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Canadian rock troupe Arcade Fire is set for a headline slot at the U.K.'s 2014 Glastonbury Festival.The Grammy-winning ensemble, which released its latest chart-topping album Reflektor this fall, revealed the news via Twitter on Thursday morning.The group posted an image noting a busy week of gigs coming up in late June 2014, with performances scheduled for Rock in Roma (June 23), Villafranca di Verona (June 24), Glastonbury (June 27) and Dublin's Marlay Park (June 29).Eagle-eyed fans had anticipated that the band might play the open-air, famously muddy Glastonbury upon noticing that the group's North American tour included a significant break from late June through July. Arcade Fire posts Reflektor online after album leak Arcade Fire plays secret Montreal show as Reflektors Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler had also hinted at the potential slot recently when a BBC Radio interviewer asked about whether the Montreal-based group would appear at any British festivals."Yeah, I hope so," Butler responded, before later adding: "Get your wellies ready!"British singer Lily Allen also recently revealed that she was set to play the next Glastonbury, which takes place June 25-29 and is already sold out.Held at Worthy Farm in Somerset, England since 1970, Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world and draws upwards of 170,000 people for each edition.Some of the world's best known musicians have headlined the festival, including David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Youssou N'Dour, Coldplay, The Cure, Jay Z, Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Neil Young, Beyonc√© and Mumford and Sons.Montreal-based Arcade Fire previously played one of the festival's smaller stages in 2007.Arcade Fire posted this image via Twitter on Dec. 19, 2013, confirming they would play the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival in June 2014. (Arcade Fire/Twitter)
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+ Like1 Dislike0 Dec 18, 2013 by Brian Gallagher Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have closed deals for Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown to join the cast of Warcraft, based on Blizzard Entertainment's award-winning Warcraft universe. Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner will produce. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share, Brent O'Connor and Blizzard's Mike Morhaime and Paul Sams will serve as executive producers. Chris Metzen, Rob Pardo and Nick Carpenter from Blizzard will co-produce.The script was written by Charles Leavitt and rewritten by Duncan Jones. Production is set to begin as planned in Vancouver this January.Daniel Wu has twice been nominated for Best Actor at the prestigious Golden Horse Film Festival (Night Corridor, Like a Dream) and won the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 with New Police Story. One Nite in Mongkok brought Wu a Best Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Other credits include The Shinjuku Incident, Protege, Overheard, The Banquet, The Last Supper, Europa, and Tai Chi 0, which Wu executive produced. He is repped by CAA.Clancy Brown can currently be seen in the feature film Homefront starring opposite James Franco and Jason Statham. Next year, Brown will star in the feature When the Game Stands Tall opposite Laura Dern. Brown recently completed shooting Trip to Bountiful starring opposite Cicely Tyson for Lifetime airing next year and currently recurs on the hit Fox TV series Sleepy Hollow. He is represented by ICM Partners and Pop Art Management.Warcraft comes to theaters March 11th, 2016 and stars Paula Patton, Anson Mount, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Travis Fimmel, Anton Yelchin, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell. The film is directed by Duncan Jones. Sources: Legendary Pictures Do you like this story? Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+ Like0 Dislike0 Dec 18, 2013 by Brian Gallagher A meek young man's life becomes overly complicated upon the arrival of his doppelganger in the comedic thriller The Double. Magnolia Pictures has released the second trailer ahead of its debut at the Sundance Film Festival ( to find out when the film will be screening at the festival). Jesse Eisenberg stars as Simon, who meets his exact physical double James at work, although James doesn't lack the confidence and charisma that Simon does. Mia Wasikowska, Chris O'Dowd and Sally Hawkins co-star in director Richard Ayoade's film, which will be released theatrically in 2014.The DoubleTrailer 2Share This VideoLinkEmbed Code:" readonly="true" />FacebookGoogle+TumblrRedditShare VideoJesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid, isolated man who's overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Mia Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also played by Eisenberg), serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.The Double comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Mia Wasikowska, Jesse Eisenberg, Chris O'Dowd, Gemma Chan, Sally Hawkins, Wallace Shawn, Rade Serbedzija, James Fox. The film is directed by Richard Ayoade. Sources: Magnolia Pictures Do you like this story? Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+
Yesterday, actor-director Shia LaBeouf's short film HowardCantour.com was posted online in its entirety, after making its debut at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Despite the fact that the short film was nearly 18 months old, and it had debuted at other film festivals such as the St. Louis Film Festival and the Phoenix Film Festival, it was only revealed last night that the work was plagiarized from Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano.The short, which stars Jim Gaffigan as online film critic Howard Cantour, follows a day on the press junket circuit, with Thomas Lennon and Portia Doubleday co-starring as Howard's colleagues, and Dito Montiel portraying the filmmaker Howard once idolized. A vast majority of the dialogue is lifted word-for-world from Daniel Clowes' comic, although the character names have been changed.The credits make no mention of a screenwriter, or that the work was based on or inspired by Daniel Clowes' comic. Buzzfeed caught up with the author, who revealed that he was not aware his work was being plagiarized."The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I've never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf. I've never even seen one of his films that I can recall - and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can't imagine what was going through his mind."Shia LaBeouf has mentioned before that he is a fan of Daniel Clowes work, but he the author's work didn't come up in an interview with ShortOfTheWeek, the website which posted HowardCantour.com yesterday."I know something about the gulf between critical acclaim and blockbuster business. I have been crushed by critics (especially during my Transformers run), and in trying to come to terms with my feelings about critics, I needed to understand them. As I tried to empathize with the sort of man who might earn a living taking potshots at me and the people I've worked with, a small script developed."Last night, the actor fessed up to his plagiarism with a series of tweets.However, it appears that even his apology was pilfered from a post on Yahoo! Answers. The actor has been accused of plagiarism before, after it was revealed he copied quotes from an Esquire magazine article into an email he sent to Alec Baldwin, which later leaked online.You can to watch the 12-minute short film in its entirety, and to read the first panel of Daniel Clowes' Justin M. Damiano.HowardCantour.com was released April 2012 and stars Jim Gaffigan, Thomas Lennon, Portia Doubleday, Dito Montiel. The film is directed by Shia LaBeouf.
Today, animated films can be seen as a powerful storytelling tool to explore complex and heartrending issues and for many a cinephile, that's thanks to Hayao Miyazaki."Miyazaki-san is the greatest animator in cinema history, both in terms of his direction, but also his artwork itself," says Jesse Wente, head of film programs at the Toronto International Film Festival."A Miyazaki film is an artwork on multiple levels. I think he's one of the great masters of movie making, right up there with the other greats one might name, from Kurosawa and Bertolucci to Spielberg and Scorsese."The Japanese master, who announced his retirement earlier this fall, is being celebrated in Toronto with a retrospective devoted to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, the influential animation house he co-founded.The 18-film showcase, screening through Jan. 3 in Toronto, runs the gamut: from rarely seen titles like Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday to classics and worldwide favourites such as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.TIFF's Wente answered a few questions about the iconic animated filmmaker (interview has been edited and condensed).Q: Though he's long been an icon in Japan, it's only Miyazaki's most recent works (including Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Ponyo on a Cliff) that are best known internationally. How has his filmmaking evolved over the years?A: You can tell it's a Miyazaki movie within moments of any screening. The films present a striking unity, especially when seen together in this sort of retrospective, whether it's the hand drawn animation with painterly backgrounds, the epic adventure grounded in the natural world, the central characters who are drawn but never caricatures and are often girls in empowered roles, the orchestral score, and of course the abundant fantasy.Certainly the films are more precise now than earlier, and the animation even richer and more dense; but the heart and soul of Miyazaki's films remains the same.Q: Miyazaki tackles quite serious themes: the environmental impact of industry, war and peace, familial duty. But he's explored them within entertaining, appealing stories. Can you speak a bit about this?A: That's one of the central appeals of a Ghibli film: the ability to address very large human issues and do it in the guise of children's movies. While we see this in other animated films, especially from Pixar, few are as ambitious as Ghibli and Miyazaki.Great cinema always tends to speak to large issues, although not always within such a commercial sensibility. If Ghibli movies were live action as opposed to animated, I think it would be less surprising that the films are so thoughtful and thought-provoking, as we often enter an animated film with expectations that it will speak more to our children than ourselves.But these movies are great art and that transcends such notions and it‚Äôs what has allowed these films to attain such exalted status around the world and in cinema history.Q: In North America, many still associate animated shows or films with children. It's different in Japan. Why are these not just kids movies? Why should every serious movie buff see at least one Miyazaki film?A: Anyone who loves movies ‚ÄĒ who fell in love with movies because of the wonder and magic that they can create ‚ÄĒ should see a Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli movie. These films are pure movie magic that will transport you to that place when being awestruck was easy and wonder was around every corner.View images from some of Miyazaki's best films in the attached gallery.
Comedian Peter Sellers, posing in 1974 as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther Returns, made two short films in 1957, before he became a successful movie star. ((Evening Standard/Getty))Two short films starring Peter Sellers and scripted by Canadian novelist Mordecai Richler will be screened to the public for the first time in more than 50 years.The Southend-on-Sea Film Festival, located about 60 kilometres east of London, will be showing the two 30-minute films, created as spoof government documentaries, next May.Sellers, perhaps best known for his portrayal of bumbling Inspector Clouseau, made Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good For You in 1957, at a time when he was already a radio star on BBC‚Äôs The Goon Show.The neglected films had been nestled in 21 canisters that were salvaged outside a film company‚Äôs office in 1996. The building‚Äôs manager, Robert Farrow, said he was supervising the refurbishment of Park Lane Films‚Äô old office when he took the canisters, intending to use them to store his Super 8 collection.Farrow said he almost threw out the film inside the canisters.‚ÄúIt was then I realized they were two Sellers films,‚ÄĚ Farrow told BBC News. ‚ÄúIt was amazing.‚ÄĚSoon after making the short films, Sellers‚Äô movie career took off. The actor went on to start in successful films such as The Naked Truth, The Pink Panther, Being There and Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.Sellers died in 1980 after collapsing from a heart attack. Richler, whose acclaimed books include The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Solomon Gursky Was Here and Barney‚Äôs Version, passed away in 2001.Mark Cousins of the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society in Britain said the films were ‚Äúmissing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.‚ÄĚ‚ÄúThese early films, although they‚Äôre only shorts, are quite important because they were really made before he hit the big time.‚ÄĚBoth films will be shown at the festival‚Äôs opening night, May 1.
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In three weeks time, Dejehan Hamilton will introduce an instrument to a part of the world where its never yet been performed.The 20-year-old musician from Hamilton‚Äôs north-end will be the first to perform the steel pan in Singapore. Ever.‚ÄúIt‚Äôs overwhelming to think I‚Äôll be performing for the first time,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a historic moment.‚ÄĚ'People say ‚ÄėI didn‚Äôt know the steel pan could sound like that.'- Dejehan HamiltonHamilton ‚Äďstagename Luckystickz ‚Äď is a second-year student at Boston‚Äôs prestigious Berklee School of Music and he's committed to taking his instrument not just to new places, but to new genres, beyond its roots in Caribbean music into Jazz, Gospel and more.He was invited to be one of six students from Berklee to travel across the globe to perform in a Christmas concert on Dec. 22, sponsored by his school and a Singapore-based production company.‚ÄúI‚Äôll be introducing the steel pan to Singapore,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThey don‚Äôt have any steel presence at all.‚ÄĚIt was at age 8 that Hamilton first got a drum kit and developed a passion for music. He played at the Hamilton Church of God on Stone Church Road, where his family had been attending for generations.A few years later, the Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra was looking for a youth drummer, and he got the gig. At a practice, he started messing around with a steel pan.‚Äú‚ÄôYou‚Äôre a natural,‚Äô [the conductors] told me,‚ÄĚ he said.Unique soundHamilton has stuck with the instrument ever since. He‚Äôs the first Canadian to attend Berklee on scholarship and specialize in the steel pan, and he‚Äôs drawing attention because he‚Äôs doing something unique.The steel plan is traditionally a Caribbean instrument, and Hamilton has roots in Trinidad and Tobago, but the music that comes from that part of the world is not his specialty.‚ÄúWhat I‚Äôm doing is trying to break down barriers that you can only play the instrument a Caribbean setting,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm trying to implement it in jazz and Motown.‚ÄĚWhile playing the Beantown International Jazz Festival in Boston with a Motown and gospel group, Hamilton changed the traditional sound of the steel pan to mesh with a different style of music.His style is in demand. Hamilton played several Berklee concerts this year, as well as an event at Harvard University for Trayvon Martin‚Äôs mother.‚ÄúThere is a big interest factor,‚ÄĚ he said of his mission to make the steel pan more mainstream. ‚ÄúPeople say ‚ÄėI didn‚Äôt know the steel pan could sound like that.‚Äô‚ÄĚHamilton has been practicing with his colleagues for the past month leading up to their Singapore performance when his instrument will blend with other percussion instruments and voice.He‚Äôs expecting a lot of questions from Singapore about how the instrument works and where the sound comes from.‚ÄúI hope to leave the essence of the instrument in the country,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt needs more global presence.‚ÄĚHamilton isn‚Äôt leaving for Singapore without performing in his hometown first. He‚Äôll play with the Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra Sat. Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Dundas Little Theatre.
Montreal artist Michel de Broin ‚ÄĒ known for creating modern, contrasting, subversive sculptures ‚ÄĒ is bringing a touch of danger to Miami Art Week.Headlined by the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach festival, Miami Art Week now includes a host of concurrent events and gatherings that focus on contemporary work, design, emerging artists and experimental creations.Past Sobey Art Award-winner de Broin is in Miami for the Untitled Festival on behalf of the Toronto and Montreal based Division Gallery. His works on show include recent pieces such as Overpower ‚ÄĒ his electrically charged bronze figurine wielding a sword that ignites a broken light bulb ‚ÄĒ and his upturned bronze figure The Abyss of Liberty.His work has previously appeared in festivals, exhibitions and galleries across North America and Europe, including Toronto, Paris and Berlin. Current projects include a massive work inspired by lamp posts that's destined for the German parliament in Berlin."For a Canadian artist, I think it's really great to be in a context where there are so many great artists from all around the world," he told CBC News.With pieces like Overpower, which is charged with a whopping 10,000 volts of electricity, de Broin plays with notions of danger and of clashing subjects."I'm attracted to something dangerous. It is like if you're awakening the senses, the feelings. When you're confronted with something dangerous, you become more alive or focused," he said."You're more aware. I'm interested in that experience." In the attached video, de Broin talks about heading to Miami to show his work and explains some of the pieces he'll have on display.
Festival 500: Sharing the Voices, the biennial international choral festival and symposium held in Newfoundland and Labardor, is taking a hiatus.Harry Connors, the board's former chair, said there will be no event in 2014, as the board re-thinks the future of the event. The festival's new board has said the cost and size has become untenable. "We were operating in a very different environment than when we started," said Susan Knight, one of the co-founders of Festival 500. "This has to be a lean and flexible organization because we just can't afford a mega-production anymore." First held in 1997Festival 500 was first held in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1997 to coincide with the Cabot 500 anniversary year and the visit of Queen Elizabeth. Choirs from North America and around the world took part.But Knight said in recent years fewer choirs could afford to come, and some from developing countries had difficulty obtaining visas. Connors said a volunteer board has formed to look at changes to make the festival "a much more lean and capable organization."Knight said the board will meet with local conductors and choirs to get their ideas, but wants to "keep the same founding and enduring values of the festival." She said the public can add their input on the festival's website and through social media.