17 items from 2015
London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8.
Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was Peter Greenaway.
Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalog. With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements, »
- Leo Barraclough
BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.
BBC Films is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 8.
The prize is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, with previous recipients including Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross.
Last year’s recipient was British writer-director Peter Greenaway.
Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said: “For the past 25 years, great effort has gone into establishing BBC Films as a nurturing and collaborative home for filmmakers - one which showcases British talent to the world and deepens the impression of the »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The 26th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards have just concluded, ending with a gigantic surprise. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s brilliant Birdman has taken down the juggernaut Boyhood to claim the PGA’s top award as Best Picture of the Year, meaning we now have a new leader for the Best Picture Oscar (I may have previously spoken too soon when I said that Birdman‘s lack of a Film Editing nomination would hold it back). As previously mentioned, the PGA and the Academy have agreed on Best Picture 18 out of 25 times, including the last seven years in a row.
It’s worth noting that we saw the exact same situation occur four years ago, when The King’s Speech managed to defeat the seemingly-unbeatable The Social Network (which dominated throughout the critics awards). Birdman already has a great chance of taking home Best Actor and Best Cast tomorrow night »
- Jeff Beck
Exclusive: After winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama , and fresh off nominations for Oscar and BAFTA awards Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything is considered a front runner to take it all at next month’s Academy Awards . But he is in a tight race with fellow Globe winner Michael Keaton who also landed Oscar and BAFTA nominations Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell also provide strong competition in one of the closest races ever for Best Actor. A nominee for this weekend’s SAG award (voting closes tomorrow) in the same category , Redmayne is clearly enjoying quite a ride this awards season while at the same time preparing to play his latest role as a transgender in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl which gets underway next month. And all this awards talk is with good cause. »
- Pete Hammond
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is notable in the season for a number of reasons. First, it's a massive voting body unlike most on the circuit, so their nominations choices can often hint toward consensus. Second, their winner very often goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Director, which as we all know tends to presage the Best Picture Oscar. But... ...one wonders how those two elements are being viewed as of late. After all, the last two years have seen a split, once by necessity ("Argo" director Ben Affleck was not nominated), the second time in a close race. Could it be that the Academy will start looking at these categories differently rather than as a package deal? Maybe, maybe not. I have no real answers there. I'm just asking the question. Anyway, the DGA nominated mostly expected names today. Clint Eastwood, naturally. "American Sniper" is cruising. »
- Kristopher Tapley
In what is now a new and continuing tradition, the Golden Globe Awards have been revealed ahead of the Oscar nominations, which will be made public this Thursday. Of course, voting for the Oscar nominations was closed before the awards were revealed so don't think last night's wins will have any effect on the nominees. But this isn't an article designed to look at nominations, though we'll certainly get into a little of that. Instead we're looking at what chance last night's Globe winners have at winning the Oscar based on the recent Globe vs. Oscar history. This post serves as my ninth installment of my "Globes vs. Oscars" column (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and we'll take a look at the past 30 years of Golden Globe winner history compared to the Oscars and see where last night's winners may gain an edge and where they most likely won't and we'll begin with the lead acting categories. »
- Brad Brevet
Larry Wilmore may not be the only African American host in late night television. Neil deGrasse Tyson, noted astrophysicist and the Internet’s favorite person ever behind Benedict Cumberbatch and Patrick Stewart, is reportedly moving his hit podcast Star Talk to the National Geographic Channel, Deadline reports.
The show is inspired by NPR’s Car Talk and features Tyson speaking with celebrities about everything from science to pop culture to comedy. “It will be National Geographic’s very first talk show so we look forward to how this plays out,” Tyson said to a group of journalists at the Winter TV Press Tour 2015.
Tyson previously hosted Fox’s remake of the documentary series Cosmos, and we previously reported that he has an awful lot of thoughts about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. He recently also attracted some unwanted attention from religious types after tweeting that Isaac Newton shared a birthday with Jesus Christ. »
- Brian Welk
Fresh off a strong turn in underrated crime drama The Drop, Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts has joined the cast of The Danish Girl, a period love story to be helmed by Les Misérables director Tom Hooper.
Schoenarts, whose previous films include Bullhead and Rust & Bone, will act opposite a trio of tremendously talented stars, including The Theory of Everything‘s Eddie Redmayne, veritable Next Big Thing Alicia Vikander (her upcoming films include Ex Machina, Testament of Youth, The Man from Uncle, Tulip Fever and The Light Between Oceans) and The Rum Diary‘s Amber Heard.
The Danish Girl, adapted from the novel by David Ebershoff by Lucinda Coxon (The Crimson Petal and the White), focuses on the unusual romance between Danish painter Einar Wegener (Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Vikander), also an accomplished painter. In 1930, Einar became one of the first men to ever undergo a sex change operation. The »
- Isaac Feldberg
• Reese Witherspoon will star opposite Matt Damon in Downsizing. Alexander Payne will direct from a script he wrote alongside Jim Taylor. Set in the near future, the film follows a man who realizes he'd be better of if he shrunk himself. Payne, Taylor, and Witherspoon all previously worked on Election. [Variety] • The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort is joining Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener in November Criminals. Sacha Gervasi is directing. Steven Knight adapted Sam Munson’s teen-thriller novel for the screen. The story tracks two teenagers in Washington D.C. who investigate a friend’s murder, and fall in love in the process. »
- C. Molly Smith
Downsizing, Pete’s Dragon, Kong: Skull Island, and other movies have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. The Danish Girl Matthias Schoenaerts (The Drop) is joining Tom Hooper’s The Danish [...]
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- Rollo Tomasi
After 2011’s "Bullhead" earned a Best Foreign Language Academy Award nomination, Matthias Schoenaerts could have become a James Bond villain and called it a day. Instead, the muscle-laden Belgian actor has challenged type-casting by sticking to promising films and name costars. Schoenaerts’ next project is destined for an awards frenzy: He’s set to join current Best Actor contender Eddie Redmayne in "The Danish Girl." Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper follows up "Les Misérables" with the culled-from-real-life story, dramatizing the life of Danish painter Einar Wegener, who became one of the first men to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Lucinda Coxon ("Crimson Peak") wrote "The Danish Girl," based on a novel by David Ebershoff. Redmayne signed on to play Wegener last April. Deadline’s original report is unclear about who Schoenaerts will play in "The Danish Girl," though his mere inclusion bumps up the film’s prestiguous cast, which includes Alicia Vikander »
- Matt Patches
After directing Les Miserables and The King's Speech, director Tom Hooper is sticking with period drama. This time he's heading to the 1930s for the sex change drama The Danish Girl. Hooper had already rounded up an impressive cast with Eddie Redmayne leading the story of Danish painter Einar Wegener, who would become the first person to receive a sex change operation from a man to woman in 1931, becoming Lili Elbe. Redmayne is joined by Alicia Vikander as Wegener's wife Gerda and Amber Heard as a character named Oola. Now Deadline reports The Drop star Matthias Schoenaerts has landed a role too. It's not clear who the actor will play, but it's likely a meaty part. The film is based on David Ebershoff's book of the same name, and has been adapted by Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target, Crimson Peak). It's another remarkably different role for Redmayne following solid work »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Matthias Schoenaerts (The Drop) is joining Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl opposite Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything), Alicia Vikander (Testament Of Youth) and Amber Heard (Magic Mike 2). The film, boasting an increasingly formidable cast, sees director and producer Hooper re-teaming with Working Title’s powerhouses Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The trio previously worked together with much success on Les Miserables.
Inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff, The 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. Anne Harrison and Gail Mutrux developed the film and will produce through their Harrison Productions and Pretty Pictures banners.
- Ali Jaafar
Les Misérables director Tom Hooper has already been building quite the cast for his latest project, true-life tale The Danish Girl. He’s just added Matthias Schoenaerts to the impressive line-up.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, and scripted by Lucinda Coxon, 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 Amber Heard has role of Oola.As for Schoenaerts, nothing has been announced about his role yet, according to Deadline. Schoenaerts has several films coming up on his schedule, including Far From The Madding Crowd (out here on May 1), Close Protection, A Bigger Splash, and Galveston, which is still in development. »
The International Film Festival Rotterdam opens on January 21 with Tom Hooper's War Book and runs through February 1, when J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year wraps the 44th edition. Today, the festival's announced the lineup for its Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2015, with 13 projects by first and second time feature filmmakers from around the world—new work by Laura Citarella and Verónica Llinás, Jeppe Rønde, Martin Radich, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Ismail Basbeth, Carlos Quintela, Juan Daniel Fernández Molero and more. » - David Hudson »
They didn’t make our final Top 100 cut, but here is a list of foreign film titles that are on our radar for 2015. We being with…
198. Kills on Wheels – Dir. Attila Till
197. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend – Dir. Yuen Woo-ping
193. Flaskepost – Dir. Nikolaj Arcel
192. The Lady in the Van – Dir. Nicolas Hytner
191. Zoom – Dir. Pedro Morelli
190. Away from the Sea – Dir. Imanol Uribe
188. Ulrike’s Brain – Dir. Bruce La Bruce
187. Tsunami – Dir. Jacques Deschamps
186. And Your Sister? – Dir. Marion Vernoux
185. There Was Las Vegas – Dir. Alexandre Castas
183. Stepne – Dir. Maryna Vroda
182. Irreplaceable – Dir. Olivier Masset-Depasse
181. Histoire de Judas Iscariot – Dir. Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche
180. The First, the Last – Dir. Bouli Lanners
179. Selection Officielle – Dir. Jacques Richard
178. Desierto – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
Can you believe that Oscar nominations are less than two weeks away? Yes, on January 15th the first phase of the awards season ends with the Academy Award nominations. Wow. Time flies once the precursors start. As such, this is the second to last set of Oscar predictions that I’ll be sharing with you before the announcement. So, I better figure this all out in a hurry! The Academy has sent out ballots, members are getting ready to finalize their choices, and precursors are going on all around them. It’s truly the busy season, with all the contenders in release and no excuses left to be made. Time to put up or shut up for the Oscar hopefuls, while voters hopefully do their due diligence with all of the potential players. Earlier today the Ace Eddie announcement was made, which could give some insight into both the Best »
- Joey Magidson
17 items from 2015
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