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Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner biopic, "Mr. Turner," topped the nominations for the London Film Critics Circle. The film about the English Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker played by Timothy Spall received 7 nods followed by Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" with 6. We'll find out the winners on January 18.
Here's the complete list of London Film Critics Circle nominees:
Film of the Year
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Foreign Language Film of the Year
"Norte, The End of History"
"Two Days, One Night"
British Film of the Year
Documentary of the Year
"20,000 Days on Earth"
Actor of the Year
UK mentor scheme received seventeen applications for each place.
The 15 mentees include directors, writers, producers and, for the first time, exhibitors, as a result of a new partnership with Film Hub South East, part of the BFI Film Audience Network.
They will receive nine months of personal mentoring.
This year there were seventeen applications for each place on the scheme, which requires candidates to demonstrate experience in their field and their potential for the future.
Kevin Macdonald, director of The Last King of Scotland, is taking part for the third time this year. He said: “What I really love about [Guiding Lights] is that I learn as much – maybe more – from the mentee »
- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)
The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for the 35th annual awards ceremony, with Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner leading the field with seven nominations in total, including Film of the Year and British Film of the Year.
Mr Turner will contest the Film of the Year award against Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ida, Leviathan, Nightcrawler, The Theory of Everything, Under the Skin and Whiplish, with The Imitation Game, Pride, The Theory of Everything and Under the Skin are also up for British Film of the Year.
Here’s the full list of nominations for the awards…
Film Of The Year
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foreign Language Film Of The Year
Norte, The End of History
Two Days, One Night
British Film Of The Year
- Gary Collinson
Mr Turner leads the nominations for the 35th London Critics' Circle Film Awards.
Spall, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch all have nominations for British Actor of the Year, as Emily Blunt, Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike feature in the British Actress of the Year category.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 18 at the May Fair hotel.
A full list of nominations is below:
Film of the Year
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Foreign-language Film of the Year
Norte, The End of History
Two Days, »
Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr Turner earned seven London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations this afternoon to lead the pack of a mix of UK, U.S. and foreign language titles. Mr Turner picked up nods for Film of the Year and British Film of the Year, as well as gaining recognition in the acting, directing and technical races. Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman follows with six nominations including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year for Michael Keaton.
Rounding out the Film of the Year nods are Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Under The Skin, The Theory Of Everything, Nightcrawler, Whiplash, Ida and Leviathan. Alongside Mr Turner in the Best British Film class are The Imitation Game, Under The Skin, The Theory Of Everything and Pride.
There are also a series of double acting nominees with Julianne Moore earning two Actress of the »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Julianne Moore scores double nominations for Actress of the Year.
The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for its 35th annual awards ceremony, with Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner leading the pack with seven nominations, including Film of the Year and British Film of the Year.
Birdman followed closely behind with six nomination including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year (Michael Keaton). Five nominations each went to Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Under The Skin. Four each went to ‘71, Nightcrawler and Whiplash.
Also landing double nominations were Timothy Spall (Mr Turner), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), in both Actor of the Year and British Actor of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
London — Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner” leads the field for the 35th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards: The painterly biopic received nominations in seven categories, including Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year for Timothy Spall.
While the total for Leigh’s film was boosted by two citations in the group’s separate British-only categories, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu’s “Birdman” scored six nods, with five apiece for Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” and James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything.” All are among the 10 pics shortlisted for Film of the Year, alongside Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and a pair of foreign-language titles, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan.”
- Guy Lodge
Chiming in from across the pond, the London Film Critics Circle has added its collective voice to the 2014 circuit with a list of nominations. It was "Mr. Turner" that led the way with seven total nominations, though "Birdman" wasn't far behind with six. Julianne Moore picked up a pair of nominations in the lead actress category for her work in "Maps to the Stars" and Oscar play "Still Alice," while Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Timothy Spall ("Mr. Turner") each saw nominations in the lead actor and British actor of the year categories. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Jan. 18. And remember to follow along with the season at The Circuit. Film of the Year "Birdman" "Boyhood" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Ida" "Leviathan" "Mr. Turner" "Nightcrawler" "The Theory of Everything" "Under the Skin" "Whiplash" Foreign Language »
- Kristopher Tapley
Earlier this year, it was revealed that a sequel was in the early stages for the new Pierce Brosnan action thriller, The November Man. Remember it? Probably not: The November Man would go on to flop in the Us, grossing just $25m in the Us, and when it finally made it to British cinemas, it was released on just one screen (presumably to fill a contractual obligation somewhere along the line).
There's been no word yet on the fate of The November Man 2, but the outlook does not seem favourable. It wouldn't be the first time though that a sequel had been loudly mooted before even a first film was released, only to be quietly abandoned when something - usually related to box office takings - didn't go to plan. »
The exclusions emerged Tuesday as the WGA sent out ballots to its members, with 60 eligible scripts in the original category and 48 in the adapted classification.
The guild’s restrictions are far more rigorous than those of SAG-aftra or the Directors Guild of America. Most exclusions stem from the requirement that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K.
Additionally, members who have resigned from the guild are ineligible for WGA awards consideration — as was the case this year when John Ridley’s script for “12 Years a Slave” was ineligible at the WGA and went on to win the Oscar for adapted screenplay.
Ridley resigned from the WGA during the bitter 2007-08 strike. So »
- Dave McNary
Every year there is an interesting list of ineligible contenders for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards. Sometimes it's because the film's production company was not a guild signatory (though these things can often be amended retroactively, if there is a will to do so). Other times it's because the writer is not a WGA member. Whatever the case, it's their rules, and they're not that unreasonable, so no reason to get too bent out of shape about it. HitFix has obtained a copy of the official WGA ballot for this year's awards, so let's see what didn't make the cut this year… In the original screenplay category, which features 60 eligible contenders, the biggest Oscar player not on the list is Ava DuVernay and Paul Webb's "Selma." That would have been a nice bump during the guild phase for a film that could be on track for big things at the Academy Awards, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mar Del Plata – An an illustration of talent’s diaspora from conventional movies, legendary helmer-scribe Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “American Gigolo”) is prepping a 10-episode web-series, “Life on the Other Side,” each seg 10-minutes long, inspired by the episodic structure of “La Dolce Vita,” Schrader confirmed at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival.
Giving a Tuesday evening master-class, as president of the main Mar del Plata jury, Schrader delivered a trenchant analysis of the tectonic shifts which, however exciting, are also decimating trad U.S. movie business.
“I thought I would never say this, but when I was a young guy, I thought that the only place where I would be making movies was the United States. It had the most freedom, most money, was the top community. I look at the world now, and I don’t know if the U.S. is the best place to make pictures, »
- John Hopewell
Mar Del Plata – In “Lord of the Rings,” he protected the Shire and the Fellowship of the Ring. These days, he’s more likely protecting the original visions of some of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – young moviemakers, and bringing them to larger audiences.
Doing so, Viggo Mortensen, U.S. born, Argentina raised, New York-bred, of Danish descent, has leveraged wisely his star status and fanboy suzerainties, dazzled with his dominance of not only English and Spanish, but Danish, Amish and Lakota, and played some not exactly super-hero roles, characters who are ineffectual (Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” a Cannes winner), conflicted (David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,“ a Venice prize winner) or plain seedy (“Drive” screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directorial deb, “The Two Faces of January”); to all of whom Mortensen has brought not so much his good looks but a large humanity.
- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente
With movies like the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension and the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked his characters in the blood bucket. But Aja’s next project, an adaptation of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, is more a supernatural thriller than a blood-and-bones picture, and principal photography on the film has now begun.
“Vancouver and London, October 27, 2014 – Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).
- Derek Anderson
Continuing in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith’s set of globetrotters and vacationing daytrippers who dip their toes not only in foreign backdrops, but in tend to find themselves in the most inconvenient of situations, it is the American novelist’s 1964 novel that finds a suitor in British-Iranian writer (and now turned director in his own right) Hossein Amini.
Working with players such as Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst, Amini, whose long list of creds include Michael Winterbottom’s Jude, Iain Softley’s The Wings of the Dove, Shekar Kapur’s The Four Feathers, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive and the upcoming Our Kind of Traitor, takes a stab at the thriller-genre with the sun-drenched Greece and Turkey as the conniving backdrop with The Two Faces of January, which opened August 28th and is still running in its limited engagement. Here is my interview with Amini which took »
- Yama Rahimi
The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.
The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.
Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.
The festival will focus this year on Brazil »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
In Hossein Amini’s handsomely mounted The Two Faces of January, the Aegean sun shines harsh and bright on the duplicitous characters, like a celestial interrogation. An adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel, the film, set in Greece and Turkey in the early 1960s, brings together three Americans: elegant couple Chester and Collette McFarland (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst), and Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a well-educated tour guide who lives in Athens impressing female tourists with his smoldering looks and bountiful knowledge of the local ruins.But Chester and Rydal are both hustlers, of a sort. The latter overcharges and seduces his tourists and skims off the top of any exchange, while the former has fled from some powerful people for whom he lost a lot of money. When Chester’s past catches up to him, Rydal offers to help the couple flee. What’s the younger man’s angle? Is »
- Bilge Ebiri
It's hard to get a read on Viggo Mortensen's con man in The Two Faces of January, and that's awfully fitting, considering who plays him. Since the Lord of the Rings trilogy made Mortensen bankable, he's mostly spent that capital on unexpected character roles in a series of modestly budgeted indies, including this throwback thriller (adapted by Hossein Amini from the Patricia Highsmith novel), where Mortensen and his wife Kirsten Dunst are thrown together with Oscar Isaac after an accidental murder in 1960s Greece. No one is who they seem, and their alliances are always up for grabs, and Mortensen had a ball with the ambiguity. "It’s always fun to have secrets," he told Vulture, "but when you’re playing a con man, you’re having secrets within secrets within secrets."The film reminded me of A Perfect Murder, where you and Michael Douglas are vying for Gwyneth Paltrow »
- Kyle Buchanan
In The Two Faces of January—a sumptuous adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel of the same name that opens Friday—Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst portray Chester and Colette MacFarland, a golden couple embarked on a whistle-stop tour of southern Europe’s most glittering capitals.
Exuding wealth, privilege, and a uniquely American post-war pluck, the immaculately turned-out jet-setters’ fortunes grind to an abrupt halt in Athens where they meet an American tour guide named Rydal (Oscar Isaac)—an expat grifter with a straw fedora and palpable lust for Colette.
An accidental murder sets the three on the run together »
- Chris Lee
Written & Directed by Hossein Amini
Guilt is a powerful motivator. Its nagging voice can corrupt even the noblest of intentions. In the case of The Two Faces of January, a son’s guilt leads him into a questionable alliance in which he becomes inextricably trapped. There are twists and turns, jealousy and lust, but the real pleasure of a film like this is watching how far people will go to silence those nagging voices. Even if it means losing everything they care about.
It’s a misnomer to call the characters in January ‘con artists.’ Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) is simply a crooked stock broker with a long list of duped investors. He and his scandalously young wife, Colette (Kirsten Dunst), have been throwing around some serious cash on their European getaway. Serious enough to draw the attention of an American expatriate »
- J.R. Kinnard
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