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Miss Marple Actress Geraldine McEwan Dies at the Age of 82

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Actress Geraldine McEwan, best known for her role as Agatha Christie’s amateur detective Miss Marple, has died at the age of 82, her family have told the BBC.

She died on Jan. 30 following a stroke in late October, her family said.

McEwan won the BAFTA TV award in 1991 for best actress for her role in “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.” She also won awards for her theater work, taking Evening Standard best actress awards for “The Rivals” in 1983 and for “The Way of the World” in 1995.

McEwan appeared as Miss Marple in 12 episodes of the ITV television series “Agatha Christie’s Marple” from 2004 to 2009.

She also featured in 1991 Hollywood movie “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” as evil witch Mortianna, and in indie films like Kenneth Branagh’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Henry V,” and in a leading role as Sister Bridget in Peter Mullan’s “The Magdalene Sisters, »

- Leo Barraclough

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'RuPaul's Drag Race': 10 Queens Who Need to Guest-Judge

28 January 2015 1:14 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"RuPaul's Drag Race" is coming back March 2 with a judging panel consisting of veterans RuPaul and Michelle Visage and newcomers Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews. Exciting! Personally I will miss Santino Rice's snarly angst, but he's had a good run. More exciting: The announced guest judges this season are pretty thrilling. Kathy Griffin is back along with Olivia Newton-John, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, and John Waters. Pretty damn smashing. But before season seven gets under way, let's make sure to proclaim which celebrities Still need to join RuPaul and criticize the fabulous dames of his runway.  1. Tim Gunn Here's my problem with Tim Gunn on "Project Runway": I truly believe he is holding back. He comes from a distinguished academic background and taught at Parsons for years. He knows biting, incisive criticism. Not that he goes easy on "Project Runway" contestants, but he could certainly be grimmer and more subversive. »

- Louis Virtel

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BBC Films to Receive BAFTA Honor on 25th Anniversary

28 January 2015 4:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8.

Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was Peter Greenaway.

Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalog. With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements, »

- Leo Barraclough

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BBC Films to receive BAFTA honour

28 January 2015 4:34 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.

BBC Films is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 8.

The prize is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, with previous recipients including Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross.

Last year’s recipient was British writer-director Peter Greenaway.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, BBC Films has a strong track record in developing and co-producing award-winning films, most recently Pride and Philomena.

Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said: “For the past 25 years, great effort has gone into establishing BBC Films as a nurturing and collaborative home for filmmakers - one which showcases British talent to the world and deepens the impression of the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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BBC Films to receive BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema

28 January 2015 2:48 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

BBC Films will receive the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

The film-making arm of the BBC will take home the honour during the awards ceremony on Sunday, February 8.

Chairman of BAFTA's Film Committee Nik Powell said: "I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalogue.

"With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like Billy Elliot and Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements but also an affirmation of why BBC Films is so important for the film industry both here in the UK and further afield."

Head of BBC Films Christine Langan added: "We're truly delighted and honoured at BBC Films to »

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Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Spinoff Gets A New Writer

27 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It was revealed not too long that writer Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) had left Gareth Edwards’ untitled Star Wars spinoff upon completion of the movie’s first draft. Various sites reported at the time that Simon Kinberg might be brought in as a replacement, but it is in fact Chris Weitz who has landed the job!

Even if the name isn’t familiar, his work should be.

The Academy Award nominated screenwriter’s writing credits include About A Boy and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. He also penned Kenneth Branagh’s (Thor) upcoming live-action remake of classic Disney fairytale Cinderella.

Weitz is also an author (he’s currently working on a new series of Ya novels) and director, and helmed the Oscar nominated A Better Life and The Golden Compass. That’s a varied and impressive CV to say the least!

It’s still not clear what this movie will focus on, »

- Josh Wilding

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StreamFix: 6 Oscar Frontrunners in Great Roles on Netflix

26 January 2015 5:31 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Newsflash: We still have awhile before the Oscars. It's like a month away. But we can prepare anyway by revisiting the greatest hits of our leading nominees in the acting categories. Put on your angriest Annette Bening face and join us for this trip into prestige pictures currently streaming on Netflix. "The Kids are All Right" (Julianne Moore) Julianne Moore didn't pick up a nomination, but costars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo did in this family drama (with funny moments) about a lesbian couple attempting to embrace the new-found presence of their kids' sperm donor. "The Kids are All Right" feels like a lost James L. Brooks gem set in 2010, and every performance has endearing and (intentionally) maddening moments. Julianne might play the most conflicted character at all, and she wears that indecision and personal guilt well.  "My Week With Marilyn" (Eddie Redmayne) Is this a great movie? No. In fact, »

- Louis Virtel

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Chris Weitz set to write Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spinoff

26 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

After original writer Gary Whitta departed Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Spin-off movie (after completing a draft), the film has now found a new writer to complete the script. Academy Award nominee Chris Weitz, the writer and director of About A Boy, will now take over. He has a few other solid projects on his resume including directing A Better Life; his writing credits are pretty scattered over the years with his latest work being that of Kenneth Branagh's »

- Graham McMorrow

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Emma Watson To Star In Disney’s Live-Action Beauty And The Beast

26 January 2015 10:44 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Despite still being best known for starring in the Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson has delivered a number of impressive performances since that franchise ended. In fact, it’s fair to say that out of the three young stars who led the J.K. Rowling adaptations, it’s Watson who has most successfully distanced herself from the character she played.

Regardless, the British actress has now lined up her next high profile role, confirming via her Facebook page that she will star in Disney’s live-action musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

“I’m finally able to tell you … that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There.’ My six year old self is on the ceiling — heart bursting. »

- Josh Wilding

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Emma Watson will play Belle in Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast

26 January 2015 4:07 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Disney isn't messing around when it comes to their live-action adaptations of popular animated features, especially given the kind of money Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent brought in.  The pace is only going to pick up as we have Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella right around the corner, thankfully promising a less CG-intensive affair judging by the trailer.  We've known that Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes, Dreamgirls) was on-board to »

- Sean Wist

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Michael Keaton remembers Harold Ramis, tackling Shakespeare, Ron Howard's 'Gung Ho'

25 January 2015 7:55 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Santa Monica — Michael Keaton is having the time of his life. Cruising along an awards circuit that has brought him plenty of kudos for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and probably more opportunities to talk about himself than he'd prefer, he seems consistently high on life and not at all phased by the grind. He's not someone who has really sought out this kind of attention and acclaim, often retreating to his ranch in Montana away from the Hollywood fray, but now that he's feeling the love? Let's just say I doubt anyone's having as much fun with all of this than he is. On the eve of this year's Oscar nominations announcement, I met Keaton for coffee and a light lunch at one of his favorite Santa Monica spots to chew on as much of his career and the awards »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The fantasist: The comic art of Woody Allen

24 January 2015 12:49 PM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »

- Graham Daseler

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Wim Wenders' 3D 'Every Thing Will Be Fine,' Starring James Franco, Will Bow in Berlin

19 January 2015 9:14 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This long anticipated 3D redemption drama (and Wenders' second use of the format after "Pina") centers on a writer (Franco) who, after causing the accidental death of a child, spends the next 12 years examining the tragedy's effect on his life and the life of the child's mother. As previously announced, Wenders will also be receiving an honorary Golden Bear at the festival, with 10 of his films screening as tribute, including 1984 Palme d'Or winner "Paris, Texas" and his latest documentary, the Oscar-nominated "The Salt of the Earth." The following films round out the Berlinale competition lineup including, notably, films from "No" director Pablo Larrain, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Andrew Haigh, Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog and, screening out-of-competition, Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella." “Aferim!” Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic By Radu Jude (“Everybody in Our Family”) With Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Cuzin Toma, Alexandru »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Berlin 2015: complete competition line-up revealed

19 January 2015 5:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premieres of Wim WendersEvery Thing Will Be Fine, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes) and Pablo Larraín’s The Club added to programme.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has unveiled its full Competition line-up.

Some 21 of the 23 titles will be world premieres, and 19 features from across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia will compete for Golden and Silver Bears.

New additions include Wim WendersEvery Thing Will Be Fine, which will play out of competition. The film, shot in 3D, stars James Franco as a writer who accidentally hits and kills a child while out driving. Co-stars include Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams.

As previously announced, Wenders will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement and will have ten of his films screened as part of the Homage strand.

Also playing out of competition will be the world premiere of Elser (13 Minutes) from Oliver Hirschbiegel, the German »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin Competition Final Lineup Includes Wim Wenders, Oliver Hirschbiegel

19 January 2015 3:15 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

With under three weeks to go, the Berlin Film Festival has completed its competition roster, adding new titles from Pablo Larraín, Wim Wenders and Oliver Hirschbiegel. In total, 19 of the 23 films in the program will be vying for Golden and Silver Bears. Twenty-one of the titles are world premieres including new addition El Club from Larraín whose 2012 No scored an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. World premiering out of competition is Wenders’ drama Everything Will Be Fine with James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze. The veteran helmer nabbed his third Best Documentary Feature Oscar nomination last week with The Salt Of The Earth. He’s also the subject of an homage at this year’s Berlin fest, and will be presented with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement.

Also in an out-of-competition world premiere is Downfall and Diana director Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Berlin Film Festival Completes Competition Lineup

19 January 2015 2:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Berlin Film Festival chief Dieter Kosslick has completed his Competition section lineup, with films by Wim Wenders, Pablo Larrain and Oliver Hirschbiegel among the latest additions.

Wenders’ 3D film “Every Thing Will Be Fine” stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rachel McAdams. Franco plays Tomas, a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother.

As previously announced, the festival is to present Wenders with an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, and will screen 10 of his movies as part of an homage. Wenders directed seminal pics like “Paris, Texas” and “Wings of Desire,” and has been nominated three times for an Oscar, most recently for “The Salt of the Earth.”

Larrain’s “The Club,” which was shot off the radar, turns on four disgraced priests, who »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Selma,’ ‘Woman in Gold,’ ‘Life’ to Play at Berlin Film Festival

15 January 2015 2:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold” and Anton Corbijn’s “Life” will screen at the Berlin Film Festival as part of the Berlinale Special program.

Selma,” which stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, makes its international premiere in Berlin. It was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement.” Pic has made faltering progress in the awards season, mainly due to the lack of screeners.

Life,” which world premieres in Berlin, stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pic is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. Corbijn’s previous pics are “Control” and “A Most Wanted Man.”

Woman in Gold,” which is another world premiere, stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. It centers on a Jewish woman, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog, Bill Condon Films to Play at Berlin Film Festival

14 January 2015 2:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Dieter Kosslick, the chief of the Berlin Film Festival, has added to his Competition Section lineup, which will include films by Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog and Bill Condon.

Among the additions are Panahi’s “Taxi,” Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, and Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson.

Panahi’s credits include 1995’s “The White Balloon,” which won the Golden Camera for best debut at Cannes, 2000’s “The Circle,” which won the Golden Lion at Venice, and 2006’s “Offside,” which won the Silver Bear at Berlin.

Panahi was arrested in his native Iran in 2009, and subsequently banned from making films for 20 years. Despite this, he has produced two films since, “This Is Not a Film” and “Closed Curtain,” which played at Berlin in 2013, and won the Silver Bear for screenplay.

As a writer, Condon won »

- Leo Barraclough

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Why Sam Goldwyn Jr Was Important

10 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

His dad was one of Hollywood’s founding fathers. If there is something that Samuel Goldwyn Jr should be remembered for following his death on Friday night, it’s this, according to Tom Rothman: “For the 20 or so years before Disney put money in Miramax or we started Fox Searchlight with NewsCorp money and other studios got in the game, the independent film business really began with Sam in the late 70s.” Rothman, a lawyer in New York who repped Jim Jarmusch when he made the deal with Goldwyn Jr for Stranger Than Paradise, was hired by Goldwyn Jr to become president of The Goldwyn Company before moving on to Fox where he became the first president of Fox Searchlight.

“People forget what a seminal figure Sam was, and how many filmmakers broke through because of him,” Rothman said. “There was Kenneth Branagh, Anthony Minghella, Ang Lee, David Lynch and John Sayles. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Iconic Film Producer, Dead at 88

9 January 2015 9:49 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr. died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 88.

Born Sept. 7, 1926, Goldwyn was the son of actress Frances Howard and the Hollywood Golden Age movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, a founder of Paramount Pictures. Goldwyn Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps and founded the independent film companies The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn Films.

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Goldwyn was known for fostering young moviemaking talent, including Ang Lee (“The Wedding Banquet”), Anthony Minghella (“Truly Madly Deeply”) and Kenneth Branagh (“Henry V”), and is even »

- Deborah Day

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