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If you don't know the work of Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, you will very soon. Not only has a U.S. adaptation of his wacky thriller Headhunters (already adapted quite well in Norway by Morten Tyldum) been confirmed, but a U.S. version of The Snowman, featuring his recurring detective Harry Hole is also in development, though sadly no longer with Martin Scorsese directing as previously reported. And now, news has broken that Nesbø's work is coming to the small screen as well. Erik Skoldbjaerg, director of Insomnia (the one Christopher Nolan remade) will be working with the Swedish production house responsible for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films to create a ten-episode series called Occupied, based on an original idea by Nesbø. Here's the pitch,...
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Breaking: For the second time this Berlinale, Magnolia Pictures has bagged U.S. rights to a NordiskTrust film from a sizzle reel. Magnolia has secured the Norwegian thriller Pioneer, which is being produced by Christian Fredrik Martin from Friland Film, the team behind Morten Tyldum’s 2011 sleeper Headhunters, which Magnolia also released. The deal comes right after Magnolia wrapped up a deal for Lars von Trier’s provocative film Nymphomaniac. The Pioneer deal was negotiated between Magnolia’s Dori Begley and Peter van Steemburg and TrustNordisk’s Rikke Ennis and Susan Wendt. Directed by Erik Skjoldbærg, the film stars Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang in a high-octane conspiracy thriller inspired by 70s classics The Conversation, Three Days Of The Condor and Chinatown. The director helmed Insomnia. Miss Bala‘s Stephanie Sigman, Jonathan Lapaglia, Andre Eriksen, Jørgen Langhelle, Ane Dahl Torp, Eirik Stubø and David A. Jørgensen are also in the cast. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Wrapping up all the winners from the 65th annual BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards...
Sunday evening marked the biggest occasion in the British film calendar as Hollywood descended upon London's Royal Opera House for BAFTA's 66th annual British Academy Film Awards, which celebrated the very best in cinematic excellence from the past twelve months.
Tom Hooper's acclaimed musical Les Miserables may have won the most awards, taking home Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Production Design, Sound and Make Up & Hair, but the night belonged to Argo, the CIA thriller picking up Best Film and Best Editing, while Ben Affleck was also named Best Director, despite failing to pick up as much as a nomination at the Academy Awards.
Elsewhere, Skyfall received Outstanding British Film (and also received the award for Best Original Music), while Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) were honoured in the lead acting categories. »
- Flickering Myth
That’s right folks – one awards ceremony down, many more to go. Last night saw London play host to the 2013 Ee British Academy Film Awards aka the BAFTAs. This star-studded event saw the likes of Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, Juno Temple and Quentin Tarantino (amongst many other) receive an accolade for their immense talent and dedication to film.
Here’s the official list of winners (and the other nominees) for anyone who didn’t stay awake long enough (winners highlighted in bold):
Fellowship – Alan Parker
Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema – Tessa Ross
Outstanding British Film
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
On Sunday the Ee British Academy Film Awards were held at London’s Royal Opera House and hosted by the always delightful Stephen Fry. The show was televised here in the States on BBC America. In a continuation of what Awards watchers have witnessed over the past weeks, Argo was named Best Film, Ben Affleck won the Director BAFTA and the film also took the Editing award.
Amour won the award for Film Not in the English Language and Emmanuelle Riva won Leading Actress. Leading Actor was awarded to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln. Christoph Waltz won Supporting Actor for his performance in Django Unchained and the film’s writer/director Quentin Tarantino won the Original Screenplay BAFTA.
- Michelle McCue
The ceremony is over here in London, bringing together some of the finest and most talented people in the film industry under the same roof for one night. The BAFTAs are this country’s highest honour in film, and they have handed out their awards for the 66th time to those whom they deem the most deserving in the past year in film.
And since Ben Affleck is one of my favourite filmmakers of all time, I have been in a brilliant mood tonight, because he’s won (and very much earned) Best Director for Argo, and taken home the Best Film prize alongside his co-producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov. If you haven’t yet seen Argo, I can’t recommend enough how much you should see it as soon as possible.
If you were following Jon’s liveblog, or if you watched the BBC’s almost-live coverage of tonight’s proceedings, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Argo was named Best Film at tonight’s Ee British Academy Film Awards hosted by Stephen Fry, held at London’s Royal Opera House. And the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award winners are… Best Film Winner – Argo Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney Les MISÉRABLES Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh Life Of Pi Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark Lincoln Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy Zero Dark Thirty Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison Outstanding British Film Anna Karenina Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel John Madden, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Ol Parker Les MISÉRABLES Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh, William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer Seven Psychopaths Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin Winner – Skyfall Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Hollywood News Team)
'Skyfall' has taken the first Award of the evening at the 2013 Baftas, currently taking place at London's Royal Opera House.
This caps a thrilling year for the James Bond franchise, celebrating its 50th year, with a record-breaking box office taking for 'Skyfall', which has become the most successful British film ever.
All The Winners Below... As Soon As They're Announced!
But the evening's big winner remains very much undecided, with awards being shared out between 'Argo', 'Life of Pi' and 'Les Miserables' - and nothing yet for the nominations leader 'Lincoln'.
Pictures just in from the press room at the Royal Opera House, where the winners go straight after collecting their gongs..
- The Huffington Post UK
The Oscars of the United Kingdom were held Sunday, Feb. 10 in London. Here are the winners of the 2013 BAFTA Awards (updating as the show goes along).
Outstanding British Film
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, »
The Guardian film team predict who will win what at this year's ceremony
On Friday Xan Brooks assessed the field of this year's Bafta contenders and found it "a hazy huddle of frontrunners, all seemingly bobbing back and forth in front of the finish line".
So here's what we think will take home scary award masks this year. We've listed all the nominees. Our predicted winners are in bold.
Best British film
Ben Affleck, »
The 66th annual British Academy Film Awards are here! And there was much rejoicing.
We’re here at the Royal Opera House in London to bring you all the up to the minute news on who won, who looked really annoyed when they lost, and who knows what else will be in store for us tonight?
Lord Stephen of Fry is leading proceedings once again and I’ll be updating you fine people with the winners as they are announced.
The full list of awards and nominees can be found here, and as the awards are announced I’ll update the liveblog below with the nominees and the winners.
The ceremony is due to start at around 7pm and if you’re hungry for all the red carpeting then head over here to see the arrivals from around 5pm.
Updates will be added at the top…But not anymore as we’ve finished. »
- Jon Lyus
Benedict Cumberbatch will go from Star Trek to The Imitation Game. Deadline reports that the Sherlock Holmes actor will play English mathematician Alan Turing in the film, which will be directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters). The screenplay was penned by Graham Moore about the math genius. Cumberbatch is still in talks, but looks close to signing on for the role of Turin.
Turin is best known for being "responsible for cracking the German “Enigma Code” during World War II that helped the Allies stave off defeat, and who would later be prosecuted by Britain in the early 1950s for being a homosexual. In what seems shocking today, the hero was forced to make a radical choice, and he chose chemical castration over prison. He was so demoralized that he eventually committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple."
The project has jumped around a bit, starting out on the 2011 Black List »
- Jim Napier
Alan Turing should be a household name. Not only is he the father of computer science, but he is also a true British hero. He was instrumental in decoding German ciphers in World War II and helping us win. He is a bone fide legend, a gay icon and one of the most tragic figures in our history, as well as a personal hero of mine.
Last year we reported that Leonardo DiCaprio was set to play the iconic figure, (see here) but that fell by the wayside. Here’s hoping that Cumberbatch will nab the role, in fact we hope he has time to. He’s been pretty busy of late, what with playing the villains in Star Trek Into Darkness »
- John Sharp
He’s currently busy inhabiting Julian Assange’s blond mop for WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate, but it appears he’s not quite finished playing real-life people. Deadline reports that he’s in talks to play Alan Turing in lauded script The Imitation Game.If he does actually work out a deal, Cumberbatch could be a fine choice to play the genius that helped cracked the Enigma code during World War II, only to be prosecuted shortly after the war for being homosexual.Graham Moore’s script has been waiting for its chance for a couple of years now, ever since Warner Bros. snapped it up from the Black List as a likely starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. But despite a solid story, the project lingered, and though J Blakeson was attached to direct it, Warners eventually put it into limbo. Enter Black Bear Pictures, which stepped up with financing »
Unable to convince Leonardo DiCaprio to once again put on some nice midcentury suits and play British mathematician and computer science father Alan Turing, the producers of The Imitation Game have, fittingly, moved on to Benedict Cumberbatch, the complex script file that allows users to produce the most British person possible. Cumberbatch, currently starring in a biopic of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is in talks to play this far less controversial computer-related figure for Headhunters director Morten Tyldum, who will tell the story of Turing’s rise to national glory for cracking the Nazis’ “Enigma Code,” only to be rewarded »
The Imitation Game is a project that has been in development for a while. Revolving around computer genius Alan Turing, the film was once set to star Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Unfortunately, things didn’t really pan out and since then, the film has had a very tough time getting made. Now though, there seems to be hope as Benedict Cumberbatch may step into DiCaprio’s shoes and lead the film.
Headhunters director Morten Tyldum will direct the project, which is based on Graham Moore’s Black List screenplay, which has a lot of positive buzz surrounding it. For those who don’t know, it tells the story of Turing, who was a “brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies and whose homosexuality made him a target of prosecution.” It’s a tragic tale »
- Matt Joseph
The actor will portray British mathematician Alan Turing, who helped the Allies defeat the Germans in World War II by cracking the complex "Enigma Code" used by the Germans. In the 1950s, he was prosecuted by the British government for being a homosexual. He made the extreme decision to undergo chemical castration instead of going to prison, which demoralized him so much that he committed suicide by eating an apple dosed with cyanide.
Graham Moore wrote the screenplay, which landed atop the Black List in 2011. The project was initially set up at Warner Bros. as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, with J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) directing. A deal was never made, though, with the rights reverting back to the screenwriter. A distributor has not been found yet, »
News Feb 1, 2013
The long gestating biopic of Alan Turing may finally have found its leading man...
Ever since the screenplay for the project came out on top of the 2011 list of the best unproduced scripts, The Imitation Game has been a film that's seemed on the verge of being greenlit. Graham Moore's script is obviously widely liked, and Morten Tyldum is all set to direct the film. Tyldum - who helmed the excellent Headhunters - replaced original director J Blakeson.
Last summer, Leonardo DiCaprio, who had also been attached to The Imitation Game for some time, stepped away from the role of Alan Turing, and thus the film appeared to be left in some kind of limbo. However, salvation may have arrived, from the direction of Baker Street.
It's being reported that Benedict Cumberbatch is now in talks to take the role of the British mathematician, whose code cracking »
Graham Moore penned the much-heralded screenplay which is a biopic of Alan Turing, an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted and chemically castrated homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.
Turing was highly influential in the founding of computer science and artificial intelligence, along with devising techniques for breaking German ciphers during the Second World War. He was also one of the earliest to explore the biological process of morphogenesis.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The Black List script The Imitation Game has had a rather dynamic development thus far, but it looks as though the film is now finally close to coming to fruition. Warner Bros. initially bought Graham Moore’s screenplay for a hefty sum with Leonardo DiCaprio eyeing the lead role of Alan Turing, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies and whose homosexuality made him a target of prosecution (yes, he was taken to court for being gay). DiCaprio eventually left the project and Warner Bros. followed suit, and recently Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) came onboard to direct. Now a new lead has been found in the unendingly popular Benedict Cumberbatch. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Cumberbatch is in deep conversations to play the English mathematician for Tyldum. It’s a devastating story of an »
- Adam Chitwood
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