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Ben Whishaw on Brexit, Beards and Life After 'The Crucible'

8 July 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Most of us remember The Crucible, and its tale of persecution during the 17th-century Salem witch trials, from high school English class. Arthur Miller originally intended the play as a parable about Communism and the Red Scare in 1950s America, but in the current Broadway revival of the classic – which ends its critically praised run on July 17th – we get supernatural effects, a live-wolf look-alike and gruesome makeup, so that the story crackles with contemporary insight. Audiences can detect associations with the way immigrants are treated as potential terrorists and »

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Studiocanal UK: 10 years in the making

5 July 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From Optimum Releasing to Paddington and Legend, Studiocanal is now the UK’s biggest indie producer-distributor. Screen speaks to CEO Danny Perkins.

In 1999, the year Danny Perkins, Will Clarke and Paul Higgins launched Optimum Releasing, they set out their stall as smart, nimble new operators in the UK distribution arena by re-releasing black-and-white British classic The Third Man (a Studiocanal film) opposite the George Lucas juggernaut Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Fast forward to 2016: Studiocanal UK (whose French parent Studiocanal, the subsidiary of pay TV giant Canal Plus, purchased Optimum in 2006) has assumed the mantle of the UK’s largest non-studio producer-distributor.

Off the back of huge successes including Paddington and Legend, it now finds itself entrusted with delivering the key building blocks of corporate owner Vivendi’s content strategy.

“A lot of the core values are still there,” Studiocanal UK CEO Perkins tells Screen of the heady journey from scrappy newcomer to cornerstone »

- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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Studiocanal UK: ten years in the making

5 July 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From Optimum Releasing to Paddington and Legend, Studiocanal is now the UK’s biggest indie producer-distributor. Screen speaks to CEO Dany Perkins.

In 1999, the year Danny Perkins, Will Clarke and Paul Higgins launched Optimum Releasing, they set out their stall as smart, nimble new operators in the UK distribution arena by re-releasing black-and-white British classic The Third Man (a Studiocanal film) opposite the George Lucas juggernaut Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Fast forward to 2016: Studiocanal UK (whose French parent Studiocanal, the subsidiary of pay TV giant Canal Plus, purchased Optimum in 2006) has assumed the mantle of the UK’s largest non-studio producer-distributor.

Off the back of huge successes including Paddington and Legend, it now finds itself entrusted with delivering the key building blocks of French owner Vivendi’s content strategy.

“A lot of the core values are still there,” Studiocanal UK CEO Perkins tells Screen of the heady journey from scrappy newcomer to cornerstone »

- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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StudioCanal planning a third Paddington movie

23 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last month it was announced that Paddington 2 will start shooting in October ahead of a scheduled release next year, but StudioCanal is already looking beyond that, with The Tracking Board reporting that plans are already underway for a third movie.

StudioCanal have acquired Paddington and Company, giving them complete ownership of the Paddington Bear brand, and with the first movie giving the distributor their biggest ever hit with a $290 million worldwide gross, it’s hardly surprising that they will be looking to capitalise on the property.

Paddington 2 will once again be directed by Paul King, and while the cast is yet to be announced it is expected that Ben Whishaw will once again lend his voice to Paddington alongside returning stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins.

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- Gary Collinson

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‘Denial’ Trailer: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson & Timothy Spall Have Their Day in Court in Holocaust-Denial Drama

15 June 2016 10:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Anyone who’s seen Errol Morris’ documentary “Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.” knows that the bizarre phenomenon of Holocaust denial can make for a strange, compelling movie. Mick Jackson’s “Denial” looks to be considerably more straightforward, but the prestige-picture-in-waiting does have the benefit of a standout cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall headline the drama arriving this fall. The first trailer is available now.

Read More: Interview: Rachel Weisz Talks ‘Youth,’ Assembling A Character, Derek Cianfrance’s ‘The Light Between Oceans’ & More

An adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” the film stars Weisz as the author herself, who was accused of libel by David Irving (Spall) for calling out his views on the Holocaust; what follows is a legal battle in the English court system, where the burden of proof is on Lipstadt rather than Irving.

Read More: Watch: New U.S. Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Lobster’ Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux & Ben Whishaw

Hilary Swank was previously attached to star before Weisz stepped in. Bleecker Street will release “Denial” on September 30.

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- Michael Nordine

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TV Movie and Limited Series Actor Nominees Could Line Up With Oscars

9 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When it came to the lead acting races in last year’s limited series or movie category, the women mounted an impressive lineup. Three Academy Award winners (Frances McDormand, Jessica Lange, and Emma Thompson) and three Oscar nominees (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Queen Latifah, and Felicity Huffman) competed for the top prize, which went to McDormand for “Olive Kitteridge.”

This year, it looks to be the men’s turn, with a surprising number of Oscar nominees and winners eligible in the category, along with some big-name star power flexing its muscles. Academy Award winners in the running for lead actor include Anthony Hopkins (“The Dresser”), Cuba Gooding Jr. (“The People V. O.J. Simpson”), Richard Dreyfuss (“Madoff”), and Timothy Hutton (“American Crime”).

They will face considerable competition from Oscar nominees like Benedict Cumberbatch, who has already won an Emmy for his role in “Sherlock,” and Ian McKellen, who goes head-to-head with Hopkins in “The Dresser. »

- Jenelle Riley

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The Lobster – Review

27 May 2016 6:55 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Yorgos Lanthimos doesn’t make easily digestible films. His films aren’t meant to be sweet little treats  or light popcorn fare for a date night. The Greek arthouse director aims more for the mind than the stomach. Films like Alps and Dogtooth placed Yorgos Lanthimos on the radar of many for his sheer audacity to examine elements of the human experience in absurd and unusual ways. Whether he’s examining the mental effects of death and loss or social constructs surrounding family and education, Yorgos Lanthimos is an anthropologist with a passion for telling stories.

As you can expect, The Lobster continues his study of cultural norms. Even though it’s his English language debut and he’s now working with Hollywood actors, Lanthimos shows no signs of watering down his approach. Colin Farrell plays a recently single man named David. Accompanied by his brother, David enters The Hotel »

- Michael Haffner

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Movie Review – A Hologram For The King (2016)

17 May 2016 2:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Hologram For The King, 2016.

Directed by Tom Tykwer.

Starring Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Tom Skerritt and Ben Whishaw.

Synopsis:

Top flight businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) has fallen on hard times and takes a job with an It company to recoup his losses.  He’s put in charge of the team bidding for a massively lucrative contract in Saudi Arabia but, once there, he faces numerous obstacles in preparing the vital presentation.  And that’s while trying to cope with his own personal problems.

Tom Hanks returns to his familiar Everyman role in this adaptation of David Eggers’ best-selling novel.  And, as he can play that type of part in his sleep, director/writer Tom Twyker has made sure he has a back-story to chew on.  To the outside world, he’s Mr Positive, nothing appears to get him  down, but inside he’s in turmoil.  Divorce has shattered him, »

- Freda Cooper

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Paddington 2 to start shooting later this year

15 May 2016 5:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

StudioCanal has announced that production on its upcoming sequel to 2014’s Paddington will go into production in the UK this October.

Paul King is returning to direct the film, and while the cast is yet to be announced it is expected that Ben Whishaw will be back to voice the titular bear alongside Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins.

The first movie was a huge hit at the box office, pulling in almost $260 million from a budget of $55 million. The sequel is set to hit UK cinemas on November 24th 2017.

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- Gary Collinson

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The Many Faces Of Rachel Weisz

13 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week sees the wide release of Yorgos Lanthimos' weird satiric drama The Lobster, in which single people need to find love or get changed into animals. In his review, Jason Gorber voiced his disappointment about ending up not loving the film, though other people did. Divisive or not, everyone agrees the film has a stellar cast, which includes the likes of Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman... and Rachel Weisz. And although each of these people sure deserve a quiz, we here at Twitch quickly settled on Rachel Weisz, so once again I'm going to use eleven pictures of one of my favourite thespians to make a quiz. Click through the images, and guess which movies or shows they're...

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“The Lobster” is one of the most unique films this year

11 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

For anyone who has seen Dogtooth, it’s no secret that filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has one hell of a unique outlook on the world. He’s also a brilliantly talented director and writer, so anything he puts out into the world is well worth taking notice of. This week, after a fruitful festival run last year, his English language debut The Lobster hits theaters, and I can vouch for it being one of the best things to come out so far in 2016. It’s a special work, much like Dogtooth, and to a lesser extent Alps, one well suited to our current time and highly worthy of the praise that it’s about to receive. The movie is a black comedy at its core. Basically, in the very near future, single people are essentially breaking the law. When a relationship ends, they are taken to a hotel of sorts, where »

- Joey Magidson

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Paddington 2 starts shooting in October

11 May 2016 3:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The Cannes Film Festival is underway, and we're getting some big announcements from the gathering of some of the biggest names and companies in the film world. According to Variety, Studiocanal took the opportunity to announce that production on Paddington 2, the sequel to 2014's Paddington, will begin in October.

This is good news for fans of film and furry creatures, alike. The first Paddington, an adaptation of Michael Bond's classic children's book series about a bear who is discovered in Paddington Station and adopted by a human family, met with both critical and box office success. The film currently enjoys a 98 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and made $267 million worldwide on a $55 million budget. This represents the highest gross ever for a non-u.S. studio-released family film.

Studiocanal is looking to sell the sequel to international distributors »

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Cannes: ‘Paddington 2’ Sets Production Date

10 May 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Produced by David Heyman, “Paddington 2” will go into production in October in the U.K., Studiocanal confirmed Tuesday at Cannes. Film is also for sale at the Cannes market making it in all likelikhood the biggest-budgeted movie to be sold in the marketplace this year. The original “Paddington” was budgeted at $55 million and grossed nearly $270 million worldwide.

No cast is set but after the smash-hit success of the original “Paddington,”  it is expected that Ben Whishaw (Paddington) along with Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins will reprise their roles.

Directed again by Paul King, and co-written by King and Simon Farnaby, “Paddington 2” will be released on Nov. 24 2017 in the U.K. according to Studiocanal’s Rodolphe Buet.

The second installment is distributed by Studiocanal in the U.K., France, Germany and Australia/New Zealand, where it runs its direct distribution operations. The Peruvian bear comedy is fully-financed by Studiocanal, »

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"Paddington" Sequel Sets Production Date

10 May 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Studiocanal has confirmed that production on a sequel to "Paddington" is set to kick off in October in the U.K.

Budgeted at $55 million and grossing nearly $270 million worldwide, the first film wasn't just a box-office hit but a surprise smash with critics highly lauding it. The second is said to have a budget on or about equal size.

Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins will reprise their roles in the film which will once again be directed by Paul King, and co-written by King and Simon Farnaby. The film is currently targeting a November 24th 2017 release in Blighty.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Full list of winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

9 May 2016 4:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BAFTA Television Awards took place in London last night, with Wolf Hall taking home two honours in Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actor (Mark Rylance). This Is England ’90 also scooped two awards in Best Miniseries and Best Supporting Actress (Chanel Cresswell), while there were also wins for Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single Drama), Transparent (Best International Series), EastEnders (Best Soap), Suranne Jones (Best Leading Actress, Doctor Foster) and Tom Courtenay (Best Supporting Actor, Unforgotten). Check out a full list of the winners here, highlighted in red…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Lobster Movie Review

8 May 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Lobster A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Yorgos Lanthimos Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Ariane Labed Screened at: Park Ave., NYC, 4/12/16 Opens: May 13, 2016 The best science fiction stories are not only riveting as tales but serve as well to satirize our own, current society.  In “Logan’s Run,” each person is put into a machine and evaporated upon his or her thirtieth birthday, the  reflection on the present day world, at least in the West, being obvious.  In “Fahrenheit 451,” where people are kept brainwashed and allegedly happy while staring at  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: Complete List

8 May 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — In another strong year for British television, historical drama “Wolf Hall,” Shane Meadows’ “This Is England ‘90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” came up trumps at the BAFTA Television Awards, which unspooled on May 8 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The ceremony, which was hosted by Graham Norton, saw BBC2’s “Wolf Hall” win best drama series as well as leading actor for Mark Rylance’s depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court.

Upon receiving the award for best drama series, helmer Peter Kosminsky attacked the U.K. government’s treatment of the BBC, warning that its future was “under threat, make no mistake about that.”

On May 12, Blighty’s government is due to publish its white paper on the future of the Beeb, with the scope and funding of the corporation under threat. Kosminsky noted that government proposals that threatened the »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Bafta TV awards night set to be dominated by battle over BBC

7 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Winners’ speeches likely to reflect on row over government plans for corporation’s future and proposals to privatise Channel 4

On a Bafta night that promises no shortage of rivalry between Ben Whishaw and Idris Elba, and Claire Foy and Suranne Jones, a bigger battle is being played out over the future of the BBC and Channel 4.

The annual TV awards ceremony on Sunday at Royal Festival Hall in London comes at the end of a week of intrigue and attacks over the government’s plans for the BBC, from cuts to its £5bn income to where it should schedule Strictly Come Dancing.

Related: Bafta TV awards 2016: full list of nominations

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- John Plunkett and Jasper Jackson

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Theatre World Awards Honor 12 NYC Stage Debuts

2 May 2016 10:42 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Twelve actors—six male and six female—were recognized for their sensational New York theater debuts May 2, including Cynthia Erivo, Ben Whishaw, and 11-year-old leading lady Sarah Charles Lewis. The Theatre World Awards, first presented in 1945, are the oldest awards given to outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. In an especially competitive season, the 12 actors below gave unforgettable performances. The winners will be celebrated May 23 at the Circle in the Square Theatre in a ceremony hosted by journalist Peter Filichia. This year’s Theatre World Awards will also honor stage legend Bernadette Peters with the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, Nicholas Barasch of Broadway’s acclaimed “She Loves Me” revival will receive the Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence. Danielle Brooks, “The Color Purple”Carmen Cusack, “Bright Star”Khris Davis, “The Royale”Daniel Durant, “Spring Awakening”Cynthia Erivo, “The Color PurpleJohn Krasinski, “Dry Powder”Sarah Charles Lewis, “Tuck EverlastingAustin P. McKenzie, »

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DVD Review – In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

2 May 2016 2:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the Heart of the Sea, 2015.

Directed by Ron Howard.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson.

 

Synopsis:

Massachusetts, 1850. Young novelist Herman Melville visits ageing Thomas Nickerson, the only survivor of the Essex, a whaling ship sunk decades earlier by a great white whale. Nickerson recounts the remarkable true story of the Essex, her crew, and what they endured…

Everybody knows the story of Moby Dick. Even if you’ve never read Herman Melville’s novel published in 1850, you’ve probably heard of the great whale and Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest to defeat it. The less familiar tale is the one that inspired Melville to write his great American novel, a tale published by Nathaniel Philbrick in his 2000 book ‘In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex‘. You see Melville based the Moby Dick plot on a real life incident, »

- Tony Black

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