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The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.Scroll down for full list
Not to be outdone by the New York Film Festival, which has staked a claim to the world premieres of Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, and Venice, which will open with Birdman, artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team announced on Tuesday (22) close to 50 galas and special presentations.
Two factors are certain to ratchet up the sense of anticipation heading into September. Most of these titles are without Us distribution and that said, it remains to be seen which films will qualify for a coveted first-weekend slot.
Tiff top brass made it clear earlier this year that any title that sneaks into Telluride will be forced to screen after the first four days of the festival. Tiff runs from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Price: DVD $20.99
Studio: Ketchup Entertainment
Gthe movie concerns Richard (Brosnan) and Kate (Thompson), a divorced couple who, after their pension is stolen by an unscrupulous businessman, reunite to steal it back. This sets them on a whirlwind journey into a caper involving the embezzling of bankrupt employees’ pension funds. Along the way, the couple finds themselves in French, where they re-discover the love they thought they had lost.
Written and directed by Joel Hopkins, the French production also stars Timothy Spall (Life is Sweet), Celia Imrie (Nanny McPhee), and Louise Bourgoin (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec). And keep an eye open for Marisa Berenson (Barry Lyndon) as a sexy hotel receptionist.
The PG-13-rated film received a limited release to U.S. theaters in May, »
Oscar winning director Jeffrey D Brown’s hard-hitting child trafficking drama Sold, executive produced by Emma Thompson and starring Gillian Anderson, which opened the 5th edition of the London Indian Film Festival (July 10-17), has won the festival’s Pure Heaven audience award.
Jeffrey D Brown said, “It’s really amazing. I hadn’t really anticipated this at all. I’m really grateful, humbled and speechless. I really hope this galvanises more people to see the film so that we can help the kids who’ve been through this ordeal and we can end this travesty around the globe.” Brown and producer Jane Charles are in advanced discussions with distributors with a view to securing a global release for Sold in early 2015.
The runner up for the audience award was Samruddhi Porey’s Hemalkasa, the festival’s closing night film starring Indian cinema icon Nana Patekar. The film is a »
- Stacey Yount
The film, which centres around a young Nepali girl’s struggle for survival after being sold into prostitution, opened the 5th edition of the London Indian Film Festival, which ran July 10-17. It is executive produced by Emma Thompson.
The runner up for the audience award was Samruddhi Porey’s Hemalkasa, the festival’s closing night film starring Indian cinema icon Nana Patekar.
Festival director Cary Sawhney said: “We’ve grown by at least 30% this year and we’re getting global films! We’ve got Hollywood films in the festivals, Indian films, British films, Bangladeshi »
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These lectures, the first in the 2014 series, will take place between Sept 18-29.
Writer and actress Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee) takes to the stage at BFI Southbank on Sept 20, while writer and director Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders, Locke) will follow on Sept 29.
The season is programmed by screenwriter Jeremy Brock and funded by Jj Charitable Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. »
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Emma Thompson will be featured in BAFTA’s fifth annual Screenwriters’ Lecture Series, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Film Institute announced Tuesday.
Thompson will be accompanied by James Schamus and Steven Knight for the first lectures in the 2014 series. Schamus will speak on Sept. 18 at BFI Southbank in London. Thompson will follow on Sept. 20. Knight will speak at London’s BAFTA headquarters on Sept. 29.
“Over the years we’ve been privileged to hear from some of the greatest names in film and television, and this year’s season is no different,” said BAFTA deputy chairman John Willis in a statement. “Our initial trio of speakers boast credits across a range of genres – from action to romance, from thriller to family, and from original screenplays to adaptations. BAFTA is thrilled to welcome these brilliant screenwriters to share the benefit of their vast experience with a public audience. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Many major Hollywood celebrities are big fans of getting a little nip and tuck and aren't ashamed to admit it! But do you know which celebrities are totally against going under the knife? Kate Winslet: In a 2011 interview with U.K. media, Kate Winslet spoke openly against her thoughts on plastic surgery. She has been an anti-cosmetic surgery activist and insists, "I will never give in. It goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be natural beauty." She has even gone so far as creating the British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League, a vow between Kate and her friend Emma Thompson to never get surgery. Emma Thompson: The Saving »
Iconic actor Nana Patekar, known for his brilliant performances in The Pool, Parinda and Ab Tak Chappan, as well as displaying his lighter side in Bollywood blockbusters like Welcome, is all set to take London by storm when he visits the city for the World Premiere of director Samruddhi Porey’s Hemalkasa, the Closing Night Film of the 5th London Indian Film Festival (Liff, July 10-17). The film details the inspirational lives of Magsasay Award winning couple Dr Prakash Baba Amte and Mandakini Amte who dedicated their lives towards improving the lot of the tribal people in Western India.
Nana Patekar said: “I appreciate the Liff selection committee because by selecting Hemalkasa they have shown that only an expert jeweller has an eye for a real diamond. I believe here Liff is the real expert jeweller. This is not merely a film but an inspirational message for the world and »
- Stacey Yount
London — Entertainment One is well-placed to retain its position as the U.K.’s top independent distributor after a strong first half of the year, and a muscular slate for the remaining months. But, as Alex Hamilton, managing director, eOne Films U.K., tells Variety, the company has aspirations to be considered on a par with the Hollywood majors.
EOne has been the top indie in the U.K. for three of the past four years, and last year finished ahead of two studios, Sony and Paramount, with its box office totaling more than £100 million ($171 million) for the first time.
- Leo Barraclough
We’re received the wonderful news that Brit-legend Emma Thompson will be part of this years BAFTA Screenwriter Lecture Series.
The acclaimed writer and actress who’s given us an endless array of great performances and writing including Sense And Sensibility, Nanny McPhee, and the upcoming Effie Gray is among an all-star line-up that also includes James Schamus (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain) and director Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises), who between them boast seven BAFTA and Oscar nominations. The series, in collaboration with the BFI, is now in its fifth year and will take place between 18th and 29th September.
They’re a great opportunity to get into the heads and hearts of the people at the very top of the business. We highly recommend keeping an eye out for many of BAFTA’s Guru lectures and film-maker sessions as they’re wonderfully informative, but also well worth your time. »
- Dan Bullock
London – Emma Thompson, James Schamus and Steven Knight have been lined up to headline the latest series of screenwriters' lectures organized here by BAFTA and the British Film Institute. Now in its fifth year, the BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series has previously featured the likes of Julian Fellowes, David S. Goyer, John Logan and Charlie Kaufman. The latest season is set to take place in London between Sept. 18 and Sept. 29. Photos Oscar Screenwriters Roundtable “The Screenwriters’ Lecture Series has become a highlight of the BAFTA events calendar," said BAFTA’s deputy chairman, John Willis. "Over the
- Alex Ritman
The Fall star was welcomed by a group of dhol players, as she took to the red carpet at the Cineworld Haymarket in central London.
Directed by Jeffery Brown, Sold, tells the story of Laxmi (Niyar Saikia), a young Nepali girl who is sent away by her family to work as a domestic servant in Kolkata, only to find she has been trafficked into a brothel.
Anderson plays the Us photographer who learns of Laxmi's plight and helps local agencies spearhead a dangerous mission to rescue her.
Describing her experience of the film, Anderson said: "Working on this sensitively-told film and with young women who have themselves experienced the unbelievable trauma of abduction and trafficking has opened my eyes to the horrors these young people face on a daily basis, as »
On July 8, J.K. Rowling released a short, short story about grown-up Harry Potter and the Sequel She Swore She’d Never Write, and over in the magical land of central Florida, the Harry Potter theme park’s Diagon Alley expansion is entertaining six-hour lines on opening day. So apparently, it’s Harry Potter day, and to celebrate this completely random occasion, I’ve decided to do something equally arbitrary and sort a bunch of celebrities into the four houses of Hogwarts. Why? Art needs no reason.
First, the criteria. The Hogwarts houses are divided based on traits: Slytherins are cunning, »
- Marc Snetiker
There are some films that are just more than the images onscreen and Sold is one of those films. It not only takes you on the journey of Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old Nepali girl who is sold into prostitution in India, and her tale of survival, escape and hope, it also puts you in the middle of the global issue of human trafficking.
Sold, based on the book by Patricia McCormick, was directed by Jeffrey D Brown and produced by Jane Charles. The film also had noted actress Emma Thompson on board as exectuive producer. Featuring Gillian Anderson and David Arquette, the film also boasts a cast that includes Seema Biswas, Sushmita Mukerjee, Tillotama Shome, Parambrata Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose, Ankur Vikal and many others. Sold has been creating a buzz and moving people to act at festivals in La and Albuquerque and the next stop is the London Indian Film Festival. »
- Stacey Yount
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- MaryAnn Johanson
The London Indian Film Festival (Liff, July 10-17) will host a Screen Talk with the multifaceted Farhan Akhtar and a Masterclass with the award-winning Santosh Sivan at the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank.
Akhtar has come to the world’s attention over the last decade, as multiple award winning director, producer, and actor, straddling an impressive range of roles, from long distance runners to rockstars. He also commands audiences of thousands, at his live music shows, as he continues to juggle a career as a musician and songwriter, with his incredibly successful film industry career. He started his career as director. His directorial debut, Dil Chahta Hai was a runaway hit. He went on to direct the remake of Don and its sequel, Don 2. Besides that he has produced many successful films. As an actor he has won critical acclaim for his performances in Rock On, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. »
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Showcasing as the Opening Night film for the London Indian Film Festival is Sold, which tells the story of one girl who becomes a victim of human trafficking. Set in India and Nepal, where many such stories take place, Sold is about an extraordinary thirteen year old girl named Lakshmi. To her horror and ours she is sold into prostitution. Though she has lost her freedom and must cope with degradation at the hands of both clients and captors, Lakshmi retains her personal sense of honor and dignity. Lakshmi begins to put a plan in motion, and hopes to become one of the lucky ones to break the chains and escape – but first she must be willing to risk her life. It is the indomitability of her spirit that forms the heart of Sold.
- Stacey Yount
Emma Thompson's name conjures images of poise and grace, bringing to mind her sincere and moving performances in films like "Sense and Sensibility" and "The Remains of the Day." But, of course, the actress seems just as comfortable whipping off her spike heels at the Golden Globes or donning a fake nose and a snaggletooth for a role like "Nanny McPhee." Thompson is currently at work on "The Legend of Barney Thomson," actor Robert Carlyle's directorial debut based on a novel by Douglas Lindsay about a barber in Glasgow who lives a dull, pointless life until he crosses paths with an unstable serial killer. Carlyle plays the titular character, with Emma Thompson playing his dowdy mother. (Yet another actress plays far above her actual age.) Based on these on-set photos, all we can say is that it looks like she's going to knock this one out of the park. »
- Jacob Combs
On July 2, Eric Bana stars in Deliver Us From Evil as a New York City street cop who becomes entangled in a case that has ties to the paranormal. Also appearing in the film? Comedian Joel McHale (“Community”). Now, you might be a little hesitant, not knowing why Bana and McHale have been thrown together for a horror flick, but Bana and McHale have more in common than you’d think. For starters, both Bana and McHale have a well-developed funny bone.
- Rachel West and Sasha James
Saving Mr. Banks is the story of P.L Travers (Emma Thompson) and her famous struggle with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) for the rights to her classic children’s book Mary Poppins. For decades, Walt Disney tried to get the movie rights but with no success, but financial struggles finally pushed Pamela Travers to take a meeting with Disney, his screenwriter Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford), and composers Robert (B.J. Novak) and Richard Sherman (Jason Schwartzman). Unfortunately, Travers disagreed with Disney and his creative team on nearly every part of the film from the design of the Banks’ house to the lessons that Mary Poppins is teaching the children, and it seemed like all the years of work had been for naught. When Disney discovered that he and Travers share a common troubled past with their fathers, he found the missing piece to make Mary Poppins come to life and in a small way, »
- Rachel Kolb
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