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Oscar Week 2017: Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium

4 hours ago | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By Gary Salem

Oscar Week celebrated three exceptional nominees at the annual Makeup & Hairstyling Symposium: “A Man Called Ove,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Branch governor and longtime host Leonard Engelman started the event with a favorite story about 20th Century Fox lobbying the Academy to award John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for “Planet of the Apes” in 1968. He was joined by fellow governors Kathryn Blondell and Lois Burwell in welcoming the nominees and giving an inside look at the bake-off and nomination process.

Burwell said the branch meets twice a year to discuss the films that members think should be viewed in a theater and considered for seven finalists. Branch members also communicate throughout the year to bring attention to outstanding work. The seven finalists are usually narrowed down to three nominees but there have been years with two and four nominees.

The audience included several past »

- Movie Geeks

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Carys Evans talks to director Nicholas Moss at the 2016 Edinburgh Short Film Festival about directing John Hurt

9 hours ago | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Much saddened as we were to hear about the death John Hurt, we unknowingly gave him on of his last screenings at last year’s Edinburgh Short Film Festival when he appeared in Nicholas Moss’s outstanding short drama Break which we screened on Sunday November 6th at Summerhall.   Nicholas was interviewed by our very own film critic and presenter, Carys Evans who talked to Nicholas about short film-making and working with John Hurt amongst other things in a wide-ranging interview.   Nicholas Moss Interview      ...

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New to Streaming: ‘Jackie,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,’ and More

24 February 2017 8:07 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)

Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place within the same »

- The Film Stage

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Oscars 2017: Sara Bareilles to Perform During 'In Memoriam' -- Why It Will Be the Saddest Ever

23 February 2017 1:10 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

2016 saw the unexpected and untimely deaths of a slew of beloved icons and screen legends, which means viewers can expect one monumental In Memoriam segment at the 89th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

It was announced on Thursday that Sara Bareilles will be performing during the emotional tribute. "Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community including familiar faces and those behind the scenes who have enriched the art of moviemaking," producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said in a statement.

The tribute will no doubt have everyone in tears, especially when you consider just how many icons have passed away since last year's awards show.

Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years

Looking back over the past year, here are just a few of the late stars who will likely be honored at this year's Oscars ceremony.

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Comedian and actor Garry Shandling, who died on »

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Movie Theaters Plot Trump Protest With '1984' Screenings

21 February 2017 9:42 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Movie theaters across the United States will screen Michael Radford's adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian classic, 1984, April 4th in protest of Donald Trump, The Guardian reports.

The event was organized by the United States of Cinema and will include nearly 90 theaters in 79 cities in 34 states (plus one in Toronto). Radford's adaptation was released, fittingly, in 1984, and stars John Hurt as Winston Smith, a man who begins detailing life under an oppressive regime in an illegal diary. The April 4th event date is a nod to the date Smith begins his journal. »

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Us cinemas to show Nineteen Eighty-Four in anti-Trump protest

21 February 2017 7:39 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Coordinated screenings across North America set for 4 April to highlight Orwell’s portrait of a government ‘that manufactures facts’

Nearly 90 cinemas in the Us and Canada are planning to show the film adaptation of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, starring the late John Hurt, in protest at President Trump’s policies. The coordinated screenings will take place on 4 April, the date that the book’s central character Winston Smith writes on the first page of his illegal diary.

Related: Peter Bradshaw on John Hurt: 'A virtual folk memory of wisdom and style'

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- Andrew Pulver

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Doctor Who: Moffat talks CGI recreations of deceased actors

14 February 2017 12:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Feb 14, 2017

Following Star Wars: Rogue One, Steven Moffat has spoken about bringing back deceased Doctors using CGI...

If you've seen Rogue One, you'll know that CGI recreations of deceased actors have come very close to crossing the uncanny valley. It hasn't taken long for someone to ask Steven Moffat the odds of this technique being using to bring back former Doctors from beyond the grave.

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A fan asked the Doctor Who showrunner this, in latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine: could we see William HartnellPatrick Troughton on Jon Pertwee brought back through CGI? Sadly, in the time since the question was asked, we've also lost John Hurt.

"Well, like every other Doctor Who fan, that was my first thought [upon seeing Rogue One]", The Moff admitted. "But, you know, word on Media Street »

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Prevenge movie review: baby bump off

13 February 2017 7:37 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Fresh feminist horror of a very welcome taboo-smashing kind. Nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and as poignant as it is blackly funny. I’m “biast” (pro): love Alice Lowe, desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): not generally much of a horror fan

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

This is what happens when women make movies: We get movies that do not look like anything we’ve seen before. And I promise you, you have never experienced anything like writer-director-star Alice Lowe’s Prevenge: it’s nasty, hilarious, outraged and outrageous, and magically exactly as genuinely poignant as it is blackly, sarcastically funny.

Sure, there have been bad-fetus movies before, and movies about strange creatures growing inside human bodies and taking over. (Two recent awful examples: Devil’s Due and The Unborn.) But to a one, as far as I am aware, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Hollywood Shines at the BAFTA Awards

9 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Prior to 1999, the British Academy Film and Television Awards were seen as the poor, but perfectly respectable, country cousin of their high-wattage American brethren. There were a number of reasons for this, chief among them the four-month time lag between U.S. and U.K. release dates, which saw a bizarre hike in prestige releases during April, when the BAFTA ceremony was traditionally held.

Until 1997, the event also included an extensive roll of television awards, which made for a long night, with the top film awards inevitably going to the same films honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences two months earlier. The BAFTAs felt stale.

In 1999, however, the BAFTAs stepped up the glamour offensive. Elizabeth Taylor was honored with a BAFTA fellowship, presented by Michael Caine, while the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, and Christina Ricci walked the red carpet outside North London’s dowdy Business Design Centre. »

- Damon Wise

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Berlin Fest to Pay Tribute to John Hurt With Special 'Englishman in New York' Screening

7 February 2017 3:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Berlin film festival will present a special screening of An Englishman in New York by Richard Laxton to commemorate John Hurt, who recently died.

"Since the 1990s, he had attended the Berlinale with regularity and starred in 12 films presented at the festival," organizers said. "The British actor is considered one of the most brilliant performers of the stage and screen in the last 50 years."

German moviegoers can currently see Hurt in Jackie, starring Natalie Portman. Berlinale entries featuring Hurt have included the likes of The Commissioner, V for Vendetta and Resident Alien.

In 2009, Hurt received the Teddy Award n Berlin for »

- Georg Szalai

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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: John Hurt

6 February 2017 8:29 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

John Hurt I was at Sundance when I heard that John Hurt had passed on. Being a long-time fan of one of Britain’s truly great actors, I was surprised that I’d never written him up for this column. Maybe it’s that I never associated Hurt with being “bad-ass”, but even a cursory look at his work reveals that he was all that and much more. One of those... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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The most profound discovery, or the end of everything? Find out in the Superbowl trailer for Life

6 February 2017 2:42 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

Last night’s Superbowl gave us a wave of new TV spots and teaser trailers for this year’s biggest films. We saw the return of Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kurt Russell made an appearance concerning the Fate of the Furious (The Fast and the Furious 8’s confusing title), and in our favourite spot Stranger Things are happening in season two of Netflix’s smash hit 80s show. Another film which may not have had the same level of hype orbiting it is Life, a new sci-fi disaster film concerning a crucial discovery that initially seems to have huge implications for the human race. Of course things don’t turn out so well and everything goes wrong, a race for survival begins.

‘I’ve told you, I don’t want my windows cleaned.’

With shades of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity this »

- Jon Lyus

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Rushes. Farhadi Not Attending Oscars, John Hurt & Emmanuelle Riva, Post-Sundance Travails

2 February 2017 12:22 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSJohn Hurt and Emmanuelle RivaCurrently, due to American President Donald Trump's executive travel ban, Academy Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi cannot travel to the United States. But in a statement made to The New York Times, the filmmaker, who is nominated again this year for The Salesman, says he wouldn't attend even if granted an exception:Instilling fear in the people is an important tool used to justify extremist and fanatic behavior by narrow-minded individuals.

However, I believe that the similarities among the human beings on this earth and its various lands, and among its cultures and its faiths, far outweigh their differences. Last week we lost two great actors, John Hurt (1940 - 2017) and Emmanuelle Riva (1927 - 2017).Francis Ford Coppola's recent forays into moving images, whether the super-local indie thriller Twixt or his "live cinema" project, have been ambitious and unusual, »

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Peter Morgan to receive BFI Fellowship

2 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Writer of The Crown, Frost/Nixon and The Queen to receive honour at annual BFI chairman’s dinner.

British screenwriter and producer Peter Morgan Cbe will be awarded the BFI’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, at the annual BFI chairman’s dinner, hosted by BFI chair Josh Berger, on February 21, 2017, at Claridges, London.

Morgan’s writing career includes Frost/Nixon (2008), The Queen (2006), The Last King Of Scotland (2007), Rush (2013) and, most recently, Netflix TV series, The Crown (2016).

The Crown, created and written by Morgan, was the winner of Best TV Drama at this year’s Golden Globes; a second series has been confirmed.

A number of BFI’s Fellows have writing credits to their name, but Graham Greene and Lynda La Plante are the only other recipients who are known principally as writers for television and film.

BFI Fellows include Tim Burton, Clint Eastwood, Judi Dench, Martin Scorsese, Jeanne Moreau, Stephen Frears, [link »

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'Rogue One', 'High-Rise', 'Game Of Thrones' win at British Designers Guild awards

2 February 2017 3:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The film crews behind High-Rise, Rogue One, Victoria and Game Of Thrones scoop up awards at inaugural ceremony.

On Saturday January 28, the British Film Designers Guild (Bfdg) held its inaugural awards ceremony at Pinewood Studios.

The film crews behind films High-Rise and Rogue One and TV series Victoria and Game Of Thrones were among those to scoop awards.

The awards were presented by Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons, with the latter making a moving tribute to John Hurt.

Liz Griffiths, who produced the event, said: “The quality of the nominations for crew and the high calibre of films and TV productions has proved yet again that the UK is still the leader in this field and that the Bfdg members are central to this amazing knowledge and skill base respected around the world.”

The lifetime achievement award went to production designer Gemma Jackson, the three-time winner of the Art Directors Guild excellence in production design award for her »

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Crews behind 'Rogue One', 'High-Rise', 'Game Of Thrones' win at British Designers Guild awards

2 February 2017 3:15 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The film crews behind High-Rise, Rogue One, Victoria and Game Of Thrones scoop up awards at inaugural ceremony.

On Saturday January 28, the British Film Designers Guild (Bfdg) held its inaugural awards ceremony at Pinewood Studios.

The film crews behind films High-Rise and Rogue One and TV series Victoria and Game Of Thrones were among those to scoop awards.

The awards were presented by Bill Nighy and Jeremy Irons, with the latter making a moving tribute to John Hurt.

Liz Griffiths, who produced the event, said: “The quality of the nominations for crew and the high calibre of films and TV productions has proved yet again that the UK is still the leader in this field and that the Bfdg members are central to this amazing knowledge and skill base respected around the world.”

The lifetime achievement award went to production designer Gemma Jackson, the three-time winner of the Art Directors Guild excellence in production design award for her »

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Alien: just how intelligent is the title monster?

2 February 2017 3:10 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 6, 2017

Ahead of this year's Alien: Covenant, we delve into a longstanding question: just how smart is the xenomorph, really...?

There are many reasons why Alien and Aliens are such unforgettable films: the dark underlying themes, the quality of the acting, the sheer artistry evident in their design and composition.

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But one of the reasons why these ageing films remain so compelling is because they imply as much as they show: 1979’s Alien may be infamous for its graphic birth sequence, but it raises so many questions that, at present, remain unanswered. How long had the crashed alien ship sat undiscovered on Lv-426, as the planet later became known? What were all those eggs doing in its belly? And foremost, just how intelligent is the creature we see emerge from John Hurt’s torso? Ridley Scott may be busy rootling »

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Flickering Myth Podcast #54 – DC’s Batman movie in crisis, Young Han Solo’s working title revealed…

1 February 2017 2:34 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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Join Oli and Luke in this week’s Flickering Myth Podcast for…

Scooperhero News – Ben Affleck announces he’s no longer directing The Batman, and what that means for the larger DC Extended Universe, The Flash getting a page one rewrite, Black Panther starts production, why Doctor Strange 2 hasn’t been green lit yet, will we ever see a Groot spin-off movie and what is the future( and past/alternate timeline) of the X-Verse?

Star Wars – The Young Han Solo movie starts production, and Oli and Luke speculate on the film’s working title. That’s it. All the Star Wars news apparently happened last week.

Everything Else – Michael Bay producing a Donald Trump-like dystopia movie, Luke finds himself on the same side as James Cameron, Ubisoft not deterred by Assassin’s Creed, »

- Oli Davis

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In Memorium: Remebering John Hurt

31 January 2017 3:09 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

With the world rife in political turmoil, the need for artists.  Although it may only last for a few hours at a time, movies, books and games rise us above reality’s squall and help us make sense of our increasingly uncertain surroundings.  These aren’t just distractions, but necessary cultural institutions that give us something worth living for. Another one of our great artists left us.  After a public battle with Pancreatic Cancer, the renowned English actor John Hurt died on January 25, just three days after his 77th birthday. To me, John Hurt was perpetually ancient: born an old man

In Memorium: Remebering John Hurt »

- Brian Hadsell

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Natalie Portman, Pablo Larrain Pay Tribute to 'Jackie' Co-star John Hurt

31 January 2017 12:08 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

British actor John Hurt, who died Jan. 25 at age 77, has several films awaiting release. But his last big-screen appearance was in Jackie, directed by Pablo Larrain and starring Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy coping with the assassination of her husband. Hurt plays a priest who counsels Jackie, revealing his own doubts about the meaning of life but offering her a reason to go on living.

Natalie Portman: John was such an incredible human being, very, very kind, very easy to work with. We were shooting in really cold weather, doing difficult, very long takes, where he had a »

- THR Staff

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