When Harry Met James

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Mon, 11/18/2002 - 00:42

If an old-age-pensioner were menaced in the street by a teenage boy, the police might well be summoned. It seems it is fair enough in the cinema however for Harry Potter to take on James Bond head-to-head.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, opened nationwide on Friday five days ahead of James Bond’s 20th "official" outing, as if the ageing secret agent can no longer quite keep up. That does not take into account extensive Harry Potter "previews" last weekend, which gave the lad an £8 million start.

Pierce Brosnan Interview - The Name's Still Bond

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sat, 11/16/2002 - 02:55

The world may be drastically different since 007's last outing, but Bond hasn't changed much in Die Another Day, says Pierce Brosnan. On the other hand Brosnan sings for the first time in another little film, Evelyn...

Pierce Brosnan may not enjoy the publicity process, but the 49-year old Irish superstar was looking characteristically relaxed in the midst of this year’s chaotic Toronto Film Festival. 

With Gun Culture In His Sights

Submitted by Matthew Arnoldi on Tue, 11/05/2002 - 12:21

With the news still fresh in most people’s minds of the horror caused in Washington by a crazed sniper, it seems as if Michael Moore’s hard-hitting Bowling for Colombine has arrived with impeccable timing. 

Documentary filmmaker, fearless campaigner, Michael Moore is America’s answer to Roger Cook, a man who tirelessly asks the right questions to those that expect an easy interview and find themselves on the end of a line of questioning that searingly calls for truth. He’s a man with heart who isn’t afraid to look at the madness in America from a global perspective. 

Brian Cox - A Man of Many Parts

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Thu, 09/19/2002 - 12:38

Brian Cox, the original Hannibal Lecter, has made a career of picking up small juicy parts. He just cannot stop. He has made 15 films in the last two years, according to the Internet Movie Database, and even managed to make two at once, popping back and forth between New York and Prague. He can currently be seen as the sinister spymaster in The Bourne Identity, and has two new releases scheduled for the same day next month. 

Sharp Shooter

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Tue, 09/17/2002 - 16:00

Peter Fonda turned Hollywood thinking upside down when his low-budget road movie Easy Rider smashed box-office records round the world. Studio bosses gave the hippy film-maker a free hand to do whatever he wanted next and he chose a western written by a former Scottish shipyard worker from Clydeside.

Alan Sharp's first two novels had won huge acclaim in his native land and he decided to attempt to break into movies with a simple story of a restless man who returns to the wife he deserted years earlier. The twist was that he set it in the Wild West.

Katrin Cartlidge Remembered (1961 – 2002)

Submitted by Matthew Arnoldi on Fri, 09/13/2002 - 01:04

The film industry was in shock this week following the news that talented British actress Katrin Cartlidge died last Saturday (7th September) in a North London hospital from a sudden bout of pneumonia and septicaemia. She was just 41. 

Katrin had complained of suffering flu symptoms. When they got worse, her boyfriend, actor Peter Gevisser, took her to hospital. By Saturday, septicaemia (blood poisoning) had set in and in a critical condition, she died later that day. 

Many in the European film world paid tributes, some from as far away as the Toronto Film Festival. 

Sequel planned for Straw Dogs

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Sun, 09/01/2002 - 22:25

The author whose novel inspired one of the most controversial movies in cinema history has revealed he is to write a sequel. Gordon Williams has always hated what celebrated director Sam Peckinpah did to his story when making the notoriously violent film Straw Dogs. But after watching it again for the first time in 30 years, Williams has changed his mind and revealed he is plotting a shocking sequel, with plenty of murderous revenge.