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Geraldine Chaplin’s ‘Sand Dollars’ to Open AFI Latin American Festival

3 September 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Geraldine Chaplin’s “Sand Dollars” has been set as the opening night film for the AFI Latin American Film Festival on Sept. 17 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md.

The film, set in the Dominican Republic, is directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas. Chaplin stars as a wealthy foreign tourist who falls in love with a much-younger local woman.

Trash,” starring Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, has been selected as the Oct. 7 closing night film. The movie is directed by Stephen Daldry from Richard Curtis’ script, which follows three trash-picking boys from Rio de Janeiro who team up with two American missionaries to uncover political corruption.

Other screenings will include Kristen Wiig’s comedy “Nasty Baby” from Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva; Pablo Larraín’s “The Club,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival; “Ixcanul” from Guatemala’s Jayro Bustamante; and Spanish thriller “Marshland, »

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Watch: 'Trash' Can Change Your Life in Uplifting Trailer For Stephen Daldry Drama

31 August 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Clip And Featurette For Stephen Daldry's 'Trash' Starring Rooney Mara After touring the festival circuit last year and winning the People's Choice Award in Rome, Stephen Daldry's "Trash" is finally hitting theaters and On Demand this October. The drama has been adapted by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually") from the 2010 novel of the same name and stars Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen. The official synopsis reads: "When three trash-picking boys from Rio's slums find a wallet among the daily debris of their local landfill, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up offering a handsome reward for the wallet's return, the boys, Rafael, Gardo and Rato, realize that what they've found must be important. With the help from two American missionaries - the disillusioned Father Julliard and his young assistant Olivia - the »

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Doctor Who: The Magician's Apprentice Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin Q&A

31 August 2015 1:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

After a fan screening of The Magician's Apprentice at this year's Edinburgh TV festival, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin gave a Q&A...

It's not long until Doctor Who takes its place again as a staple of Saturday night television. Peter Capaldi is back to helm the Tardis into his second run with Jenna Coleman's Clara by his side and in the two-part opener, Michelle Gomez makes her comeback as the Master's female incarnation, Missy.

At this year's Edinburgh television festival, an audience of fans were screened The Magician's Apprentice, the premiere episode written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald. Following that there was a Q&A session hosted by journalist Andrew Collins with Moffat himself and fellow executive producer Brian Minchin in attendance. We nipped along with our trusty recorder and scarlet-lined Crombie coat to see what went down.

As for the episode itself? Well, we »

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Trailer for Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ keeps focus away from supporting cast

27 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Hours and The Reader director Stephen Daldry is back with a new project, this one set in the slums of Rio.

Titled Trash, the film is Daldry’s fifth feature-length directorial effort. The film itself is an adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s 2010 novel, with three newcomers in the lead roles in Luis Eduardo, Rickson Tevez, and Gabriel Weinstein. Richard Curtis wrote the screenplay, and the supporting cast includes Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, and Rooney Mara.

The film’s synopsis is as follows:

When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael and Gardo, realize that what they’ve found must be important.

This is Daldry’s first »

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Blackadder: 8 brilliant moments that prove we need it back on TV

26 August 2015 5:57 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Talk of a possible Blackadder comeback has got us all excited, even if this isn't the first time we've been told a revival for Rowan Atkinson's devious anti-hero is on the cards. Or the second. Or the third.

But there's something about the prospect of meeting Edmund Blackadder again that thrills us every single time. 26 years since 'Goodbyeee' and there's been no one quite like him since.

These are the magical moments that made Atkinson's collaboration with Richard Curtis and Ben Elton so memorable - the sort of comedic gems we'd love to see replicated in 2015.

1. I'm not a tourist

Perhaps the ultimate example of Blackadder's ability to poke fun at the conventions of its period setting(s) in a wonderfully modern manner.

On the hunt for "deranged druid" the Wise Woman, Edmund encounters a young crone: "Is this Putney?" he asks. "That it be," she rasps. "Yes it is, »

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Bill Bailey interview: The Jungle Book, Doctor Who, Star Trek

25 August 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We met the actor and comedian Bill Bailey (the same person), to talk about his role as Baloo in a new Jungle Book audio production…

Bill Bailey has had a soft spot in geek hearts since time immemorial (aka the 1990s), with roles in Spaced, Black Books and Doctor Who complimenting his uncountable appearances on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and other assorted panel shows. Of course, the man can put on a hell of a show by himself, as well.

Now, Bill Bailey has signed up for the role of Baloo in Audible’s new audio production of The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories. We met up with Bill Bailey at Audible’s recording studios to discuss The Jungle Book, the chances of him cameo-ing in Star Trek Beyond, and a whole lot more besides…

So, what made you want to get involved with The Jungle Book?

Well! Well, »

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Blackadder: new series "on the cards"

24 August 2015 10:57 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Baldrick himself, Mr Tony Robinson, has suggested that a new series of Blackadder may be upcoming...

It's been some time now since rumours sprung up about a further series of Blackadder. But in a new interview with, er, The Sun, Tony Robinson has suggested it may be closing in on becoming a reality.

"I do think a new series of Blackadder is on the cards", Baldrick admitted, cunningly. "I have spoken to virtually all the cast about this now". One possible caveat? "The only problem is Hugh's fee. He's a huge star now - or so he'd like to think!"

Hugh Laurie's eight seasons leading House, after all, have made him quite a rich man.

"Expectations for a new series will be high because people not only remember the original, they remember who they were when it was on. It's a big danger", cautioned Robinson.

That said, there are »

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A New "Blackadder" Series May Happen?

24 August 2015 2:33 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Still one of the best comedy series ever created thanks to its strong writing and performances, it appears the BBC's dark comedy classic "Blackadder" could be making a comeback.

Series alumni Sir Tony Robinson has spoken with The Sun over the weekend about the cast's willingness to return and used the opportunity to poke fun at fellow cast member Hugh Laurie:

"I do think a new series of Blackadder is on the cards. I have spoken to virtually all the cast about this now. The only problem is Hugh's fee. He's a huge star now - or so he'd like to think."

The very anthology-esque style of "Blackadder," which followed the same actors playing characters of the same name but in very different time periods and settings each season, allows for it to return years later despite it being over 25 years since the fourth and final series.

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‘About Time’ Actress Lydia Wilson Joins ‘Star Trek Beyond’ (Exclusive)

18 August 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lydia Wilson has joined the cast of Paramount and Skydance’s “Star Trek Beyond.”

Justin Lin is directing with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin all on board to return with Idris Elba set to play the villain. Joe Taslim and Sofia Boutella have also joined the cast.

J.J. Abrams will produce along with his producing partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. Production is currently underway.

Details of Elba’s role are being kept under wraps as is the details behind Wilson’s role. Paramount and Skydance had no comment on casting. Pegg and Doug Jung are writing the script for the pic that bows July 8, 2016.

Since rebooting in 2009, the “Star Trek” franchise has made more than $800 million worldwide and is viewed as one of Paramount’s top priorities.

Known for her roles in British TV and theater, »

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Star Trek Beyond Casts Lydia Wilson In Mysterious Role

18 August 2015 12:17 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Star Trek Beyond has beamed up another new recruit in the form of Lydia Wilson, but in keeping with pretty much every other casting announcement for this movie so far, we have no details about the character she'll be playing whatsoever. Wilson will probably be best known for playing Domhnall Gleeson’s sister in the Richard Curtis romantic comedy About Time, but she also popped up in the haunting sci-fi drama, Never let Me Go. Whoever she's playing she joins returning cast members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin; along with other new faces Joe Taslim, Sofia Boutella, and Idris Elba - who we do know will play a villain, at least. This installment in the rebooted Trek franchise will be directed by Justin Lin from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, and is set to hit theters July 8, 2016. »

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Hugh Grant: five best moments

14 August 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A look back at the career of Richard Curtis’s favourite leading man, currently stealing the show in The Man from Uncle

There was a time when it felt as if a Hugh Grant movie – and the sound of him stumbling through a charmingly awkward speech – was never more than a fortnight away.

But his films have become further apart in recent years, which makes it a pleasure to see him scene-steal in this week’s otherwise bland spy comedy The Man from Uncle. To celebrate his brief return, here’s a look at his career highs.

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These are the 15 best movies of 2015 so far: But do you agree with the list?

19 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Now we've passed the halfway point of the year and summer blockbuster season is beginning to wind down, what better time to deliver our half-term report on 2015 so far?

From Oscar contenders like Selma and Foxcatcher to blockbusters Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World, it's been a strong year for cinema. Read on to find out our rankings then comment below with your favourites...

15. Fast & Furious 7

The Fast & Furious saga's latest instalment carried with it all the insane action sequences and stunts we've come to expect, but few could have predicted just how emotionally affecting the film turned out to be.

The death of Paul Walker in November 2013 meant that production had to be called off while the filmmakers figured out how to complete the movie without him, and they gave him (and character Brian O'Connor) the perfect send off. Sometimes life presents a fork in the road »

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Daniel Craig, J.K. Rowling & Judi Dench Voice Support For “Strong” BBC

15 July 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A host of big names have lent their voices to an open letter to the government calling for it to protect the integrity and independence of the BBC. Daniel Craig, J.K. Rowling, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Richard Curtis are just some of the luminaries to offer the embattled BBC some support a day ahead of the government publishing a green paper that many expect to call for a top to bottom review of the BBC moving forward. Here is a full copy of the letter: 'Dear… »

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J.K. Rowling, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig Defend BBC from Right-wing Attacks

15 July 2015 3:42 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — A host of British showbiz stars — including J.K. Rowling, Judi Dench, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz — have come to the defense of publicly-owned broadcaster the BBC as it struggles to defend itself from attacks from the right-wing Conservative Party government.

In an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, the two dozen or so celebrities from the world of film and television wrote: “In our view, a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain.”

They added: “The BBC is a very precious organization. Like all organizations, it has its faults but it is overwhelmingly a creative force for good.”

In the letter, they express their “concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster.”

Among the other stars to put their names to the letter are actor Mark Rylance, who starred in “Wolf Hall” and leads the cast »

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Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and more stars sign open letter to David Cameron over BBC plans

15 July 2015 1:51 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The stars have come out in force to defend the BBC against government criticism.

Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Jk Rowling and Sir David Attenborough are among the names who have signed an open letter to David Cameron ahead of the BBC's Charter Review.

Describing the corporation as a "very precious institution", they have warned the Prime Minister that "a diminished BBC would simply mean a diminished Britain".

Rachel Weisz, Mark Rylance, David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Michael McIntyre, Steven Moffatt, Richard Curtis, Simon Schama and Sir Lenny Henry have also put their names to the letter.

They are joined by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Claudia Winkleman, Graham Norton, Chris Evans, Professor Brian Cox, Stephen Fry, Michael Palin, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Adil Ray, Jamie Oliver, Clara Amfo, Nick Grimshaw, Trevor Nelson, Annie Nightingale and Reggie Yates.

The letter reads: "The Government and the BBC are now entering the Charter Review. We »

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Don't hate on Suicide Squad's Margot Robbie because she's young: "People seem outraged that I'm 24"

14 July 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Margot Robbie has one very simple request – don't hate on her simply because she's young.

She already has an impressive resume with roles in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Richard Curtis's About Time and now Suicide Squad - and she landed them all before her 25th birthday.

"People seem outraged that I'm 24," Robbie told Elle in an interview recorded before her 25th birthday on July 2. "People think I'm a decade older."

While Robbie is game to discuss her age, one aspect of her life that she prefers to keep guarded is her romance with boyfriend Tom Ackerley.

The duo met and fell in love while working together on the World War II-era romantic drama Suite Française.

All she would say about her boyfriend was: "He was a third [assistant director], he's now working as a second Ad, and that's, yeah."

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Hrithik Roshan, A. R. Rahman & India’s 97.2 Big FM partner up with Radio Everyone, as part of The Global Goals campaign

10 July 2015 10:12 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Indian film superstar Hrithik Roshan (Dhoom 2, Bang Bang, Krrish) and music maestro A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) are the first two Indian personalities confirmed to take over radio airwaves this September as they join Radio Everyone, the lynchpin of a plan to reach 7 billion people in 7 days.  Using radio, the world’s most accessible medium, Radio Everyone will shine a spotlight on the Un’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets to completely end extreme poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.

Radio Everyone is on a mission to make The Global Goals famous once they are adopted by 193 world leaders at the United Nations, New York, on 25 September 2015. As part of The Global Goals campaign, Radio Everyone is key to reaching 7 billion people in 7 days by taking the message of The Global Goals far and wide, from India to Brazil and from Nigeria to Indonesia. »

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Not love actually: why Britons ended their affair with the romcom

2 July 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

British romcoms such as Notting Hill and Bridget Jones used to woo audiences at home and abroad. Now, film-goers and studios have turned their backs on romance. How did the relationship go so wrong?

Love don’t live here any more. “Here” being the immaculately kept townhouses of west London, home to sweary upper-middle-class romantics prone to airport dashes and damp declarations of love. The British romcom, typified by Richard Curtis and his Working Title collaborations, was our most reliably profitable cinematic export for a considerable – some might say interminable – time. As well as packing UK cinemas, the films were big hits abroad (the global take for the 2003 film Love Actually was $247m (£158m), Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001), $282m, Notting Hill (1999), $364m) and led to Hugh Grant becoming every American’s idea of what to expect from a British man. Inevitably, disappointment followed.

“In the UK – and many international markets – the »

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Frieda Pinto & Chiwetel Ejiofor join forces with filmmaker Richard Curtis to shine a spotlight on the upcoming Global Goals for Sustainable Development

29 June 2015 1:27 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In September 2015, at the United Nations, New York, 193 world leaders will adopt a series of ambitious goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. The Global Goals campaign is a global collaborative effort to ensure that these Goals are world famous and that they are successfully acted upon.

Project Everyone, founded by Richard Curtis, aims to make the Global Goals the most famous Goals on the planet by sharing them with 7 billion people in 7 days from the moment they are adopted. The more people that know about the Goals, the more people will work to ensure global leaders drive change and the more young people will be inspired to join a new generation of Global Citizens.

Richard Curtis is today calling on the media community in Cannes to join the Founding Team to help get the Goals to everyone on the planet. He said, »

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Lenny Henry to receive knighthood

7 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Lenny Henry is to be awarded a knighthood. The 56-year-old comedian is set to be knighted in the Queen's birthday honours list, announced next weekend, in celebration of the 30-year anniversary of Comic Relief, which he co-founded with comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis in 1985. A palace insider told The Sun newspaper: ''This is a well-deserved recognition for an entertainer who has tirelessly used his talents to help others who are not so fortunate.'' Earlier this year the charity revealed it had raised a total of £1 billion during its 30 years, with the money funding almost 16,000 projects in the UK and 70 »

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