The director's low-budget sci-fi movie has won him glowing reviews and a growing trophy haul - and his success continued at the BIFAS ceremony in London as he accepted the Best Debut Director honour.
Jones, who also took the top prizes at Scotland's Edinburgh International Film Festival and Spain's Sitges Film Festival earlier this year (09), was not present as he's currently in Los Angeles to prepare for his next movie.
Elsewhere at the BIFAS prizegiving, Andrea Arnold won the Best Director trophy for Fish Tank, while the film's star Katie Jarvis was named the Most Promising Newcomer.
Carey Mulligan's turn in An Education earned her the Best Actress prize, while Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his performance as Charles Bronson in Bronson.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Sir Michael Caine also received special awards in recognition for their contributions to British film.
The action man was snapped in his Mustang on Sunday (22Nov09) with two young girls sharing the front seat - a flagrant violation of California state law.
LAPD Detective Bill Bustos tells RadarOnline.com, "California law states you must have only one passenger per seat. Driving with two passengers in one seat is vehicle code violation 27360. You must have one passenger per seat belt."
And the Rocky star has also been blasted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles as the seat only has one seat belt: "Children ages six and older, but less than 16, and children under age six who weigh more than 60 pounds, must be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt which meets federal safety standards.”
Stallone is not the only celebrity to be caught out violating motor laws recently - David Beckham was photographed using his cellphone while driving last month (Oct09), and Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver was also caught chatting on her handset.
The black-and-white shots were saved from a bonfire in the mid-1970s when celebrity photographer Brian Duffy tried to destroy his archive of work after an argument with his staff.
They have remained hidden away in cardboard boxes ever since - but now form part of an exhibition of Duffy's images at a gallery in the U.K. capital.
The pictures, which also include shots of Arnold Schwarzenegger and notorious London gangster Reggie Kray, survived the blaze when fellow photographer David Bailey intervened and convinced Duffy not to throw them on the pyre.
Duffy says, "I went out into the garden and started burning things. You would think celluloid would burn easily but it didn't... David Bailey turned up and he said he would have helped me (with the pressure of my work) if he'd known. I stopped burning stuff and the rest of the negatives just sat in shoe boxes in my house until my old lady (wife) asked me what I was going to do with them."
The Los Angeles Galaxy player was photographed flaunting California's motoring laws while cruising through the city on his way home from training on Wednesday (21Oct09).
In pictures posted on RadarOnline.com, the 34 year old can be seen taking both hands off the wheel to deal with the device.
The news comes just a week after Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver was caught chatting on a cellphone while driving.
Shriver, whose husband introduced the law banning the use of handheld mobiles behind the wheel, apologised and donated the device to charity.
Leading British workout expert Joe Fournier - whose previous clients include Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow - pleaded not guilty to assaulting a taxi driver following a night on the town during a promotional trip to Australia last month (Aug09).
The 29 year old has been accused of punching the driver in the face after an argument about the fare, as his fiancee and 15-month-old son looked on.
He was also alleged to have driven away in the taxi, although that charge was later dropped.
Film composer David Arnold, who worked with Fournier on the James Bond film franchise, offered the court references on Fournier's behalf, and the fitness expert was later granted unconditional bail to make his return to Britain.
The case will go to court in October (09) but Fournier does not have to return to Sydney to appear before the judge, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Fournier boasts his client base includes several major stars, international royalty, and bosses of some leading Hollywood film companies who hire him to train actors for demanding roles.
The Los Angeles Galaxy star has agreed to help state Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promote California as a tourist destination.
His new ad campaign for the California Travel & Tourism Commission will launch in the U.S., Canada and Britain later this month (Sep09).
He filmed his ad on Santa Monica beach last Thursday (27Aug09).
The new tourism campaign also features Rob Lowe and Vanessa Williams.
The Los Angeles Galaxy player has lived in the state with his family for more than two years since moving from Britain to play for the soccer club.
And Beckham is so enamoured with his Californian lifestyle, he's reportedly agreed to appear in a series of TV commercials to pull in more tourists.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It will be a massive campaign. It shows the governor believes David is a big catch in getting tourists to visit.".
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
GO OUT AND GET POPCORN WHEN ...
Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Although The Great Buck Howard is not the literal story of the once popular (in the '60s and '70s) entertainer known as the Amazing Kreskin the film makes it known this is a pretty thinly disguised tribute to the man who made 88 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show before fading into obscurity on the dinner theater circuit. Writer/director Sean McGinly who worked briefly as Kreskin’s assistant has reinvented him essentially as Buck Howard a “mentalist extraordinaire ” who once strode in the limelight with numerous TV and Vegas appearances but now plays faded community centers and hasn’t filled a theater in decades. As his new assistant law-school dropout Troy Gable quickly learns it isn’t easy working for Buck who still sees himself as a big star but when a quirk of fate intervenes and he really does get a second chance at the national spotlight neither one is quite prepared for what comes next.
WHO’S IN IT?
John Malkovich is a fine actor but he isn’t exactly known for comedy. As Buck Howard however he has the role of a lifetime and he’s simply amazing wryly funny as the has-been mentalist who would never admit he isn’t still every bit the top celebrity he used to be. Although Malkovich plays him somewhat pompously he’s ultimately quite touching as a celeb who once commanded great attention and still craves it on his own terms. As his new unwitting assistant Colin Hanks drolly underplays most of his scenes with Buck and effortlessly shows the quiet desperation of a wannabe writer who’s not exactly sure what he should be doing with his life. Emily Blunt is lovely as a publicist who helps engineer Buck’s surprising comeback; and there are also small but fun bits with Steve Zahn Griffin Dunne and even Colin’s real-life dad Tom Hanks whose company bankrolled the movie.
In the same sweet but low-key vein of My Favorite Year McGinly paints a portrait of the less glamorous aspect of showbiz when an outsized personality starts traveling on the downside of the entertainment world. Clearly his days with Kreskin gave him an entree into this life and his film is nicely observant and respectful. But still very funny.
The film plays it all a little too safe. It doesn’t seem to want to be anything more than a snapshot of life after huge success has faded; adding a little more complexity might have offered an even richer role for Malkovich. It’s pleasant but there’s not a whole lot of depth.
Buck hypnotizes a large crowd of volunteers but gets sidetracked and neglects to snap them out of it. It’s pricelessly funny and captures the ego of the guy perfectly in the expert hands of Malkovich.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver is among a number of high-profile patients whose medical records have been improperly accessed by staff at a Los Angeles hospital.
An unnamed female employee at the UCLA Medical Center, who was previously reported to have pried into Farrah Fawcett's private documents, is said to have been fired last May, after hospital bosses learned that she had been unlawfully snooping into stars' medical records.
According to medical officers, the woman had been found to have had access to 61 patients' files between 2006 and 2007, including those of Shriver and Fawcett.
Dr. David Feinberg, the head of the UCLA Hospital System, described the woman behind the breaches in privacy as a "rogue" employee--but insisted a review of her e-mails and phone calls showed no evidence of information being passed on inappropriately.
The employee was caught out last year when Fawcett became concerned about a story published by the National Enquirer regarding her cancer battle--shortly after doctors at UCLA Medical Center told the TV icon the news, and before she had spoken to her family and friends about it.
An internal investigation was launched, which eventually resulted in the woman's firing.
After being alerted to the security lapse regarding his wife's medical files on Friday, California Governor Schwarzenegger issued a statement slamming the woman's actions, adding that "a breach of any patient's medical records is outrageous."
But it's not the first time UCLA Medical Center bosses have been forced to take action against employees illegally snooping into patients' files. In 2008,
12 people were fired and six others suspended after they were found to have attempted to defy medical center rules and obtain confidential information about another of the hospital's famous patients: Britney Spears.
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