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The festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary, will recognize the actors both for the accomplishments of their career and for their recent turns as physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde Hawking, respectively.
“These two actors continue to impress, and we are honored to have them at Sbiff to celebrate their fantastic body of work,” said executive director Roger Durling. “Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones’s performances together in ‘The Theory of Everything’ are nothing short of an astonishing collaboration, recalling the alchemy of Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker in ‘My Left Foot.'”
Redmayne and Jones will join a long list of celebrated filmmakers and actors who’ve received the award, including Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, »
- Kevin Noonan
The actors are riding high on adulation for their lead roles in The Theory Of Everything and will be the focus of a tribute at the Arlington Theatre.
The Cinema Vanguard Award was created “in recognition of actors who have forged their own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film.”
Previous honourees include Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling.
Sbiff is set to run from January 27-February 7. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
"Theory of Everything" costars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who play Stephen and Jane Hawking, respectively, will be jointly honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre. "The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path - taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film,' says the festival. Past honorees include Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling. Watch: Watch: Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones Reveal Terrors Filming 'Theory of Everything' (Exclusive Video) As previously announced, Eddie Redmayne will also be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, a »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Santa Barbara Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. It's makes for as subjective a reading as anything, I suppose, but this year's honorees are a fair enough choice: "The Theory of Everything" stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. "These two actors continue to impress," Sbiff Roger Durling said. "Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones's performances together in 'The Theory of Everything' are nothing short of an astonishing collaboration, recalling the alchemy of Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker in 'My Left Foot.'" The accolade will be awarded during a tribute presentation on Thursday, Jan. 29. Previous Cinema Vanguard honorees include Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Prolific playwright Israel Horovitz makes his directorial debut with My Old Lady, a witty and heartfelt drama about surprising inheritances and unexpected connections that critics are calling “simply wonderful” (Jeffrey Lyons, Lyons Den Radio) and “a classic in the making” (Sydney Levine, Indiewire).
Read our review Here.
Following a successful theatrical release through Cohen Media Group, My Old Lady arrives on Blu-ray with Digital HD and Ultraviolet and on DVD on January 27, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The film features an outstanding cast including Academy Award winners Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith and Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas and will also be available two weeks early on Digital HD January 13, 2015.
When Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) arrives at the sumptuous Parisian apartment he inherited from his father, he’s surprised that the property comes with two stubborn live-in tenants who are not required to leave according to an ancient French real estate law. »
- Melissa Thompson
Paris — Douglas Kennedy, a critically-acclaimed American novelist known for his keen eye, is set to make his TV drama debut with France’s Ab Groupe and indie producer Sydney Gallonde, Variety has learned exclusively.
Kennedy will adapt two of his best-selling novels, “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “A Special Relationship.” Ab Groupe, a vertically-integrated media group which runs France’s largest paybox, is co-producing, financing and handling international sales.
The two TV adaptations are being produced by Gallonde’s Vab Production. An up-and-coming French producer, Gallonde recently got another high-profile American novelist, Harlan Coben, to write his first TV show — an adaptation of his book “No Second Chance” — for Gaul’s top commercial network TF1.
Kennedy is currently writing the treatment for “The Pursuit of Happiness.” The book will likely be turned into an eight episode, hourlong drama series, per Kennedy. The show will shoot in English with an Anglo-Saxon cast. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Following the success of Bob Geldof’s latest Band Aid effort to fight Ebola, France will soon have its own charity Christmas tune. Former first lady and current Bvlgari model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will lead the effort, to be called Christmas is Here (Noel est la). She will be joined by French music and film stars, including Vanessa Paradis, Lou Doillon, Cesar-winner Izia Higelin and popular rapper-turned-actor Joey Starr. Singer and composer Jean-Louis Albert, who scored 2008’s I’ve Loved you So Long starring Kristin Scott Thomas, and French Idol (Nouvelle Star) winner Christophe Willem will also participate, according
- Rhonda Richford
My Old Lady, 2014.
Written and Directed by Israel Horovitz.
An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident.
Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) arrives in Paris riding the fumes of his last few dollars. Landing in the French capital looking to sell on a spacious apartment he has inherited, Mathias discovers Mathilde (Maggie Smith) a resident in situ and her daughter Chloe (Kristin Scott Thomas). Initial efforts to sell uncover that the apartment is in in fact a viager, a French method of real estate exchange whereby you only own a property after the current owner’s death. Mathias is therefore forced to pay Mathilde a set figure every month or lose all claims to his inheritance. These darkly comic perimeters lay the groundwork for an assured directorial debut. A subtlety drawn character »
- Gary Collinson
François Ozon seems to be fascinated by what makes writers tick. And he loves to prod the viewer to reconsider his/her mental evaluation of fiction and reality as they watch his later films.
Many viewers are likely to initially consider the superb tale of In the House to be solely Ozon’s creative work; it is not. In the House appears to be almost totally leaning on the product of a contemporary Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga titled The Boy in the Last Row, if one goes by the reviews of the play. It is, thus, not a coincidence that the French film went on to win the well-deserved Golden Shell (the grand prize) and the Jury prize for Best Screenplay at the San Sebastian film Festival in Spain. Then why is the film important, if almost all the credit rests with the play on which the film is built? »
- Jugu Abraham
Sight on Earth On Gone Girl's women... "Psycho Bitch: Qu'est-ce que C'est?"
Awards Circuit Power Hour Actress Oscar categories with Nathaniel R (c'est moi) as guest
In Contention looks at the Best Original Song race
Vulture Most Valuable Stars List methodology...
Vulture 100 Most Valuable Stars rankings with JLaw up top followed by the usuals Rdj, Leo, Bullock... but what's far far more interesting is the lower tiers like Jake Gyllenhaal at 57 'The Modest Movie Star' and Anna Kendrick at 98 'The Songbird' and some inexplicably high placements like Mila Kunis at 37 'The Ingenue in Intermission'
Yahoo funny piece on Britney Spears terror-laden smiles
Wired has a Disney cover and I'm only linking because shouldn't Wired of all places do a little something more creative with an interactive cover than Youtube links? I mean...
BFI is Paris the animation capital of the world for art-driven cartoons?
Esquire "films stupid people think are clever" shameless click bait! »
- NATHANIEL R
A low quality version of this trailer for Suite Francaise, a movie that was originally considered to be a possible Oscar contender at the beginning of the year, premiered last week, but now a high quality, HD version has arrived, previewing the World War II era feature starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Michelle Williams, Sam Riley and Matthias Schoenaerts among many, many others. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess), the film is set in France, 1940, the first days of occupation, and the beautiful Lucile Angellier (Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Thomas) as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk (Schoenaerts), the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. »
- Brad Brevet
France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) as they both await news »
- Ryan Adams
The World War II drama is set in France in 1940.
A woman (Williams) awaiting news of her prisoner of war husband is forced to share her home with an unwelcome German officer (Schoenaerts).
Despite warnings to avoid him, she finds herself falling in love with the man, a romance that may end in tragedy.
Suite Française will arrive in the UK on January 23. A Us release date is yet to be announced. »
World War II dramas are prime contenders for Oscar consideration. It’s an accepted fact. Yet, The Weinstein Company are steering one of their upcoming titles, Suite Francaise, toward a far less starry showcase. Its world premiere will take place at the American Film Market in Santa Monica this November – and depending on its reception, it may hit Us screens in the new year. Whatever happens, there’s still plenty of buzz surrounding the pic, which looks to contain another compelling performance from Michelle Williams.
Based on the best-selling novel by Irene Nemirovsky, the film is set during the German occupation of France and chronicles a romantic affair between an unlikely couple. Williams takes on the role of a French woman who falls for a Nazi officer (Matthias Schoenaerts) who commandeers charge of her town.
The latest trailer that’s arrived today focuses on the tension between the couple, as »
- Gem Seddon
Where’s The Weinstein Company’s “Suite Francaise,” a movie many assumed would be an Oscar player? Well, it will make its world premiere at the American Film Market, among 90 other premieres, in November. And Afm is for buyers and distributors, so it’s the opposite of the splashy premiere that you might expect from TWC. In fact, if you’re being cynical or conspiracy theory-like, you might think they're trying to unload the picture since they already own it. But that's nothing but speculation for now. Regardless, the picture stars Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts as two diametrically opposed people who embark on a forbidden affair. Set during World War II, during the early years of Germany’s occupation of France, Williams plays a French villager who falls for a Nazi soldier (Schoenaerts) stationed to look over her township. Co-starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley, the film is »
- Edward Davis
Curiously absent from the fall film festival slate is the World War II drama Suite Française, but then again, The Weinstein Company seems to be putting all of their eggs in The Imitation Game basket. Thankfully we’ll be seeing the project, starring Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley, sooner than expected, as it’ll be hitting U.K. theaters early […] »
- Leonard Pearce
AFM runs Nov. 5-12 in Santa Monica with over 415 films screening. “Suite Francaise,” directed by Saul Dibb and based on the Irene Nemirovsky novel, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson and Margot Robbie.
TF1 International is selling international rights. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights.
Other notable world premieres include “How to Make Love Like an Englishman” with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba (The Solution); Helen Hunt’s “Ride” (6 Sales); “The Last Knights” with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman (Arclight); and “Any Day,” starring Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, and Eva Longoria (Vmi).
- Dave McNary
Uma Thurman's former fiancé, French financier Arpad Busson, has filed suit in Manhattan over custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Luna. The actress, who lives in New York City, began dating the London-based multimillionaire in 2007 after meeting at a dinner in Milan, two years after she and actor Ethan Hawke divorced. She has two children with Hawke - Maya, 16, and Levon, 12. "It is unfortunate that this very private discussion regarding Mr. Busson's visitation rights and his participation in decision making has been made public," a spokesperson for Thurman tells People in a statement. "However, we are optimistic that a fair »
- By K.C. Baker, @kcbaker77777
By Anjelica Oswald
Set during the final months of World War II, Fury follows a tank commander (played by Brad Pitt) and his crew as they head into Nazi Germany as part of the Allies’ final push. The film also stars Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, John Bernthal and Michael Pena. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said the film is “a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s.” Fury opens Oct. 17.
Could Fury score a best picture nomination at the 87th Academy Awards? Both war biopics and fictional war films — about real wars or battles — have historically done well at the Oscars; however, the current projections show that the race will be a tight one. Here’s a look at some of the fictional war films that scored nominations for best picture:
War-themed best picture winners »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
The Fault in Our Stars features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus “Gus” Waters, two teens who meet at a cancer-survivor support group. Though Hazel is initially skeptical about getting close to Gus and warns him of her worsening condition, Gus still falls for her. As the two fall in love, Gus relapses, and he dies shortly after they return from their romantic trip to Amsterdam. The adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name was a box-office smash and has earned Woodley some Oscar buzz. Should Woodley receive a nomination for this role, she would join the list of best actress nominees who have been nominated for their roles in heartbreaking films.
Some of the most well-known tragic love stories didn’t score any leading actress nominations, though. For example, Natalie Wood was not nominated for her »
- Anjelica Oswald
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