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Brie Larson Talks The Gambler, Her Preference for Mario Kart Over Gambling, Working with Mark Wahlberg, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and More

23 December 2014 12:08 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Ever since Short Term 12, I’ve been counting down the days until Brie Larson’s next release and now it’s finally here.  She stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler as Amy Phillips, a college student by day and a pop-up casino employee by night, making her one of few people to see both sides of Jim Bennett’s (Wahlberg) life - his work as a college professor and his gambling addiction. With The Gambler arriving in theaters on December 25th, Larson took the time to sit down and discuss her experience making the film.  She touched on the audition process, working with Wahlberg, connecting to Amy and her decision to pursue such a self-destructive person, Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Emma Donohue’s book, Room, and more.  Hit the jump to check it all out. Brie Larson: Is she into gambling?  Her preference for Mario Kart. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Les Arcs celebrates diverse crop of Ireland films

21 December 2014 7:18 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.

The sixth edition of the Les Arcs European Film Festival turned its focus on Ireland with an aim to celebrate its cinematic beauty and history, and in turn, its filmic opportunities.

While the festival’s co-founders Guillaume Calop and Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin mentioned in an opening statement that this year had seen a persistent crisis within the European Union (EU) and a loss of confidence in its benefits, Geraldine Byrne Nason (Ambassador of Ireland to France) commented that “things were looking up for Ireland, and that the festival had clearly captured the essence of arts and culture that is very important for the EU.”

The festival’s ‘Irish Focus’ programming included 14 films, including older favourites such as John Crowley’s Intermission, Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father and Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins to more recent movies like John Carney’s Once, Alicia Duffy’s [link »

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Yury Bykov’s ‘The Fool’ Wins Top Prize at Les Arcs

19 December 2014 2:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Yury Bykov’s “The Fool” has won the Flèche de Cristal award at Les Arcs European Film Festival.

“The Fool” (“Durak”), winner of four kudos at Locarno, also won best cinematography for Kirill Klepalov and the Youth Jury Award. The Russian drama follows an ordinary plumber who is up against an entire system of bureaucrats.

The jury was presided over by French director Cédric Kahn, and also consisted of actresses Odile Vuillemin and Linh-Dan Pham, composer Stephen Warbeck, cinematographer Agnès Godard, Irish actor Jack Reynor and French comedian Gaspard Proust.

Ognjen Sviličić’s Venice-preeming social drama “These Are the Rules” (“Takva su pravila”) picked up the Grand Jury prize, while Giulio Ricciarelli’s post-war drama “Labyrinth of Lies” earned a Special Mention as well as the audience prize.

The best actress award went to Bianca Kronlöf for her role in Ronnie Sandahl’s Swedish coming-of-age drama “Underdog.”

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- elskes

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Hot projects on Screenbase

19 December 2014 7:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films on Screenbase this week include Salon Pictures’ true story about a feral child Ivan and the Dogs.

Salon Pictures’ Ivan and the Dogs

Andrew Kötting will direct this feature, now in pre-production, about a four-year-old who leaves his Moscow apartment and is adopted by a pack of wild dogs.

Shooting is due to begin in early 2015 in London, Moscow and Chile, and casting is now in progress. Funding comes from BFI and Seis Salon Workshop, and Soda Pictures will distribute in the UK.

Dad’s Army remake

Written by Hamish McColl and directed by Oliver Parker, Dad’s Army stars Bill Nighy (Sergeant Wilson), Catherine Zeta Jones (Rose Winters), Toby Jones (Captain Mainwaring), Tom Courtenay (Lance Corporal Jones) and Michael Gambon (Private Godfrey).

The film is in post-production, after seven weeks of filming in Yorkshire came to an end at the end of November. It is due for release on 5 February, 2016.

Sadie Frost’s Set the »

- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)

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The Best Movie Posters of 2014

15 December 2014 9:20 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

1. Frank

Those of us who care about movie posters often complain about “big head” posters from Hollywood studios, but the design for Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is the ne plus ultra of big head posters: a poster for a film about a big head. The head in question is the papier-mâché noggin worn by Michael Fassbender’s title character, which was inspired by the nearly identical prop worn by Chris Sievey, a.k.a. Frank Sidebottom, the nasal-voiced troubadour from Timperley, Manchester, who famously covered the Sex Pistols (“Anarchy in Timperley”) and had his moment of cult fame in the 80s. The poster for Frank, designed by an as-yet uncredited designer at P+A studio (the anonymity seems apt) subverts the chief function of the big head poster by not showing us the film’s star. To me it’s a thing of beauty (my affection for Frank Sidebottom and »

- Adrian Curry

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Pride triumphs at Moët British Independent Film Awards 2014

8 December 2014 1:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pride has emerged as the big winner at the Moët British Independent Film Awards.

The gay activist drama took home three gongs at last night's Old Billingsgate ceremony, picking up Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress for Imelda Staunton and Best Supporting Actor for Andrew Scott.

'71's Yann Demange bagged the Best Director prize, Gugu Mbatha-Raw won Best Actress for Belle and Brendan Gleeson took home Best Actor for Calvary.

Elsewhere, special prizes were handed out to Emma Thompson (Richard Harris Award), John Boorman (Special Jury Prize) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Variety Award).

The full list of winners at the Moët British Independent Film Awards is as follows:

Best British Independent Film

'71

Calvary

Mr Turner

Pride - Winner!

The Imitation Game

Best Director

John Michael McDonaghCalvary

Lenny Abrahamson – Frank

Matthew WarchusPride

Mike Leigh – Mr Turner

Yann Demange – '71 - Winner!

The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director

Daniel Wolfe, »

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Brendan Gleeson Wins At The British Independent Film Awards

8 December 2014 12:55 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

No matter your feelings towards Calvary director John Michael McDonagh's comments about Irish film, there is no denying Brendan Gleeson put in a fantastic performance as the priest given a week to love. And that performance was rightly awarded last night at the Moët British Independent Film Awards, with the actor beating out Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall to pick up the Best Actor award. Ireland was represented in other awards during the night, with Dubliner Andrew Scott (Moriarty in Sherlock, recently announced to be part of the cast of the next James Bond movie, Spectre) winning Best Supporting Actor for Pride, and Lenny Abrahamson's Frank picking up the Best Screenplay award for Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Pride scoops top prize at the 2014 Moet British Indepedent Film Awards

7 December 2014 11:57 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The 2014 Moet British Indepedent Film Awards took place in London last night, with gay rights drama Pride taking home the top honour, fending off competition from ’71, Calvary, Mr Turner and The Imitation Game to take hom Best British Indepedent Film.

’71’s Yann Demange was named Best Director, while their were awards for Boyhood (Best International Indepedent Film), Brendon Gleeson (Best Actor for Calvary), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Best Actress for Belle), Andrew Scott (Best Supporting Actor for Pride) and Imelda Staunton (Best Supporting Actress for Pride). Check out the full list of nominations here, with the winners highlights in bold and red…

Best British Independent Film

’71

Calvary

Mr Turner

Pride

The Imitation Game

Best Director

John Michael McDonaghCalvary

Lenny Abrahamson – Frank

Matthew WarchusPride

Mike Leigh – Mr Turner

Yann Demange – ’71

The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]

Daniel Wolfe, Matthew WolfeCatch Me Daddy

Hong KhaouLilting

Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard – 20,000 Days on Earth »

- Gary Collinson

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Pride Movie Wins At 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards

7 December 2014 3:35 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A glittering array of talent turned out this evening for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate, which was hosted by The Inbetweeners star, Simon Bird.

The lucky winners took home the iconic award designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski as well as a personalised, Swarovski crystal encrusted magnum of Moët & Chandon.

Best  British Independent  Film  was  won  by Pride. Yann Demange won Best Director for ’71, Gugu Mbatha-Raw won Best Actress for Belle and Brendan Gleeson won Best Actor for Calvary. Andrew Scott collected his award for Best Supporting Actor for Pride and Imelda Staunton took home her award for Best Supporting Actress also for her role in Pride.

Pride won the most awards on the night, picking up Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

As previously announced, Emma Thompson was »

- Michelle McCue

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Matthew Warchus’ ‘Pride’ Wins Top Prize at British Independent Film Awards

7 December 2014 11:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Gay rights drama “Pride” won the award for British independent film, beating “’71,” “Calvary,” “Mr Turner” and “The Imitation Game,” at the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards Sunday at Old Billingsgate in London.

The award for director went to Yann Demange for Northern Ireland-set thriller “’71,” outflanking John Michael McDonagh for “Calvary,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Frank,” Matthew Warchus for “Pride” and Mike Leigh for “Mr Turner.”

The victor in the actor category was Brendan Gleeson for “Calvary,” about a tough-minded Irish priest marked for death by one of his parishioners. He was competing with Asa Butterfield for “X+Y,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” Jack O’Connell for “’71” and Timothy Spall for “Mr Turner.”

Gleeson paid tribute to the producers “who have to try to make independent film when it is almost impossible for people to risk commercially what is required artistically.”

Cumberbatch was the recipient of the Variety Award, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Yann Demange's ''71' leads 2014 British Independent Film Awards nominations

2 December 2014 8:05 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jack O'Connell is breaking out something fierce this year. He's of course starring in Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" and on the indie scene in "Starred Up," for which he was nominated last year at the British Independent Film Awards. Well, he's back for more of this this time around with "'71," Yann Demange's brilliant Belfast thriller, which scored the lion's share of nominations today with nine. Matthew Warchus' ensemble dramedy "Pride," about gay activists working to help miners during the 1984 UK mineworkers strike, was a few steps behind with seven mentions. Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" rounded up five nods, while "Calvary" and "The Imitation Game" picked up four apiece. The international category was mostly populated with American entries: "The Babadook," "Blue Ruin," "Boyhood" and "Fruitvale Station." Though Poland's "Ida" also made a show. Check out the full list of nominees below. The 17th annual British Independent Film »

- Kristopher Tapley

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“Frank” is a delightful finger-snapping oddball set to music and creative mayhem

25 November 2014 12:38 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Frank

Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (as Leonard Abrahamson)

UK/Ireland, 2014

Artistic personalities from all walks of life seem to dance to the beat of their own distinctive drums. The creative process and all its motivations and manipulations is what makes these dedicated artists strive for their performing juices. In filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson’s unconventional and infectiously wry musical dramedy Frank we are introduced to a portrait of an eccentric lead singer and his dysfunctional experimental pop band as they go through the odd-like motions of creativity. Not since Alan Parker’s 1991 The Commitments has there been a fictional big screen band so humorously sordid in song and misguided soul.

Frank could have been easily dismissed as a contrived and gimmicky inside joke about the artistry behind the anatomy of an off-kilter musical act. However, Abrahamson shrewdly presents his wacky musicians as interesting specimens »

- Frank Ochieng

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Writers Guild Italia & The Black List Pact; Ed Guiney Set For Efa Honor: Global Showbiz Briefs

17 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Writers Guild Italia and the Black List have formed a new alliance, paving the way for Wgi members to list their scripts in the Black List database. The Black List has similar partnerships with the WGA West and East, the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the Writers Guild of Canada. However, this is the first time it has partnered with a non-English-speaking guild – a sign that good unproduced ideas come in many forms. An Italian film, The Great Beauty, of course won the Foreign Language Film Oscar last year — returning the statue to the country for the first time in 15 years — and local comedies are consistently hot at the box office. The Black List notes that although most Wgi members write primarily in Italian, many have great facility with the English language. Given the fluid language barriers, plus translation, and the unique point of view, culture, and style »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Ed Guiney to receive Efa award

17 November 2014 3:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Irish producer behind The Guard and Frank to receive European Co-production Award.

Irish producer Ed Guiney, who has recently worked with Lenny Abrahamson and Yorgos Lanthimos, is to receive the European Co-production Award - Prix Eurimages.

The award, which will Guiney will receive at the European Film Awards in Riga on Dec 13, acknowledges the role of co-productions in the European film industry.

Guiney co-founded Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001 and has offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element has been involved in the production and distribution of more than 30 feature films.

Current and upcoming Element productions include Room, an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s award-winning best-selling novel, directed by Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen and William H.Macy; Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English language film, The Lobster starting Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux and Ben Wishaw; Gerard Barrett’s Glassland, starring [link=nm »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Irish Producer Ed Guiney to Receive European Co-Production Award

17 November 2014 2:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland — The European Co-Production Award — Prix Eurimages, which honors an individual working in the vanguard of European movie co-productions, will go to Irish producer Ed Guiney.

The award will be presented during the European Film Awards ceremony in Riga, Latvia on Dec. 13.

Guiney co-founded Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001. Today, Element has offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition.

Element has been involved in the production and distribution of more than 30 feature films. Current and upcoming Element productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English-language film, “The Lobster,” starting Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux and Ben Whishaw, “Room,” an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen and William H. Macy, Gerard Barrett’s “Glassland,” starring Jack Reynor, Toni Colette and Will Poulter, and Jerzy Skolimowski’s “11 Minutes.”

Recently completed Element productions include Abrahamson’s “Frank, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Casting: Zurer, Greer, Robertson, Macy

11 November 2014 8:52 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ben-Hur

Ayelet Zurer ("Man of Steel," "Angels and Demons") is in negotiations to join Timur Bekmambetov's "Ben-Hur" remake at Paramount and MGM. Zurer would play Naomi, the mother of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston).

Huston plays the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala (Toby Kebbell). He fights his way to freedom and vengeance. [Source: Heat Vision]

Geezer

Judy Greer, Fred Armisen, Selma Blair, Dallas Roberts, and Chris Messina will join Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in Lee Kirk's music drama "Geezer" which has begun shooting in New York City. The film will include new songs written and performed by Armstrong.

The story centers on the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his fortieth birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the Drake Hotel's presidential suite. He soon encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have »

- Garth Franklin

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William H. Macy And Joan Allen Join Brie Larson In Room

11 November 2014 12:41 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Even after her incredible lead performance in last year’s Short Term 12Brie Larson is still flying just under the radar. The actress’s star is sure to rise in coming months, though, as she appears opposite Mark Wahlberg in possible Oscar contender The Gambler then takes the lead role in musical comedy Basmati Blues. However, Larson’s biggest chance to break out would seem to be in the upcoming Room, adapted from the controversial bestseller by Emma Donoghue.

Now, it has been announced that Larson will be joined in the drama by William H. Macy, Joan Allen and child star Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2), all of whom are taking on key roles. Donoghue’s 2010 novel centered on a five-year old boy (Tremblay) who lives inside a small “Room” with his Ma (Larson). To the boy, Room is home, but Ma knows the truth – that, seven years ago, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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William H. Macy, Joan Allen join Brie Larson in captive drama 'Room'

11 November 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Emma Donoghue's "Room" is a tremendous book. Centering on a mother and son locked up against their will in a finished shed, under watch by a man they know little about, the story blossoms from a self-contained kidnapping narrative into an emotionally complex character study as psyches crack. The novel’s structure would prove difficult to adapt in typical three-act screenplay structure. That isn’t stopping "Frank" and "What Richard Did" director Lenny Abrahamson, who starts shooting his adaptation of "Room" with a cast capable of tacking its physically demanding roles. Brie Larson will star in the film alongside just announced castmembers William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and "Smurfs 2" actor Jacob Tremblay as the son. Sean Bridgers, Tom McCamus and Megan Park also join the cast. Hoping for Gillian Flynn-like results, Donoghue adapts from her own novel. The film begins shooting this week at Pinewood Studios. A24 picked up U. »

- Matt Patches

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William H Macy, Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay join Room adaptation

11 November 2014 6:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

William H Macy, Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay have been cast in Room.

They will join Brie Larson in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue's award-winning 2010 novel.

Lenny Abrahamson is directing the tale of a 5-year-old boy (Tremblay) who lives with his mother (Larson) in a single room.

While to him the room is the entire world, she knows it is a prison, and that it will not hold them forever.

Sean Bridgers, Tom McCamus and Megan Park have also been added to the cast.

Macy recently made his directorial debut on Rudderless, and will be seen in the upcoming Cake and Dial a Prayer.

Allen's most recent projects include The Bourne Legacy, The Killing and Luck.

Room is currently in production in Toronto. »

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Wiliam H Macy, Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay join Room adaptation

11 November 2014 6:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

William H Macy, Joan Allen and Jacob Tremblay have been cast in Room.

They will join Brie Larson in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue's award-winning 2010 novel.

Lenny Abrahamson is directing the tale of a 5-year-old boy (Tremblay) who lives with his mother (Larson) in a single room.

While to him the room is the entire world, she knows it is a prison, and that it will not hold them forever.

Sean Bridgers, Tom McCamus and Megan Park have also been added to the cast.

Macy recently made his directorial debut on Rudderless, and will be seen in the upcoming Cake and Dial a Prayer.

Allen's most recent projects include The Bourne Legacy, The Killing and Luck.

Room is currently in production in Toronto. »

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