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Nobody stands up for Britons in the lower class trenches like the fierce, opinionated and outright brilliant Mike Leigh; his unusual writing and directing method yields terrific results in his first feature made for TV. And the early performances of Tim Roth, Phil Daniels and Gary Oldman should be the stuff of acting legend, ’80s style.

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1984 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 107 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 15, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Marion Bailey, Phil Daniels, Tim Roth, Pam Ferris, Jeff Robert, Alfred Molina, Gary Oldman, Tilly Vosburgh, Eileen Davies, Peter Wight.

Cinematography: Roger Pratt

Film Editor: Lesley Walker

Original Music: Andrew Dickson

Produced by Graham Benson

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh is something of an acquired taste, but I have to say that I haven’t forgotten anything of his that I’ve seen. There are of course his ‘special’ period recreations of Topsy-Turvy and Mr. Turner,
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Criterion Collection Announces August 2017 Additions, Including Restored ‘Sid & Nancy’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Meantime’

Criterion Collection Announces August 2017 Additions, Including Restored ‘Sid & Nancy’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Meantime’
Late summer is all about reflection over at The Criterion Collection, as the library is spending August offering up a handful of unsung classics and new look at some longtime favorites.

Michael Curitz’s “The Breaking Point,” a mostly overlooked Hemingway adaptation, starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal, will be available on Blu-ray for the first time, while Sacha Guitry’s “La poison” arrives on home video for the first time ever. Elsewhere, Mike Leigh’s revelatory “Meantime” is getting a 2K restoration, all the better to enjoy the early work of Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. That’s not all for Oldman fans, however, as Alex Cox’s “Sid & Nancy” hits the collection with a brand new 4K digital restoration. Finally, Walter Matthau stars in the charming comedy “Hopscotch,” also available on Blu-ray in a 2K digital restoration.

Below is the complete list of August additions, with descriptions provided by Criterion.
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Eccleston Joins ‘Dead In A Week’; France’s Mediawan To Buy Groupe Ab – Global Briefs

Christopher Eccleston has joined the cast of comedy Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back), written and directed by Tom Edmunds. He'll star alongside Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard and Marion Bailey. Freya Mavor, Nigel Lindsay, Gethin Anthony and Velibor Topic have also been added to the title, which is being edited by Tariq Anwar. Daniel-Konrad Cooper and Nick Clark Windo produce. Story follows a man who, after several unsuccessful suicide attempts, hires an aging hitman on…
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Eccleston Joins ‘Dead In A Week’; France’s Mediawan To Buy Groupe Ab – Global Briefs

Eccleston Joins ‘Dead In A Week’; France’s Mediawan To Buy Groupe Ab – Global Briefs
Christopher Eccleston has joined the cast of comedy Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back), written and directed by Tom Edmunds. He'll star alongside Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard and Marion Bailey. Freya Mavor, Nigel Lindsay, Gethin Anthony and Velibor Topic have also been added to the title, which is being edited by Tariq Anwar. Daniel-Konrad Cooper and Nick Clark Windo produce. Story follows a man who, after several unsuccessful suicide attempts, hires an aging hitman on…
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Berlin: Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard Shoot Comedy ‘Dead in a Week’

Berlin: Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard Shoot Comedy ‘Dead in a Week’
Principal photography has started on the comedy “Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back),” starring two-time Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson (“Batman Begins,” “Michael Clayton”), BAFTA-nominated Aneurin Barnard (“Dunkirk,” “The White Queen”), Christopher Eccleston and Marion Bailey. Altitude Film Sales is selling the film at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Tom Edmunds makes his directorial feature debut. Also in the cast are Freya Mavor, Nigel Lindsay, Gethin Anthony and Velibor Topic. The film editor is Tariq Anwar, the cinematographer is Luke Bryant and the casting director is Toby Whale.

After seven suicide attempts and a chance encounter on a bridge, William (Barnard) outsources the task to Leslie (Wilkinson), an aging hit man on the brink of retirement. But with the contract signed and death assured within a week (or his money back) William finally discovers a reason to live. However, Leslie is under growing pressure from Harvey (Eccleston), the unpleasant head
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Prince bio-doc, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals

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Prince bio-doc, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals
Exclusive: Emilia Clarke and Noel Clarke thrillers also among titles to secure German deals.

Swiss distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has finalised rights to a string of high-profile independent titles for German-speaking Europe.

The company’s Afm haul includes all rights to a new documentary biopic about iconic musician Prince from Us sales outfit 13 Films

Directed and produced by Michael Kirk (Find Your Groove), Prince: R U Listening? is set to chart the musician’s early years and rise to super-stardom as seen through the eyes of his bandmates, friends and family including Dez Dickerson, Prince’s first guitar player and Andre Cymone, Prince’s close friend and original bassist.

Contributors will also include Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E. The film is due to be relesed in Q2, 2017.

Also from 13 Films, the company picked up completed mystery-thriller Voice From The Stone, starring Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) and Caterina Murino
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Prince doc-biopic, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals

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Prince doc-biopic, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals
Exclusive: Ascot Elite’s Afm haul also includes Emilia Clarke and Noel Clarke thrillers.

Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has finalised rights to a string of high-profile independent titles for German-speaking Europe.

The company’s Afm haul includes all rights to a new documentary biopic about iconic musician Prince from Us sales outfit 13 Films

Directed and produced by acclaimed Us doc producer Michael John Kirk, known for his work on PBS documentary series Frontline, Prince: R U Listening? is set to chart the musician’s early years and rise to super-stardom as seen through the eyes of his bandmates, friends and family including Dez Dickerson, Prince’s first guitar player and Andre Cymone, Prince’s close friend and original bassist.

Contributors will also include Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E. The film is due to be relesed in Q2, 2017.

Also from 13 Films, the company picked up completed mystery-thriller Voice From The Stone, starring
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Afm: Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard topline 'Dead In A Week'

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Exclusive: Altitude to launch sales on comedy due for 2017 shoot.

Altitude Film Sales has taken worldwide sales rights to comedy feature Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back), currently in pre-production and set for an early 2017 shoot.

Two-time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and BBC/TWC’s War & Peace star Aneurin Barnard - who will be seen next summer in Christopher Nolan’s anticipated war drama Dunkirk - lead the cast alongside Mr. Turner actress Marion Bailey who recently played in Nicholas Hytner’s The Lady In The Van.

Tom Edmunds’ feature debut charts the story of a young man who outsources his suicide to an ageing assassin after his ninth unsuccessful attempt on his own life.

Additional casting is underway.

Producers are Daniel-Konrad Cooper (Burn Burn Burn) and Nick Clark Windo (Blooded). Executive producer is Gina Carter (Bright Young Things) of Sprout Pictures.

Mike Runagall of Altitude Film Sales, said: “The film
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Talent Turns ‘Mr. Turner’ Into Portrait of a Period

Talent Turns ‘Mr. Turner’ Into Portrait of a Period
Anyone who works with Mike Leigh, director of “Mr. Turner,” knows ahead of time that they’ll be building the project nearly from scratch: actors will help in the creation of their characters, and crew such as the costume designer and production designer (in this case, Leigh newcomer Suzie Davies and veteran of the process Jacqueline Durran, respectively) are aware they will be collaborating not just with each other, but with the performers.

Location was of key importance to Davies (she shares her Oscar nomination with set decorator Charlotte Watts), who explains that the full production was housed in the same building. “Our offices were quite useful,” she says. “Jacqueline was down the corridor and my office became this room of reference. Every lunchtime we’d have these powwows with other departments.”

For example, says Durran, the pair might meet with Marion Bailey (Mrs. Booth) to get her to explain the essence of her character.
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Winners of the 35th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards announced

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

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ida

Leviathan

Mr Turner

Nightcrawler

The Theory of Everything

Under the Skin
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Mr. Turner – The Review

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
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Variety Critics Pick Their 2015 Oscar Nominees

Variety Critics Pick Their 2015 Oscar Nominees
Film critics, we’re often told, don’t vote for the Oscars — but if they did, here’s what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.

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Best Picture

Bird People

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

Gone Girl

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

Selma

Under the Skin

“Winter Sleep”

Best Director

Ava DuVernay, “Selma

Jonathan Glazer, “Under the Skin

Mike Leigh, “Mr. Turner

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher

Best Actor

Haluk Bilginer, “Winter Sleep”

Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Oscar Isaac, “A Most Violent Year

David Oyelowo, “Selma

Channing Tatum, “Foxcatcher

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Essie Davis, “The Babadook

Scarlett Johansson,
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Film Review: Eccentric Story of ‘Mr. Turner’ Still Visually Arresting

Chicago – The thing that can be said for British writer/director Mike Leigh is that it’s never known what story may capture his fancy. The auteur of “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Topsy-Turvy,” “Secrets and Lies” and “Life is Sweet” now tackles the last quarter century of a notable British painter’s life, through his strange maneuverings and unconventionality, in “Mr. Turner.”

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Mister is J.M.W. Turner, an English Romantic landscape artist, whose form elevated the genre into a pre-impressionism age – making Turner a rather controversial figure in his time. The film plays upon that theme, as Timothy Spall portrays the painter in Mike Leigh’s script as a prolific adventurer and eccentric. Since Turner is a landscape painter, the director and cinematographer (Dick Pope) create an expansive cinematic canvas that “sees” Turner’s vision. The story, however, is a mishmash of scenes rather than a cohesive narrative, and
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Mr. Turner Review

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Turner opens today in limited release.] Painter J.M.W. Turner, the eponymous subject of Mike Leigh’s new biopic Mr. Turner, was renowned for painting shipwrecks. A lazier film would condense Turner’s life around that simulacrum. Instead, Leigh chooses to look at the whole picture, and not just in showing a three-dimensional protagonist. Turner is part of a painting that includes a fascinating look at early-to-mid 19th century life in Europe. Leigh adds all the wonderful touches of the era’s dialect, vernacular, and linguistics along with a collection of other meticulous details to provide a vivid period piece. And it’s all built around an unforgettable performance from Timothy Spall who coughs, whistles, wheezes, and primarily grunts in his portrayal of an artist who personally and professionally defied easy categorization. The story follows Turner (Spall) along his professional and personal life, although we begin at the apex of his success. Instead of seeing
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Timothy Spall Talks Mr. Turner, Preparation for the Role, Painting Lessons, His Brush with Leukemia, and More

Timothy Spall paints a fascinating portrait of J.M.W. Turner in the new biopic, Mr. Turner, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mike Leigh and beautifully lensed by cinematographer Dick Pope. The actor fully immerses himself in the role of the eccentric but brilliant English painter, water colorist and printmaker who elevated the art form of landscape painting in the 18th century. Mr. Turner premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where Spall took the award for Best Actor and marks the seventh time in his career that he has collaborated with Leigh. Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, and Paul Jesson also star. At a recent roundtable interview, Spall talked about the challenge of playing the artist, his preparation for the role, the directing process with Leigh, their organic approach to building up the characters through improvisation, his painting lessons with British portraitist Tim Wright that helped him portray Turner convincingly,
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London Film Critics Love "Mr. Turner," "Birdman"

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

"Birdman"

"Boyhood"

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

"Ida"

"Leviathan"

"Mr. Turner"

"Nightcrawler"

"The Theory of Everything"

"Under the Skin"

"Whiplash"

Foreign Language Film of the Year

"Ida"

"Leviathan"

"Norte, The End of History"

"Two Days, One Night"

"Winter Sleep"

British Film of the Year

"The Imitation Game"

"Mr. Turner"

"Pride"

"The Theory of Everything"

"Under the Skin"

Documentary of the Year

"Citizenfour"

"Manakamana"

"Next Goal Wins"

"Night Will Fall"

"20,000 Days on Earth"

Actor of the Year

Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"

Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"

Michael Keaton,
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Film Review: Mr. Turner (2014): A Man’s Life Painted In Broad Strokes

Mr. Turner (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Mike Leigh, and starring Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Karl Johnson, Ruth Sheen, Sandy Foster, Amy Dawson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, and Richard Bremmer. Great movies steal away our attention and hold it hostage until the final [...]

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Mr Turner leads 35th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards nominations

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

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ida

Leviathan

Mr Turner

Nightcrawler

The Theory of Everything

Under the Skin

Whiplash

Foreign Language Film Of The Year

Ida

Leviathan

Norte, The End of History

Two Days, One Night

Winter Sleep

British Film Of The Year

The Imitation Game
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Mr Turner leads London Critics' Circle Film Awards nominations

Mr Turner leads London Critics' Circle Film Awards nominations
Mr Turner leads the nominations for the 35th London Critics' Circle Film Awards.

The Timothy Spall-starring drama has the most nominations with seven, while Birdman follows closely behind with six.

Films in the running for Film of the Year include Birdman, Boyhood and Mr Turner, while Pride, The Imitation Game and Under The Skin get nominations for British Film of the Year.

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

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ida

Leviathan

Mr Turner

Nightcrawler

The Theory of Everything

Under the Skin

Whiplash

Foreign-language Film of the Year

Ida

Leviathan

Norte, The End of History

Two Days,
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‘Mr Turner’, ‘Birdman’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Nominations

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‘Mr Turner’, ‘Birdman’ Lead London Critics’ Circle Film Awards Nominations
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
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