New Line to toe the cor­po­rate line

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New Line Cin­ema, one of the lead­ing in­de­pen­dent pro­duc­tion/dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies in the US, has lost its au­ton­o­mous sta­tus within the Time Warner group and has been sub­sumed into Warner Bros. In its 40-year his­tory, New Line en­joyed suc­cess with such di­verse pro­duc­tions as The Lord of the Rings and Austin Pow­ers trilo­gies, and the Night­mare on Elm Street fran­chise.

Mean­while, di­rec­tor Gavin O’Con­nor has crit­i­cised New Line for again post­pon­ing the re­lease of his thriller, Pride and Glory, which stars Ed­ward Nor­ton and Colin Farrell and was to open here and in the US next Fri­day.

“We’ve de­liv­ered some­thing spe­cial and unique, a film that’s not for ev­ery­body but has some­thing to say,” says O’Con­nor. “We’re all heartbroken.” Farrell adds: “This is the first time it’s hap­pened to me, where a film I be­lieved in so strongly, not only as en­ter­tain­ment but for its per­ti­nent mes­sage and great per­for­mances, sits on a shelf. This is bizarre.”

Just the facts, please Ken

Di­rec­tor Ken Rus­sell was of­ten chided for bla­tant in­ac­cu­ra­cies in his biopics such as The Mu­sic Lovers (Richard Cham­ber­lain as Tchaikovsky), Lisz­to­ma­nia (Roger Dal­trey as Franz Liszt), Mahler (Robert Pow­ell) and Valentino (Ru­dolf Nureyev). In his col­umn for The Times in Lon­don, Rus­sell ar­gued that there’s no longer a stigma for movies re­leased di­rectly to DVD. He cited five ex­am­ples, but three of them (Flood, Save the Green Planet, Ev­ery­thing Is Il­lu­mi­nated) ac­tu­ally re­ceived cin­ema re­leases in the UK.

The other Charles Bron­son

Ni­cholas Wind­ing Refn, the Dan­ish di­rec­tor of the Pusher tril­ogy, is now shoot­ing Bron­son in Not­ting­ham. It stars Tom Hardy as Charles Bron­son, but it’s not a biopic of the ma­cho star who died in 2003. Hardy’s char­ac­ter is claimed to be Bri­tain’s most no­to­ri­ous pris­oner, who changed his name from Mickey Peter­son to Charles Bron­son and has served 34 years at Her Majesty’s plea­sure, 30 of them in soli­tary con­fine­ment be­cause of his in­volve­ment in hostage tak­ing and rooftop protests.

Pat Shortt and Garage go large

Garage opens on six UK screens to­day and in Belfast. A prize-win­ner at Cannes last year, Garage won four Ifta awards last month, for best film, di­rec­tor, screen­play and ac­tor (Pat Shortt). Lenny Abra­ham­son’s drama goes on DVD re­lease here next Fri­day.

Con­cert orches­tra plays sci-fi

There are some stir­ring scores on the pro­gramme – among them Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey – when the RTÉ Con­cert Orches­tra per­forms sci-fi movie sound­tracks at the Na­tional Con­cert Hall in Dublin next Wed­nes­day night. I’m par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to their ren­di­tion of Jerry Gold­smith’s pow­er­house mu­sic for the un­der­rated Capricorn One.

David Bro­phy will con­duct the orches­tra at the show, which also prom­ises scores from Star Trek, Star­gate and The Rock­e­teer. www.nch.ie

Big stars are in Con­trol

Os­car win­ner Tilda Swin­ton joins Bill Murray, Gail Gar­cía Ber­nal and John Hurt in The Lim­its of Con­trol, now shoot­ing in Madrid. Jim Jar­musch’s film stars Isaach de Bankole (The Div­ing Bell and the But­ter­fly, Casino Royale) as a mys­te­ri­ous loner with a crim­i­nal plan. Don’t ex­pect a con­ven­tional thriller.

Ken Rus­sell: what a whop­per

Ed­ward Nor­ton in the oft-de­layed Pride and Glory

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