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Arriving in theaters on January 16, 2015, the actors and filmmakers from the upcoming Paddington movie discuss the lovely Peruvian bear in this brand new featurette.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) 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 rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
- Michelle McCue
Producer David Heyman also addresses the lack of Paddington's Wellington boots in the promo. He explains that author Michael Bond didn't originally include the boots, but that they were added when toys began being produced.
Colin Firth was originally due to voice the bear, but was replaced by Whishaw after it was decided by studio executives that his voice did not suit the character.
Paddington's world premiere will be held at Odeon Leicester Square on November 23, ahead of its UK release on November 28. »
There’s presumably more heated drama behind the screen than there is upon it in “Effie Gray,” a literate, lovingly mounted and exceedingly well-behaved historical biopic that has sidled into British theaters after two years of less polite legal conflicts. Emma Thompson’s first adult-oriented film screenplay since her Oscar-winning work on “Sense and Sensibility” finds a fascinating human subject in the title character — the socially and sexually suppressed wife of leading Victorian art critic John Ruskin — but this admirable, watercolor-delicate tale of individual feminist emancipation never quite blooms into living color, hampered by spotty casting and Richard Laxton’s overly deliberate direction. Lush production values and name players — notably a conscientious Dakota Fanning in the lead — guarantee international exposure, but commercial prospects are as muted as the film itself.
The pic’s closing credits rather pointedly refer to the “original screenplay by Emma Thompson,” a still-piqued rejoinder to a »
- Guy Lodge
Yahoo and The Weinstein Company are extending the previous 10-day pre-theatrical release of film “One Chance” on Yahoo Screen through Nov. 9. “One Chance” tells the true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Potts became a YouTube phenomenon and won “Britain's Got Talent.” BAFTA winner James Corden (“The History Boys”) — who will be taking over CBS's “The Late, Late Show” from Craig Ferguson – stars as Potts. Film also features Julie Walters (“Mamma Mia!”), Mackenzie Crook (“The Pirates of the Caribbean”), Colm Meaney (“Get Him to the Greek”), Jemima Rooper »
- Tony Maglio
The Weinstein Co.’s biopic “One Chance” generated just $32,800 in its U.S. theatrical debut this weekend, after the film was available for free on Yahoo 10 days before it hit theaters.
Now, TWC has reupped its deal with Yahoo to extend the free streaming window until Nov. 9 for “One Chance,” which tells the true story an amateur opera singer who won the first season of the “Britain’s Got Talent” competition show. Originally, the Yahoo deal was set to expire Oct. 10 with the theatrical release.
“Our fans love the movie and the unique opportunity to experience it online through Yahoo,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of Weinstein Co. “After watching the film on Yahoo myself, I see how Yahoo was able to build such an engaged audience for the film. We’re thrilled with the incredible job Yahoo did in marketing the movie.”
The film, which opened domestically Oct. 10, grossed $32,800 over the weekend at 43 screens, »
- Todd Spangler
The Weinstein Company has released some new Paddington images from director Paul King’s (The Mighty Boosh) upcoming film based on the beloved bear. The story finds the anthropomorphic bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) alone and lost at Paddington Station, in search of a home. Soon after he meets a kind family and seems to have found happiness, at least until he catches the eye of a nefarious taxidermist (Nicole Kidman). The previous trailer has promised a slapstick-heavy tone that should attract a number of young moviegoers, and even I wasn’t averse to the charm of the titular hat-wearing bear. These new images give us a better look at the human characters and also show more of Paddington being adorable. Take a look at the new Paddington movie images after the jump. The film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Peter Capaldi. Paddington opens in theaters on December 25th. »
- Adam Chitwood
• Oscar nominee Casey Affleck will return to his native Massachusetts to star in and produce a film based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The script written by Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter) is based on the book "Boston Strong" by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge and chronicles the massive manhunt to find the two men believed responsible for the bombings and the city's response to the horrific events. [Variety] • Steve Carell will continue his trend of taking on less comedic roles in an untitled thriller from director Gore Verbinski (The Lone Ranger). The film will be the third straight »
- Jake Perlman
Christopher Eccleston has been cast with Marsha Thomason (White Collar) and Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers) in ITV’s new four-part drama series Safe House. Produced by Eleventh Hour Films, Safe House is a thriller set in the wilderness of England’s Lake District. Eccleston plays Robert, a former detective who is asked by a close friend and police officer to turn his family’s remote guest house into a safe house. Their first ‘guests’ are a family in fear of their lives after they are violently attacked. For Robert, protecting them resurrects fears and anxieties bound up in a terrifying night gone wrong with a star witness. As a consequence of running the safe house, Robert begins to questions the incident and uncovers a web of lies. Inspired by a real couple, Safe House is written by Michael Crompton (Kidnap & Ransom, Carrie’s War), and directed by Marc Evans (Hinterland, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
World premiere of family feature set for Nov 23 in London.
They join a cast that includes Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington Bear, Hugh Bonneville as uptight patriarch Mr Brown, Nicole Kidman as evil taxidermist Millicent, Sally Hawkins as the free-spirited Mrs Brown, Jim Broadbent as Paddington’s wise advisor Mr Gruber, Peter Capaldi as the Browns’ curtain twitching nosey neighbour and Julie Walters as eccentric housekeeper Mrs Bird.
The film, about a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home, is based on »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The actors, both of whom appeared in the Harry Potter films, will lend their voices to the characters of Paddington Bear's Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy.
Heyday Films and StudioCanal, who are producing the film, have also announced that Paddington's world premiere will be held at Odeon Leicester Square on November 23, ahead of its UK release on November 28.
London – Dakota Fanning starrer “Effie Gray,” which is the first original screenplay written by Emma Thompson, world premieres on Oct. 5 in London, and opens in the U.K. on Oct. 10 through Metrodome Distribution. Variety has been given an exclusive clip from the film. The U.S. distributor is due to be revealed on Oct. 9.
The film, which is directed by Richard Laxton, explores the true story of the relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. It reps Fanning’s first adult starring role as Effie.
Other thesps in the film include Thompson (“The Remains of the Day,” “Howards End”), Julie Walters (“Harry Potter”), Tom Sturridge (“On the Road”), David Suchet (“Agatha Christie’s Poirot”) and Greg Wise (“Walking on Sunshine”).
- Leo Barraclough
Harry Hill is to make his acting debut as Professor Branestawm in a BBC family comedy.
The 49-year-old comedian, who will be hosting a brand new version of ITV's Stars in Their Eyes next year, will play the absent-minded inventor in a family film adaptation of Norman Hunter's classic children's books by actor and author Charlie Higson.
The series of adventures see Professor Branestawm's eccentric creations causing chaos and mayhem in their wake, with disaster usually averted by his highly-strung housekeeper Mrs Flittersnoop and his loyal yet dim best friend Colonel Dedshott of the Catapult Cavaliers.
The hour-long special follows Mrs Flittersnoop's science-obsessed niece Connie coming to the rescue when jobsworth local councillor Harold Haggerstone tries to remove Branestawm from his quintessentially English village of Great Pagwell.
TV's best-loved burper Harry Hill bumbles on to the silver screen in a typically bonkers vehicle that sees him taking his gran (Julie Walters) on a road trip to Blackpool to find a cure for his pet hamster. Matt Lucas plays Harry's evil twin while Jim Broadbent makes the tea in a riot of daft laughs punctuated - naturally - with the occasional fiiiiiight! »
By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Yahoo will debut Weinstein Co. biopic “One Chance” for free on Sept. 30 on its video-streaming service — a full 10 days before the movie hits theaters Oct. 10, as the studio hopes to generate coin from digital viewers in addition to specialty box office.
Financial terms of the unusual Yahoo-Weinstein deal for “One Chance” were not disclosed. Yahoo will serve both pre-roll and mid-roll video ads in the movie. In addition, the Internet media company expects to drive viewers to the Yahoo Screen destination through the pact, with the idea that they’ll find other content to watch.
The free premiere of the movie on Yahoo has “allowed us to adapt and expand our reach to limitless audiences,” Weinstein Co. COO »
- Todd Spangler
Sneak Peek the first trailer revealing 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:
"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
ITV's Cilla Black biopic, which starred Sheridan Smith in the title role, launched with bumper ratings last night. Cilla attracted the channel's biggest drama audience launch since a little old show called Broadchurch and it has also won rave reviews.
Smith has been singled out in particular for her incredible performance as the Liverpudlian popstar in the swinging '60s and the only criticism that some viewers seemed to have was that she was too good a singer when she performed as Cilla. High praise indeed. Here is a roundup of the critics and Twitter verdicts:
"Smith sang her heart out, catching perfectly the bluesy belter within the girl next door, but rather than rushing her to fame, the action unfolded slowly enough to show her falling at the first hurdle as she became crippled with nerves singing for Brian Epstein. »
After an 18 month wait since completion (and several legal battles later) the first trailer has arrived for period drama Effie Gray.
Dakota Fanning (How I Live Now) stars as Euphemia ‘Effie’ Gray, a young lady torn between her dull marriage to husband John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and her exciting fling with artist John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Emma Thompson (also acting as writer), Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, David Suchet. Russell Tovey, Claudia Cardinale and James Fox co-star.
Although decadent in style and cinematography, this just seems to blend in with the other hundred British heritage films we’ve seen released over the last few years – shame.
Source: YouTube »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The first Effie Gray trailer for director Richard Laxton’s (Burton and Taylor) significantly delayed period drama has arrived. Written by Emma Thompson, the film is a biopic of Effie Gray (played by Dakota Fanning) that centers on her doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in 1840s London. Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastate Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Milias (Tom Sturridge). Thompson won an Oscar for starring in 1992’s Howards End and another for writing 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, and she returns to the “British Period Drama” genre with Effie Gray. The film looks to be considerably grim and feels slightly reminiscent of the drab and dull Therese, but there is certainly a strong pedigree behind it, so here’s hoping it’s worth the wait. Watch the Effie Gray trailer after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
"She has to get away from their clutches." What is wrong with Effie? That's the question that plays at the center of the biopic Effie Gray. And from the look of its first trailer, the simple answer is that it wasn't easy being a woman in the Victorian age, where sex and desire were four-letter curse words. The Telegraph premieres Effie Gray's debut trailer ahead of its world theatrical debut in the U.K. on October 10th. Dakota Fanning stars as its title character, a woman who caused quite a scandal in Victorian England when she cheated on her art critic husband John Ruskin (Greg Wise), with the painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Emma Thompson co-stars alongside David Suchet, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters, but it was her screenwriting credit that has caused the film's modern-day scandal. Indie Wire reports that director Richard Laxton completed production on Effie Gray »
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