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Stephen Daldry occupies a rarefied position. He is one of the few filmmakers to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director four times in a row and for his first four films: “Billy Elliott,” “The Hours,” “The Reader” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (three of the four were also nominated for Best Picture). Perhaps after years of Oscar-bait material —he has directed six actors in Oscar-nominated performances, namely Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, and Max von Sydow— Daldry has switched gears for “Trash” a movie set in the slums of Rio with big stars cast in supporting roles. Read More: Stephen Talks Asperger's, Depicting 9/11 In 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,' And the Oscars Sure, the movie features Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Brazilian actors Wagner Moura and Selton Mello, but the leads are three unknown Brazilian non-actors (Rickson Tevez, Luis Eduardo, »
- Edward Davis
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
The Brits are pretty bad at a lot of things – including, it seems, making programmes about how bad they are at things
‘Three and a half thousand miles north of the equator, between the Atlantic ocean and the North Sea, lies a small island: Britain …” That’s Julie Walters talking, so we’re in safe hands, and I’m intrigued by the sound of this Britain, with its multiple bodies of water and reassuring distance from anywhere sunny.
The problem, though, is its inhabitants. What a bunch of idiots – seriously, they can’t do anything. Take saying hello to a friend, a simple enough task, one might imagine. Stick your hand out, look them in the eye, smile if so inclined, and use your words.
Related: A Very British Brothel review – ‘Suddenly, running a massage parlour seems a jolly, public-spirited pursuit’
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- Esther Addley
Very British Problems, the 1 million follower-plus @soverybritish Twitter feed turned best-selling book of Britons' daily woes, hits our small screens tonight (August 13).
Starring Jonathan Ross, James Corden and a variety of famous funny Brits moaning creatively in a Grumpy Old Men stylee, the Channel 4 series looks to bottle the retweet phenomenon for a non-social audience.
I meet its London-based creator Rob Temple to find out how that's going to work and, to be honest, exactly how it all got this far. Over a beer, not an under-heated cup of tea ("I don't even like tea," laughs Temple), I ask how the idea started. "Well, it started it in 2012, cause you told me to."
Now, this is sort of true. Full disclosure: I used to work with Rob. And I did implore him to start a Twitter feed, as despite having never seen it himself, his dry, pithy humour was clearly a good fit. »
It was time to celebrate Downton Abbey this evening (July 11) as a special BAFTA event paid tribute to the period drama series.
Jonathan Ross hosted the event, which saw Julie Walters present Downton executive producers Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge and Julian Fellowes with the Special Award recognising the global success of the show.
BAFTA's Downton Abbey tribute will air on ITV later this year.
On hearing that Downton was to be honoured with the Special Award, executive producer Neame said: "As Downton Abbey moves »
Lionsgate UK brings release forward by three weeks.
Lionsgate UK will handle the release of the film in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.
Directed by John Crowley, Brooklyn is set in 1950s Ireland and New York, where a young woman (Ronan) has to choose between two men and two countries.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
When she is called back to Ireland following a family loss, she is romanced by a local man (Domhnall Gleeson) who doesn't want her to return to the Us.
Crowley's romantic drama is »
Fox Searchlight has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Brooklyn" film, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Emory Cohen, and Julie Walters. Check it out below. Plot: Tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. The new movie is directed by John Crowley (Closed Circuit) from a script by Nick Hornby (Wild). It's set to hit select theaters on November 6th. Trailer: »
In the trailer, young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Ronan) leaves her family and falls in love with a charming Italian-American boy named Tony (Emory Cohen). Lacey learns proper beach etiquette and how to properly twirl spaghetti before being told, “We don’t like Irish people,” at Tony’s family dinner table. In the end, she must choose between her new romantic affair with America and Tony and the offerings of her Irish roots across the ocean.
Variety‘s review of “Brooklyn” calls it a “robust romantic drama, rich in history and full of emotion.”
“Brooklyn” first premiered at Sundance and »
- Seth Kelley
If you needed more proof of Saoirse Ronan’s great acting talent, there’s that and more in the first trailer for Brooklyn. Directed by John Crowley (Boy A) and written by Nick Hornby (An Education and the novel About a Boy), the film follows Saoirse Ronan’s character, Eilis, as she leaves her home in Ireland to find a new one in Brooklyn. Here’s the synopsis:
Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Coming out of the Sundance Film Festival riding a tidal wave of praise, Brooklyn, the latest film from Intermission director John Crowley, tells the tale of a young Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) who must choose between her new home in 1950’s Brooklyn and the country she grew up in. An impressive cast, which also includes Domhnail Gleeson, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent, is backed by Nick Hornby as screenwriter, adapting the acclaimed novel by Colm Tóibín. All in all, Brooklyn promises to be something very special indeed, as this stunning first trailer attests to, promising an incredibly emotional and powerful story. Released: November 7th »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Read More: Sundance Review: Nick Hornby-Scripted 'Brooklyn' is Beautiful But Unfulfilling An emotional trailer has been released for John Crowley's "Brooklyn," a period romance drama based on Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel of the same name. The film follows a young Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) navigating a new life alone in Brooklyn amidst casual racism, culture shock and new experiences brought by a 1950's New York City that is vastly different from her life back home. A newfound romance with an Italian-American boy (Emory Cohen), however, soon rids her of her homesickness -- until something back in Ireland tears her between her budding love in Brooklyn and the comfort of her past life in Ireland. The tender story also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. Watch the trailer above. "Brooklyn" will be in theaters this fall. Read More: Sundance Review: John Crowley’s Gorgeous & Bittersweet ‘Brooklyn »
- Meredith Mattlin
I saw a lot of movies at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, but few stuck with me for as long or hit me as hard as director John Crowley’s (Boy A) drama Brooklyn. Scripted by Nick Hornby and based on the novel of the same name by Colm Toibin, the film is an immigrant story of a young Irish girl (Saoirse Ronan) in the 1950s who moves to New York City in search of opportunity, but finds herself stuck between two worlds, unsure to which she truly belongs. This is one of the most touching and poignant immigrant stories ever told, and it’s anchored by tremendous performances from Ronan and Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines), as well as a standout turn from Julie Walters. It ranges from hilarious to heartbreaking to heartwarming, and Crowley wonderfully balances the intimacy of the story without delving into saccharine territory. Quite simply, »
- Adam Chitwood
Fox Searchlight released the first trailer for the John Crowley-directed period drama “Brooklyn” on Thursday. Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis Lacey, a young Irish woman who struggles to adjust to her new home in America. “I have a life halfway across the sea,” she says in the clip. “Brooklyn” is based on the novel by Colm Toibin and follows a young woman in 1952 who travels to New York from Dublin and gets caught between two different cities and two different men. Also read: Sundance: Saoirse Ronan's 'Brooklyn' Acquired by Fox Searchlight The film also stars Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, »
- Reid Nakamura
Buzz out of Sundance was big for Brooklyn. So big in fact, I have it in my early list of predicted Oscar nominees for Best Picture as well as star Saoirse Ronan on my list for Best Actress. Today those of us that weren't in Sundance are getting our first peek at the film, which was picked up by Fox Searchlight, with the first trailer and poster. Based on Colm Toibin's acclaimed novel and set on opposite sides of the Atlantic, John Crowley's Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, »
- Brad Brevet
With what looks to be a fantastic cast and some solid drama, the first trailer for transatlantic story Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, has arrived at the web’s port with its passport in its hand. Nick Hornby adapted Colm Tóibín’s bestseller, providing the script for director John Crowley. Ronan is starring in the 1950s-set story as a young woman named Eilis, who in a quest to find a new life and some work moves from her small Irish town to the shiny new world of Brooklyn. There, she meets and falls for an Italian-American named Tony (Emory Cohen).But a family tragedy strikes, bringing Eilis back home, where she reconnects with her old community and finds Jim (Domhnall Gleeson) trying to win her affections. Suddenly, she’s caught between two worlds and two potential loves… With Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters (who appears to be on scene-stealing form), Eileen O »
Set in colonial India in 1935, the second season of Indian Summers chronicles the further decline of the British Empire and clashes with the locals who are desperate for independence.
Julie Walters stars alongside. James Fleet, Rachel Griffiths and Art Malik. Walters portrays Cynthia, a widow and doyenne of the expats Royal Club in Shimla, a town in the foothills of the Himalayas. Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley) is Lord Hawthorne, Malik is the Maharaja Maritpur and Griffiths is his enigmatic Australian mistress Sirene.
The drama, which airs on the UK's Channel 4 and here on BBC First, is the second collaboration between Teplitzky and Griffiths: she co-starred in his 2011 film Burning Man with Matthew Goode, Bojana Novakovic and Essie Davis.
The series is being filmed in Penang, »
- Don Groves
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.
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.
Adapted from Colm Tóibín’s bestseller by [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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.
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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