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Gary Oldman to Receive Variety Award at British Independent Film Awards

Gary Oldman to Receive Variety Award at British Independent Film Awards
Gary Oldman is to receive this year’s Variety Award at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 10. The award recognizes a director, actor, writer or producer who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the U.K.

Previous recipients of the award include Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Paul Greengrass, Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Naomie Harris, who was last year’s honoree.

Steven Gaydos, Variety’s Vice President and Executive Editor, said: “In the 30 years since Gary Oldman galvanized global film audiences with his portrayal of punk rocker Sid Vicious in ‘Sid and Nancy,’ Oldman has blazed a path as one of international cinema’s most versatile and valued actors. From blockbusters to American indie classics and U.K. masterworks, Oldman has been a force of nature who’s brought life to a stunning variety of characters across all genres of film
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1922 review – bleak, slow-burn Stephen King adaptation burrows under the skin

A lesser-known novella from the bestselling author lands on Netflix with a transformative performance from Thomas Jane and a mounting sense of dread

Another week, another Stephen King adaptation. Following on from The Dark Tower, It and the effectively nasty sex-game-gone-wrong thriller Gerald’s Game, Netflix is quietly launching a brooding take on one of his lesser-known works. The collection Full Dark, No Stars has already spawned two middling movies – Big Driver with Maria Bello and A Good Marriage with Joan Allen – and now, a third novella is hitting the screen with far more distinction.

Related: Gerald's Game review – suspense-packed Stephen King adaptation is worth playing

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Glenne Headly Remembered: ‘She Was a Total Perfectionist’

Glenne Headly Remembered: ‘She Was a Total Perfectionist’
Glenne Headly was a very serious actress with a gift for comedy. That’s how Anna D. Shapiro, artistic director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Co., remembered the theater’s longtime ensemble member, who died Friday at the age of 62.

“Glenne was a very, very serious actor and one of the hardest-working people I’ve ever worked with,” Shapiro told Variety. “She was a total perfectionist and she was obsessed with the science of acting comedy…She would focus on what it was that made something true, and by that uncovering why it was funny.”

Headly joined the famed Chicago theater company in 1979, five years after it was founded by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry. Even after Headly moved to the West Coast to work in movies and TV, she maintained a regular presence in Steppenwolf productions through 2005. She won Chicago’s local Joseph Jefferson Awards for her
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Sally Potter’s “The Party” Gets UK Distribution

The Party

Sally Potter’s latest film has secured distribution in the UK. ScreenDaily reports that “The Party” has been acquired by Picturehouse Entertainment, with a planned fall release. The star-studded dark comedy made its world premiere in competition at the Berlinale back in February.

Set in contemporary London, the black and white film centers on a celebration that goes horribly awry. “The Party” was shot in just 14 days. Its cast includes Patricia Clarkson (“Learning to Drive”), Emily Mortimer (“Doll & Em”), Cherry Jones (“Transparent”), Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”), Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Bruno Ganz (“Downfall”), and Timothy Spall (“Denial”).

The pic was produced by Potter’s production company with Christopher Sheppard, Adventure Pictures. Kurban Kassam (“20,000 Days on Earth”) also served as producer.

“I am thrilled to be working with Sally Potter on her wonderful new film. Over a long career, Sally has consistently led the charge in UK independent filmmaking, bringing us a body of films that are at once sharp, fun, and surprising,” commented Clare Binns, director of programming and acquisition at Picturehouse.

Potter is perhaps best known for her 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” starring Tilda Swinton. The film received two Oscar nominations. She most recently directed “Ginger & Rosa,” a 2012 coming-of-age drama set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The film centers on the intense friendship between two teen girls, played by Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”) and Alice Englert (“Beautiful Creatures”). Potter’s other notable films include the BAFTA-nominated “The Tango Lesson,” “Yes” with Joan Allen, “The Man Who Cried,” starring Christina Ricci and Cate Blanchett, and “Rage” with Judi Dench.

We’re still waiting for “The Party” to get picked up in the U.S. The film was very warmly received at the Berlinale, and currently boasts a 100 percent “Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes. With a cast this strong and great reviews, hopefully it’s only a matter of time before a U.S. distributor snags the film.

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‘The Party’ Review: Sally Potter’s Farce Is Undercooked — Berlinale 2017

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‘The Party’ Review: Sally Potter’s Farce Is Undercooked — Berlinale 2017
A tepid farce that that combines the brevity of a one-act play with the lo-fi desperation of a student film, “The Party” is the kind of star-studded misfire that might only have made sense in the context of an artistic movement like Dogme 95, whose strict dictums could have explained its experimental zeal and excused its fundamental shabbiness. Of course, such formal recklessness is par for the course when it comes to the cinema of Sally Potter, a British dynamo whose work ranges from a radical adaptation of Virgina Woolf’s “Orlando” to an erotic Joan Allen drama that’s spoken entirely in iambic pentameter. But if the dazzling eccentricities of Potter’s previous films might help to prepare viewers for her latest trick, their intellectual rigor casts this new one in a strange and unflattering light. It’s different, yes, and made with conviction. But it also feels flimsy, hollow,
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25 underrated political dramas

Rebecca Clough Jan 20, 2017

As America gets its new President, we look at some excellent political drama films that may have slipped under your radar...

Political dramas can be entertaining, informative and even educational, opening up debates and offering new points of view. (When experiencing a year of tumultuous change like the one we’ve just had, they can also be a comforting reminder that, no matter what your situation, it could always be worse...) With the full whack of corruption, war, and conspiracy, here are 25 political dramas which deserve to be better known.

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When teenager Mohamed (Tewfik Jallab) is shot by police, his friends want revenge, but he has a better idea: peaceful protest. Marching from Marseille to Paris, they band together with quite an assortment of characters along the way.
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Review: Jason Bourne

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There is a weight and heaviness to being Jason Bourne, nee David Webb, given that your life is constantly being manipulated and/or endangered. Trust doesn’t come easily and those around him tend to get hurt. Through three films, we’ve thrilled to Matt Damon’s interpretation of Robert Ludlum’s espionage hero in part thanks to the excellent filmmaking from directors Paul Greengrass and Doug Liman.

After skipping an installment that shifted the focus to a new agent played by Jeremy Renner, Greengrass and Damon returned this summer with Jason Bourne. Things have changed since 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum as skullduggery has increasingly gone digital so the lengths required to keep secrets buried have to go further. The film, out now from Universal Home Entertainment, explores what all that means.

Bourne has been in hiding these last few years, travelling the world as a bare-knuckled boxer, using physical
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Andrew McCarthy Signs With ICM Partners

Exclusive: Andrew McCarthy, who starred opposite Joan Allen on last season’s ABC drama series The Family and has been racking up TV director credits, has signed with ICM Partners in all areas. He continues to be managed by Brian Liebman. McCarthy has directed more than 50 hours of TV, including multiple episodes of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and NBC’s The Blacklist. His credits also include helming AMC’s Turn and Halt And Catch Fire, and Amazon’s comedy Alpha…
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Andrew McCarthy Signs With ICM Partners

Andrew McCarthy Signs With ICM Partners
Exclusive: Andrew McCarthy, who starred opposite Joan Allen on last season’s ABC drama series The Family and has been racking up TV director credits, has signed with ICM Partners in all areas. He continues to be managed by Brian Liebman. McCarthy has directed more than 50 hours of TV, including multiple episodes of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and NBC’s The Blacklist. His credits also include helming AMC’s Turn and Halt And Catch Fire, and Amazon’s comedy Alpha…
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‘Death Race 2050’ Trailer: Roger Corman’s Sequel Revisits the Brutal Race Across The Country

‘Death Race 2050’ Trailer: Roger Corman’s Sequel Revisits the Brutal Race Across The Country
In 1975, Roger Corman released Paul Bartel’s “Death Race 2000,” a dystopian sci-fi satire starring David Carradine (“Kung Fu”) and Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”) about a murderous Transcontinental Road Race and the group of drivers trying to survive and claim victory. The film has become a cult sensation in the past forty years, but now, Corman is back with a sequel entitled “Death Race 2050,” directed by G.J. Echternkamp. Watch the trailer below.

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The trailer begins with Malcolm McDowell announcing the beginning of the Death Race to the “United Corporations of America,” with such areas as One Percentia and Pharmatopia. Soon, it transitions into utter mayhem, with drivers running over innocent citizens for bonus points and other riding over cliffs into fiery explosions. In other words, it’s a Death Race.

Death Race 2050” is not the only other film in the “Death Race” franchise.
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Death Race 2050 Poster Goes Retro for New York Comic Con

Death Race 2050 Poster Goes Retro for New York Comic Con
A few weeks ago, it was confirmed that producer Roger Corman and star Manu Bennett will be bringing their highly-anticipated adventure Death Race 2050 to New York Comic Con. The producer and actor will be present for a Q&A panel session and an autograph session on Thursday, October 6. Today, we have our first look at the exclusive poster that will be showcased at Nycc. This one-sheet will be made exclusively available at Nycc on Thursday, October 6 during the autograph signing, which is set to take place from 5:15 Pm to 6:15 Pm at Autograph Table 20.

In the not-too-distant future, America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government that keeps the masses placated with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, where a motley assortment of drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for running down pedestrians and killing each other. The reigning
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Top 10 dogs on film

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Top 10 dogs on filmTop 10 dogs on filmAmanda Wood8/26/2016 10:00:00 Am

We humans have been sharing the silver screen with all manner of beasts for as long as movies have existed. But no animal quite manages to capture our hearts and our cameras as much as the good old-fashioned pet dog. Dogs have played major and minor characters in practically every genre, their loyalty and selflessness making them ideal sidekicks and heroes.

Today is National Dog Day, so here at Cineplex we're in full celebration mode. As you might have guessed, we're big on dogs here, so this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting days of the year for us. There are no shortage of amazing, adorable, and impressive dogs in movies, so we obviously had to mention some of our favourites to commemorate the day.

There are far too many movie dogs to include in this list, so
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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review
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An ode to the women of the ‘Bourne’ movies

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Glance at promotional photos from the Bourne films, and you'll see something like this: Photo credit: Universal Studios And this: Photo credit: Universal Studios Those production stills may lead you to believe this espionage series largely features a dominant dude pushing around a helpless woman. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Jason Bourne is unmatched in the field — as a fighter, as a quick thinker — but the women who are along for the ride, who support Bourne, and/or who butt heads with him bring their essential skills and qualities to the table, and, played by talented actresses, make this series a captivating thrill to watch more than Matt Damon ever could on his own. Spoilers Ahead for all five Bourne movies, including the conclusion of new film Jason Bourne. For a series that had next to no women onscreen in its first 14 minutes (not until Bourne gets
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Revisiting the Jason Bourne Franchise

Jason Bourne is returning to action in the appropriately titled Jason Bourne. This will be the fourth time Matt Damon plays the highly trained assassin with a memory problem, but it’s the first time since 2007 he’s headlined a Bourne flick.

If you have amnesia when it comes to the Bourne series, don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are mission briefs (with some spoilers) on the previous installments of the Jason Bourne franchise to get you ready for Friday’s release of Jason Bourne.

The Bourne Identity

Year of Mission: 2002

Mission Cost: $60 million

Recouped Budget (Box office): $214 million worldwide

Mission Recap: In Jason Bourne’s first big screen adventure, Bourne is found in middle of the Mediterranean Sea with no memory of who is. After learning about a safe deposit box in Germany, he finds numerous passports, a large amount of money, and a gun.
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Movie Review – Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne, 2016.

Directed by Paul Greengrass.

Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones, Ato Essandoh, Riz Ahmed and Scott Shepherd.


Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.

And like that, we find ourselves being beaten to a bloody pulp once more by chiseled anti-hero Jason Bourne. Nine years after his last punchy outing, sentient beef cake Matt Damon returns, literally punching his way across Europe. Now remembering his true identity, Bourne finds himself back in and amidst the sinister government programmes he so desperately tried to escape. All this as CIA Director Robert Dewey (played with a level of growl only Tommy Lee Jones can achieve) and Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) attempt to track him down.

Unlike many a blockbuster director, Paul Greengrass, an adept documentarian – seems to encourage physicality; fight sequences look convincingly bruising,
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Playbill Fences sets its release date for December 16th

Antagony & Ecstasy looks back at His Girl Friday - the Rosalind Russell role was a male role in the source material.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Back To Broadway For ‘Burn This’ Revival

Jake Gyllenhaal Back To Broadway For ‘Burn This’ Revival
Jake Gyllenhaal will return to the Broadway stage to star in the revival of Landford Wilson’s play Burn This, a production set to begin performances in February 2017 that will mark the reopening of the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson Theatre after five decades. The play officially opens March 6. Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer will direct the drama, which originally bowed on Broadway in 1987 with John Malkovich and Joan Allen starring, earning Allen the Tony for…
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Damon Has "Around 25 Lines" In "Jason Bourne"

Though "The Bourne Identity" had him talking fairly normally, Matt Damon's Jason Bourne was quite enigmatic in both the Paul Greengrass-helmed 'Bourne' films following the death of his love interest character.

Much of the heavy lifting of the dialogue was put in the hands of the CIA characters from Joan Allen's Pamela Landy and Julia Stiles' Nicky to the villains of the piece like Brian Cox and David Strathairn's characters. Damon himself had few lines, most of his words conveyed through action or body language.

That trend continues with the upcoming "Jason Bourne". A new piece in The Guardian reveals that Damon has only around 25 lines of dialogue in the upcoming film, that's less than the much talked about 43 lines of dialogue that Henry Cavill's Superman had in the recent "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". Damon tells the paper it fits with the character:

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Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Kristin Scott Thomas to Star in Sally Potter’s ‘The Party’

Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Kristin Scott Thomas to Star in Sally Potter’s ‘The Party’
Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Cherry Jones are to star in Sally Potter’s film “The Party,” which has just started its 14-day shoot in London.

Set in a house in contemporary London, the film is “a comedy wrapped around a tragedy,” according to Potter’s production company Adventure Pictures. “It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.”

The film is produced by Christopher Sheppard for Adventure Pictures and Kurban Kassam (“20,000 Days on Earth,” “Ginger & Rosa”), and is financed by Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve’s Great Point Media.

The production reunites many of Potter’s long-standing collaborators, including cinematographer Alexey Rodionov (“Yes,” “Orlando”), production designer Carlos Conti (“The Motorcycle Diaries,” “The Kite Runner”), sound guru Jean-Paul Mugel (“Hidden,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), and editor Anders Refn (“Anti-Christ,” “Breaking the Waves,” “Ginger & Rosa”).

It is the eighth feature film to be directed by Potter, who is best known for “Orlando,” the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel. The film, which starred Tilda Swinton, received two Academy Award nominations. Her other films include the BAFTA-nominated “The Tango Lesson” (1996); “Yes” (2004), with Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, and Sam Neill; “The Man Who Cried” (2000), starring Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro; “Rage” (2009), with Jude Law, Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi; and “Ginger & Rosa” (2012), starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert.
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