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Hollywood Contenders – Looking again at filmmakers this year due their first win

11 November 2015 1:41 PM, PST | | See recent news »

A few months ago, I took a look at writers and directors in the 2015 Oscar race who have previously been nominated for Academy Awards but yet to take home the gold. It was a fairly speculative piece, but now that the season is beginning to separate the contenders from the pretenders, I wanted to look again at some of the more realistic names in the running for Oscar gold. These are all filmmakers who have been nominated previously but yet to win anything, so if they were to emerge victorious this year, it would be their first times on the big stage. As a reminder, here are the 11 names (ten picks and one honorable mention) that I cited the last time out. They were Stephen Daldry, Guillermo del Toro, Stephen Frears, Todd Haynes, Nick Hornby, Tom McCarthy, Oren Moverman, Billy Ray, Ridley Scott, David O. Russell, and Paul Weitz. Obviously, »

- Joey Magidson

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Hollywood Film Awards: Carey Mulligan to receive the Hollywood Actress Award for “Suffragette”

29 October 2015 9:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Carey Mulligan is one of many ladies fighting it out this year for a Best Actress nomination at the Oscars, but the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards have seen fit to give her a potential leg up in the race. Yes, she’s being honored with the Hollywood Actress Award for her performance in Suffragette. Being given this honor sets her apart in terms of precursor attention, and that’s always a factor. Mulligan is the best part of that movie, so this will surely remind folks of that. It remains to be seen if she can crack the lineup or not, but this is a step in the right direction and could suggest exciting things to come on the precursor circuit for her… Here’s part of the press release once again announcing this honor: Academy Award-nominated actress Carey Mulligan will be honored with the “Hollywood Actress Award” for Suffragette… »

- Joey Magidson

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Angel | Blu-ray Review

13 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Twilight Time presents Irish auteur Neil Jordan’s 1982 directorial debut Angel (aka Danny Boy) on Blu-ray, an obscurely regarded gem from the great filmmaker. A visually vibrant examination of the entrenched malaise infecting a region in the midst of what’s been referred to as “the troubles” (or the Northern Ireland Conflict, a decades spanning political issue concerning the constitutional status of Ireland in the UK vs. a United Ireland, informed also by religious views and ethnic background), this melancholy revenge drama showcases Jordan’s enduring muse Stephen Rea, as well as themes he’d continue to enhance in subsequent features. Hampered by a lack of developing tension, mostly due to a dramatic catalyst granted more weight than it could possibly wield, it’s certainly a solemn precursor to Jordan’s later masterpiece that decade, Mona Lisa (1986).

Danny (Rea) is a talented saxophonist traveling around with his band to different gigs around Northern Ireland. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Stephen Daldry’s Trash Is a Recyclable Scavenger Hunt

11 October 2015 3:05 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

A misguided attempt to mix together social realism, children’s adventure, and political thriller, Stephen Daldry’s Trash never sits still long enough to be any of those things. It’s about three boys living in the Rio de Janeiro slums who pick through the city’s massive piles of garbage for a living. One day, Jose Angelo (Wagner Moura), a man being chased by some crooked cops, desperately tosses a wallet onto a garbage truck, and one of the boys retrieves it. When the cops come to the slums looking for the wallet and offer a thousand reais for its retrieval, these kids realize there’s something more going on, and decide to find out on their own. The movie intercuts between the cops and the boys, between Jose Angelo (seen in flashbacks) and the boys, between the crooked pols and the boys, sometimes between the boys themselves. It »

- Bilge Ebiri

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[Review] Trash

11 October 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s not every day that a three-time Oscar nominee for directing decides on a foreign language film to be his next project, but that’s exactly what Stephen Daldry of Billy Elliot, The Hours, and The Reader fame has done. Following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Danny Boyle—whose journey to India for Slumdog Millionaire earned his sole nomination and subsequently an Oscar win—Daldry takes on the novel Trash written by Andy Mulligan about three impoverished boys working as garbage pickers who find something in their nameless city’s landfill that sparks a police manhunt with grave political stakes. Adapted by Richard Curtis and situated in Brazil with corruption regarding its looming Olympics, this effectively tense adventure also delivers the heart and heroism audiences love.

Will it spell the same success as Boyle’s phenomenon? I doubt it. Not only is Portuguese used so prevalently that this »

- Jared Mobarak

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'Martian' Holds Strong at #1, 'Pan' Flops & 'Steve Jobs' Big in Limited Release

10 October 2015 11:24 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

It was a weekend of highs and lows, with the lows coming from the more-disappointing-than-expected opening weekend for Warner Bros' Pan. The Peter Pan origin story directed by Joe Wright was struggling to gain a foothold well before its opening weekend and opened even worse than even the most dire predictions expected. At the high end of the box office, however, The Martian enjoyed a strong second weekend and, in limited release, Universal appears to have another hit in the making with Steve Jobs. Beginning with Pan, the $150 million production was originally set to be released this summer, but was moved to October so reshoots could take place. Tracking reports had the film opening in the low $20 million range and I predicted a $18.4 million opening, but even that proved too high. Playing in 3,515 theaters, the Hugh Jackman-led fantasy feature could only muster an estimated $15.5 million. The film did score a "B+" CinemaScore, »

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Trash Movie Review

9 October 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Trash Focus World Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director:  Stephen Daldry Written by: Richard Curtis, based on Andy Mulligan’s book Cast: Rickson Tévis, Eduardo Luís, Gabriel Weinstein, Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 10/5/15 Opens:  October 9, 2015 Call this a Brazilian “Slumdog Millionaire” with  Marxist undertones, “Trash” is a crowd-pleasing film featuring strong performances from a group of boys under the age of eighteen who do their own stunts.  (Oh, to be young again.)  The slum dwellers do become multi-millionaires if only for a few moments but the way they treat their new-found fortune  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Trash | Review

9 October 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Another Man’s Treasure: Daldry Revisits Themes of Childhood Lost

The muted reception behind the latest film from thrice Oscar nominated director Stephen Daldry seems curious, as the Brazilian set Trash, based on an acclaimed 2010 Ya novel by Andy Mulligan, often doesn’t belie the nature of its origins. Sure, it seems somewhat like a bid to follow in the footsteps of fellow Brit Danny Boyle’s third world set and critically acclaimed 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, at least in its rather even keel balance of miserabilism and hopeful yearning, but this audience friendly fodder seems like a victim of underwhelming marketing.

Premiering at the end of 2014 at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, the title gets a bit of added validity thanks to a co-directing credit for first-timer Christian Duurvoort (previously a coach, trainer and actor on several productions by Fernando Meirelles) and actually features the native language of the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Review: Stephen Daldry's 'Trash' Starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, And Wagner Moura

8 October 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's an adaptation of a children's book! That's the only card directors Stephen Daldry and Christian Duurvoort can pull out in defense of their infantile "Trash," a film that will make you feel like a kid again, just by how tightly it holds your hands. Richard Curtis (writer/director of "Love Actually," which remains his greatest work) adapts the film's screenplay from Andy Mulligan's novel about a trio of impoverished Brazilian boys who discover a very valuable wallet while working at a local dumpsite. Parents now have a choice of whether they want to buy Mulligan's book (which I haven't read but have seen praised as excellent reading material for 12-16-year-olds), or watch how Daldry, Duurvoort and Curtis have interpreted it for the screen. Judging the film on its own meager merits doesn't really leave much room for choice. If the adventures and egalitarian messages found in the unfortunately-titled "Trash" appeal to you, »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Forecast: WB's 'Pan' Faces Stiff Competition and Low Expectations

8 October 2015 11:02 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Warner Bros' Pan is this week's new wide release. The film is a new telling of the Peter Pan origin story from director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), starring Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard and newcomer Levi Miller in the title role. A week ago it was reported the film's opening weekend was tracking as low as $21-22 million, worrisome numbers for a film said to be budgeted at $150 million, and I'm having a hard time going even that high with my predictions. In an attempt to find similar titles for comparison there are plenty to choose from, one such being Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened to the tune of $79.1 million in 2013. On the opposite end of the box office spectrum there's Universal's attempt at a live-action Pan movie back in 2003, which opened with $11.1 million. Adjusted for inflation, that opening number climbs to $15.4 million, a bit »

- Brad Brevet <>

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Watch: Rooney Mara Teaches English In Clip From Stephen Daldry's 'Trash'

6 October 2015 10:01 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Rooney Mara is taking audiences to some interesting places this weekend at the box office. At the multiplex, she's part of the colorful world of Neverland in Joe Wright's "Pan," while at the arthouse, she steps into the no less vibrant streets of Brazil for three-time Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry's "Trash." And today we have an exclusive clip from the movie featuring Mara, and the kids who are central to the tale. Read More: Watch The First U.S. Trailer For Stephen Daldry's 'Trash' With Rooney Mara Based on the book by Andy Mulligan, and featuring Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura, the story revolves around three kids — played by Rickson Tevez, Luis Eduardo, and Gabriel Weinstein — whose discovery of a wallet in a local dump sets them off an unexpected adventure that will have them dodging the police. However, they find help from a pair »

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Weinstein Co. Resolves Profits Lawsuit Over 'The Reader'

24 September 2015 12:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Weinstein Co. has closed the book on a lawsuit brought by Bernard Schlink, author of the novel that formed the basis of the Oscar-winning drama The Reader. Schlink, a German law professor and judge, filed claims in January 2012 and contended that he had been cheated out of millions from the Stephen Daldry directed film about post-wwii Germany, which was nominated for best picture and earned a best actress prize for Kate Winslet. For the The Reader, which grossed nearly $109 million at the box office worldwide, Schlink had a deal entitling him to 2.5 percent

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- Eriq Gardner

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Cinematographer Roger Deakins Takes Visceral Approach To His Craft

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

If Roger Deakins were cast in a movie, he might play a big game hunter, or a celebrated explorer — he has that kind of physical presence. He’s a manly man. Yet there’s sensitivity behind the virility. His nature is calm; his manner soft-spoken; his sartorial style consistent: white cotton Oxford shirt, casual windbreaker and scruffy boots. The outward simplicity reflects an approach he applies to the craft of cinematography. But the result is anything but.

“Everybody uses the same tools, the same technology, the same work flows. But it’s all about your taste and how you apply it,” says Richard Crudo, president of the American Society of Cinematographers. “And I think that’s what makes Roger so compelling. His approach to everything is filtered through his eye and his taste in a way that only he is capable. It’s that simple, if that can be thought »

- Steve Chagollan

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Gems 2015 unveils line-up

3 September 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

John Crowley’s hit Sundance drama Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan and Patricia Riggen’s Chilean smash The 33 with Antonio Banderas bookend the festival, set to run in Miami from October 22-25.

The precursor to spring 2016’s Miami International Film Festival will screen selections from Cannes, Berlin and Sundance, Oscar prospects and international hits.

Selections include Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin from Taiwan, Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, Pablo Larraín’s The Club, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent and Stephen Daldry’s Trash.

Gems will also screen Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, Trey Edward ShultsKrisha, Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Nir Bergman’s Yona.

The late composer James Horner, whose credits include The 33, will be the subject of a Master Class Tribute

“Film festivals are dazzling times, when the shiniest lights of the current cinema are collected in one place for a concentrated moment,” said executive »

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'Sand Dollars' to open 2015 AFI Latin American Film Festival

3 September 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 26th edition will screen more than 40 Latin American and Ibero-American films and runs from September 17-October 7 in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Sand Dollars is the fourth film from Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas and stars Geraldine Chaplin as a wealthy tourist who falls for a younger local woman.

Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set drama Trash about three trash-collecting boys who team up with American missionaries to expose corruption will close the festival. Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara star.

Programming selections include Jayro Bustamante’s Guatemalan award-winner Ixcanul, Javier Fuentes-León’s The Vanished Elephant from Peru and Sebastián Silva’s dark comedy Nasty Baby starring Kristen Wiig and Pablo Larraín’s No follow-up The Club from Chile.

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- (Jeremy Kay)

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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, »

- Dave McNary

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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 »

- Zack Sharf

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How Jb Priestley’s Inspector first called on the Ussr

29 August 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Priestley’s first postwar play, An Inspector Calls, was premiered not in London but in Leningrad. Seventy years on, and in the runup to both the revival of Stephen Daldry’s classic production on stage and a new BBC film version, the playwright’s Russian journey seems more extraordinary than ever

‘They simply adore Daddy here”... “Daddy was recognised everywhere ... his books sell like hot cakes … ” “Daddy made a speech, terrific applause, packed theatre stood and shouted.” “People kept coming up and saying ‘What a mind!’ ‘What a man!’”

This was Jb Priestley’s wife Jane, in September 1945, writing home to their six children from Russia, where they had been invited for the world premiere of An Inspector Calls. It opened first in Leningrad as “This You Will Not Forget”, then in Moscow where it was retitled “He Came”: the new titles were needed because in Russia an inspector »

- Valerie Grove

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Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ Returns With First U.S. Trailer

28 August 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It was a year ago when many were wondering if Stephen Daldry‘s Oscar bait streak would continue with Trash. However, after a premiere at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the latest drama from the director of The Hours and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close never saw a U.S. release. But now it’s quietly coming this October, and […] »

- Jordan Raup

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Uplifting Trailer For Trash Showcases The Less Glamorous Side Of Rio De Janeiro

27 August 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Yahoo has debuted the maiden and indeed uplifting trailer for Stephen Daldry’s slum drama, Trash, following thee young children – played by Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, and Luis Eduardo – who while away the hours on one of Rio de Janeiro’s infamous dumps.

Highlighting the decidedly less glamorous side of the Brazilian mega-city, the footage is an riveting tease of the feature film, which sees the aforementioned trio stumble upon a wallet that is considered important to some of the most powerful people in the area. Filmed in and around Rio’s favelas, the first Trash clip evokes a similar mise-en-scene to City of God, though we’ll be truly surprised if Daldry’s picture can capture even a fraction of the emotional punch as the 2003 classic.

There’s also some familiar faces cast alongside the relative unknowns, with Trash also making room for Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, and Wagner Moura. »

- Michael Briers

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