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New to Streaming: ‘Arrival,’ ‘A Separation,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘The Love Witch,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino)

Despite a loose script that justifies little, Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up feature to his glorious melodrama I Am Love is a sweaty, kinetic, dangerously unpredictable ride of a film. One is frustrated by the final stroke of genius that never came, but boy was it fun to spend two hours inside such a whirlwind of desires, mind games, delirious sights and sounds.
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Daily | Issues | [in]Transition, Cineaste and More

The first day of June sees a slew of new film journal issues. A roundup of links to essays on Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, Pedro Costa's Horse Money, Lucrecia Martel's La Ciénega, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die, Derek Jarman's War Requiem and more than a few pieces on films by Robert Altman. Plus poems for Montgomery Clift and Claire Danes and considerations of the work of Kevin Jerome Everson, Joan Jonas and Jean Negulesco. » - David Hudson
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Nigel Terry, ‘Excalibur’ Star, Dies At 69

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Nigel Terry, who played King Arthur in Excalibur, died last Thursday of emphysema. He was 69. Nigel Terry Dies In 1981’s Excalibur, Terry played King Arthur opposite Helen Mirren‘s Morgana Le Fe. Though he is best known for that part, Terry had a number of other notable film roles, including the Lion in Winter, Caravaggio, War Requiem, Edward […]

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Excalibur's King Arthur actor Nigel Terry dies at the age of 69

Excalibur's King Arthur actor Nigel Terry dies at the age of 69
Actor Nigel Terry has passed away at the age of 69.

Famed for playing King Arthur in John Boorman's Excalibur in 1981, opposite Helen Mirren, Terry passed away from emphysema on April 30.

He made his big-screen debut in 1968's The Lion in Winter alongside Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins.

The actor took lead roles in Caravaggio (1986) and War Requiem (1989) and a number of others, but most of his work was on the stage.

He worked extensively at the Royal Court in the '70s in productions such as Edward Bond's The Fool and Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, and for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Julius Caesar.

Terry continued his stage work throughout the '80s under the direction of the likes of Danny Boyle and Max Stafford-Clark.

His last film was 2004's epic Troy starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom,
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Nigel Terry, Who Starred in ‘Excalibur’ as King Arthur, Dies at 69

Nigel Terry, Who Starred in ‘Excalibur’ as King Arthur, Dies at 69
Actor Nigel Terry, best known for his performance as King Arthur in John Boorman’s 1981 film “Excalibur,” has died of emphysema, according to the Guardian. He was 69.

Terry’s first major appearance came in 1968 in Anthony Harvey’s “Lion in Winter,” where he played Prince John alongside Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. The British actor went years without another big film role until “Excalibur” came along, which also starred Helen Mirren as Morgana and Nicol Williamson as Merlin.

Terry played the titular Italian painter in the 1986 “Caravaggio,” directed by Derek Jarman. He and Jarman worked together on four more films: “The Last of England” (1988), “War Requiem” (1989), “Edward II” (1991) and “Blue” (1993).

He was born in Bristol and studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. He worked extensively in theater, including productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company (including leads in “The Duchess of Malfi” and the title role in “Pericles,
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The Sean Bean Death Quiz: How well do you know his fatalities?

The Sean Bean Death Quiz: How well do you know his fatalities?
Walking spoiler Sean Bean has bitten the dust in film and television more than any other actor. But how well do you know his big-screen demises?

With Bean starring in this week's Jupiter Ascending, the film is naturally going to be loaded with tension over whether he makes it to the end credits in one piece. With that in mind, we've assembled a Sean Bean Death Quiz to test your knowledge on the many downfalls of Sheffield's favourite son.

1. Which on-screen death has Sean previously claimed is his favourite?

A) Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Correct! "It was a good, slow, heroic death," Bean told Digital Spy in a 2012 interview. Watch the entire 'Death Reel' chat below:

B) Ned Stark in Game of Thrones

Wrong!

C) Danny Bryant in Outlaw

Wrong!

2. What were the final words of Sean's Bond villain Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye?
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Tilda Swinton Facts: 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Star

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Tilda Swinton is known for her unique appearance and eccentric roles, but that only scratches the surface of this international star.

Swinton began her career in creative, arthouse flicks before slowly transitioning to more mainstream roles, though don't pigeon-hole her as merely an actress; she's inspired designers and appeared in performance art around the globe. This summer, she's back on the big screen (and nearly unrecognizable) in the critically acclaimed "Snowpiercer."

From her incredible family ancestry to her connection to David Bowie, here are 25 things you probably don't know about Tilda Swinton.

1. Tilda Swinton was born Katherine Matilda Swinton on November 5, 1960 in London, England to Sir John Swinton and Judith Balfour.

2. Her paternal ancestry is Anglo-Scot and can be traced back a thousand years, to the Middle Ages. A Thousand Years. I can't even process that...

3. Clan Swinton is of Saxon origin and descended from the nobles of the kingdom of Northumberland,
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Steve's Favorite New Classical Albums of 2013

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As always, there are biases at play here; my greatest interests are symphonic music, choral music, and piano music, so that's what comes my way most often. There are some paired reviews; the ranking of the second of each pair might not be the true, exact ranking, but it works better from a writing standpoint this way.

1. Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a; 3 Hungarian Dances; 9 Liebeslieder Waltzes; Intermezzi, Op. 116 No. 4 & Op. 117 No. 1 Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly (Decca)

It is not easy, at this point in recording history, to match the giants of the baton in a Brahms cycle, but Chailly has done it (this is my fiftieth Brahms cycle, and I have more than another fifty Brahms Firsts, and upwards of thirty each of the other symphonies outside those cycles, so I've got some basis for comparison
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This week's new film events

SciScreen All-Nighter | Britten centenary | More London free festival | Dark Side Of San Francisco

SciScreen All-Nighter, Newcastle upon Tyne

If you're the sort of cinemagoer who enjoys attending all-night film shows but has a nagging suspicion that your time could be better spent doing something useful – assisting scientific research, say – then help is at hand. As part of the British Science festival 2013, the Tyneside Cinema is hosting a high-calibre all-nighter during which attendees will be assessed between films to see how their bodies are responding to sleeplessness. Doctors from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University will conduct experiments in the Tyneside bar, while sleep expert Dr Kirstie Anderson will offer tips for the night ahead. You don't have to stay for the full 12 hours, but with movies including The Man With Two Brains, Christopher Nolan's back-to-front mind mess Memento and cult smash Re-Animator, why wouldn't you?

Tyneside Cinema, Sat

Britten centenary,
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Derek Jarman's sketchbooks

With their snippets of poetry, drawings, film storyboards, thoughts, plans and photographs, Derek Jarman's sketchbooks offer a rare insight into an artist's mind at work. Sean O'Hagan takes a look

See our gallery of images from Derek Jarman's sketchbooks here

There are so many different Derek Jarmans that it feels strange to focus on just one aspect of the man," writes pop culture historian Jon Savage in one of the many essays-cum- recollections threaded though the beautifully produced Derek Jarman's Sketchbooks. And yet the ideas mapped out in the 31 private sketchbooks the controversial filmmaker, artist and gay activist produced throughout his working life are like blueprints for his many and varied projects, and show off a restless creative temperament that roamed far and wide for its inspiration.

Jarman, who died aged 52 in 1994, was one of the last of the great underground filmmakers, merging myth, queer politics and
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Director and Actress Duos: The Best, Overlooked, and Underrated

Riffing on Terek Puckett’s terrific list of director/actor collaborations, I wanted to look at some of those equally impressive leading ladies who served as muses for their directors. I strived to look for collaborations that may not have been as obviously canonical, but whose effects on cinema were no less compelling. Categorizing a film’s lead is potentially tricky, but one of the criteria I always use is Anthony Hopkins’s performance in Silence of the Lambs, a film in which he is considered a lead but appears only briefly; his character is an integral part of the story.

The criteria for this article is as follows: The director & actor team must have worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in a minimum of 2 must-see films.

One of the primary trends for the frequency of collaboration is the
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Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict – review

Although it feels a little homemade at times, this film switches effectively between dramatisation, documentary and contemporary performances of the composer's works

This drama-documentary, coinciding with Britten's centenary year, is unlikely to bring the composer to new audiences, but music lovers will find it illuminating and evocative, though in all honesty, it has BBC4 written all over it. It views the composer's life and work through the prism of his commitment to pacifism, from his liberal, progressive education to towering works such as the War Requiem, via flirtations with communism and a fateful visit to Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Director Tony Britten (no relation), a former composer, is clearly more intimate with the music than the finer points of film-making. It feels a little homemade at times, though the action switches effectively between dramatisation (newcomer Alex Lawther is very good as the fey, plummy young Britten), well-researched documentary (narrated
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Film Review: 'Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict'

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★★★☆☆ It's entirely appropriate that Tony Britten, an established and well-versed composer himself, delivers this spirited biopic about the life of Benjamin Britten (no relation). His idle feature film record is in plain view however, as the structure and format of Peace and Conflict (2013), his second feature, spoil the journey. He's adopted the quasi-documentary, splitting his film in two: one half, a fictionalised account with Alex Lawther turning in an engrossing performance as a young Britten during his Gresham's School days, the other a documentary with interviews, recitals and a distracting piece of narration by John Hurt.

The decision to intercut the narrative with voiceovers and archival photographs is occasionally enlightening but mostly lethargic. Sometimes the contrast between reality and fiction works well in biopics in order to unpick the material, but the narrative clout in Peace and Conflict is completely diluted by its documentary parentheses. It's possibly a matter of personal taste,
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Galina Vishnevskaya obituary

Striking Russian opera singer and wife of Mstislav Rostropovich, she was made an 'unperson' during the Soviet era

The soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, who has died aged 86, coloured her performances of opera, and especially of Russian song, so beautifully that full comprehension was not essential for enjoyment. Of course, once you did understand the words, you realised how much meaning she brought to them.

Possessed of a striking physical presence with lustrous dark hair, she was such a natural actor that she became the star of her generation at the Bolshoi opera company in Moscow, forging artistic relationships with the stage director Boris Pokrovsky and the conductor Alexander Melik-Pashaev. And – appropriately for a performer who sang with all the skill of an instrumentalist – for more than half a century she was married to Mstislav Rostropovich, not just a great cellist, but also a considerable conductor and pianist.

Their marriage – her third
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The Space: click here for culture

For the past four months, online platform The Space has hosted the best events in Britain. As it is granted a longer life, Maggie Brown asks: is this the future of arts broadcasting?

When The Space launched, somewhat gingerly, in May this year, it was intended as a six-month pilot. Over the summer, Arts Council England's free digital platform, run with the BBC, has carried film and other content tied to events around the UK – providing a record of the Cultural Olympiad for people unable to attend. The Lottery provided £3.7m. In June, the then culture secretary Jeremy Hunt praised the site, urging arts organisations to follow its lead, and floating the idea of "a permanent digital channel with live broadcasts every night". Now Hunt's wish has been granted: this week, the arts council announces that The Space, due to close at the end of the month, has been granted an extension.
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Talks to establish first state-subsidised arts TV channel begin

Arts Council England confirms discussions with BBC hours after culture secretary floated idea

Talks are underway to provide the first permanent state-subsidised arts TV channel with funders already hoping that an experiment involving the BBC this summer will pave the way for a more lasting arrangement, the Guardian has been told.

Arts Council England, the body which distributes public money from the government and National Lottery to arts organisations, revealed it was in discussions with the corporation just hours after the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, had floated the idea of just such a channel and making state grants to arts, cultural and heritage organisations conditional on them supplying content.

The minister had suggested developing an online presence for live performances "to ensure we reach the largest possible audiences completely free of charge" . In a speech to arts groups in London on Monday, Hunt had urged them to build on the experience of The Space,
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Four Music Greats Pass

This was a particularly sad week for the musical world. We lost four greats: Chuck Brown, the godfather of Go-Go; country-rock pioneer Doug Dillard; supreme disco diva Donna Summer; and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who did more to promote art song than anyone else in the recording era.

Chuck Brown was the most innovative of them, and the funkiest. Born in 1936, he paid his dues as a guitarist in various R&B bands in the '60s. His funk band The Soul Searchers made two classic albums for Sussex, We the People (1972) and Salt of the Earth (1974). "Ashley's Roachclip" on the latter includes a drum break that became one of the sampled breaks in hip-hop; "Blow Your Whistle" from the same LP is also much-sampled.

It's debatable when Go-Go originated as a separate style; originally, it denoted merely party music or a dance club. But in live performance, in Brown's home territory in and around Washington D.
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The Sean Bean Death Video Reel

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If you look at Hollywood actors that dies a lot in movies, Sean Bean must be up there with one of the highest death counts going! If you see a movie or TV series with him in, more than likely he’ll be dead before the credits begin to roll!

Our favourite video editing maestro, Harry Hanrahan (who’s previous work you can catch here) has been at it again and has compiled a rather gory collection of scenes in which we get to see Mr. Bean (not that one) die over and over again.

I’ve placed the list of movies in which you get to see here below courtesy of Pajiba who hosted the video in the first place.

Please note, this video is rather gory in places.

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00:07 – Don’t Say a Word (2001)

00:24 – Equilibrium (2002)

00:33 – Outlaw (2007)

00:39 – Airborne (1998)

00:43 – Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974
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Tilda Swinton: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Swinton was born in London, England. Her father, Major-General Sir John Swinton, Kcvo, OBE, Dl, who was Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire (1989–2000), is Scottish, and her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was Australian. The Swinton family is an ancient Anglo-Scots family that can trace its lineage to the High Middle Ages.

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Tilda Swinton - "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" New York City Premiere

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Tilda Swinton - "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" New York City Premiere

Swinton attended two independent schools, the West Heath Girls’ School (the same class as Diana, Princess of Wales), and also Fettes College for a brief period. In 1983, she graduated from New Hall (now known as Murray Edwards College) at Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. While at Cambridge she joined the Communist Party of Great Britain.[7] She
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Swinton Thanks Jarman For Career

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Swinton Thanks Jarman For Career
Tilda Swinton credits late British director Derek Jarman with helping her forge a successful acting career - because she would have quit film without his encouragement.

The pair became friends in 1985 at the casting call for his movie Caravaggio, and the Michael Clayton star is convinced the encounter changed her life.

She says, "If I hadn't met Derek, I wouldn't have carried on performing. I probably would have become a professional gambler.

"At the time, I was working the horses a bit. What he offered me was a home (in film). We didn't fit in. I knew I didn't want to be in a corset in Merchant Ivory Films."

Swinton and Jarman collaborated on a number of films together, including War Requiem and The Last of England, before his death in 1994.
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