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Selling over one million units of the DVD and Blu-ray combined, and currently the highest selling DVD of 2015, Studiocanal is pleased to announce that the UK’s most beloved bear, Paddington, is back! Just in time for Christmas, this family favourite is out now as a limited edition 3D sleeve.
Following its box office success, the politest bear from Peru continues to break UK records for Studiocanal following a £37,878,025 million theatrical box office haul. The bear has also enjoyed huge success overseas, with the global box office currently standing at $263 million – with Japan still to release the film in early 2016 – making Paddington the most successful non-Studio family film ever.
Based on the best-selling series by British author Michael Bond, from an original screenplay by filmmaker Paul King (Bunny and the Bull, Mighty Boosh). A Heyday Films and Studiocanal production, PADDINGTONis directed by the twice BAFTA-nominated King, produced by multiple award-winning David Heyman (Gravity, »
- Paul Heath
Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a limited edition 3D DVD sleeve of the UK’s most beloved bear, Paddington.
Paddington brings together an all-star cast, with Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Monuments Men) and Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham, Blue Jasmine) as Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Moulin Rouge) as the evil taxidermist, Julie Walters (Billy Elliot, the Harry Potter series) as Mrs. Bird the housekeeper, Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, The Iron Lady) as Mr. Gruber the owner of the antiques shop, Peter Capaldi (Dr. Who) as the Browns’ neighbour, Mr. Curry and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.
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- Laura Holmes
It has been a few years since Park Chan-Wook went Hollywood with his severely heightened melodramatic thriller "Stoker," and not much has been heard from the director since. We knew filming had started on his next effort, an adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel "Fingersmith," but hadn't been playing close attention. So this first look at the film is a nice surprise. Read More: Sundance Review: Silly & Cartoonish 'Stoker' Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae-ri star in the movie which is set during the Japanese rule of Korea and follows a handmaid who employs the services of an heiress, con man and pickpocket. Waters' novel has previously been adapted in a 3-hour BBC production starring Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Charles Dance and Rupert Evans. But clearly Chan-Wook is putting his own mark on the material. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paddington review: A delightfully British gem
King will again team with producer David Heyman and StudioCanal on the movie.
Paddington earned more than $260 million at the global box office, making it the highest grossing family film released by a non-us studio.
Speaking to Digital Spy at February's BAFTAs ceremony, King hinted that a follow-up will likely draw from one of author Michael Bond's novels.
"We'd love to do another one, there's lots of Paddington books and source material," he said. "He's a great character to »
StudioCanal has brought back original Paddington director Paul King to take the helm on the upcoming sequel, Paddington 2. Deadline reports that the studio and producer David Heyman had been courting the filmmaker to return for Paddington 2 after the original became a financial success. The director has also come aboard to help craft the story with writer Simon Farnaby, an actor-writer who actually played Barry in Paddington.
The report reveals that StudioCanal is hoping to turn this property into a long-running franchise, although no story details have been revealed at this time. The original Paddington was considered a big gamble for StudioCanal, since they fully financed the movie, budgeted at $55 million. The risk paid off, with the movie taking in $76.2 million domestically and $259.5 million worldwide, along with healthy ancillary revenues and merchandise tie-ins.
Worries about the look of the main character turned to smiles and a healthy run at the box office for one of last year’s most pleasant surprises. So it makes sense that, when starting to think about a second Paddington, the producers might want co-writer/director Paul King to return, and Deadline brings word that he is now aboard. King, who helped develop the story of the original with writer Hamish McColl, is going to be even more closely involved from the start for this one, working alongside regular collaborator Simon Farnaby to create the sequel’s narrative. We'd expect Farnaby, who showed up to memorable effect in Paddington, to also play some role this time.Little else is known about the film: we don’t know what our furry hero will be up to this time, but it’s a fair bet that his human family, including Hugh Bonneville’s Mr. Brown, »
King will work with Simon Farnaby on the story to the second in what all involved hope becomes a long-running franchise.
Though the sequel is a priority, reportedly neither producer David Heyman or StudioCanal are expected to rush King in order to meet a deadline.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Independent film distributor Arrow Films has released a UK trailer for the upcoming festive comedy Almost Christmas, starring Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Paul Giamatti (Straight Outta Compton) and Sally Hawkins (X + Y). You can see the trailer below, after the official synopsis.
When Dennis (Paul Giammati) is released from prison just before the Christmas holidays, he’s intent on getting his life back on track. But he soon realises going straight doesn’t come easy. Not only has his estranged wife told his young daughter he is dead, but he finds out she’s now shacked up with his ex-partner in crime Rene (Paul Rudd).
Determined to turn things around and buy his daughter the present she’s always wanted, he gets back in business with Rene, selling Christmas trees in New York City. First, he just has to smuggle himself across the border, set up shop, and organise a masterful »
- Tom Beasley
London — “Women in Film” wasn’t the official theme of last night’s London Film Festival awards dinner, but it may as well have been. Before any trophies were even presented at event, staged for the fourth year running at Whitehall’s grand Banqueting House, outgoing British Film Institute chairman Greg Dyke made a point of celebrating the contributions of female filmmakers to this year’s fest. It had, after all, opened with Sarah Gavron’s feminist historical drama “Suffragette” (and a surprise red-carpet demonstration by feminist action group Sisters Uncut).
Festival director Clare Stewart extended Dyke’s point, numbering the female directors nominated for awards that evening. By the end of the evening, four of them had triumphed in three of the night’s competitive categories — with a BFI Fellowship presentation to Cate Blanchett bringing the night to a rousing finish.
Australian docmaker Jennifer Peedom won the Grierson Award for best documentary, »
- Guy Lodge
The Sutherland Award for most original and innovative directorial debut went to Robert Eggers’ The Witch, while the Grierson Award for Best Documentary was presented to Jennifer Peedom’s gripping and tragic Sherpa.
Chevalier, which debuted at Locarno, screened at Toronto and won prizes at Sarajevo, is a Greek comedy about a contest of machismo among six men on board a yacht.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Mueller)
The newly appointed senior vice president of motion pictures most recently served as a partner at Landscape Entertainment, working in both television and film. At Landscape, he worked on the Amazon Studios pilot “Down Dog” and executive produced “Maudie,” a drama starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins about a disfigured Nova Scotia woman who becomes a beloved folk artist.
In his new role at Imagine, Mitchell will report to the company’s president, Erica Huggins. Founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Imagine’s recent credits include the racing drama “Rush” and the James Brown biopic “Get on Up.” Upcoming projects include the whaling drama “In the Heart of the Sea” and the Dan Brown adaptation “Inferno.”
“We are thrilled to have Tyler join us at Imagine,” Huggins said in a statement. “He brings an extensive experience in successful »
- Brent Lang
Stick Man follows the father of a family of sticks, who crosses great distances to try and get home in time for Christmas.
Freeman said "What a treat to have voiced the hero in this beautifully animated film. We enjoyed reading Stick Man as a family for a number of years and my children always loved the scale of his epic journey.
"Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's books are simply wonderful and the film adaptations bring their own extra magic. This one is going to be really special though, filled with festive charm and a delight for viewers of all ages! »
A Brilliant Young Mind tells the story of a mathematically gifted British teen on the autism spectrum as he prepares to compete in an international math Olympics.
Nathan (Asa Butterfield) is gifted at math but struggles with relationships, including with his caring but overwhelmed mother Julie (Sally Hawkins). Nathan has the more functional form of autism once known as Aspergers but he is also still struggling with the trauma of the accidental death of his father Michael (Martin McCann), who was killed in a car wreck while Nathan was in the car. His mother has done her best to raise him as a single parent but Nathan was never as close to her as his dad and it has been difficult for them both. A chance to enter the International Math Olympiad brings an unconventional math coach into Nathan’s life and introduces him to other mathematically gifted kids.
- Movie Geeks
When we brought you the news last week that Warner Bros. and Legendary were partnering up to bring together King Kong and the King of Monsters himself, many scoffed at the nascent. How could a two-to-three-story ape possibly compete with Godzilla, an ancient radioactive lizard that is essentially a reptilian skyscraper? As one inside source allegedly jokes, the mighty simian would really need to be the size of the actual Empire State building, rather than merely hanging off it.
But nonetheless, there remains an inkling of an idea for a crossover event that may be seeded in 2017”s Kong: Skull Island. That’s according to a expose by The Hollywood Reporter – the same one that effectively sunk Pacific Rim: Maelstrom – which states that the IP’s move back to Warner Bros. will ultimately pave the way for a Godzilla V King Kong showdown.
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- Michael Briers
It was recently revealed that Legendary has moved Kong: Skull Island to Warner Bros. in order to build to a movie which will pit King Kong against Godzilla after the latter's sequel is released. The studio wasn't happy with references to "Monarch" (the secret government organisation that Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins were part of in Godzilla) in Kong's script, but that's obviously not going to be an issue now the project is no longer at Universal. The movies are clearly going to be set in the same world, but one problem the studio has is the size different between the two monsters. "There were funny comments about him having to be the size of the Empire State Building instead of hanging off of it," one studio insider tells The Hollywood Reporter. However, the trade adds that a source close to Tull says, "Legendary is confident it can come up »
Last week, we reported the surprising news that Legendary Pictures has moved its highly-anticipated King Kong prequel Kong: Skull Island from its new studio home, Universal Pictures, to its former home, Warner Bros. The move back to Warner Bros. will help set up a new project, Godzilla Vs King Kong, which will reportedly go into production after Godzilla 2, set for a June 2018 release. Today we have news from The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Kong: Skull Island will actually help set up Godzilla Vs King Kong, with references to 2014's Godzilla.
The report reveals that the Kong: Skull Island script features references to Monarch, the monster-hunting agency from Godzilla, which Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) worked for. It isn't known how Monarch fits into the Kong: Skull Island universe, or if this means that Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins's characters will return to reprise »
Hit British family film Paddington has entered the record books this week with StudioCanal announcing (via Blu-ray.com) that the wildly-successful film has reached the 1 million sales mark in the quickest time ever.
Paddington reached the milestone of Blu-ray and DVD sales in just five months, and follows on from the film becoming StudioCanal’s highest-grossing cinema release of all time. It is also the fourth title from the distributor to pass the landmark number, joining Liam Neeson-starrer Unknown, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and Shane Meadows’ This Is England.
Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. »
- Scott J. Davis
Watch the trailer for the coming-of-age drama A Brilliant Young Mind.
From Samuel Goldwyn Films, the movie opens in theaters September 11, 2015.
In A Brilliant Young Mind, a young math genius didn’t count on one thing: love.
Teenage math prodigy Nathan (Asa Butterfield, Hugo) struggles when it comes to building relationships with other people, not least with his caring, widowed mother, Julie (Oscar-nominated Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine), who grapples with her own loneliness.
In a confusing world, Nathan finds comfort in numbers. And when he’s taken under the wing of an unconventional and anarchic teacher (Rafe Spall), the pair forge an unusual friendship. Eventually, Nathan’s talents win him a place on the U.K.’s National team at the International Mathematics Olympiad (Imo) and the team travels to a training camp in Taiwan, under the supervision of enthusiastic squad leader Richard (Eddie Marsan).
In unfamiliar surroundings, Nathan is »
- Michelle McCue
BAFTA Award-winning director to deliver a masterclass at the festival, which will programme a retrospective of his work.
British director Mike Leigh is to receive the Zurich Film Festival’s A Tribute to…award.
Leigh will also deliver a public masterclass at the festival, which will screen a retrospective of his productions, details of which have yet to be announced.
In a statement, the festival described Leigh as “an important exponent of so-called New British Cinema, a genus of filmmaking that has performed a filmic analysis of and cast its critical lens upon social developments in Britain since the 1980s”.
Theatre, Television, Cinema
Leigh was born in 1943 in Salford, North West England. He began training »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
"When somebody loves you, it means they see something in you that they think is worth something, that's value to you." Samuel Goldwyn has debuted an official Us trailer for the film A Brilliant Young Mind, formerly known as X+Y as it played on the festival circuit for the last year (premiered at Tiff 2014). In the film, Asa Butterfield stars a math prodigy with autism in a coming-of-age story where he takes a trip to Seoul for a tournament as part of the United Kingdom Math Squad. The cast includes Rafe Spall as his teacher, Sally Hawkins as his mother, plus Eddie Marsan and Jo Yang. I'm still looking forward to this. Here's the Us trailer for Morgan Matthews' A Brilliant Young Mind, in high def on Apple (+ YouTube): A socially awkward teenage math prodigy (Asa Butterfield) finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a »
- Alex Billington
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