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'Brooklyn' gets awards season release date

10 June 2015 3:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Period drama stars Saoirse Ronan.

Lionsgate has given an awards season release date to 1950s romantic drama Brooklyn.

The film, directed by John Crowley, will be released on Nov 6 in Ireland and Nov 27 in the UK.

Brooklyn had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Set in the early 1950s, Brooklyn is the story of a young woman, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, NY where she has the opportunity for work and for a future.

She also finds love with Italian-American Tony (Emory Cohen).  But when a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community, but now with eligible Jim (Domhnall Gleeson) courting her.  As she repeatedly postpones her return to America, Eilis finds herself confronting the choice between two men and two countries.

The cast also includes Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

Adapted from Colm Tóibín’s bestseller by [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

7 June 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Sunday Night at the Palladium: ITV, 8pm

In the last Sunday Night at the Palladium of the series, Jack Whitehall presents as a whole host of talented stars take to the stage.

There's music from Leona Lewis, Jess Glynne and Simply Red as well as comedy from Sara Pascoe and Britain's Got Talents' Jack Carroll.

Julie Walters in Conversation with Richard E Grant: BBC Four, 8pm

Award-winning actress Julie Walters talks about her successful career, from her movie debut in Educating Rita to more recent works.

Presented by Richard E Grant, this is the first in a series of BBC Four shows celebrating leading figures in the British film industry.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: BBC One, 9pm

Tonight's episode sees tensions between the pair when Strange becomes obsessed with the Raven King's magic and Norrell doesn't approve.

Strange tries to cure mad King George III, but soon realises that »

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Third Harry Potter Movie a Major Letdown. Is CGI Enough to Create On-Screen Magic?

6 June 2015 7:20 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' poster. With Daniel Radcliffe. Rupert Grint. Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' quiz question: Does state-of-the-art CGI equal movie magic? (Oscar Movie Series) Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment in the Harry Potter movie series. That is, if one thinks only of Cuarón's pre-Harry Potter sleeper hit, the François Truffaut-esque Y tu mamá también, while ignoring two of his earlier efforts, the critically acclaimed A Little Princess and the moderately respected Great Expectations. This time around, working with a reported $130 million budget (approx. $163 million in 2015), state-of-the-art special effects, and the Harry Potter franchise, Cuarón surely could do no wrong. At the box office, that is. For although Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is stylistically superior to Chris Columbus' previous work in the series, »

- Andre Soares

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PBS Unveils Fall Primetime Schedule - New Drama Series, Documentaries, Performances & More

4 June 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

PBS has revealed its Fall 2015 primetime schedule, which includes everything from dramas, to the performing arts, to nature and science programs, anchored by the story of America’s most legendary filmmaker and his magical legacy in “Walt Disney” on American Experience, and the new Masterpiece drama “Indian Summers,” featuring acclaimed actress Julie Walters.  Of special interest to this blog, and part of the network's American Masters series, is the feature documentary “Althea,” which recounts the life and achievements of the groundbreaking African American tennis player, Althea Gibson, set to premiere on September 4.  The network has also set a November celebration of America’s diverse musical history in American Epic, a series that will document the roots of modern music. Over 3 nights, audiences will rediscover the families whose music was recorded (early blues,...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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PBS Unveils Fall Primetime Schedule - New Drama Series, Documentaries, Performances & More

4 June 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

PBS has revealed its Fall 2015 primetime schedule, which includes everything from dramas, to the performing arts, to nature and science programs, anchored by the story of America’s most legendary filmmaker and his magical legacy in “Walt Disney” on American Experience, and the new Masterpiece drama “Indian Summers,” featuring acclaimed actress Julie Walters.  Of special interest to this blog, and part of the network's American Masters series, is the feature documentary “Althea,” which recounts the life and achievements of the groundbreaking African American tennis player, Althea Gibson, set to premiere »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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PBS’ New Season Will Feature Walt Disney Documentary, Civil War Drama ‘Mercy Street’

3 June 2015 9:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS this coming TV season will boast an unvarnished look at entertainment entrepreneur Walt Disney, a revival of Ken Burns epic documentary “The Civil War” and something that has been a rarity on the network in recent years: a drama financed by PBS set in America.

The network best known these days for pickups of British productions like “Downton Abbey” and “Call the Midwife” will in January debut “Mercy Street,” a six-part Civil War epic that is produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and is the first American drama to air on PBS in more than a decade. Such stuff “is expensive,” noted Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager of general audience programming at PBS, in an interview, but the network expects to monetize the product through international distribution. Josh Radnor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are among the members of the show’s cast.

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- Brian Steinberg

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PBS Unveils Fall Schedule: Walt Disney’s ‘American Experience,’ ‘Indian Summers’ (Video)

3 June 2015 9:01 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

PBS unveiled its Fall 2015 primetime schedule one minute after midnight Et on Thursday morning, which is toplined by an “American Experience” about animator-extraordinaire Walt Disney (watch the trailer above) and new “Masterpiece” drama “Indian Summers,” featuring Julie Walters. In November, the partly publicly funded channel celebrates America’s diverse musical history in the previously announced “American Epic,” which documents the roots of modern music. Sticking with the musical theme, PBS will also premiere that month “Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson,” a concert special that showcases songs from Tony Succar’s album of the same name. “PBS has the very best shows this fall, »

- Tony Maglio

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YouTubers will team up with OAPs in Sky1's Onliners & Oldtimers

3 June 2015 5:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

YouTubers and OAPs will team up as part of a new social experiment about the internet on Sky1.

Onliners & Oldtimers sees young internet-savvy users introduce the World Wide Web to people over the age of 65, in the hope that they can help each other connect with a life beyond their own.

Voiced by Julie Walters, the "heartwarming" series aims to bridge the generation gap and educate both groups on how they can enrich one another's lives.

YouTubers who will appear on the series include vloggers Niki & Sammy and presenter and Martin Kemp's son Roman Kemp.

Onliners & Oldtimers is planned for a July launch.

The series is produced by Princess Productions, part of Endemol Shine Group. »

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All the Bgt winners: Ranking the winning acts by their success post-Britain's Got Talent

1 June 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Congratulations to Jules O'Dwyer and her loveable border collie Matisse who won Britain's Got Talent last night (May 31). We must admit we came over a tad teary-eyed when Matisse's three-legged collie companion Skippy made his debut in their final act.

Last night's final prompted us to look back at all eight winners from the ITV talent show to see how they faired after their victories.

From Collabro to Pudsey the dog - which acts have had the most success post-bgt? Here's our ranking below:

1. Paul Potts

Paul Potts stunned the judges, audience and viewers of Bgt alike with his breathtaking rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' on the ITV talent show's first run in 2007. His audition became a YouTube sensation and was later confirmed as the fourth most viewed YouTube video in the UK.

Following his transition from Carphone Warehouse salesman to Bgt winner, Potts released his debut album One Chance »

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Rachel Griffiths and Art Malik join the cast of Indian Summers series two

25 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Indian Summers has welcomed a host of new faces for series two, with Rachel Griffiths and Art Malik among those joining the drama.

The actors join Julie Walters and Henry Lloyd-Hughes on the Channel 4 show, which is set in 1932 Colonial India.

Griffiths, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in 1998's Hilary and Jackie, and Malik (True Lies) are also joined by James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Sugandha Garg (My Name is Khan), Arjun Mathur (Luck By Chance) and Blake Ritson (RocknRolla) on the series.

Malik will take on the role of the Maharaja Maritpur, while Griffiths will play his Australian mistress Sirene.

Griffiths said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Indian Summers.

"I have been bingeing on UK television for the last ten years and I'm very excited to be on board such a beautifully made and relevant show.

"[Writer Paul Rutman] is an incredible »

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BAFTA TV Awards 2015: Jeff Pope talks Cilla, success and his future endeavours

5 May 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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, »

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Paddington,' 'Inherent Vice,' 'The Gambler' and More

29 April 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Paddington - The Weinstein Company - Blu-ray and DVD Director: Paul King Cast: Hugh BonnevilleSally HawkinsJulie WaltersJim BroadbentPeter 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...

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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

24 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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Jon Snow to receive a BAFTA Fellowship

12 April 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

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 »

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Wamg Talks To Woman In Gold Director Simon Curtis

9 April 2015 7:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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

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Easter TV movie guide: Saturday April 4 - Ben-Hur, Pretty Woman

4 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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 »

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Effie Gray – The Review

2 April 2015 8:19 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

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

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‘Woman In Gold’, ‘Effie Gray’, ‘Lambert & Stamp’ Lead Specialty Box Office: Preview

2 April 2015 5:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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Interview: Wamg Talks To Effie Gray Producer Donald Rosenfeld

2 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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.

Dakota Fanning stars as Effie Gray Ruskin. The cast includes Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Sir Derek Jacobi and Robbie Coltrane.

The film is produced by Andreas Roald (Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time) and Donald Rosenfeld (Malick’s Tree Of Life and Voyage Of Time).

Producer Donald Rosenfeld spent 1987 to 1998 as President of Merchant Ivory Productions, in charge of the financing »

- Michelle McCue

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Effie Gray | Review

2 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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