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The prize salutes “individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond,” according to the org.
Rob Brydon will reprise his role as host, after his successful stint last year. The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC America on Nov. 2. The prizes, which are officially called the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards, are presented by BBC America and United Airlines. In BAFTA’s award season, the Britannias are followed by the Award Season Tea Party in Los Angeles on Jan. 10, and the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday, Feb. 8.
“There is a long and prolific history of collaboration between the entertainment industries of the United States and United Kingdom, »
- Tim Gray
The Judge's lead actor Robert Downey, Jr., Foxcatcher's supporting actor Mark Ruffalo, Mr. Turner's writer-director Mike Leigh and two beloved British actresses of different generations, Dame Judi Dench and Emma Watson, will be this year's honorees at BAFTA Los Angeles' 23rd annual Britannia Awards on Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton, the organization announced Thursday. The gala dinner and ceremony, which raises funds for BAFTA-la's education, preservation and philanthropic efforts, is an early and high-profile stop on the annual awards circuit that fetes Brits and non-Brits alike "who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art
- Scott Feinberg
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Emma Watson, Mark Ruffalo and Dame Judi Dench and director Mike Leigh will be the recipients of this year's Britannia Awards, the British Academy of Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) announced on Thursday. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony hosted by comic and actor Rob Brydon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 30. The show will be broadcast on BBC America on Nov. 2. Robert Downey Jr., who currently stars in “The Judge” after a lucrative run in the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” movies, will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award »
- Steve Pond
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced that Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench are among the first honorees of this year’s Jaguar Britannia Awards ceremony. Each year, BAFTA Los Angeles honors "individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond." Hosted by Rob Brydon ("The Trip to Italy"), who returns for his second consecutive year, the award ceremony will take place on Oct. 30, 2014 and air on BBC America the evening of Sunday, Nov. 2. Folks might remember last year's broadcast, when Sacha Baron Cohen caused a stir after pushing a wheelchair-bound old lady off stage as he accepted the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy: Since 1989, when James Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli earned the first Britannia award, BAFTA »
- Matt Patches
The Reykjavik International Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) has unveiled the 12 features in competition for the Golden Puffin award, reserved for first or second time directors.
Also in the running is family drama Villa Touma, from Palestinian/Israeli director Suha Arraf, which played at Venice and Toronto; and Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s Kebab and Horoscope, which debuted at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
The competition line-up includes:
Villa Touma,Suha ArrafThe Lack, Masbedo (It)Age of Cannibals, Johannes Naber (Ger)Before I Disappear, Shawn Christensen (Us-uk)Bonobo, Matthew Hammett Knott (UK)Heimurinn, Iris Elezi, Thomas LogorrheicThe Council of Birds, Timm Kröger (Ger)I Can Quit Whenever I Want,Sydney Sibilia (It)Kebab »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London – Only days away from financial collapse late last month, the 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will get under way next month (Oct. 14-21). It will feature 185 films from around the world.
Prominent selections include Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language.” Films will vie for cash prizes totaling $200,000.
The festival’s continued existence is thanks to a rallying cry led by celebrity film critic (and former Variety correspondent) Anupama Chopra. Her agitation caused several sizeable financial donations to be made by celebrities including filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, industrialist Anand Mahindra and actor Aamir Khan, among others.
This year, iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve will be given the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Masterclasses with cinematographer Christopher Doyle and filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun have also been announced.
The festival’s market, »
- Naman Ramachandran
The Mumbai Film Festival (Oct 14-21), recently saved by public donations following a funding crunch, unveiled its line-up today including the India Gold Competition and International Competition for first features.
The International Competition includes Benjamin Naishtat’s History Of Fear, Sudabeh Mortezai’s Macondo and Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, fresh from its Venice success. The India Gold competition includes Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, Avinash Arun’s The Fort (Killa) and Ms Prakash Babu’s Fig Fruit And The Wasps (see full list below).
Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic will head the India Gold jury, while the Dimensions Mumbai short film competition jury comprises directors Gauri Shinde and Homi Adajania, actors Satish Kaushik and Huma Qureshi and critic Rajeev Masand.
Key films outside the competition sections include Xavier Dolan’s [link »
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This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:
Directed By: Milko Lazarov
Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova
Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner
Directed By: Jaime Rosales
Produced By: Jaime Rosales, »
- Eric Lavallee
More than 30 European countries represented in the line-up.Scroll down for list in full
The 50 films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards (EFAs) have been unveiled.
The European Film Academy and Efa Productions revealed the titles at a press conference in Riga, Latvia where this year’s 27th EFAs will take place on Dec 13.
A total of 31 European countries are represented. In the 20 countries with the most Efa members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list.
To complete the list, a selection committee consisting of Efa Board Members and invited experts have included further films. Those experts include Screen International chief film critic and reviews editor Mark Adams (UK), Marit Kapla (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov (Bulgaria), Paz Lázaro (Spain), Christophe Leparc (France) and Elma Tataragic (Bosnia & Herzegovina).
In the coming weeks, more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
More than 350 films from 60 countries will screen over the course of the festival, set to run in Brazil from September 24–October 8.
Selections include Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (pictured), Sebastian Del Amo’s Mexican foreign language Oscar submission Cantinflas, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Moshen Makhmalbaf’s The President, Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner and The Princess Of France by Matías Piñeiro.
In partnership with the British Council, the Hitchcock Classics section will screen five of the director’s silent features accompanied by live music by pianist Cadu Pereira.
Programmes include »
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With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxcatcher could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?
Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming
But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus Features’ Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain »
- Pete Hammond
For a few hours over the weekend, the Toronto Film Festival looked like its old self — a wild game of “Let’s Make a Deal.” After Chris Rock’s “Top Five” premiered on Saturday night to ecstatic reviews, at least three studios entered a horse race to scoop up the comedy. The bidding ballooned to $12.5 million for worldwide distribution, and Paramount Pictures landed the prize. But after the dust settled, Toronto went back to business as usual: small deals where the studios kicked tires and looked more like picky homebuyers in a slow economic market.
In the process, the festival illustrated just how difficult the indie business has become in a blockbuster-obsessed Hollywood. Being gunshy may turn out to make more financial sense. Last year’s cluster of big deals, a group that included “Begin Again” with Keira Knightley and “What If” with Daniel Radcliffe, never fully ignited at the »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
U.K. satcaster BSkyB has commissioned the three-part dramatization of real events that are alleged to have taken place at a North London house in 1977. Series is adapted from Guy Lyon Playfair’s book “This House Is Haunted.”
Spall will play Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher. After a recent personal tragedy, he is drawn to the house on Green Street after disturbing reports of a desperate family terrorized by malevolent unseen forces.
He will be joined in the cast by Juliet Stevenson (“Emma,” “Truly Madly Deeply”) as his wife Betty, and Matthew Macfadyen (“Ripper Street”) as Guy Lyon Playfair, an experienced investigator who approaches the case with skepticism.
Kristoffer Nyholm, who directed Danish drama “The Killing,” will helm from a »
- Leo Barraclough
U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB has unveiled a new drama for its Sky Living channel that will star big-name British talent and be directed by one of the driving forces behind Danish hit series The Killing. Timothy Spall, who triumphed at this year's Cannes by winning the best actor award for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, will take the lead in The Enfield Haunting, a three-part poltergeist drama based on real events that took place in a house in North London in 1977. Spall will play Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher, while Oliver Award-wining actress and
- Alex Ritman
The New York Film Festival does at least one thing better than every other festival out there. Each year they cut together a trailer highlighting their line-up, and it’s always a pretty enthralling watch. This year's trailer is no different, and Nyff's 2014 line-up is rather terrific. It’s chalk full of auteurs delivering their latest, including Mike Leigh (“Mr. Turner”), Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”), David Fincher (the world premiere of “Gone Girl”), Alejandor Innaritu (“Birdman”), Olivier Assayas (“Clouds Of Sils Maria”), David Cronenberg (“Maps To The Stars”) and many, many more. But of course, there’s also the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Benico del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin and others. We’re as excited as the next person, but man, if your Twitter feed is anything like ours, someone is asking, “So where’s the ‘Inherent Vice’ trailer already? »
- Edward Davis
There's a big cast at work in Matthew Warchus' Pride, which finally makes its way into cinemas at the end of this week. Two of the younger stars of the film are Ben Schnetzer and Faye Marsay. Both are terrific in the movie, and both were full of beans when we sat down with them for a chat about it, on the eve of the film's premiere.
After chatting, for reasons we don't recall, about the town of Bury ("I know where I'm going this weekend", grinned New Yorker Schnetzer. "Bury's world famous market!"), we settled down for a natter about the film itself...
Let's start with the predictable question, then. Can you talk about how it came to you both?
FM: I auditioned for it in July of last year. »
Timothy Spall ranks fifth in our experts' Best Actor predictions for playing British painter J.M.W. Turner in the biographical drama "Mr. Turner." On one hand, that's good news for the veteran actor, who is in a strong position to receive his first-ever Oscar nomination. But it's not so good news when you consider where he stood just a few weeks ago. His odds have fallen sharply. Can he regain his momentum when the film is released in December? -Break- Will Cannes champ 'Mr. Turner' be an Oscar winner for Mike Leigh? Back in August, our experts collectively ranked Spall second in the race with 5/1 odds, right behind Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher"). Spall was likely bolstered by his Best Actor win at the Cannes Film Festival in May. But as other actors have risen on the festival circuit – including Michael Keaton ("Birdman") and Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") – the ent. »
How many British biopics will fit into this year's Oscar race? The Toronto Film Festival revealed not only Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game," but Eddie Redmayne as cosmologist Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything." (Oddly, Cumberbatch played Hawking in rather similar 2004 BBC flick "Hawking." Full movie and trailers are below.) Who's going to win this particular match-up? It's close, and will depend on the usual factors: reviews, box office and year-end support from critics groups and guilds. Both are exquisitely crafted period pieces, which the Academy crafts branches tend to admire. A third Brit biopic, Mike Leigh's gorgeously precise "Mr. Turner," which won best actor for Timothy Spall in the title role at Cannes, may be shoved to the side as the result of this sexier match-up, even though its period visuals are even more sublime. Sony Pictures Classics will campaign for it, »
- Anne Thompson
Big Game may be the most unlikely film to earn a premiere berth at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Fortunately, its inclusion – as part of the Midnight Madness programme – is not a total waste. The sophomore feature from Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander is just not your typical film festival fare. It is a farfetched, sub-90 minute, action-packed adventure, smothered with cheese and featuring some of the most gleefully lunatic dialogue you can expect from a title where Samuel L. Jackson plays the President of the United States. Despite its silliness and reliance on genre tropes, you can’t deny that it is unabashed fun from the first frame.
Jackson plays President William Moore, who is considered a “lame duck” by the presses and has such little notoriety that a bunch of Finnish hunters don’t even recognize him. He is en route to Helsinki for a pre-G »
- Jordan Adler
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