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Exclusive: He helped crack the almost uncrackable Enigma Code in the Morten Tyldum directed Oscar nominee and now he’s taking a big crack at Hollywood with some heavyweight help. Having signed with agency, Matthew Beard will now be joining fellow The Imitation Game actor Benedict Cumberbatch at UTA. Having also recently also signed up with Perri Kipperman at Kipperman Management, the BAFTA and recent SAG Awards nominee will continue to repped by Troika in the UK.
It’s been a busy year for Beard with the acclaim being heaped upon the drama based on Alan Turning and the great minds of Bletchley Park in the forefront of the Oscar race. Beard plays real life mathematician and codebreaker Peter Hilton in the Weinstein Company distributed film. The actor also saw Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club debut at the Toronto Film Festival last year. His various other credits over the »
- Dominic Patten
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
McKay will start at Soda in April and manage the core distribution team, working across acquisitions, partnerships and business development.
The London-based exec, an 12 year-StudioCanal [previously Optimum in the UK] veteran who is currently head of theatrical sales, was recently responsible for booking recent box office hits Paddington and The Imitation Game.
Last year, the company merged with Canadian film and TV outfit Thunderbird Films to grow their business in the UK and build a distribution division in North America.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Ava DuVernay's snub in the Best Director category for "Selma" at this morning's Oscar nominations is disappointing, but not unprecedented. Prior to DuVernay, eight different women were denied Best Director nominations for movies that garnered Best Picture nominations. They are: 1. Randa Haines, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) 2. Barbra Streisand, "Prince of Tides" (1991) 3. Valerie Faris (co-director with Jonathan Dayton), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2007) 4. Loveleen Tandan (Danny Boyle's co-director in India; he won the award), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008) 5. Lone Scherfig, "An Education" (2009) 6. Lisa Cholodenko, "The Kids are All Right" (2010) 7. Debra Granik, "Winter's Bone" (2010) 8. Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty" (2013) Meanwhile, only four women have actually earned nominations for Best Director in the history of the ceremony: Lina Wertmüller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003), and Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker" (2009). Bigelow is the only woman to win the award. »
- Louis Virtel
Rising stars Ben Schnetzer (“Pride”) and Nick Jonas (“Kingdom”) are nearing deals to play brothers in “Goat,” an adaptation of Brad Land’s acclaimed memoir that Andrew Neel will direct for Killer Films and James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions, TheWrap has learned.
Reeling from a terrifying assault, 19-year-old Brad Land (Schnetzer) enrolls in college with his charismatic younger brother (Jonas) and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of “brotherhood,” tests the boy and »
- Jeff Sneider
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