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BritBox Steals March On Svod Rivals With ‘Vera’ Deal

Exclusive: The competition between U.S. streaming services to acquire premium British dramas is heating up as BritBox, the streaming service set up by BBC Worldwide and ITV, poached the latest season of detective drama Vera away from rival Acorn TV. I hear BritBox has picked up the eighth season of ITV Studios' Brenda Blethyn-fronted mystery franchise and will launch it on January 7, day-and-date with its UK release. Various seasons of Vera have previously aired on…
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The 25 Best Films Directed By Women of the 21st Century, From ‘Lost in Translation’ to ‘Persepolis’

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The 25 Best Films Directed By Women of the 21st Century, From ‘Lost in Translation’ to ‘Persepolis’
Female filmmakers are still an unfortunate rarity in Hollywood — USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative’s latest study about female directors in the industry recently delivered blunt findings like “the director’s chair is white and male” and “age restricts opportunities for female filmmakers” and even “one & done: opportunities for female directors are rare” — but that hasn’t stopped a compelling legion of creators to churn out excellent films for as long as the art form has existed.

The 21st century may be less than seventeen years old, but it’s already played home to a slew of instant classics, from established auteurs to rising indie stars and everything in between. Here are the 25 best.

Read More: The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’

Behold, a bevy of riches…

25. “Tomboy,” directed by Céline Sciamma (2011)

A quietly gorgeous portrait of a plucky
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‘Despicable Me 3,’ Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ ‘The Big Bad Fox’ to Bow at France’s 2017 Annecy Animation Festival

‘Despicable Me 3,’ Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ ‘The Big Bad Fox’ to Bow at France’s 2017 Annecy Animation Festival
Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3,” China, Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” and “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” look set to figure among highlights at June’s 2017 edition of France’s thriving Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, a Mecca for animation companies and creatives from Hollywood and the world over.

In one sign of still-continued growth at Annecy, its International Animation Film Market (Mifa) will add an extra day, moving from three to four. Attendance at Mifa has grown year-on-year for the past decade, rating the film and TV market, which rolls off the dynamism of the international animation scene, as one of the fastest growing industry events in Europe.

Announced by the Annecy Festival as a world premiere, “Despicable Me 3” continues Chris Meledandri’s close relationship with the French festival which has hosted the bows of the first two parts of the franchise and “Minions” – to increasingly gargantuan worldwide box office.
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Always in Style – The Forgotten Roles of Michael Caine

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Author: Zehra Phelan

“You’re were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off” is and will always be Michael Caine’s most iconic line of all time, uttered in the 1969 British Caper The Italian Job. With a career spanning a hefty 64 years between 1953 and 2017, Caine hits our screens yet again this week starring opposite Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin in Going in Style, a remake of the 1979 heist comedy directed by Zach Braff. It tells the story of a trio of retirees who plan to rob a bank after their pensions are cancelled, proving he isn’t quite ready to hang up his acting shoes to start drawing his own pension.

At the tender age of 84 the man previously known as Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, now known as Sir Michael Caine after being knighted by the queen in 2000, has starred in a staggering 125 films in his career to date. His
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The week in TV: Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad; Vera; Love; Girls

A film on Syria’s missing thousands was vital viewing. Plus Girls, the return of Love – and Brenda Blethyn as the least groomed TV cop since Columbo

Syria’s Disappeared – The Case Against Assad (Channel 4) | channel4.com

Vera (ITV) | itv.com

Love (Netflix) | netflix.com

Girls (Sky Atlantic) | sky.com

Sara Afshar’s documentary Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad made for devastating viewing. It focused on the tens of thousands detained after the 2011 Arab spring uprisings who have since been missing, or discovered to have been tortured and killed. As the documentary showed, sometimes whole families were taken, including 2,000 children. If the “disappeared” are alive, they’re most likely still being detained in president Bashar al-Assad’s military prisons and hospitals.

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The best TV shows this week: farewell to mumbling espionage in the SS-gb finale

From the conclusion of BBC’s skullduggerous alternate-history drama to the return of Brenda Blethyn’s Vera, here’s your must-watch list

In addition to being a huge cash generator, Red Nose Day is also a good barometer of the shifting power balances within British light entertainment. This year’s inductees to the inner circle include blunt but charming comic Romesh Ranganathan, Brits-bossing charisma vacuum Rag‘n’Bone Man and the inescapable Ed Sheeran. Friday, 7pm, BBC1

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Simon Callow webchat – your questions answered on chugging pints, Wagner and 44 years of acting

The actor and writer talked about Orson Welles, lost TV sitcom Chance in a Million, German nationalism, Jacqui Dankworth, Shakespeare and cellos

2.11pm GMT

It's been delightful if sometimes gruelling, webchatting to you all. Let's do it again sometime!

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Mike Thorne says:

I think it's quite important with Wagner to distinguish between German nationalism as espoused by the new German Reich, from Wagner's conception of a cultural phenomenon, which is a fundamental kind of Teutonic conception of life. Which is semi-mystical, and almost anthropological, with its roots as Wagner conceived of it, in pre-history. Whether this is an attractive or real thing or not is obviously a matter for discussion, but it's a different thing from a specific nationalism of a kind that Wagner was increasingly prevalent in the 19th century across Europe and beyond. Wagner was intellectually an extraordinary mix of influences, he was never as
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Ethel & Ernest; Little Men; Dog Eat Dog; London Town; The Man Between – review

An adaptation of Raymond Briggs’s Ethel & Ernest is a delicate portrayal of enduring love, while two teenagers battle the class divide in the gorgeous Little Men

And then, in a fog of champagne-fuelled anticipation, it was suddenly 2017. We’ve perhaps been idealising it a little: “I can’t wait for this year to be over,” people would say in response to every nightmare 2016 threw up, as if a mere change of digit would make all the difference. Still, if you fancy getting the new year off to a gentler start, you could do worse than Ethel & Ernest (Universal, PG), Roger Mainwood’s delicate, melancholic and adoringly realised animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs’s autobiographical graphic novel.

Detailing the half-century-spanning relationship between Briggs’s salt-of-the-earth parents, from first date to last goodbye, Mainwood has fashioned a film in which every dramatic conflict lands like a goose down pillow. It’s a very English,
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‘Sense of an Ending’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival (Full Lineup)

‘Sense of an Ending’ to Open Palm Springs Film Festival (Full Lineup)
The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will open Jan. 2 with the world premiere screening of “The Sense of an Ending,” starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.

“Ending” is directed by Ritesh Batra and written by Nick Payne, based on the novel of same name by Julian Barnes. The film also stars Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer, and Michelle Dockery.

The festival will close with Robert De Niro’s “The Comedian,” directed by Taylor Hackford on Jan. 15. “The Comedian” premiered last month at the AFI Fest.

Special presentations including the world premiere of “Breakable You”; the U.S. premiere of “King of the Dancehall,” directed by Nick Cannon; “Old Money,” directed by David Schalko and starring Udo Kier; and the North American premiere of “The Hippopotamus.”

The Palm Springs Festival will screen 190 films from 72 countries, including 58 premieres.

View the complete lineup below:

World premieres:

– The Beautiful Fantastic (UK/U.S.
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Brenda Blethyn: 'How did my mum manage with nine kids and just one tap in the house?'

Playing the mother in Ethel & Ernest, the film version of Raymond Briggs’s graphic novel about his parents, brought back tough childhood memories for the star

Brenda Blethyn says she welled up as she voiced the part of Ethel in the new animated film version of Ethel & Ernest, Raymond Briggs’s graphic novel about his parents, a bestseller when it was published almost 20 years ago. There were, she says, striking parallels with her own family, and it took her back to life in postwar Kent.

Blethyn was the youngest of nine, and her mum and dad were well into middle age when she was born in 1946. Like Ethel and Ernest, they lived through two world wars, the depression, the cold war, and survived to witness the cultural revolution of the 1960s. They were part of what Briggs sees as a generation of giants, often unsung, which was why he wrote his homage.
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Ethel & Ernest review – moving adaptation of Raymond Briggs's graphic novel

The second feature animation from the When the Wind Blows author tells the charming story of his parents’ marriage

Raymond Briggs’s graphic-novel tribute to his parents Ethel and Ernest, and their long, happy marriage has been lovingly turned into a feature animation that exactly reproduces the detail and the simplicity of his hand-drawn style. It is gentle and charming, with an unbearably moving ending, though I confess I’m not sure what to think about its essentially placid quality. Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent are the voices: a little old for the characters in their 1920s youth, but perhaps people looked and behaved a bit older in those days.

Ethel was a lady’s maid, Ernest a cheeky milkman who liked the look of the new Labour party. They had just one child, Raymond, having bought a terraced south London house in 1930. (Let’s see a young couple buy the same house today.
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'What Happened To Monday', 'Ballerina' on Afm screening roster

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'What Happened To Monday', 'Ballerina' on Afm screening roster
World premieres of the Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe sci-fi from Snd M6 Group and Gaumont’s animation featuring Elle Fanning will screen at the Santa Monica market next month.

Afm top brass said on Tuesday there will be 71 world premiere screenings and more than 250 market premiere screenings from November 2-9, with more likely to be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

Sc Films International’s Charming 3D featuring the voices of Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale and Avril Lavigne is also on the world premiere line-up with Vmi Worldwide’s Swing State with Taryn Manning, Billy Zane, Sean Astin and Angela Kinsey.

There are market debuts for: Protagonist Pictures’ recent Toronto hit Lady Macbeth starring Screen Star Of Tomorrow Florence Pugh; Little Film Company’s animation Ethel & Ernest voiced by Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway; Bleiberg Entertainment’s coming-of-age drama Coming Through The Rye with Alex Wolff and Chris Cooper; and HanWay FilmsTheir Finest from Lone Scherfig
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'What Happened To Monday', 'Shimmer Lake' on Afm screening roster

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'What Happened To Monday', 'Shimmer Lake' on Afm screening roster
World premieres of the Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe sci-fi from Snd M6 Group and The Exchange’s crime mystery starring Benjamin Walker, Stephanie Sigman, Wyatt Russell and Rainn Wilson will screen at the Santa Monica market next month.

Afm top brass said on Tuesday there will be 71 world premiere screenings and more than 250 market premiere screenings from November 2-9, with more likely to be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

Gaumont’s animation Ballerina featuring Elle Fanning is also on the world premiere line-up, with Sc Films International’s Charming 3D featuring the voices of Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale and Avril Lavigne, and Vmi Worldwide’s Swing State with Taryn Manning, Billy Zane, Sean Astin and Angela Kinsey.

There are market debuts for: Protagonist Pictures’ recent Toronto hit Lady Macbeth starring Screen Star Of Tomorrow Florence Pugh; Little Film Company’s animation Ethel & Ernest voiced by Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway; Bleiberg Entertainment’s coming-of-age
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'What Happened To Monday', 'Simmer Lake' on Afm screening roster

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'What Happened To Monday', 'Simmer Lake' on Afm screening roster
World premieres of the Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe sci-fi from Snd M6 Group and The Exchange’s crime mystery starring Benjamin Walker, Stephanie Sigman, Wyatt Russell and Rainn Wilson will screen at the Santa Monica market next month.

Afm top brass said on Tuesday there will be 71 world premiere screenings and more than 250 market premiere screenings from November 2-9, with more likely to be confirmed in the weeks ahead.

Gaumont’s animation Ballerina featuring Elle Fanning is also on the world premiere line-up, with Sc Films International’s Charming 3D featuring the voices of Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale and Avril Lavigne, and Vmi Worldwide’s Swing State with Taryn Manning, Billy Zane, Sean Astin and Angela Kinsey.

There are market debuts for: Protagonist Pictures’ recent Toronto hit Lady Macbeth starring Screen Star Of Tomorrow Florence Pugh; Little Film Company’s animation Ethel & Ernest voiced by Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn and Luke Treadaway; Bleiberg Entertainment’s coming-of-age
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Pride and Partridge: Felicity Montagu's comedy gold with Coogan and Austen

She played the loyal Pa to Norwich’s deluded DJ and the cake-scoffing vicar’s wife in Nighty Night. Now back on stage as Mrs Bennet, Felicity Montagu explains why humour is a deadly serious business

“I don’t want to scene-steal,” Felicity Montagu tells me. But perhaps she just can’t help herself, given the whirlwind of accents – Aussie, northern, estuary, Rp – that she uses to animate her anecdotes in our hour together. Certainly, she has pinched scenes from some of comedy’s biggest names – whether as Lynn, the tight-lipped, long-suffering Pa to Alan Partridge, or as Sue, the voluptuous, cake-scoffing vicar’s wife in Nighty Night. Then there’s that hugely satisfying scene in the first Bridget Jones film, where Montagu’s sloaney Perpetua – all Alice band, pearls and raised eyebrows – rises sharply from her swivel chair to witness Bridget quit her job. “Because if she gives one inch,
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Watch the trailer for animated Raymond Briggs adaptation Ethel & Ernest

The first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming animated feature Ethel & Ernest, which is based on the award-winning book by author and illustrator Raymond Briggs and features the voice talents of Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway, Pam Feris, June Brown, Virginia McKenna, Roger Allam and Peter Wright; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Heart-warming, humorous and bittersweet, the film follows the lives of lady’s maid Ethel and milkman Ernest from their first chance meeting in 1928, through the birth of their son Raymond in 1934, to their deaths, within months of each other, in 1971.

From the socially stratified 1920s to the moon landing of 1969, the film depicts, through Ethel and Ernest’s eyes, the most defining moments of the 20th Century: the darkness of the Great Depression, the build up to World War II, the trials of the war years, the euphoria of Ve Day and the
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Producers Lab Toronto reveals 2016 participants

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The UK’s Camilla Deakin, Ireland’s Kathryn Kennedy and Germany’s Amir Hamz are among those selected.

The 24 participants of the 2016 Producers Lab Toronto have been unveiled.

The selected producers include Camilla Deakin from the UK, who is currently in post-production on the Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn-voiced animation feature Ethel And Ernest [pictured].

Kathryn Kennedy from Ireland also makes the cut, having produced 2015 drama My Name Is Emily starring Evanna Lynch and Michael Smiley.

Also participating is Germany’s Amir Hamz - who produced surreal drama Der Nachtmahr, which played at Toronto last year - and France’s Hélène Cases, who was a Producer On The Move in 2012 and has feature credits including 2014 Venice-winning The Last Hammer Blow and 2010 César-nominated Angel & Tony.

Now in its seventh year, the initiative for emerging producers is run by European Film Promotion in collaboration with Ontario Media Development Corporation and Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

Taking place September 6-9 at
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‘Baskets’ Emmy Nominee Louie Anderson on the Role of His Career

‘Baskets’ Emmy Nominee Louie Anderson on the Role of His Career
“At 62, I got the role of a lifetime,” Louie Anderson says. It’s hard to argue. His role on the first season of FX comedy “Baskets” just earned him an Emmy nomination for supporting actor. The performance was a revelation, and not just because his character — Christine Baskets — is a woman.

“I always thought I would have to be older to play the parts that would suit me the best,” Anderson says. “I just didn’t know it would be my mother.”

Christine emerged as one of the year’s singular comedic creations. A Costco-obsessed suburban widow living in Bakersfield, Calif., who is fiercely proud of her adopted twin sons (they happen to be superstar DJs) and just a little less loving toward her older biological twins — aspiring rodeo clown Chip and vocational-school dean Dale (both played by series star Zach Galifianakis).

Baskets” mixes surreal situations, snarky dialogue, and enjoyably juvenile slapstick humor with surprisingly deep emotional
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17 times movies and TV shows were refused rights to songs

Louisa Mellor Jul 1, 2016

Not every artist is happy to have their song featured in a particular TV show or film. Here are 17 times the rights were refused...

It's not only political campaigns that inspire musical artists to exercise the power of veto on the use of their songs. For reasons of finance, reputation, ego, taste and more, the following TV shows and films weren't able to secure the use of the recordings they originally sought...

Frank SinatraGoodfellas

This Express piece quotes an Empire Magazine interview with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker in which she relates how the original plan was to have Frank Sinatra’s original recording of My Way play over the end credits of modern gangster classic Goodfellas instead of the Sid Vicious cover that was eventually used.

Sinatra would never let Marty use his music,” explains Schoonmaker, “which is too bad because Marty may
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Lars Von Trier's Bad Girls of Cannes

It's Girls Gone Wild this month at The Film Experience. To coincide with the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, here's Chris on von Trier's wild women from Cannes past.

We miss you, Lars!

It's been five years since reigning Cannes bad boy Lars von Trier debuted a film at the festival - practically eons by the festival's standards for their many favorite auteurs. But he lost their favor for his glib Hitler comments during Melancholia's Croisette visit. The resulting Persona Non Grata Status has left us too long without a Cannes Von Trier (Anti)Heroine. Some call him a misogynist, but the provocateur has consistently given us fully-faceted women fighting against circumstance however they must. Let's take a look at their bad behavior:

Emily Watson as Bess - Breaking the Waves

How Bad?: 7/10 - Lots and lots of self-flagellating sex with strangers. Bess puts herself in increasing dangerous situations
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