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The Toronto International Film Festival might be starting to wind down, but there's still a few days left and a few big movies to come. Among them: closing film "A Little Chaos," which marks the second directing effort from everyone's favorite Germanic thief/sneering potions professor Alan Rickman. Coming a whopping seventeen years after its predecessor, 1997's "The Winter Guest," the film, written by first-timer Alison Deegan, also stars Rickman as King Louis Xiv of France. The Sun King is looking to make over his garden, and he finds himself with two major candidates for the job: barrier-breaking landscape gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), and her rival/potential love interest Andre Le Nottre (Matthias Schoenaerts). Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle, Helen McCrory and Phyllida Law are among the supporting cast as well, so Rickman's certainly been able to attact some talent to the project. The film press screens today before closing the festival on. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The Toronto Film Festival is only half over, and though several promising festival films have already emerged as Oscar contenders—like Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, and Wild—there are still several curious and intriguing movies yet to debut. One of them is A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman’s period romantic-drama that will be Tiff’s closing-night film on Sept. 14. Kate Winslet stars as Sabine De Barra, a strong-willed 17th-century French gardener who challenges sexual and class barriers when she vies to design and build one of the main showcase attractions at King Louis’s Xiv’s new palace at Versailles. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Daly, who is also chairman of BAFTA La, is honoured for services to film and TV industry.
Nigel Daly, Screen International’s vice president of business development, has been recognised with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours today.
Los Angeles-based Daly, who is also Chairman of BAFTA La, was awarded “for services to the British film and television industry.”
Angelina Jolie was given an honorary damehood, for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Icymi over the weekend, I finally unveiled the first round of Oscar charts and pontificating and naturally Best Actress generated the most commentary from you though I readily admit I expected a little more discussion than we got on Screenplay (wah-wah). But maybe that's because I find that topic inherently interesting.
When I'm working on reviews or charts or any topic that involves opinion-making (*cough*) I tend to avoid reading other people on the same topic until I'm finished. Naturally this approach has drawbacks because I forget things. For instance, Sasha Stone recently talked up Best Actress and threw out some names that aren't on my chart (like Diane Keaton in And So It Goes...) and Kris, Guy, and Gregory at In Contention also talked up '20 movies that aren't on your radar' and my biggest miss there from the Oscar charts is surely the civil rights drama Selma from »
- NATHANIEL R
Get ready to play the BBC's much-loved series Play School is having a 50th anniversary reunion. Monkey hears 60 out of the 104 Play School presenters (yes, there really were that many) are due to attend the event on 3 May, including Brian Cant, Derek Griffiths, Johnny Ball and, hopefully Emma Thompson's mother Phyllida Law. But no Floella Benjamin, alas, as she is on holiday. The reunion at Riverside Studios, which was home to early episodes of the show, will feature a 45-minute compilation of all the best bits of Play School, presented by current CBeebies host Chris Jarvis. Monkey wonders if the potted history will feature the footage of Rick Jones and Lionel Morton filming a nativity scene during the 1970s in which Ball said they were "stoned on the biggest joint you've ever seen." Also paying tribute to the influence Play School has had on children's television will be Cbeebies »
Emma Thompson has already solidified her status as one of the funniest, most brutally honest actresses around, telling salacious stories and being all-around awesome at every opportunity. Turns out, Thompson's mother is pretty great herself, revealing in a new essay that as a young girl, her daughter got an abrupt lesson about sex from an unlikely (and super-famous) source.
Phyllida Law, Thompson's mother and a fellow actress, wrote in the U.K.'s Sunday Times that she brought Thompson, then a young girl, along with her on the set of 1957's "The Bridge on the River Kwai." There, Thompson precociously asked Law's costar, an acting legend and soon-to-be-Oscar-winner, to explain sex.
"Emma, aged eight, once asked Alec Guinness about the details and he gave her a calm and accurate response: very helpful, though I felt a bit faint," Law recalled.
Law added that Thompson's sister Sophie, then 5, was also present for the exchange, »
- Katie Roberts
Fresh from a triumph in New York, one of our most extravagantly talented stars will soon unveil one of her most cherished projects to date, Effie, a film about John Ruskin – lawyers permitting.
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It was only a matter of time until the BBC broadcast images of Emma Thompson's downstairs lavatory. The combination of her larky sense of humour and love of a theatrical flourish made it somehow inevitable. And so last month it came to pass. The actress, having been overlooked for an Oscar nomination, was televised at her home receiving a "Mark"; a golden statuette in the likeness of the Observer's film critic, which was offered in recognition of her screen portrayal of the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers.
She was, Kermode said, "sheer perfection in the complex role of 'Mrs Pl', never allowing the author to descend into crotchety caricature, constantly suggesting a »
- Vanessa Thorpe
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