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BBC Films Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

26 March 2015 2:19 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It’s an institution, in the best possible sense of the word. And nowadays it’s impossible to think of “the Beeb” without thinking of its filmmaking arm. This week BBC Films celebrated its 25th birthday, a quarter of a century of British independent filmmaking during which it has developed and produced over 250 films. The anniversary comes just a month after it won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the BAFTAs. From its first film, Anthony Minghella’s "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1990, just a smattering of the back catalogue reflects the quality of its output, much by directors nurtured at the start of their filmmaking careers: "Jude" (Michael Winterbottom), "Twenty Four Seven" (Shane Meadows), "Billy Elliot" (Stephen Daldry), "Last Resort" and "My Summer of Love" (Pawel Pawlikowski), "Eastern Promises" (David Cronenberg), "The Duchess" (Saul Dibb), "An Education" (Lone »

- Demetrios Matheou

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Watch: Helen Mirren on Playing the Queen Again, and How Al Pacino Inspires Her (Video)

23 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After winning the Best Actress Oscar for Stephen Frears' 2006 "The Queen," Helen Mirren was reluctant to reprise the role but unable to turn down director Stephen Daldry and writer Peter Morgan when they wanted her to topline their Broadway play "The Audience." Mirren says inhabiting the Queen on the stage is less difficult than navigating the very hidden Elizabeth Windsor in closeup on film. The play is about how England's prime ministers all meet with Queen Elizabeth every Tuesday behind closed doors, like she's their shrink. (Read Variety's favorable review.) Mirren says the Queen has never not been there in her life, and that she admires Elizabeth's extraordinary service and discipline.  Below, on Charlie Rose, she also talks about how she digs back into the Holocaust (as she did for one of her favorite roles as an Mossad spy in John Madden's "The Debt") in order to play elderly Jewish woman Maria Altmann, »

- Anne Thompson

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Ed Harris Receives Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

13 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No, Ed Harris, did not throw a chair at Marcia Gay Harden while filming “Pollock,” he wants you to know.

“I didn’t throw it at her,” he says of the Hollywood urban myth. “I smashed it on the ground. She wasn’t quite getting to the point that she needed to and we had a really good relationship and it just got her adrenaline flowing and helped her out a little bit.”

Whether it was the flying furniture that prodded her along or his directorial savvy, Harris’ instinct was spot-on. The actor-cum-helmer of the 2000 biopic helped to propel Harden toward an Oscar for her supporting role as Lee Krasner, the acclaimed painter and long-suffering wife of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, who tragically died in a drunken driving accident. Harris, who will receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 13, the same day his latest film “Run All Night »

- Malina Saval

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Ian McKellen’s Mr Holmes To Open Friday July 17 in Select Us Theaters

11 March 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Photo credit: Giles Keyte

Roadside Attractions and Miramax announced on Wednesday that director Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes will be released Friday, July 17 in select Us theaters.

Mr Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.

Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, »

- Michelle McCue

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Theater Review: Helen Mirren Holds The Audience

8 March 2015 7:03 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Seldom do costumes provide the bulk of a play’s drama, but in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, the greatest surprises and transformations are all in the clothes. As the curtain rises we find Mirren styled as Elizabeth circa 1995, in a very red dress and gray-frosted wig, talking with Prime Minister John Major during their regular Tuesday-evening meeting at Buckingham Palace. The politics of the discussion are not very exciting — Major is mostly whining about his historically low popularity — but when we soon flash back to Elizabeth’s first such meeting, with Winston Churchill in 1952, the fireworks, such as they are, begin. While the director Stephen Daldry distracts your eye with doings stage right, Mirren, stage left, sheds 44 years in just a few seconds, with a new wig, a new voice, and, seemingly out of nowhere, handsome mourning clothes. (It’s 1952, »

- Jesse Green

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Remembering Actress Wright: Made Oscar History in Unmatched Feat to This Day

4 March 2015 9:02 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Teresa Wright movies: Actress made Oscar history Teresa Wright, best remembered for her Oscar-winning performance in the World War II melodrama Mrs. Miniver and for her deceptively fragile, small-town heroine in Alfred Hitchcock's mystery-drama Shadow of a Doubt, died at age 86 ten years ago – on March 6, 2005. Throughout her nearly six-decade show business career, Wright was featured in nearly 30 films, dozens of television series and made-for-tv movies, and a whole array of stage productions. On the big screen, she played opposite some of the most important stars of the '40s and '50s. It's a long list, including Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Ray Milland, Fredric March, Jean Simmons, Marlon Brando, Dana Andrews, Lew Ayres, Cornel Wilde, Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Joseph Cotten, and David Niven. Also of note, Teresa Wright made Oscar history in the early '40s, when she was nominated for each of her first three movie roles. »

- Andre Soares

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‘Baby,’ ‘Matriarca,’ ‘Suria’ Join Brazilian Powerhouse 02 Filmes’ TV Slate (Exclusive)

27 February 2015 2:55 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Underscoring the rapid consolidation of top-echelon Brazilian producers as diversified multi-project film-tv production houses, Sao Paulo’s o2 Filmes, whose credits include Fernando Meirelles’ “City of God” and “The Constant Gardner” and Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” has eight TV fiction dramas in development, including half hour comedy “The Friends of My Baby” and the corruption-themed “Matriarca.”

Meirelles began his career working in TV. But the size of O2 Filmes’ current development slate suggests that Brazil’s top companies are taking the opportunities for TV production based out of Brazil very seriously indeed.

In early development, “The Friends of My Baby” is a comedy about a single father and a baby. Gnt, Brazil’s most prominent femme-targeting cable TV channel and one of the jewels in the crown of Globosat, Globo’s giant pay TV operator, has acquired Brazilian rights.

“Matriarca” is a “dark humored” fiction drama about Brazil’s political classes and corruption, »

- John Hopewell

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Brazil’s Alice, Felipe Braga on ‘Neymar Jr…,’ Branded Content and Giving Celebs Their Own Voice

27 February 2015 2:20 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Starring Alice Braga, the best-known Brazilian actress of her generation, (“Elysium,” “I Am Legend,” “City of God”) directed by Felipe Braga, co-scribe of Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” and produced by both Bragas (no relation) and Rita Moraes at Los Bragas, 2013’s “Latitudes” was a cry of modernity in Latin America.

An Internet, then TV series (on TNT) then theatrical feature film, it tapped branded-entertainment financing and abandoned local social issues to pick-up on societal trends worldwide: Here the dislocated love story between a fashion editor and photographer which, unspooling at seven luxury hotel worlds, is both enabled and frustrated by their globe-trotting lives. On Friday, at the Rio Content Market, Alice and Felipe Braga present their second production, where they also share directorial duties: the three-season web series, then featured TV series, “Neymar Jr’s Life Outside the Fields,” which is again out of the box, and an act of enfranchisement, »

- John Hopewell

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Ukrainian Director Remains Locked Up After Torture in Detention in Crimea (Guest Column)

27 February 2015 1:55 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Downey, deputy chairman of the European Film Academy, is seeking to spread the word about Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been imprisoned on charges of terrorism.

The Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov first came to the attention of the international film world in 2012 with “Gamer,” which screened to great acclaim at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Inspired by a computer and videogaming club for kids that Sentsov had founded, “Gamer” was shown in the Bright Future section of the festival for talented newcomers.

Today the “bright future” that Sentsov is looking at is 20 years in a Russian prison, accused of being a terrorist.

Sentsov was arrested in his home town of Simferopol, Crimea, in May 2014. Since then he has been tortured, locked up on false charges in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo prison and refused access to representatives of the Ukrainian government.

A campaign by the European Film Academy for Sentsov’s release, »

- Mike Downey

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Brazil’s Alice, Felipe Braga on ‘Neymar Jr…,’ Branded Content and Giving Celebs Their Own Voice

27 February 2015 2:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Starring Alice Braga, the best-known Brazilian actress of her generation, (“Elysium,” “I Am Legend,” “City of God”) directed by Felipe Braga, co-scribe of Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” and produced by both Bragas (no relation) and Rita Moraes at Los Bragas, 2013’s “Latitudes” was a cry of modernity in Latin America.

An Internet, then TV series (on TNT) then theatrical feature film, it tapped branded-entertainment financing and abandoned local social issues to pick-up on societal trends worldwide: Here the dislocated love story between a fashion editor and photographer which, unspooling at seven luxury hotel worlds, is both enabled and frustrated by their globe-trotting lives. On Friday, at the Rio Content Market, Alice and Felipe Braga present their second production, where they also share directorial duties: the three-season web series, then featured TV series, “Neymar Jr’s Life Outside the Fields,” which is again out of the box, and an act of enfranchisement, »

- John Hopewell

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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

22 February 2015 3:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »

- Steve Montgomery

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Helen Mirren on Winning an Oscar and Why She’s Revisiting The Queen

17 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Helen Mirren insists that she wasn’t that nervous at the 2007 Academy Awards while awaiting the opening of the Oscar envelope for best actress.

But her actions would suggest otherwise.

When Philip Seymour Hoffman announced she had won for her turn as Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” Mirren stood up, embraced her director husband Taylor Hackford, and made her way to the stage — in one hand clutching her purse and in the other holding a clip-on earring she had removed moments earlier because it was pinching her.

“When they gave me the Oscar, I had no hands left!” Mirren recalls with a laugh. “It was very klutzy of me. These are the thing they don’t tell you; what do you do with your purse?”

But the veteran actress, who turns 70 in July, appeared cool and collected when she then delivered a speech thanking the Academy for “the best gold »

- Jenelle Riley

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Fifty Shades of Grey and 9 More Examples of When Fan Fiction Became Blockbusters

12 February 2015 11:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Fan fiction is more prevalent than you might think. With Fifty Shades of Grey being unleashed in theaters Friday, there's no denying that the novel's author, E L James, has brought fan fiction into the spotlight. Originally titled Master of the Universe, James's Twilight fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer's multi-million dollar franchise first found its home on FanFiction.net. After the racy material within the story forced James to pull it from FanFiction.net, she next hosted Master of the Universe on her own website called 50Shades.com (which now redirects to her official author page). Back then, »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Berlin: Vincent Cassel Set for Selton Mello’s ‘A Movie Life’ (Exclusive)

9 February 2015 10:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) will co-star in Selton Mello’s upcoming “A Movie Life,” one of the most anticipated movies going into production this year in Brazil.

Produced by Vania Catani’s Bananeira Films and helmed by Brazilian actor-turned-director Selton Mello, whose “The Clown” was Brazil’s Oscar entry, “A Movie Life” adapts the book “Un padre de pelicula” by Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into “Il Postino.”

A rites-of-passage story of big dreams in 1960s small-town Brazil, it turns on Tony, who returns from college to his home town in the sleepy sierras of southern Brazil. His father has fled home. Tony becomes a teacher, courts a local girl, and frequents a cinema in a neighboring town that harbors a shocking surprise.

Cassel, who speaks fluent Portuguese, will play Tony’s father. Mello, who appeared recently in Stephen Daldry’s “Trash, »

- John Hopewell

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From BAFTA to DGA and Everything in Between, the Latest Winners this Awards Season

9 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season

With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!

Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):

Best Film

Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman

The Theory Of Everything Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Director

Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

The Theory Of Everything James Marsh

Whiplash Damien Chazelle

Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game

Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything »

- Manny

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Alexandre Desplat on His Double Oscar Nominations

9 February 2015 12:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Sunday, Alexandre Desplat won a BAFTA Award and a Grammy, both for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Next up: the Feb. 22 Oscars, where he is nominated in the musical score category for “Budapest Hotel” and “The Imitation Game.” According to conventional wisdom, this is his year — he’s earned six noms in the past eight years, but no wins yet.

On the other hand, conventional wisdom says that he could cancel himself out. Clearly, conventional wisdom is wrong in one of those cases.

Asked which of the two scores is his favorite, Desplat deadpans, “The Grand Imitation Hotel.”

The composer, reached in Paris, quickly adds that he loves both films, and each presented special challenges and rewards.

“Budapest” features a lot more music in its 100-minute running time, with the mood vacillating among drama, light comedy, fantasy and mittel-European atmosphere. Desplat says, “We needed to find instruments to create a special sound, »

- Tim Gray

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BAFTA Awards: Weekend Party Wrap

9 February 2015 3:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In his introductory monologue to the BAFTAs, host Stephen Fry joked that this was the biggest night for the British film industry since, well, a year ago. But he was wrong. These days the BAFTAs aren’t just one night. They last four long days of lunches and dinners, pre-parties, parties and after-parties, sponsored by luxury brands.

BAFTA has always made a virtue of its snappy two-hour award show, in contrast to the never-ending Oscars. But ever since the British ceremony moved from the relatively humdrum setting of the Odeon Leicester Square cinema to the opulent grandeur of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the prize-giving has now become the sprint finish to a marathon of festivities.

These kicked off on Thursday with the inaugural BAFTA Gala Dinner at its Piccadilly HQ, a charity event which raised £250,000 ($380,000). Friday night saw an Ealing Studios/Lancome drinks reception at the Café Royal, »

- Adam Dawtrey

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And the winners of the 2015 British Academy Film Awards are…

8 February 2015 3:28 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Boyhood has been named best film at this year’s BAFTA awards, with Richard Linklater also awarded as best director and Patricia Arquette winning best supporting actress. With a total of five awards, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is the evening’s most awarded film, recognised for its original screenplay, makeup/hair, both costume and production design, and for its music. The Theory of Everything won the award for outstanding British film as well as best adapted screenplay and best actor for Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of the young Stephen Hawking. Winners of outstanding British debut are Stephen Beresford (writer) and David Livingstone (producer) for Pride, which was backed by the BFI Film Fund. The winners were announced at a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House hosted by Stephen Fry. Explore the Best of BAFTA collection on BFI Player Best film Winner: Boyhood BirdmanAlejandro G. Iñárritu, »

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Winners of Ee BAFTA Awards 2015 – Boyhood Wins Best Film

8 February 2015 2:42 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

BAFTA/Marc Hoberman

Known as the British Oscars, the Ee British Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday.

Boyhood was the big winner at the BAFTAs with wins for Best Film, Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette).

The Theory Of Everything took Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay and Leading Actor – Eddie RedmayneJulianne Moore won Leading Actress for Still Alice.

Three wins went to Whiplash for Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, Editing and Sound.

The Grand Budapest Hotel won five awards for Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up & Hair and Original Music, with Wes Anderson winning his first BAFTA for Original Screenplay.

Emmanuel Lubezki received the BAFTA for Cinematography for Birdman, having won this category twice previously, most recently in 2014. On Saturday, Inarritu took home the top prize at the Directors’ Guild of America Awards for Birdman.

The Lego Movie received the BAFTA for Animated Film, and »

- Michelle McCue

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BAFTA Award Winners 2015: Full List

8 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The BAFTA Awards are being held on Sunday, with nominees including “Birdman,” “Boyhood” and more. Variety will be updating live with a full winners list here. See the full list of nominees, and winners as they’re announced, below.

Best Film

Boyhood,” Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland (Winner)

Birdman,” Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game,” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman

The Theory of Everything,” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony Mccarten

Outstanding British Film

The Theory of Everything,” James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony Mccarten (Winner)

“’71,” Yann Demange, Angus Lamont, Robin Gutch, Gregory Burke

The Imitation Game,” Morten Tyldum, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman, Graham Moore

Paddington,” Paul King, David Heyman

Pride,” Matthew Warchus, David Livingstone, Stephen Beresford

Under the Skin,” Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Nick Wechsler, Walter Campbell

Leading Actor

Eddie Redmayne, »

- Variety Staff

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