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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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Review of the decade | Culture

26 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Twitter, Daniel Barenboim, XBox, Wg Sebald, Nicholas Hytner's National, Big Brother and The Wire... just some of the cultural highs of the noughties. From the rise of Dizzee Rascal to the emergence – at the age of 89 – of the dazzling Cuban painter Carmen Herrera, our critics pick the defining people and trends of the past 10 years

Technology

Google

Larry Page and Sergey Brin began thinking about a new kind of internet search engine in early 1996 and their company was incorporated as Google Inc in 1998. But it was in 2000 that they started selling advertising against search results and this allowed them to move into their Mountain View headquarters in California (aka the Googleplex), begin acquiring other companies (including YouTube) and drastically expand their other ambitions throughout the noughties.

The verb "to google" entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2006 and Google dominates the search engine market despite ferocious competition from Yahoo! and Microsoft. »

- Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Robert McCrum, Kitty Empire, Fiona Maddocks, Philip French, Giles Richards, Susannah Clapp, Alice Fisher, Stephen Bayley, Andrew Anthony, Daniel Barenboim, Gaby Wood

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Christmas and new year TV films

18 December 2009 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not sure what to watch? We can help with our comprehensive guide to the best films on TV this Christmas and new year

Choose a date

Saturday 19 December | Sunday 20 December | Monday 21 December | Tuesday 22 December | Wednesday 23 December |Christmas Eve | Christmas Day | Boxing Day | Sunday 27 December | Monday 28 December | Tuesday 29 December | Wednesday 30 December | New Year's Eve | New Year's Day

Saturday 19 December

Yes Man (Peyton Reed, 2008)

10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere

Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.

The Golden Compass (Chris Weitz, 2007)

11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family

What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »

- Paul Howlett

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Predictions 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Philippon, Marslett, Romanek

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

If my predix come true, this will be a fest heavy on first time filmmakers in the feature length film categories, which is nothing new of course. I've listed four new names below that could make their big time debuts at the fest. - If my predix come true, this will be a fest heavy on first time filmmakers in the feature length film categories, which is nothing new of course. I've listed four new names below that could make their big time debuts at the fest. Lullaby for Pi - If the festival is looking for this year's “Once”, they might look for it in the musically inclined feature starring Rupert Friend, who actually uses his pipes for the film. Killer Films is one of the production companies involved in a tale that sees Tom, a bewitching blues-jazz singer (Friend). Sadly, since his wife passed away, he »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Introducing Carey Mulletigan

29 October 2009 4:50 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

The Playlist has a first look at Never Let Me Go, the upcoming Mark Romanek adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel that's got a host of British talent attached, including including Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Sally Hawkins, and screenwriter Alex Garland. And then there's white-hot An Education ingenue Carey Mulligan, who definitely appears to be working the "business up front, party in the back" look in the film. We're not sure who she's playing, but based on that hairstyle, we have a hunch: »

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Hollywood Film Festival to Honor Carey Mulligan and Jeremy Renner

22 September 2009 7:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce honorees who will be recognized for their achievements at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.

Actress Carey Mulligan will receive the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actress Award," actor Jeremy Renner will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award," director Lee Daniels will receive the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award," Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe will receive the "New Hollywood Award" and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will be recognized with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Screenwriter Award."

The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26, 2009. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. "These honorees have been steadily laying the groundwork of choice projects upon which to build their Hollywood careers, and this was their year to really stand out, »

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Books: Review:Nocturnes

16 September 2009 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

The narrators of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels and short fiction are never reliable; they exist in worlds where the truth is too painful to be confronted in any direction but sideways. The protagonists of books like The Remains Of The Day and Never Let Me Go speak in refined, dignified tones, and they never consciously lie. The tragedy isn’t that they aren’t happy, but that the only way to achieve happiness would be to become someone else entirely. Love lurks at the edges of their lives, or great danger threatens them; to understand either would require such a »

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Andrea Riseborough Joins Brighton Rock

13 August 2009 12:38 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Andrea Riseborough has joined Sam Riley in Brighton Rock, BBC Films' adaptation of the Graham Greene novel.This is, of course, the second time Greene's crime classic has been brought to the screen, with Richard Attenborough making such a memorable turn as sinewy, sinister small-town hoodlum Pinkie Brown in the 1947 version. This time around hoodlum honours go to Riley, with Riseborough (best known for Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky and telly period drama The Devil's Whore) playing the waitress who blackmails him into marrying her.Brighton Rock marks the directorial debut of Rowan (son of Roland) Joffé, up until now best known for his 28 Weeks Later screenplay. Filming starts this autumn.Riseborough, meanwhile, is next up in another literary adaption, appearing alongside Keira Knightley in Mark Romanek's adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. She follows that with a turn in the not-as-saucy-as-it-sounds We Want Sex, a »

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Andrea Riseborough is 'Rock' solid

12 August 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- Andrea Riseborough is heading to "Brighton Rock."

The British actress will play the female lead opposite Sam Riley in the pic based on the Graham Greene novel. She replaces Carey Mulligan, who had been attached to the role.

"Rock," which marks the directorial debut of "28 Weeks Later" scribe Rowan Joffe, originally came to the screen via Richard Attenborough in 1947. It centers on a small-time gangster who kills a rival and finds his life in turmoil as he faces blackmail threats from a waitress (Riseborough) who knows about the murder.

BBC Films and Optimum Releasing are behind the pic, which aims to shoot this year in the U.K.

Riseborough, signed recently by CAA, had a role in last year's Mike Leigh dramedy "Happy-Go-Lucky." She also appears in "Never Let Me Go," Fox Searchlight's dark drama based on the Kazuo Ishiguro best-seller, in which she will play opposite Mulligan. »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Keira Knightley on the Never Let Me Go Set

24 April 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

TheBadandUgly.com has a first look at Keira Knightley on the Clevedon, UK set of her new sci-fi thriller Never Let Me Go . Directed by Mark Romanek, the Fox Searchlight project is adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's best-selling, Booker Prize short-listed novel of the same name. As children, Ruth (Knightley), Kathy (Carey Mulligan) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield), spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. Click the photo below to view the gallery! »

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Ricky Gervais finds female lead for 'Pru'

16 April 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

British actress Felicity Jones has signed to play the female lead in Ricky Gervais' 1970s insurance-world dramedy "The Men at the Pru."

Jones will play Julie, who is led to believe by the men around her that a woman should focus on raising a family but who wants to break out and pursue a career in photography.

The picture, from the Sony International Motion Picture Production Group, which is designed to cultivate local production, is set to shoot in the summer in the U.K. It revolves around three men in their 20s who work at an insurance company (Pru is short for Prudential). Gervais is writing, directing and producing with "Extras" collaborator Stephen Merchant.

Jones has had roles in a number of high-profile British pics, starring last year in Julius Jarrold's "Brideshead Revisited" for Miramax, in the specialty division's upcoming Stephen Frears' period romance "Cheri," and Julie Taymor »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Sally Hawkins and Charlotte Rampling join "Never Let Me Go"

15 April 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Sally Hawkins and Charlotte Rampling will join Keira Knightley in Film4 and Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Never Let Me Go."   Also on board are Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough. Mark Romanek directs the film and Alex Garland adapts the screenplay based on a 2005 Kazuo Ishiguro novel. Involves three people who were raised in a boarding school with no contact with the outside world who later realize they're clones and are being grown merely for organ donation purposes.   Filming started in the U.K. on Tuesday.   DNA Film's Andrew Macdonaold and Allon Reich produce. Rampling was recently with Knightley as Lady Spencer in the critically acclaimed "The Duchess." (read our review)   »

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Never Let Me Go For Hawkins & Rampling

15 April 2009 3:04 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The cast of Keira Knightley’s new movie, Never Let Me Go, is now complete, with the news that Charlotte Rampling and Sally Hawkins have signed on.Mark Romanek is directing the film, adapted by Alex Garland from the Kazuo Ishiguro novel about three clones (Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan) who gradually realise their true nature while growing up in a seemingly idyllic English boarding school.Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough also joined the cast today, although there’s no word on who any of the new additions will be playing.Filming started yesterday on a project that we’re highly intrigued by. Rampling and Hawkins – who shot to fame via her turn in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky – further enhance the quality of an already impressive cast, and all eyes will be on Romanek to see what someone who’s already been compared to Kubrick is capable of producing with this, »

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Rampling & Hawkins Join Never Let Me Go

15 April 2009 3:02 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It's been a while since Keira Knightley joined Mark Romanek's literary sci-fi adaptation Never Let Me Go, but production is about to start, and a few more cast members have been announced, including Charlotte Rampling and Happy-Go-Lucky's breakout star Sally Hawkins.Filming's set to start today on the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, which tells the story of three people who grew up in a boarding school together: Ruth (Knightley), Kathy (An Education's Carey Mulligan) and Tommy (Lions For Lambs' Andrew Garfield). After an idyllic childhood, they have to come to terms with their feelings for each other and the truth behind that mysterious school.Nathalie Richard (Hidden) and Andrea Riseborough (Channel 4's The Devil's Whore and Happy-Go-Lucky) also join the cast. Alex Garland adapted the script for what looks set to be a thoughtful and intelligent sci-fi adaptation. »

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Sally Hawkins and Charlotte Rampling join "Never Let Me Go"

15 April 2009 12:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Sally Hawkins and Charlotte Rampling will join Keira Knightley in Film4 and Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Never Let Me Go." Also on board are Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough. Mark Romanek directs the film and Alex Garland adapts the screenplay based on a 2005 Kazuo Ishiguro novel. Involves three people who were raised in a boarding school with no contact with the outside world who later realize they're clones and are being grown merely for organ donation purposes. Filming started in the U.K. on Tuesday »

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Sally Hawkins and Charlotte Rampling join "Never Let Me Go"

15 April 2009 12:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Sally Hawkins and Charlotte Rampling will join Keira Knightley in Film4 and Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Never Let Me Go." Also on board are Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough. Mark Romanek directs the film and Alex Garland adapts the screenplay based on a 2005 Kazuo Ishiguro novel. Involves three people who were raised in a boarding school with no contact with the outside world who later realize they're clones and are being grown merely for organ donation purposes. Filming started in the U.K. on Tuesday »

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Mark Romanek's 'Never Let Me Go' Gains Four New Names as Filming Begins in the UK

14 April 2009 7:11 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I can't tell you how much I wish a certain summer film had already been released so I could discuss the nature of Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go. However, to spoil a film I am sure many are looking forward to for the sake of a bit of casting announcement seems silly so I will remain mum as I report word out of Screen Daily that Romanek's next film has begun principal photography in the UK and a four new names have been added to the cast. We had previously known the film to star Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield as a trio who grew up in a boarding school with no contact or knowledge of the outside world until they discover the haunting truth about their existence. The film is an adaptation of the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro as penned by Alex Garland (28 Days Late, »

- Brad Brevet

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Four join 'Never Let Me Go' film

14 April 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard and Andrea Riseborough have joined the cast of Mark Romanek's "Never Let Me Go," starring Keira Knightley. The movie, from DNA Films, Fox Searchlight and Film4, began shooting Monday in the U.K.

Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield also head the cast.

Alex Garland adapted the screenplay from Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, a love story about three friends from boarding school, played by Knightley, Mulligan and Garfield, whose love for each other is tested as they grow into young adults.

Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich are producing for DNA Films, where the project was developed, with Romanek and Garland serving as exec producers. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Strong Female Contingent for Romanek's Never Let Me Go

14 April 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Added to the already cast Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, Mark Romanek and his latest feature film project Never Let Me Go (will go into production for the following nine weeks) has rounded out the cast with veteran European actress Nathalie Richard, vets Charlotte RamplingSally Hawkins, and the next "it" girl of British Film in Andrea Riseborough. Following in her bit role in Mike Leigh's and her co-star Hawkins' Happy-Go-Lucky, Riseborough (see pic) is apparently the next best thing according on the other side of the Atlantic if you take into consideration her television perfs of last year (here are her creds). She'll be poised to grab some more attention with this supporting/secondary role, in a the long awaited sophomore feature from Romanek. Oddly enough, after a strong Sundance showing of her form, Mulligan who is also starring in this picture is considered by many, »

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