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AMC’s U.K. Channel to Launch With ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

24 August 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — AMC’s U.K. channel, which launches on pay TV platform BT on Aug. 28, will boast a wide array of movie and TV series premieres, including “Fear the Walking Dead.”

The channel, which will be called AMC from BT, will be the exclusive U.K. home of “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to global hit “The Walking Dead.” The first episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” will be made available free of charge to all audiences on the BT Showcase Channel on the Freeview platform, as well as premiering on AMC from BT on Aug. 31. The AMC from BT channel will be available for free to all BT TV and BT Sport subscribers.

The channel will also premiere the drama “Rectify,” from the producers of “Breaking Bad,” exclusively on Sept. 1.

AMC from BT will also feature the exclusive U.K. television premieres of several movies, including “Only God Forgives, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Sweetie Darling: The 'Absolutely Fabulous' movie is finally happening

11 August 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Everything old is new again.  No, really.  Everything old is new again today.  Winona Ryder says a "Beetlejuice" sequel is actually happening, the latest trailer for the "Jem and the Holograms" remake was released today (truly, truly outrageous) and "AbFab" is headed for the big screen. Yes, Edina and Patsy, your favorite British Bff's and gay icons, are once again ready to crash every fashion show, charity event and posh soiree in the greater London metropolitan area and beyond. According to Deadline and confirmed by HitFix, Fox Searchlight is in negotiations to co-finance and distribute the long awaited "Absolutely Fabulous" movie.  The movie will be based on the BBC TV Series which began way back in 1992 and ran for three initial seasons.  It proved so popular that there have been numerous specials, two more seasons (2001, 2005) and a 20th Anniversary special that tied into London's 2012 Olympic Games.  Now, series creator Jennifer Saunders »

- Gregory Ellwood

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DVD Review: 'Suite Française'

29 July 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Given that its source material is a beloved book with a potent history, the film adaptation of Suite Française (2014) is a sincere disappointment. Its a middling exercise in schmaltz, often overflowing with heavily wrought dialogue and oft-deployed melodramatic tactics. Despite two leads of notable standing, this is a misstep for all involved. Sadly, Suite Française seems to be headed for a lifetime of relegation to 'rainy Sunday home viewing' fare. Its 1940 in a rural French town and Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) lives with her domineering step-mother, Madame Angellier (the always watchable Kristin Scott Thomas).

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- CineVue UK

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Suite Française Blu-ray Review

28 July 2015 2:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Saul Dibb

Starring: Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenarts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson and Margot Robbie

Certificate: 15

Special Features: The Cast / Production Design / The Book / The Story / The Look

Based on the bestselling novel written in secret by Irène Némirovsky in 1941, but only discovered fully 50 years later after being kept by her daughter, Suite Francaise is a moving tale of the struggles people faced during the German occupation in France and the huge risks some took in the name of others survival.

What’s particularly unique about this story is the authenticity of literally being written during World War II. This compelling re-telling on the small screen really brings forward the heart of the people within it. Nemirovsky’s words were originally believed to be an every day journal but what they actually reveal is a genuine insight into the domestic lives of regular people at the »

- Dan Bullock

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Daily | Poitras, Serra, Wiseman

15 July 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jia Zhangke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland will serve on the first jury for the Toronto International Film Festival's new competitive program, Platform. Laura Poitras, director of the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour, is suing the U.S. government for having been subjected to "Kafkaesque harassment." Kristin Scott Thomas has been named an officer of the Legion d’Honneur in France. Someone's stolen F.W. Murnau's skull. Also in today's roundup: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Leos Carax, Robert Greene on Joshua Oppenheimer and Adam Curtisç, Grady Hendrix on Kazuhiko Hasegawa's The Man Who Stole the Sun—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Time Machine: Sensational Scarlett J. in Purple

7 May 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »

- D. Zhea

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Cannes: Mister Smith Acquires Claude Lelouch’s ‘Un Plus Une’ (Exclusive)

29 April 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London – Marking its first big French auteur pickup, David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales at the Cannes Festival on “Un plus une,” the latest film from Academy Award-winning Claude Lelouch (“A Man and a Woman,” “Les Unes et les autres”).

Starring Jean Dujardin, who became the first French thesp to win a best actor Academy Award, for his performance in “The Artist,” “Un plus une” is produced by Lelouch, Samuel and Victor Hadida, and Marc Dujardin. The Hadida brothers’ Metropolitan Films, one of France’s biggest and most respected indie distributors, will release “Un plus une” in France on Dec. 9.

Mister Smith’s pickup also marks the first time an international sales company is handling a Lelouch title. Now in post-production, “Un plus une” knits many of Lelouch’s hallmarks since he broke through to fame in 1966, winning a Cannes Palme d’Or and two Oscars »

- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough

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Penelope Wilton on Downton Abbey axe: 'It's good to end on a high note'

12 April 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Penelope Wilton has admitted she is not upset that Downton Abbey has been cancelled.

The actress, who plays Isobel Crawley in Julian Fellowes' period drama, said it is good to end the show on a high.

"I'm not upset about it," she said in an interview with Radio Times.

"When something has run its course, it's good to end on a high note."

ITV confirmed the news that series six would be Downton Abbey's last, prompting star Hugh Bonnerville to assure fans the conclusion will be "extraordinary".

Wilton added: "And we have to move on from 1926, and if we moved on much further I'd be dead."

Wilton was awarded the Best Actress Olivier Award tonight (April 12) for her role in Mark Hayhurst's Taken At Midnight.

She said she was thrilled to win the award in a category that included stage veterans, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Imelda Staunton. »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Longmire, Poldark, Tatau

11 April 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Longmire: TCM, 8pm

The third season of the Us crime drama starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips begins tonight.

Sheriff Walt Longmire (Taylor) deals with the repercussions from Henry's (Phillips) arrest and Branch's (Bailey Chase) shooting. However, complications arise when Branch reveals the identity of his assailant.

Poldark: BBC One, 9pm

The period drama starring Aidan Turner as the titular hero continues.

Jim's (Alexander Arnold) health is at risk when a fever breaks out in the jail. Meanwhile Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) is thrilled to attend a grand ball hosted by George. Unfortunately, the scorned banker has other plans for Poldark and his newly-founded smelting company.

Tatau: BBC Three, 10pm

Following the critical success of In the Flesh, BBC Three's latest foray into supernatural drama is one to watch.

Tatau stars newcomer Joe Layton as Kyle, a backpacker who finds himself on the South Pacific island of Manutaki. »

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Film Review: ‘Dark Places’

7 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No matter how you feel about “Gone Girl,” there’s no denying that Gillian Flynn’s second bigscreen adaptation is a relative disappointment. While the raw ingredients — thick with serial killings, satanic cults, true-crime obsessives and twisted family secrets — certainly make “Dark Places” deserving of its title, the mystery itself can’t hold a candle to the much higher-profile David Fincher pic that sparked the town’s wave of Flynn-terest (though rights were sold as far back as 2010, the greenlight waited till “Girl” went). On the bright side, with Charlize Theron as its damaged-goods heroine, this more routine Kansas-set chiller should still rake in some decent cash for the U.S. distrib duo of A24 and DirecTV, which still haven’t dated the release.

Despite whatever forces have delayed “Dark Places” on the domestic front, where such “gritty” R-rated offerings once earned between $60 million and $120 million starring the likes of »

- Peter Debruge

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Timeless style by Anne-Katrin Titze

25 March 2015 10:28 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, Amanda Seyfried and Ben Stiller with While We're Young director Noah Baumbach, also starring Naomi Watts and Adam Driver with Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Dree Hemingway Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Noah Baumbach says Academy Award Best Costume Design winner Ann Roth "has a way of dressing people - that you can't put your finger on." Roth won for Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Kristin Scott Thomas and is a BAFTA honoree for John Schlesinger's The Day Of The Locust, which starred Donald Sutherland, Karen Black and Burgess Meredith. Roth also received Oscar nominations for her work on Robert Benton's Places In The Heart and again with Minghella for The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Noah's 2012 film, Frances Ha, with Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner and Adam Driver, had no costume designer credit, although Sumner's godmother is famed costume designer Colleen Atwood. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ gets its first trailer

23 March 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 1996 film Mission: Impossible brought the television series, which ran from 1966 to 1973, to the big screen in a major way, as the film ultimately spawned a franchise, with a revolving door of supporting performers that, over the years, have included Kristin Scott Thomas, Thandie NewtonPhilip Seymour Hoffman, and Tom Wilkinson. A fifth entry was soon announced after the fourth’s premiere in theatres, with the film’s release date getting pushed up by five months earlier this year.

Now the film has a title. The feature, which wrapped product just two weeks ago, will be called Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, and sees franchise stalwart Tom Cruise returning in the role of Ethan Hunt. Cruise will be joined onscreen by returning castmembers Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner, with Rhames being the other connecting factor between all five features. The film’s synopsis is as follows:

Ethan and team »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Watch: Michelle Williams Is Rattled By War In 2 Clips From 'Suite Francaise'

20 March 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"The power of love is the only indestructible thing in the world. Hate is not going to get you anywhere, violence is not going to get you anywhere, cynicism is not going to get you anywhere, love will get you there. Love makes life worth living and that is it. Period," Matthias Schoenaerts told Rte Ten. This is a sentiment that powers the upcoming "Suite Francaise," and today a couple of clips from the wartime drama have landed.  Co-starring Michelle WilliamsKristin Scott Thomas, Margot RobbieRuth Wilson ("The Affair"), and Sam Riley, and based on the novel by Irene Nemirovsky, the story is set during World War II, in the early years of Germany’s occupation of France, and follows a French villager who falls for a Nazi soldier stationed to look over her township. But horrors of war aren't hidden, and these clips (one via The Telegraph) show »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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It Will Be a 'Challenge' to Play Me, Queen Tells New Dame Kristin Scott Thomas

19 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kristin Scott Thomas came face-to-face with her next subject when she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. The actress, 54, is set to play the queen, 88, in the play The Audience which opens next month in London's West End. She is replacing another Dame, Helen Mirren, who originated the role when the play first premiered in London in 2013. "[The queen] asked me what I was doing next, so I had to tell her and she said it would be quite a challenge," the star told reporters as she beamed with delight while showing off her medal at Buckingham Palace. »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Movie Review – Suite Française (2015)

15 March 2015 4:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Suite Française, 2015.

Directed by Saul Dibb.

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Margot Robbie, Sam Riley and Ruth Wilson.

Synopsis:

During the early years of German occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier, a French villager and Bruno von Falk, a German soldier.

We’ve seen romantic movies, we’ve seen war movies, and we’ve seen romantic movies set during a war so from the off Suite Française faces the unenviable task of setting itself aside from the rest. Thankfully director Saul Dibb’s keeps his film aimed squarely at the relationships between and evenly balances both love and war to ensure the film never runs flats or becomes to cliché ridden – something it could very easily have been.

France has become occupied by the Nazis and when a troop of German soldiers move in to the small town of Bussy a »

- Gary Collinson

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Suite Francaise review: Michelle Williams stars in a rote war romance

13 March 2015 9:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Saul Dibb; Screenwriter: Matt Charman, Saul Dibb; Starring: Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ruth Wilson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley; Running time: 107 mins; Certificate: 15

Based on an unfinished novel by Irène Némirovsky, who wrote it shortly prior to her death in Auschwitz, Suite Française transforms an extraordinary story into a profoundly ordinary period drama. Tasking its potent performers with a stiff script and by-rote characterisations, the film feels endlessly in search of a dramatic thread worth paying off.

Lucile (Michelle Williams) is a lonely young woman living with her repressive and chilly mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) in the French village of Bussy during World War II. We learn through heavy-handed voiceover that her husband is away fighting, leaving her scarcely more emotionally neglected than she was in his company. When the village is occupied by German forces, Lucile is drawn to a sensitive Nazi soldier (Matthias Schoenaerts) who comes to stay in her too-empty home. »

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Suite Française movie review: enemy mine to love

13 March 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An immediate and intimate tale of forbidden romance and other complex emotions and contradictory obligations. This ain’t history but a very human now. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; I’m a sucker for movies about WWII

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The story of how Irène Némirovsky’s novel Suite Française became known to the world is amazing. She wrote it as contemporary fiction inspired by the events she was living through — the defeat of France by the Nazis in 1940, and the subsequent German occupation — but then it was lost, packed away unread, until the 1990s, and finally published only in 2004. Némirovsky died before the end of the war, in Auschwitz in 1942, so she never knew how it would all end, and indeed her writing »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Lambert Wilson – mine host at Cannes by Richard Mowe - 2015-03-11 19:29:40

11 March 2015 12:29 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Lambert Wilson - returning to the Croisette as master of ceremonies

That most elegant and refined of French actors, Lambert Wilson, will be back at the Cannes Film Festival in May to host both the opening and closing ceremonies in the presence of jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen.

The organisers of the Festival made no apologies for inviting him back for duty on the 13 May and for the closing awards on 24 May.

Lambert Wilson left a distinct mark on the 67th Festival de Cannes ceremonies with his elegance, poise and lyrical eloquence while evoking his love of cinema,” organisers said.

Outside of France the versatile Wilson is best known for his roles in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Currently he is to be seen in Suite Française with Kristin Scott Thomas and Michelle Williams.

He first came to the Croisette in 1985 when he appeared alongside Juliette Binoche »

- Richard Mowe

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'Suite Francaise' Starring Michelle Williams Leans More 'Charlotte Gray' than 'Army of Shadows'

11 March 2015 5:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

But there’s no such pathos in the film, or adequate frisson. As an account of the Occupation, this has more in keeping with the soporific "Charlotte Gray" than, say, "The Army of Shadows." British director Saul Dibb and co-writer Matt Charman have fused the novellas, focussing on the slow-burning, forbidden love affair between a Frenchwoman in an occupied town outside Paris, and the German officer billeted in her home. It opens in 1940, in the fictional Bussy. Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) is a timid young woman whose husband is a prisoner of war, and in whose absence she lives under the thumb of her domineering mother-in-law. A joyless widow and uncompromising landowner, Madame Angellier (Kristin Scott Thomas) forces Lucile to accompany her as she drives around the countryside squeezing every last centime of rent from her struggling tenants. The arrival in town of a convoy of refugees from Paris, followed by a regiment of Germans, »

- Demetrios Matheou

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