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The word “grand” is bound to crop up when describing the films of Paolo Sorrentino. The director traffics in the type of grand that phones up Fellini but finds an alternate route, as well as the type to divide audiences immediately. Seven features in -- including 2013’s Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty” -- Sorrentino is deliberate with his choices, and so when speaking about his work he uses the term freely to explain his style. It’s how he envisioned his latest film, “Youth”, and also how he approached his upcoming HBO series, “The Young Pope”. “I really wanted to do a series about the Vatican, and a series in grand style,” Sorrentino explained when we spoke to him recently in Los Angeles. “And in order to make the series in English, like I wanted, I had make it an English-speaking Pope. That’s how Jude Law’s character was born. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
London — HBO and pay TV operator Sky have extended their existing deal, which covers the U.K. and Ireland, to include Germany, Italy and Austria.
The new agreement means that Sky will have the exclusive rights to broadcast first-run HBO shows in Germany, Austria and Italy until 2020, bringing those markets in line with the U.K. and Ireland. The shows will air on Sky’s premium channel Sky Atlantic; where possible, episodes will air simultaneously with the U.S. The pact also makes more HBO content available via its on-demand platforms.
The agreement is the first content deal covering all Sky territories in Europe that it has negotiated.
For the first time, all the episodes of current seasons of shows like “True Detective” will be available to view on catch up as the season transmits. As well as watching the shows on TV sets subscribers can watch them on the mobile TV service Sky Go, »
- Leo Barraclough
Over the past half-century, Terry Gilliam has lived several lifetimes — first as the mastermind behind the surrealistically satirical animations on Monty Python's Flying Circus and then as a filmmaker with an unparalleled, singular imagination. His oeuvre contains everything from literary flights of fancy (Jabberwocky) and kid-friendly fantasies (Time Bandits) to dystopian epics (Brazil and Twelve Monkeys), kaleidoscopic romps (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and the occasional slightly warped drama (The Fisher King, Tideland).
Now 74, Gilliam looks back on his life achievements, as well as »
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It's time to join the flock! The geniuses behind "Wallace & Gromit" and "Chicken Run" are back with the warm, funny "Shaun the Sheep" movie, which is out on Digital HD November 10 and Blu-ray/DVD on November 24. Shaun's adventure in the big city was adored by critics, who gave it a 99 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Digital, Blu-ray and DVD releases all come with multiple special features, including a "Making the Shaun Movie" featurette, "Meet the Characters," "Join Shaun Behind the Scenes," "Meet the Crew," and a parody poster gallery.
Here's an exclusive clip behind-the-scenes, showing how they made the models:
- Gina Carbone
Melissa McCarthy is routinely described as one of the finest comic actresses around today, though “comic” seems an unnecessary qualifier: her ad libs can be as exquisitely judged as many an accented Meryl Streep line reading. She further proves the point in Spy (Fox, 15), a bouncily silly espionage farce that reunites her with Paul Feig – director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, and a man who repeatedly allows her to draw honest, earthbound characters from inspired lunacy. For all its daft 007 mock posturing, this story of a CIA desk worker – think Miss Moneypenny in comfy slacks – accidentally forced into field agent peril is often most engaging when its star is permitted to play it low-key. Her professional exasperation and wistful pining for Jude Law’s Bond-slick super spy are all too »
- Guy Lodge
One of the biggest contenders for Best Actress at the Academy Awards this year is Saoirse Ronan for her performance in Brooklyn. Helping her make the case for an Oscar in a big way is the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which will be honoring her with the New Hollywood Award. This is a very prestigious citation, one that will surely help her in the Actress race with Academy voters. She’s outstanding in Brooklyn and has been impressing for years already, so Ronan very much deserves this honor. With the precursor season basically upon us, I strongly suspect that it won’t be the only one that she receives before Oscar nominations are announced… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan will receive the “New Hollywood Award” for Brooklyn. The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards »
- Joey Magidson
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures has hired screenwriter Dennis Kelly to rewrite the script to the “World War Z” sequel with Brad Pitt set to return. Kelly is known for creating the British tv series “Utopia” and writing the submarine thriller “Black Sea” starring Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, and Scoot McNairy. Kelly will work on a previous draft written by “Eastern Promises” screenwriter Steven Knight. “The Impossible” director J.A.
Bayona is still on board to direct the film which is scheduled for a June 9th, 2017 release date.
Inside sources say Bayona was on Universal Pictures short list of directors to helm “Jurassic World 2”, but Paramount decided to hire Kelly to pen a new script so to keep Bayona from dropping out of the project instead of helming the “Jurassic World” sequel. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions will co-produce and co-finance the film. The first “World War Z »
- J.B. Casas
As they say, when in Rome... Jude Law was recently spotted locking lips with girlfriend Phillipa Coan after enjoying dinner in Italy's historic capital. The 42-year-old actor looked dashing in a black hat and matching sports coat while his new ladylove, 29, pulled her long blond locks into a high ponytail and showed some leg in a complementary black ensemble. So what do we know about Law's gorgeous gal? Coan is reportedly a psychologist, and the budding lovebirds have been photographed out and about over the past few months. In June, Jude and Phillipa stepped out in London together and in August, the duo united for a sightseeing adventure in Rome. It seems Coan »
The Moët British Independent Film Awards has announced that Kate Winslet is to receive The Variety Award at this year’s ceremony in December.
“I am thrilled to be receiving this Award and to be in the company of a whole host of brilliant filmmakers and actors, many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends and colleagues,” states Winslet. “It’s an honour to be flying the flag for British filmmaking.”
The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. The Variety Award was bestowed upon Benedict Cumberbatch last year and has previously been awarded to Paul Greengrass, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis to name a few.
The 18th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards will take place on Sunday, »
- Gary Collinson
It was announced earlier this morning that Kate Winslet, star of the upcoming Steve Jobs movie, and all-round British legend, will be awarded the Variety Award at this Moët year’s British Independent Film Awards in December.
The prestigious award was given to Benedict Cumberbatch last year, and has previously been awarded to Paul Greengrass, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.
The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK.
Winslet said, “I am thrilled to be receiving this Award and to be in the company of a whole host of brilliant filmmakers and actors, many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends and colleagues. It’s an honour to be flying the flag for British filmmaking.”
Variety Executive Editor, »
- Paul Heath
Winslet, who won an Oscar for The Reader, will receive this year's Bifa Variety Award. Actress Kate Winslet will receive The Variety Award at this British Independent Film Awards on Sunday, December 6.
The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. Previous recipients include Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Greengrass and Jude Law.
Winslet said, “I am thrilled to be receiving this award and to be in the company of a whole host of brilliant filmmakers and actors, many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends and colleagues. It’s an honour to be flying the flag for British filmmaking.”
Variety Executive Editor, Steven Gaydos, said: “From the beginning of her illustrious film career over 20 years ago, Kate Winslet has never ceased her eagerness to tackle new creative challenges and to turn those challenges into amazing, »
- Amber Wilkinson
Streamlined Rome Film Fest sees inevitable drop in box office and attendance but puts on a good show; Mia launches with scope for content growth.
The Rome International Film Festival’s 10th edition concluded on Saturday (Oct 24) with Pan Nalin’s female “buddy” movie Angry Indian Goddesses winning the sole prize of the event - The Bnl People’s Choice Award.
The director, who also made India’s highest-grossing documentary, Ayurveda: Art of Being, continued his successful festival run after securing second place for Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, behind Lenny Abrahamson’s Room.
Both films were once again pitted against each other in the eternal city, with the heartwarming Goa-based drama this time winning out.
Piera Detassis, president of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, said: “I am pleased that a courageous and revealing film that sheds light on the condition of women in India, choosing a genre that is traditionally about male bonding »
After a particularly troubled production, Jane Got a Gun is finally getting set to hit theaters early next year. The Weinstein Company set the Western for release sometime in February 2016, but while we wait for the release date announcement, foreign distributor Mars Distribution has debuted the first international trailer, along with a new poster. We got our first look at the film with a photo of Natalie Portman that arrived in January, when it was still set to hit theaters on September 4. But a lot has changed since then.
The Western starring Natalie Portman was shot in 2013, but the production got off to a rocky start. Original director Lynne Ramsay abandoned the project on the first day of principal photography, which resulted in Jude Law dropping out as the main villain. Gavin O'Connor came aboard to replace the director, with Bradley Cooper momentarily stepping in to replace Jude Law, before »
"It's a great night tonight. We have four black nominees tonight. So great! It's kind of like the Def Oscar Jam," joked 2005 Oscar host Chris Rock at the top of his divisive monologue 11 years ago. Now that he's officially back as emcee, we thought it'd be fun to look back at his first time at bat, when he took hilarious jabs at Nicole Kidman, Cuba Gooding Jr, Tobey Maguire, Jude Law, Colin Ferrell, Michael Moore and then-President George W. Bush. (Watch this opening monologue below.) -Break- Reaction to Chris Rock as Oscar host: 'Fantastic,' 'good job,' 'nice,' 'Ugh no' ... "I love the Oscars. The Oscars are the only awards show where the people getting awards don't perform. That's right, there's no acting at the Oscars. None at all," Rock teased in his monologue. "You go the Grammys, there's singing. You go to the Tony Awards, there's singing and dancin. »
For those who remember when Chris Rock first hosted the Oscars in 2011, today's announcement that he'll be back on the job next year came as a bit of a surprise. His debut back in 2005—the year that Million Dollar Baby won Best Picture—left critics divided. He was panned for pushing the envelope too much by poking fun at the talents of several actors, most notably Jude Law. Others praised his no-holds-barred approach as refreshing and providing a jolt for a show that some could argue takes itself too seriously. I will admit that I never expected to see the Academy wooing Rock again. Why reach back a decade to find a new host? Why sign a comedian that offended so many during his first go-round? Why »
Chris Rock was the funniest Oscar host I ever saw. Mind you, I’m not talking about the performance this year’s Oscar emcee gave on the 77th Academy Awards in 2005, the only other time he’s hosted the show. I think he was pretty good on that show, with a sharp opening monologue that offered a good mixture of political humor and show-business jokes and paved the way for ruder hosts like Ricky Gervais on the Golden Globes several years later. The most famous moment, of course, was Rock’s riff on how Jude Law was omnipresent that year: “Even the he’s not. »
- Steve Pond
The yearly endurance test known as the Oscars often relies heavily on the host to keep an audience from falling asleep, flipping to something else, or tuning in at all. And each year, the Academy tries something a little different to keep things interesting. They went edgy with Seth MacFarlane a few years ago and that turned out badly, so they switched gears, with Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris providing mainstream, comfortable, if not entirely memorable duties on the stage. So what's the plan for 2016? Well, Chris Rock is returning to host, over a decade since his turn in 2005. Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin teased last month they might go down the road of having a pair of hosts, but it seems those plans didn't pan out. Rock is a great choice, and as you can see from his 2005 opening monologue below, he's not afraid to take jabs, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
According to Variety, on Tuesday, Chris Rock was in "serious talks" to host next year's Oscars ceremony, confirming rumors first reported by Robot Butt, we typed with a straight face. Well, talks got so serious that his hosting was confirmed today by ceremony producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, and Rock himself, who said in a statement, “I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars. It’s great to be back.” The gig will be Rock's second time hosting the Oscars; his previous go-round was marred by controversy over a joke he made about Jude Law, which is another way of saying it took place in 2005. Rock was rumored to be on the short list to host last year's ceremony, which took place shortly after his headline-making Top Five press tour, and the comedian later said he would "definitely" have taken the job had it been offered to him. »
- Nate Jones
Mars Films released on Wednesday the international teaser for the film, in which Portman plays a frontier woman who teams with her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) to save her outlaw husband (Noah Emmerich) from a gang out to kill him.
“Where … is … my … child?” Portman asks one of the gang members in between shots.
The Weinstein Co. will release the film in February. Relativity Media lost the movie just before the company filed for bankruptcy on July 30. Originally slated for Aug. 29, 2014, “Jane’s” release has been delayed several times in the last two years.
Gavin O’Connor directed the pic, which also stars Ewan McGregor. He replaced original helmer Lynne Ramsay who walked out a day before filming was to begin. Jude Law, Michael Fassbender and Bradley Cooper all passed on the project. Brian Duffield wrote the screenplay, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Chris Rock will host the 2016 Oscars. The 50-year-old comedian, who previously presented the prestigious awards ceremony in 2005, can't wait to take on the job for the second time at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 28. Shortly after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the news, he said: ''I'm so glad to be hosting the Oscars. It's great to be back.'' The actor also posted a photograph of himself clutching an Oscar statue on his social media profiles, with the caption: ''Look who is back. #Oscars'' Chris caused controversy when famously insulted a string of stars, including Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Tobey Maguire, at the event 10 years ago. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly shortly beforehand, he also dismissed it as nothing more than ''a fashion show.'' He said: ''Come on, it's a fashion show. No one performs; it's not like a music show. »
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