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    Here’s the official trailer for A Field in England, Ben Wheatley’s follow-up to Sightseers. We think we can spot shades of Witchfinder General and Black Death. Take a look and judge for yourself…

    Set during the English civil war, the screenplay by Wheatley and his wife and regular creative partner Amy Jump centres on the aftermath of a large battle in which a group of deserters is captured by an alchemist (played by Kill List’s Michael Smiley) and his henchman. The two force their captives to help them search for a hidden treasure they believe is buried in the field, but not until they have feasted on a vast patch of mushrooms.

    "The group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia," according to Film4, which is funding the project. "As it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field."

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    Bill Murray reads poems to construction workers

  3. Dilbert-creator Scott Adams not keen on Les Miserables

    The cartoonist reviews the film on his website:

    "In a pivotal scene in Les Miserables, one of the main characters finds himself in a sewer, up to his nostrils in human waste, with a bullet in his torso, while being pursued by the authorities who have just killed all of his friends. This was my favorite scene in Les Miserables because I could relate to it. Watching that fucking movie feels exactly like being up to your nostrils in human waste, with a bullet in your torso, after the government has killed all of your friends. The main difference is that the movie is longer. Much, much longer.” More

  4. Michael Haneke on his parody Twitter account

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    Photograph: Phil Fisk for the Observer

    From the LA Times:

    'On the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday night, the real Michael Haneke was asked at last about his hard-partying online doppelganger. “My students said there was a weird Twitter account,” the 70-year-old Haneke, who teaches at the Vienna Film Academy, said through a German translator. “But I'm not that interested in that kind of thing. It's not for me.”' Read more

    From the Guardian:

    30 Minutes With … @Michael_Haneke: ‘Izzy huppert always speeks the truth even wen shes high’ Read more

  5. Soul Men: The Making of The Blues Brothers

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    The pitch was simple: “John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Blues Brothers, how about it?” But the film The Blues Brothers became a nightmare for Universal Pictures, wildly off schedule and over budget, its fate hanging on the amount of cocaine Belushi consumed. From the 1973 meeting of two young comic geniuses in a Toronto bar through the careening, madcap production of John Landis’s 1980 movie, Ned Zeman chronicles the triumph of an obsession.

    Read the Vanity Fair article here

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