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19 items from 2016


Raindance reveals 2016 line-up; Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley on jury

25 August 2016 3:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

This year’s festival will include an inaugural virtual reality strand and a co-production forum focused on UK-Ibero-American relations.Scroll down for line-up

The 24th Raindance Film Festival has revealed its line-up, with 90 feature films set to be screened in London September 21 – October 2.

This year’s jury will be comprised of Stephen Fry (V For Vendetta), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), Jack Davenport (Pirates Of The Caribbean), Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) and American artist David Datuna.

They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the international premiere of Stephen Elliott’s After Adderall, a semi-autobiographical story about the production of the film adaptation of Elliott’s memoirs. Receiving its European premiere will be Japanese director Yoshiyuki Kishi’s A Double Life, about a young woman who is assigned to follow a stranger.

Among the seven UK premieres playing in competition are Indian drama [link=tt »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host PBS Arts Fall Festival, Featuring ‘Hamilton’ Special

28 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will host the PBS Arts Fall Festival this year, beginning on October 21. The annual festival will kick off with Great Performances documentary “Hamilton’s America,” giving viewers a look at Miranda and his colleagues’ creative process during the three years leading up to the Broadway opening of the record-breaking musical.

“The PBS Arts Fall Festival spotlights some of the best of the arts across our great country. For this sixth annual Festival, I am thrilled to announce that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be our host,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “I truly admire how Lin-Manuel Miranda has redefined the musical genre, inviting audiences to explore our nation’s history in groundbreaking new ways. As our host, I know that he will bring tremendous creative energy and help us attract new audiences to this year’s festival.”

“I’m such a huge fan of PBS. For my entire life it’s been our »

- Laura Prudom

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Imelda Staunton Becoming a Theatrical Leading Lady

6 July 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

She may have immortalized her career in film by playing Delores Umbridge in the “Harry Potter” movies, but Imelda Staunton is having an…

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- Casey Cipriani

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Protagonist secures more deals on 'American Honey', 'Free Fire'

7 June 2016 9:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The sales outfit has revealed further sales on its Cannes slate.

UK-based sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has revealed further sales made on its Cannes slate, including selling out territories for Andrea Arnold’s competition title American Honey.

Adding to the multi-territory deal closed at the festival with Focus/Universal, the final territory, Canada, has now sold to Elevation Pictures.

Previously, deals were closes with Diaphana for France, Cineart for Benelux, Sun Distribution for Latin America, Lev/Shani for Israel, Gutek for Poland, Front Row Entertainment for the Middle East, T Cast for Korea, Kurmaca for Turkey, McF for Former Yugoslavian territories and Iqiyi for China.

Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire has also now sold out, going to Splendid Film for German-speaking Europe, Benelux and Switzerland.

Meanwhile eOne has acquired Richard Loncraine’s romantic comedy Finding Your Feet, which will star BAFTA-winning actress Imelda Staunton, for UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.

Protagonist has also »

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Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Jury Prize Winner ‘American Honey’ Sells Out

7 June 2016 7:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey,” which competed at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize, has now sold out. Protagonist Pictures, which was handling international sales on the film, has also revealed deals on other pics on its Cannes slate.

Further to the multi-territory deal closed at Cannes with Focus/Universal, the final remaining territory, Canada, sold to Elevation Pictures. Previously announced were sales to Diaphana for France, Cineart for Benelux, Sun Distribution for Latin America, Lev/Shani for Israel, Gutek for Poland, Front Row Entertainment for the Middle East, T Cast for Korea, Kurmaca for Turkey, McF for Former Yugoslavian territories and Iqiyi for China.

Clio Barnard’s “Dark River,” her follow-up to the 2013 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title “The Selfish Giant,” pre-sold to Ad Vitam for France, September Film for Benelux, Strada for Greece, and Front Row Entertainment for the Middle East. The film, which will star Ruth Wilson, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Stagebox Children's Open Audition Call

6 June 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

***Children’S Open Audition Call, On Stage At The Savoy Theatre With Double Olivier Award Winning West End & Broadway Choreographer Stephen Mear And Leading Musical Director Nigel Lilley, London, 3rd July 2016***

A children’s open audition call will be held on stage at The Savoy Theatre on 3rd July 2016 to find 25 of the UK’s most talented musical theatre performers! The audition workshop day will be led by the Stagebox Resident Team alongside double Olivier award winning West End & Broadway Choreographer Stephen Mear (Gypsy, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and leading West End Musical Director Nigel Lilley (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bend It Like Beckham, Spring Awakening). Stagebox Artistic Director Sammy Murray is also a leading television and film choreographer and is currently working with Jenna Coleman on new primetime ITV Drama "Victoria". Sammy is also known for her choreography on BBC’s “That Day We Sang” (starring »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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National Gay Killers Day. What? Ewww!

21 May 2016 7:36 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Because we're having fun with this little feature we'll continue. On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1881 Ahead of her time Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross. She doesn't get a biopic because Hollywood is only interested in "Great Man" biopics

1916 Happy Centennial to author Harold Robbins who penned 25 best-sellers some of which became famous movies like The Carpetbaggers (1964), the Elvis flick King Creole (1958), and the notorious Pia Zadora Razzie winner The Lonely Lady (1983)

Rope (1949) and Swoon (1992) - two great movies inspired by the Leopold & Loeb case

1924 Chicago college students Leopold & Loeb murder a teenage boy in a "thrill killing." Their crime inspires the story of the gay deviants in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1949), the Cannes Best Actor winning Compulsion (1958) and is recreated in the New Queer Cinema classic Swoon (1992)

1926 Kay Kendall of Les Girls (1957) fame is born

1952 Two time Oscar nominee John Garfield (best »

- NATHANIEL R

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Cannes: Imelda Staunton Finds Her ‘Feet’ (Exclusive)

14 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Imelda Staunton is set to star in romantic comedy “Finding Your Feet,” directed by “Wimbledon” and “Richard III” helmer Richard Loncraine.

Entertainment One has snapped up rights to the pic, which is being shopped by Protagonist Pictures, for the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in Cannes. The deal was negotiated by eOne’s Joel Kennedy and Protagonist’s Vanessa Saal.

Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft, who wrote “Urban Hymn” and U.K. click “St. Trinian’s,” pen the script about a woman whose life is turned upside down as she enters retirement. Eclipse Films and Powder Keg Pictures are producing.

While not in Protagonist’s official brochure for Cannes projects on offer this year, the title is already whetting the appetite of indie buyers, with eOne seeing pic’s “grey pound” potential, following the great success of titles geared toward older auds like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »

- Diana Lodderhose

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‘Gypsy,’ Dench Win Big at 40th Annual Oliviers

4 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Honoring the best of London theater, the Laurence Olivier Awards celebrated its 40th anniversary April 3 at the iconic Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Hosted by two-time Olivier winner Michael Ball, the ceremony was broadcasted live for the first time on YouTube, allowing audiences from around the world to tune into the show’s results and special performances. This year’s most nominated production, the Jonathan Kent-directed “Gypsy” at the Savoy Theatre, came away the big winner with wins for best musical revival, lighting designer Mark Henderson, and stars Imelda Staunton and Lara Pulver. The National Theatre was also represented with four wins, including best actress in a play Denise Gough for Duncan Macmillan’s “People, Places And Things.” Gough, who has earned rapturous reviews for her portrayal of an actor struggling with drug addiction, beat out fellow nominees Nicole Kidman and Gemma Arterton. “I won,” she said later on the red carpet, »

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Judi Dench Breaks Record (Her Own!) to Win 8th Olivier Award

4 April 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Dame Judi Dench is an Olivier Award winner, yet again. And she notched a new record with her victory. The veteran British actress, 81, took home the best supporting actress trophy during the Sunday ceremony at London's Royal Opera House - her eighth win. Dench is the most decorated actor in Olivier history, with the Sunday nod only solidifying her dominance. The Awards are presented once a year by the Society of London Theatre, and recognize excellence in the city's professional theatre. Audra McDonald is the only stage star to come near Dench's record, with six Tonys - the Olivier Awards' »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Judi Dench Breaks Record (Her Own!) to Win 8th Olivier Award

4 April 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Dame Judi Dench is an Olivier Award winner, yet again. And she notched a new record with her victory. The veteran British actress, 81, took home the best supporting actress trophy during the Sunday ceremony at London's Royal Opera House - her eighth win. Dench is the most decorated actor in Olivier history, with the Sunday nod only solidifying her dominance. The Awards are presented once a year by the Society of London Theatre, and recognize excellence in the city's professional theatre. Audra McDonald is the only stage star to come near Dench's record, with six Tonys - the Olivier Awards' »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Judi Dench Wins Record 8th Olivier Award

3 April 2016 4:29 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Judi Dench won a record eighth Olivier Award on Sunday night. The celebrated film and theater actress won the honors in a star-studded ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House, as the Olivier Awards — the British equivalent of the Tony Awards — marked its 40th anniversary. She won for her supporting role as Paulina in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s production of “The Winter’s Tale” at the Garrick Theatre. She’s now earned more Olivier Awards for acting than any other performer. Another grande dame of British theater, Imelda Staunton, claimed the Olivier for Best Actress in a Musical for “Gypsy, »

- Michael E. Ross

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Olivier Awards Live Stream. And Other Miscellania

3 April 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Keyframe an interview with Oscar winner Dorothy Malone (Omg) who is now 92. Mambo!

Pajiba adorable family Force Awakens cosplay from Utah

Eno Glenn Close is starring in the revival of Sunset Blvd through May 7th. If you're in London, please go and tell us how it is! 

The Movie Scene Criterion's blindspot for female filmmakers. (I know it's uncool to be critical of Criterion excpet in these rare cases of agreed upon issues -- but they have other blindspots too, like the musical genre)

DListed Ginger Feud: Susan Sarandon and Debra Messing having words over Sanders/Clinton. (Everyone is fired up of late.)

Comics Alliance argues that the bland costumes in X-Men: Apocalypse are a key problem with that franchise -- it's true you could mistake it for a Hunger Games poster.

BuzzFeed "The Unbearable Sadness of Ben Affleck" a good long read by Anne Helen Petersen who also did »

- NATHANIEL R

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Tune Into the 40th Annual Olivier Awards!

1 April 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

London theater is gearing up for its biggest celebration of the year! This Sunday, April 3 at 10 p.m. BST, the 40th annual Laurence Olivier Awards will be held at Covent Garden’s iconic Royal Opera House, hosted by two-time Olivier winner Michael Ball. For the first time ever, you can watch the ceremony be broadcasted live on the awards’ YouTube channel.  Among the acting nominees for the 2015–16 London theater scene are such stage vets as Kenneth Branagh, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Preeya Kalidas, Nicole Kidman, Adrian Lester, and Mark Rylance. Also nominated are Lara Pulver, Dan Burton, Peter Davison, and Imelda Staunton, stars of this year’s most nominated production, the Jonathan Kent–directed revival of “Gypsy” at the Savoy Theatre. For a full list of Olivier nominees, visit olivierawards.com. Staunton will open the ceremony with a number from the musical; the casts of the other nominees for best musical revival, »

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On my radar: Daniel Mays’s cultural highlights

27 March 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor on Harold Pinter, a great Marlon Brando documentary, a Peter Ackroyd murder mystery and Shane Meadows’s This Is England saga

Daniel Mays, 37, grew up in Epping, Essex, and trained at the Italia Conti Academy and Rada. Not long after graduating, he was cast by Mike Leigh in All Or Nothing and later as Imelda Staunton’s cocky son, Sid, in Vera Drake. His impressive list of screen credits, including roles in Atonement and Made in Dagenham, Red Riding and Ashes to Ashes, is matched by an equally weighty stage CV – Mays has appeared in six productions at the Royal Court. He stars alongside Timothy Spall in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at the Old Vic from Tuesday 29 March.

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- Killian Fox

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Harry Potter, Eastwood and the Decline of Western Civilization: Packard in April

16 March 2016 8:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Play Misty for Me': Rabid fan Jessica Walter makes life difficult for disc jockey Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood, 'Harry Potter' and 'The Decline of Western Civilization': Packard Campus movies Movies set in the world of music and/or radio are among the April 2016 highlights at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia. Packard Campus Recorded Sound Curator Matt Barton selected the documentaries and narrative features in this particular program, which, according to the Theater's press release, includes “several rarely projected films in original release prints from the Library's holdings.” Radio/music titles include: Clint Eastwood's 1971 feature film directorial debut, the thriller Play Misty for Me, starring Jessica Walter as a woman obsessed with both a late night disc jockey (Eastwood) and the song “Misty,” jazzily played by Errol Garner at the piano. Also in the cast: Donna Mills, frequent Eastwood director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, »

- Andre Soares

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #21. Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaid

12 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Handmaid

Director: Park Chan-wook

Writer: Park Chan-wook

Despite being attached to a number of projects following his first foray into the English language with the underwhelmingly received (but appropriately atmospheric) 2013 title Stoker (read review) South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook loosely adapts Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith for his own designs. A three hour BBC miniseries of the novel was produced in 2005 starring Sally Hawkins and Imelda Staunton. Chan-wook’s changes were significant enough to have Waters ask for a change in the title (which now makes it reminiscent of Im Sang-soo’s remake of The Housemaid). Chan-wook relocates the narrative to Korea when the country was under Japanese rule, and involves its a con-man employing a pick-pocket to assist fleecing a noblewoman. We expect moody similarities to Chan-wook’s treatment of Therese Raquin in his 2009 film, Thirst—and we’re curious to see his handling of Waters’ lesbian protagonist.

Cast: Ha Jung-woo, »

- Nicholas Bell

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New Year’s Honours for Idris Elba, David Oyelowo

1 January 2016 2:15 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Leading lights from the British Isles have been recognised for their contributions to drama in the annual list.

Idris Elba, a frontrunner in the Oscar race for his role as Commandant in Beasts Of No Nation, is made OBE.

David Oyelowo, who was an awards contender last season for his performance as Martin Luther King in Selma, is also made OBE.

British actress Imelda Staunton and Sian Phillips both previously earned OBE’s and are ‘promoted’ to Cbe in the case of the former and dame in the case of Phillips. Actress Barbara Windsor earned a damehood.

Irish actor James Nesbitt received an OBE for his services to drama, while screenwriter Peter Morgan is made Cbe. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Who's Your Favorite Dame?

1 January 2016 7:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Imelda Staunton. Photographed by David Rose. [Source]Here's Murtada on his favorite subject; British ladies of a certain age who delight on screen and stage.

Happy New Year! Some Brits usher in the new year celebrating their newly bestowed knighthoods. This year Queen Elizabeth II honors, among others, Idris Elba and David Oyelowo. There are different designations to the honor. For example Imelda Staunton became a Cbe i.e. not yet a Dame but well on her way. It’s obvious The Queen hasn’t ventured out to the theater in 2015 or Staunton would be Dame Squared for her triumphant Mama Rose alone.

This year’s newly minted Dames are British TV stalwart Barbara Windsor (EastEnders, the Carry On movies) and Welsh stage veteran Sian Phillips (Daniel Day Lewis’ mother in The Age of Innocence), who was once Mrs. Peter O’Toole.

But when we talk dames we mostly talk about »

- Murtada Elfadl

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