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Exclusive: The President is one of a record eight features on 2014 production slate from Film & Music Entertainment.
Mike Downey & Sam Taylor’s London-based Film & Music Entertainment is launching a record eight features in 2014, representing total production budgets of $21m. This comes after six features totalling $12m in 2013.
Bac Films has come on board to handle international sales and serve as French co-producer for one of those eight, Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President, which is casting now for a February start of shoot in Georgia. As with their recent Georgian shoot for Ben Hopkins’ Epic, F&Me are partnering in Georgia with Vladimer Katcharava’s 20 Steps Productions as well as the Caucasian Film Service. Germany’s Herzog and Brümmer co-produces the $1.95m project.
Also in February, sequel documentary Streetkids United II – The Girls from Rio will start its shoot in Brazil, with a budget of $995,000 and directed by Mara Mourao. The Brazilian co-producer is Walkiria Barbosa of Total »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Julie Walters Tapped For Bifa’s Richard Harris Award Julie Walters is to receive the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards this coming weekend. The prize was introduced in 2002 to recognize outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Walters started out in television and broke into film with her BAFTA- and Golden Globe-winning performance in 1983’s Educating Rita. She was also nominated for an Oscar for the film and later received a further Oscar nomination for Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot. More recently, she played Ron Weasley’s mother Molly in all of the Harry Potter movies. Among Walters’ other credits are Prick Up Your Ears, Calendar Girls, Becoming Jane and Mamma Mia! She next will be seen in The Harry Hill Movie and in 2014’s live-action Paddington. The BIFAs will be held on December 8 in London. New Zealand Film Body Picks 10 Best Nz Films Of »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
It was 10 Decembers ago that a French composer named Alexandre Desplat burst on to the Hollywood movie scene with his gorgeous score for "Girl With a Pearl Earring." He earned his first Golden Globe nomination for that work, and after continual quality achievements on films like "Birth," "Syriana" and "The Painted Veil," he earned his first Oscar nomination seven years ago for "The Queen." It has been nothing but up since then, as he has now earned five Oscar nominations and worked with directors ranging from Roman Polanski to Stephen Frears, Wes Anderson to Stephen Daldry, Terrence Malick to Tom »
- Gerard Kennedy
Walters started out in TV working with comedian Victoria Wood, and broke into film with her BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance in the 1984 hit “Educating Rita,” where she starred alongside Michael Caine. The role also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
Walters was once again nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for Stephen Daldry’s “Billy Elliot,” and that same year was cast as Molly Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” a character she continued to play in the franchise for the next 10 years.
Her other film roles included “Calendar Girls” and “Mamma Mia!”
Walters will next be seen in “The Harry Hill Movie, »
- Leo Barraclough
Walters will receive the honour - introduced in 2002 to recognise outstanding contribution to British film by an actor - at the ceremony on December 8 at Old Billingsgate, London.
Julie Walters Cbe began her career in TV alongside comic Victoria Wood before going on to find film fame in a career that has spanned more than four decades. She found fame in a BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance in a supporting role in the 1984 hit Educating Rita, which also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
She has since been nominated for an Oscaar for her work on Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot. Her work has also include family favourites such as Brave and the Harry Potter series. She will next be seen »
- Amber Wilkinson
Actress to receive the Richard Harris Award at this weekend’s British Independent Film Awards.
The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2002 in honour of the late actor and recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Walters started out in television working with comedian Victoria Wood and has built a career spanning four decades across both film in TV.
She broke in to film with 1984 international hitEducating Rita,where she starred alongside Sir Michael Caine and won a BAFTA and Golden Globe. The role also earned her an Academy Award nomination.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London -- Filmmakers Alan Parker, Michael Apted, Terry Gilliam and Stephen Daldry are among more than 100 prominent people from the fields of the arts, literature, science and academia who have signed a declaration of support for a new system of U.K. press self-regulation that was first proposed a year ago in the final Leveson Inquiry report, but has been held back by continuing political and industry debate. The list of celebrities also includes comedian John Cleese, musician Bryan Adams, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, author Helen Fielding, actor and musician Riz Ahmed, novelist Monica Ali and TV
- Stuart Kemp
More than 100 prominent people from literature, the arts, science, academia, human rights and the law have signed a declaration urging newspaper and magazine publishers to embrace the royal charter system of press regulation.
They join people who have been victims of press misbehaviour in arguing that charter will give "vital protection to the vulnerable" from abuse of power by the press.
Among the writers and playwrights are Alan Bennett, William Boyd, Alan Ayckbourn, Tom Stoppard, Monica Ali, Helen Fielding, Michael Frayn, Ian McEwan, A C Grayling, David Hare, Alan Hollinghurst, Jk Rowling, Salman Rushdie, »
- Roy Greenslade
Update:The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Fest will honor "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen with its Director of the Year Award. The honor will be presented to McQueen on January 4 at an awards gala that also includes honorees Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").Past recipients of the Director of the Year Award include Stephen Daldry, Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Alexander Payne, Sean Penn, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell and Robert Zemeckis.Earlier: Matthew McConaughey will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for an Actor at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival's annual Awards Gala on January 4. Palm Springs is a stop on the obligatory Oscar promo tour; McConaughey has generated awards buzz this year for his role as real-life AIDS patient and under-the-table pharmacy runner Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club." Each year the festival selects an actor and. »
- Beth Hanna
Steve McQueen, a red hot Oscar contender for 12 Years A Slave, will receive the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (Psiff) Director Of The Year Award.
“Director Steve McQueen captivates his audiences by challenging them with often unorthodox and unrelenting subject matter and technique,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
“McQueen is a master of utilising the senses to create the essence of his works. In his latest effort, 12 Years A Slave, audiences become integrally involved in the unbearably violent nightmare of a free black man, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, eventually to return home to freedom.”
The awards gala takes place on January 4 and the festival runs from January 3-13 2014. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Steve McQueen will receive the director of the year award at the 25th annual Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival. The helmer is being honored for “12 Years a Slave” at the Jan. 4 gala, where the previously announced Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey will also be honored.
The fest, which boasts 135,000 attendees, has become a key stop on the awards circuit. For years it was a local affair and then became synonymous with Oscar’s foreign-language films, screening the vast majority of pics submitted by the countries.
However, with an earlier Oscar balloting, the timing of the fest became very important to strategists and the gala is crowded with potential contenders. This year, the Academy sends out ballots Dec. 27 and nominations are unveiled Jan. 16. The Festival runs Jan. 3-13.
“Director Steve McQueen captivates his audiences by challenging them with often unorthodox and unrelenting subject matter and technique,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. »
- Tim Gray
From writer/director Richard Curtis (Love Actually), About Time is charming, endearing, heart-warming and, at times, a real tear-jerker. The story follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father (Bill Nighy) tells him, at the age of 21, that the men in their family have always had the ability to travel through time. He can’t change history, but he can make his world, and the life that he shares with his beautiful girlfriend Mary (Rachel McAdams), a better place. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Richard Curtis talked about why he waited to make this film, editing it down from a three-hour cut, the casting process for the lead roles, how challenging it was to set a scene in a restaurant that serves in complete darkness, and whether this will really be his last film as a director. He also talked about the two projects he’s written since »
- Christina Radish
Before Jerusalem, a 24-year-old Jez Butterworth electrified British theatre with a swaggering story of pill-popping Soho gangsters. Nearly two decades on, he tells Ryan Gilbey why it's time to put it back on the jukebox
Theatrical monster hits of recent years don't come much bigger than Jerusalem, which bounced from the Royal Court to the West End and on to Broadway, scooping awards and prompting all-night camp-outs for tickets. But more than a decade earlier, Jerusalem's writer, Jez Butterworth, and director, Ian Rickson, had launched another stage phenomenon at the Royal Court.
The rock'n'roll thriller Mojo, Butterworth's first play, was set amid the pill-popping frenzy of 1950s Soho where two gangland bosses are locked in a power struggle over the pretty young heartthrob Silver Johnny. The reviews were glowing: this paper's Michael Billington called it "the most dazzling main-stage debut in years", while the Telegraph's Charles Spencer said of the »
- Ryan Gilbey
Richard Curtis, the screenwriter who shaped the modern romantic comedy with hits “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” has directed only three movies, but the filmmaker is already prepared to call it quits. He said he will stop making movies after his latest offering, “About Time,” opens this week.
“That’s my intention at the moment,” Curtis said on a recent morning in New York, adding that he’d “probably” continue writing. “The message of this movie is enjoy every ordinary day of your life. I should listen to that message.”
“About Time,” like all Curtis’ stories, tells the tale of a young lad (Domhnall Gleeson) enamored with a fair lady (Rachel McAdams). But there’s a twist. Our hero can travel back in time to fix his awkward romantic foibles, a trick he learned from his dad (Bill Nighy).
Curtis’ directorial debut, 2003’s “Love Actually, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
I worry about overpopulation, I worry about recent industry layoffs and I worry that it’s only 50-some days until Christmas. But today, my top concern is “The Wolf of Wall Street,” since Paramount confirmed it will indeed open Dec. 25.
I’m not worried about the film itself. With Martin Scorsese at the helm, and with that subject matter, that cast (Leonardo DiCaprio et al) and that writer (Terence Winter), you know it’s going to be worthwhile. But I fear that anticipation is so high it will do the pic a disservice: Even if it’s great, that won’t be enough for some.
I worry that awards-centric journalists (myself included) are putting too much pressure on the film. Awards have become the cart leading the horse. Toronto used to be a showcase for films that needed nurturing; now it’s become a campaign stop. And as each new film is screened, »
- Tim Gray
Title: The Audience Director: Stephen Daldry Starring: Helen Mirren, Michael Elwyn, Haydn Gwynne, Richard McCabe, Nathaniel Parker, Paul Ritter, Rufus Wright, Edward Fox, David Peart, Geoffrey Beevers, Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber, Nell Williams, Charlotte Moore, Harry Feltham, Matt Plumb, Spencer Kitchen, Elaine Solomon, Jonathan Coote, Ian Houghton, Jenny Ogilvie. ‘The Audience’ is an extraordinary experience that welds the noble art of theatre with that of film-making. The story spills out from the quill of Oscar nominated writer Peter Morgan and the direction of three-time Academy Award nominated and Tony award winning Stephen Daldry. The play screened live on June 13 from the Gielgud Theatre and was broadcast to cinemas around [ Read More ]
The post The Audience Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Sir Kenneth Branagh, Stephen Daldry, Danny Boyle, Michael Grandage and Sam Mendes were all rumoured to take over the role, but it was revealed that Norris will take over the role when Hytner leaves in March 2015, which will make it 12 years that Hytner spent in the role. Hytner directed many successful National Theatre productions in his time there, most famously Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, which he also directed for the big screen.
Speaking of his new role, Norris said:
“I am thrilled at the challenge of leading this exceptional organisation, where it has been a privilege to work under the inspirational leadership of Nick Hytner. The National is an extraordinary place full of extraordinary people and I look forward with relish to the task ahead, »
- Lucy Cave
Tom Hanks’ ‘Captain Phillips’ weekend box office: One of Hanks’ biggest domestic openings in the past decade Starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the title role — though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the film’s poster — Paul Greengrass’ inspired-by-real-life-events Captain Phillips grossed an estimated $8.5 million from 3,020 venues on Friday, October 11, 2013, including $600,000 from Thursday night showings, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Captain Phillips chronicles the adventures of the titular captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. (Photo: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.) Budgeted at $55 million — not including marketing and distribution expenses — Captain Phillips should collect anywhere between $23-25 million by Sunday evening. A major Saturday surge and a strong Sunday hold could lead to even higher results, but for now that’s mere speculation. Either way, Captain Phillips has absolutely no chance of topping this weekend’s domestic box office chart, »
- Zac Gille
New York -- Ralph Fiennes, the chameleonic actor who has been an integral part of many of the most memorable movies of the last 20 years -- among them Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993), Robert Redford's Quiz Show (1994), Anthony Minghella's The English Patient (1996), Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (2008) and Stephen Daldry's The Reader (2008), all of which were nominated for the best picture Oscar and three of which won it -- was honored with a Gala Tribute at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday night, as part of the 51st New York Film Festival. The event kicked off with
- Scott Feinberg
In the ninth week of shooting “Trash” an hour’s drive out from Rio, he found time to present “Billy Elliot” in Rio’s Favela do Alemao Cine Carioca, at a screening attended by ballet aficionados in Rio’s favelas, a tougher call than even Northern England.
Daldry also invited journalists to the set of “Trash,” his big-screen adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s novel about three child waste pickers working and living in a rubbish dump. Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) plays an Ngo worker, Martin Sheen Father Juillaird.
- John Hopewell
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