LFF Review: Black Swan

LFF Review: Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky once again proves himself as one of the leading American independent film directors with his gloriously manic fifth feature, Black Swan. After its premiere at Venice in September, no other film arrived at this year's BFI London Film Festival with quite as much hype as Black Swan. Advanced word had already propelled...

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Teaser trailer for Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman

The poster and trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan have appeared online, successfully stirring up much intrigue for the director's latest haunting endeavour. The film stars Natalie Portman as Nina, an obsessive ballerina in a New York company's production of Swan Lake. She takes on the part of the White Swan, replacing former prima...

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Noah: The Movie Preview

Noah: The Movie Preview

The upcoming release of the cinematic re-telling of one of the Bible’s most epic narratives, has certainly been fraught with controversy before we even get to see the movie! With reports of the film’s release already being banned in several countries around the globe, as well as protests against it before its release, Noah has definitely...

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Dance Hall – Review

Dance Hall – Review

There are broadly two types of dance movies, some like Step Up show spectacular dance moves but the story is a bit weak, and with others such as Black Swan the dance is subsidiary to the story. Dance Hall doesn't wow us with particularly extravagant cavorting, concentrating on the strength of its story. Released in 1950 at the height of...

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Moonrise Kingdom – Review

Moonrise Kingdom – Review

We might have wised-up to Wes Anderson's own particular brand of on-screen whimsy, but there's more to be found within is latest offering, Moonrise Kingdom, which side-steps pretension to reveal a sweet and simple love story. Rarely is a director's most recent release compared quite so fervidly to his previous works as Wes Anderson's...

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Russell Crowe set to play Noah

Russell Crowe set to play Noah

The idea for a Noah film has been talked about in Hollywood for a good few years, but now it has been confirmed that Russell Crowe is taking on the role of the bearded, animal-herding carpenter in this Biblical epic. According to Empire, Crowe will be the one to lead the animals two-by-two (hurruh, hurrah) in Darren Aronofsky's Biblical...

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Frankenweenie trailer released

Frankenweenie trailer released

Tim Burton has brought his 1984 movie Frankenweenie back to life and we can now have a sneak peak in the recently released trailer. The kooky director has resurrected the original monochrome short and revamped it into a children's spooky stop-motion feature, which also has no colour. Frankenweenie, which features the voices of Winona...

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BAFTA: And the winners are…

BAFTA: And the winners are…

The most eagerly anticipated film event of the British calendar is over. Miss Piggy has interviewed the stars, Stephen Fry has guided us through the night with his scholarly presence, and now we can reveal the winners at the Orange British Academy Film Awards. The big winner: The Artist. The BAFTA winners are normally a good indication of...

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Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson for Noah film?

Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson for Noah film?

Speculation has been growing recently about Darren Aronofsky's retelling of Noah's Ark, and who will be the current likely takers for roles in the Biblical story that's to be entitled Noah. Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson are mooted as highly likely, and they have previously starred together in The Next Three Days, a 2010 film about a...

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Meanies Season comes to Sky Movies

Meanies Season comes to Sky Movies

Are you a fan of all things catty and sassy? If so, then get ready for a fantastic week when Sky Movies Drama & Romance show some 'meanie' classics over six consecutive nights. We've all seen them, laughed at their jokes or been disturbed by their sinister undercurrents. However you look at it, we love the idea of watching a film that...

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The Artist’s Jean Dujardin teams up with Vincent Cassel

The Artist’s Jean Dujardin teams up with Vincent Cassel

Following his Golden Globe success, French actor Jean Dujardin could be set to reunite with The Artist's producer, Thomas Langmann, to make a comedy alongside Vincent Cassel. The Artist, has been heavily nominated at this year's award ceremonies, with Dujardin's performance already earning him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a...

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Darren Aronofsky launches Noah’s Ark project

Darren Aronofsky launches Noah’s Ark project

Darren Aronofsky is planning his biggest project yet, a £79 million retelling of the story of Noah's Ark. The director, who is still on a high from his Oscar success with Black Swan, has apparently been eyeing up the project based on the biblical story for a number of years. But now it looks like it's going to happen as several studios are...

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Snubbed talents presumably miffed at last night’s Oscars?

Snubbed talents presumably miffed at last night’s Oscars?

If I was one of the many actors, directors and other film-industry talents who wasn't even considered for an Academy Award this year despite my film being all over the rest of the list, I'd be upset. But who are they? There's a lot of debate on the topic at present, so soon after the awards ceremony itself, even in The Guardian - in the Friday...

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The TFR 2011 Oscars Round-Table

The TFR 2011 Oscars Round-Table

This year's Oscars are, as always, hotly contested, so we find out what predictions our TFR staffers are making for this weekend's big reveal. Jon: Winter's Bone Possibly the least likely to win, but this movie has some special Ozark magic and myth. Besides if Mark Kermode reckons we should all go and see it, who are we to argue. El:...

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Trailer for Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.

Trailer for Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.

The trailer has been released for Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. That’s right, this ex-couple have teamed up to make a film – playing to their acting strengths with a quirky comedy. Diaz, who we last saw fighting crime in Seth Rogen’s The Green Hornet, plays a money-grabbing , marijuana-smoking,...

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Hesher trailer, starring Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Hesher trailer, starring Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The trailer has been released for Hesher, starring Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Hesher is a project which has been in development for over four years now and, despite still being without a UK release date, the trailer has finally been released! The film stars none other than Hollywood's current award-winning darling, ...

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The BAFTAs – who won what

The BAFTAs – who won what

Awards season is now really in full swing but we have to say it's all rather predictable isn't it? Last night the Bafta's took place at London's Royal Opera House and surprise surprise The King's Speech came out on top. The film scooped seven awards in total, including Leading Actor for Colin Firth, Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush...

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Firth and Portman take the gold at the SAG awards

Firth and Portman take the gold at the SAG awards

The 2011 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last night marked another step on the road to the Academy Awards - but shone their spotlight on the films we're used to seeing awards for by now - Black Swan, The King's Speech, et. al. For those of you who can't physically sit still until the 83rd Academy Awards get here (though here at TFR we're...

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Oscar and Razzie nominations announced

Oscar and Razzie nominations announced

With the award season finally upon us, our two favourite nomination lists have been released- the Oscars and the Razzies. We'll start with the Oscars, which lets be honest, have been hugely predictable. You guessed it, The King's Speech took away a fair few nominations, 12 in fact, including Best Picture and Best Actor. True Grit, which...

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Neds: a review

Neds: a review

When I heard that Neds was a serious contender against the likes of Black Swan, I wasn't convinced. I am now. Not in terms of worldwide recognition and awards, of course, where Black Swan looks set to clean up at most of this year's ceremonies. No, but more simply in terms of what people should be watching at the cinema this week, Neds...

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The Lowdown: Darren Aronofsky

The Lowdown: Darren Aronofsky

Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan. Darren Aronofsky has built a reputation as a cinematic genius, but how much do you know about the unique director? It's hard to explain what Darren Aronofsky brings to the films he takes to the big screen. For someone to have successfully translated the spirit of one of Hubert...

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Golden Globes 2011 winners

Golden Globes 2011 winners

One of the industry's  biggest award ceremonies - The Golden Globes - took place last night and Colin Firth and Natalie Portman went away with the top honours. Portman, who is both newly engaged and pregnant, was named best actress for her role in Black Swan. Firth received best actor for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's...

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The Best Films of 2010

The Best Films of 2010

As the year comes to a close, we look back at the year in films. There have been some amazing films (Black Swan) and then some really terrible ones (Skyline). One thing is for sure, it has been a great year for Brit actors such as Carey Mulligan and Colin Firth. We've picked our favourite films of 2010. Let us know what you think and tell us if...

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Golden Globe nominations: the full list

Golden Globe nominations: the full list

Awards season is nearly upon us and yesterday the 2011 Golden Globe nominations were announced. Actors Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes and Blair Underwood had the job of announcing who was up for what. The King's Speech, which has already won awards at BIFA, left as a clear front runner, along with The Social Network and Black Swan. Rather...

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Mila Kunis might reunite with Seth McFarlane for Ted

Mila Kunis might reunite with Seth McFarlane for Ted

Rumour has it that Mila Kunis may be reuniting with Seth McFarlane for his upcoming film, Ted. Kunis worked with McFarlane on the animated TV series Family Guy, which he created and provided the voice for the characters of Peter, Stewie and Brian Griffin, amongst others. Kunis provided the voice of the Griffin's daughter, Meg. However,...

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Natalie Portman writes raunchy comedy script, BYO

Natalie Portman writes raunchy comedy script, BYO

Natalie Portman has reportedly been shopping a raunchy comedy script she's co-written with a college friend to various Hollywood studios. She may have only recently finished attending premières for her upcoming psychological thriller, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, but it looks like Portman is heading back to more light-hearted films...

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Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are Friends with Benefits

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are Friends with Benefits

The trailer has been released for Will Gluck's latest film, Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. This film is a less-than-conventional love story of two friends who find they are far too busy to date, but agree to have a casual sexual relationship together. However, rather predictably, things get...

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Darren Aronofsky to possibly direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel

Darren Aronofsky to possibly direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel

No, we're not joking. We're as stunned as you are. The extremely talented director of many an insightful, emotionally shocking film is turning his eye to the angriest clawed mammal in existence. Aronofsky's got an incredible filmography. Not only did he direct Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, but also The Wrestler, the film that...

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A round-up of the Toronto International Film Festival

As the Toronto International Film Festival drew to a close yesterday, we give you a round up of the films that everyone has been left talking about. Of course, there were there were a few highly anticipated films, many of which we have already mentioned here on TFR. Danny Boyle's follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire received much attention,...

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Tweet the London Film Festival for Vue

Tweet the London Film Festival for Vue

We're very excited - the movies are coming to London big style with the start of the 54th London BFI London Film Festival kicking off on 13th October. If you're also looking forward to this explosion of all things cinema, you might want to become an official Tweeter for Vue Cinemas. Up for grabs are festival press passes, travel and hotel...

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BFI London Film Festival full line up announced

The full lineup for the 54th BFI London Film Festival has finally been revealed, and we're more excited about it than ever. The festival is due to take place from the 13th-28th October, and is set to showcase some of the best new films from around the world, right here in London. Natalie Portman's latest film, Black Swan, has been announced to...

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Opening night of Venice Film Festival

Last night Natalie Portman opened the Venice Film Festival with her movie Black Swan and stole the show. Wearing a traditional red ball gown, with a split up the thigh, she walked the red carpet with the film's male lead Vincent Cassel. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky, who in 2008 won the festival's top prize, the Golden Lion, for The...

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Dark Blood starring River Phoenix is finally released

Dark Blood starring River Phoenix is finally released

River Phoenix's final film, Dark Blood, looks like it is set to première this September, nearly 20 years after the actor's death. Phoenix collapsed and died of drug-induced heart failure back in 1993 outside Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room, which was part-owned by Johnny Depp at the time. He had returned to LA earlier that week to...

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The stars of Twilight shone at the London première last night

The stars of Twilight shone at the London première last night

The stars of Twilight shone at last night's première of Breaking Dawn Part 1 at Westfield Shopping centre. Hundreds of Twihards greeted Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner as they walked up the red carpet at the new Stratford shopping complex. Twenty-one year old Stewart, who plays Bella Swan in the vampire fantasy...

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The Twilight: The Lowdown

The Twilight: The Lowdown

As the fourth instalment of the Twilight Saga premières in LA and London this week, we are giving you the ultimate lowdown on all the things you need to know about Twilight. Darkness and saucy scenes As we all know, the Twilight films are based on the vampire fantasy novels by Stephenie Meyer. If you haven't read any of  the books,...

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Twilight stars vamped up for LA premier last night

Twilight stars vamped up for LA premier last night

Stars of the Twilight series shone at the Nokia Theatre in downtown LA for the première of Breaking Dawn Part 1 last night. Dozens of dedicated Twilight fans had camped for days outside the theatre and yesterday they finally got a glimpse of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Jamie Campbell. The stars walked down...

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Armie Hammer and DiCaprio to play gay lovers

Armie Hammer and DiCaprio to play gay lovers

It's been announced that Leornado DiCaprio's love interest in his next film is, wait for it.... a man. Armie Hammer, who you may recognise from playing both Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, has been signed up to star alongside DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's upcoming biopic J. Edgar. J. Edgar Hoover, played by DiCaprio, was the...

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Twilight Eclipse LA première

OMG Twlight Eclipse is so nearly here! Last night was the LA premiere and all the stars were out to walk the "black carpet" at the Nokia Center. 'Twihards' had been camped outside the site for days in order to get a good position to see the stars and over 3,000 fans attended last night's premiere. Eclipse is the third instalment of The...

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