Julie Walters has become the latest Harry Potter star to land the top honour at the upcoming British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). The veteran actress will be presented with the Richard Harris Award to mark her contribution to the U.K. film industry during the ceremony in London on Sunday (08Dec13).
The prize, which was created in 2002 in honour of Walters' late Harry Potter co-star, was last year (12) given to Michael Gambon, the actor who replaced Harris in the wizard franchise.
Other stars to have previously received the award include a slew of other Potter alumni, including David Thewlis, Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.
"I remember going to see him in hospital. He said: 'Don't you dare recast. I'll be back'." Harry Potter producer David Heyman remembers Richard Harris' determination to return his role as Professor Dumbledore as he battled cancer. Harris died of Hodgkin lymphoma in 2002 and was replaced by Michael Gambon as the wizard head teacher.
Is that you, Rufus Scrimgeour and Bill Weasley? Well, yes it is, but this time Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson have left Harry Potter behind and teamed up in the time-traveling romantic comedy About Time. The film follows 21-year-old Tim (Gleeson) as he learns from his father (Nighy) that the men in his family can time travel. Tim uses his new-found skill to try and swoon the lovely Mary (Rachel McAdams).
Our own Julia Emmanuele sat down with the 7pair and talked about everything from on-set bonding to Richard Curtis to the onslaught of female-fandom the film is sure to bring Weasley... I mean, Gleeson.
About Time is now in theaters.
A time-traveling hero. A relationship complicated by that gift. Rachel McAdams. We're experiencing a little deja vu.
On paper, the upcoming Richard Curtis romance has more than a little in common with the 2009 drama The Time Traveler's Wife. About Time stars Brit Domhnall Gleeson (that's Bill Weasley to you, Harry Potter fanatics) as a young man who learns that the men in his family have the ability to move through time. It's not an unlimited range, however. Basically his talents allow him to relive a moment that's just passed, the dream of anyone who's ever stuck his foot in his mouth at a party. Imagine what you could do with that kind of power — you could improve your career, your friendships, your Candy Crush score — but for Tim, it's all about getting girls. One girl in particular, of course. This is a romantic comedy, after all.
Is McAdams a secret sci-fi geek? Because she seems to be drawn to romances where her love interest is a one-man time machine. The Time Traveler's Wife was based on a book of the same name, though the film smoothed out the edges that made it more than your average romance novel. The source material hummed with tension; there was danger inherent in Henry's tendency to pop back and forth from present to past to future. In fact, his travel is treated more like a disease, since he can't control it. The movie toned down the underlying menace in favor of making another rosy-tinted, Nicholas Sparks-ian romance.
But now, we have another chance to get the romantic fantasy we deserve. About Time has the benefit of being an original screenplay, so there's no novel with fans to disappoint. It's got a charming, relatively unknown lead. (Forgive us, but Eric Bana was miscast in The Time Traveler's Wife.) It's got Bill Nighy, who elevates everything he's in. And it's got good buzz from the festival circuit. It may be our last date with romantic comedy guru Curtis, who claims that he's retiring from the meet-cute business. In their review of his latest and last, Den of Geek says, "there are few storytellers, never mind filmmakers, who can view the everyday passions of ordinary folk with such an unending fascination and earnest optimism." Can he add a science fiction element to that mix without losing any charm? We'll find out when About Time hits U.S. theaters on November 8.
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Movie legend Richard Harris is to be honoured in his native Ireland in December (13) with a namesake film festival. The inaugural Richard Harris International Film Festival is scheduled to take place in Limerick, where the late Harry Potter star was born in 1930. He passed away in 2002.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West have won a round of five-star reviews for their performances in Burton And Taylor. The Harry Potter star plays late acting legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor in the British TV drama opposite West as her on/off husband Richard Burton, and the small screen movie impressed the U.K.'s critics after its premiere on Monday night (22Jul13).
The feature, which focuses on the stars in 1983 as they appeared on stage together in Noel Coward's Private Lives, was given full marks of five stars by The Times' critic Alex Hardy, who branded the drama "perfect" and added of Carter's performance as Taylor, "(She) conducted the world around her in a sing-song voice that moved octaves within one phrase, the fragile sliding into the manipulative".
Chris Hardy of The Daily Telegraph was full of praise for Carter, insisting she "went for broke" with her portrayal of Taylor and "got away with it" while he conceded West "seemed to be having some trouble" with Burton's Welsh accent.
The Guardian's Sam Wollaston writes, "Bonham Carter and West are excellent. There's a crackle between them... They become two people who clearly are and always will be in love, but can never be together, for reasons of health and safety. It is another very good double act", and Geoffrey McNab of The Independent concludes the drama is "affecting and well observed".
A U.S. TV movie about the couple, Liz & Dick starring Lindsay Lohan as the late actress, was mauled by critics following its broadcast in 2012, with one writer comparing the movie to a "high school play".
Director Tim Burton was so sick of his partner Helena Bonham Carter staying in character as Dame Elizabeth Taylor at home, he adopted the voice of Richard Burton as revenge. The Harry Potter star plays the Hollywood legend in a new British TV movie, Burton and Taylor, featuring Dominic West as her famously fiery husband.
Bonham Carter became so engrossed with her portrayal of the Cleopatra star, she struggled to let go after leaving the set - much to the chagrin of her own Burton at home.
She says, "(Taylor) stuck, she's very contagious, she's like a disease. (So) I'd be sounding like this drawl all the time and squeaky. But then Tim Burton, the other Burton that I live with, he worked out his revenge was to become Richard Burton himself.
"So there were two Richard Burtons, it was very confusing. And then I'd get this strange Richard Burton at home, who didn't say very much. He'd say a word every minute - it was very funny."
Burton and Taylor will air in the U.K. on Monday (22Jul13) and in the U.S. in the autumn.
Kooky actress Helena Bonham Carter consulted an astrologer before playing late Hollywood icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor. The Harry Potter star steps into the Oscar winner's shoes in new British TV movie Burton & Taylor, opposite The Wire's Dominic West as the star's on/off husband Richard Burton.
Carter admits she turned to a stargazing pal for some spiritual tips on how to portray Taylor.
Carter tells British newspaper The Guardian, "I went to an astrologer... I've got a really good friend called Darby Costello. If I can't make a decision, I go to Darby and... she won't tell me what to do, but she can distil characters.
"She knew Elizabeth. She'd not actually met her, but she'd distilled her. She said that Elizabeth was a big Pisces, and was often attracted to people who were broken - she needed to heal them. This was her take on Burton: when she got down, she always had the capacity to get up, whereas he was laden with guilt, and obsessed with death... I said to Darby, 'Can you just see if we would have got on?' And the first thing she said about me and her was that she would have felt very safe with me."
Carter also took samples of both Taylor and Burton's handwriting to an aunt who specialises in graphology, adding, "My aunt said he was more of an academic than an actor. He should have been an academic."
Helena Bonham Carter is getting back into fantasy again, this time as Cinderella's fairy godmother in the live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Bonham Carter has played her fair share of fantasy characters, from Harry Potter's Bellatrix Lestrange to the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, so it's safe to say she knows what she's doing. She's also knocks pretty much everything she does out of the park; Cinderella should be no different.
The film will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and will star Downton Abbey's Lily James as Cinderella, Cate Blanchett as her evil stepmother, and Game of Thrones' Richard Madden as Prince Charming. Thank the old gods and the new that Madden will make his way back into our hearts after being so gut-wrenchingly torn from our small screens.
We haven't seen Bonham Carter since she played the horrible and hilarious Madame Thénardier in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, but don't think that means she hasn't been busy. At the start of next month, she'll be seen alongside Johnny Depp in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger.
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