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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 9:37 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of 15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S., Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 8:46 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of  15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S.,  Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- Kieron Casey

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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The Damned United Takes the Field on DVD and Blu-ray on February 23rd

21 December 2009 10:13 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

You can bring home the trials and tribulations of an infamous British soccer coach on DVD and Blu-ray this coming February. The Damned United will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 23, 2010. The standard DVD will be priced at $28.96 Srp while the Bd will go for $34.95 Srp. The film stars Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney and Jim Broadbent. From the Academy Award-nominated writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, The Damned United is based on the incredible true story of Brian Clough, one of England's greatest soccer managers and his 44 controversial days at the helm of reigning champs Leeds United. Michael Sheen triumphs as Clough starring alongside a winning ensemble cast that includes Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney and Jim Broadbent. This inspiring and humorous sports drama is about the power of friendship in the face of adversity and the stubborn will of one man to play by his own rules. »

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Cast Announced For The Kings Speech

16 November 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Variety is reporting that Guy Pierce, Geoffry Rush, Golin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon have all been cast in “The King’s Speech,” which is being directed by Tom Hooper. The film is the story of a young King George VI of England, as he takes the throne after his older brother Edward abdicates. Plagued by a nervous stammer in his speech, he turns to the unconventional speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helps him find his voice as WW2 looms on the horizon. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for more on “The King’s Speech”. By Costa Koutsoutis (Source: Variety.com) »

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Cast ready for a 'Speech'

16 November 2009 6:21 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon have all signed on for director Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech." Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush have already been cast. The drama follows the young King George VI, the father of the current Queen Elizabeth II, as he cautiously assumes the throne after his brother, Edward, renounces the position. Born with a nervous stammer, King George enlists the help of an unusual speech therapist, Lionel Logue. The two men form an unlikely friendship as King George gains confidence in his voice and leads the country into war against the Nazis.According to Variety, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films and Gareth Unwin of Bedlam Productions »

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Helena Bonham Carter Joins “The King’s Speech”

16 November 2009 12:23 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Tom Hooper’s period drama “The King’s Speech” is growing its cast.

Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon have all recently joined the project.

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are already set to headline “The King’s Speech.”

Tom Hooper, who last directed the English football drama “The Damned United” will direct from the script which was written by David Seidler.

The screenplay follows the relationship between King George VI and speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped the royal lose his stammer and embrace his leadership skills.

Tom Hooper recently started principle photography on movie in England with a planned release in late 2010.

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Cast Set for 'The King's Speech'

16 November 2009 10:08 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Variety

Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon have all boarded helmer Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" alongside the previously announced Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

Period drama follows the young King George VI -- the father of the current Queen Elizabeth II -- as he reluctantly assumes the throne after his brother, Edward, abdicates.

Read more at Variety. »

- Brent Lang

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Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce Among Six Joining 'The King's Speech'

16 November 2009 9:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Who is in the mood for a big, fat British period drama? A slew of British film royalty are joining the cast of Tom Hooper's 'The King's Speech,' according to the UK's The Guardian. The Tom Hooper-directed film chronicles the early life of Queen ... Read more

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Noble actors crowned for The King's Speech

16 November 2009 7:43 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

It's kind of a slow news day for movies when the big story (so far) is about a new movie concerning Queen Elizabeth II's father. The King's Speech is the title of the project which has just begun filming in England and it stars Colin Firth as King George VI, the monarch who ruled Brittania directly before present day Elizabeth's reign. George inherited the crown after his brother Edward abdicated to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson in 1937.

George was unprepared for the public role that was thrust upon him. He had a speech impediment and to overcome this social liability he undertook lessons from speech therapist Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush.) When the Second World War broke out between England and Germany, King George VI's speeches delivered to the British people via radio served as inspiration and morale boosters.

Helena Bonham Carter is playing the »

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Cast assembles for Firth's 'Speech'

16 November 2009 6:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce are among the latest cast additions to Colin Firth's royal drama The King's Speech, says Variety. The period film, to be directed by The Damned United's Tom Hooper, follows King George VI (Firth) as he takes the throne following the abdication of his brother, Edward. George overcame a stammer thanks to the speech therapist (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Speech cast fills out

16 November 2009 6:21 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Tom Hooper's The King’S Speech just got a shot in the arm in the form of a team of new actors who have signed on to star alongside Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon have all officially boarded the project, though their roles remain under wraps for now. The period drama follows the young King George VI -- the father of the current Queen Elizabeth II -- as he reluctantly assumes the throne »

- Paul Tassi

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The King's Speech draws great British cast

16 November 2009 5:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Colin Firth joined by Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall and Derek Jacobi in biopic about reluctant wartime monarch George VI

A roll call of British acting talent has been added to the cast list of The King's Speech, a drama about George VI's struggles to overcome his stammer. Already on board were Colin Firth as the reluctant monarch, who was pushed on to the throne after the 1936 abdication crisis, and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, the unorthodox Australian speech therapist who helped him.

As the second son of George V, the shy prince universally known as Bertie was the spare to the heir and seemed destined to lead a quiet life. But when his brother David, who was crowned as Edward VIII, chose to abdicate to marry Wallis Simpson, Bertie was thrust into the spotlight. However, with the help of Logue, he not only overcame his speech impediment, »

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Helena Bonham Carter joins The King's Speech

16 November 2009 12:04 AM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Period drama The King's Speech is growing its cast, with the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Ehle and Timothy Spall signing on. Tom Hooper's film - which follows the struggles of young King George VI (the current Queen's dad, in case your history isn't up to snuff) as he assumes the throne. Looked down upon and suffering with a nervous stammer, he gets hep from speech therapist Lionel Logue, who makes sure he can lead the country. The cast already boasts Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in the starring roles, with...

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Casting Announced For King's Speech

15 November 2009 11:46 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A cornucopia of casting has been announced over the weekend for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, the story of a British monarch with a speech impediment. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were already cast; they've now been joined by Helena Bonham-Carter, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Guy PearceJennifer Ehle and Timothy Spall. Yes, it appears that Hooper is determined to find out just how many distinguished British actors he can fit in one film.Firth will be glamming down to play George VI, father to the current Queen and reluctant ascendant to the throne after his brother abdicated to run off and marry an American divorcee and swan about the Riviera buying jewellery. George, however, was unprepared for the throne and suffered from a stammer that made him very worried about speaking in public. Rush will play the speech therapist, Lionel Logue, who treated the impediment and gave him his mojo. »

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Majestic Cast Join Colin Firth in The King’s Speech

14 November 2009 1:11 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

You may not have heard the name Tom Hooper but you’ll know his work.

Cutting his teeth on UK TV with Prime Suspect, EastEnders (and Byker Grove…) Hooper made the leap to work on a broader canvas with the epic HBO serials Longford and John Adams and whose recent work, The Damned United, made great use of Michael Sheen’s uncanny ability to embody larger than life characters.

His next project is The King’s Speech, a character piece which tells the story of King George IV’s relationship with a speech therapist as he fights to lose his nervous stammer and live up to his royal duty. Hooper continues to work with talented actors and the key roles here are taken by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush as the King and therapist respectively.

Tonight we’ve learned from The Hollywood Reporter that the project has attracted a very »

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Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce Join The King's Speech

14 November 2009 6:17 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tom Hooper, who last directed the English football drama The Damned United, has signed on for his next film, which will be a period drama entitled The King's Speech. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon have all recently joined the project.

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are set to headline The King's Speech, which was written by David Seidler. The screenplay follows the relationship between King George VI and speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped the royal lose his stammer and embrace his leadership skills.

Tom Hooper recently started principle photography on The King's Speech in England. The Weinstein Company will distribute the film in North America when it is released in late 2010.

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Six sign up for 'Speech' class

13 November 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon have become loyal subjects of director Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech."

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush star in the period drama written by David Seidler, which recently began shooting in England.

The film is based on the relationship between King George VI and speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped the royal lose his stammer and embrace leadership.

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films and Gareth Unwin of Bedlam Prods. are producing. Bedlam's Simon Egan is a co-producer.

The Weinstein Co. will distribute the film in North America.

The Icm-repped Hooper most recently directed Sony's "The Damned United." He also directed the HBO productions "John Adams," "Elizabeth I" and "Longford." »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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BBC Films behind a third of BIFA noms

26 October 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- BBC Films, the pubcaster's standalone filmmaking unit, could lay claim to backing, developing or co-producing titles that Monday laid claim to 26 -- or more than a third -- of the nominations for the upcoming British Independent Film Awards.

The broadcaster's filmmaking unit was involved in a slew of titles mentioned in dispatches including Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank," "An Education," directed by Lone Sherfig, Armando Iannucci's "In The Loop" and Jane Campion's "Bright Star."

Also from the BBC Films roster came Tom Hooper's "The Damned United" and Scott Hicks' "The Boys Are Back".

Given the harsh economic times and a perceived lack of co-production opportunities for indie filmmakers, the involvement of broadcasters in movie development and production here in the U.K. is more apparent than ever.

With both the BBC and Channel 4 practically the only broadcasters in town backing big screen ambitions with »

- By Stuart Kemp

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Review: The Damned United

9 October 2009 11:40 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Brilliance and self-destruction go hand in hand in Tom Hooper's The Damned United, a portrait of English football coach Brian Clough and his decades-long obsession with the rival club Leeds United. But despite flashes of game play (from back when soccer was a "beautiful game, that needed to be played beautifully") and a brief, impressive bit of juggle-and-shoot by former player and star Michael Sheen, this is anything but the action-packed sports film you might expect. Rather, it's an account of a man desperate for recognition who burned a lot of bridges and made a lot of mistakes on the road to glory, the story of a legendary football coach before he ever became a legend and the personal demons that almost completely ruined him.

In his opening scene Hooper obscures Clough's head from view, the point being that Clough and his driving ambitions were a mystery to most. »

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