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Britannia Honorees Come From Both Sides of the Pond

This year, BAFTA Los Angeles is partnering with IGN to bring the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards to viewers all around the country! The livestream of this year’s ceremony, which will honor Aziz Ansari, Kenneth Branagh, Matt Damon, Ava DuVernay, Claire Foy, and Dick Van Dyke, will begin at 8:15pm Pt on Oct. 27.

Aziz Ansari

Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy

The Britannia Award is the latest kudo for Aziz Ansari, co-creator and star of Netflix laffer “Master of None.” The award “recognizes talent whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy.”

“[Ansari’s] recent streak of ground-breaking work makes him a deserving recipient,” says BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen. “Aziz’s thoughtful and intelligent humor seamlessly traverses cultural and national boundaries.” Ansari’s “Master of None,” which he created with Alan Yang, has won the Emmy Award for comedy writing two years in a row, in addition
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Kenneth Branagh on Finding the Perfect Mustache for 'Murder on the Orient Express'

Kenneth Branagh on Finding the Perfect Mustache for 'Murder on the Orient Express'
From helping evacuate Allied World War II forces in Dunkirk to assembling an A-list ensemble for his adaptation of one of the most beloved murder mysteries of all time, it has been a major year for Kenneth Branagh. But before his $55 million take on Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (in addition to helming, he stars as detective Hercule Poirot) rolls out of Fox's station Nov. 10, the five-time Oscar nominee will receive the Albert R. Broccoli honor at the BAFTA L.A. Britannia Awards, hosted by British comedian Jack Whitehall. Speaking with THR, Branagh, 56, reflected on Christie's...
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Hell on Frisco Bay

I tell you it’s rough out there on Frisco Bay, especially when you say the word ‘Frisco’ within earshot of a proud San Francisco native. This Alan Ladd racketeering tale could have been written twenty years earlier, but it has Warner Color and the early, extra-wide iteration of the new movie attraction CinemaScope.

Hell on Frisco Bay

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen Academy / 98 min. / Street Date , 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Alan Ladd, Edward G. Robinson, Joanne Dru, William Demarest, Paul Stewart, Perry Lopez, Fay Wray, Nestor Paiva, Willis Bouchey, Anthony Caruso, Tina Carver, Rod(ney) Taylor, Jayne Mansfield, Mae Marsh, Tito Vuolo.

Cinematography: John F. Seitz

Film Editor: Folmar Blangsted

Stunts: Paul Baxley

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by Martin Rackin, Sydney Boehm from a book by William P. McGivern

Produced by George C. Berttholon, Alan Ladd

Directed by Frank Tuttle

Alan Ladd had always been
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Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup

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Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award–winning actor Helen Mirren will be honored at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 30, 2018. A beloved figure of stage, screen, and television, Mirren has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award.

“It is an honor and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way.
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Matt Damon to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award As He Enters Oscar Season With Two Bold, Divisive Roles

Matt Damon to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award As He Enters Oscar Season With Two Bold, Divisive Roles
Matt Damon is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and a superb actor. This fall audiences anticipate his return in two high-profile award-season movies. He plays a rather nasty character in “Suburbicon,” a film noir ’50s dramedy adapted from a Coen brothers script and directed by George Clooney, Damon’s old chum and “Oceans” co-star. And he’s a goofy sad sack in “Downsizing,” a future-world sci-fi comedy with an ecological message from Oscar perennial Alexander Payne, in which he becomes 5 inches tall to save the environment.

It makes perfect sense for BAFTA to present Damon with a well-deserved award — the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film — at the Britannia Awards October 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. After all, he won an Oscar in 1997 with buddy Ben Affleck for writing “Good Will Hunting,” and was nominated for his performances in that movie as well as “Invictus” and “The Martian,
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Matt Damon to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award As He Enters Oscar Season With Two Bold, Divisive Roles

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Matt Damon to Receive BAFTA Britannia Award As He Enters Oscar Season With Two Bold, Divisive Roles
Matt Damon is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and a superb actor. This fall audiences anticipate his return in two high-profile award-season movies. He plays a rather nasty character in “Suburbicon,” a film noir ’50s dramedy adapted from a Coen brothers script and directed by George Clooney, Damon’s old chum and “Oceans” co-star. And he’s a goofy sad sack in “Downsizing,” a future-world sci-fi comedy with an ecological message from Oscar perennial Alexander Payne, in which he becomes 5 inches tall to save the environment.

It makes perfect sense for BAFTA to present Damon with a well-deserved award — the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film — at the Britannia Awards October 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. After all, he won an Oscar in 1997 with buddy Ben Affleck for writing “Good Will Hunting,” and was nominated for his performances in that movie as well as “Invictus” and “The Martian,
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Kenneth Branagh Set For BAFTA Career Honor; Jordan Peele To Keynote Film Independent Forum

Five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is set to receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards. The actor and filmmaker will be honored during the trophy show on October 27 at the Beverly Hilton. BAFTA describes its Broccoli Award recipients as “that rare breed of iconic and trail-blazing individuals whose talented, innovative approach and true global appeal has had a profound…
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Kenneth Branagh Set For BAFTA Career Honor; Jordan Peele To Keynote Film Independent Forum

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Kenneth Branagh Set For BAFTA Career Honor; Jordan Peele To Keynote Film Independent Forum
Five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is set to receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards. The actor and filmmaker will be honored during the trophy show on October 27 at the Beverly Hilton. BAFTA describes its Broccoli Award recipients as “that rare breed of iconic and trail-blazing individuals whose talented, innovative approach and true global appeal has had a profound…
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Film News Roundup: Alec Baldwin to Play John DeLorean in Untitled Documentary (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Alec Baldwin to Play John DeLorean in Untitled Documentary (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Alec Baldwin will portray John DeLorean in an untitled documentary, Anthony Mackie joins “The Hate U Give,” and country music star Trace Adkins comes on board “Motocross.”

Castings

Alec Baldwin has signed on to play John DeLorean in a series of scripted scenes that will be added to Xyz Films’ untitled documentary about Delorean, Variety has learned exclusively.

Supporting roles for the narrative scenes are currently being cast. Baldwin’s hair and makeup team from “Saturday Night Live” have also been enlisted to transform him into Delorean.

The film is directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce. Producers are Tamir Ardon, Xyz Films, and 9.14 Pictures. Ingenious is backing the project. Production is currently under way, with the narrative scenes to be shot shortly.

Sundance Selects is distributing the film domestically. It is scheduled to be released in 2018. The movie will covers the automaker’s rise to stardom and fall from
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Kenneth Branagh Set for Top Honor at Britannia Awards

Kenneth Branagh Set for Top Honor at Britannia Awards
Kenneth Branagh will have a big night Oct. 27.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles has just announced that Branagh, 56, will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards. The event is scheduled to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with support from title sponsor Amd and presenting sponsors American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover. The evening will also see fellow honorees like Dick Van Dyke, Ava DuVernay and Claire Foy take the stage. British comedian Jack Whitehall is returning as host.

“Kenneth is without question...
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Hollywood Reporter: James Bond Franchise Attracting Major Players

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By Lee Pfeiffer

The Hollywood Reporter has published an article detailing the major players who are vying to gain at least some control over rights to the James Bond franchise, which -according to the article- is deemed to be under-utilizing its true potential for profitability. Warner Brothers is said to be the front runner for gaining distribution rights for the next film in the series, set for release in November 2019. Daniel Craig will star in what he has stated will be his last appearance in a Bond film.  Among the top bidders in competition with Warners are newly-emerging entertainment powerhouses Amazon and Apple, both of which would like to expand the Bond image into mediums beyond feature films. However, the rights situation regarding the franchise is a complex one. Eon Productions, founded by the series' original producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, owned the franchise outright and had a
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Pierce Brosnan Reflects on the 'Kindness and Humanity' of Late James Bond Star Roger Moore

Pierce Brosnan Reflects on the 'Kindness and Humanity' of Late James Bond Star Roger Moore
Pierce Brosnan is paying tribute to fellow James Bond star, Roger Moore.

Following the 89-year-old actor's death last week, Brosnan penned an emotional essay for Variety, published on Tuesday, in which he opens up about Moore's impact on his own life and career, calling the star his "first real hero."

"Only on reflection do I see how much of an influence Roger Moore had on me as a young Irish immigrant lad from the banks of the River Boyne," Brosnan wrote. "I guess the combination of Bond and The Saint ignited a flame for fame in my heart of innocent wonder. I wanted to be up there. Roger as the Saint made me believe in his world. And before I knew it, the man who was the Saint transformed into James Bond, an even greater hero to me as a boy."

Watch: Roger Moore, 'James Bond' Actor, Dies at 89

Moore starred as anti-hero Simon Templar in the
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Pierce Brosnan Honors Late James Bond Predecessor Roger Moore: He Was My ‘First Real Hero’

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Pierce Brosnan Honors Late James Bond Predecessor Roger Moore: He Was My ‘First Real Hero’
Pierce Brosnan is paying tribute to the man he calls his “first real hero.”

Though Brosnan briefly paid tribute to James Bond predecessor Roger Moore after the 89-year-old’s death last week, the actor elaborated in an essay for Variety in which he recalls seeing Moore for the first time on screen and feeling inspired to pursue acting.

“Only on reflection do I see how much of an influence Roger Moore had on me as a young Irish immigrant lad from the banks of the River Boyne,” Brosnan, 64, wrote. “I guess the combination of Bond and the Saint ignited a
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Pierce Brosnan Writes Tribute to Roger Moore: ‘We Fell in Love With a Magnificent Actor’

Pierce Brosnan Writes Tribute to Roger Moore: ‘We Fell in Love With a Magnificent Actor’
As a boy of 11, I left Ireland for London on Aug. 12, 1964 — the same day Ian Fleming died. That weekend I saw “Goldfinger” with Sean Connery at the ABC Cinema on Putney High Street with my mother, May, and my stepfather, Bill. How could I know then that my life would be entwined by the great alchemy of a cinematic hero such as James Bond? There I sat, that first weekend in my new life in London, motionless and spellbound by the beauty of CinemaScope. I had discovered the movies and Bond, James Bond. However, it cost money to go to the pictures. And that’s when I discovered my first real hero, Roger Moore. Simon Templar, the Saint, all rolled into one man.

Only on reflection do I see how much of an influence Roger Moore had on me as a young Irish immigrant lad from the banks of the River Boyne.
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Roger Moore Remembered: How His Light Touch Made Him the Most Enduring Bond

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Roger Moore Remembered: How His Light Touch Made Him the Most Enduring Bond
The passing of Sir Roger Moore at 89 marks the first James Bond to do so. And the response from one of my sons was telling: “James Bond can’t die — he’s immortal.”

That sentiment will be shared by many Bond fans, particularly the generation that grew up with Moore in the ’70s and ’80s. Moore, who embraced the lighter side of Ian Fleming’s superspy, was also the most enduring, making a record seven franchise movies: “Live And Let Die” (1973), “The Man With The Golden Gun” (1974), “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), “Moonraker” (1979), “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Octopussy” (1983), and “A View To A Kill (1985).”

While Sean Connery defined Bond as uber-cool and free-spirited (he enjoyed killing as much as shagging), Moore redefined him as devil may care to disarm the baddies. The first Bond to hail from London, Moore’s Bond wasn’t in it for the spying, he was
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'James Bond' star Roger Moore dies aged 89

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'James Bond' star Roger Moore dies aged 89
Actor passes away in Switzerland.

James Bond actor Roger Moore has died aged 89, after a battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his official Twitter account.

The statement reads:

“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone.

“We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for Unicef which he considered his greatest achievement.

“The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his
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From EW Archives: Roger Moore’s Charm in Person—and Why He Was the ‘Best Bond’

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From EW Archives: Roger Moore’s Charm in Person—and Why He Was the ‘Best Bond’
Legendary British actor Roger Moore has died at the age of 89 after an iconic career on the silver screen — including his record time as James Bond. This 2008 interview from EW takes a look back at Moore’s career and how he became “the best Bond.”

“Can I get you a drink, Mr. Moore?”

The waiter stands there, secretly hoping that he’ll say those five words known from the beaches of Rio to the bazaars of Cairo to the ski slopes of Gstaad: Vodka martini—shaken, not stirred.

“I’ll have a…Bloody Mary.”

Roger Moore is sitting in the
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"Becoming Bond" Screening With George Lazenby: Cinema Retro's Mark Cerulli Reports

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(The new documentary "Becoming Bond" is now showing on the Hulu network.)

By Mark Cerulli

Prior to seeing Josh Greenbaum’s illuminating documentary, Becoming Bond, which premiered on Hulu May 20th, I had dismissed George Lazenby’s mystifying refusal to continue as 007 as just another gullible young actor taking bad career advice; like Tom Selleck passing on Indiana Jones, Travolta nixing Forrest Gump, Thomas Jane handing Don Draper to Jon Hamm… but there’s more to it than that, a lot more as it turns out.

Cleverly combining interview footage of Lazenby, still hale and hearty at 77, with well-staged recreations, Becoming Bond dives deep into this complicated and impulsive star to understand How he could casually dump one of the most coveted roles in the history of film. As it turns out, that decision is symbolic of who George Lazenby really is: intelligent, charming, naïve but most of all, independent.
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BAFTA Los Angeles Announces Britannia Awards 2017 Date

BAFTA Los Angeles Announces Britannia Awards 2017 Date
BAFTA Los Angeles has announced the date of Oct. 27 for its 2017 edition of the Britannia Awards, which will once again take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The awards are given to British and international talent for their contributions in entertainment.

“After an overwhelmingly successful ceremony in 2016, we are looking forward to once again celebrating those among us who not only define excellence, but inspire others to do the same,” said Chantal Rickards, CEO of BAFTA La.

The 2016 ceremony, which also took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in October and was hosted by British actor and comedian Ben “Doc Brown” Smith, celebrated six stars from both sides of the Atlantic and from across the acting and directing spectrum.

The honorees were Ang Lee, who received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing; Samuel L. Jackson, who was honored with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment; Ricky Gervais,
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Coming to a Casino Near You: James Bond Slot Machines

Coming to a Casino Near You: James Bond Slot Machines
The owners of the James Bond franchise have made a multi-year licensing deal with gambling products specialist Scientific Games Corp., which will lead to the super-spy’s image being used on casino slot machines.

The exclusive agreement was announced Wednesday between Scientific Games with Eon Productions Limited, Danjaq LLC and MGM Interactive, a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The deal gives Scientific Games the rights to leverage all past and future James Bond films, as well as the film’s talent portraying James Bond.

Scientific Games said it expects to showcase the first James Bond-themed slot games at the Global Gaming Expo on Oct. 3-5 in Las Vegas. That means the first machines could begin appearing in casinos next year.

Created in 1953 by novelist Ian Fleming, Bond was a frequent patron of high-end casinos in the books and two dozen films that followed — including two versions of “Casino Royale.”

Seven actors have played Bond,
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