The Kaje’s Top 10 Films 2011!!!!

Many people complain that the film industry relies upon remakes and rehashes of old ideas. While 2011 has seen its fair share of reworkings (some better than others), it has also seen an array of talent new and old keeping the magical cinematic experience alive. Here at ten films that really blew The Kaje away in 2011…

10. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows (Part 2)

Harry Potter is epic. With each book J.K. Rowling’s tale of a young wizard got bigger and better, with the maturing Harry Potter not only having to deal with puberty and all that entails, but his role as the chosen one. All the stops are pulled out as the film series reaches its dramatic conclusion, and it is nigh on impossible to not get carried away with its sense of wonder.

9. 50/50

Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard head up the cast of the quirky American comedy dealing with cancer. When Adam Learner (Gordon-Levitt) discovers he has a tumour, his life seemingly falls apart. His best friend Kyle (Rogen) is there for him in ways, while his girlfriend Rachael (Howard) cheats on him. However, with a zest for life and a determination, Learner pushes through in this unconventional comedy.

8. Horrible Bosses

“Horrible Bosses” is so far removed from the laugh a minute comedy you might expect from both the cast and the trailer. With a dark premise, “Horrible Bosses” is full of challenging twists and turns and breaks the mould with performers who are often stereotyped. Be warned Jennifer Aniston is not the nice girl in this one…

7. We Need To Talk About Kevin

It is very rare for a film to be able to leave you truly dumbfounded and breathless, but that is exactly what Lynne Ramsay’s big screen adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel “We Need To Talk About Kevin” does. With mind-blowing performances from Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller, “We Need To Talk About Kevin” is one of 2011’s unforgettable features.

6. My Week With Marilyn

Sometimes a single performance can make or break a film. Though Colin Clark’s (Eddie Redmayne) story centres around his fleeting fling with global icon Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), he is barely noticeable in this on-screen adaptation such is the prowess of Williams. The film itself is perfectly feel good and boasts an all-star cast (Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson), but it is Williams who should win the Oscar as a result.

5. Bridesmaids

Improvisation troupe The Groundlings was the meeting place for Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the screenwriters responsible for this year’s surprise comedy winner. Centred around best friends Annie (Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph) in the lead up to the latter’s wedding, the comedy stems out of the unlikely characters forming the Lillian’s bridesmaids. There is little to say other than “Bridesmaids” is simply pant wettingly funny!

4. The Help

Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel “The Help” is one The Kaje’s favourite books from recent years, so it was with fearful anticipation that we approached Tate Taylor’s film interpretation. Sure it stars The Kaje favourite Emma Stone as protagonist Skeeter Phelan, but could Taylor really do justice to Skeeter, Abileen (Viola Davis) and Minny (Octavia Jackson)? The answer is – not fully, but then discrepancies between the film and book are easily forgiven due to clever alterations and sensational performances from the films’ leads, notably the sublime Viola Davis.

3. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

Guy Ritchie’s second installment of Sherlock Holmes picks up where the first left off, only with added comedy bite. Both Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are on fine form, with their on-screen chemistry sizzling into a feuding friendship. Though at times the film veers on the absurd, the comic element of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows” will hopefully remain Ritchie’s focus in the next instalment.

2. Les Yeux De Sa Mere

Mathieu (Nicolas Duvauchelle) is an investigative journalist whose target is his former love interest Maria (Geraldine Pailhas) and her famous anchorwoman mother Lena Weber (Catherine Deneuve). However, when his interference leads to an unfortunate accident, Mathieu finds himself hunting down Maria’s secret son, upcoming boxing champion Bruno (Jean-Baptiste Lafarge). The twisting and turning plot presents an interesting take on celebrity culture, with Lefarge proving himself a name to keep a close eye on.

1. Weekend

Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend” is the ultimate love story. Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New) meet in a club. Neither are looking for anything more than simple shag, but they unexpectedly fall for each other over the course of an eventful weekend. With a simple but believable script and two of the finest screen performances of the year, “Weekend” is unmissable.

NEWS: The Xcerts Unveil Video For “Young (Belane)” ft. Twilight’s Jamie Campbell Bower

THE XCERTS return with their second album and follow up to 2009’s ‘In The Cold Wind We Smile’; ‘Scatterbrain’ will be released on the 4th October through Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Reuben, Far, Straight Lines…) preceded by new single ‘Young (Belane)’ a week earlier. The video for the single which is directed by Joseph Rodrigues Marsh was recently filmed by the band in a remote part of the Welsh countryside. Not wanting to be added to the list of bands creating standard performance videos the band called upon the help of friend, actor and fan of the band Jamie Campbell Bower.

Speaking of how this came about frontman Murray McLeod says “We were on tour a few month’s back and got a message on Twitter from Jamie (Campbell Bower) that said he was coming to one of our shows. Our Drummer Tom is a massive film buff and we were delighted that he was coming to see us so we added him to the guestlist. We spoke to him after the show, and he was a really humble, down to earth guy. When we were pitched the idea for the video, we instantly thought of Jamie who is an incredible actor.”

Jamie Campbell Bower is best know for his role of Caius in ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ and has recently completed the filming of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ Part I and II. His filmography also features films directed by Tim Burton and Guy Ritchie and he is rumoured to be cast as King Arthur in a 10-part American TV series called ‘Camelot’ alongside Tamsin Egerton as his queen Guinevere.

In the video for ‘Young (Belane)’ Bower is cast as a creepy-obsessed fan that kidnaps the band and drags their unconscious bodies back to a secluded barn to add to his ultimate shrine of memorabilia. When not force feeding them Macaroni Cheese or cutting off trinkets of their hair Bower’s character gets distracted and while he’s dancing to one of the The Xcerts’ early releases the band make for an escape! But will they be successful?

The only way to find out is to head to The Xcerts official website (http://www.thexcertsband.com) at 5pm on 25th August when the video will be revealed!

NEWS: Michael Gambon To Return To The West End Stage To Star In “Krapp’s Last Tape”

Michael Gambon will return to the West End stage to star in “KRAPP’S LAST TAPE” by Samuel Beckett, which will open at the Duchess Theatre on 15 September for a limited season, finishing on 20 November. There will be a press night on Wednesday 22 September. He will be reprising the critically lauded performance, which he gave for a short season at the Gate Theatre in Dublin in March this year. “KRAPP’S LAST TAPE” will be directed by the Gate Theatre Dublin’s Artistic Director Michael Colgan.

Michael Gambon has recently starred in Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land” and Samuel Beckett’s “Eh Joe”, both at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, which both transferred triumphantly to the West End. His other more recent stage work includes “The Caretaker” at the Comedy Theatre, “Endgame” at the Albery Theatre, “A Number” at the Royal Court Theatre and “The Life of Galileo” and “A View From The Bridge”, both at the National Theatre. His television and film work includes “The Singing Detective”, “Mary Reilly”, “Gosford Park”, “Angels in America”, “Cranford” and “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover”. He is universally known for starring as ‘Professor Albus Dumbledore’ in the Harry Potter films. ‘The Great Gambon’, as he is generally known, started his career at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, in exactly the same way as Orson Welles and James Mason.

Michael Colgan has now been the Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin for 27 years, during which time he produced four Pinter and six Beckett Festivals, which were subsequently seen throughout the world. He produced a critically acclaimed Brian Friel season in 2009 to mark the playwright’s eightieth birthday, which opened at the Sydney Festival in Australia before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival and subsequently the Gate Theatre.

The world premiere of “KRAPP’S LAST TAPE” was at the Royal Court Theatre in London over 50 years ago in October 1958. This classic play has become one of Beckett’s seminal works. This Gate Theatre Dublin production of “KRAPP’S LAST TAPE” will be produced in London by the Gate Theatre Dublin in association with Playful Productions. In the great British tradition of Variety and Music Hall, “KRAPP’S LAST TAPE” will play twice nightly, with tickets priced from £25-35 (which includes a £1 restoration levy on each ticket).

Performances at the Duchess Theatre will be at 7.00pm and 8.15pm from Tuesdays to Fridays, with performances at 3.00pm and 8.00pm on Saturdays. There are a few exclusions to this schedule and there will be no Sunday or Monday performances. Tickets are available from the Duchess Theatre Box Office on 08444124659 or online at http://www.krappslasttape.co.uk, which also lists the exact details of all performances.

NEWS: Hammer Film’s The Woman In Black Set To Star Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe will take the lead in The Woman in Black, Hammer Films and Alliance Films hotly anticipated adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel, it was announced today by  Simon Oakes, and Nigel Sinclair of Exclusive and Hammer.

To be directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) and written by Jane Goldman (Kick Ass, The Debt) The Woman in Black follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe), who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in an old and isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover its tragic secrets, and his unease grows when he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance.  Production is expected to begin in the Fall of 2010.

Exclusive and Alliance Films will co-finance the film. Alliance Films will also distribute the film in the United Kingdom (Momentum), Spain (Aurum) and Canada (Alliance Films).  Exclusive Films International, headed by Chairman Guy East and President of International Sales and Distribution Alex Walton, is handling worldwide sales.

Daniel Radcliffe is of course, best known for his portrayal of the bespectacled wizard Harry Potter, in the hugely successful series of feature films based on J. K. Rowling’s publishing phenomenon. He has starred in all eight films and collaborated with respected directors Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates. He also starred in Brian Kirk’s My Boy Jack (written by and also co-starring David Haig), playing the role of Rudyard Kipling’s tragic 17 year old son who went off to fight in the First World War. Most recently Radcliffe has proved him self an accomplished stage actor, receiving tremendous reviews and acclaim for his portrayal of Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer’s Equus in the West End and on Broadway. Radcliffe will return to Broadway next Spring to star in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

“’When I met Dan, it was quite uncanny how closely our thoughts on the story mirrored each other: I can’t wait to get down to work with him to fashion a compelling character and a classy ghost story that tugs at the heart and chills to the bone,” says James Watkins.

Simon Oakes continues, “We’re thrilled to have Daniel on board, I can think of no better actor to play the role of Arthur Kipps.  I’m confident that under the direction of James Watkins, he’ll take Jane Goldman’s script and deliver an utterly intense and compelling performance.”

Daniel Radcliffe said, “I am incredibly excited to be part of The Woman In Black. Jane Goldman’s script is beautifully written – both tender and terrifying in equal measure. It is thrilling to be working with James Watkins. From his brilliant work on Eden Lake and also having met him and heard his vision for the film, I know he will make a fantastic film.”

The Woman in Black is produced by Simon Oakes for Exclusive’s Hammer Films label and Richard Jackson at Talisman Films. Exclusive’s Nigel Sinclair and Guy East are serving as Executive Producers, along with Roy Lee for Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring). Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) is adapting the screenplay, based on Susan Hill’s best-selling novel.

Susan Hill’s novel has become a modern classic, appearing on the national curriculum in the United Kingdom. The Woman in Black was also adapted into a stage play by Stephen Mallatratt, first performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough, UK in 1987. It moved to the Fortune Theatre in London’s West End in 1989, where it still successfully runs today, over twenty years later, and has been performed the world over.

Exclusive is currently in post-production on three films: Matt Reeves’ Let Me In starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Elias Koteas and Richard Jenkins (produced through its Hammer Films label, Overture Films will release the film in October 2010); Antti Jokinen’s The Resident starring Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace and Christopher Lee (produced through Hammer Films); and Peter Weir’s The Way Back starring Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong and Colin Farrell.  The company recently premiered Spitfire Pictures’ The Last Play at Shea, about Billy Joel and his last performance at Shea Stadium, at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and is currently in production on the authorised history of Formula 1.

NEWS: MTV Presents… One Night Only Plus Support

MTV and Gift Music have teamed up to put on a series of exclusive live shows featuring the best of established and emerging talent around.

After a great first 6 months, featuring the likes of Vampire Weekend, Marina and The Diamonds, Delphic, Tinie Tempah and more, August sees One Night Only sign up for an MTV live show at the legendary Dingwalls venue, around the corner from MTV UK HQ in Camden.

Second album  ‘One Night Only’ is due for release through Vertigo Records on August 23rd and represents a giant leap into giddy, almost dizzying energy and excitement; bigger and more confident tunes than their debut and a feeling of being catapulted into something tremendously exciting and perhaps a little troubling. It’s the story of chasing the end of the rainbow, what happens along the way and when you get there.

Lead single Say You Don’t Want It makes it clear the Yorkshire band have been sampling the delights of pop stardom since their debut in 2008, while recognising the downsides of being catapulted to fame. The video features actress Emma Watson.

One Night Only released their debut album in January 2008 and it quickly went Gold, spawning the huge hit single Just For Tonight. They amassed legions of rabid fans up and down the country from their constant touring – including a bunch of sold out headline tours and major festival appearances at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, T in the Park etc.

Since those heady days of breaking through, frontman George has become the face of Burberry (at the last campaign shoot, he met now good friend and video co-star Emma Watson) and is regularly glimpsed in fashion shoots and on 25ft billboards around the world.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

MTV PRESENTS | One Night Only plus support
WHEN | Thursday, August 19th 2010
WHERE | Dingwalls, Camden, London NW1 8ABPRICE | £10Doors 7.30pm
One Night Only on stage @ 9pm

For more information and to buy tickets log onto: www.mtv.co.uk/mtvpresents

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