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First Britannia honourees unveiled

18 September 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BAFTA La will honour Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench at this year’s awards ceremony on October 30.

Downey Jr, who stars in the recent Toronto opening night film The Judge (pictured), will collect this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence In Film.

Ruffalo will receive the Britannia Humanitarian Award for his work with the non-profit organisation Water Defense.

Watson will collect The Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry.

Mike Leigh, an awards season contender this year with Mr Turner, is set to receive The John Schlesinger Britannia Award For Excellence In Directing presented by the Great Britain Campaign.

Dame Judi Dench has been awarded the 2014 Albert R Broccoli Britannia Award for worldwide contribution to entertainment.

For the second year in a row, comedian Rob Brydon will host The 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America and United Airlines.

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Robert Downey Jr., Emma Watson Among Britannia Awards Honorees

18 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench will be given Britannia Awards at BAFTA Los Angeles ceremonies Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton.

The prize salutes “individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond,” according to the org.

Rob Brydon will reprise his role as host, after his successful stint last year. The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC America on Nov. 2. The prizes, which are officially called the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards, are  presented by BBC America and United Airlines. In BAFTA’s award season, the Britannias are followed by the Award Season Tea Party in Los Angeles on Jan. 10, and the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday, Feb. 8.

“There is a long and prolific history of collaboration between the entertainment industries of the United States and United Kingdom, »

- Tim Gray

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Britannia Awards to Honor Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Mike Leigh

18 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Judge's lead actor Robert Downey, Jr., Foxcatcher's supporting actor Mark Ruffalo, Mr. Turner's writer-director Mike Leigh and two beloved British actresses of different generations, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watson, will be this year's honorees at BAFTA Los Angeles' 23rd annual Britannia Awards on Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton, the organization announced Thursday. The gala dinner and ceremony, which raises funds for BAFTA-la's education, preservation and philanthropic efforts, is an early and high-profile stop on the annual awards circuit that fetes Brits and non-Brits alike "who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art

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Robert Downey Jr., Emma Watson, Mike Leigh to Receive Britannia Awards

18 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Actors Robert Downey Jr., Emma Watson, Mark Ruffalo and Dame Judi Dench and director Mike Leigh will be the recipients of this year's Britannia Awards, the British Academy of Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) announced on Thursday. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony hosted by comic and actor Rob Brydon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 30. The show will be broadcast on BBC America on Nov. 2. Robert Downey Jr., who currently stars in “The Judge” after a lucrative run in the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” movies, will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award »

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Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Emma Watson Among 2014 Britannia Awards Recipients

18 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced that Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench are among the first honorees of this year’s Jaguar Britannia Awards ceremony. Each year, BAFTA Los Angeles honors "individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond." Hosted by Rob Brydon ("The Trip to Italy"), who returns for his second consecutive year, the award ceremony will take place on Oct. 30, 2014 and air on BBC America the evening of Sunday, Nov. 2. Folks might remember last year's broadcast, when Sacha Baron Cohen caused a stir after pushing a wheelchair-bound old lady off stage as he accepted the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy: Since 1989, when James Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli earned the first Britannia award, BAFTA »

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Bond 24: New James Bond movie 'to begin filming on December 6'

15 September 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bond 24 is expected to begin filming on December 6.

Director Sam Mendes's follow-up to Skyfall, which will see Daniel Craig return as the spy for his fourth film, has recently been in the process of a rewrite by long-time franchise writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

According to fansite MI6, the main cast will meet for a table read at Pinewood Studios in late November. MGM, Sony and Eon are yet to comment on this.

Ralph Fiennes, whose Gareth Mallory will succeed Judi Dench's M in the next film, previously stated that filming would begin in October, before the last-minute rewrite took place.

Naomie Harris will return as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner and Ben Whishaw as Q.

Mendes has promised that Bond 24 will be the second part of Skyfall's story.

Bond 24 is to release on October 23, 2015 in the UK and November 6, 2015 in the Us. »

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The Essential Movies & TV to Stream This Week – September 15th 2014

15 September 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?

Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.

So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »

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Pride filmmakers on making "a very uplifting film about defeat"

14 September 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

One of the year's biggest homegrown success stories is Pride, a warm, sharply observed comedy-drama that follows the uneasy alliance between a group of Lgbt campaigners and the striking miners' union in 1980s Britain.

Following its premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm, buzz has gathered rapidly around this modestly budgeted gem, which boasts an ensemble cast that includes Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Andrew Scott.

Screenwriter Stephen Beresford first heard the story during the second round of pit closures in the 1990s, during an argument with a friend who was trying to convince him to support the miners.

"I was literally crowing about it, which is not an attractive part of my personality," he admits. "It's like being a gold prospector: 'Yes! These people have been left in obscurity for 30 years! This couldn't be better!'"

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Sir Donald Sinden obituary

12 September 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Formidable actor who embraced equally tragedy and farce, stage and screen

"To hear him in full spate is not unlike being shot between the eyes by the world's largest plum," said the journalist John Preston of Donald Sinden, who has died aged 90. The remark was applicable to the actor's vocal delivery both on stage and off. No review was ever penned without "fruity" appearing somewhere near "voice" in the text. Judi Dench, who played a notable Beatrice to his Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing in 1976, said he had "a Christmas pudding of a voice, soaked in brandy"; while the director Peter Hall, who played a very big part in his career, likened it to a bassoon that could be terribly tragic, terribly moving and extremely funny. Physically, too, Sinden was both imposing and endlessly, sometimes outrageously, inventive. In all, Michael Billington averred, he was a critic's dream, because he »

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11 September 2014 5:53 PM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Philomena recounts the true story of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), a Catholic woman who gives birth out of wedlock in 1950s Ireland. Abandoned by her family who consider her to have sinned, she is forced to live in an abbey, where the nuns sell her infant child for adoption. Philomena keeps her secret for fifty years, before eventually enlisting the help of jaded journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) in tracking down her estranged son. »

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Musicals at the Oscars

10 September 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The Academy has a long and complex relationship with musicals, particularly with their ability to secure best picture nominations. The best picture nomination for Les Miserables (2012) at the 85th Academy Awards marked the first time since Chicago’s (2002) nomination and win that a musical was nominated in that category, and as of this moment, there aren’t many options that could break into the category this year.

Since premiering at Toronto, The Last 5 Years — the film adaption of the off-broadway musical written by Jason Robert Brown — has been receiving decent reviews but nothing that would propel it to best picture status. The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney said both Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan bring “confidence and depth of feeling” to their songs and “shift back and forth between rom-com breeziness and full-blown passion, be it the soaring highs or the heartsick lows” with ease, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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TWC takes Roald Dahl's Esio Trot for Us

2 September 2014 6:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Weinstein Company has picked up the Us rights to Roald Dahl adaptation Esio Trot as it continues to pepper its TV slate with UK shows.

Harvey Weinstein’s firm has secured all rights except theatrical in the Us for the Richard Curtis-penned 90-minute drama, which stars Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench and James Corden and will air this Christmas in the UK on BBC1.

The Weinstein Company has acquired the show from Red Arrow International, which represents the Endor Productions show.

Esio Trot, an adaptation of the children’s book written by Dahl in 1990, tells the story of a shy elderly man who harbours a secret passion for his neighbour while she lavishes all of her affection on her pet tortoise Alfie.

Red Arrow International senior vice president of North America Caroline Kusser struck the deal with The Weinstein Company’s president and managing director, Europe, production, acquisitions and TV, Robert Walak, evp of »

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Weinstein Co. Takes 'Roald Dahl's Esio Trot'‎ for U.S.

2 September 2014 2:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Weinstein Co. has acquired family TV movie Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, for the U.S.‎ The company, which has been building out its TV business and been mulling its possible spin-off, has taken all non-theatrical rights to the project for the country. Financial details weren't disclosed. The BBC last year ordered the 90-minute Roald Dahl adaptation for flagship network BBC One. Hoffman plays a retired bachelor with a secret passion for his neighbor, portrayed by Dench. But she focuses all her affection on her pet turtle. Weinstein Co. co-

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Weinsteins Board Dustin Hoffman Starrer ‘Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot’

2 September 2014 1:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The Weinstein Company has taken all non-theatrical rights in the U.S. to Red Arrow Intl.’s “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which stars Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.

Dearbhla Walsh (“Little Dorrit”) directed the 90-minute film, which was commissioned by the BBC and produced by Hilary Bevan Jones (“The Girl in the Café”) at Red Arrow’s Endor Prods.

Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Love Actually”) and Paul Mayhew-Archer (“The Vicar of Dibley”) adapted Roald Dahl’s story, which centers on Mr. Hoppy (Hoffman) and his ingenious plot to win the heart of his neighbor, Mrs. Silver (Dench), involving a cryptic riddle and more than a hundred tortoises.

TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein commented: “Roald Dahl is one of the most revered children’s authors in history, so needless to say we’re delighted to be on board with this project. Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench will »

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Kathy Bates shares a wonderful story about why we all miss Robin Williams

26 August 2014 12:47 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles - If you ever need more evidence that Katy Bates is a good egg all you need to do is listen to her comments to the assembled press after she won the supporting actress in a miniseries or movie Emmy Award Monday night.  Bates is an Oscar winner, a two-time Golden Globe recipient, a two-time SAG Awards winner and, now, a two-time Emmy winner. And, yet, she's always humble and simply nothing like the iconic role in "Misery" that made her a star. The 66-year-old actress admitted she was expecting at least two other people to win and was "hoping" either of her "American Horror Story: Coven" co-stars, Frances Conroy or Angela Bassett, took home the honor.  Instead, after upsetting presumed winner Julia Roberts, Bates earned another statue for her mantle.  She says she shared this win with her "Coven" crew because she'd never seen one "work such long hours and long days. »

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5 Silliest Gambling Scenes in Movie History

25 August 2014 10:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gambling has been extensively used in movies as a plot device to convey tension and instances of high drama. Whether it’s a spin at the roulette table or a game of cards, seeing the hero and enemy at the mercy of sheer luck is a heart-stopping moment in any film that has us at the edge of our seats eager to find out the outcome of their gamble.

But you shouldn’t believe everything you see on the big screen. In this article we list the five silliest gambling scenes in movie history and explain the mistakes that spoil the fun for gamblers who know their game.

21 (2008)

Director: Robert Luketic

Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey

Running time: 123 minutes

21 is a crime-thriller-drama movie that follows the factual exploits of six MIT whizz kids who decide to combine their intellectual genius to take on the blackjack tables at Vegas »

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Kathy Bates wanted to dedicate her Emmy to Robin Williams

25 August 2014 8:20 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Following Monday’s big Emmys tribute to Robin Williams, Kathy Bates revealed backstage that she had wanted to dedicate her Emmy win to the late comedian. She ended up being too nervous on stage to express that message. “I really wanted to say, ‘I won this time. This is for you,'” Bates said, before recalling a run-in with the comedian that had a huge impact on her.

“When I won my first major award for Misery—a Golden Globe—it was before cell phones, and I was waiting at a pay phone to call my mother afterward. And I didn’t have a quarter, »

- Natalie Abrams

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Billy Crystal Pays Tribute to Robin Williams: ‘The Brilliance Was Astounding’

25 August 2014 7:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At Monday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, Billy Crystal led the audience in a moving tribute for comedian and Emmy-winning actor Robin Williams, who died Aug. 11. Crystal, a life-long friend of Williams, founded and hosted the Comic Relief benefit performances with the comedian, and the two starred together in Ivan Reitman’s “Father’s Day.”

Following the ceremony’s In Memoriam segment, featuring Sara Bareilles performing Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” Crystal entered the stage as a photo of Williams filled the large screen of the Nokia Theatre. He told a story about his experiences with Williams doing comedy, playing baseball and attending family gatherings.

“It’s so hard to talk about him in the past because he was such a presence in all of our lives,” Crystal said. “For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in our comedy galaxy. The brilliance was astounding, the relentless energy was thrilling.”

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Dench Joins Cumberbatch In "Richard III"

21 August 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Judi Dench is set to play Cecily, Duchess of York opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The BBC's upcoming TV adaptation of Shakespeare's "Richard III".

The telemovie will be part of the second series of "The Hollow Crown," following on from 2012's successful four telemovie adaptations of Shakespeare's historical plays. That series, starring the likes of Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston and Ben Whishaw, adapted "Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1," "Henry IV Part 2" and "Henry V".

"The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses" will adapt the other famed historical tetralogy of Shakespeare - the three parts of "Henry VI" and "Richard III". One difference this time out is that the telemovies will be trilogy with "Henry VI" being shrunk from a three-part play into a two-part telemovie.

Tom Sturridge ("On the Road," "The Boat That Rocked") has been cast as Henry VI in both parts of that production. »

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Judi Dench Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC's 'Richard III'

21 August 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The BBC has added more star power to its upcoming TV adaptations of Shakespeare plays. The producers previously said that Benedict Cumberbatch would play Richard III. On Thursday, the BBC revealed that Judi Dench would play Cecily, Duchess of York, alongside the Sherlock star. Meanwhile, Hugh Bonneville, known for portraying Robert Crawley in Downton Abbey, will play Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester in the first part of a two-part adaptation of Henry VI. Neal Street Productions, Downton Abbey-maker Carnival Films, part of NBCUniversal, and Thirteen are producing the three Shakespeare adaptations under the title The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the

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