The Face of an Angel
The Face of an Angel is a 2014 British psychological thriller film directed by Michael Winterbottom and written by Paul Viragh, inspired by the book Angel Face, drawn from crime coverage by Newsweek/Daily Beast writer Barbie Latza Nadeau. The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Brühl, Cara Delevingne; the film is based on the real-life story of the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007.'The Face of an Angel' was executively produced by Eric Anidjar, Leon Benarroch, Andrew Eaton, Jordan Gertner, Susana Hornil, Anthony Jabre, Christine Langan, Norman Merry, Roberto Mitrani, Reza Safinia, Ed Wethered. On 6 September 2013, Daniel Brühl joined. On 10 October 2013, Cara Delevingne joined the cast of the film. On 14 October 2013, Kate Beckinsale was set to join the drama film. Principal photography began in mid-November 2013 in Italy. On 3 February 2014, WestEnd Films showed the first promo-reel to the buyers at European Film Market in Berlin International Film Festival, when the film was in post-production.
The film received negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 38% rating based on 48 reviews; the Face of an Angel on IMDb The Face of an Angel at Rotten Tomatoes
Rush (2013 film)
Rush is a 2013 biographical sports film centred on the Hunt–Lauda rivalry between two Formula One drivers, the British James Hunt and the Austrian Niki Lauda. during the 1976 Formula 1 motor-racing season. It was written by Peter Morgan, directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda; the film premiered in London on 2 September 2013 and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival before its United Kingdom release on 13 September 2013. James Hunt and Niki Lauda are two skilled racing car drivers who first develop a fierce rivalry in 1970 at a Formula Three race at the Crystal Palace circuit in London, when both their cars spin out and Hunt wins the race. Hunt is a brash, self-confident and cocky individual, while Lauda is a cool and calculating Austrian technical genius who relies on practice and precision. After a falling out with his wealthy grandfather, Lauda takes a large bank loan and buys his way into the British Racing Motors Formula One team, meeting teammate Clay Regazzoni for the first time.
Meanwhile, Hesketh Racing, the fledgling racing team Hunt drives for, enters Formula One as well. Lauda joins Scuderia Ferrari with Regazzoni and wins his first championship in 1975. Hesketh closes down after failing to secure a sponsor, but Hunt joins McLaren when Emerson Fittipaldi leaves the team. During this time, Hunt marries supermodel Suzy Miller, while Lauda develops a relationship with German socialite Marlene Knaus; the 1976 Formula One season starts with Lauda dominating the first two races while Hunt struggles to catch up. Hunt wins the Spanish Grand Prix, but is disqualified after a post-race inspection rules that his car is fractionally too wide. Struggling to comply with F1 rules, McLaren suffers a series of setbacks on the next few races, Hunt's situation is further exacerbated when Suzy is discovered to have a relationship with actor Richard Burton. Following his divorce, he regains his competitive spirit and his disqualification in Spain is overturned, which reinstates the points he lost and puts him back into championship contention.
Meanwhile, Lauda marries Marlene in a private ceremony but begins to have concerns about the effects of his marriage on his racing career, worrying that he has now become vulnerable as he has something to lose. At the German Grand Prix, Lauda urges the F1 committee to cancel the race due to heavy rain on the notoriously dangerous Nürburgring Nordschleife. At the drivers' meeting before the race, Hunt argues that Lauda would benefit by having one fewer race in the season; the drivers vote to go ahead with the race. All drivers except Jochen Mass start the race with wet weather tyres, which becomes a costly tactic due to most of the track drying up, they all pit to change tyres during the second lap, but halfway through the third lap, a suspension arm in Lauda's Ferrari breaks, sending the car flying into an embankment before it bursts into flames and is further hit by other cars. After being pulled out of the inferno, he is airlifted to the hospital with serious third-degree burns to his head and face and internal burns to his lungs.
For six weeks, Lauda is treated for his injuries while he watches Hunt dominate the races in his absence. Despite his doctor's orders, he decides to return to drive his Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix, finishing fourth while Hunt fails to finish the race; the 1976 season comes to a climax at the rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix. Hunt's late rally in Lauda's absence has pulled him within three points of Lauda. At the end of the second lap, after his car has slid several times, Lauda returns to the pits and decides to retire from the race, considering it far too dangerous and opting to stay with Marlene instead of risking his life again on the track; this gives Hunt a chance to win the championship. After facing stiff competition under gruelling conditions, tyre problems and a hand injury due to the gear shifter knob breaking, Hunt finishes third, narrowly giving him enough points to win the championship, he spends the rest of the year revelling with fame and drugs, while Lauda takes an interest in flying private planes.
At a private airfield in Bologna, Lauda suggests to Hunt that he focus on the next racing season to defend his title, but Hunt argues that his glamorous lifestyle is the most enjoyable part of being world champion. Lauda on realises that Hunt no longer feels he needs to prove himself to anyone. Hunt continues to race until his retirement in 1979, becomes a motorsport broadcast commentator until his death in 1993 at the age of 45. Lauda reflects on how their great rivalry and personality differences spurred each other on to their finest achievements, states that Hunt was the only other driver he envied. Hunt and Lauda appear as themselves at the end of the film in archive footage, Lauda has a cameo at the climax of the film; the film was shot on location in the United Kingdom and Austria. Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, the Snetterton, Cadwell Park, the former Crystal Palace and Brands Hatch motor racing circuits in Britain, at the Nürburgring in Germany. Both vintage racing cars and replicas were used in the filming.
The financiers include Hürth-based action concept Film- und Stuntproduktion, Egoli Tossell Film, Revolution Films and Cross Creek Pictures. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW funded the film with €1.35 million, additional funding was provided by MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg and the German Federal Film Fund. Director Ron Howard intended for Russell Crowe to make a cameo appearance as Richard Burton for a brief scene where he confronts James Hunt on his affair with Suzy; some things in the film are exaggerated (like the Hunt–Lauda riv
London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans; the City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of the London Assembly. London is considered to be one of the world's most important global cities and has been termed the world's most powerful, most desirable, most influential, most visited, most expensive, sustainable, most investment friendly, most popular for work, the most vegetarian friendly city in the world. London exerts a considerable impact upon the arts, education, fashion, healthcare, professional services and development, tourism and transportation.
London ranks 26 out of 300 major cities for economic performance. It is one of the largest financial centres and has either the fifth or sixth largest metropolitan area GDP, it is the most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the busiest city airport system as measured by passenger traffic. It is the leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. London's universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games. London has a diverse range of people and cultures, more than 300 languages are spoken in the region, its estimated mid-2016 municipal population was 8,787,892, the most populous of any city in the European Union and accounting for 13.4% of the UK population. London's urban area is the second most populous in the EU, after Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census.
The population within the London commuter belt is the most populous in the EU with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016. London was the world's most populous city from c. 1831 to 1925. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and The Shard. London has numerous museums, galleries and sporting events; these include the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. "London" is an ancient name, attested in the first century AD in the Latinised form Londinium. Over the years, the name has attracted many mythicising explanations; the earliest attested appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written around 1136. This had it that the name originated from a supposed King Lud, who had taken over the city and named it Kaerlud.
Modern scientific analyses of the name must account for the origins of the different forms found in early sources Latin, Old English, Welsh, with reference to the known developments over time of sounds in those different languages. It is agreed; this was adapted into Latin as Londinium and borrowed into Old English, the ancestor-language of English. The toponymy of the Common Brythonic form is much debated. A prominent explanation was Richard Coates's 1998 argument that the name derived from pre-Celtic Old European *lowonida, meaning "river too wide to ford". Coates suggested that this was a name given to the part of the River Thames which flows through London. However, most work has accepted a Celtic origin for the name, recent studies have favoured an explanation along the lines of a Celtic derivative of a proto-Indo-European root *lendh-, combined with the Celtic suffix *-injo- or *-onjo-. Peter Schrijver has suggested, on these grounds, that the name meant'place that floods'; until 1889, the name "London" applied to the City of London, but since it has referred to the County of London and Greater London.
"London" is sometimes written informally as "LDN". In 1993, the remains of a Bronze Age bridge were found on the south foreshore, upstream of Vauxhall Bridge; this bridge either reached a now lost island in it. Two of those timbers were radiocarbon dated to between 1750 BC and 1285 BC. In 2010 the foundations of a large timber structure, dated to between 4800 BC and 4500 BC, were found on the Thames's south foreshore, downstream of Vauxhall Bridge; the function of the mesolithic structure is not known. Both structures are on the south bank. Although there is evidence of scattered Brythonic settlements in the area, the first major settlement was founded by the Romans about four years after the invasion
A Mighty Heart
A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Daniel Pearl is a memoir by Mariane Pearl, a freelance French journalist. She covers the 2002 kidnapping and murder by terrorists in Pakistan of her late husband Daniel Pearl, an American journalist with the Wall Street Journal; the book was reviewed by, among others, The Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Spectator and The New York Review of Books. A Mighty Heart was adapted as a dramatic 2007 film of the same name, starring Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl, Dan Futterman as Daniel Pearl and Archie Panjabi as their friend and colleague Asra Nomani; the movie covers efforts by the US Department of Justice, the U. S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service and the Central Intelligence of Pakistan to track the kidnappers and bring them to justice. Presentation by Mariane Pearl on A Mighty Heart, March 19, 2004
Stephen John Fry is an English comedian and writer. He and Hugh Laurie are the comic double act Fry and Laurie, who starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. Fry's acting roles include a Golden Globe Award–nominated lead performance in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder, the title character in the television series Kingdom, a recurring guest role as Dr Gordon Wyatt on the crime series Bones, as Gordon Deitrich in the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta, he has written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award–winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, which saw him explore his bipolar disorder, the travel series Stephen Fry in America. He was the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI, with his tenure lasting from 2003 to 2016. Besides working in television, Fry has contributed columns and articles for newspapers and magazines and written four novels and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles, More Fool Me.
He appears on BBC Radio 4, starring in the comedy series Absolute Power, being a frequent guest on panel games such as Just a Minute, acting as chairman during one series of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, where he was one of a trio of possible hosts who were tried out to succeed the late Humphrey Lyttelton, Jack Dee getting the post permanently. Fry is known for his voice-overs, reading all seven of the Harry Potter novels for the UK audiobook recordings, narrating the LittleBigPlanet and Birds of Steel series of video games, as well as an animated series of explanations of the laws of cricket, a series of animations about Humanism for Humanists UK, he has filmed commercials, including an advertisement where he explains the essence of British culture to foreigners arriving at London's Heathrow Airport. Fry was born in Hampstead, London on 24 August 1957 to Marianne Eve Fry and Alan John Fry, a British physicist and inventor. Fry's father is English, his paternal grandmother had roots in Kent and Cheshire.
The Fry family originates at Shillingstone and Blandford. Fry's mother is Jewish, his maternal grandparents and Rosa Neumann, were Hungarian Jews, who emigrated from Šurany to Britain in 1927. Rosa Neumann's parents, who lived in Vienna, were sent to a concentration camp in Riga, where they were murdered by the Nazis, his mother's aunt and cousins were sent to Stutthof and never seen again. Fry grew up in the village of Booton near Reepham, having moved from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, at an early age, he has an elder brother, a younger sister, Joanna. Fry attended Cawston Primary School in Cawston, before going on to Stouts Hill Preparatory School in Uley, Gloucestershire, at the age of seven, to Uppingham School, where he joined Fircroft house, was described as a "near-asthmatic genius", he took and passed his O-Levels in the summer of 1972 at the age of 14 except Physics but expelled from Uppingham half a term into the sixth form, dismissed from Paston School, a grant-maintained grammar school who refused to let him progress to study A-Levels.
Fry moved to Norfolk College of Arts and Technology where, after 2 years in the sixth form studying English and History of Art failed his A-Levels, not turning up for his English and French papers. Over the summer, Fry absconded with a credit card stolen from a family friend, he had taken a coat when leaving a pub, planning to spend the night sleeping rough, but had discovered the card in a pocket. He, as a result, spent three months in Pucklechurch Prison on remand. While Fry was in Pucklechurch, his mother had cut out the crossword from every copy of The Times since he had been away, something which Fry said was "a wonderful act of kindness". Fry stated that these crosswords were the only thing that got him through the ordeal. Following his release, he resumed his education at City College Norwich, promising administrators that he would study rigorously and sit the Cambridge entrance exams. In the summer of 1977, he passed 2 A-Levels in English and French with grades of A and B, he received a grade A in an alternative O-Level in the Study of Art and scored a distinction in a S-Level paper in English.
Having passed the entrance exams in autumn 1977, Fry was offered a scholarship to Queens' College, Cambridge for matriculation in the autumn of 1978 teaching at Cundall Manor, a North Yorkshire preparatory school before taking his place. At Cambridge, Fry joined the Footlights, appeared on University Challenge, read for a degree in English graduating with upper second-class honours. Fry met his future comedy collaborator Hugh Laurie at Cambridge and starred alongside him in the Footlights. Fry's career in television began with the 1982 broadcasting of The Cellar Tapes, the 1981 Cambridge Footlights Revue, written by Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery; the revue caught the attention of Granada Television, keen to replicate the success of the BBC's Not the Nine O'Clock News, hired Fry and Thompson to star alongside Ben Elton in There's Nothing to Worry About!. A second series, retitled Alfresco, was broadcast in 1983, a third in 1984. In 1983, the BBC offered Fry and Thompson their own show, which became The Crystal Cube, a mixture of science fiction and mockumentary, canc
The Trip to Spain
The Trip to Spain is a 2017 British comedy film written and directed by Michael Winterbottom. It is the third instalment of Winterbottom's film adaptations of the TV series The Trip, following The Trip and The Trip to Italy; the film stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves continuing their culinary travels away from home. It was released on 11 August 2017. Steve convinces Rob to go on a trip through Cantabria, the Basque region, Rioja, Castile, La Mancha and Andalucia, retracing the journey Steve took as a young man. On their journey the pair contemplate history and fatherhood. Steve Coogan as Steve Coogan Rob Brydon as Rob Brydon Claire Keelan as Emma Marta Barrio as Yolanda Kyle Soller as Jonathon Margo Stilley as Mischa On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 83% based on 77 reviews, with an average rating of 7.0/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Trip to Spain offers more of the same scenery and conversation that filled Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's first two Trips --, to say, more of a good thing."
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews. Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York gave the film three out of five stars and David Ehrlich of IndieWire a B+ rating. Stephanie Zacarek of TIME praised the film, saying "When you come to a Trip picture, you know you’ll be getting more of the same: These movies are reliable quantities in an unreliable world"; the Trip to Spain on IMDb The Trip to Spain at Rotten Tomatoes The Trip to Spain at Box Office Mojo
Genova (2008 film)
Genova is a film directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis. It was filmed in the titular city of Genoa during the summer of 2007, it was written by Wonderland screenwriter Laurence Winterbottom. It premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and won the best director's award in the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Following the death of his wife in a car accident, a college professor decides to teach English Literature at an Italian University in Genova, he is accompanied by his two daughters, aged 16 and 10. The trio occupies a flat in the crowded Genova streets and soon adapt to the local way of life, taking day trips to the beach and hiring an Italian tutor in musical composition; the elder daughter begins dating a local Italian teenager, surreptitiously making dates with him behind her father's back. The younger daughter remains close to her father, still deals with painful memories of her mother's death. A passenger in the car herself when her mother was killed, she was directly responsible for the accident and remains haunted by her image.
The Professor, while enjoying life in Genova, has to deal with the demands of being a single parent while balancing his re-emergent love life. One romantic interest is a colleague at the university with whom he shared a brief romantic relationship back at Harvard when both were students; the colleague tries to get close to the family, helping with translation and their day-to-day needs in Genova, but crossing the thin line between good advice and intrusion in their private ways in the process. Another romantic interest is a young Italian student in the professor's literature class, she is brash and idealistic and makes her intentions known to the single professor. Matters come to a head one day when the professor makes a lunch date with the Italian student spurning his much older colleague; the elder daughter gets into a fight with her Italian boyfriend and is forced to hitch a ride home from the beach. Meanwhile, the younger daughter is left to walk home alone due to the lateness of her older sister and instead follows an apparition of her late mother across a busy intersection killing herself and causing yet another car crash, but luckily a minor one.
The movie ends with the two daughters beginning their studies at a local Italian secondary school, eager to start a new chapter as a family, having learned a great deal about family and mourning, on the colourful streets of Genova. Colin Firth as Joe Catherine Keener as Barbara Hope Davis as Marianne Willa Holland as Kelly Perla Haney-Jardine as Mary Kyle Griffin as Scott Kerry Shale as Stephen Gherardo Crucitti as Mauro Margherita Romeo as Rosa Gary Wilmes as Danny Demetri Goritsas as Demetri Alessandro Giuggioli as Lorenzo Andrew Eaton produced the film and suggested that it reflected Michael Winterbottom's family life in the same way that Winterbottom's ex-wife, Sabrina Broadbent, had documented their family life in her novel Descent: An Irresistible Tragicomedy of Everyday Life; the theme used for the opening credits is the Le Grand Choral by Georges Delerue, first used in La Nuit Americaine. Étude No. 3 by Chopin recurs throughout. The film was well received, it holds a fresh rating of 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film never opened in American theaters, premiered there on DVD in April 2011 after Firth's Oscar win, under the alternate title A Summer in Genoa. Genova on IMDb