Film | Anorak - Part 22

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

Buy Darth Vader’s Actual Star Wars Out For Halloween (Photos)

IT’S not too late to buy Darth Vader’s original costume in time for Halloween (2011) or the Christmas party. The Star Wars outfit was made for The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. One small issue – it’s expected to sell for up to £230,000 at Christie’s showroom in South Kensington, London. You might to be a bit more creative. Fetch the toilet role tubes


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Christie's employee Caitlin Graham adjusts an original Darth Vader costume, that is expected to sell for up to £230,000 when it is put up for auction next month, at the Christie's showroom in South Kensington, London.

Posted: 28th, October 2010 | In: Film | Comment

The Chilean Miners Film Trailer: Bobsleigh To San Jose

THE film about the 33 Chilean miners’ rescue from the San Jose mine is in the making.

The merchandise is being showcased.

The uphill bobsleigh team is being made ready for the winter Olympics.

All we need is a title. And who plays Yonni Barrios?

Your suggestions, please…


Posted: 22nd, October 2010 | In: Film | Comments (3)

Hilary Swank Dazzles At Conviction Premiere: Oscar’s In The Bag

54th BFI London Film Festival: Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank dazzled with a nod to Jimmy Savile’s love of gold lamé at the premiere of Conviction. This one might give Swank another Oscar.

It’s based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters, who devoted her life to freeing her brother, whom she believes has been falsely convicted of murder. Says Swank: “You don’t have any control over (awards), so you just do your work.” But you do get to pick the scripts…


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Hilary Swank greets fans at the premiere of Conviction, during the 54th BFI London Film Festival, at the VUE West End in central London.

Posted: 16th, October 2010 | In: Film | Comment

Vince Vaughn’s Gay Gag Video: Cinema’s Goers Get Remote Controls To SKIP, MUTE And PAUSE Best And Worst Bits

VINCE Vaughn wants the gays to lighten up and take the joke at their expense. In his new film, The Dilemma,Vaughn’s character – who like Vauhgn is white and straight – says:

“Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars are gay. I mean, not ‘homosexual’ gay but ‘my parents are chaperoning the dance’ gay.”

That was the film’s trailer. Anyone who found it funny and wanted to see the film on the strength of the gag alone will be disappointed to learn that the joke has been expunged from the film’s new trailer (original one is below).

Presumably, the joke still exists in the film. But we reserve the right to be offended and call on cinemas to equip each person in the auditorium with a remote control. If over half press “SKIP GAY“, the gag will be skipped. The system will be adapted for other films – a “PAUSE” button for nude scenes; a “REWIND” button for, er, nude scenes you might have missed; and a “MUTE” for Mel Gibson’s lines.

It’s a huge media shitstorm into which CNN’s Anderson cooper (gay) wades in on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”:

“I was sitting … in a movie theater over the weekend, and there was a preview of a movie, and in it the actor said, ‘That’s so gay.’ And I was shocked … not only that they put that in the movie, but that they put that in the preview, they thought that was okay to put it in the preview to the movie to get people to go and see it. We gotta do something to make those words … unacceptable, ’cause those words are hurting kids.”

Gay-rights organization GLAAD also weighed in on the controversy. GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios says.

“The use of the word ‘gay’ in this trailer as a slur is unnecessary and does nothing more than send a message of intolerance about our community to viewers.”

What says Vince Vaughn, star of films watched by people who don’t see or crave meaning in anything? Well, (via Deadline):

“Let me add my voice of support to the people outraged by the bullying and persecution of people for their differences, whatever those differences may be. Comedy and joking about our differences breaks tension and brings us together. Drawing dividing lines over what we can and cannot joke about does exactly that; it divides us. Most importantly, where does it stop.”

Gays jokes bind people and communities. Vince has spoken.

To your keypads, viewers. The Dilemma is on. Press the “SHOULD HAVE SEEN SOMETHING ELSE” button now!

Vaughn wants the gays to lighten up and take the joke at their expense. In his new film, The Dilemma,

Posted: 15th, October 2010 | In: Film | Comments (2)

Keira Knightley And Carey Mulligan Never Let Me Go Red Carpet Photos

KEIRA Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield rocked up for the European premiere of Never Let Me Go at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. Knightley once told Allure magazine:

“I hate red-carpet events; I absolutely hate them. I don’t like the fact that people write, ‘Oh, you look like crap’ in print. Or ‘I don’t like your arms!’ ”

“I’m not Wonder Woman. I have self-esteem problems. Everybody does. You know, skinny people are allowed to feel shit about themselves.

“I haven’t got a clue about how much I weigh. I do not own any scales.”

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Posted: 13th, October 2010 | In: Film | Comments (3)

Russell Brand Wears Tom Cruise’s Killer Heels At Despicable Me Premier (Photos)

TO the premier of the cartoon film Despicable Me at the Empire, Leicester Square, London. Russell Brand give voice to a character called Dr Nefario, a criminal mastermind.

He also wore a pair of short stilts on his feet – Tom Cruise own-brand – and was interviewed by Jenni Falconer, an experience akin to having your ear rubbed along a wet bubble of washing up liquid.

Also there were a cluster of celebrity liggers and… Anneka Tanaka-Svenska. We have no idea who she is and fining out will only spoil the thrill of a name dreamt up by a Nippon-Scandinavian law firm…


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Russell Brand arriving for the European Premiere of Despicable Me at the Empire, Leicester Square, London.

Posted: 12th, October 2010 | In: Film | Comment

The Amanda Knox Story: Hayden Panettiere And Colin Firth Debate The Entertaining Murder

HAYDEN Panettiere is to portray Meredith Kercher’s murderer Amanda Knox in a chocolate box film TV called The Amanda Knox Story. In what still passes for reality, Raffaele Sollecito, Rudy Guede and Knox sexually assaulted Kercher and slashed the British girl’s throat with a knife in Perugia. That was way, way, way back in 2007.

Amanda Knox: ‘Shit Happens’ When A Stranger Strikes

Knox got 26 years jail – Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years while Guede got 30 years. Guede, who is black and from the Ivory Coast has not been heard of. But Knox, who is blonde and American, is a cause celebre for anyone wanting to bash the Italians and tap into a bit of sexy-drug-fulled scandal.

So. Can a young, fit, sexually active American be a murderer in a picturesque setting with coffee shops and an aqueduct? Well, yes.

Meredith Kercher Murder: Amanda Knox Says It’s Not ‘Fair’

Can a TV company make some cash and fiction from a girl’s brutal murder? Can it open up the story to a  debate? Yes. It’s already begun. Get a load of this from the Telegraph:

Colin Firth is to play a journalist investigating the mystery surrounding the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

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Posted: 10th, October 2010 | In: Film | Comments (2)

127 Hours Trailer: James Franco Is Cut And Alone With His Little Franco

JAMES Franco is the star of 127 Hours, the Hollywood-treated story of Aron Ralston, the climber who severed his own arm to escape being wedged in a mountain.

Franco is just about the most likable leading man right now. In the film, a bored and stressed Ralston masturbates. As is the way with all trite film interviews, the hack wonders how alike the star is to the character he plays. Franco amuses himself:

So, when I’m alone, I do masturbate a lot. I don’t know why. It’s like you have those days where it’s just like, I have a ton of writing to do, or a ton of reading to do, and you’re just like, OK, I’m going to be on the couch all day or in bed all day just doing that… I tend to have a four- or five-time day. So, I probably would have if I was stuck under a rock.”

Posted: 8th, October 2010 | In: Film | Comment

The Social Network Facebook Film Hits London: Photos

THE Social Network – aka the Facebook Movie – arrived in London. We went to see Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake at a photocall for The Social Network at the Dorchester. As for the film, The Daily Beast’s Rebecca Davis O’Brien, says the film’s women who serve Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are “doting groupies, sexed-up Asians, vengeful sluts, or dumpy, feminist killjoys.” But not media whores? Why does the new media hate women as much as the old media?


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(left to right) Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake at a photocall for new film The Social Network at the Dorchester in London.

Posted: 8th, October 2010 | In: Film | Comment