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Tim Grady and October Films co-founder Jeff Lipsky co-created New York-based Adopt Films in 2011. Since banding together, the pair has been savvy in their foreign language pick-ups, pouncing on four fims in Berlin in 2012, for example, with each going on to win prizes there — and three ending up as their respective countries’ submission for the Foreign Language Oscar. Last year, they were in the potentially hot-potato situation of having both the entry from Palestine, Hany Abu Assad’s Omar, and the Israeli elected Bethlehem by Yuval Adler. They scored a nomination with Omar and this year have Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep in contention. I spoke with Grady about the state of foreign language cinema, how the company has grown and what it’s like to handle challenging movies.
Deadline: What has changed on the foreign language landscape since you guys got together to form Adopt in 2011?
Grady: Adopt »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Love Actually 1. Love Actually didn't start out as a holiday movie, but director Richard Curtis loves Christmas films and really wanted to make one of his own. 2. Laura Linney has said that she wishes her character never picked up the phone to talk to her brother when she was in her bedroom with Karl. 3. Love Actually came out of two different films, written separately for Hugh Grant and Colin Firth's characters. 4. Emma Thompson had to wear a fat suit during filming to appear fuller. 5. Hugh Grant was fiercely against his dancing scene in the film and had to be convinced to do it. 6. Kris Marshall had such a good time playing the scene where three American »
Thanks to Twitter, fans have become more engaged in the TV viewing experience. Audiences no longer sit idly by as their favorite programs shock and awe them week to week. Instead, they are quick to post their instant, 140-max character reactions. And the live tweeting experience wasn’t limited to twists and turns of Shondaland Thursdays. In fact, series across all genres and networks obsessed with hashtagging TV.
As TV goes into hiatus for the holiday season, we look back on all the highlights from 2014 (and let our thumbs rest up for next year’s crucial status updates.)
Warning: All the spoilers!
Why: With ABC’s Thank Goodness Its Thursday line up – Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder – Shonda Rimes has redefined “shock & awe.” Each week, Scandal regularly delivers “Wtf” moments followed by her protégé Peter Nowalk’s How to Get Away With Murder and its racy gay sex scenes »
Sure, we have 18 performers who have reaped bids at three key precursor prizes -- the Golden Globes, SAG and Critics' Choice Awards. But contending for that triple crown still doesn't make them sure things in the Oscars derby. Just ask Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Daniel Bruhl ("Rush"). These three thespians racked up recognition from all of these kudos last year but were snubbed on Oscar nominations morning. Who else has fallen short of expectations for an Oscar nomination? -Break- Pity poor Leonardo DiCaprio. He makes this list of dubious achievements twice. He was spurned by the actors branch of the academy for his leading performance in "J. Edgar" (2011) and his turn in "The Departed" (2006). In the case of the latter film, which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, he was the victim of category confusion. He had reaped lead nominati »
After that onslaught of nominations from the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Critics' Choice, let's take a deep breath and consider what they all mean. A staggering 18 lead and supporting players reaped bids with all three of these precursor prizes. How likely are they to number among the 20 performers who earn Oscar nominations? -Break- Turns out, the odds are in their favor but not as overwhelmingly as they once were. In the first 18 years since the the Critics Choice kudos came on the scene in 1995, there were only 11 instances when a performer who had been nominated for all three of these awards did not go on to contend at the Oscars. However, last year, three of the 17 performers with bids across the board were snubbed at the Oscars: leads Tom Hanks "Captain Phillips" and Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and supporting player Daniel Bruhl ("Rush"). Conversely, 14 Oscar nominations (of the »
Academy Award® nominated* director Jason Reitman (Up In the Air, Juno) delivers the powerful and provocative Men, Women & Children, debuting on Digital HD and On Demand December 16, 2014, four weeks before it's available on disc, from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD January 13, 2015, and to celebrate, we have an exclusive sneak preview.
Adam Sandler (Grown Ups), Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club) and Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) lead an amazing ensemble cast in this film about love and human connection in the modern world. Men, Women & Children tells the story of high school teenagers and their parents who attempt to navigate their complex relationships in an era defined by social media, online exchanges, and instant gratification. Discover how little you know about the people you know in the film critics are calling a movie that could change your life!
The Men, Women »
It’s a film starring Sundance Film Fest creator Robert Redford and another film starring Sundance mainstay James Franco that are the latest and last items to officially pad the 2015 edition. Ken Kwapis’ A Walk in the Woods (surely to be discussed as a companion piece to Gus Van Sant’s heavy Cannes contender The Sea of Trees) and Rupert Goold’s directorial debut, True Story – a story that is stranger than fiction close out the Premieres selections. Also announced we find items for New Frontier, Sundance Kids and the From the Collection items. And while the line-up is complete, the actual final piece to the puzzle might actually be a secret screening or two. This year I wager on Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups playing as a non official showing. Here’s the press release.
- Eric Lavallee
The Sundance Film Festival, whose 2015 edition runs from January 22 through February 1, has added another round of films and New Frontier installations. Not a big round, but it does include a few big names. The festival's founder, Robert Redford, stars with Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal in Ken Kwapis's A Walk in the Woods. Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones star in Rupert Goold's True Story. Sundance will also host the international premiere of Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep and a revival of Jennie Livingston's 1990 classic Paris Is Burning. » - David Hudson »
“A Walk in the Woods” stars Sundance founder Redford as a travel writer who sets out to hike the Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged friend, portrayed by Nick Nolte. Ken Kwapis directs the comedy-drama from a script by Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman. Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal also star.
“True Story,” directed by Rupert Goold from a script he co-wrote with David Kajganich, centers on disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Hill) meeting accused killer Christian Longo (Franco) — who has taken on Finkel’s identity; his investigation morphs into a game of cat and mouse.
- Dave McNary
The Sundance Film Festival has added 10 films, events and New Frontier installations to its 2015 lineup, including a new film starring festival founder Robert Redford. The Premieres section bolstered its lineup with Ken Kwapis’ A Walk in the Woods ,about an aging travel writer (Redford) who sets out to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy (Nick Nolte). The film, making its world premiere at the festival, also stars Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Kristen Schaal. Also joining the Premieres lineup is Rupert Goold’s drama True Story, which chronicles the
- Tatiana Siegel
Festival top brass announced on December 15 a volley of 10 additional films and New Frontier installations.
The late arrivals mean the festival will screen 123 features overall from 29 countries culled from 12,166 submissions. A total of 106 of the features will be world premieres and 45 of the total line-up hail from first-time film-makers,
Sundance is set to run from January 22-February 1.
All synopses provided by the festival.
A Walk In The Woods (USA)
An aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy. Along the way, the duo face off with each other, nature, and an eccentric assortment of characters. Together, they learn that some roads are better left untraveled.
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True Story (USA)
When disgraced New York »
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We’re happy to share the news that the wonderful Mr Stephen Fry has been confirmed to return and host the Ee British Academy Film Awards on 8th February 2015 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, it’ll be the 10th time Fry has hosted the ceremony and we think he’s a perfect choice, the great man had this to say:
“Hosting the Film Awards has always been a highlight of my year. The opportunity to help the Academy promote filmmaking and encourage cinema-going means a lot to me. I’ve met many heroes and had the honour of introducing many young talents that are now busy forging remarkable careers for themselves. Seeing the photos from each year back I can chart my bewildering changes in weight too…”
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be providing all the coverage we can direct from the event, »
- Dan Bullock
It started with an infographic. Then more infographics. And some think pieces. And some brief TwitterRage. Over the last year and a half, women’s role in cinema, specifically Hollywood cinema, has become a lightning rod for discussion and debate, and more so than any time in the past, people are approaching film a little more critically in regards to how women are portrayed. The statistics are mind-numbingly bleak, with women representing a fraction of the work force behind the camera, from director to CEO to the best boy. Women in front of the camera rarely fair much better, with roles such as “beautiful and always understanding girlfriend/wife to the hilarious schlub” and “girl with cleavage that shoots guns in tight clothes”.
Last week I happened across a piece about the Best Actress race for the upcoming Academy Award Ceremony and the author talked about how the Actress race »
- Jae K. Renfrow
British actor and TV presenter Stephen Fry is to return as the host of BAFTA’s film awards. It will be the 10th time Fry has hosted the ceremony.
The awards, which take place on Feb. 8 at the Royal Opera House in London, will be broadcast on BBC One in the U.K., and in all major territories around the world.
Fry said: “Hosting the film awards has always been a highlight of my year. The opportunity to help the Academy promote filmmaking and encourage cinema-going means a lot to me. I’ve met many heroes and had the honor of introducing many young talents that are now busy forging remarkable careers for themselves. Seeing the photos from each year back I can chart my bewildering changes in weight too…”
The BAFTA film awards nominations will be revealed on Jan. 9 at BAFTA headquarters in London, and the event will be »
- Leo Barraclough
This year's red carpets brought us adorable moments in droves, and we're not just talking about all that red carpet Pda. There were adorable costar embraces, like The Fault in Our Stars buddies Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. There were singular instances of hilarity, like Jennifer Lawrence picking her own nose - on a poster, of course. And not to be forgotten, there were tons of random, unplanned celebrity collisions, like Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson at the SAG Awards. Keep reading to see all the couples, costars, and even canines that made our hearts melt on the red carpet in 2014. »
"Pride," the true story of how gay rights activists helped miners took home the Best Picture of the Year trophy from the British Independent Film Awards. The fantastic film also won Best Supporting Actress for Imelda Staunton and Best Supporting Actor for Andrew Scott.
Here's the list of the winners of the 2014 British Independent Film Awards:
Best British Independent Film
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The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]
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Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
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Most Promising Newcomer
Best Achievement In Production
Benedict Cumberbatch proved to be the most popular man of the hour when he attended the 2014 British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday. The actor, who was awarded the Variety Award for helping "focus the international spotlight on the UK," received kisses from not only his Imitation Game costar Keira Knightley, but also his Sherlock enemy Andrew Scott, who nabbed an award of his own for best supporting actor in Pride. Benedict also received a bit of attention from Emma Thompson who took home the Richard Harris award for her contributions to British film. Benedict's new fiancée, Sophie Hunter, was likely not bothered by all the attention Benedict was receiving, as she was by his side during the entire event. Keep reading to see all the snaps from Benedict's night out, and be sure to vote for Benedict in our favorite guy of the year poll! »
Emma Thompson made a not-so-subtle quip about the Harry Potter franchise during her speech at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday evening. The legendary English thespian made her somewhat controversial comments after picking up the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film. According to the Hollywood Reporter, as she clasped the gong in her hand, Emma Thompson decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to voice her exact thoughts on the mistakes that she has made in her career. "I must confess to you that I have been with studios. I haven.t enjoyed it. I tried very hard not to get sucked in. I demanded smaller trailers . I have also taken small roles in large studio films that could be described as formulaic for money, and for that I.m sorry." Looking back on Emma Thompson.s rather fabulous career there really is »
A contender for film of the year? Not even if you hadn't seen anything else, says Mark...
Stop searching - there's only a few weeks left of this year, but we've found the 2014 recipient of the Rick Deckard Award for Worst, Most Pointless Voiceover in a Motion Picture. The winner, by some distance, is Emma Thompson's omniscient chorus in Men, Women & Children.
Originally titled Pale Blue Dot, this relationship drama opens with a confounding galactic vista that looks more like something from Interstellar than the film promised by the trailers (and we'll get to those) as Thompson's narrator recounts how the Voyager space probe was loaded up with music, pictures and greetings from Earth when it was launched in 1977, and quotes Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot while referring to our planet.
The film then refers back to the satellite's progress through space throughout, while also juggling the stories »
Now out in hardback is John Cleese's autobiography, So Anyway. It's a genuinely interesting read, very much written in his own voice, and he spared us some time to have a chat about it, and his career.
Here's how it went...
Can we start with the predictable stuff first, but I always wonder this when anyone writes an autobiography: why do it? Why put your life down in a book, who is it for, and did you enjoy it?
Well let's go backwards on that. Yes I enjoyed it very much. Who is it for me? In a funny kind of way it was for me, because some people seem to think that I've had a very interesting life, which compared with people who have fought in wars, and been spies, and discovered rivers in Africa, »
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