Kevin Smith has imploded. It’s January 2011, he’s just premiered new movie Red State at Sundance, and after luring a theatre full of potential buyers through the door with the promise of a post-screening auction, he’s just announced he’s selling the flick to himself. He’ll take it out on the road and sit people down in front of it – fuck multi-million-dollar marketing budgets, he declares – and if you miss the tour you can catch it in cinemas once he’s done. The fans in the room are loving it, but has he committed career suicide? Has he lost it?
Danish director Lone Scherfig may not be the most obvious choice to adapt David Nicholls’s very-British and very successful novel One Day for the screen. But the helmer – who made the critically-acclaimed films Italian for Beginners and Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself – already had Brit hit An Education in the bag, a film that nabbed a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. She sits down with Fotogramas to discuss her approach.
In 2011, that marketplace would have been augmented by an army of computer-generated riff-raff. Or, more likely, the project’s producers would have wondered if Caesar could arrive in the city when it wasn’t market day. In 1963 every one of those citizens were extras, and every costume, stall and prop was created for that scene […]
Andy Serkis came close to turning down the defining role of his career. When his agents offered him three weeks of voiceover work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he was disappointed. “There must be a dozen good roles,” he thought. “Can’t they get me up for a decent part?” Still, the lure of […]
There’s not much about Helen Mirren that could be described as regal, despite her Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, and her title; she’s a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. As she enters the room to talk to Fotogramas, looking ever fashionable in a flowing summer dress, swearing about the weather and sporting a tattoo on her left thumb, she – rightly – has more in common with the carefree actress of her youth than the staid monarch of her work. But as we discuss her new film, The Debt, it’s clear she’s as passionate about her craft as she ever was
You might have vaguely recognised the man on the other side of a soundstage at Pinewood Studios last Christmas. Dressed in an impeccably tailored three-piece suit and standing at a police sergeant’s desk as he pieces an eerie puzzle together in his mind, you might have remembered Daniel Radcliffe as the boy who grew up in eight of the biggest and most bombastic blockbusters of all time.
First Movie I Ever Saw
The one I remember is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but I probably saw something even before that. I remember it being particularly dark for a kid. And there was Fantasia – parts of that were quite terrifying too – which I might have seen even earlier. I don’t remember my first impression of cinema being terrifying, but I do remember those two films.
It’s coming to the end of a long day at Pinewood Studios. As one of the few magazines in the world granted access to the secretive set of X-Men: First Class, Fotogramas has spent the last nine hours absorbing every facet of the production of this summer’s most anticipated prequel. So forgive us if we […]
Tuscan-born filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher makes her feature debut with Corpo Celeste. The heart-warming tale of 13-year-old Marta, returning to her southern Italian hometown after growing up in Switzerland, Corpo Celeste is a modern coming-of-age story set in the fractured communities of contemporary Italy. As Marta struggles with the challenges of growing up, she comes to question the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the role of faith in her young life. Premiering at the 2011 Quinzaine des Realisateurs in Cannes, Corpo Celeste marks the emergence of an exciting new Italian director in Alice Rohrwacher.
We get another slice of the pie with Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It’s not the longest book – why was it split? We could never have adapted it into one film. If you come to me with a satisfactory adaptation of the seventh book into one film, then we can have this debate! All the […]