Teenage Potter Stars Are Prisoners of Time

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Thu, 05/27/2004 - 16:00

Time waits for noone and things have changed for Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson since the first Harry Potter film burst into the public consciousness four years ago.

Greeting the press the day after the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in New York, there is a quietly eloquent maturity in these two 14-year old, British stars.

Radcliffe is sporting a white t-shirt and jeans, while a glowing Watson wears a sparkling red outfit out of Sgt. Pepper. Full of smiles, the pair agree they have developed over the three films, but don't know exactly how.

Michael Moore Wins Palme D'Or

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 05/23/2004 - 16:00

Michael Moore's anti-republican documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 proved too hot for even the Cannes Film Festival jurors to ignore. The Quentin Tarantino-headed panel of judges awarded it the prestigious Palme D'Or for 2004 at the close of the festival last night. It is the first time a doc has won the award since Jacques Cousteau's The Silent World in 1956.

Rupert Everett interview

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Thu, 05/20/2004 - 16:00

Paul Fischer: What is it that attracts you to animated films?

Rupert Everett: There's, for an actor, a good business to start with. They're a tiny piece of work to do and if you're thinking about keeping your profile going, for that reason they're good things to do. Another reason... is that I love cartoons...

PF: Why do you think you're usually or often cast as the villain?

RE: Because I'm English (laughter)

PF: What did you think of how Prince Charming looked?

DVD-Cams: Convenience At A Price

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Tue, 05/18/2004 - 16:00

On the face of it, buying a camcorder that records to a DVD rather than miniDV has several advantages.

The DVD-camcorder electronics may not be as highly specced as miniDV cams in the same price range, but here is a camera that is apparently so easy and convenient to use.

You can simply put a DVD disc into the camera, shoot some footage and then whip it out and play it back on your DVD player.

That Old MiniDV Chestnut

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 05/10/2004 - 16:00

Just because you can make your film on miniDV doesn't mean you should.A statistic recently caught my attention. The 2004 Cannes Film Festival (12-23 May) received 3562 film submissions, an increase of 42.5% on the previous year.

"It was not so long ago, at the end of the Nineties, that less than a thousand films was the norm," said artistic director Thierry Frémaux at the launch of the programme.

Guy Pearce Slips Up

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sat, 05/08/2004 - 16:00

Guy Pearce was in a trendy West Hollywood hotel for a fleeting visit to promote his little-known indie film A Slipping Down Life. The film was actually made some five years ago, but has taken this long to get a release (it receives a limited release in the US on 14 May).

Not one to mince words, Pearce, at the end of a day doing interviews for the film, admitted that "the bloody producer took it off the director at Sundance in '99," where she was busy promoting both that film and Ravenous.

Learning DV With Auntie

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Tue, 05/04/2004 - 16:00

One of the more obscure, but, as far as budding DV filmmakers are concerned, useful corners of the BBC's sprawling internet presence is the online courses section of the Training & Development web site, bbctraining.com.
Here, anyone can find technical advice and animated tutorials on working with DV, from the pros and cons of digital video to steps you need to take to prepare footage for broadcast.

Brad Pitt on Troy

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 05/02/2004 - 16:00

These days, Brad Pitt finds time to focus on domestic matters, even brush up on his backgammon game.

"I didn't work at all for two years going into this film, so Jen and I got a lot of time together," says Pitt, in a New York City hotel room for a rare press junket.

Having just turned 40, he and wife Jennifer Aniston are also thinking about babies. "Yeah, it's time. It's time... I think I'm finally at a place where I won't mess 'em up too much."

Review: Screenplay Writing the Picture

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Tue, 04/27/2004 - 16:00

Robin Russin and William Missouri Downs begin their handbook on screenwriting for Hollywood with some sobering advice.

"There are no shortcuts... think long and hard before you commit yourself...only a tiny fraction of you (and your work) will make it".

Talent, good-writing and graft wont be sufficient to get that screenplay sold, let alone made, they point out. You'll also need patience, persistence, salesmanship and luck.