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.

Gerard Butler Dragon-Slayer

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Wed, 08/14/2002 - 01:48

Gerard Butler started out with little formal acting training but the star of Reign of Fire and Dracula 2000 is one to watch out for.

As a 12-year-old, Gerard Butler appeared in Oliver! at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow, but few would have marked his card as a future star. "There was Oliver and the Artful Dodger and then there was about 40 kids," he says. "And I was one of the 40." 

The Changing Face of Disney

Submitted by Brian Pendreigh on Sun, 08/04/2002 - 00:45

Walt Disney created a vast empire around his brand of wholesome animation. But, says Brian Pendreigh, Disney is having to reinvent itself to survive in the modern marketplace.

For almost half a century Walt Disney has been turning movies into rides... and toys, and lunchboxes, and latterly big-budget stage musicals, computer games and just about anything on which they can stick a picture of a cartoon character, short of nuclear warheads.