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‘Pride’ To Close Directors’ Fortnight At The 2014 Cannes Film Festival

3 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus, has been selected to close Directors’ Fortnight at the 2014 International Cannes Film Festival on 23rd May.

Previous British films that have premiered in Directors’ Fortnight include Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot and Damien O’Donnell’s East Is East.

With an award-winning, all-star ensemble cast including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott and Paddy Considine, Pride is an uplifting British comedy drama inspired by a remarkable true story.

Set in the summer of 1984 –  Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem; the Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. »

- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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Cannes 2014 showing Pride: miners meet gay activists in Brit comedy

22 April 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Culture-clash comedy, starring Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, will be the closing-night film in the directors' fortnight section

Pride, a British culture-clash comedy set during the 1984 miners' strike, looks set to follow in Billy Elliot's footsteps when it premieres in the directors' fortnight section of next month's Cannes film festival. Stephen Daldry's acclaimed drama used the festival sidebar as a springboard to success back in 2000.

Set during the summer of 1984, Pride tells the story of the Gay Pride activists who set about raising money to support the families of striking British miners. The film stars Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West and is directed by the Tony award-winning Matthew Warchus. Scripted by Stephen Beresford, Pride is a co-production between Calamity Films and Pathe, with funding from BBC Films and the BFI.

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- Xan Brooks

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Podcast: Marvel Movie Formula, 'Game of Thrones', New Blu-rays, Your Questions and More

8 April 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today we're spending a little time discussing the formula the Marvel movies follow and just maybe what they could do to make things a little different. We're also talking the fourth season premiere of "Game of Thrones", new DVDs and Blu-rays, plenty of your questions and our regular assortment of games, plus a quick RottenTomatoes game as Laremy tries to guess the movie based on Peter Travers' blurb. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »

- Brad Brevet

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Nvizible opens studio in Belfast

2 April 2014 5:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

VFX house behind Kick-Ass 2 working on upcoming sci fi project Robot Overlords.

London visual effects firm Nvizible is to expand with the launch of Nvizible Belfast. As part of this expansion, former head of production Kris Wright has been promoted to managing director with Nic Hatch taking on the role of chairman.

Hatch has been credited as the driving force behind the Belfast move and “recognised it as an area of growth in the film industry with a shortage of VFX”.

Wright said: “In tandem with this growth of VFX in Belfast we are going to nurture a talent pool of local artists to work on these shows. This is something young, aspiring VFX artists in Northern Ireland have never had the chance to do before.”

Victoria Farley will head up the studio in Belfast, which is already working on Robot Overlords, an Embankment Films production that is also being handled by the London office. The facilities »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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F&Me, JaJa Kick Off Lensing on ‘Streetkids United II’ in Rio

1 April 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Feature documentary “Streetkids United II — The Girls From Rio,” the sequel to the 2011 Berlinale entry, has kicked off lensing in Brazil.

The second film — in what is to become a series — is being produced by the U.K.’s F&Me and the Netherlands’ JaJa Film Prods. to coincide with the second Street Child soccer World Cup, which is being organized in Rio by the Amos Trust prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“The teams have all arrived in Rio for the opening ceremony, and our crew has been out filming with the Brazilian girls’ team prior to the arrival of the international crews,” explained F&Me’s Mike Downey.

The film will focus on the girls’ soccer tournament, and will follow the Brazilian girls’ team from the Penha favela as they go through the highs and lows of the tournament.

Nine teams of street girls from around the world, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Streetkids sequel shoot kicks off

1 April 2014 5:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me) and Dutch producer JaJa Film Productions begin shooting in Rio.

Dutch production company JaJa Film Productions, UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&Me) and Rio de Janeiro’s Total Entertainment (as service producer) have kicked off shooting on Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio.

The film is the follow up to the 2011 Berlinale Official Selection Generation film Streetkids United.

The second film - in what is to become a series - is being shot by F&Me and JaJa Film Productions to coincide with the second Street Child World Cup, organized in Rio by the Amos Trust prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“The teams have all arrived in Rio for the opening ceremony,” said F&Me’s Mike Downey. “And our crew has been out filming with the Brazilian girls’ team prior to the arrival of the international crews.

The film will »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cinemas on Screen – The Best Movie Houses at the Movies

1 April 2014 4:34 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Our earliest memories of films we love usually come from a trip to the cinema. The strange, silent communion to which we are drawn again and again to live other lives, walk in other worlds and be changed forever. Well, that’s the plan at least…

A cinema trip is a ritual. Precious to some, holy to others. And whether you have your favourite seat picked out in advance, your preferred confection (except Revels – no-one really likes those do they?), go alone or with friends, flip out your phone with the Cinime app or sit in silent anticipation of the BBFC advisory, there is nothing quite like enjoying a film as it was meant to be seen.

Here are our choice moments from five films to feature scenes of our favourite pastime. Down at the front, phones off. The show is about to begin.

Gremlins (1984)

Dir: Joe Dante

Taking a »

- Michael Walsh

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2015 Oscar Predictions: First Look at Best Picture

19 March 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's too early to know much of anything about the race for Best Picture at the 2015 Oscars, but that being said, two of the films in my list of early predicted nominees have already been seen, one is even in theaters. So, is it really all that earlyc Also, isn't it about time we start seeing more Oscar contenders at the beginning of the year rather than the back-loaded log jam at the end of the year that seems to continually prove opening your film in December isn't exactly the best way to find Oscar gloryc However, for those of you that are likely to rush to the comments saying, "This is ridiculous! Wait until later in the year." All I can say is you ought to reevaluate your definition of the word "ridiculous" for more important matters, this is about fun and about getting excited for what are likely »

- Brad Brevet

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Lee Hall: Spielberg, Scargill and me

11 March 2014 2:41 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike, Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall talks about Thatcher's death, being fired from War Horse – and finding the lead for his Elton John musical

I'm watching Billy Elliot the Musical in a state of shock. Forget the movie – this is incendiary drama, militant to its core. Not only does it open with Labour MP Herbert Morrison's paean to the newly nationalised mines and common ownership ("Now I want you men of the pits to come through ... The great experiment of socialism in a democracy depends on you"), it also pre-empts the passing of Margaret Thatcher with a feelgood singalong: "We all sing together in one breath/ Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher/ We all celebrate today/ 'Cause it's one day closer to your death."

The astonishing thing is that the musical, with tunes provided by the not notably radical Elton John, has been a worldwide success, »

- Simon Hattenstone

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Digging into the miners' strike

7 March 2014 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director's new film is an elegy for pit workers, while up in the north-east the theme of this year's Av is 'extraction'. Together they explore the legacy of a hammer blow to workers' power

Film-maker Bill Morrison is feeling a little rueful. "Striking was once an effective means of leveraging power. Today's striking worker may feel fortunate to wake up and still have a job." He's reflecting on his film The Miners' Hymns, a collaboration with Icelandic musician Jóhann Jóhannsson, which trawls through hundreds of hours of archival footage of mines in the north-east of England to fashion an elegy for the workers, brass bands, local communities and unions that sustained the region throughout much of the 20th century. This month there will be many articles, radio programmes and TV documentaries marking the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the miners' strike: few will be as beautiful or as »

- Sukhdev Sandhu

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Harry Styles and Lea Michele top of casting wishlist for Wicked film

7 March 2014 2:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

One Direction singer and Glee actor linked to screen adaptation of hit musical, along with Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry

A Wicked fan, a One Direction fan and a Glee fan walk into a cinema ... and the internet implodes. It could happen – and before the end of 2015 if casting rumours surrounding a Universal film of the stage musical Wicked are true.

One Direction frontman Harry Styles and Glee star Lea Michele have both been linked to the project in the past week, with Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry rumoured to direct.

Wicked, a reworking of The Wizard of Oz story by way of Gregory Maguire's 1995 satirical novel, has broken box-office records both on Broadway and in London, where it has played at the Apollo Victoria theatre since 2006.

Universal had a huge success with its 2012 stage-to-screen musical adapation Les Misérables. Michele, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated for her role as high-school singer Rachel Berry in Glee, »

- Nancy Groves

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Harry Styles and Lea Michele top of casting wishlist for Wicked film

7 March 2014 2:44 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

One Direction singer and Glee actor linked to screen adaptation of hit musical, along with Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry

A Wicked fan, a One Direction fan and a Glee fan walk into a cinema ... and the internet implodes. It could happen – and before the end of 2015 if casting rumours surrounding a Universal film of the stage musical Wicked are true.

One Direction frontman Harry Styles and Glee star Lea Michele have both been linked to the project in the past week, with Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry rumoured to direct.

Wicked, a reworking of The Wizard of Oz story by way of Gregory Maguire's 1995 satirical novel, has broken box-office records both on Broadway and in London, where it has played at the Apollo Victoria theatre since 2006.

Universal had a huge success with its 2012 stage-to-screen musical adapation Les Misérables. Michele, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated for her role as high-school singer Rachel Berry in Glee, »

- Nancy Groves

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Top 10 Tuesday: Wamg’s Favorite Oscar Nominees

25 February 2014 2:56 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We’re getting closer to Hollywood’s night to shine – the Oscars. This year’s nominations are a bevy of brilliant films, performances and crafts, the motion picture industry at its best.

The Academy Awards is the gold standard by which every other awards show is measured, because when it comes to the biggest night in film, nobody does it better than Oscar!

In anticipation of the star-studded night at the Dolby Theatre, the gang at Wamg has chosen their favorite nominees – from the Best Picture and Best Acting categories to the technical categories, here’s a close-up look at our Top 10 Favorite nominees.

Best Picture – American Hustle

By Jim Batts

The Best Picture Oscar usually goes to the film that shines a light on a social injustice, a historical event, or individuals battling injury or disease. The most wildly entertaining (sorry Marty and Leo, but three hours of arrogant »

- Movie Geeks

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Carey Mulligan debuts in David Hare's Skylight in West End this summer

14 February 2014 7:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stephen Daldry will direct Mulligan and Bill Nighy, who returns to a role he played in 1997

Carey Mulligan will make her West End debut this summer in a revival of David Hare's Skylight to be directed by Stephen Daldry.

Skylight, which will preview at the Wyndham's theatre in June, will also mark a double return for Bill Nighy. Not only will it be his first London stage appearance in 13 years, since Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange, it is also another shot at a part he played in 1997, when he inherited the role of Tom Sergeant from Michael Gambon in Skylight's first West End run.

In Hare's play, Tom, a whizzy, newly widowed restaurateur, pitches up at the flat of his younger ex-lover Kyra Hollis – who will be played by Mulligan – with a view to rekindling a relationship.

Mulligan is already a well-regarded stage performer, having turned in an acclaimed »

- Bill Nighy, Matt Trueman

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Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy Starring in ‘Skylight’ Revival

14 February 2014 6:32 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard will star in a West End revival of David Hare’s “Skylight.” The play centers on a school teacher who is visited by a former lover, dredging up old feelings and opposing ideologies. ”Billy Elliot” director Stephen Daldry will oversee the production, which opens next summer. Also read: Carey Mulligan on the Coen Brothers: They Pushed Me to Be Nastier and Say More Swear Words It marks the West End debut for Mulligan, who was Oscar-nominated for her work in “An Education,” and Beard’s stage debut. Beard is best known for his work in “One Day” and. »

- Brent Lang

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #191. Stephen Daldry’s Trash

3 February 2014 11:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Trash

Director: Stephen Daldry

Writer: Richard Curtis

Producer(s): PeaPie FilmsKris Thykier & Working Title FilmsTim Bevan & Eric Fellner

U.S. Distributor: Universal Pictures

Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura

With an adapted screenplay by writer/director Richard Curtis, we’re super curious about what seems to be a change of pace for Stephen Daldry. True, it’s another adaptation of a novel, but this doesn’t seem to be something we’re going to be numbed to after a healthy round of Oscar campaigning. An eclectic cast, including Brazilian actor Wagner Moura from Jose Padhila’s Elite Squad films is also a reason to tune in.

Gist: Set in an unnamed Third World country, three kids (played by newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein) who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #192. Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water

3 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Still the Water

Director: Naomi Kawase

Writer: Naomi Kawase

Producers: Commes des Cinemas, Kumie Inc., Arte France Cinema & Eddie Saeta.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Makiko Watanabe, Hideo Sakaki, Tetta Sugimoto, Miyuki Matsuda

In the midst of a creative spike, Kawase who is already in prep and finance mode for An – sweet red bean paste (presented at Rotterdam’s Cinemart last month) will once again make a filmic case for the intimate rapport between our natural backdrop and person to person relationships. Look for Still the Water to be coated with plenty of green, ocean blues and blood line reds – as the basis for the project came about when the filmmaker learned of her grandmother’s backtory.

Gist: Taking place during the full-moon night of traditional dances in August and set on the Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, the drama centers on a 14-year-old boy who finds a dead body floating in the sea. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Time-travel film Back to the Future to be adapted for West End as a musical

31 January 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Original team behind hugely successful film following adventures of Marty McFly is reassembled to create a musical version

Back to the Future, which starred Michael J Fox as Marty McFly, is to become the latest film to be adapted as a West End musical.

Jamie Lloyd, a rising star of theatre, is to direct and co-write a new version of the 1985 movie that will also involve the original men behind it: Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.

Lloyd said he was five when he first saw the film "and I have been a huge fan ever since". Back to the Future is due to open in 2015, the 30th anniversary of the original film – and the same year that McFly visited in Back to the Future II.

The producers said it was not a matter of simply transporting a successful film to the stage. Gale, who co-wrote and co-produced all three Back to the Future »

- Mark Brown

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Moore, Stewart, Bosworth, Baldwin in Alzheimer's/Family Drama Scheduled to Start Filming in March

28 January 2014 6:55 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in ‘Still Alice’: Family drama also to star Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin (photo: Kristen Stewart at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival) Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart have joined Julianne Moore in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s family/crippling disease drama Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova’s novel. Julianne Moore will play a psychologist, Alice Howland, who discovers she’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Kristen Stewart will be her youngest daughter, Lydia, who becomes closer to Alice as a result of her illness. If all goes as planned, production on Still Alice will kick off in early March in New York City. TheWrap broke the Kate Bosworth-Alec Baldwin-Kristen Stewart Still Alice casting story, adding that Memento Films International is selling the film at Berlin’s European Film Market. Reportedly thanks to Julianne Moore’s attachment, »

- Andre Soares

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'Grace' Biopic Will Open Cannes, Lacks North America Release Date

27 January 2014 4:59 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Grace of Monaco’ U.S. March release canceled as biopic starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly to open 2014 Cannes Film Festival (photo: Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in ‘Grace of Monaco’) Directed by Olivier Dahan, and starring Nicole Kidman as Oscar-winning Hollywood actress-turned-European princess Grace Kelly, Grace of Monaco was to have been a (possibly) strong Oscar 2014 contender — at least in the Best Actress category. After all, Dahan had guided 2007 Best Actress Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose; Nicole Kidman is a respected actress with one Academy Award win (for Stephen Daldry’s The Hours) and two nominations (Moulin Rouge!, Rabbit Hole); and, last but certainly not least, Grace of Monaco was to have been released in North America by the Oscar-savvy The Weinstein Company. However, Harvey Weinstein was reportedly unhappy with Olivier Dahan’s final cut, and demanded that Grace of Monaco be reedited. »

- Anna Robinson

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