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BAFTA/La’s Britannias Confer Honors With a British Accent

30 October 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Albert Finney scored a supporting actor nomination for “Erin Brockovich” in 2000, the conventional wisdom was that the Oscar was his to lose. Yet Benicio del Toro walked off with the prize for “Traffic.”

Many in Hollywood chalked it down to Finney not being around to campaign, but there were many more who are aware of that British preference not to push themselves forward. Plus, says Perry Simon, g.m. of BBC America, “Many of these actors live in the U.K. and don’t have proximity” to L.A.-based campaign stops. With year-round events, BAFTA/La tries to bridge the gap between London and Los Angeles.

“BAFTA’s position is to help level the playing field, make sure Brit players are available,” BAFTA/La topper Nigel Daly says. “We hesitate to promote. BAFTA’s commitment is to screen every contender, Brit or non-Brit, with a whole series of screenings. »

- Shalini Dore

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WestEnd enters Green Room

29 October 2014 12:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots.

UK sales outfit WestEnd Films has boarded Blue Ruin writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s buzzed-about thriller Green Room.

Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots star alongside Patrick Stewart in the thriller which began shoot this month and will be among the most in-demand elevated genre scripts at the Afm.

The film charts the story of a punk four-piece called The Ain’t Rights, who on the final days of a failed concert tour get more than they bargained for when they accept a shady last-minute gig at an isolated venue in the wilds of Oregon.

Their survival journey then sees white supremacists pitted against anarchists with Stewart on board to play the unflinching leader of the ferocious white supremacist fiefdom.

Principal photography began this month in and around Portland, Oregon.

Saulnier’s acclaimed 2013 thriller Blue Ruin debuted at Sundance and then went on to play in Cannes in the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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WestEnd enters Saulnier’s Green Room

29 October 2014 12:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots.

UK sales outfit WestEnd Films has boarded writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s (Blue Ruin) buzzed-about thriller Green Room.

Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots star alongside Patrick Stewart in the thriller which began shoot this month and will be among the most in-demand elevated genre scripts at the Afm.

The film charts the story of a punk four-piece called The Ain’t Rights, who on the final days of a failed concert tour get more than they bargained for when they accept a shady last-minute gig at an isolated venue in the wilds of Oregon.

Their survival journey then sees white supremacists pitted against anarchists with Stewart on board to play the unflinching leader of the ferocious white supremacist clan.

Saulnier’s acclaimed 2013 cult thriller Blue Ruin debuted at Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight strand where it won the Fipresci Prize and went on to rack up a string »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Guardians of the Galaxy overtakes X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the highest-grossing comic book movie of the year

26 October 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having become the third-biggest release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe last week, director James Gunn’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy has now overtaken the global box office haul of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past to become the highest grossing comic book movie of 2014. Guardians has amassed $752.6 million around the world since its release in August, leaving it third only to Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1.087 billion) and Maleficent ($757.4 million) in terms of the year’s highest earners. For comparison, Days of Future Past earned $746 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier $714.1 million, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $709 million.

Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, »

- Gary Collinson

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Rome Film Festival Director Marco Mueller Confirms Exit

26 October 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Rome Film Festival ended Sunday night after its rebranding as a celebration of cinema, focusing on audience awards that put the spotlight on the public, a concept modeled after Toronto. The idea was to influence distributors by using the Roman public as a testing ground for greater Europe. The festival had many wins, including gala appearances from Benicio Del Toro, Richard Gere and Kevin Costner. Business Street, the festival’s market, had a 30 percent increase in the number of international participants, a 35 percent increase in buyers, and a 14 percent increase in world sales agents, with many key industry

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- Ariston Anderson

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Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ Bags Top Rome Fest Nod

25 October 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” about a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico, took the top nod at the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival where, instead of a jury, prizes are decided by paying ticket holders, to serve as a testing ground for distributors.

Trash,” a South American answer of sorts to “Slumdog Millionaire,” world-preemed in Rio. Scripted by Richard Curtis, it features turns by Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, alongside a mostly Brazilian cast. Universal will be releasing worldwide.

Daldry’s previous three pics, “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” and “The Reader,” all earned Oscar noms.

The top nod in the auteur-driven Cinema d’Oggi section went to prominent Chinese theater director Xu Ang’s “12 Citizens,” inspired by Sydney Lumet’s 1957 Hollywood classic “Twelve Angry Men.”

The Mondo Genre section prize went to “Haider, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2! Aquaman speaks on Batman v Superman! Watch Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm

24 October 2014 9:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the latest Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys has a look at director James Gunn’s tease of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) finally being confirmed to play Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and beyond, Ray Fisher getting his own Cyborg DC solo movie, and James Cameron’s thoughts on Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his famous role in Terminator: Genisys!

Fmtv will be back on Monday with our Top 5 Wrestlers in Films and again on Wednesday with our breakdown video of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are live.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2…

…the first film saw Gunn directing a cast that included Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, »

- Oliver Davis

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James Gunn talks about Guardians of the Galaxy 2

21 October 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the recent news that Awesome Mix Vol. 1 would be released on special edition cassette next month and Guardians of the Galaxy becoming the third highest grossing Marvel movie (as well as the highest grossing domestic release of 2014), it must be pretty good to be James Gunn right now.

But how is he celebrating the success? By writing the sequel…

“I spent all day on August 1st, the day the first movie was released, writing Guardians 2,” he told Variety. “I was so excited about it and I was finally able to let go of the last one and begin the second one. I always saw this as a universe, not just as one story.”

He also gave a scoop on what we can expect from Guardians of the Galaxy 2, “It’s going to be a really surprising open. What happens is all the characters are killed in the first 10 minutes, »

- Luke Owen

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Guardians of the Galaxy is now Marvel’s third highest-grossing film

19 October 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Marvel Studios’ space opera Guardians of the Galaxy continues to do well in China, and has now become Marvel’s third highest-grossing film behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3, surpassing this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the worldwide box office.

Guardians has now grossed $733 million worldwide, placing it in fourth place at the 2014 box office, behind X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent and Transformers: Age of Extinction. It definitely stands a chance now of passing both Days of Future Past and Maleficent, which have grossed $746M and $757M domestically.

So much for the titular group of outlaws-turned-heroes being a “risky” bet for the studio, eh?

Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, »

- James Garcia

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Kent Jones honours Misty Upham by Anne-Katrin Titze

18 October 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Kent Jones on Misty Upham with Benicio Del Toro in Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian: "So what I remember of Misty is that she spoke and moved quietly, as if she were holding something in balance, something fragile."

Kent Jones, who co-wrote the screenplay for Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, calls to mind director Arnaud Desplechin's enthusiastic reaction when Misty Upham was cast opposite Benicio Del Toro as Jimmy P's love interest Jane. Kent shares with us how Misty Upham felt about the way John Wells' August: Osage County was promoted and his reaction to her role as Johnna in the film, as well as Michelle Thrush's (Gayle Picard) and Misty's Jimmy P Cannes experiences.

Misty Upham at Cannes: "I will never forget riding to the premiere of Jimmy in Cannes with Misty and Michelle Thrush, both of them »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Spirit and SAG Award-Nominated Actress Upham Found Dead

17 October 2014 3:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »

- Anna Robinson

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Arnaud Desplechin remembers Misty Upham by Anne-Katrin Titze

17 October 2014 3:26 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Misty Upham with Arnaud Desplechin on the set of Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian: "l faudrait un quatrain d’Emily Dickinson pour chanter Misty."

On October 16, Misty Upham, a powerful force in each role she took on, was found dead after having been reported missing on October 6.

In Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian, Misty Upham co-starred with Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric. In 2013, we saw her work with some of the best actors in film, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale and Sam Shepard.

I spoke with Arnaud Desplechin at last year's New York Film Festival where Jimmy P was screening in the main slate program. This evening, he sent Eye For Film the following tribute in remembrance of Misty Upham. (Scroll down for translation.)

Misty Upham as Jane with »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Inside the Life and Work of Actress Misty Upham

17 October 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The mysterious disappearance and death of Misty Upham thrust this rising actress into the headlines.

The mysterious disappearance and death of Misty Upham thrust this rising actress into the headlines. Though Upham starred in several critically-acclaimed films, she was still cleaning homes when she auditioned for August: Osage County, and many people may now be hearing her name for the first time.

ETonline took a look back at the life and work of an actress who had starred alongside such film greats as Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Benicio Del Toro (Jimmy P.) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River).

News: Juliette Lewis: Misty Upham's Death Was Not a Suicide

Native American Upbringing: Born on July 6, 1982, in Kalispell, Mont., Misty was raised in Auburn, Wash. -- about 28 miles south of Seattle -- and was a member of the Blackfoot Tribe, the largest Native American tribe in Montana. Misty has said she is the direct descendant of the »

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Wolves Review

17 October 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Wolves is a strange beast (Zing) in that half the film feels like a declawed melodrama, while the other half forms a cartoonishly vibrant creature-feature with gore to match. Writer/Director David Hayter (X-Men/Watchmen) transforms the primal nature of familial wolfpacks into a Hatfield/McCoy situation where a town is divided by afflicted bloodlines, mirroring historical territory wars with a horrifically inaccurate twist. Points are awarded for avoiding another Benicio Del Toro debacle that favors CG werewolves over suited mongrels, yet the costumed characters almost look like furry cosplayers at points when focused on for too long, ruining whatever illusion an even hairier Jason Momoa creates. Sometimes you’ll find yourself fearing the ferocious roars of Hayter’s bloodthirsty clan, while other moments will strangely make you want to pet Momoa’s belly while his leg twitches uncontrollably. Who’s a good little werewolf monster!

Lucas Till plays Cayden Richards, »

- Matt Donato

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Missing actress Misty Upham found dead in ravine by Jennie Kermode and Anne-Katrin Titze - 2014-10-17 14:09:22

17 October 2014 6:09 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Misty Upham with Melissa Leo in Frozen River

A body found near the White River in Washington State has been identified as that of missing actress Misty Upham, police said today. The actress, who recently appeared in August: Osage County, was reported missing by her family on October 6.

The body was discovered in a ravine by Upham's friends and relatives who had been searching the area since she disappeared. She had recently been caring for her father, who is recovering from a stroke, and is believed to have been experiencing severe emotional problems.

As well as her appearance in August: Osage County, Upham is known for her work in Django Unchained, Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (where she starred opposite Benicio Del Toro), and Frozen River, for which she received multiple award nominations.

Misty Upham as Jane with Benicio Del Toro as Jimmy P

When Eye For Film's »

- Jennie Kermode and Anne-Katrin Titze

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hits $700 million worldwide

16 October 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thanks to its strong performance in China, Marvel’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy has now passed the $700 million mark at the global box-office, with the Phase Two film currently just shy of The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s haul of $707.9 million with $705.1 million to date. It looks certain now that Guardians will overtake Spider-Man and fellow McU release Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($713.9 million), while X-Men: Days of Future Past’s $747.9 million is still a possibility. Either way it’s a superb result for Marvel and its “risky” little-known property…

Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug »

- Gary Collinson

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'Inherent Vice' Headed for AFI Fest: Why the Film Has a Long Way to Go

15 October 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

AFI Fest 2014 has slated Paul Thomas Anderson's '70s-set Pynchon adaptation "Inherent Vice" as its centerpiece gala film. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Jenna Malone and (wait for it) Joanna Newsom, the film will screen at the Egyptian Theatre on November 8 accompanied by a conversation with Anderson. The first half hour of Paul Thomas Anderson's bloated (148-minute) stoner detective film noir is exhilarating. But the movie faces a tough slog ahead (here are five reasons why). For one, it's not clicking with Oscar gurus, who've placed it on the low-end of the Best Picture race at number 16. Reactions out of the New York Film Festival ran the gamut even among Anderson acolytes. (Toh! debates the film with Indiewire's Eric Kohn here.) Anderson had long wanted to adapt Pynchon. Is it successful? That depends on what you demand from an L. »

- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio

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AFI Fest Sets Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Inherent Vice’ for West Coast Premiere

15 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The AFI Fest has set Paul Thomas Anderson’s comedy drama “Inherent Vice,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, for its West Coast premiere on Nov. 8 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Inherent Vice,” based on the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, and Martin Short.

“Vice,” the first film adaptation of a Pynchon novel, premiered at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 4 and is scheduled to be released in the U.S. by Warner Bros. on Dec. 12. The AFI Fest will also present a conversation with Anderson, who adapted the screenplay and produced in addition to directing.

Daniel Lupi and JoAnne Sellar also produced.

The AFI Fest will open Nov. 6 with J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” and close on Nov. 13 with Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher.” Mark Wahlberg’s “The Gambler” will premiere on Nov. »

- Dave McNary

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More on the Indian films showcased at the Zurich Film Festival

15 October 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

British journalist Ashanti Omkar of the BBC Asian Network and Indian cinema expert to BBC London and BBC West Midlands, and photographer Akin Aworan flew to the Zurich Film Festival, 10th anniversary, to get the lowdown on the India “New World View” section for Galatta cinema magazine in India and we have some highlights!

The fanfare for the India section began with a Bollywood flash mob, at SihlCity, a vibrant cinema and mall and a deliciously catered Indian party.

For the festival, the World View sections with a spotlight on India, the focus was on independent cinema, as opposed to the “woods” of Indian cinema, like Bollywood and Kollywood. These special selections were curated by Georg Bütler, the senior programmer of the festival. Despite not ever having been to India, Georg was able to find and astutely select 12 of the best films from the subcontinent.

The section showcased India’s Oscar entry, »

- Stacey Yount

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Dubai Fest Set To Launch Awards Season Contenders In Middle East

15 October 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Foxcatcher” (pictured) “The Imitation Game,” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Reese Witherspoon-starrer “Wild,” are among buzzed awards season pics set for a Middle East launch from the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival.

The World Cinema Section at the Dubai fest will also comprise Italian debut director Andrea Di Stefano’s “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” toplining Benicio del Toro as the Columbian drug lord; Canada’s foreign-language Oscar contender “Mommy” by Xavier Dolan; and British actor Paul Bettany’s directorial debut “Shelter,” among other titles.

The Dubai selection “offers everything from sneak previews of big-budget Hollywood films to no-budget films that are breaking new ground, films from first-time filmmakers through to the some of the most established directors working today,” boasted the fest’s artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali in a statement.

Rounding out the first-round of announced titles in Dubai’s World Cinema Section are Argentinian director Damian Szifron’s »

- Nick Vivarelli

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