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Speaking Up For The Artist Refund Claimants

This week it was reported by The Telegraph here that a handful of customers at an Odeon cinema requested refunds at a screening of The Artist, complaining that they had not been aware that it was a silent movie. The internet, of course, took great joy in deriding these consumers for their ignorance, hailing them as philistines. My first response too, I’ll admit, was a roll of the eyes at the stupidity of the mainstream viewing public. Continue reading

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Kevin’s Costly Scheduling Unchains Him From Django

It started out as such an innocuous day, then ended in absolutely bitter disappointment. OK, that may all sound a little bit drastic, but I am a bit upset at the news that Kevin Costner has reportedly had to pull out of Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming Django Unchained. Slashfilm reported on a Tweet from Variety staffer Justin Kroll here. The reason is apparently scheduling conflicts, and whilst that doesn’t sound likely with regards to Costner of late, he does have a fair bit on his plate right now.

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DVD Review – The King’s Speech

Just a few short months ago a we witnessed a royal occasion bigger perhaps even than that of the wedding of William and Kate. Riding a wave of critical acclaim, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech surprised many by winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as getting nods for lead actor and director. With the release of the DVD and Blu-ray, away from the hype and intense media attention, we get an opportunity to reappraise the film and ask the question – was it really the best film of 2010? Continue reading

Happy Birthday George! Celebrating Clooney’s 50th

George Clooney turned 50 this past Friday. He no doubt spent much of this weekend celebrating his life and success, and here at Fluent in Film we feel we should do the same. As much as any actor today, Clooney can be considered Mr Hollywood. He has the looks, the talent, and the charisma of any screen icon from the last century of cinematic entertainment. George may have been around for 50 years, but has really only been a prominent figure in the entertainment business for the last 20. Continue reading

The Coens Display True Box Office Grit

Weekend estimates for the US are in, and with them comes a very comforting tale of triumph. The Coen brothers’ Academy Award contender True Grit won the weekend, bringing in another $15m to take its total to around $110M. This meant it not only finally beat Little Fockers into second place in their running box office battle, it also firmly established its place as the Coen’s highest grossing movie. Their first film to break the $100m mark, it is a big landmark for the prolific brothers. Continue reading