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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will hand its 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Foxcatcher star Steve Carell. A tribute celebrating his performance in Bennett Miller’s film will take place on February 6. Foxcatcher debuted in Cannes and sets an almost unrecognizable Carell as the reclusive, wrestling-obsessed millionaire John du Pont. Sbiff executive director Roger Durling says of Carell, “He’s made us laugh for so many years with his great comedic abilities, but he shows this year that his range and artistry runs deep with his career-changing performance in Foxcatcher. He is unrecognizable physically and emotionally.”
Sony Pictures Classics released Foxcatcher this past weekend on the heels of screenings at the Academy earlier this week. The film led the specialty box office, opening with a robust $288K in six theaters. Carell’s performance has stirred critical acclaim leading into awards season.
Previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients at Santa Barbara include Cate Blanchett, »
- The Deadline Team
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that Steve Carell is the recipient of this year's Outstanding Performer of the Year Award for his work in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher." The news comes right on the heels of the film's Thursday night AFI Fest premiere and theatrical release this weekend. "He's made us laugh for so many years with his great comedic abilities," Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling said, "but he shows this year that his range and artistry runs deep with his career-changing performance in 'Foxcatcher.' He is unrecognizeable physically and emotionally." Indeed, Carell is outstanding in this film, and curiously, there have been those who don't think he'll figure into the Best Actor Oscar race. Maybe it's some combination of expecting the film to struggle with Academy types (it's a chilly exercise, to be sure) and the notion that his is more of a supporting performance than a leading one, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Benedict Cumberbatch on Alan Turing: It's all part of the momentum of what I hope is the recognition he deserves British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been named as the recipient of The Variety Award, which will be given to The Imitation Game star during the British Independent Film Awards ceremony in London on December 7.
The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. Previous winners have included Paul Greengrass, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson and Dame Helen Mirren.
The Imitation Game - which tells the story of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing - is also nominated in four categories at this year's awards including a best actor nod for Cumberbatch.
The actor said: "I am delighted to receive this prestigious award. It is made even more special by the recognition of The Imitation Game in this year's nominations, »
- Amber Wilkinson
He has big brown eyes, a seductive smile and knows how to keep things hot in the kitchen. But Manish Dayal didn't believe it when he was picked as People's Sexy Man of the Week. "I thought there had to be a mistake," the Hundred-Foot Journey star, 31, tells People. "I was completely shocked." Dayal grew up spending all of his time at Blockbuster but never knew he was going to be an actor. Instead, he thought he would be a director and producer and studied business in college. When the South Carolina native first tried acting, "I had no idea what I was doing, »
- Caitlin Keating, @caitkeating
Jamie Dornan is returning to terrorize Northern Ireland with his sexy bedroom eyes (and murderous disposition) in "The Fall" Season 2 - and now the BBC Two series has a premiere date on Netflix. The dark drama's second season has been slated to debut January 16 on the streaming service, Netflix announced today. The new batch of six episodes will again star Dornan ("50 Shades of Grey") as Paul Spector, a serial killer terrorizing Belfast, while Gillian Anderson reprises her role as Det. Superintendent Stella Gibson. Emmy winner Alan Cubitt wrote and directed all six episodes, the first of which premiered this week in the U.K. Check out a teaser trailer and full Season 2 synopsis for "The Fall" below. In other Netflix news, the service has ordered ten episodes of Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry's "The Crown," a drama centered on the life of Queen Elizabeth II (expected to be played »
- Chris Eggertsen
South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook (“Oldboy”) will direct and develop the sci-fi thriller “Second Born” for David Lancaster’s Rumble Films.
Lancaster, former president of Bold Films, launched Rumble in July on the heels of producing Miles Teller’s “Whiplash” at Sony Classics and Jake Gyllenhaal’s crime thriller “Nightcrawler”at Open Road.
“Second Born,” based on an original screenplay by David Jagernauth, takes place in a futuristic world in which neural microchip implants are used to store one’s consciousness, leading to black market body-swapping.
Derby Street will finance development. Lancaster will produce with Stephanie Wilcox for Rumble alongside Wonjo Jeong, Park’s producing partner. Executive producers are James Gibb and Derby Street’s CEO Nicola Horlick, as well as Jon Shiffman for Rumble.
- Dave McNary
Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, joint directors of the Moet British Independent Film Awards, have today announced that British star Benedict Cumberbatch is to be honoured with The Variety Award at December’s ceremony.
The Variety Award recognises a director, actor, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK. The Variety Award was bestowed upon Paul Greengrass last year, while previous recipients include Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.
Cumberbatch is also nominated for Best Actor for The Imitation Game, while the film is up for a further three awards in Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay (Graham Moore) and Best Actress (Keira Knightley).
See Also: Nominations for the 2014 Moet British Independent Film Awards
- Gary Collinson
Netflix have finally confirmed their series commitment to the television adaptation of the hit play ‘The Audience,’ which has been in development for a number of months. The streaming service has moved to bolster its growing slate of original drama by ordering 10 episodes of The Crown from series creators Peter Morgan (The Queen) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) – both of whom are Academy Award nominees.
The play – written by Morgan – debuted in London in 2013 with Helen Mirren in the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II. Charting 60 years of her reign – from 1952 to 2012 – it conjures a chain of historically significant meetings between the Monarch and a variety of UK Prime Ministers. Mirren’s critically acclaimed performance earned her an Olivier Award for best actress, and she is set to take the role to Broadway when ‘The Audience’ opens there next year. A new version will open in the West End in London a few months later, »
- Sarah Myles
Netflix is adding some royalty to its original programming lineup in 2016. Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season of The Crown, telling the story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. Each season of the show (if it is picked up for more, of course), will follow a decade of the queen's life, beginning in 1952 when she assumed the title and began working with Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The Crown comes from Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry and is inspired by Morgan's play The Audience. Morgan also wrote The Queen, which starred Helen Mirren, who is also set to reprise the »
- Jonathon Dornbush
In Great Britain, there are plenty of great actors. In the last few years alone, Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Daniel Day Lewis have all walked away from the Academy Awards ceremony with statues in hand. Go back a few more years and you can add the names of Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren to the list of winners, and there’s no sign of the talent pool drying up any time soon.
This week alone, there are two films opening which showcase two of the finest young talents: The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing; and The Drop, in which Tom Hardy appears alongside the late James Gandolfini. Cumberbatch is currently one of the frontrunners to be nominated in the Best Actor category early next year, while Hardy’s low-key performance is apparently engaging but unlikely to see his name feature among the awards contenders. »
- Jonathan Cordiner
Entertainment One has released a first-look image of Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s upcoming biopic of the Roman Holiday and Spartacus screenwriter, who found himself blacklisted back during the McCarthy witch-hunts in the 1940s…
Trumbo is set for release next year, with a cast that also includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Diane Lane (Man of Steel), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Helen Mirren (The Queen), John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis), Alan Tudyk (), Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) and Louis C.K. (Louie).
- Gary Collinson
Benedict Cumberbatch will be honoured at the British Independent Film Awards.
The actor will receive The Variety Award at this year's ceremony, which takes place at Old Billingsgate, London on December 7.
The Variety Award is given to a British director, actor, writer or producer who has enjoyed international success.
On receiving the award, Cumberbatch said: "I am delighted to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank Variety and The Moët British Independent Film Awards for this incredible honour.
"It is made even more special by the recognition of The Imitation Game in this year's nominations, a film I am very proud to be a part of."
The Imitation Game is released in the UK tomorrow (November 14). Watch a clip below: »
Morgan, who wrote The Queen, for which Helen Mirren won an Oscar, will team up with its producer Andy Harries and Billy Elliots Stephen Daldry for the series, which is inspired by Morgans West End hit, The Audience.
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- John Plunkett
Nearly six months after Netflix eyed a royal drama The Crown, the streaming service is moving forward with the drama series. Netflix announced late Wednesday that it has handed out a 10-episode series commitment to The Crown, from Academy Award nominees Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and inspired by the play The Audience The play, which bowed in 2013, centers on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers that date back from her accession in 1952 to the present day. Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II, marking her second time in the role after she
- Lesley Goldberg
Sneak Peek your first look @ Emmy award winning "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston in director Jay Roach's recently wrapped, New Orleans-set feature film "Trumbo", focusing on the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter 'Dalton Trumbo':
The story follows the writer's stand and his professional exile of 11 months in prison for contempt of Congress.
- Michael Stevens
Central Intelligence: Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will team up for the action-comedy Central Intelligence; Rawson Marshall Thurber (We're the Millers) will direct. The two stars will play former high school classmates who took very different career paths; CIA contract killer Johnson now needs the help of acountant Hart to foil a plot to sell military secrets. [Variety] Trumbo: Bryan Cranston, who gained renown as a bald drug dealer on TV's Breaking Bad, presents quite a different appearance in the first look from the forthcoming drama Trumbo. Cranston stars as Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted for years after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947. Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Elle...
- Peter Martin
The first image from Jay Roach’s dramedy biopic, Trumbo, has been released, offering a darned good look at leading man Bryan Cranston’s awesome moustache. Taking on the titular role, Cranston plays screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who back in the day was shunned by Hollywood for his involvement in the Communist Party.
The film takes place during the height of the cold war, during which time a group of ten screenwriters and directors were cited for contempt of Congress after refusing to testify about their ties to Communism. Trumbo was one such scribe, who shunned Congress’ House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947 and was subsequently punished as a result.
Not only did the industry refuse to accommodate him, but he also spent eleven months in prison. Later in life, he managed to circumnavigate Hollywood’s shackles by writing under a pseudonym. Suffice it to say, his experiences never hindered his »
- Gem Seddon
Bryan Cranston portrays Dalton Trumbo, one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters in the 1940s, whose career came screeching to a halt after he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, at the height of the Cold War. This biopic, directed by Jay Roach, shows how he took a stand against Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Communist witch hunt. This resulted in him being blacklisted from the Hollywood studio system, while also serving an 11-month prison sentence for contempt and clashing with anti-Communist gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren).
The first Trumbo image from director Jay Roach’s (Recount, Meet the Parents) upcoming biopic of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo has been released, giving us our first look at Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of the scribe. Trumbo famously refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was subsequently blacklisted and sentenced to an 11-month stay in prison. Despite his professional exile, Trumbo continued to write screenplays under pseudonyms, even winning two Academy Awards in the process for Roman Holiday and The Brave One. Roach’s film chronicles Trumbo’s fight against the blacklist and battles with gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, played by Helen Mirren. This debut Trumbo image shows off Cranston’s swell facial hair, and with the film recently wrapping production and gearing up for release sometime in 2015, I can’t help but wonder if five-time Emmy winner Cranston might find himself in the Oscar race next year. »
- Adam Chitwood
Since the success of stage production The Audience, which saw Helen Mirren play the Queen across different decades as she interacted with various Prime Ministers, writer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry have been busy adapting the show into a series for Netflix called The Crown. Now Claire Foy is close to a deal to play the younger Elizabeth.If she makes a deal, she’ll be playing Her Maj during the early part of her reign from the 1950s onwards, handing it on to perhaps two or more other actresses as the real-life monarch ages. According to Deadline, there is no indication yet as to whether Mirren will return to the role that won her an Oscar for The Queen, but you’ve got to figure that Daldry and Morgan are trying to have her involved, if only to get the band back together.Netflix is planning the 20-part »
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