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★★★★☆It's extremely fitting that after Tom Hooper's star-studded version of Les Misérables (2012) has exited stage-left that Raymond Bernard original 1934 adaptation of Victor Hugo’s timeless novel should re-appear fully restored. The film was released as three separate features in 1934 but the Pathe-restored Masters of Cinema Blu-ray enables audiences to watch all 300 minutes of the film's torturous struggle in one go. The narrative of this French classic unfolds in an effortless manner moving from Jean Valjean’s (Harry Baur) release from prison and the orphan Fantine’s (Florelle) carefree days, to Valjean’s eventual adoption of Fantine’s orphaned daughter Cosette (Josseline Gaël).
- CineVue UK
At the 17th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards, Pride took home the most trophies, including Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress (Imelda Staunton) and Best Supporting Actor (Andrew Scott).
Yann Demange won best director for ‘71.
For the full list of winners, see end of story.
Richard Linklater accepted his award for Best International Film “on behalf of the 450 people who worked on this film over 12 years,” dedicating the prize to British filmmaker [This Sporting Life director] Lindsay Anderson “who was a friend and a bit of a mentor, who I miss.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
Boniadi will play Esther, the role that Gal Gadot was in discussions before conflicts knocked her out of the running. Boniadi also beat out Sofia Boutella ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Moran Atias ("The Next Three Days") and Natalia Warner ("Learning To Breathe") for the role. [Source: Deadline]
Tom Hanks reprises his role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon who awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with a doctor (Jones) whom he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
• Kerry Washington and Kate Hudson are in early negotiations for Unforgettable. Belle's Amma Asante is directing the thriller from a script by Christina Hodson. The story follows a wife (Washington) who faces off with her husband's ex (Hudson) when she continually stirs up trouble. [Variety] • The Theory of Everything's Felicity Jones is in early talks for a starring role in Inferno. Following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, the film marks the third big screen adaptation from the Dan Brown series of novels. Ron Howard will return to direct, and Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Robert Langdon. »
- C. Molly Smith
We’ve got a trio of casting stories to attend to this evening. Briefly: Dwayne Johnson is looking to add “Disney Animated Film” to his world takeover plans, as the prolific (and unendingly charming) actor is in talks to voice a role in Disney’s Moana. Scandal star Kerry Washington is in talks to lead the thriller Unforgettable, with Kate Hudson also in early negotiations for a role. Amber Heard is in talks to join Les Miserables director Tom Hooper’s next film The Danish Girl. More on the aforementioned casting after the jump. Though Disney Animation only just confirmed the existence and a November 2016 release date for the film, The Wrap reports that Dwayne Johnson is in early talks to voice a role in Moana. The animated comedy-adventure revolves around a spirited teenager and born navigator who teams up with the legendary demi-god Maui and sets out to fulfill her ancestors’ quest. »
- Adam Chitwood
Tom Hooper followed up The King’s Speech with 2012’s Les Misérables, but since then he’s been trying to find his next project. He’s been busy developing The Danish Girl, and has Amber Heard in talks for a role.The Danish Girl finds Hooper re-teaming with Les Mis’s Eddie Redmayne for a film inspired by a true story. Based on a 2000 book by David Ebershoff, it’ll chronicle Danish painter Einar Wegener's life as he became the first man to undergo a sex change operation in the early 1930s, becoming Lili Elbe. Alicia Vikander is already attached to co-star as Wegener’s wife, Gerda, while Heard is circling the role of Oola.Currently scripted by Lucinda Coxon, this one has been developing for a few years, with Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron and director Tomas Alfredson all attached at various points.As for Heard, she’s »
The long-gestating adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel, The Danish Girl, is picking up speed as The Rum Diary star Amber Heard is now in negotiations for a role. Per Deadline, Heard is in the running for a “strong supporting” part, which if all goes to plan, will see her performing opposite Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (The Fifth Estate).
Published in 2000, the novel reimagines the story of real-life artist, Einar Wegener (Redmayne), and his wife Gerda (Vikander). In 1930 Wegener opted to undergo gender reassignment surgery, and emerged as one of the first men to ever seek the experimental procedure. Ebershoff’s novel examines the couple’s life following Wegener’s transition to Lili Elbe, and it strikes us as the perfect material for a big screen reworking. If Heard signs on, she’ll be tackling the meatier supporting part of Oona.
After the project stalled »
- Gem Seddon
Einar - later known as Lili Elbe - transitioned in the 1920s, and was one of the first patients to undergo then-experimental gender confirmation surgery in 1930.
Exclusive: Amber Heard is in talks to join Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl for the strong supporting role of Oola opposite Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (Testament Of Youth). The film sees director and producer Hooper re-teaming with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The trio previously worked together with much success on Les Miserables.
Inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff, Danish Girl is a love story about Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. In 1930, Wegener was one of the first men ever to undergo operations to become a woman. Lucinda Coxon adapted the screenplay. Gail Mutrux developed the film and will produce through her Pretty Pictures banner alongside Anne Harrison and Linda Reisman.
- Ali Jaafar
Eddie Redmayne steadily has been building an impressive resume. He romanced Marilyn Monroe (well, Michelle Williams) in My Week with Marilyn. He held a tune . several, in fact . in Tom Hooper.s Les Miserables. And he.s currently courting Oscar buzz for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. But it turns out there are some movies Redmayne is Not destined to be in, and some roles that just aren.t the right fit. The actor has been doing a million interviews as of late in support of The Theory of Everything, and during a conversation with MTV, he admits that he auditioned for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Well, that isn.t special. Everyone auditioned for that movie, from Benedict Cumberbatch to Saoirse Ronan. Only, Redmayne.s audition didn.t go well. In fact, it went spectacularly bad. As he recalls: There.s this wonderful casting director »
Richard Linklater is a visionary! His "Boyhood" is easily my favorite movie of 2014 for its creativity and heartfelt storytelling. It's very appropriate that the auteur us receiving the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will be joining other recipients such as Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, and Rosamund Pike.
Here's the full press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 26, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present two-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Academy Award® winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Richard Linklater.s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, »
“Boyhood” writer-director Richard Linklater will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on Jan. 3. The festival runs from Jan. 2-12.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed ‘Boyhood,’ a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
Linklater’s past work includes “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise,” “Waking Life,” “Tape,” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Bernie,” and “Before Midnight.” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” nabbed Linklater Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Psiff Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees »
- Laura Prudom
Broadway actor Aaron Tveit has said that he would love to star in a future Wicked movie.
The Les Misérables actor played the character of Fiyero on Broadway in 2008, and told Digital Spy that he thinks the musical will translate well as a movie.
"That's such a fantastic story, and they do a really good job at creating that world on stage," he said. "That would be a fantastic movie.
"Oz the Great and Powerful created such a beautiful, colourful, vibrant world, and I think Wicked could do the same thing. The Wicked book is actually much darker, so they could also go underneath and show that in the film."
When asked if he would like to be involved in the project, he said: "I would definitely be open to that. It's a show and a part that I love, but I've heard nothing about it! It would definitely be something I'd be interested in, »
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood received five Indie Spirit Award noms yesterday including best feature and director, and now Linklater can add another kudo to the list. He will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on January 3. The fest runs January 2-12.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
- The Deadline Team
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Boyhood writer-director Richard Linklater will receive this year’s Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 26th annual Psiff Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.
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- Anjelica Oswald
The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will give "Boyhood" filmmaker Richard Linklater the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12. Past recipients include Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius. Nominated for two screenwriting Oscars for "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight," Linklater wrote, produced and directed Oscar frontrunner "Boyhood," whose star Ellar Coltrane literally grew up on screen over 12 years of filming. Supporting actor and actress contenders Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play his parents, and Lorelei Linklater is his sister. The film was produced by Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring and John Sloss, and was financed and released by IFC Films. Linklater also directed "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," »
- Anne Thompson
Boyhood writer-director Richard Linklater will receive this year's Sonny Bono VIsionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's 26th annual Psiff Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12. Previous recipients of Psiff's Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Oscar-winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino and Michel Hazanavicius. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films “Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” Psiff chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “For
- Scott Feinberg, Hilary Lewis
The gears in composer Alexandre Desplat’s head are always turning. They have to be; even with a packed scheduled — he’ll see five films hit American screens before the end of 2014 — his artistic process is still one of care and contemplation. With each new score, Desplat chisels out a sound that’s recognizably story-driven, interwoven with theme and individual from his other works. In his new film, "The Imitation Game," the composer translates Alan Turing’s life into a fractaling piano score that encompasses both the mathematician’s achievements — cracking the Nazi’s "Enigma Code" with a proto-computer known as the Turing Machine — and an emotional frustration bubbling underneath the surface. If Desplat’s espionage sounds click with Oscar voters, "The Imitation Game" would net him his seventh Academy Award nomination. He previously nabbed a spot in the top five with "The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Matt Patches
If you don't know his name yet, you will soon.
Eddie Redmayne has slowly become a household name in the past decade, starring in roughly a dozen films and even breaking out on stage. In fact, the young actor won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play in 2010. While Redmayne has made his mark in theater, the budding star looks to add an Oscar to his collection this fall. Beginning Friday, Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in the acclaimed biopic "The Theory of Everything."
From his romance with his publicist to his royal classmate, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Eddie Redmayne.
2. His mother runs a relocation business and his father is a London-based businessman.
3. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard Redmayne, a noted British civil and mining engineer. He was also instrumental in »
- Jonny Black
This year’s best director race is all about the Oscar virgins. Most of the contenders in the running — starting with frontrunner Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) — have never been nominated in the category before. But one caveat to remember: predictors have been wary of declaring any locks in this competition since the Academy snubbed sure-thing contenders Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty“) two years ago, so there’s always the possibility of a few surprises come Jan. 15.
If there’s another good bet in the category, it’s Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who made “The Imitation Game” about World War II code breaker Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). One prominent Oscar publicist calls him the Tom Hooper of this year’s race, who took home the trophy in 2011. Like “The King’s Speech,” “The Imitation Game” comes with a DNA that Oscar voters love, including a historic pedigree and »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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