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One Day filmed at the Rio Cinema?

The latest trailer for One Day would suggest that one scene was shot outside the Rio Cinema in Dalston.

First, take a look at the new trailer:

Compare the shot at 0.41 with a photo of the East London cinema:

Through the magic of Photoshop, see how they seamlessly blend in to one another:

The upcoming film is adapted from the David Nicholls novel and revisits the lives of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) over a twenty year period.

Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education), it opens on August 19th in the US and a week later in the UK.

> Official site
> One Day at the IMDb
> Ric Cinema in Dalston


Old UK Cinemas

Flickr user dusashenka has created a rich photo archive of UK cinemas.

There are a bewildering number of images depicting cinemas over the course of several decades.

This gallery shows what the Odeon Leicester Square was like when it was screened The Prisoner of Zenda (1938), Aliens (1986) and Wall Street (1987).

You can also check out the evolution of the Phoenix in East Finchley, as it showed Don’t Look Now (1974) and The City of Lost Children (1995).

There is an incredible set of photos of regional cinemas including the ABC Horsham (1967), Odeon Scarborough (1936) and the Rex Berkhamstead (1988).

> Check out the full gallery here
> Cinemas in the UK


The Heart Specialist

How did a film over 5 years old eventually get a theatrical release back in January of this year?

And why do the IMDb list it under the title Ways of the Flesh?

The Heart Specialist is an independent comedy that was reportedly completed in 2006, about a group of young medical residents at a Florida hospital starring Wood Harris, Brian White and Zoe Saldana.

But a five year wait seems excessive and places this firmly in the realm of Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret (although that long-delayed film has more pedigree behind the camera).

It opened in the US in January and the verdict from the trades was pretty brutal.

Joe Leydon of Variety said:

“The Heart Specialist” is DOA. A ploddingly paced and tonally dissonant mix of broadly played sitcom-style humor and shameless heartstring-yanking, this long-shelved indie has been dropped into a limited theatrical run much like a terminally ill patient might be checked into a hospice. After its inevitable B.O. flatline, expect a quick transfer to Redbox kiosks.

Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter was also less than enthusiastic:

Filmed in 2006 but only now receiving a limited theatrical release no doubt thanks to the presence of rising star Zoe Saldana (Avatar), the African-American, medical-themed The Heart Specialist plays like a poorly written episode of Gray’s Anatomy. This awkward, amateurish blend of comedy and melodrama will need life support stat to prevent it from immediately disappearing from theaters.

But this begs the question as to why it got a theatrical release at all. Did investors in the film have a legal clause demanding a theatrical release?

According to Box Office Mojo it has so far grossed $1,103,037.

> The Heart Specialist at the IMDb
> LA Times on the troubled production of Margaret


Charlie Sheen Web Show

Charlie Sheen has now launched his own show on the internet called Sheen’s Korner.

After a week of manic and erratic interviews which have seen the actor’s profile skyrocket, he has now taken to the web, racking up nearly two million Twitter followers in a week and launching his own web show called Sheen’s Korner.

It mainly consists of Sheen sitting around with his friends, looking into the wrong camera and rambling about things.

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This whole episode is playing out like a modern day version of Howard Beale’s meltdown in Network (1976).

Just substitute ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore’ with ‘winning’.

> Charlie Sheen at Wikipedia
> Network at the IMDb

Amusing Random

The Film School Thesis Statement Generator

The Film School Thesis Generator is a fairly accurate spoof of the academic jargon used to describe the art of cinema.

Created by designer and writer Mike Lacher, it is worth typing in a few films to try it out.

The new Justin Bieber movie Never Say Never?

“Through the use of subversive semiotics, Never Say Never echoes the rise of currency and the loss of utopia”

What about the dire Stallone cop movie Cobra (1986)?

“Through the collapsing of identity and whiteness, Cobra hybridizes the rise of currency and the loss of utopia”

The Michael Winner clunker Bullseye! (1990)

“Through the fluid identification of the viewer, Bullseye asks telling questions of Bergman-esque assertions of the nature of humanity”

All time box office champ Avatar (2009)?

“Through the deliberate suppression of colors meant to signify passion, Avatar dichotomizes the primacy of scholarship in the Abrahamic religions.”

What about Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010)?

“Through the conflicting duality of progress and humanity, Inception asks telling questions of established notions of the star system”

And Citizen Kane (1941)?:

“The strategic use of narrative ellipses in Citizen Kane calls into question pre-Oedipal anxieties”

For more fun just head over to the site by clicking here.

> IndieWire interview with creator Mike Lacher
> The Film School Thesis Generator