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Could 'Paddington' turn into a surprise family flick hit?

1 hour ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Perception is not always be reality.  Especially in the movie business. Ever since the first trailer for "Paddington" arrived last March eyebrows were raised. Would this CG-animated-live action hybrid do Michael Bond's beloved literary bear justice?  Many thought the teaser looked more "Smurfs" or (perish the thought) "Garfield" than in the vein of a well regarded "Fantastic Mr. Fox."  It didn't matter that "Harry Potter" and "Gravity" producer David Heyman was shepherding the production, this was one movie that ended up having one bad publicity crisis after another.   When word came down that Ben Winshaw was replacing none other than Colin Firth as the Peruvian bear's voice that rose a red flag. When the film's U.S. distributor, The Weinstein Company, decided to move "Paddington" out of its longstanding Christmas Day opening to a January 15 bow most media smelled trouble.  Moreover, many Brits were appalled when the movie earned »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Watch: Nicole Kidman Loses Her Kids in Aussie 'Strangerland' Trailer

7 hours ago | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Early next year, we'll see Nicole Kidman get a little evil by kidnapping the talking bear Paddington, and on the complete other end of the spectrum, there's Strangerland, a haunting thriller about a woman whose teenage kids go missing on the eve of a massive dust storm in the small Australian desert town of Nathgari. As red dust and darkness covers the town, the locals, including police officer David Rae (Hugo Weaving) try to help, but it soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to them, and that's when fingers are pointed, and the situation escalates pretty quickly. This looks like a pretty intense thriller, and it's nice to see someone like Joseph Fiennes doing something promising again. Watch the trailer! Here's the Aussie trailer for Kim Farrant's Strangerland (via The Film Stage): Strangerland marks the directorial debut of Kim Farrant from a script written by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Strangerland' Trailer Starring Nicole Kidman

7 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes go searching for their missing teenage children in the first trailer for Strangerland.

Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matt Parker (Joseph Fiennes) are trying to adjust to their new life in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari. They are pleasant but keep to themselves, unwilling to get close to anyone. On the eve of a massive dust storm, their lives are rocked when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear into the desert. With Nathgari now eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the locals join the search lead by local cop, David Rae (Hugo Weaving). It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to them. Suspicion is cast, rumors spread and ancient Aboriginal stories are told in whispers as the locals begin to turn against the couple. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine »

- MovieWeb

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Watch: Eerie, Haunting Trailer For 'Strangerland' Starring Nicole Kidman And Hugo Weaving

7 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We could really use a good movie from Nicole Kidman. This year she starred in the terribly reviewed "Before I Go To Sleep," the forgettable "The Railway Man," and her Cannes opener "Grace Of Monaco" was savaged by critics. Her next gig? "Paddington." Thankfully, "Strangerland" holds some promise and the haunting first teaser trailer has arrived. Co-starring Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes, the story follows a couple whose relationship is pushed to its breaking point after their two teenage children disappear into the outback. Penned by Fiona Seres and Michael KinironsKim Farrant (documentary “Naked on the Inside,” Australian TV show “Rush”) makes her feature debut on the project. And frankly, this looks like the kind of gritty, no frills movie Kidman needs to bounce back with. We're crossing our fingers that the moodiness on display adds up to something memorable. No release date or U.S. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch The First Trailer For Nicole Kidman’s Desert Drama Strangerland

8 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Nicole Kidman’s first indie pic on Aussie soil sees the actress united with Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes for a dark tale of human survival. The brainchild of first-time director Kim Farrant, Strangerland is based on a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons, and has now unveiled its first trailer.

The moody drama picks up on Catherine (Kidman) and Matt Parker (Fiennes), a couple who relocate to the Australian desert with their family in tow. When their kids go missing in the vast desert, they must confront the terrible fate of what’s happened to the two teenagers. Reaching out to the community they’ve kept at arm’s length, they enlist local copper David (Weaving) to help with the search.

A hint of A Cry In The Dark? A smidgen of Jindabyne? The trailer points towards another solid trio of performances from the leading cast – and a particularly harrowing turn from Kidman. »

- Gem Seddon

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‘Strangerland’ Trailer: Nicole Kidman in a Desperate Search for Missing Kids

8 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Here’s the first trailer for the tense Australian drama Strangerland, in which Nicole Kidman plays a woman whose children disappear, leading her and her husband into a desperate search. This first Strangerland trailer is short and tense — it’s got some of the same vibe and aesthetic appeal of True Detective, even if it doesn’t […]

The post ‘Strangerland’ Trailer: Nicole Kidman in a Desperate Search for Missing Kids appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Film Review: ‘Paddington’

19 November 2014 11:27 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“No bears were harmed in the making of this film,” boast the closing credits of “Paddington” — and happily, that promise extends to Michael Bond’s ursine literary creation. 56 years after first appearing in print, the accident-prone Peruvian furball is brought to high-tech but thoroughly endearing life in this bright, breezy and oh-so-British family romp from writer-director Paul King and super-producer David Heyman. Affectionately honoring the everyday quirks of Bond’s stories, while subtly updating their middle-class London milieu, King’s film may divide loyal Paddingtophiles with its high-stakes caper plot, but their enraptured kids won’t care a whit. If Paddington’s signature line — “I think I’m in trouble again” — is absent from his feature-length debut, that’s because even the fretful bear should feel bullish about its prospects.

With “Paddington” out in Blighty on Nov. 28, roaring domestic holiday biz is a given, though whether TWC-Dimension can sell U. »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Paddington’ Not Quite So Polite? UK Ratings Board Baffles Brits With PG

19 November 2014 9:01 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The British Board of Film Classification has taken the curious step of giving Paddington, the Studiocanal family movie about the polite bear from deepest darkest Peru, a PG rating. The Parental Guidance certificate has surprised many in the UK, especially as it originally came with a warning of “dangerous behavior, mild threat, mild sex references, (and) mild bad language.” The author of the original book series, Michael Bond, told The Daily Mail, “I’m totally amazed… I might not sleep well tonight. I can’t imagine what the sex references are.” The BBFC later amended its wording after an approach by distributor Studiocanal, and replaced “sex references” with “innuendo.” On its website, the board said the innuendo comes during a scene in which Hugh Bonneville is dressed as a woman and “is flirted with by another man.” I asked the BBFC if the issue would have been different had it »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Pinewood Seals Slate Deal With Fox

19 November 2014 8:03 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Pinewood Pictures, which finances and distributes the media investments of the Pinewood Studios Group, today announced it has closed a deal that will see 20th Century Fox book all films on its distribution slate into cinemas.

The lead title in Pinewood’s slate is the feature adaptation of hit TV series Spooks: The Greater Good, starring Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington, which will be released May 8.

Other titles include Ron Scalpello’s Pressure, starring Danny Huston.

Pinewood Pictures, which is part of the Pinewood Studios group, funds and distributes TV and film productions in the UK on behalf of the Isle of Man Media Fund and The Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget.  The company also offers direct equity investment from Pinewood.

Pinewood and Fox previously collaborated on Brit filmmaker Amma Asante’s Belle, which Pinewood invested in, and which Fox released to much success in the UK and U. »

- Ali Jaafar

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TV Review: ‘Hello Ladies: The Movie’

19 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sparingly appealing as a series, “Hello Ladies” fares somewhat better as an 80-minute movie, designed (much like finales to “The Office” and “Extras”) to wrap up the show. Those aforementioned comedies were the creations of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the gangly, less-well-known sidekick who has gone solo here. And if nothing else, Merchant has established himself as the kinder, gentler half of that tandem, with this sendoff feeling like an old-fashioned romantic comedy. Granted, “Ladies” was hardly a smash in the U.S., but those who said “Hello” initially will likely welcome the closure the finale offers.

More than anything, this concluding chapter feels like a departure from the edgy, uncomfortable material for which the duo was partly known. The story (directed by Merchant, who again shares writing credit with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky) essentially zeroes in on the inherent neediness of Merchant’s character, Stuart — his desire to create the impression, »

- Brian Lowry

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Ratings Confusion Over "Paddington" Sex Talk?

19 November 2014 7:14 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

One thing you don't equate with the upcoming family film "Paddington" is sex, or rather sexual innuendo.

Nevertheless, earlier this week the British Board of Film Classification handed down its official rating for the upcoming family film. They gave the movie a PG for several reasons including "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references and mild bad language" and warned that "some scenes may be unsuitable for young children".

It's the inclusion of 'mild sex references' that has raised eyebrows. 88-year-old Michael Bond, who created the iconic marmalade-loving bear character, tells The Daily Mail:

"I'm totally amazed. I'd be very upset. I might not sleep well tonight. I can't imagine what the sex references are. It doesn't enter into it with the books, certainly."

The film's U.K. distributor StudioCanal wasn't happy with it either and requested a reconsideration and more clarification. Subsequently the BBFC agreed to alter their decision. »

- Garth Franklin

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BBFC changes Paddington 'sex' advice

19 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes guidance from “mild sex references” to “innuendo” for the new Paddington film.

The BBFC has altered its guidance for upcoming family film Paddington after an approach from film distributor StudioCanal.

The feature, rated PG, was originally classified with the advice: “dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references, mild bad language”.

But when the decision was published on the BBFC website, Paddington’s distributor requested a reconsideration of the insight for the film, specifically to the description: ‘mild sex references’ and more clarity to the frequency of mild bad language. 

Paddington author Michael Bond was also reported to be “totally amazed” at the BBFC’s advice.

Subsequently the BBFC agreed to alter the term ‘mild sex references’ to ‘innuendo’ and added clarity to the frequency of mild bad language. The revised BBFC insight for the film reads: dangerous behaviour, mild threat, innuendo, infrequent mild bad language.

The BBFC ruled »

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

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Watch Paddington meet the Browns in first clip from family movie

19 November 2014 2:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The first clip from Paddington has been unveiled exclusively through Digital Spy.

The two-minute preview sees the Brown family getting off a train at Paddington station to be met by the marmalade-loving bear, who has just arrived from deepest darkest Peru.

Skyfall star Ben Whishaw provides the voice of the eponymous bear, while Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins star as Mr and Mrs Brown.

Nicole Kidman features as evil taxidermist Millicent, with Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton rounding out the supporting cast.

Paul King is directing the film based on Michael Bond's illustrated story books.

Paddington will open in UK cinemas on November 28 and January 16, 2015 in the Us. »

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Paddington creator Michael Bond upset over movie's sex references

18 November 2014 6:42 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Bond has said he's "totally amazed" by the decision to include sexual references and bad language in the Paddington movie.

The BBFC have awarded the children's film a PG certificate, and notes that parents need to consider whether the content may upset their children.

Dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references and mild bad language are listed as being included in the film, which follows the marmalade sandwich-loving bear.

Bond, who wrote more than 20 Paddington books, told the Daily Mail that he would be upset to hear any bad language included in the children's classic.

"I'm totally amazed," he said. "I'd be very upset. I might not sleep well tonight. I can't imagine what the sex references are. It doesn't enter into it with the books, certainly."

Paddington stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of the bear, and also stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville and Peter Capaldi.

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‘Railway Man,’ ‘Gods of Wheat Street’ Head Australia’s Screen Producer Awards

18 November 2014 3:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — Jonathan Teplitzky’s Colin Firth- and Nicole Kidman-starring drama “The Railway Man” was named as feature film production of the year at the 14th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards.

The awards took place Tuesday evening in Melbourne alongside the industry’s Screen Forever conference.

Other awards went to: Every Cloud Productions’ “The Gods of Wheat Street,” named as tele-movie or mini-series production of the year; Shine Australia’s “MasterChef” which was lauded as reality television production of the year; and Essential Media and Entertainment’s “Rake,” which was named drama television production of the year.

Playmaker Media, founded by producers David Maher and David Taylor and specializing in authored and contemporary drama, won the ‘Media Super Production Business of the Year’ award. Playmaker Media has recently produced award winning drama series “House Husbands” for the Nine Network, political thriller “The Code” for ABC Television and the »

- Patrick Frater

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‘Railway Man,’ ‘Gods of Wheat Street’ Head Australia’s Screen Producer Awards

18 November 2014 3:52 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hong Kong — Jonathan Teplitzky’s Colin Firth- and Nicole Kidman-starring drama “The Railway Man” was named as feature film production of the year at the 14th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards.

The awards took place Tuesday evening in Melbourne alongside the industry’s Screen Forever conference.

Other awards went to: Every Cloud Productions’ “The Gods of Wheat Street,” named as tele-movie or mini-series production of the year; Shine Australia’s “MasterChef” which was lauded as reality television production of the year; and Essential Media and Entertainment’s “Rake,” which was named drama television production of the year.

Playmaker Media, founded by producers David Maher and David Taylor and specializing in authored and contemporary drama, won the ‘Media Super Production Business of the Year’ award. Playmaker Media has recently produced award winning drama series “House Husbands” for the Nine Network, political thriller “The Code” for ABC Television and the »

- Patrick Frater

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Im Global Strategy Pays Off With Strong Sales On ‘Free State Of Jones’ & More – Afm

17 November 2014 7:49 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: With the Afm wrapped late last week, Im Global is reporting robust sales despite what many considered to be a lackluster market. Stuart Ford’s Reliance-backed production, financing and sales company had what Ford says was one of the strongest AFMs in Im Global’s 7.5 year history. The success is part of a strategy of building relationships and a profile in growth markets like Latin America and Asia — bringing filmmakers to market to speak directly to buyers doesn’t hurt either.

The company had one of the more sought-after titles at the Loews in The Free State Of Jones. Gary Ross’ epic wartime action romance that stars Matthew McConaughey was presented to buyers on the first day of the market by Ross and producer Scott Stuber, as well as Adam Fogelson and Oren Aviv of Stx which is distributing in the U.S.

Ford closed deals on Free State »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Lee Daniels Will Helm Supernatural Thriller Demon House

13 November 2014 8:43 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Director Lee Daniels has had an interesting career so far. After helming Precious, a film that garnered quite a few Oscar nods, he went on to direct the bizarre and insane The Paperboy, with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. This was followed up by Lee DanielsThe Butler, another film focusing on issues of race in America. Now, the director is set to helm a very different type of film from his previous endeavors, as he signs on for Demon House, a supernatural thriller.

Demon House purports to tell the “true story” of Latoya Ammons and her family who, according to Ammons, were possessed by demons starting in 2011. The Gary, Indiana resident claims that her family were possessed, their experiences rating everything from attacks by ghosts, violent behavior due to possession, hearing voice, ghostly footprints and levitation. Weirdly enough, investigations by authorities have actually supported at least some of the Ammons’ family claims, »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Nicole Kidman Has One Major Regret About Being In Batman Forever

12 November 2014 9:41 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Remember that time Nicole Kidman played the brainy but beautiful love interest in a Batman movie? Neither do I, really, though Kidman has a pretty good idea why her character . Dr. Chase Meridian, from Joel Schumacher.s Batman Forever -- ranks pretty low on the grand scale of Caped Crusader squeezes. The Oscar-winning actress was sprinting through her career with Yahoo Movies as part of the site.s Role Recall series. And when they got to 1995.s Batman Forever, Nicole Kidman didn.t have a ton of disdain for the experience, though she does admit: "I remember going, .I wish had more of a role, though.. It.s great being the girl in the Batman movie.. But I.m an actor and you go, .Gosh I want more to do.. So I would still love to do some sort of superhero movie where I get to do the cool stuff. »

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‘Big Hero 6′ Wins B.O. As ‘Interstellar’ Takes Second; Monday Returns

10 November 2014 1:25 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Final Update Monday, 1:08Pm: As expected, Big Hero 6 cruised to the top of the box office weekend. Not so expected: Chris Nolan’s saga Interstellar fell short of $50M. Distrib Paramount insisted that the sci-fi genre and film’s record IMAX run would keep Sunday drops to a minimum and help the weekend become one of only four ever feature two moviesing open north of $50M. But it fell short.

Not an issue for BH6, which landed right within estimates and, given the dearth of family fare and its strong exits, should have a solid run into Thanksgiving. It’s exits are terrific, it’s got an A CinemaScore, and kids are notorious repeat viewers,.

But a standard Sunday fall for Interstellar kept the film from the $50M mark, or even Paramount’s Sunday estimates. Still, for a nearly three-hour film that’s scored solid exits and is »

- Scott Bowles and Anita Busch

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