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

Katy Perry Saves Russell Brand From A Soggy Arthur Remake: Photos

WILL Arthur launch Russell Brand into the US as an actor of note? The 1981 original turned Dudley Moore into a big star and win an Oscar for John Gielgud. Or will Brand do for Arthur what Jude Law did for Alfie: make the original look even better? Is the film any good and is Brand as likeable and cuddly as Moore?

The experts have watched it:

“Russell Brand gives a career-killing performance,” David Edelstein, New York magazine

“Make no mistake, people are going to hate Brand in this” – Pete Vonder Haar , Houston Chronicle

“He should follow his creative heart and stop going for the big Hollywood money. Let him do something that is more about taking risks” Eddie Murphy

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Posted: 20th, April 2011 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Hayden Panettiere Chillingly Tells Everyone About Her Dad Making Her Scream As A Child

HAYDEN Panettiere will be required to do a lot of screaming in the new Scream flick, unless of course, she gets bumped off early doors like Drew Barrymore did in the first of the franchise.

And weirdly, she’s decided to come clean about how she got so good at screaming in the first place – her father used to make her shriek, repeatedly, when she was small.

So how did he do this?

One can only assume that he mastered the art of springing out at her from behind doors and doing his best to strangle her to death or, indeed, spend balmy sunny afternoons tying her up and inserting art scalpels into the beds of her fingernails.

Right? That’s the logical thing to think, isn’t it?

Of course it isn’t you sick pervert. The truth of the matter is that Hayden’s father is an immensely paranoid man who was constantly in fear of something terrible happening to his future pension.

“I’m a fireman’s daughter and he always taught me, because I’m such a small girl, that you always have to look like you have somewhere to be and someone’s gonna miss you if you (don’t) get there.”

“He used to tell me all the time when I went to the mall with my friends, ‘What do you do if somebody comes up and grabs you?’ He taught me to scream, ‘You’re not my daddy, you’re not my daddy’.

This is perfectly normal isn’t it? Nothing wrong here.

“So I had a lot of practice screaming, ‘You’re not my daddy’. Now it just sounds wrong. But I’m pretty good at screaming.”

So there you have it. Parents are all clearly imbeciles.

Posted: 14th, April 2011 | In: Film | Comment

William And Kate: The Film Trailer

PRINCE William and Kate Middleton are now a film trailer. We are now a film trailer.

“Against all odds” the non-black, council-house dwelling minted public school gel met the non-Jewish, non-gay minted public school boy at college and fell in love…

Posted: 13th, April 2011 | In: Film | Comment

Sharktopus: Half Shark Half Octopus Escapes

SHARKOPUS! It’s half-shark and half octopus? No, it’s not the head of an octopus and the legs of a shark. It’s the other way around! It’s SHARKTOPUS!!

The film is must see:

A half-shark, half-octopus creature created for the military, creates a whole lot of terror in Mexico while a scientist who helped created it tries to capture/kill it.

What were the military doing with a creature that is half-shark and half octopus? Was it going to spy on the Squwards (half giant squid – half sword fish that patrol the coast off Fukushima?) And the Jew sharks have been arousing suspicion?

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Posted: 5th, April 2011 | In: Film | Comments (4)

Natalie Portman Danced Only 5% Of Black Swan: Annette Bening 11% In Love With Julianne Moore

HOW much of the dancing did Nathalie Portman do in Black Swan, a performance that earned her an Oscar?

Says Sarah Lane, 27, an American Ballet Theatre soloist whose body and feet were featured in the film, while her head was replaced by Portman’s:

“Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie. All the other shots are me.”

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Posted: 26th, March 2011 | In: Film | Comment

Was This Elizabeth Taylor’s Greatest Moment?

ELIZABETH Taylor: A reader sends in his favourite Liz Taylor moment. Why did she do it? Well, to find out, go and read this:

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Posted: 24th, March 2011 | In: Film | Comment (1)

Elizabeth Taylor: A Life In Rare Photos

RIP Elizabeth Taylor: This is your life, your loves and your fame in photos:


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File photo dated 8/2/1966 of Elizabeth Taylor and husband Richard Burton at a press conference in Oxford in connection with the university production of Dr Faustus. Taylor has died according to reports.

Posted: 23rd, March 2011 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment (1)

The Greatest Movie Gifs Ever

ANORAK presents the greatest movie gifs ever. Can a single moment of film capture the essence of the whole? Yes. (Give them time to load – they’re worth it.)


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Posted: 16th, March 2011 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment (1)

Helen Mirren And Helena Bonham Carter’s Road To Damascus: Photo

DAME Helen Mirren and Helena Bonham Carter arrived back from the Oscars in Los Angeles. For all the pneumatic glamour models and painted WAGs that Britain pumps out and up, the country still exports a different kind of sex appeal to the American mould. Mirren and Bonham Carter are quintessentially British stars – personable, relaxed and self-assured. The British film industry might be thinner than a dictator’s wife, but the talent is of a fine damascene quality…

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Posted: 1st, March 2011 | In: Film | Comments (3)

RIP Jane Russell: A Life In Photos, Playtex And Bullet Bras

RIP Jane Russell. You were the screen siren who seduced The Outlaw in 1943. It was banned for two years. You could watch newsreels of death and destruction in Europe and the Far East. But if you woman to see a voluptuous woman in a tight top, it was forbidden.

She said of her career in 1999:

“Why did I quit movies? Because I was getting too old! You couldn’t go on acting in those years if you were an actress over 30.”

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Posted: 1st, March 2011 | In: Film | Comment

The Razzies: Jessica Alba Excites Ashton Kutcher’s Wood

THE RAZZIES. These are the only awards that matter. The 2010 list of delights features the Last Airbender, a triumph for MNight Shyamalan, whose forthcoming box can be shaken free of excrement and used as a colostomy bag for the film buff.

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Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment

No Irish, Scots, Angolan Or Indian Actors Win An Oscar: Racism, Probably

WANT to know why no Irish, Scots, Indian or Angolan won an Oscar?

Rush Limbaugh knows why:

“… You have a very powerful industry run by liberal Democrats, very rich liberal Democrats, and they have their top ten best movies, nominated best movies, and not a single person of color nominated for anything, not even best supporting stooge….”

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Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment

Colin Firth Says K-K-K-Kerching: Oscars Winners In Photos

TO all the winners of a Golden Gopher, a BAFTA, a SAG, a Crystal Meth, a Bronze Turd any other film award shoe-horned around the Oscars: unlucky. They don’t matter. It’s all about the Oscars. The film industry is all about the money, and winning an Oscar means making more money. As Colin Firth might say in the kind of English accent Americans like: k-k-k-kerching!


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(left to right) Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Melissa Leo and Colin Firth with their Best Actor awards at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles.

Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

Oscars 2011 Photos Presented By Helena Bonham Carter’s Gutted Garters

THE Oscars, the world’s starriest AGM, featuring a glittering host of workers at the coal face of The Industry hoping they win and can thank God for choosing them to win a gold plated marital aide. After the red carpet, the show sags like Colonel Gaddafi’s cheeks.

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Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment

Rango: Johnny Depp’s Karma Chameleon

TO the photocall for Rango, a film starring Johnny Depp as the voice of a pet chameleon that “aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it”.

Rango, incidentally, is a Sudanese musical instrument that came to Egypt with Sudanese slaves in the 1820s.

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Posted: 23rd, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment

Bloody Fantastic: The Susan Boyle Story (Aka F*** Off)

BLOODY Fantastic: Susan Boyle is now a film. Writes Anorak reader Percy – SuBo was his!:

“I hear rumour that Elaine Paige maybe up for the lead role…

PS – the original title was going to be “F*ck Off” but was changed for fear of offending the fragile…”

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Posted: 22nd, February 2011 | In: Film | Comments (3)

Photos Of Justin Bieber In London: Nachos, Soda And Cheese

JUSTIN Bieber was pouring himself a soda and eating nachos at the premiere of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never at the Cineworld O2, by the O2 Arena. For those of you who foolishly spent the night watching Arsenal beat Barcelona (and that includes me – and I am ashamed as I watch the goals over and over and over and…), here are the photos of what you missed. Bieber fan should enjoy them all. Although not those in North Korea or a rape suite, obviously…


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Justin Bieber helps himself to Nachos and a Drink whilst arriving for the European Premiere of Justin Bieber : Never Say Never, at the Cineworld O2, The O2 Arena, SE10.

Posted: 16th, February 2011 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment

65th Edinburgh International Film Festival Delivers The Most Pretentious Press Release Of The Year

THE 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival is going to be just great. You should enjoy it if you like films and don’t let the god-awful press release put you off:

The blueprint for the 2011 Festival is here. Want to know more…?

On Monday 7 February, the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Artistic Advisors Mark Cousins and Lynda Myles delivered ‘EIFF65: Our Suggestions’: the first fruits of their rethink of the Festival. It has been an exciting few days here at Filmhouse, HQ of the Festival.

The Blueprint came in the form of note from Mark and Lynda to ‘Dear EIFF Colleagues and Friends’. It outlines a radical evolution of the form and content of the Festival, and reinvigorates the Festival as a primary cultural destination and territory for audiences in Edinburgh, Scotland, the UK and internationally. The Blueprint names the first tranche of Guest Curators, invited to dream what the Festival will and can be, to use film and the fabric of one of the world’s most beautiful and potent cities as a canvas, or screen.

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Posted: 15th, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment (1)

Baftas 2011: Winners And Helena Bonham-Carter’s Rain In Photos

BAFTAS 2011: Helena Bonham-Carter takes the metal face for the Best Supporting Actress, received for The King’s Speech. Outside London’s Royal Opera House, it’s raining. Will the mask make a decent umbrella? Or will it have stopped raining by the time Bonham-Carter ends her acceptance speech?

Others also have faces…


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Colin Firth with the Best Actor Award for The King's Speech, in the press room at the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

Posted: 13th, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment

London Critics’ Circle Film Awards 2011: Photos

THE 31st annual London Film Critics’ Circle Awards in photos: To the BFI Southbank with Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Sorkin, Rosamund Pike, Sam Taylor-Wood, Will Poulter, Olivia Williams,  Kristin Scott Thomas, Mike Leigh, Thomas Turgoose, Peter Wight and Will Poulter.


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Colin Firth arriving for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards at the BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London.

Posted: 10th, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment

The Baftas 2011: Emma Watson’s Head On A Stick

Orange BAFTA staff member Aimee Hall lays out heads on sticks marking the seating plan at the Royal Opera House, in Covent Garden, London, ahead of the Orange British Academy Film Awards, which takes place on Sunday February 13, 2011.

Posted: 9th, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment

Chalet Girl: The Premiere Photos Are Snow Joke

TO the Premiere of Chalet Girl – “A fantastic snow-mantic comedy” – with Bill Bailey, Tamsin Egerton, Bill Nighy and Ed Westwick. The story is that the poor, pretty, talented girl heads to the snotty ski resort to mix with the snots and win hearts, minds, and the heart of a photogenic reformed snot who – as luck would have it – has loadsa money…


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Bill Bailey arriving for the World Premiere of Chalet Girl, at the Vue Westfield, London.

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Posted: 8th, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment

Amanda Knox Dry Heaves Watching Hayden Pantierre In Film Trailer

HAYDEN Panettiere is the woman starring in a made-for-TV film as Amanda Knox, the convicted killer who protests her innocent in the murder of Meredith Kercher. Knox is blonde, white and appealing in Perugia, a picturesque part of Italy. The film is called Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, a title that suggests that Italy is as much to blame as Knox.

Here’s Pantierre, whose reading of a script gives her a valuable insight into the murder of an innocent British woman:

“I believe in the person that she deep down was. And I think that no matter, regardless of innocent or guilty, I believe she was a… she has a spirit. You know she’s a real person. She was a young girl who had dreams and aspirations and was going to Italy to go to school and to broaden her horizons and have experiences and meet new people. And I don’t think that guilty or innocent takes away from that.”

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Posted: 8th, February 2011 | In: Film | Comments (2)

Andrew Garfield Spiderman Photos: Evening Standard Film Awards Winner Skins Up

THE Evening Standard film awards get in early before the Baftas and the Oscars. The entertainment season of AGMs come thick and fast – and not all of them are lucky enough to have Ricky Gervais to make the do appear anything other than an industry dinner.

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Posted: 8th, February 2011 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment (1)

RIP Maria Schneider: A ‘Little Raped’ By Marlon Brando’s Butter Balls

RIP Maria Schneider, the actor best known for her performance in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1972 drama Last Tango in Paris. The role defined her career. She was 19 when she starred in it.  (Not every actor is lucky enough to have a footnote, let alone a definition.)

Anyone who’s ever seen the film will be familiar with the butter scene. It was unrehearsed and not in the script. Said Maria Schneider:

“I should have called my agent or had my lawyer come to the set because you can’t force someone to do something that isn’t in the script, but at the time, I didn’t know that. Marlon said to me: ‘Maria, don’t worry, it’s just a movie,’ but during the scene, even though what Marlon was doing wasn’t real, I was crying real tears. I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci. After the scene, Marlon didn’t console me or apologise. Thankfully, there was just one take.”

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Posted: 3rd, February 2011 | In: Film | Comment