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Demis Roussos obituary

18 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Greek singer loved by fans worldwide for his kaftans and 1970s hit Forever and Ever

Few pop artists of the past 50 years achieved such global recognition as Demis Roussos, who has died aged 68. The kaftan-clad, middle-of-the-road crooner was reported to have sold more than 60m records in his long career. Yet despite his huge success, his portly stature and tousled beard attracted criticism and mirth – in Mike Leigh’s 1977 play Abigail’s Party, for instance, the hapless hostess Beverly, played by Alison Steadman, is revealed to be one of his most ardent fans.

One of Roussos’s most enduring signature songs – and one beloved by Beverly – was the title track of his 1973 album Forever and Ever. The album reached No 2 in the UK charts in 1974. It was followed by Happy to Be On an Island in the Sun, a specially written number by David Lewis shrewdly aimed at the British fondness for Mediterranean holidays, »

- Dave Laing

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Readers recommend: songs about secrets and secrecy | Peter Kimpton

22 January 2015 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Hidden messages, furtive feelings, lyrical leaks, surreptitious spying, suggest your selections about the covert and hush-hush – it will all come out in song form

“Secrets and lies. We’re all in pain. Why can’t we share our pain? I’ve spent my entire life trying to make people happy. And the three people I love most in the world hate each others’ guts, I’m stuck in the middle and I can’t take it anymore!”

So comes a powerful emotional outburst by husband, brother and uncle Maurice, played by Timothy Spall in Mike Leigh’s life-affirming family drama, Secrets and Lies (1996). It is a moment of tear-jerking catharsis when years of hidden feelings and secret problems boil to the surface. Secrecy, however, is somehow inevitable in human behaviour, but this week, the first key question is – if you have a secret, why write and perform and song about it? »

- Peter Kimpton

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Benson Lee, Seoul Searching

21 January 2015 8:32 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Toronto-born child of Korean parents who left their homeland in the 1960s returns to Sundance after 1998 selection Miss Monday with a unique spin on the teen movie genre based on his own experiences.

Seoul Searching takes place in the South Korean capital in 1986 as a cosmopolitan gaggle of high school students born to expatriate Korean parents arrive for summer camp to reconnect with their roots.

Lee and Andrea Chung produced and Seoul Searching stars Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-Pyo Cha, Teo Yoo, Esteban Ahn and Byul Kang.

Lee talks to Jeremy Kay about his homage to John Hughes and his own journey to self-discovery.

Wme Global and Preferred Content represent world rights. The film screens for press and industry on January 23 followed by the public world premiere in Premieres on January 30.

What was the inspiration for the story?

It’s based on a personal experience of mine that took place in 1986. My parents were from Seoul »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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"Mr. Turner", "Boyhood", and Criticism

21 January 2015 10:59 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Mr. Turner

Let us begin with difficulties. Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, a film as rich as an afternoon in the Louvre, presents an austere and bilious portrait of the Englishman and a ridiculous one of a young John Ruskin, a critic who explicated Turner in many words over the course of different works—a critic who drew and painted, lecturing on both with a great avidity. In Leigh, the drama is the classic case of critic as obnoxious foil to the artist's majesty and magic, with Ruskin's exaggerated lisping accent and pushing every “r” out as a “w” being the cherry on top. Leigh has said, “...he was a kind of prick...” Well, maybe.

But I must bring in one of Leigh's most passionate fans—the poet-critic Guy Davenport, whose essays are jewels, and who averred he was “not writing for scholars or critics, but for people who like to read, »

- Greg Gerke

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Winners of the 35th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards announced

19 January 2015 12:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards took place at the May Fair Hotel in London tonight, with Boyhood taking home the top honour, Film of the Year, as well as Director of the Year (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actress of the Year (Patricia Arquette).

Under the Skin was named British Film of the Year and also collected the Technical Achievement Award, while other winners on the night included Michael Keaton (Actor of the Year – Birdman), Julianne Moore (Actress of the Year – Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Supporting Actor of the Year – Whiplash), Timothy Spall (British Actor of the Year – Mr. Turner) and Rosamund Pike (British Actress of the Year – Gone Girl and What We Did On Our Holiday).

Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…

Film Of The Year



The Grand Budapest Hotel



Mr Turner


The Theory of Everything

Under the Skin »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch: Trailer And Clip From Oscar Nominated Short Film 'The Phone Call' With Sally Hawkins & Jim Broadbent

16 January 2015 2:24 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Any occasion where we see the union of two talents like Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent is reason for celebration. Hawkins absolutely blew me away in “Blue Jasmine,” giving that film’s most un-affected, resolutely human performance, and dutifully managed to tread through the veritable sea of bad dialogue and questionable character motivation inherent in the script for Gareth Edwards’ not-entirely-terrible “Godzilla” reboot. Broadbent, meanwhile, is a man who needs no introduction. He’s one of our finest living actors, having lent his chameleonic quality to varying films like Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” Mike Leigh’s “Topsy-Turvy,” Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” and Edgar Wright’s “Hot Fuzz.” They are two of our most considerable working actors and in this new short film—an emotionally brutal piece of minimalist storytelling called “The Phone Call”—we get to see them square off against each other, even if Broadbent »

- Nicholas Laskin

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The Baftas vs Mike Leigh: why is our greatest auteur continually snubbed?

16 January 2015 8:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director has made little secret of his contempt for the awards body. Does that explain why Mr Turner has received so few nominations, or do Bafta-voters simply prefer unchallenging, middlebrow entertainment?

Peter Bradshaw reacts to 2015 Bafta nominations

… and 2015 Oscar nominations

There are those of us who consider the Baftas to be one of the longest-running jokes in the British film industry, along with the notion that there is even such a thing as a British film industry. But if they do represent a gag, it is only the most mirthless sort, as the director Mike Leigh can surely attest.

At last year’s Cannes film festival, his long-gestating passion project, Mr Turner, was rapturously received. A jury headed by Jane Campion and including Nicolas Winding Refn, Jia Zhangke and Willem Dafoe awarded the best actor prize to its star, Timothy Spall, for his performance – all bluster, phlegm and heartache – as the painter Jmw Turner. »

- Ryan Gilbey

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

16 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

While you may have checked out the Oscar nominee list and recognized pretty much every movie, there are likely a few films that you had never even heard of before today, 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 a »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Mitic, Mansky, Jashi projects join East Doc Platform

16 January 2015 3:26 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New documentaries by Boris Mitic, Vitaly Mansky and Salome Jashi are among the projects being pitched at this year’s East Doc Platform in Prague (March 2-8).

Broadcasters, distributors, film funders, festivals and producers from Europe and North America will attend pitching sessions for the East European Forum, Project Market and the second edition of the cross-media showcase Doc Tank.

200 applications were submitted for the 15th edition of the East European Forum which will be presenting ten projects including:

Georgian film-maker Salomé Jashi’s The Station about the aspirations of the only journalist and anchor-woman of a small provincial TV station

Estonian Jaak Kilmi’s People From Nowhere which will also be presented at next week’s When East Meets West co-production gathering in Trieste

Jakub Piatek’s A Film For My Mom, a home video documentary with fictional scenes

Vitaly Mansky’s highly topically Close Relations – The Ukraine Crisis, My Family »

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Mr. Turner – The Review

15 January 2015 5:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Mike Leigh’s meticulous look into the life of late 18th and 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner seems like an artifact from the very period that the film takes place. Between Dick Pope’s sumptuous and yet classical approach to photography and Leigh’s painstaking storytelling, Mr. Turner feels like a film that’s meant to be seen with a trained eye and with much patience. You aren’t going to find an engaging biographical look at an artist – those who are familiar with Mike Leigh’s filmography know that that just isn’t his style. With Mr. Turner Leigh presents the occasional highs and lowest lows of what life is like in Britain as a struggling artist. Even though details from Turner’s life are present, it is the examination of the more mundane and routine life of the painter that audiences will either be intrigued by »

- Michael Haffner

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Dick Pope on 'Dick Poop' Oscars gaffe: "I have been called a lot worse"

15 January 2015 11:54 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cinematographer Dick Pope was the unfortunate victim of an auto-cue misspelling during today's Oscar nominations announcement, but he has taken the mistake with good humour.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs accidentally referred to him as "Dick Poop" while reading out nominations with Chris Pine, before quickly correcting herself.

Oscars 2015: Academy Awards nominations list in full

Who got snubbed? Oscars nominations leave Lego Movie out in the cold

USA Today held a telephone conversation with Pope after the announcements and the cinematographer said: "You know what, I have been called a lot worse in my time. I don't think twice about anything like that. I am happy to be nominated."

He added that he didn't watch the nominations as he was receiving a private tour of London's Tate Gallery, looking at Jmw Turner's paintings, the subject of Mike Leigh movie Mr Turner for which Pope is nominated.

Continuing, he said: »

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Recovering from the Oscar Nominations

15 January 2015 11:22 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I’m still reeling from this morning’s Oscar nominations, and for good reason.

The Lego Movie was not nominated for Best Animated Feature. Life Itself was not nominated. Gone Girl was not nominated for Best Picture. Ava DuVernay was not nominated for Best Director. Robert Duvall was nominated for a movie no one saw. Meryl Streep was nominated… for the 19th time. Morten Tyldum, and numerous other silly names from mediocre movies, were all nominated, although we knew about many of those going in.

There’s certainly cause to be frustrated, to throw up your hands in anger, confusion and disgust, and perhaps this year even more so than the countless other indiscretions of Oscars past.

And yet I can’t help but roll my eyes at so much of the whining. The most obvious reason I can offer is, “What did you expect?”

But there’s really a »

- Brian Welk

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Below-the-Line Categories Could Bring Oscar Bounty to Different Crop of Films

15 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 15, much of the talk will center on the films in the top category. Favorites like “Boyhood” and “Birdman” are expected to break into double-digit numbers of nominations, but several other films could also wind up with a high numbers thanks to notice in the less-flashy below-the-line categories. It’s not inconceivable that a movie like “Transformers: Age of Extinction” could walk away with more nominations than does a critically lauded film like “Whiplash.”

“Transformers” is a likely player in the sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects categories. Other spectacles that figure into the race — with much better overall reviews than “Transformers” — are “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and “Interstellar.” All are strong contenders in the aforementioned technical categories, with “Hobbit” and “Guardians” also vying for makeup and hairstyling noms.

Another film that could get a boost is “Mr. Turner, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Oscars 2015: nominees reactions

15 January 2015 9:45 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eddie Redmayne tells of ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and Benedict Cumberbatch is knocked for six while Emma Stone finds the whole occasion ‘surreal’. Hear what the nominees had to say.Oscars 2015The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman lead chargeTimothy Spall, David Oyelowo among shutoutsNominations in fullNominees reactionsBest Film nominees in detail

Comment: Jeremy Kay reflects on who’s in and outGALLERIES: Films / ActorsVIDEO: Nominations announcement

The 87th annual Academy Awards will take place in Hollywood on February 22. This story will continue to update for several hours.

Motion Picture / Executives

“I am very happy for the whole Birdman flock because it took a lot of courage to make this film out of conventions. These nominations reflect the recognition of our colleagues as well as the members of the Academy. I am proud, thankful and humbled.”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

“Thank you Academy for recognizing Birdman. Nine nominations is a huge feather in our cap. I am particularly »

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Oscar nominees: the reactions

15 January 2015 9:45 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eddie Redmayne tells of ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and Benedict Cumberbatch is knocked for six while Emma Stone finds the whole occasion ‘surreal’. Hear what the nominees had to say.

The 87th annual Academy Awards will take place in Hollywood on February 22. This story will continue to update for several hours.

Motion Picture / Executives

“I am very happy for the whole Birdman flock because it took a lot of courage to make this film out of conventions. These nominations reflect the recognition of our colleagues as well as the members of the Academy. I am proud, thankful and humbled.”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

“Thank you Academy for recognizing Birdman. Nine nominations is a huge feather in our cap. I am particularly proud of my friend Alejandro for his fearlessness and creativity and to our entire cast and crew for their unparalleled precision and excellence. Congratulations as well to our fellow nominees.”

John Lesher, [link »

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2015 Oscar nominations: Mr Turner and Selma's snubs are shocking

15 January 2015 8:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Can it really be true that Mike Leigh, David Oyelowo – and Paul Thomas Anderson – have been overlooked in favour of American Sniper and The Imitation Game? Peter Bradshaw stamps his foot at some of these nominations – but is glad for the success of The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman

• News: Birdman and Budapest tie for first place

• Gallery and full list of nominations

• #OscarsSoWhite mocks Academy snub of actors of colour

Edward Snowden film Citizenfour leads pack in Oscar documentary category

• All the online reaction

Continue reading »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Oscar Nominations 2015: Snubs and Surprises

15 January 2015 3:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Everything is not awesome.

The Oscar nominations are always full of snubs and surprises, but the one that's probably causing the most gasping and eyebrow-raising after Thursday morning's announcement of the nominees is the absence of "The Lego Movie" from the Best Animated Feature list. If ever there were a gimme in your Oscar pool, that would have been it.

Of course, there are plenty of other shockers -- notably, that "Selma" was ignored in every category except Best Original Song and still managed to eke out a Best Picture nomination, and that "Gone Girl" was shut out of every category except Best Actress. And there were many other unexpected inclusions and disappointing omissions, as you'll see below.

Best Picture

The Academy, which may pick between five and 10 Best Picture nominees, has chosen nine for the last few years, but this year, it only picked eight. The biggest oddity here is the inclusion of "Selma, »

- Gary Susman

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2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions

14 January 2015 9:03 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Contributed by Michelle McCue, Gary Salem and Melissa Thompson

The countdown to the Oscars is less than 24 hours away.

While some of the presumed nominees, and the precursors, seemed like a done deal in the fall, Oscar watchers will know for sure on Thursday morning when the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards are announced. 

Will the guilds inclusion of American Sniper and perceived snubs that came with the lack of BAFTA, Directors Guild and Producers Guild nominations for Selma make any difference? What nominations will come out of left field?

The Academy expanded the Best Picture category for a possible 10 nominees with the intention of including big box-office hits that would help the show’s TV ratings. However, this year the race is dominated by specialty and independent labels with Gone Girl being the only contender with blockbuster status.

One thing is sure, this year’s race will have »

- Movie Geeks

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Predicting the 2015 Oscar Nominees

14 January 2015 8:06 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Oscar nominations are nearly upon us! Can you feel the excitement in the air? I can tell you’re just buzzing.

Perhaps you should be, because however small it is, the announcement of Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations will be a historic moment. All 24 categories, not just a select few, will be announced during the morning broadcast. Yes, even Best Sound Mixing and Best Documentary Short Film You Never Got The Chance to See. J.J. Abrams, Chris Pine and Alfonso Cuaron will do the honors starting at 8:30 Et, 5:30 Pt.

Though everyone and their brother is making absolute final last minute Oscar predictions as though all their misguided predictions throughout the fall didn’t matter, we thought we’d throw our hat in the ring at least once, draw a line in the sand and make sense of all we’ve been reporting on this Awards Season in our Hype Cycle feature. »

- Brian Welk

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Baftas 2015: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' leads nominations

14 January 2015 1:44 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Announced by Stephen Fry and Sam Claflin, this year's Bafta nominations were revealed yesterday morning. Wes Anderson's Berlinale opener The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the pack with eleven nominations, earning nods for Best Film, Best British Actor, Best Director as well as a host of technical awards. Elsewhere, Oscar hopefuls Birdman, the 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood and Second World War offering The Imitation Game also garnered numerous nominations while there were surprising shut-outs for Martin Luther King drama Selma and Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner. The inimitable Fry returns once again as host for this year's Ee-sponsored Bafta ceremony, taking place at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday 8 February.


- CineVue UK

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