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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
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
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.
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.
Programmes include »
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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
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
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
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
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
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.
- John Hopewell
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.
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.
Productions of Billy Elliot »
The show, staged by Stephen Daldry, tells the story of a teacher named Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful restauranteur who’s wife has recently passed away. As the night progresses, the pair try and rekindle their romance, but are both met with opposing ideologies and desires. The show also stars Matthew Beard.
Skylight finished its West End at the Wyndham’s Theatre in August, and as of March 16, 2015 will be showing at John Golden Theatre for a limited 13 week run. The show was met with critical acclaim (Thn even gave it five stars!) and according to producer Scott Rudin, recouped its »
- Lucy Cave
Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, is headed for Broadway this spring. The show, written by David Hare and directed by two-time Tony winner Stephen Daldry, will begin previews at the John Golden Theatre on March 16, followed by an official opening on April 2. The limited engagement also features Matthew Beard and spans 13 weeks, through June 14. The revival follows high-school teacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) as she receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, successful restaurateur and recent widower Tom Sergeant (Nighy), at her shabby apartment. Things were once very different. Raised in upper-middle-
- Ashley Lee
The sold-out London production of David Hare’s critically acclaimed Skylight will try its luck on Broadway with the same two stars who packed the house in the West End this summer.
Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy will reprise their roles in Tony-winning director Stephen Daldry’s production of Skylight, opening April 2 at the John Golden Theatre. Previews for the 13-week limited engagement will begin on March 16, with a slated end date of June 14.
Mulligan plays Kyra Hollis, a schoolteacher who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, recently widowed restaurateur Tom Sergeant (Nighy). On a cold London night, »
- Marc Snetiker
Catching up on news & noteworthy we didn't cover the past couple of days...
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Gawker asks the intriguing question: "Why is Angelina Jolia a movie star?"
Some of her movies have been well-received acting vehicles. Some of her movies have been gargantuan commercial products. There is no place where those circles overlap on the Venn diagram.
It's worth pondering her atypical celebrity.
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/bent has a fascinating long essay about HBO, Game of Thrones, and the distinct feeling that TV »
- NATHANIEL R
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
The FIFA World Cup promoted a colourful and spirited Brazil, but Trash introduces us to the darker side of life in the Rio slums, but this latest trailer provides a heart-racing and exhilarating introduction to Stephen Daldry’s latest project.
This subtle look is an introduction into a dark and corrupt world that draws in two young boys looking for a chance to escape their trash-picking lives.
Check out the trailer below:
Trash tells the story of two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in 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 (Rickson Tevez »
- Ciham Messouki
Critically-acclaimed director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader) returns to the big screen with Trash. Universal Pictures UK has released an international trailer for this adaptation of Andy Mulligan's novel, which follows a group of Brazilian boys who find something in a trash heap that could change their entire country.
Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping on it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, the world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends are running for their lives. Hounded by the police, it takes »
If your film is named Trash, it better be pretty great, or it will instantly be fodder for reviewers upon release. The good news is that Stephen Daldry’s latest effort, starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and three newcomers who could have a bright future in Hollywood, looks terrific, a mix of gritty slum story and inspirational drama. In other words, this could be the new Slumdog Millionaire and it already comes from a director who has danced with Oscar nominations before.
Trash could also easily be up for foreign language film at this year’s Academy Awards, since 80 percent of it is in Portuguese (the rest is in English). The film is based off a best-selling novel by Andy Mulligan, which follows three kids living in a Rio slum who find a wallet filled with money and valuables connecting to officials in power. When the police show up to »
- Jordan Adler
Three young boys plan to start a revolution, with a little help from Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, in the new international trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s “Trash.” Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Raphael (Rickson Tevez) are three young boys living in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who scour their city's massive garbage dumps for anything salvageable that would allow them to survive another day. Going through a discarded wallet looking for money, they find some mysterious documents instead. Also read: Theo James, Jack Reynor and Eric Bana Join Rooney Mara in ‘The Secret Scripture’ The police offer them a. »
- Linda Ge
That international trailer for Stephen Daldry’s Trash that dropped just about a month ago did offer up a solid preview of the film’s style and tone, but it’s much nicer when you can actually understand the dialogue. This latest promo is in English and has subtitles when it’s not, offering up a much clearer picture of the trouble that Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Raphael (Rickson Tevez) get themselves into after finding a bag in the dump. The details on why what’s inside the bag could change the nation aren’t particularly clear, but the trio is likable and engaging enough to inspire you to believe in and get behind what they’re fighting for. Hit the jump to check out the new Trash trailer for yourself. The film also stars Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura and Selton Mello, and is due »
- Perri Nemiroff
We've seen Rooney Mara insult Mark Zuckerberg, struggle with the law in Ain't Them Bodies Saints and take matters into her own hands in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Now she's in the slums of Rio, Brazil in Stephen Daldry's latest film Trash. In what feels like a different take on Danny Boyle's Millions, the story follows two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums who find a wallet amongst the usual garbage at a local dump. But when they learn that their find might belong to someone important and land them a reward, they have to figure out who to trust outside of the corrupt police force. Now a trailer from across the pond has surfaced, and it doesn't look half-bad, uplifting but not cheesy. It's way better than the other trailer. Watch! Here's the UK trailer for Stephen Daldry's Trash from Universal Pictures UK: When »
- Ethan Anderton
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