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Bryan Marshall obituary

Character actor admired for his role in the London gangster film The Long Good Friday

The actor Bryan Marshall, who has died aged 81, was a solid character actor who brought integrity and realism to the parts he played on screen in Britain throughout the 1960s and 70s. Many will remember him best for his pivotal role as the duplicitous Councillor Harris in the classic film The Long Good Friday (1979), which made a massive impact at the box office with its brutal tale of a London gangland boss, Harold Shand, played by Bob Hoskins, seeing his empire being threatened by rivals from the Ira.

The drama, written by Barrie Keeffe and directed by John Mackenzie, brilliantly captures the dreary London of the 70s as it approaches a new decade of aspiration and docklands regeneration. Shand sees the development opportunities and Harris is on his payroll. For much of the film, Marshall is a silent presence,
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Bryan Marshall Dies: ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, ‘Neighbours’ Actor Was 81

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Bryan Marshall Dies: ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, ‘Neighbours’ Actor Was 81
British actor Bryan Marshall, known for his portrayal of Commander Talbot in The Spy Who Loved Me, and for his starring role in Australian daytime soap Neighbours, died Tuesday. He was 81. Marshall’s agent, Eca’s Esta Charkham, confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday.

“So sad that my dear old chum Bryan Marshall has gone on ahead,” wrote Charkham. “A wonderful actor – he was so good you never noticed how good he was. He was a valued chum.”

Born in Battersea, London, Marshall began his acting career in the 1960s with a breakout role in Alfie alongside Michael Caine. He went on to star in one of his most memorable roles as Councillor Harris in crime film The Long Good Friday. In 1977, he starred alongside Roger Moore in Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. His character Commander Talbot had his submarine captured at the beginning of the film before later being rescued by Bond.
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Movie Review – Avengement (2019)

Avengement, 2019.

Directed by Jesse V. Johnson.

Starring Scott Adkins, Craig Fairbrass, Thomas Turgoose, Nick Moran, Louis Mandylor, Terence Maynard, and Kierston Wareing.

Synopsis:

An escaped convict seeks revenge on the people that put him in prison, including his own brother.

One look at the blurb for Avengement tells you pretty much all you need to know about what you are going to get for 87 minutes – Scott Adkins (fighting), Craig Fairbrass and Nick Moran (geezers), the London setting (more geezers) and a revenge-driven plot (nothing new there). However, Scott Adkins and director Jesse V. Johnson have forged something of a successful creative partnership over the past few years and that partnership has gathered some momentum, resulting in Avengement being a bit slicker and more inventive than the average Mockney gangster crime movie.

Adkins plays Cain Burgess, a highly dangerous prisoner let out for a few hours with armed guards to visit
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The Corrupted review – lively gangland pulp in the shadow of the London Olympics

Sam Claflin stars in a striking-looking film set in east London, but it’s all sold short by ropey storytelling and dodgy dialogue

Slipped into cinemas on the quiet, without an official press screening, Ron Scalpello’s starry, busy British crime drama proves to be a semi-entertaining mixed bags. It has a measure of ambition, strong dramatic scenes and grabby performances, not least from Timothy Spall as a property magnate looming over east London like some doubly malevolent reincarnation of Bob Hoskins’ Harold Shand from The Long Good Friday. Yet the storytelling connecting its disparate elements starts to feel dashed-off, as if somebody involved couldn’t wait for it to occupy the 10pm slot on London Live that may be its destiny. This approach short-sells both cinematographer Richard Mott’s striking framing of the capital’s moneyed hotspots and the spiky idea at the heart of Nick Moorcroft’s script:
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Frank Henson, Legendary Hollywood Stuntman, Dies At 83

Frank Henson [Photo Courtesy of Jon Auty]

Frank Henson, a legendary Hollywood stunt performer, has died at 83. Henson passed away at a hospital in Sussex, England from a short battle with an undisclosed illness, stunt historian Jon Auty told The Hollywood Reporter. His wife, Marion, and son, Mark, were at his bedside.

“He had a simple lesson in life – if someone is good to you, you should be good to them in return,” Auty told The Hollywood Reporter. “I will miss the times we had discussing his life and remembering the good times. Also, when he laughed, the room lit up. That’s a gift.”

Henson was best known for tussling with Mark Hamill during a speeder bike chase in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and fighting Harrison Ford in the action-packed climax of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He also worked on several James Bond films including Casino Royale and You Only Live Once
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The Son Season 2: Pierce Brosnan Talks Cowboys and Taking Scalps

Tony Sokol Apr 25, 2019

The Son Season 2's Pierce Brosnan tips his ten-gallon hat to fellow Western stars and Texas TV icons in this exclusive interview.

Everyone wants to be remembered, and not just for the bad stuff they’ve done, a character admitted on the first season of The Son. In the Western genre of movies and film, cowboys have committed many memorable misdeeds, sometimes in order to rustle the deeds from rivals. The patriarch of AMC's multi-generational epic Western series The Son committed all these crimes and more to amass his fortune and stature. Born on the same day his state became a republic, “The First Son of Texas,” Eli McCullough came a long way on a hard road. Kidnapped by Comanches when he was a child, he was raised by the tribe in the wild and brought ruthless survival skills to his role as a businessman and pioneer frontiersman.
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The Bright Side of Monty Python's Life Of Brian at 40

Mark Harrison Apr 19, 2019

As Monty Python’s heretical hit returns to cinemas for its 40th anniversary, we look back at a quintessential Easter comedy.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

There aren't a whole lot of Easter movies. It would be odd if there was, really. Sitting somewhere in between kids' films like Hop or the Easter Bunny bits of Rise Of The Guardians, and more violent fare like Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ and the far more emotionally gruelling John Michael McDonagh film Calvary, (or 'The Passion Of The Brendan Gleeson') your best bet is Monty Python's Life Of Brian, which is back in cinemas for its 40th anniversary.

For those who've never seen it, the film stars Graham Chapman as a man called Brian Cohen, who was once a teenager called Brian, and a boy called Brian, and so on. Born on Christmas
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Remembering Bob Hoskins & ‘The Long Good Friday’

“This is the decade in which London will become Europe’s capital.” – Harold Shand, The Long Good Friday.

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In 1979, a new British feature went into production under the title ‘The Paddy Factor’. The film, scripted by London-born writer Barrie Keeffe would help define a genre, give legendary actor Bob Hoskins one of his first major movie roles, feature a future 007, and would also predict the commercial and corporate future of an area of east London.

The events of The Long Good Friday take place on the annual Easter holiday during Thatcher’s reign as Prime Minister. The main protagonist is Bob Hoskins’ Harold Shand, a ‘freewheeling, capitalist developer’ – and head of an underworld corporation – who is about to make the deal of the century. He’s just landed, via Concord, of course, back in the UK after a successful trip across the pond in the United States
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Feature doc about HandMade Films will be AMC's first UK original

Feature doc about HandMade Films will be AMC's first UK original
An Accidental Studio will feature new and unseen archive interviews with Harrison, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Richard E. Grant.

An Accidental Studio, a feature-length documentary about iconic UK production, financing and distribution outfit HandMade Films, will be AMC UK’s first original production.

HandMade Films was founded by George Harrison to help finance Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. HandMade forged a reputation for making maverick projects that everyone else had rejected, including The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits, A Private Function, Withnail And I and Mona Lisa.

An Accidental Studio will premiere May 4 in the UK on AMC
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Documentary on George Harrison’s HandMade Films in the Works From AMC U.K.

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The story of groundbreaking British film studio HandMade Films, which was founded by former Beatle George Harrison and made such films as “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” will be told in “An Accidental Studio,” a feature documentary from AMC U.K. for its international networks.

The film will be the first original from AMC U.K. and bow on the British channel on May 4 and on AMC channels internationally later in the year. It has never-before-seen interviews with key players, and sets out to capture an extraordinary moment in film history through the eyes of the filmmakers and actors involved, as well as the man who started it all, music legend Harrison, who features in archive interview footage.

HandMade dominated the British movie scene with its ethos of making and releasing maverick films that everyone else had rejected, including “The Long Good Friday,” “Time Bandits,” and “Withnail and I.
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AMC Moves Into Originals In The UK With Feature Doc On ‘Life of Brian’ Producer HandMade Films

AMC is moving into originals in the UK and has set its first project – a documentary about Withnail & I and Life of Brian producer HandMade Films.

The Mad Men and Breaking Bad broadcaster has commissioned An Accidental Studio, which will tell the story of the British film studio and feature interviews with the likes of founder George Harrison, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and Neil Jordan as well as an unseen interview Bob Hoskins.

The doc will launch in the UK on May 4 and will roll out on AMC internationally.

It will explore how the former Beatle rescued Life of Brian when the money fell out at the last minute, mortgaging his house and his office to do so. HandMade also made films including The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits and Alan Bennett’s A Private Function.

The film is directed and produced by Ben Timlett and Bill
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Beyond the Limit (The Honorary Consul)

Retitled from The Honorary Consul and sold in America with one of Paramount’s sleaziest ad campaigns, John MacKenzie and Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of a Graham Greene novel features a fine Michael Caine performance, but prefers to stress sex scenes between star Richard Gere and Elpidia Carrillo. Just call it ‘Lust in the Argentine Littoral’ — but performed in English.

Beyond the Limit (The Honorary Consul)

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1983 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 104 min. / Street Date January 10, 2019 / Available through Amazon.de / Eur 14,99

Starring: Michael Caine, Richard Gere, Bob Hoskins, Elpidia Carrillo, Joaquim de Almeida, A Martinez, Stephanie Cotsirilos, Domingo Ambriz, Geoffrey Palmer, Jorge Russek, Erika Carlsson, George Belanger.

Cinematography: Phil Meheux

Film Editor: Stuart Baird

Original Music: Stanley Myers

Written by Christopher Hampton from the novel by Graham Greene

Produced by Norma Heyman

Directed by John Mackenzie

Director John Mackenzie, fresh off his marvelous gift to the gangster film The Long Good Friday,
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When Guy Ritchie Ruled the UK

Tom Jolliffe takes a look back at Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at 20 years old, and Snatch, which recently turned 18…

This year marks 20 years since the release of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Likewise, we’ve just passed the 18 year mark since the release of Snatch. Lock, Stock was the film to watch for Brits 20 years ago. Around the country, particularly in the South, everyone was in a quoting frenzy, whether you caught it at the cinemas or on video release.

Two years after his debut, Guy Ritchie cemented himself as Britain’s hot property film-maker. He’d essentially made two films which were the same. Snatch just also happened to be backed by the star power of Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. What kind of legacy have those films left, and have they aged well?

Lock, Stock, and then Snatch as a double whammy led to something you might call Lock,
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The Bromley contingent: the films from London's forgotten corner

South-east London isn’t always the perfect match for the glamour of the big screen. With The Bromley Boys on the horizon, here are six brave productions that buck the trend

When a film is set in London, it can often feel like the whole thing was directed by the tourist board. There’ll be an aerial shot of the London Eye. The Shard will glint in the background. There’ll be taxis by the bucketload. If you’re shooting Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, characters will attend aggressively sexualised therapy sessions right at the top of the Gherkin. It’s all very narrow and heavy on the landmarks.

Sometimes the suburbs get a look-in, but not all of them. North and west London may have featured in everything from Shaun of the Dead to Bend It Like Beckham, and east London might have been used as a shorthand for
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Five Classic Neo-Noirs You Can Watch Right Now on FilmStruck

Five Classic Neo-Noirs You Can Watch Right Now on FilmStruck
In his 1972 essay “Notes on Film Noir”, film critic-turned-screenwriter/director Paul Schrader wrote on how the genre was “not defined…by conventions of setting and conflict, but rather by the more subtle qualities of tone and mood.” It’s a mood best described as ‘you’re screwed, pal.’

Cynicism has always been at the heart of film noir, a genre full of desperate characters clinging to the shadows of world that’s forgotten them. It’s a cynicism born out of post-War disillusionment and anxiety that spawned the genre’s heyday from the early-40s all the way through the mid-1950s when suddenly “Dragnet” and “Leave it To Beaver” were reaffirming America’s squeaky-clean Eisenhower-era view of itself.

But with the post-Watergate 70s and Cold War 80s came a new slew of anxieties as the genre evolved, this time with less Hollywood restrictions. That meant more sex, more violence,
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The Essential Helen Mirren Films

Tom Jolliffe looks at the essential Helen Mirren films…

So recently a new trailer dropped for Winchester, the upcoming horror film starring Dame Helen Mirren. That seems like a good time to take a look at the essential Helen Mirren. A British Icon, Mirren has been working since the 60’s and has an array of cult films under her belt, as well as a consistent recognition from the major awards. Never less than stellar, Mirren is an inspiration to aspiring actors. She’s successfully jumped between indie, arthouse and mainstream, across several continents. She’s not just recognised in her native Britain, but has a solid reputation in the States too.

So here, is my essential Helen Mirren films:

Excalibur

John Boorman’s definitive film version of the King Arthur legend (note to Guy Ritchie, yours isn’t the definitive I’m afraid). This grandiose, dark and grimy (if flawed
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My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia…

My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia…
My Top Ten Oscar® Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film includes Darkest Horse: from Slovakia, ‘The Line’You know how, when you finally see a movie you really love, all things seem possible? How a great movie transports you to a new reality? Without that experience, normal life seems drab and dreary unless you use other means of transcendance, like hope, art, music, dancing, religion or drugs.

Have I yet raved about any of the 25 foreign language submissions?

Yes, but it was a long time ago when it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, that I was so enamoured Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s Of Body and Soul (as I was with her previous film, the 1989 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’or winner, My Twentieth Century, which was seen by about a .02% of the population). But that was way back in February.

I would put my body
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Interview: ‘The Endless’ and Brotherly Love and the Power of Fear

We chat with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson about love and rehearsals and life and more rehearsals at Tribeca.Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead in ‘The Endless’. Oh, brother, there art thou!

The Shallow Pocket Project is going to Tribeca (in spirit)! We’ll be chatting with several independent filmmakers making the trek to New York for this year’s film festival. Stay tuned! Check out our last chat with Ted Geoghegan (Director of ‘We Are Still Here’). Special thanks, as always, to In The Mouth of Dorkness, Lisa Gullickson, and Darren Smith.

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s The Endless premiered Friday night at Tribeca. I’m here to tell y’all, they’ve upped their filmmaking game. While still writing, directing, shooting, and producing, they’re also starring in the film. Because why not? I don’t know how they do it. I’m tired just putting words on a page. They
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Interview: Director Zackary Adler on his Kray Films Trilogy and cinematic snobbery

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Author: Linda Marric

2016 was a great year for Zackary Adler. The New York born director has become a sort of a cult figure amongst fans of gritty British gangster movies; a genre which despite racking up hit after hit has until now remained on the fringes of the British film industry.

After the record-breaking success of his recently released films Rise of Krays (2015) and The Fall of The Krays (2016), Adler has also just finished directing the third instalment and prequel to Rise of the Footsoldier , a franchise based on real life events surrounding the Rettendon Triple Murders, better known as The “Range Rover murders”. The film will be released by Signature Entertainment later this year. And if that wasn’t enough, Adler is also about to start shooting the third instalment of his Krays franchise, titled The Krays And The Mafia.

Last month, I had the chance to meet Adler
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IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Matt Ross on the Resilience of ‘The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover’

IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Matt Ross on the Resilience of ‘The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover’
When it premiered in 1989, Peter Greenaway’s “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” stunned audiences with its unflinching portraits of abuse and sexuality. It’s as dark as comedy can get, but it remains in the collective film consciousness through the generation of filmmakers that Greenaway influenced.

Read More: Watch: ‘Jackie’ Director Pablo Larraín Discusses ‘Movies That Inspire Me’ in New IndieWire Video Series Presented by FilmStruck

One of them is Matt Ross, director of “Captain Fantastic,” who singled out film’s technical and storytelling mastery. In the latest of our “Movies That Inspire Me” series, presented in partnership with FilmStruck, Ross explains how the film’s single-set construct helps grip the audience from the story’s outset.

Ross also praised Gambon and Mirren’s central performances. Amidst the ugliness, Ross argues that Gambon’s ability to elicit a strange sense of empathy and Mirren’s strength
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