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Philomena, Mrs Biggs, The Widower and most recently Cilla - Jeff Pope has made a career out of plowing real-life stories to produce drama on both the big and small screen; and it's paid off, with the writer winning two BAFTAs and an Academy Award.
His latest accolade is a BAFTA TV Special Award - an honour presented in recognition of an outstanding creative contribution to television, with previous recipients including TV exec Jane Tranter, director Paul Greengrass and dramatist Alan Clarke.
Pope started his career in journalism - working as a reporter and researcher - and says the skills he learned have kept him "in good stead" throughout his career as a screenwriter.
"It was dealing with stories - things that had happened, facts," he explains. "It's getting the material and shaping it."
Pope also credits his journalistic roots with inspiring his passion for 'true to life' drama - series, »
Paddington - The Weinstein Company - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Paul King Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi. Full cast + crew We've talked about Paddington a lot lately, so you may be tired of us telling you it's a tremendous family film, but if you've somehow escaped all of our praise for it and our chats with producer David Heyman, well, guess what? It's a tremendous family film. You don't have to be a kiddo to appreciate this delightful, magical film about a talking bear who goes to London in search of a new home after his is destroyed. It's got incredible production design, a really smart sense of humor, a terrific cast, and a message about acceptance that anyone can get...
- Peter Hall
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Jon Snow is to receive a BAFTA Fellowship.
The journalist and broadcaster will receive the honour, which is granted "in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games".
"I am genuinely overwhelmed by the honour of being awarded a BAFTA Fellowship," Snow said. "There is no greater recognition than that of one's own industry.
"When I saw the list of Fellows I was daunted by the idea that I could in some way be ranked amongst them. I thought at first BAFTA must have the wrong Snow... There are several of my cousins they could have chosen.
"I'm genuinely looking forward to the ceremony on May 10. I think my daughters have concluded I've finally done something cool!"
He also told The Guardian that the letter informing him of the Fellowship had been sent to the wrong address, revealing: "For two or three months I was blissfully »
After having robust box office numbers this past weekend and being praised by both audiences and critics, Woman In Gold opens in wide release this Friday, April 10. In his review, Jim Batts says, “Woman In Gold concerns a celebrated work of art, but it’s also about two inspiring lives also worthy of celebration.” Read his review here.
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of »
- Michelle McCue
My Girl - 9.10am, Watch
Tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is obsessed with death. When her father, the mortician of the funeral parlour she lives above, hires Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), Vada sets out to spy on the couple with her best friend Thomas J (Macaulay Culkin).
My Neighbour Totoro - 1pm, Film4
In this awe-inspiring animation from Hayao Miyazaki, director of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, two girls have charming adventures with the mysterious forest sprite that neighbours their new house in the country.
Ben-Hur - 3.05pm, 5Usa
Oscar-winning Biblical epic starring Charlton Heston as a Jewish prince who's betrayed and condemned into slavery by his childhood friend, later regaining his freedom and returning to take revenge. Featuring one of the most iconic climaxes in cinema history - the chariot race - you can't miss the opportunity to re-watch this classic.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - 6pm, Comedy Central »
In just a few weeks the multiplexes will give way to the big, brash Summer blockbusters. Too late for last year’s Oscars (in the Us at least) is this historical true-life romantic drama, which, oddly enough, shares several figures and settings from one of last year’s award nominees. Mr. Turner told the story of one of the nineteenth century’s most celebrated painters. Many of that film’s scenes were set at the prestigious Royal Academy of Art, where the merits of different works were vigorously debated. One of the strongest voices was that of John Ruskin, fellow artist, historian, and critic. Now comes the story that didn’t make it into the Timothy Spall biopic, a scandalous tale concerning the marriage of Mr. Ruskin and the much younger Effie Gray.
At the film opens, the narration tells us of the courtship of now nineteen year-old Effie (Dakota Fanning »
- Jim Batts
After a long delay, the Emma Thompson-scripted feature Effie Gray will have its U.S. theatrical release via Adopt Films in just over 200 theaters this weekend. The film starring Dakota Fanning, Thompson, Tom Sturridge and Julie Walters had been held up because of legal action but survived the hurdle. The Weinstein Company bowed Woman In Gold, a true story, starring Helen Mirren in two dozen locations Wednesday with more set for Friday. Both titles will compete for the art… »
Coming to theater on April 3rd is the film Effie Gray.
The film explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian England’s greatest mind, John Ruskin, and his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, who leaves him for the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.
Effie Gray is the first original screenplay written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era, and beyond.
- Michelle McCue
Portrait of a Lady: Laxton’s Mannered Version of Victoria Era Repression
There’s well-meaningness to Effie Gray that makes it worthy of discussion, at least for how it attempts to frankly portray the sexual oppression of women in Victorian era England, an aspect often subtly rendered or left altogether untouched. As directed by Richard Laxton, best known for his made-for-television films of varying quality (An Englishman in New York; Burton & Taylor), there’s a sense that the somewhat ambitious emotions existing beneath all those stuffy costumes have been a tad oversimplified. Considering the screenplay was penned by Emma Thompson, who appears in a warmly attenuated supporting role, perhaps expectations are poised a bit high for a tale that’s both representative and also conveniently uncommon (this seems the only possible way for this film to reach a believable yet upbeat solution), as it relates a famous art world scandal »
- Nicholas Bell
Effie Gray Adopt Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Richard Laxton Screenwriter: Emma Thompson Cast: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 2/12/15 We’ve come a way from the culture of Victorian England. If you’re not a fan of history and you think that Victorian England is a branch of Victoria’s Secret, you’d be wise to see two films: one involving a chap named Gray, another about a fellow named Grey. When you compare the morals and mores embraced by the two movies, you’d think you’ve gone from Venus to Mars: that’s how different both [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Finding love these days is just an app away, but the stricter social mores of the mid-1800s had a much more rigid context for passion, and it's against this backdrop that "Effie Gray" unfolds. Today we have an exclusive clip from the period drama. Directed by Richard Laxton ("Burton And Taylor," "An Englishman In New York"), the movie tells the story of the scandalous affair between Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) and Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), one that develops when the young woman finds herself locked in a sexless marriage with an art critic (Greg Wise). And in this clip, the emotional toll that comes to bear on John is too much, while Effie has accepted what she must endure. Emma Thompson (who also wrote the script), David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters co-star in the movie which opens on April 3rd. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In her original screenplay Effie Gray, Emma Thompson takes a bold look at the real life story of the Effie Gray-John Ruskin marriage, while courageously exposing what was truly hiding behind the veil of their public life. Set in a time when neither divorce, nor gay marriage were an option, Effie Gray is the story of a young woman coming of age, finding her own voice in a world where women were expected to be seen but not heard. Effie Gray explores the roots of sexual intolerance, which continue to have a stronghold today, while shedding light on the marital politics of the Victorian Era.
Directed by Richard Laxton, the film stars Emma Thompson, Dakota Fanning, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox, Riccardo Scamarico, and Derek Jacobi.
Effie Gray opens in St. Louis at AMC Creve Coeur 12, Friday, April 3rd. »
- Movie Geeks
Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Matt Lucas | Written and Directed by Paul King
When characters from children’s television shows are translated onto the silver screen sometimes the results aren’t exactly positive. Paddington is one of the movies where I would admit I was cynical and didn’t expect much, especially because of the age of the actual show. Then a little magical viral madness took over and the spectacle of the “Scary Paddington” took over and it was perfect to get the bear noticed, showing how awesome the internet can be. The fact is even without the crazy internet people, Paddington turned into something surprising and very charming.
When Paddington arrives in London looking for a home the Brown family agree to help him, letting him stay with them until »
- Paul Metcalf
Director: Paul King
Run Time: 91 minutes
Extras: Meet the Characters, When a Bear Comes to Stay, From Page to Screen, Gallery
When I first heard the rumours of the Paddington adaptation for the big screen, I wasn’t in opposition to the idea but wasn’t convinced they’d do Michael Bond’s wonderful books and Peggy Fortnum’s illustrations justice. Paddington Bear is an adored element of British upbringing and sometimes films can lose that purity and appeal when they’re out there for the whole world to see. Thankfully, with Harry Potter producer David Heyman behind the work alongside director Paul King, they’ve creatively concocted a quite fantastic family film that brings all the spirit alive.
For those who don’t know the story, it all centres on a rare, »
- Dan Bullock
Michael Palin Cbe has achieved that rare feat of being not only a man of multiple trades - actor, comedian, writer, presenter and political campaigner - but a master of them all.
Best known for being one sixth of iconic comedy group Monty Python, Palin has carved a hugely successful and varied career in showbusiness.
His achievements range from winning the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in 1989 for his role in A Fish Called Wanda, to travelling across the world in 80 days, to reuniting with his fellow Pythons for a hugely anticipated series of live Monty Python shows last year.
In the name of getting to know one of Britain's most famous men a little better, we headed to BAFTA HQ on Tuesday night (March 17) for the latest in BAFTA's live strand A Life in Television. Host David Walliams certainly extracted a host of fascinating facts about Palin's life (and »
The acquisition comes just as “Effie Gray,” from production company Sovereign Films and producers Andreas Roald and Donald Rosenfeld, heads toward a U.S. theatrical release from Adopt Films next month. Uphe Content Group will also handle the U.S. domestic ancillary rights to the film.
Co-starring Thompson and a cast that includes Tom Sturridge, Derek Jacobi and Julie Walters, “Effie Gray” is based on the true story of Effie (Fanning) and her marriage to Victorian art critic John Ruskin (played by Greg Wise). Thompson both writes and directs.
“Effie Gray” hits U.S. screens April 3.
- Gordon Cox
Madrid – Brit actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen (NBC’s “Dracula,” “World Without End”) will star in “The Healer,” a feel-good drama marking Spanish director Paco Arango’s follow-up to his standout 2011 debut “Maktub” that will be produced by Enrique Posner (“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” ”Justin and the Knights of Valor”).
Based on what Posner describes as a “highly personal original script,” “The Healer” is in itself a highly singular and inspiring project, yoking Arango’s love of filmmaking and his continuing life battle to help children fight cancer: A large portion of the proceeds from “The Healer” will be destined to help Paul Newman’s camps for seriously ill children (https://www.seriousfunnetwork.org/), where Arango is a board member.
Written by Arango, and set to roll June 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, “The Healer” is produced by Arango and Posner, using Arango’s Calcon shingle, and by »
- John Hopewell
Cinema Retro's London photographer Mark Mawston shows why he's invited to cover the "A" list events. Here, Mark shares some exceptional shots he took on the red carpet at last month's BAFTA awards.
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The lush settings of TV’s Indian Summers turn my mind to cocktails on the verandah and one big question: who did cook the roast beef?
It’s smart of Patak’s, purveyor of slightly superior chutneys and poppadoms, to have bought advertising time in the ad breaks (the far too frequent ad breaks, alas) during Channel 4’s swank new series of the Raj, Indian Summers. I can’t be the only person who watches it and thinks: mmm, curry. But then, my interest in what its characters eat and drink has already turned into a kind of obsession. Does the series have a food adviser? (Lisa Heathcote, who mocks up the fish mousses eaten by the Dowager Countess et al in Downton Abbey, is thought so vital to the series’ unnerving global success, she was recently the subject of a profile in the New York Times.) I’ve no idea. »
- Rachel Cooke
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