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Stars including Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and director Danny Boyle defend the BBC against potential government cuts on its scope and funding. The stars were recruited for The Great BBC Campaign by independent producers Charlie Parsons and Waheed Alli, a Labour peer. The celebrities agreed to lobby for the corporation because, they all say, because it inspired them
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- Guardian Staff
Here's Murtada speculating very early on the 2017 Oscar race.
There’s usually a real life person in the best actress lineup. It’s not as prevalent as it is in best actor - 4 this year. But we do have Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence). Last year there were Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones) and Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon). Recently we got everyone from Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) to Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Edith Piaf (Marion Cotillard) and most famously The Queen (Helen Mirren) and her 80s nemesis Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep). Now we have two more possible candidates for the 2017 Oscar race as two interesting biopics were announced this week with two actresses well known to the Academy. French writer Colette (to be played by Keira Knightley) and Jesus disciple Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara).
Colette in 1920s
Colette is the more intriguing figure, at least to this non-believer. Born in 1873 she was a journalist, »
- Murtada Elfadl
Gurinder Chadha is over the moon. The stage version of her 2002 cult hit Bend It Like Beckham about a sassy Punjabi girl who wants to play football in London, has taken the London stage by storm. Last week the staged version of Bend It Like Beckham won big at the prestigious Critics' Circle Theatre Awards. Gurinder's staged film adaptation won for Best Musical.
Gurinder was thrilled to share the stage with the legendary Judi Dench. And now the filmmaker will bring the stage version of Bend It Like Beckham to India. Speaking from London, the ecstatic Gurinder says, "Our show is a wonderful example of what a diverse and culturally rich country England is. To be recognized and celebrated by the top critics of our national press is extremely gratifying."
After the heartening response in Britain, Gurinder is all set for India. "Critics and audiences have loved the show in »
- Subhash K. Jha
With a long TV track record behind him, Justin Chadwick has transitioned to filmmaking, making respectable fare like "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom." This year, he's got the 17th century set drama "Tulip Fever" coming featuring a rather remarkable cast including Alicia Vikander, Jack O'Connell, Christoph Waltz, Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Judi Dench, Holliday Grainger, and even Zach Galifianakis. And the director is already gearing up his next effort, with no less impressive an ensemble. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016 Harrison Ford, Natalie Dormer, Martin Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Paul Bettany will star in "Official Secrets." Based on the book, "The Spy Who Tried To Stop A War: Katherine Gun and The Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion," the film the true story of the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, centering on Katharine Gun (Dormer), a young British intelligence »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Daniel Craig’s fourth or Roger Moore’s eighth? The former of course but you get the point. The almost-realistic stylings of early Craig have given way to the full blown pantomime excess of mid-Moore (or late Connery, in fairness). Desert lairs, endless car chases, free-wheelin’ helicopters and indestructible airplanes are all very much back in vogue. The result is a largely enjoyable, extremely silly film which attempts to tie previous Craig outings together at the expense of consistency and logic. There isn’t a plot: more a succession of scenes stitched together. And it still can’t manage a decent finale! Fun but ultimately frivolous. Now who does that remind me of?
The Villain: It’s Blofeld! »
The London Critics’ Circle have renamed one of their annual film awards after the late former Observer film critic
Philip French – the Observer’s much‑loved film critic of 37 years’ standing – died in October, and last Sunday night at the London Critics’ Circle’s prestigious annual film awards ceremony, his critical colleagues offered a public tribute before a starry audience including Kate Winslet, Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh and French’s own family at the May Fair hotel in London.
The professional body of leading UK critics, of which French was a longtime member, renamed one of their 16 competitive award categories the Philip French award for breakthrough British/Irish film-maker. In an extended tribute prior to the award’s presentation, French’s friend and fellow Circle member David Gritten acknowledged his influential promotion of rising local talent over the years.
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- Guy Lodge
David Tennant will host a live TV celebration of William Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bards death. The Tenth Doctor himself will be joined in Stratford-Upon-Avon by former Doctor Who guest star Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench. Unveiling details of Shakespeare Live! – which will be broadcast on BBC Two...
- Andrew Reynolds
To put it gently, James Bond is a misogynist. The iconic spy, who has become one of the longest lasting characters in cinematic history, has never had a good relationship with women — or rather he’s always been a bit of an asshole to women. Especially pronounced in the earlier films, Bond’s hyper-aggressive masculinity and utterly unforgettable treatment of all Bond Girls — which in retrospect makes many of the Sean Connery and Roger Moore movies difficult to watch — has tapered off in recent years with Daniel Craig’s iteration of the character. And, in a move that seems almost designed as a moral life raft for the character, his relationship with women, especially Judi Dench’s M, has been redrawn as troubled and complex, stemming from a traumatic past. Read More: Ranked: Every James Bond Film From Best To Worst To delve more fully into Bond’s (mis)treatment of women, »
- Gary Garrison
British actors, directors and films won most of the main awards.Scroll down for full list of winners
45 Years took the Attenborough Award for best British/Irish film. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay were also honoured as actress and actor of the year for their performances in Andrew Haigh’s film.
While Mad Max won in the top two categories, British actors, directors and films won nearly all of the other main awards. Alongside Rampling and Courtenay’s awards, Tom Hardy was named British/Irish actor of the year for his roles in several films, including Fury Road, The Revenant and Legend, while Saoirse Ronan took the British/Irish actress award for Brooklyn.
It was a night full of reunions for Kate Winslet at the London Critics' Circle Awards in England on Sunday. The actress turned heads in a black dress and met up with two of her former costars during the show: Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh. Kate and Judi starred in the 2001 film Iris, while Kenneth and Kate appeared in 1997's Hamlet. Talk about a flashback! The star is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Steve Jobs, which recently landed her a Golden Globe. Read on to see more of Kate, and then relive her captivating Golden Globes reunion with Leonardo DiCaprio. »
- Monica Sisavat
If key omissions in the BAFTA nominations gave you the idea that Brits had little love for “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “45 Years,” think again. At their annual awards ceremony this evening, the London Film Critics’ Circle fortuitously righted a number of the British Academy’s wrongs — most prominently by handing George Miller’s beautifully deranged action spectacle honors for Film of the Year and Director of the Year.
In doing so, they echoed the verdict of such U.S. groups as the National Board of Review and critics groups from Chicago, San Diego, Kansas City and more, further burnishing the prestige credentials of the 10-time Academy Award nominee, surely the year’s most improbable Oscar success story. “Fury Road” also shared in a third award, as leading man Tom Hardy won British/Irish Actor of the Year for his body of work in 2015, including turns in “Legend,” “The Revenant” and “London Road. »
- Guy Lodge
Exactly two years ago, Philomena was nominated for four Oscars. It already had as many Bafta nods, and the tally kept rising. But now Stephen Frears’s drama has another claim to fame. Looking over the past year’s releases, it seems Frears, along with writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, set a trend for non-fiction films with a new, topsy-turvy perspective.
The film is inspired by Martin Sixsmith’s book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. But Frears and his collaborators didn’t solely focus on Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) and her search for her son, 50 years after he was taken from her by nuns. They also addressed whether a disgraced journalist (Coogan) could redeem himself by helping her. There’s no doubt that the interaction »
- Nicholas Barber
London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will bestow on Sidney Poitier its highest honor, the Fellowship, at the BAFTA Film Awards on Feb. 14. The Fellowship, which is awarded annually, is given to an individual in recognition of “an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.”
Previous recipient of the honor include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench and Martin Scorsese. Mike Leigh received the Fellowship at last year’s film awards.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, said: “Sidney is a luminary of film whose outstanding talent in front of the camera, and important work in other fields, has made him one of the most important figures of his generation. His determination to pursue his dreams is an inspirational story for young people starting out in the industry today. By recognising Sidney with the Fellowship »
- Leo Barraclough
Read More: 'Carol,' 'Bridge Of Spies' & 'The Revenant' Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced it will present Sidney Poitier with its highest honor, the Fellowship, at this year's BAFTA Film Awards. The iconic actor and Civil Rights activist earned BAFTA’s lifetime achievement Britannia Award back in 2006. Past Fellowship recipients include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Judi Dench, Martin Scorsese, and Helen Mirren among others. "[Sidney Poitier is] a luminary of film whose outstanding talent in front of the camera, and important work in other fields, has made him one of the most important figures of his generation," said BAFTA chief Amanda Berry. "His determination to pursue his dreams is an inspirational story for young people starting out in the industry today." Poitier has earned six BAFTA nominations for Best Foreign Actor thanks to credits that include "Edge »
- Zack Sharf
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that it will honor Sir Sidney Poitier with the Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards on Sunday February 14. Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. Fellows previously honored for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker and Helen Mirren. Mike Leigh received the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Having already been given BAFTA’s lifetime achievement Britannia Award in 2006, Sidney Poitier is doubling up on the career honors from the British Academy. On February 14, at the BAFTA Film Awards, the legendary and pioneering actor will receive the org’s highest accolade, the Fellowship. He joins such previous recipients as Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench… »
Pioneering actor to receive BAFTA’s highest honour.
BAFTA is to honour Us actor Sidney Poitier with its Fellowship honour at the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London on Feb 14.
Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.
Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker and Helen Mirren. Mike Leigh received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.
Poitier said: “I am extremely honored to have been chosen to receive the Fellowship and my deep appreciation to the British Academy for the recognition.”
The pioneering actor’s award-winning career includes six BAFTA nominations, including one BAFTA win for The Defiant Ones (1958), and a British Academy Britannia Award for Lifetime »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Throughout his career, Kevin Spacey has shown an appetite for taking big risks — both on an off the screen.
The 56-year old who grew up in the San Fernando Valley turned a small-time hood with a limp and a suburban dad in the thrall of a high school cheerleader into unlikely anti-heroes in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty.” Then he leveraged those Oscar-winning successes into a production company called Trigger Street that mixed digital experiments with prestige fare such as “The Social Network” before leaving Hollywood for London, where he spent a decade revitalizing the Old Vic theater.
But Spacey’s latest bold move has left many in Hollywood puzzled. The actor and his producing partner Dana Brunetti stunned the entertainment industry when news leaked out on Wednesday that that the pair had reached an agreement to sell Trigger Street to Relativity Media and to assume control of the bankrupt film and TV studio. »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
Ah, the first Monday of the year, when your alarm sounds more obnoxious than it ever has before, and you wake and brush the last of the sleep and celebration from your eyes only to see 2016 bearing down on you like a big lumbering CGI kraken. Well, never fear because as soon as your well of post-holidays water-cooler chit-chat has run dry, and assuming you've already pored through our practically infinite Best of 2015 coverage, there's the first part of the Playlist's massive 100 Most Anticipated Movies of the Year to sift through. We're pretty sure you're going to have much warmer and fuzzier feelings toward 2016 at the end of it, so let's jump right in. 100. "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiars" Director: Tim Burton Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson Synopsis: A boy follows clues his late grandfather left him to a mysterious orphanage that spans space and time, »
- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton
Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Ingrid Bergman: The 'Notorious' British (Hitchcock, Grant) and Swedish (Bergman) talent. British actors and directors in Hollywood; Hollywood actors and directors in Britain: Anthony Slide's 'A Special Relationship.' 'A Special Relationship' Q&A: Britain in Hollywood and Hollywood in Britain First of all, what made you think of a book on “the special relationship” between the American and British film industries – particularly on the British side? I was aware of a couple of books on the British in Hollywood, but I wanted to move beyond that somewhat limited discussion and document the whole British/American relationship as it applied to filmmaking. Growing up in England, I had always been interested in the history of the British cinema, but generally my writing on film history has been concentrated on America. I suppose to a certain extent I wanted to go back into my archives, »
- Andre Soares
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