Casting directors probably have one of the most important jobs in Hollywood. When it comes to getting somebody right for a role, all sorts of things have to be taken into consideration, like if they have the right look, or if they’re a cokehead who might just not turn up on set or whether or not they’re Jennifer Lawrence (so hot right now). Sometimes, casting directors take a chance and get it spot on – Heath Ledger as The Joker, anyone? Other times, they not only get it wrong. They get it really, really, weird.
Colours are just wonderful. Think about how many wonderful colours there are in this world, like magenta and brown. Also wonderful: films! Woody Allen’s latest film Blue Jasmine is out today, which has us very excited because it is a film with a colour in the title. If you don’t see where this is going you don’t know us very well at all.
The One Direction film – otherwise known as One Direction: This Is Us – is officially out in cinemas! Directed by Morgan ‘Supersize Me’ Spurlock and charting the boys’ meteoric rise to fame from their humble beginnings as mere children, the film looks set to break box office records and the hearts of perma-sobbing tweens everywhere.
Screw you, Spidey, she’s going full indie.
In 2009, a zombie film by the unassuming name of Colin premiered at Cannes Film Festival. Made by young filmmaker Marc Price for the bafflingly low sum of £45, Colin proved to be a surprise hit, attracting the attention of Mark Kermode, The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw and – most impressive of all – Martin Scorsese, who described the film as taking the “zombie idea to another level”. Where next, then, for the man who started so conspicuously well? Price’s answer was to tackle an emotional drama, and the result is his second feature Magpie. We met up to discuss his newest film, his biggest inspirations and what’s next.
“You’re not Bosnian, you’re that guy from the massage parlour!”
Julia, have a word.
This should be Hillarious.
Neil Jordan’s newest offering is a blood-soaked, barmy tour de force, anchored firmly by its two leads, Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. There are definite strains of Jordan’s previous foray into the genre present here, but where Interview with A Vampire was all about male power play, Byzantium is concerned with the struggle of women in a world where men will constantly seek to drag them down. Beautifully filmed, and bolstered by its generally strong cast and a couple of suitably flamboyant touches, Byzantium is – despite belonging to a seriously over saturated genre – a vampire film that you can actually sink your teeth into.