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Titanic Returns to Theaters This December, New Trailer Released

Titanic Returns to Theaters This December, New Trailer Released
Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Paramount Pictures, and AMC Theatres today announced that Titanic, winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, will return to select theaters nationwide for an exclusive one-week engagement in Dolby Cinema at AMC. In celebration of the film's 20-year anniversary, audiences across the U.S. can experience Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox's Titanic in all Dolby Cinema at AMC locations, including 20 locations supporting 3D, beginning December 1, 2017. This marks the first-ever release of Titanic in Dolby Vision in 2D and 3D, a direct result of ongoing partnerships with both James Cameron and Paramount Pictures. Here's what director James Cameron had to say in his statement.

"We mastered a few minutes of Titanic in Dolby Vision and I was stunned. It was like seeing it for the first time. Now that the entire film has been mastered, I'm excited to share it with audiences across the U.
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Evzen Kolar, Producer of ‘City of Industry,’ Dies at 67

Evzen Kolar, Producer of ‘City of Industry,’ Dies at 67
Veteran film producer Evzen Kolar, whose credits include the 1997 Harvey Keitel drama “City of Industry,” has died in Los Angeles at age 67, his family announced Monday. The Czech-born filmmaker also produced the 1993 Leslie Nielsen-Rob Schneider comedy “Surf Ninjas” through his Kpi Entertainment production company and director Zalman King’s “Delta of Venus.” In addition, he produced John Avildsen’s 1999 Jean-Claude Van Damme action movie “Inferno” (a.k.a. “Desert Heat”), Bruce Beresford’s 2001 period drama “Bride of the Wind,” and John Irvin’s 2003 comedy “The Boys and Girls from County Clare” starring Colm Meaney, Bernard Hill and Andrea Corr.
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'The Boys & Girl From County Clare' producer Evzen Kolar dies aged 67

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'The Boys & Girl From County Clare' producer Evzen Kolar dies aged 67
Larger-than-life polyglot worked with Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Evzen Kolar, the Czech-born producer of The Boys & Girl From County Clare and City Of Industry, has died in California after a brief illness. He was 67.

Kolar was born in Moravia in the Czech Republic to a diplomat and got his first taste of entertainment as a child actor, before becoming an assistant director in Europe on commercials, television projects and features.

He lived in London in the late 1970s and produced fringe theatre before moving to the Us in 1979 where he built a name for himself as a production executive, notching up numerous line producer and producer credits.

After stints as vice-president of production at Fireline Productions, a subsidiary of the Armand Hammer Company, and CEO at Crossover Films Ent, Kolar worked as a line producer. His credits included Never Say Never Again with Sean Connery, Street Smart starring Morgan Freeman, Master Of The Universe with Dolph Lundgren
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Veteran Film Producer Evzen Kolar Dies at 67

Veteran Film Producer Evzen Kolar Dies at 67
Veteran film producer Evzen Kolar died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 67.

Born in the Czech Republic, Kolar began his film and television career as a child actor. He later became an assistant director, working throughout Europe on commercials, television projects, and features, and produced fringe theater in London before moving to the U.S. in 1979.


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In addition to his role as vice president of production at Fireline Productions and CEO at Crossover Films Ent., Kolar line-produced a number of features, including “Never Say Never Again” with Sean Connery as James Bond, “Street Smart” starring Morgan Freeman, “Bat 21” with Gene Hackman and Danny Glover, and “Storyville” starring James Spader and Jason Robards.

Kolar established his own production company, Kpi Entertainment, in 1993. There, he produced films such as “Surf Ninjas,” the cult comedy staring Rob Schneider and Leslie Nielsen; the Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner “Inferno”; and “Bride of the Wind
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'God's Own Country' wins top prize at Edinburgh Film Festival

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'God's Own Country' wins top prize at Edinburgh Film Festival
Daphne, Glory also scoop prizes.

Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country has won the top prize at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The well-received drama, which premiered in Sundance and had its UK premiere in Edinburgh, took the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film.

The prize was awarded by a jury consisting of composer David Arnold, International Film Festival Rotterdam artistic director Bero Beyer, and Bafta-nominated film and television writer Andrea Gibb.

The jury commented: “We present the Michael Powell Award to God’s Own Country, directed by Francis Lee, a film with a singularity of storytelling and consistency of vision. Assured direction with raw and endearing performances result in a film that has an authenticity that is both tender and brutal, a juxtaposition of landscape and emotion, which explores the question of what it means to be a man.”

On hearing the news, director Francis Lee said: “I am thrilled with this
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Red carpet rolls out for Eiff's 71st edition by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-06-22 08:11:21

Ian Hart, Manon Ardisson, Josh O' Connor, Francis Lee, Alec Secareanu and Gemma Jones on the red carpet for God's Own Country Photo: Courtesy of Eiff The 71st edition (and 70th anniversary) of Edinburgh Film Festival got under way last night, with the UK premiere of God's Own Country.

The film, which charts the gay romance between a Yorkshire sheep farmer and a migrant farmhand, has featured at a string of festivals since it had it's world premiere in Sundance.

It is the feature debut of actor-turned-director Francis Lee, who was in attendance along with cast members Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart and Gemma Jones.

Richard E Grant Photo: Courtesy of Eiff Mark Adams, Eiff artistic director, said: "In the Festival's 70th Anniversary Year, we're proud to be showcasing some of the most exciting, accomplished material from around the world and are looking forward to hosting these talented filmmakers and artists."

Among the other stars in attendance at the opening night were actors Richard E Grant, Bernard Hill and Ewan Bremner, along with a wealth of other Scottish talent including Swallows And Amazons...
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Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils 2017 line-up

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Highlights include the UK premiere of Cars 3 and 17 world premieres.Scroll Down For Competition Titles

The line-up for the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by artistic director Mark Adams.

This year’s Eiff (June 21-2 July) will comprise a total 151 features from 46 countries including 17 world premieres, 12 international premieres, 9 European premieres and 69 UK premieres.

Highlights include the UK Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s animation Cars 3, appearances from Stanley Tucci, Oliver Stone and Kevin Bacon and the Opening and Closing Gala premieres of the previously announced God’s Own Country and England Is Mine.

There will also be a special screening of Raiders Of The Lost Ark accompanied by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing the score live.

Best of British

The Best of British strand includes Bryn HigginsAccess All Areas featuring Rizzle KicksJordan Stephens; Simon Hunter’s Edie starring Sheila Hancock; the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female adaptation of [link
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Kelsey Grammer to star in revenge drama with parkour star

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Exclusive: Frasier actor teams up with Sebastian Foucan for Bharal.

Fledgling UK production outfit BB88 is in Cannes to talk up a slate of movies including revenge drama drama Bharal, which is due to star former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and parkour pioneer Sebastian Foucan.

Jake L Reid’s (The Antwerp Dolls) feature, due to start in early 2018, charts the story of an African refugee who arrives in London to search for his missing sister.

When he uncovers an immigrant sex trade he becomes both a media sensation and a target for a crime syndicate, along with the immigrant community that has taken him in.

Bharal is being lined up as a co-production between BB88, Reid’s Liberal Region Productions and Compos Mentis productions.

Also new to the slate is Gate Crash, which will be directed by Laurence Gough (Dr Who). The cast includes Marc Warren (Snatch) and Anton Lesser from Game Of Thrones.

Projects already
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Michael Wearing obituary

Television producer whose work included landmark dramas such as Boys from the Blackstuff and Edge of Darkness

Michael Wearing, who has died aged 78, was a television producer and executive behind some of the most socially and politically charged dramas of the late 20th century. He successfully steered the medium through a period when single plays were dropped in favour of series. It was his work as script editor on The Black Stuff, the writer Alan Bleasdale’s 1980 Play for Today, that led him two years later to produce the landmark five-part drama Boys from the Blackstuff, which became a battle cry for the unemployed in Thatcher’s Britain after their numbers soared to more than three million. Bernard Hill’s cry of “Gissa job” in his role as Yosser Hughes became a national catchphrase.

However, Wearing continued to use the single-play format by presenting each episode as the story of
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Unforgotten: Season Three Renewal for ITV Series

They remembered! ITV has renewed its Forgotten TV show for a third series (season). The British crime drama series stars Nicola Walker as Dci Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as Di Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan. The season three order is for six hourlong episodes.Creator Chris Lang is writing the third installment for ITV. In the first two seasons, Unforgotten also featured Tom Courtenay, Trevor Eve, Bernard Hill, Hannah Gordon, Gemma Jones, Ruth Sheen, Mark Bonnar, Lorraine Ashbourne, Peter Egan, Rosie Cavaliero, Badria Timimi, Adeel Akhtar, and Wendy Craig.Read More…
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Philip Saville obituary

TV director whose Boys from the Blackstuff won a Bafta for best drama serial

The director Philip Saville, who has died aged 86, was an important figure in British television drama – an innovative practitioner who brought Alan Bleasdale’s 1982 drama Boys from the Blackstuff to the screen. The series, which concerned the harrowing effects of unemployment on five Liverpudlian men, had a difficult gestation – the BBC was not easily persuaded to allow a supposedly “arty” director to convey the reality of the disenfranchised working classes. While he greatly admired Bleasdale’s scripts, Saville suggested rewrites, notably expanding the role of Angie, the wife of one of the men, Chrissie (Michael Angelis). This added a strong female element to an otherwise male-dominated piece and provided Julie Walters with a breakthrough role.

One episode, Yosser’s Story, featured the broken Yosser Hughes (Bernard Hill) desperately asking “gissa job” as his sanity was eroded along with his self-respect.
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Peter Vaughan obituary

Veteran stage and screen actor who played Harry Grout in Porridge and Maester Aemon in Game of Thrones

Peter Vaughan, who has died aged 93, was one of the most distinctive and menacing of character actors on stage and screen in a career spanning seven decades and ranging from West End comedy to Dickens and Our Friends in the North on television, to movies with Frank Sinatra and Tallulah Bankhead, and encompassing a string of unpleasant authority figures. With his bulky figure, small eyes and prognathous jaw, he usually played the type of character you would not want to bump into on a dark night in a darker alley, even though, in real life, Vaughan was known for his conviviality, kindness to animals and devotion to his family.

For television audiences in the 1970s, he was a faux terrifying and hilarious Mr Big in Ronnie Barker’s prison comedy series Porridge
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Golden Years review – pensioners-turn-crims comedy

There are the seeds of something interesting in this cack-handed comedy, but the talent – including Virginia McKenna and Simon Callow – are ill-served

Related: Nick Knowles: 'I can’t go to Cannes because I’m recording a Saturday-night quiz show'

“Banks, bowls … and bingo” is the tagline of the pensioners-turn-crims comedy – and it’s cack-handedness offers an early clue to the botched plot and groaning dialogue to come (the script is courtesy of Diy Sos star Nick Knowles). Bernard Hill and Virginia McKenna play Arthur and Martha Good – again, a bad sign, that – whose happy retirement is threatened after his pension pot is suddenly depleted. Erratic slapstick involving a shopping trolley means Arthur inadvertently robs a security guard, then continues his spree after he realises he’s due it all really and he can bail out similarly disenfranchised pals – including Simon Callow as a Welsh am-dram aficionado who gets his
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Harker’s Hits: new on DVD/Blu-ray!

Harker’s Hits: new on DVD/Blu-ray!
This week delivers up a wealth of joy. Cannibal Women! Zombies! Curses! Sinful Dwarfs! Doctor Who! So let’s dive in and see just how we’re going to spend our week!

Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death

With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and
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Laika – Animation Studio Behind Coraline, Paranorman, The Boxtrolls – Celebrates A Decade of Achievement

Laika, the award-winning animation studio nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, celebrates 10 years of bold and memorable filmmaking this month. For a company whose name means “little barker” in Russian, Portland, Oregon-based Laika has made quite a noise in the global film industry over a relatively short time.

With its world-class filmmaking team, Laika pushes the boundaries of family entertainment and animated movies, redefining what stories can and should be told through the art form.

“When Laika began we had a simple goal: to make movies that matter,” says Travis Knight, Laika’s President and CEO, who also is lead animator and a producer on its films. “Laika is devoted to telling new and original stories in new and original ways.”

“We aspire to make films that are bold, distinctive, and enduring,” Knight continues. “We are committed to telling stories that are thematically challenging, aesthetically beautiful, emotionally resonant,
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North v South review – Romeo and Juliet caught up in gang war

Despite its semi-interesting premise, a new take on star-crossed lovers, Steven Nesbit’s low-budget Brit gangster flick fails to deliver

This week’s geezerfest has a semi-interesting premise – dividing up a bizarro Britain along Romeo and Juliet lines, as blossoming young love threatens the tenuous truce between regional heavies – but no sense of how to develop it. Instead, variably grizzled types (Bernard Hill and Freema Agyeman repping the north; Steven Berkoff and Keith Allen the south) sit around picking their teeth and casually lobbing C-bombs at one another, while a florid Elliott Tittensor voiceover strives to assure us the stakes are being raised. With writer-director Steve Nesbit preoccupied with delaying his under-budgeted action, an odd listlessness takes over: you just want Danny Dyer to stroll on and tell everyone to stop poncing about.

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Thursday’s best TV: Unforgotten, Who Do You Think You Are?, Hunted

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A star-studded police procedural, Mark Gatiss traces the story of his nose, and eight fugitives are still off-grid in Hunted. Plus: Lucy Worsley on romance, the finale of Boy Meets Girl, by-the-numbers kook in The Mindy Project, and truffle poaching in Oegon

Brooding crime drama starring the brilliant Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tom Courtenay, Trevor Eve and Bernard Hill. All the actors, basically. Writer Chris Lang sticks to the cold-case script as our detectives (Walker and Bhaskar) investigate some bones that were buried 40 years before. Who is the dead guy and who made him be dead in the first place? Impossible to guess the killer because everyone in this is so famous and thus ready for their big reveal scene. Julia Raeside

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Trailer for British crime thriller North v South

Last week we brought you an exclusive clip from Steven Nesbit’s hard-hitting British thriller North v South [watch it here], and now ahead of its release later this month we have the official trailer; check it out here…

The rival criminal underworlds from the North and South of the UK have a long history of hostility but an unspoken, grudging understanding keeps them from all out gang-warfare. It s a fine line that must never be crossed, and if it is, all hell will break loose.

North v South is on general release from October 16th, with a cast that includes Brad Moore, Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Freema Agyeman, Elliott Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Keith Allen, Geoff Bell, Steve Evets and Greta Scacchi.
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Exclusive clip from hard-hitting British thriller North v South

To celebrate the upcoming release of Steven Nesbit’s hard-hitting British thriller North v South – which had its World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival and is set for general release later this month – we’ve got an exclusive clip from the film, which you can watch below…

The rival criminal underworlds from the North and South of the UK have a long history of hostility but an unspoken, grudging understanding keeps them from all out gang-warfare. It s a fine line that must never be crossed, and if it is, all hell will break loose.

North v South is on general release from October 16th, with a cast that includes Brad Moore, Bernard Hill, Steven Berkoff, Freema Agyeman, Elliott Tittensor, Charlotte Hope, Keith Allen, Geoff Bell, Steve Evets and Greta Scacchi.
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Have Jurassic Dinosaurs Truly Kicked Marvel Superheroes Butt at Worldwide Box Office?

'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office hit in history. The Jurassic Park sequel – or reboot, as it's basically the same story with a slightly different twist – has surpassed Marvel's Joss Whedon-directed all-star superhero flick The Avengers, which broke box office records back in 2012. Of course, "officially" just ain't what it used to be – like, in the days before The Fall. So you wisely ask, "But which movie has actually sold the most tickets?" After all, that's the true measure of a film's popularity. Well, that's a tough one to answer without the studios providing accurate, precise numbers. And that's not about to happen. It always
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