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From Nicole Kidman’s Virginia Woolf to Emma Thompson’s Carrington, the Bloomsbury group have enjoyed a starry presence on screen, but as BBC2’s Life in Squares reminds us, their appeal has little do with paintings and books
“The Bloomsbury set defied convention in their morals,” the Daily Mail enthused uncharacteristically ahead of Life in Squares, “and blazed a trail with their take on design.” Promising to show readers “how to get the literary look”, the article neatly encapsulated the group’s appeal. Why the Bloomsbury group crop up so often on screen has very little to do with their books or paintings: they are feted as lifestyle pioneers, with their modernity as polymorphous lovers and avant-garde designers charmingly offset by their plummy voices and period clothes. The literary or artistic stuff is once again just a bonus in BBC2’s Life in Squares, which sensibly sticks to the »
- John Dugdale
Hugo Weaving has been named as this year's CinèfestOZ 2015 Screen Legend with today's launch of the festival's program.
Weaving will be recognised for his achievements as an Australian actor at the Festival.s Gala Night on 29 August at which Australia.s biggest film prize, the CinéfestOZ $100,000 Film Prize, is also awarded to an outstanding Australian film.
.Hugo Weaving is one of Australia's most celebrated actors and a passionate supporter of Australia film, television and theatre in and outside of his work. .
His credits include Stephan Elliott.s classic The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Jocelyn Moorhouse.s Proof and The Dressmaker opposite fellow Australian Judy Davis; Rowan Woods acclaimed drama, Little Fish alongside Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill; .Mystery Road directed by upcoming filmmaker Ivan Sen; Strangerland directed by first time director Kim Farrant opposite Nicole Kidman which screened at Sydney Film Festival and Sundance; Glendyn Ivin.s »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Bateman signed the initial deal in 2012. Aggregate and Bluegrass Films produced Melissa McCarthy’s “Identity Thief,” which grossed $139 million for Universal. Aggregate also produced Bateman’s directorial debut “Bad Words.”
Aggregate is also producing Fox Searchlight’s “Ipo Man” and an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal from a script by David Bar Katz. Aggregate is one of more than 20 first-look deals at Universal, including pacts with Judd Apatow, Ron Howard, Vin Diesel, Chris Meledandri and Elizabeth Banks.
Bateman directed and stars in “The Family Fang” along with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. The drama, in which a brother and sister return to their family home after their world famous parents disappear, »
- Dave McNary
Stx Entertainment has shifted the release date for its upcoming crime thriller "Secret in Their Eyes" for the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, in order to give the film "a strategic position leading into the successful movie-going corridor," says the press release. Adapted from Juan José Campanella's 2010 Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film, "Secret in Their Eyes" is directed by Billy Ray, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts, is now set for November 20, 2015, it was announced today by Kevin Grayson, President of Domestic Theatrical »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Weinstein Company did some release date juggling Wednesday on two films likely to be in this year’s awards conversations — and gave one a new title. The name of the comedy starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller formerly known as “Adam Jones” has been changed to “Burnt,” and it has a new October 23 release date, TWC said. John Wells directs the tale of a chef struggling to rebuild a promising career he’s thrown away, which is written by Steven Knight. That new date became more attractive Wednesday when Stx Enterainment shifted the Julia Roberts-Nicole Kidman thriller »
- Todd Cunningham
Roberts plays an FBI investigator whose team is torn apart when they discover that the “unidentified female body” abandoned in a garage dumpster is her teenage daughter. Her friend and co-worker, played by Ejiofor, continues digging every day for 13 years until he uncovers a new lead.
“The Secret in Their Eyes” is directed by Billy Ray and produced by Mark Johnson and Im Global’s Matt Jackson. The film is the first potential awards contender and only the second release from year-old Stx, which launches its first title on Aug. 7, opening with the thriller “The Gift. »
- Dave McNary
Stx Entertainment will release Billy Ray’s crime thriller “Secret In Their Eyes” on Nov. 20, it was announced Wednesday by Kevin Grayson, Stx’s president of domestic theatrical distribution. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts star in the film, which had been slated for release on Oct. 23 before Stx moved it to the weekend prior to Thanksgiving. Adapted from Juan José Campanella’s 2010 Oscar-winning foreign language film, “Secret In Their Eyes” was produced by Im Global along with Stx. Also Read: Julia Roberts Hunts Her Daughter's Killer in First 'Secret in Their Eyes' Trailer (Video) After FBI investigator Ray (Ejiofor) finds the. »
- Jeff Sneider
Room will expand nationwide on November 6 and receives its Canadian premiere in Toronto after a likely world premiere slot in Telluride.
Element Films, No Trace Camping, and Film4 produced the film and FilmNation handles international sales.
The Weinstein Company has now claimed the same November 20 date for Carol after moving forward from December 18.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Besides the big titles that are rightfully dominating the initial conversation around the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, there are smaller films that could always surprise, and here's some images from a couple. Read More: Tiff Programs 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' 'The Martian,' 'Demolition,' And More While he’s usually known as a straight man in comedies, Jason Bateman has been branching out into directing. His latest effort is a drama called “Family Fang” starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett and himself. Here’s the Tiff synopsis: After an unlikely accident, a pair of grown siblings (Nicole Kidman and director-star Jason Bateman) are compelled to move back in with their eccentric parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett), professional practical jokers whose lifetime of public interventions have alienated their children. The Coen Brothers’ longtime collaborator Carter Burwell has written the »
- Edward Davis
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
2015’s Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 40th year, will kick off the fall festival season with their opening night film, Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. Over 350 films are among this year’s festival.
Tiff 15’s list of Special Presentation is an incredible list of new films from Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next), Charlie Kaufmann (Anomalisa), Scott Cooper (Black Mass), Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Cary Fukunaga (Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation), and Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). Several of the titles were among this year’s Cannes lineup, including The Lobster, Youth, and Louder than Bombs.
Deepa Meetha’s Beeba Boys, Stephen Frears’s Lance Armstrong movie The Program, Freeheld, starring last year’s Oscar winner Julianne Moore alongside Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and Brian Helgeland’s Tom Hardy »
- Brian Welk
Is it game over for Adam Sandler? His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.
Here’s how Sandler’s box office career went from $4 billion in ticket sales to ice cold.
1. He aged out of his material
Sandler, 48, spent the ’90s playing the eternal teenage »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Because I am a human adult with an internet connection, I watch YouTube all the time, mostly to relive Sutton Foster’s amazing tap number from Anything Goes and watch old episodes of Gummi Bears. These visits happen often enough to contribute a not-insignificant bump to the view counts on those videos, but not so frequently that my YouTube routine falls outside the bounds of typical human behavior. I am not what you would call a power user. That designation is reserved for the types of legitimate stars that most people old enough to have a college degree wouldn’t recognize; the types of unexpected internet celebrities that New York featured last spring; the types of YouTube creators who make confessional vlogs and video-game parodies and makeup tutorials and karaoke mash-ups, and who have consequently become more famous than Nicole Kidman’s forehead and early '90s “Vogue”-era Madonna combined. »
- Brian Moylan
Stanley Kubrick was a sucker for order, so he might have appreciated the desire to catalogue his career. However, since his films often warn against placing too much faith in systems, perhaps he knew that this way madness lies.
Frankly, most of his films have fair claim to being number one, so establishing first amongst equals means some hard choices have been made along the way - just try not to trigger the doomsday device or start swinging the axe if you don't agree.
So without further ado, let's open the pod bay doors and enter the enigmatic, exceptional work of Stanley Kubrick.
13. Fear and Desire (1953)
Even a genius has to start somewhere. Already a successful magazine photographer and documentary maker, 24-year-old Kubrick directed his debut about a military mission on limited funds - it was shot silently with sound added later.
Plagued by difficulties, Kubrick later called it "a completely inept oddity, »
Cinema Capital Group teamed with Original Entertainment to acquire the rights to the 2014 release from Millennium Films, based on the book by S. J. Watson. It’s part of a five-picture deal Original partners Daljit Parmar and Hunt Lowry have with Millennium that includes “Rambo” and “The Expendables.”
Production is set to start in September.
“Vipul is an extremely talented director and we are excited to be producing this remake with Sunshine Pictures, »
- Shalini Dore
The Mad Men star's return will see Griffin investigating a criminal case in Sydney's Harbour City.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Campion will helm the project alongside another as-yet-unnamed director.
A sequel was commissioned following the success of the foreboding first series, which followed Griffin's investigation of a missing pregnant 12-year-old in rural New Zealand.
Leading Australian distributor Transmission Films will see its films given video and online releases by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Sphe and Transmission struck an exclusive multi-year agreement that starts from Oct 1 and covers physical and digital formats of catalog and future titles. Releases will be handled in Australia through Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia, and in New Zealand by Sphe.
The current slate of Transmission includes Todd Haynes’ Cannes film “Carole,” with local star Cate Blanchett, “Sufragette,” starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, Sundance hit “Brooklyn,” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.”
Other upcoming Transmission titles to flow through the Sphe distribution deal include productions from sister company See-Saw Films, including “Mr Holmes,” “Lion,” starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, Anton Corbijn’s “Life,” and Australian director Justin Kurzel’s “Macbeth,” another Cannes-sensation.
“The Transmission release schedule reflects an exciting growth phase with very high profile quality commercial theatrical releases, »
- Patrick Frater
The sequel to Top of the Lake will be set and shot in Sydney.
BBC2 commissioned a sequel after the first series, which followed Griffin as she investigated the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl in New Zealand, was nominated for eight Emmys and won the gong for best cinematography for a TV movie or miniseries.
See-Saw Films is producing and pre-production is due to start in December. Campion will direct along with another director who is yet to be confirmed.
- Don Groves
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) and Transmission Films on Wednesday announced a multi-year distribution agreement for Australia-based Transmission’s library and future releases.
Starting on October 1 Sphe will distribute Transmission’s titles on both physical and digital formats for the home entertainment market in Australia through its joint venture Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia Pty Limited and in New Zealand.
Transmission’s future new release slate includes Todd Haynes’ Cannes hit Carol starring Cate Blanchett, Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, Sundance selection Brooklyn and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Silence starring Liam Neeson and Adam Garfield.
Further upcoming Transmission titles include productions from sister company See-Saw Films such as Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellan and Laura Linney, Lion starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, Anton Corbijn’s Life with Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, and Justin Kurzel’s Cannes selection Macbeth with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Australian actor presents a whirl of contradictions on her country estate, from her love of truffles on pizza but Lipton in her tea, to the pull between her operatic ambitions and AC/DC fandom
1) Nicole Kidman embraces the “simplicity” of country life on the 45 hectare New South Wales property she bought for $6.5m in 2008, in which she does her chores in Kors (Michael). Her floor-length white nightgown is a world away from the “vintage black flapper dress” she wore to her high-school formal.
2) Kidman is a friend of the animals. She owns six alpacas, a herd of Black Angus cows, collects eggs from the hen house (in the nightie) and makes her own jam (probably not in the nightie). Her childhood cat was called Gregory and her spirit animal is an otter.
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- Alexandra Spring
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