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Berlin: Javier Bardem to Star in ‘Sanctuary’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Javier Bardem to Star in ‘Sanctuary’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem will star in and produce “Sanctuary.” The film is part of the campaign to create the largest protected area on Earth, an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, and an analysis of how that can be brought about.

Alvaro Longoria, a producer-partner at Morena Films and award-winning doc filmmaker, will direct, re-teaming with Bardem after the Wild Bunch-sold “Sons of the Clouds,” highlighting the plight of the Sahara people.

Javier Bardem will provide a voiceover commentary for the film. Actor Carlos Bardem (“The Zone”) also stars. “Sanctuary” is set up at the Bardem brothers’ Pinguin Films and Longoria’s Morena, one of Spain’s most active production houses. Javier and Carlos Bardem and Longoria will produce.

In late January, Javier Bardem dived 900 feet in a two-man submarine from a Greenpeace boat to the Antarctic Ocean seafloor of the Antarctic Peninsula to discover the extraordinarily variegated and colorful Antarctic ocean-bed world of corral and sponges.

“Sanctuary” will capture
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BAFTA Awards: 6 British nominees who beat eventual Oscar winners

BAFTA Awards: 6 British nominees who beat eventual Oscar winners
Since the the BAFTAs moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000, it has become a fairly reliable barometer of who will win in the four acting races at the Academy Awards. However, there have been six occasions when it has gone with home-grown talent over the eventual Oscar winners. And there have been eight other times when British nominees have won without facing the eventual Academy Awards champs.

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘The Shape of Water’ dominates with 12 nominations, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Three Billboards’ at 9

Best Actor

2000: Jamie Bell for “Billy Elliot” over Russell Crowe for “Gladiator”; Bell was snubbed by Oscars.

2002: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Gangs of New York” over Adrien Brody for “The Pianist.”

2009: Colin Firth for A Single Man” over Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart.”

In 2013, Chiwetel Ejiofor won the BAFTA for “12 Years a Slave,” 2013; Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) was not nominated at BAFTA.
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Other Angle Pictures stacks up deals, including 'The Bouncer, 'The Other Woman' (exclusive)

Other Angle Pictures stacks up deals, including 'The Bouncer, 'The Other Woman' (exclusive)
Strong sales also on Daniel Auteil’s marriage drama The Other Woman.

Paris-based Other Angle Pictures has announced first sales on French director Julien Leclercq’s action thriller The Bouncer, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, which started shooting last week.

It has sold to Germany (Constantin Film), Italy (Minerva Pictures), Spain (Inopia Films), Latin America (Leda Film), Poland (Monolith Films), Middle East (Falcon Films), Russia (Capella Film), Turkey (Fabula Films), Hungary (Cinetel) and ex-Yugoslavia (Fox Vision).

Van Damme plays a bouncer who is strong-armed by the police into infiltrating a dangerous counterfeiting gang. The $10m production is lead produced by Julien Madon.

The company is also reporting strong interest on Daniel Auteuil’s The Other Woman in which the French star plays a happily married man who starts fantasising about running off with a younger woman.

The film has sold to Italy (Eagle), Canada (Christal Films), Brazil (Immovision), Benelux (Vertigo Films), China (Lemon Tree), Greece (Tanweer), Poland (Canal+) and Israel
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First Look At Judi Dench & Sophie Cookson In Lionsgate’s ‘Red Joan’

Lionsgate has released a first look at the upcoming Red Joan, a new feature based on Jennie Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name. The film is inspired by the remarkable true story of a woman accused of being the Kgb’s longest-serving British spy.

Now in post-production, Red Joan filmed on location across England and stars Judi Dench (Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love) and Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Gypsy) as the eponymous central character. We have our first look at the two below.

Stephen Campbell Moore (The Child in Time, Goodbye Christopher Robin), Tom Hughes (Victoria, London Town), Ben Miles (The Crown, Woman in Gold), and Tereza Srbova (Eastern Promises, Inkheart) join Dench and Cookson in this suspenseful drama directed by Trevor Nunn.

2000: Joan Stanley (Dench) is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when
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First look at Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson as Red Joan

With the film now in post-production, Lionsgate has released two first look images from Red Joan, which is based on Jennie Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name and stars Judie Dench and Sophie Cookson as a woman accused of being the Kgb’s longest-serving British spy.

2000: Joan Stanley (Dench) is living in contented retirement in suburbia at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia.

1938: Joan (Cookson) is a Cambridge physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich (Hughes) and through him, begins to see the world in a new light.

Working at a top-secret nuclear research facility during WWII, Joan comes to the realisation that the world is on the brink of mutually assured destruction. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace?
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'Loving Vincent' producer launches new production company

Existing slate has co-pros with Trademark Films including Judi Dench spy pic Red Joan.

Producer Ivan Mactaggart (Loving Vincent) has launched his film and television production company, Cambridge Picture Company, with private equity backing.

The company opens with a slate that includes co-productions with David Parfitt’s Trademark Films, in which Mactaggart was until recently a partner.

These titles include spy drama Red Joan starring Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson, which shot in London and Cambridge - Screen International has an exclusive first look at the film here.

New members to the team are Head of Development Pete Daly and Producer’s Assistant Florrie Priest, with theatre producer Karl Sydow joining the board as a non-executive director.

Mactaggart recently received BAFTA and Oscar nominations for animated feature Loving Vincent, which portrays the life of Vincent Van Gogh through 65,000 frames of oil paintings. The film stars Douglas Booth with Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan and Chris O
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First look: Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson in Trevor Nunn's 'Red Joan' (exclusive)

Both play the Kgb’s longest serving British spy at different stages in her life.

Source: Nick Wall / Trademark Ltd 2017

Sophie Cookson and Judi Dench

Screen International has exclusive first look images at Judi Dench (Skyfall, Shakespeare In Love) and Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Gypsy) in Red Joan, the spy drama based on Jennie Rooney’s novel of the same name.

See below for full size pictures.

Cookson will play Joan Stanley as a Cambridge physics student in 1938 who falls for a young communist, while Dench takes up the character in 2000 as her suburban retirement is disrupted by MI5 arresting her.

Source: Nick Wall / Trademark Ltd 2017

Judi Dench in ‘Red Joan

The cast also includes Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes, Ben Miles and Tereza Srbova, while renowned theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn directs. Lindsay Shapero wrote the script from Rooney’s book, and the film was shot on location across England.

Source: Nick Wall / Trademark
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BAFTAs 2018: A goodbye trophy for Daniel Day-Lewis (‘Phantom Thread’) would tie the BAFTA record

BAFTAs 2018: A goodbye trophy for Daniel Day-Lewis (‘Phantom Thread’) would tie the BAFTA record
Phantom Thread” is expected to be the last film in Daniel Day-Lewis’s illustrious career as he has announced his plan to retire from acting. Could the Englishman get a farewell hug at the BAFTA Awards? Should he win Best Actor he would walk away from the industry tying the all-time record for most wins.

Up until 1967 the BAFTA Film Awards actually handed out two acting trophies per category: one to a British performer and the other to a foreigner. The current record is five wins and is held by a trio of acclaimed Brits: Maggie Smith, Peter Finch and Judi Dench — Dench technically has six competitive wins if you count the now-defunct category of Most Promising Newcomer, which she won for “Four in the Morning” (1965).

Finch won both the BAFTA and Oscar together just once: Best Actor for “Network” (1976); unfortunately, both of those victories were posthumous as he passed
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Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’: A look back at her 14th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’: A look back at her 14th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 14 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

The three years following “Adaptation” (2002) did not produce an Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep – her longest drought since the early 1990s, following “Postcards from the Edge” (1990). That is not to say, of course, that these years were without substantial Streep contributions to the big and small screens and stage.

Sans a brief cameo portraying herself in the Matt DamonGreg Kinnear conjoined twins comedy “Stuck on You,” Streep did not grace the silver screen in 2003. She did, however, hit the television circuit in a big way with her reunion alongside filmmaker Mike Nichols on the HBO production of Tony Kushner‘s “Angels in America.
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New Globally Minded Focus Features Roars Back in the Oscar Season

This year’s Oscar season has been highlighted by the dramatic return of a former mainstay: Focus Features. Under a new regime that began evolving two years ago at a time when many had written off the Universal Pictures specialty division, Focus came roaring back, with 14 nominations across three films, two of them in the motion picture Academy’s top category.

Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” each earned best picture nominations in January, marking the first time Focus has scored twice in one year. Also recognized were leads Gary Oldman, as Winston Churchill, and Daniel Day-Lewis, as a circa-1950s London fashion designer. The two films received six nominations apiece, while Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul,” starring Judi Dench, picked up a pair. Overall, Focus was second only to Fox Searchlight Pictures in total bids per studio, and Oldman is considered the front-runner for the actor Oscar.

“These movies
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‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and More Costumes Take Viewers on a Journey

‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and More Costumes Take Viewers on a Journey
In any given movie, costumes are about evolution: As a character’s story is told, so do her clothes evolve — or de-evolve — in tandem. And the journeys this year’s Oscar nominees for costume design have taken them in are both familiar and entirely unique.

Jacqueline Durran holds two slots in this year’s set of five nominees, and couldn’t have worked on two more different films. “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action retelling of the 1991 Disney animated classic, and arguably Durran had it easy: the audience knew what to expect from the signature outfits. That meant starting out with Belle (Emma Watson) in her 18th century French country girl uniform: a blue dress with practical pockets and bloomers. Once inside the castle, audiences would want to see her in the tulle, satin and taffeta yellow dress she waltzes in with the Beast (Dan Stevens). But Durran considered things a step further: any outfits in the
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2018 Oscars Dream Ballot: Laurie Metcalf Should win Best Supporting Actress in razor-thin vote over Allison Janney

2018 Oscars Dream Ballot: Laurie Metcalf Should win Best Supporting Actress in razor-thin vote over Allison Janney
While most awards prognosticators predict that Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) Will win Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars, there’s a different story when fans pick who they think Should win. Based on the early results of our 2018 Oscars Dream Ballot, which asks our readers to name their favorites in all 24 categories, Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) is just slightly ahead of Janney. The current razor-thin vote tally is Metcalf at 44% and Janney at 41%, but there’s still time to cast your dream votes.

Metcalf plays mother to Saoirse Ronan‘s titular “Lady Bird” in Greta Gerwig‘s coming-of-age story. The three-time Emmy winner for “Roseanne” (1992-94) is up for her first Oscar just one year after winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” So far this awards season Metcalf has come up short at the major televised ceremonies for “Lady Bird
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Stranger Things' David Harbour and Fantastic Beasts' Alison Sudol Join Greenpeace Ship Headed to Antarctica

Stranger Things’ star David Harbour and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ star Alison Sudol are on board a Greenpeace ship heading for Antarctic waters.

They will help make the case for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary backed by campaigners, scientists, over 40 international celebrities and 800,000 people around the world.

Following a Twitter challenge, resulting in more than 200,000 retweets in five hours, David Harbour secured a place on the Greenpeace ship alongside singer-songwriter and actress Alison Sudol. They have joined an expedition to gather scientific evidence of the need for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary to safeguard species like whales and penguins.

More than 40 international celebrities have joined David and Alison as ambassadors for the ‘Protect the Antarctic’ campaign. From countries ranging from Argentina to China, Spain to Israel, the ambassadors include actors, presenters, explorers, musicians, chefs and fashion designers:

Gillian Anderson, Carlos Bardem, Javier Bardem, Sir Quentin Blake, Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman, Gwendoline Christie, Lily Cole,
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Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner of 1990s: Whoopi Goldberg, Angelina Jolie, Judi Dench … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner of 1990s: Whoopi Goldberg, Angelina Jolie, Judi Dench … ? [Poll]
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to a wide swath of talented actresses in the 1990s, including Whoopi Goldberg, Marisa Tomei, Anna Paquin, Judi Dench and Angelina Jolie. A surprising amount of comedic performances won this category in the ’90s, especially for an academy that typically prefers drama. Which Best Supporting Actress winner is your favorite?

Check back on all the former champs and be sure to vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actress.)

Whoopi Goldberg, “Ghost” (1990) — Whoopi Goldberg became the second black actress to win an Oscar thanks to her scene-stealing role as scheming psychic Oda Mae Brown in “Ghost.” She was previously nominated in Best Actress for “The Color Purple” (1985). Goldberg is one of only 12 individuals to have won the Egot, a.k.a. the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

SEEWho’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s: Anthony Hopkins,
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Lauded Writers and Producers Line Up for Santa Barbara Film Festival Panels (Exclusive)

Lauded Writers and Producers Line Up for Santa Barbara Film Festival Panels (Exclusive)
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present a number of tributes to Oscar contenders (among them “Darkest Hour” Oscar frontrunner Gary Oldman and “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan) as well as panels featuring the year’s most lauded film directors, producers, craftswomen, and screenwriters.

This weekend brings the annual Saturday Lobero Theatre “It Starts with the Script” panel, which I always enjoy moderating, with the writers behind the season’s Oscar contenders: Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”), Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”), Virgil Williams (“Mudbound”), Michael H. Weber (“The Disaster Artist”), Liz Hannah (“The Post”), Adrian Molina (“Coco”), and writer-director Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”).

And also per usual, this Saturday at the Lobero The Los Angeles Times writer Glenn Whipp will moderate the annual “Movers and Shakers” producers’ panel, with Peter Spears (“Call Me By Your Name”), Emma Thomas
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Lauded Writers and Producers Line Up for Santa Barbara Film Festival Panels (Exclusive)

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Lauded Writers and Producers Line Up for Santa Barbara Film Festival Panels (Exclusive)
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present a number of tributes to Oscar contenders (among them “Darkest Hour” Oscar frontrunner Gary Oldman and “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan) as well as panels featuring the year’s most lauded film directors, producers, craftswomen, and screenwriters.

This weekend brings the annual Saturday Lobero Theatre “It Starts with the Script” panel, which I always enjoy moderating, with the writers behind the season’s Oscar contenders: Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”), Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”), Virgil Williams (“Mudbound”), Michael H. Weber (“The Disaster Artist”), Liz Hannah (“The Post”), Adrian Molina (“Coco”), and writer-director Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”).

And also per usual, this Saturday at the Lobero The Los Angeles Times writer Glenn Whipp will moderate the annual “Movers and Shakers” producers’ panel, with Peter Spears (“Call Me By Your Name”), Emma Thomas
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Aarp The Magazine Announces Presenters For 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp announced today the official presenters for the 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.

Alfre Woodard, Jason Clarke, Mark Hamill, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Shari Belafonte, Willem Dafoe, Kelly Marie Tran, Doug Jones, Michael Gracey, Molly Bloom and others will join host Alan Cumming at the star-studded event that will be celebrated on Monday, February 5th at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

“When the editors of Aarp The Magazine decided 16 years ago that is was time to challenge Hollywood’s perspective on aging, we hoped that the Movies for Grownups Awards would ignite a cultural change,” said Aarp CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “This year, it is clear that change has arrived. There’s been an explosion of movies that disrupt conventional thoughts on aging,
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Sir Ridley Scott To Receive 2018 BAFTA Fellowship

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will honour Sir Ridley Scott with the Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 18 February.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television. 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, Helen Mirren and Sidney Poitier. Mel Brooks received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

On Monday 19 February, Ridley Scott will discuss craft and career at a special ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, its headquarters in London. The event is a part of long-running series of onstage interviews in which some of the world’s leading film
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Ridley Scott to receive the BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Film Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that it will honour Sir Ridley Scott with the BAFTA Fellowship at the Ee British Academy Film Awards on Sunday February 18th.

“It is a privilege to have been able to make a career for myself in this industry and to be honoured for my body of work is indeed very gratifying,” said Scott, whose career has spanned over 40 years and includes films such as Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, Body of Lies, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant and All the Money in the World.

“Ridley Scott is a visionary director, one of the great British filmmakers whose work has made an indelible mark on the history of cinema,” added Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA. “His passion and unrelenting pursuit of excellence have provided cinema goers with a tantalising range of films,
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Ridley Scott to Receive Prestigious BAFTA Fellowship

Ridley Scott to Receive Prestigious BAFTA Fellowship
Ridley Scott is to be honored with a prestigious BAFTA fellowship, the highest accolade that the organization gives. The director of “All the Money in the World” and “Blade Runner” will receive the honor at next month’s BAFTA film awards ceremony.

Scott’s acclaimed career spans four decades, beginning with his 1977 debut, “The Duellists.” He has garnered five BAFTA nominations and three Oscar nominations for an oeuvre that includes such classics as “Thelma and Louise,” “Alien,” and “Gladiator.”

“It is a privilege to have been able to make a career for myself in this industry, and to be honored for my body of work is indeed very gratifying,” said Scott, who has made more than two dozen films.

Other directors who have received the BAFTA fellowship include Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Actors and actresses accorded the honor include Elizabeth Taylor, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, [link
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