Colonel Percy Fawcett is an ambitious British explorer who, come 1925, plans to take a long trip into the Amazon rainforest to uncover an ancient lost civilisation that he names 'Z'. He expects to find ruins and treasure, possibly even remnants from the legendary El Dorado, but it seems an impossible task to get the backing of the respected scientists of the day who can't possibly conceive that a civilisation perhaps more advanced than our own could exist amongst the native tribes they perceive as savages. His wife seems to be the only one who supports his mission, as well as his son Jack and another friend who agree to accompany him on the voyage. Unfortunately, this will be the trio's last trip, as they are subsequently never seen in England again.
Ben Affleck launched his directing career 10 years ago with his film of Dennis Lehane's novel Gone Baby Gone, and he now returns to the author to adapt this Prohibition-era gangster drama. It's a big, beefy story with colourful characters and a snaky, expansive plot. And it's beautifully assembled by a skilled cast and crew. Even so, the film never quite generates quite enough energy to engage properly with the audience.
In 1927 Boston, Joe (Affleck) is a war veteran who has turned to crime to survive. But problems arise when he launches a torrid affair with the moll (Sienna Miller) of the Irish mob boss (Robert Glenister). With his life in danger, he turns to the rival Italian mafioso (Remo Girone) for a job, and is sent to Tampa to run their rum-smuggling operation. Working with his pal Dion (Chris Messina), Joe makes a success of a string of speak-easy bars and finds love with a the sister (Zoe Saldana) of a Cuban gangster. Then as he plans to open a huge casino, his gentlemanly agreement with the local police chief (Chris Cooper) is threatened. And it doesn't help that the boss in Boston begins to meddle.
Everything is assembled with a sumptuous sense of style, from the cool cars to the epic suits and hats. The film looks gorgeous, shot with muted colours that echo the subdued emotions of people who never quite say what they think. Of course, this creates a big problem, because it leaves Affleck's Joe looking like a blank slate, intriguing to watch but impossible to sympathise with. Nothing feels properly developed, with romances that seem to exist for no real reason and business relationships that appear to be based on some sort of unexplained subterfuge. The most riveting element of the story is Joe's clash with the KKK, a powerfully bull-headed group that refuses to play by the usual mob rules.
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In 1925, a British explorer named Colonel Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon rainforest with his son Jack and one of Jack's friends. He was on the search for an ancient lost city he dubbed 'Z', rumoured to hold never before noted ruins and possibly the remains of El Dorado. He was also on the way to discover to another location in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil, which was talked of in an old manuscript he found at a library in Rio de Janeiro. However, whether or not his journey was completed remains unknown, because neither he not his companions returned from the expedition. To this day, his death remains a mystery. Many have claimed that he was killed by tribal natives in the region, others that they died after falling ill, and one story even claims he spent the rest of his days as the leader of a tribe of cannibals.
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Joe Coughlin was born and raised in a good family, his father was the police captain and they were a respected family in the neighbourhood. Joe was the dark horse and fell in with the wrong crowd from an influential age. It was 1920's and Joe and the rest of the Coughlin family lived in the thriving city of Boston. Joe constantly seemed to be pulling in a different direction to that of his father and mixed with some of the town's most feared bosses responsible for any number of crimes from running alcohol to robbery.
Caught in the middle of a war between mob bosses, Joe ends up ripping off the wrong guy in more than one way as he also steals his woman. Everything appears to be going for Joe and his small gang but their next heist is a chance too far and sees Joe being put in prison for robbery. Once again, Joe finds himself falling in with another powerful boss who offers him protection in prison - but at a cost.
With his eventual release, Joe moves to Florida to begin over seeing a rum smuggling operation but as Joe finds love he begins to realise that there's more to life than working on someone else's terms but perhaps he's too deeply connected to ever be able to give up the life he's made for himself.
The two actors met on the set of Alfie in 2004 and had an on-off relationship until 2011.
Sienna Miller has opened up about her ex fiancé Jude Law, revealing that she still cares about him ‘enormously’. Speaking to Porter magazine Miller, who split from actor Tom Sturridge last year, said that though her exes might be a ‘motley crew’ they all have one important quality in common, ‘intelligence’.
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After a string of award-winning arthouse hits like Kill List and A Field in England, director Ben Wheatley and writer Amy Jump stumble with this adaptation of the 1970s J.G. Ballard novel. The satirical dystopian setting offers buckets of eye-popping visual style, plus outrageously twisted characters the A-list cast have a lot of fun sinking their teeth into. But while the themes are strong, the people on screen are so aggressively loathsome that it's not an easy movie to watch.
It's set in a brutal concrete tower within commuting distance of London, where new resident Robert (Tom Hiddleston) is learning his way around the building's modern, self-contained design. He especially enjoys flirting with his sexy upstairs neighbour Charlotte (Sienna Miller). But the building has a social structure that is creating some serious tension. Wealthy residents like the tower's architect Anthony (Jeremy Irons) live at the top, while economically struggling families like Helen and Richard (Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans) are closer to the ground, with middle-class families in between. So when the lower floors lose their supply of water and electricity, they revolt against the upper classes, waging all-out war in the hallways.
The political commentary is astute and perhaps even more timely today than it was in 1975, when the novel was written and when the film is set. And each of the characters is full of energy and anger. So it's frustrating that the choppy editing style seems to lose track of people and plot-threads as it shifts around to various angles on the action. This makes all of the violence and sex feel oddly random and excessive, as things get increasingly nasty and each of the people loses the audience's sympathy. Hiddleston has terrific presence, but the film kind of abandons him along the way. While Irons is hamming it up shamelessly, Evans is inexplicably brutal and both Moss and Miller are little more than victims.
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'If only we had enough money to move to a bigger house', an ongoing predicament in most households around the world. Just a little more space, just a little more comfort. Robert Laing is a young doctor who's currently embracing the single life.
Robert thinks that a beautiful closed off high-rise apartment is just the place for him to make a home. His flat is located on the twenty-fifth floor which is somewhere in the middle and as Robert settles in and is introduced to his new neighbours, he soon begins to realise that there's a hierarchy within the building -the higher the floor you're on, the more your life is worth.
The higher you go in the 40-odd floored building, the more palatial your surroundings become. Somehow the man behind the design of the building appears to hold more answers than he's willing to give. Lines are soon crossed and war breaks out between the self-imposed floor class system.
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The actress appeared on ‘Alan Carr's Chatty Man’ on Friday once again not wearing a poppy.
Just a week after facing backlash for failing to wear a poppy during an appearance on 'The Graham Norton Show', Sienna Miller has once again been shown on TV not wearing the remembrance emblem. The actress was appearing on ‘Alan Carr's Chatty Man’ on Friday, alongside Bradley Cooper to promote their new film Burnt.
Sienna Miller has been criticised for not wearing a poppy on TV.
Some viewers took to twitter to brand the actress ‘disrespectful’ for not wearing the pin. ‘@AlanCarr disappointing to see Sienna Miller with no poppy. #disrespect,' said one viewer. Another added: "#chattyman why isnt #siennamiller wearing a #poppy ? #PoppyAppeal #sad #suchashame #notimpressed,’ (via The Mirror).
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The First Lady, Michelle Obama, has praised 'American Sniper' for portraying a returning veteran in a more realistic light than the stereotypical down and out vet or triumphant hero usually depicted in television and film productions.
Michelle Obama has praised the film American Sniper for realistically depicting military veterans. The First Lady was speaking at an event for 6 Certified, an association which attempts to promote film and television productions which feature more faithful representations of veterans, on Friday (30th January).
Michelle Obama has praised American Sniper.
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Sienna Miller is heading to Broadway for the second time.
Despite speculation that she would be extending her run as Sally Bowles in Broadway musical Cabaret, Emma Stone has decided to depart the successful production and will be replaced by the British actress Sienna Miller from February 17.
Emma Stone will be replaced by Sienna Miller after a strong run in Cabaret on Broadway
Miller is currently starring in Clint Eastwood's tense drama American Sniper and previously appeared on Broadway in 2009, in After Miss Julie. She will take over from Stone until March 24 at New York's Studio 54.
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Despite his business acumen and ability to land important deals, one businessman named Dan Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) still managed to get a pay cut from his uncaring boss - who may be hot but she's still widely hated throughout the company. A year later, he's set up his very own business with only two employees: one man who's old enough to have retired a decade ago (Tom Wilkinson), and a boy who's barely out of college (if he ever managed to get that far) hilariously named Mike Pancake (Dave Franco). Even in spite of the unsual trio, they still manage to secure a lucrative deal with a top company and make way for a trip to Germany to shake on it. However, another company threatens to disrupt everything - Dan's former employers. In order to be noticed over his busty blonde former boss, he has to pull out all the stops. And we mean all of them.
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The 'Foxcatcher' screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival saw the cast and crew take to the red carpet to pose for pictures. Amongst these, were stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller with her fiancé Tom Sturridge.
Bradley Cooper stars as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, America’s most lethal sniper.
For the past few months we’ve become used to the sight of a more beefy, beardy Bradley Cooper, but now the time has finally come to see the actor’s new look in action, as the first trailer for American Sniper has landed. Yes Bradley’s transformation was all so he could look the part of real life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, known as the most lethal sniper in US history.
Bradley Cooper stars in American Sniper as Chris Kyle
Directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Cooper, American Sniper is based on Kyle’s memoir ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History’. The film has been in development since 2012, a year before Kyle’s tragic death at a Texas shooting range.
What would you do when your own morals come into direct confrontation with your duty to protect your peers? For Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), a U.S. Navy SEAL working as a sniper in Iraq, the question comes in one of the worst possible ways. An armed patrol, under the watchful eyes of Kyle, is confronted by a woman and a child. When the woman hands the child what looks to be a Russian grenade, Kyle desperately calls for someone else to see and make a confirmation. When no one can, he is faced with the choice of killing the young boy in his tracks, or jeopardising the safety of his colleagues.
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Bradley Cooper's shorts are short. Really short.
Bradley Cooper has the tightest, shortest shorts around. That's a fact. The Hollywood star was snapped shooting Clint Eastwood's American Sniper on Wednesday (4th June) sporting an incredible pair of khakis to get into character as America's deadliest sniper, Chris Kyle.
Cooper was also wearing a white T-shirt and combat boots as he shot a Navy SEAL training scene, doing press-ups while being sprayed with a water hose.
These five style vixens are queens of the fashion world. But are you more inspired by Olivia Palermo or Anna Dello Russo? Which fashionista floats your boat?
There’s a certain stage you reach in your fashion career when you are no longer simply just ‘well-dressed’. This lot have all transitioned from your regular fashionistas to bona fide style icons, each with a dedicated following of devoted fashion fans. Here's a list of our top five fashion icons.
At 67 years old Jane Birkin is still a fashionista
How many people can say that they have the most coveted Hermes bag in the world named after them? Jane Birkin became a symbol of the Swinging Sixties and after accidentally spilling the contents of her straw bag next to Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight from Paris to London, she also became his muse for a new design. The Birkin bag is now brandished by the most famous and most wealthy, although Birkin herself no longer uses her since developing tendonitis. With a wardrobe full of mini dresses and Mary Janes, Jane Birkin was the original boho babe, paving the way for Rachel Zoe and her hoard of hippies.
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Actress says it's just something she does with her friends.
Sienna Miller has testified in the phone hacking trial brought against NOTW's former editor Rebekah Brooks and others. Appearing via videolink this afternoon, the actress said that it was "likely" that she had left a voicemail message to fellow actor Daniel Craig that ended with "I love you" but this that this phrase was not used as an "important declaration of love."
Sienna Miller Has Said That It's "Likely" She Left An "I Love You" Message For Daniel Craig.
Miller was called to be questioned on the matter after her ex-boyfriend and actor Jude Law told the court that he had had no knowledge that any of his close relatives had sold stories to the tabloid newspaper based on the rumour of Miller and Craig's affair. Mr Law was challenged on his relationship with the paper and whether he had ever tried to directly influence stories.
Just Like A Woman won't go down as a classic
Two women, Marilyn (Sienna Miller) and Mona (Golshifteh Farahani) traverse the American deserts in search for a new life. Both of them have a history of domestic violence, and they both have a love for dance, leading them to Belly Dance their way through this Thelma and Louise style road movie.
Sienna won't be pleased with her latest movie's reviews
It’s a proven formula with a twist, which in the right hands could have been a classic. In Rachid Bouchareb’s hands, though, it seems to have crashed and burned. Anything below 30% on Rotten Tomatoes is considered embarrassing, so when we learnt that Just Like A Woman was standing on a measly 9%, we cringed. Here are some of the most painful reviews.
'The Girl' star Sienna Miller looks super-smart as she poses, smiling, for photographers as she arrives a special screening of her new movie 'Just Like A Woman' at Crosby Street Hotel in New York City. She is wearing a straight, black, calf-length dress with simple black heels and her hair scraped back in a neat ponytail.
It was a star-studded (emphasis on 'studded') affair at the punk-themed MET Costume Gala on Monday (May 6th 2013). Among those spotted leaving their hotel in New York City were 'Django Unchained' star Christoph Waltz, model Cara Delvingne, who bravely wore a very spikey dress with a scarily plunging neckline, and 'Bridget Jones's Diary' star Renee Zellweger.
'Accused' writer Jimmy McGovern had tipped Sean Bean for a BAFTA following his performance in the drama, which aired last year.
Sienna Miller, Imelda Staunton, Peter Capaldi and Sarah Lancashire are among the nominees for the 2013 television BAFTAs. London based actress Miller - a star on both sides of the Atlantic - gets the nod for her role as Tipi Hedren in the BBC's Alfred Hitchcock drama The Girl, which scooped four nominations in total. Staunton received a best supporting actress nomination, also for The Girl, while Lancashire was rewarded for her performance in the romantic-drama Last Tango in Halifax.
Peter Capaldi is up for best actor for BBC Two's recently-axed 1950's drama The Hour, though also for his role as the foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in political comedy The Thick Of It. The latter nomination - for best male performance in a comedy programme - will see Capaldi pitted against Steve Coogan's return as Alan Partridge in Welcome To The Place Of My Life, as well as Inbetweeners star Greg Davies.
Elsewhere in the acting categories, Sheridan Smith received her first BAFTA nomination for her portrayal as Mrs Biggs, in the true story of the wife of the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs, and Rebecca Hall was nominated for Parade's End. Sean Bean is nominated for his performance as transvestite Tracie in Accused, the BBC drama series which follows people accused of crimes as they await the verdict. Bean's performance was clearly one of the stand-out turns of the year and he won best actor for the role at the Royal Television Society Awards in March.
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Sienna Miller has been praised by the artist Jonathan Yeo, for posing naked whilst she was pregnant.
The painting, which Yeo created just a few weeks before the actress gave birth to baby Marlowe will be shown at his exhibition in Berlin, entitled (I’ve Got You) Under My Skin, Marie Claire reports.
Writing about his subject matter, Yeo said “It is a tribute to her courage and self-confidence that she agreed to sit for this. I can think of many figures whose public currency in part revolves around their appearance who would prefer to hide themselves away for nine months.” In the exhibition catalogue, he also said “This portrait of Sienna was painted a few weeks before the birth of her baby Marlowe and is part of a series of pictures of her which I plan to exhibit next year.”
Hailed by many as the most beautiful and most natural visage of a woman, the pregnant naked body has captured the imaginations of artists and photographers on a wide scale over the past few decades. Hirst's pregnant nude sculpture was unveiled in a sleepy seaside town earlier this year, and now celebrity portraitist Jonathan Yeo is set to exhibit a painting of a pregnant Sienna Miller in Berlin, as a part of his (I've Got You) Under My Skin exhibition, reports the BBC.
"It made sense to me to unveil this image for the first time in Germany, a country with a very relaxed attitude to nudity, where it is not automatically sexualised or deemed scandalous... It is a tribute to [Sienna's] courage and self-confidence that she agreed to sit for this." Said the artist, "I can think of many figures whose public currency in part revolves around their appearance, who would prefer to hide themselves away for nine months"
The exhibition seems to be all about the human body, and other paintings from the exhibition that can be seen on his website focus far more around cosmetic surgery. Sienna's natural form is in distinct contrast to much of the other work that will be on show in Berlin. Yeo found fame in satirical political portraits, notably a collage of George Bush made of clipping from pornographic magazines.
Sienna Miller has received mass praise for her role as 60's screen siren Tippi Hedren in the HBO special 'The Girl'.
'The Girl' will air on HBO this coming Saturday (Oct 20) and will follow the off-screen terrors that often plagued Hedren during her time working under Alfred Hitchchock. As well as Miller, the mini-movie also stars Toby Jones as the acclaimed directed Hitchcock and Imelda Staunton as his wife Alma Hitchcock.
The show has already been given the thumbs up by a handful of critics that have been given a first look at the new project, commending the impressive performances of the cast and the detailed portrayal of the difficult relationship that Hedren had to endure with Hitchcock.
Sienna Miller plays Tippi Hedren in 'The Girl' - a film that delves into the intricacies of the actress's relationship with Alfred Hitchcock. In an interview with Reuters, Sienna talks candidly about the subject matter of the film.
The film, which premieres this Saturday, October, 20 on U.S. cable channel HBO, tells the tale of how Hitchcock, played by Toby Jones, both launched and ceased Hedren's career, from her point of view. Asked whether Hitchcock did in fact ruin Hedren's acting career, Miller gives a brutally honest answer: "Well, she absolutely does feel that, because he did. She is at the same time very complimentary about him, and as a director no one is disputing the fact that he was incredible at what he does," she explained, whilst adding, "And also he taught her how to act and she is very indebted to him for that - to learn from the master. But yes, he was really responsible for damaging her career and of course there is resentment that comes with that." The 30-year-old Sienna boasts a strong acting CV, with appearances in gangster classics like Layer Cake, and action flick, G.I Joe, but this will be one of her biggest 'art-house' projects.
"I think his films will remain some of the greatest films ever made and he will always be heralded as one of the greatest directors of all time," said continued in the interview. "But often with geniuses, there is a kind of dark side and that is nothing new. I don't think it will have any profound effect on his legacy as a director or a filmmaker."
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