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Beyond Fest 2017: Paul Williams on the Legacy of Phantom Of The Paradise and How it Led to Him Working on a New Pan’S Labyrinth Musical

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One of the biggest highlights for this writer came last weekend when I had the chance to attend the special screening of Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise during Beyond Fest 2017, where composer and co-star Paul Williams was in attendance for a lively Q&A that followed the film.

Williams, the man behind so many brilliant songs including “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie or “We’ve Only Just Begun” from The Carpenters, as well as numerous scores including Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Bugsy Malone, and, of course, Phantom of the Paradise, Williams is one of the most unique talents in Hollywood, with his presence being felt in both his songs and his on-screen performances as well.

Even though he’s been working for more than five decades, Williams shows no signs of slowing down any time soon (he collaborated with Daft Punk in 2013, and
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Win tickets to Pinewood Outdoor Screening and book

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Pinewood Cinema has announced that it will host an exclusive outdoor screening of Damien Chazelle’s multi Academy Award-winning “La La Land” under the stars in the magnificent and iconic gardens of Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire on Friday 8th September at 20.00 (gates open 19.00). To celebrate the event we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the event, along with a copy of the new Pinewood 80th anniversary coffee table book.

This special screening offers an exclusive opportunity to spend an evening in the historical gardens where a host of major feature films and television dramas were shot including, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Bugsy Malone, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Cinderella and more recently, Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt.

La La Land” is a bewitching romance paying tribute to the Hollywood musical. Set in present day Los Angeles,
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Paul Williams on His ‘Baby Driver’ Cameo, Being Ascap President and Having a Song Covered by Elvis

Paul Williams on His ‘Baby Driver’ Cameo, Being Ascap President and Having a Song Covered by Elvis
Over the course of a unique career that stretches back to the 1960s, Paul Williams has been and is a songwriter, singer, actor, a recovering alcoholic and recovery advocate, and not least the president/chairman of Ascap, a role he’s held since 2009 and for which he was recently elected to a fifth term.

He’s also enjoyed, as he puts it, a truly remarkable “third act” in his career, which includes winning a Grammy in 2014 for his work on Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and, most recently, a brief and memorable cameo as a corrupt cop/illegal arms dealer (Spoiler Alert: who is quickly shot by Jamie Foxx’s character) in “Baby Driver.” The role is startling to anyone who knows him and doesn’t know it’s coming, not only because the diminutive Williams is apparently portraying the most well-dressed, erudite and loquacious corrupt cop/illegal arms dealer in history, but
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Cannes adds restored 'Bugsy Malone', 'Saturday Night Fever'

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Cannes adds restored 'Bugsy Malone', 'Saturday Night Fever'
Exclusive: Cannes Classics additions also include Michael Bay’s Bad Boys.

Cannes Classics is understood to have added three movies to its lineup in the shape of Bugsy Malone, Saturday Night Fever and Bad Boys.

Director Alan Parker has been closely involved in the restoration of his 1976 classic Bugsy Malone, which is due to get a Cinéma de la Plage (beach screening) on Friday May 19th.

The director’s cut of John Travolta dance drama Saturday Night Fever, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a Us re-release, is slated for a Cinéma de la Plage on Saturday 20th May.

The cut will include three scenes not in the original release.

Michael Bay’s 1995 action-comedy Bad Boys will also get a beach screening on Monday 22 May. The film’s star Will Smith is on the festival jury this year.

The trio are among the Classics lineup restored by distributor Park Circus, which has also
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Revisiting Alan Parker's Angel Heart

Brogan Morris Oct 13, 2017

Has Mickey Rourke ever had as good a role as he got in Angel Heart? We take a look back...

Once considered a successor to Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke unlike those other mumbling screen titans made few stone-cold classics in his prime. In fact, prior to his late-career ‘comeback’ with The Wrestler in 2009, hardly any of this once-vaunted actor’s pictures felt like true all-timers. Where Brando had A Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront, and De Niro had Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, Rourke had Rumble Fish, a teen angst curiosity from Francis Ford Coppola; he had The Pope Of Greenwich Village, an overblown rehash of De Niro’s own Mean Streets, and erotic thriller 9 1/2 weeks, which now looks like a dated precursor to Fifty Shades of Grey. Even Diner – Rourke’s celebrated 1982 breakout – today feels slight and forgettable.

Angel Heart,
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Fist Fight review

2017 should hopefully have some terrific comedies. Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day, is not one of them.

At one point during Fist Fight, the new comedy starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day, I could only think of Step Brothers, an inverted Bugsy Malone that casts adults as childish characters and stands up as Adam McKay's masterpiece. Although there's plenty of comic mileage in adults acting like kids, Fist Fight is sadly not a patch on those farcical heights.

The film takes place at Roosevelt High School, an inner city school where budget cuts have left the entire faculty fearing for their jobs, and also fearing the students' designated Senior Pranks Day on the last day of term. As English teacher Mr. Campbell (Day) observes, the pranks don't really seem like pranks - mostly, they involve criminal damage and horse-kidnapping.

History teacher Mr. Strickland (Cube) is having none
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‘Film-making lost its lustre’: how Alan Parker found solace in art

Two years ago the acclaimed director of Bugsy Malone swapped his camera for canvas

From Bugsy Malone to Mississippi Burning to The Commitments, Sir Alan Parker has a hugely impressive back catalogue of cinema successes. But almost two years ago, at the age of 70, he decided to call time on a career that touched the heights.

He had written “a contemporary anarchic piece – a sort of Glaswegian Commitments,” he says, “only with darker humour. A friend of mine said he’d finance the whole thing. When it came to the nitty gritty, however … I had a bust-up with him over releasing a piddling amount of money for the art department to do a location recce. It was the final straw for me.

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Alan Parker: 'Bugsy Malone' financier Rank was a "disgrace"

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Alan Parker: 'Bugsy Malone' financier Rank was a
Bugsy Malone and Evita director discussed his career during a Brussels European Film Forum masterclass.

Acclaimed UK director Alan Parker discussed his career during a masterclass at the European Film Forum in Brussels last Friday [Dec 2].

Parker was in typically lively form as he looked back over a career that saw him direct 14 features, many of which were box office hits. The veteran filmmaker confirmed that he is now fully retired, with no intention to direct any further films.

“It is really the most difficult thing in the world to get a film financed and it is a very debilitating thing to do it,” Parker said. “One of the reasons I stopped making films was because of that. I used to love the camaraderie of the film set, I used to love writing films but trying to get the money…”

Parker likened himself to the man near his home who sits by the cash machine begging. “He always
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Alan Parker: 'Bugsy Malone' financier Rank were a "disgrace"

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Alan Parker: 'Bugsy Malone' financier Rank were a
Bugsy Malone and Evita director discussed his career during a Brussels European Film Forum masterclass.

Acclaimed UK director Alan Parker discussed his career during a masterclass at the European Film Forum in Brussels last Friday [Dec 2].

Parker was in typically belligerent form as he looked back over a career that saw him direct 14 features, many of which were box office hits. The veteran filmmaker confirmed that he is now fully retired, with no intention to direct any further films.

“It is really the most difficult thing in the world to get a film financed and it is a very debilitating thing to do it,” Parker said. “One of the reasons I stopped making films was because of that. I used to love the camaraderie of the film set, I used to love writing films but trying to get the money…”

Parker likened himself to the man near his home who sits by the cash machine begging. “He always
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Alan Parker on the Curse of Video Village, Working With DPs, Actors

Alan Parker on the Curse of Video Village, Working With DPs, Actors
Bydgoszcz, Poland — Alan Parker’s remarkable record of critical and audience successes — an unlikely feat considering he’s made just 14 films since 1976’s “Bugsy Malone” — also display a surprising range of style and genres from musicals, including “Fame” and “Evita” to actor vehicles “Birdy” and “Angel Heart,” and fact-based political stories such as “Mississippi Burning.” He chairs the main competition jury at the Camerimage film festival this year, considering work from 15 countries that incorporates standout cinematography.

Your career-long partnership with Dp Michael Seresin has resulted in striking visuals in all your films. How did your process work together in creating so many different looks and moods?

Ironically, the time we won the Academy Award, for “Mississippi Burning” it was Peter Biziou, it wasn’t Michael Seresin. But Michael has done most of them. And prior to doing film he probably did a hundred commercials with me too.

So you had
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Children Of The Corn

Rebecca Lea Oct 17, 2016

Our traipse through the movie adaptations of Stephen King's work arrives at Children Of The Corn...

The film: When Isaac (John Franklin) returns with a group of other children from playing in the cornfields around the town of Gatlin, Nebraska, he leads a revolt that sees the adults slaughtered fast and mercilessly. The only two children who didn’t play in the corn that day, Job (Robby Kiger) and his sister Sarah (Anne Marie McEvoy) remain unhomicidal. Three years later, Vicky (Linda Hamilton) and boyfriend Burt (Peter Horton) are driving near Gatlin when a little boy stumbles in front of their car. He’s had his throat slit and in their quest to get help, the pair find themselves in the midst of Isaac’s not-so-merry band.

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Review: "The Commitments" (1991) Starring Andrew Strong, Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angelina Ball and Bronagh Gallagher; Blu-ray & Region 2 UK DVD Release From Rlj Entertainment Ltd

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By Dawn Dabell

Can it really be 25 years since the release of The Commitments? An acclaimed hit with audiences and critics alike when first seen, it quickly grew in stature into something of a modern classic and has remained perennially popular ever since. It has also inspired touring bands, a major stage production and a few million sub-standard karaoke renditions of the iconic Mustang Sally (and other ditties) in pubs up and down the land.

Unemployed Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) dreams of being a band manager, and places an ad in the local paper – “Have you got soul? If so the world’s hardest working band is looking for you.” Various losers, opportunists and drop-outs turn up at his door to audition, but bit by bit he manages to put together an inexperienced band comprising ten members: men, women, backing singers, guitarists, saxophonists, a drummer and an unlikely lead vocalist
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Jodie Foster to Receive Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award

Jodie Foster to Receive Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award
Jodie Foster will be this year’s recipient of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the October ceremony, it was announced on Monday.

“It seems fitting that in this 40th Anniversary year of both ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Bugsy Malone,’ we are honoring Jodie’s remarkable trail-blazing career at the Britannia Awards,” said Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA Los Angeles, in a statement. “It takes a rare and special talent to launch an international career with two amazingly different performances, and Jodie’s choices as an actor and director have continued to earn a deserved reputation as one of the most versatile professionals of our time.”

Foster’s 50-year career started at age three as “The Coppertone Girl” in the television commercial, but it was her role as Iris “Easy” Steensma in “Taxi Driver” (1976) that gained her world-wide recognition. Her most prominent roles in film have landed
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All the Mostly D-List Stars and Hollywood Execs at Donald Trump’s Rnc Coronation (Photos)

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All the Mostly D-List Stars and Hollywood Execs at Donald Trump’s Rnc Coronation (Photos)
Antonio Sabato, Jr., Actor Daytime television viewers know actor Antonio Sabato Jr. for his roles on General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful. Kimberlin Brown, Actor An actress best known for her roles in the television dramas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, Kimberlin Brown is also a California avocado farmer, host of The Design Network’s interior designer show Dramatic Design, and a small business owner. Scott Baio, Actor and Television Producer Scott Baio is an actor and television producer. He landed his first starring role in the 1976 movie Bugsy Malone and is
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Gaspar Noé’s 5 Lessons On Using Music in Film (And Why Judy Garland is the Greatest)

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Gaspar Noé’s 5 Lessons On Using Music in Film (And Why Judy Garland is the Greatest)
Gaspar Noé’s mass, passionate following doesn’t exist by accident. The filmmaker’s four features, from last year’s “Love” to perhaps his most popular film “Enter the Void,” have stunned with their visual beauty and their unique style of filmmaking. Where many filmmakers’ attentions may center on those two elements, Noé also places focus on another tool for immersing the audience: music.

Read More: Why Gaspar Noé Directed on Cocaine, Masturbated in His Own Film and Shot a Live Birth

In a collaboration between Cinefamily and Red Bull Music Academy, composer Brian Reitzell sat down with Gaspar Noé for a conversation about not only the music in his films, but also his opinion on some of the great music moments and talents of all time. From his tendency to license songs instead of hiring a composer to the massive inspiration of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Noé touched on
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Tune Into the 40th Annual Olivier Awards!

London theater is gearing up for its biggest celebration of the year! This Sunday, April 3 at 10 p.m. BST, the 40th annual Laurence Olivier Awards will be held at Covent Garden’s iconic Royal Opera House, hosted by two-time Olivier winner Michael Ball. For the first time ever, you can watch the ceremony be broadcasted live on the awards’ YouTube channel. Among the acting nominees for the 2015–16 London theater scene are such stage vets as Kenneth Branagh, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Preeya Kalidas, Nicole Kidman, Adrian Lester, and Mark Rylance. Also nominated are Lara Pulver, Dan Burton, Peter Davison, and Imelda Staunton, stars of this year’s most nominated production, the Jonathan Kent–directed revival of “Gypsy” at the Savoy Theatre. For a full list of Olivier nominees, visit olivierawards.com. Staunton will open the ceremony with a number from the musical; the casts of the other nominees for best musical revival,
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Dexter Fletcher: ‘Alan Rickman gave so much to me. He was a real friend’

A former child star, the Eddie The Eagle director was struggling – until a chance meeting changed everything. Here he explains why he loves a happy ending

It is almost unfathomable that Dexter Fletcher is 50. He’s always passed for younger. Bugsy Malone, his first film role at nine years old, had him playing a character called Baby Face, and the rest followed suit. In student journalist TV show Press Gang, he played a 17-year-old until he was 27; even in 2001’s Band Of Brothers, he was 35 playing 22. And today, sitting across from me in a Soho bar, he certainly doesn’t look his age, despite the curls of grey hair exploding from his head. “I’ve just had it styled, believe it or not,” he quips. He exudes the same boyish enthusiasm of his earlier film roles, but Fletcher has seen some dark times, too. Today he’s an unwaveringly optimistic
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Clive Winter obituary

My father, Clive Winter, who has died aged 84, was a multiple Bafta award-winning sound mixer and engineer whose work included Chariots of Fire (1981), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) and The Godfather Part III (1990).

For more than three decades he worked in Britain and all over the world on many significant films. He collected Baftas for Best Sound for his work on Alan Parker’s musical Bugsy Malone (1976), for Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) and for The Killing Fields (1984). He also received four further Bafta nominations for Chariots of Fire, The Mission (1986), Good Morning, Vietnam and The Commitments (1991).

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Carol Morley interview: ‘Bugsy Malone reminds me of my dad’

The director of The Falling recalls a precious cinema-going memory

My most precious cinema-going memory was the only time I went to the pictures with my dad. I was 10 years old and we went to see Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone and, even though he was very strict, my dad gave me permission to lie down on the floor in the aisle. He killed himself a few months later and I’ve wondered in recent times what was going through his mind as he heard the lyrics of the featured song You Give A Little Love: “We could’ve been anything that we wanted to be.”

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The Apprentice 2015: episode three – as it happened

Ooh la la, the candidates were let loose in France. What’s French for ‘giving it 110%’?

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There is no way in the world that a jury would have let Vana go free today. Elle says she has learned that there is nowhere to hide in the boardroom and they must all stand by their mistakes. Surely there won’t be enough room in the boardroom for the contestants And all of their mistakes?

Next week, the gits attend a pet show and make a small boy cry. We can’t miss that can we?

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He is 100% allowing Vana to stay because she’s shaping up to be one of the worst people of all time. The Apprentice needs her sort.

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Hang on, will he fire another one? Elle is given a free pass...

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Elle’s boat was too pricy, Jenny bought nothing
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