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From ‘The Bfg’ to ‘Matilda’: How 5 Roald Dahl Books Landed on the Big Screen

29 June 2016 4:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.

Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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‘Chariots of Fire’ Conductor Harry Rabinowitz Dies at 100

23 June 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Conductor and composer Harry Rabinowitz, who worked on more than 60 films including as the conductor on “Chariots of Fire,” has died at the age of 100, according to the BBC.

Rabinowitz was born in Johannesburg in 1916, and moved to England in 1946 to study at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He served as head of music at BBC TV Light Entertainment in the 1960s, and as head of music services at London Weekend Television in the 1970s. In 1977 he was awarded a national honor, the MBE.

He composed scores for many TV shows including “Reilly: Ace of Spies,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination in 1984.

Rabinowitz worked as a conductor on several films with British director Anthony Minghella, including “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” He also worked on many Merchant Ivory pictures, including James Ivory’s “The Remains of the Day” and “Howards End. »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘9th Life of Louis Drax’ To Get Theatrical Release This Fall

21 June 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Miramax's thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax" which has been waiting-in-the-wings for distribution has finally landed. The film, which stars Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Oliver Platt, will be released this fall via Lionsgate’s premiere. The project has had a long and tortured path to the screen. Miramax bought feature rights to the book for about $3M 12 years ago for Anthony Minghella who then joined with Sydney… »

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‘Tess’ Helmer Meg Rickards: Cinema Can Help Change ‘Rape Culture’

18 June 2016 6:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Meg Rickards is no stranger to the spotlight in Durban, where she won the documentary audience award two years ago for “1994: The Bloody Miracle.” This year she returns with “Tess,” a powerful adaptation of the award-winning South African novel “Whiplash,” about a 20-year-old prostitute in Cape Town whose life is torn apart by drug addiction, rape, and an unwanted pregnancy. Rickards spoke to Variety about the challenge of confronting a difficult subject head-on, and whether South Africa might be at a turning point in its fight against sexual violence.

Variety: Your movie is adapted from Tracey Farren’s award-winning novel “Whiplash,” about a 20-year-old prostitute and addict in Cape Town whose life is turned upside-down by an unexpected pregnancy. Had you read the book before you came onboard for the movie? How did that source material influence how you made “Tess”?

Rickards: I read “Whiplash” in 2009 and became besotted »

- Christopher Vourlias

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Film Review: Genius

7 June 2016 9:01 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

All the elements inherent in many successful movies are present in the upcoming Colin Firth and Jude Law biographical film, Genius.  Gifted actors (the aforementioned are joined by Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney, among others), a seasoned screenwriter (John Logan, who wrote Gladiator and The Aviator, among others), and the trappings—from costumes to sets—of period movies.  But, when it comes to the end product, the total for Genius is not greater than the sum of its parts.  The film is loud on the surface but mostly flat underneath.

Jude Law plays the misunderstood early 20th Century American novelist Thomas Wolfe.  In the opening scenes, he walks into the office of famed New York editor Max Perkins, already a successful publisher of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.  Perkins, played by a solid Colin Firth (one of the few outstanding lead performances in the film), becomes »

- J Don Birnam

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'Dogs', 'Tikkun', 'Sparrows' triumph in Transilvania

6 June 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gallery: Pictures from the closing night and awards ceremony of the 15th Transilvania film festival; festival hands out industry development prizes.

Romanian director Bogdan Mirică’s feature debut Dogs (Câini) was the winner of the Transilvania Trophy at the 15th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (Tiff) which came to a close yesterday (June 5).

The thriller about a young man from the big city coming to a remote village to sell the land he inherited from his grandfather had its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes last month and is being handled internationally by Bac Films International.

The co-production between Marcela Ursu’s 42 Km Film, French producer Elie Meirovitz’s Ez Films and Bulgaria’s Stephan Komanderev’s Argo Film is the fourth Romanian film to win the top prize in Cluj-Napoca after Cristian Mungiu’s Occident at the first edition of Tiff in 2002, followed by two films by Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 East »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Transilvania fest to honour Sophia Loren

27 May 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival will also honour Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith.

Legendary Italian actress Sophia Loren and Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith will be guests of honour at the 15th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (Tiff, May 27 – June 5).

The festival kicks off this evening with the world premiere of Romanian director Nae Caranfil’s comedy 6.9. On The Richter Scale.

The festival’s closing gala on June 4 will see Loren [pictured in 2014 short Human Voice] – who is visiting Romania for the first time - receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Smith – who came to Romania to produce Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain in 2003 - will be presented with the Transilvania Trophy for Special Contribution to World Cinema on the same evening in Cluj’s National Theatre.

Competition

This year’s 12-strong Competition includes nine first features such as Bogdan Mirică’s Balkan anti-Western Dogs, Iranian director Ali Abbasi’s horror film Shelley, and [link=nm »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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'The English Patient' composer Gabriel Yared: temp tracks pose headache

22 April 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning composer talked about his process and collaborations with Anthony Minghella and Xavier Dolan at London’s Barbican.

Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared discussed his process and collaborations with directors Anthony Minghella and Xavier Dolan during an event at London’s Barbican on Wednesday (April 20).

Yared told the audience that one of the biggest challenges facing contemporary composers is the temporary music track, which is often used by filmmakers during production to serve as an atmospheric guideline.

Yared explained that the problem occurs when composers are brought on-board late in the production process and have to compete with an existing soundtrack. He said: “Nowadays, when you receive a film it is already temped with pieces of music from this or the other film.

“I think this is really dishonest. The editor and the director get used to the music and then when they hire the composer, he has to fight with all these habits and sometimes even edit »

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'The English Patient' composer Gabriel Yared: temp tracks cause headaches

22 April 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning composer talked about his process and collaborations with Anthony Minghella and Xavier Dolan at London’s Barbican.

Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared discussed his process and collaborations with directors Anthony Minghella and Xavier Dolan during an event at London’s Barbican on Wednesday (April 20).

Yared told the audience that one of the biggest challenges facing contemporary composers is the temporary music track, which is often used by filmmakers during production to serve as an atmospheric guideline.

Yared explained that the problem occurs when composers are brought on-board late in the production process and have to compete with an existing soundtrack. He said: “Nowadays, when you receive a film it is already temped with pieces of music from this or the other film.

“I think this is really dishonest. The editor and the director get used to the music and then when they hire the composer, he has to fight with all these habits and sometimes even edit »

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Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Doug Kraner Dies at 65

19 April 2016 5:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Production designer Doug Kraner, who designed the famous beach house in “Sleeping with the Enemy” with Julia Roberts, died on April 4 at the age of 65. Kraner had been battling cancer and died in West Hollywood, Calif.

Kraner first met Danny Cannon while working on “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.” He then teamed up with Cannon on the pilots for “The Forgotten,” “Nikita,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Gotham,” for which he received an Emmy nomination and an Art Directors Guild nomination.

Kraner was first nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Limited Series or Special for his set decoration on “Little Gloria……Happy at Last.”

He also worked on the films “My Dinner With Andre,” “The Untouchables” and “Working Girl.”

Kraner worked with many well-known directors including Michael Apted, Brian DePalma, Louis Malle, Anthony Minghella, Mike Nichols and Dean Parisot. He also frequently collaborated with »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Emmy-Nominated Production Designer Doug Kraner Dies at 65

19 April 2016 5:50 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Production designer Doug Kraner, who designed the famous beach house in “Sleeping with the Enemy” with Julia Roberts, died on April 4 at the age of 65. Kraner had been battling cancer and died in West Hollywood, Calif.

Kraner first met Danny Cannon while working on “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.” He then teamed up with Cannon on the pilots for “The Forgotten,” “Nikita,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Gotham,” for which he received an Emmy nomination and an Art Directors Guild nomination.

Kraner was first nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Limited Series or Special for his set decoration on “Little Gloria……Happy at Last.”

He also worked on the films “My Dinner With Andre,” “The Untouchables” and “Working Girl.”

Kraner worked with many well-known directors including Michael Apted, Brian DePalma, Louis Malle, Anthony Minghella, Mike Nichols and Dean Parisot. He also frequently collaborated with »

- Maria Cavassuto

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In Praise of Brendan Gleeson

11 April 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For our impromptu and informal Actors Month, members of Team Experience were free to choose any actor they wanted to discuss. Here's Chris Feil... on one of our most reliable character actors. 

Though Brendan Gleeson's grounded and somewhat imposing presence have made him a staple of large budget period and genre pieces they've too often kept him on the sidelines as well. Perhaps his minor breakthrough in Braveheart (1995) is what created this typecasting bias of Gleeson as the hearty rascal. But note: it's not his aggressive frame that make him such a valuable piece of each film, it's his ability to bring human reality to films that are focusing on the very big canvas. Martin Scorsese, Anthony Minghella, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Danny Boyle, just begin to scratch the surface of the director who have noticed though awards bodies have yet to truly awaken to his subtle and diverse gifts. »

- Chris Feil

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‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross to Pen ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ TV Adaptation (Exclusive)

24 March 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Luther” creator Neil Cross has been recruited by Endemol Shine Studios, Entertainment 360 and Diogenes to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and other novels in the series for television.

The pact stems from the deal that Endemol Shine, Entertainment 360 and Diogenes struck last year with the Highsmith estate to develop the five novels revolving around Tom Ripley character as a TV series. Landing Cross for the project is a coup as the scribe has been courted for TV in the U.S. following the success of “Luther,” the BBC drama starring Idris Elba.

Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner will exec produce for Entertainment 360, with Philipp Keel serving as exec producer for Diogenes, Highsmith’s Zurich-based publisher and agency.

The project is being developed internally via Endemol Shine with an eye toward a launch in the U.S. and other key territories at the same time.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Inspector Morse: top 10 episodes

8 February 2016 8:16 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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A king among detective dramas, here are ten of the most complex, macabre and memorable cases faced by Inspector Morse...

Warning: contains spoilers.

Beer, Wagner, a red Jaguar, and Barrington Pheloung’s haunting theme. Those images conjure up one of the most memorable characters in British television. Inspector Morse’s final episode aired in the UK over fifteen years ago, yet the impression left by the hugely popular drama remains indelible. Its popular spinoff, Lewis, finished only last year after nine successful series, while a prequel, Endeavour, has just come to the end of a third four-episode run. The appeal of Morse and his Oxford is clearly as strong as ever.

Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes between 1987 and 2000 (7 series and 5 specials). Colin Dexter’s bestselling series of thirteen Morse novels provided the basis for the show; twelve were adapted for television, while one, 1986’s The Secret of »

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BAFTA to Present Angels Costumes with Honorary Award

18 January 2016 5:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to present the 175-year-old costume company Angels Costumes with its annual award for outstanding British contribution to cinema at BAFTA’s film awards ceremony on Feb. 14.

The award is presented in honor of Michael Balcon, the British film producer known for his work with Ealing Studios. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter franchise and former Film4 boss Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was BBC Films.

Angels, which was established in 1840, is a seventh-generation family business. Today it is led by chairman Tim Angel, who has also served as chairman of BAFTA and as a governor of the British Film Institute.

Angels has a collection that spans eight miles of hanging rails, and is made up of more than 1 million items of clothing. Angels supplied costumes to »

- Leo Barraclough

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Todd Haynes and Oscar-Nominated Writer Phyllis Nagy Talk 'Carol,' Glamorous Stars, Highsmith and More

15 January 2016 7:05 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Author Patricia Highsmith is most well-known for her six Tom Ripley novels (currently heading for the small screen), and many of her works have been made into movies, from Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" to Anthony Minghella's 1999 "The Talented Mr. Ripley." When Phyllis Nagy was working as a researcher at the New York Times when she was in her early 20s, she was assigned to accompany Highsmith on a walking tour of the Greenwood Cemetery. They became friends, and thus Nagy came to know the novelist, who lived in Switzerland, in the last ten years of her life. They corresponded, and when Nagy moved to London a few years later, they saw each other more often. Highsmith suggested that Nagy, who was establishing her career as a playwright ("Butterfly Kiss"), should adapt one of her books.  "I’d heard her talk about how much she hated all of her adaptations, »

- Anne Thompson

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Rickman Dies: Harry Potter Actor Won Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA

14 January 2016 6:32 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alan Rickman. Alan Rickman dead at 69: Professor Snape in 'Harry Potter' movies Alan Rickman, best known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, died of cancer on Jan. 14, '16. Rickman (born on Feb. 21, 1946, in London) was 69. Rickman first played Professor Severus Snape – who looks like a villain, walks like a villain, and talks like a villain, but who turns out to be anything but – in Chris Columbus' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). One of many British stage and screen stars featured in the franchise toplining Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, Rickman would remain part of the Harry Potter gang until the final installment, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Alan Rickman movies Beginning with the Bruce Willis actioner Die Hard (1988), in which he plays the leader of a criminal gang, Alan Rickman was featured in nearly 50 movies. »

- Andre Soares

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Rip Alan Rickman

14 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Cancer has been busy in the pop cultural world in the first couple weeks of 2016. Stage and Movie star (and silky-voiced villain) Alan Rickman has succumbed to a battle with cancer at aged 69.Depending on your age (and geographical location) you might know the man as Hans Gruber from action-classic Die Hard, where he portrayed one of the most memorable, Plutarch quoting, baddies of the screen ("And Alexander wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.")If you are of the younger set, then perhaps you remember him as the shifty Hogwarts teacher, Snape, from the Harry Potter films. But this only scratches the surface of a quirky and varied acting career that spanned arthouse ghost stories, like Anthony Minghella's Truly, Madly, Deeply, often cited...

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Actor, Director Alan Rickman Dies at 69

14 January 2016 4:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — British actor and director Alan Rickman, whose films included the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Die Hard” and “Truly Madly Deeply,” died of cancer in London on Thursday. He was 69.

His Hollywood roles included Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, which earned him a legion of new fans. Rickman brought the beloved book character to life, carrying him through the saga in which his role ended up being pivotal to Potter’s fate. He recently completed “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” in which he delivered the voice of the Blue Caterpillar.

Rickman was little known in the United States before his fascinating turn as vaguely German villain Hans Gruber in John McTiernan’s “Die Hard”; Gruber’s motives at first seem relatively idealistic until Bruce Willis’ John McClane realizes that the takeover of Nakatomi Plaza is just a high-stakes robbery. As McClane single-handedly destroys the plot, Rickman’s Gruber watched in delicious disbelief. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Does Writing the Screenplay to Your Film Help Best Director Chances?

12 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

With a number of big Golden Globe wins last night, including best director and best dramatic picture for The Revenant, director Alejandro G. Inarritu finds himself once more in the thick of the Oscar hunt. The Mexican-born filmmaker won big last year with three Oscars for his avant garde drama Birdman, which scored him the best original screenplay, best director, and best picture awards.

This year, with the western revenge thriller The Revenant, Inarritu has once more directed a film that he wrote himself, this time adapting the screenplay from the novel by Michael Punke with co-writer Mark L. Smith.

Inarritu is not the only writer/director with films in the race this year, however, as a number of other contenders boast a director who also penned the film’s script. The original screenplay hopefuls include Spotlight (directed and written by Tom McCarthy with co-writer »

- Patrick Shanley

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