comments (2)