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Charlotte Rampling & Tom Courtenay Add Up ‘45 Years,' Olivia Wilde Visits 'Meadowland' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2014 5:02 PM
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While we don't know what the exact definition of "making it" is, we're pretty sure that once you graduate to working with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, it's something to be proud of. And certainly, for rising director Andrew Haigh—the man behind arthouse hit "Weekend," and the current HBO series "Looking"—he can qualify as having "made it."

Review: Old-Fashioned, Deeply Unadventurous 'Night Train To Lisbon' Starring Jeremy Irons, Melanie Laurent & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 7, 2013 11:04 AM
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In the very finest tradition of Euro-pudding, director Bille August's "Night Train To Lisbon" adapts an international bestselling book, takes place against the picturesque backdrop of a European capital, is half-told in flashback through a turbulent and dramatic period of history, and stacks the cast with notable European thesps. These include: Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Tom Courtenay representing the U.K.; from Germany, Martina Gedeck and August Diehl; Bruno Ganz of Switzerland; Lena Olin of Sweden; and Mélanie Laurent from France. However, bar Irons, this Babel tower of actors all play Portuguese nationals, and so while the films is told through English, they all speak with Portuguese accents. Irons, however, plays Swiss, which obviously means he employs his usual mellifluous British tones. A little silly though all this is, it's not actually particularly injurious to our understanding of the story, but it does give you an idea of the messiness and, well, inefficiency of the approach.

Review: Dustin Hoffman's 'Quartet' Is An Amiable, Harmless Showcase For Brit Acting Talent

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 28, 2012 10:55 AM
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Dustin Hoffman has taken 45 years as both one of our most acclaimed actors, and as a major box office draw, to step behind the camera. In fact, that's not strictly true; Hoffman was the original director of his terminally underrated 1978 crime picture "Straight Time," but struck by indecisiveness early in production, made way for Ulu Grosbard instead. But now, nearly 35 years on, the legendary star has finally completed his debut directorial effort, "Quartet," an adaptation of the play by Ronald Harwood ("The Pianist").

Review: Coen-Derived Caper Comedy 'Gambit' Features A Game Colin Firth, But That's About It

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2012 12:58 PM
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Of all the genres to try and pull off, the romantic caper flick -- think "To Catch A Thief," or "Charade," or even "Ocean's Eleven" -- is one of the trickiest. For such a film to work out, it's got to be as light as a feather and feel entirely effortless, and all too many films aiming to hit that sweet spot end up feel entirely effort-ful. But if anyone feels like they might be suited to that sort of thing, it would be the Coen Brothers, who penned the script for the remake of a minor classic of the genre, the 1966 Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine film "Gambit." Have they pulled off?

Watch: Trailer For Dustin Hoffman's Directorial Debut 'Quartet'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 29, 2012 6:40 PM
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It may have already played at TIFF and the LFF amongst others, but Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut “Quartet” will be hitting theaters on December 28th and now a trailer for the film has arrived online which you can watch below.

The Essentials: 5 John Schlesinger Films You Can't Miss

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 27, 2012 9:56 AM
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He’s not a name that many young filmmakers reference these days, but British director John Schlesinger quietly managed a career spanning five decades, with a small fistful of classics to his name. A former actor, Schlesinger moved into documentaries in the late 1950s, graduating to features soon after, and worked fairly prolifically until 2000’s “The Next Best Thing” (admittedly a rather ignominious end to a great career), a film released only a few months before he passed away from a stroke.

Watch: Retired Opera Singers Congregate In The First Trailer For Dustin Hoffman's Directorial Debut 'Quartet'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 2, 2012 9:24 AM
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After a nearly half a century performing in front of cameras, this year will see Dustin Hoffman taking on the role of the director for "Quartet," a musically-tinged comedy adapted by Ronald Harwood from his own acclaimed stageplay.

Alan Rickman & Tom Courtenay Join 'Gambit' With Colin Firth & Cameron Diaz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 8:48 AM
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As if a movie starring Colin Firth and directed by Michael Hoffman wasn't classing up the joint enough already, the Coen Brothers-scribed remake of "Gambit" is bringing on two more Brit veterans to show everyone how it's done.

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