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How ‘Denial’ Star Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play ‘Mr. Turner’ For Mike Leigh

17 February 2017 10:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Spectrum. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today’s pick is “Denial.”]

There’s acting and then there’s losing yourself to a role. Timothy Spall came very close to the latter in bringing legendary British painter J.M.W. Turner to the screen for Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner.”

The biopic marks Leigh’s first one in 15 years, following 1999’s “Topsy-Turvy,” in which Spall, a Leigh regular, played a supporting role. He’s front and center in “Mr. Turner.” At 57 years-old, the longtime character actor is finally receiving his due for his towering performance that earned him the Best Actor award at Cannes, where the film world premiered to glowing reviews earlier this year.

“The character is supreme” in all of the British filmmaker’s works, Spall told Indiewire. To prepare for the role, Spall did a ton of research that dated back to the painter’s childhood. “The character dictates how it should be played,” Spall said.

Spall said the »

- Nigel Smith

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This Beautiful Fantastic gets a poster and trailer

3 February 2017 8:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next month, Ambi Distribution has unveiled a new poster and trailer for writer-director Simon Aboud’s romantic drama The Beautiful Fantastic which stars Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, and Jeremy Irvine; take a look below…

A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the unlikely of friendship between a reclusive young woman with dreams of being a children’s book author and a cantankerous widower, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) is a beautifully quirky young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children’s book.

When she is forced by her landlord to deal with her neglected garden or face eviction, she meets her nemesis, match and mentor in Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson), a grumpy, loveless, rich old man who lives next door and happens to be an amazing horticulturalist.

This Beautiful Fantastic »

- Amie Cranswick

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First Trailer for 'This Beautiful Fantastic' with Jessica Brown Findlay

2 February 2017 10:01 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"There was nothing normal about the girl. She grew into the oddest of odd balls." Samuel Goldwyn Films has released a trailer for an indie drama titled This Beautiful Fantastic, written and directed by Simon Aboud. Jessica Brown Findlay (seen in Albatross, Winter's Tale, The Riot Club, Victor Frankenstein) stars as Bella Brown, an awkward, shy young woman who dreams of writing and illustrating a successful children’s book. Described as a "contemporary fairy tale", she encounters her grumpy next door and works to save a garden most of the time. Also starring Andrew Scott, Tom Wilkinson, Jeremy Irvine, Anna Chancellor & Eileen Davies. This actually looks quite good, it reminds me a bit of Amelie. Have a look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Simon Aboud's This Beautiful Fantastic, direct from YouTube: Set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in London, Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) plays a »

- Alex Billington

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Denial movie review: a film for the resistance

30 January 2017 2:14 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… A terrific legal procedural about defending factual truth and smacking dishonest sowers of doubt. An essential film for our era of “alternative facts.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Not all opinions are equal,” says historian Deborah Lipstadt in Denial. “The Earth is round, the ice caps are melting, and Elvis is not alive.” And six million Jews really were killed by the Nazi death machine in World War II, which is the pertinent point of this riveting docudrama. This is the true story of the 2000 libel trial in which Lipstadt, a professor at Atlanta’s Emory University who specializes in Holocaust history, was forced to defend herself against professional Holocaust denier David Irving, who didn’t like that she dared to cast him »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘La La Land’s’ Fred Berger to Produce Max Minghella’s Directorial Debut ‘Teen Spirit’

30 January 2017 9:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

La La Land” producer Fred Berger will produce Max Minghella’s directorial debut, “Teen Spirit,” alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Midnight Special”) under their Automatik banner. The movie is being unveiled to international buyers at the upcoming Berlin Film Market by Mister Smith Entertainment.

Currently in pre-production, “Teen Spirit,” written and directed by Minghella, is “an emotional underdog story set in the world of pop-music, about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your voice,” according to a statement.

Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”), who developed the screenplay with Minghella, serves as executive producer.

Interscope Records, which is handling the chart-topping soundtrack on “La La Land,” will co-produce with Automatik, and will release the official soundtrack featuring contemporary pop anthems.

Berger brings his musical team from “La La Land” to the project, including music producer Marius DeVries (“Moulin Rouge”) and music supervisor Steven Gizicki, previously of Lucasfilm. Cinematographer Autumn Durald (“Palo Alto”), renowned for »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlinale: Reel Suspects Acquires International Rights on ‘Black Hollow Cage’

30 January 2017 6:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Reel Suspects, one of France’s few upscale foreign-language genre specialists, has acquired international sales rights to English-language sci-fi thriller “Black Hollow Cage,” a movie made out of one of the European countries with the biggest modern genre output – Spain.

Reel Suspects CEO Matteo Lovadina and his team will introduce the film to buyers during next week’s European Film Market at the Berlin Festival. Variety ha had exclusive access to its trailer.

Black Hollow Cage” marks Spanish director Sadrac Gonzalez-Perellon’s second feature after “Myna Has Gone,” which won a Special Jury Recognition for acting at the 2009 Austin Film Festival.

Yoking two great Spanish film traditions – the dysfunctional family drama and genre auteur fantasy – “Black Hollow Cage” centers on Alice, a 13-year-old who has lost her mother and half of her right-arm in a car accident and so takes comfort in the company of Beatrice, a dog who »

- John Hopewell

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Eccleston Joins ‘Dead In A Week’; France’s Mediawan To Buy Groupe Ab – Global Briefs

30 January 2017 3:58 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Christopher Eccleston has joined the cast of comedy Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back), written and directed by Tom Edmunds. He'll star alongside Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard and Marion Bailey. Freya Mavor, Nigel Lindsay, Gethin Anthony and Velibor Topic have also been added to the title, which is being edited by Tariq Anwar. Daniel-Konrad Cooper and Nick Clark Windo produce. Story follows a man who, after several unsuccessful suicide attempts, hires an aging hitman on… »

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Eccleston Joins ‘Dead In A Week’; France’s Mediawan To Buy Groupe Ab – Global Briefs

30 January 2017 3:58 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Christopher Eccleston has joined the cast of comedy Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back), written and directed by Tom Edmunds. He'll star alongside Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard and Marion Bailey. Freya Mavor, Nigel Lindsay, Gethin Anthony and Velibor Topic have also been added to the title, which is being edited by Tariq Anwar. Daniel-Konrad Cooper and Nick Clark Windo produce. Story follows a man who, after several unsuccessful suicide attempts, hires an aging hitman on… »

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Berlin: Tom Wilkinson, Aneurin Barnard Shoot Comedy ‘Dead in a Week’

30 January 2017 1:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Principal photography has started on the comedy “Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back),” starring two-time Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson (“Batman Begins,” “Michael Clayton”), BAFTA-nominated Aneurin Barnard (“Dunkirk,” “The White Queen”), Christopher Eccleston and Marion Bailey. Altitude Film Sales is selling the film at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Tom Edmunds makes his directorial feature debut. Also in the cast are Freya Mavor, Nigel Lindsay, Gethin Anthony and Velibor Topic. The film editor is Tariq Anwar, the cinematographer is Luke Bryant and the casting director is Toby Whale.

After seven suicide attempts and a chance encounter on a bridge, William (Barnard) outsources the task to Leslie (Wilkinson), an aging hit man on the brink of retirement. But with the contract signed and death assured within a week (or his money back) William finally discovers a reason to live. However, Leslie is under growing pressure from Harvey (Eccleston), the unpleasant head »

- Leo Barraclough

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Denial review – tense, real-life courtroom drama

29 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall star in this dramatisation of the libel case between historian Deborah Lipstadt and Holocaust denier David Irving

A courtroom drama about the libel case brought by Hitler apologist David Irving (Timothy Spall, effectively repellent) against historian Deborah Lipstadt after she described him as a “Holocaust denier”, Denial couldn’t be more timely. It’s a film that is tailor-made for an era in which politicians glibly spout “alternative facts” if the truth doesn’t suit them. It’s also rather disheartening, as it reveals just how labyrinthine and time-consuming the process of legally unpicking these falsehoods is.

Rachel Weisz brings a barrelling energy to her performance as the academic who finds herself in the unaccustomed and decidedly uncomfortable position of having to let her legal team fight her battle for her. Andrew Scott and Tom Wilkinson play solicitor Anthony Julius and barrister Richard Rampton respectively. »

- Wendy Ide

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Denial review

26 January 2017 6:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall headline Denial, a film released at a very timely moment...

People often talk about a marriage of director and material, and the moment when the right person gets their hands on the right story. That generally tends to refer to projects where there’s a slightly demonstrative or overtly stylistic element to the project in question. But I wonder if, for a quieter example, we should be holding up the unfussy diligence of Mick Jackson, in his bringing of Denial to the big screen.

Denial is a dramatisation of Holocaust denier David Irving’s libel action against American academic Deborah E. Lipstadt. Timothy Spall takes the former role, Rachel Weisz takes the latter. It’s also a deliberately quiet movie, a little contradictory given the outrage the real life events caused.

We meet the pair of them at the start in a slightly shaky opening, »

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Mick Jackson interview: Denial, The Bodyguard, Donald Trump

25 January 2017 9:44 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 27, 2017

Director Mick Jackson on Denial, Donald Trump, directing films, and how he followed The Bodyguard...

Mick Jackson has lived through several chapters of his directorial career. His background was television, in particular the stunning Threads, and his classy adaptation of Chris MullinsA Very British Coup. Then he went to Hollywood, directing the likes of L.A. Story, The Bodyguard and Volcano.

He’s been away from cinema for a while, courtesy of some intriguing television projects. But he returns to the big screen this weekend with Denial, a classy courtroom drama that brings the story of Holocaust denier David Irving’s infamous libel action to the cinema. We snagged a chat with him ahead of its release, with the promise of further conversation about his 90s output at a later date too.

Can you talk us through this particular film, and why you wanted to bring it to the big screen? »

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Denial Review

25 January 2017 7:55 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

Mick Jackson returns to the director’s chair for his first movie in 14 years – and it couldn’t feel like a more timely release, for here’s a film that scrutinises over the protection of free speech from those who abuse it, how opinion masquerades as fact, and the troubling ramifications that derive from public bullshitting. Though a staggeringly pertinent theme, Jackson presents his film with an affectionate nod to classic courtroom dramas, as a sub-genre that so often illuminates the silver screen, and when executed as efficiently as this, you can see why.

Based entirely on true events, with the dialogue in the courtroom taken verbatim from real life transcripts – we meet author Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), who is adamant she will never debate with a Holocaust denier, unwilling to get into an argument with someone who disputes facts. But British historian, the notorious Holocaust denier »

- Stefan Pape

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Movie Review – Denial (2016)

25 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Denial, 2016.

Directed by Mick Jackson.

Starring Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Harriet Walter and Mark Gatiss.

Synopsis:

American academic Deborah Lipstadt is accused of libel by historian David Irving when she declares him a Holocaust denier.  In a battle for historical truth, she and her legal team have to prove that the Holocaust actually happened.  Based on true events.

Timing, as they say, can be everything.  In which case, EOne, UK distributors of Denial, have their collective finger squarely on the pulse.  If there was ever a time to release this particular film, it’s now.  The narrative may be about the exposure of David Irving as a Holocaust denier, but the film is about truth – how it can be manipulated, presented and used to support a point of view.  At the start of the year, we were living in a time of “post-truth”: weeks later, »

- Freda Cooper

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Denial Premiere Interviews: Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Tom Wilkinson & more

23 January 2017 1:28 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jon Lyus

We are seemingly now living in a world of ‘alt-facts’ and deliberate, often brazen, misinformation. The truth is often an obscured commodity, but in these times its value is at its highest. Mick Jackson’s Denial tells a story about a story, about the truth and the importance of standing up for it. It takes the legal tussle between Dr. David Irving and Penguin Books as its foundation, and opens up a powerful discussion on opinion masquerading as fact. Something that can lead down some very dangerous paths.

This evening the film had a Gala screening at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. We were there on the red carpet and present our interviews from the event. The film stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, and Sherlock alumni Andrew Scott and Mark Gatiss. Mick Jackson directed David Hare’s screenplay adapted from Deborah Lipstadt’s book »

- Jon Lyus

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Palm Springs Film Review: ‘This Beautiful Fantastic’

18 January 2017 3:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are no puppies, kittens or baby bunnies in “This Beautiful Fantastic.” That said, however, any restraint before the altar of adorableness is abandoned in writer-director Simon Aboud’s sophomore feature. Its heroine is so Amelie-like that she’s clad and coiffed like that pixie queen’s separated-at-birth English Rose twin. This winsome comedy may lack Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s high cinematic style, but it does hit the same general mark — which is to say, a sweet spot for some viewers that might induce sugar shock in others. Those seeking twee will get their fill when Samuel Goldwyn distributes the film Stateside, presumably later this year.

A foundling dumped as a babe in a banana crate — like Moses, but wackier! — on a Hyde Park orphanage stoop, Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay of “Downton Abbey”) grows up “the oddest of the odd,” a misfit whose threadbare social skills and peculiar habits »

- Dennis Harvey

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'Blair Witch' and 'The Girl on the Train,' Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

3 January 2017 4:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Blair Witch (horror sequel; James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez; rated R) Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (family comedy; Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham; rated PG) Denial (drama; Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall; rated PG-13) Operation Avalanche (drama-thriller; Sharon Belle, Matt Johnson; rated R) Nerdland (adult animated comedy; voices: Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt; premieres 1/6 on cable Mod; not rated) Pitchfork (horror-thriller; Daniel Wilkinson, Brian Raetz...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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