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19 items from 2015


Soda acquires cult classic 'The Reflecting Skin'

19 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Philip Ridley’s 1990 horror featured Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles.

Soda Pictures has acquired UK & Irish home video rights to Philip Ridley’s 1990 cult classic The Reflecting Skin, featuring Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles and Scottish actress Lindsay Duncan.  

The UK/Canada co-production, which has never been released on DVD or Blu-Ray in the UK before, will be released by the Anglo-Canadian distributor in a special edition later this year.  

This release will be the worldwide video premiere of a new, director-approved high-definition transfer.  Exclusive bonus material is currently in production, including newly-filmed interviews with Ridley and Mortensen.

Further details, including release dates, will be announced in the lead-up to the restoration’s UK premiere at Film4 Frightfest in August, which was announced yesterday.

The Reflecting Skin played at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival and went on to win 11 international awards.  

Set in the Idaho farmlands of the 1950s, the film »

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

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Masterpiece Drama 'Churchill's Secret' Assembles Sprawling Cast

22 June 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Stewart Harcourt is adapting Jonathan Smith.'s recently published book "The Churchill Secret: Kbo," a two hour film to be directed by Charles Sturridge ("Where Angels Fear to Tread," "A Handful of Dust"), with Timothy Bricknell producing. Filming of ITV's "Churchill'.s Secret" begins this June in London and at Chartwell, the Churchill. family home in Kent. Set during the summer months of 1953, Winston Churchill., who has been elected Prime Minister for the second time., suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world. The story is told from the point-of-view of his young nurse (Romola Garai) as Churchill battles to recover. His wife (Lindsay Duncan) hopes that the stroke will force him to retire, while his political friends and foes plot over who will succeed him. The adult Churchill children (Matthew Macfadyen as Randolph, Daisy Lewis as Mary, Rachael Stirling as Sarah and Tara »

- Anne Thompson

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Michael Gambon Is Winston Churchill In ITV Drama Headed To PBS’ Masterpiece

26 May 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

To the pantheon of PBS projects about the Churchills, add Churchill’s Secret, which will star Michael Gambon as Sir Winston ChurchillLindsay Duncan co-stars as Clementine Churchill in this ITV project, based on Jonathan Smith's recently published book, The Churchill Secret: Kbo. Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Poirot) is adapting and it’s scheduled to air on PBS in 2016. Churchill’s Secret is told from the point of view of Churchill’s nurse Millie… »

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Michael Gambon To Uncover "Churchill's Secret"

26 May 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Harry Potter" series regular Michael Gambon is set to play Winston Churchill in ITV and Masterpiece’s feature-length telemovie "Churchill's Secret" which airs next year.

Set during the summer months of 1953, Churchill is now British Prime Minister for the second time when he suffers a life-threatening stroke that is kept secret from the world. At the same time his adult children descend on his home and tensions begin to surface.

The story follows his battle to recover as seen through the eyes of a young nurse named Millie Appleyard. Acclaimed British actress Lindsay Duncan will co-star as his long-suffering wife Clementine who hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire.

Stewart Harcourt will adapt the work from Jonathan Smith's book "The Churchill Secret: Kbo." Charles Sturridge ("Da Vinci's Demons") will helm while Timothy Bricknell will produce. Filming will begin next month in London, and at Chartwell in Kent.

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- Garth Franklin

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Dumbledore Actor Michael Gambon to Play Winston Churchill in ITV-Masterpiece Film

26 May 2015 6:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Michael Gambon, who was Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, is to play Winston Churchill in ITV and Masterpiece’s feature-length film “Churchill’s Secret.” Lindsay Duncan co-stars as Clementine Churchill.

Set during the summer months of 1953, Churchill — now British Prime Minister for the second time and in his late 70s — suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world. Told from the viewpoint of his young nurse, Millie Appleyard, the drama follows his battle to recover as his long-suffering wife, Clemmie, desperately hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire, while his political friends and foes plot to determine who will succeed him. Meanwhile, his adult children descend on his home, Chartwell, unsure if he will pull through, as tensions within his family begin to surface.

Filming will begin next month in London, and at Chartwell in Kent. The film will air in the U. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Michael Gambon to play Winston Churchill in ITV drama

26 May 2015 4:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Churchill’s Secret is based on Jonathan Smith’s book set in 1953, when the former prime minister had a stroke

Sir Michael Gambon is to play Winston Churchill in a new ITV drama about his final years in office opposite Lindsay Duncan as his wife, Clementine.

Churchill’s Secret is based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The Churchill Secret: Kbo, set during the summer of 1953 when the then-peacetime prime minister had a stroke, which was kept secret from the world.

Related: Paloma Faith and Stanley Tucci to star in ITV's Peter Pan drama

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- John Plunkett

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Michael Gambon will play Winston Churchill for ITV in one-off drama

26 May 2015 3:43 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Michael Gambon will star as Winston Churchill for ITV.

The Harry Potter actor will lead the cast of the channel's feature-length film Churchill's Secret, which will focus on the late Prime Minister's health problems during his second term in 1953.

He will be joined in the film by Lindsay Duncan, who will portray Winston's wife Clemmie.

The story will be told from the point of view of the Prime Minister's young nurse Millie Appleyard, who cared for him after he suffered a life-threatening stroke.

The drama is based on Jonathan Smith's recently published book The Churchill Secret: Kbo, and will be adapted for the screen by Stewart Harcourt.

Charles Sturridge (The Road to Coronation Street) will direct the 120-minute film, which will also air on PBS in the Us next year.

ITV's Director of Drama, Steve November, said: "Churchill's Secret is the extraordinary and compelling story of how one »

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Stunning destinations from film & TV to add to your bucket list

14 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Film and TV is guilty of instilling us with wanderlust, throwing up amazing locations from all over the world and leaving us wishing nothing more than to jump straight on a plane to distant climes.

Here are some stunning destinations from movies and shows (all ready to check out on Netflix now) that have us eyeing our suitcases with longing:

The Florida Keys - Bloodline

An amazing chain of tropical islands hanging from the tip of Florida, connected by a series of bridges running all the way to Key West and frequently offering amazing views of both sunrise and sunset.

It's the perfect temperate getaway, as long as you don't get entangled with the dysfunctional Rayburn family, that is.

New York City - Manhattan

From the opening peals of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue', Woody Allen classic Manhattan is pure New York City from head to toe.

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Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore to star in BBC Two's Close to the Enemy

31 March 2015 3:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jim Sturgess and Freddie Highmore have been cast in new BBC Two drama Close to the Enemy.

The series - written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff - will follow an intelligence officer (Sturgess), who must get a captured German scientist to develop a jet engine for the Raf following the end of the Second World War.

Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Fox (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Robert Glenister (Hustle) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) will star alongside Sturgess and Highmore.

Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) and Alfred Molina (Love is Strange) have also been cast.

BBC Two controller, Kim Shillinglaw, said: "Stephen Poliakoff is one of the country's foremost writers and directors and I'm delighted he is creating this distinctive new piece for us.

"I want BBC Two to be the place where creatives can come and do their best, »

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Could Any Man Review "Life Itself"?

10 March 2015 8:44 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The most important thing one can do as a critic, whether it be of movies, books, music or any other art form, is to draw attention to something worthy and wonderful so that it won’t slip through the cracks of time and be forgotten. What critics do is not necessarily considered art; it’s often thought of in the same terms that Michael Keaton screamed at Lindsay Duncan’s theater critic in Birdman: “It's just a bunch of crappy opinions, backed up by even crappier comparisons... None of this cost you f***ing anything… You risk nothing!” It's true that the risk in writing about art is not as great as the risk one takes in creating it and pushing it out into the world to hopefully be found by an audience who appreciates it. However, if you can find and expose a piece of great art to people »

- Lee Jutton

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New Mexico Couple Celebrate Engagement on Mountaintop, End Up Stranded

4 March 2015 2:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Things went from an excited "Yes!" to one big "Oh no!" for newly engaged couple Arthur Edelhoff and Lindsay Duncan. The Corrales, New Mexico, couple took a tram ride up to the top of Sandia Peak to celebrate their engagement and snap a few kissy pictures on Sunday, but then couldn't get back down, reports KOB4. Edelhoff and Duncan found that the tram had shut down due to winds during their photo session, leaving the lovebirds stuck on the mountaintop. Four hours passed before the weather calmed down and the duo was able to take their return trip to the bottom. »

- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) movie review: winged infamy

24 February 2015 9:43 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s all a bit satirical. Or maybe not. Look, over there, Shakespeare in a superhero cape! I’m “biast” (pro): like the director, love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It was one thing when Birdman was the scrappy little indie that could. (Never mind that it was an indie with a budget of $22 million and an A-list cast.) Then it was just a snooty pretentious film with an arty gimmick that hardly anyone had seen. But now it has been crowned as the very best movie of 2014 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. The people who are the most Hollywood that people can be have officially spoken. And what they have said is, “We hate superhero movies. We hate the fans who make superhero movies huge. But we love your money, so thanks for that. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Birdman’ Extended Scene: Keaton vs. the Critic

12 February 2015 5:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight has released an extended clip from Oscar hopeful “Birdman,” featuring the scene where Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) confronts acidic theater critic Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan) in a bar. Thomson is in the middle of mounting a Broadway production of Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” and knows the review from Dickinson can make or break his play.

After failing to win her over, Thomson verbally attacks her, calling her writing “callow” and “lackluster” before denouncing it as “just a bunch of crappy opinions backed up by even crappier comparisons.” He tells her this play has cost him everything while “you risk nothing.” Dickinson lets him know how she feels about actors versus celebrities before assuring him, “I’m going to kill your play.”

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- Variety Staff

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The film critics who turned to filmmaking

22 January 2015 8:46 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From the Pudsey The Dog movie to Joe Cornish and Roger Ebert, what happens when critics make films themselves?

Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.

To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »

- simonbrew

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Do Critics Still Matter? Toh! Debates the Future of Film and TV Criticism

14 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Armond White. David Cronenberg. Oscar prognosticators and the National Society of Film Critics. Terence Stamp’s priggish art critic in “Big Eyes.” Lindsay Duncan’s poisonous theatre critic in “Birdman.” For a profession that’s supposedly dying, criticism -- of film, in films -- has elicited more than its fair share of hand-wringing recently, though the anxiety seems to be in the eye of the beholder. Alternately cast as industry shills, out-of-touch snobs, digital amateurs, fearsome gatekeepers, and failed artists, critics provoke passionate responses, but it can be difficult to suss out what the critic’s role in the current cinema actually is, or should be. Toh!’s Anne Thompson, Ryan Lattanzio, and Matt Brennan take up the subject in the debate below, including the biggest question of all: Do critics still matter? Matt Brennan: I haven’t been at this long enough to possess much hoary nostalgia for the good ol’ days, »

- TOH!

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Variety Critics Pick Their 2015 Oscar Nominees

6 January 2015 12:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film critics, we’re often told, don’t vote for the Oscars — but if they did, here’s what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.

Justin Chang

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Best Picture

Bird People

Boyhood

Foxcatcher

Gone Girl

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Interstellar

Mr. Turner

Selma

Under the Skin

“Winter Sleep”

Best Director

Ava DuVernay, “Selma

Jonathan Glazer, “Under the Skin

Mike Leigh, “Mr. Turner

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher

Best Actor

Haluk Bilginer, “Winter Sleep”

Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Oscar Isaac, “A Most Violent Year

David Oyelowo, “Selma

Channing Tatum, “Foxcatcher

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Essie Davis, “The Babadook

Scarlett Johansson, »

- Variety Staff

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‘Boyhood’ Sweeps New York Film Critics Circle Awards

6 January 2015 8:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In what could be a preview of the awards season ahead, “Boyhood” swept the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in downtown Manhattan on Monday night. The drama by Richard Linklater, which took twelve years to make, picked up best picture, best director and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette; more prizes than any other film.

Timothy Spall won best actor for “Mr. Turner,” Marion Cotillard received best actress for her dual leading performances in “Two Days, One Night” and “The Immigrant,” and J.K. Simmons was named best supporting actor for “Whiplash.” The winners, which were announced in advance, were on hand to accept their prizes at a seated dinner at Tao Downtown from presenters such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray and Jon Stewart, who gave “Boyhood” the top prize.

“Why am I here?” Stewart asked. “When you win this many awards, you run out of people.” Stewart »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Birdman review

4 January 2015 11:19 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Michael Keaton and Alejandro Inarritu deliver excellent work with Birdman. But then so does the lesser-known Chris Haarhoff...

“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.”

Whatever you think of Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), it's destined to be one of the year's most talked things. Arriving in UK cinemas on New Year's day, it could have played merry hell with most critics' end-of-year lists if it had been released even a few hours earlier, but it's bound to linger in the memory for the next 12 months.

In the film, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is a washed-up movie star who has privately and publicly disintegrated since his infamous turn in the Birdman trilogy. Now, he's trying to be a triple threat, by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. »

- simonbrew

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10 Fierce Feuds Between Film Stars And Critics

3 January 2015 3:08 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s easy to see why filmmakers, stars, producers, and studios really hate film critics. To complete a film and actually get it out into the big wide world is a minor miracle in itself, so when a group of writers dump on a movie, it’s not surprising to see certain people get upset.

In reality, many critics do a hell of a lot of good for cinema – promoting small, independent films that deserve recognition, and educating audiences about the particulars of quality cinema. Having said that, it’s understandable why they are often disliked by those in the movie business – it’s never nice to be told your movie sucks.

Even when they dish out praise, critics aren’t necessarily safe from the acidic response of filmmakers. Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s critically-acclaimed film Birdman, in a delicious twist of irony, is actually a sly “f*** you” to film critics. »

- Gaz Lloyd

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