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Les Arcs celebrates diverse crop of Ireland films

22 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.

The sixth edition of the Les Arcs European Film Festival turned its focus on Ireland with an aim to celebrate its cinematic beauty and history, and in turn, its filmic opportunities.

While the festival’s co-founders Guillaume Calop and Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin mentioned in an opening statement that this year had seen a persistent crisis within the European Union (EU) and a loss of confidence in its benefits, Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ambassador of Ireland to France) commented that “things were looking up for Ireland, and that the festival had clearly captured the essence of arts and culture that is very important for the EU.”

The festival’s ‘Irish Focus’ programming included 14 films, including older favourites such as John Crowley’s Intermission, Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father and Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins to more recent movies like John Carney’s Once, Alicia Duffy’s [link »

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Christmas Eve's best TV

19 December 2014 7:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The 60th anniversary of Carol’s from King’s, a Bafta tribute to the life of Julie Walters and a look back at the best bits of the last year of Gogglebox. Plus: Harry Hill stars as an absent-minded inventor, Kevin Macdonald’s Christmas In A Day and Lee Mack endures a boisterous night out with his dad in the season finale of Not Going Out

College American football is the sole option for anyone hankering after some televised live sport on Christmas Eve, and this contest marks the inaugural edition of the Bahamas Bowl, to be held annually in Nassau. This year it features teams from the Mid-American conference (the Chippenwas) and Conference USA (the Hilltoppers). Both managed 7-5 records in the regular season, suggesting this should be a tight encounter. Gwilym Mumford

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Sundance 2015 Premieres Announced

8 December 2014 5:14 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.

Premieres

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.

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Sundance ’15: Baumbach, Fleck/Boden, Pulcini/Berman, Ponsoldt & Another Swanberg Among Premieres

8 December 2014 1:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance Announces Premieres Films for 2015 Festival; Include Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America

8 December 2014 1:16 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last week, Sundance unveiled the exciting lineup for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival piece-by-piece.  First we got the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and Next films, followed by the Park City at Midnight and Spotlight lineups.  Today, the festival has announced the films that will be playing in its Premieres category, and there are a number of highlights.  Director Noah Baumbach's indie Mistress America, which stars and was co-written by Baumbach's Frances Ha collaborator Greta Gerwig, is on the docket, as is The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt's End of the Tour, which stars Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace.  On the Documentary Premieres side of things, we have Alex Gibney's sure-to-be-controversial documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and the authorized doc Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Check out the full lineup of Sundance 2015 movies in the Premieres category after the jump.  The »

- Adam Chitwood

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Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Premieres Lineup

8 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.

Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”

By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »

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Sundance: Premieres, Doc Premieres

8 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.

Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is likely to become a major talking point and stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto in the true tale of activist and Young Gay America co-founder Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor. The Exchange handles international rights.

James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour (pictured, photo by Jakob Ihre) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent — as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.

Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind »

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Doc Premieres

8 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and participants on two panels including George Lucas.

James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut, as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.

Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller, while Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman introduce the New York Tompkins Square Park Riot drama Ten Thousand Saints starring the in-demand Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer.

Joe Swanberg brings Digging For Fire with Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.

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James Franco, J-Lo and Ryan Reynolds bringing new films to 2015 Sundance Film Festival

8 December 2014 12:58 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Sundance Institute effectively filled out its slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with the announcement of the always star-friendly premieres category. It's also where many former Sundance filmmakers bring their second, third and even fourth films back to the fest. This year the category features 16 world premieres and almost all of them are from Sundance alumni, including Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson"), Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale"), Joe Swanberg ("VHS"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), Michael Almereyda (2000's "Hamlet"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives"), Benson Lee ("Miss Monday"), Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette"), and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor"). Some of the intriguing titles include Paul Weitz's "Grandma" with Lily Tomlin and Laverne Cox, Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden's "Mississippi Grind" with Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, Garcia's "Last Days in the Desert" featuring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, Charles Stone III's "Lila »

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Julie Walters: 'People don't realise how precious anonymity is'

4 December 2014 8:07 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Julie Walters has warned that fame isn't as attractive as it seems.

Speaking at a Q&A to launch BAFTA's new live strand A Life in Television, Walters suggested that fame has been "misinterpreted as if it's something wonderful".

"I must admit, when people first started saying, 'You were in that show', I thought, 'Cor, look at me!'" she joked.

"It didn't take long for me to realise this isn't a good thing. It's nice. I'm not saying it isn't nice when people say, 'That was great, I love that show', and, 'I love your work'. Of course that's lovely. [But] Michael Caine once said it, didn't he? Someone asked, 'What's it like to be rich and famous?' And he said, 'Well I'd much rather just be rich'."

She added: "People don't realise how precious anonymity is until it's gone. Once it's gone, it's really difficult to go and do things. »

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Julie Walters: 18 amazing things you might not know about her

4 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Julie Walters is one of those people who really does seem like a national treasure. She's done it all, from comedy to drama, over an amazing career that earned her a BAFTA Fellowship earlier this year.

We were lucky enough to pop along to a Q&A with Julie last night - launching BAFTA's new live strand A Life in Television - and she was funny, interesting and always entertaining. We've collected together just 18 amazing things we learned - from why Educating Rita made her cry to her crush on Hugh Bonneville to why dancing and Julie do not mix. Read on for all that and much more...

1. She cried when she first saw Educating Rita because she thought she was "terrible".

"I'd done Educating Rita on stage, Willy Russell's play, and then Lewis Gilbert came along and said, 'Do you want to be in a film, darling?' »

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Julie Walters: 18 amazing things you might not know about her

4 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Julie Walters is one of those people who really does seem like a national treasure. She's done it all, from comedy to drama, over an amazing career that earned her a BAFTA Fellowship earlier this year.

We were lucky enough to pop along to a Q&A with Julie last night - launching BAFTA's new live strand A Life in Television - and she was funny, interesting and always entertaining. We've collected together just 18 amazing things we learned - from why Educating Rita made her cry to her crush on Hugh Bonneville to why dancing and Julie do not mix. Read on for all that and much more...

1. She cried when she first saw Educating Rita because she thought she was "terrible".

"I'd done Educating Rita on stage, Willy Russell's play, and then Lewis Gilbert came along and said, 'Do you want to be in a film, darling?' »

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British Independent Film Awards Honor Full Range of Brit Pics

2 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With alternative modes of production reshaping the definition of “mainstream” well beyond the reach of studio cinema, it can be difficult for independent cinema to maintain its, well, independence.

Yet the British Independent Film Awards, now in their 17th year, still occupy a unique position in the U.K. awards calendar. Though their definition of independent cinema is hardly elitist, their nominees annually cover a large sector of British cinema not served by the BAFTAs — as the latter institution models itself ever more directly on the American Academy Awards, their spotlighting of homegrown product grows increasingly selective.

As a measure of the disconnect, the last three winners of Bifa’s top prize — “Tyrannosaur,” “Broken” and “Metro Manila” — scored just four BAFTA nominations among them, all in specialized or subsidiary categories. This year’s Bifa nominee list sees Yann Demange’s tough, low-grossing Troubles thriller “’71,” above, leading the count ahead of »

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Adopt Films Brings Emma Thompson’s ‘Effie Gray’ Into The Family

2 December 2014 7:01 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky’s New York-based Adopt Films has acquired Effie Gray, the period drama penned by Emma Thompson. Dakota Fanning stars as the eponymous character in the biopic of the 19th century Scotswoman who married critic and author John Ruskin as a teenager only to see their six-year relationship finally annulled with Gray still a virgin. She later wed celebrated pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. For Millais, Gray bore eight children and became his muse (along with her younger sister Sophie).

The company plans an early spring 2015 release.

Julie Walters plays Ruskin’s baleful, controlling mother, and David Suchet is Ruskin’s feckless, enabling father. Thompson, Tom Sturridge, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Derek Jacobi and Robbie Coltrane round out the cast.

Richard Laxton (Burton & Taylor) directs from Thompson’s first original screenplay. (She won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 1995’s Sense And Sensibility. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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U.K. Box Office: 'Paddington' Opens in Top Spot With $8 Million

1 December 2014 4:13 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paddington, the live-action and CGI adaptation of the popular children’s books, took the top spot in the U.K. box-office ranking, scoring the biggest U.K. opening weekend ever for studio and distributor StudioCanal. The film, starring Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman and Julie Walters, with Ben Whishaw voicing the bear, earned a weekend total of $8 million across 520 sites, with a per-screen average of $15,500, according to StudioCanal. While official figures from Rentrak are yet to be released, the result sees Paddington beat The Imitation Game, another StudioCanal release, which took $4.2 million in

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Paddington creator calls the film 'a delight from start to finish'

29 November 2014 5:47 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond is happy with the recent movie adaptation.

Bond previously said that he was worried about the BBFC's decision to award the film a PG rating due to mild bad language and innuendo, admitting that he'd be upset if it contained swearing and sexual references.

However, in an interview with The Guardian, Bond described the film as "a delight from start to finish".

Bond also said that after all the years of writing Paddington, the bear feels very real to him.

"Paddington is eternally optimistic and always comes back for more, no matter how many times his hopes are dashed," he explained.

"He stands up for things, he's not afraid of going straight to the top and giving them a hard stare."

Out now, the film, which stars Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw as the voice of the bear, »

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I'm a Celebrity watched by 7.74 million on Friday night

29 November 2014 5:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! was Friday's highest-rated show, attracting an audience of 7.74 million (33.6%) at 9pm.

Earlier on in the evening, the return of The Martin Lewis Money Show was seen by 3.34 million (15.5%) at 8pm on ITV.

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked things off with 3.94 million (21.2%) at 7pm, followed by an impressive 3.37 million (16.9%) for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook at 7.30pm.

Ratings decreased to 2.48 million (11.6%) for Citizen Khan at 8.30pm, before picking back up for Have I Got News for You, which was seen by 4.02 million (17.2%) at 9pm. Not Going Out entertained 2.85 million (12.6%) immediately after.

With guests including Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Hugh Bonneville, BBC One ended the night with 3.69 million (26.3%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm.

The Home That Two Built was seen by 940k (4.9%) at 7pm on BBC Two, followed by 2 million (9.4%) for Mastermind.

Tigers About the House, Mock the Week »

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Michael Bond: ‘Paddington stands up for things, he’s not afraid of going to the top and giving them a hard stare’

28 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Paddington stars in his first film, his creator talks about the bear’s enduring appeal

It’s been more than 50 years since a little bear from darkest Peru found himself homeless and alone on Paddington station wearing a tag saying “Please look after this bear. Thank you”, before being adopted by the Brown family. In that time Paddington Bear has acquired ursine national treasure status in the UK and is equally adored abroad: Michael Bond’s 26 Paddington books have sold more than 35m copies worldwide and have been translated into 40 languages. And this weekend sees the release of the first Paddington feature film, which stars Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, with Ben Whishaw providing the voice of the bear. An accompanying Paddington “trail” around London features 50 small statues of the bear decorated by celebrities ranging from David Beckham and Benedict Cumberbatch to Boris Johnson. »

- Michelle Pauli

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Five Classic Children’s Books That Need To Be Blockbusters

28 November 2014 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Today marks the big screen debut of everybody’s favourite bear (who isn’t Baloo, Little John or Fozzy). Paddington sees the polite, eponymous little bear gently stroll from the pages of Michael Bond’s beloved series of children’s books into a film produced by David Heyman, the man behind the Harry Potter series. Heyman even bought half the cast as Julie Walters, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton all appear alongside the hairy hero with the shabby hat. So we got to wondering; what other classic kid’s books could Heyman and his troop of actors adapt for silver screen success?

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- John Sharp

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Agents of Shield, I'm a Celebrity

28 November 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Marvel's Agents of Shield: Channel 4, 8pm

'A Fractured House' sees Shield's popularity at an all-time low when the depleted organisation finds itself blamed for a Hydra attack on the United Nations.

Leading the charge to eliminate Coulson and company is a particularly driven politician, played by White Collar's Tim DeKay.

Gogglebox: Channel 4, 9pm

The BAFTA-winning series continues, as we take another jaunt into the living rooms of familiar favourites to hear their opinions on the week's television.

Leon and June, Steph and Dom, and the hilarious Chris and Stephen will all be on hand as ever to offer their own special brand of armchair criticism.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!: ITV, 9pm

The latest rumblings from the jungle, presented with cheeky relish by Ant & Dec.

You know the score - more stomach-churning trials, more creepy crawlies, more of Jimmy Bullard's beaming face. »

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