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Mel Brooks Receives British Film Institute’s Fellowship

22 March 2015 3:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Mel Brooks has been awarded the British Film Institute’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, at a private dinner hosted by Greg Dyke, BFI chair.

John Hurt, BFI Fellow and star of Brooks’ films including “A History of the World Part 1″ and “Spaceballs,” gave a citation at the event. Alan Yentob, also a BFI Fellow, interviewed Brooks in front of guests that included Terry Gilliam, Mike Leigh, Simon Pegg and Salman Rushdie.

The Fellowship is awarded by the BFI board of governors, and it is presented for outstanding achievement in film and television. Previous recipients include Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg, Judi Dench, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles.

Brooks said: “I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company. When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award… »

- Leo Barraclough

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Mel Brooks receives BFI Fellowship

20 March 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The comedy great received the honour in person in London.

Us comedy writer, actor and director Mel Brooks has been awarded the highest honour of the British Film Institute (BFI), the BFI Fellowship, at a private dinner in London tonight (March 20).

Previous recipients include Sir Christopher Lee, Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg, Dame Judi Dench, Isabelle Huppert, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles. The honour is awarded by the BFI Board of Governors and is presented for outstanding achievement in film and television

Ahead of the presentation, Brooks said: “I am deeply honoured to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company.

“When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award…and for good reason.”

BFI chair Greg Dyke, who hosted the event, said of Brooks: “His brilliant wit and satire have continued to surprise and delight »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Guillermo del Toro to Be Honored by San Francisco Film Festival

19 March 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The San Francisco Film Society has selected Guillermo del Toro as the recipient of its Irving M. Levin directing award.

The trophy will be presented to del Toro at the San Francisco Film Festival’s awards night April 27 at the Armory. He will also be honored at “An Evening With Guillermo del Toro” on April 25 at the Castro Theatre with an interview, selection of clips, a sneak peek at upcoming projects and a screening of “The Devil’s Backbone.”

Guillermo del Toro’s remarkable ability to shift between intimate political drama and blockbuster action is shared with only a very few select filmmakers at the top of the field,” said Noah Cowan, executive director of the society, in a statement. “This award is a tribute to his boundless imagination and to his deep understanding of cinema history. Del Toro is both a great teacher and a boisterous communicator of why »

- Dave McNary

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Thn Interview: Director Simon West For ‘Wild Card’

16 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The man who brought us Tomb Raider, Con Air and The Expendables 2 is this week bringing us the latest Jason Statham vehicle, Wild Card. The film is a modern retelling of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film Heat which in turn is based on a novel by William Goldman. Nick Wild, played by Jason Statham, runs a personal security agency in Las Vegas. He is desperate to escape Vegas’ clutches but his gambling addiction is making that hard to do. After helping out a female friend he finds himself on the wrong side of the local mob and has to leave, or die trying.

The production sees Statham and West re-team for the third time, having previously worked together on both The Mechanic and The Expendables 2. Although known for his big Hollywood action flicks, West is actually British and started out directing commercials and worked on several high profile BBC shows including Bleak House. »

- Kat Smith

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Flashback! Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston's Red Carpet Coverage Of The BAFTA Awards

15 March 2015 8:38 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro's London photographer Mark Mawston shows why he's invited to cover the "A" list events. Here, Mark shares some exceptional shots he took on the red carpet at last month's BAFTA awards.

More photos to be posted shortly!

(All photos copyright Mark Mawston. All rights reserved. Visit Mark's web site at

Julie Walters

Director Mike Leigh


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- (Cinema Retro)

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X+Y, film review: Understated humour from Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins keeps mawkishness at bay

13 March 2015 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

This heartwarming, very British drama plays like a soft- centred teen version of a Mike Leigh movie. Asa Butterfield is cast as maths prodigy Nathan Ellis, a teenager with a form of autism. As a young boy, he was in the car crash that killed his father and is being brought up in the suburbs by his mum, Julie (Sally Hawkins). Very particular and wary of human contact, he is an awkward kid but he has a genius for maths. »

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X+Y, film review: Understated humour keeps mawkishness and self-pity at bay

13 March 2015 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

This heartwarming, very British drama plays like a soft- centred teen version of a Mike Leigh movie. Asa Butterfield is cast as maths prodigy Nathan Ellis, a teenager with a form of autism. As a young boy, he was in the car crash that killed his father and is being brought up in the suburbs by his mum, Julie (Sally Hawkins). Very particular and wary of human contact, he is an awkward kid but he has a genius for maths. »

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Protagonist hires former TF1 exec

11 March 2015 3:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Former TF1 sales exec joins London outfit as home ent exec.

Former TF1 International and Funny Balloons sales executive Marta Ravani-Lorber has joined Protagonist Pictures as director of video, digital and TV sales, effective immediately.

Based at Protagonist’s London headquarters, Ravani-Lorber’s remit will include sales to all platforms of the Film4 Library, which Protagonist has handled since 2008, and its own back catalogue of more than 50 titles.

Ravani-Lorber previously worked across sales, production and acquisitions, most recently as international sales manager for TF1 International in Paris and before that as sales acquisitions manager with Funny Balloons.

The valuable Film4 Library contains films from Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Peter Greenaway, Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass and Michael Winterbottom while Protagonist’s own library includes films from Ben Wheatley, Shane Meadows, Terence Davies, Kevin Macdonald and Peter Strickland.

Ravani-Lorber will attend upcoming MipTV in her new role. »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Stephen Beresford interview: looking back at Pride

6 March 2015 8:41 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The BAFTA award-winning writer of Pride looks back at the release of the film, its impact, and Pride: The Musical.

Regular readers of this site will know how strongly we feel about the excellent movie Pride, which we ranked as one of our firm favourites of 2014. We spoke to writer Stephen Beresford ahead of its release, and since then, he's picked up a BAFTA for his work on the movie.

We caught up with him for a chat looking back at the last six months, as Pride arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK...

I wanted to catch up with you to get the 'during' and 'after' story for Pride, as we spoke originally just before it's release.

You have that lovely line in the film - "to find out you had a friend you never knew existed, well that's the best feeling in the world". This film »

- simonbrew

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Watch: Edgar Wright Makes His Selections From The Criterion Closet

4 March 2015 1:26 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Criterion Collection has no shortage of great filmmakers in their rolodex (do people use those anymore?), and over the past little while, they've invited great directors, actors, and more to step into their coveted closet and talk about some of the boutique label's great films, and take some of them home. We've seen the likes of William Friedkin, Mike Leigh, and Bong Joon-ho share their passion and love of cinema with Criterion, and Edgar Wright is the latest to smuggle some great DVDs home from the company. In his visit, the director snapped up copies of the cult fave "Eyes Without A Face" (to give to his Dad), cult filmmaker Alex Cox's "Walker" (which Wright hasn't yet seen), Akira Kurosawa's "Throne Of Blood" (which he only recently caught up with on the big screen), and the unassailable "Don't Look Now." Even though he's a bit jet-lagged, once »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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This Week in Blu-ray: UK Edition – Nightcrawler, Pride, Mr. Turner, The Sound of Music, The Judge

1 March 2015 11:47 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Scott Davis looks at the big releases on Blu-ray and DVD this week from the UK…


One of 2014’s biggest surprises (and best films), Nightcrawler cemented Jake Gyllenhaal’s mini renaissance and cemented his place as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. Here, he stars as Lou Bloom, a “nightcrawler” who finds employment as a investigate cameraman for a local new station, and soon sets out to become the best in the business. You can read our reviews here and here, as well as revisit out podcast on the film.

Order Nightcrawler On Blu-ray Here

Exclusive to HMV is stunning limited-edition steelbook, which is available at many HMV stores nationwide, but is very limited in quantity.


Winner of Best British Debut at this year’s BAFTA’s, Pride has been a firm favourite with many across both sides of the pond, and is set to follow the »

- Scott J. Davis

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Ioncinephile of the Month: Lance Edmands’ Top Eight Films….

27 February 2015 6:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten favorite films of all time. As is the case with some of our previous profiled folks, sometimes we don’t receive a set ten, in this case, Lance Edmands‘ (his feature debut Bluebird gets released theatrically today via the Factory 25 Folks) delivered a hard eight. Here are Lance’s top eight, in his own words…

Making a list of my top ten films of all time is a next-to-impossible task for me. That list is constantly growing, shifting, evolving, and is probably closer to a hundred films than to ten. For me, it’s probably more relevant to list the films that inspired Bluebird specifically. That said, many of these films are also on my list of all-time favorites, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Ukrainian Director Remains Locked Up After Torture in Detention in Crimea (Guest Column)

27 February 2015 1:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Downey, deputy chairman of the European Film Academy, is seeking to spread the word about Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been imprisoned on charges of terrorism.

The Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov first came to the attention of the international film world in 2012 with “Gamer,” which screened to great acclaim at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Inspired by a computer and videogaming club for kids that Sentsov had founded, “Gamer” was shown in the Bright Future section of the festival for talented newcomers.

Today the “bright future” that Sentsov is looking at is 20 years in a Russian prison, accused of being a terrorist.

Sentsov was arrested in his home town of Simferopol, Crimea, in May 2014. Since then he has been tortured, locked up on false charges in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo prison and refused access to representatives of the Ukrainian government.

A campaign by the European Film Academy for Sentsov’s release, »

- Mike Downey

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Queen and Country | Review

24 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Tour of Duty: Boorman Returns to Autobiographical Elements

Now at 82 years of age, British auteur John Boorman returns with Queen and Country his first feature since 2006. It is a follow-up to one of the director’s most cherished titles, Hope and Glory (1987), which documents war-torn England through the eyes of a child as his family survives the blitz. Though it’s been nearly thirty years, Boorman sets this follow-up chapter only nine years in the future, leaving behind the horrors of WWII for the Cold War ethics of the Korean conflict. Much like he managed with the film’s predecessor, Boorman achieves success by making the film a personal, insular story about a small group of characters’ experiences. The powerful emotional possibilities of the child’s perspective is left behind, now a young man discovering who he wants to be and what values he wishes to cherish. This makes for a more reserved, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Best Director: Richard Linklater vs. Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Oscar is just too close to call

19 February 2015 6:07 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

How many greats have found themselves on the short end of Oscar glory after being nominated for Best Director? Frankly, some of the greatest filmmakers of all-time: David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Pedro Almodóvar, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman and Mike Leigh, among others. We're personally hoping that eventually "Birdman's" Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Boyhood's" Richard Linklater and "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Wes Anderson make it off that list, but only one will join the winner's club Sunday night. Last year the Academy faced a similar quandary between the incredible work of Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years A Slave"). Eventually, Cuarón distanced himself from his contemporary and his win was "expected." That's truly not the case this season.   Linklater has earned raves for his 12-year journey making "Boyhood" since it debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival over a year ago. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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The Movies You Hadn't Heard of Before the Oscar Nominations

19 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

While you may have checked out the Oscar nominee list last month and recognized pretty much every movie, there are likely a few films that you had never even heard of before, and not even because they hadn't been nominated for other awards yet. "Why haven't I heard of a movie Marion Cotillard is so good in she deserves a nomination?" you may have asked yourself. "What is this Mr. Turner that's up for a bunch of awards?" you probably wondered. Not to worry: we have answers. Mr. Turner Source: Sony Pictures Classics What it's nominated for: Best cinematography, best production design, best costume design, best original score What it's about: Timothy Spall plays 19th century British painter British artist J. M. W. Turner in this biopic about his life, which was directed by Oscar-nominated director Mike Leigh. Why you probably hadn't heard of it yet: The British film was »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Tech Support: Final thoughts on Oscar's crafts as 'Budapest' and 'Sniper' aim for gold

18 February 2015 12:20 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The guilds, British Academy (BAFTA) and critics have all had their say. We're now four days from the 87th annual Academy Awards, so it's time to finally analyze the race for the wins. Most categories are fairly predictable, but there are some wildcards. While I expect "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to take more than its share of craft categories, with "American Sniper" and possibly "Birdman" doing well, too, it's fair to say we won't be seeing a year like last year, where "Gravity" took six of 10 categories, and "The Great Gatsby" took two more. More interesting is what I suspect will be a trend of repeat Oscar winners. I'm guessing the winners in most categories (Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects) will have already thanked the Academy before. While most of these winners would be deserving, several big names will still be waiting for their first statuettes. »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Did the 2005 Oscars get it right?

18 February 2015 9:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...

It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.

This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »

- simonbrew

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Oscars: What Happened with the Battle of the British Biopics?

16 February 2015 5:32 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Way back at the fall film festivals Oscar-watchers proclaimed the duel of the British biopics. They pitted "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing and Keira Knightley as his brainy aide Joan Clarke, against "The Theory of Everything," starring Eddie Redmayne as brilliant cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as the heroic wife who made his life and science possible.  So who won this match-up? There's a good chance that these two exquisitely crafted period pieces--both soft lobs down the middle for Academy voters--will knock each other out and wind up with just one or two Oscars each.  (A third Brit biopic, Mike Leigh's gorgeously precise "Mr. Turner" (Sony Pictures Classics), which won best actor for Timothy Spall in the title role at Cannes, was shoved to the side as the result of this sexier match-up, even by the UK's own BAFTAs, though its period. »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscar Sunday Will Be Veterans’ Day for Sony Classics Team

13 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics heads into the Feb. 22 Oscars with 18 nominations. Aside from being a company record, those noms represent two words associated with Spc: loyalty and longevity.

Toppers Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are proud that so many of their nominees are veterans of past Spc films. “With Julianne Moore, we go back to ‘Vanya on 42nd Street,’” says Barker. “We’ve worked with Wim Wenders (in the docu race) since ‘Wings of Desire.’ Tom Cross, the editor of ‘Whiplash,’ was an assistant to Tim Squyres on ‘Crouching Tiger.’”

Barker rattles off a list that also includes director Bennett Miller, writer Dan Futterman, Mark Ruffalo, and the team on Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner”: costume designer Jacqueline Durran, d.p. Dick Pope and composer Gary Yershon. And aside from the nominees themselves, Spc’s former collaborators include people associated with the films in contention, such as “Still Alice »

- Tim Gray

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