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20 Little-Known Facts About Anastasia on the Movie's 20th Anniversary

Image Source: Everett Collection If you grew up in the '90s, there's a good chance Anastasia is one of your favorite animated movies. It might not be a product of the Mouse House, but Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia might as well be up there with iconic Disney princesses like Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel. In honor of the feel-good movie's 20th anniversary - it first hit theaters on Nov. 21, 1997 - let's take a look at a few little-known facts that might surprise even the most diehard Dimitri fans. RelatedPrepare to Sing Along Embarrassingly Loud to the Anastasia Musical's "Journey to the Past" So, like we said, it isn't a Disney movie. Although the animation is reminiscent of Disney favorites like The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, Anastasia actually hails from 20th Century Fox. With Disney in the running to buy part of Fox, however, she might end up a
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The Man Who Invented Christmas movie review: but would Charles Dickens approve?

MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s charm and wit in its fanciful depiction of the creative process, but the film downplays the social activism that Dickens fully embraced in his work. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dickens and A Christmas Carol

I’m “biast” (con): haven’t been the biggest fan of Dan Stevens

I have not read the source material

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

Did Charles Dickens really invent our modern observance of Christmas? Well… he certainly contributed to it, with his beloved 1843 novella A Christmas Carol bringing to it a spirit of family celebration and togetherness and moving the holiday away from its religious grounding to a more secular one focused on ecumenical kindness and generosity. But we also have Prince Albert to thank, for importing his German Yuletide customs — such as evergreens and Christmas trees — to England when he married
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Dan Stevens' Charles Dickens Encounters Real-Life Scrooge in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' Clip (Exclusive)

Dan Stevens' Charles Dickens Encounters Real-Life Scrooge in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' Clip (Exclusive)
"Why Christmas? Does anybody really celebrate it anymore, apart from our clerk who never misses an opportunity to take a day off -- with pay. More or less an opportunity for picking a man's pocket every 25th of December."

This exclusive clip from The Man Who Invented Christmas makes it clear where author Charles Dickens got his inspiration for the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. In the upcoming holiday film, Beauty and the Beast star Dan Stevens plays the author and, when his penny-pinching publishers claim there isn't a market for Christmas books, Dickens accepts their challenge -- we all know how that story ends.

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A Christmas Carol is perhaps one of the most famous books ever, but not many know the tale of exactly how Dickens dreamt up his ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come -- not to mention, how he finished the book in a mere six weeks
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New poster for The Man Who Invented Christmas

With a little over three weeks to go until its release, a new UK poster has arrived online for Bharat Nalluri’s upcoming biographical drama The Man Who Invented Christmas featuring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Man Who Invented Christmas here

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is set for release on November 22nd.
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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own

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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own
It’s only been a few short weeks since Winnie the Pooh got the “Shakespeare in Love” treatment in “Goodbye Christopher Robin” — a film that inspired this critic to lament that “we used to tell stories; now we just tell stories about how we used to tell stories” — which means that we’re already long overdue for another saccharine period fable about the creation of another literary icon. Enter Ebenezer Scrooge, who came to Charles Dickens at a moment when both men were at a low point in their lives.

The year was 1843, the great author (a manic Dan Stevens) was 31, and his massive fame was ebbing in the wake of three consecutive flops. With the winter settling in and a certain lifestyle to maintain, Dickens was in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. There was only one problem: There hadn’t been a Christmas miracle in almost 1,843 years. You see,
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Film Review: ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

Film Review: ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’
Of all the books Charles Dickens wrote, none has been more often adapted for the screen than “A Christmas Carol,” drawing under its spell stars as diverse as Albert Finney, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Mickey Mouse and the Muppets. Rather than retelling the classic once again, fresh take “The Man Who Invented Christmas” focuses on Dickens himself, revealing the equivalently satisfying story of how the English author conceived his beloved yuletide novella — while offering a chance for a splendidly cast Christopher Plummer to play Ebenezer Scrooge in the process.

Satisfying as it is to see a late-career Plummer tackle the iconic role, the subject of this particular film remains Scrooge’s creator, who may have had more in common with the old miser than audiences realize. The year was 1843, by which time Dickens (played here by “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens) had already tasted success, only to lose his publishers’ confidence after a series of “flops” (although
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International Newswire: Amazon, Netflix Struggle in Middle East, North Africa, Says Report

International Newswire: Amazon, Netflix Struggle in Middle East, North Africa, Says Report
In today’s International Newswire, Amazon and Netflix struggle to make headway in Middle East and North Africa against local rivals, Juan Minujín is cast as the young Pope Francis in Fernando Meirelles’ Netflix original movie ‘The Pope,’ Studiocanal strikes box-office gold with buddy comedy ‘Marry Me, Dude,’ and Eurimages awards $503,000 to Romanian animated feature ‘The Extraordinary Voyage of Marona.’

One picture painted of the digital landscape is of a world dominated by just a few global behemoths. That has yet to happen, however, in some parts of the world. In the Middle East and North Africa, both Netflix and Amazon launched subscription video services in 2016. “Lackluster offerings mean the global giants will together comprise just 21% of the market in 2017,” says a new Ihs Markit report, A Slow Start for Mena Subscription Video, by Max Signorelli.

Put another way, the sum of 2017 year-end subscribers for Icflix, Shahid Plus and Starz Play Arabia, three of the
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UK Trailer Arrives For Festive Treat ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

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There’s no getting away from it – it’s getting closer and closer to Christmastime, and with it comes the flurry of Yuletide movies that will be lighting up your cinema screens over the next couple of months. One of them is The Man Who Invented Christmas, a film which tells the incredible story of how Charles Dickens came to write one of the most well-known stories in history, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Miriam Margolyes and Simon Callow, which tells the incredible story of how Charles Dickens came to write one of the most well-known stories in history.

In 1843, Dickens was a literary rock star, but struggling financially after the slow sales of his previous novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Seized with the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, Dickens pitched his publishers, ‘A Christmas Carol’, but they passed. Desperate,
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Full UK Trailer for 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' with Dan Stevens

"How do you make a world come alive?" Thunderbird Releasing has launched the UK trailer for the new holiday drama titled The Man Who Invented Christmas, telling the story of Charles Dickens and the creation of the character Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. Dan Stevens stars as Dickens, and Christopher Plummer plays Scrooge, in this tale that mixes reality and imagination to tell us the story of how Dickens created this characters that would "forever change the holiday season into the celebration we know today." Also starring Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow, Donald Sumpter, Miriam Margolyes, Ian McNeice, Bill Paterson, and Justin Edwards. We already featured the first Us trailer last month, and while this looks intriguing, I'm not too sure it's going to become the next holiday classic. Watch below. Here's the brand new UK trailer for Bharat Nalluri's The Man Who Invented Christmas, on YouTube: You can
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Jean Rochefort obituary

French actor who made his name in sex farces of the 1970s and missed out on a starring role in Terry’s Gilliam’s Don Quixote film

With his lean, tall figure, his sunken, weary features, doleful eyes, moustache and prominent nose, the French actor Jean Rochefort, who has died aged 87, seemed born to play Don Quixote. Terry Gilliam thought the same when in 1998 he cast Rochefort as the idealistic and impractical Don in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which was also to have featured Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis in leading roles.

Everything was set up when Rochefort fell ill with prostate problems that meant he could not sit on a horse. Shooting was abandoned after a few days because Gilliam would not replace Rochefort. Despite many attempts to restart the project (which themselves became the subject of the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha), with different actors as
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French Actor Jean Rochefort Dies at 87

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French Actor Jean Rochefort Dies at 87
Perhaps forever to be known as “The Best Don Quixote Who Never Was,” French actor Jean Rochefort has died at age 87, according to Afp.

Rochefort was hospitalized in August and died overnight on Sunday, Afp reported, according to Deadline.

One of the most loved, iconoclastic figures of French cinema in the last 70 years, Rochefort first began appearing in films in 1955.

Both a romantic leading man and character actor, Rochefort was a three time César honoree equally skilled in dramatic and comedic roles. He starred in a number of successful, critically praised French films which attracted international audiences including Ridicule and The Hairdresser’s Husband.
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Zurich: Glenn Close on Patty Hewes, Alex Forrest, Albert Nobbs and Cruella de Vil

Zurich: Glenn Close on Patty Hewes, Alex Forrest, Albert Nobbs and Cruella de Vil
“I always knew I wanted to be an actress, I never thought I'd be a movie star,” says Glenn Close, reflecting on a career, now a quarter century old, that has seen her create some of the most iconic, and controversial, female figures in cinema.

Close is attending the Zurich International Film Festival, which is honoring the Fatal Attraction and Damages star with its Golden Icon award for lifetime achievement. She's also in the Swiss city to present her The Wife. In the feature, from director Bjorn Runge, Close plays the partner of an acclaimed novelist (played by Jonathan Pryce)...
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Glenn Close-Starrer “The Wife” Acquired by Sony Classics

The Wife”: Embankment Films

Glenn Close’s latest project has found a home weeks after bowing at the Toronto International Film Festival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Classics snagged all North American rights to “The Wife,” an adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same name.

The drama sees the six-time Oscar nominee playing Joan Castleman, a woman best known as the wife of an incredibly successful author (Jonathan Pryce, “Taboo”). Joan has dedicated years of her life to nurturing her husband’s genius, but a moment of revelation causes her to reconsider their relationship and her future. Jane Anderson (“Olive Kitteridge,” “Mad Men”) penned the script.

Directed by Bjorn Runge (“Daybreak”), the pic’s producers include Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber, Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Film’s Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen, and Jo Bamford and Piers Tempest for Tempo Productions.

The Wife” received strong reviews at Tiff, with many critics offering effusive praise for Close’s performance.

Regarding the lack of roles written for older women, the Emmy and Golden Globe winner has observed, “It’s kind of ironic, because we’re at the peak of our power. We really are.”

Close’s many credits include “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Damages,” “Albert Nobbs,” “The Shield,” “Fatal Attraction,” and “The World According to Garp.”

Glenn Close-Starrer “The Wife” Acquired by Sony Classics was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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'Glengarry Glen Ross': THR's 1992 Review

'Glengarry Glen Ross': THR's 1992 Review
On Oct. 2, 1992, the film adaptation of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross was released in theaters by New Line Cinema. The film starred a murderer's row of acting greats including Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin and Alec Baldwin. Read THR's original review below.

David Mamet’s harsh, hard-talking drama about shady, desperate real estate salesmen makes for an actors’ showcase with a surprisingly conventional whodunit backdrop in the movie version of Glengarry Glen Ross.

While the dark view of human nature and brutal dialogue might keep faint hearts from the...
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Glenn Close’s ‘The Wife’ Bought by Sony Classics for North America

Glenn Close’s ‘The Wife’ Bought by Sony Classics for North America
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to the Glenn Close drama “The Wife.”

Directed by Björn Runge, the film is adapted by Jane Anderson from the Meg Wolitzer novel of the same name. The film stars Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd, and Annie Starke.

The film recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Variety‘s Andrew Barker praised Close in his review, saying, “The film itself – solid, conventional, and potentially quite attractive to older filmgoers – is very lucky to have her.”

Close plays Joan, the perfect devoted wife to her charismatic husband, played by Pryce, ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his “art” with grace and humor. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises and Joan’s reached her breaking point.

“‘The Wife’ is an emotional powerhouse of an experience featuring career best performances by Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. It
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Sony Pictures Classics Hitched To Glenn Close Drama ‘The Wife’

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Sony Pictures Classics Hitched To Glenn Close Drama ‘The Wife’
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Björn Runge’s The Wife, the Glenn Close starrer that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to strong reviews for the actress. Adapted by Jane Anderson from the Meg Wolitzer novel, The Wife also stars Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd and Annie Starke. Close plays Joan Castleman, the devoted wife of charismatic literary star Joe (Pryce). Ignoring his infidelities, Joan finally reaches…
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires North American Rights to Glenn Close’s ‘The Wife’

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to “The Wife,” which stars Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. The film, directed by Björn Runge, had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It also stars Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd and Annie Starke. “The Wife” follows Joan Castleman (Close), who is a highly intelligent woman and a perfectly devoted wife. She gave up her own career and dreams for her husband’s Joe (Pryce) literary career. But after all the infidelities and excuses, Joan has finally reached her breaking point. Also Read: Cannes 2017: Sony Pictures Classics Takes Directors Fortnight.
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Glenn Close's 'The Wife' Nabbed by Sony Classics

Glenn Close's 'The Wife' Nabbed by Sony Classics
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to The Wife, starring Glenn Close.

The adaptation of the Meg Wolitzer novel, directed by Bjorn Runge, also features Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd and Annie Starke. It made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Wife stars Close as Joan Castleman, a highly intelligent and devoted wife who has spent 40 years ignoring her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. After tolerating his infidelities and excuses for decades, she...
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Jane Goldman interview - Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Stardust and more

Duncan Bowles Sep 26, 2017

Jane Goldman chats to us about writing Kingsman, Stardust, The Walking Dead and more...

Ever since teaming up with Matthew Vaughn a decade ago to adapt and write Stardust, Jane Goldman’s profile as a writer has been on the rise and rightly so. As has already been stated many times in our interviews for Kingsman 2 over the last week, with both Mark Strong and Vaughn himself – the films they’ve made together have been fantastic and highlights of each of the genres they’ve represented, whether fantasy (Stardust), comic book (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), or spy (Kingsman).

We sat down with Jane Goldman for a chat about her love of film and writing process and found her in fine spirits, full of laughter and happily enthusing about variety of topics close to our hearts, ingratiating herself further into the realms of geekdom, as we started
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