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Cinderella hits UK this Friday. A traditional take on the classic fairy tale, Kenneth Branagh directs Downton Abbey‘s Lily James as the titular heroine. The film is a true live adaptation of Disney‘s iconic cartoon and features a plethora of fine actors and actresses, most of them British. Kenneth Branagh’s name on the directors chair obviously helped get a few to sign the dotted line; the film stars Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi and Stellan Skarsgard to name but a few.
Ahead of Cinderella’s cinematic release (which feature new Frozen short film Frozen Fever) we were invited to the luxurious Claridges to attend a very special press conference. We felt just like Cinderella as we walked through the historic building. There were many questions that people were dying to ask, but we had but one – had Prince Kit not learned anything from Rob Stark’s marital choices? »
- Kat Smith
The world is upside down, or as David Lynch puts it: "The world is wild at heart and weird on top." The countries that are peace keepers are also the biggest manufacturers of weapons and the most profitable industries are the ones that are destroying this planet. One percent of the population owns more than the other ninety-nine together. Our system is fundamentally unjust. That is a fact and many of today's urgent problems are obliging us to examine the very framework of our society.When you scroll through the programme of this year's Human Rights Watch Film Festival (Hrwff), you cannot but notice that most of the 16 films, except for John Stewart's directing debut Rosewater, a film about the life of the Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, are documentaries. They are bringing us unknown stories from all over the world and they point to issues concerning violations of human rights. »
- Ana Sturm
A host of stars gathered in central London to honour the life of the Oscar-winning director Sir Richard Attenborough.
Lord Attenborough, who was a leading figure in British film as an actor, director and producer for more than half a century, died last August at the age of 90.
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- Press Association
For years, Traveller's Tales have created a reliably entertaining string of action games based on hit film franchises, starting with Lego Star Wars in the PlayStation 2 era. Just in time for the release of Colin Trevorrow's forthcoming Jurassic World, along comes the studio's Lego version, which spans all four films in the franchise released so far.
Expect the usual mix of jumping, shooting, pulling levers and collecting bricks, along with plenty of loving recreations of the Jurassic Park franchise's most famous moments. The Lego game formula may be familiar by now, but when you're presented with a Lego version of Richard Attenborough or a similarly diminutive Jeff Goldblum, it's hard not to be drawn in yet again.
Lego Jurassic World's out in June for Xbox 360, Xbox One, »
Stalwart actor known for playing dependable British characters
When you watch British films produced by Bryan Forbes and Richard Attenborough between Whistle Down the Wind in 1961 and Shadowlands in 1993, you will find that Gerald Sim, who has died aged 89, was in most of them, usually playing a detective, a doctor or a magistrate of some kind, always trustworthy and on the right side of the law.
He was one of those quiet, unassuming actors whose presence guaranteed dependability: instantly recognisable, soon forgotten, always welcome; an open moon face, a clarion-clear voice (the result of a proper training in repertory theatre), a discreet presence. He was definitely part of the British screen “family”, not least because he was the younger brother of the actor Sheila Sim, Attenborough’s wife.
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- Michael Coveney
The Jurassic World viral website JurassicWorld.com has been updated with a new section showcasing the Hammond Creation Lab, where new dinosaurs are brought to life. We have a brief video which breaks down the Hammond Creation Lab's process, and on the site itself, fans will get to see a familiar character from the original Jurassic Park, Mr. DNA! In the 1993 movie, Mr. DNA was a cartoon character designed to help explain how InGen created the dinosaurs for this massive theme park, and it seems fans will get to see him again in Jurassic World. Here's an overview of the Hammond Creation Lab from the JurassicWorld.com website.
"A New Age of Dinosaurs starts here at the Hammond Creation Lab. In our state of the art facilities, the world's greatest living paleogeneticists work to extract, sequence and assemble the DNA necessary to bring dinosaurs from the Jurassic era to Jurassic World. »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have drawn criticism for leaving Rivers out of a segment honouring deceased celebrities like Robin Williams, Lord Richard Attenborough and Bob Hoskins at Sunday's ceremony.
Outrage over the snub on social media grew so strong that the Academy addressed the matter in a statement: "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the 'In Memoriam' segment of this year's Oscar show.
"She is, however, included in our 'In Memoriam' gallery on Oscar.com."
Melissa has since offered an official response on her late mother's Facebook account.
"It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season, but [my son] Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with »
Every year at the Academy Awards, an emotional tribute is held to recognize those lost in the film industry that year. 2015 marked an especially emotional time with big names including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Bob Hoskins, and Richard Attenborough on the list. But, among those fallen there were a few very important names left out of the "In Memoriam" segment of the show. And many were especially upset that the iconic comedian Joan Rivers was left out of the video montage. Social media erupted, news outlets were shocked, no one could believe that someone as well-known as Joan Rivers was not honored at the 2015 Oscars. Yes, she was a stand-up comic and TV personality, but she also made appearances in films such as The Muppets Take Manhattan and Spaceballs. So, in response an Academy representative spoke out. They responded to Rivers. omission with a statement (via THR): Joan Rivers »
Last night was Hollywood's time to shine and bask in the glow of their accomplishments. But as ever, the party respectfully paused to pay tribute to those that passed away over the last year. 2014 saw some big talents leave us. Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hoskins, Richard Attenborough, and legendary cinematography Gordon Willis were all given shine. If you're wondering where Philip Seymour Hoffman was, he was honored during last year's Oscar ceremony. Meanwhile, a minor outcry erupted over the snubbing of Joan Rivers in the In Memoriam tribute, but the Academy released the following statement to THR: "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com." So there you go. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A number of recognizable people were surprisingly left out of this year's "In Memoriam" segment during the Oscar telecast. Meryl Streep presented the video montage at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, which paid tribute to the many film-industry figures who died in the past year, including Robin Williams, Richard Attenborough, Lauren Bacall, Mickey Rooney, Bob Hoskins and Mike Nichols. However, some notable names were omitted from the list, including the following five individuals. Read More Oscars 2015: Joan Rivers Snubbed by "In Memoriam" Tribute Elaine Stritch The Broadway legend, who also played Alec Baldwin's character's mom on 30 Rock, appeared
- Ryan Gajewski
Jennifer Hudson has honoured the biggest talent in movies who have passed away at this year's Oscars ceremony.
The singer took to the Dolby Theatre stage with a heartfelt performance of 'I Can't Let Go' during the ceremony's traditional in memoriam segment.
Post by The Academy.
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"This is for all the people who shared their talents and lives with us. We are forever changed," the 33-year-old said.
Meryl Streep introduced the in memoriam, saying: "What ever role they played in movie-making, the films that they were part of made us laugh and think, and cry, and consider life with fresh eyes.
"They tickled us, raised our spirits when we needed it, challenged our minds and shocked our complacencies. Through their work they shared a piece of their soul, and so we will miss them »
All the winners from Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards.
Show host Harris signs off with a chirpy, “Buenos noches!”
Sean Penn walks on. It’s time for the big one. Best film. Will it be Birdman or Boyhood? It’s Birdman! The movie ends the night tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel on four Oscars. Inarritu, referring to his pal Alfonso Cuaron who enjoyed success with Gravity at last year’s show, says, “Two Mexicans in a row. That’s suspicious, I guess.” Slightly more seriously, Agi also calls on his fellow Mexicans to help build a strong future for his beloved country. Wow, a good night for Birdman and a surprisingly barren one for Boyhood. Pirates indeed, Ethan Hawke, but glorious pirates.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
ETonline is paying tribute to the stars that passed away in the past year with our "Oscar: In Memoriam" fan art collection. Check out some of the highlights below and check back in on the Et Tumblr page for more.
Photos: In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2014
The legendary comedian committed suicide on August 11, 2014.
The inspirational author and poet passed away on May 28, 2014 at age 86.
News: Was Joan Rivers Snubbed in the 2015 GRAMMYs In Memoriam Segment?
The legendary comedian and fashion critic died at age 81 after complications during surgery on September 4, 2014.
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By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
- Anjelica Oswald
Boyhood, Theory of Everything lead winners at BAFTA Film Awards 2015
Hoskins won the Best Actor BAFTA Award for his performance in Mona Lisa, and also appeared in The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Snow White and the Huntsman prior to his death last April.
Mayall's sudden passing shocked the entertainment world last June.
Fans of both actors reacted to the BAFTAs snub on »
It was a night at the Royal Opera House where almost everything went to form.
There were no surprises in the acting races, with Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette all winning — confirming their status as clear favorites for the Oscars in two weeks’ time.
As well as taking the best actor award, James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything” made up for missing out in the best picture race by taking the award for outstanding British film and the prize for adapted screenplay.
It was a grand night for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” winning five awards: original screenplay, original music, makeup and hair, production design and costume design.
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- Adam Dawtrey
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (The Boxtrolls, Iron Man 3) has joined the cast of John Pogue’s (The Quiet Ones) action thriller Wake starring Bruce Willis (Die Hard film franchise), and produced by Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call), Tobin Armbrust (A Walk Among The Tombstones, Begin Again), David Alpert (upcoming American Ultra, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’) and Chris Cowles (The Numbers Station, Autobahn).
International Film Trust (Ift) is handling foreign rights to the film, which they are actively selling at the European Film Market. CAA is representing the domestic sales rights.
“Sir Ben is a truly one of a kind talent, with a unique subtlety to his work. He brings characters to life and charges them with emotion and power at just the right moments. He’s a tremendous addition to this cast, I can’t wait to see what he does with Kole, this film’s powerful antagonist, »
- Michelle McCue
It seems like fans won’t have to wait until June to get a chance to see what Jurassic World will be like.
The film, fresh off their new trailer debut during the Super Bowl, has also released a brand new, interactive website that allows fans to explore the park that will be overrun by dinosaurs and Chris Pratt later this summer.
The site looks like a more interactive version of Six Flags or Disney World, but focuses on letting viewers take a peek at some of the dinosaurs that will be on display once the film hits theaters. The dinosaur page, which could also double as a nice science class guide, shows facts on the different breeds (and also notes how aggressive they are). There is also a preview of the gyrosphere (which has featured stars Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins in the trailers) and a brief history of »
- Zach Dennis
It was the final big American film and TV awards ceremony before the Oscars, and the one most likely to indicate who will be going home with Academy awards in a month’s time. Find out if Hollywood’s most celebrated actors perfect their speeches ... or losers’ faces
Screen Actors Guild awards 2015: the winners in pictures
A quick-fire night then with a couple of surprises thrown in, mostly in TV.
Costner is back and… well… that’s it.
- Alex Needham and Lanre Bakare in New York
'Selma' movie review: Politically salient in the early 21st century and 'beautiful in all the ways of cinema' (photo: David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'Selma') The title of director Ava DuVernay's historical drama Selma tells us what the film is about, while implying what it isn't about. In other words, Selma is not about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- wonderfully played by British actor David Oyelowo -- even though the reverend is the film's gravitational center and its emotional weight accrues to him. Just like what took place in Selma, Alabama, back in 1965. In fact, Oyelowo's presence is as transfixing as that of the young Ben Kingsley in his transformative interpretation of Gandhi in Sir Richard Attenborough's 1982 titular classic about one of Dr. King's inspirational figures. Unlike Gandhi, however, Selma is a single canvas on which a few months in Dr. »
- Tim Cogshell
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