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We have a few release date announcements to attend to this evening. Briefly: Ride Along 2 – Universal has dated the action-comedy sequel for January 15, 2016, almost exactly two years after the release of the first film. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 – Fox Searchlight has set a March 6, 2015 release date for this unlikely follow-up. The entire original cast, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith, return. What If – Previously titled The F Word, this excellent relationship comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan will arrive on August 1, 2014. Tracks – The Weinstein Company has dated the Mia Wasikowska-fronted adventure drama for May 23, 2014. Passengers – This promising sci-fi thriller set to star Keanu Reeves and Rachel McAdams was dated for April 3, 2015, but The Weinstein Company has unfortunately pulled it off the schedule. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films. After the Tim Story-directed action-comedy »
- Adam Chitwood
Sam Mendes, who scored the biggest hit of his career with his first Bond outing "Skyfall," was recently honored by the Roundabout Theater Company at a spring gala held in his honor. Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson and Alan Cumming all paid honor the film/theater director, but the highlight for any filmmaker in attendance came when Mendes took to the stage and shared his 25 rules for becoming a "happier director." Lucky for you, Vanity Fair was there to first report on his advice. His rules are listed below. 1. Always choose good collaborators. It seems so obvious, but the best collaborators are the ones who disagree with you. It means they’re passionate, they have opinions, and they’ll only ever say yes if they mean it. 2. Try to learn how to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. Direct Shakespeare like it’s a new play, and »
- Nigel M Smith
Director Sam Mendes, who has "Bond 24" coming up next year, was recently feted at New York's Roundabout Theater Company's spring gala. In his acceptance of the honor, Mendes read aloud the 25 rules for "becoming a happier director" he's accrued over his career. Check those out, below. The rules run the gamut from wise ("Learn when to shut up") to humorous ("If you have the chance, please work with Dame Judi Dench"), to wise and humorous ("Please remember the Oscars are a TV show"). Hat tip: Vanity Fair.1. Always choose good collaborators. It seems so obvious, but the best collaborators are the ones who disagree with you. It means they’re passionate, they have opinions, and they’ll only ever say yes if they mean it.2. Try to learn how to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. Direct Shakespeare like it’s a new play, and treat »
- Beth Hanna
The Tour-winning cyclist and knight of the realm will turn up in Ambridge playing himself, as part of the 2014 Sport Relief celebrations
Ambridge, the sleepy, definitively English fictional village in Radio 4 soap The Archers, will welcome a very special visitor next Friday: Sir Bradley Wiggins, the laconic Tour De France-winning cyclist and Olympic champion.
Rather than take on the mutton-chopped farmer role he was born to play, he'll appear as himself, as Ambridge gets into the swing of Sport Relief and organises its own charity fundraising venture. Wiggins is the guest of honour, crowning the winner of a village contest, but will apparently get into some comic scrapes involving Lynda Snell's rusty bike.
"When I was asked to record a Sport Relief special for The Archers, there was no way I could turn it down," Wiggins said in a statement. "I grew up with it on the radio in the house, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
You know the deal by this point, so we'll get to it as quickly as we can. Every year, to draw a line under the awards season, we take a moment to look ahead at some of the possibilities for the films and performances that we could be talking about in the context of the Oscar race in the eleven months to come. We've already discussed the Best Picture and Best Actor possibilities, and now, we've picked out some potentials to succeed Cate Blanchett as the winner of the Best Actress Academy Award. Last year, we did middlingly: we called Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock correctly, and highlighted Judi Dench in "Philomena" long before many were aware of the film, but we severely underrated Blanchett, and mostly disregarded Amy Adams. Plus, we picked Naomi Watts in "Diana" as a potential, and look how that turned out... You can see if »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The nominations for The Olivier Awards 2014 were announced today (Monday 10th March) by Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman and there is a great variety of talent being recognised this year for their work in theatre.
New musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along lead the nominations for a single production, each receiving seven. Once, The Book Of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys each receive six. The shortlist for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award – the only Olivier Award voted for by the public – includes firm favourites Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Matilda The Musical and Wicked.
There are also some great film and TV actors included in the nominations this year, with nods for Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law and Judi Dench.The star-studded Olivier Awards 2014 ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 13th April.
- Amanda Keats
London – Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Judi Dench and Hayley Atwell are among the high-profile nominees vying for an Olivier Award this year. In the best actor and best actress categories, Law and Dench received nominations for their performances in Henry V and Peter and Alice, respectively. At the British equivalent of the Tony Awards, Law competes with Tom Hiddleston (Coriolanus), Henry Goodman (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui) and Rory Kinnear (Othello) for best actor. Anna Chancellor (Private Lives), Lesley Manville (Ghosts), Atwell (The Pride) and Dench have a tilt at best actress. Photos: Oscars: Behind-the-Scenes Photos From
- Stuart Kemp
The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of features including the 11 films that will go head-to-head in its international competition.
The competition titles include:
Frank, Lenny AbrahamsonMetalhead, Ragnar BragasonTracks, John CurranTom at the Farm, Xavier DolanMe, Myself and Mum, Guillaume GalliennePapusza, Joanna Kos, Krzysztof KrauzeThose Happy Years, Daniele LuchettiThe Reunion, Anna OdellTriptyque, Pedro Pires, Robert LepageViolette, Martin ProvostBlind, Eskil Vogt
The 10 titles in its Human Rights in Cinema Competition include:
Rags and Tatters, Ahmad AbdallaTransX Istanbul, Maria BinderMy Love Awaits Me by the Sea, Mais DarwazahAi Weiwei the Fake Case, Andreas JohnsenThe Voice of The Voiceless, Maximón MonihanThe Missing Picture, Rithy PanhLa Jaula de oro, Diego Quemada-DíezTangerines, Zaza UrushadzeThe Verdict, Jan VerheyenFor Those Who Can Tell No Tales, Jasmila Zbanic
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The winners of the first-ever Guardian film awards have been announced. You can see the winner for each category in the list below
• See the full shortlist here
Best supporting actor
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
The Great Beauty
Best line of dialogue
Best film festival
Best marketing campaign
The Rex, Berkhamsted
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Guardian Film Awards
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Joshua Oppenheimer's study of 1960s Indonesian death squads wins best film, beating Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave
The Act of Killing has taken the top prize at the inaugural Guardian Film Awards.
Joshua Oppenheimer's surreal study of the Indonesian death squads of the 1960s was nominated in three fields – best director, biggest game-changer and best film.
Oppenheimer said of the recognition: "Artistically, it's a far more meaningful award to me than an Oscar."
The film – voted best film of 2013 by Guardian critics, and seventh best of the year by Guardian readers – was also strongly championed by the two external judges, Claudia Winkleman and Adam Curtis; the former calling it "one of the best films I've ever seen »
- Catherine Shoard
(Cbr) Following "Skyfall", the James Bond film universe is at the start of something new. Gone are the days of Judi Dench, making way for the era of Ralph Fiennes as the new M, with Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. With the new team in place, and the curtain pulled back on the personal life of Daniel Craig’s super-spy, where will 007 go from here? “The new movie continues the themes of "Skyfall",” writer John Logan tells Empire about what to expect from "Bond 24". “Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in "Skyfall" will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie.” Beyond that, Logan is remaining coy; he won’t confirm if the movie is going to be a two-parter, nor would he reveal whether Spectre might resurface as a threat to Bond and the rest of MI6. All he would offer is »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
We're almost done! Only 35 more Oscar posts before w--- No for reals though we have to talk about fashion at least briefly. There sure was a lot of granny froufrou beading fussy texture on trend this year, huh? Which works on some people but not everyone. And weirdly it doesn't work at first and then totally works by the end of the evenin on some people. By some people I mean the happy Blue Jasmine twosome, whose gowns worked really well once you saw them all snuggly together in their seats.
Supporting Ladies First
America's Sweetheart 90s Edition, Sally, America's Sweetheart 10s Edition, Sensation, Squibb
I think Julia Roberts should've gone younger/sexier to combat the visual drabness of the Barbara role in August and because Jennifer Lawrence, red hot, has already stolen her Sweetheart crown (in fairness Julia abdicated the throne after her Oscar win so no one really »
- NATHANIEL R
London — “Boardwalk Empire” and “American Hustle” thesp Jack Huston is to star as English monarch Charles II in Ecosse Films’ 17th-century period drama “The Great Fire of London,” which has been greenlit by U.K. free-to-air channel ITV.
The four-parter, which will unfold over four consecutive days, centers on Thomas Farriner, played by Andrew Buchan (“Broadchurch”), whose bakery in London’s Pudding Lane was at the heart of the catastrophic fire in 1666.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Dracula,” “Mr Selfridge”) plays Charles’ brother, James Duke of York, while Daniel Mays (“Mrs Biggs,” “Treasure Island,” “Public Enemies”) appears as diarist Samuel Pepys, a close confidante of the King. Perdita Weeks (“The Invisible Woman”) will play Pepys’ wife Elizabeth.
- Leo Barraclough
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company have announced the home entertainment release of the critically acclaimed comedy/drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena. Directed by Stephen Frears and co-written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena will be available for digital download on April 4, 2014 before heading to DVD and Blu-Ray™ with Digital HD UltraViolet™ on April 15, 2014.
Philomena premiered in the main competition section at the 2013 Venice Film Festival where it took home the prize for Best Screenplay. Later, the film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The Weinstein Company released the powerful film theatrically on November 22, 2013 where it has grossed over $34 million dollars to date. The film accolades continued with a 2014 Screen Actor’s Guild nomination for Judi Dench for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and 2014 Golden Globe nominations for Judi Dench for Best »
- Michelle McCue
Oscar 2014 winners and nominees (photo: Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto chat at the 2014 Oscar ceremony) Best Picture: American Hustle, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon; Captain Phillips, Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter; Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman; Her, Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay; Nebraska, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa; Philomena, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward; 12 Years a Slave, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas; The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine. Best Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County. Best Actor: Christian Bale, American Hustle; Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Leonardo DiCaprio, »
- Steve Montgomery
Cate Blanchett brought home the Best Actress at the Oscars 2014 tonight, dodging the recent Woody Allen scandal to take home the golden statue. The Australian star picked up the trophy for her role in Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' and paid tribute to all the other nominees as she was handed her award. She said: ''As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year, yet again, of extraordinary performances by women. ''Amy Adams, everything you do, but your performance in 'American Hustle' blew my mind. And Meryl [Streep] what can I say? Sandra [Bullock], I could watch that performance to the end of time, and I sort of felt I had. ''Julia [Roberts] hashtag suck it! You know what I mean? And [dame] Judi Dench. What a career. And she's not here tonight, because at the age of 79 because she's in »
Alfonso Cuarón's space thriller takes seven awards, but loses out to 12 Years a Slave for best picture
• How the night unfolded
• Full list of winners
Gravity may be set in space, but it achieved a landslide at the 86th Academy Awards, taking seven Oscars, while 12 Years a Slave went home with three.
Through its UK producer, David Heyman, Gravity qualifies as a British film, and its Oscar wins come in the wake of the best British film award at the Bafta ceremony. Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, the UK's lead film agency said: "We join the whole British film industry in congratulating Steve McQueen on the awards for his remarkable and important film, 12 Years A Slave, and Alfonso Cuarón whose astonishing film, Gravity was made right here in the UK. Our industry continues to punch above its weight, with exceptional creative talent and world-leading practitioners, infrastructure and facilities »
- Catherine Shoard, Andrew Pulver
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Glory Road: based on a true story about the first interracial college basketball team, this predictable sports drama succeeds mainly thanks to its engaging cast, including Josh Lucas as the coach [at Netflix] A Hijacking (Kapringen): harrowing Danish drama of modern-day piracy as a sort of illicit corporate takeover; riveting and exhausting [my review] [at Netflix] Love Is All You Need: charming and wise, this is a delightful romantic dramedy about making the most of whatever life throws at you [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Ender’s Game: the Big Sf Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
Oscar noms I caught up with
The Broken Circle Breakdown: heartbreaking melodrama about »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The stars of the silver screen gathered in Hollywood last night as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated the very best in cinematic achievement over the past 12 months with the 86th annual Academy Awards.
Taking home the main prize, the Oscar for Best Picture, was Steve McQueen's acclaimed slavery drama 12 Years a Slave, while the film also received Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o). Also winning three awards - Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling - was Dallas Buyers Club; however, the night belonged to Gravity, which claimed seven gongs in total including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron.
Check out the full list of nominations here, with the winners highlighted in red....
"12 Years a Slave"
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) James Bond, Moneypenny and M will reunite for another 007 adventure as soon as this fall. Actor Ralph Fiennes, who takes over the role of “M” following star Judi Dench’s departure from the franchise in "Skyfall", confirmed in an interview with MTV that the next "Bond" movie is “meant to start shooting in October.” Beyond that, Fiennes can’t (or won’t) say anything more. “I haven’t read a script yet, so I can’t tell you much,” he said. “They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway.” Though story, casting and title details remain a secret, we know this much: Fiennes is back, as is Daniel Craig, as is director Sam Mendes. "Skyfall" co-writer John Logan is behind the script, with the movie set to arrive on Nov. 6, 2015. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
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