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F&Me Completes Production on ‘Breathe – Umphefumlo’ (Exclusive)

1 October 2014 3:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — With productions spread around much of the globe, and an enduring focus of social issues, Film and Music Ent. (F&Me), the London-based production company set up 15 years ago by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, has concluded production in Cape Town on one of its flagship titles: Mark Dornford-May’s South Africa-set and shot “Breathe-Umphefumlo.”

It features the Isango Company, a famed opera company which has drawn rave reviews on its U.S. tour; Dornford May whose feature debut, “U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha,” won Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2005,

Meanwhile, on the other side of the southern Atlantic, F&Me is also nears completion of post-production on “Streetkids II- The Girls From Rio,” exec-produced by Stephen Daldry and Beeban Kidron, and announced at the 2013 Rio Festival.

This year at Rio, Downey will serve on the jury of fest’s centerpiece Premiere Brasil, where F&Me also has three »

- John Hopewell

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Katniss Is Subversive Revolutionary Leader in Thg Trailer

29 September 2014 8:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer (image: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' poster) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer — or more specifically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer — has been around for a little while. So this is one of those better-late-than-never posts. Directed by Francis Lawrence, who also handled the previous film in the franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 brings back Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Below you can watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer titled “The Mockingjay Lives.” As you can see in the trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 revolves around subversive revolutionary and freedom fighter Katniss Everdeen, who sets out to rescue Peeta, a sort of prisoner whose "uniform" is a funky white costume. Four-time Academy »

- Zac Gille

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Oscar Season Preview

29 September 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Now that summer movie season is over, it’s Oscar season. During winter and fall many Oscar-hopeful movies are released. This is our overview of what you can expect leading up to the 2015 Oscars. 

For fans of film, fall and winter are the best times of the year. This is when, typically, some of the most well-received films are released. Unofficially, we call it Oscar Season, and there’s good reason that the year’s best films are saved for last. Any film released before the end of the year is eligible for Oscar nomination. Therefore, if you release your film towards the end of the year, it will be fresher in audience and critic minds when awards time rolls around in early March/late February (February 22nd, 2015 to be exact).

In preparation for the fall and winter movie season, we’ve put together this preview of films that have been getting lots of attention. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Billy Elliot the Musical to get encore screenings of special performance

29 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Billy Elliot the Musical has been scheduled for further encore screenings, following the success of this weekend's mash-up performance.

The special performance saw all three original Billy Elliot actors - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - taking part in a finale dance. The performance, which took place at the musical's West End home of the Victoria Palace Theatre, was broadcast live to eight countries.

Two screenings also took place at the Easington Social Welfare Centre (formerly the Easington Colliery Miners Institute), which was one of the settings for the story.

Billy Elliot the Musical will now be screened to a further nine countries across four continents, with encore screenings taking place in 350 cinemas across the UK on October 2, 3, 4 and 5.

The musical will be available on DVD and blu-ray on November 24.

The performance featured stars including Ruthie Henshall, Deka Walmsley, Chris Grahamson and Ann Emery. It also starred a »

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UK Producers Liza Marshall, Kris Thykier Launch Archery Pictures

29 September 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Former Scott Free London exec Liza Marshall and Kick-Ass and One Chance producer Kris Thykier are partnering in new UK-based production company, Archery Pictures. The pair will work across film and television with Thykier shuttering his PeaPie Films and moving both the staff and development slate over to Archery. He’s currently in post on Woman In Gold with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is producing Kasper Barfoed’s Summer of ‘92, and exec producing John WellsBradley Cooper-starrer Adam Jones for The Weinstein Company. Upcoming releases, Stephen Daldry’s Trash, and Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino will go out under the PeaPie banner.

Marshall is a respected exec who recently stepped down from her role as head of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London which she established in 2009. Her producing and exec producing credits include Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman, Welcome To The Punch starring James McAvoy »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Rome Film Fest Unveils New Concept Lineup Comprising Twenty Four World Preems

29 September 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – The Rome Film Festival, in its enth reconfiguration, has unveiled a decidedly disparate lineup for its ninth edition with a more marked populist accent comprising comedies and genre pics along with promising auteur fare – including 24 world preems – all in artistic director Marco Mueller’s self-described “suitably schizophrenic” signature style.

Contending with impediments dictated by Italian politics and the economy, Mueller in little over three months has assembled an attractive, if less abundant, mix of goods made of 51 pics innovatively divided in five sections: competition, out-of-competition, gala, mondo genre, and Italian perspectives.

The competition sees world bows of Russian auteur Aleksey Fedorchenko’s “Angels Of Revolution,” which had been announced; and also Italo helmer Claudio Noce’s Alps-set thriller “The Ice Forest,” (pictured) marking Emir Kusturica’s first lead thesping role; German helmer Christoph Hochhausler “The Lies of the Victors,” a thriller about the dark underbelly of contempo politics in »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Kris Thykier, Liza Marshall launch Archery Pictures

29 September 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Thykier’s Peapie to merge into new company Archery Pictures.

Former Scott Free London head Liza Marshall has joined forces with Kris Thykier in new film and TV production company, Archery Pictures.

Marshall who recently stepped down from her role as head of Scott Free London will become joint managing director of the new company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new outfit.

Key executives at Archery Pictures will include Pip Williams, senior development and production executive, Mairi Bett, head of physical production, and development executive Kitty Kaletsky.

Marshall established Scott Free London four and half years ago and went on to produce films including Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Welcome to the Punch starring James McAvoy and the upcoming Get Santa starring Jim Broadbent

Marshall’s television projects include BBC2’s Britain in a Day, Labyrinth and the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Marshall, Thykier Set Up Film and TV Production House Archery Pictures

29 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Liza Marshall, former chief at Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, has joined forces with Kris Thykier to set up film and television production company Archery Pictures.

Marshall will become joint managing director of the company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new entity.

Key executives at Archery will include Pip Williams, senior development and production executive, and Mairi Bett, head of physical production.

Thykier, whose films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office, has two films in production: “Summer of ‘92,” directed by Kasper Barfoed, and “Adam Jones,” which he is executive producing for The Weinstein Company. Thykier is also in post-production on “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

Thykier produced Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” alongside Working Title, which will close the Rio Film Festival on Oct. 7. Further films Thykier has produced include David Frankel’s “One Chance, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

29 September 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Brazilian Milestones Energize Rio Film Festival

25 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Rio de Janeiro Film Festival unspools against a background of three milestones: the Oct. 5 general elections; a 2014 $540 million governmental funding package for film/TV, unveiled by president Dilma Rousseff in early July; and the impact of new 2012 TV regs, obliging pay TV channels to air 3.5 hours of Brazilian content weekly. All three factors galvanize the Rio Fest and RioMarket.

The festival, which closes with the world premiere of Stephen Daldry’s teen thriller “Trash,” boasted 250,000 spectators in 2013 and bows 350 films this year on 30 screens across Rio. It is one of Latin America’s biggest film events — and is a powerful gateway into Brazil’s ever-growing movie and TV markets, and ever more powerful industry.

No other Latin American festival suggests such a sense of a country in the throes of deliberate industry change. Take Rio’s centerpiece, the 41-feature Premiere Brasil competition: It’s the world’s biggest Brazilian film panorama. »

- John Hopewell

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Brazilian Milestones Energize Rio Film Festival

25 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Rio de Janeiro Film Festival unspools against a background of three milestones: the Oct. 5 general elections; a 2014 $540 million governmental funding package for film/TV, unveiled by president Dilma Rousseff in early July; and the impact of new 2012 TV regs, obliging pay TV channels to air 3.5 hours of Brazilian content weekly. All three factors galvanize the Rio Fest and RioMarket.

The festival, which closes with the world premiere of Stephen Daldry’s teen thriller “Trash,” boasted 250,000 spectators in 2013 and bows 350 films this year on 30 screens across Rio. It is one of Latin America’s biggest film events — and is a powerful gateway into Brazil’s ever-growing movie and TV markets, and ever more powerful industry.

No other Latin American festival suggests such a sense of a country in the throes of deliberate industry change. Take Rio’s centerpiece, the 41-feature Premiere Brasil competition: It’s the world’s biggest Brazilian film panorama. »

- John Hopewell

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Where Are the Missing Pictures?

19 September 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features and Working Title are banking on "Theory of Everything" for 2014, putting off until next year usual suspect Stephen Daldry's much-anticipated thriller "Trash," starring Rooney Mara, which filmed with hand-held cameras on garbage dumps in Brazil. The film plays Brazil and Rome fests in October but has yet to book stateside festival slots. Cinephiles are eager to see the film after a well-received early teaser (below). When will ex-Focus exec Andrew Karpen's new distribution company Bleecker Street release Toronto pick-up Edward Zwick's acclaimed chess biopic "Pawn Sacrifice," for example? Some critics think Tobey Maguire has the right Oscar stuff. Broad Green Pictures' "99 Homes," another Tiff pickup directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Michael Sheen and Andrew Garfield, is slated for 2015.  The Weinstein Company has a bunch of postponed projects. Never expect Harvey Weinstein to hang onto his schedule of Oscar »

- Anne Thompson

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Contender Countdown: So long, farewell...already?

18 September 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Oscar race has barely started, but there is already a laundry list of once-expected contenders that will not get released in 2014 and will try to be in the game next year. The most prominent title on that list so far is "99 Homes," which, following a Venice debut, was seen as a potential Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor player for stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, respectively. The film was hoping screenings at Telluride and Toronto would foster its standing with distributors aiming for a legit Oscar qualifying run, but it became the odd man out. Instead, "Still Alice" and "Top Five" turned out to be the surprise pickups at Toronto for year end release and "99 Homes" found its best hope in the hands of indie upstart Broad Green Pictures. The story isn't over for Ramin Bahrani's film to say the least, but it's not where anyone thought »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Festival Do Rio unveils full roster

15 September 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

More than 350 films from 60 countries will screen over the course of the festival, set to run in Brazil from September 24–October 8.

Selections include Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (pictured), Sebastian Del Amo’s Mexican foreign language Oscar submission Cantinflas, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Moshen Makhmalbaf’s The President, Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner and The Princess Of France by Matías Piñeiro.

The festival’s 16th edition will open with Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s Un Certain Regard special prize-winner The Salt Of The Earth, while Stephen Daldry’s Trash closes the event.

In partnership with the British Council, the Hitchcock Classics section will screen five of the director’s silent features accompanied by live music by pianist Cadu Pereira.

Organisers will present a restored version of A Hard Day’s Night by Richard Lester as well as the original restored version of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Programmes include »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Rooney Mara and Dane DeHaan to Star in Musical Ziggy

12 September 2014 10:56 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though Dane DeHaan recently made his superhero movie debut, it appears that he’s keen on switching things up in the near future by leading a full-on musical.  The actor is attached to star in the original musical Ziggy alongside Rooney Mara, which will revolve around a hunchback escape artist (DeHaan) who arrives in New York in the late 1920s and falls in love with the fiancé of a powerful media mogul.  Mara will play the aforementioned love interest, and the story will chart Ziggy’s rise to stardom and subsequent fall “amid a romantic world crashing down on its own impossible idealism.”  The picture comes from writer/director Diesel Schwarze, a protégé of Baz Luhrmann. Hit the jump for more on Ziggy and the schedules of DeHaan and Mara. Per Deadline, Schwarze and Electric City Entertainment are partnering with British music producer/songwriter Alex Da Kid to develop original contemporary music for Ziggy, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Dane DeHaan, Rooney Mara Starring in Musical Movie ‘Ziggy’

12 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara will star in movie musical “Ziggy” set in New York City during the Roaring Twenties.

Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof’s Electric City Entertainment are partnered with Australian writer-director Diesel Schwarze to develop “Ziggy” as his debut feature film. British music producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid is also on board the project and the team is currently developing the original contemporary music for the film.

DeHaan will portray a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York during the mass-culture boom of the late 1920s and falls in love with the fiance (Mara) of a powerful media mogul. The story will chart his rise to fame and subsequent fall amid a romantic world crashing down on its own idealism.

“Diesel has written an incredibly beautiful and ambitious story and his background working under Baz Luhrmann combined with his prolific commercial work, lends itself to »

- Dave McNary

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Upcoming British film cinema release calendar

12 September 2014 3:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...

Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you. 

So here's what's coming up in the future. 

12 September 2014

Pride

Director: Matthew Warchus

Cast: Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew Scott

Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.

Jack To A King - The Swansea Story

Director: Marc Evans

Cast: Tbc

Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.

19 September 2014

Night Will Fall

Director: Andre Singer

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Bernstein

Details: A documentary »

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Review: Julianne Moore is shattering in wonderfully restrained 'Still Alice'

8 September 2014 5:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto — Julianne Moore has already had quite a year. In May, she surprised many by taking the Best Actress honor at the Cannes Film Festival for David Cronenberg’s “Map to the Stars.” On Monday night, “Still Alice” premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and it may feature one of the finest performances of her already illustrious career. If you were to read a short synopsis of “Alice,” an adaptation of Lisa Genova’s 2007 novel, you might be slightly concerned. The film introduces us to Alice Howland, a Columbia University professor in linguistics who has balanced a successful career with a happy marriage and three grown children. She’s just turned 50, but notices that she’s starting to forget things. Specific words are dropping out of her mind. She’ll be in the middle of a lecture and forget a phrase or subject matter. Eventually she goes to a neurologist »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ To Close Rio Festival

6 September 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Daldry’s Universal-distribbed “Trash,” his awaited venture into Brazilian filmmaking and teen-thriller territory, will close the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Festival on Oct. 7.

Trash” stars Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Brazil’s Wagner Moura (“Elite Troop”) plus actor-director Selton Mello (“The Clown”).

The gala screening will mark “Trash’s” world premiere, a matter of import for Oscar pundits given Daldry’s Academy Award track record: “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader” all snagged Best Director noms, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” made the Best Picture cut.

Written by Richard Curtis and Felipe Braga, “Trash” also reps Daldry’s first teen adventure thriller, and a pioneering Brazil, U.K. co-production which melds top echelon talent from Brazil and the U.K. while staking out Brazil as its home market.

An adaptation of Brit Andy Mulligan’s novel, and set on a massive landfill outside Rio, “Trash” is produced by London’s »

- John Hopewell

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Billy Elliot actors to unite on stage for special cinema performance

5 September 2014 2:58 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A total of 27 former and current Billy Elliots will unite on stage for a special performance of Billy Elliot the Musical later this month.

The specially choreographed finale will be included in the show on Sunday, September 28, when the musical is broadcast live to cinemas in the UK and around the world.

All three original Billy Elliot actors, James Lomas, 24, George Maguire, 23, and Liam Mower, 22, will return to the production for one night only.

Director Stephen Daldry said: "We are thrilled to welcome so many of our former Billys back to the Victoria Palace Theatre for this very special performance.

"We've been delighted to see them flourish as performers since their time in the show and it will be wonderful to bring them together again for this unique event."

The musical adaptation of the 2000 film has won 80 theatre awards since debuting at London's Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005.

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