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Lionsgate U.K.’s increasing focus on investing in British movies to fill a major part of its distribution slate, alongside third-party acquisitions and titles from Lionsgate and Summit in the U.S., makes commercial sense, says Nick Manzi, head of production and acquisitions at Lionsgate U.K.
“There is an audience in this country for British films,” he says. “Every country wants to see stories about themselves, and we are lucky because we share the same language as America, so these films can travel — if you get them right.”
The aim is to give a wide release to the majority of its movies. “We look for stories that resonate with a broad audience,” he says. But Manzi warns that the distribution market has changed. “We are finding that there’s no in-between — there’s no middle ground. Films either work or they don’t.”
The company has a diverse »
- Leo Barraclough
Read More: London Film Festival Announces Competition Jury, Including Kristin Scott Thomas and Pawel Pawlikowski The 59th Annual BFI London Film Festival has just announced the juries that will decide the winners of the First Feature, Documentary and Short Film awards this year. The list includes: Director/screenwriter Desiree Akhavan, documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins and Academy Award nominee and BAFTA-winner Daisy Jacobs, who join the already-announced jury member, Academy Award-winning director, Pawel Pawlikowski. The slew of UK film industry professionals have been chosen out of dozens of figures who represented not only the cinematic arts, but also of the theater, music and performing arts world. The aim of the BFI is to expand the UK film industry's impact with its unique relationship with the other cultural communities within London. Akhavan will preside over the First Feature Competition jury, joined by Clio Barnard, James Kent, Allen Leech and »
- Elle Leonsis
The 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has revealed the full line-up of its competition juries and announced that presenter and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker will host this year’s awards ceremony on Oct 17.
The jury for the Sutherland Award for the First Feature Competition includes:
The jury for the Grierson Award for the Documentary Competition includes:
The jury for the Lff’s first Short Film Competition includes:
Daisy Jacobs, director »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
An Affair to Remember: Corsini’s Enjoyable, Brightly Hued Period Piece
Catherine Corsini returns with her ninth feature film, Summertime (La Belle Saison), an early 70s period piece recuperating the energy of changing cultural climates through two distinct and naturalistic performances. It is, perhaps, the French director’s most personal film to date, which is significant considering an impressive body of work featuring stellar roles for some of cinema’s most accomplished modern actresses (including Kristin Scott Thomas and Catherine Frot).
Her latest rides on the considerable chemistry between its two leads, particularly thanks to a vibrant performance from Cecile De France, who manages to be as endearing as she is provocative. As more complex characterizations of queer bodies, attitudes, and sensibilities continue to proliferate world cinema, Corsini manages to avoid drowning her characters in the particular politics of the period, even as they inform the narrative structure. Instead, »
- Nicholas Bell
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Watch the trailer for the 2015 New York Film Festival:
You Must Remember This returns with a new season on the history of MGM:
“Tell me about Jenny,” Terence Stamp’s ex-convict Wilson demands in the opening moments of “The Limey.” But what follows is a confession in the form of prismatic memory shards—a brain-teaser, at times flirting with midnight movie stoner pretension, that somehow keeps both its storyline and its emotions clear, »
- TFS Staff
Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) has been tapped to lead the BFI London Film Festival’s competition jury as its president. In a particularly strong year, producer Christine Vachon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Mabel Cheung make up the rest of the jury. Vachon’s Carol, which she produced alongside Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen and Tessa Ross, is one of the hot tickets at this year’s festival. Chinese star Cheung stars in A Tale of Three Cities, based on the… »
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
★★★☆☆ 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).
- CineVue UK
Director: Saul Dibb
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
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 »
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
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
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
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."
Longmire: TCM, 8pm
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.
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.
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
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.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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 Newton, Philip 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
"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 Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie. Ruth 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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