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2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is hosting and presenting, which nominees will be there?

2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is hosting and presenting, which nominees will be there?
The February 18 BAFTA Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and air on a tape-delayed basis on both BBC One in England and BBC America in the United States. Sixteen of this year’s 20 nominees in the acting categories are schedule to attend Sunday’s ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

All five Best Actress nominees are expected: Annette Bening (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”).

Likewise for the five fellows up for Best Actor: Jamie Bell (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”).

And four of the five Best Supporting Actress hopefuls will be in the audience: Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Lesley Manville
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Review: In ‘Nostalgia,’ Mark Pellington and Alex Ross Perry Reflect on Life’s Memories

About thirty minutes into Nostalgia, a handful of neighbors–each affected by a recent fire–reflect on all of the things they’ve lost. A strangely complacent insurance agent (John Ortiz) sits with them. When asked how he can hear their woes and not appear affected, he explains his everyday encounters with people just like them, who’ve lost everything and are forced to go on and live life. It’s the most interesting moment in the film’s most interesting scene. From here, we follow Ellen Burstyn, playing one of the neighbors, who travels to Las Vegas to sell a Ted Williams-signed baseball that was a prized possession of her late husband’s. There she meets a memorabilia shop-owner (a lovely Jon Hamm), who we then follow. Such is the intersecting structure of the picture, with the second half unfortunately giving way to some tragic melodrama that undermines what’s come before.
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Rachel Weisz Not a Fan of a Female James Bond, Thinks Women Deserve Their “Own Stories”

Rachel Weisz Not a Fan of a Female James Bond, Thinks Women Deserve Their “Own Stories”
Gender-flipping is all the rage in the movie industry these days. From Ghostbusters to the new Doctor Who, characters who have long been presented as straight, usually white, men have been reinvented as women. For years, people have talked about a gender-flipped James Bond, one of cinema’s oldest — and most definitively male — characters. Already, fans […]

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Why Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want a Female James Bond

Rachel Weisz makes a good point when she states just why she wouldn’t want to see a female James Bond. It’s not so much a sexist thing as it is a need for women to expand into their own roles and not take on predominantly male characters that are known for interacting with the opposite sex in a very unique and characteristic way. It’s bound to be twisted and stretched in a manner that would make people wonder just what makes others think that James Bond could never be a female character, but I agree with Weisz that it shouldn’t

Why Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want a Female James Bond
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Rachel Weisz on why James Bond should continue to be played by a man

Given that Bond 25 will be Daniel Craig’s last turn as 007, there have been lots of conversations regarding who should be his successor. Not only that, but many people are calling for a different kind of 007; specifically, there are fans who would like to see a Bond of color, and/or a female Bond. Of course… Surprise! It’s been very controversial, and there have been (mostly) reasonable arguments on both sides of the table.

Now, movies like Atomic Blonde have shown us just how awesome a female-led spy film can be. However, does it make sense for Bond? Not according to Daniel Craig’s wife Rachel Weisz. Talking to The Telegraph, the actress made her feelings on the matter pretty clear:

“[Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women. Why not create
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Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want Female James Bond Because Women “Should Get Their Own Stories”

Before Daniel Craig officially announced his return for the untitled Bond 25, it seemed every male actor under the sun (see: Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, et cetera) was linked with the supposedly vacant role of 007.

Among those mooted reports were one or two rumors of a female-fronted reboot, as well, one which would have welcomed an actress like Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) into the ranks of MI6. It would certainly play into the whole gender-swapping craze that has gripped Hollywood in recent years, resulting in such projects as Ocean’s 8 and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, along with mooted female-flipped reboots of The Nice Guys and 21 Jump Street.

But when it comes to James Bond, in particular, Rachel Weisz (real-life partner to current 007, Daniel Craig) disputed the idea of a female-led reboot on the belief that “women should have their own stories.”

Why not create your own story rather than
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Rachel Weisz Warns Against Female James Bond: Women ‘Should Get Their Own Stories’

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Rachel Weisz Warns Against Female James Bond: Women ‘Should Get Their Own Stories’
Rachel Weisz doesn’t want to see a female James Bond movie, saying she believes women “should get their own stories.” “ devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,” Weisz told The Telegraph. “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.” Of course, Weisz is married to our current James Bond (Daniel Craig), who is set to reprise his role...
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Rachel Weisz Doesn't Want a Female James Bond: Women Should 'Get Their Own Stories'

Rachel Weisz Doesn't Want a Female James Bond: Women Should 'Get Their Own Stories'
Rachel Weisz isn’t here for a female James Bond.

The actress, and wife to James Bond actor Daniel Craig, said instead of replacing the traditionally male role with a female, women should be given their own stories instead.

“ devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,“ she told The Telegraph. “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors?”

She continued: “Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.
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Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want a Female James Bond Because ‘Women Should Get Their Own Stories’

Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want a Female James Bond Because ‘Women Should Get Their Own Stories’
Rachel Weisz doesn’t think a female James Bond is a good idea. Speaking to The Telegraph, Weisz said that women deserve their own stories on the big screen instead of just a remake of a famous male character. Weisz also noted that Bond’s masculinity and the way he treats women is integral to the character, a component that would be lost if film were to switch the character’s gender.

“[Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,” Weisz said. “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”

Weisz’s husband, Daniel Craig, is our current James Bond and is set to play the British spy one
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Rachel Weisz Insists Next James Bond Should Be A Man: ‘Women Should Get Their Own Stories’

The role of James Bond has been linked to numerous actors and actresses, but Rachel Weisz has now insisted the part shouldn’t necessarily go to a woman. The 47-year-old, who is married to current Bond Daniel Craig, insisted “women should get their own stories” as she spoke out about the constant speculation in a new
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The Mercy review – high seas and crushed dreams

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz can’t save this dramatisation of a tragic real-life yachting adventure from foundering

The somewhat dispiriting real-life story of Donald Crowhurst, the amateur sailor who in 1968-9 lost his pride, his mind and then his life in a single-handed yacht race to circumnavigate the world, has long exerted a fascination for film-makers. Nicolas Roeg once tried to film the story. In 2006, the documentary Deep Water explored the tragedy. And this big-budget take on the tale, buoyed up by the star power of Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, was made at the same time as a smaller rival project, Crowhurst by Simon Rumley.

One can see the attraction of the story to director James Marsh: Crowhurst (Firth) has a similar maverick eccentricity and forceful self-belief to that of high-wire walker Philippe Petit, the subject of his documentary Man on Wire. But for all its technical prowess – the sound design,
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Stylist Kate Young Makes the Clothes Call for her Celebrity Clients

Stylist Kate Young Makes the Clothes Call for her Celebrity Clients
What do Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Dakota Johnson, Selena Gomez and Sienna Miller have in common? Apart from stellar talent, stunning looks and stratospheric success, they also share stylist Kate Young, making her one of the most in-demand — and influential — celebrity stylists working today.

It’s an achievement Young couldn’t have foreseen back when working as an assistant at Vogue. “Celebrity styling wasn’t a big thing at that point,” says Young, who happened upon it by accident. “I would do these shoots and people would ask if they could borrow the clothes for a premiere or a press tour, and I’d just organize it.

“They kept calling me. At the time I don’t think anybody ever paid me. I didn’t think of it as a career, it was just a side thing. I liked doing it. I tend to like actresses a lot — for the most part, they
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The Mercy review – Colin Firth steers Donald Crowhurst to likability

The tragic fibber of the high seas’ descent into despair and delusion is subtly explored by Firth, but the film flinches from the sailor’s horrible denouement

The true story of Donald Crowhurst is about Englishness, sadness and shame. It’s been retold many times on screen since investigative journalist Nick Tomalin co-wrote a pioneering 1970 book about him, The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst. This new version has Colin Firth as the tragic Quixote fibber of the high seas, Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare and David Thewlis as Rodney Hallworth, his breezy press agent.

Related: 'The boat's been found and he's not on it': tragic sailor Donald Crowhurst's final voyage, by his son
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Exclusive: Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz on the profoundly moving biopic The Mercy

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Author: Stefan Pape

Few films have stirred our emotions quite in the same way that The Mercy did. Telling the true story of Donald Crowhurst, this James Marsh production is a tale about misplaced optimism verging on delusion. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz star as the leading duo and to mark the film’s release we had the pleasure of interviewing them both.

We began by asking the affable pair how much they knew of Donald’s story before getting involved in the project, and giving the profound, moving nature of this narrative, we also discussed whether they can be moved by the film in the same way a viewer can, or whether that’s impossible given their involvement.

Then we asked the big question; why did Donald do it? Why did he put everything at risk, to leave behind his wife and children and set sail – putting his own life on the line?
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The Mercy movie review: a sea of troubles

MaryAnn’s quick take… An unsettling true story smartly told, from a moment in time at once uniquely its own and a harbinger of things to come. Colin Firth is subtle, unflinching, extraordinary. I’m “biast” (pro): love Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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If you do not already know the story of Donald Crowhurst, who set off from England in 1968 in an attempt to sail singlehandedly and nonstop around the world, keep it that way. (I knew nothing, and was glad of it.) Don’t even watch the trailer for The Mercy, the genteelly brutal new movie about his adventure, before you see the film. Though his odyssey was global news at the time, he has mostly been forgotten… and whether or not he
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Doomed sailor Donald Crowhurst is ripe for a biopic – as two rival films demonstrate

Colin Firth stars in one of two new films about yachtsman Crowhurst and his disastrous 1968 round-the-world race. Is the studio distributing both films hoping for smooth sailing?

Fifty years ago, an amateur sailor named Donald Crowhurst entered the Golden Globe solo round-the-world yacht race. He had little funding and less experience compared with his eight rivals, but he set off, anyway, on 31 October 1968, on a trimaran he had helped to modify and equip. It wasn’t what you’d call shipshape. The boat’s wiring was a bird’s nest, and screws kept coming loose, but if Crowhurst had delayed any longer he would have been disqualified. Dreaming of being the first person to circumnavigate the planet singlehandedly without touching land en route, he left England and his family behind.

Brave British hobbyist reaching for the impossible? Homegrown pluck and ingenuity versus foreign expertise? It’s the kind of story
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The Mercy Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Though his preceding feature The Theory of Everything picked up numerous Oscar nominations (even winning one), James Marsh’s The Mercy is the more accomplished piece of cinema, albeit overlooked at this year’s award’s season. There are parallels too, in how we’re focusing on one man’s steely drive and blissful sense of optimism and ambition, and how that can affect his wife and children.

Colin Firth plays the man in question, the idealistic yachtsman Donald Crowhurst who decides to take on the 1968 Global Globe Race, where he must sail around the world, on his own, without stopping. Though such an endeavour is aimed at more experienced, diligent sailors, he is determined to prove the doubters wrong, seeking to design and build his very own boat and set off before the approaching deadline. His wife Clare (Rachel Weisz) is convinced he’ll eventually turn off the idea,
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‘The Mercy’ Review: Dir. James Marsh (2018)

The Mercy review: James Marsh directs Colin Firth as Donald Crowhurst in this true story of his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

The Mercy review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

The Mercy review

The Mercy has one irresistible premise, proven by the fact that this telling of the ‘expedition’ by Donald Crowhurst has attracted such talent to it. Not only that, but we’ll soon see the story explored again with the lower budget Crowhurst, also distributed by Studio Canal, released later in the year. There are documentaries, TV adaptations, and even a 1980s Russian film that used a tale to strongly critique capitalism. The Mercy is certainly the heavy hitter this year, with Colin Firth in the lead, and director James Marsh coming off the heavily lauded The Theory of Everything. There’s no surprise the story has garnered so much attention over the years, with it still being fiercely relevant today,
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Second Opinion – The Mercy (2018)

The Mercy, 2018.

Directed by James Marsh.

Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Buchan, and Ken Stott.

Synopsis:

In 1968, amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst decided to compete in the Golden Globe Round The World Yacht Race, the ultimate non-stop sailing challenge at the time. The race made a household name of Robin Knox-Johnston at the time, but Crowhurst’s story remained an unsolved mystery for years. Based on a true story.

After the glittering prizes showered on The Theory Of Everything (2014), director James Marsh returns with another true story. The Mercy is the story of businessman and amateur sailor, Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) who, back in 1968, decided to take part in the Golden Globe Round The World Yacht Race. Convinced he could complete the toughest sailing challenge going – taking his yacht round the world, non-stop and solo – he raised sponsorship, put his house on the line and set
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The Mercy World Premiere Interviews: David Thewlis, Scott Z Burns & more

Author: Jon Lyus

This evening the red carpet was unfurled for The Mercy, the latest film from The Theory of Everything’s James Marsh starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Related: The Mercy First Trailer

The Mercy follows Donald Crowhurst (Firth) on the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on (and after) the epic journey, while his family awaited his return. It is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Mark Gatiss and Ken Stott complete the cast, and the film is released on the 9th of February.

Our intrepid carpet-voyagers Scott Davis and Colin Hart were present and correct this evening, here’s how they got on.

The Mercy World Premiere Interviews

The Mercy Trailer

The Mercy Official Synopsis

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true
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