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Take Three: Paul Schneider

3 October 2010 11:12 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Craig here with this week's Take Three.

Today: Paul Schneider

Take One: Shining bright in the background

Schneider is the epitome of faded rakishness as Charles Armitage Brown, the somewhat disarmingly oily, though tender, poet pal and occasional gooseberry orbiting around both Ben Whishaw’s Keats and Abbie Cornish’s Fanny in Jane Campion's excellent Bright Star (2009). He is the film's third, understated star – his character is a gem of a role for an actor more averse to playing contemporary slackers.

Fanny on his mind. Schneider as Brown in Bright Star

Some found his Scottish accent a bit wavering, but I didn't notice anything odd about it (though it’s possible he may well have watched Billy Connelly clips as practice). The way he instills Brown with a larger-than-life robustness was endearing and playful; it was a sheer pleasure to watch him jauntily thrust himself front and centre into all social situations, »

- Craig Bloomfield

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High Drama: BBC Announces Dramas from Sam Mendes, Jane Campion, and Sir David Hare (Plus Sizzle Reel Video)

1 October 2010 8:20 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

I've found myself extremely distracted this morning. The cause: this gorgeous sizzle reel put together by BBC for their upcoming drama offerings, which include Accused, Aurelio Zen, Christopher and His Kind, The Crimson Petal and the White, Doctor Who Christmas Special, The First Men in the Moon, Hattie, Lip Service, The Nativity, Outcasts, The Shadow Line, Silk, Single Father, The Song of Lunch, South Riding, Toast, Upstairs Downstairs, When Harvey Met Bob, and Women in Love. (Whew.) Look for cameos from Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Christopher Eccleston, which must be the first time the three most recent actors playing the Doctor have appeared in anything together. Even if it is just a sizzle reel. You can view Auntie Beeb's slick and provocative reel below. Just be forewarned: you'll probably want to watch it again and again. Meanwhile, the Beeb also announced upcoming dramas from Sam Mendes, Jane Campion, and Sir David Hare. »

- Jace

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BBC to screen first TV adaptation of Henry V for more than 30 years

30 September 2010 6:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'Epic film version' will be part of William Shakespeare season overseen by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes

The BBC is to broadcast its first TV adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry V for more than 30 years as part of a season of his history plays to be overseen by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes.

Working with Mendes on the BBC's "epic film versions" of Richard II, Henry IV part I and II, and Henry V will be some of British theatre's leading lights, including Sir Richard Eyre, Simon Russell Beale and Rupert Goold, director of Enron. Another Oscar-winning writer and director, Jane Campion, and Sir David Hare will also be writing major new dramas for the BBC.

The four plays have not been adapted by the corporation for TV since 1978 and 1979, during the BBC Television Shakespeare project, which brought the playwright's entire body of theatre work to screen over seven years. They will »

- Tara Conlan

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Jane Campion To Helm BBC Two Drama Series

30 September 2010 5:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Jane Campion (The Piano, Bright Star) is set to direct a new drama series for BBC Two, titled Top of the Lake.

Top of the Lake – which Campion wrote in partnership with Gerard Lee (All Men Are Liars, Sweetie) – focuses on the case of a 12-year-old girl who is discovered standing in a frozen lake, five months pregnant. The investigating detective Robin Griffin is tested when she takes on the mystery and ends up learning more about herself.

The series has been described as “a powerful and haunting story about our search for happiness in a paradise where honest work is hard to find”.

Campion will film Top of the Lake early next year in New Zealand.

Digitalspy reported this story. »

- Jamie Neish

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12th Mumbai Film Festival announces line-up of films

30 September 2010 4:25 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The Mami committee led by Chairman Mr. Shyam Benegal and trustees Mr. Yash Chopra, Mr. Ashutosh Gowarikar, Mr. Amit Khanna, unveiled the line-up for the 12th annual Mumbai Film Festival (Mff), which consists of 200 films from 58 countries. This forms the largest number of films at any Film Festival ever. All the international films to be screened in the main sections of this year's festival will be Indian, Asian or world premieres. Mumbai Film Festival is a Reliance Big Entertainment initiative and has the distinction of being the only international film festival in India to be organized by an independent body of practicing film professionals. This year the festival films will be screened at Chandan Cinema (Juhu) and the adjacent five screens of PVR Juhu which will function as the Main Festival Complex, two screens in Metro Big Cinemas (Marine Lines) & one screen in Big Cinemas R City (Ghatkopar). The films »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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12th Mumbai Film Festival announces line-up of films

30 September 2010 4:25 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The Mami committee led by Chairman Mr. Shyam Benegal and trustees Mr. Yash Chopra, Mr. Ashutosh Gowarikar, Mr. Amit Khanna, unveiled the line-up for the 12th annual Mumbai Film Festival (Mff), which consists of 200 films from 58 countries. This forms the largest number of films at any Film Festival ever. All the international films to be screened in the main sections of this year's festival will be Indian, Asian or world premieres. Mumbai Film Festival is a Reliance Big Entertainment initiative and has the distinction of being the only international film festival in India to be organized by an independent body of practicing film professionals. This year the festival films will be screened at Chandan Cinema (Juhu) and the adjacent five screens of PVR Juhu which will function as the Main Festival Complex, two screens in Metro Big Cinemas (Marine Lines) & one screen in Big Cinemas R City (Ghatkopar). The films »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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BBC Two unveils new Jane Campion drama

29 September 2010 12:02 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

BBC Two has announced a new drama series from Oscar winner Jane Campion. The Piano director will helm Top Of The Lake, which she has written with Gerard Lee. The show focuses on the case of a 12-year-old girl who is discovered standing in a frozen lake, five months pregnant. The investigating detective Robin Griffin is tested when she takes (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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King's Speech bows for Oscar

24 September 2010 8:35 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rave reviews in Toronto have made Tom Hooper's wartime drama an early Academy awards tip. But has it arrived too early?

That distant rumble is not the stormclouds of war but the Oscar hype machine gearing up for another season. After premiering to rave reviews and scooping the audience award at the Toronto film festival, The King's Speech has been anointed as the early awards frontrunner. Its star, Colin Firth, is in pole position to pick up the gong for best actor he almost won last year with A Single Man.

The King's Speech charts the efforts of Britain's King George VI to overcome a speech impediment and steady the nation in the runup to war. It stars Firth as George, Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist, Timothy Spall as Churchill and Helena Bonham Carter as the future Queen Mother. Annoyingly, the cast list does not seem to name the actor playing Elizabeth II, »

- Xan Brooks

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Check out Kelly McGillis in 'Stake Land'

11 September 2010 3:17 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Check out this still of Top Gun star Kelly McGillis getting her vampire on in the new horror film Stake Land.

McGillis was a super sex symbol back in the 80s when she did 'It' with a very young Tom Cruise in the men-without-shirts, Val Kilmer-costarring action movie Top Gun. Those were the days, man. Now McGillis is back! She hasn't been in a theatrical feature for over d ecade, but she's in this new horror film. McGillis plays a nun caught in a crisis of faith who joins forces with vicious vampire-hunters Martin (Connor Paolo) and Nick Damici (he starred in Jane Campion's serial killer flick In the Cut. But her biggest threat may not come from the bloodthirsty masses - but from a militia head (Michael Cerveris) who interprets the postapocalyptic chaos as the Lord's work.

"But," the world cries as they read this, "We live »

- Superheidi

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Jane Campion Working On A Six Hour TV Miniseries, Top Of The Lake

10 September 2010 3:18 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

According to Variety, Criterion Collection darling, and Bright Star director Jane Campion (Sweetie, An Angel At My Table), will be following her fantastic John Keats biopic (Bright Star) with a brand new, six hour television mini-series.

Top Of The Lake is a mini-series that has been described as “a small-town tale of a detective brought in to solve the case of a 12-year-old who gets pregnant and disappears.” It will take place in Campion’s native New Zealand, and will see the director re-team with her Sweetie scribe, Gerard Lee.

Personally, this sounds like a dream come true.  Sure, I would much rather see a gifted filmmaker working on, you know, making films, but the idea of Campion doing a story that sounds like it could have some really great aspects of say neo-noir, is far too awesome to ignore.  Toss in the re-teaming of a duo that made a fantastic, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Campion At The "Top of the Lake"

10 September 2010 9:58 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Celebrated Kiwi filmmaker Jane Campion ("The Piano," "Bright Star") is headed to the small screen as new details have been revealed for "Top of the Lake", a six-hour mini-series she will be directing for See-Saw Films and the BBC reports Variety.

The story follows a New Zealand small-town detective brought in to solve the case of a twelve-year-old who gets pregnant and disappears.

Shooting kicks off in Queenstown, New Zealand in the second-quarter of next year. See-Saw is behind "The King's Speech" which has caused buzz around various film festivals in recent days. »

- Garth Franklin

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Flashback: Best of the 90s (Pt. 2)

30 August 2010 11:09 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Start with Pt 1 of this 90s Flashback... if you're confused about what's going on. To make a long story short, I'm excerpting items from an old zine I wrote in Spring 2000, during the first year of the website. Yes, I was originally juggling too many things. Why that's not like me At All.

We previously covered my dated lists for Actors, Supporting Actresses and Supporting Actors -- lists I don't agree with in full anymore (though the supporting actresses list I quite like still). So now we move on to Picture and Actress.

Best Actress

Top ten chronological order. What follows is original text from the magazine, with the winner in bold text. I had purposefully excluded 1999 which is why you don't see Kate Winslet for Holy Smoke or Hilary Swank for Boy's Don't Cry though here's what I wrote about Swank in that same zine...

I'm rooting for Swank on Oscar night. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Female Directors Lead AFI Awards

29 July 2010 5:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Female directors look set to dominate this year's Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards - a record number of women have scored nominations for the coveted best film prize.

Eight of the 19 movies in contention for the top feature film honour have been made by female directors, more than in any other year, and pictures on the shortlist include Jane Campion's Bright Star, Rachel Perkins' Aboriginal musical Bran Nue Dae, and Daina Reid's romantic comedy, I Love You Too.

Other leading nominees include Peter Spierig's vampire movie Daybreakers, and father-and-son tale The Boys Are Back, directed by Scott Hicks.

AFI Chief Executive Damian Trewhella insists Kathryn Bigelow's historic Best Director win at the 2010 Oscars has paved the way for strong female representation in the film industry.

He says, "Rachel Perkins has got the hit of the year on her hands thus far with Bran Nue Dae, and Jane Campion has got a lot of recognition globally for Bright Star. In an international industry where women are still significantly under-represented, Australia is heading in the right direction."

AFI-nominated directed Perkins adds, "We've had an industry that's really worked to find a place for women. We're far more advanced than the industry in the States in that regard. I think the arts is pretty progressive in that way."

The 2010 AFI awards will be handed out in Melbourne, Australia in December. »

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Mark Ruffalo is Doing "All Right"

7 July 2010 7:41 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

During actor Mark Ruffalo's early career struggles, the handsome and humble star of "Zodiac," "The Brothers Bloom" and "Shutter Island" admits to having performed strange jobs for money ("things that weren't exactly above board, but weren't hurting anybody"), but donating sperm wasn't one of those. However, if you'd care to imagine what Ruffalo's good genes might produce, look no further than "High Art" director Lisa Cholodenko's progressive new dramedy "The Kids Are All Right."

Ruffalo co-stars as Paul, a blithe bachelor and L.A. restaurateur who discovers his most personal of donations has resulted in two teenage kids who have been raised by a lesbian couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore). An unconventional bonding ensues, not only between Paul and his offspring, but between him and Moore's straight-curious character. I sat down with Ruffalo to discuss potentially awkward sex scenes, his best dish, and the stigma against actors »

- Aaron Hillis

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Edinburgh launches screenwriters' program

10 June 2010 1:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- Filmmakers Jane Campion, Mike Leigh and John Madden have signed up to lead master classes for the newly established screenwriters' program The Story Works during this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Also in line to participate in the Festival's latest endeavor to push screenwriting to the forefront are Ronald Harwood ("The Pianist"), Kenneth Lonergan ("Analyze This"), Mogens Rukov ("Festen") and Dv DeVincentis ("Grosse Point Blank").

The screenwriters' initiative is run by story editor Kate Leys with the Eiff and producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey.

It is a program for ten experienced British screenwriters, which will run for a year with the residential week of master classes in Edinburgh beginning just before the start of the 64th Eiff with backing from Skillset and Scottish Screen. »

- By Stuart Kemp

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“True Blood’s” Anna Paquin on coming out

5 June 2010 9:47 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Hollywoodnews.com: HBO “True Blood” star Anna Paquin elaborated in detail why she decided to come out as a bisexual earlier this year.

Paquin’s announcement came as a surprise following news that she became engaged to fellow “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer. In deciding to participate in a PSA for Colors First, a gay rights organization, Paquin felt an innate duty to reveal who she really is and speak on behalf of the gay community.

“I’m not someone who endlessly talks about her personal life for no reason, but obviously, as someone who identifies as bisexual, those are issues I really care about,” says Paquin to Zap2it.com.

“It wasn’t like it was a big secret. It was just a cause I cared about and privately supported, but not one that I had ever had an opportunity to speak out about in a way that would be useful. »

- HollywoodNews.com

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A Quick Check-in with Pam Grier

5 June 2010 1:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

How can you not love Pam Grier? Even if you haven't seen her early, sexy, badass classics like Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974), you have to love her brilliant, performance as a weary, whip-smart airline stewardess in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (1997); the character in Elmore Leonard's book was "Jackie Burke," and so Tarantino re-tooled it just for Pam. Besides those, she has appeared in a wide range of great cult films, from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, to John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., to to Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! to Jane Campion's Holy Smoke, and even a role opposite Steven Seagal in Above the Law. Lately, she appeared in Just Wright, and on TV in "Smallville" and "The L Word." In fact, she has amassed nearly 100 credits in her four decades of work. Oh, and she has a new book out.

Entitled Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Thai film Boonmee wins top honor at Cannes fest

23 May 2010 2:27 PM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

The hypnotic Thai film "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, while Academy Award winners Juliette Binoche and Javier Bardem earned acting honors."Uncle Boonmee," directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, traces the dreamlike final days of a man dying of kidney failure as the ghost of his dead wife returns to tend him and his long-lost son comes home in the form of a furry jungle spirit."I would like to thank my mother and my father, who 30 years ago, they took me to a little cinema in our little town, and I was so young and didn't know what it was on the screen," said Weerasethakul, who previously won the third-place jury prize at Cannes with his 2004 film "Tropical Malady." "I didn't know the concept of cinema. With this award, »

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Does it matter that there are no women up for the Palme d'Or?

17 May 2010 1:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A critic and the director of the Birds Eye View film festival discuss whether the Cannes film festival is being unfair to women

Rachel Millward: Of 19 competition films at Cannes there isn't a single one directed by a woman. Last year, there were three (Jane Campion, Andrea Arnold, Isabel Coixet) – and that was an extremely good year. There have been 212 films in competition in Cannes since 2000, and only 17 (by 14 women) have had a look in. It's so far out of whack it's laughable. Films are a hugely powerful force in our culture. So, just as I want more than four women in cabinet, so I want better representation of women's stories on screen.

Catherine Shoard: Do you really think that only women are capable of telling women's stories on screen? Last week at Cannes the first competition screening was Mathieu Almaric's Tournee about a troupe of burlesque dancers. It's one »

- Catherine Shoard, Rachel Millward

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Industry shocker: Bob Berney burns bridges with Apparition

10 May 2010 7:36 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Hollywood News Staff

Hollywoodnews.com: A shocking turn moments before the start of the Cannes Film Festival, indie cinema iconoclast Bob Berney has left Apparition, the distribution label he founded with financier Bill Pohlad almost a year ago.

The move sideswiped Pohlad who was counting on Berney to attend the festival to acquire films. indieWIRE summarized the news broken by Deadline and The Wrap. Pohlad took full reins of the company.

An email was sent out to Appartion staff by Pohlad:

To our Apparition colleagues and staff:

As some of you may know, Bob Berney has submitted his resignation to me. I suspect that this news comes as a surprise to many of you. It certainly did to me. So I can’t claim that we have a plan in place yet in the wake of this announcement. I can, however, assure you that we will be working in »

- HollywoodNews.com

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