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After Arthur Christmas and now this, Jim Broadbent will have to be careful he doesn’t end up typecast as Santa Claus (coming in 2016: Mike Leigh’s Kitchen Sink Santa!). He seems happy to fill out the red suit and beard for Get Santa, though, and the trailer is now online. Looking for all the world like Miracle On 34th Street given a more cynical British twist, Get Santa is set a few days before Christmas and finds the jolly figure in a bit of a bind. See, Santa was test-driving his brand new sleigh when he crashed in London. Now the reindeer are wandering through the city and the man himself has ended up in a garden shed, where he’s discovered by 9 year-old Tom (Kit Connor).Being a helpful sort, Tom doesn’t immediately hold him for ransom and demand all the toys in the world, but »
The film sees children around the world facing the prospect of no presents on Christmas Day when Santa is put in prison in London.
Meanwhile, he will also feature in the cast of Paddington. The film's world premiere will be held at Odeon Leicester Square on November 23, ahead of its UK release on November 28.
Get Santa will be released in UK cinemas on December 5. »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 25, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame, as if we need to tell you that) and Zoe Kazan (TV’s Bored to Death) star in the 2013 film What If, a romantic comedy about modern romance, friendship and everything in between.
The movie tells the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned, by bad relationships. Then that he meets Chantry (Kazan), an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall, Prometheus). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, “What If” the love of your life is actually your best friend? Stay tuned…
With the help of "Frozen" characters coming onboard, the fourth season premiere of ABC's fantasy drama "Once Upon a Time" hit a two year high with 9.3 million viewers and a 3.4 rating - up 30% in last year's Live+Same Day results.
The results weren't so pleasant for ABC's other shows - "Resurrection" fell from a 3.8 for its mid-season premiere to a 2.2 for its second season bow. The fourth season of "Revenge" similarly plummeted with a 1.4 rating - down from 2.4 for last season's premiere. [Source: The Live Feed]
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Rafe Spall ("Life of Pi") and Oona Chaplin ("Game of Thrones") are set to co-star in a 90-minute special of the anthology series "Black Mirror". It will be broadcast on Channel 4 in December.
Filming begins this week on three interweaved stories of "Yuletide techno-paranoia". Hamm's character appears in all three stories. [Source: Screen]
Naomi Campbell has jumped onboard Fox's hip-hop drama »
- Garth Franklin
A computer in the Sterling Cooper & Partners office created some surreal situations on Mad Men this past season, but Jon Hamm's not done with "techno-phobia." Hamm will star alongside Game of Thrones's Oona Chaplin and actor Rafe Spall in the upcoming Christmas special of the British anthology series Black Mirror, Channel 4 announced. EW television critic Melissa Maerz called Black Mirror "the Twilight Zone of our time," and according to Channel 4, the 90-minute special will concern "three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia." Hamm's character will be a figure within all three. "I am beyond thrilled to be »
- Esther Zuckerman
You might not expect the scathingly satirical and often disturbing techno-fear series Black Mirror to be a likely candidate for a Christmas special. But that’s exactly what Charlie Brooker and the team are planning for this festive season, and they’ve roped in Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin to headline the cast.The new episode will be a 90-minute special featuring three interwoven stories that will all be linked by Hamm’s character, with a promise that the show will be weirder than ever. Sounds about right for Christmas…“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special – I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception,” says Hamm in Channel 4’s press release. “Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I'm honoured that Charlie and the »
With production on Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror Christmas Special set to get underway this week, Channel 4 has announced that Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Rafe Spall (What If) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) have all been cast in the feature-length episode.
“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special,” states Hamm. “I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception. Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I’m honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked me to participate in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.”
The special episode of the anthology series will feature three interweaving stories of “Yuletide techno-paranoia”, and is set to air this Christmas on Channel 4.
Source: Screen Daily
- Gary Collinson
Marshall will become joint managing director of the company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new entity.
Thykier, whose films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office, has two films in production: “Summer of ‘92,” directed by Kasper Barfoed, and “Adam Jones,” which he is executive producing for The Weinstein Company. Thykier is also in post-production on “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
- Leo Barraclough
Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Rafe Spall (What If) and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) are to co-star in a feature-length special of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, set for broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4 in December.
The 90-minute seasonal special will interweave three stories of “Yuletide techno-paranoia”. It will start filming in the UK this week.
Hamm’s character appears in all three stories contained within the as yet unnamed episode.
“Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I’m honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Mad Men star joins One Days Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones Oona Chaplin in a one-off 90-minute Christmas special, which promises to be the most mind-bending episode yet, showcasing three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia, according to Channel 4.
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- Guardian TV
London — “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, “Game of Thrones” thesp Oona Chaplin and Rafe Spall will co-star in the “Black Mirror” feature-length special due to air on U.K. free-to-air channel Channel 4 this Christmas.
The special, which has three interwoven stories of Yuletide techno-paranoia, will start filming in the U.K. this week. Hamm’s character appears in all three stories.
“Black Mirror” is an anthology series that taps into an unease with the modern world. Its stand-alone dramas are satirical tales with a techno-paranoia bent. The series is produced by Barney Reisz, and executive produced by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones through their production shingle House of Tomorrow, which is owned by Endemol.
Endemol Worldwide Distribution holds global television distribution rights to the series, which it has sold to broadcasters in more than 80 countries, »
- Leo Barraclough
The episode will include three interwoven stories of "Yuletide techno-paranoia" and Hamm's characters will appear in all three stories. Filming starts in the UK this week.
"I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Black Mirror Christmas Special," said Hamm. "I have been a massive fan of the show since its inception.
"Its dark humour and intelligent observation of our society and values hooked me deeply as a viewer and I'm honoured that Charlie and the rest of the creative team have asked »
Trailed earlier this year by Channel 4 as a "dystopian future festive tale that interweaves three stories", the Black Mirror Christmas special has a few casting gifts waiting under the tree for us, in the form of Mad Men's Jon Hamm, Game Of Thrones' Oona Chaplin, and Prometheus and The World's End's Rafe Spall.
Jon Hamm's character is to be the guiding thread through all three stories in the ninety-minute special, "binding them together into a suitably unsettling whole", according to the official press bumf. Hamm describes himself as a massive fan of the anthology series, which tells bleak, satirical tales "with a techno-paranoia bent".
Co-creator Charlie Brooker describes the show as a "horrible pageant" and himself as "revoltingly happy" about Hamm, Chaplin and Spall's casting in this year's festive episode, »
Exclusive: Morgan Matthews’ X+Y among Toronto haul
Morgan Matthews’ drama X+Y, about a socially awkward but highly intelligent teenager who finds new confidence when he is selected for the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad, was acquired up from Bankside.
The Dark Horse, based on the true story of New Zealand’s troubled genius chess champion Genesis Potini, was picked up from Seville International.
Both films are set for early 2015 releases.
Also due out in 2015 will be Austrian horror Goodnight Mommy, acquired through Films Distribution.
The story surrounds a pair of twins who start to doubt their mother’s identity when she »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
One of the biggest sleeper hits of the Toronto International Film Festival this September was the British coming-of-age drama X + Y. In the film, Asa Butterfield plays Nathan Ellis, an autistic teen hoping to land a berth in the International Mathematical Olympiad. Co-starring Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and newcomer Jo Yang as Zhang Mei, a Chinese girl who befriends Nathan, the film received accolades and much enthusiasm from its opening night crowd.
Earlier this week, I had the chance to sat down with director Morgan Matthews and the two young stars of X + Y during Tiff to discuss their new film. They spoke about the young man who inspired Asa’s character, shooting in Taipei and, ahem, eating stinky tofu.
Check it out below and enjoy!
What drove you make a documentary about the Math Olympiad in the first place? How did that turn into a feature film?
- Jordan Adler
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
Directed by Morgan Matthews.
A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
An autistic boy is in a fatal car accident which results in the death of his father who was extremely attentive and good to him; he is discovered to have a talent for mathematics and is taught by a teacher who suffers from multiple sclerosis. A disconnect exists between the son and mother but not from a lacking of trying on her part as she is desperate to establish an emotional bond with her socially awkward child.
At the centre of the story is the International Mathematics Olympiad where the high school student attempts to be one of the six participants which will represent the UK. »
- Trevor Hogg
, “X+Y” zeroes in on a young math whiz who only gradually comprehends the basics of establishing relationships with other people. Deconstructionist critics and mainstream moviegoers alike may find it difficult not to reference “Rain Man,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “David and Lisa” while describing the movie to potential ticketbuyers. But even though such comparisons are hardly inapt, director Morgan Matthews’ debut fiction feature — inspired by his acclaimed 2007 documentary “Beautiful Young Minds” — proves potent on its own terms as a satisfying, compelling drama with definite crossover potential on screens of all sizes.
Much like its nonfiction predecessor, “X+Y” focuses on student competitors in the Intl. Mathematics Olympiad (Imo). In concert with scripter James Graham, Matthews has spun off a scenario about a character not unlike one of the more memorable subjects in “Beautiful Young Minds,” a neurodevelopmentally challenged math prodigy named Daniel Lightwing.
In the world according to “X+Y, »
- Joe Leydon
There are not many films made about kids like Nathan Ellis. Sure, the story of a young social outsider trying to break out of his shell is not a unique one (as I wrote about in my review for fellow Tiff selection Wet Bum), but Nathan is autistic and has a very deliberate way of doing things. For instance, he cannot order chicken balls from the local Chinese restaurant unless the number of balls he gets is a prime number. Besides his picky eating, Nathan gets distracted by noise and has a hard time working in a room with a ticking clock or other students tapping their fingers on a desk loudly. He fears handshakes, is unable to understand the social cues involved with that greeting gesture, and calms himself by saying the Fibonacci sequence out loud.
Few films focus on boys who can be coldly sincere, their personality almost hidden from view. »
- Jordan Adler
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
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