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Love Actually Sucks, Actually, and You All Know It

"Solid gold sh*t!" - Love Actually describing Love Actually I know many of you are probably seething just reading the headline. But the fact is you're here now. Something deep inside of you knows I'm right. Let's get a few things out of the way: I'm a devout Christmas enthusiast. I openly celebrate the reason for the season, I'm known to sport inappropriate Christmas sweaters (at Disneyland, no less), I start my Christmas music listening extravaganza in late October, and I'm a mulled wine fanatic. You need to know that I do have merriment in my heart; I'm not some Grinch who hates the holiday spirit. Furthermore, I am obsessed with British people and will forever feel inadequate for not having an adorably chic English accent. But Love Actually is a flaming turd among sparkly baubles within the holiday film genre. These yuletide films tend to have a specific formula,
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Handia leads field for Goyas by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-12-14 13:19:25

Giant (Handia) received 13 Goya nominations Basque language film Giant (Handia) leads the charge for the 32nd edition of the Goya Awards - the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars - with 13 nominations.

The film, directed by Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño, who previously enjoyed international successs with Loreak, tells the real-life story of a son of a farmer who became a sensation after suffering from gigantism.

It is followed in the nominations list by Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop - starring Bill Nighy and Emily Mortimer - which has 12 nominations and Manuel Martin Cuenca's The Motive (El Autor), with nine, including a best actor nod for Javier Gutiérrez, who plays a man so obsessed with writing a book that he begins to manipulate his neighbours. The above all join the shortlist for best film, alongside Carla Simón's Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) and Carlos Algara and Alejandro Martinez-Beltran's Verónica

The films vying for best European film.
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Best Santa Claus Movies of All Time

Who doesn't love Santa Claus? This jolly, rotund individual with the big white beard is loved and revered by all. In fact, he is the ultimate uniter. I defy you to tell me any religion that doesn't at least smile somewhat (regardless of how they feel about Christmas) when they see this iconic being. Santa Claus has been portrayed by people of all walks of life. Some looking like the Jolly Ole Saint Nick we see in Norman Rockwell paintings, and other's looking like Don Knotts. Santa is a symbol and that symbol has found no better home (no pun intended) than on the silver screen.

For years this character has been portrayed in movies. He has appeared in cameos and starring roles. In fact, it seems that just adding Santa Claus (and the holiday season) to a film can make it have a longer life. People love nostalgia. They
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Focus Production Summit Lines Up Industry Speakers

Focus Production Summit Lines Up Industry Speakers
Focus, the international location event running Dec. 5/6 in London, has unveiled its free-to-attend program of panels, workshops and presentations. Variety is one of the event’s media partners.

It kicks off with an onstage interview with Andy Noble, co-producer of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” which stars Annette Bening, and was produced by James Bond production company Eon Productions. The discussion will look at the project’s genesis and development, and the details of the shoot in Liverpool and London.

This is followed by a discussion about high-end TV that includes “Knightfall” writer Dominic Minghella, Carlo Dusi, head of business and commercial affairs at Scott Free, and an executive producer on Tom Hardy’s “Taboo,” and Robert Jones, CEO of the Fyzz Facility. The title of the discussion, “Do the Clever People Now Work in Television?,” is prompted by a Jane Campion quote: “The really clever people used to do film. Now the really
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Giveaway: Win The Limehouse Golem on DVD

Rlj Entertainment released Juan Carlos Medina's period thriller The Limehouse Golem on DVD at the beginning of the month. We've been a little lax giving stuff away this month, tis the season, but it is better late than never to give away something to our faithful readership. The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer – dubbed The Limehouse Golem – is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) – a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star...

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‘The Bookshop’: Film Review

‘The Bookshop’: Film Review
If "restrained," "melancholy," “subtle” and “stereotypically English” are the qualifiers that spring to mind when you learn that Isabel Coixet’s latest is about a widow setting up a bookstore in a quiet coastal town in the 1950s, then you’re only getting half the story of The Bookshop. Its subversive undercurrent, embodied in fine performances by Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, is what makes it really interesting.

Pretty faithful throughout to the Penelope Fitzgerald novel from which it’s sourced, and sustained by a cast which is well capable of suggesting the psychological subtlety of the original, The Bookshop shows that, for...
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Dame Judi Dench + Netflix Projects Filming Now in the U.K.

Actors of United Kingdom: Salutations! Here’s the freshest scoop on an exciting array of projects filming near and across the home nations. This info is piping hot, so roll up your sleeves and prepare for a helping of juicy industry details! Two words: Toni Collette. That’s right, she back and this time for BBC and Netflix’s newest joint effort, “Wanderlust.” This exciting eight-part series, written by Nick Payne and directed by Luke Snellin, explores the validity and value of monogamy. Filming is currently underway in Manchester and casting for this project is being handled by Sam Jones. Where there’s a Dame, there’s a camera. And Dame Judi Dench is among the cast of Trevor Nunn’s newest venture, “Red Joan.” Production for this project is in full swing and we’ve heard they’ll be bringing the shoot to Cambridge very soon––our sources tell
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Bill Nighy Fights to Find The Limehouse Golem in Horror Film’s DVD Giveaway

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Bill Nighy Fights to Find The Limehouse Golem in Horror Film’s DVD Giveaway
Sometimes the only way a notorious criminal can be caught is for the officers who are investigating the case to begin thinking like, and be put in the same position, as the suspect. That’s certainly the case for the police who are hunting for the title serial killer in the thriller, ‘The Limehouse Golem.’ The […]

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November 7th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Limehouse Golem, Darkman II and III, Westworld Season 1

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Now that November is in full swing, we have a brand new batch of Blu-ray and DVD releases to look forward to this week. Scream Factory is keeping busy with the releases of both Darkman II and III, as well as co-presenting Killing Ground and Darkness Rising alongside IFC Midnight.

As far as other new titles are concerned, there’s a bunch coming our way on Tuesday, including Ghastlies, The Limehouse Golem, Dead Still, Mother Krampus, Demon Hole, and Westworld Season 1. And for you cult film fanatics, both Satan’s Cheerleaders and John Landis’ thriller Into the Night are both making their way to Blu, too.

Other November 7th releases include Beneath, The Nightmare, The Untamed, and The Tormenting.

Darkman II: The Return of Durant (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

The crime-fighting master of disguises returns in this action-packed sequel to the hit motion picture. Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
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Annette Bening to Be Honored at Museum of the Moving Image’s Salute

Annette Bening to Be Honored at Museum of the Moving Image’s Salute
The Museum of the Moving Image will pay tribute to Annette Bening at its 31st annual Salute on Dec. 13 in New York.

The event will include an award presentation featuring clips from Bening’s career, introduced by her friends and colleagues.

“On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses,” said Michael Barker, co-chairman of the Museum’s board of trustees. “From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s ‘Coastal Disturbances’ to her emotionally complex performance last year in ’20th Century Women’ and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising. We at the Museum of the Moving Image have wanted to honor her for some time but there is no question in our minds that this is so obviously her moment.”

Bening is a four-time Oscar nominee, two-time Golden
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Freshly-Minted Goldfinch Studios Names Sales Chief (Exclusive)

Freshly-Minted Goldfinch Studios Names Sales Chief (Exclusive)
Newly created Goldfinch Studios has brought on Andy Green as head of sales and distribution.

Announced last week, Goldfinch Studios was launched as an integrated development, production, finance, post-production and vfx business, and was created following the merger of London-based Goldfinch Entertainment and York-based Gsp Studios.

Green will work alongside managing director Kirsty Bell and studio director Alan Latham. The new recruit comes to Goldfinch from on-demand service Distrify, where he was CEO.

“For a long time, we have been looking for the right person to spearhead the sales and distribution of all the content we either fund, executive produce or produce,” Bell said. “But what Andy brings is more than that, given his extensive global experience, his understanding of the changing market place and the digital space, and his all-round industry knowledge and business acumen.”

Goldfinch’s slate of upcoming projects includes Bill Nighy film “Triple Word Score,” and Michael Morpurgo adaptation “Waiting for Anya,” which
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Afm: Film Mode Boards Ron Perlman’s ‘Prisoner 614’ Terence Stamp’s ‘Viking Destiny’

Afm: Film Mode Boards Ron Perlman’s ‘Prisoner 614’ Terence Stamp’s ‘Viking Destiny’
Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment has picked up international sales rights to Ron Perlman-starring “The Escape of Prisoner 614.” North American rights are handled by CAA.

The comedy-drama, directed by Zach Golden, involves two former sheriff’s deputies chasing after an escaped prisoner in the hopes of getting their jobs back. Now in post-production, it co-stars “Martin Starr, from “Knocked Up.” Production is by Jordan Beckerman, Jordan Yale Levine, and Shaun Sanghani.

Film Mode will present first footage of the movie at the American Film Market this week, alongwith promotional reel for Terence Stamp-starring “Viking Destiny.”

Adventure film “Viking destiny” centers on a young Norse girl, the rightful heir to the Viking kingdom, who is banished after she’s framed for the murder of her father, the king. It was written and directed by David L.G. Hughes, the film explores the legendary crusades of Scandinavian explorers.

Film Mode’s recent titles include “Sugar Mountain” starring
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Attention Afm: The Best New Restaurants, Bars in Santa Monica

Attention Afm: The Best New Restaurants, Bars in Santa Monica
Looking around, it may seem the citizens of Santa Monica and Venice survive only on pressed juices, grain bowls, salads and finely crafted coffees, but heartier fare does exist in the beach town. Several new fast-casual options mean running out for a quick bite of comfort food is easier this year on the Third Street Promenade, while Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard offers every food trend. Keep in mind some restaurants now add service fees to checks, much like Europe, but novel for the U.S. Here where to find some new and tasty spots.

Santa Monica

Classic American Eats: HiHo CheeseBurger

Locals crowd into this contemporary hamburger outlet close to the Laemmle Monica Film Center. Grass-fed Wagyu beef patties and hand-cut fries are the main attraction; pickles and vegetarian patties are made in-house. Beer and wine are served too. Seating is mostly counter-side on stools but there are a few tables. Although ideal for
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Annette Bening & Bill Nighy To Star In William Nicholson’s ‘Hope Gap’ – Afm

Annette Bening & Bill Nighy To Star In William Nicholson’s ‘Hope Gap’ – Afm
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy are teaming to star in Hope Gap, the new movie from Oscar-nominated Gladiator and Shadowlands scribe William Nicholson, who penned the script for the family drama and is directing. The pic, a “nuanced and tender take on familial disbandment,” is in pre-production with an eye on a summer 2018 production start. Origin PicturesDavid M. Thompson is producing. Protagonist is handling international sales and co-repping North American sales with…
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Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’

Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy will star in the independent family drama “Hope Gap,” with William Nicholson directing from his own script.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales with North American sales co-repped by CAA and Protagonist. Protagonist and CAA will introduce “Hope Gap” to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. Principal photography is set to begin in the summer.

Bening and Nighy will portray a couple married for 29 years. The story follows their son’s weekend visit to their seaside home, when Nighy’s character informs him that he plans to leave his wife the following day. “Hope Gap” tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, and anger, to a resolution.

“Ever since ‘Shadowlands,’ I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: ‘Hope Gap’ is the most intense, most painful, and most loving story I’ve ever told. I’m so proud
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AFM: Netflix, Amazon Part of Forces Shaping Indie Business Models

AFM: Netflix, Amazon Part of Forces Shaping Indie Business Models
The American Film Market is caught in a whirlwind of industry forces that are changing how film sales are done. Digital platforms are taking some top projects off the table, new ventures including Endeavor Content are helping finance sales companies’ transformation into producers, and online dealmaking and fests such as Toronto are turning film buying into a 365-day-a-year business that could become far less dependent on markets or sales agents.

“Netflix and Amazon are now in the business of creating their own content and delivering it directly to the consumer — and there will be others, like Google and Facebook — [that won’t need] companies like ours to act as a conduit between producers and distributors, so the middleman is being squeezed out,” says Mister Smith Entertainment CEO David Garrett. “The only way for companies like mine, the FilmNations and the Im Globals of this world to maintain leverage is by developing, producing and owning our own content and IP.”

Thorsten Schumacher, former
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AFM: Annette Bening Joins William Nicholson's 'Hope Gap'

AFM: Annette Bening Joins William Nicholson's 'Hope Gap'
Annette Bening is to take the lead alongside Bill Nighy in Hope Gap.

Announced on the eve of the American Film Market, the film is the second feature as director from Oscar-nominee William Nicholson (Everest, Gladiator, Shadowlands, Les Miserables), and will see Oscar-nominated Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, American Beauty) and BAFTA-winning Nighy (Their Finest, Love Actually) playing a couple who have been married for 29 years. When their son, Jamie, comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. The next day. Just another breakup. Hope Gap tracks the unraveling of...
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Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes’ Directorial Project ‘The White Crow’

Principal photography has now wrapped on Ralph FiennesThe White Crow, which has been shooting in locations across France, Russia, Croatia and Serbia since August. A new image has been released, featuring lead actor Oleg Ivenko as the legendary ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. Check it out below.

The White Crow was developed by BBC Films and Gabrielle Tana (The Duchess, Dancer, Philomena) who also produces with Carolyn Marks Blackwood through Magnolia Mae Productions together with Ralph Fiennes through Lonely Dragon Productions, and François Ivernel (The Queen, Slumdog Millionaire, The Iron Lady) through the French branch of his company, Montebello Productions. American artist and filmmaker Andrew Levitas (Lullaby, Georgetown, The Art of Getting By) is a producer and financier through his companies Metalwork Pictures and Rogue Black respectively.

Hanway Films is handling worldwide sales on the project. BBC Films, Hanway Films and The Fyzz Facility co-financed the film.

The White Crow
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Has It Become Fashionable for Actors Not to Learn Their Lines?

BAFTA-winning actor Bill Nighy has criticized the new generation of actors for whom it has become trendy not to learn their lines. He has described their behavior as a discourtesy to their fellow professionals. He made these comments while addressing an audience at Cheltenham Film Festival. Young performers in both film and theater have come to believe that not learning their lines will in some way enhance their performance. It is Nighy’s belief that they need to focus their efforts on preparing for their performances properly. In his opinion, this trend has only started because some people do not want

Has It Become Fashionable for Actors Not to Learn Their Lines?
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Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’

Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy ‘Made in Italy’
In today’s film news roundup, Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden join “Made in Italy,” a new distributor named Anerke launches with a focus on films for minorities and women, Jeffrey Tambor gets an award and the Sloan Summit announces its panelists.

Castings

Bill Nighy and “Dunkirk” star Jack Lowden have signed up for the comedy “Made in Italy,” James D’Arcy’s feature directorial debut.

Developed by London based CrossDay Productions, the film is produced by Pippa Cross and Sam Tipper-Hale with co-producer Nicola Serra for Italian production entity Palomar. HanWay’s Gabrielle Stewart and CrossDay’s Janette Day are executive producers.

D’Arcy previously wrote and directed the short film “Chicken/Egg,” starring Hayley Atwell and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which screened at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Made in Italy” is set in Tuscany with Nighy as a bohemian London artist who returns to Italy with his estranged son (played by Lowden) to make a quick
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