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Searchlight confirms Brooklyn deal

6 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fox Searchlight has confirmed its deal for the Us and multiple territories to Sundance hit Brooklyn – reportedly for $9m – while Sundance Selects has acquired North America on City Of Gold.

John Crowley directed Brooklyn and the romance stars Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish immigrant in 1950s New York. Rounding out the key cast are Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

Nick Hornby adapted the screenplay from Colm Toibin’s novel, while Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey served as producers.

Fox Searchlight negotiated the deal for world rights excluding the UK, Australia and Canada with HanWay Films and CAA and plans a release this year.

Sundance Selects has moved on North American rights to Laura Gabbert’s Us Documentary Competition selection City Of Gold.

The film follows food critic Jonathan Gold on a culinary trawl of ethnic food spots in Los Angeles. Submarine represented the film-makers in the deal. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Fox Searchlight Takes 'Brooklyn' Starring Saoirse Ronan

7 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights as well as multiple international territories to the romantic drama Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. The film is directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Toibin's acclaimed novel. The film is produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey and is scheduled to be released in 2015. Here's what Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley had to say in a statement.

"We were overwhelmed by this epic film - the impeccable direction, the flawless attention to detail and Saoirse's heartbreaking performance of Eilis' emotional journey. This film is the kind of classic love story that audiences yearn for and is so often missing from today's world."

Producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey also released the following statement.

"We could not »

- MovieWeb

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Paddington Blu-ray details and steelbook announced

27 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

StudioCanal has officially announced the March 23rd blu-ray release of Paddington, the blockbuster family film starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. Details can be found below, as well as artwork for a Zavvi exclusive steelbook…

Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Julie Walters: lack of working-class actors is sad

23 January 2015 8:45 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor adds voice to row over number of privileged artists in the arts, saying drama career wouldn’t be an option for her now

Walters: ‘People like me wouldn’t get a chance today’

Julie Walters has added her voice to the growing row about whether there is a lack of working-class voices in contemporary drama, saying that if she was starting out now she most likely would not have the chance to make it as an actor.

The comments from Walters come in an interview with the Guardian on Saturday, and echo those of the shadow arts minister, Chris Bryant, who said last week that those from privileged backgrounds, such as Eddie Redmayne and James Blunt, were over-represented at the top of their professions.

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- Simon Hattenstone and Peter Walker

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National Television Awards 2015: As it happened

21 January 2015 11:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

For the next three hours, the best of 2014's television will be celebrated at a lavish ceremony starring everyone from Danny Dyer to the bloke from The Chase.

The 2015 National Television Awards will reward the very best (or highest-voted) soaps, dramas, comedies and more. Dermot O'Leary will once again host the event live from The O2 in London on ITV.

So grab a cup of tea, prepare for madness and enjoy Ant & Dec winning the Best TV Presenter(s) trophy, as Digital Spy takes you through the evening from 7.30pm.

22:03So there we have it for another year! A pretty darn well-run ship by Dermot, and a generally enjoyable show. What did you think of the winners? Any big snubs? All in agreement? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for joining us!

22:02Of course, one more mention of Mrs Brown before the end.

22:00Claudia Winkleman can be seen going "What? »

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, January 16; What Will You See?

16 January 2015 7:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 16th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide Blackhat Director: Michael Mann Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, Leehom Wang, Manny Montana, William Mapother, Archie Kao, Spencer Garrett, John Ortiz, Holt McCallany Synopsis: "Set within the world of global cybercrime, 'Blackhat' follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta." Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (8 reviews) Paddington Director: Paul King Cast: Ben WhishawNicole Kidman, Peter Capaldi, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Matt Lucas, Matt King, Samuel Joslin, Ancuta Breaban, Daniel Westwood, Dominic Coleman Synopsis: "A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search »

- Steve Greene

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Paddington – The Review

15 January 2015 9:59 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Just what we need, another cute kids’ movie about a lovable, talking animal. Children can’t seem to get enough of these movies, despite how dreadfully awful they usually are, by most adults’ standards. Spy on parents some time while they treat their little ones to these chatty creature films and you’re likely to find most of them struggling to grin and bear the experience. Yeah. See what I did there?

Normally, you’d be hard pressed to find me caught anywhere near one of these movies. There are, of course, always those rare exceptions that lead you to eat that bitter N word… “never.” This is why I try and never say never about a film, unless its in the title. Paddington (2014) is a family-friendly film, and by that I mean its friendly for the entire family, children and adults. The film is based upon the beloved books by author Michael Bond, »

- Travis Keune

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Review: 'Paddington' is a sweet and stylish family film delight

15 January 2015 12:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the more obnoxious trailers I've seen in the last six months was for "Paddington," which looked like loud, annoying children's trash. I've sat through so many of those movies since I had my kids, and even when it's my job to review them, it is one of those things that I have to steel myself for ahead of time. Whoever cut the trailers for "Paddington" owes writer/director Paul King a personal apology, though. I mean, I get it. I know why they didn't push the whole "From the director of 'The Mighty Boosh'" angle in the trailers, but it would have at least convinced me. I am delighted to report that King's movie is sweet and smart and silly, beautifully made from top to bottom. While my kids were entertained by it, I found it very moving and was pleased to see how well King's sense of style, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Paddington Review

15 January 2015 11:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

At first sight, Paddington Bear looks monstrous, his creepy photorealistic fur bringing to mind 2010’s astonishingly misconceived Yogi Bear. You can almost hear the soft, squelching sound as audience’s hearts sink, the sound of teeth gritting as they prepare for yet another sacrilegious plundering of a beloved children’s classic. What nightmares are we going to have to endure? Is Paddington Bear going to have an attitude? Is he going to wear a puffa jacket? Oh god.. he’s going to rap, isn’t he?

This consuming sense of dread isn’t director Paul King’s fault. It’s just that we’ve been burned so many times by overblown, gagless, soulless cinematic abortions that we expect the worst; to look into the eyes of a CG bear is to see a grinning studio exec staring back (probably doing some warped approximation of the hated “Dreamworks face”).

This is a pity, »

- David James

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‘Paddington’ Review: A Charming Bear Overcomes the Odds, and So Does His Movie (Video)

14 January 2015 12:54 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This sweetly funny adaptation of the popular children’s book series avoids one misstep after another, resulting in a film that will delight kids and parents...

Even before they replaced the lead voice actor and punted the U.S. release date from December to January, the odds weren’t exactly in favor of “Paddington.” After all, so many charming children’s storybooks have had the delight squeezed out of them after being elongated into a three-act structure on the way to the big screen. (Remembering the “Cat in the Hat” movie still brings on an involuntary shudder.)

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- Alonso Duralde

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Dakota Fanning: "Effie Gray"

14 January 2015 5:35 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new footage from director Richard Laxton's period 'biopic', "Effie Gray", written by Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility"), starring Dakota Fanning, Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi and David Suchet:

"...'Effie Gray' (Fanning) has a doomed marriage to art critic 'John Ruskin' (Greg Wise) in 1840s London.

"Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastated Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter 'John Everett Milias' (Tom Sturridge)..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Effie Gray"...


- Michael Stevens

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'Paddington' Music Video with Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani

13 January 2015 10:40 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Frequent collaborators and The Voice co-hosts Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams have once again teamed up to deliver a new track for the Paddington soundtrack. Servicing as a nice theme song for the Peruvian bear who loves marmalade, the video for Shine has just debuted, offering plenty of footage from this family feature that is pleasing both critics and audiences like around the globe.

Shine isn't the first time Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams have brought their musical talents together. The pair most famously created the tune Hollaback Girl together, which became one of 2005's most popular songs. And they've worked on a number of albums and singles since that time. About Shine, Paddington producer Harvey Weinstein states:

"Pharrell and Gwen's song 'Shine' perfectly captures the fun, playful spirit of Paddington and it's incredibly exciting to have a genius duo like these two lending their voices to the movie."

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- MovieWeb

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‘Paddington’ Review: Marmalade and Joy for Everyone!

12 January 2015 3:57 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Paddington details the origins of Paddington Brown, one of most beloved bears of children’s literature – from deepest, darkest Peru to stuffy, rainy London — where he was adopted, somewhat reluctantly, by the Brown family. Director/writer Paul King brings the bear to life with all the technology that the modern world can offer while the voice of Ben Whishaw completes the illusion in this charming and just silly enough film. Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins lead the Brown pack as Mr. and Mrs. Brown, who foil each other at almost every turn. Bonneville’s grumpy, cautious patriarch fears what Paddington could do to their home without the proper insurance, while Hawkins’ compassionate, optimistic matriarch is ready to welcome Paddington with open arms. Bonneville and Hawkins play off each other smoothly, pushing their characters only slightly to the realm of the absurd. At first, Mr. Brown’s hesitancy to accept Paddington seems to be the only problem, but »

- Emily Estep

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'Effie Gray' Trailer Starring Dakota Fanning

12 January 2015 2:09 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Emma Thompson is pulling double duty in the new period drama Effie Gray. Not only will the acclaimed actress star alongside Dakota Fanning, she also wrote the screenplay for this latest project from director Richard Laxton. Adopt Films has released the first domestic trailer, which tracks one woman's struggle to find her own identity.

Effie Gray 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 follows 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. »

- MovieWeb

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Watch: Dakota Fanning Has An Affair In U.S. Trailer For 'Effie Gray' With Emma Thompson And Tom Sturridge

9 January 2015 5:29 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So you get married and...then what? Back in ye olden days, when refined folk didn't dare discuss the matters regarding the bedroom, betrothal could be tricky. Once you laid down in bed with the person you pledged your life to... what are you supposed to do? And what if you probably shouldn't have married them in the first place? Welcome to the world of "Effie Gray," via this new U.S. trailer for the film. Richard Laxton directs this drama about the marital trouble that arises between art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and his wife Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning), who have yet to consummate. But Effie finds hope of a better, more fulfilling life in a relationship with Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), but in a time when divorce is unheard of, their affair is dangerous.  Emma Thompson, David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters round »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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6 January 2015 2:57 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Family 4-packs! In the latest Hookup: Film, we have 20 family 4-packs (80 seats in total) up for grabs to the family comedy “Paddington” from “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman based on the beloved novels by Michael Bond!

Note: When entering, you Must enter your preference for a family 4-pack or admit-two tickets.

Paddington,” which opens on Jan. 16, 2015 and is rated “PG,” stars Ben Whishaw as Paddington along with Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Peter Capaldi and Hugh Bonneville from writer and director Paul King.

To win your free “Paddington” passes courtesy of, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only »

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Win A Family Four Pack of Tickets To The Advance Screening of Paddington In St. Louis

5 January 2015 12:50 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined -until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. The film features an entirely computer-generated bear who interacts with a cast of esteemed actors.

The film stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.

Directed by Paul King, Paddington opens in theaters January 16.

Ready for an adventure with this adorable bear? Wamg invites you to enter »

- Movie Geeks

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36 British films to look out for in 2015

5 January 2015 8:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…

Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.

We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).

In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »

- louisamellor

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Q&A: Rupert Graves

2 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

‘What song would I like played at my funeral? I don’t care as long as everyone knows the words and joins in’

Born in Weston-super-Mare, Rupert Graves, 51, starred in the films A Room With A View, Maurice and A Handful Of Dust. In 1996 he won the best actor award at the Montreal Film Festival for his role in , he starred with Julie Walters in Intimate Relations. He plays Di Lestrade in the BBC1 series Sherlock and is in the new BBC series of Last Tango In Halifax. He lives in London with his wife and five children.

When were you happiest?

When I am completely absorbed in something, such as when I pick up my guitar and have a little sing.

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- Rosanna Greenstreet

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Mrs Brown's Boys and Miranda celebrate New Year with over 7 million

2 January 2015 4:20 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One dominated the schedules on New Year's Day with Mrs Brown's Boys and the Miranda finale each attracting over 7 million viewers either side of an explosive EastEnders.

The one-hour soap episode attracted 8.53 million (32.3%) at 8.30pm, before Mrs Brown's Boys scored 7.3m (32.4%) from 9.30pm

The finale of Miranda entertained 7.27m (27.6%) from 8pm, after a TV adaptation of Roald Dahl's Esio Trot attracted 6.47m (26.8%).

After the news, 3.91m (27.0%) watched Chelsea implode in a 5-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Match of the Day from 10.45pm

Over on ITV, 3.49m (13.1%) watched a new episode of Birds of a Feather at 8.30pm before 2.56m (12.7%) watched Christopher Nolan's Batman sequel The Dark Knight.

On BBC Two, 1.28m (5.0%) watched Tigers About the House at 7.30pm, 2.40m (8.9%) watched University Challenge at 8.30pm and 2.40m watched Dustin Hoffman's Quartet at 9pm. 1.30m (7.7%) watched Julie Walters: A Life at 10.30pm.

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